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Sunday, 30 May 2010

Theo Walcott is a joke

It may seem a little extreme but, admittedly, this thought has been on my mind for a year or so now. The boy has pace, real pace, but his final delivery, finishing and general clueless about what to do when given the ball at his feet is both obvious and frustrating

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

Our forgotten man stars

Like I'm sure many of you did, I watched the friendly at home to Mexico last night as a way of assessing how Spurs' English stars of this season forgone played against a strong Mexican side.

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

Joe Cole in a Spurs shirt

I still can't really picture it, can you?

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

A great start to the summer

Our leader, captain and hero, Ledley King, has pledged a further two years of his career with us after sigining a new contract.

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

Pav out

The Daily Mail this morning claimed that Spurs and Liverpool are discussing a swap deal regarding Roman Pavlyuchenko and Yossi Benayoun. The story appears thin on evidence although a logical one with Liverpool making a move for our Russian hit man in January of this year.

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?


Our Player Of The Season

4th spot and an FA Cup Semi-final prove a delightful summary of this season. Despite falling at the hands of Portsmouth and denying us the opportunity to beat Chelsea at Wembley again, the win over Manchester City at Eastlands and sealing that 4th spot mean that, overall, in Harry's words, this season has been just 'fantastic'.

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

Champions League Qualification fixture

So, finally, we achieved what we have desired. We have achieved what we deserve and its a relief to see that no dodgy lasagna decided our fate. So, we have now earned the right to compete for a place in the group stages of next years Champions League, with this being the most probable and realistic outcome anyway.

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

90th minute gutter-blow

Today saw what was more of an important day at the office in particular, with Villa playing City at Eastlands, a win at home to Bolton was a must and that we duly delivered.

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.