Premier League

Redknapp’s February Curse

In the past 3 months Harry Redknapp has been on a rollercoaster ride:  He was proven innocent of tax evasion; favourite to take over as England manager and also has led Spurs to an FA Cup semi-final place whilst still maintaining forth position (just).  So it has left the question, what’s gone wrong for ‘Arry?

Whilst some say it is the link to the England Managerial position, this would be incorrect for 2 reasons. Firstly, Spurs have still managed to maintain some form by managing to achieve 9 out of 27 points.

Also, the game following Capello’s resignation was a 5-0 home win for Spurs therefore showing great form. Whilst they have dropped silly points to teams such as Norwich and Wolves at home, they have equally managed to gain points which would not have been achieved in past years, such as 2 points achieved from Liverpool and Chelsea both away.

The other reason for Redknapp’s link to England not being the main reason for the slump is due to the repetition of last year. Last season from the 22nd of February, Spurs only managed to achieve 12 points out of 36 which shows how their recent performances are not due to Redknapp’s status as potential England manager.

So what has been the problem?

Quite simply – tactics.  Whilst he has got Spurs playing football consisting of simple passes and quick pace, he has repeatedly picked the wrong team. Whilst his choice of defence is mostly high standard, his decision about the midifield is quite the contrary.

When Spurs faced Norwich only yesterday Lennon started whilst Parker was left out of the team sheet completely. Instead of Sandro, a defensive player, fulfilling the boots of Parker, Redknapp chose to play Jake Livermore instead. Why replace an experienced and defensive player for someone who could not be more opposite?

Whilst there will be some people saying that Harry wanted to go more attacking, his complicated tactics did not allow this to happen. Instead of playing the winning formula of 4-4-1-1 with Van Der Vaart playing behind Adebayor, Defoe and Saha started the game ahead of both of those starting eleven players..

This made it impossible for the wide-men, Lennon and Bale, to put in any aerial crosses due to the strikers’ small physiques. Not only this but Redknapp also decided to swap Bale and Lennon and instead played them on their weaker side. Not only did this confuse the fans, it looked as if it confused the players too.

Whilst it is evident that the main reason for Tottenham failure is due to the tactics and team selection, I still think that Tottenham will be able to edge forth spot.

With Chelsea still needing to play Arsenal and Newcastle, as well as Newcastle needing to play Manchester City, if ‘arry gets his team selection right for the last 5 games of the season, there should be no reason why Tottenham can’t qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Why do you think Spurs have slumped in the latter part of the season? Leave your thoughts below.

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