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ANDRÉ VILLAS-BOAS' STRAGGLERS
William Gallas and Kyle Walker have no right to start against Fulham because they've routinely underperformed to the degree that it undermines AVB's credibility if he continues to start either two.
Playing an old, non-threatening (averages 0.9 tackles per league game) and slow Gallas in a high line is the equivalent to using John Terry in that defensive scheme...oh wait, that's exactly what Villas-Boas did last season.
Gallas is one of the worst footballers playing at a notable European club this season.
Walker, the reigning PFA Young Player of the Year, is going through a sophomore slump.
Committing daft as brush errors, lacks positional discipline, his inability to read play is cringeworthy...what the hell has happened to him?
SPURS ARE TOO RELIANT ON GARETH BALE
It's just like 47 percent of Barcelona's La Liga goals coming way of Lionel Messi, Real Madrid playing Cristiano Ronaldo in 42 games and him scoring 42 goals or Luis Suárez leading Liverpool in goals, shots per game, shots created per game and dribbles per game.
Why do some people think this is a negative?
Was it bad when when Sporting Lisbon's players kept passing the ball to Fernando Peyroteo?
TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS
Younès Kaboul returned to training last month but isn't fit enough to be included in the provisional squad. Clint Dempsey, who has had calf strains in the past, is expected to feature against the Cottagers (per The Daily Mail).
Sandro, one of the Premier League's best tacklers, was ruled out for the rest of the season after a serious knee injury (via UEFA.com). By the way, go wish the Brazilian a happy birthday!
(From WhoScored.com): "Mousa Dembele sustained a head injury at San Siro and that could put him in doubt for this match."