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Clint Dempsey’s Season Of Discontent at Tottenham Hotspur

Most Tottenham Hotspur supporters have been frustrated by Clint Dempsey’s performances for the Lilywhites this season. On the popular Spurs Show podcast this week, Tottenham experts Barry Castagnola, Theo Delaney and Paul Hawksbee likened Dempsey to a bad impression of Jermain Defoe and said that he looks a great player in a lesser team (i.e. Fulham) where he was a big fish in a small pond.

To make matters worse, there always seems to be confusion among Tottenham supporters when Dempsey’s name is brought up. Is he an attacking midfielder or striker? As a striker, he hasn’t been scoring the goals on a consistent basis. And as an attacking midfielder, he faces stiff competition from several players who play in the same position as Dempsey. Yet Dempsey isn’t the type of creative attacking midfielder that Tottenham needs or wants.

A lot of people speculated that when Clint Dempsey made his summer move to Tottenham Hotspur that he would excel at Spurs the way he did at Fulham. I was one of those people. I had high hopes for Dempsey as I wanted to see an American be a vital player at a club that was challenging to cement their place among the elite.

Dempsey had a great career at Fulham that peaked in his last year, scoring 23 goals and recording assists. He was the focal point of the Fulham attack and was a threat to score at any moment when on the attack, but when he moved to Spurs it seemed his game didn’t. Dempsey is an unconventional type of player, an attacking midfielder that is capable of moving up and playing striker. In both spots though he is not one to create his own chances, as most of his goals came from clean ups or goals set up for him. This season at Spurs it seems as though he has lost that scoring touch, only scoring 8 goals and 5 assists.

Dempsey has look uninspired this season at Tottenham, as it looks as though he is out of his element. Dempsey has been supplanted by the likes of Lewis Holtby, and Gylfi Sigurdsson in his favored attacking midfielder position. Dempsey has failed to adapt his style of play to Andre Villas-Boas system, and that is hurting him. The problem I see with Dempsey is that he wants to win, but he wants to do it his way. He doesn’t seem to want to play the role that he needs to, so that he gets himself on the team sheet more often. This is somewhat understandable. A player who was the first choice at his previous club has been asked to be a supporting player and not the star anymore. To be frank, Dempsey needs to put aside his stubbornness and selfishness and do what is best for his team and for his playing time.

A Tottenham fan I spoke with about Dempsey feels as though the club purchased the American because he “moves” merchandise. Dempsey jersey’s are a big seller, especially here in the US as Dempsey is one of American soccer fan’s favorite players. The prospect of Bale and Dempsey on one team seemed like it would be a deadly combo on the field as well as in the media, but so far it has been the case of one player rising above expectation and reaching new heights and one player fading into the background.

The only thing keeping Dempsey from being a factor at Spurs is the man himself. If he can put aside the ego of being the American star and become a supporting player at his club, then he will earn himself the playing time he deserves. For now though, it seems Dempsey will be confined to the bench as AVB has found other midfield options he prefers over Dempsey. This is what Clint wanted, though, to play at a club that challenges for Champions League football, but I don’t think he wanted to sit idly by as his team put themselves in contention for it while he saw limited playing time.

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  1. Matt

    March 29, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    He scored the winner and equalizer against UNITED in ONE season. With 5 more goals than Ade in much less playing time. All this after getting no time with the team in pre-season. Give him a bloody break

  2. Wongo1

    March 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    What’s funny is the Dempsey would have been better at Loserpool!!

  3. David G

    March 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    1. I don’t think Spurs really wanted him, but Levy saw a decent player at a very low cost and thought he add enough shirt sales to justify his eventual lack of sell-on value. Very Levy like buy

    2. He’s fit in fine. There were a few games where he actually played with an in form striker (Dafoe) and he and the team looked good. He got hurt, Bale took his place in the center of attack and now he’s having some trouble getting back in the squad…not much to see here IMO

  4. Dust

    March 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I remember when first I called out Dempseys lack of hustle, the grief I got on here…. So far I only see a spammers not accepting his lack of hustle.

    Gaffer is bang on about what a majority of Spurs fans feel about Dempsey and Siggy. So y some are still refuting it I don’t know, if you look at any number of Spurs forums they are all saying the same things.

