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On the 2nd January 2007 Spurs announced the signing of what they believed to be a star in the making ……. The ‘New Zidane’ no less !!!

Rangers Bound - Adel Off To QPR

After just 9 first team outings and no goals in competitive matches Adel Taarabt looks set to move back to Queens Park Rangers ….. this time on a permanent deal.

The Moroccan international ,21, who moved to the Lane from French club Lens in 2007 (initially on loan) struggled to break into the first team under both Martin Jol and Harry Redknapp and appears to be ready to make the move to gain regular first team football.

“The big mistake was to sign for Tottenham and not go to another club when I first came over” – Not words to get the Spurs faithful on side and chanting his name – Taarabt proceeded to spurt yet more ill advised comments when he told reporters only a couple of months ago – “I hope to be playing for one of the top four in Spain next season — Real Madrid ,Barcelona, Valencia or Sevilla. I have contact with good teams and I know that they want me. Now I just have to hope they can agree a deal with Tottenham.”

Well, unfortunately the big 4 in La Liga forgot to bid and Adel now looks set to put the finishing touches on a £1m move back to the club at which he spent last season on loan.

So, with another one off through the White Hart Lane exit door, are you glad or disappointed to see the back of Taarabt? The kid undoubtedly has ability, but failed to find one specific position in which to ply his talents. His debut in the match against West Ham showed a glimpse of what he could do and at the time we were all desperate to see more of him but in the end the few appearances that followed left us with that disappointed feeling and most will probably not be too bothered to see him leave.

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Jul 202010
 

If, as expected, Big Martin Jol is confirmed as the new Fulham boss, a sizeable chunk of the supposed £20m transfer kitty to be handed to him by Mohamed Al Fayed is being reserved for a move to bring Robbie Keane with him to Craven Cottage.

Together Again ? - Jol & Keane

Despite a last ditch attempt from current employers Ajax to keep the former Spurs boss in Holland, Jol spent Monday afternoon accompanied by his brother and agent in thrashing out the final details of his move back to the English Premier League.

Once finalised and announced, Jol intends to raid his former employers at the Lane for out of favour striker Robbie Keane. Keane, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Parkhead with Celtic is thought to be available for around £5-7m and with the pair having enjoyed such a good relationship in the past, the Dutchman is keen to bring in the Republic Of Ireland international to bolster his attacking options ahead of the new season.

Whilst at Spurs, Keane was always Jol’s main striker, ahead of Defoe,Kanoute and Mido. So it comes as no suprise that with Spurs looking to sell that big MJ is looking to buy. Lets all be honest here, how many of us Spurs fans will be having a bit of a soft spot for Fulham next season, would love to see Jol return to us one day, he will always be ours but wherever he is I am sure most Tottenham fans wish him all the best.

Jul 162010
 

Fulham are reportedly targeting Martin Jol as the number 1 replacement Roy Hodgson

Current Ajax and ex Spurs manager Jol is a wanted man by Fulham. Jol was a fans favourite during his days at the Lane and might relish the chance to return to the Premiership.

Personally I would love to see Jol back in the league and I am sure he would get a fantastic reception from us Tottenham fans. I still hope that one day he will return to us. I think we owe an awful lot on where we are now to big MJ, he turned us from a laughing stock to real champions league contenders and lead us to our first premiership top 5 finish, the first time we qualified for Europe through the league in the Premiership.

I say good on you Fulham, if you get Martin then you should consider yourselves lucky, he is a great manager and a legend for most of us Spurs fans. He would do a great job for your club.

Jun 262010
 

Tomorrow is England v Germany in what is a massive must win game, the streets will be dead for 90mins, you will hear cheers from houses on your street should England score. There surely is nothing like the World Cup to unite the nation. Well with the nation united I am now probably going to divide us Spurs fans with one not so simple question. Defoe or Klinsmann.

Following on from my previous blog on Modric or Ginola (you can still have your say here Modric or Ginola) I have decided as it is the long awaited World Cup revenge match between England and German that I would do the same again but with a present Spurs legend Defoe and another historic Tottenham legend in Jurgen Klinsmann.

Klinsmann scored a total of 30 Premiership goals for Tottenham in 2 seperate spells in the 90s. His first spell came in 1994/95 where he scored on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday followed by the infamous Klinsmann dive celebration. Klinsmann finished the league season with 21 goals and won the footballer of the year award before his controversial departure to Bayern Munich, much to the disgust of then Spurs chairman Sir Alan Sugar. In a twist of fate Klinsmann returned to the club in the 1998/99 season for a loan spell towards the end of the season where he helped save Tottenham for relegation with 9 goals in 15 games, most noticably 4 goals agaisnt Wimbledon.

Jermain Defoe joined the club in 2004 following the relegation of his then club West Ham United. Like Klinsmann, Defoe has also had 2 spells at the club. His first spell from 2004 to 2008 saw Defoe net 43 goals in 139 games, however although not as good as Klinsmann’s record, you need to take into account that Defoe fell out of favour with Martin Jol and made a lot of appearances from the subs bench. Defoe unlike Klinsmann was sold to Portsmouth but it was more the clubs decision rather than Jermain wanting to leave, if he had been playing on a regular basis he would no doubt have wanted to stay. Harry Redknapp was the appointed manager and resigned Defoe in 2009 and to the present day Defoe still plays his football at the lane, so far scoring 21 goals in 42 games.

Although both players are from a different era although not too far apart, which one would you want in your team today if both were still playing. Although because he is English and is at Tottenham at present I am swaying towards Defoe although something tells me Klinsmann was the more complete striker and had more to his game than Defoe. So I think if someone put a gun to my head and made me make a choice I would although a tough decision opt for Jurgen, but only just. Lets see what you guys think, and remember if you want to have your say on the Modric or Ginola article you can find it here Modric or Ginola.

Stay tuned as I will be doing more of these in the future, it’s not nice to have to chose between iconic Spurs players but then again who ever said I was nice.