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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Kane and titbits

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Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou  were not training with the group this morning so we can safely rule them out of the Borussia Dortmund clash tomorrow. Lamela was doing work in the gym.

The first two away games have seen two clean sheets. We are a better side than some of our fans give us credit for, some are still stuck in the past. We have improved folks, get on board. You sound so sad moaning about how bad Levy and ENIC are, yet quite happy to accept the new stadium and our status as a top four club in the UEFA Champions League.

We haven't won a trophy
We won the League Cup
That don't count

An actual sequence of Tweets to one of these folk. In other words, facts don't count, they get in the way of opinion.

He then ignored the fact it is Levy getting the stadium built and the fact we lost in another final and have challenged for the title for 2 years so are clearly improving. Apparently that makes me a berk and blind. He ought to visit specsavers.

how can you moan about not having investment in the past and then Tweet to a Chelsea fan you don't live in the past!
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Harry Kane has reached 100 goals 12 games fewer than Thierry Henry did for Arsenal and he did it without scoring in August!

Harry Kane's 100 Tottenham Goals by numbers:

169 Games
50 Home
50 Away 
15 Braces 
14 Penalties 
8 Hat-Tricks 
1 Quadruple Premier League Golden Boot: 2 đźŹ†


In 2017 thus far, his scoring record is better than a goal a game.
30 Games
32 Goals
5 Braces
5 Hat-Tricks
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Spurs Scouted Celtic right-back on 5th September


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Tottenham Hotspur and Everton sent scouts to watch the Scotland Under-21 side beat the Holland Under-21 team 2-0 on Tuesday 5th September at Paisley 2021 Stadium, Paisley in the UEFA EURO U-21 First qualifying round.

The scouts were watching 18-year-old (19 in November) right-back Celtic Anthony Ralston who was making his debut for the national Under-21 side after appearing 6 times for the Scotland Under-19 team.

He has played 4 games this season, 2 in the Scottish Premiership, 1 in the second leg of a UEFA Champions League Qualifying round tie against FC Astana. he came as a substitute and played 33 minutes on the right of midfield.

He was on the bench for the first leg and also for the third qualifying round game at home against Norwegian side Rosenburg from Trondheim, who have won the Eliteserien 24 times.

There is speculation that he could be picked tonight to play in the first game of the group stages of the UEFA Champions League against french giants Paris Saint-Germain, where he would probably have to mark Brazilian star and former Barcelona striker, Neymar.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Tottenham Talk


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Tottenham fans this afternoon were showing the humour football fans have by serenading boozer Wayne Rooney with a rendition of "He only drinks when he is driving!"

Ben Pearce reports that Spurs had Ain't No Stopping Us Now, originally a disco hit in 1979 for McFadden & Whitehead reaching number 5 here in the UK.

Moussa Sissoko played yesterday in central midfield and it was no surprise that he put in arguably his best performance for us. He is a central midfielder after all and not a winger, at least that has always been my opinion.

Today looks to have backed that up. A central midfielder was what I suggested we buy him for at £15m, a winger at £30m is a different kettle of fish. I still think he isn't up to the standard we require though.

While he wasn't perfect, there were certainly things he could have done better like laying on a simple chance for Kane or his header at goal, he did show that he could help to give Mousa Dembélé a rest for UEFA Champions League games.

A report is circulating that Tottenham were interested in 33-year-old (34 next July) Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanović during the summer transfer window, but that we either rejected him or that he turned us down, depending upon which piece of the article you read! The Slovakian international has 81 caos for his country.


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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Players are just fans on transfer deadline day


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You might think players know what is happening at a club but often they are just as much in the dark about transfer activity as the fans. It seems the players want news on transfer deadline day too.

Harry Kane talked about it before the actual day, saying he was sure Daniel levy would do some business and do well for Spurs and so it proved. On the day the players were texting our manager, Mauricio Pochettino himself has revealed. They were excited about the news we were trying to sign former Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente from Swansea City.


It is great that Pochettino was a player himself and that he can laugh and jok with players about the times they played in opposition. He reminded Llorente that he didn't score against him when they played and of course he has already told TV pundit Michael Owen that he never touched him for that foul.

It all helps to have a great rapport with players, fans and the press, who he certainly seems to handle very well.

