The appointment of Andre Villas Boas was considered a gamble by the media and the fans at the inception. Now, itai??i??s been reviewed by the media and fans alike after his first week at office. This new ‘project’ cannot be considered as a gamble any more.

Unlike Roman Abramovich, Spurs have a chairman who has mastered the art of negotiation and does his business with great aplomb. Daniel Levy has a remarkable acumen in business matters and it is well known to the clubs who have dealt with him in the market. When an astute businessman and a master tactician join hand in hand to create a new chapter, the beginning has to be perfect and the buzz can be witnessed at White Hart Lane.

Spurs are known for their free flowing, attractive brand of football from the early days. Harry Redknapp made them a Top 5 side in the previous seasons and his successor needs to make it at least a step bigger to prove his doubters wrong. Failures are the stepping stones to success and AVB, as he is fondly called, has shown signs that he has learned from his past mistakes in the way he responded to the media about the Modric situation.

Another interesting thing that will come into the foray will be the manner in which he treats his players. He is trying to build a team on his own and the latest arrivals are giving a lot of hope to the Spurs’ faithful even though few key players might be on their way out. Spurs are acting quickly in the transfer market; they are trying to capture young players with huge potential who can provide everlasting impact. The current crop is also happy with the new training ground, new manager and the new arrivals.

Expectations from Villas Boas

Villas Boas is a manager who has his own philosophies. A master tactician with his own template; it has a high back line with pacy defenders and a goalkeeper who can play the role of a sweeper if needed; three man midfield which can adapt to shift the momentum of the game accordingly as well as producing the fluid game while being intact and responsible without the ball. The front 3 is the key to his success breaking the opposition with lighting attacks and also calm, composed and assured build up with the help of wingers who can cut in and overlapping wing backs hugging the touchline.

Many questions will arise at this juncture. Is this template suited for the North London team? Do they have enough players at their disposal who can play his beloved 4-3-3 formation?

What about those players who will not fit in this scheme of things? The coach is known for his ill attitude towards such players as seen during his stint with Chelsea and will he be able to handle big egos at the dressing room? Can he keep the fans happy with good results? Most importantly are Andre Villas Boas and Daniel Levy on the same page? These quotes from both personnel paint a rosy picture.

Andre Villas Boas on Daniel Levy – “He knows what he is doing, approaching the market in a different way, he is a person of great football understanding and he had the effect of giving me the assurances I wanted in terms of building something.”

On unveiling Andre Villas Boas, Daniel Levy as a part of the head coachai??i??s brief, stated ai??i??ai???Andre shares our long-term ambitions and ethos of developing players and nurturing young talent, and he will be able to do so now at a new world-class training centre.

It is important we now look to develop the potential within the squads at all levels, while strengthening the first team in the summer in key positions with players who will become part of the future success of the club.”

Villas Boas and his staff will do the homework behind the scenes but it is the players who need to implement it on the pitch. Goal keeper has a huge role in the coachai??i??s astute tactics; Brad Friedel is consistent and provides a safe pair of hands with his vital experience but the veteran doesnai??i??t posses the speed or the agility and can be seen rooted at the post for most of the time. Gomes could have been ideal keeper but his inexplicable blunders cost him his spot. Cudicini can only be a good back-up. The scenario points to a new arrival and the Frenchman Hugo Lloris fits the bill perfectly, but it remains to be seen whether Daniel Levy can reach an agreement with Lyon because of his high valuation.

Exciting first signing

.Villas Boas

The acquisition of Jan Vertonghen is the best gift a manager can receive from his chairman. He is the missing piece of the jigsaw in a back four along with Walker, Kaboul and Assou-Ekotto. Youngster Steven Caulker made rapid strides in EPL last season and itai??i??s time for him to step up for the Lillywhites as an intelligent and ball playing defender.

What will be the future of NH17 legend Ledley King and the man who was supposed to take the baton from him ai??i?? Michael Dawson? Ledley King is almost about to take his place in the coaching staff after a career curtailed by long standing knee problems. Dawson might need to bide his time as injuries have slowed him down and the arrival of Jan means he has to fight for his place. William Gallas has a big ego and needs to be handled carefully; Sebastian Bassong is looking surplus to the requirements at the moment. Attacking fullbacks are available both in quality and quantity. Kyle Naughton is back after his heroic EPL stint at Carrow Road whereas youngster Adam Smith provides tough competition for him to be the understudy to the PFA young player of the year, Walker. The capture of Manchester United prodigy, Ezekiel Fryers, means that an able back up is there to challenge Assou-Ekotto along with Danny Rose. Two out of these four will be send out on loan to gain more experience and it remains to be seen who will get their chance.

