Tottenham managed to keep the hunt for the top four after a 4-0 win over Newcastle United at home. This victory was extremely crucial for the club since Liverpool had taken a 3-2 win in their match against Fulham. Tottenham, Liverpool, and Everton are the key clubs competing for the final Champions league spot. Manchester United appeared to have dropped out of the running after the 0-0 draw with Arsenal. Tottenham have overtaken Everton as a result of this win. Emmanuel Adebayor, who has been in sparkling form since the appointment of Tim Sherwood, opened the scoring.
They were up against a Newcastle team that were spiralling downwards in the table. This was the fourth consecutive defeat for Newcastle and one that sends them close to the bottom half of the table. As for Tottenham, they remain three points behind Liverpool on the table. Sherwood, who has done exceedingly well since replacing Andre Villas-Boas midway through the campaign, said that he was extremely happy with the performance and also the attitude shown by his players. Paulinho and Chadli scored the goals for Tottenham before Adebayor completed his brace in the 82nd minute.
Tottenham, who have a vastly inferior goal difference compared to Liverpool, moved into positive goal difference with this result.
“I’m a perfectionist. There was a spell at start of the second half when Hugo [Lloris] had to pull off some saves. The boys looked sharp from the start. We’ve got to keep on the tail of Liverpool. They are relentless. I hope they keep on checking over their shoulders and see Spurs are still there,” said Sherwood.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who has been suffering from the loss of several key players through injury and transfers, said that this was yet another disappointing result for the club. Tottenham’s next league match will be away to Norwich City.
Having 11 matches played in the Premier League so far and confirmed European League progress with quarter-finals secured for the Capital One Cup, it has been a positive start for Tottenham Hotspur in this season of 2013-2014.
Since the release of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid back in September, Villas-Boas has tried to rotate other forwards and combine them hoping to fill in the gap left by the Welshman.
Most recently placing the Spanish forward Roberto Soldado as a lone striker but he failed to scoring in the last 2 matches for Tottenham despite they were playing against teams that they expected to pick up some victories.
The young Brazilian winger of Santos is a target of Sevilla and Tottenham with Santos trying to persuade him on staying with the club.
Neilton is already being called as the next Neymar as he has the same hairstyle as the Barcelona player and the play-style being similar to Neymar himself; it’s no wonder why at such a young age he is already being targeted by top European clubs.
Santos offered £7,000 per month but Neilton was attempting to hold out for £20,000, according to Brazilian website Sambafoot,
However, Neilton has claimed he intends to stay in Brazil with Santos.
‘I want to stay. We are negotiating. I am not involved in the talks, but I intend to stay,’ he said.
Tottenham is going through problems in their attack-line which is why they are looking in the transfer market searching for someone that can be the solution in filling in the boots of Gareth Bale and hopefully make their claim for the Premier League title after ending several seasons in the top 6 spots of the league.
After spending several new players in excess of £ 100 million, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that he is happy with the attacking options he has at his disposal ahead of the Premier league match with Cardiff city. Tottenham have been one of the highest spenders in Europe, but most of their spending has been because of the money recovered by the sale of Gareth Bale. The Welsh international was sold to Real Madrid for £ 86 million. Spurs have invested this entire amount along with a few million pounds of their own in order to strengthen the squad.
The likes of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, and Lamela have been the star additions to the squad in this summer. The arrival of these new players has made the likes of Jermain Defoe be happy with a place on the bench. Defoe is an England international and this shows the strength in depth of the Tottenham squad this campaign. Even though he is not a regular now, Defoe managed to score 2 goals against Tromso in the Europa league. He has now scored four goals in just two matches in this European competition.
It is highly unlikely that he will return to the starting line-up for the match against Cardiff.
“JD is doing well. He and Soldado are competing and all of their performances have been excellent. There is not one single negative thing I can say about the performances of Soldado and JD. At the moment we are playing with one striker up front and a number 10. We’ve scored 15 goals in seven games and conceded one, which are good numbers for us, so we haven’t yet seen a reason to change to 4-4-2 but that is definitely an option for the future,” said Villas-Boas ahead of the Premier league match this weekend.