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End Of Season Thoughts

After an emotional farewell to our old ground, and a fantastic result which sees us cement our highest finish in my lifetime, we are very close to the end of this year's edition of the Premier League.

Half of the teams only have one game left, and the other half of the teams will be playing any games in hand this week, ahead of Sunday's Final Day special. In what has been an interesting season, there is unfortunately very little left to play for on the final day. Chelsea are already champions, we know which 3 teams are dropping down to the Championship, and realistically the only thing left to play for is 3rd and 4th place (and even then, all Liverpool have to do is beat an already relegated Middlesbrough to secure a top 4 finish, and City need 3 points from 2 games against Watford and WBA, neither of which have anything left to play for, to do the same).

Arsenal will surely have their sights set on the FA Cup final, and Man U will be focused on the Europa League final. Which begs the question: how do we approach the last 2 games?

Normally, teams are expected to play strong teams until the end of the season, as there is usually still lots to play for on the last day. Given how this season is unfolding, and the fact that we'll be playing 2 teams (in Leicester and Hull) who have nothing left to play for, is there any point in playing strong teams?

From a team perspective, there are many good reasons to rotate extensively for the last 2 games. It would not only give lesser-used players a chance to start a Premier League game, hopefully improving their morale, it would also give MP an opportunity to see extended minutes from bench players in a game situation. I personally think that players like N'Koudou, which we still know little about, would benefit greatly from starting the last 2 games.

Finally, rotating the team now could possibly avoid late-season injuries to our star players, avoiding the risk of playing them in meaningless games when legs are tired. This being said, rotating extensively could have downsides too. Are we disrespecting the opponents by playing weakened teams against them? Are we disrespecting fans who have paid lots of money to see their favourite players on the pitch?

There is also the question of individual accolades. I'm sure Harry Kane still has his sights set on the Golden Boot. Would not playing him now, and/or playing a weakened team around him (with players less likely to create good chances for him) affect him? I personally think that some rotation is needed for the last 2 games, although not extensive rotation - max 3/4 changes to our best 11. I'd like to see Vorm, Wimmer, Sissoko, N'Koudou and Janssen start at least one of the 2 games left.

What are your thoughts?



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Writer:BelgianSpur
Date:Monday May 15 2017
Time: 10:04AM