Midfield remains the strength of this team. Scott Parker is all set to lead the team this season. But, his place in the starting lineup is not guaranteed as Sandro has improved leaps and bounds over the course of time and is fit again. Huddlestone can provide another dimension from the middle of the park; youngster Jake Livermore has already made the grade while another academy product, Thomas Carroll, is waiting for his chance after his exploits in Europa League last season.

Can they step up?

. Villas Boas

Influential playmaker and the creative nucleus, Luka Modric, is looking more likely to leave this summer with giants across the continent waiting for the big scalp. Spurs has been rumoured to fill that void by capturing either JoA?o Moutinho or the Brazilian Oscar if that happens. Van der Vaart remains an integral part of Villas Boasai??i?? plans but his role in the team is still unclear after the arrival ofAi?? Sigurdsson. There are also rumors of Ganso ending up at WHL as well.

Gareth Bale signed a contract extension and can be assured of the Left wing role unless rested to give some game time for Pienaar or for grooming Townsend. Aaron Lennon may face tough competition from Giovanni Dos Santos and Steven Pienaar as Right winger/forward role is looking more suitable to these kind of players in the new setup. Even VDV can occupy that role if AVB prefers to give the central role to Sigurdsson. Jermain Jenas and David Bentley are two players who might say good bye to the team. Iago Falque is already a forgotten man.

The talking point in and around White Hart Lane is about who will lead the line in the new season. The only established striker in the setup, Jermain Defoe, is also rumoured for an exit as he is not suited for the new style and he needs more starts as well. England U-19 star, Harry Kane is expecting a breakthrough season but he will not be the one to spearhead the attack this season; same is the case with Souleyman Coulibaly. Emmanuel Adebayor’s signing will make AVB breath easy after the ex-Arsenal striker’s successful loan stint last season. Liandro Damiao, Loic Remy, Adrian, Guiseppe Rossi and Burak Yilmaz are few names linked with Tottenham and atleast one of them may join the big Togolese striker to compete for the strikers spot.

Redknapp preferred older players in his tenure while Villas Boasai??i??s arrival has brought young players along with him. Experiments can be expected at the start of season to find the right balance. The fans can only hope that the new manager gets it right and need to be patient with him. As the cliched adage goes – Rome was not built in a day. Fans need to believe in the revolution and their full support in difficult times can ensure big success in future.

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Written by Joseph George

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15 Responses to “Villas Boas Appointment Is Far From A Gamble By Spurs”

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  1. Will says:

    Excellent article: second such one I ahve read in 10 mins.
    Where has all the media scepticism gone? For good I hope.
    Worried about GK/playmaker/Striker and not happy with Ade staying.

    I think that levy/lewis may have to “bite the bullet” and actually pay market prices to fill these three gaps but I guess they will **** around until the window closes as usual. Sometimes yoyu just have to jump.

    • Joseph says:

      I think Levy and co will act quickly and settle the deals asap but we cannot expect him to pay over the odds. We have signed 3 players already and expecting apt signings in crucial areas

  2. Tottenham hotspur really 2012-2013 season title contender in under avb with van dar vaart, huddlestone will stay out defoe ,g.santis. Pinner tottenham targets help challenge LLORIS, VERTOGHEN, FRYERS ,MOUNTINHO, HULK, FALCAO,& ADABAYOR OR RONDON OR GOMIS& DAMIAO OR DEFOE OR STURRIDGE my dream squad1.GK-LLORIS, GOMES OR FRIDEL& BUTTON 2. DEFENDER-WALKER, NAUGHTON, KABOUL, DAWSON, VERTOGHN, CAULKER, CARVALO, FRYERS, 3.MIDFIELD-HUDDLESTONE, PARKER, SANDRO, MOUNTINHO, SIGURDSON, VAN DAR VAART, WINGER- BALE, LENNON, HULK STRIKER- FALCAO, RONDON, DAMIAO

