Form Guide April/May 2008
P W D L F-A GD Pts
6 1 4 1 5-6 -1 7
· March 2008 figures
· Last year's figures
The most boring end to a season
Spurs fans endured their most boring end to a season for several years. To some the magnificent Carling Cup victory over Chelsea in February was relative history and insufficient compensation for the lack of a home win in our last four home games, and for a general lack of excitement, entertainment, and most importantly commitment from the players to reward the hard-earnt cash laid out by those who had made the effort to attend.
The arrival of expensive season ticket renewals this week will be enough to cause much consideration and hesitation before paying the exorbitant prices being asked of Spurs' loyal supporters. In my case, the rise will be more than 10%, which is over 3 times the level of inflation, even at current rates.
Spurs have made an early signing in the transfer market of Luka Modric, who we will all be watching closely in Euro 2008 (and perhaps adopting his country in the absence of a home country), but with Berbatov's departure looking inevitable, and frailties still exisiting in the Spurs midfield and defence, fans will be hoping for more excitement in the market before their renewal deadline of June 6th.
A reported injury led to Paul Robinson's absence early in this period, but the fact is Cerny played all 6 games, and Robbo has been left well and truly marginalised. Pascal Chimbonda, who had been one of the most played members of the squad, has also been bench-warming or absent for 4 of these 6 games. Lee has not been around at all, and is rumoured to be on his way back to Holland.
Cerny is reported to be close to signing for QPR, but he is one of 7 to have started all 6 games in April and May. The others (Hutton, Dawson, Jenas, Zokora, Malbranque and Keane) will surely be a part of Juande Ramos's plans for next season.
Jamie O'Hara has not had as good a conclusion to the season, as the start he made once given his debut by Ramos at Portsmouth. Jamie was deservedly voted the young player of the year, and also won the Spurs Trust's breakthrough award, having come up through the ranks since he was just 16.
Robbie Keane also deservedly won the Player of the Year award, top-scoring along with Berbatov, and skippering the side for so many games in the absence of Ledley King.
I have been disappointed with the form of Jermaine Jenas since the Cup victory, and Darren Bent still struggles to make any impact.
My top player for the closing games of the season was Didier Zokora, who over the course of the season has played not only in his defensive midfield position, but also in every position across the back four. Whilst lacking expertise in the opposition area, Zokora plays with a child-like enthusiasm, great commitment and passion, and athleticism. he hasn't got every trick in the book, but he has played some great football since his return from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Don't forget to check out the cumulative appearances and grades for the squad below.
...if you want to remind yourself of the matches played during this month, then See the Fixtures page here. By working your way back through the previous month's figures, you can review the performances over the last 8 years!