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Transfer Activity Outlook - An Update

Transfer Activity Outlook - An Update

With the squad now back in pre-season training, I thought I'd take the opportunity to update my original 'Transfer Activity Outlook' article in early June under the headings raised in that article:

(1) Possible Key Player Exodus: Based on last week's reported developments, Sandro's departure to Naples seems to have been kiboshed with Spurs bumping up his transfer fee to a blocking level of 25m Euros (£20m), suggesting that we're no longer prepared to let him leave, and implying that he is both disposed to signing a new contract and is also on Poch's 'stay' list. The other concern is Lloris, who despite stating his willingness to stay, is also being spoken of as a possible departure to PSG: the ITK-vine says we'll consider selling him - but only for 'silly money`.

(2) The Clearout Exodus: On the sales front, Livermore & Gomes are gone and it seems that Dawson is on his way; I'm unaware of BAE's status, other than he has a year left on his contract, while Brad has signed up for another year, doubling up as a club Ambassador; and Siggi is also on the exit list. ITKs say Poch wants to see players in training before deciding who goes.

(3) The Recruitment Drive: In the LB area, while the signing of Ben Davies protracts and possibly cools, the name Faouzi Ghoulam (Naples) crept into the picture over the weekend, and it remains to be seen whether he's a Naples proposal to help make up the £20m to buy Sandro; our RB interest has moved to Aurier (Toulouse); at CB, Moreno (Espanyol) broke a leg in a recent WC match & Lovren's 'head is already (elsewhere)' so we've moved on to Lascelles and the 5' 11' Veltman(Ajax).

In MF. I'm going to ignore the Cambiasso rumours and point out that Poch wants Brozovic (Dynamo Zagreb), a young creative MF, which I think reflects the fact that we had no back-up for Eriksen last season and therefore have a gap in the squad.

Up front, getting Remy looks like a toss-up, and we've moved on from our interest in Bony & Lukaku (although an un-named Metro reporter thinks otherwise), but we've yet to throw in the towel on signing Origi (Lille) and we're also considering the Liege striker Imoh Ezekiel.

On the left wing, our interest in the PSV wing duo Memphis Depay & Zakaria Bakkali is unlikely to develop further till after the WC, while we retain our interest in Yacine Brahimi (Granada) Its also clear that we're looking for a back-up GK, with Karl Darlow (Forest) a big favourite for the role among many clubs in the Top 6, and we're also looking at Michel Vorn (Swansea).

Finally, I'm unsure whether our interest in a RB is exploratory - a contingency to cover off the risk of a longer-term Walker injury - or real, and therefore whether the relative inactivity is due to an inability to free up a defensive slot to proceed with a deal.

In summary, the focus of our recruitment drive this summer is clearly on a LB, a CB, a LWF, at least 1, if not 2 FWDs, a creative MF & a back-up GK - thats up to 7 recruits, or a minimum of 4 recruits (if Holtby fills creative MF slot, Archer fills back-up GK role, & we only recruit 1 FWD). Given that Poch wants to see players in training before deciding who goes, signings are likely to be slow this summer, and consequently we could miss out on key targets.

Written by RathgarSpur



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Writer:RathgarSpur
Date:Wednesday July 9 2014
Time: 8:52AM

