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Tottenham Hotspur Vs. Reading.

Firstly a very happy new year to everyone! I will play safe and wish you exactly what you wish me, whatever that may be…

If we look at results and league position, this is an easy three points for Tottenham, though of course we have said that before, and in truth despite what appears to be a more robust and defensively solid Reading, I don't see too much to stop Tottenham win and win comfortably, just as long as they themselves show up and produce football of their recent games. Seven wins in the last nine, is form that might not yet replicate Harry's golden run early last season, but you get the feeling that this is built on sound development under AVB and though we might not be looking to win the title, unlike the ever optimistic Sandro, this is a team and squad that is hopefully going to get better and better over the remainder of the season, whether we spend or not this month.

Reading are suddenly being talked about as being rock solid defensively, in only conceding one controversial goal in their last three games, and certainly an unfortunate defeat against Man City where Gareth Barry climbed all over Nicky Shorey/Nicky Shorey defended like a girl (depending on your point of view), a home draw against Swansea and a 1-0 win over West Ham have brought both hope, improvement and much needed points, but with seven defeats and a draw in their previous eight games, is hardly survival form and it will take more than these last three games and long overdue team resilience to convince me that Reading are going to stay in the Premiership. Perhaps as long as Tottenham don't make any James Collins style cock ups, we should again be looking at a clean sheet, and an early goal will surely force Reading into more offensive tactics.

Spurs are of course robbed of the services of Gareth Bale, whilst Clint Dempsey is the logical replacement, is he deemed fit enough to play a full 90 minutes, therefore could Gylfi Sigurdsson get a deserved start against his former club? Beniot Assou-Ekotto is potentially available, though I feel that we will not see him until we face Coventry at the weekend in a game that will be a perfect reintroduction after so long out with no competitive games since the start of September. I can see Villas-Boas, saving radical change for the FA Cup, which will probably mean that Scott Parker remains on the bench and we stick to pretty much the side that won and played so well at Sunderland. Whether AVB again rotates his centre backs, perhaps bringing back Gallas and Vertonghen and using Caulker and Dawson on Saturday seems like a good bet. Otherwise I expect to see: Lloris, Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Naughton; Sandro, Dembele; Lennon, Dempsey (Sigurdsson) Adebayor and Defoe start today, which is surely is a side good enough to win well, and then AVB has the opportunity to rest tired legs for Coventry and in effect give some two weeks rest before we travel to QPR and a Redknapp reunion on the 14th...




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Writer: OxfordSpur Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 1 2013

