Saturday, September 3, 2011

A bumpy start...but don't count Tottenham out yet!

Tottenham Hotspurs start to the 2011/2012 EPL season has been rough to say the least. With a postponed first round fixture, two losses of which 7 goals were conceded and major transfer issues, we could almost say this start isn’t a surprise.

At the height of the Tottenham riots the club appropriately decided, with the advice of necessary authorities, that it would be safest that the round 1 home match against Everton be postponed. This blow may seem insignificant but for a club beginning their campaign in one of the most competitive leagues in the world with top 6 expectations, it is. Establishing themselves in the league would have to wait till the following week, and what harder way to get started... than at Old Trafford away.

Daniel Levy’s stubborn stance, unaltered by Chelsea’s effort to acquire the services of Luka Modric, could be seen as both a good and a bad thing. With Modric’s ‘dream’ denied after consulting the club will he perform to the standard we know to be him? If he does Spurs season and Levy’s decision look positive, but if he doesn’t £40million pounds just went begging. Upon this are the sales of Crouch, Bentley, Palacios, Jenas and others, freeing up wage obligations and building on the clubs spending power. With this new found power could Spurs have brought more to their starting XI than Modric could offer, provided that he maintains his performance?

The Season is just getting started and to make conclusions about any club at this stage would be ignorant. Harry Redknapp reminded us not to “write Tottenham off this year” and Ledley King assured that “players want the window to close now so we can get on with the squad that we've got and get on with business." I agree, yet still toss up if the decision made is the one that a Spurs supporter would have made or if it is the right one.

By Adrian Caltabiano