Friday, 31 December 2010
Thursday, 30 December 2010
"It seems clear his time with the Rossoneri is at an end and a meeting is planned for today [Wednesday]," Assis, Ronaldinho's agent, told Sky Sport Italia. "I will speak to Galliani and we'll decide what to do.
"There are many Brazilian clubs interested in Ronaldinho, but I won't rule out a European move."
Lucrative would be an understantement if 'Arry were to consider a move for the former world player of the year. We're hardly short in attacking midfield, although I'd rather have him in our armoury than not. The player would bring a wealth of experience that would help the younger players at the club and would provide good depth that could prove pivotal in bringing us Champions League football once again.
Wednesday, 29 December 2010
Wolfsburg general manager Dieter Hoeness has declined to comment, while club spokesman Gerd Voss told BBC Sport: "We will not speculate on this.
"The silly season has begun with the January window about to open. We had it in the summer with Dzeko and we have it now again but we will not comment."
The Bosnian forward has a buy-out clause of around thirty million squid and with City's pockets seemingly bottomless, a bit of change is always lying about.
It would be unclear on the motives for Dzeko to want to move to City; I'm guessing the boy loves the Europa League and wants to be part of the unrest in a team that has ruined the Premier League. I'm certain money would not be something he'd dare to even consider.
Still though, another good win yesterday and there's no reason why we can't finish above City this season.
Sunday, 26 December 2010
Saturday, 25 December 2010
Friday, 24 December 2010
"We want to enhance our assault on the second half of the season. I have a fast and athletic forward in Cameron Jerome and I have a tall forward with Nikola Zigic.
"I'm now looking for someone with a bit of guile and craft and I've identified that type of player."
A part of me would be sad to see our old hero go once again and for the last time. Although, the boys not getting a look and we need real competition for places if we are to propel into the Champions League once again.
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
After a successful World Cup in which Gio proved to be a star and showed that he still has 'it', his future with us seemed to be back on a more steady path than the rocky road he has currently endured in his time with us. After loan moves to Ipswich and Galatasary, it is now being reported that Zaragoza are the next club in line to take Gio on for the rest of the season.
There is no questioning the forward's ability, but it has become clear that there is no room in the inn at Tottenham and maybe the best thing would be to just sell the young Mexican. If it were down to me I'd try him upfront as the boy has shown he can score goals; although, this option doesn't look likely.
It pains me to say it, but maybe we should sell the boy. His career isn't progressing in North London and there's no point having him being paid to watch our games instead of taking part every week.
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Arguably one of our players of the season, Luka Modric signed a six year deal on the 30th May of this year and stated "Tottenham Hotspur gave me my chance in the Premier League and I want to go on to achieve great success here with them. Yes, there have been enquiries from other big clubs, but I have no interest in going anywhere. Last season's Top 4 finish was an indication of where we are as a Club and I feel I can continue to improve and go on to achieve everything I want to at Spurs"
Of course I don't know the boy but my perception of Luka is that he would be considered one of the more genuine type of over-paid footballers that grace the Premier League today. We're hardly struggling in the league and sit in a solid position just 4 points behind 4th place Chelsea. If only the script was played out as it should've against Wigan and West Ham then we could've been sitting a lot more comfortably. But still, no arguments with our current position and our current form.
Luka's enjoying some of the best football of his time at Spurs and I genuinely cannot see why he would look to leave a strong squad of players that has been built and nurtured by Harry, and a team that pose a very good chance at reaching the top four once again this season.
Levy's about as likely to listen to offers for Luka as he is for Bale, he'll have none of it. The player doesn't want to leave. Luka will stay.
Monday, 20 December 2010
Pardew told the Newcastle Chronicle: "It (the transfer speculation) does get boring but it is not going to stop - it will never stop.
"It won't stop because he's a talent and that's what happens at big clubs.
"We have to have a big-club mentality and hold on to our best player."
I'd prefer the forward over Peter Crouch and think he would prove a superb compliment to Rafa. Although, £20 million? No chance. The guys good but not £20m good. Still though, if we brought him in for a player-plus-cash deal involving one of Keane or Crouch then I think we'd have done well.
Sunday, 19 December 2010
"I like Parker, but he belongs to West Ham. He will be 31 next birthday and they will want £15million.
"Daniel (Levy, chairman) wouldn't buy players of that age, on big wages with no sell-on." said Redknapp with a touch of disappointment at not being able to acquire a long admired target.
A good player, but at 31, the boy's certainly knocking on a bit. 'Arry further spoke on Jamie's future at Spurs, which has seen him spend the season nursing a back injury.
"O'Hara needs to play. He would be better off playing somewhere than not playing," he added. "He would do a good job for someone in the Prem."
I like O'Hara, but would he do a good job at Tottenham? Included in the team sheet every week would be a success for Jamie considering Luka, Palacios, Tommy, Sandro and Niko are all sitting comfortably above him in the pecking order.
His future at Spurs is looking more unstable than West Ham's position in the Premier League, although Redknapp further admitted that Jamie could move to East London to gain the playing time he needs.
Should we look to keep hold of him? Or look into the possibility of a Swap deal and funds for Parker?
Saturday, 18 December 2010
With Spurs' fixture list reported as playing 5 games between the 26th December and the 9th of January, an extra week off will do the boys good. This also means that van der Vaart will have an extra weeks rest ensuring that he can be brought to Villa Park on boxing day in much better shape than he would've been at Blackpool, assuming he played.
But still a boring weekend that even saw West Ham pick up a point away from home. I guess miracles can happen.
Friday, 17 December 2010
By chance, I have a few AC fans who see this draw as a negative one for them and feel that the pace of our side will see us progress through the knockout stage.
The extent to which I agree with this is questionable but at White Hart Lane we'll give any side a good running, especially with the second leg being played in North London.
