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Jul 112011
 

As if you didn’t already know, our want away midfield maestro, Luka Modric is declaring that we should understand his situation and sell him.

Now first things first, if you want to move on and be sold in 6 months time, don’t sign a 6 year contract extension!

Secondly, why would he want to go to Chelski when they clearly undervalue him, at less that half that of Torres? If he were to be sold to Chelski then we should value him as Chelsea valued Torres, in which case we should demand no less than £60m as Luka is the better player of the two. Luka needs to understand before he goes off on a rant that we won’t sell him for pennies to our rivals. It’s all well and good demanding we sell him to Chelski but if they don’t match our valuation then he won’t be going anywhere!

Now having said that, I would hope, should Levy decide to cash in on Modric, that we would absolutely not sell to our rivals, and let’s face it, our rivals are anyone in the Premier League who could afford him. So that just leaves the top European teams. If he has to go, I would not want him weakening our team and strengthening our rivals at the same time.

It’s a shame that Modric can’t realise, Chelski aren’t a top club…they’re an established money pot. How he holds a team with no history, tradition, loyalty or class in such high regard I don’t know. Their repeated attempts and successes at illegally tapping up players is quite frankly disgusting. These days it seems players just get money confused with ambition…much like Wayne Rooney.

Personally I would rather see Modric rot in the reserves for 6 years then see him playing for another premiership team.

Written by Davyid

Jul 072011
 

Last night to the delight of all of us, Levy confirmed that Luka Modric will not be sold, irrespective of any transfer fee, no matter how high.

Levy confirmed “We had a very good conversation and, as I’ve said previously, Luka Modric will not be sold. This isn’t about money – we’re not selling our best players”. This was music to my ears.

So why then, less than 24 hours after putting the issue to rest, do the daily mail still claim Modric will leave. The chairman, and therefore the man who controls who comes and goes, has confirmed he is going no where.

It seems that the daily mail remain hell bent on selling our Modric to anyone, but specifically Chelsea. It’s gone beyond good (and by good, I mean awful) press now, and is getting to the point where I wouldn’t be surprised if Chelsea were paying the daily mail to do the tapping up.

It is common knowledge that the daily mail are possibly the biggest culprits in the media world for making up transfer stories, especially where Spurs are concerned. They need to understand that nobody takes their transfer stories seriously and it would bode them well to get out of their office and actually find a newsworthy story with some truth attached to it.

Jul 062011
 

Good Afternoon Sports Fans!

It seems sky sources have told us that Modric has confirmed he wants to leave Spurs, during crunch talks that didn’t actually happen as he is still on holiday. Hmmm. So are Sky leading the way for the ‘lets sell Tottenham’s players on their behalf’ party? Bale has reportedly declared he wants to go to Citeh, which I don’t see happening.

Surely with Tevez declaring he wants to leave Citeh, the top 4 is all for the taking, as without the Argentine, City are but a fraction of the force they are with him. L’arse seem poised to sell their best players in Fabregas and Nasri whilst Chelsea are still rueing being conned £50mil for Torres.

The end is not nigh, the future is not so dark. If we can convince Modders and Bale that we are genuine contenders and can reinforce that with 1 or 2 top quality signings, then we have a good, nay, an excellent chance of finishing top 4 again, and like our Super Pav suggested this week, we could even come 3rd.

I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. Europa League is a huge drain on players but if we play it right and reinforce where necessary with quality, then we have a very real chance of another Champions league place.

We also need to shape up our mentality against ‘weaker’ opponents’ The dreadful loss of points from games against sides in the bottom 5 cost us not only a top 4 spot, but if you look at the amount of points we actually lost…potentially the championship.

So, top quality signings, retain our best, and shape up our mentality. The chances of this actually happening…about the same as winning a marathon blindfolded; Possible…but I can’t see it happening.

Written by Davyid

Jun 192011
 

Calling all fans of The Spurs Show! It seems the highly regarded show has hit troubled times and may not be able to fund the new season. 

