Having invested lavishly in the summer following Gareth Bale’s hugely profitable move to Spain, Tottenham looked to pose a serious challenge for the English Premier League crown at the start of the campaign this year. But twelve games down, Andre Villas Boas is reportedly facing imminent sacking, lest he improves things drastically come Christmas.
Coming after a humiliating defeat at the hands of Manchester City, Villas Boas has been reported to be facing a lot of heat, with calls for his replacement emerging from various parts of the capital. Sitting on a lowly 9th position after 12 games, 8 points adrift of league leaders Arsenal, Tottenham’s new additions have failed to launch the club into the hierarchy of the top four. A strong presence on paper, Villas Boas is blamed for not being able to inspire his players to play match-winning performances, a fact reflected by their dismal performance in the league. While the manager admits that the team needs to respond quickly to their defeat at Manchester, he is well aware of the fact that his fate too lies on the line and that he will be the first one to move out of London if his team doesn’t improve over the next few fixtures.
Having reinforced their squad with seven world-class players such as Soldado, Paulinho, Eriksen and Lamela, Spurs have only managed to score 9 goals in their 12 league appearances this season, which means they have scored more than only two clubs in England, bottom placed Crystal Palace and Sunderland. A high-profile move from Valencia, Soldado has failed to make an impact in the English Premier League. Not a fast striker, Soldado has often struggled due to his lack of strength and pace against English defenders.
Running out of options up front, 31 year old Jermain Defoe has reportedly signed a £90,000-a-week deal with MLS side Toronto FC which will see him leave the English Premier League. So it remains to be seen how the manager plans to fill the gaping hole in his side’s attack this transfer season.
Tottenham Linked With Lavezzi
With Champions League football slowly slipping out of their grasp, Andre Villas Boas is reportedly keeping a keen eye on France with the hope to add a quality striker to his team come transfer window. With Lavezzi sitting tamely in Ibrahimovic and Cavani’s shadow at PSG, it has been reported that the Argentine striker is seeking a move away from the French capital and that Villas Boas might bid for him in January in order to improve his forward line-up.
With Soldado failing to deliver the goods, the manager is in desperate need to field a squad that has the ability to score goals at regular intervals. The hard-working Argentinian will be an important addition to the North London club and his pace will be a crucial factor. With the World Cup looming large on the horizon, Lavezzi will be looking for some first-team football, a fact that can be decisive in his decision to move away from France. Though the player might have to settle for a wage-cut following his move from PSG, it seems likely that he will be putting in his papers come transfer season.
It now remains to be seen if Andre Villas Boas can keep the water below the bridge and hold on to his job by turning things around at Tottenham. Facing Manchester United at home on Sunday, the manager has a huge mountain to climb before he runs out of time.