Motivation or Distraction?
The qualification stages for the World Cup Finals have been completed. Will the prospect of inclusion in their country’s squad in Brazil be a motivating factor for the Tottenham players or a distraction with the finals are still over six months away?
With so many players having their eyes fixed on Brazil in the summer will it provide motivation for them or become a distraction with every decision and action taken in accordance with whether it will boost their World Cup prospects?
Tottenham have 17 players with aspirations of making it to the World Cup Finals. Some, like Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Paulinho and Kyle Walker are assured of their places in the squad while others like Andros Townsend, Jermain Defoe, Roberto Soldado and Nacer Chadli need to prove they deserve to be included.
Some like Michael Dawson, Aaron Lennon, Sandro, Younes Kaboul and Lewis Holtby will be hoping for a late call-up which could be dependent on injury or loss of form to players already seemingly assured of a place on the plane.
With so many players vying to make a case for inclusion in their national team squad, not all can be in Andre Villas-Boas’ starting eleven so will that create discontent and dissatisfaction at Tottenham? We have already heard newspaper talk of clubs expressing an interest in some of the players who have not been starting regularly in AVB’s team. Over the next ten weeks until the transfer window closes at the end of January such talk, rumour and speculation will only intensify.
Spurs have put together a strong squad to enable them to be competitive through the season in all competitions. Hopefully, the World Cup will not prove a distraction and an unsettling influence for some of the players who aren’t getting selected for the Premier League.
Will the World Cup finals be a motivation or a distraction to the players? Only time will tell.