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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Coventry City

Only Coventry City have beaten Spurs in an FA Cup final, but for some to talk about revenge tomorrow, perhaps need to get real..

An FA Cup defeat from almost twenty-five years ago is hardly the most relevant rivalry, especially as Coventry are now sitting just above mid-table in league one, whilst Spurs are having their most successful era in years. Coventry have of course hit upon a series of hard times. In fact we could say that it is so many that it almost merges into one very long spell of decline and financial headaches. Drawing a Premiership side away in the Cup isn't a bad income generator, however, you know it will either take a very generous benefactor and long term development on and off the pitch to see our opponents return to anywhere near their levels of 25 years ago and even that seems like a very far fetched dream.

Coventry have been dealt the blow of losing their's and League Ones top scorer in David McGoldrick, who has today joined Ipswich until the end of the season. He has been replaced by Leon Clarke, who assuming completed the paperwork before mid-day will perhaps get a very nice debut tomorrow, but otherwise I see a few players from the recent times such as Kevin Killbane and Garry McSheffrey, though certainly in the case of Killbane, he hasn't played since October, so I doubt we will be haunted by names from the past, though as with any supposed David vs. Goliath game, you underestimate your opposition at your peril, though I can't imagine AVB will let his players do that for one minute. However, irrespective of a managers demands, player still do their own thing and just a few percent below their usual levels and who know, as you expect Coventry to be right up for the game and also well drilled for the occasion.

As seems to be the norm lately, Spurs are facing a side that are in improving form and with six straight away wins, and prior to Tuesdays defeat at home Shrewsbury, they were unbeaten in their last ten games, with seven of those being victories. Confidence is a funny thing and I can imagine that if Coventry can stick to their game plan and stop Spurs scoring, they will gain in confidence and hope Spurs and their fans become frustrated. As for Tuesdays rare defeat, how much of that was due to the players having one eye on White Hart Lane and not the job in hand?

To a degree it could be big changes for Spurs. Can we expect to see starts for Friedel, Naughton (at Right back) BAE, Parker and a few others that haven't played as much as they would have hoped? This is perhaps a great opportunity to rest a few tired legs, such as Walker, Vertonghen, Sandro, Dembele, Lennon and Defoe, who have all worked really hard to date or in the case of Dembele, still has questionable fitness issues. I would go as far as suggesting a few simply take the weekend off and relax to recharge their batteries. You would like to think we have enough quality in the squad to comfortably cope and in a few cases such as Parker and BAE, game time is much needed for fitness, whilst with a few others it represents a chance to prove their quality and regain some form or confidence.

I would be quite happy to see a team along the lines of Friedel, Naughton, Dawson, Caulker, BAE; Livermore/Hudd, Carroll; Sigurdsson, Dempsey, Townsend/Falque and Adebayor, however that may well change should any of the players be close to a move and therefore won't want to be cup tied for their new employer. I always feel the 3rd round of the cup can occasionally give a hint at moves that may well be close or at least at players who are available this month. If for example one or both of Hudd and Livermore were potentially moving, I would love to see Siggy dropped into the middle and Falque and Townsend get plenty of playing time. You feel this team or something close still remains good enough to win without too many hiccups, however, if it isn't, then perhaps it gives the manager and board a better indication of the hunger and quality of his squad and perhaps we should even consider using a bench at least part filled with younger players, to give them the experience of a day and also allow others a total rest...




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Date:Friday January 4 2013

Time: 7:11PM

Your Comments

Spurs to win BIG!
vicspur
Put in Adebayor ,useless .Won`t go to the ACN because of a money dispute ? Really ? We were warned

Rest our best players & let Siggy ,Dempsey ,Dawson ,Lennon & Parker turn it up .
Hope to see BAE , missed him & fine player .
big cockeral
Just came back from vacation. Happy New Year everyone. 3 wins out of 3 games while I was away. YAY. COYS & WIN WIN WIN.!!
Madaboutspurs
Friedel, Naughton, Dawson, Caulker, BAE, Dempsey, Parker, Livermore, Siggy, Bale and Ade.
RAF Yid
Sir Alex Ferguson on Fryers deal: "I'm disappointed in Tottenham. For whatever reason, a club that size has decided to go down this route." F##K OFF!
TopSpur13
Given the comments of players like Sandro and Vertonghen, they may be hard to keep out of the lineup. That said, I'd be playing Friedel, Naughton, Dawson, Caulker, BAE, Parker, Carroll, Bale, Falque, Dempsey, Adebayor. Get at them early and hope to get Sigurdsson and Townsend in as soon as possible. These are the games to try and keep the rhythym of players going. Defoe and Lennon on the bench just in case along with Dembele, Sandro though I'd hope to not have to use any of them. COYS
peterballb
Cant wait for the game just watched some highlights of the last time they met when we lost 3-2 [E.S.P.N on newnow somewhere],great seeing some of the old players ,Waddle ,C.Allen etc some top hair cuts and moustaches on view .My side not to different from RAF but we need to play one of our wingers townsend being the one no doubt
Edinburgh Spur
Alex Ferguson was OK to take David Beckham off us
big cockeral
Sir Alex Ferguson on Fryers deal: "I'm disappointed in Tottenham. For whatever reason, a club that size has decided to go down this route." F##K OFF!
TopSpur13
I was frankly disappointed in United being unreasonble in what they were asking. I'm sure if they had asked for 3M, we'd have given it They wanted six. They could have also dealt with any of a number of other clubs. Thing is, Fryers didn't want to stay and wanted to come to Spurs. United had no problem whispering sweet nothings in Carrick's ear. A club that size really shouldn't have to go down that route. They weren't exactly honourable in the Berbatov matter either, though they paid over he top to compensate for their transgressions and make complaints go away. Spurs ave done nothing wrong. COYS
peterballb
Woops, Anyway just get to the next round. Shouldn't be anything to difficult. AVB seems to play strong teams in these type of games but I'm not too pushed as long as we progress. Give Townsend a start though..
TopSpur13
yeah i just saw that topspur ,,,Berba tap up anyone??? utter idiot ,thinks he runs football now ,,,Fergie time just about sums it up .
Edinburgh Spur
Red Nose "Blatant manipulation of the rules. It has Levy's fingerprints all over it..." F##K OFF!
TopSpur13
Yeah and Bacon face has never tapped anyone up has he! Double standards.
MrSpurs
with no midweek game, it wouldnt surprise me to see AVB pick close to his best XI
oxfordspur
Fergie didn't mind trying to take Gazza from under our noses, or unsettling Berbatov to the extent he refused to play. Red nose *****!
Jantheman
TopSpur13, right on. Tell Fergie to #~+# %#^! Why should we give them money if there's a way we can get around it? Any club would do the same in our position. Now he thinks United are the Inland Revenue...
Fanman
Fergie bought Buttner in the summer for a position that Fryers could easily have filled. that might indicate he didnt really rate him highly enough or messed up by trying to get him on the cheap. the fact that they made him an offer that he didnt accept is unfortunate for them, but if they had made him believe he would have been back up to Evra, would he be moaning about losing Fryers to us now?
oxfordspur
It is no secret that I am no great fan of Daniel Levy, but he will rise considerably in my estimations if he has managed to "pull a fast one" over the red nosed pi$$ artist egomaniac that is Alex Ferguson, who thinks football was invented with him in mind, and that the world only revolves if he says so. It's about time he was on the end of something dodgy, rather than being the perpetrator. The only thing is, given his lordly status among the great and the good of football, he may get his wish, there might be a stitched up "investigation" and the move will fall through.
Frank
I think it's a brilliant rant, one up for Spurs. Hope he plays and does really well, here's 5% Fergie, call it a further payment on Berbie. He's homesick thats all.
RAF Yid
We should really pi$$ him off now, and sign Howard Webb on a free transfer, taking one of his several secret weapons, (tame referees), away.
Frank
having just got rid of Rudolph, we have another upset red nose, poor old foogie; And the story is - Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has revealed his disappointment at Tottenham Hotspur signing his former defender Ezekiel Fryers. The 20-year-old was out of contract at United and looked set to join Spurs last summer but the two sides failed to agree a compensation package. The defender left Old Trafford for Standard Liege, and made the move to White Hart Lane as soon as the January transfer window opened. The Reds boss is urging authorities to look into the matter as his side lost out on a sizeable fee for the left-back, although he accepts Spurs were not in breach of current rules. Speaking to MUTV, Ferguson said: "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."
spu 4 life
Who the Fecking hell does the prat think he is, hopefully if Scotland ever get independence we could deport him back to Glasgow.
Frank
Fryers the born legacy, join manure, leaves manure contract up, come to spurs on trial, go to portugal, won't sign for spurs, have to pay money to manure, sign for standard liege, we buy you in january, come to spurs, no money for manure, you happy, we happy, manure not happy, oh well ***** happens.
spu 4 life
Just get to the next round!! We have a great chance of FA cup this year!! Think it will be a fairly strong team: Friedel, Naughton, Dawson, Caulker, BAE, Parker, Livermore, Townsend, Dempsey, Sigurdson, Adebayor
YidoDave
Don't do a Benitez, pick the best side get the game won and then make changes, 4th round job done onto QPR week monday evening.
spu 4 life
This is how i think we'll line up tomorrow, not my preffered teamsheet but this is how i feel we may start, 4-3-3 Friedel, Naughton, Caulker, Gallas, BAE, Carroll, Huddlestone, Parker, Townsend, Siggy, Dempsey Would fill the bench with Bale Lennon Defoe Vert Dawson Walker Gomes
KingofN17
Tottenham have defended their deal for Zeki Fryers, saying he was out-of-contract, homesick and wanted to return to England.
TopSpur13
Great preview Oxford Spur. The Sky Blues are a much tougher test than they would have been earlier in the season and I can't see you matching Arsenal's 6-1 against us in the Cap Cup but some of the starting XI's named above should see us off after some early resistance.
houchen
Just hoping to see Parker and Townsend start........along with Dempsey and Adebayor up front. Not too concernend at the rest of the makeup. Maybe 45 mins' for Benni' from the subs bench.
82spursdebut
lovin the reaction of manure in the zeki fryers transfer, how many times have they got away with it? more than any of us know!! think we've got a great signing in holtby and zeki should back up the LB spot for years to come, well happy with DL right now, just get another us another forward PLEASE!!!!
KingofN17
@houchen the team i put up is not what id like to see against you but i feel that us getting top 4 is a major priority rather than FA cup, no disrespect but i believe that team would still get us through if only by a goal or so.
KingofN17
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spu 4 life
Fergie is just a joker.
Fanman
tells you one thing. Ferguson must really rate Fryers .If if not he wouldnt be making a fuss about it.
chrishove123
Keep your chin up Coopsie. As for Fergie's rant about Fryers good luck in trying to prove any of what he claims. Pot. Kettle. Black. Tough s**t!
SpuriousLife
So is this Hotlby any good? What position does he play?
MrSpurs
MrSpurs, apparantly he's a playmaker who can play in a number of midfield positions. Hopefully he's got pace.
Fanman
Fanman, I think his the German U21 captain which means he must be decent enough, but I read the transfer won't go through till the end if the season?
MrSpurs
MrSpurs, you're right on all counts. He won't be joining us until June. Sad really, we could do with him now. I guess Levy wanted to save money. We should have offered then JJ, Hudd and Bentley to get him in Jan. :-P
Fanman
Re oventry game. IMO, whilst it gievs AVB the opp to try out some of the fringe/bench players, it will give us a hint as to which absentees may be packing their bags for leaving the Lane.
Critical_Spur
ox kevin killbane is retired as far as i know
glendalough yid
I must admit I don't really agree with the way we have got hold of Fryers. I know that technically we have done nothing wrong, but I believe we are wrong on a moral basis. I appreciate morals, football and money don't go together and I'm sure any other club given the same circumstances would do the same as us. However, that still doesn't make it right, although in the real world, money is really all that matters these days
In-spurs-ational
personally im glad we done business like that, remember the berba situation? carrick? they even unsettled ratface at one point if i remember right, ferguson has no morals, look at the way he has reacted about certain things lately, hasnt anyone noticed he seems to be headlining the back pages daily atm? he has lost it imo, good luck to him trying to get out of this one........ COYS
KingofN17
KingofN17, I'm not saying Fergie is a saint. Indeed the deals you mention are but the tip of the iceberg. If there is one manager in the league that is a master of the underhand tap up, it's Fergie. It's just that I wish we were above such things. With money being involved, I know that every club in the land would have acted like us (well, apart from City as anything under £10m is just considered as pocket money). It's always about money. I just wish it wasn't sometimes.
In-spurs-ational
money makes the world go round unfortunately, well i certainly will not be losing any sleep tonight, just be having a nice dream about signing a new 25 million pound striker tomorrow :)
KingofN17
KingofN17, I've been having that dream since 1981 :)
In-spurs-ational
DL has made 2 very astute moves in one day, looking to the future, i like that, but now i hope he starts to focus on keeping us in the automatic CL places this season, i don't think though i hope we will get 3rd come May but we do need another forward imo to keep the push going, yes we need an attacking midfielder but i think AVB has enough in the squad to cover that area, maybe pushing dembele behind defoe with parker and sandro holding
KingofN17
haha 81, year i was born, the year we beat citeh in the cup final!! great year lol
KingofN17
More realistically, why can't we find a bargain basement striker that turns out gold. Just about every other club seems to find them. I can't remember the last player we bought for a few million or less that turned out to be any good, I think even Bale was around the £6m mark.
In-spurs-ational
True, it gives us as fans a sense of pride and much more to cheer about when the player comes through the ranks or is signed from someone you never heard of before and turns out to be an absolute gem, something like hernandez at utd, honestly i'd never heard of him before but he can finish as good as anyone around, would love to see it at tottenham but i'd settle for llorente
KingofN17
that wont happen though he is on the way to juventus either now or in july :(
KingofN17
Can we just go for Messi and Ronaldo instead. It's only money!
In-spurs-ational
lol i would realistically love to see Isco at tottenham, might be pricey but absolutely mustard, watched him quite a few times in la liga, looks like he could reach the upper echelons of world football in a few years time, i would really like to see us seriously scout this guy, and get a striker tomorrow !!!!!
KingofN17
81 was a great year. The year I fell in love with Tot-ing-ham (you're not old enough to remember Ossie the player). Anyway time to really dream now. Night all
In-spurs-ational
haha i met ossie a few times, ive seen enough video's of the little genius to know about him and tricky ricky villa, night
KingofN17
This is my take on couple of the issues that have been discussed today:

