After Tottenham's 2-2 draw with Basel on Thursday, Tottenham FanZoner Abbi Summers says she won't be sad to see the back of William Gallas.
Thursday's disappointing performance against Basel has made it increasing clear that recent European nights have been ruined by a show of school-boy defending. Andre Villas-Boas has opted for the same back line in most of the Europa League ties choosing Gallas and Jan Vertonghen at the heart of the defence. Despite the appeals from the majority of Spurs fans including myself, it seems AVB is adamant on keeping Gallas there regardless of the amount of defensive errors and careless mistakes he might make.
I think it is safe to say that at the end of this season many will breathe a sigh of relief knowing Gallas' contract will have expired and can no longer contribute to the shambolic defending we saw on Thursday and throughout this season's Europa League. There comes a point when AVB must realise that the ex-Arsenal captain is causing more damage than good and for the sake of the team should really leave the Frenchman warming the bench.
Despite being partnered with Vertonghen, who in my opinion is one of the buys of the season, it doesn't seem to make much difference to Gallas and the rest of the back four. To be honest last night's performance was definitely not one of the Belgian's best, however he continues to play solidly beside Michael Dawson in the Premier League and has even netted his fair share of goals including a stunner against Swansea last Saturday. But why is it that every other Thursday Spurs fans worry about what defensive error one of our back four will make?
Neither Kyle Naughton or Benoit Assou-Ekotto have helped the cause as both have been prone to sloppy defending and getting caught at the back one too many times. Perhaps the issue is that as a team we play such a high line. Maybe this is the cause of the problem, especially without the pace and cover to get back. Ultimately the tactics and team selection are down to AVB and how as a manager he can tackle situations like this and stop it from being such a prevalent occurrence.
It is a safe to say that a 2-2 scoreline is flattering towards Tottenham, when in truth we were outplayed by Basel and the two-legged tie could have been completely over before we've even boarded the plane to Switzerland.
With most fans waiting in baited breath to see the results of Gareth Bale's scan, the remaining seven Premier League fixtures and the clash at St Jakob-Park next week are looking even more daunting than before.
Injuries to Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe have made the upcoming weeks harder and it is down to the defence to make sure they are as focused and solid as can be. Bagging three massive points against Everton this Sunday will be crucial in the push for one of those sacred Champions League places and will rely on the importance of AVB's defensive selection and tactics. All we Spurs fans can do is hope for a redeeming performance from the players this weekend and a strong defence while keep our fingers firmly crossed for the quick return of Bale.