Spurs: We Sold Elvis, Signed The Beatles & Sacked AVB Too Soon
What’s going right?
There's more quality in the squad than we've ever had at the Lane and the early season's defensive tightness means that even with the embarrassing high-profile defeats, we're still in with a chance of a top four finish. With Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen due to come back from injury, the available first XI looks incredibly strong. The players' recent positivity, despite the events of the last week, is promising – there's no reason to suggest that this can't be a good season, we just need a little patience for everything to click.
It remains to be seen if Tim Sherwood/whoever takes the poisoned chalice of the manager's position can get the squad gelling together. Andre Villas-Boas' tactics, obtuse selection policies and bristling blaming policy didn't help the Portuguese but after years of both lauding and loathing Daniel Levy's chairmanship, there's genuine confusion among the fans as to where we go from here. It takes time to get such a fresh squad to gel but Levy pulled the trigger with AVB's side just five points off fourth, in three cups and ahead of Manchester United. Spurs need a system and fast, or this season could become a write-off.
Got the right manager?
Who knows? Sherwood's had one game in which Spurs played some exciting football but the new arrivals barely featured and a lead was casually thrown away. The fans calling for the return of Hoddle or 'Arry are better best ignored – do we really want someone who's been out of managerial work for over a decade in charge of leading the post-Bale transition? Or a man who inspired great passion from the squad but is barely literate and openly flirted with the England job? If Frank de Boer can't be acquired from Ajax, then a Capello or Hiddink interim period (a la Chelsea) until Laudrup or Pochettino is appointed in the summer would be both ship-steadying and exciting.
Probably Kyle Walker. He started the season with performances that suggested he'd learnt nothing from the Lane crowd screaming 'Wake up Kyle!' at him last year. Since then he's scored a cracker against United, linked up well with Aaron Lennon and remembered to defend for all 90 minutes.
Who would you like to sell in January?
We should take a loss on Heurelho Gomes rather than have to pay his wages and Kyle Naughton has shown repeatedly he is not a Premier League defender. Sadly, Michael Dawson no longer has the quality to captain the side, either.
Who do you want to sign?
Juventus' Mirko Vučinić as a second striker and Southampton's Luke Shaw to fill the problematic left-back position. May as well recall Assou-Ekotto on loan as well.
Best chant so far?
To the tune of Agadoo - 'Eriksen, sen, sen; He’s our number 23/Eriksen, sen, sen; Came to play for AVB/To the left to the right; He’s our midfield Dynamite/When he plays for the Lilywhites; He makes Özil look s****.'
Best opposition player/team you’ve seen?
Manchester City. Sure, the early goal helped them but they are one of the most ruthless and powerful sides I've ever seen.
Biggest **** of the season so far?
Kyle Naughton – substituted at half-time against Liverpool for one of the worst performances I've ever seen from a Spurs player. And I remember Stuart Nethercott.
Funniest Moment of the season so far?
AVB calling out the agenda of the Mail's Martin Samuels and Neil Ashton, mid-press conference. Sure, they were proved right by his sacking but it was refreshing to see a manager actually highlighting the often idiotic, hyperbolic nature of Britain's football press.
End of season prediction?
6th in a tight finish with Liverpool and Everton.