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Is this the dawning of the era of Sissoko!

Mauricio Pochettino believes that the previously considered donkey that is Moussa Sissoko has improved considerably to the point where we won't be going for Ross Barkley in January! Sissoko was thought to be one of the worst signings since Paulinho and no one thought he was worth £30million. Sissoko has started only 13 matches in all competitions so far and we still await his first goal. He has just two assists in the Premier League but suddenly, with the future of Moussa looking fragile, Sissoko has a crucial part to play in the eyes of Poch. Has Poch seen something we haven't or does he need Sissoko because he is running out of alternatives?

Moussa's on-going foot and ankle problems have restricted him to only five starts this season, Wanyama hasn't played since the 2-1 defeat by Chelsea on August 20 and while Harry Winks is back he has not yet regained the form he had before injuring an ankle at Burnley last April. Some say Sissoko, was impressive in the 3-2 win at West Ham last Saturday and one assumes, after Poch's comments of Siss after the Apoel game, he is in the team for our game at the John Smith Stadium? Sissoko was signed to play wide on the right, but he had one of the best games of his career in the centre, when France were beaten by Portugal in the Euro 2016 Final. Though he isn't Dembele, Sissoko's strength and ability to travel box to box makes him dangerous in either zone - when in form! The arrival of Serge Aurier appears to have given him a lift, Sissoko spent a year playing with Aurier in Toulouse before he joined Newcastle in January 2013. Sissoko and Aurier combined effectively on several occasions last weekend which was an encouraging sign, especially if we are to break down teams this season, we will need that kind of power. Sissoko is not good out on the wing. Verts has said 'Maybe he is used to playing more regularly on the wing than in the middle, but he has done better in the centre of the park.' The injuries that we have sustained both short term and long term have shown just how thin we are in certain areas. Whilst Auriers suspension is not a major blow because we have Trippier for the Huddersfield game we don't really have a like for like player for Dembele or Eriksen or indeed Dele Alli. Our back line is actually in better condition than our midfield in terms of depth so, with or without Sissoko, would passing up on Barklay be a good shout?

Statistically, in the 27 matches Spurs have played under Poch directly following a European tie, we have won just 12 times, drawn seven and lost eight. In percentage terms, that's 44% wins, 26% draws and 30% losses. When directly compared with our domestic form over a period of 135 matches in the league and cup, in the same season as our European fixtures under Poch, we have won 56 times, drawn 23 and lost 21. That's 56% wins, 23% draws and 21% losses. Based on those stats, matches played directly after a European game means we are 12% less likely to win and 10% more likely to lose. Statistically then this game with Huddersfield is in the balance! We all know how we played against Swansea after the Dortmund game! We will have to make sure that the boys are up for this one with no European hangover, like the ones that used to blight our post Europa League games. Yes, this game is going to be Towns biggest game of the season so far. Yes, it will be a chance for them to up their game and have a pop at one of the top clubs in the Prem. No, it's not an excuse for us to have an off day! Huddersfield are better off against sides that come to play football especially under David Wagner. Wagner will know he is playing a very good team with a very good record against newly promoted sides. Getting six points from promoted teams is a habit for us we did it against Burnley, Middlesbrough and Hull last season, and Bournemouth, Norwich and Watford the year before. Given the high energy nature with which Town play under Wagner, it's something that we may like cos it leaves space at the back.

These are the fixtures that Huddersfield have dreamt of all summer so you can bet they will play out of their skins. They haven't faced us in 35 years which is why this game will feel more like an FA Cup round than a Premier League match as the Town fans will come in with no expectations except to see their team give it a right go. Town will have had a week to prepare for this game and will hope that two long haul flights will see a jaded Spurs team turn up. We have to make sure we don't come out jaded and we must not pick up any more injuries because we have a really gruesome October to get through. I guess Demeble is being saved for the Real Madrid match so I don't expect we`ll see him play against Bournemouth either!

