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Aug 022011
 

We are now at the end of July and it is exactly 31 days until the end of the transfer window. Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and even Arsenal have strengthened their squads in key positions.

United have bought a winger, a centre half and a goalkeeper. Liverpool have bought a winger and a central midfielder. Manchester City have bought one of the worlds best players (again) and will probably buy another entire squad before the window closes just for the craic. Even notorious non-spenders Arsenal have bought a striker.

In the midst of all this Tottenham have signed a teenage striker (albeit a highly rated one) when it is clear that our squad needs more extensive strengthening and bloodletting.

For a start there is a considerable amount of deadwood that needs to be either cleared from the ranks or turned around. This group consists of David Bentley, Giovani Dos Santos, Robbie Keane, Jermaine Jenas, Ben Alnwick and Bongani Khumalo. In my less-than-humble opinion I would sell them all except Dos Santos who I believe still has something to offer, he’s young, quick and has bags of technique. He just needs to get more first team opportunities.

Then there is the necessary strengthening. We need another centre half. Ledley King and William Gallas cannot be relied upon for an entire season meaning we essentially have two centre halves (Michael Dawson and Sebastien Bassong) and two half-centre halves. We also need a striker. We have three strikers in our first team squad but not one of them is a stand-out 20-25 goal a season striker. I think we should allow Roman Pavlyuchenko or Peter Crouch to move on and use the money to put towards a world class replacement.

I’m guessing here but I figure most Spurs fans would agree with the changes I’ve outlined above and must therefore conclude that Daniel Levy recognises the necessary changes. So why in the name of Great Oden’s Raven has he not done anything about it!?

I can only assume it’s because he’s doing what he always does. Playing the waiting game, looking for that last minute deal to get the best value player or get the best price for a squad member. It’s a tactic that has it’s advantages and Levy is very good at it. However it’s a risky business and I can’t escape the feeling that come midnight on August 31st we are going to have the same squad we do now (minus Luka Modric) and be a long way behind our competitors.

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 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 292010
     

    Front man and full back on way out of the White Hart Lane door?

    Reports in the press last week suggesting that new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson was planning a swoop for Spurs striker Peter Crouch have gathered pace today. Now speculation has arisen that any bid could be twinned with another deal to try to take Cameroon left back Benoit Assou Ekotto to Anfield aswell!

    Crouch In The Red Again Next Season ?

    Hodgson Target - Ekotto ?

    After announcing that star striker Fernando Torres had committed his future to the Merseyside club, Hodgson has now set about pairing the former Athletico Madrid front man with a new strike partner and has set his sights on Spurs’ former Liverpool man Crouch.

    With Harry Redknapp publicly searching for a new front man and Roman Pavlyuchenko seemingly ready to stay put and fight for his place next season, Crouch’s chances of a regular start seem to be deteriorating by the second. Crouch could therefore quite conceivably see a move back to his former club in a favourable light considering his prospects at the Lane going into the new campaign.

    Ekotto is a stranger story, however this rumour seems to be gathering momentum on a daily basis and now appears to have some substance. Unhappy with his current options at left back, Hodgson now seems ready to move for the Spurs man to add some balance to his Liverpool side, and sees B.A.E as the perfect option to play in behind prospective signing Royston Drenthe.

    Can you see either move coming off? Would you be upset to see either player leave the Lane at this time? Let us know in the comments box below …..

    Jul 252010
     

    Today’s Hotspur History Features Tottenham v Leicester City in the 1999 League Cup Final

    ***Video Below***

    The cup was then named the Worthington Cup after taking over sponsorship from Coca-Cola. Below you will find our road to Wembley results, I think it was the year Ginola scored that goal agaisnt Barnsley in the FA Cup quater final.

