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Thursday, 21 September 2017

The stupid Dean Saunders comment




Just like Tony Cascarino, failed manager Dean Saunders has to try and justify his employment as an expert so he came out with this pretty stupid comment last night.

"I was there for the Swansea Spurs game and I'll tell you what I was surprised at. I'm sure when I've played against Spurs over the years, they had like 30,000, 35,000 crowds. 
"There was 73,000 there. Now where have 35,000 Spurs fans come from all of a sudden? 50,000 went missing last night (vs Barnsley), 50,000 never went."


Now he is either stirring it because he has to say something and he'll get his name in the papers and presumably is hoping it will bring him more national work instead of being stuck doing things the majority of us never see or hear, or he has a screw loose.

As he well knows football has changed, if he doesn't know then he shouldn't be employed as a supposed expert. The League Cup in his day had greater meaning than it has today because of the importance of money now.

The financial rewards of UEFA Champions League football, the commercial rewards and thus the wages a team can pay, are determined by Premier League position. That therefore has to take priority, fans thus turn up to meaningful games.

With all due respect to Barnsley, who changed their own team for a game they deemed less important than the league, the game wasn't important. of course the club want to do their best in the competition and of course want to win it, and we'll celebrate if we do, but at this stage it is low priority.

If Dean saunders can't grasp something so simply then he needs to look for another job.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Fan rants



Pochettino has not said Spurs are too big for the domestic cups, that is merely a journalist's interpretation of his comments to get you to read an article for which they get paid for the advertising therin.

We will all use a headline now and then, nothing wrong with that as long as it is honest, but folk should read a full article before passing comments that are then not taking into account the full picture.


The League Cup has for years been the domain of the youth and squad members. They need game time and it provides a manager with the opportunity of playing players who are sitting on a bench and keeping them involved with the group. That also gives them an opportunity to impress the manager.

Players today have to be rotated, game time has to be managed, calls for players like Dembélé to play three games in a week don't take this into account, Pochettino has to, a fan doesn't have that worry, they can simply suggest this or that should have happened without future consequences.

Tottenham will try to win every competition, but to play the first team in every one is foolhardy, yet we have a section of fans who want to do just that, such is their importance for a trophy greater than the importance the future of the club. The two are not necessarily compatible. All the top sides play squad and youth players in the League Cup, why is it an issue that we do?

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Edwards a million miles from first-team standard



I watched the Tottenham Hotspur Under-23 side take on Swansea City at the Lamex stadium in a Premier League 2 match and to be honest Marcus Edwards was only in the game for flashes.

I haven't seem him enough to formulate a definitive opinion but observation based on what I saw last night would lead me to wanting answers to certain questions.

He looked the classic disinterested footballer we have seen many time before so is the desire there? Does he think he is good enough to be playing at a higher level or is he simply frustrated that he is so small and knows that is holding him back. I would certainly want to know more about his mentality if I were an opposition scout watching him. Physically he simply can't compete and adults would simply out muscle him.

That isn't a new observation based on Pochettino suggesting as much at a press conference when asked if he would be involved in the League Cup tonight , but something I have constantly reminded those fans who suggest he should be given a chance. I repeat once again Spurs are not a charity, we have a separate section for that.

Players must prove themselves worthy of a place on the training ground and in the case of Edwards on the pitch at Under-23 level. His defensive contribution from the right wing seemed non-existent, it certainly wasn't Lamelaesque.

He came to life on a couple of occasions when we were 2-1 down, cutting in, fashioning a shooting chance for himself but blasting over the bar. He showed a flash of frustration at himself then and it begged the question, is he a team player?

As a coach I'd be wanting a lot more from him, but to be honest there was very little passion in the whole side, it was like this was a training exercise, it was a million miles from senior football with hardly a tackle made.

Bennetts scored a lovely goal, but again, he looks as though he wants to do everything himself and Sterling's goal should have been saved by the keeper. I though it was a poor performance, the central defenders couldn't deal with crosses and we were weak in central midfield, far too many lazy passes, but that seems to be a Tottenham trait, lazy passing.


