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Jun 072012
 

Hi guys.

I play fantasy football regularly on a site called Picklive.

It has been known as ‘fantasy football on crack’ with their ‘live games’ where you pick five players from the teamsheets in a particular televised matchand those players accumulate points in real time based on what they do during the 90 minute game.

OPTA, the statistics company are involved in tracking that activity and logging it for the purpose of converting it to points which can win prizes.

Picklive cover premier league, champions league, europa league and international tournaments like this one.

There are great cash prizes up for grabs using stakes ranging from FREE [no cash prize there] to upwards of a few grand…

But as it’s kind of an ‘off-season’ at the moment and there’s an international event on, Picklive are just holding the normal kind this time. The £2,500 prize pool is one where you pay £15 to make a team of 11 players across ALL TEAMS. But here’s the difference – NO TRANSFER BUDGET LIMIT! 

You heard it right, there isn’t a set budget like the others. So if you want Van Persie, Ronaldo, Nani, Terry and Klose in the same team, you can have them! The only restraint is that you can’t have more than three players from the same country.

PLUS – The prize-pools are only a MINIMUM. If the number of entrants exceeds a certain number in any cash tournament, the prize-pool increases. Prizes are paid out to the top-three places.

In a £1000 Fantasy Football tournament for the final day of the season (£10 Stake).

1st Place – £600
2nd Place – £200
3rd Place – £100

(Picklive took a rake of 10% from the total prize pool)
If you can’t spare £15, which many of u can’t, you can play in a £10 tournament, join mine (£5) , or even create your own and invite others! Choose the stake and the phase in the tournament, pick your team, invite a few mates/office colleagues and away you go.

You can even have a tournament ‘for fun’ and just compete for bragging rights. No cash required.

However, if you sign up using my link – https://www.picklive.com/r/YJNHHRNTZFDADXSJAEZD and deposit some cash into your Picklive account, you can get an extra £3 on top. Sounds meager but that is enough for one cash entry where the prize pool is a minimum of £30.

Go to the homepage and scroll down to see the many free, low stake and stupid stakes tournaments available.

Tournaments I’ve set up:

GROUP D:
https://www.picklive.com/weeklyff/remote_games/446
Euro2012 Phase  – Group D
Stake – £5
Prize Pool – £10 (increases if more people join)

BUDGET EURO2012 TOURNAMENT FF:
https://www.picklive.com/weeklyff/remote_games/490
Euro2012 Phase – ENTIRE TOURNAMENT
Stake – £5
Prize Pool – £10 (increases if more people join)

Email support@picklive.com and ask anything you like about how it fully works and
what’s what 🙂

Have fun if you join up!

Good luck!

Dec 142010
 

Friday will give all us Spurs fans something to look forward too, the draw for the Last 16 of the Champions League as it enters its knockout stages.

For this first time this season Tottenham have played Champions League football since it changed format from the old European Cup and boy haven’t we done well in our first season. We topped the group and we topped it in style, we probably had the hardest task out of all the English teams but we came through.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham all won their respective groups but neighbours Arsenal scraped 2nd place in their group which could mean they could face the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid in the next round.

On Friday around midday we will know which one of these teams Tottenham will face:

1) Lyon (Runners up group B)

2) Valencia (Runners up group c)

3) FC Copenhagen ( Runners up group D)

4) Roma (Runners up Group E)

5) Marseille (Runners up Group F)

6) AC Milan (Runners upGroup G)

So from that list who would you fancy and who would you rather avoid, does it even matter, are we afraid of anyone? And who would you like us to face?

For those of you who will be at work but have access to a computer, sign up or log into the forum and I will try to provide a stream of the draw.

Oct 142010
 

Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal are all reportedly monitoring 16 year old Eric Dier, this youngster is different from the rest, he currently plays abroad for Sporting Lisbon as he come through their youth academy and has recently come to the attention of the big clubs in England after recently signing his first professional contract with the Portuguese giants.

Dier moved to Portugal as a youngster after his mother landed a new job for the Euro 2004 Championships and was picked up by Sporting Lisbon. He stands 6ft 2in and plays center half and looks to be a promising youngster who is being watched by scouts from the English clubs.

