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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Sol Campbell To Stay At Spurs

Oxford United turn down Sol Campbell - Remember How He Left Spurs?



🗣 "I can't believe some people, I'm one of the greatest minds in football and I'm being wasted because of a lack of experience." 🗣

Sol Campbell is not happy about being overlooked for the Oxford United managerial post report Sky Sports. That should of course say he is one of the greatest pricks in football. All he does is bleat racism, which is racist in itself. Oxford have shown great intelligence in overlooking him.

It either hasn't occurred to him that he could go to a non-league club and gain some valuable coaching and or managerial experience or he thinks it's beneath him.

If he can't be bothered to serve his apprenticeship, if he can't be bothered to do what it takes to get to where he wants to be then any chairman in his right mind isn't going to entertain employing him.

He knows nothing about management and is displaying totally the wrong attitude for success, an attitude no chairman would want his players to adopt,so he is hardly a role model for the. Do as I say, not as I do.

The manner in which he left Spurs will never be forgotten, he set this club back 10 years when we could have picked up £25m (a lot of money infor him and used the money to built a side.

Sol Campbell to stay at Spurs

Sol Campbell has given Tottenham Hotspur fans the New Year message they all wanted to hear. The Spurs skipper has ended speculation that he was leaving White Hart Lane at the end of the season on a free transfer by declaring - "I'm going nowhere."
Campbell was free to negotiate with clubs from Monday under the Bosman Ruling and Manchester United were said to be favourites to sign the England defender.

But the 26-year-old continued: "I want to play for Tottenham - that's it. I've been here for so long and there's no reason to think I would want to leave.

"For me to do well at this club would mean everything. I play for Spurs with a passion and desire, and it hurts me when we lose."

Source: Daily Mail

He gave the same assurances at the start of the season too.

The club were quite right not to invite him to the White Hart Lane farewell celebrations.

Crawl back under your rock.


Further Reading


EPL Beckons for Bale, Aurier or Trippier

Bale Unwanted At Real Madrid and Aurier Still A Concern


Gareth Bale

Marca say Real Madrid are set to offload Gareth Bale this summer after too many injuries have left him sat on the bench once more. Zinidine Zidane no longer seems to have any trust in him and President Florentino Pérez is thought to be looking at a major overhaul after a disastrous season that sees them 14 points behind Barcelona, 7 points behind Atlético Madrid and just 2 points ahead of Valencia. They are also out of the Spanish Cup.

While we have the option to match any offer, his wages are £13.28 million annually (that's just over £250,000-a-week).

I do believe a sponsor might be interested, it would be great publicity for Nike if Bale returned home to Spurs and he would make a difference to commercial income.

However, other players would all then want a wage increase, which at the present time we wouldn't be able to afford, have to generate the income first. Speculate to accumulate isn't a viable option for the majority of football clubs. Without the income you can't continue to afford the wages and you have to sell. Now you are on a downward spiral that it's difficult to get out of, now your club is going backwards, not forwards and it is difficult to attract players again when there are other options.

Real Madrid Set To Dispense With Bale

MARCA is a Spanish national daily sport newspaper owned by Unidad Editorial. The newspaper focuses primarily on football, in particular the day-to-day activities of Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Rayo Vallecano - Wikipedia.

Serge Aurier


After watching him give away a needless penalty against Real Madrid, a needless penalty against Juventus and getting himself sent-off, the fears over Aurier haven't gone away.

Kieran Trippier is arguably the best crosser of a ball, as a full-back, in the Premier League, no other crosses it so accurately on the volley so often. It is a killer ball if you get it right as the defence don't have time to set themselves.

For the UEFA Champions League second leg against Juventus Aurier is suspended so Trippier will be starting. He isn't as quick as Aurier and Douglas Costa is lightening as we saw from the first leg and tricky too. We will have to very careful there.


Further Reading


PL Top 6 Shooting and a pessimistic fan

Top 6 Shooting Stats and a Disappointing Transfer Window this summer!


Shots generally correlate to goals and therefore winning games and league position. So is this true at this stage of the season. Let's have a look at the stats over at fellow blogger Football in the Clouds. You can get the full stats if you pop over there.

What do we find? Well, only three sides have had over 400 shots in the Premier League so far this season.

