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Poch & Lamela

So who will be Poch`s first team? Poch is trying to shore up the back and tackle our left side. Pochettino approached his first full season as Southampton manager, using Dejan Lovren and midfield anchorman Victor Wanyama to secure the back four. These early acquisitions in the summer of 2013/14 helped the Saints boast the best defensive record in the Premier League after 12 games of last season, having conceded only seven goals. But like AVB kept Spurs tight to start with, that solid defensive philosophy came to the detriment of our attacking play.
Poch likes a counter attacking transition so can we expect to see our defence to send the link ball up to the forward players? Morgan Schneiderlin hailed Lovren`s use of the ball, insisting his 'ability to break lines with simple passes' entirely changed the way in which Southampton operated.

Having seen the Schalke game I still have concerns over our defence. I am still not sure we have addressed the position of CB. Last season we just couldn`t keep goals out. Are the signings of Ben Davies, Eric Dier enough? Is Musacchio big enough for PL football especially if Poch plays the high line?

Poch urges his teams to press high and aggressively with the intention of funnelling any attacking danger out to the wide areas rather than through the middle. That takes stamina and I am not sure with Poch still wanting to play the high line that Verts, Kaboul or Dawson can turn fast enough to keep their shape.

Walker and Rose are just frustrated wingers and if they have to get back quickly it`s usually when they are right up the other end of the pitch. Musacchio is apparently short and squat, great for getting out of the defensive line and snuffing out the ball but if he misses? With no pace to get back any high balls or through balls will be left to Lloris once again to play Sweeper.

There were three players who were pivotal to Southampton`s attack in the Pochettino`s system. The most advanced is a central striker, powerful enough to occupy the defence by themselves but also skilled on the ball, a role Dani Osvaldo and Rickie Lambert played - enter Adebayor, so I hope he and Poch get on and Ade doesn`t start slacking off in training cos` Poch runs an almost Royal Marine style training schedule.

Next there is a wide forward, given freedom to rove across the line and play as a genuine second striker at times, a position that Jay Rodriguez fulfilled. Enter Soldado or Lamela! Lamela is happy to cut in off his flank and play behind a central striker at times and he is an accomplished dribbler, averaging 2.45 successful take-ons per game even if he did have a damp squib debut season at Spurs. Part of the reason why Lamela was bought was because at Roma, Lamela notched 15 times from a wide right position. This matched Rodriguez Premier League output for the Saints from the left. Like the Saints man, if Lamela were to replicate his Roma form, he provides the added bonus of being more creative than Rodriguez, laying on 56 chances for his teammates in Serie A 2012-13 compared to the England player`s 20 last season.

What about Bobby Soldado? Poch may get more out of Soldado if he plays him interlinking with Lamela and Eriksen rather than trying to play him up front as a lone striker because Soldado`s one touch play, when he gets the ball, is great to watch and easy on the eye. Some of Soldado`s passing game is incisive and with Lamela and Eriksen playing the channels Adbayour and Bobby could receive a good service.The third, and most important player; the creative forward given a free role in Southampton`s attack played by Adam Lallana. Enter Christian Eriksen.

At Saints Poch used an advanced central midfielder, an important part in Pochettino`s attacking play, Steven Davis the man most regularly entrusted to provide backup to the front three at Southampton could be the perfect role for Dembele or Paulinho but is Paulo good enough? Does Dembele have the ball control, can he drop the habit of holding on to the ball for one touch too many. To me Dembele would be preferred but I have a feeling Poch may get the best out of Paulo in this high tempo style but Holtby has the best engine than any of them. On paper Adebayor, Lamela, Eriksen and Paulinho should be as deadly a quartet as any in the Prem

So what does that leave us with? A Musacchio/Vertonghen combo? Walker on the right and Ben Davies on the left Lloris in Goal? So who plays deep midfield? If Lamela takes the left would Townsend take the right over Lennon? What about Depay if he comes in?

If Poch plays two deep Central midfielders then I don`t understand how Lewis Holtby can be moved out or Sandro sidelined. Then there is Bentaleb, although having a good World Cup, he still would not be in my first eleven. What about Etienne Capoue? The forgotten man, he can do everything Schneiderlin can do? What does Poch see in Shneiders game that is better than Capoue?

A fit Capoue is very similar in style to Schneiders. As footballers, they are similar. Both are strong upright runners who read the game extremely well and have the ability to pass. In the pre season USA tour Etienne looked solid. He has good ball control he can go past players and he has a good repertoire of passes. He played the full 90 minutes against Chicago. He was in it from start to finish, sweeping up, playing the ball forward between the lines, and mixing things up.

On balance Spurs have a better cast of characters than Southampton already except for our back four, which is still suspect. But.....are the team fit enough to run the opposition down? do we have the legs in the squad? Let`s see if our Argentinean Gaucho Mauricio Roberto Pochettino Trossero can change this squad from the sideways pass to the counter attacking killer pass game.

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Date:Tuesday August 12 2014

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First game isn't long now!!!
spurticus87
Sandro..is better than Sneiderlin.....Capoue can be better than both, one day. Forget about new players.....find your eleven /18 ..to start the season with a win. AND we SHOULD be winning versus a Wetspam side, without Carroll.
82spursdebut
Great article oy veh, we definetly need another cb, the thought of Dawson playing every weak is mortifying! The problem with playing Soldado as a second striker is he doesn't score outside the box, although his link up play is fantastic! Maybe he could study van der verts late runs into the box, infact I think he could be a better, fitter, quicker version if he plays in that mould
spurticus87
82, I am really looking forward to seeing what a fully fit Capoue has to offer under poch. Him, lamela and Townsend are the three I'm really looking forward to watching develop under him
spurticus87
what has capoue done at his time with us to merit the vote of confidence.zilch.and his not better than schneiderlin.
tarkan mardinCOYS
Good article, enjoyable read....I am sure we're looking to bring in a few more...I think over the next few weeks there will be numerous sales, and up to 3 more acquisitions, CB, Schneiderlin, and a left sided attacker. However, I wouldn't be too surprised if we didn't bring anyone else in and Poch gave himself until Jan to asses their ability in the league. One things for sure, I'm starting to get really excited by Lamela....that lad is the key, if he can score 15+ (massive IF), then thats the difference between 6th & 4th....Saturday can't come soon enough, early sacking of Tim aside, I think we've kind of gone under the radar this last month, slowly going about things, I'm trying to not set expectations too high, I really am, but I have a feeling Poch could do really really well for us...COYS
King26
Oh Veh - nice article. What you're basically saying is that we have a very good squad and need to find the right selections for each match. Interestingly, one of the best centre half pairings of the Prem years was Carvalho and Terry. That's Carvalho at 6' and Terry at 6'2". Interestingly, Vertonghen and Dier are 6'2" and both Chiriches and Musacchio are 6'. As long as they have the football brains and discipline there is no reason why we can't find decent pairings there.

