Archive for the ‘transfer market’ Category

No need to hit the #AVBout panic button

August 26, 2012

Cue the following hashtags:

#AVBout

#OnePointInTwoGames

#BringRedknappBack (God, please no!)

So we drew at home to West Brom in the final minute. Anything new about that? You could see it all unfolding as we were mere passengers in the trainwreck that was about to take place. And when I say “we”, AVB’s included. I’m sure we will all differ on his tactics, player selection and substitutions (Jenas especially); however, I couldn’t really fault much of what he had done.

Remember people, we are a work in progress. The transfer window has not slammed shut as of yet. Modric remains a lilywhite, and the two very players whose potential transfers caused much heated debate on the internet – Hudd (loan) and Daws (QPR) – haven’t even materialized.

I’m sure AVB would like to get down to managing a settled squad but we are nowhere near that. Deals are taking way too long to be finalized. Players don’t know if they’re staying or going. Players who know that they’re staying don’t know if their friends / teammates are leaving or not. It’s a bit of a mess now, but it should all stabilize soon… and by soon, I mean August 31st.

I hope that in the coming week Levy will hammer out what needs to be sorted and we send out / bring in whoever we need to really get our season underway. Otherwise, even Norwich City coming to the Lane could be a daunting affair.

COYS!

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‘Huddric’

August 21, 2012

I know… I haven’t written in ages. Forgive me and all that jazz.

After stalking Newsnow on a daily basis and reading everything Tottenham, I have managed to frustrate myself more than anything. It has nothing to do with the lack of transfer activity, but everything to do with peoples’ posts and comments. So all I want to say is this:

Guys, let’s NOT be fickle. Modric has been one of our best players (if not the best) at Tottenham over the past 3 years. No, Huddlestone is not capable of filling his shoes. I’m not saying that he’s useless to us, but unless AVB pursues tactics and a formation which would suit Hudd there is no way he can fulfill the Modric role. And I’m afraid that after the squad list was announced for the Newcastle match on Saturday, the Hudd argument may no loner be relevant. We’ll have to wait and see what happens going forward.

VDV is a fantastic player; however, I do not envision him having the patience for the role that Modric plays at Spurs. I hope to be proven wrong.

While scouring through these sites, many have been quick to judge Modric’s fate if he was to be unsold. “Let him rot”. I beg to differ. Not having Modric in our side will affect the way we play. It doesn’t mean that we cannot make the “Top 4”, but the Tottenham you have seen over the past few years will have a different genetic makeup to its approach. In regards to price and the “he isn’t worth 40 mil” argument, he is worth every penny Levy is asking for and Levy knows this. When Chelsea came knocking, he threw the 40 mil price in their face to turn them away from the deal. This time around it’s different. One of the best footballing clubs in the world is pursuing Modric… 40 mil makes absolute sense.

And don’t kid yourselves, Modric is that good. Why attack him for wanting to move to Real Madrid? He’s given us a few good years and if the right amount of money exchanges bank accounts, we shouldn’t harbor any hard feelings. Business is business. If he went to Chelsea or United, that would be another story. Let’s not sound like the ungrateful Arsenal fans that bashed RVP, even though he single-handedly took them into the Champions League last season. Fickle doesn’t look good in lilywhite.

COYS!

Sell, sell, sell…

September 1, 2011

It’s over. Closed. Not open for business till the winter season. Be warned that the following post was not written with any structure in mind… just thoughts racing through my head during the closing of the transfer window.

Hopes of securing the services of a certain Mr. Diarra never materialized. Instead, we finally sealed the deal (in how many windows has this rumor circulated?) for Scotty Parker from West Ham, with Bentley going the other way. I feel sorry for the latter, 27 years old and going to play for a relegated side on loan… it can’t be easy.

The shifting of deadweight didn’t end there with the permanent transfer of Alan Hutton and the season-long loan of Jermaine Jenas to Aston Villa. Not really a shocker there.

Over the past few weeks, rumors circulated that a two-man deal with the Potters was in the works for Crouch and Palacios. It was true with Sgt. Wilson’s transfer confirmed by the club within the final 2 hours, and Crouchie’s departure confirmed right after the window closed.

Gary Cahill was almost a Spur. I was gutted when Harry confirmed that the deal fell through as we are in desperate need of a reliable defender to consistently start alongside Dawson. I expect us to give Bolton a ring when January rolls around.

So what have we done exactly? Have we made room for Modric’s salary increase? Have we become a selling club?

Majority of the players mentioned above needed to move on. I must admit though that the Crouch deal was one I was not expecting. I’m actually still unsure how I feel about it. I think I’ll need to sleep and wake up to digest what happened this evening. One thing I can tell you now is I won’t be impressed with how little business we managed in regards to new signings coming in.

