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Will Koeman play Rooney? Can Harry find the net? Will Poch play the newbies?

In a month of only three games in August, we have seen good football but moderate results, the assessment of individual players has shed some light on what the team is missing and one of them is a Winger! Mousa Dembele was considered our best overall player this month. (Kyle Walker-Peters made an excellent start as Premier League man of the match debut at Newcastle, but hasn't been picked since!) For the 3rd consecutive season we have had a slow start. Poch had a great start to his Spurs career 3 years ago (2014) with 4 wins in 5 games, which included 2 Europa League play-off games, but, in August for the last 3 years our results have been dull. 2 years ago we didn't manage a win in our first 4 games (D3 L1) and sat in 16th place, and yet we became challengers to Leicester finishing 3rd. Last year was a similar situation with 1 win and 2 draws, although we were in 7th place in the early tables but we still became title challengers to Chelsea. Despite our moderate start this year (W1 D1 L1) will we achieve again this season? Have we enough on the bench this time? The link is said to be Levy`s insistence to bring players in after the season has started rather than doing the business in the summer months giving us no time to bed players in. the other is Harry`s August drought, 13 appearances for the club in August and still no goals! As a club though we have emerged as an elite Premier League force in the 4 years under Mauricio, who has successfully transformed us into title challengers and has earned us a regular Champions League place.

In an analysis by Opta of passing sequences Stoke and Leicester are the quickest at progressing attacks with their moves, averaging 1.99 metres per second. The Gooners are in the top 5 fastest attacking teams in the PL despite using more passes, an average of 4.38. We use an average of 4.48 passes but we are much slower even though we as a team have the second highest passes per sequence in the PL, our direct speed is 33 percent slower than the Gooners, even though our pass rate is similar in number to the Woolwich, we are much slower in moving the ball forwards. This has to change this season, especially at Wembley. Everton by contrast are the slowest at moving the ball forwards along with West Ham, Liverpool are the fastest! We can`t keep playing in front of defences we have to get in behind them. If we play possession football in front of the Everton defence it will be a long day. Our lack of width against Chelsea was one reason why we could not break them down and, try as we did to get a Winger in the TW, we didn`t, which we may regret. I am hoping Aurier is chosen as I would like to see how good he is playing as a wing back. Both Sanchez and Aurier fit Poch's playing style well, both having the pace to recover from high-line defending if need be, and, the skill to assist in our method of playing from the back.

Everton is the first of seven fixtures we have this month including 2 Champions League games and an EFL game, ending the month at Wembley, in the Prem, against Huddersfield. More than enough game time for Poch to work out who will be his first eleven for the CL and the Prem and the Cup games. Most of our first eleven have been on International duty, hopefully, these players will not be too lagged on their return. Everton have spent the best part of £140m on new players and had just about done their transfer business before the season kicked off and what a good bit of business they did with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen from Ajaz, who Davinson Sanchez knows well, Wayne Rooney, Henry Onyekuru, Sandro Ramirez, Cuco Martina, Nikola Vlasic. Siggy and Rooney could become a lethal pairing and Roon is enjoying his return to his home club scoring two goals in three Premier League games. Koeman's side are without Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori, James McCarthy, Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie and Davy Klaassen, while Jordan Pickford and Mason Holgate are rated at 75 per cent to recover from muscle and ankle injuries respectively but Sandro Ramirez is fit. There is a question mark as to whether Koeman will drop Rooney for this game. He may not play because of the stick he may get and all the media attention or because his mind might not be on the game given his current domestic situation! Looks like Rooney`s home form ain`t as good as his away form! Koeman has had several run ins with star players over the years over disciplinary issues, Koeman needs to get results at Everton after their expenditure, what Koeman doesn`t need is another Gazza! If Rooney does play then it should be a 3-4-3; Ramirez up front with Siggy and Rooney alongside, Baines, Gueye, Davies and Holgate across the middle and Jaglieka, Williams and Keane as the back three. Idrissa Gueye looks like a good acquisition for Everton as does Calvert-Lewin whose crosses assisted both Rooney`s goals against Stoke and City. Everton went to City to deliberately frustrate them but I expect the Toffees to come at us, with or without Rooney, they are going to be their usual handful. Our track record at Goodison has always been a tough one but Everton have not beaten us since December 2012 (9 matches ago).

