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Friday, 28 April 2017

I can't agree with Tottenham LIVE over Antonio, he's not for us


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No sooner do I pen an article on wages and we hear that the top scorer at West Ham United Michail Antonio wants to leave the Olympic Stadium (no surprise there, he probably can't see the crowd).
The reason given is he wants parity with January signings Robert Snodgrass and José Fonte. Somehow they are on £70,000-a-week the same as Kyle Walker. It is no wonder the Spammers have had players who haven't bought into the Slaven Bilić project. When players are more interested in money than performances it is time to say goodbye to them.

Fellow Spurs website Tottenham LIVE ask should Spurs’ Mauricio Pochettino add Antonio to his summer shopping list?

The answer is, of course, a resounding NO, we are looking to go forward with younger players who have development in them, not backward with 27-year-old (28 next March) players who clearly don't have the right mental attitude for us. 

By all means negotiate with a club but to threaten to leave if they don't give in to your demands shows a focus in the wrong place. You haven't heard Toby Alderweireld say he wants to leave, quite the opposite and Walker wants to stay too.

The last thing we need is players signing because of the money, been there, done that, doesn't work.

Do check out the Tottenham LIVE article at the link above.

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Milan and Spurs still chasing Kovačić


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Italian outlet Calciomercato are reporting that AC Milan are hoping to beat Tottenham Hotspur to the signing of 22-year-old (23 in May) Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovačić.

The Croatian international is only a backup player to the first choice trio in midfield at Real Madrid and he is thought to want to leave for more game time, the same problem fuelling the Isco transfer rumours. He is reported to be willing to sign a new deal though.

He is on a deal until 2021 and there are reports that Real Madrid wants to keep him, His future will no doubt be decided by the amount of game time he is offered when both sides talk, a bland you are in our plans means nothing today. Kevin Wimmer is in our plans but he never plays, he is in our plans means if we have injuries we'll need him, if we don't we won't and that isn't really good enough for a player set on playing.

How Kovačić really feels is anyone's guess despite the PR from his agent saying he is happy.

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Sissoko to Newcatle would be goof for Spurs


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An interesting article from Italy (Calciomercato) suggests Newcastle United are interested in re-signing French international midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

Now that would suit us, we could charge them his initial transfer fee which would mean he wouldn't have cost us anything.

Sissoko has been a flop since he joined us and we will no doubt be glad to get his wages off the bill considering he isn't earning them. His performances in training haven't been to the standard we expect, Pochettino has publicly told us that.

Of course people have already started to talk about a cut-price deal, but that assumes a £30 million transfer to Tottenham, which we now know isn't accurate. I'd expect us to be looking for £17-18 million although I wouldn't be surprised if we were asking £20 million. However we do need him off the books so we can not price him out of a move. His transfer fee will be agreed in consultation with his agent who will know what clubs are prepared to pay in order to acquire his services.

It is in our best interest to help his agent in any way we can, but we will be wanting to cover our costs. PSG could be interested because he is French, but few Italian teams would afford his wages so a Premier League stay looks more likely.

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Showboating versus substance



Steven Gerrard plans to eradicate a "showboating mentality" in his role as Liverpool's U18s coach.

That remark from Sky Sports shows what is wrong with the game today, it is show rather than substance that catches the eye. If you want to be successful there has to be substance over showboating. 

Harry Winks plays his game without the showboating but you got the impression with Nabil Bentaleb that it was all about his ego. Indeed after one season he wanted the wages of a top midfield player when he hadn't achieved anything yet.

You don't see the likes of Christian Eriksen showboating, you could say Dele Alli does with his nutmegs, but they have an end result, he is past his man and on his way.

Playing pretty football is great, keeping the ball is great, but what is the end result, what did your piece of skill produce? The bottom line for attacking midfielders and inverted wingers is how many goals did you score, how many assists di you have, how many chances did you create, how many key passes did you make. Beating three men is fantastic, but if you then pass the ball backward it is a waste of time.