For those of you that don’t know of the show or have never listened, The Spurs Show is a highly comical weekly podcast focused around our beloved Spurs. Hosted by Phil Cornwell and Mike Leigh, the show has also welcomed many top guests including Paul Whitehouse, Ricky Villa, Paulo Hewitt, Martin Chivers and Theo Delaney, to name but a few.  

The podcasts are light-hearted, generally consisting of whinging and moaning about Spurs’ ability to bottle completely winnable games. 

The show has won the EPL talk Best Club Podcast and Editors Choice Awards for the 09/10 season amongst numerous other awards. 

Unlike many shows, the presenters do not get paid but in fact fund the podcast out of their own pocket. It seems the show is in trouble of not making it to the new season due to lack of funding, so the show is asking for donations, however large or small to enable it to continue into the new season. 

To view the official appeal click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mokd4sRdRU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

To donate please go to: http://save.spursshow.net

Jun 072011
 

Modrić going nowhere!

Luka Modric’s agent, Mario Mamic, is today the third major figure to declare that the Croatian magician will be staying at Spurs after telling Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List “Luka will not go to Manchester United and he will also stay at Tottenham because I know that president Daniel Levy will not let him go”.

Daniel Levy and Luka himself have also stated that he is staying at Spurs and that he is happy, not to mention that he is on a 6 year contract. Hopefully this can put an end to the Daily Mail spurting rumours and trying to coerce Modric to leave.

Some of the figures being mentioned for Modric’s services would also be daylight robbery. Mamic’s father, vice-president of Dinamo claimed “I heard that somebody has offered £20m pounds for Luka but that’s crazy. When we talk about Modric, that price would only be enough to buy peanuts”.

I, like almost all Spurs fans absolutely do not want Modric to leave as I believe he is our best player by far; and certainly not for silly season sums like £20m. If Lescott for £24m is anything to go by, then Modric must be worth 5 times that! Torres, the £50m man…that scored once…against West Ham…when it was so wet the defenders couldn’t stand up, would surely match Modric’s value and I would be shocked if a bid of less than £50m was accepted for Luka.

Personally I would not accept any offer from Modric and continue to state that he is not for sale at any price, but would you sell him if a high enough offer came in and what would you sell him for if so? Comments and Opinions?

Written by Davyid

Jun 032011
 

Transfer Musings

As I stare at the clock waiting for my half day to come to an end I find myself thinking about the only thing you can in a close season; The transfer window.

In the wake of our first signing, 40 year old Brad Friedel I can only hope that the best is yet to come. Friedel, although experienced with 601 professional games to his name, is no better than Cudicini in my opinion and will either sit in the same position as Pletikosa did, in 3rd place, or will be our main keeper. If the latter is the case this is surely not the right move for a team that wishes to push for a Champions League place again next season. If he is to sit in 3rd spot I would imagine his wages would be fairly high to rarely play. I find this quite a strange acquisition.

So on to more ambitious targets then. The Daily Mail are lost for stories again and have linked us amongst other clubs with a cut price bid for Gonzalo Higuain. The Mail declared that the striker was ‘out of favour’, however after watching a lot of Real Madrid last season I beg to differ. The only reason he didn’t play was through injury and he was on scintillating form. I fear that we would bare no interest for Higuain though as we could not offer him Champions League football and could barely afford his wages. The bottomless pit of cash at Man City on the other hand…

I believe we should be ambitious however in this window. Surely a cheeky £10m bid for Berba wouldn’t go a miss? Sure he’s lazy at times but his technical ability and finishing would be a tremendous asset and I would like to see what could be achieved when he is on the end of some of our fantastic technical play from our holy trinity of Modders, Bale and VDV.

Just throwing it out there…but does anyone remember Coutinho, the youngster from Inter? The lad showed tremendous flair, skill and maturity for his age and could be worth a bid.

It is common knowledge that we need a striker, and if we could get a world class striker to finish even 1 in 7 or 8 of the chances Modric and Bale create we would be scoring for fun and be right up there in the mix for the title. So given our current budget, wage structure and status..who do you think would be a realistic target for Spurs?

