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 …
Van Der Vaart Displays Another Side

Van Der Vaart Displays Another Side

There are so many reasons to love Rafael Van Der Vaart – his silky skills, his defence splitting through balls and probably more than anything, the fact that he can’t stop scoring against Arsenal! One side of his game that has often been criticised since moving to the Premier League is the defensive aspect. If you have the creative brilliance and goal scoring touch that Rafa possesses, you can forgive him this shortfall. Tottenham have adapted their team selection to …
Defoe and Van der Vaart

Defoe and Van der Vaart

With the apparent hamstring injury suffered in the recent friendly with Switzerland, Rafael van der Vaart could again find himself missing in action for his club side.  While the extent of the injury is not currently known, his absence from Holland's next friendly against Germany is a cause for concern among the faithful at White Hart Lane.  However, the addition of Emmanuel Adebayor to the roster may have provided the manager with a ready-made replacement for the Dutch talisman: Jermain Defoe. …
Spurs' Problems All Up Front?

Spurs' Problems All Up Front?

Spurs will miss the Champions League  because they have terrible strikers. This seems to be the consensus of fans and pundits. Do the statistics really demonstrate such a simple conclusion? It’s not hard to see where Tottenham went wrong last season. They were last of the top 6 for both goals scored and conceded. Even Liverpool, who finished 4 points behind, scored more and conceded less. Spurs missed out on Champions League football in 2011/12 because they scored too few …
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 …
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