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Jul 312010
 

A few sources are today throwing around the talk of a possible deal to bring Villa wide man Ashley Young to the Lane …..

Great !!! …… I hear you say,

Part Of The Deal ? - Bents and JJ

But what about the cost ?

With Young apparently valued by the Villa board at £30m – yes, you read that right £30m, Harry Redknapp is reportedly preparing to offer 3 players in exchange for the England hopeful’s services.

Jermaine Jenas, Robbie Keane and David Bentley are the players in question, some may be happy to see the back of all 3 at the moment, and we’d be lucky to get £20m  for them individually in the current financial climate, but the question is ……. Is Ashley Young of equivalent value to all 3 put together?

I personally would love to see Young in a Spurs shirt come August 14th, lining up against Man City for the opening Prem fixture, but my opinion is that he’s worth nearer the £15-20m mark ?.?.?

Jenas, Keane and Bentley are all good players in their own rights and to be honest, I’d like to see Bentley given more time at the club. But if Harry were to strike a deal involving Keane and Jenas then I’d be happy ….. both players have probably done their best work in the lilywhite shirt and could probably do with a fresh start elsewhere to prevent their careers from petering out.

If the rumours turn out to have an ounce of truth in them ….. would you welcome this particular deal?

Would you like to see Ashley Young in a Spurs shirt ? Would you be glad to see the back of the 3 Spurs men in question or would you like to see any / all 3 retained?

Let us know in the comments box below …….

Jul 312010
 

Was browsing around Youtube and I came across an interview with new Spurs signing Sandro, I don’t know if many of you have seen it but for those of you who haven’t here it is.

He looks decent enough, let’s face it if you play for Brazil you can’t be too shabby can you. He seems keen to join us which makes me like him even more. He goes on to say that he will always give us 100% and was happy to see us finish 4th last season. I just hope he is the real deal and not another over hyped youngster like KPB. He plays the defensive midfield role which you would think that Harry has no plans to play him alongside Palacios, so is he going to be backup or can he actually offer something different?

The midfielder has signed a five-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur and will join the club once Internacional end their run in the Libertadores.

Jul 312010
 

Giovani Dos Santos! Watching him in midweek made me think to myself even more “I hope Harry can see he is worth keeping”, he didn’t change the game but for me he is a player who is always a threat and a player who is well capable of nicking us a goal out of nothing.

I am going to take a gamble on him this season by putting him in my dream team ( he will only be one of my subs to start with). Watching the World Cup he showed he has natural talent and abaility, he just needs someone to get the best out of him and if Harry can do that with the rest of our team then why not with Gio?. Whenever he plays for Mexico everything goes through him, he pulls all the strings  and at such a young age. You don’t play for Barcelona and become a bad player over night.

Harry seems to have warmed to him more since the World Cup, he has said on a few occasions that he knows Gio is talented but he prefers the party lifestyle and should he just knuckle down could be a great player. So why does Harry up untill now always overlook him? is it punishment for his extreme social life?

To me if Harry is a good manager then part of being a good manager is to work with players that have been misguided and turn them around and to help them reach their full potential. Giving up on a player with ability like Dos Santos is criminal and it would be a decision we could live to regret and that scares me.

The general feel I get from Spurs fans is that they mainly share my view that this kid isn’t done and dusted and could yet show us the reason we signed him. I think Gio would be well suited to Champions League matches. Gio was nominated for best young player at this year’s 2010 World Cup and it seems maybe Harry has picked up on his performances and might just be willing to open the door once more for Gio. Gio scored in our 4-1 defeat to Villarreal in midweek to give us something to cheer about, he gives off vibes of calmness when in front of goal and dribbling with the ball looks like it comes natural to him like it does to Messi.

Now if you are asking me I think up untill the new year we will see Gio given more of a chance, probably his last chance at Tottenham, but I just hope it is a fair chance and not 10 mins here and there, he can play on the left, forward or in a hole behind the striker. I sometimes think Harry doesn’t know which position is best for Gio but why not give him more of a chance. I would much rather see Gio in a Spurs shirt for another season than Jenas.

We take on Befinca at their gaff on tuesday night, hopefully Giovani will be given a good run out in that match too and hopefully win Harry over even more. The game will be live on ESPN I believe so sign up to the >>forum<< to see the match live. Gio what would you do with him?

