Spurs are architects of their own downfall

Tim Sherwood may be facing an inevitable Spurs exit, but his arguable (hopeful) ‘stint’ as Spurs boss may have uncovered an exceptionally well-disguised career path.

Spurs are architects of their own downfall

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April 15th, 2014

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As Spurs bared no mercy and ruthlessly hit five past a dying Sunderland, it left the vulnerability of the defence under an exceptional blanket of darkness – hidden away from the glaring eye of both fan and media. Sherwood’s ability to use a similar blanket to cover over the obvious cracks deeply-rooted within the football club is reminiscent of a tradesman that should be making weekly appearances on Watchdog because of an appalling and unfinished building job.

As we found ourselves facing a West Brom side that have looked a frail and brittle substitute of their once notorious stubborn selves, our attack would likely enjoy a sea of opportunity in which our own vessel failed to provide suitable support and thus deemed this game a far more open affair than we’d have preferred. Both full-backs have acted as a couple of Achilles heels on a Spurs side that looks incapable of supporting the quality we have in more offensive areas.

The lack of quality at left-back has left us vulnerable for a season that has dissolved into almost nothingness. The absence of Kyle Walker, one of the few that had made great strides in a season that has been almost poison on and off the pitch, has been gigantic. The West Brom game once again demonstrated that more often than not we’re architects of our own downfall. We’re a detriment to our own system and contradict our own style. We operate with a high line without a more comfortable holding player.

We leave our nervous defence exposed every time we’re out of possession and the constant rotation of both centre-halves and central midfielders does little to facilitate team cohesion. Employing a more offensive winger in Chadli alongside Paulinho in centre midfield was greatly exposed and it’s frustrating that it is our own naivety that is essentially digging our own holes.

Harry Kane has slotted into the first team and looks on par with the technical talents we have more offensively in Adebayor and Eriksen. It’s astonishing to think that given his inexperience and the nature of his build that he’s brought a new dimension to the England stereotype of a powerful British centre forward; it’s evident that he operates best with the ball at his feet than in the air. The arguable issue is that he is in a similar mould to Adebayor, and with both operating we lack a real spearhead in our attack; there’s no obvious target man.

It’s regrettable to see us launch so many long balls from the back four to a front two that prefer it at their feet. The turnover in possession was apparent more or less every time and the writing was on the wall prior to Sessegnon making it 3-0 to West Brom. The underlying issue is that we approach every game starved of match preparation. We fail to anticipate or identify the strengths and weaknesses in the opposition whilst lacking a game plan ourselves. It’s little surprise we concede the first goal so often and are notoriously left exposed at the back. The sooner this season reaches its disappointing conclusion, the better.

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