The media are firing broadsides at Tottenham since the first day of the season and no doubt the football club will continue to be a sub-editor’s punchbag after a home defeat to Hull City today.
But it’s wholly unfair for any commentator or support to expect anything other than a relegation battle.
It is frequently misreported that Tottenham spent about £60m this summer. Their net spend was actually closer to zero with twelve players moving on. I’m pretty sure every other team in the Premier League spent more than them.
Subsequently Spurs started at a distinct disadvantage, behind every other club in the Premier League – even newcomers like Hull and Stoke who spent on experienced Premier League players like Geovanni, George Boateng, Dave Kitson and Abdoulaye Faye. It’s no surprise that they are are rooted to the bottom with the sort of Premier League experience that would have made Derby County blush.
Today’s brave defeat to Hull City was their fifth of the season. Jonathan Woodgate had a shot deflected on to the post and a Luka Modric shot was deflectd about six yards wide. It was all about deflections and blocks. Any time Tottenham had a shot a Hull City defender threw themselves in front of it. In the end they registered 28 attempts on goal – not bad for a team with so little Premier League experience.
Their full backs only joined from the Championship last season, their goalkeeper came from the Netherlands during the summer. Strikers Roman Pavlyuchenko and Fraizer Campbell have started a handful of Premier League games between them; midfielders Giovani and Luka Modric have a similar level of experience.
It’s way too soon to expect anything of this squad and a brave battle against relegation should be Juande Ramos’ goal this year.
But don’t expect the hysterical media to analyse the situation in the manner I have. They are too busy lambasting the club’s fans for their friendly baiting of Sol Campbell.