Premiership Midseason Review: Tottenham Hotspur
At the beginning of the season, I had written down my Premier League predictions. Now with 19 games played, let’s look at Tottenham and see how they’ve done. It is quite difficult to gauge which way the second half of their season will go. When I looked at this team at the beginning of August, it was unclear whether Gareth Bale would still be a Spurs player at the start of the season. Here’s what I wrote about them:
So Clint Dempsey has gone, Gareth Bales’ future is undecided … so what now for Spurs? … I think another fifth-place finish will be fantastic for AVB.
I had Spurs as being able to finish fifth before Gareth Bale left and all the money was spent. To me, that is where Villas-Boas went wrong and ultimately cost him his job. After Losing Bale, Dempsey and Tom Huddlestone, I think I would have just bought one or two players to cover those vacancies and maybe a striker. From that point, you could have seen how the season went and decide to spend more money if needed in January.
As it was, all the money was spent on seven players that came in and needed to gel quickly. They didn’t and now Emmanual Adebayor has been brought back to the team and scored a couple of goals already.
So where do they go from their current seventh position? Assuming there is no money left to spend, I would suggest that we will have a better idea after January. In that month are games against both Manchester clubs and Arsenal in the FA Cup. A good run in the Europa League may be just what Spurs needs to focus on right now, as I feel any title aspirations or even top-four hopes are beyond them at this point.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on www.facebook.com/jasonbardwell1979.