Posts Tagged ‘Aaron Lennon’

Where to next?

August 25, 2011

Sitting back and reflecting on our performance at Old Trafford, I can’t help but think how different the team dynamic would have been with Modric and Sandro (or even Hudd) in the mix. Not to say that Jake Livermore was horrible, but I think he and Niko haven’t had time to form the type of partnership that’s required when facing the league champions.

How different would things have been with a five-man midfield of Bale, Modric, Diarra, VDV and Lennon? Lennon was terrible on the day, but let’s assume he wasn’t for arguments sake. Throw in Adebayor to the mix as the striker and what say you now?

That sounds like a great starting line-up to me, comparable with some of the best in the league. Each player is capable of holding up the ball, as well as passing it about in a tight-knit area. Playing for Arsenal and having spent a bit of time at Real Madrid means Adebayor is quality. No doubt about that.

Modric could do what he does best, making the pass that leads to that assist from Bale, Lennon or VDV (the latter can go for goal himself) while Diarra holds back and makes sure to clean up any potential mss they’ve left behind.

How does that sound? If signing Diarra and Ade’ were to become a reality, do you think we would have the means to compete for a top 4 spot? Would love to hear what you guys think, feel free to comment.

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Champions League… we’re havin’ a laugh!

November 26, 2010

Calm, relaxed and composed. An effortless win against a visiting Bremen side which led to a historic night. We are through to the knock-out stage of the Champions League!

I’m not going to lie.. I never thought that it was possible.

At first, I knew we had a good chance of winning the qualifier round and making it through to the group stages. However, when we were placed in Group A with champions Inter Milan, Dutch champions FC Twente and Werder Bremen, I honestly had very little hope.

Well thankfully, I was wrong. The history books have been opened and amended. Tottenham Hotspur… “we’re havin’ a laugh”.

I would like to take this chance to gloat a bit. To kick things off, Arsenal lost the other night, stiff as a deer caught in the headlights after the NLD. A day later, Bremen came to visit the Lane and were treated to a delicious display of football class. Take notes ze Germans: the Tottenham boys were at their very best that evening. Domination without aggression. Simply because we didn’t need to let it get to that point.

With Pav still looking a bit lazy on the pitch, it was nice to have the extra option of Defoe on the bench. He looks good so far, just needs a goal to his name quick. Crouch had another solid European performance + goal; glad to see the big man delivering.

The midfield were great as a unit once again. Creatively, we are a very hard team to match. Lennon added two assists to his seasonal stats. Bale missed a penalty kick but hey, who cares! Modric just gets better and more intricate every second he spends on the pitch. Pure genius this boy!

Gallas was once again given the captain’s armband, rewarding the team with a commanding performance. If he and Kaboul continue in this form, we could be looking at a good run of clean sheets.

Each unit – attacking, midfield and defence – contributed to the score sheet; one goal from each. That’s what I call diversity. Obviously we shouldn’t be laughing too much. We host Liverpool on Sunday and we all know how we perform after a successful CL night out. All I ask is for the boys at the back to do their job and everything else will fall into place.

COYS!!!

Should we be worried?

January 6, 2010

Should we?

Fresh injuries to Lennon and BAE will not make our voyage into the second half of the season any brighter. We will definitely be missing the sheer pace of both these players when we visit Liverpool. A team which we badly embarrassed on our home ground, bruised and battered, left limping not knowing what hit them.

Is it the end of our campaign? Last season’s Spurs: definitely. This season’s Spurs? Definitely not! It’s as simple as this. When Modric was injured, there was widespread panic that we were about to spiral down the league table. But everyone did their part, stepped up to the plate and, in the end, carried us through. We did lose Defoe to a three match ban where we lost to Stoke at the Lane and lost miserably to a very confident Arsenal squad at the Emirates. My explanation for that is at the time, the other strikers were simply not carrying their weight.

Missing one or two players should not and will not affect our performance. We have depth for once. Ask Martin Jol how he would have loved having that during his tenure.

So what exactly will we do?

The loss of BAE was bound to happen considering he was leaving at this exact time for the African Cup, representing Cameroon. Bale was going to get his chance regardless and the young boy is looking mighty fine these days (no I am not a pedophile), but how will he work on defence? Dominating and standing out against Peterborough is one thing. Liverpool is another. I am positive though. He needs to play in order to improve and fine tune his defencive skills. So let it be now. Defence is where we will make it or break it. We know we can score. Let’s capture last season’s brilliant clean sheet performances. This time around, we have the potential to accompany those clean sheets with more than just one goal.

The void left by Lennon, in a way, will give Redknapp less headaches when it comes to squad selection. At the moment, Kranjcar is on a high and constantly putting in top drawer performances. Little Modric is back and it’s only a matter of time before he gains match fitness and assaults anyone in his way (how do you bench Modric anyways?). The Croatian duo will be a nuisance. They will insult your intelligence. They will make you think twice as they constantly drop into the middle of the pitch and then back out onto the wings. As an opponent, who do you cover?

Well then, technically that means that our opponents should be worried, right?