Time: 1:29PM

Your Comments

Drop Walker.
TopSpur13
Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Caulker, Verts, Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Dempsey, Adebayor, Defoe.
TopSpur13
Heck, Give Siggy a start instead of Adebayor who has been woeful too.
TopSpur13
no complacency - we need to go full throttle the whole match...perhaps Daws to deal with the Pog...
shedboy2
Just another 3 points needed to keep the ball rolling. Don't care if it's 1-0 or 6-4. If you had to be missing Bale for a premiership match you would probably choose Reading at the lane so his absence can not be an excuse for anything today. They frustrated City and they'll try to do the same here so COYS and lets win!
TopSpur13
Happy whatever Ox. And I agree re Gylfi being given a start COYS
Big Ron
I would stick with walker and naughton at full back today and bring in Vertonghen to CB with a rest for Vert and walker against Cov. Coventry is the game to rest players and giving Dempsey a start in place of Bale is reward for his good work when covering for him when he was injured. I agree that I would like to see siggy start, especially against his former team, but we know that in AVB dropping Caulker against Swansea he doesnt pick on sentiment but on the best team for the game
oxfordspur
surely he starts against Coventry at the weekend! what we and Im sure AVB is doing id dismissing sentiment and making sure where possible that players are fresh, but also fit to play and fighting for their position. It always annoyed me under Harry that we so often played players who were seemingly 70-80% fit, which was to the detriment of them and the team. Under AVB it seems that you not only have to earn your place, but be fit to run all game
oxfordspur
Win the game early. Make and take the chances so we can enjoy it please.
Love totty
Lloris, Walker, Daws, Verts, Naughton, Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Dempsey, Ade, defoe....but we can change it around a bit....they will sit deep so perhaps the guile of Gylfi will mean we can lose a speedster in defoe or Lennon...I think Gallas could be bullied in the air (as usual) by Pogrebnyak so Daws should get the nod
shedboy2
Tough team selection today. No Bale and no left footed LB so it will be important that Lennon stays wider on other side. That could mean that AVB opts for Verts at LB.
muttley
I'd go for it...and give the team a Refresh..plus would give us a better clue on what may be required..jan' and the future. For me....Lloris, naughton,dawson,caulker,vertonghen, lennon,parker,dembele,townsend,siggurdsen,dempsey. subs..friedel,walker,gallas,livermore,sandro,adebayor, defoe. Would like to see goals goals goals.......can see lennon scoring again and ideally, all 4 of our attacking frontmen used and scoring today.
82spursdebut
I know some are suggesting we drop Ade, but I can see it then being a case of others complaining that we have only played with one striker, at home and against the team in 19th place. in contrast is this a game where we should be hoping that he has a stormer and regains some some and confidence
oxfordspur
Our starting team vs Reading today: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton, Sandro, Dembele, Lennon, Sigurdsson Adebayor & Defoe
oxfordspur
And our subs: Friedel, Caulker, Livermore, Falque, Huddlestone, Parker & Dempsey
oxfordspur
Not understanding the inclusion of Dawson but the rest is as expected. I would have played Caulker.
muttley
The Reading team today: Federici; Gunter, Harte, Mariappa, Pearce; Karacan, Leigertwood, Kebe, McAnuff, Guthrie & Pogrebnyak #COYS
oxfordspur
Mildly concerned that BAE still doesn't make the bench even
bowerman
I wonder if the inclusion of Daws is to counter the physical threat of Pogrebnyak? NO Gallas? Perhaps he is heading for QPR???
oxfordspur
Not sure why we are seeing 3 similar players on the subs bench. He did this saturday too. That to me is one clue as to why we require a new striker in jan' tranfer window.
82spursdebut
We really need to get goals, goals and more goals! btw, Westbrom losing....
Critical_Spur
tophobunty, Townsend NOT even on the bench!
Critical_Spur
Gallas OUT his most likely still suffering from the right hamstring pull or pi$$ed from last night, No loss. We have to rattle them early doors 2 up in 15mins, we need to get a cricket score today.
spu 4 life
yep' can see a 6-0 coming !!....time to go..."come on you spurs"
82spursdebut
Line-up for today's seems ok. I would substitute in the 60th minute Falque for Lennon, 70th min, Parker for Sandro and after 75mins, Dempsey for Defoe or Ade. But all this should be done if we are up by two goals which on paper should not be a problem at all. But as the saying goes: the ball is round!!! COYS!!!!
Phil-Spurs
Siggy to score? fulham leading 2-1 come on martin jol hold on...
spu 4 life
Ox - I'd gladly lose Dawson and Gallas for a young, top drawer centre half to compliment our other 3. The only link we've seen is Toby Alderweireld and nothing recently. It's hard to dislike Daws but after all of these years not even a hypnotist could convince me he's good enough.
muttley
tophobunty, agreed re missing Townsend. Unless AVB gave a prior nod to SOME of the players to enjoy their parties!!!
Critical_Spur
The left-side does look a bit suspect, but Naughton has shown that he's a capable left-back, better than Verts at left-back anyway. I think that if BAE was fit, Walker would be dropped. I think that Sigurdsson will work his socks off today. This is his rare chance to impress and he has pace. I wouldn't of started Townsend. I think that he needs to be loaned to another EPL team like Walker and Rose.
Fanman
fulham win it 2-1
spu 4 life
Be interesting to see if Lennon attacks down the left, allowing walker to use the right side, Siggy another possible, certain AVB see;s them parking up, we will find out soon.
spu 4 life
Thought the article was never coming!We should score on the run of play and as fast as possible.Or else Reading will park the bus.4-0 to Spurs!
SilwalYid
tophobunty, I disagree. I think that Naughton is a better left-back than Verts. Verts gets beaten quite easily for pace at left-back, but he's good going forward. Naughton is good defensively, and good going forward. He can also pick a good through pass. Siggy is no Bale or Lennon, but he has more pace than Dempsey. I think that part of the reason he has been picked today is for his delivery on set-pieces.
Fanman
I can see Naighton becoming an increasingly integral part of the team, never mind squad. ultimately I see him as a player that could even fill in for Lennon as he showed in Pre-Season 2-3yrs ago he can be very effective as a wide midfielder too... no Bale in the side will almost certainly mean Ade or Defoe scoring.
Viyyash-Ramosh
a big cance here again or 3 points, reading are poor, i hope we areup for it, coys
123spurs
1st goal very important today. They're going to park the bus, just hope we can get something early. If they get to half time at 0-0, it will give them a lift. I'd take 1-0, we need 3pts to keep pressure on. COYS!!
RAF Yid
Good to see Sigurdsson starting. He surely deserves a chance after his last subs appearances. A must win match for us and I hope all players to be focused on from the very beginning of it.
AlexSpur
links anyone?
YankeeSpur23
YankeeSpur23, try this one http://www.thefirstrow.eu/watch/161231/1/watch-tottenham-hotspur-vs-reading-fc.html
AlexSpur
vipsports has been down for a few weeks... links please boys?
Yidmarks
AlexSpur, they are all must win these days. Such huge pressure nowadays.
Fanman
Everyone is copying our pre-match huddle.
Fanman
a good start at a high tempo should give Uncle Festa and his team something to think about
Viyyash-Ramosh
oh dear
In-spurs-ational
First goal we've conceded in the first fifteen minutes this season
In-spurs-ational
amazes me the number of times teams score with their 1st real chance on goal against Spurs, yet we struggle to do the same. at least plenty of time to turn it around... I think Reading might just try to defend this lead only from here lol
Viyyash-Ramosh
scool boy error from a fee kick ball watch
123spurs
Keep calm and pass me the ball.
thenuge
oh for phuck sake, well never saw that coming, now we need to up the gears...
spu 4 life
sandro is poor again with hes passing very careless like last game
123spurs
Missed that. What happened? Ade should have had that
Big Ron
Adebayor, Adebayor, give him the ball and he won't score
In-spurs-ational
hopefully this game will make people realise and the managment how badly we need another quality winger at the club as a back up for either lennon or bale when they are injured/suspended we just aren't the same team.....we are really gonna struggle this afternoon to open them up!! Hopefully will prompt a january buy!!!
WiseYid
Good test for us now. Let's see what we are made of.
In-spurs-ational
Dawson 1_1