Huddersfield town started off their first ever appearance in the Premiership with a loss to West Ham and then a credible away draw with Leicester and a draw away against Burnley. No doubt their fighting spirit comes from their manager who has performed miracles to get the club to be part of the PL. We meanwhile have failed to knock over Burnley and Swansea at Wembley but away our form is taking on a serious run. Huddersfield provides yet another team that, by rights, should be easily defeated. In fact, if a player like Dele Alli is out of nick then this match should be the ideal game to get himself back into form. Town will be marking Kane and Eriksen out of the game and it will be down to CB Schindler to keep him out, which may give Dele the space and time he needs to get on the score sheet. Verts is back so it will probably be Poch's preferred formation of Sanchez Verts and Toby, Davies and Trippier on the flanks Dier in Front of the back line. However, although Winks played well on Tuesday Sissoko will probably play in the diamond that is Eriksen, Alli and Kane with Son coming on as the super-sub and Llorente on for Harry provided he has scored his hat-trick by the 75th minute! COYS!



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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Friday September 29 2017
Time: 5:39PM

Comments

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Good article as usual, OyVeh. Huddersfield 0 - 3 Tottenham. Sissoko to score at least one of them!!
Geofspurs
30/09/2017 02:48:00
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It's match day! Where is everyone?
Geofspurs
30/09/2017 09:38:00
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Sissoko did play well in Cyprus, but our youngsters - Winks and KWP deserve and must get match time. They are possibly big names of the future, we do not want to lose.
the_cockerel_crows
30/09/2017 09:45:00
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Winks showed glimpses of having world class potential in Cyprus. His composure, ability to retain the ball in a tight spot, control, matureness and vision hinted at glimpses of Modric to me. One can only hope...
spurticus87
30/09/2017 09:54:00
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Winks will be a big player for us in the future, no doubt in my mind. Todays game is potentially a tough one, at the back they are pretty solid we will have to work hard to match them as well. Kane is on fire at the moment that I think will be the difference today, they won't cope well with him..2-0 to the Lillywhites.
Thats Entertainment
30/09/2017 10:27:00
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Sissoko, still is not worth 30quid let alone 30m. He's not improving he is the Same old donkey.let hope he is gone in January. Must win game today.
E17YID
30/09/2017 10:27:00
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Sissoko is clearly playing a lot better than last season, but that's starting from a very low base. We clearly have a major ongoing problem with Dembele. Even if he gets back he's not going to be able to play every game, it'll be a bit like Ledley King's last years with the club. So there is a spot there but no one is quite like Moussa. Sissoko has the power but not the temperament, Winks has the right attitude and plenty of ability but not the physique. Maybe the joker in the pack is Josh Onomah, we'll see how he does at Villa. Maybe we bring in someone, but Dembele is a unique player so that won't be easy. Or maybe we have to slightly adjust how we play because we can't replicate what Dembele gives us.
jod
30/09/2017 10:36:00
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It's not 'must win' game but it is one we really want to win to keep in the current mix. There's still 31 games to go.
Geofspurs
30/09/2017 10:46:00
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spurticus .... I agree with you about Winks but isn't there enough rubbish in the media about Kane being world class without starting them off on Winks too! :-)
Geofspurs
30/09/2017 10:49:00
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I've always said we need to start planning life without Dembele. Poor guy has had no luck with injuries and is a great miss. In his absence, need others, especially WInks to grab his chance before we dip in to the market for another CM. Yes, winks has great POTENTIAL and with more game time will improve.

