Tottenham Thoughts: A Take on Adebayor, Willian, Pjanic and Dawson
While there are still some holes in the squad to iron out, the white half of North London reacquired a player that bagged 18 goals last term.
What may be more important is that the move reestablishes some of the better connection in the squad from last term, particularly the partnership that developed between Adebayor and Rafael Van der Vaart.
The two dovetailed nicely as an attacking unit last term, with perhaps one of the best pieces of evidence the move that lead to the first goal against Fulham in the season finale last term.
While neither have blistering pace nor a penchant for defensive grinding, the intricate play between the two, whether through passing moves or pullbacks, is missing when the duo is absent.
In lieu of a passing midfielder of Luka Modric’s quality, having the pair handle some of the holding and passing in the midfield will be a boost whenever Adebayor is trusted to take the pitch.
Passing through the heart of the midfield will be an important find for Tottenham over the next few matches as they look to shrug off the opening day loss to Newcastle.
West Brom certainly can’t be taken lightly. Their demolition job of Liverpool, albeit a learning Reds squad, is nothing to sniff at.
Having the flowing play of Van der Vaart and Adebayor might just be the ticket to ensuring three points at the Lane Saturday.
A Moment on Willian
Willian is a fantastic player in the attacking third, a willing dribbler and a player that certainly would add flair to any line-up in Europe.
Why, then am I not excited by this?
Currently, Willian plays in positions that are occupied by players that I earnestly doubt he would start in front of and does not really fit in to a position of need.
Unless the aforementioned Van der Vaart or Aaron Lennon are not players that are going to be seen as starters, Willian would force Villas-Boas to drop one deep midfielder for a second attacking midfielder.
While Sandro can hold a heavy load, a combination of Adebayor, Willian and Van der Vaart is porous defensively and would leave a heavy burden on the central defense and Sandro to pull more than their own weight on the backend.
Would he help the club? Of course he would. Would someone likely be on the chopping block because of it? Most certainly someone would.
Google Translates Miralem Pjanic’s Agent
After it was announced that Tottenham had bid £12 million for Miralem Pjanic, the Bosnian’s agent quickly responded to the reports.
'Tottenham made a move for him, but both Roma and Pjanic thanked them for their interest and politely declined the offer,' Gerbino confessed.
'This is not the time to move or consider any other offers. The lad has tied himself to this project and first of all wants to do well at Roma.'Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images
'Besides, the club locked him down. Basically, he will not be moving. Pjanic had a very positive year, adapting easily to Serie A and you can see that from how quickly he learnt to speak Italian. He's very happy at Roma.'
After throwing the passage into Google Translate, set to the Agent Speak setting, the response came out as such*:
“Tottenham made a bid for Pjanic and while Roma might think about it, they want a gob of that Luka Modric cash before they pull the trigger.”
“As for me, I’m not going to disagree with this at all as I get a much bigger cut of money when they accept an increased bid.”
“As far as locked down? Right. No one is ever locked down. We’re just not happy that Daniel Levy did not throw in anywhere near the money that anyone else in England is offering.”
“In fact, his contract was about the same as Roma’s. When they up it by £20,000 a week, we’ll be hoping on the London Tube in no time.”
At least Gaston Ramirez’s representative told everyone the truth.
The Captain Gets Jettisoned
Tottenham’s willingness to sell Michael Dawson is something that I would not be surprised by if the squad had any history in recent seasons of keeping central defenders healthy.
After that laugh you might have experienced, it is then worth considering just what exactly Spurs are looking at on the backline.
Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen will eventually be the first choice team and I could see that happening as soon as this weekend.
Apparently, William Gallas has also jumped Dawson in the pecking order. I find this hard to fathom as the only reason Gallas got anywhere near the playing time he did last term is due to injuries and transfers.
What’s perhaps more troubling is not that Gallas has trumped Dawson so much as it flushes the next most influential leader of the club out the door without even getting the chance to prove himself in the season.
Whoever picks Dawson up will be wealthier than the money outlay on him will add up to.
*For reference, there is no Agent Speak setting on Google Translate, as much as we all know what they are really thinking.
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