Tom Nash

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Bale too direct for Swansea | Opta Stats

Bale too direct for Swansea | Opta Stats

Over the past few games, Gareth Bale has been tried in a number of positions by manager Harry Redknapp. He’s been seen on his preferred left-wing, running centrally behind the strikers and most noticeably (in a bad way…) on the right. In a world of inverted wingers, false nines and deep-lying playmakers, Bale is a throw back to a simpler, more direct way of playing. Of my childhood memories being yelled at during boys’ Sunday League games, one of the …
Assessing Spurs' midfield ahead of away trip to Chelsea

Assessing Spurs' midfield ahead of away trip to Chelsea

On Saturday 24th March Tottenham travel west across London to play Chelsea in the lunchtime kick-off.  Spurs will be hopeful of all three points, but in reality most fans would accept a draw before the game. It says a lot about the respective seasons of Chelsea and Spurs that a win is even considered. A few years ago, Chelsea were so strong at home that this fixture would be one to turn the telly over when Match of the Day comes …
Spurs vs Man Utd | Contributing factors | Opta Stats

Spurs vs Man Utd | Contributing factors | Opta Stats

Title contenders may have blips, also-rans suffer bad form... If Tottenham are to seriously consider themselves as title contenders they need to consign the 5-2 defeat at Arsenal to history and get something out of the match against Manchester United – turn that result into a blip and not part of a run of bad form. Last season Spurs held the Champions to a 0-0 draw at home, and were defeated 2-0 at Old Trafford. This season, Spurs suffered a …
Arsenal v Spurs | Van der Vaart the key

Arsenal v Spurs | Van der Vaart the key

It’s an uneasy time for Arsenal fans. The adage of “Arsene knows…” is more frequently heard in a mocking tone these days, certainly the British media are questioning whether Wenger has taken Arsenal as far as he can. 7 years without a trophy might just about be tolerated, but failure to qualify for the big money Champions League might not be. Especially if one of the teams replacing them in the top four is local rivals Tottenham. Spurs are 10 …
Kaboul | Statistically compared to rivals

Kaboul | Statistically compared to rivals

There have been many stories accompanying the recent rise of Tottenham Hotspur. Many players have made names for themselves, and the manager has enhanced his reputation to the extent that when the manager of the English national team steps down, he is the name on everyone’s lips to take over. Name your price Harry, name your conditions. To borrow a metaphor from another sport, the ball is very much in his court. Players like Luka Modric and Gareth Bale are …