Video: Who is this Souleymane Coulibaly cat?

July 20, 2011

Not that I trust football player compilations, but this particular Youtube clip gives a bit of insight to our newest addition to the team: young (16 years of age) Souleymane Coulibaly.

I got sick and tired of hearing how he’s the next Drogba, etc. so I needed to find any evidence of this comparison for my own sake.

After watching the video, I am confident that the boy knows how to strike a ball. He’s also quite intuitive and is foot-savvy enough to dribble defenders.

We’ll have to wait and see how he’ll perform with the youth squad and eventually develop into the first team. Harry and his crew will need to handle this unpolished gem with lots of care. If Souleymane’s to be loaned out, let’s make sure it’s to a competitive side that will play him consistently.

Still, I think this could be a good bit of business for Tottenham if the investment is managed correctly.

COYS!

Luka’s a “great” what?

July 19, 2011

Words from the mouth of John Terry:

“He’s [Luka Modric] very agile, very quick and a great finisher like we’ve seen over many years.”

He is definitely the first two but a ” great finisher” he is not. At least not yet.

This interview will be the perfect weapon for the media to escalate this saga to another level.

Bombarding-Luka-to-Chelsea posts to flood Newsnow in 3,2,1…

Happy to stay?

July 6, 2011

Anyone else a little weary of Dan Levy’s meeting with Modric? When asked if Modric was happy to remain at Tottenham, he cheekily said that he would be fine once he returned and practiced with the squad. When asked if Modric wanted to go to Chelsea, he plainly stated that “he’s staying at Tottenham”.

Now, this was music to my ears. Don’t get me wrong. However, the way Levy replied to the reporter made it seem like Luka was being forced to stay. Like as if we were holding his family hostage. Stay or else!

It’s kind of sad that we have even reached this point. But honestly speaking, did we not believe that once Champions League footy was tasted, some would want to jump ship when it wasn’t available to us? We’re not that naive. Are we?

I am naive. I always felt that Luka would never leave Tottenham: the club which gave him his first shot at Champions League. If he was to ever consider saying goodbye, that meant that we would have reached a low point with no hope of coming back. We finished 5th for God’s sake! Not making it to the top 4 was obviously a blow, but I believe that we have just as good a chance as anyone of making it back next year.

What was the strategy used by the Chairman to hold onto Modders? “Luka, we’ll be making some big money signings… just wait and see.”

Levy and Redknapp need to show the squad we’re aiming high and that we’re closer than ever to breaking out of our shell. I believe it. I hope you believe it as well. COYS!

Luka-zade!

June 28, 2011

Luka-zade. The element that will keep us hydrated through the 2011/2012 season. A must-have if we are to challenge for anything, silverware or a top 4 push. Lose him and we would lose our edge.

Now, I know I shouldn’t be saying that one player can make all the difference, simply because I’m not from that school of thought. However, if anyone comes close to making that kind of a difference at Spurs, it’s Luka! His swashbuckling slicing and dicing of opponents is and has been a crucial component of many of our best attacking moments. Sure, those moments are left with anti-climactic “blue-ball” endings (happy endings without the “happy”), not usually his fault as our forwards are almost entirely to blame. You can point the finger and say “well, the boy just doesn’t score enough goals” but then again, is that really his role?

One thing’s for sure, Modric is a world-class player and every big bully on the school ground wants him in his click. Simply because he could be the brains behind it all… the strategist, if you will.

Modric can dictate the direction, pace, swagger, and quality of our play all with a simple pass. He is a visionary on the pitch and he can preempt things most other players won’t comprehend. So what’s going to happen? Nobody knows. All I know is we need to match the boy’s ambition with quality signings. We need a mix of fresh blood and experience.

You cannot blame Luka for wanting to be a winner. He deserves it, even if it’s not with us. Levy and Redknapp need to make key signings this summer that state Spurs’ intent on tackling the top 4… every year.

After all, a classy player needs a classy joint to hang out in.

Feelings, wheelings and dealings

June 13, 2011

Dusting off the cobwebs here at the HQ and the sight isn’t pretty. Aging furniture and curtains sure have a way of making the point that it’s been a while since I last posted. Apologies for that.

Summer has arrived and so has Brad Friedel. It seems Harry has been reading his literature textbooks again because summer symbolizes maturity and knowledge. If that’s the basis of his transfer “wheelings and dealings”, then I guess that would explain why he feels the need to sign more experienced players: Drogba, Forlan, Rio Ferdinand (if there’s any truth there), Beckham, etc.