"This is an exciting game to look forward to" Said Harry
"AC Milan have a fantastic record in the competition, they are top of the league in Italy and are full of quality players.
"It's a great challenge for us.
"I said before the draw that I wouldn't mind playing AC Milan.
"You want to take on the best teams in the world and that's what the fans want to see as well.
"Now we've got the chance to bring AC Milan to White Hart Lane for a great game."
Certainly it'll be a great game. Will we win? It'll go right to the wire and there's no reason why our European adventure cannot continue beyond the last 16.
Do you think this is a good draw?
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Of course in the last 16 an 'easy game' just doesn't exist and after a tough group on paper we'll go into this draw fearing no one. At White Hart Lane we've been scoring enough goals and have made every side look very average. I'm not sure we'd want another trip to the San Siro, although Bale may have other opinions. On paper, Copenhagen would be the draw we'd snap your hands off for; although, like us, this is also their first time into the last 16 and have a phenomenal support at home.
I wouldn't fancy an awkward side like Lyon or Marseille but anyone drawn will be given a run for their money and if the belief continues, our side can beat anyone.
So, if given the choice, who would you take as opponents?
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Gomes played a hero and villain role for us today and salvaged a point after conceding a penalty in injury time. Dawson looked as though he'd been playing all season and was fantastic at the back. Ekotto looked very good as well complimenting Bale throughout the match. Considering Chelsea came out of hibernation and played very well today a point is a good result that leaves us only five points off top, although this will be atleast six after United play Arsenal in Manchester on Monday.
"They pressed us in the second half, their mindset was to come on to us and we took a backwards step," Redknapp told Sky Sports.
"I told them we had to keep being positive but credit to Chelsea, they're champions and they don't give up.
"Gomes has done great for us and it was a great save.
"It was a good, open game. They attacked us and we attacked them. It was an open game.
"It says that we're as good a side as almost anybody. We'll only get stronger."
Saturday, 11 December 2010
Chelsea haven't beaten us at White Hart Lane for 4 seasons now and old words of '3 point lane' have vanished quicker than Chelsea's title challenge this season. The pessimist in me and the fact that Chelsea haven't won in the league for over a month now is telling me that we're in for a backlash from Carlo's men and I don't expect them to perform as poorly as they have been; although I'd love to see us do one over them again.
We've been in solid form ourselves and haven't lost in the league since Bolton back at the start of November. The form book would point to us registering an easy three points and if Harry is serious about a title challenge then 3 points is a minimum. But this is Chelsea. As much as I hate to believe it I think we could easily lose 2-0 here; but it's not the easiest game to predict.
Please no complacency from our boys tomorrow. Score predictions please.
Thursday, 9 December 2010
"In this moment Allardyce and Redknapp are doing very well because they have different players, they have good style and get results with them.
"It is important for a coach to understand which type of players they manage and find the best style."
Although being a couple of years away yet, it really would be Tottenham's loss to lose a manager of Redknapp's calibre and appointing an appropriate replacement wouldn't be a job done in 5 minutes. Hopefully Mourinho will suddenly be keen to take us over by then, you never know?
Who would you have manage our team in 2012 should Redknapp leave and take the England job?
Monday, 6 December 2010
The soon-to-be Championship side have in their armoury a player that I now believe would be a very good signing for Tottenham Hotspur. The player has almost everything we need. He is a player that would compliment Modric exceedingly well in light of Tommy's nasty injury. A typical box-to-box midfielder that is just as good going forward as he is defending. A player that produces more hunger and fight than a pitbull and his desire to win the ball is second to none.
The player is also West Ham's leading scorer and, minus the phenomenal scoring record of Rafa, goals from midfield have been few and far between for us this season. I do believe he is a better player than Palacios, although Wilson has looked better since coming back into the side.
I'm not suggesting he'd be a first team regular every week but he'd be a very good squad player to hold. He is a player that Tottenham need.
"Absolute nonsense," Redknapp told TalkSport.
"I've never made any enquiries for Adebayor whatsoever. I keep seeing in the papers that we're after him. I've never ever asked about him or enquired about him."
"We don't want to sell Gareth Bale," he continued.
"At the end of the day it won't be my decision, it'll be above my head but it would take an absolute fortune one day to buy him.
"For me, at this particular time, he's got to be the Footballer of the Year in this country. I can't think of anyone who's done as well as him.
"He's not a player that we would really want to sell. You've got to hang onto your best players. If Tottenham want to be a club that's always looking to get in Champions League football you can't sell those players."
Although a striker does seem to be a growing need in Spurs' attacking department, finding and signing one that would bring a real difference to Spurs doesn't seem likely in January.
Any 30 goal a season strikers mooting about?
Sunday, 5 December 2010
The game also showed the danger of squandering chances. I'm not Crouchy's biggest fan but I thought he played well yesterday although threw away two or three opportunities that could've ended the game at half time. Jermain, although just returning, also failed to reminisce his clinical ability in front of goal from last season missing two good opportunities.
Just as we did to Liverpool, Birmingham punished us. The game should've been finished at half time. With Robbie expected to leave in January and with our strikers not scoring enough goals, we need to bring in a forward that will really invite a strong level of competitiveness up front. Someone that is more deadly in the box than a hitman and someone that can knock in a penalty?
Well we can all dream can't we.
Thursday, 2 December 2010
It seems Palacios' confidence has disappeared quicker than Liverpool's title challenge last year but I guess this is a phase every footballer is accustom to at some point in their career.
"On Sunday, Wilson had a little spell where he kept giving the ball away," said Redknapp in the Daily Star.
"He lost the ball a lot and his confidence went. But in the second half he showed some character. The problem is confidence."
In sympathy, Wilson incurred a tragedy in the shape of his brother being killed and this is evidently not something that you clear your mind of after a night's sleep.
I just wish the boy could pass the ball better is all.
