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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Spurs to listen to offers for N'Koudou


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Well it seems another one of Mitchell's average players has failed. Georges-Kevin N'Koudou was bought from Marseille to replace Clinton N'jie who didn't impress and N'Koudou hasn't impressed either. The Sun have suggested the club will listen to offers for him this summer.

People might moan when I talk about mentality in sport being utterly vital, bit time and time again we are shown players who mentally simply don't have the will and the fight to turn themselves into world class talents.

I will repeat, having talent is simply not enough, you have to have it in the head as well otherwise you get a one-season player like Erik Lamela, who we now hear has been given the PR treatment. All sides agree a course of action, yeah right, there was a bloody row and Lamela was banished to train on his own!

To suggest Mauricio Pochettino never wanted to sign him is complete nonsense as he has to agree to all transfers and had control over transfers at the time he was bought. We have dismantled the way we conduct transfer because it wasn't working well enough. We are a business, we have a strategy and we have a budget which our transfers have to be conducted within, simply suggesting we spend anything on a player isn't an option. Michy Batshuayi hasn't exactly been a roaring success at Chelsea has he so £30 million for him was way over the top.

Daniel Levy intervened to renegotiate the fee (which hindsight shows to be correct) because N'Koudou wasn't allowed to train and keep fit with Marseille and therefore wouldn't be in tip top condition when we bought him. He didn't intervene to ensure we bought the player ahead of another player as forum-based Sports Witness seem to suggest.

Vincent Janssen, Moussa Sissoko, Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, hardly the players we need to make a sustained assault on the Premier League or any other trophy for that matter. Add to that list Kevin Wimmer who will want to leave in the summer as well, that will be over £50 million raised for the transfer kitty.

Further THBN Reading
Dembele turns down £100K a week
Three-pronged attack after Pochettino speculation
Spurs bid £17.35m for striker, agent denies any talks
No rest for Son Heung-min
Mourinho waiting on Alderweireld contract talks
Edwards needs time to develop at Spurs


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The £10 to £1,000 bet Challenge
Bet 1 (given out early on Twitter this morning): Alaska Aces (Basketball) WON @ 1.36
Total now £13.60

Bet 2 (also given on Twitter this morning): 6pm Nanterre (Basketball) @ 1.44 since when the odds tumble during the day to 1.25

Bet 2 lost by a single point but as advised on Betfair the bet could be traded as a lay at the lower odds thus ensuring no loss is made. We'll start from zero again though for the purposes of the challenge.

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Dembele turns down 100K a week


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While one newspaper cover reports from Sky reporter Gianluca Di Marzio in Italy, who doesn't have a great track record of Spurs deals coming to anything, another newspaper, The Sun, go with the story that Tottenham Hotspur are believed to have won the race to sign Celtic striker Moussa Dembele beating off competition from Premier league rivals Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham United plus French champions PSG.

He is a striker we tried to buy from Fulham last summer but he pulled out of the deal at the last minute and went to Celtic instead, where he has been a roaring success. In the long run, although he will cost more, his rejection of us and move to Celtic may have been a good thing as he now has a years extra experience under his belt in an atmosphere where success is a way of life. That environment of success is exactly what Mauricio Pochettino is trying to create at Spurs.

He has had to handle the expectation and the pressure to produce the goods and he hasn't let anyone down. That rather displays the right mental attitude and suggests he will be a greater success at Tottenham than players with a weaker mind like Erik Lamela.

According to Glasgow Live, Moussa Dembele has turned down an offer of £65k a week rising to 100k a week tabled by Chelsea as he wouldn't be first choice. That rather puts into question Tottenham winning his signature as obviously Harry Kane would be first choice and Dembele would alternate.

I see the Daily Express are running a story that Tottenham are confident of securing the signature of Moussa Dembele, is that the same confidence Manchester City have in signing Danny Rose?

Am I now right in thinking the Sun article has now been removed having served its purpose?