Written by Davyid

Feb 142011
 

So this is the Big Game. It seems that with the current injury list, Harry will not have a selection dilemma, but will simply have to put out those that are left. Hopefully we can rely on Dawson and Gallas at centre back. That is of course if Gallas decides to wear the right boots.

Our players unavailable for this game include: Bale (back), Modric (appendix op), Van der Vaart (calf), Jenas (suspended), King (groin), Huddlestone (ankle) and Kaboul (knee) with Woodgate (fitness) and Crouch (back) a doubt. Sandro is now eligible after we decided it might be a good idea to name him on the 25 man squad for the knockout stages.

So to the team selection. This is not normally the case but for Europe, Peter Crouch would be one of the first men on the team sheet for me. No matter what people may think about him in the domestic competitions, in Europe he is fantastic and a weapon that European teams just don’t seem to be able to deal with. I would have to consider starting Crouch as the lone striker with a 5 man midfield.

In midfield then, Kranjcar should be an automatic choice. His technical ability and goal scoring prowess should warrant his starting place, especially in the absence of Modric, Bale and VDV. Lennon no doubt will play right wing and should look to take on players where possible, using his speed and agility to beat the aging forces of AC Milan. After an impressive game for us on Saturday, Sandro, now included in the 25 man squad, may get the nod. I would certainly favour this decision as Sandro showed some ability going forward against Sunderland as well as making some good tackles and losing the ball a lot less than our Honduran usually does. With Jenas missing through suspension, Pienaar will most probably start. The South African has not set the world alight in a Tottenham shirt but has been decent and fairly consistent, keeping some pace within the team. With all the injuries and suspensions the next midfield place becomes a bit tricky, however I can see Harry starting Wilson in the final midfield slot alongside Sandro, to try and keep a strong central midfield and look to attack through the flanks with Lennon, Kranjcar and Pienaar.

At the back, providing we get no fresh injury problems and they can decide on the correct boots to play in before we start, I would presume our fairly sturdy centre back duo of Gallas and Dawson will remain. Left back will doubtlessly go to Benny, and Corluka may well keep his place at right back. The Croat is not as good going forward but instead utilises Lennon far better than Hutton does and is better at defending than Hutton. However with our current injury crisis we could well see Hutton pushed into midfield.

AC Milan will be without the services of new signings Antonio Cassano, Mark van Bommel and Urby Emanuelson. Milan are also without the influential Pirlo as well as Massimo Ambrosini. Although this would seem like a good time to play AC Milan, I would have felt much more confident facing their full strength side and us fielding ours.

This is as good a time as any for some of our squad players to shine, and they will need to be at their best to overcome this strong AC Milan side. I don’t want to see us play for a loss and damage limitation, but I don’t want to see us go gung ho either. We need to get this one tactically right. Hold strong, keep possession and attack on the break. Use our speed as our strength, especially against aging, albeit experienced side.

If you offered me a high scoring draw now I’d happily accept, regroup with our full team and play what will still be near enough the same AC Milan side at The Lane. But realistically, even a 2-1 defeat wouldn’t be the end of the world. Because at WHL we are a savage beast that cannot be tamed, even by the likes of AC Milan’s flat mate, Inter. I say play it careful on Tuesday night, try not to make mistakes; But when we get the opportunity, run at them. We need to make sure they know that Bale isn’t the only fantastic player for us.

So who would you play with so few choices in such a massive game for us; and how?

P.s  Van der Vaart has recently twittered: “Good news. Back on the pitch tomorrow, can’t wait to put on my shirt again!”  This would be fantastic news if he is fit. Even one of the holy trinity (Bale, Modric, VDV) is a major boost for us.

Written by Davyid

Feb 092011
 

Breaking News…West Ham have won the Olympic Stadium bid.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company board have decided to approve West Ham’s bid and is expected to announce the decision on Friday. The Government and Boris Johnson will then have to make the final decision based on the OPLC decision.

