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Oct 312011
 

Ledley King, Tottenham legend revealed to the club details of his assist to set up Van der Vaart for our second goal against QPR yesterday.

It’s a nice try from Ledley who shows us his sense of humour as he tell us that he was lining up to have a strike when he spotted Rafa out the corner of his eye and decided to slip him in. “I saw the net, I got a bit excited and err… saw Rafa there so I thought I’d slip him in. I fooled the defenders. Me and Rafa have been working on it so he knew what to expect. His first touch was great and it was a great finish.”

Gareth Bale wasn’t convinced either by saying when asked if he was expecting to see the back of the net ripple “I was expecting row ‘z’ to ripple! His shot came off his big toe but he got a good assist.”

Good to see the humour flowing through the Spurs camp from the players. You can watch the interview here on the Tottenham website.

 

 Posted by at 18:32
Oct 292011
 

So.. Harry is, as of yet, undecided on how he can fit both Rafael Van der Vaart and Jermaine Defoe into the same Spurs first eleven. And to a certain extent I’m with him all the way. With Rafael scoring five goals in his last four games and orchestrating a fair percentage of the teams play he is surely a fixture of the present Tottenham team.

Though is this a dark cloud forming? Possibly. Or the developing of a silver lining? For me.. Most assuredly the latter. Mull this over for a while if you will me old muckers. For as of a time, not so long ago, the left hand side of the Tottenham team seemed to be the thorn in our underbelly. That along with the veritable slothfullness of central midfield.(a story happily rectified.) And it wasn’t until Luka Modric and fellow country man Niko Kranjcar allied themselves with an upturn in Gareth’s form, and pulled that rather unsightly lance from a wound that seemingly just would not heal.

Now however, that discomfort having recovered itself. Only for the right side to begin to show some signs of taking that unwanted mantle for itself… Yes we have players that can cover in that position Modric, Kranjcar, Townsend, Pienaar to name a few. Though for me those players lose something of themselves when they are asked to cover there when Lennon is either injured or off form. It is then a position that has begun to cause a few problems. Some fans would like to see Kyle Walker move further forward with Corluka taking back the position he made his own until quit recently. Though for me the answer comes from another source.

A little sauce with that solution Sir?

Jermaine Defoe Tottenham’s newest winger. So what is it you need in an ideal world from your “winger”? A directness in play? Pace? The ability to cut either inside or make a run to the by-line and deliver a quality ball? Yes.. Yes.. And yes, on all counts. But adding to that the finishing of a twenty goal a season striker and for me you have yourself a diamond set in the finest of golden clasps.

Now I know the saying goes that form is temporal whereas class is permanent. Hence Aaron will most likely regain his mo-jo sometime soon. Though there is nothing wrong with a little healthy competition either. In fact Lennon’s most recent rise in form was when we signed one David Bentley. And with Defoe being in top form at the moment can we afford to leave someone out of the team who is on fire in training and a real menace when on the pitch. Someone who in Harry’s own words is “unplayable.”

We also know that Aarons strongest asset has never been his final ball or his goal scoring ability. And though it has improved considerably it still does not meet out a real threat to the opposition. He does though understand that a winger does need to show some defensive responsibility. Yet so does Jermaine.

So though it be my own humble opinion.. There it is out in the wilds for all to behold. Hopefully Harry is one that might get to hear of it… And sometime soon.

Team for Queens Park Rangers game:

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It goes without saying that this team is intelligent enough to move into a five man midfield when without the ball. Yet formidable when in possession and has more goals in it that one with Aaron Lennon.(no disrespect intended.)

 

 

 

 Posted by at 15:21
Oct 282011
 

I remember last season a statistic where one of the tv pundits said that we had only won 3 of our last 27 games against newly promoted clubs ( feel free to correct me on this one). I was shocked at the statistic I had heard but when I thought back it seemed to make sense.

There were seasons where we slipped up against newly promoted clubs, Blackpool beat us last year, draw at West Brom, the same at Newcastle. Remember the season before when Wolves were enjoying their first season back in the top division and they done the double over us. It seems a be a curse that oh so often haunts us and it’s time to put it to bed just like the Gareth Bale curse.

This weekend we face our first newly promoted club of the season and hopefully things will change. I expect that we should beat QPR comfortably with home advantage as they are weak at the back but any true Spurs fan knows it doesn’t always pan out like that, slip ups are our speciality but it’s a right pain in the jacksee when it happens and we think of where the three points lost would have got us in the league had we gone out there and done what we should.