This is one where I'll believe it when I see it.

For an excellent article on him that looks at more than his goalscoring and compares him in parts with Harry Kane, read this Football Whispers article that headlines IMoussa Dembele - Good enough for Tottenham Hotspur?


Further THBN Reading
Three-pronged attack after Pochettino speculation
Spurs bid £17.35m for striker, agent denies any talks
£15 million
343 playing days missed, who do we swap Lamela for?
No rest for Son Heung-min
Mourinho waiting on Alderweireld contract talks
Edwards needs time to develop at Spurs
Tielemans interview gives an insight into Janssen's problems


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The £10 to £1,000 bet Challenge
Bet 1 (given out early on Twitter this morning): Alaska Aces (Basketball) WON @ 1.36
Total now £13.60

Bet 2 (also given on Twitter this morning): 6pm Nanterre (Basketball) @ 1.44 since when the odds tumble during the day to 1.25

Do not bet with money you can not afford to lose and seek help if you feel you have a problem.


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Three-pronged attack after Pochettino speculation



“I have the impression Mauricio Pochettino is admired in Barcelona and will have a big decision to make in the summer, because he will want Spurs to continue his progression. 

“If he gets that there is no doubt he will stay, but he has directors at Barcelona that admire him and he has been on the list for a while. I am not surprised, even though he is closely linked to Espanyol and moving to Barcelona might be difficult, because he has the quality, style and philosophy to succeed.”
“Ronald Koeman has said himself he hasn't got a call yet. He is doing a good job at Everton and has been named in shortlists in the past, but I am not sure if he will be now, and Barcelona will have to decide before going for another head coach what football they want to put in practice."
That was what Guillem Balague said on one of his Sky Sports appearances when discussing the Spanish football scene.

During this international break much was made of the fact that Mauricio Pochettino met the Barcelona president, but as Balague also pointed out, that was an accidental meeting when they both happened to be dining in the same restaurant.

Pochettino has a home in Spain and returns there when he can, international breaks give him the opportunity to do that for a few days. His meeting then wasn't a planned accident.

When asked Pochettino confirmed he was happy at Tottenham and enjoying turning the club around.

"It's important to be focused on the game. I can't say anything about that. I'm at Tottenham. I am very happy, I have four more years on my contract, I'm enjoying an exciting project. It's true it's not an easy project, but I'm very happy here."

We are now coming to the crux of the season where the hard work we have doe to put ourselves in a strong position can not be allowed to go to waste. The FA Cup is still an objective, qualification for the UEFA Champions League is still an objective and finishing above Arsenal is still an objective. The latter two will do for starters, but all three would be better.


Further THBN Reading
343 playing days missed, who do we swap Lamela for?
No rest for Son Heung-min
Mourinho waiting on Alderweireld contract talks
Lamela removed from first team squad
Edwards needs time to develop at Spurs

Tielemans interview gives an insight into Janssen's problems


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Spurs bid £17.35m for striker, agent denies talks


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Back on 13 March I brought you news of a scouting mission and reported that we had sent a scout to watch Czech Republic international striker Patrik Schick at Sampdoria. We watched him play a local derby against Genoa, not the first, nor the last time we have been watching him.

Spurs send scout to watch Czech striker Patrik Schick

As with all targets we analyse them statistically and watch video of their games. That means we can isolate him in a video to analyse his movement and not just what he does when he is on the ball. Once we have done our homework and we like what we see then we dispatch a scout to watch him first hand over an extended period, which could be on and off for years.

Schick has been named Czech Talent of the Year and has excelled in Serie A with 7 goals in 807 minutes with 2 further assists. He has also scored a further 2 goals in 3 Coppa Italia games and can operate as a secondary striker. He has 1 goal in 3 appearances for the Czech Republic after making his debut in May of last year, having previously scored 10 goals in 9 games for the Under-21 side.

