The 5-0 drubbing in the hands of Liverpool at home was the final straw in for the young Portuguese coach Andre Villas Boas’ tenure as the head coach of Tottenham, 18 months after his appointment. The Portuguese who had never managed previous clubs for more than a year which famously includes an ill fated 8 month stint as manager of Chelsea guided Tottenham to 5th place in the Premier League table last season but struggled to get a good run of results on the field this season.
With over 100 million invested in the summer, many would have expected Tottenham to mount a serious challenge for the top four spot but with poor run of results the team is languishing 7th in the premier league table, 5 points off the top four. Here are the reasons that led to the sacking of the Portuguese coach:
1. Poor tactics that didn’t suit the Premier League
While many managers prefer to play 4-4-2, the Portuguese preferred the 4-2-3-1 formation with an extra man in the midfield. Roberto Soldado often played as the lone man up front with little or no service from the ineffective midfield. Apart from Andros Townsend there weren’t any eye catching performers on the field this season with all the new signings failing to have any impact on the results.
AVB’s plan to pass the ball through the mid filed never worked in the premier league with the opposition always successful in breaking up play in the mid field that disrupted the rhythm of the game. Further with the lone striker up front tactic there wasn’t a second striker who can hold the ball upfront and bring others into play.
2. New signings never shined
The seven new signings never gelled and played with to their fullest potential. While Soldado found it hard to keep up with the premier league’s pace and demand, injury to the young Danish playmaker Christian Erikksen didn’t help either. Winger Nacer Chadli wasn’t delivering quality final ball into the box and the much hyped Erik Lamela was unused for no reason and was given a run only in the Europa League in which the Argentinean shined.
The only consistent performer was the Brazilian midfielder Paulinho who along with Andros Townsend has been Tottenham’s best performers of the season so far. With 2 goals and 2 assists from 16 appearances so far this season, the Brazilian has justified his 17 million Euro price tag and has been a reliable box to box midfielder.
3. Lack of goals
With a defensive minded line up it wasn’t a surprise that Tottenham have struggled to find the back of the net this season. They have managed to score only 14 times in the premier league which places them along side the relegation favourites in this category. Roberto Soldado has been the highest scorer with 4 goals in which 3 have been penalties. Lack of goals from open play has severely affected Tottenham’s challenge to rise up the premier league table.
4. There’s no Gareth Bale to save the day
There was the Welsh wizard to help Tottenham and score goals at will last season. Tottenham failed to win just once whenever Gareth Bale managed to find the back of the net. His 26 strikes and his free role behind the striker were the main reason behind Tottenham’s top four challenge last season. With the Welshman signing for Real Madrid and the new signings added more to quantity and not the quality, Tottenham and AVB have found it hard to flourish in Premier League this season that ultimately led to the sacking.