For me… no. The likes of Walker has not seemed like the same player as last year and although Naughton has played ok on the left we would see something different on the right of defense. Although it would be interesting to see the link up play on the right.
Falque has been in outstanding form for the U21's and had certainly caught a few eyes in the limited appearances for the first team. Falque scored another 2 goals last night for the U21's against Southampton and none of these seem to be easy and straight forward (he is technically gifted).
Finally we come to the fact that Adebayor played a great game against City and for me (like a large amount of football fans) thought he was man of the match. His fitness will be ever improving and this is nothing but good things for the team as Defoe will begin to be concerned about his position and up his game to keep his place.
We are in need of players to get the hunger to feel like there is competition, as it is that lack of competition that has caused us damage and the players to take their positions for granted.
So do not panic with seeing the potential injuries as it should help create some hunger.
Although Defoe has scored the most of our goals I think he needs to feel Adebayor hot on his tracks and keep scoring. The likes of Lennon and Walker although confidence is one of the key part's of their game it is imperative to have competition in each position.
In terms of who should play though against Arsenal I am not sure as many players are having a fitness test between now and Friday (and we have heard rumors of Parker and Dembele being ready), although I actually feel it is unlikely.
One thing is certain, not only does Falque deserve a place in the team, but so does Soulymane Coulibaly. Ivory Coasts young player of the year for 2011 looked in hot form last year, scoring 3 goals in 7 appearances in the NextGen series and 5 in 5 for Spurs Premier League U18's. Most notably though he scored a screamer against Southampton yesterday (which you can see via Spurs Online) and been in hot form so far this season.
So its not all "negative" from me, thank god for our youth system though as we have 1 defender (Smith), 2 midfielders(Carroll & Falque) and 1 striker (Coulibaly) looking to push through very quickly.
Come on you Spurs
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