    Dempsey hasn’t performed to what was expected, and doesn’t feel like he is 1st team regular material so far and neither does siggy.

  5. Larry

    March 20, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Part of the reason why Spurs bought Dempsey was because they also bought Dembele and the two played together at Fulham.

    Spurs only became intersted in Dempsey after Liverpool pulled out of buying him. I don’t think Spurs bought him as a regular starter but someone who could play in different positions and that he played with Dembele who was going to be pivotal for them in midfield was why he was bought.

  6. BA14

    March 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Dempsey has come under criticism when he plays for the USMNT. He comes across as a cocky player who doesn’t hustle. But then he pops up out of no where and scores big goals. I think hhis unconventional style of play helps him and also hurts him.

    I think the Spurs fans should be more disappointed with Gylfi Sigurdsson then Dempsey.

    • The Gaffer

      March 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Many Tottenham supporters put Gylfi in the same boat as Dempsey (small fish in a big pond), but they’re happy with Sigurdsson’s work rate and the goals he’s been scoring of late. They’re more impressed with Sigurdsson than they are with Dempsey.

      The Gaffer

    • COYS_USA_D1

      March 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Totaly wrong BA14. Dempsey was brought on to be an impact as soon as he arrived. His job is to score goals. Yes he has scored in both Man U games but his inability to help on D and his terrible shot selection is hurting the attack. Not to mention Dempsey is a rebound scorer, he really doesnt create for himself. when he tries he misses terribly. Spurs like a creative attacking midfielder i.e. Modric and van der Vaart. Dempsey has yet to show that.

      Gylfi has finally got his chance and even though he has missed a few sitters his engine and ball control is something that Spurs fan like. No reason to be disapointed in him when he is only 23 while Dempsey is 30. Gylfi will improve and be an improtant 1st team player for a few years at Tottenham while Dempsey is probably gone after this year.

  7. Scrumper

    March 20, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I like Dempsey. He reminds me of an old fashioned inside left. Always giving a 110%, not afraid to get stuck in, team player, very good at shielding the striker, good header of the ball. I don’t think Spurs are using him to his full potential, but conversely if he cannot adapt to AVB’s style I think he could be be on the way out back to a Fulham type of club. Shame.

  8. Shawn

    March 20, 2013 at 1:38 am

    I just want to say first off…that shirt he’s wearing is freaking awesome. As for Dempsey im happy to see him play at a Champions League caliber team, but Spurs don’t seem the best fit for his style of play. At times he seems to struggle in adjusting to AVB’s overall system.

    Having said that he’s proven to be a good utility player for Spurs, and his sense of being at the right place at the right time has led to some very clutch goals for Spurs this season. His goal tally is only behind Defoe and Bale. I would not say his move has been a great success or a failure. AVB seems to genuinely like him however, I think because of his work ethic.

    As for the article writer it seems a bit harsh. It reminds me of talking football with team Mexico fans if the subject is an American player. He is not arrogant, if you look at his story on and off the field I think you mistake his determination for arrogance. He is not technically skilled enough to have that kind of chip on his shoulder . He’s had to prove himself again and again, and it’s no different for Spurs.

  9. Dust

    March 19, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Dempsey’s performances have been inconsistent, he has not even come close to reaching his form of last year. The expectation is different at Spurs from a competition for places perspective to work rate on the field.

    He has come through in certain games like both man utd ties, he doesn’t have the level of urgency that siggy or Holtby has when he plays so based off of the meritocracy that AVB has he could be out unless when he plays he performs.

    Bale moving to the middle behind or as a striker allows Clint to take his preferred role on the left, the problem he has is getting a run of games to hit form, I don’t see him as a greedy player at all, I do see him as a player that doesn’t track back and spend as well as he should, he is also positionally very unreliable. He leaves space on the pitch where he is supposed to be and it allows opposition to build quicker out of transition.

    The problem for spurs in the attacking phase is the lack of an effective focal point in the striker role. When someone gets the ball in the channel or play is held up that player looks up,and see’s no one making the runs into space.

    Vertonghan’s frustration was evident v Fulham in the 1st half when he was whipping incredible balls in and no one was making runs to the near post or across the 6 yd box.

    The ball greedy nature of Defoe and on occasion Bale can lead to visible frustrations on the field between players when shots are taken instead of passing to the open man.

