There have been more than a few players who haven’t exactly lived up to expectation this season. I could mention half the squad, but that wouldn’t exactly be fair. There have been more than a few players who myself and a large majority of the Spurs fans feel haven’t been up to standards. But I have been given the task of picking 5 players who have really underperformed, but have played enough games to warrant a rating, so players like Etienne Capoue and Emmanuel Adebayor do not count as they haven’t played many games this season.
When we signed Fazio from Sevilla for £12million, I don’t think anyone really knew what to expect. But as soon as we saw him pull on a Spurs shirt, we all knew what he was. I have described Fazio as our Mertersacker, just without all the positives. He can just about run, he can’t even header the ball properly, despite being 6ft 5in, and I don’t think he knows what the word defending actually means. I really have tried to see the positives in him, like his ability to come out of defence and try to be a ball playing defender. The only problem is, he can’t be a ball playing centre back, and when he loses the ball he can’t even run back! It is a very high possibility that Fazio is the worst defender I have seen at Spurs.
Dembele is like marmite, you either love him or you hate him. But the only problem is, there has been more reasons to not like him, and it has been the case for many years. There’s no doubt that Dembele is a talented player, he showed it at Fulham how good he can be, but at Spurs he has been a bit part player every season. Les Ferdinand said “the only way to get Dembele to play consistently well was to promise him a move to Real Madrid”. How can you have a player that would only play for a move away? I like Dembele, I think he is a great talent, but he has run his course and I feel that it is time for him to move on.
No matter what Soldado does, no matter how hard he tries, he will never be any good for us. Let’s just face the facts! He is going into his 3rd season with us, he hasn’t faced a long time out with any injury either, he’s 30 years old too which doesn’t make anything better seeing as we won’t be able to sell him on for any profit. I thought that maybe with a new approach to the team, and maybe after a season of settling in that he may be able to kick on and score some goals. Nope, not for Soldado. I know that some fans still have faith with him, but to those that still have faith, after this season I will leave you with one question. How?
Similarly to Fazio, when we signed Chiriches we didn’t know what to expect. He was essentially a nobody from Steaua Bucharest, who we bought for £9.5 million, and he had no experience of the Premier League at all. So of course we threw him straight into the deep end in his first season, and he was miserable apart from one or two games. So going into this season I took last season with a pinch of salt, which I did with about every signing last season, and I went into this season expecting a new start. But boy was I wrong! Chiriches has been amazingly bad on occasions that have made me question how he has managed to be a Spurs player and I wasn’t. His performances have been atrocious, his work ethic is virtually non-existent, and he just doesn’t look bothered which is the worst thing you could do when you’re a Tottenham player. I don’t want to be too negative about our players, but just imagine if our only Centre Backs were Fazio and Chiriches?
It is highly likely that Younes Kaboul could have played his last game for the club, and considering he was given the captaincy at the start of the season. He showed his age and surprising lack of pace in some games this season, and It was like seeing an old horse trying to run the Grand National. You know they’ve done it before, but they can’t do it when they’re older. He had a good game against Arsenal at the Emirates, but apart from that I can’t think of any other good games. He was given the captain’s armband, and the responsibility of replacing Michael Dawson and Ledley King has proven to be way too much for the Frenchman.