On The Defensive

Good morning viewers. 

Transfer rumour wise there is nothing out there at all. Well, once you discount the recycled Edna Hazard stuff of course. But if we learnt anything from the weekend other than the pitfalls of assembling large numbers of Chelsea fans in a public place then it was the desperate need for at least two decent defenders. 

Very few games left until the close of the season and I’d be far more interested in hearing suggestions for two new defensive recruits than more tiring fantasy chatter in favour of landing some Hollywood striker.

King has had it and the kindest words I can muster on that front are that it seems highly improble that there is any way back for the old girl. Gallas was chewed out for a ropy performance on Sunday, but beyond that one game he’s 34 and we might, might just get one more season out of him. 

Dawson could fulfill his potential, but that simply will not happen if the cycle of mend and make do continues. Walker has potential too but as I end up saying every week I don’t believe he’s being coached effectively. The thrill of his pace if all he ever achieves with it is the odd throw in or corner isn’t enough. Especially given we rarely appear to gain any discernible advantage from any set pieces.

This era of chancing our arm defensively has to be closed, Spurs have got to bite the bullet and quit the practice of buying cheap, buying twice. It’s a no brainer that the demands of the Barclays Premier League are such that the days of shipping in some bright prospect and developing him are virtually gone. So stop it and target a pair that have already got their boy scout Defender badges.

I’m unconvinced we’ll secure Champions League football this season. But then Spurs have become a dog chasing a car. What would we do with it if we caught it? 

A goalkeeper isn’t a priority, one bad game doesn’t make Carlo a clown. Deployed right (if they don’t all bail) we have a magnificent midfield. Ade, Rafa, Saha and the Midget Gem can all score if and when properly serviced.

The urgent issue is the back line. Oh yes, that and someone professional to bring it all together, of course.

216 comments

  1. We were driving the car not so long ago.
    A crash was inevitable.
    Is it in any condition to be put back on the road and finish the race?
    Not if the dog’s driving.

  2. John Terry has been playing well lately. And get in Vincent Kompany. Easy-peezy :freu

      1. I think the chances of you dying before the end of August are much bigger than JT playing in lilywhite by then. Thank goodness.

        (this post REALLY isn’t very funny if it turns out that you’re terminally ill or somesuch – so I genuinely hope you’re not…)

        1. No, I’ve retired. Slight touch of arthritis is all and 50 years of disappointments.

  3. One thing: Ade isn’t ours. Are you really happy going into next season with Saha and Defoe as our strikers?

    Other than that, of course we need to sign a younger defender as first choice, we needed to last Summer and this January. I believe Caulker will be eased into the team next season but we will need someone more experienced than that to sit alongside Kaboul.

    Imo Gallas should move on too. Not because of his half-fit jousting with Drog on Sunday, but because he is only ever fit or half-fit for a couple of games in a row. No consistency, no use.

  4. having seen how well swansea have done this season, how about giving steven caulker a run with kaboul with ledley coaching

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