The ComRes Phone poll also suggests that a whopping 72% of the London voters voted in favour of West Hams bid, with a mere 13% voting to support Spurs. The remaining 15% presumably was voted in favour of the original plans to redevelop the stadium into an athletics-only venue.

Personally this is good news, as it may force us to seek other options in North London, if not find a new way to redevelop the NDP. What are your views on the decision?

Written by Davyid

Feb 072011
 

Wow! What a weekend of football. With a record number of goals scored it seems we’ve also found another contributor to our goal tally too. Except we didn’t find him…he’s already with us. As if you couldn’t tell from the title, yes I’m talking about our Niko Kranjcar.

It was a delightful goal wasn’t it? Feinting to the right, making space for himself on the left and smashing in a 25 yard screamer. He made it look so easy, and we know he can do it. So why does Harry continue to overlook the Croat time after time, even with our squad depleted?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big Redknapp fan, but I just don’t get this one. Harry tells the media regularly about how Niko is such a fantastic professional, how triffic he is on the training field and how great his attitude is; and we all know how good he is on the pitch.

Last season Kranjcar was one of our best players and chipped in with 7 goals, which is a lot more than our strikers have achieved so far this season, albeit with still some way to go yet. His passing and flair are fantastic and although he isn’t the quickest player, he can read the game quite well, and is never short on determination.

After Palacios decided to charge into the box before VDV had even taken his penalty on Saturday, denying us a goal, his worth to the team seems to be diminishing with every passing game. He loses the ball more than he wins it. Why couldn’t Niko take the place of Palacios? I know they are completely different as players but if Wilson is going to fail repeatedly to make a tackle and then lose the ball, surely we won’t be missing him anyway.

I just think we need to make room for Niko in our team, at least on a more regular basis. I think Pienaar had a decent game, but Kranjcar had more influence on the game in his short cameo than Pienaar did in his much longer stint. Given a choice between the 2, I would choose the Croat every time. I would love to see Harry play Kranjcar against Sunderland on Saturday. If he has a bad game, Harry will at least have an excuse for keeping him on the bench for another couple of games. But with all Niko’s built up frustration I would imagine he would have plenty to prove, if given the chance.

Written by Davyid

Feb 042011
 

So, Crouch can jump! I knew it couldn’t be just a myth, an urban legend shared whilst eating hotdogs around a campfire. Not only did he jump, but he rose majestically and high enough to beat Samba to the ball. On top of that, he glanced a sweet, accurate header away from the keeper and into the net. Surely this was what we were looking for when we shelled out £10mil for him! As headed goals go, this was quite a good one. Amidst the shock of Crouches goal I almost failed to notice the absolute peach of a ball from Van der Vaart, who I think had a good game for us on Wednesday night.

A slightly scrappy game at times, but fairly end to end. I can’t forget to mention two superb goalkeeping performances at either end of the pitch, stopping fantastic chances from Hoilett, Pederson and Defoe. I think we eventually came away deserved winners, after retaining plenty of possession for most of the second half and playing fairly well for the first. I’d also like to mention another performance that I thought wasn’t the worst I’ve ever seen…Mr Marriner of all people. Don’t get me wrong I can’t say it was a good performance, but certainly not terrible and I only mention this because of the truly awful refereeing performances and decisions we have fallen victim to this season.

With City drawing with Birmingham as well, this made a pretty decent night. Although still lying in 5th place, we are still in with a shout, 3 points off of 4th. It was good to see some of our players waking up on Wednesday and playing like they meant it. As it they had just realised that if we want to finish in the top 4 we have to fight for it. After the embarrassment at Fulham we were owed something. It’s a shame we couldn’t see Niko make an appearance, especially as Khumalo had decided to knock Pienaar out cold. It was good to see a 4-4-2 formation again too, with 2 strikers up front.

