Posts Tagged ‘forwards’

Feelings, wheelings and dealings

June 13, 2011

Dusting off the cobwebs here at the HQ and the sight isn’t pretty. Aging furniture and curtains sure have a way of making the point that it’s been a while since I last posted. Apologies for that.

Summer has arrived and so has Brad Friedel. It seems Harry has been reading his literature textbooks again because summer symbolizes maturity and knowledge. If that’s the basis of his transfer “wheelings and dealings”, then I guess that would explain why he feels the need to sign more experienced players: Drogba, Forlan, Rio Ferdinand (if there’s any truth there), Beckham, etc.

I for one believe that it’s time that we start signing some just-maturing players in the 24 – 26 age bracket. They have a bit of experience under their belts at that age and are somewhat close to their prime, yet potentially influenced.

Defence is an area we should address quick. I’m happy to see that Gallas has become a pivotal element in our back four. The guy has really put in a lot of effort and hard work to make sure none of us question his allegiance to the cockerel. Daws will be Daws, but this season hasn’t really seen his best efforts. Bassong looks set to leave and with all honesty, he’s too shaky in his decision-making for us to rely on him. King and Woodgate require a medical team investment which could be used on new signings instead. Still, it’s great to have them on the bench and available at their doctors’ discretion.

I’m very happy with the midfield. I would be happier and more relaxed knowing we were able to retain the services of Mr. Kranjcar. I have made no secret in expressing my love for this man (neither has my wife as she is completely taken by his dashing looks), his style of play, his attitude, and his fiery shots at goal. What went wrong in that relationship with Harry is beyond me. Nonsensical.

The forward line needs a bit of work. Robbie is leaving for sure (I’d like to think), but the other three should stay. They should definitely not complain about 1st team football considering the amount of goals they collectively achieved this season. Bad year? Sure, for one guy… but not all three. No excuses boys. Still, they are skilled and I think it will be hard to find two or three good strikers out there, available for decent money and not some sort of ridiculous un-payable ransom amount (not to Man City of course).

So what happens from here we don’t know. The press seems to link us with every unknown player in the world (as always) but we supposedly have had a few bids officially rejected. Rossi would have been a great addition but I can see him and Villareal holding out for a bid from Barcelona. My message to Harry and Levy is be realistic, get us players who we know can fit the system and that will be more than capable of score goals in the Premier League… not the Chinese league. God knows we’ll need them come next season.



January 15, 2010

The canceled Liverpool match stained my week with a bit of poo, so I decided to take a break from Spurs blogging all together. But then thanks to TOMM, Alan got me thinking again. Defoe and Crouch are doing well together. Without them, would Keane and Pav work in their place? Fill in their shoes? Even to a minuscule degree? I honestly don’t think so. Keane is in a slump. Pav is just not feeling it. We would be in a bit of a pickle.

I wouldn’t mind if we brought in some added firepower to energize our attack. I’m talking about experienced forwards. Tested ammunition. For once, it seems that we do have players, other than forwards, contributing to the goal rush. Quite an important factor if we are to be of any threat in this second half of the season. But I honestly feel, we do have the quality in terms of play-build-up. The type of play-build-up which would hand any poaching forward an opportunity to celebrate.

Keane used to be a striker who could sense the ricochet of the ball. To a ridiculous degree. Obviously, his lack of confidence has destroyed his “Spidey” senses. When he’s on form, he is a potent weapon. Just ask Liverpool management. Approx. 20 million quid’s worth of potency. True, he wasn’t destined for legendary status at Anfield, but Robbie does have it in him. Can we wait around for him to shine again? I’m afraid not. There’s just too much at stake Mr. Keane. I would love for him to come back stronger than ever. To rightfully claim that captain’s armband. To declare himself a living legend at the Lane. But dreams are one thing, and reality is another.

Would a Van Nistelrooy type be attractive? How about Diego Forlan? Julio Cruz? How about Kanoute back at the Lane? I’m just throwing names out there with no type of footballing reasoning or logic to back it up. All I’m saying is, we need finishers to kill off opponents early. Simple really. Our defence has the ability to shut out teams. Our midfield, one which we complained about constantly in recent times, has the potential to be one of the most potent in the league. Our striking core seems a little weak in comparison. Defoe skews the graph definitely, Crouch is the support, Robbie needs his confidence back, and Pav is beginning to remind me of Berba “The Incredible Sulk”.

Do we need to add firepower to our core? Am I crazy to think “yes”?