Dier has his PE teacher to thank for his progress, he spotted the talent of the youngster at school and put him in touch with Sporting Lisbon scouts who then watched him before signing him up to their youth academy. Earlier this year Dier signed his first professional contract with the club.

The youngster can apply for dual nationality when he turns 18 but said it was his dream to play for England, he may in the near future be looked at for an England U17 squad but as yet has had no contact with anyone from the England set up. Dier said he is happy at Sporting at the moment and would like a few more years at the club, however if one of the big English teams come knocking at his door he may think again.

Sep 082010
 

We were linked with Ashley Young all summer long but with the Departure of Martin O’Neill from Aston Villa it left any hopes of a deal shattered. Tottenham were hoping to do a swap deal for the England winger but just a few days before the start of the new campaign manager Martin O’Neill stepped down.

Spurs are now tipped to go back in January with an offer of a cash plus player deal, likely involving Robbie Keane and Jermaine Jenas. Daniel Levy and Harry Redknapp have both admired Ashley Young for a long time and if a deal could be completed would inject even more pace to the Spurs midfield. With Lennon on the right and Young on the left, that is enough to frighten any team in the league.

Levy is willing to match the players wages of around £65,000 a week if he can offload Keane and Jenas. Young was said to be interested because of Champions League football but come January hopefully we are still in it, however I think Tottenham are the more likely club to finish top 4 again this season.

So come January after a relatively quiet summer for Tottenham untill the final day maybe we will get down to business early, if there are any problem areas in the team then it will be highlighted and hopefully ammended in the January transfer window. A move for Ashley Young only adds fuel to the speculation that Harry would like to have Bale as his permanent left back.

It’s a bit early on to say there is any truth in this but it wouldn’t surprise me if we did go back for Young, a lot can change between now and January.

Sep 012010
 

This page will be updated with new team squads as we get them.

Arsenal

Manuel Almunia, Andrey Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh, Gael Clichy, Denilson, Abou Diaby, Johan Djourou, Emmanuel Eboue, Lukasz Fabianski, Cesc Fabregas, Laurent Koscielny, Vito Mannone, Samir Nasri, Tomas Rosicky, Bacary Sagna, Alexandre Song,

Robin van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen, Sebastien Squillaci.

Aston Villa

Keepers: Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan.

Defenders: James Collins, Carlos Cuellar, Curtis Davies, Habib Beye, Richard Dunne, Eric Lichaj, Stephen Warnock, Luke Young.

Midfielders: Stewart Downing, Jonathan Hogg, Stephen Ireland, Isaiah Osbourne, Stiliyan Petrov, Nigel Reo-Coker, Moustapha Salifou, Steve Sidwell, Ashley Young.

Strikers: Gabriel Agbonlahor, John Carew, Emile Heskey.

Birmingham

Maik Taylor, Stephen Carr, David Murphy, Lee Bowyer, Roger Johnson, Liam Ridgewell, Sebastian Larsson, Craig Gardner, Kevin Phillips, Cameron Jerome, Garry O’Connor, Barry Ferguson, Colin Doyle, Matt Derbyshire, Scott Dann, James McFadden, Michel, Keith Fahy, Nikola Zigic, Stuart Parnaby, Alexander Hleb, Jean Beausejour, Ben Foster, Martin Jiranek, James O’Shea.

Blackburn

Paul Robinson, Martin Olsson, Chris Samba, Gael Givet, Ryan Nelsen, Brett Emerton, David Dunn, Nikola Kalinic, El-Hadji Diouf, Vince Grella, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Mark Bunn, Steven Nzonzi, Keith Andrews, Michel Salgado, Jason Brown, Frank Fielding, Pascal Chimbonda, Mame Biram Diouf, Jason Roberts, Benjani.

Blackpool

Charlie Adam, Alex John-Baptiste, Chris Basham, Stephen Crainey, Malaury Martin, Daniel Coid, Ishmael Demontagnac, Neal Eardley, Robert Edwards, Jaso Euell, Ian Evatt, Matthew Gilks, Elliot Grandin, Marlon Harewood, Dekel Keinan, Brett Ormerod, Keith Southern, Ludovic Sylvestre, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Luke Varney, David Vaughan, DJ Campbell, David Carney.