Mousa Dembele used to beat a man and then pass sideways so the man he had just beaten was back behind the ball in an instant, totally negating Dembele beating him in the first place. Looked good but achieved nothing. Now when Dembele beats a man he drives forward or looks for a forward pass, such small things make a difference.
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Alderweireld and Walker


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And so it comes to pass. I wrote a while ago that as soon as we offer one player and increase to £100,000-a-week, the others will be knocking on the door for wage increases themselves.

It is why we have not shelled out massive, for us, wages to transfer targets. It isn't a case of offering it to one player, it opens the floodgates for the others and you have to have budgeted for the huge increase in wages that brings each season.

Hugo Lloris will receive a premium because he is captain, Harry Kane will receive a premium because he is a vice-captain. Toby Alderweireld is reported as wanting parity at £100,000-a-week, but the club can't do that, they can only offer parity with the wage before the captaincy premium, otherwise they#ll have to increase the wages of Lloris, Kane and Vertonghen again.

We have increased our wage bill massively and it is still increasing which means we need UEFA Champions League football and the sponsorship that it generates to cover the additional expense. We can't keep increasing the wages without increasing the income. A wage increase isn't for one season, it is permanent so the increase in revenue has to be permanent.

Kyle Walker is reported as wanting a wage increase from his £70,000-a-week but there are rumours that his wife wants to leave London, whereas Walker is said to be very happy at Tottenham and not wanting to leave. We heard recently from the Liverpool chief executive that they didn't sign Alexis Sanchez because his wife preferred London.

Not everything is decided as you might expect. It isn't always about money, although that is how the press usually reports it, a rather narrow-minded view. Alderweireld has made it plain he doesn't want to go anywhere and I'm not expecting Walker to either unless Real Madrid do come calling.

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Zokora and Mukena


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Former Tottenham midfielder Didier Zokora recently signed a one-year deal with Indonesian side Semen Padang and the 36-year-old (37 in December) has now completed his first training session with them.

Zokora joined Tottenham in the summer of 2006 following his performances for the Ivory Coast at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany in a deal reported to be worth £8.2 million. He won the 2008 League Cup with us, a Jonathan Woodgate header securing the victory over Chelsea in extra-time. He also played in the final the following year when John O'Shea should have been sent off in the first half, but as it was Manchester United at Wembley the referee inexplicably allowed him to stay on the field and influence the result of the match.  We drew 0-0 and lost on penalties.

After Anton Walkes was released a while back having been loaned out loan MLS side, we have now released another youngster, Belgian Joy Mukena. The 17-year-old (18 in July) central defender has been snapped up by Watford, he has signed a scholarship deal with them.

Mukena made his youth team debut as an Under-16 during the 2014-15 season, he appeared as a substitute against West Brom in the penultimate game of the season. He began a two-year scholarship at Tottenham at the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

We wish him well at Watford.
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Flop Mitchell to PSG, what has that got to do with Dele Alli?


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I see the kids HITC have come out with another daft article, Dele Alli to PSG because PSG might, only might, be looking at employing  Paul Mitchell.

It is well now, although not by the author it seems, that Mitchell did not find Dele Alli, David Pleat did so to attribute his signing to Mitchell is wrong.

According to the author Mitchell's record was impressive which is complete rubbish, both Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld played at a mid-table Southampton side under Mauricio Pochettino and it will have been Pochettinio who decided Spurs should buy them, not Mitchell.

His recruitment record was not very successful. Moussa Sissoko, Clinton N'Jie, Kevin-Georges N'Koudou to name just three. Our Head of Player Identification left at the same time which clearly shows we were unhappy at the quality of player they were finding. It is one thing to find players for a mid-table club but quite something else to find players who will challenge for titles and play in the UEFA Champions League. The bottom line is they couldn't handle finding that level of player. We have even overhauled Mitchell's scouting set up, again showing it wasn't working.

