The Europa Cup it is and the Round of 32 as they insist upon calling it. Moving on from the goalkeeper issue we now come to the equally thorny issue of who else gets rotated, or not as the case may be. To give perspective, our next game isn’t until the 21st of the month, and that’s against this lot again. And the next Premier League game is then 4 days later. That’s the Primark Massive, away.
Moussa Dembèlè needs a rest. I’m no GP but I worry that he might need more than just a rest. Ever since he came close to having, but didn’t then require surgery, on his hip, we’ve only seen flashes of what he has to offer. He’s not 100% fit and fingers crossed this is something that will respond to physio.
Scotty Parker needs a break too. The bickering as to whether he’s suddenly rubbish is something I find a bit wearing. Sandro became knackered doing the job of two men and he’s got years on PNB. One of the perpetual gray areas at Spurs is who is supposed to do the defending. Give them a free kick and suddenly we have 6 or 7 specialists lining up to show us their wares. When possession is lost, try looking for those doing much more than impressions of defenders and you’ll struggle to see half that number.
Holtby needs a full start. He’s clearly as keen as custard. So I’d pair him up with Siggy. This would provide a nice balance. Both are as fit as butcher’s dogs and full of ideas.
Adebayor needs an award winning performance. Lots of wasted time to make up. If Bale has a good game then we look forward to another 72 hours of made up stuff in the papers, all ignoring his contract until 2016 and the fact that the window is closed. ‘Real Madrid Plotting’…yep, all that. Again.
Elsewhere the Metro spins a quote free piece trying to kid us that Gary Hooper is [a] valued at £10m and [b] a legitimate target for the summer. Why do they bother?