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Sep 062010
 

It has been a quiet week at the Lodge as the usual round of international qualifiers have seemingly robbed us of the majority of our first team squad,albeit with the exception of our very own Wilson Palacios who was put through his paces along side some of our up and coming stars namely Harry Kane and Kudus Oyunega of whom the club hold great hopes for.

For the youngsters to mix it up with the first teamers every now and then must do them the world of good as they are able to pick up new techniques from some of the best players in the country,it must also give them a taste of what awaits them should they perservere.

There was also the returning to the fray of one David Bentley who having suffered an ankle injury picked up in one of our pre season games found himself dealing with the unwished for advances of another of our under eighteens Adan Smith.

It is always good to see one of our more experienced players returning from injury as I have no doubt he will have a part to play in our rather frantic season.Although with the arrival of Van der Vaart I’m unsure as to how much,especially if the rumours were true and he was being lined up for a loan deal with Mark Hughes and Fulham.

Amongst the few there was also a welcome sight in the form of William Gallas who being put through a strenuous training program seemed rearing to go as he prepares for a behind closed door game this coming Tuesday,with the hope of him then being made available for the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 11th kick off 3pm,a game in which we must return to winning ways.

After seeing Dawson crumple in a heap whilst on England duty I wonder how many Tottenham fans had the almost unnatural thought rush through their mind,a second,which took the form of “Thank goodness for William Gallas,” now I bet you never believed you would ever be thinking that.

Below are some more training photos to keep you going whilst we await the completion of the second England game tomorrow night with hopefully no more injuries sustained,enjoy.

TRIFFIC TOTTENHAM WISH TO THANK SPURSONSIDE FOR THE USE OF ABOVE PHOTOGRAPHS.

Sep 052010
 

I am a bit late with this one but I will give it to you anyway for those who have just had a big Sunday morning lay in to sleep off a hangover. Arjen Robben last night insisted: Spurs have made the signing of the summer in £8million Rafael van der Vaart.

Van der Vaart signed on transfer deadline day in the final minutes in a £8million move from Spanish giants Real Madrid after falling down the pecking order behind the likes of Kaka and Ronaldo.

Rafael Van der Vaart was tipped to join Bayern Munich before Spurs snapped him up and fellow Dutch team mate Arjen Robben who was hoping VDV would join him at the German club was quoted as saying “With Rafa on board, Spurs really do have one of the very best midfield  players in the Premier League, maybe even the best.”

“I don’t know why he didn’t join Bayern in the end. I really wanted him but Spurs have bought a gem”.

“In terms of his vision, his range of passing, his ability to split a defence and his eye for goal he is as good as Cesc Fabregas, Steven Gerrard and of course Frank Lampard.

“He is that bridge for Spurs that makes them go from a very good Premier League club to a team capable of taking on and beating any side in Europe on their day.”

“Madrid almost gave away one of the best players in the world – but that’s their style.

“They got rid of me and Wesley Sneijder in the same summer and I went on to win my domestic league and get to the Champions League Final while Wesley went on to win the Treble and become the best player in the world.

“Madrid’s mistake will very much be Spurs’ gain.

“I knew of his interest in England and that van Persie had been  speaking with him about how great life in London was.

“I think when Robin was trying to convince him how great London and the Premier League was, it was as though he was trying to convince him to join Arsenal.

“It’s kind of backfired on Robin a little bit now, though, because he has signed for their biggest rivals.

“Before Rafa signed, I’d still have had Arsenal down as the stronger team – but now I don’t think there is anything between them.”

It is good to hear that the people who know him best regard his ability so highly and nobody can doubt on paper we have a midfield that can rival anyone. We couldn’t get a top top striker so Harry added something extra to midfield which will mean not having a top top striker might not cost us anything this season. Van der Vaart will add goals from midfield as he likes to get in the box like Lampard does.

Robben added: “For fans who have not seen a lot of him, I would compare him to Cesc Fabregas. He can play out wide, but his ideal position is playing in the middle of the park as playmaker.

“Spurs can play him as they wish but he is by far the most talented player in their squad. If they don’t build the team around him in the middle, it will be a big waste.”

Sep 052010
 

Someone said it on here the other day and if what we are reading today is to be believed then could the reason we got Rafael van Der Vaart on the cheap mean that Real Madrid get first option on Gareth Bale?