Bolton

Robbie Blake, Adam Bogdan, Gary Cahill, Tamir Cohen, Kevin Davies, Mark Davies, Sean Davis, Johan Elmander, Ricardo Gardner, Stuart Holden, Jussi Jaaskalainen, Ivan Klasnic, Zat Knight, Chung Yong-lee, Fabrice Muamba, Andy O’Brien, Joey O’Brien, Martin Petrov, Sam Ricketts, Paul Robinson, Jlloyd Samuel, Gretar Steinsson, Matt Taylor, Al Al-Habsi.

Chelsea

Keepers: Petr Cech, Henrique Hilario, Ross Turnbull.

Defenders: Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, Jose Bowingwa, John Terry, Alex, Paulo Ferreria, Yury Zirkov.

Midfielders: John Obi Mikel, Michael Essien, Ramires, Frank Lampard, Yossi Benayoun, Florent Malouda.

Strikers: Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou.

Everton

Keepers: Tim Howard, Jan Mucka, Ian Turner.

Defenders: Sylvain Distin, Tony Hibbert, Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka, John Heitinga, Leighton Baines.

Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini, Leon Osman, Mikel Arteta, Steven Pienaar, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Phil Neviile, Tim Cahill.

Strikers: Louis Saha, James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Yakubu, Jermaine Beckford.

Fulham

Keepers: Mark Schwarzer, David Stockdale.

Defenders: John Pantsil, Fredrik Stoor, Aaron Hughes, Rafik Halliche, Chris Baird, Brede Hangeland, Carlos Salcido, Stephen Kelly.

Midfielders: Zoltan Gera, Clint Dempsey, Bjorn Helge Riise, Dixon Etuhu, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Danny Murphy, Jonathan Greening, Simon Davies, Damien Duff.

Strikers: Andrew Johnson, Diomansy Kamara, Moussa Dembele, Bobby Zamora, David Elm, Eddie Johnson.

Liverpool

Keepers: Pepe Reina, Brad Jones.

Defenders: Stephen Darby, Jamie Carragher, Glen Johnson, Paul Konchesky, Daniel Agger, Fabio Aurelio, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Martin Skrtel.

Midfielders: Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Jay Spearing, Ryan Babel, Milan Jovanovic, Dirk Kuyt, Lucas, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Maxi Rodriguez.

Strikers: Fernando Torres.

Manchester City

Keepers: Shay Given, Joe Hart and Stuart Taylor.

Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Wayne Bridge, Aleksander Kolarov, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Shaleum Logan, Micah Richards, Kolo Toure and Pablo Zabaleta.

Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Nigel de Jong, Adam Johnson, Michael Johnson, James Milner, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Patrick Vieira an Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Forwards: Emmanuel Adebayor, Jo, Roque Santa Cruz and Carlos Tevez.

Manchester United

Keepers: Edwin van der Sar and Tomasz Kuszczak.

Defenders: Gary Neville, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Wes Brown, Nemanja Vidic, John O’Shea and Jonny Evans.

Midfielders: Owen Hargreaves, Anderson, Ji-Sung Park, Michael Carrick, Nani, Darren Fletcher, Antonio Valencia, Gabriel Obertan, Darron Gibson, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

Strikers: Michael Owen, Dimitar Berbatov, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez.

Newcastle

Keepers: Steve Harper, Fraser Forster, Tim Krul.

Defenders: Sol Campbell, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, James Perch.

Midfielders: Joey Barton, Alan Smith, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez, Kevin Nolan, Wayne Routledge, Ryan Taylor, Cheik Tiote, Hatem Ben Arfa.

Strikers: Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best, Xisco.

Stoke

Asmir Begovic, Danny Collins, Rory Delap, Salif Diao, Matthew Etherington, Abdoulaye Faye, Ricardo Fuller, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Danny Higginbotham, Robert Huth, Kenwyne Jones, Carlo Nash, Jermaine Pennant, Danny Pugh, Ryan Shawcross, Thomas Sorensen, Tuncay Sanli, Ryan Shotton, Tom Soares, Michael Tonge, Jonathan Walters, Glenn Whelan, Dean Whitehead, Andy Wilkinson, Marc Wilson.

