Inside Lane: Spurs need consistency in team selection
11:59 17 November 2014
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There appear to be many problems surrounding our performances this season, and an effective solution is yet to be found. Implementing a consistent team formation and selection, however, may help bring an end to our woes.
There has been growing criticism of our manager and a crescendo of discontent towards the chairman. Daniel Levy is a brilliant businessman and has done great things for our club but, as we all know, generating money doesn’t always equate to winning games.
As for Mauricio Pochettino, he is yet to ascertain his best 11, let alone put together a team that remotely appeases the majority of the fans.
It is no secret that we are currently in turmoil and the finger is being pointed at staff, players and now even the fans, in light of Emmanuel Adebayor’s recent comments.
However the problems almost always boil down to a lack of stability. We need to stick with our manager, get behind our beloved team and revive the fierce atmosphere at White Hart Lane that has sadly been absent for some time now.
We can begin to conjure up some consistency in performance through a regular team selection – something we as fans have been emphatically voicing from the terraces. It would seem Pochettino is beginning to take heed, given that Harry Kane finally started in the Premier League against Stoke.
We wanted to see Kane started on account of his hunger, attacking prowess and ability to elevate the team’s dynamic, as demonstrated recently at Villa Park. However, instead of pairing him with Roberto Soldado – the obvious choice – Pochettino decided to field him as the lone striker.
We know that Kane is a key figure and not a miracle-worker so he needs assistance from another forward as well as one, if not two, wingers. It is inconceivable that we should continue playing one up front at home.
Furthermore, in Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon, we have two skilful wingers who can transform the nature of the way we have been performing.
Yet when either winger is given an opportunity it would seem that, to confuse matters further, the left-footed Townsend is rendered unproductive on the right flank, while Lennon gets lumbered on the left.
Although a reshuffle is certainly required in the next transfer window, we still currently possess players who are skilled enough to come together and produce results that have thus far been severely lacking; results that must change the dismal course that we find ourselves on and see us through until January.
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