If you whisper it… a certain club known as Tottenham Hotspur have been mooted as title challengers for this season’s Premier League. Here at Verbal Football I’ll analyse Tottenham’s unexpected title tilt so far.
Without a doubt, last Sunday’s defeat (and the manner of it) against Stoke City at The Britannia was a body blow to Harry Redknapp’s side. Spurs were unbeaten since there opening two defeats to both Manchester clubs, United and City respectively. In the Stoke defeat, Spurs showed a lot of heart especially in the second half and fought their way to an almost impossible win never mind draw. Adebayor’s wrongly disallowed goal and Kaboul’s harsh sending off seemed to galvanise the side. However, Spurs’ slow start in the first half cannot be forgotten. This is at least the second game this season where Spurs started slow and left themselves with too much to do in the second half. Redknapp must remedy any future sloppy starts if his side are to be considered bonafide title challengers for the 2011/2012 Premier League title.
Players such as Luka Modric and Gareth Bale are genuine top class players already coveted by the likes of FC Barcelona and Chelsea. If Modric and Bale genuinely buy into the Tottenham project then only good things will happen at White Hart Lane. In addition, Scott Parker’s contribution shouldn’t be overlooked. Parker has been an upgrade on Wilson Palacios and has lessened the blow of ‘losing’ Jermaine Jenas. The Parker and Modric midfield duo has been solid and creative at the same time. It’s imperative that those aforementioned midfielders stay fit if Spurs want to remain title contenders.
Tottenham Hotspur will encounter a relatively ‘easy’ run of games until another London clash with Chelsea at the end of December. Redknapp has to rally his troops and get the side going on another unbeaten run. Fans and critics alike await with baited breath Tottenham’s next move in the Premier League.
By Paul Batambuze.