    Round 2, 1st leg: Brentford 2–3 Tottenham Hotspur

    Round 2, 2nd leg: Tottenham Hotspur 3–2 Brentford

    Round 3: Northampton Town 1–3 Tottenham Hotspur

    Round 4: Liverpool 1–3 Tottenham Hotspur

    Quarter-final: Tottenham Hotspur 3–1 Manchester United

    Semi-final, 1st leg: Tottenham Hotspur 0–0 Wimbledon

    Semi-final, 2nd leg: Wimbledon 0–1 Tottenham Hotspur

    I just noticed we scored 3 goals in 5 consecutive matches. The final itself would only ever be remembered by us Spurs faithful, it was the sort of match the neutrals would have forgotten a long long time ago. Both teams were cautious but it was Tottenham who edged the match in my opinion and deserved the 1-0 win. Robbie Savage was on the pitch to wind up the Spurs players rather than play football.

    If you take a look back at our team, it was a mixture of good players and players I would now call pants. It brings back some great memories of Ginola I have. I was watching this one at home and when Justin Edinburgh got sent off, I like a lot of you suspected the worst, I thought we would be clinging on for dear life and Leicester would take the game to us but nothing really changed. I was braced for extra time and then Iversen went on a great run which resulted in Allan Nielsen scoring the winner deep into injury time, needless to say I creamed my pants and spilt my beer everywhere.

    I am too good to you lot, I spent hours making this video for you, just like the West Ham video I couldn’t find any other compilations on the net so this might be unique so feel free to nab yourself a copy and download it at will. Remember the Tottenhamv Sporting game can be seen by joining the forum where I will embed live streams for the match and future Tottenham games, so it will pay off if you join.

    World Cup Sensation To Consider His Options …..

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    Jul 072010
     

    ‘Genius’ – Honda Alerts Premier League Giants

    Japanese World Cup sensation Keisuke Honda has put potential suitors on red alert by admitting that he is considering his future with Russian club CSKA Moscow.

    Honda’s agent Kees Ploegsma has said that his client would seriously consider a move away from the Dynamo Stadium should a serious offer from a big club be tabled.

    Speaking to Russian reporters Ploegsma said :

    “Keisuke plays in a beautiful city for an important club, but obviously if there are offers from big European clubs it is difficult to say ‘no’.

    “At this time there are no bids and all in all he is happy at CSKA but we’ll see.”

    With Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool all reportedly interested in the Japanese forward and Arsene Wenger being so impressed by his world cup performances that he referred to him as a ‘genius’, would you be happy to see Honda at White Hart Lane next season?

    I must say that I was impressed with him during his country’s run in South Africa but among the host of players we are currently being linked with I would prefer to see Harry splash the cash elsewhere.

    Jul 012010
     

    Sitting here watching Sky Sports News and was thinking who have we actually signed? All I see is more transfer speculation for us Spurs fans. I mean it seems to me like anyother closed season,we are linked with big name players but as of yet no action. I remember a few years ago being linked with the likes of Kluivert,Rivaldo,Adriano,Ronaldo (the fat one) etc, so it’s not like we have never been linked to big name players but is this year any different, will we actually deliver on the big names?

    Has qualifying for the Champions League really made much of a difference to the type of players we get linked with or are Tottenham getting used by other clubs to push up prices of their own players by claiming Spurs want them. One transfer I actually think will happen it’s just a matter of when is Joe Cole on a free. I’m sure Harry knows he can get cole to come to us and Cole recently said he will only come to a Champions League club, which rules out City and Liverpool. Apart from that has finishing 4th really made that much difference or is it just like any other closed season?

    With just over a month to go before the start of the new campaign we keep getting linked with the same players week in week out but nothing ever seems to develop. We know we have Brazilian Sandro to join the club but that deal was done some months ago. Harry needs to trim the squad but as of yet nobody has actually left the club either, we know we have to shift out the dead wood and replace them with 3 or 4 players of quality if we are to push on.

    I really hope i’m proved wrong in the next few weeks because if we are to push on it’s now or never. We have done the hard work by breaking into the top 4, we now have the means to attract bigger and better players. I expect Harry will bring in 2 or 3 players by August, however I hope he does not get sidetracked by England talk and focuses 100% on the future of Tottenham Hotspur.

    So this closed season is it really going to be any different? are we going to be linked to big name playersand end up signing Emile Heskey or for once will we deliver on all this speculation. I would like just one nice suprise in the transfer window by signing someone we have yet to be linked with out of the blue, kind of like Modric, not much was said about him when we actually signed him. My tips are Joe Cole and Micah Richards but I just hope Harry knows he can now aim higher than he has his whole career and can tell the difference between the quality of players he needs for Tottenham opposed to the players he signed at West Ham and Portsmouth.

