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I suppose is we look on the bright side, we have cut the wage bill...

So not a single signing to dream about, but we get scant consolation that we have offloaded some high earners and given opportunities for some youngsters to develop.

I suppose we yet again fell for the ITK and media hype of spending tens of millions on players that we have only seen in You Tube clips, but did either Levy or AVB talk of big deals and spending. Based on that I suppose they were honest...



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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Thursday January 31 2013
Time: 11:09PM

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First to say I am SHOCKED
Madaboutspurs
31/01/2013 23:11:00
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I refuse to look on any bright side ox, not for now anyway. 8 transfer windows have gone by and it is the same every time. Headlines reads 'Spurs missed out on Damaio on transfer dateline day'. Sounds familiar . UNBELIEVABLE. Arrrghh !!
Madaboutspurs
31/01/2013 23:12:00
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And so it begins. The slow and inexorable slide into mid table mediocrity. Did they learn nothing of transfer windows past?? Maybe they will suprise us all and start playing the Barca system. Who knows what is going on in the collective minds at Spurs HQ. One thing is for sure they are not on the same page as the rest of us here.
pratts bottom
31/01/2013 23:15:00
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Ban Madabout for his "First"! That will cap (or begin) a terrible day for him
micyid
31/01/2013 23:16:00
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Levy u ******** ****
spurspanther
31/01/2013 23:16:00
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The Townsend deal baffles me
spurfect one
31/01/2013 23:17:00
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******** DISGRACEFUL
South L/Derry Spurs
31/01/2013 23:18:00
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It would appear AVB was not kidding when he said early January that NOBODY will be coming in. Holtby coming in earlier is just a little sweetener to placate all of us. I am truly stunned. This is worse than Saha and Nelson last year.
Madaboutspurs
31/01/2013 23:19:00
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******** ******** ****s
South L/Derry Spurs
31/01/2013 23:19:00
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Made me smile micyid, thanks, I needed that .
Madaboutspurs
31/01/2013 23:19:00
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As another window closes, we see Mr. Levy saving more money. Saving quite a few pounds, in the short term. A calculated risk. Dare I suggest, a short sighted policy? Champions League football would guarantee a vast increase in income. It would also greatly enhance the chances of top players like Bale staying on for the adventure.
Hotspur 1882
31/01/2013 23:20:00
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Levy should make a public apology to the souls of all the previous greats of our club. Once again today he has spat in the face of our tradition and shown the utter contempt he has for the fans.
SpuriousLife
31/01/2013 23:20:00
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Here comes the hard work now, and if it comes off then I think there will be a huge signing or three in the summer of AVB's choice.
chrishove123
31/01/2013 23:21:00
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spurfect one
Townsend - one less wage to pay. :0(
Hotspur 1882
31/01/2013 23:22:00
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Stayed up till deadline closed, because I was one of the 14% who voted positively in the poll, and thought.....this time it will be different. 1 in the morning here now and siding with the 74%
Cairnside Spur
31/01/2013 23:22:00
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cant say im surprised by the lack of a descent striker arriving, the midfield are going to be under pressure now to put chances on a plate or we'll be moving down the table and if that happen's i dont see any reason for bale to stay, then move another few places back..
flakey yid
31/01/2013 23:23:00
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yea chrishove with the sale of bale we will probably reinvest half of that on a couple of medicore players
South L/Derry Spurs
31/01/2013 23:23:00
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Chrishove have you learnt nothing? Don't be so fecking gullible.
SpuriousLife
31/01/2013 23:25:00
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Have added Fryers and Holtby to Vertonghen, Dembele, Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Lloris, Adebayor. Have extended and loaned out Pritchard. Have loaned out Townsend and Dawkins to PL teams. Jenas is gone. Gomes loaned out. Bale, Walker, Lennon, Defoe all extended. Other than that, we have done nothing. Last year we had Defoe, Adebayor and Saha up top of VDV. Now it's Sefoe, Adebayor and Dempsey up top of Holtby. Caulker is here instead of Nelsen. It's not all bad. Oh yeah, and we are currently 4th when modt suggested we'd be lucky to get 6th. And, I cannot stress this enough, Jenas is gone. COYS
peterballb
31/01/2013 23:26:00
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Oh before I forget about it. I can't remember who it was but they bragged about how great and utterly reliable that their ITK was, as he was a friend of our great benefactor and has been for many years. He was told of a massive Portugese signing reliably informed 100% in the bag. HEY where is this huge top signing? Just goes to show all these ITK's are really IDK's (I Don't Knows)
chrishove123
31/01/2013 23:28:00
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Going fishing
Little spur
31/01/2013 23:28:00
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We put ourselves through this every window - still waiting with my last bit of optimism that the striker is announced even at 11:30!
