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If it is correct what I heard prior to the kick off against Leeds that Defoe was given the weekend off. Then the Spurs management need to be held accountable. We need 75 chances to score at the best of times let alone giving our top striker time off, without an adequate replacement. This shows a severe lack of depth in our striker department. Obviously we need someone in pronto. Could someone pass this on to Mr. Levy.
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I think that's perfectly reasonable (although Physio Room says he's got a Hip/Thigh injury. AVB says he'll be back for Norwich).
Dempsey's now on 5 goals in the last 5 games (incl 2 just as sub appearances), and Defoe's played virtually every game (according to the Yahoo home page he's our third most used player) and is dropping deeper than he used to, so exerting a lot more energy, so must be knackered. We 'should' be able to beat a team in Leeds' position without needing to be full strength, and Obika should have been enough to be a second striker (perhaps he should have started too?). I felt the main issue up front was that he wasn't getting the right service; Lennon and Bale were kept quiet, and I don't know why Dembele didn't start - he's only recently back from injury and so didn't need the break.
I thought it was a shocking defensive display, I don't know what the matter was with Vertonghen & Caulker but they both seemed to be off the pace, and Friedel was left exposed too many times - he wasn't up to his previous form either, but that's probably to be expected when he's not played much for a while, and it wasn't as bad as the defenders in front of him. I'd be curious to know why Dawson didn't start - has he moved up the pecking order? Or down?