    Full Tottenham Premiership 2010/11 Fixture List

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    Jun 172010
     

    Fixtures announced this morning see Spurs host Man city on the opening day, followed by a trip to Stoke.

    August 10
    Time Competition Home team Score Away team
    Sat 14th 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs Man City
    Sat 21st 15:00 Premier League Stoke vs Tottenham
    Sat 28th 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs Wigan
    September 10
    Time Competition Home team Score Away team
    Sat 11th 15:00 Premier League West Brom vs Tottenham
    Sat 18th 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs Wolverhampton
    Sat 25th 15:00 Premier League West Ham vs Tottenham
    October 10
    Time Competition Home team Score Away team
    Sat 2nd 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs Aston Villa
    Sat 16th 15:00 Premier League Fulham vs Tottenham
    Sat 23rd 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs Everton
    Sat 30th 15:00 Premier League Man Utd vs Tottenham
    November 10
    Time Competition Home team Score Away team
    Sat 6th 15:00 Premier League Bolton vs Tottenham
    Tue 9th 19:45 Premier League Tottenham vs Sunderland
    Sat 13th 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs Blackburn
    Sat 20th 15:00 Premier League Arsenal vs Tottenham
    Sat 27th 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs Liverpool
    December 10
    Time Competition Home team Score Away team
    Sat 4th 15:00 Premier League Birmingham vs Tottenham
    Sat 11th 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs Chelsea
    Sat 18th 15:00 Premier League Blackpool vs Tottenham
    Sun 26th 15:00 Premier League Aston Villa vs Tottenham
    Tue 28th 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs Newcastle
    January 11
    Time Competition Home team Score Away team
    Sat 1st 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs Fulham
    Wed 5th 19:45 Premier League Everton vs Tottenham
    Sat 15th 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs Man Utd
    Sat 22nd 15:00 Premier League Newcastle vs Tottenham
    February 11
    Time Competition Home team Score Away team
    Wed 2nd 19:45 Premier League Blackburn vs Tottenham
    Sat 5th 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs Bolton
    Sat 12th 15:00 Premier League Sunderland vs Tottenham
    Sat 26th 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs Arsenal
    March 11
    Time Competition Home team Score Away team
    Sat 5th 15:00 Premier League Wolverhampton vs Tottenham
    Sat 19th 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs West Ham
    April 11
    Time Competition Home team Score Away team
    Sat 2nd 15:00 Premier League Wigan vs Tottenham
    Sat 9th 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs Stoke
    Sat 16th 15:00 Premier League Man City vs Tottenham
    Sat 23rd 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs West Brom
    Sat 30th 15:00 Premier League Chelsea vs Tottenham
    May 11
    Time Competition Home team Score Away team
    Sat 7th 15:00 Premier League Tottenham vs Blackpool
    Sat 14th 15:00 Premier League Liverpool vs Tottenham
    Sun 22nd 16:00 Premier League Tottenham vs Birmingham

    Double Swoop For Huntelaar and Pienaar + Keane to Villa?

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    Jun 052010
     

    Just read this in the Daily Mail….

    Harry Redknapp has identified Holland striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar as a player to boost Tottenham’s scoring in the Champions League next season.

    The Spurs manager will also keep an eye on Everton’s South Africa midfielder Steven Pienaar while a BBC World Cup pundit.

    Target: Klaas Jan Huntelaar

    It spells the start of a clear-out at White Hart Lane, with club captain Robbie Keane set to join Aston Villa and Jermaine Jenas offered as bait to lure Pienaar.

    Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is ready to loosen the purse strings after the club finished fourth last season.

    Pienaar, who has a year left on his contract, is keen to move to a Champions League club.AC Milan have made it clear Huntelaar, 26, could be surplus to requirements if they can sign Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano.

