Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, on paper, is doing just fine, thank you very much. What cannot speak cannot lie, and the Premier League table tells us we are 3rd, as opposed to second only because of goal difference, and that we are still competing in the world’s finest club tournament, the Champions League.
Beyond what is undoubtedly a veneer of respectability, we have the reality that Antonio Conte is struggling with the resources provided, even after a transfer window that was mindlessly lauded by many sections of the football press. This is, of course, down to the fact that the press officer told multiple individuals that multiple transfers were on the cards and so the least wordly reporters hurrar’d each deal as it was announced as done, without analysis, with a thought.
Fast-forward to a few games in, and we have Conte breaking it to the same sea lions that for him, and his coaching staff, the situation is not ideal. Djed Spence has been straightforwardly outed as a club purchase, and we are now told that Yves Bissouma is having problems getting his head around the tactical aspects of Tottenham’s game.
The superstar signing Richarlison is getting minutes, but one cannot help but feel this is more by fortune than design, as Heung Son-Min has been in atrocious form by his own standards, and the feeling amongst most supporters who express their views online, is that Spurs have been a very tough watch this season.
Quality of play has been an issue, the expected goal numbers are at record lows, and the construction play in the main tends to be limited to Spurs having a go when on the break, so no breaks, no goes.
The absence of a specific creative player in the middle of the park was pointed out early on by some, and now most fans are very much worried about our midfield. Pierre Emile Hojbjerg has borne the brunt of much frustration, but that’s primarily because too many fans don’t understand the role of a holding midfielder. Tragic, but true.
Spurs face Leicester City today, and it is a tie all set up to go one way or another. Redemption for the awkward Lilywhites, or patch-up job for the patient, courtesy of Dr. Tottenham. Only a brave man would want to call it.