Wanyama and Trippier are still trying to shake off ankle and knee injuries, Dany Rose is still in doubt. Although Rose has burnt his bridges with the Tottenham hierarchy he has still been named in our Champions League Squad. N`Koudou and Lamela are still not available and Lamela`s injury has meant he is left out of our CL Squad, but N`Koudou is in. Janssen is relegated to a squad player and looks like a busted flush. Who will Poch pick? Verts Toby and Sanchez at the back, Aurier and Davies as Wing Backs and Dier sitting in front of the back 3 in his favourite position? Dembele and Eriksen and Kane to make the spine with Alli and Son in the channels and could Llorente come on to replace Kane in last the 15 minutes? Aurier is an exciting player, who is going to give Trippier competition. Aurier rates himself as the best right back in Europe and should make his debut at Goodison this weekend. Davinson Sanchez impressed against Brazil and does look a bit of a beast! Alli can`t play the first 3 Group H matches starting on Wednesday against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley because of his red card against Gent last season. Poch`s pick for Everton must surely take that fixture into consideration. So, will Poch blood the new boys or throw them into the CL as their first game? We have a date with Derby or Barnsley in the Carabao Cup on the 19th September a perfect opportunity to let Poch see what our youngsters can do and for Vince to get some playing minutes! It all depends on how attack or defence minded Poch wants to be, so who will he choose for this one?



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Writer:Oyveh Maria
Date:Wednesday September 6 2017
Time: 12:14PM

