Keeping It Real
Geofspurs sent Vital Spurs the following:
We are second in the Premier League. We have the best home record. We have conceded less goals than any other team at home. We have the best defensive record in the EPL. Only one team has conceded less goals than us away from home. Only one team has won more games than us. No team has lost fewer games than us. We compare well in goals scored with all other teams. We are well in front of the two-points-per-game average that usually results in a top four finish. We are in the semi-final of the FA Cup. We have not lost a game when Kane has been missing (apparently). We have suffered long term injuries to key players throughout the season. In terms of draws, we are virtually on a par with all other top teams except one. We are well above our neighbours who must have trouble sleeping. We have a manager that has overseen all of the above and who relates well to the club, the players, the supporters, and the media. We have a settled squad of players (apart from a couple on the fringe) who enjoy playing with each other, for each other, and for the club. And still, for some supporters, it's not enough!
What does the above say about the state of other PL teams in comparison to Tottenham? Either we are doing something special and exciting or we are in the poorest league with the poorest teams in Europe. Which is it? And yet we still have Tottenham supporters who talk about; a winning mentality, about how can we survive without Kane's goals, about too many draws, about a lack of back-up goal scorers(?), about the lack of depth in some positions. We'd get less negativity from Arsenal supporters than some of our own at the moment! I'm sure we will drop more points and, when we do, all of the above will be forgotten and frenzied hysteria, by some, will reign again. It isn't perfect for any club and it never will be. Injuries could derail our season. It's football. It happens. Accept it!
I have read several comments on VS about how selling Dier for big money would be good business. Really? Is Dele Alli's best mate so expendable to the squad? Can he no longer do a good job? How would such a sale be viewed by his team-mates in terms of loyalty and trust? Most of us know how football works but this team are too young to be cynical. If he was not good enough for the squad, fine...but he is good enough. One snowball can start an avalanche. Is it worth the risk?
I cannot believe all the amazingly stupid comments on the Swansea thread. Some supporters really need to understand that a football game lasts for 90+ minutes and is full of twists and turns. If our team gave up as easily as some of our supporters (and I use the term loosely) we would be fighting a relegation battle. Does any supporter expect that we will never drop points again? Some seem to. Here's some advice...turn your phone off and watch the game!
Our off-field progress is well known. Our on-field progress is obvious. We have a plan which is working. We have a vision for the future. We have a club which is united in the desire to follow that plan and attain that vision. But there are 19 other teams who want the same thing. It's a competition! THFC can only do the best it can with the resources at its disposal...and the reality is that there are some clubs with greater resources. Anybody who knows anything about football has given credit to the way MP is managing the team and the results the team are achieving on the field. Everyone, it seems, except some of our own supporters. Their criticism stems from some unrealistic view that we have to win trophies NOW. But you have to admire the tenacity they show in trying to find something to criticise. The more optimistic supporters, ironically, accept that it is not that easy to create a future which will bring sustainable success on the park. It does not happen overnight.
We are currently seeing one of the most successful periods on the field this club has had since the sixties. I don't mean successful in terms of trophies (hopefully that will come), but rather successful in terms of our football brand and supporter-enjoyment. Our profile, globally, is on the rise and our progress is being recognised. Obviously we need to keep going forward. We all know that the wheels could drop off. Nothing is certain. The only way to rationally assess the club's progress is to wait for the end of the season and compare it with last season. But it seems to me that we'd have to lose all of our remaining games for our progress to be questioned. The other question at season`s end, which is probably more crucial is...did we enjoy the season however it ends? Not sure what happened to the English sense of humour and the ability to laugh at themselves but I guess the best way to sum it all up so far is, it could be worse...we could be Arsenal!
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