There’s a difference between the Tottenham of now and old, we are a much better outfit and teams come to us knowing they have to raise their game and shut up shop to get anything from us, it can make things more tricky than they otherwise would be. I am going to put my faith in the team to get the job done against QPR and edge us nearer to that 4th place again. With the likes of Gallas and King coming back and let’s not forget Pienaar (whatever it is he does on the pitch because I still don’t know) we should take some confidence into the fixture.

Time to bury these promoted teams and increase our win percentage against them.

 Posted by at 15:40
Oct 282011
 

Harry Redknapp has just given his pre match press conference and has given Spurs the biggest boost yet by declaring Ledley King could be fit to face QPR on Sunday.

Sandro, Gallas and Pienaar are all back in the frame for the derby at the weekend, Gallas and Pienaar have been absent since the start of the season and the recovery of Gallas has come at a time where Spurs were getting bare at the back.

King was taken off against Newcastle 2 weeks ago after suffering a groin injury but has made good progress and could return as soon as Sunday once assessed by the Spurs medical staff tomorrow. “Ledley is improving,” said Harry. “We’ll wait to see how he is tomorrow. It doesn’t look like he’s too far away.”

So good news then, guaranteed win and clean sheet if King plays on Sunday, he would be the obvious choice over Gallas having only missed one league game his match fitness will be better than that of Gallas who has yet to feature and would probably be better off starting on the bench.

Kaboul and King Sunday? fingers crossed!

 Posted by at 11:33
Oct 262011
 

An awful lot was debated on Tottenham forums both before and after the signing of Scott Parker. “Will he bring anything to the team?” “He’s too old.” And such like. Well we’ve seen a few games played now, some with and others without Scotty in the side. And I think he’s done an stirling job holding that midfield area together.

So well in fact that he has won September’s player of the Month award on Xtra, @SpursOfficial at Twitter and via Tottenhams official page on Facebook. They asked fans to send in their questions for a Player of the Month Q & A and, as always, people responded in style – they had over five hundred questions inside two hours.

Obviously, The official site couldn’t ask all of the questions, so here’s the best from Twitter, Facebook and Xtra.

If you haven’t before been on the Official Site look out from Monday, when they’ll poll the fans again for October’s Goal of the Month and Player of the Month awards – followed by another chance to quiz the POM winner!

Until then though. Here’s your very own Scott Parker. (I have chosen a few questions for you to look over, to view the rest visit Tottenhams Official Site).

What are the main factors that have helped you settle so quickly at Spurs? From Robert Flockton, ‘Robert_Flockton’ on Twitter.

“The main thing is that the lads have been brilliant. It’s been an easy transition for me and the lads have made it easy because they’ve helped me settle in quickly. It’s like any walk of life when you go into something new, I think I described my first day here at training as being like the first day at a new school, it’s quite nerve-wracking. However, when people are so warm towards you, players and staff, it’s a massive factor in terms of settling in.”

Your partnership with Luka Modric has been hailed by fans as one of the best in the Premier League. What do you think of Luka? From Brendan Moorhouse, via Facebook.

“I said last season when I was at West Ham what I thought of Luka as a player and I’m now delighted he’s alongside me and not against me. He’s a brilliant footballer and we’ve got many, many technically gifted players here. It certainly makes life easier for me playing alongside someone like Luka and it’s probably unfair just to say Luka, there are so many talented players here.”

Who was your football idol growing up? From George Sessions, ‘GeorgeSessions’ on Twitter.

“Paul Gascoigne. I used to watch him a lot and he was everything you wanted to be as a footballer when I was growing up. I remember the 1990 World Cup, Gazzamania and he was just a fantastic footballer. Gazza was the one I looked up to.”

Who lightens the mood most in the dressing room? From Matthew Spencer, ‘mattyspencah’ on Twitter.

“I’d probably say Sandro. To be fair, he has an absolutely great personality about him, really warm and he’s got a lovely way about him. He’s always happy around the place, a real positive vibe about him, always cracking jokes or trying to make people laugh. So I’d say Sandro.”

How was your first North London derby? From Harry Hunt, ‘harry_hotspur’ on Twitter.

“I’ve got to say it was pretty special. I’ve always watched this derby from afar and people have told me all about it but you never get a real feel for it until you are involved. The atmosphere was something special and on the day we won the game and got the three points, that made it more even more special. It’s a memory that will stay with me for a while.”

