FEB 28 — Never have I seen so much rubbish as displayed by Tottenham Hotspur in the pathetic display against Arsenal on Sunday.
It was a splendid display from the Gunners but Arsene Wenger has to now content himself with sporadic performances that he dreamt would be the norm.
When certain players do turn up and perform to their best, Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott being the two, then it makes for a perfect showing which is exactly what happened at The Emirates.
On the other hand, Spurs have had players playing to their potential but unfortunately there is a disruptive force in the manager. Tactics and strategy will never be Harry Redknapp’s forte but the least he can do is not change something good that is happening for him.
The squad that Spurs have is as good as any among the top clubs in Europe but to start experimenting at this stage of the season is suicidal. It happened against Stevenage in the FA Cup and now to get quite simply thrashed at Arsenal has to be the final straw.
The deployment of Louis Saha as the backup striker to Emmanuel Adebayor when it had been the other way around against Newcastle was baffling.
The Manchester City loanee never looks happy with his back to goal especially with such a poor first touch. And Saha never looks happy when he has to get a sweat.
The time has surely come to say goodbye to Ledley King and I say this with a very heavy heart about the career of a once top-class defender who struggles in a way like never before.
He was exposed by Manchester City and last weekend he looked slow and cumbersome. He is a true legend in my eyes but the future for the club is without him.
When Scott Parker starts making forward runs like Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard, you surely know the shape and discipline of the team, never mind direction, is lost. The defensive midfielder often gets into his head that he is a hotshot attacking midfielder and although his legs get him into forward positions, he lacks the guile to hurt opponents.
Never mind the space he leaves unguarded in central midfield.
The enigma that is becoming Gareth Bale! His strength is his physical ability to run with the ball best exploited in a wide left position.
His name and reputation has been built on that but unfortunately for some not-so-clever thinking from the team management, Bale is being deployed in more central positions and against Arsenal in the second half, he was played wide right.
Talk about shooting themselves in the foot and Spurs did exactly that to perfection.
There is an expression in the English language and it goes like this, “If it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it”, but for the life of me Harry Redknapp is bent on doing just that.
Or is there an “outside” influence involved?
* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.