A win over West Ham at the weekend would have put us level on points with the teams at the top of the table so while one defeat doesn’t turn us into a poor side, Sunday’s loss did highlight some issues. Spurs have been creating chances and not putting them away and without a Gareth Bale to drive one in from 30 yards to save the day, what’s the plan?
Some have said that Andre Villas-Boas made a mistake by bringing Jermain Defoe back into the side for Sunday’s game but the England man’s form in the Capital One Cup and in the Europa League had demanded a start. Sadly, the player continues to frustrate when given a starting berth in the Premiership.
Two up front could be one option but Andre clearly prefers 4-2-3-1 and has said on many occasions that it benefits the team and certain individual players within it. So don’t expect to see two from Defoe, Soldao and Adebayor starting any time soon.
As for personnel elsewhere, Andros Townsend seemed to attract the most stick after his performance but does Erik Lamela look ready enough to take his place? Lewis Holtby is another who has impressed from the bench and in Cup competition but Gylfi Sigurdsson’s three goals in the campaign have so far kept the German at bay.
So does it need a fix and if so what changes do you expect to see when Spurs line up against Aston Villa in 12 days’ time?