First of all, this Fergie rant. Now Levy is a Chairman of a BIG corporation and I am sure he knows the law or has employed legal beagles to ensure that this is a water tight legit transfer. Fergie on the other hand is only ever answerable to the FA or the referees association, both of whom rarely show any bottle. So imo, this rant is purely an attention seeking and $h** stirring, bordering on sour grapes!

Secondly, the two youngsters that we have signed. This is surely a Spurs traditional thing isn’t it?. Apart from under ‘arry, we have always looked to bring in youngsters (lennon, Hudds, jj, Bale, Gio to name a few) and add to that a handful coming through our youth academy. Whilst these are two INTERNATIONAL signings, it is very much early days to even suggest that they will make the grade in months/years to come. Over the years, typically 10% of our youth actually develops in to a first eleven material. Hope these two guys follow the footsteps of Bale and Lennon and NOT Gio and JJ.

All eyes now on the next potential arrival!. COYS!
Critical_Spur
Same year for me Inspurational, 1981
Madaboutspurs
FA Cup final vs Man City. Tommy Hutchinson scoring both ends and I think it was Hoddle scoring the winner? Glory days indeed then. In recent years, we are travelling down the right track again. More good days to come :-)
Madaboutspurs
Not sure what Fergie is complaining about. They wanted up to £6M from us but he ends up at SL for £250,000. Fergie says he knew what was going to happen and we get Fryers for £950,000. Wouldn't it have been more sensible for Man U to have come down to Spurs asking price at the time which was about £3M.
jacobslad
Madaboutspurs, almost right. As you said, Hutchinson scored for us (from a Hoddle free kick) to end the match 1-1. Then in the replay (they had such things in those days) we won 3-2 with "that" goal from Ricky Villa. Hoddle's winner came the next year in the fa cup final replay with QPR. If I remember correctly, 1982 was the first year they introduced penalties to get a result. I only remember this as I recall John Motson's commentary about a game where no one wanted it go to penalties, being decided by a penalty (the winning goal was a penalty scored by Hoddle)
In-spurs-ational
andy 1000 an caroll deserves to start this game
123spurs
fergie shut the hell up, its all youyouyouoyu get over it
123spurs
jacobslad, man u don't do sensible
In-spurs-ational
In-spurs, yes it was 1981 for me too. Hence my user-name!! Perhaps the most dramatic moment in our history?? Certainly it was for me. Don't agree with Ox re.revenge for '87. I was there behind the goal when the ball hit Mabbs knee and looped over Clemence, still remember Clem's arched back trying to get to it agonisingly out of reach - it still hurts 25 years on! What a team we had that year though, can't believe we never won anything and it broke up in the summer. Midfield of Waddle, Hoddle, Ardiles, Hodge and Paul Allen - no wonder Clive Allen scored 49 goals!!
StillRickyVilla
is it getting shown on t.v any where ??just looked on first row sports and its not getting shown ....i cant even watch the highlights as i get S.T.V ,,,pls help!!
Edinburgh Spur
Well i hate wet spam, but today i will be hoping they knock fergie out of the cup, maybe all the other premier league sides should question the amount of added time given in manure games, in the way he complained when we beat them at old trafford only getting 4mins oh + the 3mins from the first half 97mins is not long enough fergie. Still he has really upped the anti for jan 20th, will it be ''Out of the frying pan and into the fryers day''
spu 4 life
We may well struggle to get a stream for todays game, if anyone finds a link please post, i will search out a possible link in the mean time.
spu 4 life
sour grapes SAF, hope it gives ol red nose an upset tummy for the rest of the season, opefully a tumy ulcer
10iscoach
Some reports say we are willing to let Hudd leave but not on loan, same goes for Livermore fulham and qpr mentioned, Jenas should be allowed to leave on a free, who's going to pay money for him, get him off the wage bill. I think Levy still has another suprise for us? Reading yesterday about Leandro, he has so many owners and the problem comes in getting them all together to get a deal sorted out. Still we had from last summer?
spu 4 life
Fergie is a pathetic moaner.Such a bully that he hates it when he can't get his own way.Woud love to beat them at home with a couple of penalties just to watch his face as he harangues the officials and throws his dummy out.Horrible,ignorant bloke.
wentworth
We should start Fryers against them just for the craic! :D
TopSpur13
cheers spu 4 life ,nice one ,,,,,yeah topspur i agree and if we get a penalty let him take it ha ha .
Edinburgh Spur
yeah would be amazing to do the double over united, can see Fryers getting a seat on the bench for a wind up lol
spurs-stelios
Shall we start a petition. Fryers to make debut versus man u. Only problem is that'll make them angry and then they'll probably stuff us. Can't let that happen especially as it's our best chance to do the double over them. How about we wait until the end game and then when we win, introduce Fryers to the crowd.
In-spurs-ational
OLD RED NOSE should pick a fight elsewhere... he loves the banter to try and psych his way into making us fail or lose momentum..... ur mind games wont work with us...

ur just a moany old man now red nose... there is a new team chasing ur boys... watch out...
Yidmarks
todays team: that i would like to see..... leave HUDD & Livermore off the team... in case decent offers come in...

.................Dempsey...............Adebayor...................
..............................................................................
.Towns/Falque.....Parker.........Carroll...........Siggy......
..............................................................................
..BAE............Daws.................Caulks...........Naughts..
..............................................................................
.............................Uncle Fester................................

Gary Mabbutt looks such a ***** talking about the loss to Coventry on SpursYouTube .

