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Friday, 21 July 2017

Transfer Talk: Suso and Pizzi


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AC Milan said right from the outset that Suso was not available and reports since have said he wants to stay there and sign a new contract. The press of course, have tried to make a big thing of our interest in him and the fact we made a bid that was rejected out of hand.

It is now being reported we have failed in our bid to sign him,  but there was never a chance anyway as you readers know.

O Jogo are not the most reliable. The Portuguese newspaper suggest we have started negotiations for 27-year-old (28 in October) Benfica attacking midfielder Pizzi. His age makes this sound a bit fishy and he only signed a new contract in January so his contract runs until 2022.

is release clause will be at it's highest, his transfer value will be at it's highest, his age is against him, he has no Premier League experience, he doesn't play in a top tier league, there is very little going for the story. We are looking for players towards the end of their contracts (as we do every year) so we can pick up bargains like Alderweireld, mind you everyone else is doing the same.


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Transfer talk: Moussa Sissoko


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Moussa Sissoko skipped the US tour since he had 'too much oxygen in his muscles' with Everton, Marseille and Lyon all keen on him. Everton were interested last summer, and the latest reports are they they have asked for a loan move.

Spurs will entertain a loan move with an option to purchase and consider a pay-off to remove his wages from our books. Every effort will be made to find him a home. he wants to stay in the Premier League, no doubt because of the wages he can earn there.

The Frenchman is refusing to take a wage cut to play football in France so his decisions do seem to be money orientated. that would explain why he has failed at Spurs where improving yourself as a player has to be the driving force, not how much can I earn.

To be at Spurs and to be a success at Spurs, you have to totally buy into what the club is trying to achieve and how we are trying to achieve it, through the improvement and promotion of youth. You have to ant to improve your own game, not meander along doing what you have always done.

It now seems patently obvious to anyone who has watched him, that Sissoko doesn't have the technical ability to play one touch football, or that he isn't mentally in the right place to perform


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13 of the 23 players on tour are 23 or under


USA TOUR


Club captain Hugo Lloris met with the press in the US together with Mauricio Pochettino and reminded everyone of the Tottenham Hotspur aim.

“Our ambition is to win the league, I believe in the project & Pochettino is one of the best managers in the world. I try to lead my team as a captain and a friend too. Step by step we’re building something strong, it’s exciting times to be a Spurs player.”

The key phrase their is building step-by-step. To create success you must have a strategy, not continually act on whim, as a faction on Twitter want us to do. It always amazes me that a guy who can only work for someone else and follow their rules seems to think they know more about running a multi-million pound business than Daniel Levy, the man actually doing it. I mean what have these people ever managed, breakfast?

The promotion of our academy players has been fantastic for us to see and the emergence of Harry Winks last season as the long-term successor to Mousa Dembele was a joy to behold. He looks to have a big future ahead of him and seems to have his feet firmly planted on the ground.

This season it is time for others to make their mark and show they are the stars of tomorrow. pre-season tours have given us glimpses of future players and this year we have sent a squad to the USA where 13 out of 26 players who have travelled are aged 23 and under. that bodes well for the future.

I'm looking forward to seeing some of the youngsters in action again.


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Pochettino "I’ve a very good relationship with Daniel Levy"


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Tottenham, as you all know, are on our pre-season trip to the USA which includes not just playing football, but open training sessions and coaching for youngsters as well as the usual PR work from our ambassadors. The Tottenham family pitch in to promote the club and it's values to build our name in what is still an emerging market.

Mauricio Pochettino was asked about the transfer window and was very calm, h didn't really see a problem.

“We are so calm, we believe in our squad and our academy players, we will add maybe a few players. Most important thing is the team, philosophy comes from the board, Pochettino "I’ve a very good relationship with Daniel Levy". We know what we need to do”.

The club are pursuing the strategy set out and were conducting the business in a way that was beneficial for our long-term future. Our policy has been successful so far in improving the standards at the club, a policy that, with a new stadium being built, we need and will be continuing to implement.

To deviate would be to put the whole Tottenham project at risk, gambling is not a sound business strategy and could have disastrous effects on the on-field performance levels. If you want to tell me that is in our best interests then get yourself along to the nearest funny farm.


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Lack of European TV money holding Spurs back


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Chasing the spending of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City or Liverpool is a recipe for disaster. It would put our stable club at risk of overstretching itself at a time when we have the massive expense of building a new stadium.