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Left back !?.....why do we need a Leftback !?.....we have quite a few possibles for that position...including Ekotto (not 31 till next march). Another Poss' striker...."EDER"...Sporting Braga / Portugal.
82spursdebut
09/07/2014 08:58:00
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Happy that poch is taking a look first...but am concerned if they delay too long we will be settling for second choice in all areas. Said on another post I'd be happy with LB, LA, and CB. Think we can manage other areas.
jhbspur
09/07/2014 09:15:00
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‘Adds up to seven new recruits’ ... that rings a bell ... a warning bell?!
Geofspurs
09/07/2014 09:16:00
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Sorry and I don't mean to be insulting but I think you or your sources are deluded if you think Levy is going to shell out for a bunch of new players after last seasons expenditure. Yes we will sign a LB and poss CB but why do we need a striker we have Kane Ade and Sol, who will have a great season under Pooch. We need stabiltyin the squad not more disruption and incomings and outgoings. We hav a fantastic squad so lets see how they perform under Pooch at least for 1 season. I would get rid of Paulhinio though, danaged goods and not that good anyway, does not have the attributes to be a bx to box player or a DM.
Horny Helen
09/07/2014 09:16:00
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3 strikers in a 25 man squad competing in 4 competitions...is not good enough to properly compete. Man.city...were the most successful club last season. They had Dzeko,Aguero,Negredo,Jovetic.
82spursdebut
09/07/2014 09:23:00
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activity outlook?...bleak!...we don't do spending unless we can sell players of the same or greater value than those we are buying to cover the cost (and usually make a profit)... a few mill profit last summer add Gio's 4m sell on clause, Defoe and dawkins - 6.5m in Jan, add on's for Bale/modric winning the cl, c8m Livermore....yet we still can't afford quality players! wtf are the board doing with all the ticket, TV and commercial revenue???...I'd hazard a guess they are busy feathering their property nests in order to take the most money out of any football club ever!....and they're being applauded for it....
shedboy2
09/07/2014 09:29:00
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3 senior strikers is enough but Kane isn't there yet...and if you don't think we need a LB then you must have been watching with your eyes closed....we don't have 1 player who is a top half PL LB, not one....
shedboy2
09/07/2014 09:35:00
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My pick of the bunch would be ...

BAKKALI.. LOVREN.. DAVIES... SADIO MANE...
Yidmarks
09/07/2014 09:37:00
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Paulinho is a class act but clearly he needs to sort his head out. I just get the feeling he doesn't want to be at Spurs. If that's the case we should try to help him find another club. We need a CB and LB more than any other position and another top class goalkeeper would be good for the squad COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
09/07/2014 09:37:00
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I'm not sure we need that many new faces. It didnt do us any good last season. I think we need a ST, Back-up GK, 2 CD (if Dawson leaves) and a LB.

I see Soldado playing a Rodriguez role next season. It wouldn't surprise me to see him playing a few games from the LW position. Kane was targeted by Poch at S'hampton - So I would assume he will feature prominently. Adebayor is enigmatic to say the least - so i would like us to see a player built like a brick-*****-house - in the mould of Benteke, Bony, or Lukaku.

The wing situation actually looks fine. I don't rate Aaron Lennon at all but with as i predicted Soldado featuring in a LWF forward role I feel that Lamela, Chadli, and Townsend should be sufficent.

The attacking midfield zone - and midfield zone - doesn't really need anything. Holtby will feature under Poch, Eriksen will be our Lallana. I see Siggurdson leaving because of the overcrowding. - Paulinho, Dembele, Sandro, Capoue, Bentaleb and Carroll are more then sufficient to cover the other 2 midfield spots. So unless we find someone who is clearly better then them then why change just yet.

The fullback roles are a serious issue - With only Walker in my opinion down in pen. However i do feel that Naughton is a player that Poch will not only like - but improve. He did wonders to the young fullbacks at S'hampton - and Naughton although had a torrid end to last season - is actually an accomplished footballer with a good eye for the game. Unless we see someone significantly better then Walker as a 1st choice RB i dont think we will change there. The Left Back spot - EH Danny effing Rose. He is a failed Left Wing. End of. Actually. He is a failed injury prone Left Wing. End of. Actually. He is a failed injury prone left wing that can't even cross (18% accuracy). We clearly need a LB more then any other position. I am interested to see what Poch makes of Benny. I must be honest i really like BAE. He is by no means the best LB in the world but is certainly better then Rose. And as a 2nd choice i think we could do worse. (like last season 2nd choice = NULL & VOID.)
The CD role - Jan is a shoe in. Can you blame him for sulking under Dim Plywood? I have concerns over Kaboul as a 1st choice. And although i was initially impressed with Chiriches - he is error prone. But give him time. Dawson is on the way out. So i actually wouldnt mind us making a Gallas-esq signing. Someone experienced, and someone with leadership.

Hugo Lloris wants to play every minute of every game (PL, EL, FAC & CC). So why not and if the worst should happen - Brad is ample cover. He could honestly still be playing for Spurs when Tom Carroll retires - he is in that good a shape. +1 Yoga. But i understand us looking for an alternative. Because let's not kid ourselves. If we fail to qualify for CL football or even if we do, the high cheek-boned French captain will be on the move. Be it PSG, Barca or Real - he is really just to good for fighting for 4th place. And Brads age might just eventually catch up to him - so instead of 2 Keepers next season get 1 now.