    I don’t have faith that Dempsey will come good, not because of ego, but because of his lack in being able to have a good game without needing a run in the team.

    At Fulham players looked to find him space or put the ball into space for him, at Spurs, Bale is that player, Dempsey needs to adapt his game to make himself more effective with him not at the center.

    Every time he plays it needs to be like its his last. I would not be surprised if Dempsey left in the summer if he can’t increase his performance level dramatically.

    Fr a transitional season Spurs are having a reasonable stab at a trophy and top 3. Dempsey needs to step it up and take control of games IMO for Spurs and the USMNT.

    • trickybrkn

      March 20, 2013 at 12:27 am

      did you drunk post? cause you make very little sense…

      I HATE Spurs and have a better grasp of your club.

      • Dust

        March 20, 2013 at 12:56 am

        You are a fool.. Really…

      • Dust

        March 20, 2013 at 1:20 am

        LoL I just read your comment again, as well as your other posts on this article.


        You seem drunk…

        • trickybrkn

          March 20, 2013 at 10:17 am

          Look you spend all of this time talking about what Dempsey isn’t doing. As I has laid out previously, when you consider all of the factors against him, he has produced to a level you’d expect.
          Your main point is that there is no target man on Spurs. yes? Hasn’t that been Bale for the past two months? Adebayor’s role has been to hold up the ball and feed wings. and DeFoe is almost playing behind Bale. No? and Dempsey will fail because he won’t play? You can call me a fool all you like, But saying Dempsey needs to adapt his game to play to not play up the center, doesn’t understand why he has not been a great fit at Spurs. He is a natural attacking LEFT wing, like Bale. And with AVB playing Bale more as a striker of late, it could open up a need for that left side and a more natural fit for Dempsey. But, you go on with your bad self there.

          • Dust

            March 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

            Perhaps you watch spurs games because of Dempsey, inspire of your apparent hate for them.

            However , I satiated in my post his best position is on the left of midfield. You seem to be quite confused and did skipped through my post.

            Dempsey himself has admitted he has not hit anywhere near last years form.

            Bale has NOT been the target man, he has just taken games over. Playing throught he middle doesnt mean he is the target man, infact, when adebyor pr defoe haven’t been the lone striker Dempsey has been.

            Bale grabbing the ball from in our half and running up the field and scoring is NOT what a focused striker does.

            Dempsey has been used to being a focal point of a team, it’s not that he can’t be at spurs, he could do what Lennon, bale or Defoe did earlier in the season and make things happen, he has shown signs like I say in my post above, but he is NOT consistent, if it was the case then Holtby wouldn’t have joined early.

            You obviously have taken an appreciation of Dempsey to a new level, and that’s your porogotive, but to try and argue he has achieved even 50 percent of the form he had last year is either some man love blinding you, or you have no clue what you are talking about.

          • Dust

            March 20, 2013 at 10:53 am

            iPad keypad typos, my bad.

          • Dust

            March 20, 2013 at 11:12 am

            Also, what time? I can guarantee that if you look back at all my posts since purchasing Dempsey that you have a higher word count in this article’s thread defending him, than I do for the entire season posting negativity about Dempsey.

            I think for some reason you take it as some kind of anti American slant or something, I can assure you it has nothing to do with him being American whatsoever.

            It’s to do with him lacking hustle.

          • trickybrkn

            March 20, 2013 at 11:04 pm

            Dust, my point about you saying what he isn’t, is that in Clint you have a guy who will play anywhere. Will do so selflessly for the team. You don’t hear him moan, in fact in January he was saying he had no problem playing striker. Now, this isn’t a reflection on you, more paper talk that somehow he is mopey, and stories like this one that seem to think it is his ego that is holding him back. My general frustration is that here is a guy who moved to a club based on his national manager, will play anywhere, and yet he is called selfish. Look, I’m sure you know your team better then I do. I hold my hands up and say sorry on that…

          • Dust

            March 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

            Of course kinsman rates Spurs, he is a former player that signed twice. Clint does look like he mopes around his body language is poor, I said he was inconsistent, I have never attacked his technique, or technical ability, just his hustle and current positional play. It’s not just me saying it either when fit he has been the choice ahead of others, he has picked up knocks and has been out, but rarely has he been on the bench b/c avb doesn’t think he can be effective.

