Date: 9th March 2018 at 3:26pm
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Right, let`s finish the season strongly and forget this week ever happened with a good win this weekend.

Hard to do, of course, but we`ve still got a lot to play for this season and so we cannot simply start feeling sorry for ourselves and, in the long run, it should strengthen us mentally.

Looking ahead to the game with Bournemouth, then, I think it is time Pochettino gives Lucas Moura a long-awaited start in the Premier League.

I`ve been of the opinion for a while that Dele Alli needs to come out of the side for a period of time, so he can recharge and then go again and now seems the right moment.

Of course, we`ve a less-packed fixture list now and so resting players isn`t as important but Alli is out of form, too, so we might as well hook him for a bit.

Moura, meanwhile, should be pretty fresh as we`ve only seen him in dribs and drabs rather than over a prolonged section of the season.

That makes sense, of course, as he surely needs to get up to speed with how we play and the top flight in this country but, at the end of the day, only playing in it is going to do that.

From what I`ve seen of Moura, he looks like he could be an explosive player for us with plenty of tricks and pace out-wide – certainly something different to largely what we`ve got in the squad.

And, with the need to banish the week`s result as quickly as possible in mind, the fizz of the Brazilian should cure any Champions League hangover providing the rest of the players are also ready to respond.

You never know, too, it might be the start of another midfielder`s great spell at the club.

Should Moura play this weekend? Let me know in the poll!

 

44 Replies to “Is There A Long Overdue Start On The Way For Spurs Star?”

  • On offense he’s probably up to speed, but I’m not sure about whether he’s sufficiently trained in how Poch expects players to cover for one another on defense. Being unsure about this, I’m unsure about how much time he should be on the pitch. Always better to bed in the new talent a wee bit too slowly than a wee bit to quickly. The real goal is to get him fully integrated in the team’s way of doing things. He needs some time on the pitch to do this.

  • He has to stay on the bench unfortunately same as Lamela – Son is in brilliant form and Alli even if not scoring has been assisting and making himself busy. Not so many games now and decent rest period in between so some of the pressure is off in that respect. That said it’s good to know we have Lamela, Moura, etc waiting in the wings if needs be.

  • He has to stay on the bench unfortunately same as Lamela – Son is in brilliant form and Alli even if not scoring has been assisting and making himself busy. Not so many games now and decent rest period in between so some of the pressure is off in that respect. That said it’s good to know we have Lamela, Moura, etc waiting in the wings if needs be.

  • David … I agree with you. Give him some minutes on the pitch during the rest of this season and, in the meantime, MP can work on what he needs to do in time for next season.

  • Long awaited PL start? He only arrived at the end of January. What is the rush? Only MP and his staff knows when he’ll be ready and needed, maybe tomorrow, maybe not. … And, why does Dele need re-charging? He’s looking fully charged to me.

  • Dier might be out which would give MP a chance to add another goalscorer/assist type player Moura would be my choice playing with son. Dele could be rested for Lamela. MP will play the usual two DM’s as he is so predictable and rigid in this area so i suspect wanyama to replace dier which is ok as wanyama does go forward with the ball and doesn’t play it back as soon as he is under pressure. Coy

  • MP is predictable and rigid? Have you not been watching Spurs very much these past seasons under Poch? Have you not seen how Spurs play mostly as an attacking force, from the halfway line, forward? Have you not seen Dembele move forward in attack after attack, this season? Have you not seen the movement of our attacking midfield players in general? They are everywhere! (As is Harry) Oh, and when Dier plays as a DM’er, have you also not seen that he often gets into advanced positions himself and is very much a forward thinking player as well as being solid defensively. … Try watching more of the football palmover, it’s far more entertaining than studying the team-sheet.

  • HT, I suppose no matter result one or both teams will suffer and make it worse if we manage to pick up 3 points so I think none of them want a draw when we are just behind them both

  • Off topic but I’m watching Man U – Liverpool, and you can just see how Mourinho has his teams drilled and prepared tactically. Normally De Gea plays from the back, but because Mourinho knows that Klopp’s teams use the high press, De Gea is systematically kicking it long to nullify the press. The attention to detail is impressive. I’m all for having a philosophy, but sometimes you need the flexibility to divert from your main tactical principles, when the situation/opponent calls for it. I hope MP is watching.

  • BS true but in Poch?s defense he did change the tactic against Liverpool when they put 3 men outside the 18 yard line on goal kicks and we went long also. When they pulled back we went back to playing out of the back. We did have trouble at the very early stage of the game but we changed it up to counter. Would you agree that Poch is getting better at the tactical side of the game?

  • I?ve been thinking a lot about the tactical side of the game and how Managers handle it. Is it that Pep has all the tactical knowledge (or Mourinho) or do they have specific tacticians on their staff who analyse opponents for weaknesses, strengths, tendencies, soft spots, psychological weaknesses, etc. I know we have assistant coaches who may be good at training and the physical aspect of the game but do we have people who are really smart, tactically? I ask out of ignorance of the managerial make up and the knowledge of how important these types of people are in the NFL.

  • We thrashed Liverpool at Wembley, 4-1. They had the vast majority of possession and almost our entire team for the most part of that match, played mostly in our half because of it. How the hell did MP work that one out? It wasn’t much different to how we somehow outdid Real at Wembley. Predictable and rigid? Not really…

  • Where were Mourinhos great tactics when we humiliated them at Wembley recently? It was game over after 60 minutes and there was no response from Man United. They seemed to just give up as we completely dominated.

  • In contrast, we go 2-0 down to Juventus in Italy and still come back to 2-2. When was the last time anyone was able to do that to Juventus?

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