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
"We always hear about Manchester United and how they're not playing well, but still win. Well, we're the same. Can we win the title? I don't see why not." The Scot said.
I'm sure if given the opportunity of another fourth placed finish Harry wouldn't think twice but to take it and I'm sure the number of disappointed Spurs fans if we did finish fourth could be counted on one hand.
Although, there is no reason why we shouldn't be aiming high. We're a side that have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and with a bit of luck we could easily be pushing the 'big' teams of the Premier League. Even with City buying their way up the league, I still thoroughly believe we are more than capable of finishing above them and believe our squad is a stronger and closer one.
Will we finish top? I don't think so, but there's no problem aiming that high.
What do you make of our chances of winning the league this year?
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
We have good options in midfield and in defence, although the long term stability of our back four could be thrown into question. In turn, it may be time to shift a few on as well and maybe start giving a few younger players a chance in the first team.
There's hardly a problem at Spurs and I'm surprised Harry hasn't been in hospital with the amount of selection related headaches he must incur every week, although injuries have played a small part in our season so far; but these are inevitable at any football team.
I'd be tempted to bring in a centre back and possibly a left back, to cover Assou-Ekotto. An injury to BAE would see Bale drop to left back and I'd rather keep the Welshman at left wing. With Jermain returning we should be covered up front and fingers crossed he can stay relatively injury free for the rest of the season.
Who should Spurs sign in January?
Monday, 29 November 2010
Should VDV be out for a month he will miss the following; Birmingham away, Twente away, Chelsea at home, Blackpool and Villa both away and Newcastle at home.
It's a blow these two will be missing for the time they are as Kaboul and Gallas had seemed to look a good partnership at the heart of our defence in the absence of King and Dawson. VDV missing will also mean a change of system to, as expected, a 4-4-2 with Defoe starting alongside Crouch or Pav.
What system would you play should Rafa be missing for a month?
Thursday, 25 November 2010
This just sums up the turn around in Gareth Bale's status as a footballer as only 12 months ago I'm sure the boy couldn't even dream of being nominated for such a prestigious award.
The 55 footballers nominated are:
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus FC), Iker Casillas (Spain, Real Madrid C.F.), Petr Cech (Czech Republic, Chelsea FC), Julio Cesar (Brazil, F.C. Internazionale), Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands, Manchester United FC) Defenders: Daniel Alves (Brazil, FC Barcelona), Gareth Bale (Wales, Tottenham Hotspur), Michel Bastos (Brazil, Olympique Lyonnais), Ashley Cole (England, Chelsea FC), Patrice Evra (France, Manchester United FC), Rio Ferdinand (England, Manchester United FC), Philipp Lahm (Germany, FC Bayern Munchen), Lucio (Brazil, F.C. Internazionale), Maicon (Brazil, F.C. Internazionale), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid C.F.), Alessandro Nesta (Italy, AC Milan), Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid C.F.), Gerard Pique (Spain, FC Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Spain, FC Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid C.F.), Walter Samuel (Argentina, F.C. Internazionale), John Terry (England, Chelsea FC), Thiago Silva (Brazil, AC Milan), Nemanja Vidic (Serbia, Manchester United FC), Javier Zanetti (Argentina, F.C. Internazionale) Midfielders: Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina, F.C. Internazionale), Michael Essien (Ghana, Chelsea FC), Cesc Fabregas (Spain, Arsenal FC), Steven Gerrard (England, Liverpool FC), Andres Iniesta (Spain, FC Barcelona), Ricardo Kaka (Brazil, Real Madrid C.F.), Frank Lampard (England, Chelsea FC), Javier Mascherano (Argentina, FC Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Germany, FC Bayern Munchen), Mesut Ozil (Germany, Real Madrid C.F.), Andrea Pirlo (Italy, AC Milan), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, FC Bayern Munchen), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands, F.C. Internazionale), Xabi Alonso (Spain, Real Madrid C.F.), Xavi (Spain, FC Barcelona) Forwards: Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria, Manchester United FC), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast, Chelsea FC), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon, F.C. Internazionale), Diego Forlán (Uruguay, Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina, Real Madrid C.F.), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, AC Milan), Lionel Messi (Argentina, FC Barcelona), Diego Milito (Argentina, F.C. Internazionale), Arjen Robben (Netherlands, FC Bayern München), Ronaldinho (Brazil, AC Milan), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid C.F.), Wayne Rooney (England, Manchester United FC), Carlos Tevez (Argentina, Manchester City FC), Fernando Torres (Spain, Liverpool FC), David Villa (Spain, FC Barcelona)
Bale deserves all the praise he's experiencing right now and so, once again, well done to the boy. If I had a penny for everytime that's been said about him..
We are Tottenham. Let's keep us in Tottenham. If David Sullivan gets his hands on it, it'll be brilliant seeing West Ham turn up in front of a half empty ground every home game in the Championship.
For as much as it'll do, please sign the SAY NO TO STRATFORD HOTSPUR PETITION HERE to keep Tottenham in Tottenham.
On a lighter note, what a brilliant performance last night; although admittedly against a side that looked as though they were only there to make up numbers. Lennon looked incredibly sharp and Luka made the midfield his own.
Kaboul, Modric and finally Crouch hammered the last nail in the Werder Bremen coffin but I'm sure they were relieved they didn't fall into the Europa League.
Please choose you Man Of The Match on the right.
Monday, 22 November 2010
There’s nothing in that," said Redknapp, speaking to Drive Time. "He’s a good player, I like him, he looks a real talent. But certainly we haven’t made any enquires at all for him. There’s definitely nothing going on there at the moment."
And Redknapp admits he will have to sell some of his fringe players if he wants to add to his squad in the transfer window.
“Before we can bring anyone in, I’ve spoke with the chairman, we need to shift one or two,” he added. “It’s going to be a case of the only way we can do any business would be to let one or two go and whatever we get in we can go and invest.”
