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Jan 232011
 

According to the Mirror and the People, Tottenham are closing in on an amazing double swoop for both Luis Fabiano and Lassana Diarra before the end of the January transfer window.

Both deals would initially be loan deals with Spurs paying full wages of both players plus the option to buy both players in the summer. It is said that Fabiano would join on loan with the option to buy for £10m in the summer.

Sevilla are looking to offload Fabiano who has netted 28 goals in 43 internationals for Brazil, is the world-class striker boss Harry Redknapp wants to sign. Fabiano has indicated he wants to play for Tottenham, while Seville need to reduce their wage bill and are willing to do business. Sevilla would prefer a permanent transfer this window although Spurs would like to sell either Robbie Keane or Roman Pavlyuchenko before that happens.

Harry and Tottenham were heavily link to Fabiano in the summer but the Brazilian World Cup striker opted to sign a new contract with Sevilla but shortly after he fell out with the club and has wanted to leave ever since. Juventus and Inter Milan are both looking at Fabiano but Tottenham look the most likely to pay £10m for a 30 year-old which is something they don’t usually do but both Levy and Harry know Spurs desperately need a world-class striker and they don’t come cheap at any age.

Diarra would also join in an almost identical deal and would then also cost around the £10m mark in the summer. Harry has made no secret of his admiration for the Real Madrid midfielder who he first signed for Portsmouth from Arsenal and now wants to link up with him once again.

Spurs are desperate to offload players to make these deals happen, they would sign both players permanently now if they could. Harry has made no secret he would listen to offers for Robbie Keane, Pavlyuchenko, O’Hara, Giovano, Kranjcar, Jenas and Corluka. Sunderland boss Steve Bruce says he could go to Tottenham to replace Darren Bent although it is believed he would want Roman Pavlyuchenko and not Robbie Keane.

Jan 032011
 

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted Newcastle have had talks with Tottenham over the possibility of signing Robbie Keane.

It is thought that Newcastle want to also take David Bentley on loan for the rest of the season as Spurs look to sign David Beckham later this week. Bentley would then fall down the pecking order even more and Harry thinks it’s only fair to loan him out until the end of the season.

Speaking about Robbie Keane, Pardew said:

“I can’t say we have not spoken to Spurs because I spoke to them last week and we talked about players, etc, etc.

“They want to do something and we want to bring an offensive player in.”

It’s nothing new to the ears of most fans of Spurs and Newcastle, we knew Newcastle looked at him in the summer but Robbie thought he could prove his worth at Spurs. He now seems to have given up and accepted his future belongs elsewhere and Newcastle are a good prospect for Keane.

Nov 162010
 

I posted a link to the petition against a move to Stratford, and I’m surprised to read that there are some fans who have no problem with this mental idea.

Everyone is of course entitled to their opinion. I know that people have their own personal reasons for choosing to support a club, and it’s for not for me to tell them what should be important to them, but speaking from a personal point of view, here’s why I’d want no part of a THFC based in east London.

To start with, it always tickles me when people claim that “history” and “emotion” are stupid, unimportant arguments when it comes to football, and try to act as if fans should look at everything from a business point of view. There is nothing about being a football fan that makes business sense. There’s not even anything very logical about it. You go and watch eleven blokes you’ve never met kicking a ball around, and the result matters a lot to you. You spunk away your time and money in the process.  That’s not sensible. The only thing that makes it meaningful is your emotional attachment to the club. The history is the whole point. It’s not just eleven men, it’s eleven men representing something important to you. And for me, a big part of what’s important about Spurs is that they represent north London, the specific part of the world that I come from.

Someone left a comment that I found absolutely bizarre. They said “Stop supporting Spurs if north London means so much to you.” You might as well say “stop supporting England if England means so much to you.” THFC is north London – the whole identity of the club is wrapped up in the area. If north London doesn’t mean anything to you, I have to ask why you’re supporting Spurs in the first place.  Aren’t we always critical of all those Surrey Man United fans, supporting a team from a city they have no affinity with? We sing about being the pride of north London. We’re named after Harry Hotspur because his family owned the area which is now Tottenham Marshes. The most important game of our season is the north London derby (which we play against a team who we hate mainly because they moved across London to steal another team’s fans – er…) For decades we’ve competed against Arsenal for north London bragging rights, and now you’d be happy to just vacate the area and leave them to it for an increased capacity and an easier tube journey? I can’t understand that at all. If it costs us an extra 200 million, so be it…even if it bankrupts us, I’d rather stay in Tottenham because in my eyes if we moved to Stratford the club as I know it would cease to exist anyway. I’ve barely ever been to Stratford, except passing through on the Central Line. I don’t feel at home there. I don’t know anything about it. If I did, I’d probably support Leyton Orient.