So to sum up - we need a GK, a LB, CD and ST.
Stephen Walker
09/07/2014 09:39:00
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Thanks for the article... Interesting take on the transfer activities. IMO this subject could have broken the record for being the shortest by stating 'zilch'! Laughable but accurate....
Highgatespur
09/07/2014 09:40:00
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Yidmarks. Saw a mention of Sadio Mane previously. Know nothing about him myself.....can u give us an overview?
jhbspur
09/07/2014 09:41:00
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Shedboy.....I was watching the first 3rd of last season.....when THFC...kept numerous clean sheets, broke records...with a back 5 of lloris,Walker,Dawson,Vertonghen,Rose. It...only went pear shaped when some players (notably..Walker/Rose)...tried too hard to help the lack of scoring at the opposition end...when others failed to score. Defenders primary roles...is to defend.....and so on. Good coaching is what is required at THFC....to get the best out of the current nearly 40 pros' available. MP.and co' have 2 months approx'...to decide on their 25. I suggest....they look for goalscorers first.
82spursdebut
09/07/2014 09:50:00
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82spursdebut - why do we need a left back you ask. Did you watch us last season I ask ? Did you see how many goals came from left back ? Did you watch BAE when at Spurs & at QPR & in World Cup ? A good player at times, but far too laid back, ill disciplined and an accident waiting to happen. Sorry, but Yes, we need a left back and a Centre Back as our top priorities for me. Hopefully both will also be big, strong characters as we need winners & leaders in this team to add to the talent.
Windlespur
09/07/2014 09:53:00
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Windlespur.....we have Rose,Bae,Fryers,Vertonghen,Naughton,Townsend. As previously posted....I'd be thinking 3,5,2....with Walker,Naughton,Frederick........Rose,Fryers,Townsend....as possible wing backs.........Dawson,Kaboul,Vertonghen,Veljkovik,Chiriches,Capoue,Sandro......as the possibles for the 3 centre back roles.
82spursdebut
09/07/2014 10:00:00
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NEVER play Naughton at left back & Verts is decent there, but seems to not want to play there. Townsend can not defend & is a definite no for a wing back role. My views on BAE & Rose are as above - so that really just leaves a largely untried Fryers. Too late now, but an Ashley Cole in would have given us a big Uplift in terms of - great defender, winner, quality, experience. Sorry, but still think a good LB Must be a priority & another CB (as Dawson needs to be moved, Kaboul too injury prone & Capoue/Sandro are DM's). I x new Left Back, Minimum 1 x new CB please. Both need to be winners, strong characters etc etc
Windlespur
09/07/2014 10:06:00
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82spursdebut - I dont think Poch ever played that formation at S'hampton. And that formation has never really succeeded in the PL. Plus poch is the one doing the thinking.

VertonghenWill not want to play the left back role

Townsend is a winger

Naughton is backup RB at this moment so we would need more cover for that side.

Townsend is a winger? what's up with that? why not just put Lennon at RB...