Since breaking into the Tottenham side in the second half of last season Gareth Bale has gone from strength to strength, he played a vital part of Spurs securing 4th spot. Bale’s form has been noted by some of the top European clubs and it seems Real Madrid are his latest admirers. The Spanish giants are tipped to make a £25million move for the Spurs star in January after reportedly making a bid on transfer deadline day only to have it turned down.

Bale recently signed a new deal with Tottenham so the club are under no pressure to sell but if Real do come knocking then it will be a test of Bale’s loyalty to the club. The way I see it, it’s vital we finish top 4 again this season otherwise the top top clubs will come knocking for Modric and Bale and if we can’t offer them champions league football anymore could we really blame them if they wanted to move on?

Last Tuesday we picked up Van der Vaart for around £8million and apparently Bayern Munich were also after the Dutchman but for a much higher price. So why was the price a lot cheaper for us, it might not be such a great deal after all if this is in some way linked to a future transfer of Gareth Bale. Hopefully there was no promise made to sell Bale and at worst it is only a first option on the lad should we decide to sell.

So let’s have your thoughts, it seems strange but it could be totally innocent, we know Jose Mourinho loves the Premiership and still watches our great league so maybe he has just noticed what a brilliant young player Bale has turned in to.

Sep 042010
 

The latest news coming from ESPN is that the scan to Michael Dawsons leg has revealed now fracture or no snapped ligaments and that he is likely to be back in action in around 6 weeks time. If this is true then i suppose you have to class it as good news, it as feared he would be out for 6 months or more.

Dawson landed awkwardly in England’s Euro qualifier against Bulgaria and looked to be in excruciating pain as he was stretechered off. My initial thought was that it looked like ligament damage but it turns out it might not be as serious as first thought. The news will delight Harry Redknapp.

In a recent statement issued by the FA, it said that Michael will be missing the team’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland on Tuesday. Dawson has now been released back to Tottenham for further treatment, but Fabio Capello has decided not to call up a replacement for him.

**UPDATE**

The club have confirmed that Dawson will be out from between 6 to 8 weeks as our source informed us. This is a blow for us but it could have been a whole lot worse so I guess you could say this is good news. We have sufficient cover for this period with Galls,Bassong,King and Kaboul and Corluka can also play in the center.

Sep 042010
 

Panic over,we have surely found Tottenhams newest jewel and by all accounts it’s a beauty.

Anthony Ruben Lozano Colon the most recent prospect seemingly too hot to touch without regulation asbestos gloves has finished a successful ten day trial period at Spurs Lodge and has since jetted back to Honduras to tie up a few loose ends whilst also saying his farewells before returning to Tottenham where he hopes to lay the roots of what will hopefully grow into an wonderful career.

Here are a few details that might help you familiarize yourselves with our newest young prospect,

  1. BORN: 25th April 1993 (age 17) .
  2. PLACE  OF BIRTH: Yoro,Honduras.
  3. HIEGHT: 5ft 11″.
  4. PLAYING POSITION : Forward.
  5. YOUTH CAREER: Platense jnr.
  6. SENIOR CAREER: Olimpia,six appearances-six goals,2009-2010.
  7. NATIONAL TEAM: Honduras under 17,eight appearances-eleven goals.

Anthony has been described as the “Promise of new Honduran soccer football.” His style has been compared to that of Carlo Costly an extremely composed finisher good with both his head and feet that plays for SC Vaslui.Lozano however was recently starring for the Hondurans under seventeens and though the game turned into a defeat at the hands of a very good young German side, the loss aside our young forward scored a lovely goal,one which showed experience beyond his years.

Tottenham have beaten off a host of top clubs that were also seeking to sign the youngster.A quote from the Promise said “I am living the biggest dream of my life.” Well I’m sure having Wilson Palacios about the place will help him to adjust to his new surroundings and here’s to his dream carrying him all the way to the top.

Triffic Tottenham would like to thank both JimmyG2 of Spurs Musings and Glory Glory for supplying the information that helped in the writting this blog.Special thanks to Wikipedia.

Sep 042010
 

Amid all the euphoria (save for poor old Daws ‘s injury) surrounding Englands victory over the Bulgars I took some time out to catch up on some of our other players on international duty for their respective countries. In doing so  I came across this exciting prospect flying down the right flank, bamboozling defences and puting in quality crosses time and time again.

