Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Home » » Pace isn't everything
Why do so many Spurs fans suggest we lack the pace to hit teams on the counter attack when we were doing so quite successfully last term? Successful until that is we got in sight of goal, then our six against one attacks came to nothing as player after player made the wrong decision or Ryan mason missed the target.
our counter attacking was quite successful and Vincent Janssen has speed enough. I get that pace is an advantage, but finishing is a greater advantage, a fast player who then can't convert or play the right final ball has simply wasted his pace.
It takes more than mere speed to counter attack, Alli is no slouch, Walker, Rose both provide pace on the flanks. The quickest way to get from one end of the field to the other is to pass the ball, the ball moves quicker than any player and where we need to address our game is passing, the speed of passing.
Still we are seeing players stand still waiting for the ball as it is slowly stroked towards them, playing into the oppositions hands. Just because you have time on a ball doesn't mean you can slowly pass to someone else, our passing needs to be sharp and crisp with excellent close control. The movement off the ball hasn't been there yet this season