Sunderland

Keepers: Craig Gordon, Simon Mignolet and Trevor Carson

Defenders: Marcos Angeleri, Phil Bardsley, Titus Bramble, Anton Ferdinand, George McCartney, John Mensah, Paulo Da Silva and Michael Turner

Midfielders: Lee Cattermole, Nedum Onuoha, Andy Reid, Steed Malbranque, Kieran Richardson, Boudewijn Zenden, Cristian Riveros, Ahmed Elmohamady and Robbie Weir.

Strikers: Darren Bent, Fraizer Campbell, Asamoah Gyan and David Healy

Tottenham

Keepers: Heurelho Gomes, Stipe Pletikosa, Carlo Cudicini.

Defenders: William Gallas, Kyle Naughton (H), Ledley King (H), Michael Dawson (H), Sebastien Bassong, Younes Kaboul, Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Midfielders: Vedran Corluka, Alan Hutton, David Bentley (H), Tom Huddlestone (H), Jermaine Jenas (H), Luka Modric, Niko Kranjcar, Wilson Palacios, Rafael van der Vaart, Jamie O’Hara (H), Aaron Lennon (H).

Strikers: Peter Crouch (H), Jermain Defoe (H), Roman Pavlyuchenko, Robbie Keane (H).

West Brom

Keepers: Scott Carson, Dean Kiely, Boaz Myhill.

Defenders: Marek Cech, Pablo Ibanez, Gonzalo Jara, Abdoulaye Meite, Jonas Olsson, Nicky Shorey, Gabriel Tamas, Gianni Zuiverloon.

Midfielders: Giles Barnes, Chris Brunt, Graham Dorrans, James Morrison, Youssouf Mulumbu, Steven Reid, Paul Scharner, Somen Tchoyi, Jerome Thomas.

Strikers: Roman Bednar, Simon Cox, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Ishmael Miller, Peter Odemwingie.

West Ham

Keepers: Rob Green, Ruud Boffin.

Defenders: Tal Ben Haim, Manuel Da Costa, Danny Gabbidon, Herita Ilunga, Lars Jacobsen, Winston Reid, Jonathan Spector, Matthew Upson.

Midfielders: Luis Boa Morta, Valon Behrami, Jack Collison, Kieron Dyer, Julien Faubert, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Radoslav Kovac, Mark Noble, Scott Parker.

Forwards: Pablo Berrara, Carlton Cole, Zavon Hines, Fred Piquionne, VIctor Obinna, Benni McCarthy.

Wigan Athletic

Wolves

Keepers: Marcus Hahnemann, Wayne Hennessey, Carl Ikeme.

Defenders: Kevin Foley, Ronald Zubar, Richard Stearman, Jody Craddock, Christophe Berra, Steven Mouyokolo, George Elokobi, Stephen Ward, Jelle Van Damme.

Midfielders: Karl Henry, David Jones, Michael Mancienne, Dave Edwards, Greg Halford, Nenad Milijas, Adlene Guedioura, Matt Jarvis, Stephen Hunt.

Strikers: Kevin Doyle, Steven Fletcher, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Marcus Bent.

NOTES

  • Clubs must name squads containing at least eight homegrown players and no more than 25 players in total.
  • A homegrown player is defined as one who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Welsh Football Association for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).
  • In keeping with UEFA guidelines, an Under-21 player is defined as one who is under the age of 21 on January 1 in the year in which the season commences. For the 2010-11 campaign, Under-21 players will have been born on or after January 1, 1989.
  • Any players under 21 can be added to the squad, regardless of nationality.
  • – Rules apply only to Premier League matches, not European, FA Cup or League Cup action.
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    So no Woody in the Spurs 25, that doesn’t mean he is finished, the squad can be altered in January and he isn’t going to be fit by before then so this makes perfect sense. If his operation goes well and he makes a recovery then expect him to be included in the next squad.

    Aug 262010
     


    Tottenham will face European champions Inter Milan and Werder Bremen….

    The draw has just been made and Tottenham have been welcomed to the Champions League with a draw that see’s us in a group with the reigning champions Inter Milan of Italy, Werder Bremen of Germany and FC Twente of Holland.

    Manchester United face Valencia and Rangers while Arsenal look to have the easiest draw against Shakhtar and Braga. Chelsea should also make easy work of the group stages with a draw that see’s them in a group with Marseille and Spartak Moscow.

    UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, GROUP A

    September 14 – Werder Bremen v Spurs
    September 29 – Spurs v FC Twente
    October 20 – Inter Milan v Spurs
    November 2 – Spurs v Inter Milan
    November 24 – Spurs v Werder Bremen
    December 7 – FC Twente v Spurs

    It is fair to say we could have had an easier draw but this is what it’s all about now, to be the best you have to beat the best and this is what we have been relishing. There is no more hiding the big boys are coming to the Lane.

    All I can say is whatever the outcome of the group stage just go out there and do us proud boys and you will will be icons in our eyes. Lucky Arsenal have an easy group yet again and once again Manchester United are in a group with a Scottish team.

    I dream that we can emulate what Leeds done and go on an unexpected run but whatever the outcome I know we just won’t want it to end. No more week nights of planning to watch Eastenders or Corrie, we can plan to watch our Tottenham in the Champions League.

    All eyes on group A, between now and Christmas it’s going to be one hell of a roller coaster ride.

    Aug 082010
     

    First they wanted Harry and now they want Crouchy, Harry saw sense so hopefully Crouch will do the same. it’s great to be able to say this but why would Crouch want to go to another team when he could stay at a top 4 club. Reports all weekend have been coming out that Hodgson is desperate to sign Crouch but is he going to get more game time at Liverpool than he would at Tottenham? I would think not, so why on earth would he want to move.

    Fingers crossed we can beat Young Boys and then we have Champions League football at the lane so the squad is going to be rotated I would imagine, Crouch will probably feature more for Spurs this season than he would for the Scousers. They have Torres and now they have Joe Cole who might play just behind, so where would they fit Crouch in?

    Some people might not see it as a big deal if he leaves for Anfield, and I probably wouldn’t see him as irreplaceable however he adds a different dimension to the squad, now nobody likes seeing us play long ball Wimbledon style but sometimes needs must and you have to take the route one direct style and Crouchy is the ideal target man in them situations. It has worked for Chelsea for years with Drogba as their target man and you could argue it has worked for us due to the fact we have finished top 4 for the first time in the Premiership.

    Peter Crouch has helped in turning the fortunes around of the club, would he want to see it through or would he be tempted to go back to Anfield, personally I can’t see him going, I can’t see any logic as to why he would want to go to a club who can’t offer him what we can in Champions League football. It’s a classic case of Liverpool thinking they are bigger than they are and can attract players from our club, I think even if Liverpool come in for Robbie Keane that suddenly they wouldn’t be his boyhood club anymore. Liverpool are not as good as they were and keep living off past reputation and I can’t see any of our players who know they will be in the first team next season would abandon us now in favour of a move to Liverpool.

    So if there are any truth in these rumours I don’t even think Harry would let him go and I really can’t see Crouch sulking like Berbatov did just to get a move to Liverpool, no doubt they are a big club but you are only as good as your final league position and that was 3 places behind us. Crouchy will know he will be spending a lot of time on the bench next season but so will a lot of the squad, that is the price you pay if you want Champions League football, United,Chelsea and Arsenal will be doing it and so will we otherwise league form will suffer.

    Jul 152010
     

    Last season was one hell of a rollercoaster ride but that is what makes being a Tottenham fan the best fans in the world, if Carlsberg done fans it would definately be Tottenham. I don’t know about most of you but for myself I enjoy supporting a team that doesn’t win every week and isn’t expected to win a trophy each season, to me this makes it all the more special when we do. Other teams might mock our enthusiasm but I put that down to fear or jelousy. I believe we are on the way up and its about time too.

    Boom Boom Boom Let Me Hear You Say Bale....

    Last season gave us so many high points and a few downers too, we beat some of the big teams and we let Wolves do the double over us. We beat Wigan 9-1 but we let the scum give us a bit of a footballing lesson at their gaff. Come the final game of the season I defy any other football fan to say that Spurs didn’t deserve to finish in 4th place having been in the top 4 for most of the season.

    We had what was to be a season defining couple of weeks in April. This run of games started with the FA Cup semi final agaisnt relgated Portsmouth, on paper it was to be a stroll in the park but we all know that the FA Cup was Pompey’s last hope of salvaging something from the season and we all know that they wanted it more than us which is why they won and we didn’t, it’s as simple as that. Oh plus the Wembley pitch was a disgrace!!