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the season is over for us, another big improvement in our learning curve. The grand old lady has now gone for good we are wembley bound for a season or two...... keep the whole squad intact and get the two additions to make us better again next term. Onwards and Upwards COYS
WestStandEnclosure
15/05/2017 10:46:00
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Poch has named the young players he will give more game time to next season, why not start now ?
jod
15/05/2017 10:59:00
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The only 2 I would like to see get some game time out of that list is Janssen and N'Koudou. However we cannot ignore the possibility of finishing on up to 86 points.... All of the first XI will want to play....especially whilst there is no major summer tournament.... There is plenty of time to rest. Kane will not want to give up a chance to score more. We also cannot ignore our opponents: Leicester are on a home winning streak, and play counter attack football. First and foremost we must line up intelligently for that opposition. After that, see if we can squeeze Janssen or N'Koudou in to start, or at least come on with 30 mins to go..... In the Hull game, I would definitely like to see Janssen start with Kane. As for Wimmer & Vorm, 2 games is not going to affect what happens next season one way or another.
TonyRich
15/05/2017 11:18:00
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Forgive Walker & play him for the next 2 games. We will only waste the money we get for him on another useless purchase like Sissoko. Never sell your best players ,especially to your rivals.Madness!
Greavesaboveall
15/05/2017 11:19:00
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ghana,in the 3 years that Poch has graced our club with his presence.We have finished 5th,3rd & now 2nd. Despite spending far less than the big money clubs trailing in our wake.To moan that he hasn't won a cup yet is ludicrous. If Levy loosened the purse strings to compete with the rest we would win everything with this man. If you want to moan ,moan at Joe Scrooge Lewis who has our finances in a stranglehold.
Greavesaboveall
15/05/2017 11:30:00
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Wow Ghana, wow! That's all I can say on your post. Poch out now! Let's not wait a moment more, get a decent manager in who can win a trophy! Oh no, wait does that mean we go back to mid table obscurity but we won the FA or League Cup! Portsmouth anyone. I prefer to stick with a man like Poch who has my team fighting for the championship and putting my team in CL two year running. 3 of the best seasons in the last 10-20. COYS!!!
jvd
15/05/2017 11:31:00
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Since Abramovich took over Chelsea he has ploughed £ 1.03 billion of his own money into the club.They have bought success with Russian oil money.Trophies every season.Joe Lewis is the 6th richest man in the UK.How much of his own money has he put into Spurs? You tell me?
Greavesaboveall
15/05/2017 11:36:00
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Ghana, you are allowed your opinion and some of what you say is valid but for me, it's way to early to write off N'Koudou. We may now see him given proper showing in the remaining fixtures. I felt he added to the tiring legs y'day. I am sure Poch would've liked have rotated a lot more during the season, then may be ending up outside top-4. Won't surprise me if his remit imposed a top-4 finish. When you are so close to the leaders, there just was not enough room to take risks. I am proud of the team for achieving the highest finish in PL, best point tally, best GD using a small core of players that are not only fully up with the philosophy but are maturing. COYS!
Critical_Spur
15/05/2017 11:39:00
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Ghana...you really got jokes!!!!!
Ossie
15/05/2017 11:42:00
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Greavesaboveall - And since they bought United the Glaziers have extracted £1bn, careful what you wish for.
jod
15/05/2017 11:48:00
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This is the 1st time in several seasons that we have had continuity with players and coach, almost extending 3 seasons. The scouting department however is in a bit of a mess and that's the only area I fear may let us down in finding suitable bolt-on acquisitions to kick on. Let's hope that Levy and Poch have learnt to get the ins/outs done early this time round and please no more 'a year or two adapt' type of players.
Critical_Spur
15/05/2017 11:50:00
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The other issue I see is the Wembley hoodoo. Another adapting process which may curtail our progression.
Critical_Spur
15/05/2017 11:51:00
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jod,too right mate.The Glazers saw the earning potential of Man Utd .Bought the club with borrowed money knowing they could increase turnover & milk the club like a prize Jersey cow.Unfortunately Levy has not managed to match Utd's collossal income. Hopefully with the best stadium in the country & with Poch managing us we will gradually become a club of their magnitude. Hope I live that long. Lol.
Greavesaboveall
15/05/2017 11:56:00
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Philosophy- 'Audere est facere ' my old son.
Greavesaboveall
15/05/2017 12:03:00