I understand that lots of our fans are from Essex and Herts, and all over the world  (although surely a lot of the fans who no longer live in north London support Spurs because their family were originally from there) and that maybe for them the area is not as significant as players past, the culture of good football, the glory, glory nights and all that. But you could go to Barcelona on holiday and see those things. Surely what’s special about the great Tottenham teams is that they did it not just anywhere, but on the High Road in Tottenham. Players change, so do managers, so do styles of play and levels of success.  But the geography doesn’t, and what else is there apart from the name and colour of the kit that makes the Spurs of today the Spurs of 50 years ago?

Then there’s the people and businesses in the area that depend on the club. The Two Brewers, The Bell and Hare, all your favourite pre-game pubs and restaurants – I doubt any of them would survive Spurs leaving. All the kids who work in the club shop, and benefit from the club’s community work – it would all end, and Haringey is one of the most deprived boroughs in London. Whatever you think about the council, it’s not the fault of the local people. Stratford will be fine, they’re getting West Ham anyway.

On top of all this, I think there are practical reasons against the move too. We’re told that the plan would be to demolish the Olympic Stadium, months after its completion, and build a whole new one in its place. This just sounds to me like a totally ridiculous idea that I can’t believe the IOC would even entertain. And there’s no way that I’d want to play in the soulless bowl that is the current Olympic Stadium – the atmosphere would be terrible. West Ham are happy to take the stadium as it is, and I say we let them get on with it.

If you don’t agree, don’t sign the petition. You don’t have to sign anything you don’t want to, that’s why it’s fun to live here and not in Burma. If you do agree, sign it and make your feelings known. Let’s hope that, as some of you have said, the whole thing is just a ploy to put pressure on and get the Northumberland Park deal through.

Nov 162010
 

Jermaine Defoe has returned to full training for Tottenham in a bid to be fit for the match against Arsenal in the first North London derby of the season.

Defoe has been out of action since the start of the season after picking up an injury on England duty. Spurs have missed him up front but the Spurs man isn’t far from a return. Having started light ball work last week he has now taken part in training today.

Welcome Back JD

Defoe desperately wants to be able to take part in the Arsenal game and early reports are that he might get a place on the bench. Defoe is also looking forward to playing in the Champions League with Tottenham.

Some of you won’t like what I am about to say but personally I don’t want him involved on Saturday, at the very most I would give him 15 mins at the end if we need a goal but no more than that. He won’t be the sharp Defoe we all know, he will be slow and rusty and in no way shape or form will he be anywhere near match fitness. I would stick with Pav and only in desperate need of a goal in the last 15 mins should he even contemplate using Defoe. My worry is Spurs players rushing back for the big games and doing their selves more damage in the long-term.

On another note, Michael Dawson is apparently only a couple of weeks from a return and Aaron Lennon could be fit to face the scum on Saturday. Could things finally be looking up?

Nov 022010
 

Click the forum link at the bottom for live streams tonight.

It’s almost upon us, the one we have all been waiting for, Inter Milan at home. After turning an almost embarrassing night into a result that filled us with pride in Milan 2 weeks ago we now have the chance to turn things in our favour.

Tottenham Team News

Heurelho Gomes is suspended following his dismissal in the San Siro and is the most obvious absentee for tonight’s Champions League thriller. Tom Huddlestone is back in contention for a starting place in the Spurs lineup. Rafael Van der Vaart will undergo a late fitness test but is expected to play some part, whether he starts or not is up to Harry. Defoe, King, Woodgate and Michael Dawson are all still missing

Inter Milan Team News

Striker Diego Milito who missed the match at the San Siro has recovered from a thigh strain. Goalkeeper Julio Cesar and midfielders Esteban Cambiasso and Thiago Motta are all out injured.

My only concern here is that Van der Vaart is so desperate to play, he will tell Harry he is fine and pull his hamstring tonight. Time will tell but that is my only concern.