    Out of the FA Cup and disheartened and slipped down to 5th place in league after City jumped us due to our previous league defeat agaisnt Sunderland, was there a way back or was a Europa cup place looking like a good achievement? Well the Spurs players had other ideas and what was about to happen in the coming fixtures was beyond our wildest dreams. With Arsenal,Chelsea, United and City all to play in the space of a month did finishing 4th ever look likely? Now I am the ever optomistic Spurs fan but even I thought this run of games would prove too much for us, but take a look at the video below to see the moment that I and thousands of other Spurs fans thought that for once things might just be different….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o947YBQoNog

    So we sent Arsenal and Chelsea packing and if after both of them amazing results if there was any justice and you believed in fate you just knew that we had to finish 4th. Who would have thought we would have come through the Arsenal,Chelsea and United run of games back in 4th? I will review more parts in the coming weeks before the start of the season to gear us up for another crack at it, the City game will be coming up so pop back for my review on that. For now however I leave you with our season defining moment, the moment we dared to dream, the moment Tottenham fans believed once again.

    Done forget to enter your Premier League dream team into the Triffic Tottenham league click >>HERE<< to enter

    Jul 132010
     

    Please Note : This is not true neither factual and is intended purely as a joke

    In the summer of 2001 Sol Campbell went from club legend status to hate figure, when he took advantage of the Bosman ruling and walked away from White Hart Lane and done the unthinkable ……. he signed for Ar5ena1 !!!

    Now, after 9 years of believing the lies about the reason for his departure, we here at Triffic Tottenham can exclusively reveal the TRUTH behind his decision …….

    We suspected as much !!! - Campbell comes clean almost a decade down the line !

    Well, there you have it ! For years you’ve sung the chants at the Lane, (you know the ones!) and now you’ve been proved right …..he does go in for a little brown love !

    Obviously he found no volunteers in the White Hart Lane dressing room when he asked for a willing participant in such acts, so he had to move elsewhere to get his jollies off ……. with Highbury the being the nations hotspot for those types of shenanigans at that time !

    After years of anger towards the player, I’m sure all Spurs fans upon hearing this news will accept and forgive Sol for his actions. None of that goes on at the lane, so that lot down the road was his only logical option.

    I think I speak on behalf of all Spurs fans when I say ……. We forgive you Sol.

    Jul 102010
     

    Where are they? Manchester City are showing they mean business and personally I think they will break the top 4 this season which means we have got to start doing some business in the trasnfer window sooner rather than later. With only 5 weeks to go till the start of the Premiership and a Champions League qualifying game to worry about we need to get the new faces in and the dead wood out to give the team time to gel together do we not?

    I seem to remember Harry stating that he wanted to do all of his summer business early but so far nothing. I am confident we will get Joe Cole possibly some time next week but apart from that it’s been like any other summer, linked to every Tom,Dick and Harry but so far no action, it all has a rather all too familiar feel to it for my liking. What worries me the most is we get linked to some very tasty European players and then the next minute, like today, you hear we are trying to sign Craig Bellamy. Surely we can now afford to aim a bit higher than that?

    Action is needed on the players that are surplus to requirements, I have heard most fans and myself included think that it’s time for Jenas to move on. You then have to likes of Keane,Hutton,O’hara,and Pav, who could be on the way out. Two players tipped to move are Dos Santos and Bentley but personally I think Gio has shown he might be worth sticking with a bit longer and Bentley done a decent enough job when Lennon was injured towards the end of last season and has shown he might just be worth keeping.

    The worry is apart from possibly Joe Cole, just who else exactly is there to sign? who is available of real quality that will improve our squad? Surely the aim for the league next season has got to be to stay in the top 4 again but for that to happen we need to cash in on 3 or 4 of our squad and replace them sooner rather than later with some real quality. Even the scum down the road are spending money, which shows they are worried about the possible force Manchester City might be next season.

    With all of this in mind I still remain confident that Redknapp has a few players in the pipeline and I truely hope I am right, because if there was ever a time to attract bigger and better players and really show we mean business then that time is now. If we don’t stay in the top 4 then do we go back to being the same Tottenham Hotspur we have been for the last 20 years? So how much longer will we have to wait to see some action and when we do will it be signings that we have all dreamed of or is Harry still in Portsmouth and West Ham mode trying to pick up bargain rejects?

