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Spurs Deal for Georges-Kévin N’Koudou Hanging By A Thread

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Aug 102016

Depending on what news outlets one follows, the agreement between Tottenham and Marseille over the transfer of Georges-Kévin N’Koudou from almost three weeks ago is either now completely dead or just barely hanging on.

According to the French website Le Phoceen, the deal is over and done with and that N’Jie has returned to the Spurs to begin training for the new season. The Guardian also reported that the deal “is on the brink of collapse”.

It’s known that Marseille are unhappy with the new proposed payment structure, as Daniel Levy had originally agreed to pay the majority of the fees up front. Le Phoceen essentially blames the breakdown on Levy and his tactics and claimed that Levy changed the offer for N’Koudou from an initial £11.1 million to just £4.3million.

The Guardian suggests a strong connection between Paul Mitchell’s upcoming departure as Tottenham’s head of recruitment and the deal falling apart.

But instead of pinning everything on Tottenham, Sky Sports proposed a different view, that it’s the that the resignation of Marseille’s Vincent Labrune has a lot to do with it.

Whichever view one is inclined to believe, if this deal is truly dead, is it back to the drawing board before the transfer window closes? Where should Tottenham turn their attention to?

 Posted by at 22:08

Tottenham vs Swansea: Will Michael Owen’s Prediction Come True?

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Oct 022015

Random thought…

Michael Owen (former Newcastle United striker) has predicted on that Swansea could win 1-0 over Tottenham or at least a 1-1 draw in the game this Sunday, October 4.

Tottenham is having a much better season than Swansea, with Swansea having lost 3 out of their last 4 games, but Owen points out that Swansea have so far been unbeaten at home this season.

Is there a chance that this prediction could come true?

 Posted by at 19:37

Missed Chances: Did Tottenham Deserve Better Than The 1-1 Draw With Monaco?

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Oct 022015

After the 4-1 defeat of Manchester City, another win could have been in the cards for the Spurs, but no.

The first half of Tottenham Hotspur against AS Monaco saw some great plays from Erik Lamela, who scored Tottenham’s only goal against Monaco. Lamela started the move with a pass to Chadli, who set up Dele Alli but was denied by Danijel Subasic, but Lamela followed up on the shot and tapped into an empty net. Both Nacer Chadli and Harry Kane could have also netted in the opening period but wasted a couple of opportunities.

Most of the second half was more blah in comparison, with the Spurs seeming to lack a sense of urgency and taking fewer risks. They didn’t defend well enough and could not find the freedom to hit Monaco on break like the first half.

Nabil Dirar was introduced minutes before Monaco’s goal and sent in a fine cross to Stephan El Shaarawy on the goal, with El Shaarawy stumping Lloris by heading it into the back of the net after taking a slight deflection off Kieran Trippier.

The Spurs came within 10 minutes of beating Monaco. Monaco gave a solid performance in the second half, but the Spurs should still have swept them. Maybe Tottenham did a bit too much dreaming after smashing Manchester City…

Next: Michael Owen’s prediction of Sunday’s Spurs vs Swansea?

 Posted by at 09:13
Dec 152013

Just putting it out there, Twitter rumours are rife tonight that AVB is sacked by Spurs after our embarrassing defeat at home to Liverpool.

Nothing official and it might not even be true but French Media Beingsport are claiming that Daniel Levy has sacked AVB following a string of unimpressive performances and a few horrific results along the way.

There could be some truth or there could not, time will tell but after the game today my mate said to be  “I bet you he’s gone by tonight” I found it hard to argue. The Lane has lost its passion this season and it’s largely down to the negative football we are having to witness with 3 defensive midfielders on the pitch at once.

AVB sacked? don’t bet against it…

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 Posted by at 20:32

Tottenham battles for Argentine midfielder against Manchester United, Arsenal, and Southampton?

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Dec 072013

Reports in Spain have suggested that Tottenham has joined the queue for Valencia midfielder Ever Banega as one of the most interested parties along with Manchester United.  Arsenal and Southampton are also reportedly linked to this latest transfer battle.

Last week, rumours began linking Banega with a move to Manchester United, but it seems like they are far from the only club interested.  Banega’s agent Marcelo Simonian also stated that “several clubs” were interested.  While Valencia are reluctant to let Banega – who showed incredible form this season after the departure of striker Robert Soldado –  go, current financial troubles indicate that they will do so for a reasonable offer.  Will Tottenham come out ahead on this one?



 Posted by at 11:00
Dec 042013

Only recently, Arsenal boss Arsene Wegner rejected rumours and speculation that Arsenal was lining up loan moves for Alvaro Morata.  Now Arsenal has sealed the deal for a six-month loan for the 21-year old striker.  Not so great news for Tottenham, who also had an eye on Morata.

Morata has made 12 appearances for Madrid this term but most of the time has been providing backup for Karim Benzema.  A move to the Emirates would likely provide him with more first-team action.  Arsenal could look to take Morata until the end of the season as they are keen to provide cover for central striker Olivier Giroud in January.

