FanCast guest columnist Dan
Hillman feels that
Spurs need to start winning football matches and fast.
When Juande Ramos lifted the Carling Cup on that
famous February afternoon, you could forgive Spurs fans for starting to dream,
and who could blame them? In a little under four months the Spaniard had
dragged the club out of the bottom three, made them look competitive and the
very fact silverware arrived so soon, only bode well for the future. Seven
months later and only four competitive wins, has left this neutral totally
bemused, trying dissect as to what has gone wrong and you can't help feel that
Ramos needs to find the winning formulae and fast.
I remember the day after the final and Juande Ramos
conceded to the waiting press that he allowed the players to let loose and
celebrate the win. I bet he didn't expect their hangover to last some three months,
but that it did and the Spaniard must have been privately fuming. Three Premier
League wins in the last twelve games was testament to how badly the wagon of
progress had come off the rails and Ramos was left with the arduous task of
rebuilding it this summer.
I don't know what Spurs fans think about events over
the summer, but the squad still looks very much a work in progress. The team
shortfalls seem to have failed to be resolved; they have lost their potent
strike force and despite some excellent additions, still lack real natural
balance. Of course this is not solely down to Ramos and there is a general
feeling that he has been let down by his Sporting Director and bosses at the
club. You would have thought that after achieving success in his first season
that the club would have shown some ambition and back Ramos to the hilt; this
hasn't been forthcoming and any hopes of a top five finish certainly look
nothing short of an uphill struggle.
I feel it a grave shame in all honesty that the club
haven't seized the opportunity, because prior to City's takeover, Spurs seemed
the only ones capable of establishing themselves in the top four. I guess the
board is the only one that can answer as to why they have seemingly stalled in
progress and it hasn't done Ramos any favours. The Spaniard can only work with
the tools he has been given and you do feel that he is going to call upon all
his tactical nous to take the club upwards.
Tonight's game sees the visit of Aston Villa in the
first of three home games in a week and how desperate Spurs will be to get a
hat-trick of wins – they say you wait ages for bus and then three come along at
once, let's hope that proves the case in North London, because Spurs need to
learn how to win football matches again, and fast.