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Aug 272012
 

Well here we are again fellow Spurs fans, ‘Silly Season’ for transfer stories, and we have not had such a doozie like this Modric saga since Dimitar Berbatov had an all-nighter with Daniel Levy and Alex Ferguson. Real Madrid have rejected a ‘final offer’ of €35million (£28million or $50million for U.S. fans) for the player dubbed as the lynchpin of Spurs’ midfield, Luka Modrić. I’m only slightly unsure about where I stand with this situation.

We are soon to be rid of an unhappy player so that there’s no mass disruption within the changing rooms. Well, maybe Van Der Vaart and Sandro would still duel with twisted-up towels, but I’m talking about disruption of the team’s morale. The money, whatever may be agreed [estimated to be over £30m] would go some way towards equipping us with the gap we have upfront. The space between Peter Crouch’s legs used to account for that until he signed for Stoke. Adebayor is more of a holding centre forward than an actual striker, Defoe cannot possibly fill the striker position every game; and many fans still don’t trust Kane and Coulibaly as far as they can throw them, although, the youth players’ 0-6 mauling of Southend United should have curried some more favour with fans.

Maybe Modric’s transfer money could then be put in Daniel Levy’s Very Rainy/Flooded Day Fund instead. Many say at least one more striker is required to increase options upfront. They are correct.

I’m here to offer some ‘retrospective views’ on this Modric deal.

I’m struggling to see why Madridistas wanted Levy to accept the ‘final offer’ from Real Madrid to transfer Modric from one white/blanco shirt to another. It’s rather paltry considering how Spurs got the Croatian playmaker the exposure to English and European football, not to mention his undisputed passing accuracy and his impact on a match,

The young [and still upcoming] Leandro is only worth £3million less than Madrid’s previous offer for Modric which was £23m. What made the offer more insulting is the fact that the boot was on the other foot for Madrid a little while ago. Their price tag on midfielder Nuri Sahin (currently on-loan at Liverpool) put German club Hoffenheim off. Yet they expected Spurs to lower the value of Modric to suit them. They wouldn’t dream of reducing Cristiano Ronaldo’s value by 1/3 would they. Madrid seem to be using their reputation to try and push Tottenham around in the transfer market. Levy has spearheaded the defence for comparatively ‘smaller’ clubs who are tired of it. It seems like Madrid were in a glass house and started throwing stones.

Madrid cannot, on one end, offer heavily discounted amounts for such talented players from other clubs while hiking up prices of their own players on the other end – I think the famous English idiom of choice here is called ‘having your cake and eating it’. It’s blatant hypocrisy from Real Madrid’s representatives.
Madrid claim they really want Modric but as money talks, it doesn’t look like they’re trying too hard and so it seems like Modric isn’t as vital to Madrid’s progress as first thought. Rather, they are trying to ‘peacock’ their way to a cheaper price using their ‘We’re Real Madrid – Deal with it’ mantra. They aren’t exactly paupers and so would definitely pay the full asking price of £40m if they wanted Modric that desperately. The ball was in their court/net/goalline-technology pilot test, whatever you want to call it.

 

If the above theory was too conspiracy-like for you, then how about this one:


Levy was trying to ensure Spurs get what they deserve for giving him exposure to the Premier League and European (world-renowned) competitions. There are performance-bonuses which need paying to Zagreb so that’s what the extra money on top may have been for.

Also, I don’t buy into this ‘Modric and Levy had a gentleman’s agreement’ hoo-hah.
Their agreement was if Modric wanted to leave in the future for a ‘bigger club’, Levy would not stand in his way…but then Modric penned an improved six-year deal (doh!). Levy has allowed Madrid to negotiate a transfer for Modric. Agreement fulfilled. He didn’t promise Modric that he’ll be able to tie up a deal.

When a player signs a legally binding contract with the chairman, he too shall not go back on it. Contract means that the player is required to play for the team at all matches when needed unless out through injury, compassionate, etc. leave. I am fully aware of the theory that contracts are worth less than the paper they’re written on nowadays, but it didn’t give Modric the right-to perpetuate it!

Modric unlawfully skipped the pre-season tour of the USA and therefore was already in BREACH OF HIS OWN CONTRACT. Levy was doing nothing apart from going by the letter of the law, upholding the legalities of it, like he would for ANY player of his. Rather that than have renegade players calling the shots and still leaving afterwards a la Berbatov.

Would you go into your boss’ office calling the shots on your pay or giving HIM an ultimatum on possibly leaving for a ‘bigger’ employer without so much as a sit-down and a chat??? Yes, you’d have engineered your own sacking, but there’d be no positive reference for the next employer who takes you on…if any. Football is a business just like whatever company you may work for.

Levy as you know isn’t one to shy away from brinksmanship and he wins most of the time. Resistance is futile. If Madrid wanted Modric so much, they would have paid the FULL asking price. As it stands, they are ‘peacocking’ about how they can have any player they want for half the price because they’re Real Madrid. They are Real alright, but they’re also ‘Mad’ to think that Daniel Levy would’ve got ‘Rid’ for a fraction of the price.