So effective was this player the opposition in their frustration resorted to the most cynical of tactics blocking and fouling at every opportunity yet most of which went largely unpunished by the match official. The picture gives it away and no Spurs fan will be surprised to learn the kind  of superlatives that accompany a Gareth Bale performance these days be it for club or country.

What might surprise them is  most of the good work done by Gareth happened down the right (yes I said the right) hand side of the field. Is anyone else aware of this phenomena?  Since Gareth’s amazing rise in form the majority of debate has centred on whether his best position is at left back or left midfield but after watching him perform just as effectively on the right side I think its an area that Harry would do well to look at in future.

Now I’m not saying for one minute Gareth should switch to the other flank, far from it but Lennon is often used to less effect away from his preferred side and Harry could do a lot worse than to try this option in future games if for no other reason than to freshen things up or provide a poser for the opposition?

Sep 032010
 

Jermain Defoe hit a hat-trick as England stormed to victory in their opening match of the European Championship qualifiers. Defoe latched onto a pass in just the 3rd minute to slam the ball into the roof of the net. It wasn’t till the second half when Defoe struck his 2nd goal when he slotted a one on one through the Bulgarian keepers legs.

Adam Johnson looked to have wrapped it up in the 83rd minute when he hit a low drive which beat the keeper at the near post for his first international goal, however just a couple on minutes later Rooney put Defoe through once again for the Tottenham striker to put it across goal and complete his hat-trick.

Overall a solid team performance, although the likes of Lampard, Rio and Terry were missing Capello seemed to get the team balanced right. The players looked to be on the same wavelength with their passing and moving, not the greatest performance but a big improvement from the team we saw in South Africa in the summer.

The one low point was an injury to Spurs captain Dawson which saw him stretchered off in the second half, it looked like he was in a lot of pain and no doubt we will have to wait for the results of a scan to find out the severity of the injury. If this turns out to be as bad as it looked then Dawson may be out for quite a while which may see Gallas get his chance in the Spurs team sooner rather than later.

It was good to see Defoe look sharp again, he looked to have almost shaken off his groin injury andhopefully can carry his form back in to the Tottenham side, no doubt he will have gained a massive confidence boost with his first England hat-trick of his career.

Sep 032010
 

Rafael Van der Vaart, born in 1983 the 27 year old started his career as a product of the Ajax youth academy. He made his debut for Ajax in 2000 as a 17 year old, he stayed in the Ajax team for the next 5 years and scored 52 goals in 117 appearances. You could say he was as prolific goalscorer as a midfielder can be, some will argue the level of football is not as high in the Dutch league as it is here in England. He captained the side in his final season at the club in 2004/05.

In 2005 he moved to German side Hamburg, it was a bit of a surprise because he was highly tipped to move to one of the biggest clubs in Europe. Van der Vaart finished his first season with his new club as the teams top scorer, the following year just like Ajax had done, Hamburg gave Rafael the captains armband. Van der Vaart spent 3 years in Germany scoring 29 goals in 74 appearances, again not a bad record.

In the summer of 2008 Van der Vaart got his big move as he signed for Spanish giants Real Madrid to become a new galactico. During his first season with Real he scored his first ever hat-trick, he later fell out with ex Spurs and current Real boss Juande Ramos after the manager said he felt Van der Vaart was more of an impact player, this lead to some top Premiership clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea waiting in the wings should he be transfer listed. The following season in 2009 it was speculated that Rafael would be leaving Real as new manager Manuel Pellegrini told the Dutch midfielder that he did not feature in his current team plans. By this time Real had signed Kaka and Christiano Ronaldo who both play similar roles. He did get his chance in the team following the sales of Robben and Sneijder, following an injury to Kaka he was given a chance in the team once again and proved to be a key player for Real during his spell back in the team, scoring some crucial goals as Real made a push for the La Liga title. Van der Vaart only scored 11 goals in 58 games for Real but you have to remember a lot of his appearances for Real were made from the bench.

Van der Vaart made his international debut for Holland as an 18 year old against Andorra, he has since played in 2 European Championships and 2 World Cups for Holland. His international goal scoring record isn’t too bad either, 16 goals in 83 caps, he also featured in this year’s World Cup Final against Spain.

