With the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas, many of us were expecting Spurs to kick on this season, improving on the free-flowing football from last term.
Three games in and a small section of the fans have taken to booing the team and calling for the gaffer to go. Whilst kind of mindless, this is not helping the performances, creating tension and also giving the hack journos fuel for their anti-AVB campaigns.
This is, and always was, going to be a season of transition, please don’t kid yourselves.
Andre Villas-Boas may say in public that the goal is Champions League, but you can’t make the number of changes we have and hit the ground running right off the bat. We have brought in some quality players, but it’s going to take time.
Luka Modric was always going to be off without Champions League football, which would leave a big hole in our midfield. Ledley King having to hang up his boots also was a major blow. The team was also in need of a change after falling away in the second half of both the last two seasons.
Lloris, Vertonghen, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Dempsey and Adebayor have all come in. When you change the spine of any team, it’s going to take time for everyone to adjust.
It echoes of AVB’s early days at Chelsea when their lot got on the side’s back after just a couple of games.
This put pressure on the team and affected their performance, causing Villas-Boas to come out with this.
“Our public wants us to be champions and we are listening to their demands but we need their support all the time. Everybody must get involved and you must feel the presence of the public in a supporting way, not that they weren’t, but you need full support, a good environment, good commitment from the public and good empathy.’
Do we seriously want to be like them?