Villas Boas displays adaptability – earning plaudits in defeat

Villas Boas displays adaptability – earning plaudits in defeat

Andre Villas Boas has taken a lot of stick from some Tottenham fans over recent weeks, despite the challenges he has faced in his short time at the helm at White Hart Lane. Some have questioned his ‘negative’ tactics and him not playing ‘the Tottenham way’.  Question marks have been placed on his team selection and how he has set the team out to play. He has been in a position where he is damned if he does, damned if …
A look at AVB after 10 games in charge at Spurs

A look at AVB after 10 games in charge at Spurs

White Hart Lane has been home to a poisonous atmosphere this season. Boos were heard at half time in the very first home game of the season, when Spurs were unable to take the lead against West Brom. These boos were heard again against Norwich, and were at their fiercest in the loss to Wigan last weekend. The atmosphere at White Hart Lane has gone steadily downhill over the past couple of seasons – ironic, since Tottenham fans have been …
Poachers | TOP Premier League Finishers | Stats Analysis

Poachers | TOP Premier League Finishers | Stats Analysis

Goal scoring is a skill. Players who can create something from nothing, providing a timely tally for their side, are frequently the difference between one and three points. Players like Robin van Persie -- 92 chances created in 2011-12 season -- can provide a spark with the ball at their feet and a lethal final touch. However, there is another class of striker that always seem to appear at the right place, at the right time: poachers.  We've gone back …
The Importance of Adebayor | Stats Comparison of Strikers From Top 6

The Importance of Adebayor | Stats Comparison of Strikers From Top 6

With two weeks to go until Tottenham face their season opener up at Newcastle, to say we are lightweight up front is an understatement. The only recognised strikers on the books are Jermain Defoe and the youngster Harry Kane. While I admired Spain playing with a false number 9 in the Euro’s, I don’t think it is realistic to expect Spurs to play it with the same level of impact! It has been widely reported that a deal for Adebayor …
Assessing Forward Involvement | Shots Vs Passes Opta Stats Analysis

Assessing Forward Involvement | Shots Vs Passes Opta Stats Analysis

One of the more interesting innovations from an analytical standpoint at the current European Championship has been the measuring of the amount of time that a player spends with the ball per game. This measure of player involvement has in particular been applied to forward players, such as Mario Gomez. Gomez managed to score 3 goals from 6 shots in 2 games despite only having the ball for 22 seconds, according to Prozone. This contrasted with Robin Van Persie, who …
Harry Redknapp | Farewell or Good Riddance? Analysis by a Spurs supporter

Harry Redknapp | Farewell or Good Riddance? Analysis by a Spurs supporter

How quickly things can change in football. Just 5 months ago Harry Redknapp was lapping up the applause as his Tottenham side thrashed Newcastle 5-0. A chorus of ‘We want you to stay’ was reverberating around White Hart Lane. This was in response to Redknapp being installed as the firm favourite to succeed the recently departed Fabio Capello as England manager. He was the nation’s choice for the job and nailed on favourite to take the hot seat. At this …
England's Best XI | Part 3: Strikers | Opta Stats Analysis

England's Best XI | Part 3: Strikers | Opta Stats Analysis

With the Goalkeeper, Defence and Midfield already chosen for England’s best XI (England's Best XI Part I: Defence & England's Best XI Part II: Midifled) we will now look at who should lead the line for England this summer. We have again given the player who came out on top in each section of the comparison 5 points, the player who came second 3 points and the player that came third 1 point and then added up the totals. We have used …
Welcome back... Jermain Defoe | Stats

Welcome back... Jermain Defoe | Stats

Welcome back … Jermain Defoe He may have looked like an extra from a Sisko music video with his new haircut but there is no doubt Jermain Defoe has defences dancing to his beat this season. The diminutive striker, 30 this year, has often been seen as one of the country’s most natural goalscorers. This reputation was forged in the youth academies of Charlton and West Ham and only enhanced when he went on loan to Bournemouth in the 2000/2001 …
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