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Well, For this match, can't blame Wembley, can't blame August, Can't blame lack of squad depth....BUT, there's the bedding in period! I want to see Poch adapt a little more and cut this cr@p out on using subs at 91 mins! Tough game but isn't it September when we wake up and chase the leaders?! 1-2 spurs. COYS!
Critical_Spur
06/09/2017 15:28:00
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I doubt he will play SANCHEZ as he has hardly had any time to work with him and he was playing in Columbia yesterday so his body clock will be all over the place until next week. I would expect Poch to play the same team as against Burnley except for Trippier. Whether he plays Aurier or not I guess will depend on whether he has been involved in any International games this week. Everton were poor at Chelsea but that was at the end of a tough schedule of games. They always raise their game against us but the consensus on here is that we are playing well so I would expect a win.
Harry-Kari
06/09/2017 22:55:00
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Critical ... You can be so depressing. If we lose there has to be something to blame! :-)
Geofspurs
07/09/2017 01:02:00
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There do remain issues and I think fans are well entitled to bring them up. Not necessarily. Some issues, IMO, are obvious and glaring. I'll be the first to state that I wanted a winner brought in as manager. While I acknowledge 100% that Levy was correct in hiring Pochettino, and that the most important thing is that the Chairman, scouts and manager all need to be of the same mind, the entire team, Chairman, Manager and players all need to learn to win. Pochettino needs to start changing things up. Defensively, I think we are very good. The issue is the other end of the pitch. Last game there was no change when we were not breaking through. Just more of the same. Not sure that is better than Harry telling players to go out and run around a bit. Not good enough. Son, IMO, is a super sub and an occasional starter. I would rarely start him. Off the bench, he changes things. Runs at players. Very direct. Exactly what is needed off the bench. Sissoko should be elsewhere. Not sure what the health of Trippier is. Sanchez and Son have clocked a lot of kms. Llorente is coming off an injury. Wanyama is apparently healthy. If Trippier can go, I would do three at the back with Aurier. Push Trippier and Davies more forward. Wanyama to protect the back 3 with Dembele box to box. Dele and Erikssen in behind Kane. Everton will not score lots this year. Just do not give them free kicks in good areas. Levy has delivered two players with incredible experience and lots of winning on their resumes. Time for Poch and the players to step it up. 3 points is the only acceptable result. Time to deliver. COYS
peterballb
07/09/2017 03:08:00
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Oy Veh..Reasonable article. Poch has to get the balance right, and this will take some time... Players travelling around the world playing in games and then back to London in a week does not help! However I expect we will have almost (RB Aurier) the same team as last game, with subs on 60min - 80min (lorente, son, Sanchez) Ericson needs to remember how to get his freekicks into opposition net again. Yes we do need to move the ball faster as ponderous sideways and back passing is costing time and the chance to counter attack. A few more quick 1 2 give and pass, some long diagonal balls from Toby to front players (Dele & Harry) on runs will help. Attacks down the wings and crosses into box is needed. As it has been said before..(e.g. Chelsea game) high possession % means nothing if you don't score goals to win. COYS
Block D Spurs
07/09/2017 07:54:00
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Hey Geof!...Lol! Yep, excuses at the ready! However, I'd prefer your 3-0. COYS!
Critical_Spur
07/09/2017 09:56:00
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Guys Aurier played two internationals over the last week. There is a report on NewsNow which shows all his touches from the game against Gabon. This guy is a player, have a look at it. Given a couple of matches to gel with the team (if any needed at all) we will be saying, who's Walker? Not sure if he will have enough time in training this week to be picked by Poch but from the quality I've seen so far, I wouldn't be surprised that he's on the field against Everton.
jvd
07/09/2017 11:25:00
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peter .... I'm not sure what you're saying. We did have the best defence AND attack last season. If you expect more of the same, so do I. But I'm not sure we can realistically expect better. And with a record number of points last season how are we lacking a game changer? We've got eleven game-changers on the park at any given time.
Geofspurs
07/09/2017 11:25:00
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My prediction is that the home team will lose this one by 3 goals to nil.
Geofspurs
07/09/2017 11:27:00
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Video link to New Stadium Double Pitch not what I was expecting but OMG! what a piece of engineering! no wonder the bloody thing costs double to the original estimate...hope it works! http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/643132/tottenham-news-new-stadium-retractable-pitch-unveiled-white-hart-lane-nfl-london....... makes the Wimbledon Centre Court Roof look like a bit of Lego!
OyVeh Maria
07/09/2017 14:04:00
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Dele, yes at any level of football players make mistakes. The question must be how many and how critical both in terms of conceding goals and missing opportunities to set up chances for our team. If made on a regular basis then they negate any good things the player may have done. Look at Lloris in the Chelsea game. The two errors cost goals and eventually the match, but he doesn't make errors like that very often, if at all. If he did, as a goalkeeper, it would be obvious since he has no one to help him out, unlike outfield players. I did say we we played badly in the Chelsea game mainly due to the reason highlighted by Oy Veh regarding the speed of our play allowing Chelsea to control the game. Some saw Chelsea taking a battering, I saw them controlling what we could do. Anyway, I discovered early in my playing days that the level professional footballers attain is massively higher than I would ever be able to achieve and so when I watch today and I think I could have scored that goal or I would have intercepted that pass I know that 'I' wouldn't have done, but as professionals, with all their Superior skill I hold players to a higher standard. Who cares. It's just my opinion. Always happy to debate. So far this season has been underwhelming for me but with our new additions maybe we are poised for great things. I hope so.
Harry-Kari
07/09/2017 14:51:00
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Dele, no offence taken. Wrote the above before I saw your post. All good mate.
Harry-Kari
