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Jul 192011
 

You can watch the match live in the forum >>HERE<<, I have unlocked the forum so non members may watch but once the season starts you will need to sign up to gain access.

Our second friendly of the tour after our 1-0 last minute defeat to Kaiser Chiefs on Saturday can we handle our next match in a better manner against Orlando Pirates.

TOTTENHAM STARTING XI

Friedel; Naughton, Kaboul, Khumalo, Rose; Bentley, Modric, Palacios, Bale; Van der Vaart, Defoe.

Subs – Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Walker, Jenas, Kranjcar, Lennon, Keane, Pavlyuchenko.

Nice to see Khumalo starting so we can take a look at what he is all about. Definately a stronger starting XI than Saturday.

 Posted by at 18:30
Jul 192011
 

Football gossip from the Daily Mirror suggests Spurs are lining up a move for Emmanuel Adebayor.

Adebayor spent the second half of last season on loan at Real Madrid but his contract at Manchester City means he picks up £175k a week. Madrid are not prepared to pay the fee or his wages. Spurs however are thought to be interested in a loan deal but are only prepared to pay the £75k and are hoping City will pick up the tab on the rest.

A permanent deal with Spurs looks unlikely unless Adebayor was prepared to take a huge wage cut, however Spurs would be prepared to pay a loan fee provided City pay the bulk of the Togo striker’s wages. Spurs have been tracking Adebayor since last summer and see him as the most realistic target, the striker helped dump Spurs out of the Champions League last season with a brace and admitted he would be interested in a move to Tottenham.

Following the arrival of Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko, Adebayor has fallen short in the pecking order and City know the striker will not be prepared to sit on the bench all season and would seriously consider an offer for a loan. It would not be the first time City have let a player go and continued to pay his wages, they did it with Craig Bellamy for his loan move to Cardiff.

 Posted by at 09:43
Jul 182011
 

Another summer, another high profile Spurs player wants out and has well and truly jettisoned the toys from the pram as a result of the chairman’s refusal. It happened with Dimitar Berbatov and it’s now happening with Luka Modric. As a Spurs fan it feels as if it’s become a depressing recurrence however there is, as always, a silver lining.

Modric wants to go to a ‘bigger club’ in order to further his career which is a perfectly understandable aspiration. Unfortunately he, as Berbatov did before him, has conducted himself in a fantastically unprofessional and undignified manner. Telling the press Levy ‘threatened’ him with sitting in the stands and that he’s gone back on a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ poor little Luka, everybody feel sorry for him. It’s a little naive as nothing is definite, Chelsea may not come up with a sufficient bid to pierce Daniel Levy’s resolve and the player may have to tuck his tail firmly between his legs. The more likely outcome however is that Chelsea or another suitor make a large enough bid and off the little Croatian goes, this is where the silver lining comes in. Modric goes and is replaced.

The old cliche that no player is bigger than the team or club is very true in this instance, as good as Modric is he isn’t irreplaceable and when a player’s heart isn’t in it, he’s not worth keeping. Levy must avoid making the same mistake he made with the sale of Berbatov, yes we got a very handsome fee of around £30m but we got it at the death of the transfer window. As a result, we were unable to replace him and were light up front the following season (Manchester United sent us the extraordinarily average Fraizer Campbell on loan as part of the deal which frankly I found insulting). If Modric is to be sold it has to be at least a fortnight before the transfer window closes so we can find an adequate replacement.

What constitutes an adequate replacement for Modric is highly debatable but there are certain requisites: must be about the same age, must be a very good passer of the ball.

In my humble opinion I believe Riccardo Montolivo to be a perfect replacement. He’s 26 years of age, a very talented passer of the ball and is widely thought to be open to moving on from Fiorentina. Also he looks a bit like Luka so we might not even notice he’s gone! Hypocrisy I hear you cry. Not quite. A large proportion of the fans want him out as they feel he has gone back on his commitment to the club by not signing a new contract, with sections of them urging him to remove his captain’s armband during the end-of-season game against Brescia. Conversely you would be hard pressed to find many Spurs fans that ‘want’ to lose Modric. Whether or not he would want to come to Tottenham is another speculative point especially as he recently attracted praise from AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri who said “[Montolivo] is one for the big stages, one of the best Italian midfielders blessed with great skills and athleticism” Although Spurs are an ambitious club in a healthy financial state so have a fair chance of luring him to London

A fee of around £35m may tempt Levy into selling Modric and about half to two thirds of that may be sufficient for La Viola to sell. A replacement, profit and a player who wants to play would be a very nice conclusion to the whole sorry affair.

Jul 182011
 

It has just been confirmed that we have signed young Ivory Coast striker Souleymane Coulibaly.

The 16 year old striker made the world stand up and take note after his amazing 9 goals in 4 games at the recent FIFA U17 World Cup.

