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Can Tottenham mount a Title Challenge?

4 August 2012 by

Andre Villas-Boas has taken the reins at White Hart Lane and has set about re-building Tottenham Hotspur for the forthcoming season, however can he do enough to keep Spurs in the Title chase?

Last season under Harry Redknapp, Tottenham had a superb start to the season and kept in close contact with the Manchester sides until the beginning of February. Coincidentally, this was the time that speculation intensified about Harry Redknapp getting the England job after Fabio Capello’s resignation. From that moment onwards Tottenham fell away from the title challenge and even lost out on 3rd place, despite having a 13 point gap over 4th place at one stage.

So what can Andre Villas-Boas do to make sure Tottenham do not fall away at the tail-end of the season again? He employs a riskier tactical approach involving a high-defensive line and a 4-3-3 formation. This can go spectacularly right; winning a treble at Porto, or spectacularly wrong as his stint at Chelsea proved.  How it goes on Tottenham remains in the laps of the gods, but the early signs are encouraging.

So far, the recruiting process has seen Jan Vertonghen from Ajax, a player who won Eredivisie  Player of the season last term join the club. Gylfi Sigurdsson who excelled on loan at Swansea City, has also joined. With reported interest in Joao Moutinho and Emmanuel Adebayor, Villas-Boas appears to be recruiting players of a calibre that could make Tottenham serious challengers for the Premier League title.

 

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12 Comments »

  • Will

    Not this season and certainly not without TWO decent strikers.
    Ade will be adead loss once we ensure his 175k/week…he only tries when his income look fragile. We can do better although by the time we get Damiao he will be 30 and on a free. Wasting money I can understand but sometimes you just have to get the one you need, not someone else’s leftovers and you have to pay for it. When we spent 15+ million it is now 20+ million but we keep trying for ~15 million…inflation does happen to transfers My Levy so pull your finger out.

  • glynnahc@gmail.com

    No way will we close to the top four this season. with the squad we have at our disposal we do not have enough to challange, when modric leaves we will loose the best cm in England and we do not have the money to replace him with a player of similar quality, with ade not yet signed we lack fire power, as much as people say he lacks effort and will i don’t agree, watched all spurs games last season and apart from mod and bale he was the best player, true he misses alot but he also sets up goals and spreads the ball excelently. Replacing those two will be impossible that is why spurs will end up 5th at best

  • Darren

    We’re mid-table without a top draw forward….and we need rid of Modric. He might be a good player but he obviously doesn’t want to play for us so sell him. He’s not worth more than £30m so full credit if Mr Chairman gets more!

  • davspurs

    We will be in transition losing Harry King Modric and any others who leave will mean we will start with a new set up and fourth last season will mean nothing. If we don’t sign Ady and we have to sign a new striker then this will put us way behind Levey has gambled on his sacking of Harry and we are all in the dark.

  • leon

    We always have potential but inability to buy
    the players we need is our problem. 2 strikers is a must , a proper left back as benoit always has rashness or a mistake in him , a gk is needed with brad soon to retire , a winger to push Lennon , every year its the same , levy u have our best interests at heart but unless we spend some decent money we’ll always be a good side not a title winning side !

  • Will

    Ade did very well for us last season except as an out and out goalscorer.
    We put in loads of crosses and there was never ANYONE there for them. I don’t dispuite his work rate when looking for a club but I do dispute him as a box striker and that is what we need. As for his ethics, if he has to accept 1 penny less than 175k/week then we will see him on only one block of cylinders. IMO he ius NOT worth what he may cost us both on and off the filed.

    Modric’d behaviour has really put me off him but who can replace him and how much will that one cost? Then again, I have seen better than him in a THFC shirt (DB & JW) so who knows as IIRC when we hit 4th the first time it was by using Thusd and the Honduran in CMF as Modric weas injured(correct me if i am wrong)

  • stuart senior

    sorry not a chance cant compete with the likes ov city chelsea arsoles manure will be fighting it out with the likes ov newcasle and the scousers

  • Catcher

    It will be tough enough to get a top four place and unless we get at least two top strikers you can forget even that, also Modric must be replaced by a player of equal quality or we are going backwards.
    The only encouraging signs for me are the return of some of our younger players, Caulker, Naughton etc.
    Its going to be a roller coaster ride, but Levy should have addressed the striker issue two years ago.

  • Jamie Stephen Pretty

    tough but not impossible.

  • yid

    how many times get that brazillian forward damiao coys

  • mav

    levy and no other manager have addressed the striker situation since berbatov. Its always thfc say ‘we ALMOST signed…..’ This is just not good enough anymore. I got a horrible gut feeling that we will go into the new season without any new signings. Or it will be last minute harry redknapp del boy deals. Even louis saha at this stage seems a suitable option.

  • neeraj sahu

    No, tottenham can’t mount a title challenge. It has a very low squad and luca modric is about to leave tottenham and joining real madrid and bale is going to join spanish premiere league as he desired to go to spanish premiere league.So i think tottenham can neither mount a title challenge nor qualify for champions league for next season.

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