It’s clear Spurs need a change. Many believed the balance of power in North London had shifted, until a 5-2 victory for Arsenal at the Emirates sent Spurs sliding. They’ve only dropped one place in the league, but since the North London derby they’ve lost to United, Everton and Norwich, along with draws against Stoke, Chelsea and Sunderland. Perhaps it’s just a momentary blip, perhaps they were not as good as they were believed to be. Maybe it’s time they turn to a young player to revitalise the side, I believe I know exactly who it should be.
Jake Livermore has made 29 apperances for Spurs this season and has impressed many, myself included. The youngster became adored by the fans in July 2009, after playing and scoring against Barcelona in a pre-season game. When asked by a reported what it feels like to score against the best club in the world, re responded that he played for the best side in the world. Certainly one way to get youself noticed early on, comments that remind me of Emmanuel Frimpong at Arsenal.
The young midfielder has been on six loan spells since emerging through the clubs academy. Aged 22, I believe the time is now for him to be trusted with more starting roles. Of course, 29 appearances this season is fantasic and 17 in the Premier League is also good but I still feel he is not getting enough playing time. He’s well devloped, the Spurs academy and his loan spells have done well to see him progress as a footballer but it is now time for him to take the next step up. He’s ready and with the current situation at Tottenham, he could provide a huge boost.
He doesn’t just bring his footballing skill to the field, that’s not why he deserves a shot. Spurs have many midfielders that can do that but Livermore brings something else, something that when mixed with natural skill becomes a dangerous concoction. He’s a Spurs fan, he’s grown through the club and his comments show that he holds the club close to his heart. That means he will bring passion to the pitch every time he takes to the field, the determination to succeed and see the club rise. Who better to try and catch Arsenal than a fan, someone who knows the rivalry and thrives upon it, wanting to finish above them for the first time in years.
He was just 5 last time Spurs sat above Arsenal in the table. I don’t know if he remembers it, but he would certainly aim to be part of the side that does it again. You may argue other players have passion for the club too, but not to this extent. Plus, I’ll mention one name that suggests otherwise. Modric. Livermore can be a huge contribution to Tottenham has they chase down Arsenal, with such few games remaining and the points difference being what it is, why not take a risk? Let me rephrase that, Livermore is not a risk. He will be a big player for Tottenham and could show his worth in the final run in.
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