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By George Lacey
Monday, January 20, 2014
Tottenham blogger George Lacey gives his verdict on yesterday’s 3-1 triumph over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium in Wales.
A resounding 3-1 victory at Swansea yesterday sent us level on points with fourth-placed Liverpool in the Premier League.
I was surprised that Spurs manager Tim Sherwood changed his game plan, with his preferred 4-4-2 system being replaced by the more disciplined approach that his predecessor Andre Villas-Boas generally adopted during his tenure as gaffer.
However, despite a poor first-half display, the change of tactics set us on our way to a comprehensive victory against the struggling Swans and Emmanuel Adebayor’s red-hot form in front of goal continued.
The result means we have now won five games out of six in the Premier League. After a nightmare December for Spurs, January has brought us greater fortune and more promise for the reminder of the season.
What has changed? I think Sherwood is getting the very best out of personnel that seemed to have been out of favour under Villas-Boas’ management.
Adebayor has been on fire since returning to the side and his goals have propelled us up the table, with only goal difference keeping us outside the Champions League spots.
Furthermore, summer signing Christian Eriksen has forced his way into Sherwood’s thoughts, and the faith shown in the Danish playmaker’s ability has been justified with a string of impressive displays. He was excellent again against Swansea, and it was his pinpoint cross which created the crucial goal that put us 1-0 up.
We now have a nine-day break before returning to Premier League action, when we host Manchester City at White Hart Lane, and in the meantime we could see a few players depart.
I personally feel we are well-equipped to continue our challenge for a top-four position with the current crop of players and, although injuries to key men have left the squad frail in recent weeks, we have still picked up positive results.
The imminent returns of Jan Vertonghen, Andros Townsend and Sandro will give Sherwood a healthy selection headache going into forthcoming fixtures and, as a result, I don’t foresee any incoming transfers. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few exits.
Fringe players like Lewis Holtby and Etienne Capoue have been the subject of transfer rumours since the window opened on January 1 and it looks like they may be following Jermain Defoe out of White Hart Lane.
I’d like to know exactly who’s idea it was to sign Holtby. Did AVB really want him or was it a case of beating rivals to his signature? Despite his passion and commitment for the cause, the German hasn’t nailed down a first-team place and he could consequently leave the club just one year after his arrival, which is a worrying thought.
Meanwhile, Manchester City’s visit to north London next week should make for an exciting game, with both sides hitting top form recently.
I feel a positive result in this game could send a real message to our rivals - although we’ll have to be at our very best after our last meeting with Man City, which ended horribly as we were embarrassed 6-0 by the Citizens at the Etihad.
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