A confident Tottenham are capable of turning Inter over, I expect Gareth Bale to be doubled up on but that could give Aaron Lennon more space on the right.

So what do you think, can we do itand what would your starting lineup be?

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Oct 312010
 

Fair enough we lost to one of the country’s top teams yesterday but watching the performance there was a few reasons why we will still struggle to get an away win against one of the top teams.

Firstly even at 1-0 down the players didn’t ask enough questions of Manchester United, it’s almost like they lacked the self belief that they were good enough to get a point, you could almost see the belief go out of the players the moment Van der Vaart walked off the pitch.

Secondly, we don’t have a settled team this year, apart from our midfield we have different strikers and different defenders playing each game. Yesterday it was Kaboul and Gallas and to my amazement I though Gallas actually had the better game for once. The trouble is we have to settled pairing this season which will always cost you goals, no matter how good the defenders are if they aren’t a settled pair then goals will be shipped in.

The biggest problem and it’s there for all to see, our strikers just are not good enough to threaten the top teams, Pav is the best we have but personally I don’t think Crouch and Keane are good enough anymore. We all said it all summer long that we needed a top striker. I can understand why Harry likes a 4-5-1 with the team he has got but he needs to understand while that is all well and good he needs to have a striker in the Spurs team who can actually play the lone striker role. Defoe is a great striker but I don’t even think he is cut out for a lone role. Yesterday we started with one up top which was Robbie Keane but the end of the game we had Crouch and Pav up front. This needs to be addressed in January, I now believe that Levy and Redknapp can see that they made a big mistake not buying a striker in January.

Oct 302010
 

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Firstly sorry for the confusion, someone was pulling my plonker by telling me Bale wasn’t playing which made me angry.

The Tottenham team is somewhat as expected, Gomes starts in goal, Hutton keeps his place at right back, Kaboul and Gallas pair up in central defence with BAE on the left. Lennon starts on the right wing with Bale on the left, Modric and Jenas are in the middle with Rafael Van der Vaart just in front and a surprise inclusion up front as Robbie Keane plays the loan striker.

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Oct 292010
 

As always you can watch this in the forum, click the link at the bottom of the article and log in.

Wouldn’t a win at Old Trafford please us all in this weekend’s big match, It’s a fixture that usually means misery for Spurs, I don’t think we have ever won at Old Trafford in the Premiership but now is as good of a time as any with United not really hitting top gear yet this season and the gap between the two teams seemingly closing.

Spurs boast one of the richest midfields in the Premiership with Redknapp having talent at his disposal which Sir Alex would like to get his hands on. Although United are still a strong side they are not as daunting to play against as the Champions League winning side a few years back which included Christiano Ronaldo.

Team News

Man Utd

Sir Alex is likely to stick with Hernandex in attack after his double last weekend away to Stoke which impressed the United boss and will ensure the Mexican keeps his place in the starting XI. Berbatov will be the obvious choice to partner Hernandez in attack, facing his former side.

Ryan  Giggs is still out with a hamstring injury and the mean that has made all the headlines Wayne Rooney is still out with an Ankle injury which will see Spurs fancy their chances.

Spurs

Ledley King is improving after suffering a groin injury and may make a return soon although it won’t be for this one. Gallas and Kaboul started the last fixture and may do so again tomorrow although Bassong could be in the running for a place.

Wilson Palacios may start in midfield as Tom Huddlestone has failed to shake of his injury although he may make a return for the Inter Milan game on Tuesday night in the Champions League. Rafael Van der Vaart will start and will probably play the role of supporting the front man, whether that be Crouch of Pav we will have to wait and see.

If Spurs had a fully fit side I would be confident we can do something tomorrow, although still hopeful our injury list might mean that this proves one test too much for us although I hope I am wrong.

COYS!!

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Oct 282010
 

It’s a major double boost for Spurs, Michael Dawson and Jermain Defoe are expected to be back in action for Tottenham next months after both being out since being injured on England duty early on in the season.

Michael Dawson was initially ruled out for between 6-8 weeks and that is roughly the time it has taken for him to recover from his ligament damage to his left knee  so far. Defoe however was not expected to play again before Christmas but the striker has said of his progress and is targeting a return in November against Arsenal.