3 or 4 goals ... COYS....
Yidmarks
I know they can all look world beaters on you tube, but if you know little but Lewis Holtby copy and view the link; http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lewis+holtby+skills&oq=lewis+holtby&gs_l=youtube.1.1.0i3l3j0l7.1974.8042.0.11621.12.9.0.3.3.0.332.947.7j1j0j1.9.0...0.0...1ac.1.GfUn-WlnLbo
spu 4 life
Not sure how the players will respond in taking this game seriously, but i for one still have those Shattered dreams from 87. Thus...hoping we stuff them. 3 clear goals would be a good win....But any win vs a committed side....will be good.
82spursdebut
82spursdebut, half of our team probably weren't even born when that final was played so it won't mean as much to them as it does to us. I remember thinking it was going to be a walk over especially when Allen scored so early - oh to have a striker that can score even half as many goals as he did that season. Let's hope AVB doesn't underestimate them, we can't think that simply turning up is going to be enough
In-spurs-ational
Looks like it's radio commentary only today :-( BBC local radio either London or Coventry and Warwickshire seems the most likely.
TQ2Spurs
Here is a radio link (like the old days) for commentary if we cannot muster a stream: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20872842 This is UK only but you can download software to change your settings to get around this if you can be bothered!
glennamy
Not spotting any television links anywhere, and glennamy's post making me think there are none. Can anyone confirm this?

By the way, SAF complaining about our signing of this Fryer chap is wonderful comedy. Is there a rule he hasn't bent at one time or another. He's disappointed in DL's ethics? lol on this one. I understand Hitler is complaining about Stalin's conduct in the 1940s.

Total knobhead
If the only link to the match today is UK only on radio, i'm hoping someone in the UK will provide some real-time commentary on VS.
Total knobhead
Brighton 1-0 up vs Newcastle HT, Brighton moving the ball around well, Newcastle look very dangerous without the ball, look total crap with it.
spu 4 life
Spurs signing young zeke wrong?? well Fergie can go and feck off.. he has been doing similar.. if not worse transfers over the years... Berba tap up?? the lad was out of contract at Man utd. they did not offer him a deal.. so he decided to go.. .. end of. Anyway well done Daniel Levy.. now sign a top class striker... COYS
Block D Spurs
@Total Knobhead & others outside UK... this link MIGHT work give it a go. http://www.e-radio.co.uk/ which then has a link for Radio London 94.9 http://www.e-radio.co.uk/player/player.asp?sid=1429
glennamy
No idea if this is going to work but it does show up in dispatches. http://watchpremierleague.net/live/tottenham-live-stream/channel-3/
spu 4 life
http://www.bing.com/search?q=aljazeera+tottenham+vs+coventry+fa+cup+live+stream&FORM=MSNSHL
spu 4 life
Spurs linked with dutch international Russell de Pages 23, Levy has spoken to his agent Louis Cannon 5m + add ons
spu 4 life
cant find a link to watch the game today either, p****d off now!!!
KingofN17
Thanks for the possible links. I'll test them in about 40 minutes (closer to the start of the match) to see if any of them work.
Total knobhead
Our starting team today: Friedel, Naughton, Caulker, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Parker, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson, Bale, Dempsey & Adebayor
glennamy
And our subs today: Subs: Lloris, Vertonghen, Dembele, Townsend, Carroll, Lennon & Defoe
glennamy
No Livermore in squad... might be off to QPR.
glennamy
Wahey end of Livermore, happy days!
TopSpur13
strong side ,,,hope townsend and caroll get a shot ,the players that need a rest are getting it though ,,a.v.b well done.
Edinburgh Spur
10 man Newcastle out vs Brighton 2-0
spu 4 life
I would of had Falque in the squad and Townsend starting instead of Bale, oh and Carroll starting instead of Huddelstone. Hopefully Townsend and Carroll get some game time in this one!
rahn DMC
fergie just mad cause we beat them at their home and cut his record and never sold them modric......and thinks only he has the right to pull a fast one,after kidnapping berba from the airport?
rovinella62spurs
Pleased to see BAE in the team , love that player ,think he`s superb .
Horses for courses i suppose
big cockeral
Its good to see BAE back in the team, his return also gives us an opportunity to play Naughton at right-back, and 'rest' Walker. Hopefully Walker will use this opportunity on the bench to think about how he can improve his game.
Fanman
Holtby has not ruled out joining us this window, he has said I am supposed to be joining in the summer but you never know in football.......
tottingham10
Excellent line-up! Sandro gets rested, Parker starts. BAE starts, and Naughton moves over to RB, giving Walker a much-needed rest (and hopefully some competition for his spot), Siggurdson for Lennon on the right, Dempsey partners Adebayor at last. Nice one AVB, COYS!!
tengboon
Nice to see a manager who knows how to rotate .
proof is in the pudding so it`s only good rotation when you win ,where managers earn their bacon sandwiches
big cockeral
Absolutely gutted that the game is not shown! It's too long for the next PL game.
Jables
why oh why Bale on the pitch and Townsend on the bench for this one? double whammy.......a great player waiting to get injured and a potentially VERY good player just waiting to happen.
tophobunty
Or Walker could think he's soooooooo good that's why he's been giving a rest against Coventry! Cuz we need his heroics in the premiership! I still think he needs a few big games on the bench. Maybe let Gomes tell him a few horror stories too :)
TopSpur13
Would love to see siggy and Dempsey on the score sheet! Boost confidence and all that
Ibiza yiddo
is that watchpremierleague.net link no good? any joy anyone?
SamParadise
Tengboon- I know you are in China like myself- have you found a link for today's game? thnx
whitechina
Still no luck with radio streams outside UK, BBC Coventry is rights restricted...
allen49
After Newcastle United`s second successive season knockout by Brighton they are set to seal the signing of highly rated French forward ` DEJA VU `
big cockeral
any links guys?
Crazyspursfan
Macclesfield Town vs. Cardiff is even televised, but not Spurs game! This is ridiculous!
Jables
tophobunty ,,,Bale was suspended for the last game so he has been rested .Wasn`t a bad suspension really considering the easiness Reading gave us
big cockeral
WhiteChina, this is the only one according to Spu 4 Life, and it seems to be not working.... http://watchpremierleague.net/live/tottenham-live-stream/channel-5/
tengboon
Spurs have just scored
big cockeral
WhiteChina, even my Japanese and HongKong satellite feeds are not showing the game, can only find Chelsea Southampton
tengboon
No they haven't big cockerel. having to settle with BBC London radio commentary
bowerman
No luck getting a link for the match. The BBC radio link that glannamy listed gives me a message saying the link is unavailable because of contractual reasons. None of the spu 4 life links are working. Oh well. I'll see if I can find a play by play on guardian or espn or something and will check this thread for those of you who write comments during the match. COYS. maybe I should go for a walk on the beach. It's 34 degrees Celcius, so no need to cry for me because I don't have a link. It's a rare match that has no link.
Total knobhead
demps scores
In-spurs-ational
thx I can't get it either have a good un and COYS
whitechina
1-0, dempsey
rahn DMC
Dempsey! 1-0
glennamy
Another goal from a Sigurdsson set-piece. Great stuff!
Fanman
bowerman oh yes they have Siggurdsson freekick ,flicked on by Bale ,easy as you like for Dempsey
big cockeral
Bloody hell no link
thfan
We score early? Who would have thought.
Jables
Dempsey!!!!!!!
tengboon
great signing dempsey was get in here
123spurs
BEST YOUR GOING TO GET (commentary )

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20872842
big cockeral
LoL noone watching the game here!!Thats So fricking odd
SilwalYid
Adebayor!!!!! 2-0
tengboon
the commentary here is pretty good http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk/football/fa-cup/fixtures/jan-2013/tottenham-hotspur-vs-coventry/#.UOhBrXeuxBH
spurring you on
tengboon, I've still got 1-0. Looks like I'm two minutes behind you
In-spurs-ational
its 1-0 still according to radio commentary
nomorewhlegends
Soton 1 - 0 Chelski
Jables
anyone wanna play a guessing game on how many we're going to score today?
SilwalYid
Oh no, Bale straight red...... :(
tengboon
Yeah i'm still on 1-0... I hate not having a stream :(
rahn DMC
VitalSpurs: Just got in and seen the teams. should I read anything into there being no Livermore or Gallas (again) available today?
oxfordspur
southamton scored
123spurs
tengboon-still 1-0 here
SilwalYid
For those abroad who cannot listen to the UK radio you can always stream sky sports - soccer Saturday... better than nothing! http://cricfree.tv/sky-sports-news-live-stream.php
glennamy
bale broke hes leg
123spurs
The poll = 95%
big cockeral
tengboon V.Good make that your last one please .:)
big cockeral
http://watchpremierleague.chatango.com This has a chat stream from fans watching live, about 5 minutes ahead of the radio feed it seems
tengboon
Fair enough Big C, fair enough!
tengboon
tengboon : no place for that stupidity here, please.
allen49
Which game are some people here seeing? :/
SilwalYid
If anyone has sky, the game can be heard on BBC Radio London. If you can't see BBC Radio London on the EPG let me know and I'll give you instructions
In-spurs-ational
bale 2-0
In-spurs-ational
BALE BALE BALE BALE 2-0
big cockeral
Bale 2-0!
DocHotspurs
The only good thing about having to listen to the radio is that it brings back good memories of my youth and the fact that it was a thousand times better than having to watch for teletext/ceefax pages to update. 2-0 BALE
glennamy
BALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2-0
nomorewhlegends
I've been fed a bunch of porky pies, it was Bale that scored the 2nd!
tengboon
Bale sounds again to be the best player on the pitch ,makes me nervous about the summer .This season he is unstoppable ,reminds me of Gazza when he got the ball ,the crowd just know something is going to happen
big cockeral
For non UK spurs I suggest following talksport link - atleast you wont feel bored as they actively cover updates from all FA cup games live - http://delicast.com/radio/UK/TalkSPORT
sydqcb5
3-0 Dempsey
glennamy
Dempsey number 2 ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Spurs 3 - 0
big cockeral
Depms 3-0
In-spurs-ational
3-0 Deuce!!!
nomorewhlegends
Demps 3-0!
DocHotspurs
The African who many think should not be bought because of his bad knees just scores his first goal for Chelscum.
Jables
Awesome!!!!!! 3-0 COYMFS, so wish we could be watching this
tengboon
Could be a telephone number score at this rate :)
DocHotspurs
3 -0 dempsey
rahn DMC
Dempsey was a very slow starter ,but once the man gets going .
You think he would settle straight away but fair enough ,different club & all that
big cockeral
i knew he would come good dempsey
123spurs
glad to hear/see dempsey is settling in well, as is siggy as well.
rahn DMC
any radio stations got commentary any1?
Crazyspursfan
Crazyspursfan - go onto the BBC football page and on the right hand side there's live football radio links, scroll through them and you'll find the spurs game.
rahn DMC
To be fair to Dempsey ,Spurs as a whole started slowly ,AVB himself did .But Spurs have gone from strength to strength ,AVB & numerous players have stood up & made themselves counted ,respect for that .
Only Adebayor has really let everyone down ,everybody else appears to be pulling in the same direction ,humbling
big cockeral
Crazyspursfan