In-spurs-ational
daawssssssssssssssss
123spurs
Did we just score from a corner?!
In-spurs-ational
Goal from a corner???
Fanman
That will add a few million if Harry wants him
In-spurs-ational
GREAT RESPONSE FROM MR SPURS !!!!
spu 4 life
Another corner, hopefully another goal
In-spurs-ational
LOL big c!Good 1!!
SilwalYid
Nice quiet first quarter of an hour!
In-spurs-ational
LOL Big C
SilwalYid
Sorry for the double comments
SilwalYid
good tempo attacking, siggy looks well up for the fight today, having a good first half, need to score again b4 h/time
spu 4 life
Isn't it time to give one of 'em a yellow for all the pulling, Webb?
Durbanspur
seem to have real problems penetrating this season... Arry at least played with a flamboyant style that guaranteed chances galore
Viyyash-Ramosh
if we cant beat ading bottom 3 at home . forget it , ade is shocking has avb balls to drop him
123spurs
We miss Bale. Sigurdsson is ok, but tophobunty was right. He has no pace. Sorry I questioned you mate lol.
Fanman
Reading are really frustrating us. Defoe looks most likely to score.
Fanman
Don't agree with ''frustrating'' from the commentator, we have pressed hard and it's good to see us shooting outside the box, won't be ong before siggy or defoe hit the target and it goes in. pleased for siggy his had a excellent first half, keep getting the ball wide for lennon. we can do this score early doors and press on, Sandro needs to be careful already on a yellow.
spu 4 life
I'm no fan of Arry but he did have the team playing to be able to penetrate and create chances. alot of the games this season we dont have that higher gear to apply consistent pressure... we need to commit more players forward and 1 of Dembele or Sandro need to attack the box more in rotation... dull tepid stuff for many games now (apart from dud-opponents like Villa)
Viyyash-Ramosh
Siggy poor so far ade just needs a goal.
jljyid
Ade is poor. We need to learn how to play the long ball game like Everrton. Reading are content to sit back and hit us on the counter. Also that was never a foul by Naughton.
Fanman
we had the same problem with moddy an vdv
123spurs
Soporific. Hope to see higher tempo from everyone in the second half. Siggi needs to up his game or bring Dempsey on.
Harry-Kari
Patience please. We should take the bus parking tactics of visitors to WHL as the backhanded compliment it is. We have the quality to prevail.
SpuriousLife
Siggy and Ade need to improve. Ade should of scored. His head was the poorest I've seen this season. Can you imagine if that fell to Rooney or RVP?
Fanman
Not going to slag the guy off, but Ade looks all at sea, maybe he just needs a goal to kick start his season again.
spu 4 life
11 chances ??.... most of them low-quality low-percentage strikes from well outside the pen-box that any team could do.... the trick is in creating QUALITY chances at a fairly good rate... like we did under Arry's training and tactics
Viyyash-Ramosh
We need a striker and a playmaker. This game is showing that now moree than ever.
Fanman
Of the 14 attempts, apart from the goal, I only remember 2 that looked like going in and one of those was a deflection. I suppose it depends on your point of view but I never feel we are going to score so it comes as a nice surprise when we do.
Harry-Kari
COME N AVB YOUR THE MAN, TACTICS AND GOALS WIN GAMES.
spu 4 life
viyyash i remember games under arry that we struggled to score in just like now teams just sit back against us and make it difficult. thats the nature of the better teams playing the so called lesser teams. we had quite alot of attempts in that half so im not overly concerned yet
jljyid
Be nice if some of the attempts actually worked the keeper a bit more. This slow build up, pressuring possession is ok to a point but it allows the opposition time to close down and prevent 2 on 1 situations in the last third.
Love totty
coopsieyid, right now I'd bite anyone's hand off if they offered a bid for Ade.
Fanman
ohh really sorry guys should of done this first HAPPY NEW YEAR to my fellow spurs breteheren
jljyid
*bretheren
jljyid
We need a left-sided winger as cover for Bale. Personally I don't think that Townsend is good enough, but he can't be any worse than Siggy on the left.
Fanman
bigcock... Arry got us 2 Top4s in 4yrs, so lets not forget it. and he did it wit playing in a way that even had Fergie swooning last season.... we seem to be too conservative this season and not creating good chances at all... the swagger and confidence has drained from this team
Viyyash-Ramosh
If they score again, we'll be in big trouble.
Fanman
V-R, think you should start supporting QPR/Arry. The lads are doin fine and am sure another goal from us will open floodgates! COYS!
Critical_Spur
V-R, even Fergie got it wrong when he suggested Arry was the right man for England!
Critical_Spur
OMG he scores
123spurs
So deserved - so deserved. For all 11 and in particular thise two
BillNich
hahahahahaha i can talk em in Not going to slag the guy off, but Ade looks all at sea, maybe he just needs a goal to kick start his season again. spu 4 life Read more: http://www.spurs.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=7514211#ixzz2Gjz6zLjn
spu 4 life
*those
BillNich
I've never been happier to be proved wrong. Adebayor, Adebayor, give him the ball and he WILL score!
In-spurs-ational
Webb is giving us nothing! Thankfully we'll do this despite him!
Durbanspur
ade he do that
123spurs
Looks like #7 has been reading the massive support on here after your recent article, oxford spur. Oozes confidence
BillNich
2 more please! (:
SilwalYid
Talk about putting the rose-tinteds on for Harry, Viyyash. He'll have a new soundbite next season, "when I came here they had Premiership football". Doesn't sound as good as two points from eight games, but then Harry's never had it so good.
Crissybwoy
did I just see the biggest basher of our no 7 on this site praise him?
SilwalYid
did I just see the biggest basher of our no 7 on this site praise him?
SilwalYid
did I just see the biggest basher of our no 7 on this site praise him?
SilwalYid
3 comments ughh!I really hate this typo
SilwalYid
so so poor in the final 3rd.... we will pay the price against better teams. AVB needs to see some Spurs videos from last 2 seasons to see how we can attack with penetration
Viyyash-Ramosh
Viyyash, maybe AVB can also learn how to concede five at Wembley and not win any trophies.
Crissybwoy
oh dear, hearts in mouths time again!!!
vicspur
coopsie.... for confidence read bravado.... or maybe Sandro just isnt the most intelligent person on the planet, or even close.
Viyyash-Ramosh
god bless the usa.........get in
spu 4 life
3-1 whew!
Durbanspur
Well, that has got us out of trouble. Reading were looking likely to score.
vicspur
Dempsey doea his party-piece again after same at Everton. saves on squeky-bum time for last 10mins.... for this game
Viyyash-Ramosh
Nice bit of luck there
In-spurs-ational
Winning after eighty minutes again
In-spurs-ational
If that's what you think of Sandro, VR - so, where do you put Walker on the intelligence quotient scale?
Durbanspur
scotty ''luka modric'' parker what a player
spu 4 life
VR-Penetration my *******.Why dont you go and watch that game against QPR last season that literally cost us UCL place and come back and talk about penetration
SilwalYid
Walker is Sandro's twin
Viyyash-Ramosh
If we win this, it will be thanks to DAD (Daws, Ade and Dem)
In-spurs-ational
Livermore is Sandro with at least half a brain
Viyyash-Ramosh
Haha big c. Viyyash is Harry but without the massive house paid for by Portsmouth.
Crissybwoy
so I make Defoe my captain and all he gets me is 2 points.Should had stuck to RVP! LoL who cares,Spurs are winning!
SilwalYid
Viyyash. Do you have anything good to say about our current team or management? I see a lot of slagging off from you about the current side and a lot of love for Redknapp. Are we doing worse now than under Redknapp? Join us in 2013 and stop hankering after your rose-tinted version of the past.
SpuriousLife
Talking out your a--e VR........respectfully!
Durbanspur
We could do with another one to help our goal difference. I'll take the three points though
In-spurs-ational
I would strongly recommend not reacting to Viyash-Ramosh. He is on the wind up. Well i hope he is. He just says controversial stuff to get a reaction. It might be Adrian Durham??
StillRickyVilla
This is rubbish. AVB out out out. What's that nurse? Time to take my pills
In-spurs-ational
Now just hoping Le Scums lose!
SilwalYid
rock and roll 3pts to the mighty SPURS
spu 4 life
Oh how I wish the ref had blown five minutes earlier in our Everton game
In-spurs-ational
Great goal from Ade, good win. I think we can all agree that buying Siggy was a mistake.
Fanman
AVB out!! LOL!! On a serious note, i love the togetherness and confidence, not just on the pitch, but on the bench. I'm telling you, there is something special stirring down at the Lane.