Who is the hardest midfielder you’ve played against? From Jack Bagley, ‘Jack_Bagley’ on Twitter.

“In terms of physically tough, I’d say when I was first starting out and played against Patrick Vieira. It was always a physical battle. He’s a big man and he used to let you know that in the way he played, skilful as well. In terms of most skilful, I’d say Eyal Berkovic. Maybe it was because I was young at the time, I played against him and he was very hard to mark, technically a very good player.”

Would you ever consider a haircut like Sandro? Kenneth Krey, ‘kennykrey’ on Twitter.

“No! I don’t think I could pull off a hairdo like that, it needs someone like him to do that!”

What position do you think we will be in at the end of the season? From Jack Lim Jit Sin via Facebook.

“The manager has stated that we want to try and be in the top four and I think on our day we can beat anyone. If we continue to play as we are at the moment, keep being solid away from home, we’ve certainly got enough in the squad to get into the top four and if not, more than that. I honestly think we can have a real good go this season.”

As one of the older players in the team do you feel you have more responsibility in helping the younger players coming through the ranks? From Scott Metherell, via Facebook.

“Yes, I think so. I always look back at when I was coming through and the senior players I looked up to at Charlton and now that’s turned around, I’m a more senior player in the squad and there are younger players coming through, so there is a responsibility in terms of conducting myself in the right way and always helping the younger lads if they want my help. I’d be more than willing to help and always there if they wanted advice.”

What is your most memorable footballing moment? From Kyle Freeman, ‘kylewozere007’ on Twitter.

“A few years ago at West Ham, we were struggling under Gianfranco Zola and played Wigan at home, a massive game and I managed to score and we got a vital three points. That stands out. Then with England, the Wales match at the Millennium Stadium (March, 2010) was a massive game for many reasons, special for me to represent my country and making my debut under Fabio Capello. I’d go for those two at the moment.”

Have you ever had the opportunity to play abroad? Would you have always stayed in the Premier League even if that opportunity came along? From Dan Moriarty, via Facebook.

“I think I would always stay in the Premier League. I’ve always said that certain players are suited to certain leagues and certainly the way I play is suited to the English league.”

I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I did. Make sure you get on the Official site next Monday and get your questions in. COYS.

 Posted by at 20:08
Oct 262011
 

I seem to remember some months ago Chelsea fan and comedian ( and a not so funny one at that) launched a campaign on our club to ban the use of the word “yid” and failed miserably. This caused some uproar from the majority of Spurs fans as the feeling was that it had been adopted by the fans after other clubs used it to mock us due to the large Jewish community in the Tottenham area but it was never used by our fans as a means to offend anyone.

You might have now noticed that there has now been some alleged racism in the Chelsea camp this week by a certain John Terry as video cameras appeared to catch the Chelsea captain racially abuse QPR’s Anton Ferdinand. JT denies all wrong doing but we aren’t stupid we can all see it’s pretty conclusive as to what was said.

The FA also think it’s worth an investigation and will speak to JT & Anton plus anyone else who may have heard what was said. You can expect a big cover up from the Terry camp but you can watch it again and again and make your own minds up.

Now David Baddiel where is your campaign to out John Terry from your beloved Chelsea? You dug us Spurs fans out for harmlessly using the term that we have used for many years and never caused harm on anyone for doing so. John Terry appeared to aim racial abuse against another football player and if is the case has disgraced your club. Will you start a campaign to out JT from your club and football if JT is found to have done any wrong doing? Was you actually against all racism in football or just the use of the word yid?

It may not be conclusive enough to charge Terry with anything and it may prove that we never know what was said, it could be a case of total innocence and people jumping on the bandwagon of Terry’s reputation but the FA have decided it’s worth investigating.

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Many of the video’s on YouTube have now been removed adding more fuel to the fire that they will try to cover this up in a way that John Terry will get away with it. For anyone that thinks JT said something different that tha of what he was accused… I challenge you to offer an alternitive to what he said.

 Posted by at 13:38
Oct 252011
 

The race for 4th in my opinion will be a 3 horse race between Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham and it will go right to the wire. On paper I think we have the best team and squad that can cope with injuries.

Last season we all predicted we needed a better striker and it was soon evident that we were right as we severely lacked goals from strikers all season long which ultimately cost us our place in the top four. Although this season we have done something about it by bringing in Adebayor who looks to be an improvement on what we had, plus we brought in Scott Parker in midfield who have been brilliant for us so far. You then have to think that we have brought back Kyle Walker in at right back as well.