07/09/2017 14:54:00
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Wow, that pitch technology looks great and glad Spurs have given the contract to a UK firm. Still don't understand how the joins become imperceptible but they say they have tested it out at our training facility so I guess it works. Good stuff.
Harry-Kari
07/09/2017 15:29:00
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Bad news about WAnyama. Out for several weeks apparently. Chance for Dier to shine.
Harry-Kari
07/09/2017 15:34:00
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Aurier is being assessed by Poch following the miles he has done Trippier looks like he may not make the Trip (pun not intended) so enter Kyle Walker Peters against Everton?
OyVeh Maria
07/09/2017 16:21:00
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Dele, my frustration with Dier currently is that I think he has so much more to offer. I remember his first game against West Ham, down to 10 men, 2 minutes to go and he popped up from RB to IL takes the pass in his stride, rounds the keeper and wins the game with a smile on his face, and I thought then this lad is going to be great. Perhaps he is being stifled by Poch's tactics, rarely venturing forward these days except at corners. I think his long spells of standing around playing 5-yard passes on the half-way line probably contribute to his lapses of concentration because he doesn't feel involved. I hope Poch unleashes him soon. He could be another beast for us.
Harry-Kari
07/09/2017 16:22:00
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I'd agree with Harry-K re Dier. IMO, he HAS stagnated somewhat because of the his deployment and probably instructed to remain as a holding player ONLY. Apart from the goal v Slovakia, thought he otherwise had an average game, Regardless of the how the other England players fared. Equally same can be said about Verts in that whatever happened to his charging runs and pop at the goal now and again?...seems to do OK with Belgium. So, that too could be down to Poch restricting their advances?
Critical_Spur
07/09/2017 17:04:00
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Interesting that Danny Boy was one of the 14 that voted to change the transfer deadline day to pre- season. I would have thought, given his hawkish nature that he liked to drive a bargain through using the mid night hour as a lever. Be interesting to see which clubs will be affected the most given that the Continental clubs can still be able to target our players, unsettle and buy players from the Premier League clubs who will be unable to immediately replace any player they lose. Imagine the scenario of a Barca coming for Delle or Eriksen when our window has closed? The staggered league start dates across Europe needs to be addressed if trading is going to increase between clubs there needs to be uniformity.
OyVeh Maria
08/09/2017 08:21:00
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Janssen has gone to Fernerbache in Turkey on loan! ....I hope he does come back but somehow I don't think he figures any more in Poch's plans! Ironically he hooks up with Bobby Soldado who is already out there!
OyVeh Maria
08/09/2017 08:50:00
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Critical - that's spot on. Jan has much more freedom with Belgium and he delivers. For Belgium, Toby is the one being held back. Whatever works for either team I suppose. You can't really fault MP's decisions regarding CB's over the last 2 years, not with that defensive record. Similarly, it's hard to argue with Belgium's results recently. So I suppose that depending on the manager, they will give different instructions to different players to suit the team. For Spurs, that means holding Jan back, and pigeon-holing Dier in a very specific role. Maybe it's harder for those players to shine in those conditions, but it's for the good of the team. But I agree that both probably have more to offer; the question is at what cost on the rest of the team? If Dier ventures forward more, who is going to cover the back 4? Mousa will have less freedom to go forward. Similarly, if Jan goes forward, who will cover? Probably the full back who will have to be less attacking. Every choice has a trade off.
BelgianSpur
08/09/2017 09:28:00
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I think Jan is allowed a little more freedom when we go to 3 at the back, but with our attacking wing backs plus high defensive line, as BS points out, it's probably better Jan stays back more than he did in his 1st season with us under AVB.
Guyver
08/09/2017 10:38:00
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Marauding wing backs, marauding CB's, marauding DM's, free roaming AM's, would be like watching a Tim Sherwood team, pure chaos. Although Sherwood didn't even employ a DM if I remember correctly.
Guyver
08/09/2017 10:43:00
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Rooney is in the team: Provisional squad: Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Williams, Jagielka, Baines, Gueye, Davies, Sigurdsson, Rooney, Sandro, Stekelenburg, Martina, Lennon, Kenny, Besic, Klaassen, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, Vlasic, Niasse. Aurier probably wont start : Tottenham's new signing Serge Aurier is unlikely to start against Everton on Saturday. The defender arrived back from international duty on Thursday but Kieran Trippier has recovered from an ankle issue and should start at right-back. Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga, Davies, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Foyth, Trippier, Walker-Peters, Dembele, Dier, Winks, Oakley-Boothe, Eriksen, Alli, Sissoko, Son, Llorente, Kane. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4864816/Everton-vs-Tottenham-Team-news.html#ixzz4s52pB8j4 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4864816/Everton-vs-Tottenham-Team-news.html#ixzz4s52IaQqu Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
OyVeh Maria
08/09/2017 10:56:00
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very difficult game to call this one given that we don't know how well Everton will gel with their new players and given we may or may not have Sanchez at the back so it will probably be the same team as played Chelsea and Burnley. I hope there is enough on the pitch to keep Rooney quiet and not leaving any space for Siggy to suddenly pop up in! Cheslea beat them right from the outset with there intensity in their passing, movement and pressing . Everton looked knackered after playing Manchester City on Monday and Europa League progression at Hajduk Split on the Thursday so now they have had more of a break than our players I expect them to come out of the blocks fast. Rooney will either be on the job to prove a point or his brain will be on walkabouts or he'll feel the needle from the crowd and get a red mist and get sent off!
OyVeh Maria
08/09/2017 14:50:00
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Before I make a comment about the Everton match I want to comment a bit about my feelings regarding social media and posting from football fans which I feel needs cleaning up!.