Below is a video compliation of the lad, watch it all because there are some amazing goals in there somewhere.

 Posted by at 19:27
Jul 182011
 

Tottenham have just announce the signing of the hot shot striker dubbed the new Didier Drogb, Souleymane Coulibaly!

A statement released on the club website stated:

We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Souleymane Coulibaly to join the Club.

Souleymane recently played for the Ivory Coast  in the U17 World Cup and scored an incredible 9 goals in just 4 games which made the world of football stand up and take note, including 4 against Denmark and a hat-trick against Brazil.
After the tournament Souleymane was linked with moved to Real Madrid and Manchester United but Tottenham have swooped quick to land their man. Pundit Jason Roberts has already said that Spurs have just got the “bargain of the season”. The 16 year old joins from Italian side AC Siena  and is already being dubbed the new Didier Drogba.
You can click the link below for a video of all Souleymane’s goals and trust me watch it all, it’s well worth it.
 Posted by at 18:33
Jul 172011
 

Our only striker that seems to know where the back of the net is again scored another 2 goals for Tottenham XI yesterday against a strong Nottingham Forest side as Tottenham eventually won 3-2 in Portugal.

How much longer has this kid got to wait for a breakthrough? I am sure we would all like to see him get some friendly action with the first team because there is no way Harry will put him in a Premiership team any time soon. It’s rare at the moment for Tottenham to bring any of the kids through the ranks, Danny Rose is now starting to establish himself but that again was more by luck just like discovering Bale due to an injury to BAE. Kyle Walker has been in England squads and now surely has to be pushing for a first team place at Spurs.

What about Harry Kane, when will he get some sort of chance? The trip to South Africa would have been ideal to see what he has to offer. There is a lot of pressure to get results in the Premiership and maybe that is why Redknapp is not prepared to take many risks with the youngsters but Kane has one hell of a scoring record for the Spurs youth team.

My guess is that Kane will be loaned out again but I think we should be looking to get him into a Championship team if possible and see how he develops in that league. If he can score goals at Championship level at his age then we know we just might be on to a winner. Personally I’d call him out to South Africa now, I don’t see the point in playing Robbie Keane when its obvious we want to sell him as soon as we can, I’d rather see what this kid can do, we know what Keane, Crouch, Defoe and Pav can do (or can’t do at the moment should I say) and it’s also clear we would sell any of them for the right money. Last season we played Obika in friendlies but to me Harry Kane has always been the better striker, Obika went to Palace on loan and was pants, time to invest some time in seeing what Kane has to offer.

 Posted by at 10:21
Jul 162011
 

Pre-season gets underway today for Spurs in South Africa where we face Kaiser Chiefs. You can watch the match in the >>FORUM<< as usual. No Luka Modric he has an “ankle injury” apparently.

Spurs starting lineup

Cudicini; Hutton, Bassong, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto; Bentley, Jenas, Huddlestone, Kranjcar; Keane, Defoe.

Subs – Friedel, Corluka, Kaboul, Khumalo, Naughton, Bale, Lennon, van der Vaart, Crouch, Pavlyuchenko.

 Posted by at 13:25
Jul 152011
 

Daniel Levy has come under a lot of unnecessary criticism on these forums, because he hasn’t made a signing yet. But infact, he is doing the right thing…

What some of you may not know, it’s very hard to buy a top quality player that will not be payed very highly, willing to sit out on Champions League football, and decide to move from a club that they may love. That’s why Levy has been searching a round for many strikers, not just renowned talent – exciting, young talent. Also, Levy wouldn’t just go out and sign anyone, unlike other clubs, he would want to find the right player that will help us progress as a club. Levy knows that we need a marquee signing,  but they are expensive, that’s why he’s trying to shift some deadwood. But again, people have been complaining that Levy’s priced them highly, so no-one will buy them. But that’s the correct procedure. Dos Santos has been priced at £12 million, according to SSN, because he has come under the spotlight due to his Copa America performances. With clubs noticing this talent, they will all by vying for his signature. So if Levy prices him highly, people might pay for that him due to his recent performances. And with the other players, like Keane, Hutton, Palacios, Crouch, Krancjar etc, they have been priced reasonably highly because they are fringe players that will be negotiated down as the clubs showing interest, will know that they can get them on the cheap, as they are not needed. So therefore, Levy will try and make some profit from these players by pricing them higher than what their worth.

So let’s give Levy some time. The Copa America hasn’t finished yet, the team are on tour, we haven’t sold many players, so be patient. Also, players will become cheaper towards the end of the transfer window, so we might have to wait later rather than sooner, if we want too get big signings on the cheap. Even though this is annoying, and you would wish he get’s them in sooner as they will need time to settle in the team, but if Levy finds the right player (Llorente, Adebayor, Berbatov!) they won’t need to settle in.

Have faith, COYS!