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Friday, 22 September 2017

Tierney and youngster who scored 89 goals last season scouted


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Tottenham have been following the progress of 20-year-old (21 next June) Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and Jose Mourinho is doing the same thing.

Manchester United have a scout at most of his games it seems so must be seriously considering him, which places Luke Shaw's future in doubt. The Scotland international is gaining UEFA Champions League experience this season and was a part of the Celtic side thrashed by PSG in game week 1. He played in the competition last season too.

The Scottish press rate him as a £25 million (€28.23m - AUS$42.36m - US$33.77m)) player and think FIFA not nominating him for the Puskás 2017 (Golden Boy) award is an injustice.



Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Southampton, Juventus, Turin and Chelsea are all watching 14-year-old Caen striker Elye Wahi. Last season he scored 89 goals for the Under-14 and Under-15 sides and this summer his stepfather engaged a mental coach and a physical trainer to work with him.

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Pochettino reminds us Spurs have to manage player game time



Mauricio Pochettino has told us before that 30-year-old (31 next July) Mousa Dembélé will never be 100% fit again and he was taken off in most games last season to make way for 21-year-old (22 next February) understudy Harry Winks. He has again repeated the difficulty he has with the Belgians fitness again to the Guardian.

"I think after I’m here at the club for three seasons, you trust in what I say and our fans trust in our decisions. It’s a private matter, a medical matter, and it’s so difficult to speak about – first of all, because I don’t have the vocabulary in English to explain everything properly and then, to make a mistake, is so easy. It’s better to be cautious about what I say.”


If we go back a few years he had hip problems and it may well be something to do with this that is the long term problem. He has also had a foot injury and muscle problems. If that is a hip issue then one would have to be concerned for the future of Erik Lamela who is on his way back from double hip operations.. Once he get a fully fit and starts playing, how long are we going to have to take it easy with him?

Fans who called for his inclusion in hindsight against Swansea City weren't taking into account he had already played two games that week. With a crowded fixture list coming up in October and November his playing schedule has to be worked out well in advance, he can't play all the time in all the games. Which ones then do you leave him out of?

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Spurs still scouting striker with 6 goals in 8 games


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Tottenham have been watching 26-year-old (27 next August)  Hoffenheim striker Mark Uth for a while now and according to talkSPORT, that means we are showing real interest.

That suggests something more and I'm not so sure that is the case, despite a report from German magazine Kicker that the former German Under-20 international striker is running down his existing contract so he can move as a free agent next summer.

Simply because a player will be available for free, although they will want a signing on fee, doesn't mean we are simply going to be in the market for them because they are a bargain. I say that because we have fans who will believe the opposite.

Is Pochettino the huge fan that it is claimed? If so we will certainly be in for him and he would already know that. His season has started well with 6 goals in 8 appearances (a goal every 75 minutes), 4 in 5 games in the Bundesliga (a goal every 88 minutes). We have signed Fernando Llorente on a two-year deal so have a couple of years to find a long term back up striker for Harry Kane.

We have looked at many strikers who are short, Sergio Aguero size, Uth is 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) and scored 2 goals against Bayern Munich earlier this month to beat the perennial champions. We have been linked with him for the last two windows and some are even suggesting we will move for him in January, which if we did, would only be on a pre-contract basis for the summer.


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Can you name the 9 academy players Pochettino has given debuts to?


YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Tashan Oakley-Boothe became the ninth Spurs academy player to make his debut under Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday. He came on against Barnsley in our League Cup victory at Wembley.


In youth players contracts at clubs, there are often clauses inserted that guarantee the youngster time with the first team on match day. It is great for their development to be a part of the whole package of a match day so they get used to it and get used to the crowd, which is a big step up from the numbers they normally play in front of.

You'll often see youngsters taken on trips abroad, we regularly took them to UEFA Europa League ties which adds the travelling element, new culture, new crowd reactions, new training facilities. It shows them the level they need to get to, it gives them a carrot and an experience they otherwise wouldn't get, even travelling to an away Premier League match.

