They have one of the best managers in the league. They’ve been spectacular during pre-season after defeating Inter Milan, Celta Vigo, Bordeaux and Nice. And on paper, they have a remarkable team — one that reminds me of the skilful side they had in the early 1980s starring Argentines Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricky Villa, and glamour player Glenn Hoddle.
They are Tottenham. They are Spurs.
On the field, Finnish midfielder Teemu Tainio is finding his form. Defender Anthony Gardner is back from injury. Grandpa Edgar Davids has decided to stay with Spurs for one more season. And new signing Didier Zokora, who played fantastically for Ivory Coast, could be one of the signings of the season when he slots nicely into the holding midfielder position left by Michael Carrick.
Up front, Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov is extremely promising. He’s physical, skilful and could be just what Spurs need to make a statement in the early part of the season. Combined with Jermain Defoe, who has a lot to prove, this could be a deadly partnership.
On the right wing, don’t forget about Aaron Lennon who will be boosted with confidence after his recent World Cup outings. And don’t forget England goalkeeper Paul Robinson in goal.
The only weakness I can see is on the left wing, which is why Spurs wanted Damien Duff. There’s still plenty of time for Jol to find someone else.
I mentioned earlier this week that Spurs had unveiled a third strip which is brown. Well, Spurs has also released a new away strip which is aqua (see above)!
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