The advantage Poch now has is versatile midfielders. We all know Paulinho, Dembele and Bentaleb can play further forward and we know that we can drop Holtby and Eriksen in if we need to. It's just a case whether Poch can instil his methods into players in more than on position. He was relatively lucky with injuries at Southampton and managed to get the team pretty consistent. I'll be shocked if Spurs go a season at the bottom go the injury league.
muttley
We should be beating them even with Carroll. Whether we will is another story.
BelgianSpur
really hope that lamela dosnt get preferential treatment from poch.
tarkan mardinCOYS
Capoue is way better than Sneiderlin......in the fact he has played football this summer.....Sneid' can't even get on a footy pitch !! (probably forgot what a football is )...when did he last play !!??? Actually..i said Sandro is better than Snederlin...and Capoue will be better than both, one day.
82spursdebut
Last time I looked, Musacchio and Depay are not our players. Anyway, defence is also one of my concerns. Our defending didn't look that good in pre-season. The CMs need to protect the back four better. Verts and Naughton look like certain starters in defence, Davies/Rose is probably 50/50 (Davies for me), the other CB will most likely be Kabool unless Dier gets a surprise start. Eriksen and Lamela are certain startes with Capoue as a DM, I'd pick Holtby as CM, Townsend/Lennon 50/50. Soldado will start because he is more match fit, I think.
Jables
I hope he does get Preferential treatment and starts the Wetspam game.......if you look at THFC's record.....when Lamela playing......we hardly lost a game.
82spursdebut
82spursdebut-not at the expense of anton townsend.no way jose.
tarkan mardinCOYS
i would go for lennon and townsend and look to bring lamela on as sub if we need him
tarkan mardinCOYS
I don't think there's any way we spend 30 million on a player to not start him when fit. Plus, we've seen that Towsend and Lennon can't score to save their lives. It might actually be benefivcial to see if Lamela can (like he did in Italy).
BelgianSpur
Tarkan, he had a tremendous start and then got injured. He has shown good defensive qualities and a good range of passing. I will not judge any player truly under the awful management of AVB or Sherwood
spurticus87
not sure why we're talking about CB's playing that we don't even have!...although we do have a glut of CB's!...we could use another goal scorer...even with Llalana, rodriguez, shaw, Lambert et al...big Sam still took 4 of the 6 points available from Poch last year.....swap Andros for remy would be a great move and start to address our lack of goals (even if Remy doesn't score it will remove a big barrier that stopped others scoring last term!)...imo Chadli or Kane should fill the rodriguez role....Capoue is a complete player and we don't want to return to a soft underbelly team....
shedboy2
erik needs to be eased into the team and if that means picking and choosing games so be it.spammers away will be too tough for the guy
tarkan mardinCOYS
Too add to the Townsend, Lennon, lamela debate. Poch likes a high tempo pressing game that will require regular rotation and substitutions ensuring all 3 will play regularly
spurticus87
I'd have them both starting for the two London derbies.
82spursdebut
As for Capoue vs. Schneiderlin, they have largely similar backgrounds. Capoue's injury hasn't helped him, but he's been very reliable for Toulouse. The big advantage of Schneiderlin is that he knows English football. The advantage of Capoue is that he's a much bigger physical presence (almost 4 inches taller and much stronger). He can be deadly from set pieces.
BelgianSpur
Lennon may make a excellent impact sub' ...or a few quid for a Goalscorer.
82spursdebut
I know i will get shot down for saying this but, Lennon will have hes best year under this system, there i have said it and now i duck, coys
spurs50yrs
Lennon should be lauded for his work rate and defensive qualities. And Townsend should be lauded for his work rate and willingness to run at defenses. However, neither offer a true goalscoring threat. If both played together, I feel the overreliance on the striker may unbalance the team. Play one or the other with Lamela, with the other coming on as an impact sub. It'd be a good way to strike a balance between attacking and defending.
BelgianSpur
Lennon applauded for his defensive work !!!!...do me a Favor !.....post me some Belgian Chocs' !!
82spursdebut
Best not to drop either Lamela or Townsend....they are brimming with Confidence.
82spursdebut
In fact....play....Lennon, Adebayor, Lamela, Townsend...with Sandro and Capoue....Cdms'....in the 2 London Derbies......that'll really frighten the opposition.
82spursdebut
Lennons goalscoring doesn't worry me as much as his ability to play anywhere but wide right in a 4-4-2.
RAF Yid
82spursdebut-im glad you aint manager
tarkan mardinCOYS
I wouldn't have Andros anywhere near the team but if we are to use him, use him early and sell as soon as possible....he'll make the most impact of the whole season within his first 5 games....
shedboy2
82- our pressing and high line means there won't be too much space behind the oppo for Lennon and Andros to run into....so I guess you're expecting them to rip teams apart with their incisive passing?...;)
shedboy2
Why !?.....would I excite you too much !?....we need two wins.....attack the opposition goal..directly.
82spursdebut
raf - agree, that's his limitation but this season should be a passing of the baton from Lennon
shedboy2
Wetspam....will lose the ball around our penalty area.....and we will spring into action....counterattack style......They will batter our walls. (Dier/Kaboul/Sandro/Capoue)....but will fail..and be suckered with our counterattacks.. Best way to prevent a all out siege by the opposition...is to show them our pace, that way...they will not commit too many men forward....and just play long balls...for us to pick up and out pace their static players.
82spursdebut
if we play a side to side possession passing game......they will put their walls up and watch and laugh at us >>LOLOLLOLLOOL
82spursdebut
good article but just on thing if lamella scored 15 goals from wide right why would we play him on the left ?
montyspurs
Let those 4 attacking players...move around..swopping side to side and central.
82spursdebut
It is almost like Lennon has forgotten what he used to do best. It was only a few seasons ago that he used to terrorise left backs including ashley cole, get the the byline and hit a bad cross across the penalty area for no one to knock in. How good we were when Lennon and Bale were operating the wings. If Lennon has passed his best, then is he worth having at all. Rather get someone with more of an eye for goal, like Remy.
vicspur
Judging from some comments from some posters on here I may have missed some events at Spurs ... When did the club sign Schneiderlin ? When did andros and azza score and last frighten the opposition with their wizardly play? Judging by Saturdays azza's finishing skills could be related to a barn door ? Looking forward to the game on Saturday - reluctantly going again to one of the worst grounds in PL.... COTMS ... Let's back present players rather than the potential and maybe players of the club ... That would be a nice starting place for backing the team fully in earnest!
Highgatespur
Bit of a Football history story. Early 1980's....Liverpool were dominating the titles. Along...out of the Blue....came a little ol' Watford. Continually promoted, through the divisions. Till they reached the 1st division (prem'). Low and behold....they played the best attacking football ever seen..for a while.....surprised every one. Played 4,2,4..with Callaghan and Barnes on the wings. They finished 2nd.....no mean feet, considering first season in the top division. 1985.....history...almost repeated itself.....when Peter Shreeve...took over as manager of THFC. He played 4,2,4...for the first two thirds of the season. By Xmas...we was top....and then gradually fizzled out and lost out to Everton. He surprised everyone....by playing two wingers...Chiedozie, Galvin.....with Hazard and Stevens in the midfield. Now, I'm not saying THFC should play 4,2,4....but for these two London Derbies....that we should get 6 points from.....Let's Show some enterprise...and attacking flair.
82spursdebut
Apart from Lennon, Andros and Rose of course... Oh, and Dawson.
MAN ON!
82spursdebut totally agree with your last two posts - COTMS!
Highgatespur
82- you think Big sam will be lulled into letting us counter?....Imo he'll pump it into the channels or target our weakest CB in the air(anyone having a debut will become acquainted with Nolan and Noble!)...he'll allow a runner to support the striker together with which ever wing is attacking...we'll need some steel in there capoue for example...too many light players like Andros and Lennon will see us over powered... we've not seen anything of the WC players so who'll come in is a guess...
.....................Ade.................
Chadli...........Eriksen......Lamela..
..........Holtby........Capoue..........
Davies......Verts....Kaboul....Naughton
