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Sep 302010
 

It was great to see Heurelho back for us in the Champions League this week and you could see the confidence oozing throughout the back four. Gomes had been out for the last month through a groin injury and we have really missed him in my opinion. Some people never quite understand just how big of an influence and important it is having a keeper that the defenders are confident in. Whether or not his judgment is always right, the important thing is that he is confident enough to come for every cross and this confidence passes through the rest of the team.

Although Carlo Cudicini had provided cover and made some good saves during this period, there’s nothing like having the club’s number one fit again. King, Hutton, BAE and Bassong all looked so much more comfortable at the back last night know that they had the big man behind them. As someone that has played football all my life I know how much it improves my game having a solid keeper behind me to rely on should I need him. The Tottenham back four and Midfield will now not be as cautious at the back and will not be afraid to push on and attack meaning we won’t have to play as deep.

Gomes has shaken off his reputation of being a calamity after a bad start to his Tottenham career which saw Harry Redknapp losing his patience with the Brazilian to become one of the Premiership’s top goalkeepers. Without a keeper like Gomes in goal last season I don’t think we would even be playing Champions League football this season, that’s not to say I am taking anything away from the rest of the team. Gomes stood big last night to make one good save of note and although didn’t really have much to do last night don’t underestimate the influence his sheer presence had on the rest of the team. We started the season by battering Manchester City but not managing to break them down, and who was in goal for that game? Gomes! Since he has been out injured you could see how the team looked a bit more nervous and didn’t play with freedom and confidence. Trust me now we have the big man back in between the sticks I think we will be seeing a better free flowing Tottenham and they will prove me right by destroying Villa this weekend. To back up my point you only have to look at what happend to Newcastle as soon as they sold Shay Given.

Sep 082010
 

The international break ended last night with PL club managers looking on with anxious eyes. Harry Redknapp and Spurs fans alike must have been fearing the worst when they saw Jermain Defoe lying centre circle in a heap and later leaving the field on a stretcher.

As if to add to the torment, there was no further mention or any update regarding the injury and left most of us scratching our heads and wondering if we had imagined it all? After match reports repeatedly referring to the Theo Walcott injury were being periodically updated yet the omission of any reference to Defoe ‘s situation was glaringly inexplicable.

Thankfully this morning the smiling face of Jermain appeared on our screens with a look that seemed to be saying ‘whats the problem’? But the 27-year-old is confident he will have regained full fitness in time for the trip to the Hawthorns.

When asked whether he would be available for the weekend’s encounter, Defoe replied: “Yeah, definitely. I hope so. (ok gotcha, you maybe you maybe not?)

“I jarred my ankle or my knee but it feels alright.  

“I’ve always said I’ll do my best to make sure I’m out there.

“I’ve just got to rest it (the injury). I’ll just keep icing it and I’m sure I’ll be ok.

Defoe was satisfied with England’s performance in Switzerland as they followed up Friday’s 4-0 triumph over Bulgaria at Wembley

“I think the movement in the first half was maybe better than the previous game,” he added. “We did really well, the manager was really happy.

“The energy again was good. In the second half they blew up a bit in the first ten minutes but overall I think we were the better side.

Tottenham striker Peter Crouch has heaped praise on team-mate, Crouch, who was forced to pull out of the England squad with a back injury, says he was pleased for Defoe and built up his club-mate’s ability.

He told his Spurs’ official website: “It’s fantastic for Jermain and he took his goals really well. I was really pleased for him.

“I thought the movement for all his goals was fantastic, the way he took defenders away and made space for himself. He looked really sharp. Yeah ok, he didn’t get a goal against the Swiss but his movement and link play with Wayne was excellent in the first half.

“I’ve played with him a lot and he’s going to get goals whenever he plays. He’s so sharp around the box and with that kind of movement England have, the players will find him and create the chances.

“As strikers, we all benefit from that.”

Luckily we’ve got the extra day for all our returnees to recover in time for our visit to the Hawthorns so come Friday we will  have a better idea who is available for selection, keep icing it Jermain.

Sep 072010
 

                                                                                                 

The transfer window has hardly had time to mist up before the latest rumour hits the surface and it involves our very own Jermain Defoe. Sources in Italy are circulating rumours suggesting Juventus intend making a move for our pocket rocket come January.

