During the 2013/14 summer transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur spent a whopping £103,700,000 on 7 ‘vital’ new signings, including some big names. Paulinho, Soldado, Capoue, Eriksen, Lamela, Chiriches all joined Spurs in hope of getting a champions league spot for the 2014/15 season. Gareth Bale was a major factor for Spurs last season, scoring 21 premier league goals and getting 4 assists. This was by far his best ever season and definitely a turning point for both him and Spurs.
Following the sale of Gareth Bale for around £86 million, Spurs signed these 7 previously mentioned players, some of these players have done outstandingly well for Spurs, but some however, aren’t living up to their expectations. Eriksen and Capoue have both already suffered injuries following their arrival to Spurs, however i feel these two signings are/will be a major influence for Spurs’ ambitions for Champions League and The PL Title. Lamela and Soldado are the ones we need to worry about, Soldado has made 12 premier league appearances so far this season, scoring 4 (3 of which are penalties) and providing 2 assists. Despite the fact that he scores to a ratio of once in every 3 games, i am not alone when i say he has to step up to the mark. For £25million pounds most teams would want a striker who can score from open play whenever there is the chance.
The Daily Mail said:
‘They have the WORST shot conversion rate in the entire Premier League, only scoring 5.36 per cent of shots they’ve had – just one in 20.’
This is a terrible statistic for a premier league team and i feel that it isn’t just Soldado that isn’t performing, i think AVB needs to switch up the strategy a bit. Soldado was in the top 5 for chance conversion rates last season, beating some big names such as Messi and RVP. It’s disappointing for everyone at Spurs to see that he has not brought this to Spurs, which isn’t entirely his fault.
Spurs have had the most shots/shots on target in the Premier League so far this season, however it’s the finishing touch we are lacking. If we could simply convert a good percentage of the chances we make and beat smaller teams such as West Ham and Newcastle, and even get the extra goals against Chelsea and Arsenal… then we are simply title contenders.
On the other hand, i don’t feel the season looks all that bad for Tottenham. Our rivals may be at the top of the league, 4 points clear before tonight. But i feel that after drawing with Manchester United, this is definitely a comeback for Spurs. With games coming up including Fulham,Sunderland and Cardiff, we can definitely gain a fair amount of points to get us back in the race for the title or at least the Champions League. The conversion problem may just be based on our formation or the fact that our new signings are still yet to gel together with the rest of the team, who knows. We can only hope it is as simple as that.
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