.....................Lloris........................
shedboy2
82spursdebut. I think that's what Pochettino intends us to do.
MAN ON!
highgate-so what has lamela done?even less than those 2.at 30 million quid.dont make me laff
tarkan mardinCOYS
Good team shed, except I'd play Rose and have Messi in place of Christian...
MAN ON!
Good article, Oyveh. I canít fault your rationalisation but all the possible combinations make my head spin! Canít wait for the weekend when all the speculation goes out the window and we can actually see what MPís team looks like!
Geofspurs
Vertonghen hasn't set foot on a football pitch for some time. Let Big Sam....pump to the corners....that is not direct threat action !!! Holtby...is too rash and will give away silly freekicks in our own half..and they will set piece..pump the ball into our box. Holtby...is a liability......not good enough.
82spursdebut
I would play Lamela to see how he goes. WHU away at the Boleyn is a good place to see if he's up for it and ready to rumble. He may well surprise us all. Townsend in reserve.
MAN ON!
let's not forget that we will have to be able to defend set pieces....and there won't be open spaces for speedsters to gallop into...although if there is Ade can gobble up the ground and Lamela isn't slow....chadli is a unit and knows where the back of the net is there are goals in holtby, eriksen, Lamela and of course Ade....not to mention Verts and Kaboul when they come up and Capoue can chip in so goals throughout the team, defensively strong - on the deck and in the air...we are not a team coming up through the divisions that will take anyone by surprise West Ham won't come to try and outplay us in a nicely spread out formation....
shedboy2
it's impossible to stop pace.....unless you trip someone over......let them do that to our pacy attack...and see them get suckered from our set pieces....with our big guns.
82spursdebut
82- holtby a liability yet you have Andros in? I guess you missed his 10 game run last season....
shedboy2
Chadli.....my god....another one that hasn't been on a footy pitch playing proper football, for some time. The crowd will scare him !!!...lol
82spursdebut
For me this is a bit too much analysis based on not much track record. Poch has only been on these shores 1.5 seasons. Sure there is some indication on how it will be, but for me it is a different squad, with different qualities. However he inherited a squad with ageing & crocked CBs, and weak LB side, and not solid at RB either. In midfield Poch has a plethora of options, and most under performed last season. For me Walker is NOT a frustrated winger, but Rose is. Rose has no sense of defensive responsibily, and is slow to track back. Not really a full back, but may make a wing back. Walker for me is an out and out wing back. He is neither a winger nor a traditional full back. He is not a strong defender, nor is he that good at attacking. What he does has is pace and energy. Harry used that pretty well, but AVB completely missed the mark with Walker. Walker must get up and down the wing, otherwise there is no real point in having him. I am hoping to see Lennon get more freedom than he has had in the last few years. I believe that he intrinsic qualities would come out. He is not the sort to come out showing it unless given the freedom. He has been very much restricted. There are many here who have lost faith in his ability to threaten, but I believe that it is there. The problem is that we have sooo many options up there that he has to show it pretty quickly, otherwise he will lose miss his chance and someone else will take it. I feel that Poch will give all attacking midfielders a good go. But central midfield will be more contentious. Can't play them all. That will be interesting. If Holtby can cut out those silly rash challanges from the other day, I fancy his getting a lot of play there. I am hopeful that we see a lot of Chadli too.
TonyRich
82spursdebut.. Myself, I wouldn't underestimate the man they call Big Sam. He may not be a master of the art of beautiful football but he's not a tactical fool.
MAN ON!
Phuck last season.....the boy is on form NOW.
82spursdebut
erik lamela still needs to be monitored carefully.an intimidating boleyn ground with kevin crap nolan,diame biting at you may psychologically feck him up for good.wait for an easy home game and/or europa cup games to blend him in
tarkan mardinCOYS
No one....can stop Pace.....
82spursdebut
its ridicilous i need to write this given he cost 30 million.he should be the real deal both mentally and physically
tarkan mardinCOYS
it's impossible to stop pace? deny space....look at Andros pace to burn no end product, no goals and gifts the ball back to the oppo....pace is not the be all and end all....it's useful when used correctly but to have a speedboat without a driver going forward and a passenger when not in possession isn't the way to go...
shedboy2
Big Sam got suckered by that Aussie team.....the exact way, I suggest. He won't expect it from MoPo...but MoPo...can enter(sur)prise.
82spursdebut
82 - Is that why Ossie failed, as he went 4-1-5 ?? I'f only he'd have gone with the proven 4-2-4 who knows what might have been ;)
King26
Only way to deny space...is by putting more men in the way......that then leaves space !!
82spursdebut
Sos' meant only way to deny pace...is by putting more men in the way. This then creates more space....
82spursdebut
To stop pace is very easy if you play Sam's way. The Boleyn is a very compact ground and space can be easily closed down and with bodies, the odd nudge, barge and trip, pace and momentum can be easily stifled.
MAN ON!
Tarkin'.....what you mean like what happenend in Italy and Argentina !?
82spursdebut
82spursdebut.. I do like your optimism and I believe we'll get the better of WH. I just don't see that it can be as easy as you suggest...
MAN ON!
It's a bigger pitch than THFC's.......Big Sam'...poor chap...yes, let's not give him a coronary. Best we just play it from side to side...and bore ourselves to sleep.......Night all ;-)
82spursdebut
Cap as to be no1 dmf for us this season to get better game by game and be far better than shedi,ln. Sandro needs games also. A partner for verts is a must as another season with daws will be know better than the other seasons he as played.free to new home and does not bite. Coys
bazdog
Good article OVM thanks, I will query our defence re Schalke game. The half-time subs didn't alter our defence and I can't remember Lloris having a save to make before all the other subs started. First Eriksen for Sandro, then Bentaleb for Carroll and then Kaboul for Fryers were changed then we were opened up. IMHO we were quite tight until then.
longtimespur
tarkan mardinCOYS.. I was thinking exactly the same about Lamela but sod it, get him in there. If he's not ready now, he never will be. Argentinian and Italian football is not played by fairies in tutu's and ballet shoes. He can take the knocks.
MAN ON!
tarkan mardin COYS ..... I thought Capoue was the stand out player, along with Holtby, during our pre-season so I disagree with you on him. Maybe not as good as Schneiderlin but at least HE is a Spurs player.
longtimespur
82spursdebut. Not by much and WHL is small. I was referring more to the stadium than the size of the pitch. It is an imposing place for a Spurs team on the first day of a new season. I'm not worried though because you'll not be the one selecting the team formation. ;-)
MAN ON!
Its all conjecture, the manager has to play with what he's got. In terms of forwards Adeneyor is the only target man we have people can play off. But for the second striker you could play Soldado, Lamela, Kane, even play Lennon or Townsend there if you had to. But who says he'll play a target man every game ? Against Schalke he played Holtby and Bentalab in midfield, a very attacking choice. Play the same formation with Sandro and Capoue in there and it looks very different. A military axiom is no battleplan survives first contact with the enemt, expect Allardyce to deny us space and pressure us in the air on set pieces.
jod
Who of us, including Poch, wants us to play boring side to side football anyway?
MAN ON!
i think we need to stop the bleading against the hammers.i would take a draw.they've got merchandise celebrating the treble from last season ffs
tarkan mardinCOYS
entwistle. I agree. Why pussyfoot around with Lamela? If he's to shine in the PL, he needs to prove it against every and any damn team.
MAN ON!
ive actually got slightly more hope for soldado than i have for lamela.please let me be proved wrong
tarkan mardinCOYS
I like shedboy2's selection for this game. I think against teams like WH, you need players that can score goals from outside the box as it will be very difficult to get any space inside it. Ade, Lamela, Eriksen and Chadli and even Capoue all have the ability to do this. I will single out Lamela here as during pre-season, he took a lot of shots - most of which drew good saves from the opposition 'keeper. Think I might put a sneaky bet on him scoring first. I can also see Lamela and Eriksen drawing plenty of free kicks in good areas for an Eriksen special.

