Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas is quoted in the Evening Standard as claiming that Spurs are stronger now that they are playing with a lone striker up front. The side did this on occasions last season but it’s clear from AVB’s comments that an abundance of midfield personnel is unlikely to see him waver from a 4-2-3-1 during this campaign.
“Last year with two strikers, we left ourselves exposed a little bit,” Andre said.
“We have more consistency throughout and play better football. We are able to control the games.”
The Standard chooses to turn the story around and mention Gareth Bale in the headline, claiming that we are stronger without him. Having replaced him with a number of quality players that may be right but is it a little early to make that claim?
Christian Eriksen, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and even Erik Lamela to an extent have proved how valuable they can be in this squad so is Spurs’ start to the season – seven wins and one goal conceded in eight overall games simply down to a switch in formation or are we a better side without a certain Welsh Winger?