In somewhat better news for Tottenham, Arsenal miss out on another target, David Alaba, who has just signed a new 3-year deal at Bayern Munich and will see him remain at the Bundesliga champions until 2018…

 Posted by at 12:31
Dec 022013

The rumor mill refuses to die down on this one! Alvaro Morato, Real’s highly rated youngster, is being linked to a potential loan deal to White hart Lane. We desperately need another striker and Soldado simply has not lived up to his promise. Of course, news has emerged that Arsenal too have been keeping a tab on Morato. Its high time really that we get something back from our ‘ partnership’ with Real and this would be a good beginning.

It also seems that Carlo Ancelloti is not too keen to part with Morato, at least not until, he can a secure another striker of quality for Real Madrid. Morato has two goals from open play this season, one more than Soldado, and could be a good prospect gong ahead. Could AVB be looking for two strikers to add to his roster this January? As rumors go, Fiorentina striker Rossi, who is in the form of his life scoring 11 goals in 13 league games, looks likely to shift base to White Hart Lane as well.

Exciting and goal scoring times ahead for the spurs? I hope so.

 Posted by at 20:10
Dec 012013

Just clocked this, classic response from Spurs legend Gary Linker to former Spurs chairman Lord Alan Sugar.

Lord Sugar was curious as to what AVB meant when he blasted the former Spurs chairman, clamining he was not a real Spurs fan and was more interested in the money. Sugar wanted and answer on Twitter and Linker gave him that answer and he didn’t hold back.


 Posted by at 20:22
Dec 012013

According to the Sunday papers Spurs are looking to spend again in January and could launch a £30m for Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi.

Spurs were heavily linked to Rossi when he was at Spanish side Villarreal but a nasty cruciate injury kept him out for the season and then saw Villarreal relegated, Spurs could have then picked up Rossi on the cheap then but his fitness was a massive question. Rossi was one of the most prolific strikers in Europe when he left Manchester United and is now scoring goals again. Daniel Levy is a massive fan of Rossi but would he really be prepared to splash out another £30m?

There is also a rumour that Spurs want Everton’s young sensation Ross Barkley and will try to bring him to WHL in January by using Lewis Holtby as bait in a potential cash plus player deal. Barkley, still only 19 is a good young raw talent who can already make an impact on a match.

Fancy either of these players?


 Posted by at 09:36
Nov 032013

Tricky place to go and get a result, we hadn’t won at Goodison since 2007 and if you’d have asked me before the match I’d have taken a point.

Last season we lost 2-1 in the final seconds but this time we looked good, especially in the first half. Spurs dominated the first half but failure to make it count always leads to problems. I knew that we wouldn’t dominate a team like Everton in the second half as well as the first and at some point they would have a 20 minute period of control.

Everton had most of the second half but as the game approached injury time Spurs started to liven up again. It was always going to be a tight match and a match with few chances. Another clean sheet for Spurs and a decent point if you ask me.

Let’s remember that Everton are a very good home side and are not far behind us in terms of size and quality, Chelsea lost already at Goodison this season.

Great to see Hugo play on after getting knocked out cold, Gomes would have spent a month in hospital with his gum shield had that been him. For me it’s a good point, would have liked a win but I will take tricky away points all day long as long as the home form picks up.


 Posted by at 16:40
Oct 302013

Scraped a lucky 1-0 home win on Sunday and we will be hoping for a much better performance tonight as we take on Hull in the Capital One Cup.

A few players back or close to coming back to fitness, Kaboul, Capoue and Rose. Erik Lamela will be hoping to finally impress and start stamping his authority on English football, it’s games like this where he has to show AVB he is ready for the Premier League.

Starting XI


Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghten, Naughton; Paulinho, Lamela, Dembele; Sigurdsson, Eriksen; Defoe



 Posted by at 18:50

2 Topics Of Discussion

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Oct 272013

Two things I want to talk about and get your views on following our 1-0 win of Hull.

There seems to be a pattern against the bottom teams, we seem to win 1-0 with a Soldado penalty, we can’t go on winning like this. We have to break teams down better than we are doing, it’s painful to watch at times. I prefered the 0-0 draw we had with Hull back in 2010 because at least we made the keeper play a blinder and I wasn’t worried because we played really well.

Our team may still need to gel and even AVB doesn’t know his best starting XI. Soldado is a good striker but in this system was he really the right buy? Can he play the forward role on his own or was that big target man crucial?

The second point is that AVB picked up on the negative atmosphere around WHL. I have to agree somewhat, it’s not the same noisy WHL I am used to. I don’t know if that was because it was only Hull and the fans wasn’t really that motivated. I saw some fans hit back by saying that the negative system is filtering through to the fans and they too are becoming negative in our support.

Is AVB right? Does White Hart Lane need a lift in support or does AVB need to be more adventurous in his tactics? I think a bit of both. Against the bottom teams especially at home I would like to see two strikers or at the very least play an extra attacking / creative midfielder instead of two holding midfielders as we have a good enough defence to cope with the odd attack. I hate to say it but Arsenal do it right, they go to attack and we should too, we have the players there to do it but not always the formation and desire in some matches.


 Posted by at 19:25