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Monday, 18 September 2017

Experience and youth



The League Cup gives us an opportunity to rotate players and give the squad members a game. I am particularly interested to see Fernando Llorente play a full game so while the competition may not hold much importance for some fans, it certainly holds importance for me.

Will we see Juan Foyth given his first taste of football in a Tottenham shirt so we can see what we have bought, Harry Winks can get a full game under his belt and some of the youngsters given an outing, Marcus Edwards being top of many peoples list.

Michel Vorm in goal has improved since his early days and doesn't make us nervous anymore, Kyle walker-Peters was Man of the Match against Newcastle United in the Premier League opener so many will be looking forward to seeing him again.

Shayon Harrison missed the chance of a first team start last season when he was injured, but may well feature this time, with perhaps Moussa Sissoko providing some experience.

Will we see Anthony Georgiou on the bench after catching the eye pre-season in America. Plenty of options to blend together, let's hope we are not the recipients of a shock result. As a club we need to learn to come through these ties whoever we play.


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Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan and UEFA Europa League side Arsenal are all following the progress of Adrien Rabiot at PSG. There is also talk that Barcelona will want him to replace 33-year-old (34 next May) Andrés Iniesta.

The French side bought Neymar for £199.08 million (€222m - AUS$330.72m - US$285.18m) and Kylian Mbappe on loan for a season before his £166.4 million (€180m - AUS$268.25m - US$215.01m) purchase next summer.


Under Financial Fair Play rules they have to keep their transfer expenditure within set limits in relation to their income over a three-year period. They either have to generate more commercial revenue, entirely possible and or sell some players to generate incoming transfer fees. They sold Serge Aurier to us and replaced him with a free transfer in Dani Alves for instance.

More players may well have to go and 22-year-old (23 next April)  central midfielder Adrien Rabiot has long been a player we have watched and indeed tried to sign. The French international's existing contract runs out in 2019.

Like 24-year-old (25 next July) Portuguese international André Gomes, rabiot offers a range of passing that may well help us break down stubborn packed defences. A player has to see a creative pass before he can play it, many can't see the pass to play it.

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Creative midfielder like Gomes a better choice than Dembélé


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The goalless draw at Wembley against Swansea City on Saturday once again highlighted the need for creative midfielders who can make that final pass into the box to fashion a shooting chance.

People are looking to the exclusion of Mousa Dembélé, who would have actually made no difference. Swansea parked the bus, Dembélé doesn't pass through players in the final third, he dribbles past men deeper and passes. With the Swansea defence not coming out there was nobody for him to beat, his strength wouldn't have been needed.

He has played against packed defences, ask yourself how many chances he has created against them? It is OK looking good, but as I say, how many chances has he created or how many gaps has he created for someone else to create a chance as a result of him dribbling past someone on the edge of the area.

Those shouting that it was a wrong team selection are wrong and take no account of the fact that players are not robots. We already know Dembélé will never be 100% fit again, we already know his game time is managed, he is taken off most games to be replaced. He is a superb player, but that doesn't make him suited to every game.

What we need is additional creative options. Barcelona midfielder André Gomes provides that option. As I wrote previously, he is looking to leave the Spanish club to get more game time and they are open to selling him. The press I now see are starting to speculate again suggesting we are preparing an offer. We have already made an offer, he has been offered to us.

It isn't so much a case of preparing an offer as simply having further discussions are reaching a mutually agreeable arrangement. other clubs will want him though so it isn't cut and dried that he'll come to Spurs.

One player who won't is Isco who has duly signed a new contract at Real madrid after getting more game time. That was always his preferred option so wasn't unexpected.


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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Poor execution, not poor tactics




Once again we were passing the ball around slowly as if we had all the time in the world. Against a packed defence m the ball needs to be moved swiftly or the defence can just reset. We will be playing on a big pitch in the new stadium and we must larn to take advantage of the hols that quick passing can create.

Ambling around and taking our time to see a pass, let alone play the pass with the speed it requires is evident again and again in our games. It is something the players don't seem to realise and don't address. How are you going to move a side out of position if you pass the ball at a snails pace?