 If the players are excited to have Llorente at the club then so should the fans, some of whom are underwhelmed for some reason.
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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Alderweireld, Aurier, Lamela, Llorente


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"Personally I would sign for Arsenal due to the fact that Spurs have a better defence and I probably wouldn’t play." - Joleon Lescott


Mauricio Pochettino was asked about Toby Alderweireld who has yet to be officially offered a new contract despite initial talks already having taken place.

"He was talking with me this morning and he's so happy, he wants to make it clear he is fully committed with the club."

Pochettino spoke about new right-back signing Serge Aurier who has been the subject of some distension from a section of Spurs fans. I recall writing early in the summer that it seemed to me that his problems revolved around a break down in relationship with his manager at PSG and that everything was a reaction to that. Had there not been that difficulty, the two clearly don't like each other, then perhaps his off the field problems may not have arisen.

"We had a long chat. He knows v well how we are, what we expect. It’s so important, not only him, every player, how they behave. I’m the first to make mistakes in my life. It’s important people give the opportunity to show that you learn."

Pochettino explained that there were only 17 players available to player from associations other than the English FA trained players so some players had to be left out. Erik Lamela isn't going to be fully match fit until November probably and the other unlucky player was Vincent Janssen. He told reporters it was simply about numbers.

He went on to suggest that getting the chance to sign a player like Fernando Llorente was an opportunity that was too good to miss nad was delighted that he chose to join Tottenham over Chelsea. His experience in winning a World Cup would be valuable to our young squad.

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Transfer window change could create serious problems


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Premier League clubs have voted to close the summer transfer window on the Thursday before the first game of the season at 5pm. The new rules will come into affect next summer. The transfer window will close a 5pm on Thursday 9 August 2018.

Should it open earlier if it closes earlier? How would that affect contracts which currently run 1 July to end of June, hence the window opening on 1 July.

It is a bit strange that it only applies to the purchase of players, players can still be sold after the purchase window has shut which could cause serious problems. Player could still be sold to other European clubs so, for instance, Barcelona could still try to buy Philippe Coutinho after the window has shut and Liverppol couldn't buy a replacement. He could go on strike effectively, he could ensure he isn't fit.

Players can now hold a club to ransom really, it gives them greater powers so this announcement isn't the ideal news some will think it is really.


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Lamela full training early October....at last


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Mauricio Pochettino has conformed in his pre-game press conference that 25-year-old (26 next March) 23 times capped (3 goals) Argentinian international winger Ă‰rik Lamela will return to full first team training in early October.

He will need a month you would expect to get his fitness to a level where he can be considered for selection, although that is not to say he can't make substitute appearances to build his fitness.

He won't be ready for the Third Round of the League Cup on 19 September against either Derby County or Barnsley at Wembley. We will see if Vincent Janssen is involved with that or whether Fernando Llorente or even one of the development squad leads the line.

Kieran Trippier is now said to be fit after carrying an injury that has affected his performance and Victor Wanyama is out for a few more weeks with a knee cartilage problem. That should see Eric Dier in the holding midfield role and a potential debut for Davinson Sanchez. Serge Aurier hasn't arrived at the club yet so is unlikely to play this weekend. Kyle Walker-Peters didn't let us down in his debut game so there is a selection dilemma for Pochettino.

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Slow return for Lamela


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Vienna based Laola1, an Austrian online sports news portal, report that Tottenham Hotspur sent scouts to watch Austria take on Georgia in last night’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier. The game ended 1-1 with Georgia raking an early lead and Austria equalising a couple of minutes before half-time.
We were not alone, Laola1 report that Arsenal, Italian side Inter Milan, plus German clubs Eintracht Frankfurt, Hannover, Stuttgart and Wolfsburg  sent scouts too.


Tottenham legend and 1978 World Cup winner with Argentina in his home country Ricky Villa, who then shocked world football by joining Spurs together with fellow World Cup winner Ossie Ardiles, scorer of that goal in the 100th FA Cup Final in a 2-1 replay win against Manchester City, has spoken to AM950 radio and voiced his concern over fellow Argentinian Erik Lamela ever playing again.