            No need for the apology, it’s all just passionate football fans, nothing to get a wrinkle about.

      • COYS_USA_D1

        March 20, 2013 at 8:26 am

        obiviously you dont. Dust is spot on with Dempsey. He needs to come in and make an impact. Siggy is in a decent form right now so we might not be able to see Dempsey. I would like to see him up top with Defoe and move Bale back wide. That is when he Dempsey was most effective and gives Bale more room to make an impact.

        Im sorry tricky but your posts have been absolutely dreadful and wrong.

  10. JACK

    March 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    are people even watching the games?? playing for Fullham and playing for Spurs are two different things.

  11. Todd Shenk

    March 19, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    I think it’s a case of Dempsey being a little fish in a big pond. I will say that I’m not a fan of his. I think he is far too arrogant and doesn’t have the necessary skill level to back it up.

    Personal feelings aside… I don’t think Dempsey fits into what Tottenham are doing. I believe one of the earlier posters said it well in saying he’s the type of player that benefits from being in the right place at the right time, ala his goal against Manchester United this season.

    At Fulham he was The Man. He was the go to guy in a team that relied on him to make late runs into the box or get a good shot off that nobody expected. He was a fish in a little pond there. Moving to Tottenham was a big step for him. He’s now in a team where he’s just another part.
    He’s no longer the go to guy. His role is simply not clear enough there, and I would say the same thing with the USMNT. Perhaps with Donovan gone he could step up, but only if played in an area he can shine.

  12. JohnFromNewYork

    March 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Klinsmann pushed Clint to leave Fulham. With Spurs Clint is seeing less time on the pitch, he is not a featured player, and his form is not at its best. If he had stayed at Fulham, Clint would now be at the top of his game and ready to lead the USMNT in the qualifiers. Hope he still does so, but if not, blame Klinsmann.

  13. m32

    March 19, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    It was a wrong transfer move but I don’t believe Dempsey has flopped just yet. I’m a Fulham fan, and could easily be bitter and angry towards Clint, but I don’t see the point. He was approaching his 30’s and understandably wanted a new challenge. Most would have the same ambition.

    As for his Spurs career, he has been unimpressive on a technical level compared to Holtby and Gyifi; who have the ability to control the ball and create chances. Dempsey is a different player. He has always carried the striker instincts in an attacking midfield position. He’s not a playmaker, striker or winger but a second-striker. He needs service which is why Spurs doesn’t suit him.

    They have a new emphasis on Bale’s central role, while Dembele is the driving force. Dempsey seems out of place. Has to settle is a team player rather than the main guy. I guess where that the ego parts comes in. I can’t imagine Dempsey ever returning the same number of goals as last season but he seems to score the ‘important’ goal for Spurs when the moment comes.

  14. Hoosiergunner

    March 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Whew! There’s a lot of anger out there today (Poor guy will never write an article again… and not too encouraging for others considering putting their thoughts out there). I for one appreciate the attempt. Not a Spurs fan, but I do like Dempsey and wish only the best for him (which right now isn’t the level he is playing at with Spurs). BUT… Any change is tough and I’m sure he’ll adapt.

    • Anthony Lane

      March 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Nah angry people won’t keep me from writing more. Kinda nice to stir up a little anger now and again. Ha. But really I appreciate what everyone has to say, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  15. Trevor A

    March 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    While I agree Deuce hasn’t been as prolific as he should have been, blaming his attitude or desire (lack thereof) is a red herring. As a Chelsea fan I’m familiar with AVB’s managerial style. He is a meticulous planner with a very finite team style in mind. He has players he wishes to perform certain roles, and if they are not a ‘peg’ capable of fitting in to his desired ‘hole’ they are going to suffer. This is especially problematic for a player like Dempsey.

    As many of you have stated he is a player who needs freedom. With no particular role in mind Dempsey at Fulham he was able to float around the attacking area. This freedom allowed him to place himself in goal scoring positions. He is not a traditional striker or creative midfielder. Clint’s strength is his ability to put himself in dangerous positions. He is not a role player. This is why he’s always struggled internationally. You aren’t afforded that type of freedom in a more structured team. Building an attack around a single player is much less common internationally, and is not the way AVB flies.

    My two cents at least.

  16. Marc L

    March 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Seems like his game always came more from positioning, good instincts, chemistry with other forwards, that sort of thing. The whole “right place at right time” dynamic that some people seem to have.