Now all Harry has stated here is that we haven't made a move at 'the moment'. Of course not, it's November. He also suggested that he'd need to shift a few; could we let Robbie go and bring in the Frenchman then? And let's be honest, how many times has Redknapp rubbished a rumour then snapped him up 5 minutes later.
You can't second guess old 'Arry, but I'd bet my next pair of tickets on us trying to bring the boy in at some point whether in January or the summer.
I do struggle to find any real areas of our team that are in desperate need of strengthening. I assume that is why 'Arry only wants to 'tweak' the squad; no Benzema then?
"I am looking to bring people in this January," said Redknapp. "We need to tweak it to finish it off.
"There's one or two other bits we could do, without spending a fortune, that could make a difference to the team.
"We've a new training ground coming, the club's in good shape and we can go forward.
"Tottenham have got a title in them in the next few years. I genuinely feel that - why shouldn't I?
"It's there for someone to pull off a surprise and our win at Arsenal gives us great confidence."
It'll be interesting to see what Redknapp does this New Year. No area screams out at needing strengthening, but I guess it's useless trying to second guess 'Arry anyway.
Where would you 'tweak' the squad this January?
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Saturday, 20 November 2010
The first half needs little explanation. Woeful would be an understatement of how we played. You'll never be in the game for to long when you give Arsenal the freedom of the Emirates and all we did was watch as we conceded twice in half hour. We hadn't turned up.
It was far better and a different Tottenham in the second half. A lot more pressure and every yard of space was closed down. We played more as a team. Bale and Van der Vaart worked well together to pull one back, after Defoe had nodded it on, and soon enough the tension could be felt all around the ground.
For the second, credit where it's due, Phil Dowd did well to spot the hand ball and, for once, have the bottle to give such a vital decision. I'm sure Mr. Webb would've turned a blind eye anyway. The third saw a wonderful ball swung in from Rafael Van der Vaart and was one that was almost shouting to be nipped in at the back post.
We should thank Arsenal for squandering opportunities to salvage something and thank Arsene Wenger for giving us another comedy performance on the touchline. I guess they still have the Carling Cup?
Let's hope we can build on this because, as we've seen, even with a half fit Defoe and Lennon, no Dawson or King, we can still beat anyone.
Gallas had an absolute stormer today and without him Arsenal could've finished us off 3 or 4 nil in the first half. .
Please choose your Man of the Match on the right and your thoughts on the game are welcome.
Thursday, 18 November 2010
The player, that spends more time on the treatment table than taking part, told NUsport: "He (Van der Vaart) is a great footballer, I know the quality he has.
"I would rather have him at Arsenal. I indicated a couple of times that Rafael would be useful for Arsenal but that advice was not followed.
"I regret the fact he was not signed, but it is the right of the club, this is just my opinion.
"Now you can see the result. Spurs were a good team but now they are a top team".
Arsenal away is never a fixture that gets me to excited. I'd rather Blackburn at home again in all honesty. Expect Rafa to be given little room and for Bale to come inside more as he will enjoy little freedom down the flank.
I'd stick my money on Arsenal to beat us 2-1.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Benzema has found himself, similar to many other stars, to be keeping the benches of Real Madrid warmer as the season goes on. A frustrating year for the forward has so far only seen him inconsistently feature in 15 appearances, with not all of those coming from starting the game. A more consistent role in the first team could bring confidence and goals with it.
Don't get me wrong, optimistic would hardly touch the surface on such an audacious move but it is clear that we should be looking to bring in another forward in January. Maybe Levy could pull off another Rafa and bring the boy in, even if it was only a loan for a short period.
What've we got to lose to try?
On a more immediate note, Kranjcar starred for Croatia again. Maybe we should stick him in the first eleven more often.
Monday, 15 November 2010
I'm sure the word 'gutted' doesn't even touch the surface of how we or Tom himself must be feeling right now and this is another injury thrown onto the unwanted and depressing pile consisting of Jermain, Daws, Ledley and Aaron being just a few names below him. Soon enough we'll have a whole team there.
Jenas has come in and looked to have kicked off this season with some form but this news is a real blow. Maybe this will open up more opportunities for also Wilson and Sandro to exploit and hopefully a few players can up their game and push for this opportunity.
Who would you stick in place of Tom?
Saturday, 13 November 2010
The scoreline suggests a closely fought encounter but the game was over at half-time, Pavlyuchenko atleast making amends for missing the penalty and a chance that even I would've had a good shout at scoring.
It was positive seeing Bale bring his European form back into the Premier League as he knocked up 2 more goals and an assist that will get the whole world talking about again. Best player in the world? Not just yet, but the boy's on for a cracking season ahead.
Crouchy finally broke his duck, although taking advantage of some sloppy defending. But hey, they all count.
Arsenal next up. Any news on Jermaine?
Friday, 12 November 2010
We didn't do much wrong against Steve Bruce's men, a slip up in defence and before we knew it we were wondering how we hadn't wrapped the game up. Asamoah Gyan must've been laughing at the final whistle.
Anyway, hopefully our strikers can actually do what they're paid to do and stick the ball in the net nice and early to ease the pressure slightly. But I can't see Blackburn laying down and watching the game go by, just as I can't see our strikers scoring nice and early. But eh, you never know.
I'll go Pav 1-0. Assuming he plays.
Score predictions please.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
I'm not one to ever jeer off my football team but let's see where they were coming from. Thousands of fans would've paid upwards of £50 to go and see that game which is hardly an easy expense to pay in these times. On top of that there's the rushing from a long day at work plus the time and money spent to get to White Hart Lane.
Secondly, we haven't won a Premier League game since we took 3 points at Craven Cottage and have dropped points at home to Wigan, Everton and Sunderland whilst losing away to West Ham. These are just a select few of games that we picked up maximum points from last season.
