Spurs need more out of front men like Roberto Soldado. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au/AAP
Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton both started the season in hot form but after stuttering of late, only one manager remains. Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino should hold on to his job for the time being, but Spurs let go of Andre Villas-Boas earlier this week after the Portuguese boss failed to turn some big off-season signings in to a top four team in the first half of the season. His temporary replacement Tim Sherwood couldn’t change things up in his opening game in charge, with Spurs dropping their League Cup quarter-final to London rival West Ham 2-1 midweek.
Prior to its 5-0 thumping at the hands of Liverpool last weekend, Tottenham hadn’t been in bad form, at all. Back-to-back 2-1 victories over Fulham and Sunderland were preceded by a 2-2 draw at home to Manchester United. Their away record is equal best in the competition so they shouldn’t be daunted by the trip south to St Mary’s, but they have lost on six of their last seven visits to the ground. They need to find a way to get their forward line functioning as no Tottenham striker has scored in the top flight since the end of October. Gareth Bale isn’t coming back any time soon, so the men up front will have to rely on the service they’re getting until the transfer window opens.
The Saints haven’t won in their last five, but a horror draw has contributed to that record. After going down to Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa, the south coast side has steadied its ship snaring a point in each of its last two games with 1-1 draws against Manchester City and Newcastle United. What Tottenham would give for someone with the strike rate of Jay Rodriguez with the England international scoring in three of the team’s last four matches in the EPL.
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