Monday, 18 July 2011
Spurs: Heading for atrophy - or in need of a proof reader?
I am aware of the counter argument to this. I am aware, in fact, that this is a fucking ridiculous thing to say, but: I'm worried.
The counter argument is that, as we stand, a team including a decent dollop of players who we'll eventually either sell or sideline have played 90 meaningless minutes, and that, anyway, no pre-season games ever give a realistic guide to form come kick-off.
But, still, I'm worried. I'm worried we're going to hit August 13th with all the momentum and dynamism of a soggy pudding. I'm worried that we're lacking leadership, direction, ambition and any galvanising sense of purpose and unity.
I wrote half way through 10/11 that, actually, the most important period in the club's recent history wouldn't be the season we failed to qualify for the Champions League, it would be the summer after the season we failed to qualify for the Champions League. That would decide whether we were going to be part of a permanent shift/broadening of the Premier League power base, or whether we'd just been tourists all along.
We're now more than halfway through that summer and so far we seem to be either embroiled in ugly situations in which we're battling against bigger opponents for obscure reasons (Redknapp in court, the Modric saga, the stadium fiasco), or we're just sitting on our hands (the transfer 'activity').
I'm worried that we're running out of time. I'm worried that our agenda has been hijacked - by agents, by Chelsea, by Sky Sports fucking News or whatever. Oh, and Sandro's injured.
But, yes, fucking hell, give 'em a chance, etc. Absolutely. Daniel, Luka, Harry, everyone, could all be ready for Everton and 11/12, shoulder-to-shoulder with impressive new colleagues as well as each other, determined to prove that we're better than last year and better than the year before; that 5th is not "as good as it gets" and that Champions League qualification (at least) is a realistic target this year and every year from now on.
Like I say, this is ridiculous. Only an idiot would start writing the season off in July. An idiot or a Spurs fan - a certain type of Spurs fan, anyway. Hi, have we met?