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JVD, how very dare you. Now is too late, MP should of been sacked yesterday. I mean let's think. 2nd place, 14 wins at home on trot. Unbeaten in every game at the lane. Fa cup semi. Youngest team in division ... best defensive record. Oh 8 points higher than our highest tally with 2 games to go, 9 wins on the bounce. Cheek of the bloke he gave Toby Harry and jan injury breaks in the season. Seriously, he is working a great team. If walker wants gone let him go no player is bigger than the club end of. We can afford to replace him. But not lane Toby jan dele etc.
E17YID
15/05/2017 12:22:00
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Ghana, it's a combination of Poch's high press game and the adapting to PL. There are enough examples in our recent recruitment to suggest some players taking too long to adapt. Soldado just couldn't cut it, Lamela took 2 years, N'Jie is history, Fazio and Stambouli the others. Both Jannsen and N'Koudou have shown potential and for whatever reasons are not ready. Poch's philosophy is clearly is more than what we see on the pitch. Harry Redknapps philosophy was arm around shoulder and run around a bit!. Poch puts a lots of emphasis on the personality, attitude and team work and what he sees in training to name a few. Either we are constantly buying duds or players just taking longer to adjust. To kick on after such a season must surely require the peripheral players to step up and newbies to be better identified. I have seen enough in Jannsen and N'Koudou suggest they could provide the depth. Philosophy can not be rigid, so Poch too must be flexible, thus have options for changing games.
Critical_Spur
15/05/2017 12:22:00
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The knock-out comps is an area that Poch needs to learn to deviate from his approach. A one off game can't be bragged on about by highlighting possession, scores of shots stats, etc. Those game require a different approach, hence the like of Mourinho are masters in that field. Might not be pretty, but lifting a trophy helps negate the 'boring' tactics. Whilst FtF wants to see us play dazzlingly and win, sometimes the swash buckling style needs to be tempered. Poch is WIP but has earned his spurs. COYS!
Critical_Spur
15/05/2017 12:33:00
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...let's not forget that Poch got us to 1 final, and a semi final in 3 seasons... With increasing points totals, increasing league positions... Trophy WILL happen. Having to play at Wembley next season may scupper league finish, and may cause us to chase cups more.
TonyRich
15/05/2017 13:02:00
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The areas to improve: lack of away wins. May have to gamble more away from home. Champions league approach - I think Poch learnt near the end that he did not have to play our 100% first eleven in every game and still win. We went on 9 game winning streak, completely without Rose, beginning without Kane, and missing Demebele, Wanyama, Walker at times. In a week with 1 CL and 1 EPL match, you should save 2 first teamers from starting both - UNLESS both games are toughies or key games. We need Eriksen to start from match one.... OR sign someone creative to alternate with him - especially at the season start. Need to get Janssen going - either as a goalscorer or as a hard working attacker who holds the ball up for others to score. If he doesn't get scoring, then we need to get a kid with eye for goal and is an out and out striker (with patience) as back up. We need to get alternative CBs stepping up - is CCV ready? Will Wimmer remain? More pace - especially if we sell Walker... Will N'Koudou cut it...? If not, try someone else until we get it right. Dembele is our oldest outfield regular. Got to think about someone to take over long term.
TonyRich
15/05/2017 13:12:00
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Bit early to start talking about new recruits,but I will anyway. I like Llorrente or Joshua King as back up to Kane. I'm sure they would jump at the chance to play in the Champions League.Sahs is a loose cannon but has that special ability to upset the best defences that you need in the Champions League.Trippier is not fast enough to be our number one right back.Martial left him for dead yesterday for their goal.
Greavesaboveall
15/05/2017 14:31:00
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Saha I meant.
Greavesaboveall
15/05/2017 14:32:00
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....losing a final and a semi final to the team that ends up winning the EPL is certainly nothing to be ashamed of either as it shows that only the best team in the country stood in our way. Merely stating no trophies does 2 things: a) blindly ignores the achievements made by crudely being overly specific. Stoke also won no trophies in that time, does that make Hughes and Poch equal in that time in terms of achievement...? Hell no. b) I distinctly remember Mr Ferguson not winning trophies in his first 3 seasons for Man U.... He also finished 2nd once in that time. Look what was to follow.... Let's not forget that several of Spurs's trophy wins of the past may not have occurred had we been drawn against the title winners on the way. So much of cup runs is luck, whereas being in the title race 2 seasons running requires quality and that deserves plaudits.
TonyRich
15/05/2017 15:28:00
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What TonyRich said!!

