Tottenham has gotten off to a slow start: one point out of a possible six. Here are five reasons why we should all chill out.
1. Lacking Luka - We are playing without our best player. No doubt about it; we badly miss his creative instincts and ability in the center of the pitch. Bale is having to come back to pick up the ball, instead of screaming down on a 40 yard Luka through ball. We are being forced into a 4-2-3-1 where our double pivot players lack real offensive ability. If Luka replaces Livermore, we've got a solid offensive attack going forward. Instead, we are only playing with four real attackers.
2. Dominating the First Forty-Five - Under AVB, we've consistently dominated the first half of both of our games. We keep possession and our opponents rarely get any attempts on goal. That is to say, our first team (no subs) line up is dominating decent competition in Newcastle and West Brom. Now, the second half is the problem spot, but that does ignore how dominate over two games we've been in the first half. If AVB can figure out his sub situations, we should see improvement in the second half.
3. Strikers - Jermane Defoe is a square peg in a round hole. He simply doesn't fit into AVB's formation. Under the 4-2-3-1 we need a physically dominant striker who can either keep the ball and then distribute back to the mid-field or a striker who takes on defenders to generate chances. Defoe is neither: so he ends up shooting 20+ yards out with no pace behind his shots. Poacher's need help, and Defoe has none in the front. Hopefully, we will sign another striker before the window closes but we should at least see an improvement with Ade playing. (Although Ade was poor today, he was not match fit)
4. The transfer window is still open - Mr. Levy will either (A) sell Luka and receive around 30 Million Pounds or (B) keep Luka. If the latter occurs, then we have our best playmaker back. If the former occurs, then we have money to spend in the transfer market for new talent. Levy is a shrewd Chairman but he isn't stupid. He hired AVB and it was certainly understood that more talent would be brought into the squad. If we pick up a playmaking midfielder or another striker, we should be in business.
5. A Collection of Small Reasons - First, Newcastle was a top 5 team last year, and we lost at their place. That is certainly reasonable. Second, West Brom is a better team than people give them credit for. (Remember that they beat the shit out of Liverpool). Third, We have only completed two games out of thirty-eight. Thus, the 94.7% of the season left. Fourth, and let's not forget that we still have Norwich, Reading, and QPR as our next three games. We should pull at least two wins out of those three fixtures.