The first few weeks of Andre Villas-Boas’s start as Tottenham Hotspur manager has been underwhelming to say the least, particularly in the results column. Small pockets of supporters at White Hart Lane booed the manager at the half-time and full-time whistle of the recent 1-1 draw against Norwich. But fortunately for Villas-Boas, he has a match this weekend away from White Hart Lane and against an opponent that the Lilywhites should beat. When your team is under pressure, there’s nothing better than being able to go away from home and play your game without your supporters on your back.
The criticism that Villas-Boas has received is a combination of letting in late goals and a selection policy that has some Tottenham supporters scratching their head. Not starting Dembele against Norwich? Playing with two holding midfielders at home? The list goes on and on.
Villas-Boas has an abundance of riches. He has two world-class goalkeepers to choose from (Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris). Should he start Clint Dempsey? If so, should he play him as an attacking midfielder or striker? How does he choose from Adebayor and Defoe up front? Where should Sigurdsson fit in? Should Bale continue to play in a more forward role, or should be be placed back on the left wing?
Against Reading this Sunday, who should Andre Villas-Boas start? Post your recommendations in the comments section below.
After all, who is best poised to know who should start a match for Spurs? Is it a manager who has been in charge for 68 days, or the average Tottenham Hotspur who may have supported the club for 10, 20, 30 or more years?
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