Our expenditure, as usual, has to be generated from sales and we have made sales to invest in future purchases, but we don't have the wages budget to just got out and buy ready made stars. If we overstretch ourselves by relying on UEFA Champions League income and we don't qualify for the tournament, then we reduce our income, which places us in financial danger.

The following screenshot from The Swiss Ramble, an excellent bog on the finances of football shows the problem we have, just with European TV money. The figures are in euros.



Arsenal as we know, have a £100 million greater income than we do, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United even more. Liverpool have something like £60 million greater income annually. Until we close those gaps we can't pay their wages, with all the knock-on effects that has. You have to be clueless not to see that.

The off-field battle has to be won before the on-field battle can be won, it's why we are building a new stadium and have the goal of joining the elite, a goal the anti-Levy folk on Twitter scoff at and suggest we shouldn't have those aims or be trying to accomplish them. In other words they don't want us to grow and be in a position to win trophies regularly.

There is plenty of them suggesting a marquee signing, which we can't afford, to make a statement, when, in truth, these things mean absolutely nothing, or we hear now is the time to show ambition. However, our financial situation doesn't allow the type of ambition these people are asking for. the reality is, we have to continue with our current strategy, which is clearly being successful in improving us.

It has served us well and these are not the only set of players who can perform to the level they are. If some move on and have to be replaced, so be it, the cub is bigger than any player, what we have to do is prepare and have players like Kieran Trippier who can simply step into a pair of shoes with minimal, if any, reduction in quality.

People need to chill and stop panicking.


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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Goddard, Foyth, Mahrez News


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Chelsea-born Japanese youth international Cy Goddard is not in the USA tour squad and has not travelled with the team to the States. The Tootenham Under-21 attacking midfielder has turned down the contract extension the club offered him and has decided to leave.
Spurs won't be signing Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth after Mauricio Pochettino decided not to pursue deal at price that was being quoted

have cooled their interest in Foyth because Mauricio Pochettino feels Estudiantes are demanding too much. moving on for now


Meanwhile CalcioMercato in Italy report that Juan Foyth has insisted to Estudiantes that he only wants a move to Tottenham Hotspur as he wants to play in the Premier League. We will have to wait and see how this one pans out.

It is irrelevant if PSG and Estudiantes have agreed a fee if the player himself doesn't want to move to France.

Tottenham Hotspur have made a formal enquiry for Leicester City's 26-year-old (27 next February) creative attacking inverted winger Riyad Mahrez. We have asked Leicester to keep us informed of developments after Roma submitted a £20 million bid that was immediately turned down.


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Wages dictating Spurs transfer window


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Tottenham signings by July 20th: 2017 - 0 (£0) 2016 - 2 (£28m) 2015 - 3 (£19.3m) 2014 - 0 (£0m) 2013 - 2 (£24m) 2012 - 2 (£17.5m)

We may have sold four players but three of them didn't play for us so although we have money from their transfers we don't have their wages released from the wage bill, that had already happened.

Our wages to income ratio is where it should be and is in line with UEFA guidelines on club financial management. To buy we have to pay wages and thus we need to free up wages, which means selling a player like Moussa Sissoko, preferably as fast as possible.

The Ross Barkley surgery, not a fake injury then, means there is no rush to sign him and we'll be waiting until late in the window I expect to put pressure on Everton who will have to sell at a lower price or lose him for free in a year, not an option they have said they will entertain.

When players agents hear a Premier League team is interested their wage demands go through the roof, which isn't something we can entertain at the moment. We have to get the stadium built and increase our commercial income so we can increase our wage bill, unfortunately that is a little way off yet.

We are growing and we are seeing the importance of the time we spent looking for the right coach/manager, one who could actually improve players rather than just put them together into a team. Pochettino is no fool, he knows our financial situation and he knows our transfer activity has to fit within our financial constraints and wage structure.

As I have pointed out before and as has been repeated on Spurs Community, reportedly from someone highly influential in the Premier League, we can't bust our wage structure for one player as they will all want wage increases, which we can not afford.

You talk to anti-levy folk on Twitter and they can't seem to grasp this, they can't grap money doesn't grow on trees, they can't grasp we have to increase revenue before we can spend, they don't understand gambling with the clubs future isn't an option.

