Here's something sent in by a Spurs fan following Tottenham's defeat of Anzhi 4-1 at the Lane in the Europa League Thursday night.
'Besides that nice chip to Holtby, Townsend showed a lot of style and no substance - again. Trying to take on two and three defenders is not smart, but selfish football. Even on the direct kick that Tottenham had in the second half, Townsend insisted on taking it on when you had Eriksen (who scored two from the same distance in one game this summer and is deadly from that range) standing there. Not smart.
Townsend also blew a golden chance in the first half when he chipped wide; it seems as if he couldn't put the ball on net if his life depended on it at the moment. Much like Lennon - in fact, Spurs have two of the fastest wingers in the game, but with no end product. The fans love the direct attacking approach, but if the end product is a shot into the stands or a cross way off, what's the value ?
In my view, Holtby is also an enigma in that he can be very ordinary, but then play a sublime pass or rocket in an excellent shot. Eriksen, however, has so much more class on the ball, but fans seems to be obsessed with that once-a-game piece of genius that Holtby seems good for.
Dembele was so much better then Holtby in the first half, too, but he lacks that something magical that Spurs fans yearn for. Lamela was decent, and will come good in time.
The real question, however, is the debate of style versus substance. Tottenham have two distinct line-ups; you could go with Lennon, Holtby, Townsend and Defoe or Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela, and Soldado. To my mind, the former will win you plaudits, yet the latter might actually win you trophies'.
What do you think of Tottenham's player options ?
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