It’s been a bad spell, a definite slump. We all know that. The beautiful football we have been privileged to watch in previous seasons makes the current situation even harder to digest. So what will happen now? What should happen now? Is this a short-term slump or something more ominous? Do we start from scratch or will Levy go all-in?
I guess the answers can be found in the business-like room of Mr Daniel Levy’s mind…and we’d all like to be a fly on that wall! There is no doubting that the Spurs Chairman is an astute businessman and he will be very well aware that all is not well in the State of Tottenham.
Maybe dropping to seventh, eighth, or lower in the PL and missing out on Europe next season, although unthinkable to some, would effectively force Spurs to focus completely on the PL title…and who knows, the reduced number of competitions may even help Spurs to win it. At the least, it would buy time to re-evaluate and make effective improvements to ensure THFC moves forward.
The philosophy of promoting academy players to the PL squad seems to have come to a halt. There are several young players with (apparently) the ability and potential to compete for a first team place but, suddenly, they are not afforded the opportunity…which does seem strange when the current action on the park is less than desirable. I’m not even going to mention the fact that some ‘proven’ current squad players can’t even get a kick…think, Moura!
The business-focused brain of Mr Levy must have factored the consequences of a ‘project’ implosion on the park into his thinking. A reduced global profile leading to a reduction of financial rewards being an obvious major concern for any business where the overall performance is in decline. And no businessman is comfortable with a decline in profits, certainly not our Chairman.
Will Levy go ‘all-in’ to ensure that THFC’s push to join the elite clubs of Europe, a push that has shown endeavour and progress across recent seasons, does not flounder? Unless the current situation improves swiftly this would mean some serious action in the next two or three Transfer Windows. I daresay one the most important considerations for our Chairperson would be to protect the integrity of his reputation…to be criticised in any sense as a failure would be unacceptable to a proud man.
The most obvious problem is that we do not have a settled set of starters. The fact that nobody, including the manager, has any idea what our best starting eleven looks like is an issue that requires rectifying. This is somewhat understandable when you consider that our two most recent signings have enjoyed minimal or zero action on match days. That, of course, is nobody’s fault but does have an impact on the team’s performance and future planning.
Perhaps all of the above is irrelevant and this is simply a period of poor form which, in time, will turn around and normal business will be resumed. But, unfortunately, I doubt that it’s that simple. But, if it is, it will still take some time for that to happen. And, as I’ve pointed out on numerous occasions, we will need to achieve an average of two points per game across the season to contend for a top four finish. Despite this being so early in the season, the reality is that this target is already out of reach.
The only thing that supporters need to concentrate on is to take it one game at a time and enjoy each match in its own right…as if we have a choice! It’s still entertainment, no matter how frustrating it might be.