StillRickyVilla
Great result. Well done to AVB and the lads. Obviously things still to work on but a win is a win. Well done.
Harry-Kari
Yes thats us again.Whoopee!!. Forgetting Coventry bring on QPR and then ManU. Lennon played really well and even the subs worked well today
Big Ron
lol.... saved by a flukey goal by Dempsey luckily enough. otherwise you just KNOW how the game wudda ended in last 10mins of kitchen-sink football by Reading. we've deserved the luck to win last 2 games and we've had it.... look very timid and desperate when defending leads still..... great to see Lennon and Naughton finally getting the acclaim theyve deserved for many weeks now
Viyyash-Ramosh
Coops; sean derry are you sure, he looks a lot like John McEnroe from a distance?
spu 4 life
Great result, superb Christmas. COYS
ro6ertj
At least it means Arsenal have to win their next two games to overtake us.
In-spurs-ational
30 shots, 3 goals. Fantastic to be so dominant but whether it is the chance creation or the finishing, something is not right. We could have been pegged back there. Easy to be happy with the win but let's remember who we were playing.
Love totty
V-R - you say we had better penetration and attacking intent under Harry? Well at this exact point last season we had 35 goals. This season we have 39 goals! And under Harry we were about to embark on 4 months of ****e from now on. Do you need more or shall we carry on?
StillRickyVilla
Think i'll say ..well done spurs.........acceptable result vs poor side. I expected / Hoped.. spurs to win by 3 clear goals. Praise to avb...as i feel we started 2nd half with more "intent" ( too slow first half). Liked to have seen all our corners "inswinging"..or majority. Shame Townsend missing. Lennon..my man of match. Good on yah..addy. Still need another top striker...IMO. Great scott'...you are back !!....lol
82spursdebut
how fickle fans truly are.... it was less than a year ago when most of you were singing along to 'we want you to staaaaaaaay'.... avb needs to work on play in final 3rd, cos we look clueless and end up just resorting to long potshots when nothing else looks remotely on.... don't confuse results with performance, we looked very shaky (as usual) closing out the lead before Dempsey's fluke, flukes will not come to the rescue always
Viyyash-Ramosh
the usually underachieving Spurs festive period brought 10 pts from 12 games this year so far guys. Have to be happy with that. Lennon was great today. Really enjoying watching him at the moment. If we had Bale today it would have been 4 or 5-1 me thinks. Not sure what all the slag is on Naughton, he looks a really good yung player imo. Parker seems to have gotten rid of his Jenas back pass disease and looks to be an impact sub. Dropping Hudds was huge as he was killing us. Hope we can keep this form up boys. Keep charging up the table!! COYS.....nice to see you back Coopsie, its been a while.
YankeeSpur23
oh....MR.WEBB....4/10 !!!!..lol
82spursdebut
V-R is a comedian, an Arsenal fan or just a ****!? Which one can we have a poll?
StillRickyVilla
V-R are you RagingSpur in disguise? You're addicted to misery. Maybe you should seriously consider supporting Harry and his West London super-hoops! You'll have plenty of misery to keep you smiling there.
SpuriousLife
Read a report that Harry is trying to get Joe Cole for QPR. Thanks to the gods that he's not bringing in pensioners more for Spurs. No late season collapse for our team this season. Stronger as the season moves on. Those who expressed optimism early in the AVB era seem to have been right. Chase them blues away. The good times are rolling in.
Total knobhead
Naughton is looking excellent at left-back. For all we slate Walker. He got Dawson out of jail today with a match saving tackle. Dawson's pace was shocking.
Fanman
V-R is either a very clueless fckr or on the wind-up. Spending new years day winding up fellow Spurs fans is a very sad and lonely thing to do. Either way the guy is and idiot.
asherthesmasher
Viyyash, you say don't confuse results with performance, and yet I've never heard any manager say "it's a performance-based business".
Crissybwoy
Come on Southampton. Pull one out of that hat for us.
StillRickyVilla
Ecellent job well pleased for Ade and Clint all those who dissed CD well you can all fu(k off Well ANYONE who slags Lennon off after today's performance should take a long running jump off a very very short pier at high tide and deserves stay there. We all know who I mean. Maybe it's the new year spirit speaking here but what the hell, I am so p$$ed off with all the IDIOTS coming on here and slagging off our own players. I wish they would all bu99er off and "support" le arse or chavs cz we don't need or want you here you are a disgrace to club and players as well as a poor reflection of the REAL supporters of this brilliant great wonderful club which is the best club in the world.
chrishove123
We keep getting the points despite not looking at our best plus Webb up to his normal tricks. I'm loving the work-rate by the whole team when we haven't got the ball. We didn't give Reading any space all game. Starting to get concerned about Adebayor though. He is so much better than how he's performing at the moment.
muttley
Cheers TK! Good to hear from you - missed you buddy!
Durbanspur
VR, I agree we were playing nice football last season with 'arry but he had Modric and VdV.
taniban
I don't understand why Webb gave the foul that led to Reading's goal? The tackle by Naughton was clinical, perhaps for Dembele's previous attempt to get the ball? We all know what Webb is like anyway...
Fanman
Good result and 3 more points, 10 out of 12 over holiday period, good return, credit to AVB and the players. The only criticism you have to make, is that 3 goals out of 34 goal attempts (Sky stats), is just not good enough especially as GD may well be key to finishing in a CL place. Please Levy take a punt, and buy us a proper striker.
Frank
Let's not forget that our midfield is very different. Our two most creative players are gone and so we are going to have to win differently. Our squad has been rotated and we are still in Europe. Despite having a weaker squad we are in a better situation than we were last season. Players will not be running on empty and i fancy us to have a better second half of the season compared to the first. I really think Harry would have struggled with the squad we have now this season.
asherthesmasher
We should put in a bid to get Modric back. He's been voted the worst signing of 2012 in La liga. He must be soooo gutted and embarassed. Serves him right! We could of told rat face that was going to happen.
Fanman
All these changes suggested. Have a little faith, yes Walker is having a bad spell but that boy covers the ground well. Yes Sandro does astray passes however he is a beast. Levy give AVB what he wants, spent on a couple that will make a difference, not on mediocre players.
RAF Yid
Of the 34 goal attempts, only 10 were from inside the box, does this suggest when a team just defend against us, we lack a lock picker to thread telling passes through packed defences. One remembers the Stoke, Norwich and WBA home games, all that could, and should have been won, with a lock picker and a finisher, how handy would those 6 points have been.
Frank
walker put in a great last ditch tackle today though. love the team ethic under AVB. as always though defoe causes more problems than he solves. ade is far far better playing a lone striker role, we are currently set up to accommodate defoe but his finishing rate is simply too poor to justify it, along with the fact that he never passes to a better placed teammate. on the other hand he is much improved under AVB. i think ade deserves a run as the main man though.
Guernman
Unfortunately the gooners are dominating Southampton.
Fanman
We are crying for a finisher and playmaker. If Sneijder is available for 8 million, we should takea chance on him. Hopefully he wouldn't disrupt the team. It would be a shame to break up the Dembele Sandro partnership.
Fanman
Fanman, Saints keeper looks good though! Gomes?
RAF Yid
holes appear when we score goals. I feel we start home games too slowly, not enough "intent". Bit of extra quality would also help ( striker ). Still think we are much more a goal threat from inswinging corners. I love the Beast sandro....But Great Scott' is back !! Be Brave..Mr.levy....please.
82spursdebut
Coops - you might be right. I remember Anelka being an absolute pain earlier in his career. He ended up a player most teams would have wanted. I was sort of hoping Ade would head the same direction. Anyway, with Cudicini gone here's hoping that Bentley, Jenas, Gomes, Dawkins, Khumalo etc follow closely behind so AVB won't be bogged down for too long with Harry's stockpiling tendencies. Then we might see our squad optimised for the first time in many years including a striker and flair player we clearly miss.
