As Harry Redknapp tries to get his Champions League spot chase back on, here are some helpful ways for the White Hart Lane to crack the top four formula.
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In the wake of another win by the skin of their teeth, Tottenham have shown that not only are they capable of winning through a bad streak of games, but, doing so without big name players such as Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson. But just one win on the back of some poor shows will not do it for Lennon and co, it’s that time in the season where Tottenham will have to prove their worth, currently sitting on 41 points 3 behind Chelsea and 5 behind City, Tottenham must push through the next 3 weeks with maximum points if they want to keep up or join the top 4.
With their last real convincing win coming a month ago on the first day of the new year against Fulham Tottenham will have to dig deep to rediscover form much alike that of the week of Christmas where they drew 9 points from one week. And so lies the question, is this a possible task without Gareth Bale?
As a faithful Tottenham supporter my answer is, yes. It would require the utmost from Tottenham but as we know from the glorious night at the emirates near mid-November, it is very possible.
1. The revival of Crouch & Van der Vaart
The partnership of Peter Crouch and Rafael Van der Vaart as for a short time now been lacking its punch, this may have been because of Van der Vaart’s spells on the sideline as a result of his temperamental hamstring, or also due to the fact that Peter Crouch has lost some favour with the gaffer. Nevertheless, both of these issues have died down and if the classic knock down of King Crouchy is paired with the lethal volleys of the Dutchman, Tottenham could find themselves back in the 4.
2. Improved Discipline
With Michael Dawson, Younes Kaboul, Jermaine Defoe and Rafael Van der Vaart known to loose their cool on the odd occasion it will be increasingly difficult for even Redknapp to tailor a win, especially when two of the names mentioned are defenders. This means we must not receive any more red cards to influential players as the season wears on.
3. Consistency from Aaron Lennon
Finally and arguably more importantly than all of the above. As we all know, (at least those spurs fans among us), Aaron Lennon on his day is capable of a match winner, dare I say against anybody. Over the years I have watched him develop into a player that can win a game with his creativity and excellent pace or loose a game with the carelessness of not tracking back. But At the risk of jinxing this Aaron Lennon has been more injury free than most, and with the right wing position mostly vacant, Lennon has more than plenty of opportunities to rise to success as Bale did. And some also might remember in the glorious 09-10 season he held the team together before Gareth Bale was a name being uttered by managers all over Europe.
It is a lot to ask for, but, as has been said it is possible and for Tottenham Hotspur.