EASY AS_AVB
31/01/2013 23:29:00
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Peterballb - we'll be lower than 6th in May. Mark my words. On the upside for ENIC though as we slide down the table our balance sheet will have improved. Depends on your priorities for a football club. Personally I'm disgusted.
SpuriousLife
31/01/2013 23:30:00
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Might catch a striker, i mean a stripper !
Little spur
31/01/2013 23:30:00
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COYS. FOENIC. GOODNIGHT.
SpuriousLife
31/01/2013 23:31:00
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jenas does'n,t play so on the playing side that is irrelevant, defoe is badly out of form and so is ade and neither look like turning the corner any time soon
flakey yid
31/01/2013 23:31:00
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CL, as has been shown by our own numbers, if getting to the last 8 makes a difference of about 35M at most (there are other variables but our own numbers show that as a max). Just group stages means about 20-25M. Which player that you know that AVB wanted that guarantees CL and fits the cost and salary in to that amount? Lots of guys available, just like when Harry was here. Why didn't we do it? COYS
peterballb
31/01/2013 23:33:00
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Left feeling "uninspired".......but..we did recently add Fryers and Holtby.....to our large squad. I make it that we still have over 20 established premiership players. Loseing Bale to injury is the real worry to me though. We've seen him in the past, miss large parts of the season. I just hope someone doesn't "do him"...if you know what i mean. Now for saturday.....hopefully, Holtby will make his full debut.
82spursdebut
31/01/2013 23:33:00
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Madaboutspurs Why is everyone so shocked and surprised. You all say how straight up and honest AVB is, yet when he says no one is coming in this window you don't believe him because when it happens that way you all can't believe it. I hate to say it BUT I TOLD YOU ALL SO. I said at the very start AVB was told by Levey there was no warchest this window, he has to prove himself with what he has currently got, with a few minor tweaks here and there. IF he can do what the board want him to, THEN he will get the FINANCIAL backing and be able to get in HIS players. If we blow it next window THEN I will get damned angry with Mr. Levy as he will not give the green light for AVB to get his targets.
chrishove123
31/01/2013 23:34:00
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Townsend would have gave us natural width if needed,i know he would not have started games but he was the only option we have that could stay wide. Not getting players in is fustrating, leaving ourselves short in key positions is suicide!
spurfect one
31/01/2013 23:35:00
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SpuriousLife, your words are so marked. Yes, we could finish 7th realistically. We could also finish 3rd. COYS
peterballb
31/01/2013 23:35:00
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Gotta smile, Mad, being angry ain't gonna solve anything. I was hopeful of a signing but I'm just shrugging it off now. They told us not to expect anyone. If people are to take what they read as true, and some people believe everything, then we didn't intend to spend, AVB requested we try for Damiao, we put a bid in, Inter did their usual rubbish, Levy refused to pay more. Ho hum, this fella surely can never come to us now. Don't think anyone really wants him anymore. He'll probably continue to have a poor season and they'll be forced to flog him for a lot less than we offered to some spanish team. We had no back up plan because we didn't plan on getting anyone in in this period in the first place. An optimistic view would be that Levy has shown he backs his manager by actually bothering to make a bid. 17million is no pocket change for a young striker who is having an off season by all accounts.
micyid
31/01/2013 23:36:00
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It was more fun last year when Kaka was at the Lane. Why did we not sign him?
dannylane
31/01/2013 23:36:00
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Peterballb, you are right to say that we have strengthened the squad, but that final investment of a striker is required to make the previous investments worthwhile - How many of you would take Hooper right now lol
EASY AS_AVB
31/01/2013 23:36:00
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Chrishove you are so deluded that I actually feel sorry for you. We won't spend more than we raise through player sales in any window until ENIC leave. Stop believing the **** you've been fed by ENIC and their cronies. Trust what you see each transfer window.
