Posts Tagged ‘Joe Cole’

Is there anybody out there?

August 1, 2010

Two mere weeks away from our first Premier League fixture and no signings in site. I am confident that there will be some sort of acquisition in the coming weeks. But who? The player(s) we do bring in will obviously have to have a direct impact on the squad. After all, this is Spurs highest profile season in almost 50 years.

Some supporters think that by buying young Sandro Ranieri at the beginning of the summer, we have the luxury of slotting him into the squad lineup when Manchester City come to visit. Unfortunately, he won’t be ready for quite some time because the Brazilian’s term with the club begins when his commitments with Internacional of Brazil end.

As the World Cup came to a close, Spurs were heavily linked with Joe Cole, Craig Bellamy, Luis Suarez, Scott Parker, Diego Forlan and Spartak Moscow keeper Stipe Pletikosa. Cole obviously snubbed the lilywhites to go play under the new Roy Hodgson regime. A part of me was sad that even Champions League football wasn’t enough to convince a high profile player to come to the Lane. Did he not believe in our cause? Some will argue that he’s not good enough and all that jazz; however, at the end of the day, Harry really wanted him and Levy was out negotiating the deal. To not get him was a blow to our management, I’m sure.

The other deal which we are expecting to happen is Bellamy. It’s no secret that he’s currently surplus to requirements at Man City under Roberto Mancini, and he obviously has a great relationship with Harry (remember his smile after we secured 4th). It’s only a matter of time before we see him holding up a lilywhite & blue scarf, right? Not quite as it now seems that Mark Hughes and Fulham are planning to hijack the Welsh nomad (if you believe the media). Call it payback for the Crouchie snub, call it what you want. Are we getting dicked in the market?

So I ask the question again: who will be coming to the Lane? Is it possible we could land Suarez? I don’t know about that. Scott Parker? Most fans don’t think he’s good enough. Who knows anymore. but thank the heavens that we haven’t witnessed an influx and exodus of players who we have no idea if they’re capable of playing Spurs-style footy come the beginning of our campaign.


Joe Cole signs… but not for Spurs

July 19, 2010

So he’s gone to Liverpool to ride off into the sunset with Roy Hodgson. I think they’ve done well with this pick. He will definitely be a huge asset to their attacking game, as long as he stays healthy. Now, whether they lose Torres or not is another thing.

So who will join Tottenham? Who will be Harry’s first signing? Seems to be Stipe Pletikosa, the Croatian keeper from Spartak Moscow. WOOOOOOHOO…hoooo…ahem…hoo… man, this is dull.

In cased you missed this clip doing the rounds on the internet, enjoy!

The worst kept secret

July 11, 2010

Everyone can see it coming. How can’t they? Harry has practically laid out the itinerary for Levy’s approach to seal a deal. It’s a matter of funds and wages. Period. Harry has openly drooled at the prospect of bringing Cole to the Lane, obviously feeling that he is a player who could take the squad to the next level.

How do the supporters feel? I’m sure there are mixed emotions. Why would we want a player who has had a recent spat of injuries? Why would we want a player who has been released on a free? Why would we want a player who did nothing at the World Cup? The list of questions go on and on…

There is another school of thought behind this transaction. Cole’s experience in all competitions. Hard-working ethic. Skill. Leadership qualities. A bargain purchase except for the potential unrest which could be caused due to his wage demands.

One thing I have realized about Harry though, he is a man that has always managed his relationships with care, attention and respect. Other than just go after new players he’s never managed, he tends to also keep a lookout for players he has had experience managing. Case in point: Defoe, Crouch, Kranjcar, Kaboul (Boateng anyone?). Granted, all were Pompey players who wanted to avoid the sinking ship; however, he was still able to woo them when needed.

My point? He is piecing together the puzzle from his past experiences. Cole is another piece Harry wants. I’m not saying he will not go after new players, but he will search for experience first and foremost. Experience under his management. Experience under others. Experience, experience, experience.

A summer where we could potentially bring in Cole and Forlan (if you believe the media) would be a massive success in my opinion. The latter seems to be a stretch, but you never know. After all, our manager doesn’t really know how to keep a secret. We’ll have a good idea of our fate very soon.


Transfer Market / Rumor Mill Update

August 6, 2009

Just wanted to touch on the latest Spurs transfer market news / rumors doing rounds:

  • Looks like young French defender Bassong is undergoing a medical at Tottenham this morning and is expected to be announced later on today if all goes well. 8 million pounds is the agreed upon fee with Newcastle.
  • Striker Jan Klass Huntelaar is to sign with AC Milan later this evening from Real Madrid based on reports out of Italy. He’s supposedly already on a plane.
  • Real Madrid’s young striker Alvaro Negrado’s agent has openly spoken about Roma’s interest in the 23 year old. I still believe he is one of Harry Redknapp’s targets but always thought we had a slim chance of signing him. Possibly a loan deal?
  • Blackburn Rover’s manager, Sam Allardyce, has stated that there has been no contact made between Spurs and his club for Congolese central defender Christopher Samba. It’s possible one of our insiders leaked this to bring the overinflated price down on Bassong.
  • 19 year old Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse is being mentioned as a target. The press have stated that Spurs submitted a bid for 12 million pounds which has been rejected. Apparently they are expecting a minimum of 15 million. I read somewhere that 30 mil was the value… that’s just stupid!
  • Miguel Veloso – never heard anything again regarding that!
  • Joe Cole – Chelsea said no way!

If I am forgetting anything else, please feel free to comment. SPURS!!!!!!!!!!!!