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Aug 222011
 

By John Toner

After a day of social unrest disrupted Tottenham’s opening day game at home to Everton, they face the rather more difficult task of going away to champions Manchester United.

Only time will tell if the late start to Tottenham’s season will have a positive or negative effect. On one hand the extra few days of rest might be beneficial to the players’ fitness; but then on the other, playing catch up from the off is never ideal and could have an impact on morale if things don’t go quite to plan early on.

United started their season as scheduled and as expected by seeing off West Brom 2-1 at the Hawthorns. Strengthened by the acquisitions of Ashley Young and Phil Jones, they look to be starting much as they left off at the end of last season; although there are questions being asked about the ability of new goalkeeper David De Gea.

The champions do however have a number of injuries to key players which will be of some concern to Sir Alex Ferguson. Nemanja Vidic had to be withdrawn from the victory over West Brom with a calf injury and could be out for another three to four weeks. Also substituted due to injury in that match was Rio Ferdinand who suffered a hamstring problem, he should return by the end of August but Monday night’s game comes too quickly for him to feature. United are also without Rafael Pareira Da Silva (shoulder), Darren Fletcher (illness), Javier Hernandez (concussion) and Luis Antonio Valencia (ankle) with Michael Owen also a doubt.

Spurs have a similar amount of injuries with midfielder Sandro sidelined after a knee operation and Steven Pienaar unavailable for at least a month after having groin surgery following an injury in pre-season. Also doubtful for the game are William Gallas (calf), Jermaine Jenas (achilles), Ledley King (knee) Luka Modric (groin) and Wilson Palacios (knee).

Tottenham have a miserable record against United in recent years, their last victory over Ferguson’s side was way back in 2001 and the last time they won at Old Trafford was 22 years ago. As opening games to a Premier League season go, Spurs especially, could not have ended up with a harder one. Although they will be buoyed by putting five past Hearts in midweek at Tynecastle this is an altogether more challenging prospect.

After a good start United will want to push on and get their title defence well and truly underway. Considering Tottenham’s dismal record against them, especially at Old Trafford, they will very much fancy their chances of getting the three points.

However, Ferguson will be very wary of Spurs’ Attacking threat especially having been deprived of both first choice centre halves. Redknapp will need to capitalise on that weakened defence if his side are going to come away from greater Manchester with anything.

United and Spurs usually provide an entertaining show, recently with added controversy; that combined with both sides being somewhat weakened and the unpredictability of early season fixtures, we should be in for a cracking game.

Toner’s Prediction: Manchester United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 2

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Jul 312010
 

A few sources are today throwing around the talk of a possible deal to bring Villa wide man Ashley Young to the Lane …..

Great !!! …… I hear you say,

Part Of The Deal ? - Bents and JJ

But what about the cost ?

With Young apparently valued by the Villa board at £30m – yes, you read that right £30m, Harry Redknapp is reportedly preparing to offer 3 players in exchange for the England hopeful’s services.

Jermaine Jenas, Robbie Keane and David Bentley are the players in question, some may be happy to see the back of all 3 at the moment, and we’d be lucky to get £20m  for them individually in the current financial climate, but the question is ……. Is Ashley Young of equivalent value to all 3 put together?

I personally would love to see Young in a Spurs shirt come August 14th, lining up against Man City for the opening Prem fixture, but my opinion is that he’s worth nearer the £15-20m mark ?.?.?

Jenas, Keane and Bentley are all good players in their own rights and to be honest, I’d like to see Bentley given more time at the club. But if Harry were to strike a deal involving Keane and Jenas then I’d be happy ….. both players have probably done their best work in the lilywhite shirt and could probably do with a fresh start elsewhere to prevent their careers from petering out.

If the rumours turn out to have an ounce of truth in them ….. would you welcome this particular deal?

Would you like to see Ashley Young in a Spurs shirt ? Would you be glad to see the back of the 3 Spurs men in question or would you like to see any / all 3 retained?

Let us know in the comments box below …….

Jul 072010
 

2 Serie ‘A’ Goal Machines Linked – Keano Celtic Loan Return Mooted.

Despite reports to the contrary, our chances of signing 2 of Serie ‘A’s finest forward players appear to have improved .