Premier League Shots For 2017/18

  1. Liverpool - 409
  2. Manchester City - 407
  3. Tottenham Hotspur - 405
  4. Arsenal - 393
  5. Chelsea - 379
  6. Manchester United - 335

Premier League Shots Conversion Rate 2017/18

  1. Manchester City - 15.2%
  2. Manchester United - 13.8%
  3. Liverpool - 12.8%
  4. Tottenham Hotspur - 10.8%
  5. Chelsea - 10.1%
  6. Arsenal - 9.7%
I frequently talk about the fact we are still not clinical enough and to win trophies we have to convert more chances. These stats show us that we sit 4th in conversion stats, 4.4% behind Manchester City, 3% behind Manchester United and 2.5% behind Liverpool.

That tells me that the player surrounding Harry Kane and not scoring enough goals and yes I do appreciate his goals show that.

Premier League Shots Against 2017/18

  1. Manchester City - 156
  2. Liverpool - 182
  3. Tottenham Hotspur - 201
  4. Chelsea - 224
  5. Arsenal - 239
  6. Manchester United - 267

Premier League Open Play Shots Inside Box For 2017/18

  1. Manchester City - 177
  2. Liverpool - 171
  3. Arsenal - 170
  4. Tottenham Hotspur - 151
  5. Manchester United - 137
  6. Chelsea - 133

Premier League Open Play Shots Inside Box Conversion Rate 2017/18

  1. Manchester City - 23.2%
  2. Liverpool - 19.3%
  3. Manchester United - 17.5%
  4. Tottenham Hotspur - 17.2%
  5. Chelsea - 12.0%
  6. Arsenal - 12.9%

Premier League Open Play Shots Inside Box Against 2017/18

  1. Manchester City - 47
  2. Liverpool - 63
  3. Chelsea - 73
  4. Tottenham Hotspur - 78
  5. Arsenal - 92
  6. Manchester United - 98

A Tweet asked who fans thought we would sign in the summer.


Talk about pessimism! Must be a Harry Hotspur disciple.


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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Gareth Bale, Diving Stats, Alderweireld and the Spurs Besiktas comparison

Spurs News

Gareth Bale, Diving Stats, Toby Alderweireld, plus the Spurs Besiktas comparison from a Turkish journalists perspective


His days at Real Madrid look numbered and his demeanour against PSG was not good, as AS explained in their piece on him. Spurs have first refusal of his services, meaning we get told of any offer and are given the opportunity to match it.Wages are a different world altogether though, but would a sponsor want to be involved with a marquee signing in the season we move back into our own stadium?

Gareth Bale


Liverpool fans are all complaining about diving on Twitter. It was a clear penalty on Sunday so perhaps Liverpool fans should look at the statistics produced by Squawka.

Most Yellow Cards For Diving Since 2011/12

  • Chelsea 24
  • Liverpool 22
  • Sunderland 21
  • Manchester City 17
  • Tottenham Hotspur 17
  • Manchester United 15


Roberto Martínez Montoliu is a Spanish football coach and former professional player. Martínez is the manager of the Belgium national team and was previously at Everton, Wigan Athletic and Swansea City.

He spoke tn HLN Sport and revealed he had spoken to Spurs centre-back Toby Alderweireld over his fitness.
“I have recently had a good conversation with Toby Alderweireld. I’m happy that Spurs take their time and don’t rush him back. But of course Toby would have liked to have played against Juventus. (Smiles) His situation will need time.”


An interesting article from BirGün, an Istanbul-based Turkish left-wing daily newspaper, in which the columnist takes a look at the how Spurs are run with growth in mind and how Besiktas is run with the same aim, but he suggests, not as successfully.

He makes the comparison because both are playing Grade A sides in Europe, Besiktas play Bayern Munich today and we drew with Juventus in Turin 2-2 last week..

The reporter suggests Harry Kane is valued at €120 (£105.82 million at today's rate).

Christian Eriksen is valued at €70m (£61.72 million at today's rate).

Dele Alli is valued at €80m (£70.53 million at today's rate).

Eric Dier is valued at €40m (£35.27 million at today's rate).

Purchase cost of the four players: €29.63 million (£26.12 million at today's rate).
Current value of the four players: €310 million (£273.30 million at today's rate).

You'll need to Google translate the article but it's a worthwhile read. It is always good to read views from other countries who have a different perspective on things and not just blindly follow what our press write. I have grown very tired of our press.

Besiktas and Tottenham Comparison


Round Up of Spurs Stories

A round up of a few Spurs stories

5 games in 14 days, Bentaleb banned, new contracts, the FA Cup and more Kane goals to talk about this morning.