The suggestion we were playing the wrong tactics and someone complaining we didn't have a left-back, which as the game showed, we didn't need, is in my view wrong itself. There was nothing wrong with our tactics, just the execution of them. As I say, the ball was simply moved too slow, in injury time Eriksen quite happily gently rolled the ball square with an exaggerated follow through of his leg and Sanchez I believe it was, had to wait for the ball to arrive. That was us being urgent!

Eric Dier saw several great through balls, but his execution of the pass was woeful, they were all overhit it seems. Many of our shots players were leaning back and simply blasted over the bar.

A frustrating day at the office after a European night. Should we have brought more fresh legs on earlier, as opposed to playing more tired legs from the off.

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Aurier an improvement of Walker suggests Hoddle



Glenn Hoddle speaking to talkSPORT felt that the signing of Ivorian international right-back Serge Aurier doesn't weaken Spurs after selling Kyle Walker to Manchester City for £54 million (€61.40m - AUS$91.66m - US$73.35m) including add-ons.

"Losing Kyle Walker and replacing him with Aurier, it looks like that will work. Going forward he looks good, I think he will get better and better and I think he will probably make Tottenham better defensively."


Aurier had to have a jail sentence overturned before we could sign him and his official paperwork didn't come through until the final couple of days of the window. He is, therefore, one player we couldn't purchase earlier in the window even if we wanted to, which we did. He was our first choice replacement for Walker and his display at Wembley augurs well for the future.

Aurier wrote in Instagram "good luck guys" which has fuelled speculation that he isn't playing today and that Kieran Trippier will take his place. He only arrived at the club after the international break so he may well need a rest and we have a very capable replacement anyway.

It is a squad game and we need to rotate players as and when we can without rotating them all at once. It takes a bit of planning.

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More praise for signing Sanchez




Glenn Hoddle has spoken to talkSPORT and told them he is hegely impressed with new signing Davinson Sanchez.

I wrote during the week about he being a defender in the centre that allows our ball playing defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vetonghen more time on the ball to pick a pass. They topped our passing stats against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley in our opening UEFA Champions League Group H victory.

It seems Spurs legend Hoddle sees it the same way.

"Sanchez is an out-and-out defender. [Toby] Alderweireld and [Jan] Vertonghen are wonderful defenders but also they are wonderful players on the ball. They use the ball, pick people off and come out with the ball. 
"Sanchez is not going to particularly be like that but if they play that three at the back you can see that being a really nice balance. He just wants to defend and he is quick and aggressive. I think he is a really good signing."

He looks a strong defender physically and he is only 21, which, if he stays at Spurs, gives our defence a very solid look. We shouldn't go overboard after only a couple of games, but his start has been very encouraging. The future looks bright with a group of young defenders coming through to eventually take over from Belgians Alderweireld and Vertonghen.

His purchase shows our transfer strategy over the summer was the right one. The club didn't panic, the fans did and we ended up adding quality to the squad to make us look stronger overall. It is important now to follow up the Wembley win with another.


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Friday, 15 September 2017

Benfica winger Živković being watched


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There seems to be plenty of interest in 21-year-old (22 n3xt July) Serbian international winger Andrija Živković of Portuguese club Benfica. His personal stats for the game can be found in the graphic below.


We were watching 21-year-old (22 next May) Russian international (he has 15 full international caps, scoring 2 goals) CSKA Moscow central midfielder Aleksandr Golovin as well.

Jose Mourinho at Manchester United and Arsene Wenger at North London neighbours Arsenal also sent scouts to watch Živković. The Serbian captain, who is under contract until 2021, provided the assist for the only Benfica goal and made it into the WhoScored UEFA Champions League Team of the Week.


  1. Alison (Roma) 7.8
  2. Ashley Young (Manchester United) 8.5
  3. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) 8.5
  4. John Stons (Manchester City) 9.9
  5. Rafinha (Bayern Munich) 7.9
  6. Saul Njigez (Atletico Madrid) 9.7
  7. Andrija Živković (Benfica) 8.9
  8. Tiago Alkantara (Bayern Munich) 9.4
  9. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 9.7
  10. Edinson Cavani (PSG) 9.3
  11. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 9.6
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