Monday’s goalless draw with Liverpool revealed an area of weakness in Harry Redknapp’s squad. With Rafael van der Vaart and Jermain Defoe sidelined, Tottenham had to change formation, and it didn’t work.
Niko Kranjcar and Jake Livermore were drafted in, and whilst they both had decent games, they lacked a creative spark. Tottenham were on the backfoot for the whole game, and bar Gareth Bale’s one-on-one miss, they hardly got a shot off.
When it came to a Plan B, there wasn’t much of a choice. Tottenham’s substitute’s bench included the likes of Bongani Khumalo, Massimo Luongo and Cameron Lancaster. Exactly. As it was, assistant manager Kevin Bond brought on a 33 year-old Louis Saha and youngster Danny Rose, both to little effect.
With Sandro and Aaron Lennon out injured, it’s hard to see why Redknapp let Steven Pienaar leave on loan, judging by the Spurs bench on Monday.
Anyway, I need to get to the point. It’s a near certainty that Tottenham are going to be playing Champions League football next season, and one man who would no doubt aid them in their search for European glory is that much discussed young Belgian, Eden Hazard.
After having been consistently linked with many of England’s top clubs, Hazard announced last week that he would be leaving Lille, with his preferred destination being England (Metro).
Hazard is exactly the type of player who would excel in a squad such as Tottenham’s. The interplay between Bale, Modric and van der Vaart has been key to Spurs’s success this season, and it wouldn’t be difficult to imagine Hazard complementing the trio perfectly.
Hazard can play either on the wing or as an attacking midfielder, therefore he could be used in conjunction with, or instead of van der Vaart, who still doesn’t seem to be able to last 90 minutes.
There’s no doubt Scott Parker needs to be in the starting eleven. The 31 year-old has mastered his role as the battling defensive midfielder to perfection, and has been nothing short of outstanding this year.
If Tottenham opted for playing the lone striker, which they have done many a time this season, Hazard could be deployed on the right wing, Bale on the left, Modric and van der Vaart in the centre, with Parker holding. That quartet oozes creative genius, and the very idea that it could happen is almost too much for me.
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