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20872842
big cockeral
Its good to see Dempsey and Siggy settling in. We may not need a playmaker this season afterall. We definately need a striker though. Hopefully AVB will start Ade and Dempsey against QPR.
Fanman
3-0 HT
nomorewhlegends
Thank feck that news about a Bale red was false, some idiots on a stupid chat stream, sorry for that. What a half, keep it going Spurs
tengboon
haha. I lost my internet connection for 50 minutes (it's just come back on), so perhaps this was the perfect match for me not to have a working link. Glad to see the 3-nil score when I was able to check back in. COYS. (How as BAE looked in his first match in a long time?)
Total knobhead
Excellent game; I'm roasting up here these flood lights give off some heat glad i've got factor 50 with me, my gregory peck is on fire, i keep losing my wireless connection, good far post header from dempsey, yes from a bale corner....I'm on the west stand , all on my own, ....I'm on the west stand all on my own
spu 4 life
Glad to see Parker starting and a much needed rest for Sandro. Even more positive is to see Naughton at RB and Walker rested/dropped because he has been below par and needs competition so hope Naughton has a good game today and it gives Walker a kick up the bum and keep him on his toes. Good to see BAE back a massive plus for us. With Siggy claiming a start I hope he takes his opportunity and builds on his improved recent performances same with Dempsey and hopefully Ade will net a couple to kick starts his season. AVB is doing a fine job rotating refreshing approach.
thfan
Anyone that is outside the UK should go to www.expatshield.com It's a free program that shows you as being in the UK. Good for BBC stations
In-spurs-ational
Knew Dempsey would come good!!!!
Ibiza yiddo
It does sound like Naughton is having a great game actually, sounds like BAE is on form too, wonderful.... All Bale and Dempsey for goals and assists. Bring on 2nd half!
tengboon
Absolute rubbish. Expected it to be five-nil at half time. AVB OUT NOW!!!!!!
zombie-greavsie
http://tunein.com/program/?ProgramId=698&StationId=50646
spurring you on
found radio commentary for those outside the uk!
spurring you on
sportsworld is it!
spurring you on
spurring you on, if you have any problems check out www.expatshield.com It shows you as being UK based
In-spurs-ational
great, thanks for that
spurring you on
I may be getting ahead of things, but my starting XI against QPR would be; Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Vertonghen, BAE, Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Bale, Dempsey, Adebayor. That is some team! Ade will be so desperate to score!
Fanman
South African Spurs fans, any links to watch or listen< relying on ur posts to keep up to date, twitter so slow
10iscoach
Townsend on for Bale
nomorewhlegends
The Tunein link sucks! All they're talking is Chelsea.
Jables
yeah they are. sorry about that!
spurring you on
@Fanman - I'd select Defoe over Ade. Ade has a current match rating of 5/10.
Jables
Jables 5/10 ? that`s being generous ..
Shame he`s all about money ,should have given him a better goal bonus
big cockeral
Carroll on for Siggy and Dembele on for Parker
nomorewhlegends
Livermore is def going pastures new if he can`t start this game
big cockeral
Nearly home and dry
spu 4 life
the way Ba has started< anyone think Torres will find himself back in Spain byend Jan?
10iscoach
Coventry goal disallowed offside
nomorewhlegends
3-0 FT COYS!!!
nomorewhlegends
and the Spurs go marching on...........
nomorewhlegends
Hudd's barber will have to wait for his big pay day, another game he has failed to score, at this rate his hair will be tucked in behind his shin pads
spu 4 life
Solid result, AVB has us looking good in all 3 competitions! COYS!!
tengboon
Qpr have drawn so our game with them next Monday is gonna be postponed now I think ffs
tottingham10
Tottingham10, if QPR has drawn their match, our PL match against them will be next saturday at lunch time according to Spurs official websie
AlexSpur
Ok cool not bad after all cheers alexspur
tottingham10
Hope the game vs qpr is on lunchtime next sat, i've got a domino's final monday night, phucking hate pizzas
spu 4 life
Ade has been a shadow of his last season self. Hopefully he picks up soon. @ Jables, I'd start Defoe too come to think of it. Looks like he was rested today. Hopefully, we'll be too powerful for QPR. Dempsey is really playing well. We have a decent squad now.
Fanman
Here´s the proper link http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/spurs/News/fa-cup-replays-qpr-potential-date-change-reminder-04022013.page?
AlexSpur
ADBAYOR THE GREEDY ,SELFISH ,DISRESPECTFUL (UNT OUT !!!!

No wonder Adebayor got along ,2 peas in a pod .All about themselves ,pay your taxes mother *****er ,nurses on minimum wage
big cockeral
ADEBAYOR THE GREEDY ,SELFISH ,DISRESPECTFUL (UNT OUT !!!!No wonder Adebayor & Harry Redknapp got along ,2 peas in a pod .
All about themselves ,pay your taxes mother *****er ,nurses on minimum wage
big cockeral
Back from game. Thoughts, Ade not liked in crowd, I thought he did okay without ever looking interested. Bale, unbelievable, even better in flesh. Defence solid, Naughton as we know better defensively than Walker but not as offensive. Hudd, like a chess player, however so slow. Dempsey just knows where the goal is. Siggie, did okay. Over by 20mins. Onwards and Upwards.
RAF Yid
wet spam 1-1 manure.. that manure chant are they singing; ''find a good home for old fergie, find a good home, for old fergie''
spu 4 life
Big C spot on it, nurses deserve more, the nurse i have round charges £120 per hour, i don't think she's a real nurse, she has a funny way of taking my temperature, although she does dress nice !!
spu 4 life
spu 4 life A little different when there MAID to order :)
big cockeral
Good efficient result, clean sheet, gave a few squadies a game. Well done AVB, the players, and all concerned. Does Dempsey's goal scoring form mean that he will become the default striker if Adebayor buggers of to the ACN, rather than us go into the market. I still think we should go and buy one, not convinced that Adebayor is bothered whether he plays or not, as long as he gets paid of course. He needs a huge kick up the arse. He has been the same everywhere he has been, alright for a season or so, then looks bored and loses his interest. In short he is a pain in the arse.
Frank
West Ham 2, UTD 1, a brace for Collins, Cole crosses killing them.
Frank
West Ham 2, UTD 2 Van Persie stoppage time killing them.
Replay at old trafford
big cockeral
QPR again helping us. Moves our game with them forward which will thus give us 2 full extra days prep for ManU. It also increases the fixture list for WBA. All good. Sounds like a very competent performance today. Also sounds like BAE and Parker looked good and got some important minutes. Great selection and subs AVB. Lennon got a well deserved rest. Walker hopefully got to see what proper positioning is. Dempsey is rolling. Bale and Lennon seem to be both hitting stride. Good professional job. Next round. QPR next. Let's take it to them. COYS
peterballb
Big C, that's actually a preferable result. More congested the United fixture list gets, the better. While I do not think catching them is realistic, it will now put more of an emphasis on rotation for their game against us in 2 weeks. COYS
peterballb
Anyone at the game?
ledders77
Good to have Benny back. COYS!
LongTimeSpursFan64
RAF was there. Reports I have read said Bale was superlative, Dempsey pretty close and right behind them was Naughton. BAE apparently looked pretty sharp as well.