So Bolton then and I think there will be little if any change to our squad availability in the 2 days since Blackburn. For Redknapp that normally means little if any change to the starting 11. The only possible change may see Dawson back in the fold after serving his 1 game suspension, although after his performance at Fulham he may find himself starting on the bench. A rare dip in form however from an otherwise reliable and consistent Dawson and I’m sure we’ll see him return to form straight away.

For the visitors, the impressive Lee Chung-Yong has returned from the Asia cup and may well start for Bolton. We know Bolton can punish us at the Reebok, but at White Hart Lane we are a different team and should look to build on our slim win on Wednesday by beating Bolton. As mentioned before I can imagine the same 11 will start with the possible exception of Dawson for Bassong. I wouldn’t be unhappy with that selection either, although at home I would rather see Niko starting ahead of Palacios as I feel at home, Jenas can normally cope with the defensive midfielders duties. I still feel that Corluka brings the best out of Aaron Lennon as Charlie prefers to sit back and distribute to Lennon, where as Hutton like to take over from Lennon.

Let’s hope we can play with some more determination and get another 3 points under the belt. Every game is important; we’re not out of the race yet. We still have plenty of work to do. As a wise man once said “If you don’t have to drag yourself off the field exhausted after 90 minutes, you can’t claim to have done your best.”

Written by Davyid

Feb 012011
 

So that’s another big date on my calendar crossed off, and just like Christmas I found myself spending my evening slowly drinking myself into a stupor whilst grinding my teeth and intermittently shouting abuse at the television. But no, this wasn’t because of the Christmas day showing of Shrek the 8th or 9th or whatever we’re up to now, it was the complete silence from Spurs as our rivals snapped up all of our transfer targets.

So when Big Ben struck 11, the only player to represent Spurs in a Sky Sports transfer montage was our one new boy Pienaar.

Is it just me, or do we seem to be showing a lack of ambition in this transfer window? Or is it stupidity. Just when you think it’s all over, Harry, on cue, makes a last gasp bid for Charlie Adam. A good midfielder in my eyes, but midfielder being the key word here. Why is it that we haven’t gone all out to sign the striker we need and instead, insist on signing midfielders? Are we looking at a new revolutionary formation with 7 in midfield?

For me this window has shown what looks like a lack of ambition from Harry. I say Harry because if some rumours are to be believed, Mr Levy has been urging him to spend big on signing a top class player. I can see no other player we need more at present than a striker, preferably with that sought-after ability to score. Any manager would love to have his chairman begging him to spend big, but old ‘arry just didn’t seem interested. It has been quite painful watching all of our transfer targets being snapped up by our competition, mostly by Liverpool.

To top it all off, we made a bid for Phil Neville, which Everton graciously declined. I couldn’t think of a player I’d want to see any less at the Lane, a player who was commended for his “fantastic defending” against Bale. Fantastic defending of course, meaning kicking Bale persistently and going unpunished for it. He is and always has been a very poor right back in my eyes, and one who is far worse than our current full backs. Can you honestly say that he is even close to Kaboul, Corluka or even Hutton?

So what do we do now? Our strikers can’t score, our defenders are dropping like flies, and our midfield is losing form. There’s only one thing for it….bring in Phil Neville.

Written by Davyid

Oct 022010
 

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With kick off just moments away we bring you the starting XI from both teams.

Harry has gone for 4-4-2 but Ledley King hasn’t managed to be fit for the game, it looks as though Tom Huddlestone will be playing at the back with Bassong, oh dear how unlucky are we with injuries that we have to play one of our best midfielders at the back. I don’t know about anyone else but it doesn’t seem like the best move loaning out Caulker now, maybe we should have held on to him for another month.

If we are going to win the match then we will have to win the battle of midfield, we have our strongest midfield on the pitch except Hudd who is at the back, how will he cope there, last time he was asked to play there he did ok, nothing special but he done a half decent job. The back four will be our main concern and I am sure Villa will be looking to exploit it. Bit of a strange selection, Corluka is on the bench and surely he would have been obvious choice for center half, I am guessing that Harry has been spending a lot of time this week training with Huddlestone at the back.

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