The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Previews: Tottenham Hotspur

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Lennon's Eyebrow says:

    Great preview, Jason.

  2. Another Jason says:

    Hardly a pre season preview, more like a commentary on how Spurs have got where they are now.

    This article is all over the place. What have the y-word and several paragraphs on the stadium got to do with it?

    Last season, Spurs became the best debutant in the Champions League ever, and followed their (our) ejection with the age old post cup competition slump.

    Finishing 5th with a shoddy defence and misfiring attack is no mean feat, I think most Spurs fans wanted to see a decent stable CB and a goalscoring CF. Both are unlikely.

    Having said that, if Kaboul/Gallas/Dawson can generate a decent CB pair, and if Friedel can help keep Gomes sharp (or replace him) then we’ll concede less stupid goals. Halfway through the season, Spurs had recovered most points from losing positions than any other team, if they can not get themselves into theat predicament then surely more points will be accumulated.

    Similarly, if Defoe/Pavlyuchenko do what they’re capable of, and Crouch weighs in with a small share of goals then again the results will be better.

    If, if, if.

    Finally, putting aside the Modric nonsense, the big, big issue is about Redknapp’s managerial nouse. More often than not he gets his starting line up about right, and his substitutions about right but the aberration with the Real Madrid start (bring Jenas in to replace Lennon, but then moving Bale from the left to the right and Modric from the middle to the left) needs to stop. He needs to figure out what to do with Van der Vaart. With misfiring strikers we didn’t need another attacking midfielder, with Modric we don’t need another skilful player crowding the centre of midfield.

    That’ll be tenth then.

  3. Alan says:

    Enjoyable read, many thanks. Less a season’s preview, more a modern history, and all the better for it! Interesting how it shows our gradual development as a team over the last decade or so, something that is not often appreciated. Whilst it’s certainly not been a smooth upward arc, the club is in a much better place than it was when Levy took over.

    Also good to see the space devoted to events off the field. I’ve been saying for some time that this is a genuine watershed season for Spurs. Add a couple of strikers to a team bursting with potential and we will be capable of challenging anyone for years to come. Fail and these players will leave, years of team-building wasted. Same off the field – Levy has some far-reaching decisions to take. I’m still totally in favour of redeveloping the Lane. Tottenham needs us now more than ever.

    Regards,

    Alan

  4. SjMaskell says:

    Redknapp is likely to be further delayed in decisions about the future by the putting back of his trial to October – with Storrie and Mandaric in court before him during September. This is likely to hang over Redknapp for the first half of the season so Spurs had better hope Jordan understands his boss’s role better than his attempts at Pompey showed.

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