Saturday, 10 December 2016

Counter-attacks to decide the result tomorrow


Tottenham will be looking to exploit the Manchester United weakness for fast central counter-attacks and Dele Alli could therefore have a big part to play in the game tomorrow afternoon.

Manchester United look to play in the Jose Mourinho way on the counter-attack. His style was exposed by Mauricio Pochettino before when we thrashed Chelsea 5-3, Chelsea only getting their third goal at the end.

How well Harry Kane and Dele Alli link up together may well determine the result. Against CSKA Moscow Alli was constantly getting into the box and haveing chances. He won't get the five sitters he had against the Russians so he will need to be more clinical than he was that day.

With Harry Kane in the goals too we carry a threat un front which the United centre-backs will have to find a solution to. We will have to be wary of their counter-attacks with our full-backs pushed forward so whoever handles counter-attacks better may well be the victor.

If we can beat United at Old Trafford then we will move above Manchester City into 4th place with City losing 4-2 to reigning champions Leicester.

Further Transfer News


We are continually watching the PSG youngsters play and have expressed an interest in several of them over the last year. The latest to have caught our eye is youngster Jean-Kevin Augustin.

The 19-year-old (20 next June) striker under contract until 2018 has been given 158 minutes of Lique 1 action this season over 8 games and he has contributed 1 goal and 2 assists. He has been on the bench for a further 4 games.

In November Bild reported that Hertha Berlin were interested in signing him and Get French Football News revealed that he was getting increasingly frustrated at the lack of opportunity at the French club, not the first time we have heard that from their youngsters.

Now we hear both Borussia Dortnund and ourselves have contacted his representatives to advise them we would like to sign the youngster when his contract expires in 2018.

It's a compliment Spurs are watching our players


News comes from website All Nigeria Soccer that we want to sign 18-year-old (19 later this month) Blackpool midfielder Bright Osayi-Samuel in January. They report that we have already held talk with a representative for him.

Arsenal have also been watching him as have Championship sides Brighton & Hove Albion, Bristol City and Derby County.

We have been scouting the Nigerian born Englishman, who was brought up in Spain until he was 10, for a while now and Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer takes it as a compliment scouts are watching his players as he pointed out in August.

“My philosophy is simple – if people are coming to watch us, then it is a sign that we are doing something right and are helping players to progress. We have some good young players here and it does not surprise me. 
“If there is a young player playing regular first-team football anywhere up or down the country, then the big boys have to do their job properly. 
“Do I want to lose any of the players? No, but I realise we are in League Two, but there is no club that is not a selling club anymore and that includes some of the Premier League boys too. 
“Manchester United sold Christiano Ronaldo, Spurs sold Gareth Bale. That is part and parcel of the business we are in. We just have to deal with it.”

We start the day with transfer talk


Good afternoon everyone and we start late today with news I see that we are still interested in Javier Hernandez after his successful move to the Bundesliga and Bayer Leverkusen.

Tottenham, Liverpool and Valencia are the three main clubs interested, there will be others, according to Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Mirror. The story loses credibility when he starts talking about bidding wars, which very rarely exist in football. Teams decide how much they want to pay independently, very few players are so important that clubs simply try to outbid each other. It is a press fantasy.

He provides reasons why we would be interested, although he wouldn't resolve the attacking midfoielder position we require competition for.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Lamela in Argentina, Janssen ankle injection


TEAM NEWS: and (ankle) still out. available for selection again after injury.

To expand upon that, Erik Lamela is still in Argentina recovering, Vincent Janssen has had an injection in his ankle and will be out for at least a week but maybe two weeks.

Ben Davies returns, but like others will need to be eased back into action. The injury list is reducing with Toby Alderweireld returning from the substitutes bench during the 3-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League at Wembley on Wednesday.