muttley
Leave Modric where he is, the little ***** bust a gut to go, now it looks as though he ain't cutting the ice at Real, let him get on with it. As far as I am concerned like Berbatoss he wouldn't be welcome back at WHL.
Frank
Muttley, been saying all week, if we get rid of Gallas, Hudd, Gomes, Bentley and Jenas, the wages saved would be enough to pay the 2 players missing. Sometimes Levy needs to understand this and allow them to go on a free, in order to save. None of those mentioned are good enough or going to play. Gallas past it, we all know that!
RAF Yid
coopsieyid, yep that's looking a fine team. What of Dempsey and Siggy? ;-/
Fanman
i cannot see sneijder coming to spurs...if his reported wages of £200k per week are true. I think ..parker (50% of football, is using your brain and scotty has a big one )to suffice for now......youngsters possibly coming through. Ages of our current strikers, is worrying...as they are actually slowing in their abilities.
82spursdebut
Just back from the game, what struck me the most, apart from the glaring problem of not finishing teams off, is that we look fit and fresh, the very opposite from the last two seasons at this time of year. COYS.
ItalianYiddo
We now have QPR (a), Man U (h), and Norwich (a) before the end of the window, I doubt that apart from the Man U game these will succeed in convincing Levy, and AVB, although he is certainly already aware of our needs, to go out and get us what we need, starting ideally with Wesley Snjieder. Apart from the quality required, we need to introduce more selection pressure in key areas (currently only 2 strikers, and one creative MFer available), nobody should be certain to get picked, make em work for it. We have a great chance of CL football, sod profit, and bean counting, let's start running a top football club not a building society.
Frank
Arsenal 1 down!!!
MalaysiaSpur
Comfortable win, never in doubt. This Spurs team is well managed, well structured and plays a very solid and complete game. Granted we lack a little bit of flair and there is still room for improvement. But IMO this is the foundation phase of AVB's long term plan. We are a far more confident football team under AVB and less likely to panic, when are backs are against the wall. I am very confident Spurs will be playing CL football next year. Keep building the momentum AVB. 2013 is the year of the Cock!
thenuge
Go on the Saints!!!!! 1-0.
RAF Yid
1-0 to the saints
duckworth
Southampton score! Terrible defending from Arsenal, they look tired.
Fanman
Arsenal losing and deservedly. Please do a Bradford!
bowerman
82spursdebut, we'll be lucky to get Sneijder, but there are only about 3 clubs interested in him apparently. Spurs, Liverpool, United and that rich russian club in the europa. And.. Arsenal equalise...
Fanman
until lucky goons get a massive own goal present to equalise.
bowerman
I threw the boot into Viyash last week for his weak link statement about Sandro. I am now dropping the 'peoples elbow' on his face for the mere fact he mentioned Redknapp. He is making Jimmy-yid look like an alter boy.
thenuge
coopsieyid, you're right, but Dempsey's grown on me. It would be a shame for him to be just a squad player.
Fanman
Just voted for Lennon as MOTM, closely followed by Sandro, Ade our worst, awful other than the goal, he is a shadow of the player he was last season.
ItalianYiddo
Coopsie - nobody missed sitters today, it was just the slowness of the build up play which closes down the spaces. It's all very well to want a Mouthino in the team but that would have to be at the expense of either Lennon or Dembele and we would lose the power and pace they provide. I'm hoping that Dempsey will provide the movement and link play behind either Ade or Defoe rather than play both.
Love totty
bowerman, can't complain though. We've had our fair share of luck, with Sunderland's own goal and Dempsey's lucky deflection today.
Fanman
Big C, Walcott doing what, trying harder to get a better contract. He remains me of Ade in that respect. Still, as long as he listens to Sol Campbell, he'll be alright. Or are you being sarcastic?
RAF Yid
@Italian Yiddo - Totally agree about our fitness levels. I think a lot of credit needs to go to the one and only........ 'Jose Mario Rocha'. Yeah I googled it, he is our first team fitness coach.:)
thenuge
Love totty, I agree. We should either play Ade or Defoe with Dempsey in support. I think that Ade would be better than Defoe on his own, but I can't really say I'm sure. Its clear though that playing them together is not ideal. Ade did look poor today apart from the goal.
Fanman
Just got back from the game. Ade am Defoe were awful. Still need a clinical striker with good movement as well as a playmaker to pull teams apart. Other than that feeling very positive about Spurs at this moment in time with AVB at the helm supported by the fantastic Freund. Can anyone further inform me of the rumours we have signed that Lewis Holtby on a pre contract???
BrooksySpurs
true true fanman but Southampton should have a penalty on 9 mins but neither the commentators or even the bbc acknowledged it even.
bowerman
coopsieyid, you make things sound a bit too harsh for me. Of course top players have to do their time on the bench for rotation purposes, something Fergie does very well. But when a player is doing well, I think that they should be rewarded. Sigurdsson had his chance today, but he failed to impress. Does Sneijder play in an advance role for inter and Holland. Or does he play in central midfield?
Fanman
I see we have sold Cudicini to LA Galaxy. Who's next out the door?
thenuge
I agree to a certain extent about Lennon, definitely about Defoe but disagree about Walker. Yes, he could be better defensively but boy he covers well, gets up and down and is slowly learning what Lennon wants. Walcott is demanding where to play and buckets loads of cash. How will others feel in that changing room?
RAF Yid
fanman...sneijder, not for me.....too expensive. Prefer other options if we are in the market for a attacking midfielder. But...i'm currently happy with dembele, parker, sandro...livermore...other youngsters, such as ..mason, cellabos etc. Not wishing to upset you or anyone else.......but i believe all football players are squad players...and just a case of game to game selection..before and during. Next game..i'd be trying dempsey and addy up front from the start. Townsend, if poss' ..starting..left wing (or falque).....lennon right wing. Bale and siggy subs. Parker and livermore..central mid'...with insurance on the bench. That's my thinking.
82spursdebut
bowerman, ok. Hopefully Southampton can nick another one or hold on.
Fanman
82spursdebut, we definately have a bit of relief in the FA cup to change things up. I like your philosophy. coopsieyid, agreed lol.
Fanman
6 points off city an we lost 4 more games. avb 6 months pls give him time now it could be worth it in long run
123spurs
coopsieyid, I was a big Harry fan (as you may remember), but I wouldn't go back for all the tea in China. I can't believe how much fitter we look under AVB. Lennon's fitness is greal. He keeps on ataacking for 90+ minutes.
Fanman
*great*
Fanman
The gooners look knackered. Not closing down space or players just sitting and inviting pressure.
Fanman
chrishove123 agree but as we say in ireland there is always one.
123spurs
Vivyash is the most idiotic poster I've seen on here. And that is saying something!
Tottenham Hotcore
Avb has us playing a game that sees us getting 20-30 shots a game. The problem is with finishing. Defoe and Ade aint good enough. Nothing he can do about that, it's down to Levy.
Tottenham Hotcore
More nervous watching the arsenal game than when we play
In-spurs-ational
Saints making Le Arse looking average
ItalianYiddo
Nice. Arsenal only get a point.
Fanman
Yessss. The perfect end to a good day with Arsenal drawing and not even managing to score themselves
Big Ron
Yes. Southampton draw! Two points dropped for le arse
In-spurs-ational
Le Arse drop 2 points... good day...
Yidmarks
THANK YOU SOTON GOOD RESULT 1-1 with wee north london side
spu 4 life
Arsenal should have lost but I'm very happy with them only drawing. 4th place is now ours to lose and is in our hands.
bowerman
coopsieyid, come and have a go if you think you're hard enough :)
In-spurs-ational
This Holtby bloke is he that special, is he going to solve our problem in MF? Lets forget about whether he is cheap or not, lets concern ourselves as to whether he is that much better than what we already have i.e. Dembele, or in other words is he good enough. The same question if asked re. Wesley Sneijder answers itself
Frank
coopsieyid, agreed. But Walker made a great saving tackle today. He's hoeand cold, but has loads of potential.
Fanman
Good performance today apart from for a 10 minute spell where we went bonkers.