While Defoe’s recovery period has gone better than expected Michael Dawson although expects to be back in training next months may not be available until nearer the end of the month or even December if his recovery doesn’t go to plan. Recovering from ligament damage is never straight forward and it is hard to judge exactly how long it can keep a player sidelined and we all saw Dawson’s injury for England and we knew straight away it was never going to be anything other than a lengthy lay off.

It will be a major boost for Harry to have both players back in action, Spurs have done well to maintain a top four push whilst struggling to cope with an injury crisis up front and at the back, Spurs have used more centre back partnering than anyone else this season, even Tom Huddlestone has had a go at it. So with both players still a while off a return there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Oct 282010
 

Gareth Bale! The kid scored a hat-trick when in Italy against one of the biggest teams in the world, all this from the left wing which has got me and a few other Spurs fans talking and we have asked the question, if he can do this much damage from the left wing then what would he be like if we gave him a game up front?

Maybe I am well off the mark, maybe he wouldn’t have as much of an impact as a lot of his goals come from beating a man down the wing and creating his own chances. Strikers need natural instinct to get in the right positions in and around the box. Could Gareth do all this?

I don’t know about you guys but I think it’s time Crouchy was used more as an impact sub rather than our main striker, he just isn’t cutting it at the moment. So would it really hurt to give Bale a chance at playing up top with Pav or could he even manage a game up top on his own with Van der Vaart just behind him? If not then maybe Harry should consider giving Van der Vaart a chance up top as a main striker until Defoe returns.

I really would like to see Bale given a chance, I wouldn’t like to see him take this role up full time because left wingers are hard to find. Wales sort of give him a free role sometimes and even play him on the right but it doesn’t seem to bother Bale where he plays he always seems to do a job. I think we have established by now that although he could be a good left back he is far better doing forward, anyone who can score a hat-trick against Inter Milan should not be playing at the back in my book.

So what do you think, could Bale possibly be the man to save our striker crisis and if you think it’s worth a shot how would your team layout look. Mine would be something like this

—————Gomes—————-

Hutton–King– Dawson– BAE

Lennon–Hudd–Modric–Kranjcar

————Vdv——————

—————-Bale—————

Oct 272010
 

I have been doing some thinking, if  Wesley Sneijder really does want to leave Inter and the rumours are that he might be looking for a way out with Manchester United keen on landing the Dutchman, could we possibly sign him?

To me it makes perfect sense, the guy is best mates with Van der Vaart, same age, same nationality and good friends, surely Van der Vaart could talk Wesley Sneijder into a move to Tottenham should he want to leave Inter. Both them two players in our midfield would make us the dogs.

Wesley Sneijder and Van der Vaart played together in the World Cup Final this summer before Van der Vaart moved to Spurs on deadline day. The pair previously played at Real Madrid and Ajax together. If Rafael is happy at Spurs then hopefully he could put in a good word for Harry. It makes perfect sense to me. OK so I am living in a dream world, but stranger things have happened and if Wesley Sneijder ever does become available then I expect there’s a good chance that Spurs would be in the running for his signature if the price is right.

Wesley Sneijder will get a chance to play at White Hart Lane next week when Inter Milan come to down and who knows, he might just get a taste for English football and want to trade the San Siro in for White Hart Lane. Sneijder recently turned down a new contract at the San Siro although the Italian giants are hopeful he will accept a renewed offer this week.

Oct 272010
 

My mate at work is convinced we can and will beat United come Saturday which has inspired me to write this as I would like to know the divide on this one.

We don’t usually do well up at Old Trafford, the closest we come in recent times was a 0-0 we had when I am sure you all remember Pedro Mendes hit a shot from the half way line which crossed the goal line but was not seen by the officials. Apart from that we don’t usually do well at all, in fact it is one of our worst away grounds since the start of the Premiership.

This Saturday live on ESPN we take on United again, it’s obvious that the gap between ourselves and United is closing but are we good enough to give them a real game up there? We are still without key players and ultimately I think that will end up costing us, United are still good at home but it is by no means beyond us to pull off a result.

Manchester United have had some problems of late but are getting back on track on and off the pitch, however our boys should be well up for this one. This is what defines teams, this is what shapes the top of the table, how the top four do in head to heads. So let’s have your predictions guys, seriously do we have a chance of beating United Saturday?