Tottenham Fixtures

The players have 2 days off and return to the club on Wednesday ahead of a period where we will play five games in fourteen days.

PL - Crystal Palace (a) Sun 25 Feb
FA Cup - Rochdale (h) Wed 28 Feb
PL - Huddersfield (h) Sat 3 Mar
UCL - Juventus (h) Wed 7 Mar
PL - Bournemouth (a) Sun 11 Mar

PL - Newcastle United (h) Fri 16 Mar

That sequence of games should explain to everyone why we made 11 changes to the side. Players are not machines and need a rest. Qualifying for the UEFA Champions League is essential if we are to keep raising players wages, as fans would like us to do.

Nabil Bentaleb Banned

FC Schalke head coach Domenico Tedesco has banned former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb from his squad. rather shows we were right to get rid of him when he got too big for his boots demanding top level wages when just starting his career. Money grabbers are more interested in their bank balance that putting in performances that justify their wage packet.

Academy Players Sign New Contracts

According to the FA website, academy players Keanan Bennetts, Samuel Shashoua, Japhet Tanganga, Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Oliver Skipp and Phoenix Patterson have all signed new contracts since the season began.

The FA Cup

The Football Association are set to reject any potential appeals to have the FA Cup semi-finals moved from Wembley Stadium following growing concerns that we may actually have an advantage. That has been known since we signed the deal to play there so to bring it up now is a bit weak.

Harry Kane has now scored eight goals in his last five FA Cup games.

⚽️ vs Rochdake
⚽️ vs Newport
⚽️⚽️ vs AFC Wimbledon
⚽️⚽️⚽️ vs Fulham
⚽️ vs Chelsea

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Monday, 19 February 2018

Foyth, Real Madrid, Diawara and Spurs scouting trip

Spurs Scout at Europa League Tie

I see website Hotspurhq are asking if Jan Foyth did enough against Rochdale to warrant a Premier League start and the answer is obviously no. People seem to forget what a player does wrong. He was out of position many times, was asleep when Henderson got in twice in the first half and kept giving the ball away or played players into trouble. He has a way to go yet and he will only learn by playing games like this where his concentration is tested by players who are up for the game.

Real Madrid are expected to part company with Zinidine Zidane after a disastrous season so far and are tracking Mauricio Pochettino, German national manager Joachim Low and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp suggest Spanish newspaper AS.

Tottenham are particularly interested in Guinean 20-year-old (21 in July) defensive midfielder Amadou Diawara currently plying his trade with Napoli report the Italian press. The Serie A side are planning to bring in Uruguayan 22-year old (23 in February) Lucas Torreira in from Sampdoria, although he is also being tracked by Juventus, Inter Milan, and Atletico Madrid. He holds a Spanish passport so there are no work permit problems.

Spurs sent a scout to watch the Europa League tie between Nice and Lokomotiv Moscow last Thursday. We were not alone, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Chelsea, Juventus, PSG, Lyon and Marseille all had scouts present according to French radio station RMC.

French Under-21 Nice centre-back Malang Sarr (19 years old - 20 next January) and 26-year-old (27 in July) Ivory Coast and Nice defensive midfielder Jean-Michaël Seri have both been the subject of our interest.

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The same old problems persist

Spurs show Rochdale a lack of respect

A decent draw for us, Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea City away. Get through the Rochdale tie and we would then play at home, although we may have to use the away dressing room when we play at Wembley.

It may be our home this season but we don't automatically get the home dressing room and I'm sure our opponents would want us to use the unfamiliarity of the away dressing room rather than the familiarity of the home one. They will feel it may just unsettle us .Even something as minor as that is important to gain a slight advantage and take players out of their comfort zone.

We give the players the best facilities for a reason, so they have every little thing taken care of and can concentrate on their football in surroundings that make them comfortable.

I tweeted about the lack of desire from Danny Rose and as I was typing it Rochdale scored the opener. He seemed to me to be going through the motions, not having given Rochdale enough respect. It is easy to see why Ben Davies is currently the first choice, Rose needs to do more, consistently. It makes me wonder where his future lies and if he has half a mind on leaving in the summer.

There is a huge difference being up for a game and playing a game where you think you should win because you are the better side. You do your job, but you are not at the same intensity, you are not concentrating as you should. When that happens with just a few players it throws a system out of the window, especially a pressing system.

