Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fans Frustrated by Toothless Tottenham

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fans Frustrated by Toothless Tottenham

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Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS

TOTTENHAM 0 NEWCASTLE 1

CHAIRMAN Daniel Levy probably could not hear the shouts of "Buy a striker" and "You're worse than Sugar" but manager Glenn Hoddle certainly did.

The fans vented their fury at Levy after Jermaine Jenas hit a last-minute winner at White Hart Lane to lift Newcastle into second place behind Arsenal.

But what frustrated them more than anything was their side's lack of firepower after leading scorer Robbie Keane limped off with an ankle injury.

That setback, allied to the loss of Steffen Iversen with a 'dead leg' collected in training, left Hoddle with precious few attacking options.

Keane's replacement, Republic of Ireland international Gary Doherty, found it impossible to adjust to the pace of the game alongside skipper Teddy Sheringham. Not surprising really, when you consider Doherty has been a fringe player for much of the season and was offered to Bolton as part of a failed cash-plus-player deal for striker Michael Ricketts last week.

And even when Spurs did find the net, Gus Poyet's effort was mistakenly adjudged offside.

But leaving all that aside for the moment, it beggars belief that a club like Spurs can find itself in such a pickle with only a couple of days left until the end of the transfer window.

Such is the paranoia running through the club at present, from the director of football downwards, that it is extremely doubtful that anyone will now have the good grace to explain to their paying customers why on earth they allowed Sergei Rebrov and Les Ferdinand to leave before they had signed any replacements.

So far the wage bill has been reduced by the exits of Stephen Clemence, Tim Sherwood, Ferdinand and Rebrov, with Steffen Freund also due to go in the summer.

The only newcomer has been the loan signing of Japanese World Cup star Toda - a defensive midfielder who is better known back home for an array of rather ridiculous hairstyles and bad-boy reputation than his football. It is scant consolation for fans who already pay some of the highest prices in the Premiership to watch their team.

Keane will have a scan on his damaged ankle today and Hoddle is hoping the news will be good. …

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