Villas-Boas to make a difference?
Andre Villas-Boas has been named the head coach of Tottenham Hotspur, but what type of impact will he have?
His first challenge will be convincing the players that what happened at Chelsea isn’t going to happen at Spurs, asserting himself as THE boss, and not losing the confidence of the board, players and fans.
I said as soon as Redknapp left Spurs that Villas-Boas would be the most likely candidate to take the reigns of the club. But now that’s happened he has a big task ahead of him trying to improve on fourth position that Redknapp led them to last year.
He’s brought along with him Jose Mario Rocha – who’ll hopefully have a big impact on the fitness of the players – and Daniel Sousa, a highly rated opposition scout.
The good news for Spurs is that Bale has signed a four-year contract and Team GB defender Steven Caulker has been told he is in the new boss’s plans and signed a two-year deal.
But who else will Spurs look to sign?
I’d imagine from his time at Chelsea and in Portugal, Villas-Boas will have a very good idea of who will fit in perfectly with the talented squad that he’s inherited.
But Spurs actually have a huge squad anyway. I can see a lot of outgoings of the older players before any signings are made.
I don’t think there’s a team in the Premier League with a midfield as deep with talent as Spurs’.
Bale, Huddlestone, Lennon, Parker, Van der Vaart, Modric, Rose, Townsend, Bentley, Pienaar and Jenas. Ok, a couple of them haven’t been anywhere near the first-team picture in the last couple of years, but they could be moved on for funds for younger, less injury prone and far more talented players.
Couple this with a really good youth system who are constantly providing the senior squad with good competition for places, and Villas-Boas’ job doesn’t actually seem too difficult.
The one thing I can guarantee the Portuguese coach will instill in his players is the belief that they can actually go all the way, something they lacked in the last few years.
Villas-Boas also won’t be feeling the hot breath of a certain Russian billionaire owner down his neck, which relieves a lot of the pressure on him in his previous job. Something he’ll relish because he’ll actually have time to mould the squad and club to the winning way he wants over time, instead of instant results.
I think it’s silly to suggest that Spurs will win the league this year, especially as Manchester City got in all their big spending before the fair play rules came in, and both Chelsea and Manchester United have bought big so far this summer.
But I definitely think it’s worth £5 on Tottenham finishing in the top three.