Thursday, August 24, 2006

The left sided solution?

We're beginning to sound like the England team of recent years with our "left midfield problem". I've previously suggested that to restore some balance to our team Lennon starts on the left and Routledge gets a chance to impress on the right. However, I don't think that's our first choice option, as all the Spurs fans I've spoken to would like to see us bolster the left midfield position before the transfer window closes.

All summer there have been rumours surrounding Stewart Downing and Martin Petrov, and in recent days there's even been talk about the ex-Gooner Louis Boa Morte. Well I must admit that I know very little about Petrov - other than he's from the same neck of the woods as Berbatov and has been called the 'New Stoichkov'. As for Downing and Boa Morte they're better than Ziegler (who is really our only true left sided midfielder at the club following the departure of Fatty), but do we really want them?

Today's press has suggested that an £8 million deal for Downing is looking more and more likely, and there are rumours that Fulham are resigned to losing Boa Morte. So after a summer of constant speculation it does begin to look like we'll have a new left midfielder.

Which would I prefer? Well there's no way I want the ex-Gooner - I don't really rate Boa Morte at all. Although I'm not convinced about Downing he has had a good start to the season - he scored last Saturday and previously set up three of the England goals against Greece. The Boro fans love him and now that his mate is the new England boss he should get plenty of international opportunities. This will obviously help him develop and the chance to sign another young Englishman would bode well for Spurs.

The sooner we can get crosses coming in from the left and right, without Keane having to come deep to provide them himself, the sooner we can realistically start talking about improving on last season. So my verdict is, providing we don't pay too much I'd welcome Downing to White Hart Lane.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think Downing would certainly improve the first team. Whether we can get him for thr right price remains to be seen.