That has been countered by Spurs who have revealed he is back training outside and could be ready in a few weeks to resume full training, After hip operations in April and May, he is going to need some time to get fully fit and then match fit. His date was given as October, but he isn't going to be ready t play until November I wouldn't have thought.

“Unfortunately, Erik Lamela was operated on the hip. There is concern to know if he will play again. In England they are worried about him, but, because of how the medicine is today, hopefully he can return.”

The 25-year-old (26 next March) can not be rushed back. Remember former centre-back Younès Kaboul, he who thought Pochettino's tactics wouldn't work and argued against them), he kept breaking down again after his long-term injury. The problem Lamela has to avoid is partly a mental one. When you have an injury in a foot say, you tend to favour the other foot to protect it. That puts a greater strain on that foot and an injury occurs.

Having had both hips operated on, he has to avoid favouring one over the other and that will depend upon how they recover and how he feels within himself. It is natural for your brain to protect your injury. He will, therefore, have to be eased back in and his recovery after games monitored. That all takes time.

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Should Janssen be looking for a Championship loan spell?


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It seems Vincent Janssen only wants to play for a big club according to the Dutch media, which is why he turned down all advances for him, no big clubs wanted him, including ourselves it seems. his next move will be abroad I expect but his £25 million (€27.19m - AUS$40.54m - US$32.31m) asking price may prove a sticking point. Presumably they will all ant a bargain.

If Fernando Llorente produces, and there looks to be no reason why he won't with his experience, then Janssen simply won't get a look in. He won't get on the bench and he won't get the two minutes at the end of a game he has been relying upon.

it's a shame, he has always tried hard, like Roberto Soldado before him. Unfortunately though, he couldn't adapt his game to suit our style amid suggestions that Pochettino doesn't think he is fit enough still.

If we go back to Emmanuel Adebayor, he was left out of the squad and left to rot in a last ditch effort to force him out of the club. It seems we are now going to have the same issue with Janssen. He may get outings in the League Cup to simply give Harry Kane and Fernando Llorente a rest.

It would make sense because if Kane were injured Llorente would be playing a lot of games and he is no spring chicken. As a precaution, Janssen could perhaps play in the Third and Fourth rounds of the competition depending upon who we are drawn against. That is possibly his only hope of game time. We'll have to wait and see.

According to the Stoke Sentinal, their sources at the club say Stoke City did not make a deadline day move for him and were not interested in taking him to the Potteries.

It isn't a nice situation and we are now paying a wage to a player we don't want and perhaps aren't going to use. Would it be a good idea for him to now go on loan to a Championship side until January simply to get some playing time and score a few goals?


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Aurier at Spurs for the challenge, not the money


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Serge Aurier claims in an article in Africa that PSG offered him a new three-year contract and that he has always dreamt of playing in England. he indicated that moving to Tottenham was not about money but about enjoying a new experience and having fun with a club consistently fighting at the top of the league.

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I am looking forward to seeing the Ivory Coast right-back play in a Spurs shirt and how Davinson Sanchez gets on also. The pressure is back on Kieran Trippier, who it has been suggested isn't fully fit yet, although he was in the England squad, which casts doubt on that theory. He certainly hasn't been at his best so far.

Sanchez has more pace than our other central defenders and with a positive start, we may well see Eric Dier back in midfield more regularly. Currently he can swap with either a central defender or Vincent Wanyama. With his desire to leave for Manchester United it will be interesting to see how he is utilised this season, now we know the full squad and now there is competition for places.

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Monday, 4 September 2017

Fans can expect the same strategy next summer


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In the news this morning is Danny Murphy telling the London Evening Standard that Fernando Llorente is an excellent addition to the squad and that Serge Aurier is a decent full-back. Many would say he is a bit better than decent.

“Llorente should be excellent back-up for Harry Kane but, if Tottenham are chasing the game, they could play together. Spurs face a lot of defensively minded teams so Llorente will allow them to get balls into the box from wide – and there is nothing wrong with playing that way when required. 
“I also like the look of Serge Aurier. He has been a decent full-back and is an excellent athlete, so he should be able to cope with the physical side of English football.”

Transfers are still a matter of balancing the books for Spurs with outgoing money matched by incoming money, player sales produce the opportunity for purchases. In reality, transfer fees are lumped together into annual instalments, both incoming fees and outgoing fees. The positive difference in these figures adds to any additional transfer pot.