We should never be booing our side off. We're Spurs fans and should be used to the frustrating emotions that come with supporting the team; but Harry should be more considerate. With a very congested league table points, picked up at home will prove vital. The season's only a third of the way through and with Dawson, King and Defoe back we can still make the top 4.
Now for Blackburn.
Monday, 8 November 2010
No heart. No passion. Never a drive to get on the end of the final ball. He even applauds us when we sing for Pavlyuchenko. Holding up the ball still seems a skill lacking in Crouch's very thin armoury as he is battled off the ball more often than not.
Ok, so he's assisted VDV with a few of his goals but I blame the immediate emergence of VDV is from his personal and extensive skill set and I'm convinced that he would've been just as successful playing with any other forward. The guys pure class.
We aren't scoring enough goals but the chances have been there. Even Harry said we had enough chances in Bolton but there was no end product for 80 minutes.
2 weeks? We need Jermaine back for Sunderland.
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Howard Webb bottled it. We know it. He knows it. But, thankfully, he will not be taking charge of Saturday's game. So, let's hope that Mr Clattenburg doesn't full to the pressure of many United 'fans' that will be seated in Old Trafford when decisions don't go their way.
The non-existance of Mr Webb at this fixture is music to the ears. Music that brings a sense of happiness to us. Although, this season, we have two players wearing the cockerel on their chest that could turn this game in faviour of us. No prizes of predicting who in the sense of our Dutch supremo Rafa and a rejuvanted young Welshman that would can cause more problems than Hicks and Gillet to a football side.
On top of these factors, the absence of Rooney can only be a good thing and hopefully the defence can handle our former miserable Bulgarian up front with Hernandez, should he take part.
Oh, and here's the goal from the last time we beat United. Courtesy of Pedro..
Sunday, 24 October 2010
"I didn't know whether I was coming or going at one stage. It was only a few weeks ago that I was playing against QPR in the reserves, but I've kicked on from there," he told the News of the World.
"I knew it was going to be tough because I was not Harry's first choice at the start of the season.
"The club may have sold me if Scott had arrived. Now that I am in the side I want to stay in there, especially for nights like the San Siro."
I'm not convinced with Jermaine. His first season with us still remains his best and he hasn't thrived to be the player that we'd hoped. Hudd and Luka in the middle every time for me.
Should we look to shift him in January?
Saturday, 23 October 2010
After I think I counted around a 1000 penalty appeals from Crouch and not one being given, it ended as one of those days when the winner wouldn't arrive for us. But still, we've seen worse results at home this season.
Although undoubtedly premature, my early concern is will we be able to keep hold of Van der Vaart after this season? Should City continue to propel themselves towards the top of the table there is every chance we could finish 5th. Now I know this is incredibly pessimistic but should we finish outside the top 4, would Rafa or even Bale look to stay with us when the top teams in the game will be chasing them?
I am a realist, and, in all honesty, it's a breath of fresh air finally having a world class player battling for the lilywhite every week even if it is for one season.
If the worst does happen and we don't finish in the top 4 this season, do you think we'd stand good ground on keeping hold of Rafa for another season?
Thursday, 21 October 2010
With nothing to lose we looked more interested in the second half. We put up a fight and did well with ten men. Gareth Bale must have endured a bitter sweet feeling as he left the field with a hattrick and revived some respect for us that was so quickly lost inside 14 minutes.
It's a shame the referee saw to only add on two extra minutes of added time. You would've thought three goals and five substitutions would have enabled more. Definition of bottle job if you ask me, next to Howard Webb that is.
But anyway, thankfully in two weeks time Van der Vaart will be back and the thought of Cudicini between the sticks it not such a terrible one.
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Redknapp continued to state that he yearns to keep our Welsh prodigy Gareth Bale at the club. Although, he did concede that there seems to be just minor interest in the player when he does say that he's one of the most wanted players in the world. Well that's one thing you never thought you'd be hearing about Gareth two seasons ago that's for sure.
So, the big night tonight. I reckon we'll score the first goal and hopefully nick a point but I can't see us coming away with more.
Score predictions anyone?
Monday, 18 October 2010
But without King who limped off in Fulham on Saturday and with Sandro ineligible to take part and Van der Vaart's enthusiasm bringing on a ban for our Dutch hero; who will Harry opt for in Milan?
I'd be tempted to stick with the usual 4-4-1-1 with Bassong in for King and sticking Niko in behind Pav or Crouch, in Rafa's position, with Modric possibly coming inside with Hudd and Lennon starting on the right. Winning the midfield battle will be key in this game and we should look to really knock the ball out to both flanks and get Niko involved as much as possible.
Who would be in your 11 on Wednesday?
Oh, and to the thousands of fans lucky enough to have tickets; Show them how England's loudest supporters really support their club. COYS!
Saturday, 16 October 2010
For Sandro his Premier League debut was a successful one. For a South American of 20 he looked relaxed on the ball and didn't stick a foot wrong. Nothing got passed him. His link play between the midfield and attack was also noticeable and he posses the raw talent to be one of our brighter assets in the future. Hopefully Sir Alex won't come sniffing.
It was a shame to see the lad's game end at half time but I'm sure there will be much more of him to come this season.
A good win in Fulham this afternoon now for Milan. Maybe it wouldn't be such a bad thing if we went a goal down?
Friday, 24 September 2010
Aaron struggled with injury towards the back-end of last season missing significant games from February to May. This was soon followed by vital remaining games in the Premier League and then a World Cup.
The World Cup hangover saw many of England's usually fine players significantly under-performing for their clubs and Aaron is no exception from this. The player that usually looks to attack the right back looks short of confidence and has noticeably held the ball up much more and prefers giving possession to another player than hug the touch line and attack the opponents goal.
