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Friday, 28 March 2014

Lamela's Replacement

 If you've got it flaunt it.

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The Greg Meyer Column.
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Friday 28 March ... Parky and Lady Ga Ga Share a Birthday.
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 Lamela's Replacement.
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   " And if you no longer go for a gap that exists,you are no longer a racing driver, because we are competing, we are competing to win."
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  1990 Australian Grand Prix.
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 Ayrton Senna had it. Incidentally Ayrton has a circuitous Spurs connection. His football love was S. C. Corinthians, the club where Paulinho was signed from.
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 Liverpool collectively have it.
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 Aaron Lennon used to have lots of it. Still has it in bursts perhaps but signs of it fading are becoming increasingly obvious. Sad really.
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 Erik Lamela has it. I mean we've seen it on You Tube and less so live at The Lane. More on that replacement issue shortly.
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 Pace.
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 Aaron Lennon has been known for his electrifying pace. Pace that has meant he has been a productive and long standing Spurs starter. Not a prolific goal scorer and blighted by injury fairly regularly. To most Spurs fans fond memories. Arsenal anyone.That famous4-4 draw away for instance.
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 So it was with increasing sadness that our pub watched on last Sunday against Southampton. Where were the bursts of speed taking him outside the opponent ahead. Replaced by the dreaded inverted runs. Okay nothing always wrong with inversion.
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 However on most if not all of those incursions forward Aaron kept running down blind alleys. The end product that Aaron has been criticised for has become more glaringly lacking. Good enough to start for a top five club. Our pub sadly think not. Destination Stoke or likewise, Hull say, perhaps.
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 Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling all have it. Glen Johnson is no slouch either. So what of Spurs chances on Sunday and what of that replacement.
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 The Beating of Liverpool.
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 I dunno what the discussion has been at your pub but there are some very definite views here in Kent.
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 Ban that AVB high line. Remember the carnage at the Lane. Dawson and Vertoghen were shredded. Perhaps the pace of Kaboul, a more focused Belgian and a more conservative line might be the Sherwood call.
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 Perhaps pressure in the midfield, Sandro anyone, and more compactness might negative the Liverpool class and pace.
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 Spurs if they can contain are capable of a dangerous counter attacking away game. The question remains who can support Adebayor. A pacy winger would help.
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 Harking back to those earlier thoughts ... who replaces Lennon. Townsend. Sorry not from our pubs corner.
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 What about someone blessed with pace, control, class and still only 22 years old. An Argentinian International.
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  Yes Erik Lamela fits the bill.
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 If only he could make it onto the pitch.
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 Pace . A quality that Ayrton Senna had in boundless abundance. Ayrton also had another ingredient that champions have. A fierce competitive will to win. To paraphrase from a Spurs perspective and thinking ahead to that Sunday encounter against Liverpool ..

  "And if you no longer go for a gap that exists,you are no longer a footballer, because we are competing, we are competing to win."
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 Cheers .. Sunday is when Spurs Senna quality needs to be on show ... Greg Meyer.         coys.

Jimmy's Video Spot. 
Well he certainly had it as recently as last season. Like the Royal Mail, speed and delivery. Been with us for 8yrs and still only 26. Due for replacement perhaps but let's not forget.
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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The World Cup in three months will prove that Englsih players belong in the Europa League at best. Any Timbrain who thinks English players like Lennon and Kane are better than Lamela and Soldado should ply their trade at Wigan or Stoke and leave us Spurs alone. Give the squad a full preseason, dump some deadwoods, sign very few and get a real coach - and see last off season's signings blossom.

Anonymous said...

Lennon is class and works harder than any Spurs player. The highlights show that if we get him on the ball in the correct areas he can hurt teams. The problem is our midfield seem incapable of doing this. We move the ball so slowly that defences are massed and he is expected to beat 3 men and cross to who? How many players do we get in the box? Look at the top sides when they attack they flood the box we usually have 2 players max.

Anonymous said...

Have to agree with anonymous 3.07 I just do not understand why our attacks are so slow. It gives their defence all the time in the world to park the bus.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the comment about English players and the World Cup. Having said that I do think they have an outside chance of beating San Marino in the European Championship.

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