Clearly we like what we see of the 1.87 m (6 ft 1 in) 21-year-old (22 next January) centre-forward because the Daily Mail are now claiming that Spurs representatives will meet with his agent today to discuss a possible summer transfer.

That story comes from Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sport who claims both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are having meetings today, however his agent. Spurs are reported to have made a £17.35 million (€20m - AUS$28.19m - US$21.58m) bid.

The players agent, Pavel Paska, denied any talks were taking place and insisted his client was remaining in Italy. Source: iSport

"In any case. Patrik Schick Sampdoria player remains what it says Italy's absolute nonsense"

Is that another sign of the end of the road for Vincent Janssen at Tottenham or will he be content to develop as a number three? That seems unlikely as it would affect his international career so a move looks on the cards for him this summer.

Further THBN Reading
343 playing days missed, who do we swap Lamela for?
No rest for Son Heung-min
Mourinho waiting on Alderweireld contract talks
Lamela removed from first team squad
Edwards needs time to develop at Spurs
Tielemans interview gives an insight into Janssen's problems
BREAKING NEWS: Lacazette has agreed to join Griezmann at Atletico Madrid



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£15 million



Two interesting tweets recently, one from former midfield maestro Ossie Ardiles and the other from Football365 editor Daniel Storey.

Congratulations to MP and the boys at .Now a little bit of rest for some. Very welcome. ...Better and better. COYS

Players in starting XI this weekend costing more than £15m: Man City - 9 Man United - 7 Chelsea - 7 Liverpool - 4 Arsenal - 4 Tottenham - 1

When you consider we are second in the Premier League the statistics showing the number of players who cost more than £15 million and played during the last round of Premier League games is amazing.

Our chequebook fans who couldn't grasp that you can't spend what you can't afford, who never consider wages as part of a transfer deal, who simply ignore the restrictions of Financial Fair Play and have no interest in building long-term success, unless it arrives by accident, have been shown to be way off track by Mauricio Pochettino.

They will retort that we haven't won a trophy yet, but I'm sure they can't deny that we are closer, that the club is growing and that we have a team capable of winning something, if not a squad yet. At the moment it is a balancing act as our pieces grow. We have the first eleven but need the supporting staff to step up to the plate and now they have had a season training under Pochettino some of them should be better players next year.

The difficulty is how long you wait for them to mature. While you do they are affecting your overall performance and reducing your capacity to win trophies. Our squad hasn't been strong enough this season and we suffered for that in the UEFA Champions League, while we didn't take the UEFA Europa League seriously enough away from home.

We were protecting our Premier League position, but while Kane, Alderweireld and Vertonghen were injured we were only good enough for fifth place. We picked up when the three were back in the team together.

That tells us we need reinforcements and players with ambition will not wait for that to happen, they will want it now, nxt season so this summer is a critical time for our transfer committee. The purchases we make had better be better than some of the purchases we have made on the recommendation of Paul Mitchell, who, in hindsight, wasn't all he was cracked up to be at a higher level and didn't produce the goods.

Further THBN Reading
343 playing days missed, who do we swap Lamela for?
No rest for Son Heung-min
Mourinho waiting on Alderweireld contract talks
Lamela removed from first team squad
Edwards needs time to develop at Spurs
Tielemans interview gives an insight into Janssen's problems
BREAKING NEWS: Lacazette has agreed to join Griezmann at Atletico Madrid


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Transfer talk: Two Spurs stars wanted


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A sure sign you are doing well is when other big clubs want your players and Jose Mourinho has work to do to turn Manchester United back into the force they were. To be fair, they were only a force because they had one of the best managers the Premier League has seen in Sir Alex Ferguson.

He built several sides, one home grown, others bought, but winning the Premier League with an average side before he retired was an underestimated achievement and one that makes him stand out. People also forget where united were when he took over, they were a mid-table side and he helped rebuild the club to create the environment for success. That didn't happen overnight, the fans were calling for his head before a trophy saw them change their tune.

