Is inverting the wingers the problem for Tottenham?

Erik Lamela

Tottenham Hotspur fan Harry Mahoney assesses a possible problem with Andre Villas-Boas' tactics.

After the frustrating game vs Hull City in the Premier League at White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur fans were getting anxious about where the goals were going to come from.

A goalless draw away to Everton has done little to answer such questions.

A topic that has been talked about at White Hart Lane recently is the depth and situation of the wingers and it appears that AVB likes his wingers to play on the wrong side of their preferred foot so they can cut inside to create chances for the striker.

We have seen this from Andros Townsend, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Erik Lamela and the forgotten man Nacer Chadli who didn’t even make the squad in the Premier League tie vs Hull City.

The problem with these tactics from AVB is that the wingers are not having enough width which means they are congesting the space for the attacking midfielder, whether it is Christian Eriksen or Lewis Holtby, which means these two are getting minimum space on the ball to really show off their creativity and flair to create chances for the Spanish “fox-in-the-box” striker Roberto Soldado who has become a regular starter in the Premier League this season.

This point was backed up last week when Mousa Dembele came out publicly and said that the pitch at White Hart Lane is narrow compared to others in the Premier League and that is not benefiting them when they play especially with the inverted wingers.

With Wednesday’s cup tie against Hull giving Erik Lamela a taste of first team football against a Premier League team he really had a chance to show the fans what he could do. He took it with two hands and was one of Tottenham’s best players and you could really see his confidence improving as the match went on as he was demanding the ball and dribbling against the opponent with the ball and played  120 minutes.

He was unfortunate to miss his penalty in the shoot-out and later left out of the goalless draw with Everton, showing AVB is still not entirely convinced his record signing has yet settled.

Tottenham's next home game is against a suddenly vibrant Newcastle side, after their win over Chelsea, followed by an away trip to Manchester City.

Andre Villas-Boas finding a solution to getting his wingers and strikers firing will be crucial to success, anything but a home win against Newcastle could be disastrous for their momentum.

What do you think of the team's tactical approach?

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