After Klaas-Jan Huntelaar went public, claiming that he was happy in the Italian capital and that he wanted to remain and fight for his place, his club AC Milan appear to be ready to shelve the Dutch hitman in favour of bringing in a ‘great striker.’

According to his agent Fabio Parisi :

“AC Milan is trying to sell him.”

“The player will soon find out that at Milan he will have no chance to play. Also because Milan will take a great striker.”

“Huntelaar needs to realise leaving Milan now will be better for him in the long run.”

Huntelaar ,26, has endured a frustrating time in Italy, similar to the spell he had at Real Madrid, however his goals – minutes played ratio has been very good and with his value to be set at around £10-12m he would seem to be the perfect choice for Harry Redknapp’s side. With reports in Italy suggesting that White Hart Lane will be his destination, I for one would be delighted to see this one come off!

Another player recently linked with the club is Edinson Cavani.

After the Palermo president publicly announced last week that a double deal had been agreed with Spurs involving defender Simon Kjaer, he was forced to quickly backtrack after the lillywhites came out and denied any contact with the Italian club!

Whether the interest in Cavani is real or not remains to be seen but should Redknapp be looking to the Uruguayan for extra firepower next season his cause will have been helped by the reluctance of Palermo to sell any of their better players to another Italian club.

Cavani’s dream of becoming ‘the Wayne Rooney of Inter Milan’ now appears to be off the cards leaving Spurs as the highest profile club currently linked with the players signature,  however I’d personally prefer to see the club looking elsewhere … Huntelaar in particular! The player himself has said that he would not be overly keen on a move to the premiership and heading into our most important season in recent memory I’d like to see a squad of players assembled that want to be at the club and that are prepared to fight for the badge !!!

Meanwhile one player seemingly heading the opposite way through the revolving door out of White Hart Lane is Republic of Ireland international striker Robbie Keane.

Following a successful stint on loan at Parkhead last season, netting 16 goals in 19 games for the the SPL runners up, Celtic appear to be exploring the possibility of a similar arrangement this coming campaign. Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby has confirmed the Hoops are chasing the signature of the Spurs man, but due to the financial situation at the Scottish club a permanent deal was not an option :

“Has Neil been speaking to Robbie? Definitely,” Mjallby told the Daily Record. “I don’t know Tottenham’s thinking when it comes to Robbie.

“He is out of our reach when it comes to buying him. But a loan would be perfect for us. To buy someone at Robbie’s level would be impossible. We don’t have that kind of money.

“The only way we could get that kind of player would be to ride our luck and maybe find someone on loan and make sure it’s a quality player who is going to give us goals.

“But we have the lure of European football at Celtic. From my own memories it’s very important as a player. It’s a great opportunity to play against the best and develop.”

Well, Robbie’s been a great player for us since he signed at the start of the 2002/3 season but after the Liverpool move and subsequent hit-and-miss form since his return, you can’t help but feel that the time is right for both Keano and the club to move on. If he does go , we’ll wish him well!

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.

Jun 132010
 

This was his David Bentley’s Sky Sports interview, if you been watching it throughout the day you will have probably seen it:

David Bentley admits he remains uncertain as to whether he will still be at Tottenham next season.

The 25-year-old winger has struggled to make the desired impact at White Hart Lane since making a big-money move from Blackburn in 2008.

First-team opportunities have been sporadic, with Bentley unable to hold down a regular role.

That proved to be the case again last season, with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp awarding him just 12 Premier League outings.

A lack of action has led to speculation regarding his future, with some suggesting he would be wise to move on.

Bentley, though, insists he remains committed to the Tottenham cause and will be doing his utmost during pre-season to force his way into the fold.

“Hopefully I will get fit and as strong as possible and look to have another good season,” he told Sky Sports News.

“Whether I get out on the pitch, you never know. You can be as fit as possible but not play any football, so we will see what happens.”

Options

On the possibility of making a move elsewhere, Bentley added: “We will have to see, you never know. I’m at Tottenham at the minute, but let’s see what happens.”

Bentley is keen to remain in north London, with Tottenham preparing to enter the Uefa Champions League next season.