As for how I think the game will go, I don't think it will be anything like last seasons games. We completely succumbed to WH's physicality and didn't give any back. I am hoping by pressing WH high and not giving them any time on the ball, we may show them how to play aggressively without resorting to foul play. Looking forward to it!
trevox
tarkan hits on something- we can not afford to lose against the spammers...the pressure would be straight on and could de-rail the season...no point andros and lennon running around our end of the pitch and then being a foot too small to pick up their man on a corner....you can't teach height!
shedboy2
what did Mopo get? 1 point out of 6 last season against West Ham?...hope he's learned how to vary things...
shedboy2
shedboy-better than what we did.
tarkan mardinCOYS
1st game against Spam last year we had naughton at LB, Gylfi LW and Andros rw...those issues should now be resolved (only a fool would put Andros out there RW for this game)...kaboul needs to keep on his feet....no andy carrol (will wickham be in time?)....valencia not up to speed...we should be set to exact a little pay back....
shedboy2
we have to put Lamela out there...he needs a run to see what he can produce... we need to see if if he can re-produce the form from Italy and the form that got him the move to Italy in the first place...
shedboy2
shedboy-his only done it in italy and in usa tour.once he steps on british shores his confidence drains-ala schalke
tarkan mardinCOYS
that's why he needs a run...his confidence will grow as long as the morons don't get on his back after a couple of games....
shedboy2
but Tarkan at least he has done it!...We know Andros can't produce in the PL, the championship or league 1....never has and he's a year older than Lamela....if we can swap him for Remy we should snap their arm off....before his adrenaline runs out and he gets injured...again.
shedboy2
shedboy-stop being a clown.townsend was brilliant in the early part of last season and the season before was a brilliant performer for qpr on loan
tarkan mardinCOYS
tarkan- he was a liability first part of last season....one of the main reasons we couldn't score for toffee, didn't pass to the striker and gifted the ball back by blazing over the bar with incessant off target shooting...he was statistically the worst forward in the whole of Europe! again at QPR he started on fire a pot shot went in and he got rave reviews before fading away...you may be impressed by running really fast into cul de sacs but I like our players to be able to play football...
shedboy2
be as that may thats a damn side better than lamela who not once showed any glimpses of 30 million talent
tarkan mardinCOYS
Both Lamela and Townsend have got lots to prove. I cannot see Townsend making it at Spurs. I do eventually seeing him maturing into a useful player. But I do feel that he would have moved on by then.
TonyRich
shedboy - wasn't he about the only one getting us into the final 3rd though? He could have done what the rest did and turned sideways and backwards but he pushed us into attacking areas. Yes, he messed up quite a few times but that was a very different setup under AVB. Townsend has trained very hard over the summer to get himself as fit as he's ever been. Now we'll find out whether he can adapt into Poch's philosophy and have the talent to get into our team. I'm not sure any of us have seen enough of him yet to judge whether he'll ultimately make it. I can see a bit of Etherington in him but I still have an open mind for now.
muttley
muttley - yep. Agree. Etherington is the sort of thing. He left us, and then eventually became quite useful. I believe that Townsend may mirror that. But at the same time, I totally agree that we haven't seen enough relevant action from him to judge yet. But the gut feeling is that he is not going to mature as we need him to. Has the tools and confidence no doubt.
TonyRich
TR - with Etherington, I was thinking more of his one trick pony reputation. I hope Andros has more about him.
muttley
entwistle- we can go round and round on this again but andros has never produced and if you watch him he's an adrenaline player unable to perform at his peak for any length of time with any consistency...it's that adrenaline that fools people...looks electric but doesn't have the touch, technique, decision making ability, passing range or heading ability to make it at the top....and don't get me started on him defensively...
shedboy2
so muttley you want to praise him for running up field on his own...yep commendable he must start...;)
shedboy2
entwistle, it doesn't really matter who scores the goals so long as we are scoring them. If Soldado is creating chances, it will not bother me at all so long as he converts, more often than not, when he is set up. I thought he Lennon and Lamela looked really sharp. If we can get Eriksen, Holtby, Townsend, Chadli and Adebayor on the same wavelengths as the others, we can chop and change the front four and it could become quite dynamic. The pace and energy of Holtby and Townsend can also make them interesting sub options in some games, as could Paulinho and Kane. I don't think we are that bad off up front, we just need all of the 10 or 11 options linking well together and working for each other. What is critical is that Townsend, Paulinho, Soldado and Adebayor stop wasting chances the result in turnovers of possession. I would rather see a parried shot than see one a foot over the bar. We were far too wasteful last season.

