Alex Dimond reacts to Tottenham's terrible
league position, and wonders if it is too early for fans of the North London
club to be worried.
The league table is
not happy reading for Spurs' fans at the moment, as the North London club
languish at the bottom of the table, their solitary point leaving them two
points shy of 19th placed Stoke, and already nine points from the
For Juande Ramos, the
Spanish manager who spent £67m in the summer on new signings, it is a worrying
state of affairs. Acutely aware that the board have backed him completely in
his transfer activity, he knows that he must show a return on his investments,
sooner rather than later.
For Spurs fans though,
poor starts are nothing new – after all, it was a disappointing opening to last
season that saw the end of former manager Martin Jol. White Hart Lane regulars,
unsurprised by the stuttering beginning to the campaign, will still be able to
take some positives from the early part of the season.
Firstly, many will take
optimism from where their one league point came from. A 1-1 draw against
Chelsea, at the fortress that is Stamford Bridge, is a result that only looks
more impressive as Scolari's side continue to sweep all before them.
It wasn't as if that
point was lucky, either. While Darren Bent may have Frank Lampard to thank for
presenting him the opportunity to score, he still had a lot of work to do to
beat Petr Cech, and did it with aplomb.
Elsewhere, Spurs were
resolute in defence and creative going forward; arguably causing Chelsea more
problems than any other team the Blues have faced so far.
If Manchester United
come away from the Bridge with nothing on Sunday, Spurs' point will only look
Elsewhere, the form of
Darren Bent should be a source of encouragement. Last year's £16m signing has
stepped up to the plate in the absence of Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane,
contributing three goals in all competitions already, including the winner in
last night's UEFA Cup match against Wisla Krakow.
He has grasped his
opportunity with both hands, and ably demonstrated that he can lead the line
effectively when called upon.
This return is equally
impressive considering the England striker has been forced to play every minute
of every game so far, as new signings Roman Pavluychenko and Fraizer Campbell
settle in to life at White Hart Lane. Fatigue doesn't seem to have affected his
performance, yet. As Ramos admitted to Sky
"Bent has played every minute this season
and one day we will have to give him a rest otherwise it will be too much for
It hasn't been too
much for him so far.
Crucially though, it
must be remembered that Tottenham are a club reeling from the loss of
established talent as much as they are a club trying to bed in new talent. They
may have spent £67m on new players over the summer, but they recouped more than
that through the departures of no less than 12 players – including club talismen
Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane.
Tottenham have a young, hungry squad. The likes of Luka Modric, David Bentley,
Giovani Dos Santos, Gareth Bale, Chris Gunter and many more hint towards a
bright future for the club.
When they finally gel,
it should be poetry in motion for the North London faithful.
with so many young players in the first team it is taking time for things to
gel, but last night's win against a tricky Wisla side offers the first
suggestion that the tide is finally starting to turn. As Ramos acknowledged:
"We were in a bad run of results and we
needed a win to give confidence and calmness to the team," the Spaniard said.
"Let's hope this starts a positive run
leading to better results."
Spurs fans will no