Could this current form be pinned on injury and the World Cup? A player as young as Aaron needs time to rest and a steady progression back into the side. It's still early days in the season and Aaron has years ahead of him. Plus, this could also be just a lack of form that players inevitably suffer from.
So whether Aaron is taking time to find his feet and his confidence again only he knows; but all we can do is continue cheering him on for the mighty Spurs and hope for the best in the coming future. Let's give him all the support the past seasons have warranted.
Thursday, 5 August 2010
The list consists of: Ajax, Braga, Dynamo Kiev, Young Boys and Zenit.
Not the easiest teams to face in my book but I'd feel confident over two legs. We may even run into BMJ in Holland if we face Ajax..
Sunday, 1 August 2010
“I like him, but he is expensive.
“Maybe he’ll be £11m or 12. We wouldn't be in a position to spend that much on him if that’s what they’re wanting.”
Past seasons saw Ireland one of the top performers and real stars of the Manchester City midfield. Ever since, money and injuries have prevented those seasons being reminicent in the 2009/2010 season just gone. Although, in his words, you don't 'become a bad player overnight' and the player could do a job for Spurs whether a starter of a squad player.
If a deal were to materialise would Ireland be a good acquisition for the club?
"If he gets his head right and works hard he has outstanding ability - but it's up to him.
"I've told him to get fit, stay fit and he could have a big season here. He can be a top player if he wants. It's whether he has the dedication and the desire. He lacked that in the past but hopefully he'll get his head right and show what he can do." In an interview Harry gave to the Mail.
I think the signs are obvious that the kid has the ability to play in the lilywhite again but, as many players these days, it seems an attitude problem is the wall between a chance in the first team.
Is this season 'make or break' for Gio?
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
My initial reaction was that of confusion. In fact I’m still trying to get my head around this one. Why on Earth do we want Scott Parker? Is this our marquee signing for the summer and the player that will help us to push for 4th spot again this season? A player that’s a mere skid mark on the ability of Luka Modric and Niko Kranjcar and with other centre midfielders Thud, Wilson, Jenas and new boy Sandro available to play in the same position.
I’m sure I’m not the only one that has begun starting to get a little anxious with the season a little under three weeks away and Redknapp not bringing in one of his ‘three players’ that he believes we need. I don’t feel Scott Parker is the right player required to bring us forward or in a position that we need filling.
What do you make of this story?
Friday, 16 July 2010
Well it seems as though Luis has changed his mind quicker than a United fan changing to City. Suddenly, and with not getting his 'preferred' moves to United or Milan having ANYTHING to do with it, Fabiano has hinted that a move to Spurs may be a viable one.
He said to the Sun: "I must admit it's only in the last few weeks I have understood just how big Spurs' ambition is."
Now he hasn't exactly ran to the roof tops and shouted for a move to Spurs although reading between the lines, as I'm sure many people have done, would suggest that a move to us would be a possible option.
At 29 Luis isn't exactly the young star for the future, although having such quality in the squad for even a couple of seasons would surely benefit us and it would be a thrill to see him play at the Lane. But would Levy shed out the reported £19m Sevilla want for a player that's a stone's throw from 30?
Monday, 28 June 2010
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini: "Tottenham have bid €35m, an offer we cannot refuse, seeing as the two players have both said they want to leave," Zamparini told Sky Italia television.
"We will reinvest the money for these players," assured Zamparini. "The midfield is my biggest concern, whereas in defence and attack we are fairly covered."
In all honesty I have only seen glimpses of Simon Kjaer although I did feel the centre back looked strong and could be reliable at the heart of our back four. Edinson Cavani I've never seen play. But with competition from the likes of the teams mentioned it seems as though it would be a real coup if we pulled this move on.
Do you feel these players would move Tottenham forward next season?
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Once again he has come out and stated what we have heard for atleast the last year that he wants to leave White Hart Lane, without making it so obvious this time. I think we've all dimised to the point that we no longer care what happens to Adel. Are we suppose to consider this a huge loss? He acts as though he's on top of his game and could cut it in any side, stating that he warrants a move to 'Barcelona or Real Madrid'. Somehow I don't see Ronaldo being left on the bench in place of him.
He gave a few good performances in the Championship for QPR but, like Hossam Gahly, his attitude is one that makes such a talent a waste. A pure waste. The sooner he leaves the Lane the better. I'm tired of hearing his 'big man' speak. He's not the player he thinks he is and he needs that drilling into his brain.
He needs a good kick up the arse.
Goodbye Adel. Let's hope we never have to hear of your name again.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
But surely, should we capture the Italian then this is likely to spell the end for atleast one of Pav or Keane. So who would you rather keep hold off if given the dilemma facing Harry?
Iaquinta's Juve record last season: 18 appearances scoring 6 goals. Not a world-class goal scoring record although I am told that this bloke is a team player and maybe this could prove beneficial in our debut Champions League season awaiting us next year.
Pav's record last season: 24 appearances scoring 10 goals. Although starting the season very much on the fringes of the first team, Pav broke into the team around late February time and his goals really helped propel us to achieving fourth spot. Possibly one we should keep our hands on.
Keane's record last season: Keane's record at Spurs saw him make 25 appearances scoring 9 goals before being loaned out to Celtic in January where he enjoyed a blinding season scoring 14 goals in 16 appearances. Although, I think any Championship side would give Celtic a good game.
So, if given the choice, which player would you want playing in the lillywhite next season?
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Anyway, I was having one of those YouTube browsing moments, jumping from one video to the next despite not being a regular user of the website. But, I came across one video and, in the comment box, one user named 'MrYiddojoe' wrote in the following:
To the tune of 'The animals went in 2 by 2'
"He came to London from Spartak Moscow, Moscow!!
To play for Tottenham in attack yiddo, yiddo!!
