When Andre Villas-Boas was appointment as Spurs new Head Coach he assured fans that he had learned from the mistakes he had made at Chelsea and vowed not to change too much, too soon.
The transfer window has now slammed shut with 12 players heading out of the White Hart Lane exit door on either loan or permanent deals and 6 players coming in. The number of players to have left WHL could have been higher still with Spurs willingness to listen to offers for their Team Captain Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley all of which were unable or unwilling to secure moves away from the club. AVB’s man management skills were heavily criticized during his time at Chelsea but he now faces a significant test of his credentials once more. The head coach will need to move quickly to reintegrate and motivate this core group of English players back into his squad in order to avoid what is the all too familiar sound of discontent within the ranks.
AVB claimed he would be making ‘progressive’ rather than the wholesale changes which blighted his time at Chelsea. However history could be in danger of repeating itself with AVB making similar mistakes again during his early tenure at Spurs. He has seemingly ostracized senior players within the squad, sold influential playmakers Modric and VDV and implemeted an immediate change of system and personnel.
Couple these changes of formation and tactics with the introduction of a large number of new first team players and it could be argued that AVB has learned little from his ill-fated experience at Chelsea.