Well, now its official: 'Spurs lack mental strength'. Despite my brilliantly argued and eloquent paper on the alternatives to the 'mental weakness' theory,( See previous blog) Mark Lawrenson has decided to abandon reason and go straight to bald assertion. In his Tottenham v Wolves preview he deals a mortal blow to my ideas by his pronouncement that we do, in fact, 'lack mental strength'.Fact.
So there you have it. Any waverers out there who were almost convinced by my arguments can stop worrying about it and relax. Clearly I was wrong, and any of you that subscribe to the 'mental' theory can bask in the knowledge that you are on-side with Mr. Lawrenson and that you correctly identified the root cause as to why we are only in fourth pace with long term injuries to three of our senior players and are having our best and most promising season for years. We lack mental strength and if we had it we might be, er, third.
However both he and Mr.Hanson predict a win for us on Saturday and there I think we can say that this is not controversial and I agree with them. You don't get to be a well paid pundit by sticking your neck out.
Spurs are 4th; Wolves are 18th. We have 27 pts from 15 games. Wolves have 13
Our goal difference is +14; Wolves is -14. We are strong at home, Wolves are poor away. A cast iron, nailed on, copper bottomed win then. But by how many shall we say? We are bound to concede one but we should score three or four. So let's make that a 4-1 home victory.
But 'Wait!' I hear you cry, ' What about the mental weakness factor?' Ah I forgot, sorry Mr. Lawrenson. Difficult one that. Nope, I spit in the face of 'mental weakness'; I expectorate in the countenance of the pundits; I......well I think you get the general drift.
Spurs to win then 5-1. Modric might get half an hour. Dos Santos might get 10 mins. And if Pavlyuchenko is sold Dos Santos could save us £10 million or more on a replacement striker.
Keane will probably start with Defoe; Captain Dawson and Bassong at the back with Lennon, Jenas, Huddlestone and Kranjcar across the middle. I assume that even 'Iron Man' Wilson will not have recovered yet. Three points and we go above Arsenal who might well get beaten at Liverpool, although a draw would suit us better. That draws a line under Everton and puts a smile back on all our faces.
So don't let me down now lads, I've gone out on a limb for you again. Don't saw the bloody branch off between me and the trunk. Stick your 'mental weakness' up Wolverhampton Wanderers and the pundits.