Posts Tagged ‘2011/2012 Premier League Season’

Postponed… now left patiently waiting

August 15, 2011

Watching this weekend’s matches, I started to wonder how we would have performed on opening day of the Premier League. Many of the teams seemed to be struggling to find their feet looking somewhat rusty.

Liverpool started off their match with great enthusiasm, but failed to seal the win at Anfield, drawing against Sunderland. Arsenal drew away at Newcastle with their newest signing – Gervinho – getting a straight red. Chelsea also drew while United pulled a United… winning towards the end of their match (I hate lady luck).

Could these results be good news for us in the short term?

Our actual first taste of competition this season will be the Europa League fixture away to Hearts on Thursday. Guess it could work in our favor that we’ll probably use some of our younger players, while also giving some of our key players a proper run prior to the away match at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Had the Everton match actually taken place, we would have had 3 matches in 9 days which might have been too much; especially when the 3rd match is at a venue where we’ve rarely tasted success.

One does wonder if our team will look any different by the time we face United. Talk of Adebayor coming in on loan is gaining ground, with Keane openly stating that he will be leaving the club (no destination as of yet). I don’t think Crouch, Pav or Defoe will be leaving this season; hopefully neither Modric.

So I’m left waiting. I’m sure you are as well. We all want a glimpse of how our team will perform when challenged competitively. A win at Hearts would be a nice way to reward our patience.

COYS!

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Some questions… Looking for answers

August 7, 2011

Pre-season’s over and we’re well on our way to kicking off our 2011/2012 campaign. The past few matches were nothing to swear our coming season by, but there were some positives along with some negatives. Nothing new really.

Bale looks to be in fine form. The downside to that is it will be a sure thing: no top 4 this season, we’ll be seeing the Welsh wizard on his way out the door. And since we’re discussing Bale, he and VDV have hooked up in recent occasions with some lovely 1-2 passes. Some more of that during the season please.

Kranjcar has been getting a lot of playing time. Does this mean we’ll be seeing more of him? In our shirt that is?

Europa League means we’ll be seeing a lot more of our younger players. It looks like Jake Livermore, Danny Rose, Andros Townsend and a few others will get a shot to impress Harry on select Thursdays. Who will make the most of it?

The transfer window is still open and we’re linked with way too many players, mostly those who have never even proven their potential at success in the Premier League. Most will argue we need strikers – which is very true – but I can’t help but think that we need defenders more than anything.

Which brings me to my next point; will our defence hold up this season? I have a feeling Bassong won’t be capable of delivering the goods. He’s still a bit too shaky in his decision making for me. Gallas has yet to be seen. I honestly have no idea what’s happening with that. This also leads me to wonder if Dawson is the right person to captain our side? His defencive unit have made some very odd mistakes in the last couple of pre-season matches which has me worried. Still, I do appreciate M. Daws a lot and I think he could potentially have a good season.

The very success of Dawson’s season could be dependent on the man behind him… the one between the sticks. Mr. Butterfingers = H. Gomes. He has a lot to prove to the team, the gaffer, and to the supporters this season. He has also has some stiff competition with Brad Friedel breathing down his neck. Let’s hope that triggers some sort of mojo in the Brazilian.

Last but not least, I have refrained from discussing Modric and the transfer to Chelsea. I’ve said all I had to with my previous posts. Whatever happens from here is out of our hands. Tottenham Hotspur is bigger than any one player. We have a tough start to the season since and we’ll need depth and all our players to tackle the challenge ahead.

Come on you Spurs!