Tottenham must sweep sides like Hull aside

Posted by Dan Fitch

Despite Spurs fans moaning that the club signed too many players last summer, they haven't let that stop them from moaning about the fact they've failed to sign anyone in the January window.

So Tottenham face Hull on Saturday without any new stars, but with the ones purchased in the last transfer window still bedding in, that's probably for the best.

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The area where the squad looks weakest is in attack, where Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado will be the only senior strikers once Jermain Defoe moves to Toronto. I'm not too concerned. The sentimentalist is me would have loved to have seen Dimitar Berbatov back at the club, but if there's anywhere where that man was born to play football, it's Monaco. As a big Harry Kane fan, I'm also looking forward to him getting the chance to prove that he can make a career at the club.

When it comes to the match against Hull, the big question is whether Spurs will play with two strikers or one. Manager Tim Sherwood has opted to go with one up front in the victory over Swansea and the loss to Manchester City, but I'd expect him to switch back to a 4-4-2 against a Hull team that are in poor form.

Gylfi Sigurdsson had another anonymous game on the left against Manchester City, so Christian Eriksen will probably move to the flank, with Soldado returning alongside Adebayor.

The centre of midfield could be boosted by the return of Paulinho. The Brazilian was injured in the 3-0 win over Stoke -- a game in which he gave probably his most impressive performance for Tottenham.

Also back in contention are Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul. It would be a big call to put both of them back into the team and it would seem likeliest that it will be Vertonghen who gets the nod alongside either Michael Dawson or Vlad Chiriches. My choice would be the latter.

Lining up alongside the central defenders will be Danny Rose, after the left-back had his red card against Manchester City rescinded. It's almost getting to the stage where Sherwood has a full squad from which to choose.

Which is more than can be said of Steve Bruce, who must do without Jake Livermore against his parent club. There were rumours Thursday night that Livermore was returning to Spurs, as the academy product has been a key factor in Hull's largely successful season.

As has another midfielder that moved to Hull from Tottenham in the summer: Tom Huddlestone has become the key player for the Tigers, but undoubtedly gifted as he is, all Spurs fans know that he will struggle without a player like Livermore to do his grunt work.

Hull have enjoyed good home form this season, but in recent games they've lost to Chelsea and Manchester United at the KC Stadium. If Tottenham are to stand a chance of getting into the top four, then they must follow suit.

A victory would see Spurs stretch their winning away record to six games. When you consider that their results against their rivals have been disappointing, the team have no choice but to sweep sides like Hull aside.


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