No chalkboard today as it’s a lot of work to say ‘Can you play Hugo and Ade, please?’ My suspicion is that the boss won’t but come what may I really do hope that he is quicker to make alterations than in the last few outings.
Bale playing on the left was dominant against Norwich and nothing here suggests to me why he would not want to repeat that today. The man I ‘d like most to step up should he feature is Siggardson. Gylfi has been a bit of a lost soul of late and I’m convinced there is more to him than this.
The injury situation is grim. We’re missing the wit and craft in the middle of the pitch that should ignite the rest of the team. Instead we have Huddlestone firing beautiful passes whilst acting like he’s wearing an invisible wheel clamp. Livermore needs screaming at, cuddling …something to encourage him to show some character.
I’ll be backing a win. But I fear a 1-1 draw. The Lane crowd need to live up to the outstanding performance of our support at Carrow Road and dare I say it Arsenal’s mob at Reading. That is how you cheer your side on. Not by wandering around telling anyone who’ll listen how much your season ticket cost you.
Tottenham (from): Friedel, Lloris, Cudicini, Gomes, Naughton, Walker, Caulker, Gallas, Dawson, Vertonghen, Livermore, Parrett, Huddlestone, Mason, Carroll, Sandro, Sigurdsson, Lennon, Townsend, Bale, Falque, Dempsey, Obika, Defoe, Adebayor.
Wigan (from): Al Habsi, Pollitt, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, Beausejour, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Maloney, Kone, Boselli, Gomez, Watson, Jones, McManaman, Fyvie, Lopez, Mustoe, Golobart, Stam, Di Santo, Orsula.