We know these figures for the next few years and thus know where we stand. Not all players are going to stay forever, much as fans would like them to, that isn't the real world. Big players will be sold in future, every club sells them, but that allows future stars to come in.

It will remain that way until the new stadium starts generating additional income, then we can start addressing issues such as wages which will then help to keep the players happy in the manner fans want.

There is a clear strategy, it just can't be implemented at the speed fans might like.

TRANSFER INS AND OUTS

INS
Davinson Sanchez (Ajax, undisclosed, possibly  £38.74m including add-ons
Paulo Gazzaniga (Southampton, undisclosed, possibly £2m )
Juan Foyth (Estudiantes, undisclosed, possibly £12.01m including add-ons)
Serge Aurier (PSG, undisclosed, possibly £24.91m including add-ons)
Fernando Llorente (Swansea, undisclosed, possibly £15m including add-ons )
Possible Total Paid = £91.66m including add-ons

OUTS
Kyle Walker (Manchester City, £50m + £4m add-ons)
Nabil Bentaleb (Schalke, £16m)
Clinton Njie (Marseille, £5.95m)
Federico Fazio (Roma, £2.7m)
Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham, loan)
Luke McGee (Portsmouth, undisclosed)
Josh Onomah (Aston Villa, loan)
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield Utd, loan)
Kevin Wimmer (Stoke, £15m + £3m add-ons)
Will Miller (Burton, undisclosed)
Total Possible Received = £89.65m + £7m possible add-ons (£96.65m)


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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Would a fast striker have kept Bale at Spurs?


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Well my article on passing verses pace certainly brought out an interesting discussion and the point made about the excitement of seeing Gareth Bale running at defences was certainly a good one. If we could find another Gareth Bale I don't think any of us would be complaining.

The 28-year-old (29 next July) Welshman reportedly turned down, as expected, a move to Manchester United this summer to stay in Spain at his dream club.

He was the best crosser of a ball on the run without breaking stride, crosses that were along the floor across the six-yard box too in Bale's case, that I can remember since QPR winger Dave Thomas I think it was.

We didn't have strikers on the end of enough of these crosses tough, had they got there or anticipated better then there were plenty of tap-ins to score. What if that had happened and Bale was creating all these goals for a striker, would he still have moved central?

He moved there because we lacked attacking option centrally. Had we had them bale may well have stayed on the wing and his prowess may not have been seen to it's full extent. If that were the case, would he still have got his dream move to Real Madrid?


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Spurs in a good position now


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Tottenham have 16 non-home grown players in the official Premier League 25 man squad, we are allowed 18, which givs us two slots available for either January or next summer.

If we sold 28-year-old (29 next August) French international midfielder Moussa Sissoko or 23-year-old (24 next June) Dutch international striker Vincent Janssen, then we would free up further places. That is a far cry from where we were a few years ago when we were having o sell a non-home grown player before we could buy another and when they don't want to lower their wages to leave, it all became rather difficult and restrictive.

Back then I wrote we need to manage the situation better and we need to plan ahead better so we didn't put ourselves in that position again if we could help it. Under Mauricio Pochettino we seem to have addressed it and that allows us some flexibility in the transfer market and an advantage over other clubs perhaps, who are not in the position we are.

Ross Barkley coming in in January wouldn't make any difference as he is home grown so would increase that quota. I estimated his January transfer value to be £8 million (€8.68m - AUS$13.01m - US$10.34m), £10 million (€10.86m - AUS$16.26m - US$12.93m), given we made a £20 million (€21.72m - AUS$16.26m - US$12.93m) bid this last window.

That will represent excellent value and just the sort of deal we need with a new stadium to pay for.

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Saturday, 2 September 2017

Passing problem, not pacey winger problem


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Twitter is full of people shouting for a pacey winger to give us that speed we lack in attack and width, especially now that Fernando Llorente has arrived and he is excellent in the air.

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Serge Aurier, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose and Ben Davies provide our width though, we don't play with traditional British wingers who cross the ball, few clubs do now. The trend is inverted wingers, wingers who do not stay wide but cut in to shoot themselves, leaving the full-back or wing-back to do the overlapping, provide the width and the crosses.

