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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Another pundit offers their Tottenham opinion



Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, two former Manchester United players who won many trophies are uncertain if Tottenham has the mental strength and the squad to win the Premier League. 

Jamie Carragher, from their bitter rivals Liverpool and also a trophy winner, certainly feels Spurs are contenders with three players on fire.

"They're contenders. Chelsea are favourites of course, but they [Tottenham] were very close last year.

"[Erik] Lamella and [Moussa] Sissoko, they spent big money on the two of them and they haven't quite delivered. But the more you watch Eriksen, Alli and Kane - these [players] are going to become superstars. 
"And if they take them to the title then you can call them superstars."

He is right of course, if we are to catch Chelsea and win the title then these three have to be at the top of their game. We have to manage the knock-out stages of the UEFA Europa League though as well and start to take it even more seriously with stronger teams the nearer we get to the final.

That may have an effect on our Premier League performances as we have to rotate players. We will see then if Gary Neville is right or whether we have sufficient quality to do it.


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Premier League transfer policy analysis by club


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Tottenham Hotspur spend 78.3% of the time when involved in incoming transfer dealings.4.3% are free transfers, we do not bring in loan players and 17.3% come from the academy. The table below show how the rest of the Premier League go about their business.

There is a tendency for the clubs who spend the most in the transfer market to recruit young players with a high potential to increase in value and for lesser performing clubs to spend on older players.

We can see from the image below that Tottenham have a transfer policy that targets the  recruit of the younger players than any other club in the Premier League. That would tie in with having less resources than other clubs and also looking to make the greatest gains in player appreciation.

While the figures show we have a youth policy, they clearly show we are not alone in that with 4 Premier League clubs in the Top 10, 4 German clubs, 1 Spanish and 1 French. The Italians clearly prefer to buy older players.




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Spurs interested in other young squads



As we know Tottenham Hotspur have the youngest squad and field the youngest teams in the Premier League. In the five top tier European leagues we sit 16th.

Above us are:

  • 7 German sides (Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig, Freiburg, Hoffenheim, Mainz, Schalke, Borussia Dortmund) 
  • 5 French sides (Toulouse, Nice, Lyon, Monaco, Nantes)
  • 2 Spanish sides (Granada, Alaves)
  • 1 Italian side (AC Milan)


Of these we have mainly been linked with players at Bayer Leverkusen, Mainz, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund in Germany and Lyon and Monaco in France. We seem to have taken a particular interest in Monaco over the last couple of years with Daniel Levy meeting his counterparts.



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Final Table Prediction



The CIES Football Observatory have analysed and predicted how many points each club will receive by he end of the season. They base this on the statistical analysis of performance from the 2011/12 season onwards.

First they look at defensive performance until 31 December of each season.


Next was the number of shots conceded from inside the box.


The next part of the equation is about possession and uses passing statistics.


This is then taken further to look at successful passes in the opposition half.


They then move to look at offensive performance and the average number of goals scored per match.


Next is the number of shots taken in the opposition penalty area.


This brings them to their conclusion and the final Premier League table.


We have started 2017 in style winning all our games and another victory at the weekend will certainly put this prediction in serious jeopardy thankfully.


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Spurs have 6 players in the Top 100


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The CIES Football Observatory statistics for transfer values which are  historically remarkably accurate place Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid as having 4 players each in the Top 30.

  • Tottenham Hotspur 4
  • Real Madrid 4
  • Barcelona 3
  • Manchester City 3
  • Manchester United 2
  • Atletico Madrid 2
  • Juventus 2
  • Chelsea 2
  • Arsenal 2
  • Borussia Dortmund 2
  • Leicester City 1
  • Inter Milan 1
  • Everton 1
  • Bayern Munich 1

Extending that to the Top 50, it looks like this:

  • Real Madrid 6
  • Manchester City 5
  • Chelsea 5
  • Atletico Madrid 5
  • Tottenham Hotspur 4
  • Barcelona 4
  • Liverpool 4
  • Juventus 3
  • Arsenal 3
  • Bayern Munich 2
  • Borussia Dortmund 2
  • Manchester United 2
  • Leicester City 1
  • Inter Milan 1
  • Everton 1
  • Roma 1
  • Southampton 1

In the Top 100 there are 42 players from the Premier League including Son Heung-min in 69th valued at £39.44 million (€44.8m - AUS$63.5m - US$47.49m) and Toby Alderweireld in 85th values at £35.83 million (€40.7m - AUS$57.69m - US$43.15m).


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Monday, 16 January 2017

£119m Kane is 6th most valuable player in Europe


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The CIES Football Observatory have developed an algorithm that a large part of the time accurately predicts the transfer value of players across the five top-tier leagues. Obviousl;y Chinese Super League money is now going to make a mockery of that but it is still a good indicator in Europe.

They state 'The statistical model through which fair prices are calculated includes multiple variables on player performance (minutes, goals, etc.) and characteristics (age, contract, etc.), as well as data on employer clubs and potential recruiting ones.'

Their list shows 4 Tottenham Hotspur players in the top 30.
How does this compare to other clubs?
Real Madrid 4
Barcelona 3
Manchester City 3
Manchester United 2
Atletico Madrid 2
Juventus 2
Chelsea 2
Arsenal 2
Borussia Dortmund 2
Leicester City 1
Inter Milan 1
Everton 1
Bayern Munich 1

Spurs have two players listed before Chelsea or Arsenal have one with Paul Pogba at Manchester United as the only English-based played above the Tottenham pair.


Harry Kane is the 6th most valuable player in Europe at £119 million (€135.2m - AUS$191.82m - US$143.33m), Cristiano Ronaldo 7th, Paulo Dybala 8th and Dele Alli 9th £97.28 million (€110.5m - AUS$156.76m - US$117.15m).