Jul 292010
 

Well the big guns are back for tonights match but will they be rested or will they play? Anyway as you know the past couple of games I have set up a new page for the games streams, well tonight it is in the FORUM only, just click the link and login or register, the streams are embedded into the Tottenham vs Villarreal topic so you can watch and chat, I will work on adding more. There are fewer streams around tonight but I have managed to dig a couple out for you guys.

The world cup players are back but some of the youngsters have been in good form in pre season so far, so will Harry stick with some of them? It is our first home friendly and there will surely be a decent atmosphere at the Lane. Harry seems to change his formation to a 5-4-1 or 4-3-3 only to later revert to 4-4-2 later on in recent games, but I guess that is what a friendly match is for.

Personally I think it’s important that some of the World Cup boys get some fitness and get a good half an hour on the pitch, these are the players that will be opening agaisnt City in 2 weeks so we don’t have long left to prepare them. We are the favourites for the win and I fully expect the boys to deliver, it’s a shame we haven’t had no new signings to take a look at for tonight but who knows, maybe next week.

Don’t forget to check back here tomorrow morning for a match review and highlights if I can find some, if you know of any before I do use the contact me page and give me the link. I am going for a 2-1 win tonight, leave your predictions below.

Watch all the action from 8pm in the Forum , either login or register to be able to view the boards. Can also watch it on spurstv if you want to pay the £1.99. Enjoy the match!

Jul 292010
 

Well the big guns are back for tonights match  but will they be rested or will they play? Anyway as you know the past couple of games I have set up a new page for the games streams, well tonight it is in the FORUM only, just click the link and login or register, the streams are embedded into the Tottenham vs Villarreal topic so you can watch and chat, I will work on adding more. There are fewer streams around tonight but I have managed to dig a couple out for you guys.

The world cup players are back but some of the youngsters have been in good form in pre season so far, so will Harry stick with some of them? It is our first home friendly and there will surely be a decent atmosphere at the Lane. Harry seems to change his formation to  a 5-4-1 or 4-3-3 only to later revert to 4-4-2 later on in recent games, but I guess that is what a friendly match is for.

Personally I think it’s important that some of the World Cup boys get some fitness and get a good half an hour on the pitch, these are the players that will be opening agaisnt City in 2 weeks so we don’t have long left to prepare them. We are the favourites for the win and I fully expect the boys to deliver, it’s a shame we haven’t had no new signings to take a look at for tonight but who knows, maybe next week.

Don’t forget to check back here tomorrow morning for a match review and highlights if I can find some, if you know of any before I do use the contact me page and give me the link. I am going for a 2-1 win tonight, leave your predictions below.

Watch all the action from 8pm in the Forum , either login or register to be able to view the boards. Enjoy the match!

Jul 292010
 

Front man and full back on way out of the White Hart Lane door?

Reports in the press last week suggesting that new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson was planning a swoop for Spurs striker Peter Crouch have gathered pace today. Now speculation has arisen that any bid could be twinned with another deal to try to take Cameroon left back Benoit Assou Ekotto to Anfield aswell!

Crouch In The Red Again Next Season ?

Hodgson Target - Ekotto ?

After announcing that star striker Fernando Torres had committed his future to the Merseyside club, Hodgson has now set about pairing the former Athletico Madrid front man with a new strike partner and has set his sights on Spurs’ former Liverpool man Crouch.

With Harry Redknapp publicly searching for a new front man and Roman Pavlyuchenko seemingly ready to stay put and fight for his place next season, Crouch’s chances of a regular start seem to be deteriorating by the second. Crouch could therefore quite conceivably see a move back to his former club in a favourable light considering his prospects at the Lane going into the new campaign.

Ekotto is a stranger story, however this rumour seems to be gathering momentum on a daily basis and now appears to have some substance. Unhappy with his current options at left back, Hodgson now seems ready to move for the Spurs man to add some balance to his Liverpool side, and sees B.A.E as the perfect option to play in behind prospective signing Royston Drenthe.

Can you see either move coming off? Would you be upset to see either player leave the Lane at this time? Let us know in the comments box below …..

Jul 292010
 

Let me take you all the way back almost 4 years to a cold November. It was a sunday afternoon and I was sitting in the pub ready to watch Tottenham take on Chelski at the Lane.