SpuriousLife
31/01/2013 23:38:00
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i dont know who avb wanted but id like to think there was a list of players and they weren't scratching around hoping damiao would become available at the last min, which is what it looks like..
flakey yid
31/01/2013 23:39:00
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Saying that the townsend deal baffles me too. Maybe we are planning on using holtby to cover the wings. From the 20 min cameo the other night he certainly looks like an upgrade on anyone who moved today. Hopefully he'll continue to impress
micyid
31/01/2013 23:40:00
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do you think JD is off form or just mad he has no decent strike partner?? i'm not i'm not surprised the window went like this as its true to form...if we make champions league and still don't lash some cash then i'm not sure what to think..dumbfounded 3 million extra for Damiao wasn't a done deal..
andyraa
31/01/2013 23:40:00
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The last quality striker we bought was Berbatov years and years ago and we sold him for £20 million profit. Since then our net spend has been among the LOWEST in the whole of the Premier League. We are being short changed, duped and I feel vaguely interfered with. Yes we are well run, but so is my accountant's and I am struggling to make a distinction between the two, we are becoming as detached and soulless. [Note to self - don't go into the kitchen, that's where the knives are]
whiteheart
31/01/2013 23:41:00
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Spurfect one, I can only presume that Dempsey or Sigurdsson will play the wings when and if Bale and Lennon cannot. I suspect AVB will be rotating 16-18 players the rest of the way unless injuries become a further issue. COYS
peterballb
31/01/2013 23:41:00
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Townsend is a risk for sure ,so glad Jenas is gone its not all doom and gloom lets wait and see.
Edinburgh Spur
31/01/2013 23:42:00
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Sad thing is I bet Ox had this pre-written, it was kind of obvious.
Tottenham Hotcore
31/01/2013 23:43:00
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spurfect, scares me too. I don't know why AVB doesn't rate him.
dannylane
31/01/2013 23:43:00
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Is this really our squad? GK: Lloris, Friedel RB: Walker, Naughton CB: Dawson, Vertonghen, Caulker, Gallas, Kaboul (inj) LB: BAE RM: Lennon CM: Dembele, Parker, THud, Livermore, Carroll LM: Bale CAM: Holtby, Dempsey, Siggurdsson STR: Defoe, Adebayor
Tottenham Hotcore
31/01/2013 23:44:00
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Whiteheart, Transfermarkt and other such sites that track sales and buys would disagree with that statement. Other than last season, we have had a net spend every year since the mid 90's. cOYS
peterballb
31/01/2013 23:44:00
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This transfer window's outcome really gives me the poo because we have the right ingredients to really push on strongly for that last 2 CL spot. The other teams are faltering and we reallycould have grabbed it by the jugular and power on the next 4 months. I really thought common sense will prevail at Levy's office and a striker would be brought in as reinforcement. I really thought so. Now instead, it will be a hard slog with Chelsea, Arsenal , Liverpool , Everton, West brom for the last 2 spots. Painful.
Madaboutspurs
31/01/2013 23:48:00
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We have now turned into Arsenal. Levy you ******** ****. Biggest let down.
01tottenham
31/01/2013 23:48:00
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No depth, at all. I'm dreading the second half of the season.
Tottenham Hotcore
31/01/2013 23:49:00
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We are just Lewis and Levys real estate toy. Like the great Keith Burkinshaw once said, ( there used to be a football club back there ).
whitehartmart
31/01/2013 23:50:00
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Townsend was not playing. Why would that change now? Dempsey and Sigurdsson will still get in the game before him. I expect he won't play at QPR either. I'd have rather seen him go to Norwich or Reading if I'm honest. Pritchard and the "next Bale" are the real prospects. I have never really been impressed witb Andros. COYS
peterballb
31/01/2013 23:50:00
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I feel AVB and co' are playing to the prem' table, rather than what they see on the field from spurs and the team that they are playing.
82spursdebut
31/01/2013 23:51:00
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peterballb, 17 points behind the leaders, out of both domestic Cup competitions to lower league opposition by January... Every real Spurs fan on earth knew how much we needed a top class striker. Give up you pathetic arse licking Levy/Enic apologist!
pelebro
31/01/2013 23:53:00
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peterballb Yeah they can do a job but they drift in. There is going to be times this season when games will get stretched, what happens if Bale gets an injury, Dempsey is good on the left but townsend gives us a different dynamic if need be, especially on the break,baffled by it tbh.