Rose is inept

BAE has been plating championship football

Fryers is still not developed enough.
Stephen Walker
09/07/2014 10:09:00
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When Dawson goes.. Lloris for captain, this will give Hugo some extra authority to "encourage" the players who are slacking in a game... Kane will be a sheringham type of player, as he has a similar attitude, and movements to his game, so MP will keep him. We really need 2 or 3 new players, of which one is non PL experienced. COYS
Block D Spurs
09/07/2014 10:10:00
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Well..Gordon Strachan...thought Townsend would make a ideal left wingback.......he is a strong character and proven winner. Like you say...Put Vertonghen there....he was ok playing there for Belgium recently. THFC..pay his wages.
82spursdebut
09/07/2014 10:13:00
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James ... I agree about the LB and CB, but I can’t see any ‘top-class’ GK willing to play second fiddle.
Geofspurs
09/07/2014 10:13:00
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Bae...helped Qpr get promoted from a difficult league....personally, I would only consider him for a 4,4,2,,formation. Fredericks...is as quick as Walker ..right side. Naughton is a steady right back. Lennon....once my fav' player...but now expendable, for a goalscorer. Rose....has a value...either at THFC...or perhaps Monaco. Fryers...could do a decent job. Vertonghen will play left back....he proved that, the other day. 3,5,2...can work for English football....it did in the 1990 world cup.....and Juventus.../ chile...have both recently done well with it.
82spursdebut
09/07/2014 10:21:00
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Agree Geof. The goalkeeper I had in mind is a keeper with potential to be no1 but looking to play in cups and back up in PL. All depends on Lloris. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
09/07/2014 10:24:00
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Don’t see much percentage in discussing different formations or even new players really. MP is the manager and he will play the formation he wants with the players he chooses ... as it should be. Everything else is irrelevant.
Geofspurs
09/07/2014 10:31:00
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I like Poch's agenda.He wants to see what we've got before spending money.What's the point in buying another bunch of players before he has worked with what we've got.We did finish 6th after all.Unless a world class player wants to join us ,please no more average players.
Greavesaboveall
09/07/2014 10:34:00
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Im with Horney Helen(i wish) my be 2 signings at the most and yes 3 strikers is enough if only playing one up top
spurs50yrs
09/07/2014 10:35:00
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the Transfer update is: Livermore and Gomes gone. Thats it no other business has been done, the only other update I could offer is spurs have been linked with a host of football players. The vast bulk of which are total fabrications!
Slurms McKenzie
09/07/2014 10:39:00
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Got to gauge the squad and the personalities within the squad. parachuting 4 or 5 players in won't help the demoralised and deflated squad we have currently!
Slurms McKenzie
09/07/2014 10:42:00
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Adebayor.....may be involved with the African nations cup...qualifying and finals......sept' to feb'.
82spursdebut
09/07/2014 10:43:00
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82spursdebut-rose was poor to average at the start of the season yet dembele was getting the stick despite having to defend the whole left side...after Rose got injured he became a much better player...when he came back he was poor to terrible! We started scoring after Andros was replaced..then Ade came in...I agree we need a goal scorer but LB has to be a priority...not one of those you list is a PL top half LB....not one. As for 442 and playing Verts at LB...I guess you really have been watching with your eyes shut...;)
shedboy2
09/07/2014 10:47:00
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With the impending signings of Sanchez and Debuchy by Arsenal, together with the transfer activity at City, Chelsea, Utd, Liverpool, along with the activity by the likes of Newcastle, Hull, Southampton amongst the "also ran" clubs, this leaves us, as the only remaining PL club worthy of the name, to do anything in the market, except of course Everton, but they borrow, or beg players, rather than buy them. We have sold Livermore and shortly apparently Dawson, we have seen Gomes depart, but we have failed to move at all on incomers. This suggests either that we think we are already good enough, which we aren't, or we are once again displaying a total lack of will or ambition to compete with our main rivals, in the process of squad improvement. After last summer's nonsense of signing 7 mediocre players (or 6 if we discount Eriksen from that) in a "kid in a sweet shop" spending spree, we just should not throw our arms in the air, and resign from transfer activity. We should admit mistakes, circulate the problem players as available, put realistic prices on their heads as failures, and move on, this time signing 2 or 3 real quality players who are very likely to improve us in acknowledged problem positions. We all know Levy's penchant for his last minute bargains, but his foot dragging is the reason why we are never properly prepared in pre-season, and always start at a disadvantage to our rivals. We can't blame the WC, it has not stopped others signing, and preparing to sign, top quality players, who are likely game changers and match winners. We will no doubt end up with a couple of late journeyman signings who are incapable of making a real difference. This is the price we pay as a club, and fans, due to be being owned by profit driven bean counters, rather than genuinely ambitious football club owners. The process we need to go through is similar to that faced by Brendan Rodgers when he succeeded Dalglish at Liverpool, and had to move out his farcical signings like Carroll among others, before starting again in building a squad that has gone from 7th in the PL in 2012-13, to 2nd and a CL qualification in 2013-14. It can be done it only needs the will and ambition to succeed, something we have been seriously lacking from a football, rather than financial point of view, in the last 14 years, with only HR rocking the boat by getting us into the CL, a situation that Levy and Co. have made certain is not going to happen again, it is too expensive to remain competitive, lets settle for mediocraty it is cheaper. Never mind though at least we have built a Sainsbury's, we should be very proud. Once again I sympathise and totally agree with Shedboy's assessment of our position.
Frank
09/07/2014 10:48:00
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Greavesaboveall ... I agree. Seems like the sensible way for MP to go.
Geofspurs
09/07/2014 10:48:00
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Spot on, Geofspurs.
Airwave
09/07/2014 10:49:00
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LW is the priorty as this will ahve the biggest knock on effect for the sqaud it will bring balance to our midfiedl it will take the pressure off the LB and off soem level of defensive cover for them as well, which may actually see Rose improve, it should aslo allow our midfield players to stay more central adn off secondary options on attacks, while hopefully bring some meaningful crosses and shots from the left hand side. To change the LB but not address the left wing will mean the new player will suffer the same fate as Rose last season!. The purchase of a new LB may allow Fryers to move to the CB position and eliminate teh need to buy another CB. Two signigns and the squad is improved dramatically. The only problem is that we may need to buy a second LW aswell to cover injuries, suspension and recovery time. we don't have one in the squad currently hence out left flank problems. Eriksen and siggy drift too central when played here. Chadli doesn't seem to have the pace to offer an attacking threat and Townsend doesn't offer enough defensively and is not composed enough going forward. We maybe able to coach him into being a better LW but can we afford the time? Ideally he would be good enough to offer cover and bridge the gap to McEvoy coming through!
Slurms McKenzie
09/07/2014 10:50:00
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We started the season with one of the meanest defences in Europe, but unable to score many goals. We ended the season by topping all of the top 5 leagues in Europe for defensive errors...21. I don't think this can all be laid at Sherwood's feet. The defence was simply not good enough. and as the season progressed our frailties became more exposed add to this injuries and unbalanced Left side and it became clear where we were struggling...namely the Left side.