Joe Lewis is a billionaire, but it is his money, not ours and he can't spend it on players and wages anyway, Financial Fair Play and the Premier League rules prevent that and restrict what can be done. Increasing wages when you don't increase revenue is a slippery slope.

Leeds United didn't qualify for the UEFA Champions League and couldn't afford the wages they were paying so had to sell players and look what happened to them. QPR did it, Blackpool did it, Newcastle United are the 7th richest club in the country, yet have only just returned from relegation. Would you rather Spurs be run as we are or as Newcastle United are run or as Leeds United were run?

We all ant trophies and we all want them now, but we have a strategy to continue to grow the club to produce regular trophies and we must stick to that strategy, which means developing our own talent and picking up young talent that doesn't cost the earth.

The doom and gloom merchants do Pochettino a disservice suggesting he will be going in 2 years time and it's rather disloyal to a club you support to promote such opinions, which aren't based on any facts, just opinions about a guy they know nothing about. It's a losing mentality and as you all know by now, not a mentality that produces success.

having researched the guy as soon as he was appointed, he is a very loyal man. he left Southampton because they wouldn't conform to him that his team wouldn't be sold. He has had that assurance at Spurs and it was he who decided Kyle walker could leave, a decision we saw he had made when he promoted Kieran Trippier to first choice right-back towards the end of last season.

i believe we will win atrophy soon and I'm sure Pochettino will be here for years to come, he won't be getting this opportunity at another club, a chance to build us to the elite level as our income grows.


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Juventus NOT signing Spurs striker target Schick


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Juventus have decided not to sign young Czech Republic international striker Partick Schick after medical tests showed an inflammation of the heart.

He is a player we strongly tried to sign and it remains to be seen whether we will now go back in for him, although the Sampdoria president has suggested he could raise his transfer fee now the player's release clause fee has expired. We would no doubt want a reduction of the fee should we go in for the 21-year-old (22 next January).

Standing 6 ft 1 in (1.87m) tall, the left-footed centre-forward, who has 5 full international caps in which he has scored 1 goal, is under contract until 2020. Reports from Italy suggest Inter Milan are now favourites for his signature, mind you they seem to have been linked with every player under the sun.

Last season he scored 11 Serie A goal in 32 games, although his playing time was only 1.504 minutes, the equivalent to just 16.71 games. He also had 5 assists so on average was involved in a goal every game.


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Sissoko fee not an issue


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Plenty of stories explaining that we may need to give Moussa Sissoko a pay off so he will take a reduction in wages, that would then allow clubs to buy him.

he cost us an initial fee and then we have to pay an annual premium for each year he stays with us, hence if we sell him we don't have to pay the full £30 million.

Daniel levy is no idiot and he wouldn't give a squad player an £85,000-a-week contract if he were paying £30 million for him. he would cover himself and only pay those wages if the transfer fee was low, when you also consider you have to pay agents fees and a signing on fee to Sissoko.

When you look at it rationally and with a grasp of how strong his negotiating skills are, it becomes clear that the Evening Standard reported instalment deal, only if he sees out his contract, is in fact accurate. it's the only deal that makes sense and is another of th innovative deals we saw throughout Europe last summer.

If we accept that then the fee to sell him isn't going to be a great issue, his wages, like Adebayor before him, become the only issue.


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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Spurs game boosting MLS franchise application


Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City


The Tottenham and Manchester City game in Nashville is being used to support the application for a new MLS franchise in Nashville. That application went in in January and the city is one of 12 vying for 2 places. games like this demonstrate a potential market for the product.

The national team recently played there in front of 47,622 fans write the Tennessean and the organiser of the Spurs game, Charlie Stillitano, revealed that details from Ticketmaster say 45,000 tickets have already been sold and his projection is that a crowd of 60,000 will watch the game. That is based on the number of tickets sold each day on average and projecting that forward to predict a final figure.

"I think it'll be great for the town, and I think it'll be great for us. This market is very Premier League centric and very U.S. Soccer centric. The fans have responded really well to it. 
"I think that Nashville's demonstrated itself as one of those cities that is really a strong market for MLS, This (game) will only reinforce that."

While in Nashville the Tottenham Hotspur team of FA and UEFA_qualified coaches will conduct a Sill Zone event at the Nissan Stadium, Tennessee, Nashville on Friday 28 July at 4pm - 5.30pm (local time). Anyone wishing to book a spot can still do so at the Official Tottenham Hotspur Website.

COYS

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