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The Breakdown: Spurs’ title credentials reviewed.

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Can this side go all the way? (©GettyImages)
Can this side go all the way? (©GettyImages).

Tottenham Hotspur right back Kyle Walker is the latest person from the club to claim they can win the title.

 

While they are playing extremely well at the moment, brushing aside one team after another with some exceptional football, is this really a legitimate claim?

 

Harry Redknapp and Scott Parker have also echoed the young England international’s sentiments, but what do you expect them to say if they are asked?

 

Givemefootball.com will go through each area of the Tottenham team to identify what changes, if any, are needed if the Lilywhites want to realise their dream of a first title since the 1961 double-winning side.

 

Goalkeeper

 

Brad Friedel is proving to be evergreen since his move from Aston Villa in the summer with a series of impressive performances. It is said a good ‘keeper can make a difference of ten points over a season, which can make a decisive difference in a race for the title.

 

They have reliable back-up in Carlo Cudicini, but Heurelho Gomes must be kept away from any crucial game at all costs.

 

Verdict: Challengers

 

Defence

 

Spurs have a good set of bodies in the middle of their rear-guard, but there are a couple of worries with the fitness, as ever, of captain Ledley King, while Michael Dawson has also had his own long-term injury woes.

 

Younes Kaboul is having his most impressive season yet in the Premier League and has helped to fill the gap left by Dawson very well. William Gallas is a wily campaigner now, but there are the usual concerns over a player at this stage in their career – he has also had his fair share of fitness problems.

 

Sebastien Bassong is a worry, as he looks like he is unable to play the role of understudy without losing sharpness and tends to make remarks to the press about playing time.

 

Spurs have two of the best full-backs in the Premier League but will have problems if they are injured, as Vedran Corluka is not happy and wants to leave. Danny Rose puts in a lot of effort when called upon, but it is not his natural berth.

 

Verdict: Need better back-up

 

Midfield

 

Spurs have one of the top midfields in the league and will have no problems beating most teams, should they all stay fit.

 

If Scott Parker were to get injured they may find themselves in greater trouble, even though Sandro is a fine replacement, Spurs will lose about 10 percent of the work-rate the England man provides.

 

Luka Modric is the side’s creative hub and they will struggle to create if they lose him to injury or Chelsea. Harry Redknapp does not really have a replacement for him, especially since Niko Kranjcar is currently injured and also looking for a move.

 

In Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, Spurs have two of the league’s premier wingers, though they will be in big trouble should they lose the former. Bale provides a large chunk of goals and assists for the team, but his general presence also allows space for others to thrive, such as Rafael van der Vaart.

 

Verdict: Reliant on fitness of first choice, need quality creative back-up

 

 

Attack

 

Emmanuel Adebayor is on a hot streak at the moment and Spurs will need him to continue that if they are to have any chance of finishing top. The alternative is him sulking and his work rate dropping – he has previous in this regard.

 

There is also the thought that Manchester City may consider recalling him from his loan, if Spurs were to become a serious threat to the destination of the league title.

 

They need him firing because the understudies are just not up to scratch. Jermain Defoe, while being a talented forward, is not having his best couple of years and doesn’t seem able to lead the line in Redknapp’s current system.

 

Spurs fans already talk about Roman Pavlyuchenko in the past tense and Giovani Dos Santos is not up to Premier League football.

 

Verdict: Ominously short, need siginings in January

 

Overall verdict: There is no doubt Spurs have a chance in their current state, but that chance is only slight – unless they make some quality January additions.

Topics:
Tottenham Hotspur
Internationals
Football
Scott Parker
Premier League
Kyle Walker
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