I wouldn't mind a article for others to comment but as there isn't one I apologise now for using this article to view my thoughts and feelings on such matters. I want to view them now because as many will know I am not really going to be posting this season as I stated before I don't want to use my precious energy on this or anyother site due to my health, but this issue is something I feel passionate about and want to get it off my chest.

First of all I watched a tv programme recently about homophobia in football and I was appauled at how much it exists and how much fans get away with it, especially now that racism is not tolerated, and it shouldn't be either, but neither should homophobia or any other negative abuse, even sexism, ANYTHING, yet that tv programme highlighted just how bad it is in football and what I was astonished by was the fact that homephobia hasn't been written into the rules as a 'offence' like racism has, and just how much clubs, and the FA and all those above are so not dealing with this issue and haven't a clue and in that programme gave us no evidence that they are likely to stamp it out or admit it exist, but more concerning, they themselves were ignorant and years behind in dealing or accept the problems with this issue.

I was appauld by what that programme showed when it came to social media, the comments fans write that are blatently homophobic towards players, managers and so forth and how hostile fans can be. So I started to look at tweets myself, I don't do social media as a rule, and I saw it for myself, the fans comments after articles such as those in 'newsnow' the comments are often hostile and homophobic, and more and it really upsets me.

I look at comments made right now about Janssen, and I see our own fans giving him a hostile message just because he has struggled, calling him names, making awful degrading comments and I think about Roses comments about how he hasn't forgot how our fans treated him. It seems to me that if a player doesn't hit the ground running, or fails to improve, or has a bad patch or simply finds he isn't good enough he gets slaughted, often remarks that are nasty and unnecessary imo.

I think this kind of talk doesn't fair well on the reuptation of our fans, or any fans, but I am only concerned about Tottenham fans, as I support Tottenham.

It's the same with the vile comments towards Levy and managers of past and it really doesn't sit well with me.