    Obviously, a regular and defined role would help. Going to get that with Spurs this year? Clearly not. But maybe next if they have to clear out Bale and reshuffle things a bit.

  17. Ryan

    March 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Its His first year at a new club in a new system. Give him a break.

    • Wigglesworth81

      March 19, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      How many breaks in the EPL should a 30 year old get?

  18. The Gaffer

    March 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    The fact of the matter is that most Tottenham Hotspur supporters are very disappointed with Clint Dempsey. They were expecting much more from him. And they’re still trying to figure out what he is — is he an attacking midfielder or striker? Injuries aside, he hasn’t done well in either category for Spurs this season.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Spurs let him go this summer with the recent form of Sigurdsson plus the way that Lewis Holtby has been bought for the future.

    The Gaffer

    • trickybrkn

      March 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Why did Dempsey sign with Spurs? Cause his manager told him too. The same manager who hasn’t picked a left back for his squad going into two critical World Cup Qualifiers. Yep.. Jurgen Klinsmann. Was that his EGO Gaffer? no it was AVB being AVB, running out the younger players.. Why are his goals down? There are only so many goals to go around. With Bale killing it, Frankly every Spurs match I’ve watched he has done well and been an important part of the 1st team… and you are probably right, that he could move on season’s end. But It really annoys me when you lay blame on the player who is doing everything he is asked unselfishly.

      And if Spurs fans are disappointed, that is just stupid. did they think they got Messi?

      • The Gaffer

        March 19, 2013 at 4:19 pm

        Tottenham supporters are not happy with his performances. I think part of the issue is that they still don’t know what he is and where he fits into the side. Ultimately it was Dempsey’s choice to move to Tottenham, and it’s his performances on the pitch that are going to be what people judge him on.

        A lot of Tottenham supporters didn’t watch Fulham play week-in week-out last season, so all they’ve got to judge him on is this season alone so far.

        There’s still plenty of time for Dempsey to turn his season around, but Tottenham signing Holtby is the writing on the wall that Dempsey’s days are numbered unless he can turn his performances around.

        The Gaffer

        • trickybrkn

          March 19, 2013 at 4:29 pm

          Well there has also been talk of pairing DeFoe with Bale up front and putting Dempsey on the left. But, how can you defend that it is Clint’s ego that is holding him back? maybe its Bale and Sigurdsson’s play not the lack of talent or desire showed by Duce.

          • Wongo1

            March 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm

            Have to agree with this. I think Spurs fans are disappointed because he has not scored a boatload of goals; but these are the same fans who last year were ready to be shot of Defoe. The same Spurs fans who wanted Villas Boas out after 5 games, the same fans who yelled and screamed when Friedel was replaced so WTH do they know? LMAO

  19. trickybrkn

    March 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    This was very difficult to read and I’m still not sure what the writer thinks, it was like a list of things he’d read and not put together cohesively… Look, Dempsey should never have signed with Spurs, fine, He had painted himself into a corner at Fulham once LFC didn’t break the bank for him. But he is Tottenham now… Lets look at it… AVB, who is notorious for playing younger players, Friedel? Gallas? And then you top it off with the way Bale has put that team on his shoulders. All point to less opportunity for Dempsey to get the spotlight . It has nothing to due with Duce failing to adjust to AVB’s style. It is more that he is a man being played out of position. And frankly if you look at when Spurs are playing their best football this season it has been when Dempsey has been on the pitch. Bale on the left Dempsey playing behind Defoe and Lennon on the right. So for the writer to say that it is Dempsey that is holding himself back is to just not understand the situation. And the only reason he wasn’t playing was due to injury. He played 45 minutes last weekend, his first game back. Just frustrating reading stuff like this.

  20. Larry

    March 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    One of the knocks about Dempsey is that he only became a terrific scorer when his contract was coming to an end. Lots of players have been accused of the same thing. Playing well to impress in getting a good contract. While Demspey has always been a regular scorer his best total was when his contract was about to expire.

    He is a good squad player at Spurs where the competition for places in the starting lineup is more fierce than at Fulham. Because he can play in several positions is why Spurs bought him.

