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Spurs – West Brom Preview: An Interruption of Transfer Scheming

At times this week AANP has been reminded of those halcyon days studying for a Philosophy degree through the medium of countless hours (days? weeks?) on Football Manager, when occasionally the inconvenience of a match would interrupt the hours (days? weeks?) spent on the fine art of transfer dealing. Thus have events in the real world transpired, for the respective sagas of Modders, Daws, Hudd, Bassong, Adebayor, VDV, Defoe, Willian, Leandro and various others must now be interrupted for 90-odd minutes, during which our will heroes struggle to break down a resolute nine-man West Brom defence before being suckered by a scrappy poke from a set-piece.A second debut awaits for Adebayor, and although AVB’s nose did appear to grow as he insisted in yesterday’s press conference that Defoe remains part of his plans, our glorious leader nevertheless hinted that he might one day play Defoe behind Adebayor. This would seem to turn his 4-2-3-1 into a straightforward 4-2-4, but let’s not worry about the minutiae for now.

One of the failings of the ‘Arry era was the inability to break down nine-man defensive units. While AVB’s glossy, new, up-tempo formation had some joy against a an attack-minded Newcastle on their own turf, it remains to be seen how penetrative it will be against a band of merry man content to play from first minute to last for a nil-nil. Given the context, a scrappy, single-goal home win would be fairly gratefully received in this quarter.

3 Responses

  1. Superbobsdad Says:

    Your views on how WBA will play are not gained from watching them or your comments would read quiet differently

  2. Geoff Tustin Says:

    Who is responsible for writing this crap. The usual London arrogance looking down on so called smaller clubs. We defended with 11 men last week against another team who can’t make the champions league but still think they are a big club. Hope we defend again tomorrow and score another three.

  3. Caterham7 Says:

    That is exactly what you lot did last year under Hodgeson. I hope that it is a wide-open game tomorrow. Much more entertaining IMO. Until I see it, however, I agree with AANP and will be looking for the bus.

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