I must say, it looks to be very much in the player's best interests the way AVB is bringing them back slowly. Parker and BAE could probably have played weeks ago. Dembele and Adebayor have been eased back in and rarely play 90 minutes. If AVB can keep this squad fresh, we may well avoid the Jan/Feb/March slides of the past two seasons as the fixture lists for those in Europe get crazy. Very happy the way this squad is being managed. COYS
peterballb
BIGC will you see a better touch all season than Van R...... for that equalizer? hand it to the guy he has special talent
tophobunty
As well as being a detestable prat, Ferguson is also a lucky fecker, how many more equalisers, and winners, are they going to score in "fergie" time, you couldn't make it up, I can't understand why he doesn't win the lottery every week. I am no pikey lover, but I just like to see the Mancs get beat.
Frank
Topho, the two goals the other day were pretty sweet as well. He is a sublime talent. We need to find the next RVP. COYS
peterballb
I heard a discussion the other day about who the next great striker was going to be. Lots of Doumbia and Leandro talk. But one guy kept saying, it's going to be Jozy Altidore. Now, at first, I thought it was ridiculous. I have watched him lots in CONCACAF, but never realized he was still just 23. I guess I just assumed he was older because North Americans usually develop at a later age. He is on fire in the Eriedivisie. Good feet. Knows where the net is and has scored at every level he has played at while improving his game consistently. It's like Dempsey. He just gets better every year and knows how to play. I think signing him may be a coup. He's not the next RVP but he could be the next Drogba. He is what I believe everyone hoped Jones, Moses and others would become. Thoughts? COYS
peterballb
Last few minutes, lots of hot twitter rumours (same Spurs fans who got knowledge of Holtby & Fryers a week ahead)- that something big is happening and its Moutinho on his way for 24mPounds.
sydqcb5
PeterB, game on, back home for discussion. Bale is genuinely unbelievable, he is so quick. BAE, steady, gave one little solo run where everyone has kittens. Parker steady, doing what Parker does, passes simple and gets in people's faces. A competent performance throughout. Good subs, the game was over in 20mins. My daughter wanted to sit behind the goal and all the goals were at the wrong end!!
RAF Yid
sydqcb5, hope you are right. I think AVB has earned at least one big transfer
In-spurs-ational
peterballb, didn't Altidore score 1 goal in nearly 30 games for Hull a few seasons back? Yeah he's still young, but for a striker that hardly strikes fear into anyone.
Crissybwoy
I usually find your words quite sensible, peterballb, but the idea that Jozy Altidore will become the next Drogba! As the great British probability theorist, R.A. Fisher, said about 100 years ago, rare events do occur, albeit only rarely. A more popular way of expressing it: when pigs fly.
Total knobhead
Ledders, I'm afraid I didn't here any rumours, the Moutinho one I heard was on the Internet on Thursday. Said he was joining this weekend and would be ready for QPR. Still not sure this is true, CL or cash/friendship of the Boss. I still think this will happen in summer, if at all. No news on forward.
RAF Yid
Actually Peterbalb also wanted Andy Carroll rather than Suarez when they were both available a while back.
matt hoten
anyone else seen the blog about us speculating on FX? one with a bank in Portugal and the other in south america...
shedboy2
re: Altidore...is getting good reviews at the mo....but imo not worth the risk he may just be having a purple patch...
shedboy2
Crissy, yes, but then how many 20 year old strikers on poor teams fill the net? Watch him now. I have been watching him since he was 16. Much stronger player than with Hull and the time at Villareal and other teams has really developed his game. It's a shot. Not in the dark because he is up and coming. At 17, in MLS, he was one of the best players in the league up top. That's a league where the service is terrible. I'm just suggesting it's the type of deal that might work well in our favour. I have no faith in Kane. Ceballos and Coulibaly are a ways off, if ever. Last season was 21 goals in 60 appearances in all competitions. This season he is on 12 in 19. 11 goals in 8 appearances in the league. He's just getting consistently better and would not cost a fortune. He also knows Dempsey very well.

TK, the funny thing is, there are as many sure thing failures as there are unlikely successes. The tools are there. We have a coach, who I believe gets good things out of his players and seems to have an idea about getting players in situations that suit them. He is a very powerful player, and I could see him having success in the PL. He's the type of player that could get on the end of the numerous wasted crosses that we see game in and game out. Doumbia or Leandro would be far better, but will each cost 15-20M more. If one is to go in for Altidore, it's now. Same for Castaignos. Same for Zaha. Will they all succeed? Who knows. But the time is nigh on these guys. COYS
peterballb
Syd- I saw those rumours on twitter but they also said moutinho on the bench for Porto tonight but he isn't he is very much playing, if Porto accepted a bid from us then he wouldn't be playing tonight, unless they accepted it, 5 mins before kick off, so take it with a pinch of salt. COYS
tottingham10
To be fair peter I haven't seen enough of him recently to make a good assessment, I'd just be under-whelmed if he's the signing we make to boost our attacking options. It's not a secret that the USA don't produce world-class players, Freddy Adu was labelled the 'new Pele' at 16, since then he's been passed around Europe like a dose of clap. Not doubting your judgement, just don't rate US players, Dempsey is good, but he's not great, they're not a footballing nation on the whole.
Crissybwoy
Matt hoten, you are clearly mistaking facts. I had wanted Suarez all the way back to when he, Dzeko and Falcao were the three "next" great strikers. That said, I did say Carroll, at the right price (not Suarez value) would suit our wingers. He's certainly been a much better player since going to West Ham, even if the stats don't show it. Works his butt off. He lacks confidence. I still believe he will make good. At 23, he's way too young to throw on the trash heap. He had way too much thrown on him at an early age and was going through quite a bit off the pitch. He is much more mature now and much more of a team player. Time will tell. None of that means I ever stated that Carroll was a better choice than Suarez. COYS
peterballb
Peter, where is the next RVP? on another note, i think Townsend could be VERY VERY good, i hope we can give him more time on the pitch in decent games.
tophobunty
I truly believe it will do Ade a world of good if he was to go to the ANC. His head isn’t right, he seems despondent, he certainly ain’t firing on any cylinder...apart from the odd misfire! Whatever the reason, he needs to get away from the lane for a while, perhaps somewhere where he is worshipped. Like ‘arry used to say, he wants to feel wanted!. May be a few goals in the ANC will rekindle his enthusiasm. Equally though, he may comeback even more depressed if his bonuses aren’t paid again!

Seriously though, I wrote an aricle a month or so back “Ade-enough, or more to come?!”. Peeps wanted to assess him at the end of the season. At his current rate of performance, I do wonder if we will see him much in the starting line-ups, especially if we sign another striker in this window.
Critical_Spur
Agreed topho, he's still raw but the basic qualities are there.
Crissybwoy
good too see we have helped Bongani Khumalo as much as he has helped us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=id-88EAQ_9I&feature=endscreen
spurs-stelios
critical Ade's poor form highlights yet again how light we are up fronty, we simply must buy a forward in January. Crissy, dead right he as all the key attributes, very quick, forward moving, positive, will take risks, good on the ball, two footed....all he needs is time playing, he could be a great Bale replacement when it happens.
tophobunty
tophobunty- the new RVP = Erik Lamela
shedboy2
shedboy can see what you mean, very similar style and even looks like him...
tophobunty
peterballb, I wouldn't go in for Altidore, having watched him play the the US mens team too many times and finding him lacking in basic football sense, but I'd be perfectly happy to be proven wrong. But he surely wouldn't be the player I would expect to be the next Drogba. Drogba has been an exceptional talent. I'd be shocked it the same proved true of Altidore. But it wouldn't be the first time I've been dead wrong about something. That's why I've had several wives, I suppose. But those were cases of being overly optimistic, and that's not what I'm being in my evaluation of Altidore. Goodness, no.
Total knobhead
Critical, have to agree about Ade, something not right just wish he wanted it. I'm sure he does, but the image is lazy. I'm still not sure about playing wingers on the opposite side. Townsend came on the right side. I'm sure if Bale played centre half he'd looked the best player on the pitch, but Lennon & Townesend look to come in all the time and lose possession. COYS!
RAF Yid
The only problem we have with Townsend topho is that it's hard for a manager to regularly blood younger players when we're chasing top-four and so need to keep the quality of the first team as high as possible. Maybe a few cameo's and possible starts (in europe), but a loan to a Prem club next season, or maybe even this window, would give him the time to improve and see if he can make it at the very highest level. He's a useful player to have on the bench, can play both wings and has good technique, but it's a juggling act as to whether we give him 20 mins here and there or to let him go out and get proper game-time with a club that he can learn at. It's hard to know how best to develop him, in my book anyway. I'm hoping AVB has the nous to know when a player looks tired and make the changes to the team accordingly, I guess only time will tell on that one.
Crissybwoy
yep convert him from a winger...as for the next Drogba Chelski already have him..Lukaku.
shedboy2
agree 100% Crissy, however today was a game to start him on the left side.
tophobunty
topho, if I knew who the next RVP was, I'd be banging on like crazy about him. I do suspect as he is playing in the Bundesliga though. There are a lot of very creative goal scorers there. The question is, which of them could come to the PL and adjust to the frenetic style of play. Not sure. I like the game of players like Perisic, Arnautovic and all of the other obvious ones (Mueller etc). I thought Toni Kroos was going to be the guy. Not so sure now. I do believe as the best young CB is Howedes and I do believe the next "special" player is Isco. Other than that, most of what I see are situational players. One may suit Spurs style, another Liverpool's. Liverpool, as an example, did not suit Suarez. What they have done is freed up the middle and given him license to go where he wants, and now their style suits him. The ball now goes through him and the results are coming. The question is, if you mark him out of the game, what do Pool do? Can they succeed. ManU never changed their style to accommodate Rooney or Ronaldo. They gave them more latitude, but the ManU game was never dependant upon any one player. Spurs, under Harry the past year and a half, focused way too much on Bale. When he was marked out of games we struggled. Now Lennon has really picked it up and if Dempsey gets it going in the middle, watch out. That's the three pronged attack we need. You can't cheat on defence

