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mil1lion

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I do think back 3 would work as well though because it allows one of VdV or Romero to get forward and keep 2 back. Both offer another dimension in attack. Very nice finish from VdV.
 

Bluto Blutarsky

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There were plenty saying he couldn't play or never played left back.
He should have been left back against Chelsea, Liverpool and Burnley.
Radu should have stepped in at CB.
I think our chances of playing CL would have been greatly enhanced if Ange had been more pragmatic.
Ange was pragmatic and was looking after VdV’s health.
 

titan

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It hardly imploded our season, we've lots of reasons why we struggled for long stretches. - and the red card was much more unfortunate, than it was reckless.
It was the beginning of things going south, if didn’t do daft challenge on Enzo, we win that game and keep the consistency going. After the red, Mickey goes down making a recovery run, and Maddison goes down later as well, Udogie gets sent off. And after that we never found the consistency again.
 

EQP

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Ange confirmed in post game presser that he does not plan to deploy Mickey as a full-time LB cover because of his hamstring injuries.
 

jezz

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Ange confirmed in post game presser that he does not plan to deploy Mickey as a full-time LB cover because of his hamstring injuries.
That's just bizarre
Look Mickey you can't play left back because I need you to play on the half way line and stop all the speed when they break through.
All in aid of your health 😂😂😂
 

EQP

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That's just bizarre
Look Mickey you can't play left back because I need you to play on the half way line and stop all the speed when they break through.
All in aid of your health 😂😂😂

With our clubs overall luck with hamstring injuries, I'd rather Ange take this approach.

Besides, I don't want us to try and beat City, play Royal at LB instead.
 
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Oscar22

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His finish today, the technique involved, is one of the best finishes of any of our goals this season. I think we have strikers and forward players currently who genuinely couldn’t finish to that level.

I’m not sure if that says more about VDV or our current strikers, but it was a truly brilliant finish either way.
 

waresy

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His finish today, the technique involved, is one of the best finishes of any of our goals this season. I think we have strikers and forward players currently who genuinely couldn’t finish to that level.

I’m not sure if that says more about VDV or our current strikers, but it was a truly brilliant finish either way.
I just saw the highlights and thought how good it was to finish like that. Brilliant goal.
 

rossdapep

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His finish today, the technique involved, is one of the best finishes of any of our goals this season. I think we have strikers and forward players currently who genuinely couldn’t finish to that level.

I’m not sure if that says more about VDV or our current strikers, but it was a truly brilliant finish either way.
Everything about it showed up our attackers.

He was aggressive in his approach, before he passed he knew were he was going and then the execution.

Compared to Deki and Johnson who were a combination of not knowing where to play, not being aware of space, timid and doing things without looking first.

In fact, him and Romero both know how to take the game by the scruff of the neck and our attackers don't
 

Japhet

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Everything about it showed up our attackers.

He was aggressive in his approach, before he passed he knew were he was going and then the execution.

Compared to Deki and Johnson who were a combination of not knowing where to play, not being aware of space, timid and doing things without looking first.

In fact, him and Romero both know how to take the game by the scruff of the neck and our attackers don't

Absolutely. Player of the season for me, closely followed by Romero. That's a bit bizarre considering how many goals we've shipped.
 

Oscar22

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Everything about it showed up our attackers.

He was aggressive in his approach, before he passed he knew were he was going and then the execution.

Compared to Deki and Johnson who were a combination of not knowing where to play, not being aware of space, timid and doing things without looking first.

In fact, him and Romero both know how to take the game by the scruff of the neck and our attackers don't

Spot on, and finishing wise, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Johnson or Deki open their body like that to place the ball in the corner without having to try and smash it in, or tap it in from a yard or two. Deki has hit a few good strikes but VDV’s goal yesterday and actually Romeros finish against Arsenal showed a different level of calm, placed, technically excellent finishing.
 

Barmby Army

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Absolutely. Player of the season for me, closely followed by Romero. That's a bit bizarre considering how many goals we've shipped.
It is extremely Tottenham to have a back five that have individually all had excellent seasons, yet still concede a shitload of goals. Unrivalled banter club.
 
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