Modric, thank you for your service, good luck in the future. You will need it at Madrid.

Well Madridistas, you have your wish, albeit an unnecessary one.

Good luck with asking Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira to step aside…

Jun 072012
 

Hi guys.

I play fantasy football regularly on a site called Picklive.

It has been known as ‘fantasy football on crack’ with their ‘live games’ where you pick five players from the teamsheets in a particular televised matchand those players accumulate points in real time based on what they do during the 90 minute game.

OPTA, the statistics company are involved in tracking that activity and logging it for the purpose of converting it to points which can win prizes.

Picklive cover premier league, champions league, europa league and international tournaments like this one.

There are great cash prizes up for grabs using stakes ranging from FREE [no cash prize there] to upwards of a few grand…

But as it’s kind of an ‘off-season’ at the moment and there’s an international event on, Picklive are just holding the normal kind this time. The £2,500 prize pool is one where you pay £15 to make a team of 11 players across ALL TEAMS. But here’s the difference – NO TRANSFER BUDGET LIMIT! 

You heard it right, there isn’t a set budget like the others. So if you want Van Persie, Ronaldo, Nani, Terry and Klose in the same team, you can have them! The only restraint is that you can’t have more than three players from the same country.

PLUS – The prize-pools are only a MINIMUM. If the number of entrants exceeds a certain number in any cash tournament, the prize-pool increases. Prizes are paid out to the top-three places.

In a £1000 Fantasy Football tournament for the final day of the season (£10 Stake).

1st Place – £600
2nd Place – £200
3rd Place – £100

(Picklive took a rake of 10% from the total prize pool)
If you can’t spare £15, which many of u can’t, you can play in a £10 tournament, join mine (£5) , or even create your own and invite others! Choose the stake and the phase in the tournament, pick your team, invite a few mates/office colleagues and away you go.

You can even have a tournament ‘for fun’ and just compete for bragging rights. No cash required.

However, if you sign up using my link – https://www.picklive.com/r/YJNHHRNTZFDADXSJAEZD and deposit some cash into your Picklive account, you can get an extra £3 on top. Sounds meager but that is enough for one cash entry where the prize pool is a minimum of £30.

Go to the homepage and scroll down to see the many free, low stake and stupid stakes tournaments available.

Tournaments I’ve set up:

GROUP D:
https://www.picklive.com/weeklyff/remote_games/446
Euro2012 Phase  – Group D
Stake – £5
Prize Pool – £10 (increases if more people join)

BUDGET EURO2012 TOURNAMENT FF:
https://www.picklive.com/weeklyff/remote_games/490
Euro2012 Phase – ENTIRE TOURNAMENT
Stake – £5
Prize Pool – £10 (increases if more people join)

Email support@picklive.com and ask anything you like about how it fully works and
what’s what 🙂

Have fun if you join up!

Good luck!

Jul 222010
 

Boss Harry Redknapp has spoken out for the first time about his hopes for this coming season and has set his sights sky high ……. on winning the Premiership !!!

After securing our first crack at Champions League football last time around, Harry has re-evaluated his playing staff and believes that 2-3 new players could be enough to take the next step up to compete for our first league title in what would be 50 years! If I was a sports betting man I would take a punt on Tottenham being there or there abouts next season.

“We need two or three players who can make the difference,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“We’ve got a big squad, but I do feel we need just that little bit of quality in one or two areas if we’re going to move on from where we were last year.”

“We did great last year, but we just need to push on and maintain that.

“We want to win the championship. It’s not impossible.

“Fourth place last year was marvellous, but I think this is the best chance Tottenham have had in how many years to really push on and maintain that, and become a regular top four team and maybe push for a championship.

“We’re never going to get a better chance so now’s the time to have a go at doing that. So I still feel with two or three players it would make the difference and give us the squad we need. And if we get them in I think the sky’s the limit for us.”

Well ….. one of the 2-3 new players Redknapp is talking about could be Real Madrid legend Raul. At 33, Raul has found his chances at the Spanish giants restricted over the last couple of seasons and is set to be released on a free by the Madrid club.

Available - Real Madrid's Raul

Top scorer in the Champions League, he would certainly have both the pedigree and experience to make a difference for us next season in the way in which Edgar Davids did for Martin Jol’s side a few years back, the question is ….. does he still have the enthusiasm and desire for a new challenge and the heart to fight in the English Premiership?

With interest (and a lot of money!) being shown in the player from the U.S and Dubai, if he were to choose Spurs you could rule out money being a factor in the move, which would suggest that he is motivated enough to step up to the challenge.

Don’t forget Tottenham take on NY Red Bulls early hours of tomorrow morning live on ESPN. Also don’t forget I will put the stream live on the forum, I will embed it into the forum >>HERE<< so make sure you register for access and we can chat during the match.

What do you make of Harry’s comments? Could we really be just 2 or 3 players away from a title tilt or is the boss just talking up our chances to attract new players? Would Raul be a player you’d like to see lining up in the Lillywhite shirt next season?

Let us know, along with any other thoughts in the comments box below …..

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!!