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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 092010
 

Article from http://triffictottenham.co.uk
Today Rafael Van der Vaart met his new team mates for his first training session with the lads. Van der Vaart signed on deadline day for around £8million in what was considered a bargain buy by many. He has vented his frustration at being sub for Holland so will Harry give him the same treatment or chuck him straight into the mix on Saturday, a player with Van der Vaart’s experience and ability shouldn’t need time to adjust.

I for one can’t wait to see him play, I would love to see him start on Saturday but he may be on the bench, I am sure he will play some part as Harry will want him to play against Werder Bremen on Tuesday so getting some minutes in a Spurs shirt before hand would help.

 

 

 

Van der Vaart and Harry posing for the camera with his new Spurs shirt. Harry looks proud to have captured a player of real quality, he has never been able to sign players of this stature at his previous clubs.

 

 

 

Van der Vaart gets down the business with his first training session, god knows what Crouchy is playing at in the background but Rafael doesn’t look impressed by his antics.

 

 

 

Sep 092010
 

Bristol City have signed Danny Rose on loan for the rest of the season. The deal had been tipped for a few weeks and Harry recently stated he was willing to loan his youngsters out to gain experience from first team football.

Danny Rose made his first Premiership start for Tottenham in April last season in the north London derby where he scored one of the goals of the season on his debut.

“He’s one we feel would enhance the squad in terms of the position he plays and we’ve been looking for a left-sider for a while now,” Millen said.

Harry has been clever here though, there is the option to recall Rose should Tottenham feel he is needed back at the club.

Sep 092010
 

OK so Tottenham have been hit with the news that Defoe faces a 6 week lay off due to the ankle injury he picked up laying for England in midweek. It’s a blow for the club because Defoe had looked as though he had shaken off his groin injury and found some form at last before his latest set back. The news comes as a double blow because in the previous game we all saw what happend to Michael Dawson.

So that’s two of our top players out, we know Gallas, Bassong and King will share most of the center back duties while Dawson recovers but up top who is likely to be Harry’s number one striker in Defoe’s absence. The odds are on Pavluychenko being the main man, he seems to be a different player than this time last year, he has found confidence and it seems as though his confidence in himself has been passed on to Harry as the Spurs manager now rates Pav more highly.

Crouchy will still be used as he was but Robbie Keane may get more game time than he might have expected over the coming weeks but in the event we do play a 4-5-1 formation with the arrival of Van der Vaart then Pavluychenko will probably be the lone striker. So hopefully we hear the chants of super Pav over the next few weeks. There is only the small matter of our first Champions League game on Tuesday after we travel to the Hawthorns at the weekend to take on West Brom.

So Pavluychenko may finally get an extended run in the team, he seems to enjoy putting on a Spurs shirt once again and I have every faith he will do us proud, Crouchy and Keano will also play a big part for the next 6 weeks with games coming thick and fast Harry is going to have to rotate the squad. It is nice that now we finally have a big squad that we can cope with injuries with sufficent cover.

Sep 092010
 

I know this isn’t Spurs related but it is something I would like to discuss.

Hopefully this article attracts the attention of some of the Rangers and Celtic fans. I was watching Sky Sports News last night when I saw that the Old Firm proposed switch to the English Premier League has once again been ruled out. Personally I wouldn’t mind seeing them play in England but I don’t think they have any right to go into the Premiership without earning it.

The SPL standard is nowhere near that of the EPL so if you ask me winning the SPL year in year out still doesn’t earn you a place in England’s elite. Part of me would find it exciting seeing the Old Firm in England and if that were to ever happen then they should be prepared to start in League 1 or even 2 and prove they deserve a place in the Premiership by winning promotions. There are arguments because we have let Welsh teams play in England and now Rangers and Celtic feel they deserve the same treatment.

I can understand from the fans point of view that it would be great to see them playing in a top league to see if they can hold their own, personally I think they would get ripped apart in the Premiership, 10 years ago I think the gap was a lot smaller and they might have stood a better chance. The financial gain would be massive because of the world wide TV exposure the EPL gets Rangers and Celtic want a slice of the pie.

If you go back 10 years the quality of the Scottish league was of a higher standard, the likes of Di Canio, Larsson and Laudrup used to grace the SPL. Fair enough that Rangers and Celtic dominate the SPL but the financial power of the two clubs compared to the rest of the SPL is startling. You could argue we had the same problem here in England with the top 4 for a few years but at least there is a sign that things will change.