In that respect we have arguably one of the best crossing right-backs in the Premier League in Kieran Trippier and new recruit Serge Aurier, who can surely cross a ball better than Walker. On the other side Rose has pace and he and Davies have improved their delivery.

The fastest method to get a ball from one end to the other, apart from the long ball, which takes the control element out of a move, is to pass the ball, not run with it. Pace does no harm, don't get me wrong, but you don't simply go out and buy any fast player simply because he has pace. Andros Townsend had pace, Aaron Lennon had pace, you wouldn't be happy if we brought a player of their alledged poor crossing ability. I say alledged because Lennon's statistics are better than most realise and a cross is only any good if there is someone who can get on the end of it.

Traditionally a cross has been into an area and it is the strikers job to get on the end of it, rsather than a winger pinpoint a forward every time. They thus often get bad press from fans when, quite frankly, they have done nothing wrong.

If we have a pacey winger storming down the line, Fernando Llorente isn't going to keep up in the middle, besides, it is the wing-backs role in our system. Georges-Kevin N'Koudou has pace, Clinton N'Jie had pace, neither can or could break into the side, pace simply isn't enough.

We would be better served speeding up the pace with which we move the ball, again England showed us pedestrian passing last night, players having to wait for the ball to arrive from another player. No urgency in the pass.

You look at Spain for instance and their passing at the back is quicker, by qiuicker, I mean the speed the ball travels between players. It is so so simple, yet players mentality doesn't have urgency it should.

Think about it, one signifies you are alert, have intent, whereas a slow pass indicates I'm comfortable, I don't want to put myself out, it signifies a sleepy, lazy mindset.

If you are changing play from one side to the other it should be done in the shortest possible time, to give the recipient as much free time without a marker as possible, it gives more space to exploit. Slow passing allows a defence to shuffle across in formation and you haven't improved your situation, just moved it from one side to the other, which isn't that tiring for a defensive unit.

You have to break the unit up, shifting a ball at speed means individual players from that defensive unit have to respond before others, thus changing the tight defensive unit and creating holes, which we then want to find our creative players in.

Turning from slow to quick is a tactic, but even when playing slow, the passing should still be crisp, the slowness is the delasy on the ball, not slowing the pass down. England are hopeless at it and it something Spurs fall into the trap of, especially at the back.

Before we simply call for pace, we need to sort out our slow passing so any pacey player gets the ball quickly with space in front of them to run into. Our pacey men usually get the ball marked by a defender and look to go backwards, thus our style doesn't help pacey players. We need to solve our passing problem first.

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Friday, 1 September 2017

Foyth living the dream


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New centre-back signing Juan Foyth revealed in his first interview with the club that he has always followed Tottenham since he was a little boy so and that the club is one that believes in youth so he wanted to come here and wanted to come to the Premier League.


The 19-year-old (20 next January) turned down PSG to come here, 21-year-old (22 next June) Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez turned down Barcelona, 32-year-old (33 next February) Spanish striker Fernando Lleorente turned down Chelsea and 24-year-old (25 in December) Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier turned down Juventus and Manchester United, all to join Tottenham.

Foyth is excited to be here, speaks Spanish so will be able to communicate with Pochettino and his coaching staff while he leans English and of course new signing Fernando Llorente will help. He wants to make the most of this opportunity.

He said he is a laid back guy, family orientated guy who likes spending time with his friends and girlfriend, but has always had the dream of becomming a professional footballer. Moving to England and to one of the biggest clubs in the country is a bigger dream and isn't something that happens to everybody.

Foyth said his style was to bring the ball out from the back and to keep it on the floor, also that he is fast, which helps when players take him on of course. The Premier League, he said, was one-of-a-kind, one of the best leagues in the world and the UEFA Champions League one of the most important cups in the world.

This season he first of all ants to settle in London and then train hard every day to earn consideration for a place in the team.

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Some players have a mental block at Wembley


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To say I was disappointed by the result against Burnley would be an understatement, I even took a day off, much to the delight of some no doubt. All was content, yes things could be improved upon, but the final 10 minutes was the old Spurs.

WE now play with a high line, the old Spurs used to drop back and play on the penalty box, when time after time we would then concede a late goal. That was nerves, there was a panic and a lack of mental strength.