My biggest concern is not the offence but rather the huge gap we leave in between the attacking players and the defending players. Any decent MF will rip us a new one if we don't sort that. Capoue did a great job in preseason against far lower quality opposition. PL teams will not be so generous. COYS
peterballb
Let's just say that both Lamela and Townsend represent PL potential. Neither has shown anything in the PL to demand being a starter. Lamela gets the edge for me because he has proven, in another league, that he can, not only compete, but excel. Serie A is not a joke, especially on the defensive side of the ball. In one season at Roma Lamela probably scored more goals than Townsend has at all of his loans and in his PL time. Fact is, in all competitions, Townsend was well behind Chadli in contribution and both Lamela and Chadli are defensively responsible players. Townsend is far better than at the start of last season, but he is a long way off. If our FB's are to burst forth, the instinctual coverage needs to be there and all of Lamela, Chadli, Lennon and Holtby are streets ahead of Townsend there. Lastly, for me, Townsend is a far better option off of the bench because of his pace. Tired legs, one bad foul in a good position and one sweet delivery from Eriksen could be the difference in a game. Same for Paulinho and Holtby. They are so much more direct, which, whenyou are chasing a game late, is exactly what is needed. COYS
peterballb
I think we are all hoping that Lamela turns into another Ronaldo and Capoue turns into another Yaya Toure.
vicspur
So we should study Southampton last season to get clues to our future line upbut ignore Spurs full pre-season! What is obvious so far is that lloris, noughton, kaboul, rose, capoue, lennon, eirksen, lamela and soldado will start against West Ham with Verts seeming like the obvious CB partner and the cm berth being the only bone of contention.
Slurms McKenzie
Slurms McKenzie, I would suggest you are correct. I presume that Pochettino will play as settled and fit a side as he can at West Ham and would expect the same for QPR. He will have to use the Europa games to get others up to fitness. Adebayor, Sandro, Walker are just not fit. WC players are probably ot in the flow of things. Kaboul cannot play two games in a week. Lloris will play. I would expect Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen and Rose to be in front of him. Capoue partnered with Holtby. Soldado, Lennon, Lamela and Eriksen rounding the XI out. I would then expect the same players to go on against QPR with both legs of the Europa being the chance for players to get in shape and show that they deserve the PL games by Liverpool (with the break to follow). Last season Pochettino had his 13 preferred players. That won't work here at Spurs. Going to be a lot of talking points as this season goes on. Two PL wins to start the season and qualification for Europa Group statges is exactly what will be needed to propel us towards the Liverpool game with momentum behind us. COYS
peterballb
entwistle, it was his first season in England and he suffered a persnal tragedy. I am prepared to give him a mulligan as I have watched Adebayor and Defoe both have statistically poorer seasons for us. At least Soldado, even though he weas not scoring, was settling people up. He finished second in the squad for assists last season, and while it is not ideal, his preseason stats of 3 goals and 4 assists in 5 halves of footlball is pretty good and I would no more feak out at Adebayor or Defoe for having such stats any more than I would Soldado. What we need is 5 players up top that are all capable of scoring and setting up goals and who are creating chanes every week and who are converting as and when they have the chances. COYS
peterballb
And none of the players failed miserably. They had a poor first season. They know that. We know that. It's up to us to get behind them and it is up to them to deliver. That's Pochettino's remi, at its most basic. Get the players in the squad to play to their potential as individuals and as a team. COYS
peterballb
Let us not forget that big Sam had our number last season. This surely is a match that should not be taken lightly. As to who should play and what formation used, etc., I'm willing to observe what Mauricio does for a few matches before I feel compelled to start giving him my advise. If he needs my advise this week, we shouldn't have hired him, no?
Falstaff the Fool
Where are you AlexSpur? Come back, lad. Surely Ox didn't ban you? Of course not, you were among the most polite of the polite here. Come back to us.
Falstaff the Fool
Soldado and Lamela were expensive, but they have proven to have had very good seasons in 2 of the very best leagues in Europe. If there is sentiment, that is why. We are hoping that they do what we know they are capable of. They came no where near last season, and that reeks of a freak season. At the very least you expect them to have half decent seasons this time around, which would be an improvement. But with luck, good management, and the benefit of putting last season down to experience, at least one of them should deliver much, much more than that....hopefully both. We will have to simply wait and see...
TonyRich
Big Sam pulled the wool over on AVB in the first game. He talked up Defoe so much that Defoe was put in place of Soldado. Very little chemistry, a golden opportunity missed and they hit us on the counter. Second goal was very fortunate as it was a great save from Lloris that deflected in off the player. Third goal we had opened up and either we were going to score or they were. Defoe starting was, IMO, where the game was lost. Allardyce talked us in to that change and the team just could not retain possession. Anyway, huge two derbies to start the season and EL qualifying. Three crazy weeks to come. COYS
peterballb
Under MP, the Saints drew(0-0) at home and lost(3-1) away to Wham last season. In both games the Saints dominated large periods of the game. With that being said, COYS.
Arky
entwistle- perhaps afford Lamela a run of 10 pl games before you decide if he can make it or not....one game will not. (even if he plays well)
shedboy2
Good article, but some of the ingredients are just not here. We have not signed, or seem anywhere to signing, if indeed we ever were to, Musacchio, Schneiderlin, Depay, they just ain't coming, and we appear to have no plan B, and if we continue to waste the window on these three, that we can't get, then neither will anybody else be coming, we will run out of time again. I can hear the re- run of the hackneyed excuse speech, by you know who that we have heard so many times before, "we tried to sign these players but we ran into difficulties we were unable to resolve". Apart from last summer, when Levy and Co. had a brainstorm, throwing their new found wealth from the Bale, Huddlestone, Dempsey, Caulker and Parker moves, about with gay abandon, on largely the wrong players, for the wrong positions, for too much money, this window has been typical of a normal Spurs window, we have seen them for at least 5-10 years, high on rumor, and promise, delivering little or nothing, whilst all around us potential rivals are spending and strengthening. Even the team that won the league have signed 6, in contrast we who finished a disappointing 6th, have spent about 30/- and have still not addressed the major problems at CB, and up front, deciding apparently that simply changing the coach will, as if by magic, turn donkeys into derby winners, no chance.
Frank
Little bit off topic but cleavage is back on the new SSN!!! just make sure they keep Keys and Gray away from SS5!!!
T.H.F.Chris
Re, Erik Lamela, I of course hope that he delivers on the hints of promise he has shown this summer, and that is all it is yet, promise. Until he excels in a few genuinely competitive PL games, rather than tripping the light fantastic, in non competitive friendlies against second rate opposition on the US tour, then nothing is in any way proven. He has to look the business and properly contribute in at least 75% of our league games, displaying consistent quality, before he justifies the large fee paid for him. Fulfilling a similar criteria is also required of Soldado, to prove his capability as a PL striker, and whether he like Lamela is worth his fee. Bony did it at Swansea last season, can Soldado do it at Spurs this time around.
Frank
Frank, Bale didn't look the business on a consistent basis until his last half season with us. Before that he was up, down and all over the place, largely invisible for large parts of games. Players like Eriksen, Lamela, Kane, Bentaleb, Dier, Fryers, Davies need to be given time, regardless of purchase price and expectations. They are still young. Players like Holtby, Townsend, Chadli, Mason, Carroll, Naughton, Walker are the ones that need to show that they deserve squad spots going forward. The veterans all need to show consistency and to demonstrate that they are a cut above from day 1.