Quite why Mitchell possibly moving to PSG would mean a possible move for Dele Alli is beyond the comprehension of most people. PSG will be watching Dele anyway, half of Europe is, so what difference does it make if they employ Mitchell?

Mitchell Recruitments
Kevin Wimmer - MISS
Son Heung-min - HIT
Georges-Kevin N'Koudou - MISS
Clinton N'Jie - MISS
Kierran Trippier - HIT
Vincent Janssen - MISS
Moussa Sissoko - MISS

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Arsenal receive boost in their chase for a Europa League spot



Arsenal received a boost in their chase for an automatic UEFA Europa League slot last night when Manchester City could only draw at home 0-0 to a 10-man Manchester United side after midfielder Marouane Fellaini was booked in the 83rf minute and sent off in the 84th minute.

Premier League Table

  1. Chelsea Played 33 78 Points +40
  2. SPURS Played 33 Points 74 +47
  3. Liverpool Played 34 Points 66 +28
  4. Man City Played 33 Points 65 +28
  5. Man United Played 33 Points 64 +26
  6. Arsenal Played 32 Points 60 +24
  7. Everton Played 34 Points 58  +23


When ypu look at the goal difference you see Chelsea and ourselves are way ahead of the rest, who are all very similar. Of those Manchester United have a solid defence and need to add goals, if they do so, and you would expect them too, then they will be a threat next season. Liverpool will know their system more and be more efficient playing it while Manchester City has to buy in players who can play the Guardiola way. How they fit will be key to how they perform.

We drew too many games early on when Kane was out injured and new striker signing Vincent Janssen was trying to adapt. While we weren't losing, we weren't winning either. The gap is only 4 points, it could have been so much different, but we are moving in the right direction and have cemented our place among the top four this season to bring UEFA Champions League football next season.

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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Graham Roberts thinks Dembele will be OK for Arsenal


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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele has become the fourth Belgian player to reach 200 Premier League appearances, alongside Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini and Simon Mignolet.

The 29-year-old (30 in July) twisted his ankle against Crystal Palace. It happened just before half-time when another challenge from a Palace player was simply ignored by the referee. That was typical of him during the game.

Pretty confident be ready for Sunday mainly precaution and he won't want to miss the game

Pochettino was unconcerned and reminded reporters his side were only looking up the table, not down it.

“The fans were very warm and tried to pressure the referee a little bit. Mousa suffered a twist to his ankle and I think in that moment we decided to change the shape. Son [Heung-Min] and Moussa Sissoko worked well. I think we played well and deserved the victory. 
"Mousa felt his ankle at half-time. I don't believe that is a big thing and we need to assess him. When you are playing you are not thinking about the gap or what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow. 
"We are not thinking to be above Arsenal. Our challenge now is to reduce the gap again to Chelsea. We are thinking about bigger things than only to finish above Arsenal. I totally understand your question but to achieve big things and to one day win big things your mentality must be bigger and thinking of big dreams, they are important to have."

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Inter Milan join Real Madrid and Bayern Munich tracking Walker


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The Italian press are reporting that Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan are tracking our right-back Kyle Walker whose wife, it is said, wants to leave London. Presumably, she fancies moving Madrid and have her hubby play for Real with Gareth Bale and Luka Modric. There isn't a chance he would take a step down to Manchester City and we wouldn't sell him to a Premier League club anyway.

He started very poorly last night making mistake after mistake, back to the old Kyle Walker who lacked concentration. The first question a coach is going to ask himself is about the player's focus and has transfer talk got to him or is their home life unsettling him.

If he isn't totally focussed then Kierran Trippier would have to play in his place. There is still a job to do at Tottenham and that will come before anything else for Mauricio Pochettino.

An important 3⃣points last night! Great strike by to help us keep the pressure on at the 🔝Focus now on the Derby!


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