Two games into the season and we’ve seen how it looks like Nuno will be setting out his Spurs stall. It’s not exactly free flowing football, but we saw free flowing football at Wolves recently and they’ve lost their two opening fixtures so perhaps pure attacking football meeting pragmatism is a battle that pragmatism wins. Its not exactly a defensive setup but its definitely a more cagey formation and strategy. The emphasis seems to be more in not getting scored against and keeping things tight then a quick counter. Nuno seems to be opting for a 4-3-3 with the wide defenders moving up to overlap and overload. Regulion is the ideal player for this sort of play however Tantanga on the right although looking very solid defensively doesn’t seem a natural attacker and crosser of the ball in the way for example we used to see from Trippier a few years back. For me, the right back position still needs an upgrade with a more attacking minded player and then depending on the opposition to switch play between this hypothetical player and Tantanga. The midfield looks quite narrow. Hojberg as a DM, Skipp as a box-2-box dynamo and Deli Alli (who looks rejuvenated) on the left, timing late runs to bamboozle the opposition. Moura is still Moura, still erratic somewhat and inconsistent but not necessarily bad. Bergwijn I find frustrating still. There are rumours of Traore from Wolves coming in which will be a very slight upgrade but both these players, for me, suffer from some very strange decision making where their pace on the ball is faster then their brain processing the field around them. Son looked injured in the last match and way off his best, and being replaced by a want-a-away Harry Kane didn’t improve matters. I think Kane should be sold. No player can be at their best (or indeed any working person!) stuck in a place of work that they don’t want to be in. It leads to dissatisfaction all around. Kane has x2 options here that need to be resolved in the next 7 days before the transfer window closes:
1) Move to Man.City.
2) Stay at Spurs and extend contract.
If he can’t engineer a move away now I suspect he won’t get another opportunity next summer and he just needs to accept that reality and knuckle down. He will be forgiven and the entire affair forgotten the way it was with Rooney when he attempted to move away from Utd a decade or so ago.
posted on Aug 23, 2021