For all the strides we have made mentally, we were closing out games at White Hart Lane last season, against Burnley we looked nervous again, we looked disorganised and mistakes creeping in. That is a mentality issue and that has to be certain players with a Wembley complex.

While I don't believe in a Wembley hoodoo or a Wembley jinx as the national press like to promote, I do believe some of our players do have mental issues with Wembley that they have to resolve. When Mauricio Pochettino came out furious we hadn't seen out the game I was in complete agreement.

For me, we didn't try to kill the game, we were not keeping the ball as we did at White Hart Lane, we were not passing it around on a bigger pitch with more space. Kieran Trippier for example was playing punts up field giving the ball to the opposition, the exact opposite of what was needed at the time.

A win to ease the mental pressure on some is essential as we now have put pressure on ourselves to be a top side away from home. Solve our mental issues at home and we ease the pressure away, a player like Serge Aurier will help that, having played regularly in big stadia around Europe at club level.

While we have experience in our young side, we don't have much experience of Europe's major stadiums, which brings a pressure all of it's own, as we are finding out. I don't think our fans helped, too many spectators and not enough involved singing.

That is an issue we will have to address in the new stadium and that will need people who are passionate about Spurs.

COYS

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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Twitter talks wages


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There are big discussions going on on Twitter around the topic of wages and what Spurs can afford and what we can't.

Some people seem to think I have made up these figures. They are all from each clubs last audited accounts that are in the public domain.

Manchester United WAGES £232m
Arsenal WAGES £195m
Manchester City WAGES £198m
Chelsea WAGES £224m
Liverpool WAGES £208m
Spurs TURNOVER just £210m
They show the situation as at June 2016 and while we have increased income since then, so does every other club, so shouting  we have the money to increase wages (which we have done anyway) forgets that so does everyone else, so our  wages in relation to them will still retain it's huge gap.

For instance, we have a new £30m Nike shirt deal, well Chelsea have a new £60m shirt deal so immediately form that source they have £30m more income than we do. This is one example of commercial and sponsorship income coming into the club and what we are fighting against. Cover that across all commercial income and it isn't hard to see the problem. Other clubs simply have a greater income than we do and we have to cut our cloth, especially when our stadium is being paid for from our turnover.

Yes we have loans, we have financing for the stadium, but what most seem to forget is that servicing those loans, paying the loan payments, comes from our turnover, the same turnover that is paying the wages.

I know fans don't like it, but the reality is the wages situation is going to remain the same while we build our commercial income once we are in the new stadium. Until then we have to punch above our weight, develop the next stars and superstars. We have to do something similar to what Monchi did at Sevilla in winning the UEFA Europa League 5 times while buying a selling players each season.

Yes it is important that we win a trophy to help keep our players here and we have to have the leeway to be able to increase our wage level next summer as well as having already increased it last season, when everyone signed new improved contracts.

How much are Champions League wages? £150,000-a-week?

Let's do the same sums we did before.

Two new players on £150,000-a-week = £300,000-a-week.
That comes to £15.6m annually.

Hugo Lloris will have written into his contract that he, as captain, must be the clubs highest paid player so he will need a £50,000-a-week wage increase.
That comes to £2.6m annually.

Harry Kane will need parity so that another £50,000-a-week salary increase to pay.
That comes to £2.6m annually

Toby Alderweireld will want parity so from £70,000-a-week that is an increase of £80,000-a-week.
That comes to £4.16m annually.

Dele Alli will need paying the same wage to keep him as long as we can so from £65,000-a-week, that is an increase of £85,000-a-week.
That comes to £4.42m annually.

Christian Eriksen will need an increase and if we are increasing our top wage by £50,000-a-week, then he is going to want as much of that as possible, say £40,000-a-week.
That comes to £2.08m annually.

Eric Dier will want the same as Eriksen at least so another £40,000-a-week wage increase.
That comes to £2.08m annually.

Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Son Heung-min and Victor Wanyama are all going to want the same, so 5 X £40,000-a-week = £200,000-a-week.
That comes to £10.4m annually.

Erik Lamela, Kieran Trippier, Vincent Janssen and Ben Davies will then all need increases, what will they get £30,000-a-week, so 4 X £30,000-a-week = £120,000-a-week.
That comes to £6.24m annually.