    • nv

      May 12, 2013 at 11:38 am

      That’s a knock on a lot of players but unless there’s something to suggest that they aren’t real competitors (either in it for the money, headcases, whatever) – there’s a reason for that.
      It takes a couple of years to get into a system. If you sign a relatively short contract, which almost all save the star players do, ask yourself whether it’s the “contract year: or the “Now I know how we play football” year.

  21. Wongo1

    March 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    This is an interesting bit of fiction by a guy who obviously appears to have some type of axe to grind with Dempsey.

    First things first playing with a chip on your shoulder does not equate to having a huge ego. Clint has always had to prove himself in England, the USA and where every he has played because he is called slow, not as skilled etc. He has had to listen to Donovan get boatloads of credit while he is often overlooked.

    His first season at Spurs has not been that bad and he has been injured a fair bit. He is learning a new system and that takes time.

    Anthony you strike me to be like most modern fans you expect instant success and if that does not come you freak out. I bet you have been calling for Wenger to leave as well. Clint will get better and better as he continues to learn what the manager needs from him. A bit less reactionary a bit more realistic is my advice to you mate.

    By the way you can’t wholly support two clubs it is simply not done even if they are in a different league.

    • Anthony Lane

      March 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      I don’t expect instant success, I do however expect him to play to his talent level. An axe to grind with Dempsey? No not at all. I really do like Dempsey and was so happy for him when he moved to Spurs. Maybe I’m being a bit harsh on him in his first season at a new club, but he set the bar high for himself coming into this season after a terrific season last year.

      As for supporting two clubs, why can’t I support two clubs? I can’t be a Bayern fan AND like Arsenal too?

      • Wongo1

        March 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm

        You can support Bayern and “like” the Gunners but it says in your bio that you are a long time fan of both clubs which most old school fans like me simply don’t understand.

        If you like Clint as much as you say you would have watched the games and noticed that he is playing in a crowded space on the pitch; as one of the earlier comments pointed out this Spurs team is chock full of talent all over the pitch. Clint needs a bit of a free role and Spurs only has space for one guy to have a free role, that guy is Bale. Therefore Clint has been shunted out to the left most of the time. If you look at the goals he has scored this season and the ones he has made he is playing that “free” role. Give him another 6 months of playing with these guys and he will improve and be settled.

        • Sammy

          March 20, 2013 at 1:19 am

          Why can’t he be a long time fan of both Arsenal and Bayern? I don’t see a problem with that.

        • Sammy

          March 20, 2013 at 1:29 am

          You say that one cannot support two clubs, even if they’re from a different league.

          Can you explain why? What makes it wrong for anyone to support two clubs? I know of people who are loyal to more than one club and in fact I myself do to some extent as well. So I don’t see why we can’t do that.

          • Wongo1

            March 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm

            It is like your wife as opposed to other women. You have One wife, and you might “like” other women. They are NOT your wife are they.

            So you have one club that is your one and only, the other clubs you like but they are NOT your main club.

  22. Jonnoj

    March 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Dempsey doesn’t fit a conventional role, it’s nothing to do with his ego.
    He was an unconventional player at Fulham and that’s why he wasn’t a regular starter untilm the last two seasons.
    They eventually found a way to accommodate him but it took a long time and I guess your condescending remark about smaller clubs alludes to the fact that he won’t be given that time to adapt at spurs.

  23. Scott

    March 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    it’s funny. they haven’t won a lot since his last calf injury. to be fair, the tactics aren’t good right now.

  24. omakbob

    March 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Dempsey has gotten plenty of playing time earlier in the season, then he got hurt. One of his biggest strengths for Spurs this season is his ability and willingness to play just about any position AVB asks of him: Left, Right and Central midfield as well as striker once (if I’m not mistaken). He’s been a fantastic utility player and has performed well when called upon.

    Since returning from injury, though, he’s having to earn back his starting spot, much the same way Parker would have had to do if Sandro didn’t get hurt.

    At least that’s the way I’ve interpreted the situation.

  25. Fabio

    March 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I don’t think the problem is that Clint’s been selfish; rather, it’s been that AVB has had trouble fitting him in properly with the side. It’s true that Spurs have a glut of attacking midfielders, especially since Bale has been playing in the hole lately, rather than at left wing. Perhaps with Lennon injured, Dempsey can play on the right and see how that goes.