It had been 16 years since our last league win over the blues but could this be our moment to shine?Well when Chelsea took the lead through a long range Makelele strike it looked a case of the same old story for us Spurs fans, I believed it was a case of being over optimisitc again only to be let down when we play a top 4 team, and then this happend……

Well when Lennon found the back of the net with probably his best taken goal to date I was estatic, I couldn’t believe that a team like Chelsea who hadn’t lost a game after taking the lead for god knows how long had finally lost that record and to my beloved Tottenham. Dawson with a great header to make it 1-1 and then great work from Keane to cross it for Lennon who i’m sure we all thought was going to just belt it first time but to my amazment he took it back inside and made the Chelsea defence look like mugs before he buried it past Petr Cech.  Great match, was well chuffed with the performance and the character shown to come from behind.

COYS!!!

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Jul 262010
 

Still no action, 18 days to go untill kick off and with the exception of Sandro still no new faces. I don’t think it’s a big deal and vitally important but it would have been good to bring a couple of faces in by now to help our case more for next season. Missing out on Joe Cole didn’t help I think maybe Harry put more into that deal than he let on.

Was watching his interview on Sky Sports earlier and he said about no club having any money to spend, now maybe we are not being told the full story, maybe Levy really isn’t giving Harry much to work with. Harry might have to sell the likes of Jenas, O’hara and Keane etc before being allowed to sign anybody else. In his previous interview Harry seemed to share my opinion that if we are to ever push on then now is our best chance we have had in 20 years.

If you watched our recent tournament in America you would probably have noticed how new signings need to gel by watching Manchester City’s awful display, they have signed a few players recently and they did not look like a proper team, not working for eachother and lack of understanding. That is one thing we do have over City, the ability to play like a team but for this reason I hope if Harry is going to do some business he does it soon and not once the season has started.  Harry said at the end of the season he wanted all his new signings in by July or something like that.

We are constantly linked with Micah Richards and he is seemingly unwanted by city so why haven’t we got him yet? surely it would be better to ship out Hutton and get Richards to inject some pace into the back line. Don’t get me wrong I think he have a team full of good players, but I worry that our 4th place finish will make us believe we are better than we actually are and that we really do need 2 or 3 players to strengthen the team while we have the ability to attract better players.

So is Harry right are a lot of teams in the Premiership lacking funds to spend, I am sure that Man United are feeling the pinch thanks to the Glazers, the debt has to be repaid sooner or later and it could mean less spending power for United over the next few years. But we are supposed to have a decent balance and Harry isn’t the type of manager to shy away from the transfer market so why hasn’t he done anything this summer?

When I wrote a similar blog a couple of weeks ago I thought to myself that in a couple of weeks I would be proved wrong and we would have a new face or two at the club but here I am once again covering old ground. I am wondering if Harry isn’t indulging himself in new players, is it because he really believes we are good enough to push on as it is, is it because he hasn’t found the right players yet or is it because Levy hasn’t handed over his wallet yet. One more thing Harry did say was that there is a nice free transfer he would like to have, the name Raul is the first name that springs to mind for me.

On a brighter note Aldo and myself got ur tickets for the City game, so see you all at the Lane on the opening day and hopefully a couple of new signings to excite us.

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Jul 262010
 

Writing’s on the wall as Woody fails to make cut of 25 …..

End Of The Line - Woodgate Set To Retire ?

The knee injury which has sidelined Jonathon Woodgate since November last year looks set to result in the end of the former England man’s career.

After Harry Redknapp said last week that July was a “make or break” month for his injury prone centre half, he now appears set to omit Woody from his squad of 25 players to be handed to the Premier League by 1st September.

Once that deadline has passed, Woodgate would not be eligible for squad registration for league matches again until the transfer window reopens in January.

He was back running again at the start of pre season training and there looked to be hope, but he has spent most sessions working away from the rest of the squad and Redknapp said last night: “Jonathan will not be fit for the start of the season. “He’s in a position where he can’t train or kick a ball.”

With Champions League football on the way, Redknapp will want a squad of players who he considers fit and reliable and unfortunately he will not see Woodgate in that bracket.

Won't Happen - Milner & Young

With no sign of a return in the near future, you would expect an announcement from the club or player in the coming weeks.

Whatever he decides, I’m sure all supporters will wish him well.

Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp has distanced himself from reports linking the club with a bid for Manchester City target James Milner.

Redknapp was thought to be monitoring City’s progress with the player but when asked by Sky Sports News, he said :

“No, we wouldn’t be able to.

“Anybody would like James Milner, he’s an outstanding young player, but he’d be way out of our depth.”

Redknapp was also linked with Milner’s Villa teammate Ashley Young at the weekend but quashed that speculation  aswell by saying :

“Again, I wouldn’t think they’d want to sell Ashley Young.

“He is a good player but he belongs to Villa. We’ve not made any enquiries for him at all.”