I maintain that to give us the best chance we need as a minimum...1 CB, ( One with pedigree as opposed to potential) 1 LB (Again, not a youth prospect in the hope we can make a quick buck) and a LW, one who is able to cross the ball AND score goals. Let's not forget, we need the wingers to add goals if we are to play a lone striker.
Cider spurs
09/07/2014 10:50:00
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RathgarSpur. Thanks for the article. My problem with it all is, that when taking in to account your last sentence, it seems odd to me that we should be showing interest in so many players, when Poch obviously has had no time at all to assess what we already have.
MAN ON!
09/07/2014 10:54:00
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shedboy2...oh dear.....is that the best you can do !?.....no need to lie, it's just a talking forum.of opinions. Fact is....we were solid at the back..for 1st part of last season...to which Rose played a massive part. ...never said play 4,4,2....but if we did....I'd consider Bae for left back. Vertonghen...ideal CB of 3...in 3,5,2....or left wingback....imo. Have fun....gonna listen to cricket now..."Come on you Spurs....and England".
82spursdebut
09/07/2014 10:56:00
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some comments I saw on another site...seems to sum up the mood...
'Listen this is the management who faced with a historic run in the Champions League led by two of the greatest midfielders modern Premier League has ever seen…. brought in Ryan Nelsen and Saha. None of this matters. We’re forever doomed.'

and

I pop in for a read now and again but not a lot worth debating tbh, we’re starting to feel as a club a tad irrelevant.
I’ve been saying we’re skint and we need to sell before we buy for 7 years on here, it’s horrible being proved right every year. I wish I was wrong but in the PL money talks
ENIC’s business plan is looking as dated as that brazil team, the goons are closing a deal for sanchez (a real world class star) & we’re looking at nobodies from swansea, depressing '
shedboy2
09/07/2014 11:00:00
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people keep going on about playing a Rodriguez Role, please explain what a Rodriguez Role is? It is becoming a bit of a cliche that need clarification.
Horny Helen
09/07/2014 11:01:00
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HH ... I agree with you on the strikers. We can make do with the ones we have. There are more important positions we need to improve, imo.
Geofspurs
09/07/2014 11:02:00
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82spursdebut- where's the lie?
shedboy2
09/07/2014 11:02:00
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frank-"the process we need to go through is similar to that they faced by brendan rodgers when he succeeded Dalglish at pool".spot on
tarkan mardinCOYS
09/07/2014 11:03:00
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but the bindippers were prepared to lose money in the process knowing they fecked up.BUT daniel levy will not do this,he would want all his money back.not happenning
tarkan mardinCOYS
09/07/2014 11:06:00
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FRANK, i couldn't disagree more, to get rid of players with one season after 2 poor managers is not the way to go, let MP see what he has then make a decision, yes we wont get players in for awhile but my be we only need a couple, LB, CB thats it because we are ample else were
spurs50yrs
09/07/2014 11:06:00
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Feck Arsenal!...So they get Sanchez, yep another player suited to the Right wing. Great!...OH! hold on, Walcott and Chamberlain play that role. Yeah, so Sanchez can play striker, performance certainly suffers when he is the lone striker however. No doubting his ability, but has he really made them a whole lot stronger.