Taking into account some of the above, we know that City and United will be the top 2 and probably Chelsea 3rd but are we confident we can get 4th? Have we done enough in the transfer market to really compete this time and put ourselves as the front-runners?

I feel confident each game now, I believe in our team more this season than last season and even more so once we get our defenders back from injury as that’s the only worry for me at the moment. I believe we can handle an injury or two now to any position as we have good enough cover. I would have worried if BAE picked up any injuries but I am confident Danny Rose could do us a job in his absence. It’s a squad game if you are to compete at the top and players will be rotated whether they like it or now, it’s a good time to be a Spurs fans but I always fear that until we get our new stadium that this is going to be about as good as it gets as our financial limits are firmly being tested.

 Posted by at 15:45
Oct 252011
 

I am going to stick my neck out and say yes we do.

Kyle Walker has impressed this season, he was impressive last season but was on loan at QPR & Villa but any Spurs fans who kept tabs on the right back were excited about the prospect of him returning to Spurs, the only real worry was that we were praying that Harry had noticed it too.

Walker has since been in England squads but still awaits his full debut after Capello seems to like playing United’s centre backs in the right back position just to please them when Kyle Walker is clearly the best English right back.

There are some decent right backs in the Premiership, Rafael, Bosingwa, Sagna, Johnson, Richards etc but I firmly believe Kyle Walker is the best of the lot. His defensive ability is decent enough but can still be improved and his ability to attack the wing is second to none. Kyle gives us an impressive display every week and it’s not often you can say you go to a football match and get excited by a right back being on the ball but this guy ticks all the boxes and thankfully he is ours.

I remember after his loan spell at Aston Villa which showed us all he could cut it at the top level they wanted to sign him on a permanent deal and who can blame them. My fear was that he would come back to us and play second fiddle to Corluka because Harry really seemed to like the Croat but his lack of pace was a big worry. We now have a complete modern day right back who can attack and defend excellent. Walker will also chip in with the odd goal because in his younger days he was a striker and the proof was in the pudding when he hit that shot against Arsenal.

I believe that Walker could also be put on the right wing and do a fine job when we need to attack and are short of options. If we need pace out on the wing then Corluka could be brought in so Walker can be pushed forward, he has had experience on the right flank too before finally being converted to a right back and what a fine right back he is.

Kyle Walker….. best right back in the Premiership?

 Posted by at 13:25
Oct 252011
 

I don’t know about anyone else but I am actually really glad we managed to get shot of Alan Hutton. His awful tackle at the weekend on Shane Long just epitomized what a bad defender he was.

During his time at the club I felt a bit sorry for him, I didn’t think Corluka was anything special to the extent that Hutton couldn’t really get a look in. Every now and then he would get a run of a few games but it never lasted and I never really understood why but as time went on I started to doubt my own mind, I noticed that he hardly ever made a decent tackle, sure he was good at attacking but that sort of quality should only be a bonus in a defender and defending should be their bread and butter.

Another great tackle by super Al

After Fulham thrashed us in the FA Cup last season Hutton was dropped, Harry was clearly unhappy and although a lot of us might not of pointed the finger at him Harry clearly did, maybe he didn’t do the job he was asked. There was always tension between Hutton and Harry. When I look back now I would say he had a couple of decent games for us but what good is that when he played over 50 times. Kyle Walker has already made more of an impact in just a few months, maybe it’s the reason I now realise Hutton is rubbish, maybe at the time I thought he was better than he was because I hated the fact Corluka didn’t have any pace.

Some Villa fans I know think he is shockingly bad which makes me even happier that we managed to flog this guy. He was touted as one with potential in his younger days in Scotland before breaking his leg then along come Tottenham who love to pick up a player with “potential” that never really develops into anything other than a pile of shit. Just ask Gio about that one. I’ll be honest I haven’t really seen much of Hutton since he joined Villa, maybe the Villa fans can tell me if he is actually as pants for you as he was for us, I have heard that he is but I’d like more opinions than the two people who told me.

So I guess this is a thank you to Villa for giving us the best right back in the league back after looking after him for us and in exchange we gave you someone who isn’t even fit to lace Kyle Walker’s boots… Super Alan Hutton, may you have a long and happy life together. Oh yeah and we forgot to tell you, we heard he likes a bit of the white powdery stuff every now and then.

 Posted by at 12:20