Lennon continued his good form and Sigg came in and did well worked very hard. Dempsey is showing more confidence and Sandro and Dembele looking good in midfield.

Parker getting some minutes each game and naughton improving. Ade apart from goal is still not showing us enough and Defoe has lost his scoring boots, how many attempts so we do need that striker imo to take us through second half of the season.

I am still concerned about Walker he still not playing well and I would be happy for naughton to play there and push him for first place once BAE is back.

Overall I think we are doing fine and AVb is settling very well.

Surely we cannot have a repeat of the last two seasons after Christmas I hope not.

Thank you Southampton.
thfan
It's ok for people to say "but they've got games in hand over us, but we've already won our games, they have to match us to keep up. I'd rather be in our position than theirs!! coopsieyid - You sir are a fortune teller. Got six numbers for the lottery today
In-spurs-ational
Arsenal got lucky with a point there. They got lucky to finish 3rd last season, so many 90min RVP goals. If we continue playing like this surely this will be the year we finally go ahead of them. Still, i reckon this year will be the Jan where Wenger finally gets his chequebook out properly - We must do the same imo. We musnt make the same mistakes as Arry did last January. COYS
HuddersfieldYiddo
On Sneijder; ''the chairman deals with the transfers and i know his on big money @ milan, i've no idea what is going on'' I took that statement from Arry's book i got for christmas, ''Cooking up Stories'' by Arry Redcrapp and just for the record, i was phucking glad to see the back of him, saggy faced twa7.
spu 4 life
Thank you Saints!
noone
Hiya Coops, I didn't bother with a formal hello as we chat loads on Facebook, I feel rude now. Hope nye was ok for ya. Brother Hotcore is loving AvB, he was a HR fan but not a HR follower and doesn't mention him, unlike some idiots.
Tottenham Hotcore
Frank I think Levy is much more interested in signing Eriksen than Sneijder or Moutinho. They are both older and more expensive. Eriksen fits the Levy model more easily. I for one happy to take Eriksen of the three.
SpuriousLife
Coops, the mystery man at the lane today you mentioned, No idea!!!
spu 4 life
Holtby City, you make him sound like glenn hoddle coops
spu 4 life
honestly if we sign Holtby I'll be under-whelmed, not exactly a statement of ambition is it?....he may come good and I'm sure the Freund connection would help but when I've seen him he just doesn't stand out...Affelay, farfan, Huntelaar all stand out when you watch Shalke....I just hope I've missed something and that it's Holtby allowing them to....
shedboy2
Lewis Holtby positive reviews and it mentions us being in the running, if you google him?
spu 4 life
Cheers TK! Good to hear from you - missed you buddy! Durbanspur

Thanks, Durbanspur, it's good to be back. Can't say I had the worst year of my life, but I had a damned difficult few months.

Nothing like the Spurs to bring some joy back into life. COYS.