Defoe, 27, is on the Italian club’s radar as he continues to impress for both Spurs and England. The hit-man’s hat-trick against Bulgaria at Wembley last week — after previously scoring twice in the second leg of Spurs’ crucial Champions League play-off game against Young Boys — has seen his stock rise sharply around Europe, and he could be the answer for Juventus, who have been looking at signing a striker.

La Vecchia Signora are said to be keeping the spotlight firmly on Defoe, whose contract with Spurs expires in 2014.

A January transfer could arise, but the Bianconeri would have to offer the Premier League outfit at least €16 million (£13.3m) to garner attention and overcome Tottenham’s likely resistance to a sale.

The Old Lady added Jorge Martinez and Fabio Quagliarella to their forward ranks this summer, but Luigi Del Neri is looking for the pace and shoot-on-sight instincts Defoe offers, reports Tuttosport.

What a week for Defoe, hat trick for England, being compared to David Villa of Spain by Ian Wright (thats what friends are for) and now apparently on Juve’s wanted list. Although Defoe is known to happy at White Hart Lane after his reunion with Harry Redknapp and Spurs, Juve will remain hopeful that their status as one of the biggest clubs in Europe might persuade the 27-year old to make a move.

Defoe added goals 13, 14 and 15 to his tally on Friday night in his 44th appearance.  Defoe is one of the most prolific scorers within the English Premier League and has scored 29 in 50 starts and 7 substitute appearances since his return to White Hart Lane after scoring 17 in 34 starts and 2 appearances off the bench with Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth.

Could the desire be there to now prove himself on the continent whilst in his prime? Following the World Cup there was a belief England player’s experience and effectiveness is limited to the Premier League.  Defoe could be the first player to make a leap from the safety of the Premier League into the uncertainty of Europe for some time.  We as a nation import many players but very rarely export.  Is this because we over price them, or is it simply we have something in our make up which is fatally flawed?

However this plays out, we as a club must make sure any deal benefits all parties with the emphasis on the fee involved sufficient to enable the financing of a suitable replacement.

Sep 062010
 

Last week Spurs confirmed the signing of Croatian Stipe Pletikosa on a season long loan. Having not had much time to research this guy as he seemed to be the forgotten man in the Van der Vaart saga I finally got around to it today.

I found this video on and I like the look of him, he is very brave and athletic. He has won 80 caps for Croatia which is impressive and you could argue that at the age of 31 he should be in his prime as a goalkeeper. Many believed that Pletikosa deserved to win the best keeper at Euro 2008 but unfortunately the luck never fell his way.

My only criticism I any are that it looks as though he might be a bit over theatrical in some of the saves he makes but we will have to wait and see. He was once regarded as the best keeper in the Russian league. You lot are the judges, opinions below chaps.

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.”

Aug 202010
 

I will probably get a lot of stick for this blog but here it goes anyway….

None of this please William

We seem to be getting linked to far too many ex Arsenal players than I would like, it looks like we will be getting William Gallas on a freebie pending a medical and to a lot of clubs this would be a bargain but to me it’s not. He is a decent defender but his attitude isn’t the best. I don’t want a player who threatens to score own goals agaisnt his own team like he done at Chelsea if he doesn’t get his own way. Its bad enough he is an ex Gooner but I don’t even think the Arsenal fans ever embraced Gallas so how the hell are the Spurs fans supposed to. Gallas has this attitude that it’s all about him, while Bassong accepts King, Dawson and Woody are all better defenders than him and quietly waits for his chance to play and when he does he gives 100% I don’t think Gallas will do this, I think he is under the impression he will be the main man at the back for us and when he discovers he isn’t he will sulk. I don’t want to see this guy put above Bassong.

We are also being linked with Hleb in a £5 million move but although he has a much better attitude that Gallas my only real concern with this one except for him also being Arsenal is that I personally think he isn’t very good. Hleb will work hard and score the odd goal but seriously who can he push out of our team?

So we have now been linked with Adebayor, Flamini, Gallas and Hleb in recent weeks, surely we can aim higher than Arsenal rejects that were either sold for being trouble makers or were not simply good enough. I don’t want to visit the Emirates to the chants of “are you Arsenal in disguise” or “you only buy arsenal rejects”. Surely there are other players out there we can get linked to other than Gooner rejects.