UPDATE: Just thought I would add this little nugget in before Sunday’s match at ‘pool…

Why is it that right before this major away match, the media (and Spurs official site) has quotes from our players mouthing off and making it seem like the 3 points at Anfield are already in the bag? I’ve read quotes from Niko and Daws, but the one headline that almost made me choke was Bassong challenging Torres! Uh… boys… settle down… keep the trash talking for the pitch please. We all remember Robbie and Ledley’s pre-Arsenal match tattle. How did that turn out for us? Feel free to prove me wrong though.

COYS!

Perspective

December 30, 2009

Been off-line (sort of) for the last couple of days and decided to wait a few days before commenting on how we did in our past two matches, and where we stand with the new year only a few days away.

Fulham @ Craven Cottage

A match which I was truly tense over. Fulham had just come off a stunning victory against Man United at home… and not a narrow one, but by 3 goals! Not an easy feat for anyone to achieve, even the currently-mighty Chelsea. Whether Man U weren’t at their best that day is irrelevant because winning at the Cottage is a tedious assignment for any visitor. I have a lot of respect for the Cottagers and their manager because they are a small team with a small ground and big aspirations, and whichever way you look at it, they are quite consistent in their own right. Roy Hodgson has his squad playing some lovely, hardworking football.

I might have missed something but why we started Keane and not Defoe was beyond me. I guess we were in need of muscle and not speed? That couldn’t have been it. We were lacking in the firepower department and I was expecting a halftime sub. Redknapp obviously didn’t see it my way. We took action too late in a game we possibly could have won. Reading Harry’s comments after the game, it seemed like we went to Fulham to run away with a draw. Did I welcome the point? Yes. Even more so, the clean sheet. Zamora was not even on the pitch in my mind so a job well done to to the defence and Gomes.

West Ham @ the Lane

Poor Zola. A decent squad plagued with endless injuries. Kicked off the match and Lennon instantly exposed any potential hamstrings in the defence. Brilliantly quick and in executioner mode that day, Lennon sliced through them effortlessly leaving behind limping Hammers. Little Modders scored the first which was a joyous moment. I got a bit choked up to be honest. The second goal took forever, with Defoe looking frustrated and lacking in the creativity department but he made it happen and remains the top scorer in the league.

Defencively is where my true happiness lies. Another clean sheet making it 4 since our spanking of Man City. Palacios showed signs of his old self. Must be my disastrous short-term memory but I forgot how menacing he truly is. Ledley returned to our defence in fantastic form taking any logical explanation for a player’s need to train and play in matches a load of rubbish (obviously that rule isn’t applicable to just anyone). He is truly a role-model for any player in the league.

Perspective and looking forward

It’s been a great season so far and there is a whole other part of this story waiting to be told. I honestly couldn’t have predicted that we would be sitting in 4th at the arrival of the new year. 4 clean sheets in a row against feisty opponents bring back nostalgic memories of last season’s record run and what it meant to the squad’s morale. Lock & load Spurs! We need to come out firing after the new year. Happy New Year to everyone!

Azza way boys!

August 30, 2009

Mixed emotions over yesterday’s match. Ecstatic we’ve secured 12 points from 4 games, yet not content with the way we played. Nervously waiting for any news over Modric’s injury, yet ready to see who will step up and try to fill the void (i.e. Bentley, Gio). Was proud of Hudd’s display, yet left wondering why Palacios wasn’t as effective. Distraught over Ledley’s injury, but relieved that Woodie might be back in action sooner than expected.

Why do Spurs love to torture us fans?

Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Guess I’m a masochist of sorts.

Birmingham deserve respect after last night. They really knew how to crawl under our skin. We kept pounding and pounding away, but by the end of the first half, we walked away with nothing. You could clearly see that our pace had slowed, our passes were sloppy and communication was nil. From a technical viewpoint, Birmingham nailed the first half. The 5 man midfield was effective. Side note: wasn’t it great fun watching Modric cut his way through and still manage to set up plays. I miss him already.

Crouch came on in the second half and injected some life into the squad. A sense of “hope”. Even scored a header to give us the lead (1-0). But credit to the visitors, within 3 minutes they came back with a goal of their own (1-1). “Hope” shot down with a 12 gauge. The high wore off a bit too quick for me.

Pav came on – finally – for Defoe (did JD intentionally avoid shaking hands with him?). Birmingham were on the Russian like… well, like Russians on a vodka bottle. 4 minutes of extra time were announced at the 90th. Ok boys, it’s now or never. Both teams started to pick up the pace; Birmingham giving us a few scares. But in the end, the glory would be all ours. ‘Aaza Blood saved the day once again with a heroic strike on goal in the dying seconds! I was in a state of shock.

All in all, a great victory for the boys. It’s depressing to think we may potentially lose King and Modric for a few months, but hey, that’s football. Especially at the highest level. We can’t sit back and depend on any single player. If we want to compete for Champion’s League football eventually, the team performing as a whole is what will make a difference. Harry Redknapp will need options to choose from so the reserves will play a huge role in our success. Yesterday was a prime example. I bet a lot of supporters were pessimistic when Modric walked out limping, but a few subs here and there and we were still determined to claim victory! That says a lot about our character this season.

I don’t know about you, but this bi-polar relationship I have with Tottenham is getting worse by the second; or wait, is it better by the second? I’m tired.

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