These players, managers, chairpersons, coaches and so forth are human beings and don't deserve such treatement no matter what they do, please show me a human being who hasn't made mistakes, who doesn't have a bad day or few weeks at work, who does stupid things when they were young and immature, and who finds they cannot fit into their new job - I am sure we have all experienced some of these things through out our life if we are over 18. yet these people get slaughtered for any of these things and expected to be loyal to the club, expected to cope with it and epected to put up with it.

First of all I want the law and rules change in football to incorporate zero tolerance of homophobia but also I want fans to stop this vile reaction when commenting on social media. take Janssen, ok he hasn't done well, he has in a way not stepped up, but he seems like a decent enough lad, he took a chance to see if he can improve and to date it seems not, but does he deserve all the negative horrible comments. Same for Levy, he made mistakes, he may be profit minded (not so sure) but is he really a bad person, does he derserve all the vile comments, just because he chooses to run the club, his job his own way.

I really wish vile comments was banned from ALL social media and I wish fans would take a step back before posting and think about what effect they are causing, and ask themselves 'would they like to be treated that way'? - it's a nasty place we live in, why make it worse by opening our mouths and being vile to another human being?
It'sME
08/09/2017 14:50:00
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Now a post about Everton. Personally I don't think Aurier will start if Trippier is fit. I think Poch will be loyal to Trippier and make sure Aurier earns his place in due time. There be a slight chance Sanchez may start simply because Poch may want to play with three at back, and with Wanyama out Dier will take his place in midfield. However, that decision to start Sanchez will depend on how he has trained and fittted in to the system - poch usually takes time to implement new players.

I expect Llorente to be on the bench and if we need a goal he will come on at some point.

It's going to be a jard game imo and we need to move the ball quicker and be more clinical
It'sME
08/09/2017 15:04:00
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It's Me, I am pretty sure that Trippier will start but not because of Poch's loyalty but because Aurier has not had time to train with the team yet (maybe partially on Friday). But I have a strong feeling that this will be his last start for a while other than rotation and local cups. Aurier will very quickly become the #1 LWB in my opinion. From what I have been able to see he is a better player than Trippier and was quite probably the Target replacement for Walker. Speed, strength, intensity, and crossing skills. I will be extremely surprised if he doesn't do extremely well in the PL.
jvd
08/09/2017 18:29:00
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I really think we can win this one,
123spurs
09/09/2017 12:47:00
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So how can sissjoko start. Explain poch what are we missing
123spurs
09/09/2017 14:07:00
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Lloris (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Kane
Critical_Spur
09/09/2017 14:09:00
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Interesting that Sissoko gets the nod. I really hope he plays in the centre of the pitch. To me he has all the attributes to be a box-to-box midfielder. With his physique and technical skills he just looks wrong marooned on the right hand side.
Gary Onedaysoon
09/09/2017 14:11:00
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I really am disappointed that the donkey sissoko starts .. he's not fit to wear this shirt should of been sold.
E17YID
09/09/2017 14:20:00
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Looks like Poch is going for it, although I am not sure about Sissoko. Still the guy has a chance to show us what he can do once again. Hope Sanchez is on the same wavelength as Jan and Toby.
Harry-Kari
09/09/2017 14:22:00
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Guys you are not seeing what Poch is seeing, you do not know what he does. Maybe Dembele is not feeling 100% and that is why he has chosen Winks, maybe Son is flat after his internationals and travel so Sissoko is given the nod. Let's support a manager who has proven himself over 3 seasons and stop making knee jerk comments about mistakes and player uselessness. COYS!
jvd
09/09/2017 14:40:00
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Very silly discussions from pundits re the red card against Mane. Talking utter tripe about if he had just got a nick on it he could have gotten past the GK. Utter rot his foot was above chest height going into a 1 on 1. It would have a foul and at least a yellow for dangerous play. Foolish, cost his team the game for sure. Not that I'm particularly concerned about that but I was hoping for a 0-0 draw.
jvd
09/09/2017 14:44:00
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Interesting to see Alli and Dier as our Centre Mids, more creativity without the stell of wanyama and Dembele.
spurfect one
09/09/2017 14:47:00
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Sorry I thought I saw Winks' name on the team sheet. Comment still goes just Sissoko for Dembele.
jvd
09/09/2017 14:50:00
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Agree with you Gary- on Sissoko - he wa very effective for both Newcastle and France thru' the middle
Durbanspur
09/09/2017 14:52:00
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Best performance so far this season. Loads of movement, quicker ball moving and all in a forward direction. Excellent. Hope it continues in the second half.
Harry-Kari
09/09/2017 15:41:00
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Excellent display all round. Alli and Dier both turned up today and Eriksen and Davies were outstanding. Sanchez fitted in well. Everton were poor but we were excellent, especially when moving off the ball. Sissoko just seems to lack a bit of confidence but he had a good game. Well done lads.
Harry-Kari
09/09/2017 16:46:00
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Great result, emphatic performance against what is a decent Everton team. August is finished so Harry Kane has kicked back into gear, clean sheet, 3 goals, what's not to like. All we need now is to kick the so-called Wembley factor into the long grass, and start winning home games, then we will be alright. Up to 5th so let's kick on.
Frank
09/09/2017 17:33:00
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Was llorente not match fit, 3 up and he still wasn't brought on another Jansen type, easy game
123spurs
09/09/2017 18:24:00
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Sanchez had a fantastic game in the middle of Toby and Jan. What a back 3 they are going to be as the season goes on. 3 points and clean sheet. Sissoko was very effective in place of Dembele and he and Eriksen rotated rotated between going forward and holding extremely. When he starts putting those chances away, Sissoko will be hailed by fans. I do wish him luck. Would be good for us if he got that 2016 France form back.
jvd
09/09/2017 19:24:00
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Ben Davis had a great game also. Everyone played fairly well and sometimes I thought we would go to sleep but someone always picked it up.
jvd
09/09/2017 19:26:00
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At last we are back to form of last season. Good effort, passing, speed of movement when needed. Sanchez looks the business, he will get better working with toby & jan, needs more confidence on the ball. Sisoko did well, MF is his best position, Harry.. well what a player, that goal has to be Goal of the season, receives the ball a few yards outside the right side of box corner , quick glance at goal instant ball over and across the keeper.. brilliant, and his 100th spurs goal too. Now onto Wembley mid week, I hope to see us beat the germans.. COYS
Block D Spurs
09/09/2017 19:26:00
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Wow, everyone must be happy. No posters on here this evening! Everybody must be in a pub drinking and having a good time!
jvd
09/09/2017 20:12:00
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They are all lost for words to describe our amazing performance jvd :-) I see Jose is showing his lack of class again.
TQ2Spurs
09/09/2017 20:58:00
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Wasn't able to watch the game today, but pleasantly surprised by the "Geof" result and what appears to be a good performance against a solid Everton side. We do have to sort out the Wembley problem, but it feels like we still have a lot more to offer with the new signings and players returning from injury. COYS!!
Guyver
09/09/2017 21:47:00
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We must of seen a different game ... or u have a man crush on sisssoko JVD, he was tripe as per missed a excellent chance. He's. Not good enough for Spurs period. I still feel we were in 2nd gear can't wait til we play like we normally do.
E17YID
10/09/2017 01:24:00
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E17Yid, I don't get "man crushes" but I do appreciate when I see a player making a decent contribution. Your call that he was "tripe" because he missed a couple of opportunities means that Dele was also "tripe" as he also missed a sitter. I also saw Kane miss one and Kane also completely "whiffed" on a very good opportunity. In case you didn't notice Sissoko was making chances and getting into positions to have chances, more than any other Spurs player today. Without a doubt it was his best game for us. You are just not allowing yourself to give the guy an opportunity to show you what he can bring to the team because you wrote Him off las season.