dannylane i can only assume AVB sees something we cant in training, thats the only explanation i can think of.
spurfect one
31/01/2013 23:53:00
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Tottenham Hotcore, less than a game a week the rest of the way unless we progress in Europa. 2 players or more per position. How much cover do you want? XI plus subs can play. We're fine. COYS
peterballb
31/01/2013 23:53:00
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I think we all need to hope for no long term injuries. I hope I haven't forgotten anyone but the way I see it we have a 24 man senior squad now. No cover at left-back and no cover on the wings. Have I forgotten anyone? Lloris, Friedel; Walker, Naughton; BAE, Fryers; Dawson, Kaboul, Verts, Gallas and Caulker; Parker, Carrol, Hudd, Dembele; Holtby, Sig and Dempsey; Bale, Lennon and Bentley; Defoe, Adebayor and Obika. I have shoved in Fryers, Bentley and Obika to make the numbers up. We are painfully thin everywhere apart from defence. I still feel we got the signing of the window in Holtby, but everyone strengthened, apart from Everton. I hope there is a plan, but I think Levy is hoping AVB can get that top four finish despite lack of funds. If we can do it this season, the future is bright. If we don't, then it will be twice as hard next time. If AVB pulls it off, it will be IN SPITE of Levy, and he will have pulled off a minor miracle.
Sebthespur
31/01/2013 23:54:00
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whitehartmart, Exactly! ENIC OUT!!!
pelebro
31/01/2013 23:55:00
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peterballb......i've seen andros live.....and i can tell you, he has twice as much talent as siggy'. Very good with both feet and delivers excellent inswinging corners with both feet. One to watch....he also impressing the england under 21 set up......he has great desire and will to win....but i agree ..he plays better at carrow road.
82spursdebut
31/01/2013 23:56:00
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hudderspur, I DO take offence. I think you will find that you cannot in fact combine "no offence mate" with "shut the ***** up"
Guernman
31/01/2013 23:56:00
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Pelebro, you are one vile troll. Reign your abuse in or depart. Tho, since you are some teenager we all know you won't
micyid
31/01/2013 23:57:00
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Rein it in
micyid
01/02/2013 00:01:00
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If this is true it's a good one: Levy told Harry "if you want Jenas and Townsend you must take Bentley as well". But Harry refused to take Bentley. Poor boy!
dannylane
01/02/2013 00:02:00
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Other than cover for wings, we all know that Ade adn Defoe should not be our first choice.CFs.
Tottenham Hotcore
01/02/2013 00:07:00
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We haven't bought a striker, but I feel really sorry for the ENIC apologists who pitch up at every opportunity to spin some wild and wacky reason for their inability to bring the club back to somewhere near its potential (Stadium of course). I'll be interested to see how they back Levy now, what with no striker this window, because that decision was nothing short of bonkers. Anyone who still backs this bunch of clowns really does suffer from Flat Cap Syndrome.
lordjohnny
01/02/2013 00:10:00
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Damn good squad T Hotcore.

Lots of people led on by SSN re Damaio. Doubt very much if we went in for him. The entire story was strange. First they offered him then finally stated he couldn't go until the summer. SSN just bringing in the viewers. I have complete faith that AVB will lead this squad to CL this season 4th or 3rd.
jvd
01/02/2013 00:11:00
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I think the lack of transfer activity in the transfer window will leave us in a tricky position come the business end of the season. Yes bringing Holtby's transfer forward gives us a extra dimension in midfield, but Fryer's is definitely one for the future and clearly will not have any impact on this season. What we needed was a real quality striker, someone who could apply sustaining pressure on Defoe and Ade (who has been absolutely abysmal this season). Whilst Ade is away, Defoe will continue to play like he has never seen a football before and he has competition to change his attitude in the fear that he might be dropped. However I am quite pleased and surprised that Levy and co have managed to shift some of the dead wood at the club. Townsend is a tricky one coz now we have no natural cover for the wing positions. Rotation is the key for the rest of the season, AVB has to get out of the bad habit of sticking by the same players when they continually let the club down. This summer we will do a shed load of business!
