spurs are like a textbook example of the problem with using statistics to assess sporting performances. On paper it all looks fairly encouraging - every game we have loads of possession, keep clean sheets, are breaking/equally prem points records either overall or for season openings, have signed all this expensive talent and have such strength in depth...
BUT - Jesus Christ we look a bit ****, don't we?! Or (and this is why I'm not sure how bad that performance was, Inda) have I just been spoiled the last few years? After all for much of my adult life Spurs never even qualified for Europe, finishing 5th or 6th in the league was a dream. Now here I am feeling like slating a team who've just won in Europe again (where they've not conceded a goal) and Spurs are 1 point off 2nd in the league, 8 games gone.
There was a time not so long ago that I'd watch Spurs purely in the hope of a result and hopefully a couple of good performances.
In recent years, though, it's been genuinely entertaining and exciting watching Spurs. Spurs had this reputation of beautiful football but TBH that was all based on old history until recently. We saw very little of it from the mid-90s to Ramos.
Nowadays I feel I'm back to just hoping for results. First we have to wait for AVB to bed in, now we have to wait for seven/eight/nine new players to bed in and become familiar with each other. And for half of them "becoming familiar with" will mean "realising they're ****".
The football and performances have been crap so far. For about 15 months now. I don't want to get on AVB's back cos he DOES need time and now he DOES need to learn about these players and they need time to learn.
One last thought I had during the game: Most on here would say that players like Dawson and Defoe are central to the team. I certainly would. And yet they've both been around for a while and all had far better players ahead of them previously. In the past I was happy to sell Defoe - we had much better options. Yes Defoe's improved in recent years (I think) but I think the newly-high status of players who were once fringe players says something. Are ANY of our midfielders as good as Modric, VDV? Have any had the impact that Krancjar had in his first few months at the club? I've not even mentioned Bale.
Yes we signed 100m worth of talent. But made barely any net spend. So basically we sold our best player and spent the money on cheaper replacements. So that's exactly the same as it's been for years. And how many times did we have cause to regret losing Carrick, Barbatov, Modric and now Bale?
Why is a waif-like kid who is not ready for the first team worth 30m, by the way? Does that make Tom Carroll worth 40m? I really hope I see an answer to these questions at some point.