    The much-travelled Huntelaar cost just under £15million from Real Madrid a year ago. But despite being considered one of Holland’s finest front men the Italians feel he had an indifferent first season with seven goals in 21 appearances.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1284323/Tottenham-Huntelaar-Pienaar-Keane-set-join-Aston-Villa.html?ITO=1490#ixzz0q166kYie

    Now I like both players and lets face it we might aswell cash in on Keane and look into the future. Both are great players, Pienaar is still young and Huntelaar still has many years left. Huntelaar needs a new home, he hasnt settled in at Ac Milan or at Real Madrid so I would welcome him to the lane with open arms. We never broke into the top 4 with Keane so I don’t feel we need him, let Villa have him. Keane lost the hearts of most Tottenham fans the day he left us for Liverpool and he has never managed to win back our affection.

    I hope it isn’t just paper talk as I like the idea of this happening and feel it would only make us stronger for a season which involves a Champions League campaign.

    COYS!!

    Liverpool Want Redknapp

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    Jun 052010
     


    (source: sky sports)
    Liverpool are planning a shock move for Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, Sky Sports sources understand.

    The Anfield outfit are searching for a new man at the helm after Rafa Benitez’s six-year reign was brought to an end by mutual consent on Thursday.

    And Spurs boss Redknapp has emerged as a leading contender for the Reds hierarchy as they aim to bring stability back to Merseyside.

    Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish and managing director Christian Purslow have been charged with the task of identifying and selecting a replacement.

    Dalglish knows Redknapp well having brought his son Jamie to Anfield in January 1991 when he was at the helm of the five-time European champions and the two families have been close ever since.
    Reputation

    Redknapp’s reputation as a transfer market wheeler-dealer has made him an attractive option for Liverpool, who are heavily in debt and could have only £5million to invest in new players if they do not trim their squad this summer.

    The former Bournemouth, West Ham, Southampton and Portsmouth manager has transformed the fortunes of the White Hart Lane club since replacing Juande Ramos in October 2008.

    Redknapp his since guided the club into the top four of the Premier League – ironically at the expense of Liverpool – and they have the prospect of UEFA Champions League football to look forward to next season.

    Spurs would be loath to lose the services of Redknapp, who has been granted an impressive transfer budget during his time in North London, and are sure to fight hard to keep the 63-year-old.

    Redknapp has only one year remaining on his current contract at White Hart Lane and talks over a new deal are yet to take place.

    Now my view on this is almost laughable, why would Redknapp want to leave a top 4 club for a mid table side?. If the reds do decide to make a move for the Spurs boss I fully expect Harry to tell them thanks but no thanks.

    Can We Push On Next Season?

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    May 312010
     

    Next season will see spurs enter into the unknown, not only will we have to compete in 3 domestic competitions but will also have to juggle a Champions League campaign too. If we are being realistic, what can we hope to achieve next season?

    Firstly the aim will no doubt be to finish in the top 4 again to keep the fans and players happy and to also balance the books. With the plans of a new stadium this is essential. Another aim will be to have a good run in the Champions League as this is our first time in Europe’s elite cup since its rebranding to the CL. I don’t think we will do a Leeds and reach the semi finals but I would consider it a good pop at it if we managed to get through the groups. But before all this we have the little matter of a qualifying game to overcome. If our league form is going well again next season I would suggest the Carling cup will be used for some of the youngsters to get a game, and why not? evey other top 4 club does it. As for the FA cup i’m sure Harry will do his best to win that.

    Now our chances of having a good season next campaign will probably depends a lot on how we push on in the summer transfer window, who will come and who will go?. Well it’s nice for a change to be linked with some real big names and know there is a real possiblity of attracting these players now. One name that keeps popping up is Joe Cole on a Bosman and this would be a great addition. Harry should have sufficient funds to spend and can raise even more with the expected sales of Keane,O’hara,Dos Santos and Jenas which could raise over £20mil extra to add to the fund. So for all us Tottenham fans it promises to be an exciting summer. However we have already made the most significant signing of the transfer window by Modric extending his stay for a further 6 years.
    So who knows what the 2010/11 season will hold, let’s just hope for once we can deliver and push on and finally live up the the expectations that we have never lived up to. Is this just a flash in the pan or are the sleeping giants finally awakening? I know one thing for certain, Arsenal are definately looking over their shoulder now.