The opportunity to appear in Europe’s premier club competition certainly appeals to Bentley, but he accepts that competition for places remains fierce.

He is currently battling with England international Aaron Lennon for a right-wing berth and knows he may be forced to settle for a place on the bench at times.

“I think when you are at a top club that’s what happens,” he said.

“The Champions League is great for the club and great for the fans and hopefully it will be great for me. But you never know and we will have to see what is going to happen.”

Judging by his comments here it seems to me as though he would like to stay and would be happy with next seasons squad rotation system. I for one have grown to like Bentley more and more last season, he done a good job when Lennon was injured and I believe he brings good team spirit in the dressing room. Next season we will need a squad of talent and not just our first 11. Lennon isn’t going to be able to play midweek and then again on a saturday all season long and who better to have fill in on the right than Bentley?

What do you guys think? do you like the idea of him staying or do you want shot of him?

Jun 092010
 

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A lot of reports are surfacing today about the possiblity of Joe Cole coming to the lane on a Bosman. Me personally I thought for a few weeks now that Cole will be a Tottenham Player next season, the main reason for my logic is the fact that Harry knows Cole well, afterall he was the man to give Cole his professional debut. When you also take into account the fact that Harry would never let this type of bargain pass him by and his ability to talk players into joining clubs, weighing up the evidence can you really see Joe Cole at another club next season?

It’s well know that Cole is a London Lad but could you really see him in an Arsenal shirt and would Wenger be able to talk him into a move to  the Gunners over Redknapp talking him into a move to join us?. I truely believe Cole would love to work with Harry again and I can see that after the world cup an announcement will be made that Cole is a Spurs player. We have 5 players in the England World Cup squad and surely they will all be on Coles back to come to the lane.

When asked about the possibility of Joe joining Tottenham, Harry was quoted as saying a deal is “not impossible”, which is a complete contrast of what he said only a few days ago when he said he thought Joe had already agreed to join another team. Harry is very shrude and knows exaclty what he is doing, and if there is anything I have learned in the past is that he loves a freebie. The question is Cole will demand a big signing on fee and big wagesso will we pay it? Well the wages he is on at Chelsea is around 100k a week, this is a figure we could pay because there is no transfer fee. The only trouble is would Cole getting 100k a week upset the other players? Does Cole deserve to earn more than Luka Modric and Ledley King? There is no doubt Cole will chip in with his share of goals and is a great player with experience of the Champions League. To me it would be the signing of the season if we could convince him to lower his wage demands to around 60k a week plus bonuses.

So let’s all enjoy the World Cup that starts this friday and watch a future Tottenham player do the business for England, cos mark my words, if Joe Cole isn’t in a Tottenham shirt on the opening day of the season I will be very suprised. Harry isn’t stupid he knows we need a squad of quality players to handle the Premiership and Champions League so when there is a “triffic” freebie on offer which doesn’t come along too often expect Harry to fight tooth and nail to get his man.

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.

Harry Joines BBC For World Cup

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Jun 022010
 

Source: BBC Website

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp and Fulham boss Roy Hodgson will be part of BBC Sport’s studio line-up during the 2010 World Cup with summer.

Redknapp was named Barclays Premier League Manager of the Season this year, with Hodgson taking the League Managers Association award.

They join previously announced pundits Clarence Seedorf, Jurgen Klinsmann and Emmanuel Adebayor on the BBC sofas.

“We are delighted,” said Philip Bernie, BBC Head of TV Sport.

“(We will) have on board two of the most respected English managers to add to an already great line-up.”

I am looking forward to watching the World Cup even more now, Harry and Roy both 2 top managers and will always tell it how it is. It’s good to see they both had a great season and are now getting offers to be pundits.

Jun 012010
 

Right for all you guys unsure exactly how this Champions Lgeaue qualifying round works, I will try to explain it for you all to the best of my ability to give you a better idea of our chances.