Well you know the rest, on 31st August 2010 Rafael Van der Vaart signed for Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline day in a move worth around £8million. Personally, having watched this guy for a lot of his career I would consider that a bargain. Real Madrid had no plans to include him in their squad which meant they were desperate to offload him. Their loss is our gain, I don’t doubt his ability for a minute, he was behind Kaka, Ronaldo and Ozil at Real who are arguably some of the best players around. So we have gained a player who has played at the highest level and brings with him bags of experience. Martin Jol once claimed that Van der Vaart was one of the best playmakers in the world. Rafael will bring something special to Tottenham and I am talking about his fit wife.

I look forward to seeing this guy in a Spurs shirt, yeah we might not have really needed another midfielder but when you can pick up a bargain like this which can only improve the team then why not? He will add goals to our midfield which will mask the fact we lack a world class striker, it means that not signing a top striker at the moment isn’t as important as it was because he will be getting himself in the box like Lampard does. For any doubters, watch the video below at the type of quality this guy has.

Sep 022010
 

This video has been floating around the net for just over a week now, although it pokes fun at Spurs fans I find it funny because half of what is said in it, I have said myself when in a debate with an Arsenal fan.

Be warned it does contain some swear words so if you’re a minor then ask mummy or daddy before you watch this.

“Harry Redknapp said it so therefore it must be true” I love that bit.

As a bonus here is one made by the same guy for when we signed Gallas

I sense the Gooners are getting a bit envious of us now. Looks a bit like sour grapes in the second video to me.

The website used to make the video was Xtranormal.com, I challenge one of you guys to save our pride and make a good comeback video and then send me the link via the contact page and I will blog it if its decent enough.

Oh I found one in retaliation.

Sep 022010
 

There you have it the transfer window has been firmly closed at least until the mid winter draft indicates it’s opening once more.Well in the case of Tottenham Hotspur I suppose it was more along the line of gradually pushed too on a rather persistent if not pleasant sales man whom you wish not to offend.

Let us then take a detailed look at the new faces that have come to join us at our hearth and in so doing ask ourselves whether we have done enough to sustain a serious assault on the four competitions we find ourselves in.

STEPE PLETIKOSA:Born 8th January 1979 (31).Height 6ft 4″; Pletikosa is the fourth Croatian to find himself warming within our walls along side fellow compatriots Luka Modric,Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar.The keeper signed on a seasons long loan from Spartak Moscow after failing to find a place in their first team squad,he has eighty caps for the national team and whilst partaking in the 2008 European Championship Stepe was labeled by BBC pundit Alan Hanson as the best goalkeeper ahead of  Petr Cech,Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas.However these glowing recommendations aside it was not for him to be recognized by the powers that hold sway over the final word and it was in the end Van Der Sar,Buffon and Casillias for whom the honours would be awarded.

TRIFFIC; Still though these attributes that brought him to the attention of Alan and many other pundits will not have found themselves cast aside and I’m sure that once he regains his match fitness the cat like reflexes and smart shot stopping that he was renowned for will return to his game that he might even threaten to remove our very own number one Heurelho Gomes from his place between the sticks.For me then this is a good move by Harry and who knows it could even turn into a permanent deal.

WILLIAM GALLAS:Born 17th August 1977 (33 yrs).Height 6ft; His senior career took him from Cain where he played thirty four times through to Marseille where he made eighty five appearances scoring twice,he then made his move to England and the Premier League to join Chelsea starting one hundred and fifty nine times collecting twelve goals before moving across London to join Arsenal making one hundred starts scoring another twelve times,his next move would make him the first ever player to play for three Capital clubs in a single career,although he has yet to make his Tottenham debut.

TRIFFIC; Whilst Williams reputation rather proceeds his every move I also consider this to be an excellent move on behalf of Mr Redknapp as his undoubted experience in playing the big games will help our squad no ends,leaving aside then for one minute the rumours of unrest caused in dressing rooms and what was shocking behavior on the pitch at Birmingham,as I’m sure these questions will have been asked by Gallas himself and hopefully he has found the answers within so that they will never again resurface.The sheer understanding that he will bring of how the game should be played from back to front will educate those around him of that I’m sure.

