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Monday, 16 January 2017

Gary Neville: Is Spurs squad strong enough?


Another ex-manchester United winner, Gary Neville, is unsure like his former teammate paul Scholes, that Tottenham can win the Premier League this season. he likes what is happening at the club and loves watching Spurs play.

“Tottenham are a joy to watch and the way they play the game under Mauricio Pochettino. What they are doing there is very good, the young players coming through, there’s a pathway there and a belief and an identity to the team. 
“Can they win the league? The doubt I have is I’m not sure they are strong enough in depth and when the games kick in again, I’m just not sure they have enough, but actually I love watching them and wonder whether they’ve got a strong enough, robust enough spine to win the league and see it though to the end.”

That squad strength will be tested in the coming weeks with Jan Vertonghen believed to have a bad injury after turning his ankle stretching for a ball on Saturday lunchtime against WBA. Kevin Wimmer or Ben Davies will have to deputise if Mauricio Pochettino retains a back three. With the Europa League kicking in in a month Danny Rose may well have a lot of work to do.

To rest him means resting Ben Davies, although he hasn't had much football thanks to an injury of his own. Wimmer and Davies might have to do a bit of rotating. How will we handle that, we'll have to see, but it may well answer Neville's question and determine our season.

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  2. Well Wimmer stepped in brilliantly for 15 games around this time last year. He was arguably better than Vertonghen, in those particular matches, not saying he's a better player but is developing. Jan is important, but it's really Toby that is the main man. Wimmer had one or two poor matches this season but he showed his ability when we needed him last season. We also have Davies, who played so well for Wales in that position in the Euros. We'll see what happens.

  3. Wimmer will fill in for Vertonghen just fine. He did well when he had to step in last season for several games. He also fits nicely into the left side of our new back 3 system, having already played there against Arsenal and Watford. Any harm from Jan's absence will be offset by Lamela's return. People forget how instrumental Lamela is to how our team plays since he's been out for a while. He is constantly the one who leads the team in winning back the ball quickly when we lose possession. When we went through a poor patch earlier in the season, I suspected Lamela's absence was actually more harmful to our performances than missing Toby or Harry.

    On a separate note, I don't understand why people like Scholes become pundits/analysts. When asked if Spurs can win the title, he responds "they don't have the bottle, it's as simple as that." If you can't speak at least three complete sentences to support your point of view, then you obviously shouldn't be paid to provide your insights.



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