Total knobhead
Solid win. 3 points. 3rd. FA Cup on the horizon. Big European match with Lyon soon. I'm pleased. And yes Hotcore, Vivyash is an idiot.
TopSpur13
pato. simples
jljyid
coops, it looks like a couple of old farts have returned. it's good to be back and good to have you back.
Total knobhead
My nye was spent watching the latest batman with the missus, no babysitter = no party. Total bummer about your ankle mate. If there is a god, he's a (unt. Did you watch that zeitgeist link I put on your FB before christmas?
Tottenham Hotcore
Cheers coops. Sounds good to me an just what we need. Where did you hear these rumblings about moutinho being there mate?? Camera didn't go to anyone so no idea if true mate soz
BrooksySpurs
I didn't get to see the game today but hearing good things about Lennon again which is very pleasing. He has to keep it going now, onwards and upwards for him hopefully. Sandro and Dembele solid again from what I hear and kept on their toes by an impressive returning Parker. Judging by the comments Adebayor (Although he scored) and Walker were both poor and as I said before the match in the first few posts I'd be in favour of them being dropped. Hopefully give them the kick in the arse they seem to need. COYS!
TopSpur13
tottenham hotcore zeitgeist is awesome but also totally terrifying
jljyid
Another MoM performance from Lennon...outstanding.SOMEONE has had a word wih him, surely.He now tries to shoot instead of passing(the buck!)Most impressed.We have Man You after QPR..winning away was sensational. Two wins against them would be miraculous ..would give anything for us to stick 5 past Man You with no reply.Please please.
wentworth
coopsie you can watch zeitgeist on youtube its all on there
jljyid
Mountinho odds at 4/9. Just googled about him joining and one of the answers was that he will be announced tomorrow and ready for QPR. Sceptical, yep but he's the Boss's choice, get him in!!!
RAF Yid
Frank- I can think of a few players at Schalke who stand out a bit more than Holtby....Huntelaar, Affelay, Farfan, Julian Draxler if we needed DF's then Howdes & Papadopoulos...Levy needs to get his thumb out and get us proven quality Holtby will be OK as a back up/ one for the future after we secure Moutinho, Eriksen, Isco etc....but not as a main buy...
shedboy2
Man City 3 Stoke 0...thats the difference!..so before we all go bouncing down Tottenham High Road throwing rose petals at the feet of AVB lets remember that knocking over the likes of Villa and Reading and Sunderland and West Ham is great, but....we aint top 4 material until we start getting results against the top four and whilst OT was an "intersting" if not "unbelievable" result we have to come back to earth and remember we were stuffed by Scum and Chelski and got out witted by Citeh...I'll take my seat at WHL when Man U and Citeh and Scum come to town and I will watch what we do....the jury however remains out until we do the business on the clubs above and just below us......but like the venerable coopsie said last season..."he aint won anything" so lets see what the abbreviation can achieve in the rest of the season and then we can truly say ..."the boy done good"! ....next up ...Harry and QPR!
OyVeh Maria
Yeah, we've moved on a million per cent from last year; the team's gelling, ticking all the boxes and really has moved on to another level, mainly due to the fact that we got rid of a useless tw*t of a manager who was all gob and no trousers, and now we have a young forward thinking manager who does everything right, and anyone who says otherwise needs to take a cold hard look at the facts, which show that under the useless **** after 21 games we were third with 46 points, behind United and City by 2 points, 6 ahead of Chelsea on the same number of games, and this year we are far better off in that we are third, 13 points behind United, and one ahead of Chelsea, although they've got 2 games in hand. Er...um...yeah it's all going great.
lordjohnny
http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11675/8376118/Tottenham-boss-Andre-Villas-Boas-is-still-a-fan-of-Willian-and-Leandro-Damiao
Critical_Spur
I may get ridiculed for this but do we really need Moutinho a centre midfielder for 20+ million... I have watched him quite a few times since his impressive Euros and whilst he a very good player and would be a welcomed addition to the team, is he what we really need for that money? If he did come who loses out? I love our partnership of Sandro and Dembele centre mid. Pushing Dembele forward may not work and why ruin a good thing and disrupt our centre mid partnership... Huddlestone and Livermore can toddle off but would there be enough games to keep Parker/Dembele/Sandro/Moutinho fit and happy ... Personally, I'd rather a striker as Adebayor and Defoe are too hot and cold but certainly wouldn't complain or be disappointed If Moutinho joins.
TopSpur13
all you need coopsi is a standard vga lead from laptop to tv. the film is about content rather than what you are seeing. the first 10mins or so there is bugger all on your tv anyway just a guy talking
jljyid
OyVeh Maria, so Man City beating Stoke means we aren't so good. No offence mate, but can you tell me how well City did away at Sunderland the other day?
In-spurs-ational
I know it's been mentioned earlier, but I don't think anyone put up a link regarding Modric being voted worse signing of last year http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/368112/Luka-Modric-tops-poll-as-worst-signing-of-the-year-
In-spurs-ational
Careful Oyveh. Such common sense is likely to get short shrift on here, especially from self-appointed arbiters of every post.
lordjohnny
Top, a little short sighted, we need a flow of youngsters. For a couple of million, he seems like a chance worth taking.
RAF Yid
Yep, comparing us with a team who have spent around half a billion on transfers since 2008 makes perfect sense..
Guyver
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TopSpur13
Woops. 26 isn't exactly young though.. for a footballer. I would rather a striker. But I understand fully why Moutinho would be sought by AVB. And on a side note, As I have been heavily critical of Walker as of late all of which is was warranted... Debuchy for 5 million... snap him up! Top drawer in the Euros! Even though defence is far from a priority for a welcome change.
TopSpur13
Must admit, like Taarabt and Gio before him it's not looking good for Falque. He always looks pretty decent in his infrequent appearances but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before he's on his way. Now we're being linked with players who play his attacking midfield position. We'd also rather select a functional Siggy to cover for Bale rather than give him a go.
muttley
OyVeh Maria as you say let's wait and see what AVB wins before we start worshiping him. After all it took you 4 years before you started worshiping Harry before he won........***** all!!
ItalianYiddo
lordjohnny, you are comparing this year with last year whilst choosing to ignore that we lost 2/3 of our star players and AVB as yet unable to pick from a fully fit squad. Early days but AVB looks a good coach and as someone who pays his hard earned cash to go and watch my team I like what I see. COYS.
ItalianYiddo
Happy 2013, Fellows. I owe Coops an apology regarding the article ´bout AVB he wrote yesterday. Never wanted to state you said "2nd class" players . Poor choice of words to illustrate what I was willing to say. About today´s match, I guess we were the dominant side, even after that early scary moment of Reading´s goal but we were really lucky by not conceding an equaliser, right followed by Dempsey´s second deflected goal of this season. AVB has been doing a superb job steering us to 4th without the creative Modric and VdV and an unfair amount of key players sidelined by injuries thrown at his lap. He also managed to make Sandro, Lennon and Defoe all look different and improved players this season. I dare to say that if Spurs sign in no one, they still can fight a good fight for 4th place, but if they sign the playmaker and the striker we have been eargely waiting for the last 3 seasons, THFC might even compete for 3rd place. COYS !!!!
AlexSpur
Lord johnny you make an interesting point regarding out position compared to last year and points etc etc. but if you look at it differently we are three points better off from the same fixtures last year. So when looked at like that we are doing better then last season. What say you to that.
Chirpystheman
Coopsie... I have said on previous threads over last week or so... my ITK (Plays golf with a top contact at spurs) told me 3 weeks ago.. we will sign a portugual club player.. he was right about Harry departure, and verts. signing etc. So i expect something will happen
Block D Spurs
If we sign holtby will he be available straight away or in the summer? If he isnt ilegible 2 play straight away,why is this?
SpursSnM
Btw pablo osvaldo anyone? He looks are best bet as i dont think we can afford leandro damaio atm.
SpursSnM
The sneijder rumours are nonsense, wages are a major stumbling block, especially because thats the reason inter are prepared to let him go. IMO The only essential signing needed this January is a striker. Dempsey really has impressed me after i had major reservations of him and his link up play with our strikers has made signing a playmaker less essential. More importantly we need to clear the deadwood and maybe loaning Livermore and Carrol, who i can't see getting a lot of game time.
spurfect one
It'll be pretty funny if Spurs sign Walcott during the window, though he may also be the final piece of our puzzle. A fleet-footed finisher for a fleet-footed team.
dazzwater
Walcott is definitely leaving, that's the views of vital arse.They say he'd have signed already if he wasn't. Expect to see him at either Chelsea or City.
HuddersfieldYiddo
Coops and Jlj: jlj is right about video quality, you only need head phones to enjoy it. I've not seen part 3 yet. I only really showed part 1 as it tears christianity (and many others) apart in 20 minutes.

Part 2 I found mind blowing and not sure WTF to think. There is some compelling evidence on there.

But back to football......
Tottenham Hotcore
Lots of reports in the Portuguese press that Porto are about to sign Izmailov from Sporting. The man they are calling Moutinho's replacement.

I said at the time & I'll say it again, forget the WBA & Norwich games. We hadn't really started our transfer business at that time, AVB even said that at the time. You can only really judge the guy when he's been given some of the tools he requested. Take Lloris, Dembele, Dempsey & Adebayor out of the team today & how would we have looked? You can't judge a bloke when he's only got half a squad.

Another thing stop comparing the first half of this season to last season the fixture list is almost completely in reverse! Compare it to the tail end of last season by all means but it's hardly fair to compare a start where we had all the big teams at home to one where we've had to go to almost every tough ground in the PL.
Spurs Allday
Coops, has your pc not got hdmi out? We just got a 10 meter hdmi cable going under the carpet and voila, our pc now has a 51 inch monitor. And with the mobile phone sized wireless keyboard I got from Amazon for 30 quid, I can surf laying on my sofa. Though it's mainly Mrs Hotcore that uses it, I stick to using my mobile.
Tottenham Hotcore
Allday: comparing any part of the season don't really work for me. It's all different teams and a different level of points will be needed than last year, all we want is to be a point (or just a goal) ahead of the team that finish 4th. That is all I want.

You are bang on about the early results though. It's shameful how quick people jumped on avb. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried but I held my calm before committing to text, knowing it was early days.
Tottenham Hotcore
Hotcore I make you right with that. Like you say it's different clubs, different players even different managers at half the clubs this year. It's quite pathetic how some who pre-judged him as being no better than Ramos still cling desperately to any minor failing they can find rather face the cold hard truth that they got this one wrong in a big way.

For years the Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Italians and god knows who else have been humiliating us with their slow, slow, quick passing game and now that we've got a guy who's trying to implement it here all they do is boo and tell him he's clueless!

The all out pace game we once played was seriously flawed because if a team parks the bus then you have no room in which to utilize your pace, which is where the patient slow passing game comes into it's own. All AVB needs is a little more guile in that midfield and we'd be unstoppable. It's already showing signs of improvement in what we've got, Dempsey in particular seems to be able to pick a clever pass(the chip against Spam & back heel against Sunderland). A bit more of that type of vision in the side & our opponents would have to come up with a different game plan.
Spurs Allday
More or less sums up what most posters here think: http://www.football365.com/news/21554/8376072/Spurs-Are-Close-To-Something-Quite-Special
jacobslad
Ox - I'm loving that we can now vote for AVB as MOTM ;-)
Spurs Allday
Spurs Allday - spot on. Starting to see already how our players are now comfortable holding the ball in tight spaces and then using triangles to play their way out of it. The movement off the ball is great as is the work rate when we haven't got it. Most people on here forget that our most attractive football under Harry was counter attacking and eventually teams didn't get suckered in by committing the players. Some games we created very few chances. AVB's system is more about a high pressing game, keeping possession and creating chances. We saw yesterday that a lot of the chances are only half chances but it still took a few great saves by Federici to keep them in it. I can't wait to see AVB's football when he has a couple more players added that suit his style more. That might not be great news for Ade and Defoe as it's probably their places that are most up for grabs.
muttley
Holtby, why do i always hear the casualty theme when his name is mentioned ... VR, you seriously need to ***** right off you a spurs supporter or just a troll, trying to get a reaction from real supporters ... Twitchy well outstayed his welcome .... AVB, at the beginning i admit looked like chelsea saga again however him and the team got through the crap spell and are starting to reap the rewards of hard work
E17YID
Holtby, why do i always hear the casualty theme when his name is mentioned ... VR, you seriously need to ***** right off you a spurs supporter or just a troll, trying to get a reaction from real supporters ... Twitchy well outstayed his welcome .... AVB, at the beginning i admit looked like chelsea saga again however him and the team got through the crap spell and are starting to reap the rewards of hard work
E17YID
VR is raging spur, every post reads the same, put money on it? Anyway you can only beat what is put in front of you and I'm certain we are all aware, we may still lose a few more games along the way, but not for the lack of trying, keep up the hard work AVB. Some links around this transfer window, still have us interested in Leandro, Willian and a possible deal for Holtby who says he will leave in the summer what ever happens for nothing, some reports also say (only the messenger) AVB has requirements for 3 players, he quoted that. Gone from no players to 3 and Carlo in LA GALAXY bound, looking for homes for Gomes, Jenas and Bentley to finally get them out. Carlo, omes and Jenas all got listed in the 25 man squad, did Bentley as well. That NUMBER 9 shirt in the plastic bag, it's got LEANDRO'S name written all over it.
spu 4 life
O V MARIA- What does City beating Stoke proove ?? OK , We could only draw with Stoke but using this logic Sunderland beat City 1-0 and we won at the S0L 1-2- does that make us better than City ?? Of course it does'nt and we certainly are not ! Oh , and remind me how we did against the top teams last year under Arrry. Lordjohnny- you remember that after 21 games last season we had 46 points but forget to mention how we finished the season !! Time shows us that our last manager messed up big time in the second half of last season, AVB HAS yet to show how he will handle part 2 but we must give him the time to show us .Sorry boys but too many posters are far to critical- what if we were mid-table ??
cypyid
OyVeh Maria You are such a bloody cynic. Harry NEVER had the players believing they could win the Prem. Well THAT is what AVB HAS done at this stage of the season, so if the belief is there the possibility is there too. Why can't you just enjoy what is going on rather than claim none of it is good enough.. Enough with the negativity. VIVA AVB VIVA LEA REVOLUTION.
chrishove123
In August and September when many were claiming it was a huge mistake to hire AVB, I was writing about my optimism. I wrote that we should know by the end of December whether the project was moving in the right direction. I remain optimistic, but now I find that others are joining in my optimism. Surely the team is better now than it was in the months before AVB arrived. Will we continue to take 10 out of 12 possible points? I doubt it. Such a rate of success cannot be sustained, and we will bleed some points when we play vs. the Man Uniteds and Man Cities at times. But we have moved to a condition where we should feel good about our chances when we go up against the best in the PL. Now the move is up to DL to support what AVB is accomplishing and to bring in the crucial couple of needed pieces. COYS.
Total knobhead
coopsieyid- re: Holtby...I think we're on same page...my point was I won't be happy if he's the 'main' buy if we get him for the future for a couple of mill brilliant BUT we need to buy quality for now if we want to stay competitive...
shedboy2
Some spot on analysis right there guys. Another thing that gets me is when people look at fluke results against us, bad refereeing against us and injury problems. EVERY team in the league will point to similar issues, it's part of the game, fair or not.
Tottenham Hotcore
Muttley- thought the same about Falque...would really like to see more of him, I think he'll make it. SpursSnM- if we sign Holtby he can play but not if we only sign a pre-contract then we take him in the summer (and pay him instead of jj..;)..). Osvaldo would suit us, we had a sniff before he went to roma...
shedboy2
David Villa - no chance, no thanks
micyid
Muttley and Allday, you are correct. The improvements are huge from every player but due to the limitations of the overall skill level of the team AVB has us shooting more than necessary. The 'lockpick' theory is only a part of the answer, as a lockpick needs a door to open. The problem is that in general our movement isn't as clever or complimentary as it is required to be against a tight defense. It's fantastic to see the team become accustomed to dominating in such an organised manner, but that understanding of decision making is, as yet, not there and I'm not sure if it will be for Defoe, and I hate to say it, but Lennon also. Ade is like a stubborn goat who wants it all his way and playing with Defoe seems to me to irk his temperamental disposition; almost understandable but there's no room for it in AVB's team ethos. If you take Sandro into account and consider his limitations as a play-maker, he's another loss to the challenge of dismantling defenses (consider Toure as giving both strengths). Also, our shooting prowess is limited - Defoe and Bale are capable, but Defoe needs too much time (Mods might have excelled here) but the rest, Ade, lennon, Sandro, Dembele, all are not naturally gifted at striking the ball - consider Falcao and hulk instead and there's a massive gap in my estimation against our entire team. My point is that the players are excelling in the areas where effort matters the most and this is a great testament to AVB, the coaches and the players. I believe there will be even another step forward in these areas, but we will inevitably meet the glass ceiling of pure skill, but to only be limited by this is a great achievement. I think players will want to come to us now, even without CL football, as most will see how great an effect higher player-skill level should have on a team that appears to function with consistency and control. Btw, I'm not saying Sandro is a negative as I think he is superb, but I wish to point out that, in essence, many of the players are ill-suited for this brand of football, yet still we are considerably more solid, i feel.
ardone
Tottenham Hotcoreand weren't there some bloody poor referee decisions against us against Reading. Fouls not given for us then softer fouls given against us. refs should be held accountable after the games with an interview the same as the managers have, then maybe they'd start to show a bit more consistency in their decisions.
chrishove123
Block D Spurs How many times has he been wrong though, more often than not I'll bet. All this itk is pretty much rubbish until it happens. I will believe it when/IF it happens.
chrishove123
Chris... he has not been wrong mate... he is a spurs fan as well, and i have known him 18 years....believe me when i say a top contact.. he also knows Joe Lewis, before he was a billionaire.......
Block D Spurs
Block D I apologise for my presumptuousness, but nearly all the other ITK's do really turn out to be complete rubbish and the rest just don't seem to have a clue and make it up on the spot. Your one is one of the very very few who can come up with the goods. So I will await the outcome with bated breath.
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