SANDRO RANIERI:Born 15th March 1989 (21).Height 6ft 1″; Sandro is a product of Internacionals’ youth academy he signed his first professional contract in 2007 as an eighteen year old he has been described as a defensive midfielder that loves to get forward.He is seen by those at Tottenham as a great prospect and one which a number of top European clubs were said to be tracking he though chose to join Spurs as we were said of him to be the perfect fit for his style of play,although this would have been aided undoubtedly by the agreement which has been in place between our two clubs for a short while now.Whereby we have first option on all academy players.

TRIFFIC; Again although this youngster is more than likely seen as one for the future I am convinced that his mature approach to life will see him staring for the first team sooner rater than later and we will then view his no nonsense approach as a complement to our other midfielders,whilst pushing the likes of Palacios to up his own game.Yes another masterful piece of negotiating on behalf of Danial Levy.

RAFAEL VAN DER VAART: Born 11th February 1983 (27).Height 5ft 10″; WORLD CLASS.No other words for this guy,Ajax 117-aps 52-goals between 2000,2005,Hamburg 74-aps 29-goals between 2005,2008,Real Madrid 58-aps 11-goals between 2008,2010 and now Tottenham Hotspur where he brings a wealth of knowledge and unquestionable talent.It has been said that he can play on either flank or just behind the forward in a classic number ten role (sound familiar) could this be our Joe Cole? I hope so,as Saturday showed the creativity we lack when Modric is out injured and Kranjcar is still searching for that fitness which must surely have been lost as a result of that injury picked up in the FA Cup semi final against Portsmouth.

TRIFFIC: As I have already written this lad,and I use the word lad with reason as we have a player in his prime here at twenty seven he has all the experience we could wish for but with the legs of someone that can use it to an ends.I can just see those envious eyes of other top Premier League managers and chairmen looking round for someone to pass the buck to,whilst simultaneously denying any need for him as there squads are more than capable of fulfilling any need.No sorry I don’t believe it you missed out on a top player and for once it was Tottenham that won the day.

STRIKER:Born unknown.Height over 6ft.Requirements;Able to play alone with strength,pace and an consistent eye for goal driving runs from midfield preferred with the ability to see both the critical pass for team mate and posses the ability to complete the same,but also hold the skill to address the current lack of set piece expertise within the squad.

CONCLUSION; So in my opinion we have here what would be at any other club an amazing spine albeit missing one fundamental piece,the striker,and of this one thing I’m sure would Harry have found the one that could have moved us on to the next level there is no doubt we would be adding him to the above list,but alas it has proved not to be the case,may be January though you never know or perhaps the new arrivals might just be that missing link what do you think.

Sep 022010
 

Reports are filtering through that Robbie Keane turned down the chance to move to turkish club Besiktas in a £8m three year lucrative deal.

It is understood all the necessary paperwork had been lodged by Besiktas and they were hopeful of a postive response from Robbie. Their window closure of 17:00 hours on Weds night allowed Keane (who is on international duty with the Republic of Ireland in Armenia)an extra 24 hours to consider his options.

I’m assuming since the deadline has passed Robbie opted to stay though you have to ask if he has made the right decision? Once a Spurs favourite, his departure to Liverpool and subsequent return has not sat well with many of the faithful and his selection for the first team seem severely limited if the first two weeks of the season are anything to go by.

Giovanni Trapattoni though is confident Robbie Keane can perform at his best for the Republic of Ireland despite his lack of football at Tottenham Hotspur this season.

The Italian said: “Robbie is mature. I have spoken to him about whether he should stay with his club, and I said to him, ‘Sure, your club need you’.

“He is balanced in his mind about football because he knows from many years in England, he knows the situation.

“But I am selfish and, at the moment, for the Ireland team, it is better he has played a few games.

“He is proud and I’m sure he can play like the Robbie Keane we know.”

A bold statement and advice given that wasn’t particularly helpful in my opinion, Robbie needs to have it out with Harry to ascertain if the club really want him. The acquisition of VDV suggests otherwise and is it just a coincidence the fee agreed for both players was the same amount?

Sep 012010
 

I was browsing the web when I came across this, it gave me goosebumps, I hate international breaks, I just want to see this guy in a Spurs shirt now.

I suppose for now this will do…

I could get used to this on a Champions League night.