I managed to watch most of first half of the Red Bulls game before the commentary snuck into my brain and began carrying out a living autopsy… so then I opted to forward fast through the second half stopping only to watch the goals.
There’s no need to get to uptight. We won and it was only a preseason. But there are some areas nevertheless of mild concern.
Bentley I want to work. I never had a hate on for the guy. But if Bale is determined to pursue his vision as a number 9 or 7 or whatever then we will need more than him on the wing to facilitate. He was predictable, slow and generally weak.
Obvious positives were Bale and Gilly. Clearly cut from the same cloth is Harry Kane. I’m hesitant with the youngsters but at this stage it’s clear to see why Villas-Boas is interested in him.
Thud started off poorly, constantly giving the ball away, had a couple of nice touches including the shot then fizzled out. Last night he and Jake were no DM pairing of distinction. Jake didn’t actually do very much.
Nice to see Teemu again :wub: and despite carrying a few pounds and coming back from a nasty injury he hustled and moved the ball about nicely.
And so to the Modric business. Strange one this.
The truth is that some players and/or their agents unilaterally wander off and shake hands on a move to a new club. Then the club’s raunchy Presidents talk to each other and start pointing out really dull stuff like ‘contractual obligations’.
So ickle Luka appears to have been busted. Andrès Villas-Boas told ESPN:
“Luka is doing double sessions on his own in London. When we get back to London I will give some of the players some time off and when we return to sessions we will decide what is best for Luka to do,” Villas-Boas said.
“He is a Tottenham player obviously, but he has to be in good mental condition to return to our training because his colleagues are one level up in terms of preparation and fitness.
“So we will have to setup a program for him that gradually brings him up to the team, that gradually brings him to fitness level – and then see what happens.”