Posts Tagged ‘Andre Villas-Boas’

The case of Hugo Lloris

September 11, 2012

French national team captain and number 1 goalkeeper.

Number 1 keeper at his club, Olympique Lyonnais.

Now at Spurs and he’s number 2.

A sense of frustration? Media taking things out of context? Brad Friedel threatened? All possibilities. But there is definitely media shit-stirring going on and only the fickle will run with it. After all, the media’s romantic love affair with Tottenham Hotspur died when Harry left. So why not burn bridges with headlines?

AVB is under an enormous amount of pressure. We know this. At first, we thought that the media would be his main concern. Unfortunately, it seems like the fans have claimed that noose. There has been a divide over our performances in our first three games, leading to uncharacteristic “booing” at the Lane.

But let’s put this past us because it’s old news. To the real fans, at least.

AVB has made a decision as to who will occupy the goalkeeper position and I believe he’s right. Lloris has just arrived to the Premier League. Some time on the sidelines and watching a veteran of the sport like Friedel will only do him good in the long run. Remember De Gea’s first couple of games at Manchester United? Our (very fickle) fans are already at a boiling point, and if Lloris was to play and not deliver from day one, they would want his head served on a plate.

AVB is doing the right thing in my opinion. My only hope is that Levy has not promised Lloris something which AVB isn’t ready to do just yet. We all know how the last “gentleman’s agreement” went.

No need to hit the #AVBout panic button

August 26, 2012

Cue the following hashtags:



#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.