Other managers, at various clubs, fail to have success when they have money to burn so it isn't as simple as buy the best players, you still have to get them to play together in a system that works. Take David Moyes, the players turned against him so he had no chance of success. He couldn't handle players on high wages, they didn't think he had what it took.

Mourinho is now reported to be targeting Tottenham Hotspur duo Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier. Belgian Alderweireld has yet to sign a new contract and wants parity with the top earners at the club. There is no suggestion he won't sign a new deal and he will be aware of the United interest and the package they are prepared to offer, indeed that may be fueling his wage demands.

Cameron Carter-Vickers will get more opportunity next season but Alderweireld is important to our defence. He and Jan Vertonghen have formed an impressive pairing, although now we have generally switched to a back three which includes the other United wanted player, Eric Dier.

Playing for England he played in his defensive midfield role and it may be there that Mourinho sees him playing. At the moment we have Wanyama there and Dier in a back three, yet he hasn't always impressed at centre-back, at least not in a centre-back pairing, in a three he has less opportunity to make a telling mistake.

Pochettino will have to be mindful of what Dier wants and where he sees himself playing, but at the moment he seems happy wherever he plays. That is all about being happy in the environment and having a feeling for the club as a result.

Further THBN Reading
343 playing days missed, who do we swap Lamela for?
No rest for Son Heung-min
Mourinho waiting on Alderweireld contract talks
Lamela removed from first team squad
Edwards needs time to develop at Spurs
Tielemans interview gives an insight into Janssen's problems


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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

343 playing days missed, who do we swap the liability for?


Time for the show pony to return to Italy



I can't believe so many people are making excuses for him, winners don't make excuses, they accept responsibility and knuckle down. We have had too many shirkers in the past and players who disappear when it gets tough.

Lamela has shown himself to be another one, mind you, he showed that in his first two years here. An interesting comment from Calciomercato suggests that Italian and Spanish culture is more suited to South Americans than England, there may be something in that with Argentinian Lamela 'homesick' for Italy after a very short period.
"You don't get better on the days you feel like going. You get better on the days you don't want to go but go anyway. If you can overcome the negative energy coming from your tired body or unmotivated mind, you will grow and become better." 
George St-Pierre

He is a Canadian mixed martial artist and a three-time former Welterweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. I use his quote to show the level of commitment it takes to get to the top of a sport.

Erik Lamela has missed 342 days* of his Spurs career injured or awol. Not calendar days, they are days the season is active. *and counting

Erik Lamela or dilemma? Now five months since he last played & he has been paid £1.25m+ in wages? Time to move him on.

if poch told the truth about lamela it would invite negative vibes it's all to do with modern management

. report that a scan on Erik Lamela's hip has indicated there is no issue.


Should we entertain a swap deal with Inter Milan for 24-year-old (25 in November) box-to-box midfielder Marcelo Brozović? He can play in a variety of midfield positions, could he play in a wide role or as an attacking midfielder, secondary striker role?

I'm not sure the Croatian international is quite what we need and Lamela can be used as bait for a number of players, however, the clubs he would want to go to would be limited. We couldn't use him as bait for Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi for instance, Sassuolo couldn't afford Lamela.

Inter and AC Milan have money, if the Chinese takeover is eventually finalised, Roma want him, Juventus and Napoli, that's about it.

Which player from those clubs do we want?

Further THBN Reading
Mourinho waiting on Alderweireld contract talks
Lamela removed from first team squad
Edwards needs time to develop at Spurs
Lamela could learn from Harry Winks
Lamela price for Beradi, Juventus have buyback clause though
Tielemans interview gives an insight into Janssen's problems


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No rest for Son Heung-min


BURNLEY vs SPURS


Son Heung-min played 90 minutes for South Korea in their 1-0 home victory over Syria at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. The game was part of the Asian section of the World Cup qualifying games.