He scores the goals and Tottenham win
And who the fuck is Arshavin
'Cos Pav-ly-uchenko's Tottenham's number 9"
Now I know opinion can be very split on an issue such as this but I feel that this particular chant is very innovative and makes it more appealing with the little dig at Arshavin.
Should Pav stay this summer I think it would be great if we could try and get this down White Hart Lane and be regularly sung every week. A great song for a player that fully deserves it.
What do you think?
Sunday, 30 May 2010
More often than not, it's exceedingly tedious to see him not look up and play a simple ball, but instead, punt the ball 30 yards up the pitch and chase after it. Inevitably the full-back in question usually deals with this effectively, if he's half decent that is.
I'm sure many people will argue his hatrick in Croatia 2 years ago but he hasn't found the net since then for England and his performances for Arsenal have been very questionable this season. I do expect him to make the last 23 for the World Cup this season as it seems as though you can't not pick an English player that plays for Arsenal, considering it's so rare.
Let's stop giving this boy so many chances and leave him at home where he belongs.
This is written before the Japan game.
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
King illustrated his brilliance at the back alongside Rio and looked very comfortable, getting on the scoresheet in the process with Crouch providing King's goal and grabbing one himself twenty or so minute's later. Defoe and Lennon both made appearances but did not produce as big an impact as Ledley or Crouch.
Although one star of the show, for me anyway, was our forgotten man Giovani Dos Santos. Gio was in the heart of every attack the Mexicans posed, proving a real threat in the free role he was given in midfield creating promising goal scoring opportunities.
Gio spent last season out on loan at Galatasary but hit back with a performance last night that would've raised a head or two. Maybe we should give the boy a chance next season.
What do you think we should do with Gio?
Sunday, 23 May 2010
A phenomenal player when not plagued with injury and a dribbling ability that leaves no surprises as to why he's been so popular at Stamford Bridge since his arrival from East London in 2003.
Joe Cole has won a number of titles with Chelsea, including two English Premier League titles in 2004-2005 and 2005-2006, Football League Cup in 2005 and 2007, FA Cup in 2007 and FA Community Shield in 2005. Should we bring the 28 year old to Spurs it really would illustrate our intention to fight with the big boys and make a name of ourselves in the Champions League next season.
Although, one minor doubt in my mind is assessing when he'd actually play. I know we need strength in depth but really, I can't see either one of Cole, Bale or Lennon watching their careers finish before them on the Spurs bench. I can only assume that Bale would more than likely be shifted to left back with Cole sitting in front of him and Benny to soon enough find himself watching instead of playing most of the games next season.
Let's hope Harry can pull this one off and bring Joe to the Lane.
Sunday, 16 May 2010
King stated that he is "delighted to have signed a new contract with Spurs"
and continued saying that he "could never see myself going anywhere else. This is where I want to continue playing my football".
Well, by all accounts, if Ledley can play a bigger part in the team next year then it will be like signing a world class defender.
A great start to the summer and let's hope that his knees have seen their darkest days.
Thursday, 13 May 2010
What would you make of this deal should it occur? Although being a good player, Benayoun is in a similar mould of Luka Modric and Niko Kranjcar but, in my opinion, not quite on par in terms of ability to match our two Croats.
Strength in depth has always been a policy at Spurs and Benayoun would certainly prove a promising substitution should we bring him in, although, losing Pav would be a blow. With Niko expected to miss all of this summer, this deal is one which could possibly occur.
Good business on our behalf? Or one we should walk away from at the first opportunity?
Although the team has gelled and played as a unit throughout the season, who stood out for you? Who was the one player that, without, we would have been forced to play an extra 30 games in the Europa Cut next season after facing another average season?
Choose your player in the poll on the right hand side and leave a comment explaining your reasoning.
Thursday, 6 May 2010
So the key dates are as followed: The draw for the knockout round will occur on August 6th with the 1st Knockout round commencing on either the 17th or 18th of August and the return Leg a week later.
It's luck of the draw as we could easily find ourselves playing any one of Ajax, Sevilla, CSKA, Zenit or Porto.
No team will be considered as an easy opponent although on our day and with the Lane rocking, we can beat anyone.
Saturday, 1 May 2010
It wasn't the tidiest football match I've ever witnessed but, as such, we dominated from the off and constantly look a threat without producing too many shots on goal. For 89 minutes, the only disappointment was that of City coming from behind to beat Villa by three goals to one. But still, three points looked set in stone.
What can only be put down to as bad luck was seeing Gomes pull up sharply in injury time indicating his groin muscle may have been pulled. An air of silence flooded the Lane as we watched on in dismay at seeing our Brazilian hero require treatment although play on for the remaining 2 minutes.
Another home win completed a terrific home record this season, although, seeing Gomes pull up sharply left many of us feeling the anxiety with our trip to Eastlands just 4 days away.
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Although, two exceptional characters have come on and displayed their brimming talents giving us the eagerness to look forward to seeing them next season and, without doubt, they are Gareth Bale and Micheal Dawson.
Gareth has shown excellent athleticism down our left flank and suddenly our years of struggling to identify a natural left winger seem to have ended as he has made that position his own. His pace, skill and crossing ability has brought about a new light on a player that was on the fringes of our the first team 8 months ago.
Dawson has proved an exceptional stand-in for Ledley over the last few years and should now be in contention for England. A rock at the heart of our defence that now finds himself as one of the first name's on the team sheet and a natural leader at the back.
Dawson and Bale talk after the Chelsea win:
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Well what a big 4 days it has been.
I'm sure I wasn't the only one that prematurely took the assumption that we would fall short against the Arsenal, illustrating that 120 minutes at Wembley would prove to much for us to handle and, in the end, would fail to grab a result owing to masses of fatigue and injuries amongst the squad.
But still I was there, in Park Lane, block 35 next to the scum support, and witnessed a site that we haven't witnessed in the league for a fair few years.