As for the game today, don't know if Eriksen will be fit. If not, I'd like to see Kane + Llorente combo tried with son off the bench. The latter has gone back to being a bit part player of late. Sorry Geof, but I've got this down for a 3-1 to the mighty! COYS!
Critical_Spur
30/09/2017 10:50:00
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Critical .... I think Kane would be brilliant sitting just behind Llorente. He wouldn't need to change his natural game and, apart from goals he might score, he could provide some assists to Llorente.
Geofspurs
30/09/2017 10:59:00
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Agreed jod, dembele makes good players look poor, dembele glides Past players With ease. Geoff, when city and Chelsea are playing against each other then these games are a must win to keep touch.
E17YID
30/09/2017 11:15:00
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Exactly Geof. Kane covers the most pitch in my view and plays a big role in AM area, often finding space to take a pop. Another thing I'd like to see tried against lower end teams is leaving a striker near half way line when defending so that we have an outlet and keep at least two of the opposition players at bay. Also, re Llorente, since Tripp is likely start, who better to provide those early crosses.
Critical_Spur
30/09/2017 11:17:00
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Winks pirouettes reminded me so much of Scott Parker. NaybevWinks can be as good for us!!!
Big Ron
30/09/2017 11:21:00
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Maybe Winks!!!!
Big Ron
30/09/2017 11:21:00
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(Tripp), that's of course if Poch plays his on the right!!
Critical_Spur
30/09/2017 11:22:00
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E17 .... To me the only 'must win' games are in knockout competitions or a game that clinches the league or avoids relegation. But I'm not arguing, just giving my thoughts, and I know what you mean. Winning makes life so much easier!
Geofspurs
30/09/2017 11:22:00
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Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Winks, Eriksen, Alli, Kane.
Critical_Spur
30/09/2017 11:24:00
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We still need more zip and creativity up front. Too much depends on Erickson and Alli being on form. I'm looking for Winks, Son and N'koudou to come on if things don't work out - and NOT with just ten minutes to go!
Stan Rosenthal
30/09/2017 11:24:00
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That's a valid point geoff, only reaso I say a must win, is because we need to win all games 3-0 now you have to agree with that. I mean you did predict the score on Tuesday lol.
E17YID
30/09/2017 11:40:00
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E17 ... You got me there, mate. Can't argue with that!
Geofspurs
30/09/2017 11:49:00
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Any links guys?
Thats Entertainment
30/09/2017 12:14:00
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http://cricfree.sc/watch/live/huddersfield-town-vs-tottenham-hotspur-live-streaming
Hot Tottingham
30/09/2017 12:19:00
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Harry "world class" Kane
BelgianSpur
30/09/2017 12:30:00
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Well taken goal, very well taken, however shocking keeping 1, clearence and 2, allowing Kane to beat him at the near posts. Still we are winning that's al that matters. I said to the wife as soon as he got the ball it would be in the net.
E17YID
30/09/2017 12:33:00
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Davies, what's he doing?? That was a class goal. Lifted it over the keeper with ease. Well done Davies fantastic position.. lucky deflection but 2-0
E17YID
30/09/2017 12:38:00
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I haven't got enough praise for this performance, this is delightful.
E17YID
30/09/2017 12:48:00
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We killed the game off in 24 minutes.
Guyver
30/09/2017 13:08:00
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We have competed well in a high-tempo game and accepted the gifts they have provided. Not perfect but very pleasing first half.
Harry-Kari
30/09/2017 13:13:00
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Great game so far. Could be a lot more if HK would have a look, once in a while, for others. We went to sleep from 34 minutes on. Need to hunger for more goals. Sorry but I want to see us score at least 6. And since HK is my ff captain, I would love for him to get a couple more.
jvd
30/09/2017 13:14:00
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Too easy. Love the way the commentators are praising us ... and Harry!
Geofspurs
30/09/2017 13:17:00
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Good old **** sissoko.
E17YID
30/09/2017 14:05:00
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looked like the players got a bit bored 2nd half, it was just too easy.
Guyver
30/09/2017 14:11:00
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Happy with the win and the 3 points but very unhappy with the lack of intensity in the second half. Poch just does not seem to get it through the heads of these guys of the importance of scoring against teams who are giving away goals. It is how you pad your goal difference. We could have beat this team by 7.
