More than just a draw

Monday 21st January 2013 16:33

Dempsey: last-gasp strike

Dempsey: last-gasp strike

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Tottenham FanZoner Nik Wardle says the performance against Man United will give the players a big lift.

Tottenham prove they belong in top four

Okay, so Sunday's draw against Man Utd only earns us one point - but psychologically it could earn us so much more. It's been six weeks since Spurs last lost and if this kind of level of performance and stability continues, we will finish in the top four. It's a big 'if' though.

Even if we had not got the late equaliser, Spurs fans could still have been pleased about the performance. Man Utd defended very cleverly - getting men behind the ball in the right positions, making it difficult to create space in and around the box. With the absence of a big man up front, crosses from deep were always going to be largely fruitless against Ferdinand and Vidic. But we persevered and got our just rewards.

Two points from the last two games is not top four form, but we picked up zero points from the corresponding fixtures last season and with a little sharper finishing, it could've been six!

January has been a fairly quiet month transfer wise for us so far. New signing Zeki Fryers is reportedly 'one for the future', but at 20-years-old already, he had better develop soon! Lewis Holtby will arrive next season and should provide decent competition for the likes of Dempsey and Sigurdsson. Of course, Spurs fans would love some new, big-name signings, but, perhaps, AVB is wise to stick with what he has.

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Names banded around as potential signings have included Joao Moutinho and Wesley Sneijder, but a big signing with a big ego could upset the current good feeling amongst the squad. It's true that we are light up front - in terms of numbers as Adebayor is away in Africa, but also in terms of quality as the aforementioned player has been dreadful all season. Although I don't think we are wise to make wholesale changes this January, I think we should look to bring in an extra striker - even if it's on loan.

Losing Sandro to injury for the season is a big blow, but as long as we don't lose any more key players to long term injuries, we should have enough to be in-and-around fourth place come May. If we show the commitment we did against Man Utd in every game, the season should end fruitfully. Managing this big 'if' is how AVB will be judged.

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