How I loved mocking them, giving the Arsenal fans the grief that we have taken for so many years and not letting it die after the game. What a fantastic support, what a fantastic performance and what an absolutely brilliant result.
Most teams would point at the fact that 3 games inside 6 days would invite the 'tiredness' excuse, especially when those 3 games are in an FA Cup semi and against Chelsea and the scum.
I was preparing myself for this, a loss, but how Spurs like to get your blood pumping and give you that feeling of ecstasy. This was Chelsea's game, the game that would see them move 4 points clear and win the league in a few weeks. But how their misery proved our delight as we went on to consolidate another 2-1 win, even though it could so easily have been 3 or 4 or 5 or... you saw the game, I won't go on.
The satisfaction was imminent on our faces and how we will go singing all the way up to Manchester next week.
Ancelotti stated pre-match that he believes we "could challenge for the title next season"
Now, I'm not jumping to any rash conclusions, I'm far to pessimistic for that.
With City looking shaky, this is our 4th spot for the taking and we'll support them every step of the way.
Saturday, 3 April 2010
Sunderland. A side that had hit form of late especially at home, but a team that no doubt a win was an absolute must. A side that realistically had starved off the threat of relegation and any real ambition was that of making the top 10.
Criticism of Tottenham this season had been much more of a rarity and far less frequent than what it had been in previous season's, although today brought back memories of the past leaving a bitter feeling of disappointment and a large weight added to our grasp of 4th position.
With the top 3 sides still to play and a trip to Manchester City edging ever closer, it is understandable to see where points may be lost on the final stretch to 4th spot.
With Villa giving themselves an outside chance and City currently 2-0 up. It's hard to see us keep hold of the 4th spot. All we can do as fans is stay behind them team and cheer them for 90 minutes for the remainder of the season.
What do you make of our chances?
Sunday, 14 March 2010
But how the boy's a new signing, a valuable asset and the sort that now confers that feeling of genuine hope when he receives the ball; much like when a certain Aaron Lennon graces the pitch.. I'd never thought I'd say that about a Welsh footballer that's for sure. Ok, minus Ryan Giggs that is.
Bale is most definitely having his strongest and most successful season in the Premier League and, after enduring such a torrid time and catching his breath back, Michel Salgado heaped praise onto the Welshman's shoulders. Following our home win against Blackburn the former Spain international stated: "Bale is like Vicente from Valencia. He was a player who drove forward with the ball. He is a good player, with a good future and he's playing for a top team so he has a chance to be a very good player in the future."
I won't repeat the rest of what he said. He pins his defensive frailties down to cheating, it wasn't very nice. But anyway, on current form, I can't think of anyone I'd have at left wing over Bale in the Prem. How he has turned his game around under Harry is remarkable and highlights the success of Harry's man management.
Well done to the boy. Being mentioned in the same category as a top left winger from a player that has enjoyed a successful career is a glowing sign of what could come. Let's hope Gareth can keep this up for the rest of the season and drive us to retain that 4th spot.
Friday, 5 March 2010
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Sunday, 21 February 2010
So the pitch was, for lack of a better word, awful. I think the local park down the road would have been a more suitable playing surface but hey, seems like Rugby has to leave its mark on football as well; it would've provided a tremendous excuse should we have not picked up 3 points today. The game was never going to be one where it would demonstrate examples of free flowing football. A scrappy game and one where, I'm sure, we would've taken a 1-0 win all day.
So one up at the break and things looking good. Gomes not having anything to do apart from the usual few goal kicks here and there.
What was noticeable was our support sounding out the name of Roman Pavlyuchenko, over and over again.. and this isn't the first time this has been heard. Despite winning and looking comfortable, our wishes were answered and within moments so were Pav's.
Great work by Modric for his first then the second, well, that was simply all him. We've always believed he has the quality to start up top for us and today he laid out a large case to justify our view and his view as well.
The joy, not only the Russian's face, was obvious. The delight in every single Spurs players face was apparent as soon as his first was tucked away. Their love for him is as great as ours.
The players love him, we love him and in 15 minutes he scored twice. What more do we need?
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Ok, so he hasn't banged in the 20 goals we'd hoped but then again he hasn't played the number of games that he himself or even we were expecting and, soon enough, found himself banished to the bench with a worrying look I'm sure as he sat between David Bentley and Giovani Dos Santos every week.
Yet, still, he is a favourite among us. At times what we may have called 'quality' due to some important goals he has banged in for us. Liverpool at home jumps to mind almost as quick as the Burnley game at Turf Moor in last season's Carling Cup, but let's not go back there. Despite his openness and willing to depart Tottenham Hotspur he remains a favourite, where others would be booed and abused he is applauded as his name is chanted by ourselves.
This season has been difficult for him. Everyone wants to play especially during World cup year but of course competition on our front line is strong as it always is. So what to do with our Russian front man? The transfer window in Russia remains open and therefore a switch back to his native homeland is yet still a possibility before the summer is upon us.
Would it be wise to cash in due to the fact his playing time has become very limited and his form is likely to fall at time passes by? It seems Harry is keen to keep hold of him, but then again you can't second guess that bloke.
Vote in the poll on right.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
So what does he offer? I heard he was more of a defensive midfielder, so offers much needed cover and the depth that we currently lack in the defensive areas of midfield. Although, somehow I can't see this boy sitting on the bench for a whole season.
Sky Sports reports that Levy's willing to spend a fairly modest £6m. No big pressure price tag, I like that. Although a few potential faults may scupper Sandro's move to London. The 20 year old Brazilian may struggle to aquire a work permit due to not completing a certain amount of games for Brazil and is also owned by a third-party which is apparently 'common' in Brazil. Inter are confident the deal will go ahead.
A good signing? I guess we'll have to wait and see.