Posts Tagged ‘Giovanni Dos Santos’

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.


The Bostock Controversy

August 14, 2009

Squad numbers were released today on the Spurs official site. Was relieved to see Giovanni Dos Santos given a number (17) as I am a believer the boy deserves a shot. He has proven with Mexico that he’s more than capable of posing a major threat in front of goal. New boys Crouchie, Kyle Naughton (loved what I’ve seen from him so far) and Bassong got the numbers 15, 16 and 19 respectively. Jake Livermore was also included in the list so I’m assuming this means he’s staying put at White Hart Lane after his one month loan spell. “Wild Child” Kevin Prince Boateng is back and looks like Harry likes what he’s seen from him in training. Maybe he got a harsh reality check when nobody in Germany rated him, finally realizing he isn’t God’s gift to football. Danny Rose has been awarded the number 25 and I expect to see him get a few chances this season to showcase what he’s got.

Which leads me to the title of this post: WHERE IS JOHN BOSTOCK? I thought he’d be on the list for sure! The young midfielder was definitely worth a punt, no? Does this mean we’re looking to loan him out soon? I was surprised to see Dorian Dervite on the list after his “I want to play 1st team football” rant but the Bostock controversy hit even harder! Is it possible a mistake was made on the site?

Bostock’s move to Tottenham from Crystal Palace was somewhat controversial not because of the price we paid – more so, how we paid it. He cost us £700,000 with an incentive scheme which could eventually see the amount grow to £1.25 million depending on appearances. The argument from Crystal Palace was that Premier League teams should have to pay the amounts up front and not in portions; otherwise, there is no reason for lower league teams to continue developing talent, especially special prospects like Bostock, and selling them off on the cheap. Crystal Palace spent years nuturing Bostock’s skills but in the end, they were left with practically nothing. Money they could have used to grow the club. I’m beginning to sound like a nagging Palace fan!

AAAAAH… It’s great to be a Tottenham supporter, a club that has the ability to attract and buy players like Bostock. But after all the controversy and problems we went through to bring him to the Lane, why leave him out?

What About Gio?

July 28, 2009

I worry about Giovanni Dos Santos. The youngster has shown a lot of promise in all international matches he has played for Mexico. Even during his loan spell at Ipswich, the boy was playing well until he got injured. Why has he not broken through at Spurs? Is Harry not fond of his size? That’s impossible! Look at Defoe. You know what, look at the average size of our squad! Did you see them stacked up against Celtic? Spurs are a relatively short team (i.e. Lennon, Modric, Keane) – ok, now is the time to joke about Crouch skewing the measurements.

Gio’s strongest performances seem to be when he slots as the striker on the right side. He is left footed and likes to hit that top left corner of the goal. It’s his sweet spot! During Ramos’ brief reign at White Hart Lane, Gio played on the left wing several times and, although showed great speed and skill, he wasn’t as aggressive as he is on the right. Could Harry possibly play him there? If we manage to use him on the left wing, where would Modric play? Hmm… this is tough!

I at least hope that if we offload Gio this season it is strictly on loan so he can hone his skill and come back to us with some precious experience and maturity.