    Jul 092010
     

    Uruguay world cup star reopens door back to the Premiership but could it be career over for Spurs’ England defender?

    Change of heart? Forlan refuses to rule out move back to England.

    Supposed Redknapp target Diego Forlan has refused to rule out a move away from Atletico Madrid this summer.

    The Uruguayan striker is chasing the Golden Boot at this summer’s World Cup in South Africa having already scored four goals in his country’s route to Saturday’s third place play off against the Germans.

    Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has been open when speaking of his admiration of Forlan, but the former Man Utd man has previously ruled out a return to the Premier League.

    The striker struggled during his spellat Old Trafford, however, he has since flourished with more than 100 goals in Spain for Villareal and Atletico to draw the attention of a number of top clubs around Europe.

    And Forlan admits that he would consider a summer move, telling Sky Sports News: “They have to be a good offer and we have to see.

    “I am very happy in Madrid and the way the city and the team are always with me.

    “(But) you never know. If it is a good offer we have to see if the team wants me to leave or not and then we have to sit and talk.”

    End of the Road? Woody suffers yet more injury woe!

    Meanwhile one player for whom the future does not look quite so bright is our injury jinxed England centre half Jonathon Woodgate.

    Woodgate is running out of time to save his Spurs career, according to boss Harry Redknapp.

    Woodgate played the disappointing total of only three games last season and failed to manage a single appearence from November onwards.

    Redknapp has now warned the 30 year-old he will have ‘big problems’ if a persistent groin injury is not cured soon.

    “We’ve really got to monitor him and see where he’s at because it’s been a year now for Jonathan and he’s really got to be coming back and playing now” said Redknapp.

    “If he doesn’t, if he’s not going to be back pretty soon, he’s got big problems, so it is an area we’re looking at. Sebastien Bassong did well for us last year so we’ll see how we go.”

    Woody will always be remembered by Spurs fans for his winner against Chelsea in the League Cup final, but sentiment can only take you so far and if he fails to recover soon we won’t be too disappointed to see him removed from the payroll. For a player once considered to be Englands’s best centre half, it could be a very sad end to what could have been such a great career!

    Jul 092010
     

    Spurs’ Welsh wizard speaks about next season’s prospects, old team mate Theo Walcott and finishing above that lot down the road !!!

    Bale thinks Harry Redknapp's side could be ready to mount a title challenge!

    Spurs’ much improved full back Gareth Bale believes his club are ready to step up their game again next season and mount a challenge for the Premier League title.

    Harry Redknapp’s side ended years of disillusionment and frustration this season, when they fired the White Hart Lane outfit to fourth place and a first ever crack at europes elite in the Champions League.

    And now, Wales star Bale (left) is convinced that they can rise to the challenge of competing with Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal – if Redknapp works some of his famous magic during the transfer window :

    “We’ve got a good team and I think if we invest in a few more players I don’t think there’s any reason why we can’t go a little bit further. I’d say challenging for the title is the main aim for every single team and I don’t see any reason why we couldn’t mount a challenge.”

    Bale then went on to speak of his desire to guide the club to their first finish above north London rivals Arsenal in over 15 years! Finishing just 5 points behind the red half of the territory last time around, Bale hopes that this time the tide will turn once and for all :

    “I hope this is the year we finish ahead of them,” he added. “We’ve got just as good a squad as them and there’s no reason why we can’t beat them in the Premier League this year.”

    Part of that Arsenal squad is Theo Walcott whom Bale grew up playing alongside in the Southampton youth ranks. Bale says he was shocked to see his former teammate omitted from the England side that travelled to South Africa and believes his friend could have added a different dimension to Fabio Capello’s sides game :

    “It was a big shock to me,” said Bale. “I honestly think that with his pace he adds a different element to any team. It’s a shame he didn’t go.”

    So, what do you think? (Not about Theo Walcott obviously ….. no one cares about that lot!) Do you think that with a little tweek from Harry we could have a squad capable of challenging for Premier League honours? Can we strike a balance between league and champs league assaults? What players would you like to see brought in to take us up to that next level?

    Use the comments box below to share your thoughts …..