Form Guide August 2008
P W D L F-A GD Pts
3 0 1 2 3-5 -2 1
· April/May 2008 figures
· Last year's figures
No less than 16 individuals who had featured in the Spurs squad list at the end of last season have either left the club; been left out of Juande Ramos's squad list, or were unavailable through injury. That list does not include "The Incredible Sulk" - Dimitar Berbatov who was just "not in the right frame of mind" to start at Middlesbrough, but did make his final appearance in Spurs colours as a second half substitute at Middlesbrough. "Sulk" got booed by many in the Tottenham crowd, but still demonstrated in his brief appearance why he was such an asset on the football field. Unfortunately, we all knew really that his days at Tottenham were numbered.
Those unavailable did include the injured Alan Hutton, who has yet to make a Premier League start this season, and is much missed at right back. Club Captain Ledley King was used very economically - left on the bench for 90 minutes. At this stage, Ramos's squad list consisted of just 20 names, excluding the likes of Taarabt and Boateng. Spurs fell to goals by Wheater and ex-striker Mido, before an own goal gave them scant consolation, and sent the fans back to London seriously demoralised.
No sign at all of "Sulk", who was "not in the right frame of mind" again. Ledley King does start, but Darren Bent is anonymous as he fails to live up to his pre-season form and the hype, whilst Jenas does score the first goal by a Spurs player of the season. Only one of the three recent departures to Sunderland (the impressive Steed Malbranque) takes part, but Spurs are ambushed by Roy Keane's determined team - "team" being the operative word here. Ramos's new men in the middle are still getting used to each other and finding none of the pre-season ease in real Premier League battles.
Rumour has it that not only is the "Sulk" not in the right frame of mind, but he has actually refused to put himself out and may even have been fined a few times in pre-season and as late as his last week as a Tottenham player. he apparently shook hands with the rest of the squad as he said his farewells on the Friday before the window closed.
Spurs do play as a team at Chelsea and win a much-deserved point that keeps them off the bottom of the table. Even Darren Bent gets on the score-sheet. By this time Russian star Roman Pavlyuchenko has been confirmed as a new Spurs man.
It takes till after 11 p.m. for Berbatov's transfer to Old Trafford to be confirmed. The failure by the Spurs board to have signed another big-name striker (in addition to Pavlyuchenko) caused furore amongst the fans, who are not impressed by loan signing Fraizer Campbell coming the other way from Manchester.
The anger is understandable of course, as during the summer Spurs lost the source of 46 of last season's goals. It's a bit like letting Greaves and Gilzean, or Klinsmann and Sheringham go in one foul swoop really.
Cue high profile statements by Chairman Daniel Levy and Head Coach Juande Ramos to claim they are more than happy with the squad at the end of the window.
Is the new Spurs squad good enough to finish where we want them to this season? We'll decide!
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!