Emmanuel Adebayor of Spurs and Carlton Cole of West Ham compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park
In this edition of Barclays Premier League 2014-15 Team Preview we look at Totenham Hotspurs and West Ham United. Spurs had a dismal 2013-14 season, firing their manager Andre Vilas-Boas midway through the season. Assistant manager Tim Sherwood took over and the team had somewhat improved its performances. This season Mauricio Pochettino has been appointed manager. West Ham United had a decent season by their standards, causing a few surprises in between.
It will be great to see the two teams in the new season with their contrasting styles of playing football. While Mauricio Pochettino and Totenham Hotspur playing attractive football, Sam Allardyce’s West Ham play a physical game with a lot of tackles.
Barclays Premier League 2014: Totenham Hotspur Team Profile
They did not have a good season last year after Gareth Bale transferred to Real Madrid for a world record fee. While Bale won a Champions League winner’s medal in his very first season, Spurs just about managed to qualify for the playoffs for Europa League, despite spending 120 million euros on transfer. Roberto Soldado was a flop after the striker was bought from Spanish side Valencia.
This season, they have bought just three players while letting four depart. Will new signings Ben Davies, Michel Vorm, Eric Dier prove their worth at White Hart Lane? It can happen only if Pochettino gets the best out of them.
Barclays Premier League 2014: West Ham United Team Profile
Jose Mourinho had accused Sam Allardyce of playing 19th century football after their tie ended in a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge last season. While it is hypocritical on Mou’s part to say so after proudly displaying his liking for pragmatic defensive football, it did highlight a part of West Ham’s football style: Big Sam’s football theory can even get to Mou’s nerves.
Will his football style help him stay out of the relegation zone, which West Ham were flirting with for parts of season, and into the mid-table region? It can happen only if Enner Valencia and the host of signings that West Ham have made this season work well.