There are a few players who are mentally off the pace and their lack of game time really shows. Victor Wanyama was taking risks, Winks lost the ball that led to their first goal, our passing wasn't great, the players weren't on the same wavelength.

If we are to be a trophy winning team then we still need to add further quality and Moura made everyone take notice. He looked as if he had something about him, his vision and passing, allied to pace was a welcome sight. He certainly looks a step up from Clinton N'Jie or Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, neither of whom seemed to improve.

Our slow passing across the back was causing us problems again. When a team presses us and we continue to do it we get into trouble. Passing the ball at greater pace gives the man receiving the ball more time and our defenders like a bit of time on the ball to pick their pass.

The same old problems persist.


I like to read websites that are off the beaten track so if you have any I should take a look at just leave them in the comments.

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Gonzalo Higuain hits back at the TV pundits

Huguain unhappy with TV pundit criticism

Juventus centre-forward, Gonzalo Higuain, has hit back at the TV critics who are "sitting on a sofa" following our 2-2 draw in the UEFA Champions League last Tuesday.

We have a great chance to qualify for the next round and defy our doubters, but the perennial Italian champions and last season's Champions League runners up won't be taking us lightly. 

Higuain, who scored both Juventus goals and missed a penalty that would have given them a 3-1 lead posted the following on Instagram.
The translation from Italian newspaper Calciomercato reads thus:
"Good morning everybody. It's easy to talk after the game, sitting on a sofa or on a chair. Everything was perfect when we were 2-0 up but judgement changed too quickly after the 2-2. We don't care about the noise, we'll go to London to qualify for the next stage. I send a big hug to everybody who really loves Juventus."
There are plenty in Italy criticising the forward and plenty of journalists doing so also.

Leading scorers for teams in the Last 16 of the Champions League

Harry Kane comfortably tops the scoring charts for teams left in the UCL when we take into account their domestic leagues, domestic cups and the Champions League. 

He currently leads the European Golden Show race when the coefficients are taken into account.
Leading Scorers
Tottenham Hotspur - Harry Kane (33 goals)
Manchester City - Sergio Agüero (29 goals)
Liverpool - Mohamed Salah (29 goals)
Paris SG - Edinson Cavani (28 goals)
FC Barcelona - Lionel Messi (27 goals)
FC Porto - Vincent Aboubakar (26 goals)
Bayern Munich - Robert Lewandowski (26 goals)
Real Madrid - Cristiano Ronaldo (23 goals)
Juventus F.C - Gonzalo Higuain (20 goals)
FC Shakhtar Donetsk - Facundo Ferreyra (20 goals)
Manchester United - Romelu Lukaku (19 goals)
Sevilla FC - Wissam Ben Yedder (16 goals)
Chelsea F.C - Eden Hazard (15 goals)
Besiktas - Talisca (14 goals)
Roma - Edin Džeko (14 goals)
FC Basel - Ricky van Wolfswinkel (8 goals)


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The Morning Thoughts - Mental Strength, Toby Alderweireld, Improvement, FA Cup, Saturday Punt

Spurs players making progress

The sandy beach at Dymchurch is a short way away along the coast.

A very good morning to everyone from a decent looking morning on the coast, the sun isout. A trip to Hythe this morning, a lovely old town to stroll down the high street

Right onto thoughts about Spurs this morning.

Mental Strength

I have banged on a lot about mentality, it being so so important in top level sport and many simply don't get it. To achieve anything mental barriers have to overcome and this young side has to learn how to deal with the pressure when big games come around.

We are now starting to see that they are coming to terms with what is required. It is just another building block for long term sustained success, the required goal. beating Manchester United, beating Arsenal, drawing with Liverpool and Juventus, after being two goals down in just 7 minutes gives us all a big lift.

Previously when a big game comes along we have often faltered, like the semi-final of the FA Cup last season. Winning, not looking good and feeling unlucky, is the be all and end all in these games. we are now firmly in the mix for a top four place.

Thanks to our mental growth we are now seeing the results on the field.


What is the next step in our improvement? Continue the mental growth and improve our finishing. We are still not clinical enough. Again, I have banged on about netting four or five goals, not settling for two and playing keep ball or managing the game as it is often referred to.

Manchester City have shown us this season what I mean. They bang in four goals regularly now and we all have to play catch up to that. A team must be trained by default to want to score goals, they must be as clinical when they are 4-0 up as they are when they are 1-0 or 2-0 up..