On some occasions there is also a game time clause inserted, if injuries etc allow. Thus you will find a youngster gets a substitute appearance in a League Cup tie or is brought on in an end of season game when there is nothing to play for or at the end of a game the club is winning, comfortably ideally. We did that for Filip Lesniak in May before selling him this summer. If we knew he was leaving and presumably we did, there was no reason to bring him on unless he had a clause in his contract. I have no idea whether he did, but events would suggest he did, in hindsight.

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Poch does want to win Cups and he didn't deceive Edwards



SoccerSouls have got ity all rather wrong in their article this morning.

Why Tottenham Boss Pochettino Is Wrong In His Views About The Domestic Cup Competitions
Actually Pochettino is right. He didn't field a completely different team Jan Vertonghen, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele all played as did regular Son Heung-min and Kieran Trippier was first choice at the back end of last season and has been playing in the Premier League too.

Spurs are going for all silverware, Pochettino made that clear in his full comment, which SoccerSouls don't reproduce. The comment and implication  that Mourinho selects strong first team XI's in domestic competitions is wrong too.

He has played second teams in this competition in these rounds on a regular basis and yes, to avoid fatigue and to rotate players.

It isn't Pochettino who has it wrong I'm afraid.


HITC haven't fared much better this morning.

Would Marcus Edwards have signed new Tottenham contract if he knew Pochettino's short-term intentions?
Does they seriously think that an agent and player don't sit down with a manager and discuss the future in detail? Do they seriously think Pochettino lies to them or simply trots out the you are in my plans stage?

All parties have a discussion and Pochettino will have been frank with them. he will have told them where he sees Edwards now, how the club plan to develop him and what they expect of the player.

Events dictate what happens, Edwards dictates what happens, to suggest Pochettino has somehow deceived him is plain ridiculous.

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

West ham game unimportant


West Ham game unimportant in the bigger picture


We thought we had signed 32-year-old (33 next February) Fernando Llorente but no it seems we went for the more experienced 70-year-old (71 nxt March) Harry Redknapp!

Better luck in the next round Harry.

Talking of the next round, some folk on Twitter have already started to call for our strongest team to be played against West Ham United, whom we have just drawn in the competition.

We must assess the games around them as to put all our eggs in one basket to win a trophy could set the club back years. We all know, whether we care to admit it or not, that Spurs need to increase income to be able to pay higher wages with stadium payments to make for years to come. Qualifying for the UEFA Champions League is essential to that, it brings in more commercial revenue, bigger commercial deals as the brand name grows and we are seen playing the best sides in Europe regularly.

To do that we have to qualify through the Premier League, yes I know there is another way. Failure to do so slows down the day that arrives, it delays it, probably by years. The League Cup tie against West Ham United is not more important than winning trophies regularly for years to come and the sooner that day arrives the happier we will all be.


We can not play our strongest team against the Hammers as the fixtures surrounding the game show, or are these people suggesting we rest Kane, Lloris, Alderweireld, Eriksen against Liverpool or Manchester United or even Real Madrid?

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Taking a competition by storm, 2 goals in 11 games!


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How can you be taking the UEFA Champions League by storm when you have only played one game?

That is the idiotic claim made by talkSPORT, whose commentators on Saturday were telling us they were at White Hart Lane, hate to tell them we were playing at Wembley!

The Daily Mail suggest Tottenham have sent a scout to watch 26-year-old (27 next June) Beşiktaş striker Cenk Tosun, although that is in fact a guess, we may well have gone to watch other players. Tosun has 6 goals in 21 full internationals for Turkey and scored one goal in his one UEFA Champions League game to somehow take the competition by storm, Harry Kane has 2 goals, is he taking the competition by a hurri-Kane then!

In total he has played 7 games in total in his career in the UEFA Champions League proper ad scored 2 goals, he has played 4 UEFA Champions League qualifier games without troubling the scorers either. So that is 2 goals in 11 games to take a competition by storm.

Football Fancast speculate we might be interested in buying him in January, why? We have just bought Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen returns to our books next summer. We are not going to pay the wages of 4 strikers, probably not even 3, we would sell before we buy and that isn't going to happen until next summer. That's just common sense.


