Date: 3rd December 2018 at 10:00am
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With London derby disappointment ringing in the ears of plenty following the frustrating 4-2 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, Tottenham Hotspur face a quick turnaround in the fixture list and this Wednesday we welcome Southampton to Wembley Stadium for the next clash.

With such a poor performance at the weekend, manager Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for far better once again especially as Southampton are a side significantly struggling themselves in the campaign of 2018/19 and even despite the Arsenal defeat, form is on our side (as long as there isn’t a hangover from the loss) and there will be questions asked if we can’t bounce back here.

We head into the game now in fifth place in the Premier League table joint on points with Arsenal, and third place is only a point away, so as long as we get back to winning ways the last match won’t define our season.

That’s what everyone will be hoping to see us do.

Erik Lamela and Kieran Trippier could be back in contention for this one as well.

 

96 Replies to “Spurs Look To March On Against The Struggling Saints – Match Thread”

  • BS….my god mate, totally agree again! with you lol! regards Tom Davies over Grealish, every time I watch TD play I think there is Spurs player in there, he is pretty good now, but would be even better, esp, with what Poch and his team would/could do with him. COYS

  • Yeah good call on Tom Davies, I think he’s better than Grealish personally, even if he hasn’t hit the levels of his a few years ago.

  • Ossie – he’s still only 20 years old so I suppose it’s normal to expect some bumps in the road. But he’s got talent and PL experience, and more importantly, still a whole career ahead of him.

  • BS….just as you said only 20 years old, still a baby, well to me anyway, so again as you said “still a whole career ahead of him” thus perfect for Spurs and the future. Get him signed. COYS

  • Clearly we do need a back up striker, but it’s going to be difficult to get the quality we need, who will also be willing to play 2nd fiddle to Kane. Central midfield is vital to how the team performs, Dier and Winks are just not good enough if we want to challenge for top honours. Dier is another one who’s gone backwards along with Dele.

  • Fanman – If I’m understanding you right you admit that we are weakest up front but want to spend the money in an area where we are stronger because its easier to find players there. You want to buy what’s available not what we need. You don’t see the flaw in your logic ?

  • I would like us to sign Zaha as can play on either wing, even up front and he’s home-grown and a London boy at heart. He would give us a lot of flexibility including being able to push Sonny up front if necessary. Would hit the ground running as already starring for CP in the Prem. Will cost £50-60m but so be it I think in the current market he’d be worth it.

  • I think Dier is a quality player – good passer, good vision, decent tackle, etc. Similar to Carrick and we should be glad we’ve got him. If we want someone more physical we also have Wanyama who again is a quality player – needs to recover fully from injury though. In CM I think for the time being we are fine with Dembele, Sissoko and Winks. We need to get Dembele back from injury and keep Sissoko firing, Winks will improve more and more the more he plays also. Lewis Cook was one I’d be interested in as he looks to be a quality player and potentially future England captain.

  • Frank, etc – as regards Janssen if he’s fit by January – loan him to another Prem club and see how he does – if he shows promise bring him back if not off load abroad most likely in the summer for £10-15m and accept you can’t win them all. 1 problem might be Levy wanting to make a profit on him as he’s still only 24/25 and could have best year’s ahead of him especially in a less talented league – Holland, Portugal, etc.

  • Hey Jod, I don’t think that we’re weakest up front. Admittedly, we only have one quality number 9, but I think the team is capable of scoring goals without Kane. If I recall correctly we went through a short spell without him last season and we still scored goals and won games. From my perspective we’re lacking real quality in centre midfield, which is possibly the most important area of the field. I think that getting a quality central midfield partnership is more important than getting a striker who’s going to be on the bench as long as Kane is fit.

  • Jod – it is apparently lost on you that Mousa Dembélé is out of a contract at the end of the season, and that he’s going to be an injury-prone (unlikely to get better with age) 32 year-old at the start of next season. Is he even going to get a new contract?

    Nobody is disputing the fact that we need a proper second striker, but does that mean we just ignore any other squad need?

    Or should we wait until Mousa leaves and adopt a very reactive approach to squad management?

  • BS I assume we’ll address it in the summer assuming Dembele does not get a new contract but you’re right in your approach to squad management and getting things done in an orderly fashion. 2nd striker, potentially another CM and a LW for me would do perfectly. 2-3 quality players so we can challenge properly on all 4 fronts and not be hindered by one or the other especially when it comes to fixture clog-ups like currently being experienced.

  • El Jefe – the irony is that many posters, jod not the least of them, have argued many times that it’s unrealistic to expect any new incoming player to perform right away. I believe that’s debatable, but even if I go along with the thinking, wouldn’t that be even more reason to be proactive and anticipate squad needs in positions where we have ageing players?

    CB has been addressed with the signings of Sanchez and Foyth (somewhat mitigating Toby’s potential departure and Jan’s age), but where in the squad do we have a young player who can do the things Mousa can? I am a huge fan of Harry Winks, and I believe he is eventually going to be a very good player, but relying on him to do what Mousa does would be putting him under extreme pressure.

  • That is correct Jod, if i feel to talk about midfielders I will….matter of fact Ill talk about whatever i will regardless if you think its relevant or whatever you think..

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