Tottenham are approaching the new season having made a couple of shrewd additions, but their weaknesses remain unaddressed, which is a concern…
Tottenham may be more familiar to the masses as a source of fly-on-the-wall entertainment these days.
Frankly we would have liked to see Tom Hardy do the voiceover for ‘All Or Nothing’ as Bane – Daniel Levy laying one finger on Jose Mourinho’s shoulder and saying “do you feel in charge?” would, after all, be quite something.
Failing that, we must concentrate on them on the pitch, something the panel discussed at more length on the latest edition of The Totally Football Show.
“The big worry for Spurs is the depth of their squad,” said Daniel Storey. “If they get through in the Europa League, which I think they will, and in the League Cup which they probably should, they’ll play nine games in the first 20 days of the season.
“Yes, they’ve signed Pierre-Emile Hoijberg to settle down that midfield area. Yes, they’ve signed Matt Doherty who I think is a great signing, but there’s just not enough depth in central defence, at left-back, up front – it’s asking a lot.
“Both Arsenal and Tottenham will be happy with a pretty good shot at the top four, and if they missed out it wouldn’t be a disaster, I don’t think. Which is pretty sad to say about teams that in the recent past would comfortably expect both.”
Natalie Gedra did have some positivity for Spurs fans, though.
“The good news is that both signings have a good background with injuries – which is a good start.
“Doherty for me is one of the best signings in this transfer window, because it’s in a position that Spurs really needed, and he’s the right-back in the Premier League that had the most touches in the opponents’ box.”
Despite the arrival of Doherty and Hojberg, one very glaring area of potential weakness is up front: Harry Kane didn’t look fit in England’s game against Iceland (with the caveat that it was essentially a pre-season game, of course) and he has missed significant chunks of the last few seasons with injury.
“It could become their ‘thing’ not to sign a striker,” said Nick Miller. “Despite Harry Kane having his annual injury that seems to rule him out for longer and longer period every year, they just don’t bother signing someone…seeming to think “it’ll be alright, everything will work out.”
“It is a tough sell to say to anyone “come to Spurs, sit on the bench for 90 per cent of the season, but we’ve seen that Kane is out enough that they don’t have to do that now – they can promise someone a little more time up front.”
Daniel Storey drew comparisons with the lot down the road:
“The same is true of Arsenal in that the one glaring miss in their squad, even though they’ve signed Dani Ceballos, is a chance-creator. Their most prolific chance-creators last season were Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe – neither of them are guaranteed to start, Ozil particularly.
“It just feels like for everything that’s moving forward at both Spurs and Arsenal, there are these glaring gaps in the squad that every supporter can identify but the club don’t seem to be moving to solve.”
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