I for one believe that it’s time that we start signing some just-maturing players in the 24 – 26 age bracket. They have a bit of experience under their belts at that age and are somewhat close to their prime, yet potentially influenced.

Defence is an area we should address quick. I’m happy to see that Gallas has become a pivotal element in our back four. The guy has really put in a lot of effort and hard work to make sure none of us question his allegiance to the cockerel. Daws will be Daws, but this season hasn’t really seen his best efforts. Bassong looks set to leave and with all honesty, he’s too shaky in his decision-making for us to rely on him. King and Woodgate require a medical team investment which could be used on new signings instead. Still, it’s great to have them on the bench and available at their doctors’ discretion.

I’m very happy with the midfield. I would be happier and more relaxed knowing we were able to retain the services of Mr. Kranjcar. I have made no secret in expressing my love for this man (neither has my wife as she is completely taken by his dashing looks), his style of play, his attitude, and his fiery shots at goal. What went wrong in that relationship with Harry is beyond me. Nonsensical.

The forward line needs a bit of work. Robbie is leaving for sure (I’d like to think), but the other three should stay. They should definitely not complain about 1st team football considering the amount of goals they collectively achieved this season. Bad year? Sure, for one guy… but not all three. No excuses boys. Still, they are skilled and I think it will be hard to find two or three good strikers out there, available for decent money and not some sort of ridiculous un-payable ransom amount (not to Man City of course).

So what happens from here we don’t know. The press seems to link us with every unknown player in the world (as always) but we supposedly have had a few bids officially rejected. Rossi would have been a great addition but I can see him and Villareal holding out for a bid from Barcelona. My message to Harry and Levy is be realistic, get us players who we know can fit the system and that will be more than capable of score goals in the Premier League… not the Chinese league. God knows we’ll need them come next season.

COYS!

Are we not sexy enough?

February 1, 2011

What’s wrong with Tottenham? Do we not show enough promise? Granted, the FA Cup thrashing at Fulham was probably enough to turn any player off from joining our side; however, we play sexy football about 90% of the time. Is it really the winning history which appeals to players?

Two major targets of ours have gone off to Liverpool and left us with nothing at the end of a dull and loan-filled January window. Andy Carrol – who some of you might say is my man crush – and Luis “my hand has broken many hearts” Suarez have both opted for the Reds.

Frustrating stuff.

Especially since I am a true believer that we do not have a strike force capable of taking us back into the 4th position. We are now in the 2nd half of the season and scoring goals will matter most… and of course a captain who doesn’t hand opponents two goals in the span of 5 minutes. I love Dawson, but what was that all about?

Equally frustrating.

Then we get news that Charlie Adam, a midfielder, almost signed for us in the dying minutes before the window closed. Another midfielder? Why? For the love of God, we need goal-scorers! Proven goal-scorers! On top of that, Gio has gone off on loan until the end of the season.

Oh well… it is what it is.

Now that the window’s closed, Harry needs to reassure the players that Spurs have the quality to win games and that Wednesday at Blackburn will be the right test to prove it. Everyone in the squad knows they’re not going anywhere, at least for now, so it’s time for them to step up and prove their commitment to the manager, the team and to the fans.

COYS!

Everything’s MASSIVE these days!

January 19, 2011

The zit on my forehead. The rash on my bum. Aston Villa. MASSIVE.

Darren Bent, Twitter-nymph and goal-scoring extraordinaire for any team besides Tottenham, has abruptly left the Stadium of Light for greener pastures under Houllier’s wing. Not only has he ditched Sunderland during a very positive campaign (currently 6th in the league), but he jumped ship to an ailing Aston Villa side which lies in a low 17th position. Granted, Villa definitely have enough class to pull themselves up through the table and Bent would be a welcome option at the front, especially after his goal-scoring form last season.

We’ve heard it all before from Benty. How each club is “massive” with “massive” support and “massive” appeal. For once, I’d like him to be honest and just state the reasons why he chooses to go where he goes.

Keeping in mind that this is a January transfer, Bent’s deal now makes him the most expensive English player ever. That’s… uh… err… massive.

Were we not clued in? Were the talents of Mr. Bent not utilized efficiently by Harry and the management team? Again I remind you that he is the “most expensive” English player to grace the Earth.

So Darren Bent’s excessive use of the term “massive” continues:

“Aston Villa is a massive football club”… heard that before from him.

“When I first went to Spurs, and it happened there (moving for a big transfer fee), I was so nervous… It did play a massive part in my mind and it probably got me down at times”… even the negatives are “massive” with this guy.

On a personal note, excuse the hiatus from the blogosphere… decided to take a bit of a break and just enjoy watching football again and not have to worry about coming up with stuff to write about. I’m back!

COYS!!!