I remember not too long ago Walcott stating he wanted the striker berth through the middle, I see nothing more than fallout ensuing at Arsenal with all these same type players being signed. Feck them, Let's concentrate on Spurs and vote on which day we should choose for the open top bus parade showing of our newly claimed Premier League trophy. COYS!.
Cider spurs
09/07/2014 11:09:00
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Liverpool's league position prior to last season was 7th, 6th, 8th, 7th then 2nd. Brendan Rogers took over a team that with lower expectation levels. Yes he did make changes but lets see what he does this season.
Kong
09/07/2014 11:13:00
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Draxler apparently report the Metro? And Origi in for talks today. I think i'd cum if we got them both.
Sebastian Short
09/07/2014 11:15:00
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Some people feel the need to rebuild almost an entire team it seems. In the grand scheme of things finishing 6th, after what I'm sure we will all agree on, was a bad season, is not a crisis. It will surely set us back more if we now go and try to integrate a whole load of new guys in to the squad. New players trying to gel with current players that haven't yet gelled themselves? Why would Poch want to make his job tougher than it already is?
MAN ON!
09/07/2014 11:16:00
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Man on-because he should get a free hit getting his own players and getting them to gel.just like brendan rodgers was
tarkan mardinCOYS
09/07/2014 11:19:00
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Does anyone believe the Metro? COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
09/07/2014 11:20:00
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Hear Hear MAN ON well said
spurs50yrs
09/07/2014 11:20:00
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We will not be spending much this window. It was said last season, again I'll state, we will be looking to improve what we have under the stewardship of Poch. We will only make signings in key areas, we will be looking to offload more than we bring in, all other business will be about potential unless a truly amazing offer presents itself that is too good to turn down.

I don't think we'll even be getting a LW, I think Poch will work with Townsend and Chadli, maybe even reinstating Rose as a LW with a new LB signed and Fryers as second fiddle.

I think Remy should be added to the current strikers, he can play anywhere LWF,CF,RWF so would provide great options. His signing would allow us to cover the option of two positions some feel we are short in. LW and striker. Ade playing well, Remy LWF, Lamela RWF. Ade off the boil, Remy switch to CF. £8 million?...Got Levy written all over it. With Sanchez to Arsenal almost done, I think our striker business regarding Remy will happen pretty soon.
Cider spurs
09/07/2014 11:20:00
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MAN ON! the defence is priority. Everything else should wait imo. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
09/07/2014 11:22:00
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Draxler apparently report the Metro? And Origi in for talks today. I think i'd cum if we got them both. Sebastian Short Maybe we can cum together Seb HHXX
Horny Helen
09/07/2014 11:22:00
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How can anybody say our strikers "will do for now", does everybody forget our abysmally disgraceful GD figure last season? Do we expect to get a minimum of 20 penalties, this season so that Soldado can justify his fee. The most important factor in football is scoring goals, that after all is the objective of the game, to score more than the opposition, it doesn't matter if it is 1-0 or 5-4 you have to score more than them or you can't prevail. If it is not obvious to some that we lack creativity, and penetration, as well as quality at CB and LB then I think "they should go to Specsavers". It was hard to keep up last season, as 6th place, and a scraped by the skin of our teeth EL position proves, but given the quality World class signings being made by rivals, it will be harder this time, as we appear to be determined to do nothing of note to improve.
Frank
09/07/2014 11:23:00
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cider-than we have hired a monkey grinder
tarkan mardinCOYS
09/07/2014 11:23:00
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Cider ... A SUNNY SUNDAY!
Geofspurs
09/07/2014 11:26:00
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Then again...Remy might join Arsenal. Like the great Toyah once sang...IT'S A MYSTHEREE...OH IT'S A MYSTHEREE.
Cider spurs
09/07/2014 11:26:00
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Geof...I know you are a few hours ahead in Sunny OZ, but surely it's not Sunday already?. ;-)
Cider spurs
09/07/2014 11:30:00
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James ... I agree with you. The one thing I would like to see is that we start the season with a STRONG back line.
Geofspurs
09/07/2014 11:30:00
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Shedboy2 and Frank- top, top posts. glad some of us can see the reality.82spurs you must be smoking wacky backy if you think left back position is covered. lol
topspur53
09/07/2014 11:32:00
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Frank, we cant blame just the strikers for our lack of goals, and the poor service they had im not surprised we were poor, with better team plan and another season under there belt we will improve for sure
spurs50yrs
09/07/2014 11:33:00
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Frank ... You can blame two areas for a poor goal difference, not just the strikers. If we’d had an organised defence and a working MF we would have scored more and conceded less. Our goal difference would have looked much better. I think we need to improve the defence more than the attack because Levy is not going to improve both.
Geofspurs
09/07/2014 11:35:00
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It's not even sunny ... cold, wet, and windy.
Geofspurs
09/07/2014 11:37:00
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very windy indeed
spurs50yrs
09/07/2014 11:40:00
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We need a strikers, we always need strikers, it has been what's stopped us progressing for the past 5 years? Even if Poch sorts out the rest of the team if we are left with a bored Ade, still out of form Soldado and a inexperienced Kane we'll never get near top 4.