As for the transfers Frank, like every August, there will be deals done at the wire when players we are interested finally accept that this is the best option available for them. Some of the deals will go though, some will not. If Southampton refuse to sell Schneiderlin or insist on 27M, it's not going to happen, even at the last. In Davies, Dier and Vorm we have managed to cover off some areas where we lacked quality cover/competition. Add to that the signings of Yahaya and Lazar, which have all gone under the radar, and I am not, in any way disappointed with what we have done. Yedlin and Musacchio would be great. Many sources are suggesting both are done but for announcements which could have as much to do with the selling club as ours. I have no idea. We'll see. September 2, we'll know where we are. COYS
peterballb
Peter are you sure mate??? Bale looked brilliant the moment he arrived,, scored a free kick in London derby, always looking to do something on the ball even from left back, I was gutted when he got injured at Newcastle so early on... Fair enough you might not have noticed that but the last half season Bale was a one man team, the season before that he was just World Class....

Looking at our clubs philosophy I don't think I really want another player like that, not at least until we are really challenging... Sounds crazy but we need a team, all pulling together and no one that exceptional... This is the only way I can see us winning things without the likes of Madrid, Utd, Barca cherry picking our best player.
T.H.F.Chris
T.H.F. Chris, disagree with you there. There were glimpses, here and there, but he only was a dominat player for half of a season. We couldn't win a game with him in the lineup. He would electrify in a CL game and then be invisible for weeks in the PL. The stats bear that out. So does his market value which went from about 20M to 86M in half a season. He went from good to dominant in half a season, and, a lot of that can be attributed to his work on free kicks where he became one of the best in the world. COYS
peterballb
Bale was considered a bit of a "Jonah" after 13 starts for Spurs. We did not win games with him in the line up and was on the brink of a loan spell.
Arky
I look forward to September 2nd Peter, I look forward to admitting I was wrong to criticise our transfer performance in the window, as we welcome Yedlin (probably will), and Musacchio (little chance), and Schneiderlin (no chance), after Levy speciality last minute "deals". I look forward to it, but in all honesty I can't see it happening.
Frank
BAE got injured and Bale got a run of successive games and the "boy" became electric.
Arky
Haha, Peter/Arky you are being blinded by the media,,, think about it,,, to suggest Bale failing to win a league game for x-amount of games was Bales fault also suggests he was the most influential player even as a bit part left back. Total rubbish lads, it was just random chance/fluke he did not win not a reflection on his performances.

And if he was so average during 2011/12 season why were we all desperate for him to stay, the talk then was of £40-50m bid not £20,,, prices wouldn't jump 20 to 86 in one season.
T.H.F.Chris
Peterbalb, there are subtle differences between Bale and Lamela. Bale came to Spurs from Southampton for a fee suggesting taking a punt on a promising player, to be developed. Lamela came for a king's ransom, a fee like that that Man Utd have paid for Shaw, way out of line with the player's achievements, and I would suggest way too much for mere potential. That's not the players fault, but it does place an onus on him to justify the faith shown in him, or the sheer stupidity of the buying club, by performing on the pitch. We could afford it to go tits up with Bale, but we can't with Lamela, and neither can he, for the sake of his future career.
Frank
T.H.F. Chris, I never said we lost because of him, I merely said he was not of the standard you suggest which is why Harry would have loaned him out or sold him, but for the injury and the ACN. His play was one-way. He was a terrible LB and when he played wing he never came back. His free kicks were poor and, athough very quick, his crosses were so hard and lacking in accuracy that they amounted to nothing. I'm not making it up. He was a player of obvious talent that had just not yet found his way. He found that in his last half season with us where he went from being a very good LW to a dominant player. COYS
peterballb
Firstly, it's not the players fault they get valued at what they do? Bale was bought as a 17 year old and from memory it was £7-8m. We got him in the summer and by the following January we'd put a new long term contract under his nose probably removing the clauses we needed to close the deal. Obviously there was a cost in salary associated with that. We paid him for the first 4 years before we arguably got any true 1st team impact from him and then the next 2 seasons were spectacular. At the end of his tenure, he would have been one of the highest earners at the club. Whilst we got £80m he probably cost us £30m. We bought Lamela as a 21 year old for £26m plus add-ons and he's so far cost us about £30m. As long as he has a long term contract then we should just treat him as a squad player. He might not become an £80m player but there's a great chance we get a great player and a significant impact on the field. That doesn't mean he has to do it right now though and we should give him time to develop into a great player.
muttley
Frank, I would suggest that the onus is even moreso on the club to make sure he is given every opportunity to realize that potential. And yes, like with Bentley, if it does not work out, I suspect his career will be done. I could not fathom why we would take the punt on him when it was clear that he did not suit AVB's style and certainly was not going to earn his place in the team as AVB expected. Wasted season. Let's hope that';s all it is.