News just in, Edgar Davids has joined Crystal Place, Edgar served us proud and I wish him all the best at his new club

Aug 182010
 

Ok so we almost let Young Boys make us look like Young Girls for half an hour but managed to salvage the tie in what Harry described as a “great defeat”. After half an hour I was looking at the tv screen in total shock, I felt a sense of not wanting to believe what I was witnessing, surely what we have been waiting for all summer wasn’t going to end this way? Well thankfully in the end it didn’t but it could have.

Yeah you can’t blame the pitch but it sure as hell didn’t help us, they shouldn’t really be allowed, if our boys wanted to play on artificial pitches they would go and have a kick about at their local goals with their mates. I don’t want to start this debate off just because we lost. For half an hour we were humiliated and it could have been even worse.

The turning point was when Huddlestone come on, he seemed to settle the team and bring back their confidence into the passing game. Hudd is really starting to develop into a vital player for us. So 3-0 down after half an hour and my phone was contant ringing with calls and text messages from… yeah you guessed it, Arsenal fans. My worst nightmare was coming true, in my head I was thinking how the bloddy hell am I going to face these gooner mugs at work tomorrow.

Just before half time Bassong pulled us a goal back and then later in the second half Pav managed to change the complex of the tie. Once again Tottenham are the bookies favourites to progress now with 2 away goals but Tottenham being Tottenham you never know, we could quite easily go and lose again or end up with a 0-0 draw as we have trouble breaking teams down when they set up to defend but we could just as easily go and thump them.

The fact of the matter remains we are still behind so we have to chase the match, yes now we are only 1 goal behind I am feeling confident that the job will get done. So let’s weigh it up, 3-2 would have been a poor result before the game right? but after 30 mins if somebody offered me 3-2 I would have taken that all day long and give them a big “thank you very much” to go with it. So you can see why Harry called it a great defeat , I agree with him, what could have turned into a nightmare that would mean Tottenham jokes via text messages and on the internet, thankfully didn’t. However the potential banana skin is still there so we must take Young Boys more seriously and give them more credit. Thankfully we have a second chance, hopefully we will take it this time.

The potential consequences of defeat was untinkable, it now looks as though we had waited to confirm qualification before making moves for our transfer targets. If we do crash out on Wednesday then that also throws the plans for any news players to join us up in arms. I don’t really need to mention the money involved, we all know it’s worth millions to the club. Most of all, the biggest fear of all that was running through my head when we were 3 goals down was, “I have waited years for this moment and it might be years before it happens again”. Now I was feeling that this was our chance and we have blown it and we might wait another 10 years before we get another crack and that thought scared the life out of me. Thankfully we have a second chance, hopefully we will take it this time.

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Jul 312010
 

Giovani Dos Santos! Watching him in midweek made me think to myself even more “I hope Harry can see he is worth keeping”, he didn’t change the game but for me he is a player who is always a threat and a player who is well capable of nicking us a goal out of nothing.

I am going to take a gamble on him this season by putting him in my dream team ( he will only be one of my subs to start with). Watching the World Cup he showed he has natural talent and abaility, he just needs someone to get the best out of him and if Harry can do that with the rest of our team then why not with Gio?. Whenever he plays for Mexico everything goes through him, he pulls all the strings  and at such a young age. You don’t play for Barcelona and become a bad player over night.

Harry seems to have warmed to him more since the World Cup, he has said on a few occasions that he knows Gio is talented but he prefers the party lifestyle and should he just knuckle down could be a great player. So why does Harry up untill now always overlook him? is it punishment for his extreme social life?

To me if Harry is a good manager then part of being a good manager is to work with players that have been misguided and turn them around and to help them reach their full potential. Giving up on a player with ability like Dos Santos is criminal and it would be a decision we could live to regret and that scares me.

The general feel I get from Spurs fans is that they mainly share my view that this kid isn’t done and dusted and could yet show us the reason we signed him. I think Gio would be well suited to Champions League matches. Gio was nominated for best young player at this year’s 2010 World Cup and it seems maybe Harry has picked up on his performances and might just be willing to open the door once more for Gio. Gio scored in our 4-1 defeat to Villarreal in midweek to give us something to cheer about, he gives off vibes of calmness when in front of goal and dribbling with the ball looks like it comes natural to him like it does to Messi.

