Forget Defoe; Reasons To Be Cheerful, 1-2-3By: Robert Reed | February 4th, 2013
OK. Time to turn that frown upside down.
Much has been said, certainly by myself, about our failure to buy the striker required to give us a bare minimum of cover up front. Now, in the light of Defoe’s injury and the implications thereof be they a two week or two month lay off; the knowledge that the worst has already happened has brought with it for me a strange tranquility.
Nothing can be done now; it is too late so I am not going to mope about with a face like the proverbial, harping on about grim predictability and the short sightedness of the ownership. Instead I will smile and look on the bright side; like a shell shock victim whose foot has been blown off but is nonetheless happy with his new paperweight.
So, carrying on in that mindset of warmth and contentment; that Gareth Bale, he’s playing a bit well isn’t he?
At times an organised defence can make him disappear from games, and guile is something he needs to work on. At other times though he does fit that much overused description of being unplayable.
No footballer in the history of the game has ever gone through a whole match being unplayable, but the very best have those flashes where even though the opposition know exactly what the player is trying to do and have time to react, there is still nothing at all they can do about it; the guy is just too good. Bale has those moments.
As fantastic and as uplifting as those moments are, I’m surely not alone in having them tainted with a slight feeling of dread. I have visions of foreign managers pressing pause on the remote control and picking up the phone to their chairman.
Yes Gareth is certainly our great white hope and in the last two fixtures he has turned one point into four points on his own. While we have the young Welsh lad in this form we will always stand a chance of achieving what we all want to achieve.
We do all want the same thing after all; Champions League qualification. From those deluded enough to think Daniel Levy is infallible, to those paranoid enough to think he deliberately wants us to fail, and all those inbetween; we are of a like mind broadly speaking. Everyone is a supporter, whatever their viewpoint.
So therefore let us celebrate being one point away from third place. It may be a draw at Norwich and a 0-1 win against a ten man West Brom side which got us there but we are there nonetheless.
Continuing in this optimistic vein; as Togo lost their quarter final Adebayor will be back from the AFCON tournament tomorrow. Yes he has been abysmal this season, but the circumstances of this situation may help his form.
He will return as the main man in Tottenham’s attack. The notion of strolling into White Hart Lane like Clint Eastwood and single handedly taking the attacking role by the scruff of the neck may well appeal to him. He is after all a big, tough guy with an incredibly fragile ego who I believe needs to feel indispensable and important.
During the tournament he only scored one goal; he is far from prolific as we know, but his presence up front scared the life out of the Ivory Coast team by all accounts and that is what we need. He will score the odd goal, but as we saw last season he can really bring the best out of our midfield when he is on form. He can be the focal point of the team.
Another plus point for us could be the fixture list. We have a game against Newcastle next Saturday at home, and then a double header against Lyon for us all to enjoy. I want us to do well in the Europa League, but as the Premiership is such a priority I see these as no pressure games and a win-win situation. We go through and it is good for morale, we go out and we can concentrate solely on the league. Magic.
Our only other game this month is against West Ham, and then we play Arsenal at the start of March in a game which should hopefully see Younes Kaboul at least on the bench.
So, nil desperandum (as long as Bale stays fit).
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