Sunday’s defeat at West Ham was a low point but by the time the squad gets back together in two weeks’ time, head coach Andre Villas-Boas could have more options with players returning from injury together with Emmanuel Adebayor seemingly back in the fold.

Speaking before yesterday’s match AVB said,

“Aaron was back training with the team on Monday. He will be regaining his fitness with the team and we look to have him back in contention for a first-team place after the international break.”

Andre also confirmed that the fortnight’s break would be used to bring Ade into contention.

“Ade has just come back to training with the first team,” he added.

“We travelled on Tuesday so we haven’t trained with him. He definitely won’t be involved against West Ham, so hopefully within this next international break we can build him up to start competing again for his place in the team.”

Danny Rose is another likely starter against Villa although the left back went from 90% pre-Chelsea to 50 / 50 for the Hammers game.

“Danny Rose is a 50-50 chance for West Ham. Definitely yes after the international break, but probably not ready for West Ham.”

AVB will welcome the additional options but should any of these players walk straight back into the side following Sunday’s loss?



  1. We can’t play Carroll, because he’s on loan at QPR. Holtby still shows more energy than skill. Eriksen has played four games so far and looks good. We need to play with wingers generally on their correct side (Townsend on the left and Lennon on the right) rather than this “inside left/right” type of approach where the outside guys always cut in, exposing the full backs, particularly when the left back is Naughton, who really isn’t a left back. Bring on Danny Rose and Lennon after the international break, plus a bit more bite when Capoue comes back. Season’s not over yet, but we’ve got four games coming up, all winnable, where we need to start to score and win convincingly

    • Carroll would be a useful mid to have but he’ll be more useful if he get’s a full season starting consistently and coming in next season with that experience. Better that than have him sit on the bench now and just stay at the level he’s currently at. Look at Townsend.

    • Soldado does need to score more but he has been useful to the team. He normally scores inside the box which implies tight, coordinated passing with the team — something that will only get better as the team as a whole develops a better understanding of each other.

      Lamela, I think, just needs to adjust to the physicality of the game. He looks amazing when he has time on the ball, but he rarely gets that. I expect he’ll take a while to really settle in but will be excellent when he does.

  2. I have been a spurs supporter for many years and I believe this squad of player is full of individual talent and will come good.However,I wish spurs would play more direct and attacking football.Our build up is too slow with the ball moving sideways backwards sideways etc.We need to play with more urgency and flair going forward,our game plan is too easy to read.We certainly have the players to implement this.

  3. yes agree avb is not the messiah seems in dreamland at times we pay 30 mil for lemela and he gets short time only way he is going to get better is playing regular avb has many options that is causing him selection problems trying to please everyone we have same problem as last year lack of goals get it right avb


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