There is no doubt that both Old Firm clubs are massive clubs and probably deserve to play in a better league but the harsh reality is that they are Scottish and therefore have to play in that league. If there were to come down to England then let’s say Hearts started to dominate the SPL would we then have to let them move to the EPL too? Where would we draw the line?

So let’s have a small debate here, keep it nice and let’s see what people think, would you like to see Rangers and Cetlic here in England? If there are Rangers and Celtic fans reading this how would you feel about your teams coming to the EPL?

Sep 062010
 

It has been a quiet week at the Lodge as the usual round of international qualifiers have seemingly robbed us of the majority of our first team squad,albeit with the exception of our very own Wilson Palacios who was put through his paces along side some of our up and coming stars namely Harry Kane and Kudus Oyunega of whom the club hold great hopes for.

For the youngsters to mix it up with the first teamers every now and then must do them the world of good as they are able to pick up new techniques from some of the best players in the country,it must also give them a taste of what awaits them should they perservere.

There was also the returning to the fray of one David Bentley who having suffered an ankle injury picked up in one of our pre season games found himself dealing with the unwished for advances of another of our under eighteens Adan Smith.

It is always good to see one of our more experienced players returning from injury as I have no doubt he will have a part to play in our rather frantic season.Although with the arrival of Van der Vaart I’m unsure as to how much,especially if the rumours were true and he was being lined up for a loan deal with Mark Hughes and Fulham.

Amongst the few there was also a welcome sight in the form of William Gallas who being put through a strenuous training program seemed rearing to go as he prepares for a behind closed door game this coming Tuesday,with the hope of him then being made available for the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 11th kick off 3pm,a game in which we must return to winning ways.

After seeing Dawson crumple in a heap whilst on England duty I wonder how many Tottenham fans had the almost unnatural thought rush through their mind,a second,which took the form of “Thank goodness for William Gallas,” now I bet you never believed you would ever be thinking that.

Below are some more training photos to keep you going whilst we await the completion of the second England game tomorrow night with hopefully no more injuries sustained,enjoy.

TRIFFIC TOTTENHAM WISH TO THANK SPURSONSIDE FOR THE USE OF ABOVE PHOTOGRAPHS.

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.”

Sep 052010
 

Someone said it on here the other day and if what we are reading today is to be believed then could the reason we got Rafael van Der Vaart on the cheap mean that Real Madrid get first option on Gareth Bale?

Since breaking into the Tottenham side in the second half of last season Gareth Bale has gone from strength to strength, he played a vital part of Spurs securing 4th spot. Bale’s form has been noted by some of the top European clubs and it seems Real Madrid are his latest admirers. The Spanish giants are tipped to make a £25million move for the Spurs star in January after reportedly making a bid on transfer deadline day only to have it turned down.

Bale recently signed a new deal with Tottenham so the club are under no pressure to sell but if Real do come knocking then it will be a test of Bale’s loyalty to the club. The way I see it, it’s vital we finish top 4 again this season otherwise the top top clubs will come knocking for Modric and Bale and if we can’t offer them champions league football anymore could we really blame them if they wanted to move on?

Last Tuesday we picked up Van der Vaart for around £8million and apparently Bayern Munich were also after the Dutchman but for a much higher price. So why was the price a lot cheaper for us, it might not be such a great deal after all if this is in some way linked to a future transfer of Gareth Bale. Hopefully there was no promise made to sell Bale and at worst it is only a first option on the lad should we decide to sell.

So let’s have your thoughts, it seems strange but it could be totally innocent, we know Jose Mourinho loves the Premiership and still watches our great league so maybe he has just noticed what a brilliant young player Bale has turned in to.

Sep 042010
 

The latest news coming from ESPN is that the scan to Michael Dawsons leg has revealed now fracture or no snapped ligaments and that he is likely to be back in action in around 6 weeks time. If this is true then i suppose you have to class it as good news, it as feared he would be out for 6 months or more.

Dawson landed awkwardly in England’s Euro qualifier against Bulgaria and looked to be in excruciating pain as he was stretechered off. My initial thought was that it looked like ligament damage but it turns out it might not be as serious as first thought. The news will delight Harry Redknapp.

In a recent statement issued by the FA, it said that Michael will be missing the team’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland on Tuesday. Dawson has now been released back to Tottenham for further treatment, but Fabio Capello has decided not to call up a replacement for him.

