- Jul 20, 2017
- Newcastle Jets
Spurs played towards the end of the season with some 18y/o academy player called Skip and Danny Rose in midfield because they had no one else. They have added Ndombele and whilst it may take him a year to settle chances are he is better than some 18y/o academy player. Whereas our best midfielder wants out and we are going into a season with Rashford as our main striker which is a lot of pressure for a 21 y/o. Spurs attacking trio of Kane, Son, Eriksen is flat out better than Lingard, Rashford, Martial. True remains to be seen if Eriksen is there come next season, but even so, would you take Rashford, Lingard, Martial or Kane, Son, Moura?Spurs with what is commonly said is a superior team, more settled squad and a better manager finished 5 points ahead of us last year.
We finished second the year before, spurs 4 points behind and added no players to their team. It isn't as straight forward as the coming season is simply a continuation of the year before. We had one of the most turbulent, toxic seasons I can recall us having. Changed manager mid year and had an absolute nightmare when it came to letting in goals, the media circus was pretty much full throttle from pre season and morale probably being rock bottom. The difference between us and Spurs was 1 point compared to the previous year.
I don't agree that Spurs are suddenly light years ahead and certainly don't feel that they are guaranteed to finish above us.
I still have so many question marks over our squad. Lukaku's replacement is? Our defence needs work, is Maguire coming? Is anyone confident an attack of Martial, Rashford and Lingard can deliver the kind of goal return we need? Surely we need to get Sanchez off the books? Is our mindfield minus Paul Pogba good enough to compete with those around us?