ghana - lol
Coopsieyid
15/05/2017 16:01:00
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TINO - Can you, or perhaps a resident geek figure out a way to 'Like' peoples posts, but then not have the entire page refresh? Sorry.
Coopsieyid
15/05/2017 16:10:00
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I'll pass on your request to Vital HQ Coops.
Tino
15/05/2017 16:13:00
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Cheers Tino.

As for my actual end of season thoughts. Why am I not at all surprised that we have the least amount of time between our penultimate fixture & our last game? Man Utd, the team we played on Sunday, is playing on Wednesday, so why are we playing on Thursday, leaving just Friday & Saturday as recovery days before the last game? I think I'll always believe the PL have something against us lol.
Coopsieyid
15/05/2017 16:27:00
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ghanahotspur - Pochettino had only managed Espanyol and Southampton before joining THFC. Take a look at their entire club histories and you'll see that they are not two clubs that any manager would have realistically been expected to have won anything with. Take a look at Spurs' recent (EPL) history and Pochettino shines out like a beacon. - For the second season running he has taken us to a league position that is higher than clubs managed by men who are indeed considered to have great footballing, tactical knowledge and, at clubs with highly talented squads that were, until recently, considered much stronger than Spurs have. (some still think this). This includes Mourinho, Guardiola, Wenger, Klopp. Believe it or not, they all have flaws. They are human too. - To say we were good enough to win the PL last season, makes no sense, simply because.... we didn't win it! Neither did Arsenal, Chelsea, the two Mans or Liverpool. - There seems to be a huge contradiction in your continued negative assessment of MP. As, If you so strongly believe that he should have won something with Spurs by now, then you surely must also believe that he has actually got the team to be good enough to have won something! The time to assess Pochettinos trophy winning record with Spurs must surely be once he has left us and not after just 3 seasons of what is shown to be an outstanding and most obvious progression at the club we both support. ....... Personally, I believe he is good enough to achieve great things with Spurs and although 3 seasons may seem an eternity to some, in the grand scheme of things, it ain't that long at all when we consider our on the pitch improvements......... Talking of SAF.... Ironically, if Ferguson had just finished his 3rd United season at this time in PL history with exactly the same league record he had with them all of those years ago, he would probably now be looking for a new club and Man U would quite possibly be looking to poach Poch from us! Haha!
Dele-Arri
16/05/2017 06:48:00
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Sorry, I've just realised that that was supposed to have been a response on jod's most recent article. So many articles hitting the site at the same time, it's hard to keep up. Oh well!
Dele-Arri
16/05/2017 07:05:00
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I am a CFC fan. With spurs are the only genuine challengers for title this season i was watching almost all their games(last year with no interest but this year with interest). All in all i think spurs have a good team and manager but that is it. What levy and pochettino does this summer will go a long way in deciding spurs in the next 5 years. Will levy allow Poch to sign a sure winner who already won titles? Who are in his peak or just waning around 29,30,31 range to get that extra edge? Spurs need at least 2 players who actually won multiple titles in the squad. They may not need to play every match but know when to win ugly or when to calm down. CFC had that spine with terry, lamps, drogba etc before. Now also Azpi, Luiz, cahill, Tibhaut getting that mentality. Winning requires not just good football it needs mentality first and foremost. From previous dealing of Levy i don't think he will be bold and spend that extra money to get that winners and break the wage structure.
Ponnu Kumar
16/05/2017 08:45:00
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Second point i want to make is coming summer will be pivotal for both spurs and cfc for obvious reasons. For CFC to go for a assault in both UCL and PL. For spurs to get that extra edge to actually go on and win a trophy. Any trophy for that matter. It don't matter whether its carling cup or fa cup. Spurs must win a cup next year or this team will dis integrate 100%. Each and every good players agent will turn the head of Alli, Kane, Alderweired etc etc. Let's face it. Football is run by agents now. With all the mediocre players like walcott earning 140k per week how much longer kane will be content with 100k? Same goes for other players also. So its pivotal for spurs to win something next year. As for CFC they must strengthen 2,3 WC players who will go into starting XL to give depth and rotation. Manchester will go surely mad this summer with both utd and city will spend at least 400M combined. Exciting summer for lot of reasons :)
Ponnu Kumar
16/05/2017 09:19:00
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Ghana - I was planning on writing "end of season" articles looking at how we performed in all competitions, and doing the same for player evaluations and transfer evaluations. I was just waiting for the season to be over. Kane could yet win the Golden Boot, Sissoko could score 4 in 2 (not that it would affect his stock much, but it would provide content for debate), etc. The biggest question here is do we play strong teams in the last 2 games? The rest can be discussed at length after the season (no doubt it will).
BelgianSpur
16/05/2017 11:00:00
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@ghanahotspur Like i said its pivotal summer for both CFC and spurs. I hope a healthy rivalry develops which will be good for both teams. Rivalry is already there but with out playing in finals /SF against each other it feels misplaced rivalry most of the time. This spurs team can go both ways this summer. Go on and take calculated risk and become winners. Or levy will again penny pinch and ripped apart from next summer. Most Spurs fans are really happy with this season but if you ask me i would have take a 3rd or 4th place with a fa cup trophy . That winning mentality will spur them next season. CFC's this year title has more to do with players embarrassed about the 10th place last year than anything. Conte did brilliantly and not in europe helped him to drill the new system properly. But more than anything all these players who won lot of things previously are ashamed to be branded as loosers. Now i know most pundits papers manager love spurs more than CFC this year. But let me tell you guys the moment you starts to win serious trophies continuously then the praise will become hate. Simpy the cozy relationship between sky and all these pool and utd pundits will tell all negative about your team. Now nobody believes spurs are serious challengers for PL title although last 2 season say otherwise. But with Utd and city blowing money like water this summer next year will be different story altogether. Spurs has a golden opportunity now to stay in the top 4 by kicking Arsenal entirely out . If arsenal finish 5 th this year i cant see them finishing in top 4 next year with out serious investment. So spurs can easily take Pools top 4 place and win a cup. Consolidate it. But it all depends on what levy wants to do. With from his previous penny pinching experiences i don't think he will take that gamble. CFC is in sage hands with RA in regards to challenging for trophies. RA will never allow mediocrity to set in at CFC. He may have made some dubious decisions in the past but with him giving JM almost 6 months turn around last year by essentially giving up top 4 i think until conte messes up seriously and finish outside top 4 then only conte will be sacked. So all in all CFC will be in the mix next year. Arsenal missed the golden opportunity presented to them in 2011-12 when they had exciting young team and leading PL in january but by refusing to sign 2 players for depth that window Wenger seriously messed up. Now after 5 years after spending more and more money still long way from challenging for PL and UCL. Spurs has that same kind of opportunity this summer. If levy messes it up i don't see a immediate way up for spurs anytime soon.
Ponnu Kumar
16/05/2017 14:34:00
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To build a "dynasty" like Chelsea (if you can call it that - they finished 10th last year), you need a billionaire to finance the club - never going to happen at Spurs. Their squad has 8 players who cost 30 million or more (Luiz, Costa, Hazard, Alonso, Kante, Willian, Fabregas, Batshuayi), not to mention players like Matic and Pedro who cost 20 million+. In total, the squad is worth more than 300 million in transfer fees alone, not to mention wages. If you can afford to outspend your competitors in the TW every year, you are going to bring lots of talent to the club.
BelgianSpur
16/05/2017 14:40:00
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