Lady Yid
01/02/2013 00:13:00
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let's not be totally doom and gloom. we are still in 4th and I do believe Holtby can make a difference and be a big upgrade over dempsey. However, we still have a wildcard and I don't think it's that wild...Adebayor can come back from the ACN and play in a lone striker role with Holtby behind him and I believe could be massive for us. Ade has obviously not had a great start to the season through injuries, suspensions, and form.. But, he's quality and while ineffective for much of the season I have only seen one game where he looked unmotivated which is promising. Hopefully, AVB is getting sick of putting Defoe on every team sheet, as he has been complete *****e for many games now and gives the Ade - Holtby partnership a real go.
laughter7
01/02/2013 00:13:00
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I think the lack of transfer activity in the transfer window will leave us in a tricky position come the business end of the season. Yes bringing Holtby's transfer forward gives us a extra dimension in midfield, but Fryer's is definitely one for the future and clearly will not have any impact on this season. What we needed was a real quality striker, someone who could apply sustaining pressure on Defoe and Ade (who has been absolutely abysmal this season). Whilst Ade is away, Defoe will continue to play like he has never seen a football before and he has competition to change his attitude in the fear that he might be dropped. However I am quite pleased and surprised that Levy and co have managed to shift some of the dead wood at the club. Townsend is a tricky one coz now we have no natural cover for the wing positions. Rotation is the key for the rest of the season, AVB has to get out of the bad habit of sticking by the same players when they continually let the club down. This summer we will do a shed load of business!
Lady Yid
01/02/2013 00:13:00
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I have always thought Levy had done good things for us overall but what has transpired here truly baffles me. Defoe, Adebayor, Dempsey with Lennon and thankfully Bale pitching in for all our goals. Big ask.
Madaboutspurs
01/02/2013 00:15:00
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Pelebro on behalf of PeterBalb why don't you take your foul mouth and buzz off to whatever rock you crawled out from.
jvd
01/02/2013 00:16:00
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I really like to believe what "spurfect one" has said is true. AVB sees something we dont see at training and is confident of top 4 position but dont blame me if I change my name to Thomas as in "doubting Thomas" for the next few games.
Phil-Spurs
01/02/2013 00:18:00
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Can kind of understand why damiao didnt come. He's a risk at the moment, because it could be so easy for him to come from a hot sunny brazil to a cold snowy england and not hit the ground running and then suddenly he flops and just loses confidence and for £20mill its a big risk. I think the sticking point wouldve been add ons, and my understanding is we offered 13mill then a further 5 mill or so in add ons and inter wanted it all at once. Strikers are overpriced anyway let alone in january because the only strikers people including us fans are ones that are scoring, but these are so valuable to the clubs thats it hard to get them to due inflated prices i.e hooper, who im sure we enquired about but got told 15mill and we obviously said no. Same for negrado who sevilla want for 20mill and no less. Only positive is everton didnt improve, and arsenal only bought a LB. So holtby signing is probably best of our rivals. I think a change is needed though and i honestly hope the AFCON gives ade some form and then i think we could be looking at a holtby playing off adebayor, rather than dempsey off defoe. Could even try holtby off bale and stick dempsey or sigurdson out on the left. And a final option could be to put holtby next to parker (similar to modric and parker last year) and then push dembele up to where he used to play for fulham
craig spur
01/02/2013 00:19:00
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This whole 'deadline day drama' is a manufactured piece of horse manure by Sky who OWN the PL. The whole Damiao saga was invented by SSN and the proof is that the real drama was in our trying to find a striker who, like Holtby, could start playing NOW, not in six months after acclimatisation and settling in. Over-hyped, false dramatics by the most scurrilous media gang in town!!
innispurs
01/02/2013 00:25:00
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Can't understand loaning out of Townsend - he's far from the finished article but if you need a goal in the last 15mins of a game he is the type of player to bring on - although he is a bit hit and miss he can actually beat players and put in a decent cross. Doesn't AVB know of any strikers in the Potugese league that could do a job for Spurs - I am more convinced than ever before that AVB has very little say in who is bought to the club - Levy seems to be turning into Abramovich - but without the cash.
tottenhamtony
01/02/2013 00:25:00
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least we've got the Europa Cup to look forward to again next season?
slim40
01/02/2013 00:27:00
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Aye innispurs, every other outlet was reporting the deal wa soff hours before sky
micyid
01/02/2013 00:28:00
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