And, on September 2, there are no congratulations that would be necessary. This is just Spurs being Spurs. It'll happen at the last, because of what we pay in wages and because we do not have CL. COYS
peterballb
Entwistle - firstly, Lamela cost £25.8m which can rise to £30m. It's a minor point but he's not a £30m flop as he hasn't cost us any of those add ons yet. What I don't get though is the lack of acknowledgment of his injuries. Yes, he had a minimal 1st team impact but he also only managed 17 appearances of which some were clearly when he wasn't fit and some from the bench. I know its tough for some fans to realise but he was genuinely injured and what he needs most is for the fans to get behind him now. If he'd had played the whole season, fully fit and looked awful then I understand the use of the word flop. If he hadn't given us the best individual performance in a Spurs shirt, albeit in EL, last season then perhaps some of us wouldn't see something special in him. You obviously don't. Neither does Frank It will be interesting to see who's right.
muttley
...and I'm sure you'd love me to be right on this one :-)
muttley
Love Hoddle, hate Harry.....my feelings for QPR are all over the place right now :-)
muttley
Peter you did say 'We couldn't win a game with him in the lineup' which does suggest we lost because of him I.e. take him out the line up we could have won... I know you are not making things up mate I just disagree with them, I felt sorry for BAE because Bale was so good, BAE gets injured and I could see no way back,, Harry pushes Bale further forward he is even better which gave BAE his second chance. To me he stood out in our team 4/6 seasons, just kept getting better every year and the last two seasons was world class in my book....... getting bored of him now ;)
T.H.F.Chris
Muttley I would like to see Lamela at least fail at doing something, not even seem him try to go past someone or take a shot from 30yds (real matches only)... This was the biggest problem with AVB, we never dominated games or went 3-0 up so there was no chance to bring Lamela in gently when the game was won, always pressure for results which made him to scared to express himself. Maybe Poch will be different or Lamela will have matured, difficult to see but I have faith in MP.
T.H.F.Chris
No doubt that we payed top money for Lamela but not quite right that we only bought potential. He has played for Argentina and scored and assisted goals in Serie A, he linked well with Totti, Osvaldo and Pjanic. I think he's developing an understanding with Soldado, down to Poch to get the best out of him.
ItalianYiddo
@Frank, there's no point in keeping on sweating over the transfers, on September 2nd we will know where we are. Every year it's the same, there are loads of rumours in the press about certain players, yet we buy others which were probably our true targets. We nearly always buy late on, due to many factors. We don't need all that much to be fair, the only player we really could do with is another striker, we are covered everywhere else. Pochetinno has resolved our LB and 2nd keeper weaknesses. As for this year's rumoured line up, Musacchio, we don't need him if we don't sell a CB, we already bought Dier. How good is Musacchio anyway? Yedlin, we don't need him, not that great but quick. Schneiderlin, we really really don't need him, we have Capoue and Holtby amongst others that are capable of doing his job. I just hope that everybody can relax and let's see how it all pans out. We have plenty of decent players and our squad is well covered.
Cleveland ARTSPURS
I only see Lamela being successful in the PL if played centrally behind the striker. In the wider roles, he isn't pacy or powerful enough to dominate PL FB's, he's also too one footed, which makes it easier for oppo managers to strategise and for FB's to defend against. He does however have good touch, vision and nice passing. If he plays behind say Ade or Soldado, and they actually stay up top, Lamela could prove his worth. So for me, he is probably competition or an alternative to Eriksen at number 10.
Cleveland ARTSPURS
entwistle, the understanding can only develop on the field, I'm sure Poch will get the best out of him. Hoddle got half the caps he should have had because managers focused on his weaknesses other than his strenghths. Lamela is a talent we need to play to his strenghts in the same way AVB got the best out of Bale in his final season, I'm sure Poch will do the same. Don't know much about the new guy, I would have liked Albertini to get the job.
ItalianYiddo
muttley-thats nonsense really.all transfers have some sort of add on attached to it-andy carroll it is rumoured was 21 million hard cash plus 15 addons,it matters not
tarkan mardinCOYS
too fluffy is erik lamela im afraid
tarkan mardinCOYS
Bid for Isco!
DeadlyLedley
We should* not have
DeadlyLedley
He has been convicted for tax evasion and similar, don't think he would have got the job if he was convicted for match fixing, not even in Italy.
ItalianYiddo
T.H.F. Chris, I did not intend to imply that he was the reason we were losing, merely that he was not a game changer. Had Harry not mentioned it in his press meetings, I would never have realized it. It's a team game. He just was nowhere near a dominant, or even consistent player, in the day. COYS
peterballb
Lamela played one of the toughest derbies in world football in Argentina. Boca Juniors v River Plate. At the end of the game both sets of supporters raved about him. So we can put that "soft touch"to bed me thinks. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
tarkan - it's not nonsense when you're paying and valuing your player !!!
muttley
Sugar should really just zip it. First off, to attribute the blame to AVB when there was a DOF is ridiculous. It becomes even more ridiculous when one considers that most of the players brought in over the two years were not players wanted by the then coach. But then this anti press was there from day one. He never wanted Bale to be sold. At least Pochettino has escaped that. COYS
peterballb
a.k.a.james1spurs, Lazio and Roma is no joy either. Or Roma and Napoli. Or Roma and Inter. Or Roma and Juve. Every team has a player like Gatusso. Serie A is not a soft league and is hugely defensive in nature. He managed 15 goals and worked great with Osvaldo and Totti up top. He'll be fine. COYS
peterballb
entwisle, "Lamela thus far must be the worst 30 million player ever purchased in the football world." ... I think Torres to Chelsea and Caroll to Liverpool steal the limelight!
Critical_Spur
entwistle, he was president of the non-league federation, not sure what bearing he would have on the Genoa game, I haven't heard of him having anything to do with match fixing, I had never heard of him until his candidacy.
ItalianYiddo
Peterballb couldn't agree more re: Italian football; but what a start to a young boys career - thrown into the lions den but then came out smelling of roses. I just think it's nonsense to label a player soft. You don't get to this level without a level of toughness. COYS!
a.k.a.james1spurs
I remember Wenger stating on TV that Modric was too small to survive in the PL, he survived. What is this crap about Lamela not strong enough for the PL if we wanted a team of bruisers they would have come a lot cheaper. Cream always rises to the top.
ItalianYiddo
He made some remarks which were construed as racist, a lot of players, Daniele Rossi one of them, spoke against it and he apologised. Those remarks should have put him out of the running, racism is ignorance, he should have not being elected.
ItalianYiddo
entwistle, I really hope Lamela lights up the PL and silences ALL his critics. I'd hate for Spurs to break another record for the wrong reason! TBH, I have given up basing any judgement of individuals and the Team on our last season for obvious reasons. Poch is on another rebuild project but I can honestly say, I like the way he is going about his task. I had hopes of AVB despite Bale's departure. I won't go over the right/wrong events thereafter!

