In August the media were sharpening their pens and awaiting a crisis at the Lane. Now Tottenham Hotspur are heading into the new year with genuine title aspirations. What went right?
What’s going right?
Everything. Really, when you think ‘bout it, we have only been beaten once this season. The first two games against both Manchester teams where we lost both isn’t the same team as we have now. Sandro was injured, and we hadn’t completed the signings of Parker and Adebayor. Since those three players have been available we have looked like a genuine title winning team, for the first time in my life. The only other place we’ve lost is at Stoke the other week, and on the face of it we should have taken at least a draw had our legitimate goal not been ruled out for offside, and Crouch handled before their goal… and they handled again to save a Kaboul shot going in… And we had… ah b*llocks. I’m not bitter.
There’s nothing massively wrong, except our lack in depth at centre back and up front. Fundamentally, if we lose King (which will inevitably will with his track record) or Adebayor for any great length of time we’re potentially in trouble.
Got the right manager?
Yes. As much as I dislike Harry Redknapp as a person for the lack of respect he has shown Tottenham fans, and his disassociation from the club when we’re going through a bad patches, and his love affair with the media, you can’t take anything away from his handling of the best Tottenham team in decades.
Scott Parker. Why Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea were not in for him is beyond me. It’s not biased to say he’s one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. He is unfacied, unfashionable, but it terms of ball winning, driving the team onwards, and moving the ball forward there’s no one I’d rather have.
If we sign Cahill of Bolton and a decent target man to challenge Adebayor for his starting berth then we can genuinely go for the league title.
Who would you like to sell in January?
5th string centre back Bassong. Basswrong. Bassmong. Useless.
Who do you want to sign?
If we sign Cahill of Bolton and a decent target man to challenge Adebayor for his starting berth then we can genuinely go for the league title. I can’t quite believe I’ve just said that without my tongue firmly in my cheek, but there you go – as goners have been telling me with relish every year since I can remember: the league table doesn’t lie.
Best chant so far?
While generally a passionate bunch, Tottenham fans are not famed for their ingenuity when it comes to complexity and creativity of our songs. However ‘Oh Ledley Ledley, he’s only got one knee, he’s better than John Terry, oh Ledley Ledley’ reaches deafening levels when it gets going.
Best opposition player/team you’ve seen?
Man City. They came to White Hart Lane and destroyed us. DESTROYED us. But that was mainly Redknapp’s fault for playing Modric and Kranjcar as our centre midfielders against the best attacking team in the league – not that we knew that at the time. Nasri, Silva, and Dzeko tore us a new one.
Biggest **** of the season so far?
It’s difficult when you’re winning all the time to find a **** of the season. It’s almost as if I’m beyond the petty reactions that are so common on the terraces when things are not going so well. I even managed to get through the Spurs Bolton game without noticing Kevin Davies. That said Chris Foy’s refereeing for the Stoke away game was deplorable. I’m sure he’s a nice man, but if I ever meet him I’m taking his balls.
End of season prediction?
We genuinely could win the league, although we’ll probably finish 6th. I’m a Spurs fan. I know what it’s like to be close to glory and then have it snatched away at the last moment. No team snatches defeat, lets you down, and crushes your very being like my team does. That’s why I love them. So if we win the league then great, but if we finish 6th, then great. Whatever, they’re still my Tottenham and I can’t smile without them.
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