Now if you are asking me I think up untill the new year we will see Gio given more of a chance, probably his last chance at Tottenham, but I just hope it is a fair chance and not 10 mins here and there, he can play on the left, forward or in a hole behind the striker. I sometimes think Harry doesn’t know which position is best for Gio but why not give him more of a chance. I would much rather see Gio in a Spurs shirt for another season than Jenas.

We take on Befinca at their gaff on tuesday night, hopefully Giovani will be given a good run out in that match too and hopefully win Harry over even more. The game will be live on ESPN I believe so sign up to the >>forum<< to see the match live. Gio what would you do with him?

Jul 292010
 

Well the big guns are back for tonights match but will they be rested or will they play? Anyway as you know the past couple of games I have set up a new page for the games streams, well tonight it is in the FORUM only, just click the link and login or register, the streams are embedded into the Tottenham vs Villarreal topic so you can watch and chat, I will work on adding more. There are fewer streams around tonight but I have managed to dig a couple out for you guys.

The world cup players are back but some of the youngsters have been in good form in pre season so far, so will Harry stick with some of them? It is our first home friendly and there will surely be a decent atmosphere at the Lane. Harry seems to change his formation to a 5-4-1 or 4-3-3 only to later revert to 4-4-2 later on in recent games, but I guess that is what a friendly match is for.

Personally I think it’s important that some of the World Cup boys get some fitness and get a good half an hour on the pitch, these are the players that will be opening agaisnt City in 2 weeks so we don’t have long left to prepare them. We are the favourites for the win and I fully expect the boys to deliver, it’s a shame we haven’t had no new signings to take a look at for tonight but who knows, maybe next week.

Don’t forget to check back here tomorrow morning for a match review and highlights if I can find some, if you know of any before I do use the contact me page and give me the link. I am going for a 2-1 win tonight, leave your predictions below.

Watch all the action from 8pm in the Forum , either login or register to be able to view the boards. Can also watch it on spurstv if you want to pay the £1.99. Enjoy the match!

Jul 292010
 

Well the big guns are back for tonights match  but will they be rested or will they play? Anyway as you know the past couple of games I have set up a new page for the games streams, well tonight it is in the FORUM only, just click the link and login or register, the streams are embedded into the Tottenham vs Villarreal topic so you can watch and chat, I will work on adding more. There are fewer streams around tonight but I have managed to dig a couple out for you guys.

The world cup players are back but some of the youngsters have been in good form in pre season so far, so will Harry stick with some of them? It is our first home friendly and there will surely be a decent atmosphere at the Lane. Harry seems to change his formation to  a 5-4-1 or 4-3-3 only to later revert to 4-4-2 later on in recent games, but I guess that is what a friendly match is for.

Personally I think it’s important that some of the World Cup boys get some fitness and get a good half an hour on the pitch, these are the players that will be opening agaisnt City in 2 weeks so we don’t have long left to prepare them. We are the favourites for the win and I fully expect the boys to deliver, it’s a shame we haven’t had no new signings to take a look at for tonight but who knows, maybe next week.

Don’t forget to check back here tomorrow morning for a match review and highlights if I can find some, if you know of any before I do use the contact me page and give me the link. I am going for a 2-1 win tonight, leave your predictions below.

Watch all the action from 8pm in the Forum , either login or register to be able to view the boards. Enjoy the match!

Hotspur History – November 2006

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Jul 292010
 

Let me take you all the way back almost 4 years to a cold November. It was a sunday afternoon and I was sitting in the pub ready to watch Tottenham take on Chelski at the Lane.

It had been 16 years since our last league win over the blues but could this be our moment to shine?Well when Chelsea took the lead through a long range Makelele strike it looked a case of the same old story for us Spurs fans, I believed it was a case of being over optimisitc again only to be let down when we play a top 4 team, and then this happend……

Well when Lennon found the back of the net with probably his best taken goal to date I was estatic, I couldn’t believe that a team like Chelsea who hadn’t lost a game after taking the lead for god knows how long had finally lost that record and to my beloved Tottenham. Dawson with a great header to make it 1-1 and then great work from Keane to cross it for Lennon who i’m sure we all thought was going to just belt it first time but to my amazment he took it back inside and made the Chelsea defence look like mugs before he buried it past Petr Cech.  Great match, was well chuffed with the performance and the character shown to come from behind.

COYS!!!

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