I think, despite appearing a bit premature in my assessment, Poch has thus far given enough evidence that he CAN and WILL coach players/Team to achieve his goals. I hope to see Lamela AND Soldado do well for us and for their own sake. It is only fair to reserve our judgement until at least January. COYS!
Critical_Spur
You've got to give players a season and a half,,, problem is we bought 7 players and 6 of them need a season and a half at least... Lamela being the most expensive will get a lot of attention.. So far it is fair to say he isn't going to make it, I hope we're wrong.
T.H.F.Chris
Oy Veh Good article, fair assessment of what the options are. We will all see what happens over the first 4 games in PL , and Euro Away..
Block D Spurs
The way I see it, some of our players will have to really shine in order to get top four or win any silverware...in which case they will attract attention from the "bigger" clubs and will get sold for a profit. Then we will rebuild again and try all over...its a never ending cycle. Btw, this will be Soldados and Lamelas season COYS
T0P-FOUR
Fernando Torres is a striker and as such anything less than a goal every 2 games doesn't cut it for me. He's been with Chelsea for almost 4 seasons and has appeared 172 times for them returning 45 goals. About 1 in 4 and of those 110 appearance were in the PL where he has scored 20 goals or 1 goal every 5 appearances. Not striker ratios.

If Soldado can score at a rate of a goal every 2 appearances I would be very happy. Last year he produced 1 goal in just less than every 5 games and overall 1 goal in just less than every 4 games.
jvd
Dier looks to be a bargain, hoping we hold onto him. It really is fascinating to see all the opinions on here. I agree with one thing, then i read another response and its almost the dead opposite of what i just read, yet it also sounds reasonable. There's not just one way to do it and i cant even imagine how hard it would be to all be on the same page in terms of the back room staff and hierarchy of the club. It plays such a huge role, the trickle down success is always evident. More than anything i hope MP can bring stability to this club of ours. Its not a word usually associated with Tottenham but now more than ever we need that. Dier, Davies and Vorm is a solid start but we need either a proven striker or another CB but i dont think we can or will get both. The question i ask is do i currently trust the 3 strikers more right now than i trust the 5 CB's we have at the moment and my answer is always we need a defender more than a striker. MP's system feeds into midfielders scoring goals, we have the players capable of doing that and if it clicks this really could be an amazing team to love and watch week in and week out. Soldado cant possibly be worse than he was last year, i loved his link up play and assists and he has lots of great attributes but we signed him to score goals, lots of them and he knows that. Better year for him, Kane needs to be given a chance. IDK what it is about him but he always does something i notice when he's playing on or off the ball and that cant always be said for a striker, look no further than Defoe, Pav, Crouch etc.....Musacchio would be ideal so hoping that wraps up soon as these teams around us as previously pointed out are only getting stronger. This league as a whole is getting tougher all the time and we cant lose ground, period. Five days til we can get some much needed revenge on the spammers. Cant imagine the doom and gloom on here saturday afternoon if we draw or lose. Please god let us put the pedal down and lay the wood to them at their place. Support the club fellas, its a long season. Dont shoot your loads too early now :) COYS.
YankeeSpur23
Fact is we won't be signing anyone else this window apart from some two bob right back for a pittance from a mickey mouse league. It's all irrelevant who plays where, the players are not good enough, we will finish 6th or 7th.
jordtheyid
T.H.F.Chris is spot on re: Bale....his talent and ability were clear from the start....didn't stop the idiots complaining about his hair and calling him a monkey....we do have some absolute tools in the fan base. We now have Lamela who is a good player, he's shown it at River Plate and Roma...he now needs to get a run in the 'Team' a team last year that was all over the place and full of other newbies....what isn't helpful is people keep calling for a player like Townsend who has proved he can't produce from league 1 to PL to play ahead of him...you have to wonder if some people actually understand the game...or if they are just biased toward an academy player..
shedboy2
and on Lamela I would be telling him to go outside at every opportunity against the Spammers...
shedboy2
YankeeSpur23- we don't need stability if that means mid table mediocrity there are scores of stable clubs out there doing nothing, why would we want to be like them? as for strikers re CB's we need a striker...2 are near the end of their careers with Ade off on ACN walk a bout and one is a kid...to not get one makes next year even harder and we're hamstringing ourselves for next season already! ...consistently unprofessional, consistently under prepared, consistently short in positions, consistently over loaded in others.... that's not the sort of consistency we need.
shedboy2
Shedboy I agree with your pre planning for next season, but I still don't see striker as a priorty for this window, certainly January would be a better time with hipefully the left wing hole and CB situation sorted this window.
Slurms McKenzie
One thing nobody's talking about is that Lamela was injured. it's not as though he was fit enugh but not good enough. He just wasn't fit to play. A number of top players have gotten injured for lrge periods in the past, yet nobody questioned their quality. The timing of Lamela's injury was unfortunate, but he has done nothing to make us believe he can't be a success when fit.
BelgianSpur
Belgian, thats true and unfortunately for the lad we only saw him in a couple of early prem games when we were playing ultra defensive and one Europa game he did well in was because of the weak opposition!
Slurms McKenzie
slurms - we've yet to replace Defoe and January isn't ideal...there is less choice on the market and whoever comes in has to be up to speed as Ade is off straight away and if they are up to speed their current club will want to hold onto them or charge through the nose!, no pre-season, time to settle (pos in a new country) and limited time to work with the rest of the team... Instead of stockpiling CB's (I'm sure we'll have sold one or two by close of window) we should be getting in a goal scorer...I just hope all our eggs are not in the Jay-rod basket as that could go wrong given the Schneiderlin situation...
shedboy2
Jay rod is still a long term injury and won't be match fit by christmas, neither will benteke, Bony seems to be the only striker with pre miership experience who is big enough and strong enough to lead the line, but does he have the footwork and deft touch to fit in with our new system. And then the spectre of the ACON looms, when we could loose two of our strikers for a whole three weeks, assuming Ade comes home.
Slurms McKenzie
What's all this gossip about Guarin? He's always looked a handy player, but really?
chavli
The talk about Guarin and Spurs has been on and off for a couple of years now...
MAN ON!
Oh well I guess if MOPO gets his men we'll be ok :)
chavli
 

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9. USAFSPURS 119
10. BigSpursFan 115

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man City 4 - 1 Spurs
Spurs 1 - 0 Southampton
Arsenal 1 - 1 Spurs
Spurs 0 - 1 WBA
Sunderland 2 - 2 Spurs
Spurs 0 - 3 Liverpool

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
6. Man Utd 8 3 3 2 3 12
7. Arsenal 8 2 5 1 2 11
8. Swansea 8 3 2 3 1 11
9. Spurs 8 3 2 3 -1 11
10. Stoke 8 3 2 3 -1 11
11. Hull City 8 2 4 2 0 10
12. Aston Villa 8 3 1 4 -8 10

Breaking League News

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Your prediction for Spurs v Asteras?
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Spurs Win! 76%
Draw? 12%
Greek Tragedy! 12%