Harry Winks, Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, Michel Vorm and Kevin Wimmer, what will they get £20,000-a-week. so 4 X £20,000-a-week = £80,000-a-week.
That comes to £4.16m annually.

Cameron Carter-Vickers is making his way but will still need a wage increase now we have raised our wage structure so how about £10,000-a-week.
That comes to £520,000 annually.

Total = £54.86m per year

Where does the money come for that next season and the season after? Assume for a minute that we don't qualify for the UEFA Champions League so our revenue drops by £30m while you have increased the wage budget by £54.86m, that's is an effective difference of £84.86m. Where is that money coming from for the next few years, not just this season?

We haven't factored into the equation the cost of buying these two world class players, how much are they going to cost? A minimum of £30m each, although in today's market more like £50m, which will buy you another Kyle Walker standard player. That's an expenditure of between £60m and £100m on top of the £54.86m you have just raised the wages by to buy these 2 players.

Total increase in outlay between £114.86m and £134.86m plus a potential drop in income for a season of £30m, offset by 20 home games producing an extra £1m per game (which is what Arsenal match day income increased by) £20m. Our situation would be much worse than it is now and financially the club would be at risk with loan payments on a stadium to pay for.

Our total turnover in the 2016 accounts was £210m, yes it has raised, so has everyone else's and we will have already budgeted the increase in TV revenue and shirt deal money into our financial projections and therefore our affordable wages budget.

You can argue all you like on Twitter, the reality is somewhat different than the anti-Levy see it I'm afraid. ENIC's money is not our money and they have no obligation to pump it into the club, it isn't a toy for them, the same with most club owners, who are generally investment companies these days.

The situation at Spurs won't change for a while yet.


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

UCL draw Group G: Real Madrid, Porto, Spurs, Celtic, who do Man U, Man C, Chelsea, Liverpool get?


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Let's take a moment away from the serious business of whether we should buy anyone or wait for the right targets at the right price and concern ourselves with the UEFA Champions League.

A website is offering you the chance to conduct your own draw, something many a Football manager fan will enjoy, not my cup of tea all these football games, but the draw, well I had a go for you to see the results.

Champions League Draw

What it will also do is show you who is in which Pot of the draw. Chelsea are in Pot 1, Manchester City and Manchester City are in Pot 2, while Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are in Pot 3.

The result of my draw?

We were paired with UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid, Portuguese giants Porto and Scottish champions Celtic.

Is that a tough or an easy draw, I'm not too sure.



Have a go yourself, it'll only take a couple of minutes and defeat the boredom at work. Post the results in the comments below. What would be our ideal draw?


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Friday, 2 June 2017

VDV thanks Spurs for gift, Winks in USA and Ron Howard


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It is also nice to find a celebrity who supports our great club. American actor and filmmaker Ron Howard is a welcome addition to our ranks.

He played teenager Richie Cunningham in the sitcom Happy Days for seven years and American Graffiti (1973) while he directed Grand Theft Auto (1977), Cocoon (1985), the historical docudrama Apollo 13 (1995), the biographical drama A Beautiful Mind (2001) (earning him the Academy Award for Best Director), and the thriller The Da Vinci Code (2006).

In 2003 he had an asteroid named after him, Asteroid 12561 Howard, not many can say that.


Harry Winks missed the last weeks of the season with an injury he received when making a tackle and falling over a medical box that should not have been in the technical area. Here is seen making friends in Queens and I don't blame him, she is rather attractive.

Harry Winks making friends in Queens.

Rafael van der Vaart has been sent a tie by the club to commemorate his time at White Hart Lane and the popular Dutchman expresses his thanks to us once again.

Thanks for Spurs club tie in memory of . Proud to be part of the football history

Regular readers will remember when I broke the news of Alexandre Lacazette meeting and agreeing to join Atletico Madrid, he made that decision to play alongside Antoine Griezmann who had recommended him to the club.

It will come as no surprise to those readers that he is staying at the Spanish club and not joining Manchester United as all and sundry have been trying to portray as a near certainty.

Spurs new stadium is going up so fast that apparently Man Utd and Man City have put in a transfer bid for our construction workers.



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