Despite a promising preseason and a number of high-profile acquisitions, Andre Villas-Boas‘ Tottenham side has looked far from threatening.
Much can be attributed to the loss of Gareth Bale, who finally made his summer move to Real Madrid. I believe the problem lies much deeper and can be attributed to a lack of a defined playing style. It seems that AVB is too keen on making his players happy and doesn’t spend enough time developing a style that has the potential to take the Premier League by storm.
The loss of Bale is definitely huge, but lest we forget that Spurs were one of the busiest teams in the transfer market by acquiring the services of Paulinho from Corinthians, Christian Eriksen from Ajax, Roberto Soldado from Valencia, as well as AS Roma hotshot Erik Lamela.
Coupled by the sudden emergence of England winger Andros Townsend, Tottenham have a very exciting mix of players that, under the proper guidance, should the serious Premier League contenders. These players can make Spurs fans forget about Bale.
I believe the key is is Villas-Boas and his poor management. Tottenham are currently five points behind Arsenal in a hotly-contested Premier League which could easily see them topping the table if not for untimely poor results. Something must be done soon or Tottenham could very well end up outside the top four, and again miss out on playing Europe’s elite in the Champions League.
Villas-Boas should exploit the technically-gifted players in his side such as Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Paulinho, Lewis Holtby, Gylfi Sigurdsson and a prolific Roberto Soldado. This team lacks flair and excitement, and if Villas-Boas is brave enough to unleash his army of strikers, he could soon reap the benefits at home and in Europe.