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Spurs – Burnley Preview: Will Keane Play Left Mid? Is Dawson A Jedi Yet?

Two consecutive defeats it may be, but even the most pessimistic amongst us have struggled to make a convincing case for this being a crisis. Man Utd and Chelski are the best two teams in the country, and amongst the best handful in Europe. Losing to them is not exactly to be welcomed, but neither is it a cause for alarm. That we have lost two games on the bounce says more about the quirks of the fixture-list than any catastrophe at N17.Losing at home to Burnley would be a slightly different kettle of fish however. For a team with aspirations of the top six and possibly more, home games against the newly-promoted ought to represent three points. A defeat here really would undo much of the good work of August, shunting us further towards mid-table and giving a signal to the doleful chap at the back to start ringing the alarm bells.

However, I do not really see this worst-case scenario transpiring. Any suggestion that the consecutive defeats had caused a crisis of confidence was quickly dispelled with the midweek mauling of Preston. In attack in particular, the impression is of a bunch of top-quality players chomping at the bit.

Square Building-Blocks, Triangle-Shaped Holes 

Time For Dawson To Prove Himself A True Jedi 


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7 replies on “Spurs – Burnley Preview: Will Keane Play Left Mid? Is Dawson A Jedi Yet?”

Chuck Jenas out. Bring in Kranjcar on the left. Start with Keane and Defoe up front. Crouch in second half if needed.

I like Harry but when he comes out and says Carlo Cuddles has don’t anything wrong and plays him ahead of Gomes, then it worries me.

To a degree I understand the Keeno fascination because he must have him on there as a leader and his chosen captian but surely by now he can see a partnership with Defoe and Crouch is best.

Would also personally opt for Keane and Defoe to start up top, with Crouch as impact sub.
Suspect Jenas will play centre mid if Hudd drops back to defence.

I remember being in the upper stand behind the goal where Ricky Villa weaved his way past Tommy Caton (twice) before burying the ball and wheeling away. The upper standing terraces at Wembley in those days were very steep with each step about three or four foot deep and a what seemed to be about two foot high (the exact dimensions would be of interest).

Each time Villa dropped his shoulder the crowd surged forward and it was necessary to jump off the step where you started and keep your balance as the surge went on. By the time the ball hit the back of the net it seemd we have all moved down so far that we were almost pitch side.

More than twenty five years later I can still remeber that sensation more clearly than any other experience watching Spurs.

Without doubt my greatest “I was there” moment!

Charlie, Dawson, Bassong (if fit), BAE
Lennon, Sgt. W, Thudd, Kranjcar
Defoe, Keano

Crouchie at half time, If Dawson looks tired, Bring on Jenas and drop Huddlestone back. By this time we should hopefully be 1 or 2 up and Crouchie will allow us to play a longer more stretched attack without ruffling the shape as much.

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