What's painfully clear is that untill the ramshackle approach to defending is addressed, Tottenham will fail to realise her noisy pretentions to being a 'top ANYTHING club.'
West Ham have been/will forseeably continue as an industrial and joyless outfit to behold. Premiership footballers in this life, bolier suited Canvey Island garage mechanics the next. My point being that the draw, or rather the failure to beat this lot depressingly defines form that reinforces Tottenham are better than Wigan but probably worse than Man City.
Throw on another 26 million quids worth of strikers!' stopped being funny when Jol revealed he didn't have any better answers. Ramos has thus far demonstrated his brain is sharper, but his options are fundemantally as limited (Bent, Defoe) .
In defense of JR, he marshalls what he has like any good general.
He removes casualties (Kaboul) from the field so they don't distract or hinder his remaining forces. Also, I am prepared to suggest at this early stage that his man management skils are keener. This is the second noticably good performance that Jenas has turned in since the UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT sign went up in the window.
So where does that leave us?
Tactically, the issues are and were too, under Jol, two fold: THE SERVICING OF THE FORWARDS. Few Premiership teams have such an embarrassment of riches. It makes me laugh when I see you good Internet folk harping on about Berbatov's attitude. How would you respond to Robbo's hoofs up field together with the assortment of other second rate balls disguised as passes?
Second is THE BACK FOUR. I'm totally disinterested in discussing Ledley King. The brain dead 'King'll be back soon' brigade are wishing. By the time their fantasy cavalry arrives we'll have continued scratching single points off mediocre teams and have run out of rubbish teams to take three from.
My at a glance evaluation is this:
Dawson: Huge potential needs quality around him.
Kaboul: Ambitious, much more to learn.
Lee: Massively improved.
Stalteri: Half decent sub.
Rocha: Not good enough.
Gardner: Occasionally alright.
And does anyone in their right mind think this lot will be help deliver CL footy in a 60,000 arena?
In conclusion the gloves are off. If Jol was sacked for embodying the Peter Principle then JR's perceived greater abilities MUST BE fuelled with the right men. Because if we are still fannying around in February with a make shift rearguard and a midfield that is incapable of providing quality through balls to any one of our FOUR strikers we will be lucky and I mean lucky to finish in the top ten.
From what I have seen of Ramos so far, I believe he can deliver, but the task is one beset by the introduction of genuine quality where we need shoring up which means that DC fella MUST buy right.
The West Ham goal...
And the Tottenham one...