**UPDATE**

The club have confirmed that Dawson will be out from between 6 to 8 weeks as our source informed us. This is a blow for us but it could have been a whole lot worse so I guess you could say this is good news. We have sufficient cover for this period with Galls,Bassong,King and Kaboul and Corluka can also play in the center.

Sep 042010
 

Panic over,we have surely found Tottenhams newest jewel and by all accounts it’s a beauty.

Anthony Ruben Lozano Colon the most recent prospect seemingly too hot to touch without regulation asbestos gloves has finished a successful ten day trial period at Spurs Lodge and has since jetted back to Honduras to tie up a few loose ends whilst also saying his farewells before returning to Tottenham where he hopes to lay the roots of what will hopefully grow into an wonderful career.

Here are a few details that might help you familiarize yourselves with our newest young prospect,

  1. BORN: 25th April 1993 (age 17) .
  2. PLACE  OF BIRTH: Yoro,Honduras.
  3. HIEGHT: 5ft 11″.
  4. PLAYING POSITION : Forward.
  5. YOUTH CAREER: Platense jnr.
  6. SENIOR CAREER: Olimpia,six appearances-six goals,2009-2010.
  7. NATIONAL TEAM: Honduras under 17,eight appearances-eleven goals.

Anthony has been described as the “Promise of new Honduran soccer football.” His style has been compared to that of Carlo Costly an extremely composed finisher good with both his head and feet that plays for SC Vaslui.Lozano however was recently starring for the Hondurans under seventeens and though the game turned into a defeat at the hands of a very good young German side, the loss aside our young forward scored a lovely goal,one which showed experience beyond his years.

Tottenham have beaten off a host of top clubs that were also seeking to sign the youngster.A quote from the Promise said “I am living the biggest dream of my life.” Well I’m sure having Wilson Palacios about the place will help him to adjust to his new surroundings and here’s to his dream carrying him all the way to the top.

Triffic Tottenham would like to thank both JimmyG2 of Spurs Musings and Glory Glory for supplying the information that helped in the writting this blog.Special thanks to Wikipedia.

Sep 042010
 

Amid all the euphoria (save for poor old Daws ‘s injury) surrounding Englands victory over the Bulgars I took some time out to catch up on some of our other players on international duty for their respective countries. In doing so  I came across this exciting prospect flying down the right flank, bamboozling defences and puting in quality crosses time and time again.

So effective was this player the opposition in their frustration resorted to the most cynical of tactics blocking and fouling at every opportunity yet most of which went largely unpunished by the match official. The picture gives it away and no Spurs fan will be surprised to learn the kind  of superlatives that accompany a Gareth Bale performance these days be it for club or country.

What might surprise them is  most of the good work done by Gareth happened down the right (yes I said the right) hand side of the field. Is anyone else aware of this phenomena?  Since Gareth’s amazing rise in form the majority of debate has centred on whether his best position is at left back or left midfield but after watching him perform just as effectively on the right side I think its an area that Harry would do well to look at in future.

Now I’m not saying for one minute Gareth should switch to the other flank, far from it but Lennon is often used to less effect away from his preferred side and Harry could do a lot worse than to try this option in future games if for no other reason than to freshen things up or provide a poser for the opposition?

Sep 032010
 

Jermain Defoe hit a hat-trick as England stormed to victory in their opening match of the European Championship qualifiers. Defoe latched onto a pass in just the 3rd minute to slam the ball into the roof of the net. It wasn’t till the second half when Defoe struck his 2nd goal when he slotted a one on one through the Bulgarian keepers legs.

Adam Johnson looked to have wrapped it up in the 83rd minute when he hit a low drive which beat the keeper at the near post for his first international goal, however just a couple on minutes later Rooney put Defoe through once again for the Tottenham striker to put it across goal and complete his hat-trick.

Overall a solid team performance, although the likes of Lampard, Rio and Terry were missing Capello seemed to get the team balanced right. The players looked to be on the same wavelength with their passing and moving, not the greatest performance but a big improvement from the team we saw in South Africa in the summer.

The one low point was an injury to Spurs captain Dawson which saw him stretchered off in the second half, it looked like he was in a lot of pain and no doubt we will have to wait for the results of a scan to find out the severity of the injury. If this turns out to be as bad as it looked then Dawson may be out for quite a while which may see Gallas get his chance in the Spurs team sooner rather than later.

It was good to see Defoe look sharp again, he looked to have almost shaken off his groin injury andhopefully can carry his form back in to the Tottenham side, no doubt he will have gained a massive confidence boost with his first England hat-trick of his career.