The result sees South Korea remain in second place on 13 points in their group behind Iran who have 17 points and ahead of Uzbekistan in third on 12 points.

The journey time from Seoul to London is 12 hours and there are three flights a day. Son usually gets back to Tottenham a day after everyone else on Thursday and thus has less training time. We play Burnley on Saturday afternoon and with Harry Kane injured Son may well be pressed into service.

Vincent Jansen is an option, but he pulled out of the Holland squad with an illness so it isn't known yet whether he will be fit for Saturday afternoon or not.

Burnley are a tough nut to crack at Turf Moor, they are currently the 6th best team in the country on their own patch with 29 points gained from 9 victories, 2 draws and 3 losses. That is the same points tally as Arsenal.

Further THBN Reading
Mourinho waiting on Alderweireld contract talks
Lamela removed from first team squad
Edwards needs time to develop at Spurs
Lamela could learn from Harry Winks
Lamela price for Beradi, Juventus have buyback clause though
Tielemans interview gives an insight into Janssen's problems


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Mourinho waiting on Alderweireld contract talks



Toby Alderweireld is deep in negotiation with Spurs, or at least his representatives are and they want parity with Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris on a reported £100,000-a-week.

It demonstrates the advance of the club and demonstrates, however much fans hate it, that the club has to be successful off the pitch to be able to afford the salaries to be successful on the pitch.

Naturally a new stadium is going to help with that, greater exposure is going to help, the NFL tie up, Tottenham being beamed into American homes is going to help as is Son Heung-min helping to widen our profile in Asia and especially South Korea.

We are more and more going to come under pressure to increase our wage bill, so we are under more and more pressure to increase our commercial revenue. This will all have been taken into account when working out the figures, the club will have known players will be asking for substantial increases, it is a question at the moment of keeping it all under control until the extra money starts rolling in.

UEFA Champions League qualification is central to that, it produces more revenue and increases our exposure thus giving greater opportunity for increased sponsorship deals. It is one of the reasons I was so against playing Harry Kane against Millwall, an injury could have jeopardised that. We wait to see whether it has.

Waiting in the wings in Jose Mourinho who would like to take Toby Alderweireld to Old Trafford according to numerous reports and will be able to offer him a greater salary than we can.

His distribution from the back with long balls is the best in the Premier League. He has averaged 6.9 accurate long balls per game, which puts him above everyone else.

We have seen that distribution pick out Dele Alli and that is in addition to his exemplary defending. His situation may not be a great concern but Spurs fans will still feel easier when the new contract is signed.


Further THBN Reading
Lamela removed from first team squad
Edwards needs time to develop at Spurs
Lamela could learn from Harry Winks
Lamela price for Beradi, Juventus have buyback clause though
Lamela could go for £8.66 million
Why would Janssen want to go to Turkey?
Tielemans interview gives an insight into Janssen's problems


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Spurs youngsters starting today



Young Lions head coach Steve Cooper has named his England Under-17 team for the final European Under-17 qualifier, against Bosnia and Timothy Eyoma and Tashan Oakley-Boothe are both in the starting XI.

The score is 0-0 after 22 minutes.

Eyoma is a 17-year-old (18 next January) centre-back who plays for our Under-18 side and has 5 England Under-17 caps after picking up 4 England Under-16 caps. He made his debut for the international Under-17 side in October last year.

He is right-footed and can operate as a right-back. This season he has played 5 UEFA Youth League games, 4 FA Youth Cup games and 2 Premier League 2 games. A total of 11 games consisting of 846 minutes of actual playing time. 

Londoner Oakley-Boothe is a 17-year-old (18 next February) central midfielder who plays in our Under-18 side and has 5 England Under-17 caps after picking up 5 England Under-16 caps. He made his debut for the international Under-17 side in October last year.

This season he has appeared in 5 UEFA Youth League games, 4 FA Youth Cup games and 3 Premier League 2 games. A total of 12 games consisting of 869 minutes of actual playing time.

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