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The stupid Dean Saunders comment




Just like Tony Cascarino, failed manager Dean Saunders has to try and justify his employment as an expert so he came out with this pretty stupid comment last night.

"I was there for the Swansea Spurs game and I'll tell you what I was surprised at. I'm sure when I've played against Spurs over the years, they had like 30,000, 35,000 crowds. 
"There was 73,000 there. Now where have 35,000 Spurs fans come from all of a sudden? 50,000 went missing last night (vs Barnsley), 50,000 never went."


Now he is either stirring it because he has to say something and he'll get his name in the papers and presumably is hoping it will bring him more national work instead of being stuck doing things the majority of us never see or hear, or he has a screw loose.

As he well knows football has changed, if he doesn't know then he shouldn't be employed as a supposed expert. The League Cup in his day had greater meaning than it has today because of the importance of money now.

The financial rewards of UEFA Champions League football, the commercial rewards and thus the wages a team can pay, are determined by Premier League position. That therefore has to take priority, fans thus turn up to meaningful games.

With all due respect to Barnsley, who changed their own team for a game they deemed less important than the league, the game wasn't important. of course the club want to do their best in the competition and of course want to win it, and we'll celebrate if we do, but at this stage it is low priority.

If Dean saunders can't grasp something so simply then he needs to look for another job.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Fan rants



Pochettino has not said Spurs are too big for the domestic cups, that is merely a journalist's interpretation of his comments to get you to read an article for which they get paid for the advertising therin.

We will all use a headline now and then, nothing wrong with that as long as it is honest, but folk should read a full article before passing comments that are then not taking into account the full picture.


The League Cup has for years been the domain of the youth and squad members. They need game time and it provides a manager with the opportunity of playing players who are sitting on a bench and keeping them involved with the group. That also gives them an opportunity to impress the manager.

Players today have to be rotated, game time has to be managed, calls for players like Dembélé to play three games in a week don't take this into account, Pochettino has to, a fan doesn't have that worry, they can simply suggest this or that should have happened without future consequences.

Tottenham will try to win every competition, but to play the first team in every one is foolhardy, yet we have a section of fans who want to do just that, such is their importance for a trophy greater than the importance the future of the club. The two are not necessarily compatible. All the top sides play squad and youth players in the League Cup, why is it an issue that we do?

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Edwards a million miles from first-team standard



I watched the Tottenham Hotspur Under-23 side take on Swansea City at the Lamex stadium in a Premier League 2 match and to be honest Marcus Edwards was only in the game for flashes.

I haven't seem him enough to formulate a definitive opinion but observation based on what I saw last night would lead me to wanting answers to certain questions.

He looked the classic disinterested footballer we have seen many time before so is the desire there? Does he think he is good enough to be playing at a higher level or is he simply frustrated that he is so small and knows that is holding him back. I would certainly want to know more about his mentality if I were an opposition scout watching him. Physically he simply can't compete and adults would simply out muscle him.

That isn't a new observation based on Pochettino suggesting as much at a press conference when asked if he would be involved in the League Cup tonight , but something I have constantly reminded those fans who suggest he should be given a chance. I repeat once again Spurs are not a charity, we have a separate section for that.

Players must prove themselves worthy of a place on the training ground and in the case of Edwards on the pitch at Under-23 level. His defensive contribution from the right wing seemed non-existent, it certainly wasn't Lamelaesque.

He came to life on a couple of occasions when we were 2-1 down, cutting in, fashioning a shooting chance for himself but blasting over the bar. He showed a flash of frustration at himself then and it begged the question, is he a team player?

As a coach I'd be wanting a lot more from him, but to be honest there was very little passion in the whole side, it was like this was a training exercise, it was a million miles from senior football with hardly a tackle made.

Bennetts scored a lovely goal, but again, he looks as though he wants to do everything himself and Sterling's goal should have been saved by the keeper. I though it was a poor performance, the central defenders couldn't deal with crosses and we were weak in central midfield, far too many lazy passes, but that seems to be a Tottenham trait, lazy passing.


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