  26. Brian fisher

    March 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Wow, nice article would love to read it without a biased creator though. Dempsey has the second highest rating after bale according to 3 different EPL sites. Stop trying to be a psychologist and just get the facts. As for his ego maybe what you see is not an egotistical man but more of a person who will do anything to be the best. AVB had said dempsey works harder than anyone during practice. Get facts man not your own babble

    • Anthony

      March 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      I get that he is second highest scoring rate, but I don’t think Tottenham thought they were going to buy the Dempsey that they got this season. He wants to be the best and that’s awesome, but he doesn’t fit the system the way he is playing now. As for his hard work in practice, that’s nice, but I would like to see him turn that into the production we expect from him in games.

      • trickybrkn

        March 19, 2013 at 3:58 pm

        match rating. how long have you been a soccer fan? And Tottenham knew exactly what Duce was all about. The guy is near 30 and playing in England now since 2006. The only way your argument is valid is if you mean to say that he is slowing down, and not as good as he was a year ago. Which is just barking up the wrong tree.

    • Tim Krass

      March 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      I agree with Brian Fisher. What’s wrong with 8 goals? That’s a fine season and its not over and he’s been injured. Better than that imposter Adebeyor.

  27. Fernando

    March 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    If Spurs didn’t want or need him why did they buy him? Was it because he’s a proven goalscorer in England?

    I haven’t read one thing about Dempsey’s ego being a problem at Spurs. I’ve only read AVB be positive about him. He’s scored two of Spurs most important goals this season!!

    Combined goals of Lewis Holtby and Gylfi Sigurdsson: 6.

    Finally, how are you a Munich and Arsenal supporter?

    • Anthony

      March 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Am I not allowed to support 2 teams that just happened to be drawn against each other in the CL?

      As for his ego, Dempsey has always had one. Playing with a chip on his shoulder and that is okay at times, but you can tell from his play that he isn’t trying to adapt his play style. And 2 important goals doesn’t mean all is forgiven for a relatively lackluster season after one where he was phenomenal.

      • Fernando

        March 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm

        Considering it’s his first season with a new squad where he’s not been 100% I’d say some slack needs to be cut.

        You didn’t answer the question about why Spurs bought a player they don’t need/want per your opinion.

        • Anthony

          March 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm

          I don’t think they don’t want him. I think they want him, but they want the Dempsey of last season not this Dempsey.

          • Fernando

            March 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm

            Fair enough.

            You didn’t make that clear in your article though.

          • JMo

            March 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm

            Since you’re “a longtime supporter of Arsenal”, I’m not likely to put much stock in your opinion of Dempsey’s role with Spurs.

          • trickybrkn

            March 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

            That makes no sense. If they want the Dempsey of last season he’d be playing as a striker, not an AMF.

            • The Gaffer

              March 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm

              The issue with where Dempsey is best on the pitch is a problem for the USMNT too. Is he a striker or an attacking midfielder? Personally I think he’s better suited as an attacking midfielder. But for Tottenham, he’s not the creative type of midfielder that they like to play in that position.

              The Gaffer

          • trickybrkn

            March 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm

            Dempsey is a natural attacking Left wing. For the USMNT he is best playing behind Altidore. Then again JK has been a horrible at tactics and playing players out of position. Just look at the defenders he selected for the next two matches.

      • John Eams

        March 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        You are right Anthony about Dempseys ego. I have never liked selfish players who shoot at goal often from an impossible place when team mates are free in better spaces. This i saw many times.

        He has to work on his attitude and get with the program.

        • gbewing

          March 19, 2013 at 8:22 pm

          .”I have never liked selfish players who shoot at goal often from an impossible place when team mates are free in better spaces. This i saw many times. ”

          You just described Jermaine Defoe and Gareth Balenot to mention Scott Parker and Walker as well. I’m not suggesting Dempsey is better than either but that’s part of the mentality a goal scorer needs to have. Bale takes a few whoppers every game but in the end we’re pretty satisfied. I think Dempsey is playing out of position as the main issue but I like him better than Siggy because he will find a way to poach a rebound and is more aggressive than Siggy. If we got all the players we thought we’d get this summer especially Moutinho I think we’d have more flexibility to utilize him better. I think he will have a year under belt to adapt and be stronger next or if AVB feels he’s not a fit he will be sold. I think he or Siggy will be sold either way.

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