You may not have noticed that he was playing in a rotation with Eriksen in the Dembele position. While one was attacking the other was in the DM position and they would rotate as the play developed. Koeman called it a diamond formation but it had a lot of movement which totally dominated the Everton midfield and defense. He was an integral part of that formation. Dier doing 90% of the holding allowed the four of Kane, Alli, Eriksen and Sissoko to attack and create.

It would be good if you could put aside your bias based on last season's poor performance and give the player some credit when he actually does well. That way he may be encouraged to really play as he can rather than feel unwanted by fans with your attitude and just become a wasted investment. Thank God for the away fans who were at the game and sang his name in appreciation for his play and contribution.
jvd
10/09/2017 02:04:00
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Good win there... @jvd....much respect for thayy post mate.... Give sissoko his due ...he's upped his game... Better position... Hope for more improvement.... Coys
62rovinella
10/09/2017 05:16:00
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Finally we seem up and running, however Everton started with 7 new signings! Quite a few teams have started new season with over half a team of new players, and they play like strangers. Very hard to pull that off, and only really Watford are doing well with that number of new players thrown straight into the team. However in Everon's case, Spurs took good advantage of this. We will get tougher games than this one turned out to be. But for now, you can see how we are easing in to the season, and how we can get better. Davies and Trippier are doing good jobs, but Rose will return and Aurier will come in to add add pace and energy on the flanks. Sanchez is still new, and will quickly get accustomed to EPL with both Toby and Jan beside. Dier is freed up finally to focus on midfield - and this should allow him to develop more. Wanyama's injury will give Dier a chance, and when he returns, we will have good options there. Alli is getting goals, but not yet hit top gear yet. More to come from him. Sissoko was trusted to start, and hopefully he becomes a true option and improves. We can then rotate him with Dembele and Winks, who will get better with experience. I imagine that Son is still regaining fitness, and is another great option too when he gets fit. N'Koudou also needs to get fit and be another pacy option. Llorente looks like the perfect bench guy to come on in those games where we can't score for toffee. But I hope he gets some starts too - perhaps with Kane buzzing around behind...? Lloris is class, but has had a few wobbles lately. I expect him to click back into his game saving self pretty soon. Finally I must mention Eriksen who must be commended for starting the season well - as he often slowly warms into a season. 1 goal, 2 assists, but besides that, you can see that he is becoming that key player that makes everyone else better. Got to find ways to preserve him in early rounds of cups so that we do not burn out the man. You can see how Poch is shaping the team for the season, and it is looking good. Man U wobbled yesterday and aren't as formidable as people portray them to be, however I do think that they are much improved and dead cert top 4 team. Liverpool will always both destroy teams and concede goals - strange how Klopp NEVER adjusts his tactics.... Arsenal look shaky. Chelsea have Europe to additionally handle, and no Costa. So top four is looking realistic again - despite Wembley. Our CL performances remain to be my worry.
TonyRich
10/09/2017 08:26:00
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I agree with Jvd - I thought it was Sissoko's best game for us yesterday. And it's no coincidence that he was given a role that plays to his strengths. His forward play also helped Kane, Dele and Eriksen. By occupying defenders he created space for them. His inclusion in this type of formation gives us a greater attacking threat than, say, Dembele would woud. When everyone is fit and available for selection, he may not get into the first team but he can be a valuable member of the squad. We've seen nothing of what he's capable of in a Spurs shirt yet.
Gary Onedaysoon
10/09/2017 09:04:00
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No JVD, what I notice is sissoko has always been inconsistent .. ask Newcastle fans .. how you can compare him to Alli or Kane is beggars belief ... they create something out of nothing. Sissoko proved last season he isn't good enough .. he got in to space yeah offside. I'm not blinded by his failure last season .... he has shown he's not as good as dembele , or Eriksen. I have no support for the Numpty and the sooner he is not picked and sold the better.
E17YID
10/09/2017 11:25:00
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Also, in relation to sissoko. He is placed passes ball stuck under his feet. He's supposed to top class, but can't dictate against lower teams such a season burnley. Dembele by is by far superior and so is winks.
E17YID
10/09/2017 11:27:00
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Silly. Auto correct on iPad , one swallow doesn't make a summer, if sissoko performs week in week out then attitudes might change.
E17YID
10/09/2017 12:13:00
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E17, imo, you need to cut Sissoko some slack mate. The away fans applauded him and imo, he put in a good shift, albeit 1st time in our shirt. Constant booing hasn't helped his confidence either. Good to see Poch deployed him alongside Eriksen and the contract switching of the two also offered us another option and got the oppo thinking. Let's hope that performance was not a flash in the pan and we see a repetition of that in the next game.