  3. spursguv says:

    good read although as you’d expect there are some things I see differently. Livermore hasn’t made the grade. He made appearances under rednapp and I think that’ll change now. Siggy is not in direct competition with VDV. VDV will be one of the first names on the team sheet. Dawson is another that will become a casualty as AVB will not suffer the amounts of mistakes dawson makes. I think Kane will feature this year as might some other young players. But keep an eye out for pacey players with technical ability not cumbersome types like livermore. Not sure about Hudd either unless his fitness is raised considerably. I can’t see any big name signing coming in now. Ade might be it. Danny Rose will defo be loaned out. But if this guys makes it as a left back I’ll eat my hat. Sure i the past these guys would hang around. However we now have a new impedous. A manager who is trying to win the the league. You can’t do that with players like dawson, rose,huddlestone and Livermore. I can see the youg fella from united getting a chance this season too if he’s as good as I have heard. CB is interesting as Caulker is every bit as good as kaboul and as a ball player he’s fit in well with Vertonghen. Spurs will go 433 or 4321. the later enabling Siggy and VDV theri room. Sandro has a battle with Parker I reckon. Although a smart man would rotate these guys as both is prone to cards and it makes sense if we’re attacking on all fronts this year. It’s an exciting squad and I think Spurs have a better chance this year than under rednapp. As do the young players. Interesting times ahead. Apologies if I offend some with my views on huddlestone, dawson, rose and livermore. None of the first three have done much having been around a fair while now. Livermore imho should never have gotten in the team. Ekotto/fryers at LB is a good mix. Waiting to see if Kane gets in too. He fits the mould I reckon. Ade I’m not fussed on but if we dont get him then another striker is a must. It’s all good which ever way you view it.

    • Joseph says:

      Huddlestone’s passing range was one of the best and he is a player who can play the deeplying playmaker role in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Livermore is young and he can develop into a better player with more experience. Same is the case with Rose. Even i am little skeptical about Dawson’s future in this setup, i hope he proves us wrong.

  4. Iceman says:

    Nice article, one thing though, yago falque, I believe is not already forgotten, from what I’ve heard, avb rates him highly and sees him as an integral player this season….watch this space

    • Joseph says:

      I think he didn’t get enough playing time at Sothampton on last season. So it will be very difficult for him to break into first team squad this season.

  5. Ryan says:

    Danel Levy may be all the things you said about him ,and he may conduct his business with “great aplomb”.All well and good,but he’s had something like 7 managers in 10 years,or 8 in 11.No matter.That statistic,as far as I’m concerend ,trumps all the aplomg you care to muster up.
    Villas Boas, may be the footballing gennius that he seems to think the is.He’d be in the minority .Yes we all know the differences between Abromovich and Levy.We all know the scenario that played out for AVB ;last season.All I see now ,as I saw then,is a man who talks a good game,but has had no success at all in the EPL despite all of his alleged tactical genius ( says who anyway?),and an owner/ceo,who has a poor record in managerial signings,and the one that he did get right,he throws from the train.Excuse me if I don’t share any of the guest writers enthusiasm.You can have business acumen and apblomb coming out of your ears,and as a manager, be a masterful tachtician ,but at the end of the day,it’s performance that counts.Levy has shown poor judgment in his hirings and firings,and Villas Boas is a still bitter ex Chelsea manager who had a very visable public meltdown in his first EPL experience only a very short while ago. I have my opinions and feelings now ,and will reaccess things as the season plays out.I Hope I’m wrong is all I can say but I think this appointment calls for nothing short of a miracle to succeed.It will be interesting.Thats for sure,but I’m not watching Spurs for it to be “interesting” I’m watching to see my club challange and win silverware.

    • VW says:

      Tactical genius – Says who? Well Jose Mourinio and Booby Robson were both impressed by him and their opinions carry a little more weight than the disgruntled Chelsea fans and no-nothing paper hacks who think otherwise.

      And whilst he hasnt won anything in the EPL, he did win the quadruple with Porto following a season of discontent. If he had received the backing of his chairman at his first EPL club, who knows what he may have acheived. Chelsea finished in a lower Premier League position than he left them in when he was fired.

      You can use stats to prove any opinion Ryan :-)

  6. Alex says:

    I’m sure this Guest Author a Spurs fan.

  7. lieutenant says:

    lol buzzing! love Tottenham Hotspur futuristic! fantastic football club not keen on older players or too light weight lads…like class brightest prospects while retain mean solid firm core at the back formation could be key hope all new strikers can bang in the goals galore ole!

  8. Joseph says:

    Thank you all for the lovely words. COYS

  9. billyboycoys says:

    great chairman,hopefull for new coach.like the players we are trying for.?? should we give gomes another go.?? what about ade,can’t make my mind up ,bit on the costly side.must have top line strikers,two or even three are needed.but one thing is for sure-we must all be patient,slowly slowly catchee monkey.as they slowly jell i am sure we will do well.last word-come on daniel spend a few more bob & we will all be happy.