Also we need improvements at the back, previous years we were solid but 6-0, 5-0, 5-1, 4-0 and 4-0 says last year we might have lost the plot - sorry to remind you but let's not be deluded into thinking we were any good - wholesale changes are required.

Midfield I think we have everything needed in our squad and it is just about getting the most from our players - one brilliant addition, someone Poch not Baldini or Levy wants would be great but has to be his man and has to be exceptional.
T.H.F.Chris
09/07/2014 11:41:00
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Frank.. We weren't working well as a team. From back to front we had problems. We can blame both the defence and attack. One area we tend not to blame is our midfield. Could it be that that this was the main problem area? Not enough hard work, cohesion and understanding and, lacking the effort and skills needed to support our defence and be creative in linking our forward play.
MAN ON!
09/07/2014 11:43:00
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Wholesale changes are NOT NEEDED that is so WRONG
spurs50yrs
09/07/2014 11:44:00
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get a LB get a CB , get Bony. sorted till Poch works with the others.tweak it in January window if need be.
topspur53
09/07/2014 11:44:00
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i disagree somewhat with those who say midfield is sorted.it may be sorted in terms of numbers but not sure quality wise are good enough.
tarkan mardinCOYS
09/07/2014 11:45:00
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a centralmidfield of sandro,dembele and paulinho will not work.far too similar and not pochettino types.
tarkan mardinCOYS
09/07/2014 11:47:00
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The quality is there it just needs tinkering and putting people in the right place
spurs50yrs
09/07/2014 11:48:00
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man on- spot on about the lack of effort from the midfield. Cider- Remy will go to the Gooners
topspur53
09/07/2014 11:49:00
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BONY
tarkan mardinCOYS
09/07/2014 11:50:00
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In defence it is 50yrs; scoring own goals for fun, getting sent off, contending in the first minute we were awful.

MAN ON I agree the midfield had a lot to be blamed for but I think the players are good enough, manager just needs to mange them better.

1 or 2 strikers, 1 midfielder, 2-3 first choice defenders.
T.H.F.Chris
09/07/2014 11:54:00
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I don't think midfield can escape blame...trouble is people are quick to blame CM...the main problem has been from the flanks...Eriksen put in some good performances from the left going forward but neglected his defensive duties, Gylfi couldn't do anything well enough there, Chadli hasn't had much of a chance but looks a bit one paced...on the other side we had Andros not passing, not tracking etc to be replaced by a better team player in Lennon but one who doesn't suit the current formation and doesn't offer enough of a goal threat...imo we could really use a LW...we can ship out gylfi and andros to pay for him without missing them!
shedboy2
09/07/2014 11:55:00
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