Welcome, a very merry TFFmas from all of us here at the blog. As we head into the holiday season, there is plenty to look forward to both on the pitch and off it and we are looking forward to the month ahead. This December we will be running the 25 Days of TFFmas, every day up until the big day we will be publishing Christmas wishlists from members of our team for what they would like their club to get for Christmas.
On this second edition, we spoke to TFF’s very own Jake Sapsford and his take on what needs to change at Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham Hotspur, coming off the back of a very successful 2015/16 season, went into this year thinking they could potentially mount a serious title charge. While this is still very possible, as they’re currently unbeaten to date, they have been knocked out of every other major competition they have entered.
The EFL Cup was a short journey for Spurs, being knocked out in the 3rd round by Liverpool and the same could be said about the Champions League. Currently, third in their group, due to their head-to-head record with Bayer Leverkusen, they’ve already dropped out and look set for yet another season in the second tier competition, the Europa League.
In reality, their only real chance at a trophy is in the FA Cup, a competition that they have struggled in in recent years (best performance is Round 5 in 2015/16 where they were knocked out by Crystal Palace 1-0 since the Semi-Final in 2011/12).
Wish 1 – Finish above Arsenal come the end of the season
“The first thing that I, as a Spurs fan, can hope and aspire for is that the 2016-17 season will be that, for the first year in decades, we finish above Arsenal. I can’t put up with us failing that, I’ve had enough of the irritating Gooners who gloat, I want that for the future, the shift in power in North London will be complete and Spurs can be the bigger team. It’s not as if we haven’t been close in recent years.”
“The problem is, that as a club, we always seem to fall away at the last hurdle, last season of course and even the 2011-12 season under Harry Redknapp as we sat 10 points ahead of Arsenal near the end of the season only to eventually drop out of the top three. A strong and consistent end to the season will allow for the shift in power to begin, as I seriously believe it’s only a matter of time until we can laugh and look down at Arsenal like they’ve done to us all this time.”
Wish 2 – For Tom Carroll to leave the club
“The problem is obvious to see if you have ever watched him play. Physically weak and generally ineffective, it is no surprise to see him rot away in the reserves this season. Why not just get rid of him in January Pochettino? My wish is that he leaves the club as soon as possible. This will be great for both parties as he will never have a future with the club, and for the player himself he can ply his trade elsewhere and be allowed the chance to stake a claim for regular first-team football.”
Wish 3 – For Nabil Bentaleb to be back in the squad
“The problem is that I can’t believe that a player who I have strong feelings towards, is exceeding expectations in Germany and is seemingly going to make a loan deal permanent in the summer. My wish is that he can eventually come back into the team and reproduce this form in England. It will solve the lack of a Bentaleb in the side, and as long as Carroll leaves, then I will be a happy fan of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.”
Bentaleb currently has five goals and two assists for FC Schalke in all competitions, including two goals in a man of the match performance, crushing Mainz 3-0 in the process. Much like Mousa Dembele, he’s very versatile and being able to play both defensive midfield and centrally could be key in him regaining his place in the team.
Do you agree with this list?
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Thank you to Jake Sapsford for contributing today, we’ll see you tomorrow for another member and another wishlist!