Search

Inside Lane: ‘Retro’ Spurs have gone back to the 90s

07:40 20 March 2014

Hugo Lloris is left on his knees after last week

Hugo Lloris is left on his knees after last week's Europa League defeat against Benfica at White Hart Lane

EMPICS Sport

Tottenham blogger Ben Bloom says Spurs’ lack of creativity has been horribly exposed without Gareth Bale, and that Lilywhites fans can consequently start their summers early.

West Brom away (67th minute), Newcastle at home (78), West Ham away (90), Southampton at home (86) and Sunderland at home (89).

On no fewer than five occasions between January and May 2013 did Gareth Bale live up to his name and bail Spurs out of trouble with late winners.

A team lacking finishing, attacking flair and on numerous occasions coherent ideas was indebted to the brilliance of the man who would become the most expensive footballer ever.

It was almost solely down to the Welshman that the battle for fourth went down to the final game last season – where, despite yet another last-minute Bale strike to defeat Sunderland, the quest finally ended with Arsenal gaining the three points needed.

Players and managers have come and gone but there is one cog missing. The genius is no longer among the ranks to mask everyone else’s inadequacies.

There was no-one on hand to keep Spurs’ sinking heads above water and provide a late winner at Hull last month. No-one could prevent a dismal defeat at Norwich. And, although we finally saw something resembling fight on Sunday, sacrificing the three points to Arsenal seemed a foregone conclusion with half an hour left.

Fortune (or more accurately Damien Comolli) gave Spurs the joy of having Bale at the club last season. Without him the chances are we would have been in an identical position to the one we are currently in.

Instead, delayed for a year, it is time for Spurs fans to bring forward their off-season plans and revert to whatever we did from March onwards during the 1990s. Remember the days when Europe wasn’t even on our radar?

There are still eight league matches to play, yet the stakes could barely be lower. Taking games in hand into account, we are theoretically 12 points off the top four and left fighting to be in a competition – the Europa League – that would almost certainly be more detrimental next season than beneficial.

Victory in every remaining match – and seven of the eight seem very winnable – will not be enough. So the season is over. Let transfer speculation begin. Start the drawn-out process of not sacking, then not backing and finally ditching Tim Sherwood. And let’s start summer early.

This is how it used to be for Spurs fans 10 or 20 years ago. Just pretend we’re being retro.

Follow me on Twitter @benbloomsport

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Tomorrow, 08:00
Charlie Hodgson kicked three penalties in Saracens' victory over Exeter on Sunday. Pic: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Saracens’ director of rugby Mark McCall is confident his current squad can maintain the club’s momentum at the top of the table, despite the absence of key international stars due to the Six Nations.

15:41
Left to right: Amir Castronovo, Gabriele Giovannoni, Alexis Lambropoulos, Ella McEver, Marlie Rittenhouse, Julia Murphy and Ally Dill

Eleven-year-old rising star Brandon Biss led the way as Camden Swiss Cottage picked up 68 medals over three weekends of racing in the County Championships.

15:38
Hendon's man of the match Harry Charles. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon progressed to the quarter-finals of the Middlesex Vase after coming from behind to beat Millfield Old Boys 40-21 in a rollercoaster encounter.

Right-back Kieran Trippier scored Tottenham's winning goal in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Watford at White Hart Lane

Tottenham blogger Chris Miller feels that, while Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies got into some dangerous positions against Watford on Saturday, they could have made more of the opportunities.

15:49
Matt Botha scored Hampstead & Westminster's goal. Pic: Mark Clews

Hampstead & Westminster’s men returned from the winter break with a 3-1 home defeat against basement boys Canterbury, leaving them one point outside the bottom two in the Premier Division.

Yesterday, 18:30
Hendon manager Gary McCann. Pic: Andrew Aleksiejczuk

Hendon manager Gary McCann branded his side’s performance “embarrassingly poor” after Metropolitan Police striker Leon Smith hit a hat-trick to secure a 3-0 victory against his former club on Saturday.

Yesterday, 17:04
Tommy Tejan-Sie lets fly for Wingate & Finchley. Pic: Martin Addison

Wingate & Finchley captain Marc Weatherstone feels the Blues have gained an important boost of confidence after earning their first win in 10 games by beating Burgess Hill Town 5-1 in the Ryman League Premier Division on Saturday.

Yesterday, 14:41
Highgate Harriers' Oran Gallagher was fourth in the boys' Under-13 race. Pic: Dieter Perry

Highgate Harriers’ Under-11 boys romped to victory in round four of the North West London Young Athletes League at the Bannister Stadium on Saturday.

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe