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Holtby Deal Done!

Spurs have confirmed that Lewis Holtby will join the club from Schalke on July the 1st after signing a pre contract agreement

22 year old Holtby becomes Tottenham's second signing of the window following the arrival of left back Ezekiel Fryers yesterday, making a refreshing change from the usual deadline day will they/won't they's, and even though Holtby won't be a part of the squad until next season, it is clear that the club have identified areas the needed strengthening and are acting upon those, but also looking at the long term and also without spending silly money to chase a dream.

Holtby is rated highly for his energy and work-rate, as well as offering good team play and creativity. In terms of attacking prowess, he is more provider than scorer, however he has a very decent conversion rate for the German Under 21s, where he has scored 12 in 20 appearances, which may at least suggest he has an eye for goal and it is an area which if played in a more pro-active manner, he might well make dramatic improvements in this area.

For those who might be disappointed at what they might see as an underwhelming signing, I would urge you to hold fire on your criticism until you have seen him play and settle. He is a player that comes highly rated and recommended by Stefan Freund, but also if I look a Schalke and more importantly the stats of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar where he went from scoring 13 in 35 in the season before Holtby rejoined the club and 48 in 48 last and 11in 25 this season. Coincidence perhaps, but maybe, just maybe, he is a creative force that we underestimate at our peril...



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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Friday January 4 2013
Time: 4:53PM

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Good news. The AVB revolution is gaining momentum.
muttley
04/01/2013 16:58:00
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WHAT? The future of the German national side when Joe Cole was available? AVB Out!!!!!
HuddersfieldYiddo
04/01/2013 16:59:00
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Get signing and Sign for the club!
Slurms McKenzie
04/01/2013 16:59:00
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If AVB and DL can build the club successfully with signings like this rather than expensive older players, so much the better. Hope the lad's as good as advertised, but AVB seems to have an eye for talent. I take this as positive news. Onward. Upward. Huzzahs. I am maintaining my optimism for our future. Let Joe Cole go to the Spammers or to Harry.
Total knobhead
04/01/2013 17:02:00
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Huddersfield, LOL Yep, can't believe we missed out on Joe Cole. It would only have cost £75k/week in wages for the next 3 years for a has-been with no sell-on value. And he's good on MoTD, Hansen reckon he still has it. Bring back Redknapp!
StillRickyVilla
04/01/2013 17:05:00
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Whats this? A deal before deadline day? My word
Tottenjam
04/01/2013 17:07:00
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Great news.......and early too!
Durbanspur
04/01/2013 17:09:00
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I posted on another thread that I would be under-whelmed if Holtby were to be the main signing....well as he will sign in the summer I can't be under-whelmed. Sounds a good prospect I'll certainly pay more attention to him now and hope he stands out....so 1 deal allegedly done last year and another to be done in the summer...is it too much to ask for a signing for now....?
shedboy2
04/01/2013 17:09:00
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As I said before, anyone expecting those mature 28+ year old proven players may well be disappointed. This is the dawn of the new era at Spurs. Youth, building for the long term. Best start searching to find best options below 27 years old, COYS!
Critical_Spur
04/01/2013 17:10:00
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Tottenjam- er no, a deal after this deadline day but before the end of next windows deadline and free....Levy really doesn't like to spend does he?
shedboy2
04/01/2013 17:11:00
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but Frank said he was joining the goons ??? how can he be wrong ???
jimmy-yid
04/01/2013 17:12:00
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we do need proven players for the now 23-27 would be ideal....trying to just guess the stars of the future is folly as is having a team of kids....manu were the exception that prove the rule.
shedboy2
04/01/2013 17:13:00
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Woeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! A great young player! The German U21 team is ridicuously talented and I was hoping we get one and we got one of the best. If only we can keep Bale we are building a team who can compete for the 1st place.
Jables
04/01/2013 17:14:00
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A Spurs statement read: "We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Germany Under-21 captain Lewis Holtby to join the club in July from Bundesliga side Schalke, subject to a medical." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/tottenham-hotspur/9781198/Tottenham-swoop-for-Schalke-midfielder-Lewis-Holtby.html
chrishove123
04/01/2013 17:15:00
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Holtby, Fryers, Dempsey, Ade, Vertonghen, Sigurdsson, Lloris, Dembele. Add Caulker and Naughton back in to the fold and we have really had a decent past 7 months. COYS
peterballb
04/01/2013 17:16:00
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Love it Huddersfield
MatJspur
04/01/2013 17:17:00
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Good signing,levys plans starting to come to frutation!hand close to chest no pockets,running a tight ship.hope this team is able to win a trhopy or two before profit taking starts.tought there wouldbe one or two young germans arriving when steffan signed up again.avb and him will be a super team just hope they can spring a surpise or two on young good players coming in striker please.
Little spur
04/01/2013 17:17:00
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Quality signing!
spurswede
04/01/2013 17:18:00
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Jables Sandro is saying why can't we win it this season............
chrishove123
04/01/2013 17:21:00
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Amazing news. Have seen him play a couple of times. Technical brilliance coupled with a good work ethic. Dembele, Sandro, Holtby is a midfield to be very, very happy about.
Tactically Challenge
04/01/2013 17:23:00
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at long last, we have the signing that should now kill off all those ridick expectations of Moutinho joining.... thanks Lewis!!
Viyyash-Ramosh
04/01/2013 17:24:00
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Am sure Holtby is a great signing, although not seen too much of him. However, Sky News article this morning on Wengers keenness for him & seems to have majorly upset Goons on twitter :) Downing & Henderson for £40 million anyone OR LEVY Critics - Lennon, Bale, Dembele, Sandro, Parker, Holtby for £34 million
Windlespur
04/01/2013 17:26:00
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Fryers and Holtby this window Saha and Nelson under Harry last January. Nough said!
camper
04/01/2013 17:26:00
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Ship out the ***** (ie bentley jenas thudd liverspot) and replace with up and coming players with bags of potential!! Maybe we could snap up huntelaar aswell 😃
Ibiza yiddo
04/01/2013 17:28:00
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StillRickyVilla- Now Harry has pipped us to the signing of Tal Ben-Haim. Just LOOK what we are missing out on.....
HuddersfieldYiddo
04/01/2013 17:29:00
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That was meant to be a smiley face oops
Ibiza yiddo
04/01/2013 17:30:00
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Bring in moussa sissoko on a pre contract for fee then start spending money on competition for Lennon and a forward to compliment Defoe and Ade.
Jantheman
04/01/2013 17:30:00
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Great signing! All we need now is a predator who will score 20+ goals a season. With fryers & holtby coming on free's, maybe Levy will suprise us all and spend big on a world class foward.......Cavani?..I'm dreaming. Players like Dempsey, Huddlestone, Jenas, Bentley and Rose have gotta find new clubs Asap.
01tottenham
04/01/2013 17:30:00
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V-R you are jumping about with that rash again!. The window has only just opened for ch sake!. I am still confident there will be MORE exciting signings......watch this space! COYS!
Critical_Spur
04/01/2013 17:31:00
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Good news! A signing at the start of the transfer window (Fryers) and a highly rated player pre-signed for next season. All we need now is a 30 goals a season striker or, more realisticaly, Benny and Kaboom back playing.
spurboy61
04/01/2013 17:32:00
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this is an absolutely FANTASTIC signing on a free!!!
wiltshirespur
04/01/2013 17:32:00
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01tottenham Dempsey will come good!! Starting to showns of it already
Ibiza yiddo
04/01/2013 17:34:00
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I don`t either ,never heard of him
big cockeral
04/01/2013 17:37:00
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Most don`t even know why it`s a great signing :)
big cockeral
04/01/2013 17:37:00
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let's not get too carried away...so far our team will not be any stronger THIS season...and we've bought potential before Taraabt, Gio, Kevin Prince-Boatang and we still have Pienaars south african Captain on our books (who's better than a lot give him credit for)....
shedboy2
04/01/2013 17:37:00
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Agree RE: Dempsey. I was very critical of him earlier in the season but the last month especially he's impressed. He's got flair and touch, plays the Spurs way. For me though he's best coming in from the left. Which unfortunatley for him is Gareth Bales position.
HuddersfieldYiddo
04/01/2013 17:39:00
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I wanted Kanu and Scholes, AVB out!
Crissybwoy
04/01/2013 17:43:00
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I wanted Ian Wright & Giggs ,AVB out !
big cockeral
04/01/2013 17:46:00
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want, want, want, want!!!. Bet most folks were disappointed when they opened their x-mas presents....that's before Santa arrived! :0)
Critical_Spur
04/01/2013 17:46:00
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shedboy2 KP boatang is doing very well now thank you very much and tarabt is now pretty well rated as well so it looks like we got rid of what could have been very good players for us. I think it was down to the manager at the time couldn't or didn't know how to get that potential realised so he got rid of. Now he is working with Tarabt again and saying what a great player he is.
chrishove123
04/01/2013 17:47:00
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Most german U_21s are very good, this lad might be the real deal (that is if he gets game time) as I said during the summer, AVB has something that u can never fault him about and that is his signings, he is already looking at willian for u lot, be patient with him and u he might take u to top 4.
Desmondadonis
04/01/2013 17:48:00
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Remember the last under 21 German young player of the year etc etc that we signed. He now plays for AC Milan..lol.
vicspur
04/01/2013 17:48:00
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I wanted Bryan Robson and Ray Wilkins, AVB out!
StillRickyVilla
04/01/2013 17:49:00
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Huddersfield, can't believe we missed out on Ben Haim as well. Over 30, big wages, stop-gap measure, its exactly what we needed. AVB out!
StillRickyVilla
04/01/2013 17:50:00
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not happy with holtby tbh.dosnt change agame,saw schalke rip apart thegooners 2-0 and this guy was theweak link,not sure you guys will be too happy when you actuallly see him play,more energy than creativity
ghulamville
04/01/2013 17:53:00
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Ibiza yiddo, I think that's just an excuse he's been using this season. If he came from another league I could accept the fact he needs time to settle down. Great players adapt very quickly and it's taken Dempsey +14 games to learn how to pass to his team mate.
01tottenham
04/01/2013 17:53:00
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I think the training facilities, the club's controlled development, Levy's patience in creating financial security, a new stadium, the compliment of exciting young players, all of which are 10 year projects, and our visionary (cool and sound also) manager presents Spurs as very competitve attraction against the big guns. Wow, can everyone feel this happening from the Jol era until now? I hope AVB is the man to do it, but the tide is starting to turn for us on many fronts after much sustained effort and catastrophies overcame. Is Levy now willing to apply a little more gas? I feel so. The right striker is a must. I even think that Moutinho may still come, and now that we appear less desperate, we can play Levy's poker-hand with an extra confidence.
ardone
04/01/2013 17:54:00
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I think the training facilities, the club's controlled development, Levy's patience in creating financial security, a new stadium, the compliment of exciting young players, all of which are 10 year projects, and our visionary (cool and sound also) manager presents Spurs as very competitve attraction against the big guns. Wow, can everyone feel this happening from the Jol era until now? I hope AVB is the man to do it, but the tide is starting to turn for us on many fronts after much sustained effort and catastrophies overcame. Is Levy now willing to apply a little more gas? I feel so. The right striker is a must. I even think that Moutinho may still come, and now that we appear less desperate, we can play Levy's poker-hand with an extra confidence.
ardone
04/01/2013 17:54:00
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Yeah, to think we have already sold Saha, Cudiccini and Nelson. The future is bleak! AVB OUt!!
Critical_Spur
04/01/2013 17:54:00
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HuddersfieldYiddo, if we were to sign a world class striker then I don't think his attributes will be needed at spurs.
01tottenham
04/01/2013 17:57:00
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Apologies for the x2 post
ardone
04/01/2013 17:58:00
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Great signing for you Spurs. You are very close to kick if not my Chelsea, Arsenal out of top four next season or even this one. You are getting close to top four status more and more each day.
Luna
04/01/2013 18:07:00
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Hopefully a good signing time will tell, never seen the boy play so Im not jumping for joy like others on here (most I also suspect aint seen him play neither), but a positive signing still.
Ossie
04/01/2013 18:13:00
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I agree with you on that luna and seriously I welcome the competition, I just wish we could give the mancs a run for their money too, to even things up a bit
Desmondadonis
04/01/2013 18:13:00
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the man i drove everyone nuts over last summer...

looks like a wanted man...

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/12691/8380360/Real-Betis-coach-Pepe-Mel-insists-Benat-Etxebarria-will-not-leave-on-the-cheap
Yidmarks
04/01/2013 18:14:00
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totally liking the way the chairman is working right now...

looks like he is listening to the staff, as this one came from Freund...

2 signings for the future...

the futures white... the future aint orange....
Yidmarks
04/01/2013 18:19:00
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Yidmarks, I am partial to Isco, but Benat is a hugely talented playmaking MF who scores his share of goals as well. To get either would be huge. Benat is probably cheaper and his contract only has 18 months left on it, so if there is a time to buy, it would be now. That said, I like Isco better and being only 20, I would oll out the further 5-10M that it would cost to get him. He is a very special player. Benat would hardly be a letdown, and I would presume would fit both on the transfer fee side of things as well as on the salary front. COYS
peterballb
04/01/2013 18:31:00
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Levy might as well go in for a striker/attacker now... he has started so he might as well finish...

WILLIAN, ISCO, SNEIJDER, KAKA, NEGREDO, VILLA, SANCHEZ

ANY OF THE ABOVE WOULD DO...
Yidmarks
04/01/2013 18:34:00
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Peter i agree, ISCO is a quality player... has played some great football this season...

i have also watched BENAT a few times... i like the way he plays.. he has a crazy eye for a pass that would set BALE or LENNON running, his workrate is immense... isent afraid to shoot.. he is like a pitbull terrier that just wont stop chasing...

i think it was OX that said earlier in the week about our lack of taking chances... we have enough efforts during a game..

the obvious position that we need to look at is goalscoring.. not creating chances... that we do quite well already... its banging the chances we make in....

we have to choose a player that fits within our style or the style in which we have to play.. speed, skill, goals..
Yidmarks
04/01/2013 18:46:00
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I heard ISCO ,his first name is SAN FRANS
big cockeral
04/01/2013 18:51:00
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The Holtby compilation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=59dLmSrL6QY
Yidmarks
04/01/2013 18:53:00
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chrishove123-I don't understand your tone..thank you very much lol....but suspect that's because you did not grasp my point...it's all very good signing promising youngsters but if they don't benefit the team what's the point, apart from possible transfer profit?....Gio arguably a flop..taraabt and KPG could be doing very well for us but they aren't and never have...now if we can intergrate fryers and Holtby in the future, brilliant and it should be applauded for forward planning, fingers crossed AVB gets them up to speed and they make it (I too believe we now have a better coaching set up)...BUT the signings will not help us THIS season (notice the caps for emphasis)...we've got two young players on the cheap, great but I'll reserve the bunting for a player who can make a difference this term...the future is a mystery, the past is history, c'mon Levy lets have a present!
shedboy2
04/01/2013 18:53:00
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a better one..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miGzGebyukg
Yidmarks
04/01/2013 18:56:00
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Bigc - no Franz is his middle name...v good..;)
shedboy2
04/01/2013 18:56:00
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I have only seen him on youtube like most of us. But he has a tremendous passing range and weight on the pass. Also very technical. This may very well meen no Moutinho. I don't mind so much as Holtby could very well have the full package. But we are still light on options if Dembele gets injured for this season. I think this is a steal never the less.
asherthesmasher
04/01/2013 18:57:00
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shedboy2 I don't think you get MY point. If you read the whole of my posting you would/should have understood that what i was saying was that HR couldn't/ get the best out of those players because he probably didn't know how to get potential out of young players, THAT is why he always went for the old guys, because he didn't/doesn't know how to handle youth. The players like Boatang and Tarabt are now playing pretty damn well at the moment and are rated by their teams. seeing as Tarabt was settled at QPR when HR went there he didn't have to do any work on him, whereas with us he had to and didn't know how to. IF they were still here I am sure AVB would have got them up to speed and scratch, but we didn't have him we had HR and as such we lost a few highly talented players who are doing very well thank you at their respective new teams. By the way, doing very well thank you, is a very common English turn of phrase that means they are doing very well where they are now and thank you means that I am pleased for them to be doing well.
chrishove123
04/01/2013 19:06:00
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chrishove123 still going on about Harry Redknapp ...YAWN .....boring
big cockeral
04/01/2013 19:10:00
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Almost as boring as your San Fran Isco joke
HuddersfieldYiddo
04/01/2013 19:19:00
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Holtby is still a kid. 3 goals and 5 assists in 17 BL appearances is not bad and it's 3 goals 8 assists in 26 appearances in all competitions. 22 years old and in his 4th BL campaign with good stats each year. He is not a fast player, but he is very quick of mind and of foot. he'll take some bedding in, but the PL and the BL are both fairly physical, so I don't expect he'll have too many issues. COYS
peterballb
04/01/2013 19:23:00
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A lot of Arsenal and Liverfool fans disappointed on the web. As if there was any question where Holtby was going to go. The mighty Spurs of course! I would now rather see us sign Willian rather Moutinho if there is choice between the two. That Should make Big C happy as Lennon might find it hard to get into the team.
asherthesmasher
04/01/2013 19:24:00
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He isn't slow either peterballb. He looks mustard anyway. Hope he turns out to be a gem.
asherthesmasher
04/01/2013 19:26:00
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arf...SAF on Manu page on Fryers''this deal has Levy's fingerprints all over it''. I must say, there is the principle of sweet satisfaction from Fergie's obvious feeling of being done over that makes this transfer worth everything paid already. Guarenteed to score in OT, oh yesh! arf arf, ^^
ardone
04/01/2013 19:37:00
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"For those who might be disappointed at what they might see as an underwhelming signing, I would urge you to hold fire on your criticism until you have seen him play and settle." -- I hope you include yourself in this Ox, after all, you did write an article titled "Is Dempsey the New Piennar" -- After Clint had played a handful of games and the always excellent Piennar was never given a chance. I must admit, I know very little about this lad, but I'll definitely give him a chance.
SpursEagle
04/01/2013 19:42:00
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Haha fergie not happy bout the fryers deal wants FA to investigate
tottingham10
04/01/2013 19:45:00
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Boss unhappy with Fryers move Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his disappointment at Tottenham Hotspur's signing of his former defender Ezekiel Fryers. The youngster was out of contract at Manchester United and looked set to join Spurs last summer but the two clubs could not agree a compensation package. Instead, the left-back ended up at Standard Liege but moved to White Hart Lane as soon as the January window opened. The manager is urging the authorities to look into the matter as the Reds lost out on a sizeable fee for the defender but he accepts that Spurs' actions were not in breach of the current rules. "We expected that to be honest with you," he replied to MUTV, when asked about the Spurs deal. "How would you put it? To me, I think it's a blatant manipulation of the rules. "Tottenham did nothing wrong as he went to Standard Liege. They tried to buy him off us and we'd been looking for a certain figure. They wouldn't pay it but asked if they could take him down there on trial and, at that time, he was out of contract in June anyway. "So he went down on trial and he went to Portugal with them. They then said they weren't prepared to pay the money and, all of a sudden, he signed for Standard Liege. "We knew immediately and suspected that he would return to Tottenham in January and that's happened. It's a [Spurs chairman] Daniel Levy deal. You know, it's his fingerprints all over it. It's the kind of thing we expected he was going to do." Is this Pr**k for real. Get a life red nose.
Yido T
04/01/2013 19:49:00
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