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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Will the wheels fall off 'Arry's Dustcart at White Hart Lane?

‘Arry Redknapp arrives at White Hart Lane tomorrow night with his horse and cart for the start of his second spell in charge at Portsmouth. He has already been moaning about the poor state of the Pompey squad stating, “At least three players can’t speak English”. Considering ‘Arry was responsible for great players such as Tomas Repka and Marco Boogers, who went mad and lived in a caravan on Canvey Island I don’t think he should pass comment.

When the then Judas in Portsmouth arrived with the Premier big club on the south coast, he managed to lose 5-1 with a Defoe hat-trick being his main undoing. While I don’t expect Portsmouth to lose 5-1 tomorrow I don’t expect anything other than a Spurs win. Come season’s end I would expect that ‘Arry would have relegated both teams on the south coast and be a marked man so Spurs MUST consolidate fourth place. Once we play on Monday night most of the teams around us will still have a game in hand but results really went our way with Bolton only drawing and the scum keeping Sourness in a job for a couple more weeks.

The only doubt for Spurs is Defoe who I expect to be named fit but keep his place warm on the bench. I would also switch Jenas on to the bench and bring Lennon back into the team after his performance against Sunderland. Until Lennon came on we did not cause Sunderland too many problems and against an unorganised back four his inclusion would cause Pompey all sorts of problems. However I expect Jol to stick with his favoured midfield four of Carrick, Tainio, Davids and Jenas. Tainio looks very sharp at the minute but Jenas is looking a little lost on the right so it is a system we won’t be able to rely on for ages but it is getting results at the minute.

COYS!

10 Comments:

Anonymous Englands No.2 said...

Jenas's performance against The Black Cats was atrocious, the worst he has had in a spurs shirt, I find it hard to see what Jol sees in him

COYS

9:06 PM, December 11, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, but clearly he is not a right side player which might explain the bad display againts Sunderland.

We know he's an attacking centre midfielder, but we need some one to be on the right sided at times (besides Davids). He sometimes shows touches of class, but not enough of it. It will take time, but hopefully not too long.

10:01 PM, December 11, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i personally would opt for a more naturally balanced midfield, with a naturally right sided player like lennon or routledge(as he has to get his match sharpness at some point). tainio left, carrick davids centre and lennon on the right.
With regards to jenas, i agree that his displays are quite erratic, sometimes showing glimpses of real quality, but as said these are followed by him giving the ball away too cheaply.However, so so many top coaches rave and rave about him, and the squad is so snearly there, i'm very excited. COYS

1:41 AM, December 12, 2005

 
Blogger LOINKY said...

Agreed Jenas should be played in the middle which is 'apparantly' his best position, but i do believe he is a luxury, what with Tainio and Davids around who are both much better players hes going to find it hard to get back in the team. Personally i didnt want to sign him in the first place and thought there was no room, and also he isnt good enough. I dont want to knock the fella but he seems to lack any punch what so ever? He looks like he plays with an illness or something, no energy, slow on the ball, lapsidazical passess etc.. Diabetis anyone?

9:09 AM, December 12, 2005

 
Blogger reid'safatyock said...

considering we have players who are right midfielders by trade, why have we got to play jenas out of position on the right?

10:07 AM, December 12, 2005

 
Blogger LOINKY said...

God knows, Jols probably just trying to appease an justify?

10:14 AM, December 12, 2005

 
Anonymous FERNANDO said...

THINK POMPEY WILL SNEAK A POINT. EXPECT US TO PLAY SHIT AS WE ALWAYS DO IN FRONT OF THE SKY CAMERAS. WE SHOULD BE HAMMERING TEANS LIKE THIS AT THE LANE, BUT FEEL THIS IS THE SORT OF GAME WHERE IT WILL ALL GO WRONG AND BE OUR UNDOING COME THE END OF THE SEASON.

11:11 AM, December 12, 2005

 
Blogger LOINKY said...

I have the same feeling but then i always do and have been pleasantly surprised this season.

12:41 PM, December 12, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see the same spurs jitters are coming back to haunt us. I agree that we usually put in poor performances against "poorer" sides at crucial times, but spurs definitly seem to be playing with a different kind of determination under Jol. Jenas is a little weak but it is in our defence and attack that i would like to see a greater improvement. Hopefully we can attract the likes of Kuyt who seems to be the pride of dutch football at the moment,when january comes. until then, Tanio is my favourite for regular midfield scoring and Mido and Keane will have to keep bundling them in.

1:41 PM, December 12, 2005

 
Anonymous DavidM said...

Well done for giving 'Arry a bloody nose on Monday. It's been an absolute farce down on the South Coast and it's lovely to see him lose on his return.

8:24 PM, December 13, 2005

 

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