Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur
I used to do this as a kid, growing up with 2 Everton fans as best mates we used to always go through the 2 sides, player by player to try and figure out which side was best.
Seeing as it's widely thought that Spurs are the benchmark we should be chasing next season and probably our biggest challengers for 5th spot, I thought it would be interesting to do the same based on the current best XI's for both teams before any further transfer activity.
Close season aint half boring huh? lol Well here goes -
Sorensen vs Robinson - 1-0 to Spurs, no contest really.
Delaney vs Chimbonda - 2-0 Spuds, no doubt Delaney is a cracking defender on his day, but with doubts over his fitness and Chimbondas ability to get forward he nicks it.
Bouma vs Bale - 2-1 Spurs, Spurs fans will most probably dispute this one but Bouma has a wealth of experience, and as highly rated as Bale is he has never played in the top flight and may fail to make the step up.
Laursen vs Dawson - 2-2, If he stays fit Laursen will prove he is one of the best defenders in the prem next season.
Mellberg vs King - 3-2 Spurs, as much as I have loved Melly over the years I don't think he is the player he once was and his distribution is poor. King just edges this one.
Young vs Lennon - 3-3 again I'm sure the Spurs fans will moan about their darling Lennon, but sod it, Ashley Young has all the ingredients to be a world beater, plain and simple!
Barry vs Jenas - 4-3 Villa. No contest. Put Barry up against most midfielders outside the top 4 and he'll come out on top!
Petrov vs Huddlestone - 4-4. Petrov has yet to find his feet despite a full season at Villa. Huddlestone on the other hand has been outstanding for Spurs.
Berger vs Malbranque - 5-4 Spurs. Very very tough one to call. Both players with terrific guile and ability to create something from nothing, I just feel Malbranque will play more games.
Gabby vs Keane - 6-4 Spurs. Keane has been there seen it done it and continues to do it. Gabby has potential but is far from the finished article.
Carew vs Berbatov - 7-4 Spurs. Again no contest, Bebatov is one of the best strikers in the prem, and Carew while he has looked useful for us is way off his standard.
So there we have it. By my reckoning we still fall some way short of the standard we need to be aiming for. Hopefully the transfer window will change all of that!
By DeanoVilla (Forum thread - click here)
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