Premier League

Why AVB’s High Line Will Work At Spurs

Whilst many people feel that AVB did not do a great job at Chelsea, for which I partly agree, it would be foolish to presume that Villas-Boas will make the same mistake again.

AVB came into a club with an impatient chairman, 3 senior players who ruled the club and who were unwilling to listen. However, at Spurs, the 34 year old will be greeted with a chairman with whom he shares a similar ethos, a young squad who are willing to listen to a great manager who has proven his worth whilst at Porto, and finally a squad which he is rebuilidng and reshaping to fit  the tactics he knows will work at the club.

With AVB showing his long-term ambitions for the club by investing in young talent such as Vertonghen and Sigurdsson, as well as offering new contracts to Steven Caulker, PFA Young Player of the Year winner Kyle Walker, and previous winner Gareth Bale too.

So how will AVB set the team up?

Of course, it will need squad rotation and will change on the opposition too. Whilst “squad rotation” was a term which was not understood by Redknapp, AVB has been known to constantly change and shape the squad with a huge amount of depth, something which he will be allowed at Spurs.

For example, with AVB wanting to include Dos Santos in his future plans, this will mean that Bale will not have to play every game and be relied upon, just like Lennon being rotated with Sigurdsson or Van Der Vaart.

Whilst Villas-Boas loves playing attacking football and most notably his infamous “high-line”; this system might just work at Spurs.

If we look into specific players you can easily identify how this system will benefit them, most notably new signing Jan Vertonghen, whose attacking play saw him net more goals last season than all Spurs defenders combined in the League. Also, with the Spurs having a range of players who can easily defend when required upon, as attack the opposition too, it means that the system will allow Tottenham to press even more ruthlessly with the ball.

Sandro, Parker and Van Der Vaart have all shown their ability to run the game by literally throwing themselves at the ball by rushing to the opposition to close them down but they have also attacked when required upon too. Even if Scott Parker has failed to score for Tottenham, his intricate and short passes helps to consolidate the free flowing image Spurs have regarding their counter attacks.

What about the strikers?

Villas-Boas adores playing 4-3-3 and with the like of Bale on the left wing and maybe Sigurdsson or Van Der Vaart on the right wing, the supply to the target man is likely to increase drastically. However, if Tottenham want to capitalise on this supply I personally feel they will need to buy a striker who can control the ball sufficiently, and whilst I am a huge fan of Adebayor, I would be very underwhelmed if that is the main striker for Tottenham next season.

Even though Boas did not have a great time at Chelsea implementing his tactics upon them, his second and most likely last chance in the Premier League could see the Portuguese manager build upon the limited success of predecessor Harry Redknapp.

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