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Freshening up & Why Spurs Will Struggle Till January

The transfer market is an opportunity for many clubs to freshen things up and get shut of players deemed surplus to requirements, but the key to the window for the majority of clubs is trying to keep hold of their prize assets, and if that is not possible they need to replace them suitably without spending over the odds.

During the summer window teams like Everton and Newcastle were able to hold on to their star players and even strengthen weaker areas in the squad spending little money in the process. In Everton’s case they were able to cash in on injury prone midfielder Jack Rodwell and sign numerous players with the proceeds of that sale. On the other hand Newcastle barely needed to strengthen with the capture of Vurnun Anita as a holding midfielder, the only area they felt needed to be improved. Instead they were more focused on keeping hold of star players such as Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Check Tiote.

The transfer market has not been so kind for the teams located in the North of London however, with Arsenal and Tottenham being dogged by transfer saga’s in the form of Robin Van Persie and Luka Modric, however with many believing that these two teams will drop off the pace, i believe the complete opposite will occur in the case of Arsenal, with possibly not the same being said about Tottenham.

Arsenal may have lost the likes of Van Persie and holding midfielder Alex Song, but this could still work in their favor, as for too many years they have been overly reliant on Van Persie’s goals, so it may allow for a few other players to take centre stage such as Gervinho or Theo Walcott. That is not even mentioning their new signings,. with Lukas Podolski a proven international goalscorer and Oliver Giroud being the top French scorer from last season. as well as Santi Carzola providing the creative edge they have craved since the loss of Cesc Fabregas. All of this combined could lead them to becoming a very dangerous attacking side providing that the team can gel together. The failure to replace Alex Song in the transfer market surprised many Arsenal fans when the deadline door slammed shut, however in my opinion Abou Diaby is a far more dynamic version of Song. The challenge for Arsene Wenger is keeping Diaby fit, as when he does play he resembles the former Arsenal great Patrick Viera it’s just not been as regular as they would have liked, due to his career being plagued by injury. If they can keep this man fit however and gel in an attacking sense i can see Arsenal comfortably making the top 4 this season.

Tottenham on the other hand have also lost two star players in the form of Rafael Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric that had substantially weakened their central midfield area. They have managed to replace the departing Dutchman in the form of Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey from Fulham, which I deem to be astute moves by the Tottenham chief due to Dempsey’s proven goal record and Dembele’s dangerous nature in and around the penalty area, however the same cannot be said about replacing Modric. Joao Moutinho was touted by many to make the move to Spurs however this did not occur which i believe will hinder Tottenham massively. The reason for this is that they lack a creative central midfielder now who can dictate the play and control the pace of a match, having players instead such as Tom Huddlestone, Sandro and Jake Livermore who are very good at breaking the play up, and playing long diagonal balls into the channels for Bale and Lennon to run on to, though they do seem to lack the ability to play little one-two’s in the midfield area and find intelligent passes to the feet of attacking midfielders and strikers. As a result of this I believe that at least until January Spurs will struggle as they may become too dependent on their wingers, with opposition teams beginning to mark them out of the game, meaning that they may not be able to put together a plan B that will allow them to win enough matches to keep them fighting in the Champions League battle.

 

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