Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Is it wrong to believe we've had a good season?

Well Scott Parker has come out today expressing his pleasure as to how the season has gone in an interview with Spurs TV. Admittedly the majority of the interview seemed to be focusing on his personal performances, but there remained an underlying feeling of satisfaction as to how the season has panned out for the side. If these comments had come a week ago, he would've been hounded by the fans, but having had a bit more time to get over the disappointment, is it still wrong to believe we've had a good season?

Some might say this is a negative viewpoint when you consider the lack of silverware coupled with failure to qualify for the Champions League. They will criticise the lack of squad rotation and drop in player performance, but is this being unrealistic?

Sitting in third for the majority of the season, having opened up a 13 point gap to Arsenal in fourth, it looked like it would take a miracle for us not to finish in the top three. However we then ran into a horrendous run of games that would have tested even the two Manchester clubs. The run included away trips to Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton and Sunderland, four teams with formidable home records and a home game against Man Utd. I'm not saying we should have written these off, but these teams all have great quality in their sides and having played Arsenal and Man Utd at the start of the run, getting battered by both, confidence was also going to be low.

Bad luck was also a contributor to our downfall with poor refereeing performances from Chris Foy (Not Hoy) to Chelsea's unbelievable Champions League campaign. In any other season 4th would have been good enough to achieve that Champions League spot, and would also have been celebrated by us Spurs fans.

Add into the mix the disarray the club was in by the end of August with the Modric situation far from clear and a lack of a defensive midfielder proving to be an issue at the time. Of course Mr Parker was the man to come into the team and benefit from this and maybe he personally has a case for claiming we've had a good season, as our average points per game whilst he's been in the team would have been good enough for third.

Of course we're all disappointed with how things ended up, but with a lack of expectations at the start of the season some might say we have overachieved with the squad we have, as what was once described as a strong squad has proven to be weaker than first thought. I could be completely wrong in agreeing with Parker but I see his argument. Plus is it hadn't been for our performances this season, could we have attracted the likes of Jan Vertonghen and Loic Remy's interests?

We didn't play for West Ham the season previous so Parker's statement could also be based on him just being happy to be a part of a team that doesn't include Julien

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