All that to get to who is the best striker for us? The striker must be good with his head, quick enough and smart enough to get to the crosses. Strong enough to hold up the ball and play in others. There aren't many that fit that bill. Doumbia is probably the best one out there now. I think Castaignos could be a diamond in the rough. We need the next RVN. The next RVP would be welcome, but RVN or Drogba type striker is what we need. COYS
peterballb
If them rumours are right and it's MOUTINHO coming, that's the reason we are willing to let Hudd and Livermore go, Levy get LEANDRO as well, we could see Arthur Lobon at the lane
spu 4 life
i'm not defending ade as i think that he took the urine during the summer and we shouldn't of signed him in the first place.he seems has trouble written all over him......BUT........maybe,just maybe....his mind is in a bit of a quandary at the moment.he's the togo captain and if he doesn't go he to the ACON will lose the respect of his country-men and if he does go he may not come back alive/at all.don't know about you but that would copulate with my head.again,not a defense but we never know whats going on in someone else's head........is it me or is fergie turning into an archetypal,cantankerous,moany miserable old git who moans if his tea is too hot,the rain is too wet and the wind is blowing in the wrong direction.kind of sad in a way.maybe we should just humour him 'yes alek,those big time charlies down south ARE very bad people,do you need your incontinence pants changing?'........loving the way avb is managing our squad.easing players back in and rotating players without ostracizing the ones on the fringe.that 81 page dossier has its uses....COYS!
g. roberts testes
I think the problem with Adebayor is fairly simple. He likes to be the guy. Defoe has been the guy and Adebayor the sidekick. Last year the ball went through him or VDV. If VDV had the ball, Ade had to be ready for the pass. If Defoe has the ball, Adebayor can take a nap. It ain't coming back and if it's not a goal, it's nowhere near the net. Adebayor needs a partner. It's why I'd put Dempsey and he up top to work together and bring Defoe on as a sub. Now, if Adebayor is going to Africa, we need another striker. Dempsey too needs someone to work off of. I get the sense that both become incredibly frustrated playing with him. They aren't the first ones. Dempsey, Bale, Lennon and Ade (work rate or not) seem to be working well together. I even wonder if 4-5-1 with Dempsey up top, Sigurdsson behind, Lennon and Bale out wide might work. Duombia or Leandro would be perfect though. Schneijder or Kaka on loan, even better. COYS
peterballb
tottingham10, guy who said about outinho not in XI is not the source. But to be honest, I am not sure they are talking about Moutinho or Damiao. They don't want to name it outright just saying it will be announced tomorrow. I know Damiao is coming for Ballon D' Or cermony as he was top scorer in Olympics. J Just have a sneaky feeling it could be him as well. I refuse to believe Moutinho will leave CL and come in Jan.
sydqcb5
Peter, sorry mate. I do like Dempsey, he knows where the goal is however as soon as he lines up against anyone decent they will squeeze us up the pitch. Dempsey to me needs to play behind Ade. Bale and Lennon wide. 2 holding ish midfielders and 2 full backs who can get forward. Walker is superb, keep the faith, playing alongside Gallas can't be easy.
RAF Yid
Up front that is. Syd, I'm with you on the CL theory, I can't see him or Will.I.Am coming for that reason.
RAF Yid
Everyone talks monotonously in football about "the new Drogba", or "the new this and that", just like our own Taarabt was once "the new Zindane", but player comparisons don't exist in the REAL world. Man Utd NEVER found the "next Roy Keane", they still haven't found him, we shouldn't be looking for the 'next', we should be after the 'first'. Sandro is the new Sandro, enough said.
Crissybwoy
And Peter, Kane is a great prospect. A Sheringham type Ayer. Strong like bull and an eye for goal.
RAF Yid
Telegraph, Mirror just now reporting that we are making 20m Pound bid for Damiao ie 15m cash + Gomes = Damiao. Key thing about Damiao is he is no longer owned by third parties and he belongs to 100% to Internacional. Also, Internacional have had a poor season finishing in 10 out of Copa Libertadores.

Damiao himself had a poor last 2 months in season. He last scored in september. The reason seems to be a mix of Internacional being poor an Damiao also was having niggling injuries n his form dwindled.

sydqcb5
Meant to say this earlier, the third keeper Archer was on the pitch warming up. I thought that he must be on the bench for the game however, he wasn't Lloris was. Just made me a little suspicious about Gomes. It might be nothing but it seemed to me that they were taking him through the routine. Only a hunch but maybe a step closer to Damino. Or just helping with a warm up!!!!
RAF Yid
Wasn't Archer. It was Miles, I'll go back to ITK, much more accurate!!
RAF Yid
sydqcb5- that would perhaps be the reason why we've been playing the FX options in South america...we'll use favourable currency rates to pay a sum now and the rest in the summer...will reduce the amount we actually pay IF we buy a guy from South America...
shedboy2
I'm going to cry out of pure, childish happiness if we sign Damiao...
spurswede
good result, but on only issue with AVB was use of the subs, 3 pu at half time and dont make a sun untill 70 min and 2 in last 10 minutes, he should of used this game for AT an falque an carroll
123spurs
There is only one man to fill our striking role and it's Llorente, he's available and would join us if we show him some of the to dare is to do spirit that we all like to think we have. Forget all the other names being thrown around, they're just muddying the water, Llorente is the man and while we're at it we should go all guns blazing for Eriksen. Job done.
On another note, I'd like to compliment Dempsey. A guy I've been critical of in the past, sorry Clint you've certainly earned your place in the squad and given our dearth of strikers at the moment, if Adebayor starts ahead of you again this season, then AVB isn't half as astute as I think he is.
AVB should get most of the credit for where we find ourselves at the moment, just imagine what he could do if he had a board that backed him to the hilt! COYS
thfc1882whl
At the end of the day, Manchester United playing their FA Cup draw in the week they come to The Lane is not a bad thing. Even rotating their squad, they won´t be able to rotate all players because I don´t see SAF happy by being shown exit door at home. We´ll play home, rested and they will have a battle before coming to London. It might help us a lot.
AlexSpur
123 Spurs. It is difficult to be critical, but I to thought Carroll would be on earlier. He seems to be at a X-roads career wise. Having got praised by AVB after the last Europa game, he has not featured or been on the bench until yesterday. However, in terms of the younger players AVB seems to know what he is doing, so I trust his judgement.
jacobslad
im not in way as it may sound like that, im just saying, what if bale got injured and out for a month, i just thought some more frindge players could of got more time,
123spurs
Carroll is not ready yet - he had a loan period at Derby a little while ago and made few appearances and same for us and even if we loan him out, despite his obvious talent nobody will take much of a chance on him even on loan because of his stature (physical) is unfortunate but true, tbh we have this supposed agreement with RM maybe send him there to their B team for a while might help with his skillset but getting him into the team will be tough and if we did start him in league for example and it went wrong most people here would then slate him as useless as is the wont of so many people on this site.... catch 22 for young Carroll I feel.
nomorewhlegends
Love wat avb didntoday. He is the real deal!!!! Before any idiot says 'wht he do?'... Rested lloris, played naughton on the right, thudd in for dembele. This is a real maanger! Not a tinkerman.. a manger!
TornadoYid
AVB COYS!
TornadoYid
123spurs... We haven't done too badly of late when Bale has been out. In fact I think we've looked like we'll cope fairly well when he goes in the summer, because Levy will be unable to refuse the dough we'll be offered. I think AVB is already building for life after Bale.
thfc1882whl
RAF, I do not agree about Dempsey. I do not know if you watch hockey, but if so, he is the type of guy who scores "garbage goals". In saying that I mean that they are from just being in the right place at the right time. Nothing pretty about his goals. The ManU was a perfect example. Defoe never scores that because he is never there. Watch Defoe after he shoots. It's like every shot is a goal. He is never rushing in for a rebound. For him, the shot is the end of the play. As a Canadian, I could not stand him. Watching this average player who continuously got points for the US drove me nuts. That said, I appreciate what he does and recognize that his skill level (back heel the other day) is really high. His vision is excellent and his anticipation is exemplary. All of this makes up for his lack of pace. He has already had two goals for wrongly denied. If you tell me that he will play as many minutes as Defoe for the rest of the season, I will bet that his goal plus assist total at the end of the season will surpass Defoe's. He will, after Vertonghen, be the signing of the year. COYS
peterballb
he needs to be back asap if we wanna go places. he is doing fantastic right now i hope we can keep it up, hope he can keep the players focused.
123spurs
RAF, about Walker, in comedy they say, those who get it you don't need to explain it, and those who don't won't get it if you explain it. Walker is the latter. I have watched him the past three years (rarely saw him with Sheffield) and all I have seen is a kid with immense talent who has no football brain to put it all to use. He is fast, to be sure, can strike a ball with the best of them and can use his body to great effect. The problem is, as soon as he has to think, it is all over. His crosses at pace, horrid. His defensive positioning, even worse. His instincts about when to go when to stay, poor. If not for his speed, he would have been gone long ago. Could he learn? Perhaps. He has a great coach. I am not optimistic. Naughton reminds me a lot of BAE, without the blonde moments. Uses his body well. Always in position. Gets beat, but recovers. Has an uncanny sense to know when to go, when to stay. Errs on the side of caution. Delivers one heck of a cross when necessary and he can make players look the fool. I would have him as my starter and would try to make Walker a winger. He reminds me of Bale at LB. If Walker did not have the best defensive RW (IMO) playing in front of him, he would not be in contention for England let alone Spurs. Everything I have read from today's reports was that Naughton, after Bale and Dempsey, was the best man on the pitch. Not bad, considering he has been on the left all year and most of last year. COYS
peterballb
123spurs, I would have played Bale today as well. He has not played as much as the others and needs to get back to his best. Lennon needed the break but others like Vertonghen, Walker, Sandro needed the break. Plus, I think it was really important in BAE's first game back to have a familiar winger in front of him. COYS
peterballb
spot on about walker you have him down to a tea
123spurs
peterballb.... Can't believe it but I sort of agree with you about Walker. My only issue is that I think that maybe he should be moved further upfield like Bale was. It's obvious that the lad has talent but it's equally obvious that him and Lennon are having real trouble forming a workable partnership. I would play Naughton at RB and try to save myself a few million by turning Walker into a right sided midfielder. Thoughts?
thfc1882whl
Just read your full post peter and you're saying exactly what I've been saying for the last couple of months about Walker. So it's actually you that's agreeing with me! Wonders will never cease.
thfc1882whl
AS for Leandro, I think it could well be the time and if there's an announcement to be made tomorrow, it would not shock me. The report is Leandro for Gomes and 15M GBP. I have heard in a couple of places I frequent, that Gomes has been in Brazil for a while now. He was not on the bench today. If that is true, it would stand to reason that he is moving ahead his departure date. He said last year that whether he was playing or not, he intended to return to Brazil after his contract was up. That is in 18 months. Levy hates to lose on an asset. Gomes hasn't really been a factor for 20 months so, to get 5M GBP for him would be pretty good indeed. Getting him off the wage list helps as well. If there's truth in this, it would be fabulous. I started watching Leandro when I was following Sandro a year before he signed. He is a dynamic goal scorer. Typical Brazilian flare, though he is a long way from being a complete player. Not Pav lazy, but his desire going forward is not anywhere near matched by his desire coming back. LEANDRO IS WHAT WE NEED THOUGH. Get Schneijder or Kaka on loan and I might well have to move to London. Trophies are on the way. Get CL and the risk of Bale, Sandro and others jumping ship is greatly diminished. COYS
peterballb
peterballb ur making me w..an.k wiv ll our current options and this announcement tmorow u speak of... for gods sake man!
TornadoYid
except thfc1882whl, I have been saying it for years. So you are now seeing what I have been saying. When you come around on Defoe, you will have fully joined the Dark Side. Go back and read my comments on Walker and Naughton. This has been my position for years. Read all of my posts this season. Have said the same thing. Said it after watching it Live at the Lane against WBA and Norwich (possible the worst game I have ever seen, live or on Memorex). Absolutely lambasted him and Gallas after ManU as almost costing us the game. Hapless beside over the hill is a bad idea every time. Hate slagging Gallas because he is a warrior, was the only one two years ago to say they blew it when it came to CL, and was a World Class CB. He is just past it, much like Ledley was the second half of last season and much like Friedel (who is a consummate professional) has not been a good enough shot stopper for years. Friedel, is where he should be. Ledley has mercifully retired. Gallas should be moved to QPR. Defoe should be an impact sub and Walker should be the backup RB and backup RW. If you can get him to cross, the way his ability suggests he should be able to, he could be just like Bale. That great is his talent. I just doubt that the football instincts are there. I hope I am wrong. He is an incredibly gifted athlete. COYS
peterballb
Tornado, I'm only going by what others are saying (vis-a-vis the announcement). I have not yet heard it from a credible source (I trust those I read but don't know where they got the info about Gomes in Brazil) that Gomes is not currently with the team. I do suspect as something is up though. I do believe Ade is going to Africa and thus we would be short, especially if Defoe got injured or a straight red card (none last year but one each of the previous two years). February crazy time starts. 2 a week for two months if you keep winning. International games as well. We need a full, experienced squad. I like guys like Carroll, but Kaka or Schneijder on loan would be huge if added to the likes of Leandro. This year's team is inferior to last year's team on the talent side of the ledger, but this team is the best Spurs "TEAM" I have seen. AVB deserves a lot of credit. Long way to go. Saturday, three points against QPR. Keep the pressure on Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. COYS
peterballb
Peterballb just give me a fewv sentences man.. im a busy guy who works through the night with vital tottenham blood running through my veins and ieep up to date wiv everythin if u cus snip it down into snack sized pieces tht ud be beautiful.. love u my fellow yid coys!
TornadoYid
For you Tornado, if we get Doumbia or Leandro and either Schneijder or Kaka on loan, we will be contenders. Probably not this season, though one never knows, but, get CL and I think we'll be there. Still would not be shocked to se a pre-deal with Sissokho. COYS
peterballb
Peterballb hats off to u sir! Im gonna say this... get this damaio chap asap as we hav been *****..in over him for years and also get one of sjneider, moutinho, eriksen and we be fine in terms of squad strength ( ***** off chelscum and le arse!!!) COYS!!!!!!!!
TornadoYid
Chelsea are going to have a hard time of it. Their fixture list is daunting. Both they and Arsenal look very fragile at the back. If Cech gets injured, they could plummet. ManU too, concede way too many quality chances for a top club. Our defence looks better every week. Defence wins titles. Ask Mourinho. COYS
peterballb
If Gomes is being sold, aren't we going to be short keeper wise. We will be down to two with one of them in his forties
In-spurs-ational
COYS to you Peterballb! Im feeling very upbeat about our business but more importantly our management at the moment. (To the tune of Dr. Jones by Aqua): AVB ..AVB.. calling AVB.. AVB AVB F... A Cup NOW!
TornadoYid
inspurational the one in his forties just happens to be brad freidel...superman... ie. no need to worry! (He'll look after us for the next 100 years)
TornadoYid
If we get Zaha too (loan til season's end back to Palace) we will have one of the best young teams in world football. On that line, I would consider Ince as well. They both look incredibly talented with speed to burn. COYS
peterballb
As supporters it's pretty easy to be caught up in the now. So, I wouldn't be so quick to completely write off Walker. It happens in all walks of life, where you hit a plateau, you just stagnate for a time. Either you get through it and move up a level, or you don't. My money is on Walker doing it.

