Friday, 21 August 2009
West Ham v Tottenham Preview. Spector v Lennon? Ouch.
Watching the Tottenham v Liverpool game last week, the subject of whether 'Arry would swap Lennon's flank to have a go at Faubert came up. I expressed the hope that he would try, given Lennon's left peg is weak and he becomes largely ineffective when moved to the opposite flank, but now everything has fallen into 'Arry's lap with the news that Ilunga will miss the game.
With all the talk of the need for a right back and a striker or two, many have overlooked the absence of adequate cover for Ilunga, a squad deficiency masked by his fitness all last season. Spector came on against Wolves and his first three touches were dire. He isn't even our first choice right back and, playing on the opposite flank, he looks awkward on the ball and vulnerable off of it. 'Arry must be sniggering over his Manila envelopes at the thought of isolating our American one on one with the flying Lennon. It would be no surprise to me if the game was won and lost as a result of the injury to Ilunga.
Some will point to the signing of Daprela but he is just a kid and has not yet been tested in the Premiership. Would it be fair to throw the lad into a game of this magnitude? I think even the Romans allowed the Christians to practice a bit before they threw them into the gladiatorial ring!
Sunday is going to be one hell of a test. I have tipped Tottenham as dark horses to win the Premiership and it is a crying shame that we go into the game still looking for two strikers, with a make shift right back playing as first pick and with no adequate cover for the left back position. Why did we buy Kovac in the circumstances?
Posted by Hammersfan at 10:34