On the whole I thought we played well. First 20-30 mins wasn't anything special and imo, whichever team scored 1st would've gone on to win. Required a fortunate goal to bring the spring in our stride and the rest became history. I'd like Dele to stick to basic things in front of goal. But can't criticise him too much as he too had a great game. I thought Hugo tried a couple of time to let them back in the game! But really Everton, despite buying so many players just haven't addressed their forward line. COYS!
Critical_Spur
10/09/2017 13:17:00
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Just watched the game. My thoughts .... This one was much easier than expected. I can’t really fault anyone’s performance. It could well have been a much bigger win. We had so many excellent balls into the box from both wing-backs ... especially Davis who had a blinder. September-Kane was great again .... lucky first goal (which must have been a cross) and a well taken second goal. Good game to have before we start our CL adventure. What was the score?
Geofspurs
10/09/2017 14:03:00
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Just read through the comments. I agree with jvd regarding Sissoko. He is getting closer and closer to a goal each time he plays. He is also looking sharper. No lack of effort either. Worth persevering with him, imo.
Geofspurs
10/09/2017 14:12:00
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Geof, if I had to pick on minor negatives, it would that Poch should really have utilised both Aurier and Llorente at the end. I don't buy the 'not had time to adapt' because 1) Aurier got 45 seconds v Burnley at Wembley and 2) Llorente (a PL proven player) would've been useful for about 10 mins when those crosses were being zipped in. After all, the game was in the bag. Could've made them feel part of the emphatic win....would've been a nice introduction.
Critical_Spur
10/09/2017 14:19:00
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Geofspur, hope you had a bet on the score. Watched the whole game on Sky last night, so one sided, I thought Koeman had more oil in his lamp tactically, they never coped with our back 3 with wing back system, and apart from the first 15 to 20 minutes there was only one team in a very very one sided game, could have been 5 or 6 in the end. Very encouraging performance and result, everybody did well, yes even Sissoko.
Frank
10/09/2017 15:06:00
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As Frank intimated, there was absolutely nothing to criticise in yesterday's performance. Yes Everton were a shambles but in large part that was because we played so well. Everyone tried to play rapid attacking football, running at the opposition and moving well off the ball. I find it interesting that when we play badly there are loads of posts defending our performances and accusing others of being hyper-critical. First time this season we turn in a great performance and those who usually argue in favour of poor performances have to find something to carp about. I guess that's what being a fan is all about. Opinions.
Harry-Kari
10/09/2017 15:24:00
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E17Yid let me correct you on something. I didn't compare Sissoko to Dele or Kane. I used your criteria of him being a poor player because he missed some chances and applied the same criteria to Dele and Kane. Trust you see what I mean. I agree with you that he was very poor as a RW last season but he has had a good outing against Juventus in preseason and yesterday he certainly played well. If you look at the highlights to refresh your memory you will see that he was the player who made the effective pass for two of our goals (the pass to the guy who got the assist). may I also add that i am definitely not alone in my assessment of his game performance. My hope is that he does well as that can only mean good things for our club, Dembele who will get rotation and be fresher.
jvd
10/09/2017 15:41:00
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Critical ... I'm with you on that. The last 15 minutes would have been perfect to introduce our new players. Strange that he didn't!
Geofspurs
10/09/2017 15:52:00
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Frank ... Yep, pretty good effort all round. I really expected a lot more resistance that.
Geofspurs
10/09/2017 15:55:00
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I suspect the reason why Llorente didn't come on is because Poch wanted to give Kane as much time as possible to get his sharpness back in front of goal. He could have brought Llorente on and kept Kane on of course, but that would have pushed Kane back deeper. As the game was already won there was nothing to be gained by doing this.
Gary Onedaysoon
10/09/2017 16:17:00
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I agree with Jvc, sissoko was a big improvement from last season. Playing in his favoured position helped !..... Remember he played for France in AMF and was favourably compared alongside Pogba. Now it is down to poch rotation system for Wembley on Wednesday .. I expect that more or less the same team, with Aurier as RB for tripp. As to negative posters, there are too many ready to stick the boot in to our players, and Levy, Poch etc. But when we do well, they are nowhere to be seen? This seems like trolls from other clubs posing as spurs fans, who would be found out by slating us when we have very well done / brilliant wins... Or am I wrong ?
Block D Spurs
10/09/2017 16:19:00
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I just wanna add another observation... I think with Sanchez in the back 3, we have (in that formation) a formidable trio. It helped bring out the best in Toby's diagonal balls, as most found their target. BUT, I am not so sure, based on y'day's game, why peeps made a positive reference to Sanchez's speed. I didn't see any of that as he was the anchor man of the three and rarely passed the half-way line. He did however make crisp passes compared to what we have seen amongst Verts and Toby. May be as he adapts, the trio can take in turn to carry the ball forward.
Critical_Spur
10/09/2017 17:21:00
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Critical....... Sanchez had some speed in early 1st half getting across to cover Jan block a cross,/ stood physically strong in various tackles on left side. Yes he will improve as CD in back 3.
Block D Spurs
10/09/2017 18:33:00
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We are told that our PL is the best league in the world, I have witnessed two games today that commit that claim to the dust bin as rubbish. The games Burnley v Palace, and Swansea v Newcastle were both dire unadulterated garbage, totally lacking in quality..
Frank
10/09/2017 20:07:00
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JVD, when Kane or Alli mess up you know they will perform. Sissoko has consistently not performed over a season. Janssen gets shipped out, yet its OK for donkey sissoko to stay? Sanchez, new player slotted in well with Toby and Jan. looks assured, and appears he will be an excellent signing. .... lets agree to disagree re sissoko, I watch every spurs game live for free here in Australia. i do not feel the need to watch highlights. I will not gel to sissoko and I hope he is going in January.
E17YID
11/09/2017 01:28:00
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E17Yid, yes I agree to disagree. LOL! No hard feelings mate. I hope you took my comments as good hearted as I took yours.

Really looking forward to Wednesday and I too feel we will see little change to the team. Suspect Aurier will start ipo Trippier and Dembele ipo Sissoko. We should have a nice looking bench also, for a change.
jvd
11/09/2017 11:19:00
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Good posts JVD, good game, thought we all played well.
Ossie
11/09/2017 13:13:00
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Apologies for off topic, but I note Crystal Palace have sacked their manager after just 5 games! Watched their game and tbh, they absolutely bombarded Burnley's goal incessantly but for very poor finishing. Nothing to so with the manager imo, the players let themselves,the manager and the fans down. You gotta love PL.
Critical_Spur
11/09/2017 13:30:00
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And now they've employed Woy. Back to the dark ages! GL to them, but their fans imo DO deserve better.
Critical_Spur
11/09/2017 13:31:00
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