I might also be the only Spurs fan who couldn't care less if we got Leandro or not. I've never been edge of my seat impressed with the guy, especially for the price tag that comes with.

Good to see everyone (well, apart from Viyyash) "discussing" here rather than the pre-December hysteria that had a large number of people defending the right to boo this fledgling team & management (although the amount of crap posted during a match on here is sad). Hopefully we can all still keep a sense of perspective when this great run ends and we hit an inevitable sticky patch.
SpursEagle
PeterB, totally agree about Defoe and Dempsey. My only comment on Dempsey is that he lacks pace therefore the opposition defence would squeeze us up. Denying space to our midfield. Walker, not sure if he could have the skills of a winger. For me pace gets him out of trouble. He reminds me of Crouch with heading. He never had to learn to head the ball because he won every header regardless. I like him and think he could learn, Naughton, sound yesterday but but still not ax offensive. Maybe with a bit coaching. Gallas, legs gone, get rid.
RAF Yid
TornadoYid, well that's alright then! Seriously though, if Gomes does go, I can see us going for a young up coming keeper to be the future number one. That means that we'll then have an outstanding number one (Lloris) and an experienced number two (Freidel) to pass on knowledge to a young future number one (Butland?)
In-spurs-ational
Slightly dissapointed that townsend didn't get at least 45mins'. Will be very dissapointed if we do not sign a top striker, in this window.
82spursdebut
The word is good on Archer, so why not stick with him as No.3. Lloris is only in his 20s so will last a long time, Friedel has just got a new deal, so the need or opportunity for a No.3 to be rushed in will not arise, can't see Buckland or similar wanting a back up role. As well as that, let's spend money an wages on our real needs rather than luxuries as a new 3r keeper would be. Lets get rid of Gomes, either as a PX in a striker deal, or to get a few quid for him, and save wages.
Frank
I agree with Frank, we don't need to worry about getting another keeper. Especially not Jack Butland, spending 6M+ on a guy who will just sit on the bench when he wants first team prem football is bad business. We already have talented young keepers within our ranks, Jordan Archer is already around the first team and along with Friedal, provides good competition with Lloris.
rahn DMC
I tell you what I would do though... Cheeky 20M bid for Modric? Loads of reports on him struggling at Madrid, voted the worst La Liga signing of 2012, already knows spurs and we are looking to go places. If we did that and the 15M + Gomes bid for Leandro/ or bid for Llorente then I think we are good to go.
rahn DMC
FELLAINI ANYONE.. 30 MILLION....

TRIED AND TESTED IN THE PL..
Yidmarks
http://www.sabotagetimes.com/football/football-sport/three-january-signings-to-turn-tottenham-into-title-contenders/?
Yidmarks
Yidmarks - Fellaini is a top prem player, the everton style is right for his game, would he be good for us? well we have Dempsey proved at fulham his a good player and starting to settle into his spurs role better with each game. I think AVB and Levy have been reading the ''Sniper Magazine'' and have the targets on board, it's just trying to get them for the right price, the Leandro story is doing the rounds 20m and Gomes would be a good deal 15m+ is a bonus win win. I keep saying it MOUTINHO & LEANDRO would be massive signings, AVB has had MOUTINHO top of is list for ages, those two and SNEIJDER, i reckon we would have cracked it. We shall see how it goes, none of these played at manure, don't want to upset fergie!!
spu 4 life
Guys - I've been looking into the Gomes situation for quite a while. It appears that we (THFC) have granted him premission to go 'home' on holiday. It's also being said that he has been given permission to 'sound out' possible clubs for a future transfer and, if anything comes to his attention, he can use his time in Brazil to speak directly to any potential suitors, check out their facilities, speak about what they may offer him etc etc etc.

Now, although this could well be nothing but guess work, if you think about it logically, it actually makes LOTS of sense. What's the easiest way to sort out any potential transfer of Gomes?
1 - Keep him here in England & wait for numerous different club representatives & agents to come over & discuss terms etc with him, resulting in several seperate long & drawn out meetings?

Or 2 - Send him out to Brazil for 'a holiday', which will allow him to simply hold any potential talks, there & then, whilst also allowing him the opportunity to check out whether he likes the feel of any potential future new work-place. It would also provide him the opportunity to explore possible housing options in any area close to any potential future area of employment.

As I say, it makes sense to me that these rumours could be true. Whether this is actually anything do to with any supposed interest in Damiao is anyones guess. I'm with SpursEagle though, I'm not overly bothered by Damiao, not because I've never really seen the guy play, but because I'm absolutely sick to death of reading his name. As far as I'm concerned, for the last 2 years we've been trying like mad to sign him, yet, in my opinion, he's not been the slightest bit interested in signing for us.
coopsieyid
Anyway, I'm off to see what I can find out about the Moutinho chat & if there's any news of a striker. I'll let you know if I find anything. I'm also hoping to find some info about todays press reports about the club running out of patience with Adebayor & are supposedly willing to listen to offers.

Back soon as possible. COYS
coopsieyid
Hello fellow Spurs fans. I am particularly happy about our club and the direction we are going. Lots of reports about Zaha and Dimiao. I thought we missed the boat for Dimiao but who knows. Those two would be excellent acquisitions, however the former is still only a top prospect. You never know with Championship players.
asherthesmasher
Gavin Bunker (SSN reporter) tweeted this when questioned about Moutinho

Gavin Bunker &#8207;@Gavabayor
@filmadept Mouts is still likely from what ive heard...ppl like jj thudd and livermore are not guna be around much longer
coopsieyid
Adam Suter (very respected 'info giver' with connections to the club because he's responsible for finding homes for THFC players, and the guy who told everyone on Wednesday that Holtby had agreed to sign the pre-contract)

@Adam79Suter: No time scale on #Moutinho.. Hope it is last game #onlyheknows
coopsieyid
It would be funny if our Modric replacement turned out to be Modric. After all instead of gambling £20m on Moutinho who may or may not be able to play in the premier league and / or our style of play, just get someone who we know can play for us. He'd probably be quite loyal too knowing that the grass isn't always greener on the other side
In-spurs-ational
"Real Madrid midfielder ­Modric was voted La Liga’s worst signing of 2012, having joined in August from ­Tottenham for £33million. Modric is understood to have struggled to adapt to life in Spain and last week admitted his switch had been ­“challenging.” With sources in his homeland of Croatia claiming Modric would consider a swift return to the ­Premier League"
MrSpurs
Marcus Noack (Holtby's agent I believe) said this... Yet more props for AVB is appears :)

"Schalke made Lewis a very good offer, we know that," Marcus Noack told Goal.com. "But this decision is not against Schalke.

