#wwwwdwwwww was a favoured trending topic of Tottenham fans on Saturday evening. An excellent run of form that began at the beginning of September following a 2-0 win over Wolves, it is now 10 games unbeaten in the Premiership and a run that has catapulted the North London giants up to third in the table, just two points off second placed Manchester United.
To the Lane and Back couldn’t help but look on in envy as Kevin-Prince Boateng scored an absolute screamer against Barcelona on Wednesday, or even watching Dimitar Berbatov make a rare appearance for United in their 2-2 draw with Benfica. What really got us, however, was the fact that these players were once part of previous Spurs squads so it got us wondering, would they still be part of our starting XI? or even part of the 18-man squad for that matter? We divulged the queries at hand and made our own conclusions.
We have said it before and we have said it again; To the Lane and Back does love Brad Friedel. Consistent in between the sticks and comfortable enough that the back-four need not panic when the ball is lumped into our box when, as Fergie put it, ‘squeekybumtime’ comes to promise. But, with the American now 40, he won’t last forever. Claire Needham analysed the situation and even gave a few names that could be bought in to replace Big Bad Brad when the inevitable happens.
To the Lane and Back does love Emmanuel Adebayor. Despite his Arsenal history, the way he has been playing since joining in August has been nothing short of superb. Clearly enjoying life at White Hart Lane, it got us thinking; would it be right to try and sign him permanently? Every fan knows how he performs when he becomes a bit too comfortable with his surroundings but his impact has been imperative to our rise up the table to third.
It sure was nice to wake up this morning and see Tottenham in third-place following the win over Villa. Even better was seeing that extra game in-hand over every team around us. With that in mind, a majority of Spurs fans have become confident that a top three finish is possible. With the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all struggling for form and consistency, Spurs are currently the in-form team chasing a top four spot. But is that enough? To the Lane and Back assesses whether or not anything lower than a top three finish could be considered a disappointment.
We here at To the Lane and Back love it when Tottenham make money, there is nothing better than remembering your team is financially sound and doesn’t run the risk of doing a Portsmouth or Leeds United. With that in mind, chances of Spurs becoming a private company once more are looking greater again with each passing day. Therefore, we have chosen to assess as to why going private will be a good thing for the North London side.
One of To the Lane and Back’s favourite players is Kyle Walker. A modern right-back that has the ability to attack with the ferocity of any winger while possessing the high fitness levels to trudge back into position and defend when the need arises. Following his man of the match performance for England tonight, we wonder, should Kyle really be England’s starting right back?
The appointment of Harry Redknapp really was an astute one by Daniel Levy. In October 2008, the chairman took the major risk of eliminating the ‘continental’ hierarchy he favoured in order to bring Redknapp to White Hart Lane. From the brink of despair, Tottenham now find themselves fifth, level on points with Chelsea, three behind Newcastle United and with a game in hand over both. So, with Redknapp now facing trial for tax evasion, To the Lane and Back assess what could happen should the Spurs manager be found guilty in the new year.
Scott Parker is a mans man.
We here at To the Lane and Back absolutely despise the international break. No Tottenham on the telly for two weeks is like an England midfield without Scott Parker. with that in mind, and the season now 10 games old for the almighty Spurs, it is time for the season review so far. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the muses of of Spurs’ season review thus far.