Christian Eriksen is in 26th £62.33 million (€70.8m - AUS$100.41m - US$75.06m), Eric Dier is 29th £62.33 million (€69.5m - AUS$100.42m - US$73.68m).


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Gary Neville: Is Spurs squad strong enough?


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Another ex-manchester United winner, Gary Neville, is unsure like his former teammate paul Scholes, that Tottenham can win the Premier League this season. he likes what is happening at the club and loves watching Spurs play.

“Tottenham are a joy to watch and the way they play the game under Mauricio Pochettino. What they are doing there is very good, the young players coming through, there’s a pathway there and a belief and an identity to the team. 
“Can they win the league? The doubt I have is I’m not sure they are strong enough in depth and when the games kick in again, I’m just not sure they have enough, but actually I love watching them and wonder whether they’ve got a strong enough, robust enough spine to win the league and see it though to the end.”

That squad strength will be tested in the coming weeks with Jan Vertonghen believed to have a bad injury after turning his ankle stretching for a ball on Saturday lunchtime against WBA. Kevin Wimmer or Ben Davies will have to deputise if Mauricio Pochettino retains a back three. With the Europa League kicking in in a month Danny Rose may well have a lot of work to do.

To rest him means resting Ben Davies, although he hasn't had much football thanks to an injury of his own. Wimmer and Davies might have to do a bit of rotating. How will we handle that, we'll have to see, but it may well answer Neville's question and determine our season.


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Scholes Spurs won't win the title


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 Ex-Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes knows what it takes to win Premier League titles, domestic Cups and European trophies.

His record can't be denied and he has doubts about the Spurs side now sitting in second place in the table. He is not sure we are mentally up to it as he hasn't seen is beat the big teams in March and April as the season closes in on its climax. He explained his view to BT Sport at the weekend.

“Tottenham are a really, really good team. I just think they have to prove that when it comes to March and April that they can win the big games. We haven’t quite seen that. 
“Is it their style of play? They do play a really quick tempo, a fast style of football – can that last until the end of the season? It didn’t last year, they just tailed off. 
“I love watching Tottenham. Great manager, great team to watch. I just don’t think that when it comes to March, April, that they’ll have the bottle to go and win the big games. If Tottenham were ever going to win the league it was last year.”

We have just beaten Chelsea and have a big game next week against Manchester City away at the Etihad, just the sort of game Scholes is talking about. Time to make a statement perhaps.


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Driussi trots out the part line


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South American players all seem to answer transfer speculation in the same way, presumably that all stems from their media training. Young River Plate striker Sebastian Driussi trotted it out when he was asked about the transfer speculation linking him with a move away from Argentina.

"I have not had any specific offers. So I try to be isolated from those things. My mind is in River."

They all seem to talk about no specific offers or my agent deals with that. Agents have a greater involvement in where a player ends up playing than perhaps in Europe. The problem being third-party ownership because, despite they not being allowed to influence where a player move, they do.

If you had an investment you would want that investment to do the best for you, not themselves. The investors want a big money move, they don't really want their investment being bought out cheaply by Premier League clubs, hence we see few young Brazilians or Argentinian's in England unless they have been to Europe first, like Erik Lamela.


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Tottenham delivering lessons


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Rome wasn't built in a day, some supporters forgot that. It took Sir Alex Ferguson time to turn Manchester United around and supporters wanted him sacked, but look what he built. At Spurs we have Mauricio Pochettino trying to do the same thing with a club with less money.

We have to first build within our mean and then built the infastructure to increase our means, both as we know are happening. The fact that we are competing above our financial weight now is very encouraging for the future.

"To be together and every player happy and part of our Tottenham family, I think we have a very good atmosphere around the club, our supporters are amazing and I think this is a very good mix between the club, the supporters, the players, the staff. 
"I think it's amazing day by day how we feel, how we live on the training ground, that is important thing in the end, to try to win big things, to fight. It's an advantage for us. 
"Last season was the first time for 99 percent of the players fighting for big things like to win the Premier League and the important thing is that you are clever, we are showing that we are clever and we learn a lot and we are more mature but it is true like in life, every day you can improve and you can learn. 
"If you are open and your mind is open, that is a good thing and we are showing this season that we are more mature, we compete better, and we missed that maybe a little bit last season. I am the same, maybe a little bit fatter than last season. 
"I think we are in completely different period and completely different momentum and last season was last season. 
"It's true now is a coincidence and maybe we play City like last season but we will be different, it will be tough, but every game, every season is completely different and today was a good example because always in the last season or the season before it was difficult for us to break West Bromwich, it was a nightmare game for us and today look how it was. 
"It is important to learn and to know, too, every game is important and difficult and if you are ready and focused like today, you can compete. 
"We are showing after 21 games that we can compete and we are in a very good position. It is true that the gap with Chelsea is still big but there is a lot of games ahead until the end of the season."

That vision of a young team, learning a system, staying together through a bond and improving as a unit to compete with the top clubs is being built. 

I was ridiculed by some for suggesting this was the way forward after we played Basel, for suggesting we had to mentally change at Spurs, for suggesting we had to have open minds and stay positive, for suggesting we need to make tiny improvements to all aspects of the club, for suggesting Spurs TV's interaction with fans needed a major overhaul.

You can not just look at life on a day-to-day basis, you'll never get anywhere. You have to have a vision of where you want to get to and devise a way of getting there, that must then be implemented, adjusted, but stuck with along the way. If you don't try to achieve anything in life you'll plod along and stay in the relative same position you are.

Spurs are showing fans the way. There are many lessons the club showing, if you want to learn from them they are all there for you to make an even greater success of your life.



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