"We had a lot of offers from every top league in Europe. If you look at the whole package, then Tottenham was the best choice.

"Andre Villas-Boas is especially convincing. This is a top coach. The decision to leave Schalke and join Tottenham came in mid-December. And it was very hard for us to choose.

He continued: "The agreement says: [in the] summer. If a winter move was possible, I can't say right now, because we didn't talk about that."
coopsieyid
Latest comments from Holtby (via his fb page) . Sounds like a level headed lad with a mature outlook on things....

"When I was a lad, I used to sit with my dad in front of the TV and long to play there (in England)," Holtby wrote on his Facebook page. "This chance has now arrived, and I have taken it. I have always said that it would be realising a dream for me to play in the Premier League one day." He added: "As soon as this became reality, it was a childhood dream come true."
Holtby took time out from Schalke's training camp in Doha to address the club's fans, many of whom have not taken too kindly to his decision to leave the Gelsenkirchen club.
"I hope that you can understand me and that we can enjoy the remaining games together," he added. "Then I will look back on a great experience and time, and I am grateful to have been given this chance here in Schalke.
"I have always identified myself with this club and I will continue to do so until the very last second. If it weren't for my English roots and for the Premier League, then I would have signed a new deal (with Schalke) long ago."
coopsieyid
Michu! we must get him! He reminds me of a young Berbatov.
Fanman
IT WAS A BEAUTY WEY HEY SWANSEA
spu 4 life
For anyone not too sure about Holtby, a Schalke supporter shared the following info, and also put together a small 8 minute vid of what we've signed. Hopefully the link works!! Also, note that this kind Schalke supporter has included mistakes & bad touches etc, so it's NOT a youtube clip designed to make Holtby look like a player he isn't!!

Alright everyone, I've done a Holtby v Hannover video!
A few things to bare in mind:
-First game of the season
-Away at Hannover who hadn't lost 18 times in a row at home before this game
-He's playing in a 4-1-2-1-2 formation (4-4-2 diamond) as the attacking centre midfielder
-You don't really get a sense of how much he chases players down and runs around everywhere on the pitch from this video but if I included all of that then the video would have been twice as long and it would have taken forever!
-I put in everything else he did though, so any mistakes, bad touches, attempted challenges etc
-Look out for how quick his decision making is and keep an eye out on how much he passes to the left (going to link up with Bale well?)
-The second half is much worse quality because I had problems with the file :/ Sorry about that!
-If you don't like the music then mute it
-If it gets taken down from youtube then I'll put it on another site and let ya know!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=j12ZAYVezI8
coopsieyid
Big C I never thought we should have got Ade I knew once he got his pay out from City and a good whack from us he would revert back to his idle ways he has nothing to fight for now his pockets are lined whereas last season he had to prove himself to get us to buy him and to get a hug pay packet. I would quite happily sell him on this window and I doubt he will be around in the summer AVB will bring his own striker in and Ade will not get a starting place and will go. Never a Tottenham player a player for himself.

Agree Ade is a pain is just not bothered.

I think AVB approach is different to HR he doesn't simgle players out and make them feel special and have favourites it is clear Tottenham are becoming a squad a team and every one is equal getting equal chances and ade doesn't feel special any more. he needs his ego rubbing and AVB will not do it. The one thing AVB has said that I liked was no player is bigger than the club and where he was taught is trade was different to the English players mentality he was having a little dig at Chelsea but what he said was true and his mentality is no player is bigger than the club and he believes in it and Ade is not getting his ego rubbed. This approach by AVB is paying off now we have players improving and squad players appears to be motivated and happy to give all when called upon.
thfan
Coopsie, can put that link on my facebook please mate? My copy paste ain't working on my phone :(
Tottenham Hotcore
The gooners are all over Swansea, but haven't scored. They've got through their parked bus a couple of times though.
Fanman
Swansea are quite poor at the moment.
Fanman
bloody Arsenal
thfan
2 bloody nil
thfan
swansea 1 scum 2 6mins left
spu 4 life
Gooners drawing is best for us surely? Another game for them to fit in.
Tottenham Hotcore
Damn gooners lol... Swansea have been awful though.
Fanman
Ah, fudge.
Tottenham Hotcore
i had arsenal on 3 different bets, both teams to score, over 2.5 goals, arseanl to win. didnt look good @80 min.
123spurs
oh well 2 out of 3 aint bad :D
123spurs
fanny graham 2-2
spu 4 life
2-2!
Fanman
does ARTETA wear a syrup only it never moves
spu 4 life
4th round home tie on tv that's my wish
spu 4 life
coops will check out the video, don't mind the music often watching le scum it's the best bit.
spu 4 life
spu 4 life, home tie but not on TV. If it's on TV it probably means we are facing premiership opposition.
In-spurs-ational
Here we go, Leeds or Birmingham away!
RAF Yid
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/tottenham-hotspur/9783007/Tottenham-Hotspur-to-bid-15m-for-Leandro-Damiao-as-Emmanuel-Adebayor-prepares-for-Africa-Cup-of-Nations.html
chrishove123
Leeds or Birmingham away. Could have been worse. I thought we were going to get man u
In-spurs-ational
Leeds or the Brummies in the next round of the cup.
Fanman
Could have been worse but should be good esp if we get Leeds
Big Ron
Leeds or Birmingham away, could have been a lot worse, shame it's not a home raw. I suppose it will probably be Birmingham, they have done the hard bit getting a draw and taking Leeds back to St. Andrews.
Frank
Thank you Swansea for filling Arsenal's dance card just a little more. If Arsenal get past Swansea (they really need a good cup run if Arsene is to stick around) they will have 6 more games this month to our 4. If they lose, they will suffer the normal letdown when clubs exit cups they want/hope to win. They have their West Ham make up game and games Home to Liverpool and City and away to Chelsea. None of those look to be easy games. ManU, Arsenal and WBA with replays, Chelsea with a mess of a fixture list. January could be a telling month for the contenders for CL positions. For us, one game at a time. 3 points away to QPR the most important thing for Spurs at the moment. Need to keep the pressure on everyone around us. COYS
peterballb
Twitter rumours: lescott to spurs and Dawson to west ham.
tottingham10
Thud to QPR as well.
chrishove123
I don't believe the lescott/Dawson rumours for one minute.
tottingham10
Why would we take on more salary in Lescott, who, IMO, would still be fourth choice when we already have a Spurs through and through fourth choice CB. Lescott is older and just yesterday his agent said he had no intentions of leaving City. I for 1, would not do City any favours. Their salary commitments are ridiculous. In a year and a half he leaves for free. Why go in for him now? COYS
peterballb
TH - Done mate!!
coopsieyid
Huntelaar was bought by Shalke for 14million euros back in 2010.

He has an excellent scoring record and i will say that he is probably playing his best football...

We would have a chance of getting him for around 10-14million.. The only negative is his age.. he is 29...

With the striker position in need of some serious attention over the next few years as Defoe is 30 and Ade is showing nothing of his first year ability.

There is a major issue when looking for a young striker.. Damaio and Zaha fit the bill because they are still so young.

We need a young or younger striker, im taking our first two signings as a sign that we are buying for the future.

Can anyone think of young class act goalscorer...?
Yidmarks
Yidmarks Coopsie has already pointed out he has signed a recent new contract ,never knew that myself so it appears that ship has sailed .Shame i`d love Huntelaar here ,especially as Adebye whore is so disrespectfully $hit .

May need to speculate our bollox elsewhere ,but Huntelaar is a def no go
big cockeral

A few strikers out there that could possibly be the one...

Robert Lewandowski at 24.. 40 goals in 83 apps for Dortmund.

Mario Gomez at 27... 66 goals in 99 apps for Bayern.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at 23... 26 in 50 last apps for Etienne.

Gonzalo Gerardo Higuaín at 25.. 98 goals in 173 apps for Real Madrid.

Radamel Falcao at 26.. 56 goals in 66 apps for Athletico.

Bafétimbi Fredius Gomis at 27.. 39 goals in last 73 apps for Lyon..

Álvaro Negredo at 27.. 11 in 17 apps this season for Sevilla

Mario Mandžuki&#263; at 26... 11 in 21 apps for Bayern this season.

Alexis Alejandro Sánchez at 24.. 16 from 60 apps for Barcelona over the last 2 seasons.

Stephan El Shaarawy at 20.. 20 in 53 apps for Milan
Yidmarks
Yidmarks, the best two for what we need are Doumbia and Leandro. Others I would look at (though all have more risk) are Arnautovic, Castaignos, Mitroglou, Altidore - there are guys. The question is, which best suit our needs, which as I see it are pace, ability to get on the end of Bale/Lennon crosses and the ability to play others in. We could always just get the prime MF or winger/striker like ISCO, BENAT, Dzagoev. Willian.

Huntelaar is a no go because he just signed a contract extension. COYS
peterballb
the transfer window has been all about midfielders up to now.. Holtby buy.. Mouts a maybe.. Sneijder.. we need a goalscorer... NOW
Yidmarks
PeterB... ISCO, BENAT, WILLIAN and DZAGOEV have always been on my list of class acts....

AVB knows who he wants... and we wont have a clue till we see them in a shirt...
Yidmarks
I can't help but think that either Kaka or Schneijder on loan for the rest of the season could be a win/win/win situation. Good for the player who is sitting and wants to be playing somewhere next year, good for us for obvious reasons and good for the parent club as they save a portion on wages. I concur though, the striker is an absolute must. COYS
peterballb
Another one I am very high on is Guidetti of Man City. 7M should do the trick. Fabulous in Holland last year on loan. COYS
peterballb
I was saying that to my brother peter, schneijder gets to put himself in the shop window in a team fighting at the top of one the (if not the) most toughest leagues in europe.
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