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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)

(Friendly banter and discussion welcome, abuse from Spurs or Villa will be deleted)

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday June 12 2007
Time: 3:07PM


here we go !!!!
12/06/2007 15:09:00
Agree with all except Sorenson is better then Robbo
12/06/2007 15:10:00
It depends what way you look at it. For example shuffle the midfield and drop Berger and it looks like this: left-midfield Barry beating Malbranque. Put Steve Davis up against Huddlestone (who didnt play much more than a 2-3 month purple patch) and Petrov up against Jenas and suddenly we have 3 wins and it makes us winners at 6-5.
12/06/2007 15:15:00
Oneaeronlennon will dispute one of these selections (chalky all of them). But I think this is spot on to be honest. These threads are what these sites should be about. Interesting comparison of us vs. the sty dwellers!
12/06/2007 15:16:00
I'd give Berger over Malbranque and Carew over Berbatov, if only because Carew will start the season for the team he's included in!
12/06/2007 15:17:00
11-0 spurs :-)
Jacky B
12/06/2007 15:21:00
Spurs fan, just started reading and I have to say think Sorenson is better than Robinson. More later.
12/06/2007 15:21:00
Bale & Lennon V Bouma & Young. I'm sorry but that is the most obvious ones there and put your lot better. LOL Agree with most others apart from Agbonlahor should be 1 up on Keane.
12/06/2007 15:21:00
What surprises me is the ones where you win are the most unexpected for me.
Jacky B
12/06/2007 15:22:00
Berbatov will be at Spurs next season without a doubt. Good idea, show's we are a way off the pace, but it could be a bit closer after the transfer window. My only worry is that where we are short (Keane, Berbatov, Robinson) we're very short. We need a top class keeper and a top class striker. These are the kind of players who save / score that goal that turns our 12 odd draws into wins.
12/06/2007 15:22:00
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