Basically the qualifying rounds are split into 2 groups, the champions side and the non champions side of the qualifying rounds. Obviously Tottenham will be in the non champions side of the draw, but the teams in the half with the other champions of their domestic leagues are usually filled with teams from the smaller leagues which are usually entitled to only 1 Champions League place for their country anyway. The 15 teams who would be in the NON Champions Qualifying Round
based on current League position
4th Place in ENG, ESP, ITA
3rd Place in GER, FRA, RUS
2nd Place in UKR, NED, ROM , POR , TUR, GRE , SCO , BEL , SUI

There will be seedings and this will work in our favour, because we have had 2 Uefa Cup (Europa League) runs in the past few seasons we have ranked up points, Spurs are currently ranked 30th in Europe with a coefficient of 56.199. Anyway the seedings works based on the points, and how well other clubs from the same domestic leagues have performed in european competitions in recent seasons. With both of these taken into account we rank in the top 5 clubs in the qualifying round and will be seeded straight into the final qualifying round. The likes of Celtic will have to play in the 3rd qualifying round because they don’t get seeded. So the 3rd qualifying round will be made up of 10 teams in the non champions section, these are 5 teams which have gone through previous rounds and 5 more teams including celtic which have been seeded to come in at this stage. Whoever overcomes the 3rd qualifying round will then come through to the 4th and final qualifying round to face the top seeds (of which 1 will be us). The draw will see the top 5 seeds take on the teams from the 3rd qualifying round in a 2 leg match which will see the winners enter the Champions League proper. To clarify this in simple terms, we go straight into the 4th and final round of qualifying because English teams have a good record in Europe, and then we will be seeded in that round because we have ranked up our own points by our previous couple of seasons in the Uefa Cup.

15 Clubs who will be in the Non Champions Section of Qualifying
Spurs
Sevilla
Sampdoria
Werder Bremen
Auxerre

Zenit St Petesburg
Dinamo Kiev
Ajax
Unirea Urziceni (Still four teams could qualify in Romania)
Sporting Braga
Fenerbahce
PAOK Thessaloniki
Celtic
Gent
Young Boys

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The Five teams listed first will get a Bye to the 4th Qualifying Round
which will have 10 clubs

The 5 Teams Seeded for Round 3 Will be
Zenit St Petesburg
Ajax
Fenerbahce
Dinamo Kiev
Sporting Braga

The 5 Teams Seeded for Round 4 Should be
Sevilla
Werder Bremen
Zenit St Petesburg
Tottenham
Ajax

It’s funny because if Manchester City Or Aston Villa finished 4th this season they would have not been seeded because of their Uefa coefficient points would have not been enough. When the final qualifying round draw takes place we can expect to avoid Sevilla, Ajax, Weder Bremen, Zenit. We will face 1 of the teams who overcomes the 3rd qualifying round.

I hope this helps you all better understand how it works because it can be very confusing.

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Harry – Modric Contract “Triffic”

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May 312010
 

Harry Redknapp has revealed his delight after Luka Modric pledged his future to Tottenham by penning a new deal. The Croatian midfielder has been strongly linked with a move away from the club with Manchester United known to be keen but he has now ended all the speculation by penning a contract. Redknapp never had any doubt about the 24-year-old’s future and has also paid tribute to chairman Daniel Levy for securing the deal. “He has always been happy at the club. He is a fantastic player, he is a great lad,” he told Sky Sports News. “He comes in every day and trains hard, works hard. He is low maintenance. “To have him tied up for six years, the chairman has done a marvellous job in doing that deal with him. He [Modric] could play in any team in the world in my opinion and you have got to keep your best players.

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.

Possible Summer Targets

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May 282010
 

With the summer here and the champions league looming Tottenham have been linked with a host of players, the difference this summer is that they are actually big name players due to the 4th placed finish.

Now me personally I would love to get in Joe Cole on a free as it would be a great deal for us, with the likes of Jenas, dos santos, O’hara and Bentley likely to leave from our midfield we need to replace it with quality and Cole fits the bill. We also keep getting linked with Micah Richards who I also believe would be a great signing due to his young age and ability to play centre back or right back. Up front the best striker that has been linked with a move to the lane is probably dzeko, could he handle the premiership if he were to come? although something tells me harry still has his sneaky eye on bringing back Berbatov.

There are more names to reel off but with 4th place and champions league football to offer next season it will surely be our most exciting summer to date.