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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Big Yellow Taxi warning for Spurs.


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The JimmyG2 Column
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 I missed the actual live excitement of the game but caught up with it on a download yesterday. And actually 'live excitement' is not a totally gross exaggeration. The traditionally close scoreline always has the potential for  an outbreak of nailbiting.

This was the sixth consecutive single goal victory in the Premiership between us and Southampton. Apart from a glaring miss by Mete late on Lloris was relatively unbothered. This was a much needed win for the team and the coach and moved us up from 12th to 6th.

Actually only goal difference and alphabetics keeps us from 4th. But 6th is about right and where I predict us to be at the end of the season. With only 7 games played it is too early to draw any precise conclusions.

Chelsea have made the early running and will probably win the Premiership by 5 or more points but only 3 points separate 4th (Man Utd) from 16th (Stoke). It's all still to play for as they say.

What of the Pochinetto Project; the Mauricio Masterplan; the Argentinian Assignment? Well it was launched in some style into the choppy waters of the Premiership with yet another new man on the bridge against QPR but has been stuck in the doldrums from time to time.

It's still rolling on although it gets stuck in the mud at times. Up to it's axles against W.Brom. Just to show that Musings can mix its metaphors with the best of them, But there looked to be bursts of progress against Southampton.

Even Adebayor sprinted about for the first ten minutes of each half and came alive for his part in the Erickson goal. But you get the impression that he's not  fully signed up. You get the same money whatever effort you put in.

 Lamela who is the only one who really understands the Argentinian for 'press you bastards' was prominent. With both sides initially closing down quickly the centre of the park was very congested but we had the better of it in the end.

Erickson whose goal was crucial  would like to take more part but doesn't really have the energy. But with a more settled back line  even Vertonghen looked happier. Marginally. Injury to Naughton bought on Dier and there was minimal disruption.

Danny Rose had recovered from his injury and played well. Strange that there were concerns over the fitness of the two most abused players in the team. You don't know what you've got till it's gone as Joni used to sing. Naughton could be out for six weeks.

 Some said that Kaboul was edgy but I didn't see that myself. I thought he looked strong and decisive. If he was yellow carded for his nothing foul on Mete then as the last man he should have been sent off but he was not forced to walk the plank.

Lets face it though against Southampton and Besitkas we prospered because their strikers were slightly worse than ours. Chadli our top scorer made a clever layoff for the assist. Another of the 'You don't know what you've got' fraternity.

Capoue emerged as a key player, Lloris was relatively unbothered. None of their players were significantly better than ours so if we've got any pieces of eight going spare I would blow it all on a figurehead for the front end of the ship.

Vertonghen was quietly effective which is how I like my centre halves; Mason didn't look out of place in the starting lineup and as at Arsenal we seemed to be taking a more strategic approach. The passing was quicker and we got forward  with some degree of urgency.

We are getting less possession but more points. And what do points mean? There are no awards for keeping the ball to ourselves other than that the opposition can't score if we've got the ball. A very unSpurs like philosophy to my mind.

So a re-evaluation is going on of our assets and Rose has not yet been displaced by Davies. Let Mauricio have a good look before the next window. Remember that Cinderella was found skulking in the scullery.

We paved Paradise and put up a Parking Lot. There might be a warning there for those eagerly awaiting the next transfer window. Let's clean up this lot first; there might be some stained glass hidden under the dust.

By all means sell Ade, Townsend, Lennon, Chiriches, Soldado, Paulinho, Chadli if you can replace them with something better but make sure you've examined the horse's teeth and got a second opinion.

Always look a gift horse in the mouth. It's got to be fed after all.

Jimmy's Video Spot:
Had to be really. The wonderful Joni Mitchell In Concert in 1970. Prawn sandwich audience didn't recognize the intro. Shame about the frock Joni but the song is on a piece of vinyl that I still play. You're welcome.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

There's no such language as Argentinian. They speak Spanish.

JimmyG2 said...

I know. It's what passes for a joke in the blogging world.

Anonymous said...

Never a truer word etc., and a great oldie to boot. Cheers. Thomas Hotspurs

IKnowAlanGilzean said...

I wanted Rose replaced earlier but he seems to be getting better each game and is turning in very good performances. Kaboul's performances are a curate's egg for me. Fazio hasn't settled fully judging by his CC and EL performances. Moreover, Kaboul adds some pace to the centre of defence. He's nigh on irreplaceable at present because of that pace. Fazio hasn't any and Vertonghen isn't fast while we need to keep scissors and all other sharp objects away from Chiriches for the foreseeable.

Lamela and Eriksen and Chadli all doing well with many fine moments but without quite breaking through to have consistently outstanding games.

Lots of people criticise Adebayor's workrate and worth others make all the excuses in the world for him. The truth is in the middle most likely but an upgrade on him would be welcome to me, though expensive. He's the only one we've got who has the ability to lead the line strongly.

Lloris' catching is improving, but his kicking my being getting worse. His shot stopping is as good as it gets I should think.

Capoue passed the ball very well long and short on Sunday, which was pleasing as I think his passing generally leaves a fair bit to be desired. He's breaking up play well. I like Mason so far.

JimmyG2 said...

IKnowAlanGilzean.
Fair analysis IKAG.
Generally speaking we are heading in the right direction and will get better as the boys congeal (or is it gel?)

Thomas Hotspurs
A great oldie. Me or Joni?
Cheers yourself.

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