Posts Tagged ‘Kyle Walker’

Are you Arsenal in disguise?

October 3, 2011

“How many hands do I have to shake”? What does Wenger have against shaking hands? It seems our Clive Allen was snubbed after the match by the Frenchman, as he’s snubbed so many others in the past. But I guess losing the NLD does leave one sour as a sour puss. Being French + sour = not so nice.

I’ll leave reviewing the match to others, instead I’ll just cover some frustrations as well as some shining stars.

Arsenal’s 5-man midfield

It looked like we were never going to break the red wall. Our only way through it was to go up the middle or to  play Crouchesque long balls. The latter was not something I wanted to see, but we tried it anyways and were left looking a bit limp tactically against the 4-5-1. Wenger’s a pretty smart man, I must say. He played his cards right, but the only thing he didn’t seem to predict was Tottenham’s pace on the counter-attack.

Adebayor not scoring

Come on… you know you wanted it to happen. Especially since Sczcesny was ranting and raving how they knew how to contain him.

Modric

He had no answers this time around. Some points where he had solid movements on the ball, but he gave away too many in the midfield; something out of character for him.

Brain fart in the defence

Ramsey, out of all players, should have never been given the opportunity to score. He was invisible most of the time and should have stayed that way. Anyone see Van Persie? Didn’t think so.

Walker brings one home

Kyle Walker’s goal left us with this beautiful moment which I’d like to share with Sczcesny and all his supporters.

Harry Redknapp’s subs

Great substitutions by the manager. No way anyone would have guessed those to be his picks. I was praying for Sandro to come on sooner because I knew if we added more muscle in the midfield, Arsenal would have a hard time coping. The additions of Livermore and Corluka turned out to be great options as well.

Parker

Left alone at times, he seemed to wander off into no-man’s land with no help from his teammates. Still, his presence in a very quick Arsenal 5-man midfield could partially be why it was hard for them to get that first goal… well him and Ledley King of course.

Controversy at the Lane

Having watched VDV’s goal again and again, I think he did use a part of his arm to bring down the ball. Still, there was no way any ref was going to rule that one out because you needed to watch the highlights repetitively in order to determine it a hand ball. Not enough conclusive evidence in my opinion, but then again, I am biased.

So there you have it folks. One NLD down and one to go. Until then, bask in the glory and enjoy it! COYS!

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5 out of five

August 19, 2011

That was a surprise, right?

5 goals from 5 players. Hearts didn’t stand a chance against a lightning quick Tottenham squad. If that’s how we plan on playing footy this season, then all teams will need to take notice.

Now a very close friend of mine and an extremely loyal Spurs supporter said that I had to keep in mind that it was Hearts of “god knows where”. Agreed. However, I think it could have been any team on the opposite end yesterday that would have had to deal with the wrath of our pin-point one-touch passing side. Definitely a proud moment for the manager and his crew.

Niko Kranjcar played the full match and was honestly fantastic in Modric’s role. He actually showed that they have very similar characteristics in their playing style… must be a Croat thing. I don’t know if this will just create another problem for Kranjcar because if Modders sticks around, he will most probably get the starting nod.

At first, I thought it wasn’t going to work having Defoe and VDV paired up at the front, but it seemed to work out deliciously. But forget about all the experienced players. I would rather focus on how solid our younger ones performed last night.

Jake Livermore did a fantastic job, passing the ball very well under pressure while showcasing a few Hudd-esque looking passes himself. Andros Townsend came in for Bale and also put in a decent run. Kyle Walker looked like a seasoned pro! The boy definitely likes to go forward, but he showed that he could hold down the defencive side of his game as well. I hope we’ll get to see more of these kids throughout the season, Kyle Walker definitely looking like he could seal a 1st team position sooner than later.

So Harry and co. picked it right last night. Let’s see more of the same at Old Trafford please.

COYS!

No celebratory title here in the name of diplomacy

March 27, 2010

Unimpressive stuff off the bat. The initial point of interest was young Walker’s start in the squad, at the tender age of 19. Not to get ahead of this match review, somewhat, but I think the boy can go home tonight with his head held up high. I wonder if the supporters will get creative and prepare a cheer for him similar to Bale’s? Say it with me now… “Bale, Bale, Bale”. Gareth deserves better in my opinion.

The 1st half was looking to be a dull and disappointing affair, until a little gem appeared close to the half hour mark. Bale, Bale, Bale maturely crossed the ball, covered by 3 Pompey players mind you, to Crouch who gave us our first. A couple of cock-teasing crossbar moments and within minutes, another one of our former Pompey beloved, Kranjcar, gave us a cheeky, diplomatic and non-celebrated 2nd. A guy could really get used to this. Lovely stuff.

That must have really hurt the poor Pompey fans. To see two players you once dearly loved, kick you hard when you’re down. Enough of feeling sorry for our opponents, I was still hungry for more goal-scoring madness in the 2nd. Sadly, that wasn’t going to be on the menu for the evening.

Then the “Tottenham cliche” struck again. Another player subbed off to injury. Worst of all, it was our captain. By the looks of it, it didn’t look too good. Let’s hope its purely precautionary and he just needs to shake off the knock to come back and lead the boys next week.

One area of concern, and I thank the technical Windy for bringing this to my attention, is Modric’s laziness when returning to help defend. Lazy might be harsh, but what I really mean is that he needs to be reprogrammed to think like a true Premier League midfielder. It takes him quite a bit of crucial time to figure out that the ball is going the other way, it seems. This needs to be fixed if we are to use him in the middle against the likes of Man U and Chelsea.

As far as Crouchie’s celebration against his former club, I’m sure people will be moaning about how unsportsmanlike it was. I think the lad was just happy to finally score after 2 months of being in a rough patch. It’s a hurdle he has been waiting to get over, and he managed to effortlessly leap over it tonight. Some touches of class tonight in his performance.

So 4th place remains ours for another week. Villa received a 7-goal bashing at the hands of Chelsea; it worries me that we have to face that lot some time soon, but we are more confident than ever playing at home these days. Liverpool and City get their day out tomorrow, so the table will be much clearer come evening time after mañana.

As I said, a guy could really get used to this. COYS!

Department of Redundancy

July 26, 2009

The Department of Redundancy called; they want one of their Kyle’s back! Dumb joke, I know… read something similar on a t-shirt my friend had so thought I would recycle it for my pleasure.

As it has been known now for a few days, Tottenham have signed two young gentlemen from Sheffield United. Both named Kyle, both right backs. Now, at first, I wasn’t sure what Harry was doing.  Why on God’s earth do we need more right backs? Ready for the list?

  1. Corluka
  2. Hutton
  3. Chimbonda
  4. Kyle Naughton
  5. Kyle Walker
  6. I could easily be forgetting a sixth

Gunter, another young right back, was sold to Nottingham Forest so I guess that may slightly explain why we purchased two more. On Friday, Spurs played Barcelona (granted an under-21 team all in all); Naughton was subbed in and I must say, he was exciting to watch. Great touch and composure! The other Kyle has gone back on loan but from some scouting reports I have read, apparently Walker can play in the CB position due to his overall size and skill. Let’s hope the current reputation in the football community about  Spurs  destroying youngsters careers does not become a reality! Now get this transfer market going already!!!