The more I look at this squad and their strengths and weaknesses, and this includes the manager, the more I think it would benefit from switching to a 3-5-2 formation, the personnel are in place and I feel would play in areas of the pitch that they are more comfortable in. Nuno is well versed in this formation and I feel its just a matter of when not if when he decides to try it out for real.
posted on Oct 11, 2021
Well, that was rubbish! I said NES was overly cautious and he certainly proved it here. It was a terrible experience watching that match. The tactics are all wrong and only x4 games into it! The cautious wins recently (each match by a single goal) masked the issues that were bubbling underneath and this was always going to happen. I am hoping its a wake-up call and NES realises what needs to be done and he mustnt repeat obvious errors. For me, we have a good squad, not a world smashing squad, but a squad good enough to see us finish 5th. Man.City, Chelsea, Man.Utd, Liverpool, these are the teams for top#4. Defo not Spurs this season, but Spurs should be building a platform for the future. Playing turgid counter attack football with no press, a narrow midfield and very few goal scoring opportunities isn’t the way to treat this squad. I’ve listed who I think should play in a 4-3-3 formation, and their backup if the senior player is injured. I hated putting Winks in there, but we already have a player in Pape Sarr currently on loan who will take over next season. Winks should move on, the writing is already on the wall for him. Sanchez I feel is also someone to move on next season. Still need a replacement for Kane but I think if Spurs can last another 2 seasons we can probably use one of the academy products. Hojberg and Skipp should not be playing together on the park unless we feel we’re facing one of the top 4 and opt to defend and play for a draw.
posted on Sep 13, 2021
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
Finally Spurs managed to secure a manager after a farcical and incompetent search. I think it’s fair to claim that the new appointment wasn’t their 1st or 2nd choice. Nor indeed their 7th or 8th. This was bottom of the barrel stuff and I have question marks about how the new season will unfold but I will hold my judgement until the results start coming in.
posted on July 4, 2021
In my last post I wrote how I expected Jose Mourinho to get sacked in May. It looks like the Board decided enough was enough and they pulled the trigger an entire month early. I don’t think this is much of a surprise at all. The results were terrible. The squad was clearly not enjoying themselves and Spurs made a huge mistake by employing Mourinho in the first place. It’s a good call to make this sacking happen now as it will give various coaches around the planet the chance to consider taking the job and if their current place of employment is where they want to be. I am sure there are some there that think that the squad isn’t as bad as the numbers reflect and it should be easy to juice the players and get them working again and enjoying the football. Nagelsmann is a name we keep hearing in the Rumour-,mill, but I think it unlikely Spurs can pull that one off. I think it’s more likely its Brendan Rogers. Ideally you want your new coach in on the 1st June to begin preparations for the season so I expect an announcement for the new manager somewhere around end of May.
posted on Apr 19, 2021