Over the years we have seen Spurs squander chances when the game is won and for most fans it doesn't matter, the game was one, but, if we are to win trophies, that is the wrong approach. We have to clinically put those chances away so that when a chance comes when we are losing or the score is 0-0, our default setting is to score.

Turning on and off clinical finishing will hinder our progress. Players must be mentally attuned to concentrating as hard with a chance after 85 minutes when we are 3-0 up as they do when the tie is close. Again, clinical finishing is a mental thing. The brain tells us what action to perform and how well to perform it. Train the brain and you train the feet.

FA Cup

Next up is the big opportunity we have in the FA Cup. I don't understand why fans have looked at who is left and decided we can't win it. Perhaps they haven't thought it through, perhaps they haven't realised that the semi-final and the final are at Wembley, our home ground this season, where we are now very comfortable.

I think we have a cracking opportunity to win it. First we must be very professional against Rochdale and hope for a good draw in the quarter-finals. If we can get to the semi-finals then we can beat anyone at Wembley.

Toby Alderweireld

Toby Alderweireld is coming back from injury and in such circumstances  and yes he has to get match fit. he hasn't been left out because of the contract situation, that will be assessed at the end of the season.

What we have seen though, is that he is not essential to success, that he can be replaced. That will no doubt be part of our thinking when contract negotiations resume. He will be 29 on 2nd March so will no doubt be looking for one last payday and you can't blame him for that.

A trophy may well help the club convince him to stay on improved wages, even if they are not the wages that he is perhaps, and I don't know, but perhaps asking for.

I see an Arsenal player, Hector Bellerin, has criticised an Arsenal fan TV YouTube channel that criticises the players all the time, suggesting that people who do that are not real fans and of no interest to players. Guess he must have been reading this blog!

Saturday Punt

I'll  stop at the bookies in Hythe to place three trebles and a fourfold on Swansea (6/5), QPR (10/11), Plymouth (19/10), Gillingham (13/10).

If all correct the bet returns £98.50 for the trebles and £56.02 for the accumulator, £154.52 overall. If just the shortest priced treble the bet returns £19.32 at £2 per bet, £10 overall. Charlton let me down last week, conceding in the 94th minute.

Don't gamble with money you can not afford to lose.

Stay safe and happy.


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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Would 22 improvements a month help Spurs?

Physical improvement led to playing improvement


It was nice to be back and following on from the Harry Kane mental strength article and the fact Spurs need more winners like him, I thought I'd give you an example of him paying attention to detail and improving every aspect, not just his ability with a ball.

The Independent reported in October 2017 that Kane made a resolution New Year resolution for the beginning of 2017 year and he hired a personal chef to take his nutrition more seriously. His body is the tool of his trade and so his body must be in the best shape it can possibly be nutrition wise for him to have the energy levels to perform as he does and maintain the concentration for 95 minutes. Here is what Kane told the press back then.

“We’ve got a good plan going and it seems to be working. The precise schedule of the meals, relating to training and matches, is important. You could eat healthily all week and then carbs before a game, and that could make your body go into shock because you’re not used to it. So maybe eat higher carbs sometimes, lower other times, making plans around training. 
“When you’re playing Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday there’s not a lot of time to train. So it’s about making those little gains in other ways: Ice baths, stretching, nutrition. That keeps as you as fresh as you can be. It’s a big part of football nowadays.”

Every player makes mistakes, but patterns do emerge. I know many don't lie it but a player I was shouting we should sign 2 years before we did was Eric Dier, he has a habit of making mistakes in big games which lead to goals. It is something he needs to work on, it's a mental thing, he has lapses in concentration.

I'm not suggestion his nutrition isn't good enough or fitness isn't good enough, but concentration is a skill that can be developed and it is an aspect he can improve. It is these fine things that can help to take us to the next level.

If every player in the squad made 2 tiny improvements each month then whatever team we put out would have made 22 improvements from the previous month, over a 9 month season that is 198 tiny improvements, over a year 242 tiny improvements.

Add to that the coaching staff, the medical staff, the commercial operations, transfer dealings, every aspect and you are making positive changes, you are making a difference, you are continually improving as a club, as a team.

Harry Kane hired a chef to make a tiny improvement and it hasn't done him any harm has it. He is an example to every member of staff at the club, off the field as well as on.




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