jvd
30/09/2017 14:13:00
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Easy win. 4-0. 3 points. 3rd! (for now) COYS!
Hot Tottingham
30/09/2017 14:32:00
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jvd, I agree with you. We seem to take our foot of the table when it could easily have been a landslide victory. Disappointed with Dele again, loose momentum every time he gets the ball, unless he releases the ball quickly. But, great month from harry, what a player. Well done Davies and tbf he has scored more goals than Rose for the time he's been with us. Only to add that Huddersfield were very poor.....or we made them look so.
Critical_Spur
30/09/2017 14:50:00
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I'll take it... Three points it is... Sissoko scores.. Lol..coys
62rovinella
30/09/2017 14:54:00
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We were on the ball 1st half, Harry clinical finishing. In 2nd half we just needed to see out the game, as some players were tired..Harry / Erikison. I did notice some very sloppy passes and we were lucky they did not capitalise. Poch got a bit annoyed as well. Anyway a good job done, and players / management my congratulations.. COYS
Block D Spurs
30/09/2017 14:57:00
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foot off the table?..Lol!...off the gas!
Critical_Spur
30/09/2017 15:03:00
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Excellent first half, poor second half and yet another poor all-round performance from Dele, which Jamie Rednapp mentioned at the end of the Sky coverage. What's a matter with the lad? He's capable of some lovely lay-offs (one leading to a goal today) but for the most part he's been losing the ball and misplacing passes, one of which nearly resulted on a goal for Huddersfield, not to mention that yellow card. Had he been substituted early in the second half we might have won by an even bigger margin. And it might have taught Dele a lesson.
Stan Rosenthal
30/09/2017 15:59:00
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Its amazing how far we've come in such a short space of time. We (including myself) have complaints, even after a 0-4 away win in the EPL following our 2nd successive CL group win! I feel like I now support a proper "elite" club, even though financially we are certainly not elite.
Guyver
30/09/2017 23:03:00
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I think the team will soon be scoring more more goals in a match than there are posts on the matchday thread! Where is everybody? :-)
TQ2Spurs
30/09/2017 23:54:00
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Hmmm...... Tottenham have won each of their opening four league away games for the first time since 1960-61, when they won their first eight in a row.
Critical_Spur
01/10/2017 02:07:00
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Did most of our VS supporters get transferred in the window?
Geofspurs
01/10/2017 02:37:00
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You know how it is Geof, less to discuss when we are playing well and winning! Which is perfectly understandable. When we lose we either need somewhere to vent or read some reassuring assessments... I don't think the advertising has helped but mostly I put it down to success. The better we play the less there is to comment on! Long may it continue.
spurticus87
01/10/2017 07:24:00
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Great performance once again away from home, Huddersfield apart from the first 10 mins in a league several levels below Spurs, Kane again especially and everybody else with the possible exception of Deli Ali, superb. He currently doesn't look the same player he was last season, is he getting a bit conceited and less willing to work, or is his deeper role affecting his form. I maybe old school, but his occasional antics as demonstrated yesterday by his "simulation" yellow card, following his juvenile "one finger salute" attracting a FIFA ban, makes me as a life long Spurs supporter, somewhat ashamed. Those kind of things are usually committed by players of other clubs, rather than our own at Spurs. Somebody, preferably one of the senior players, should take him aside by the scruff of the neck and forcibly suggest to him that he behaves himself or else, likewise MP rather than make excuses for him, should kick his arse. Yes he is young, but the sooner he grows up the better. Back to the team performance, it was superb with one reservation, having watched Chelsea v Man City later I could not help but be impressed by the extra pace and power of City going forward, and the resolute and superbly organised defence of Chelsea only undone by a great De Bruyne goal. In comparison we still seem to lack the pace and power of City. Finally we have to overcome the "Wembley effect", we only play against 11 men in our "home" games just as we do away, and we need to start winning the Wembley games, yes teams come looking for a point' and to "park the bus" and we need to overcome this tactically, but you can't challenge for a PL title simply based on away form, superb as it is.
Frank
01/10/2017 10:46:00
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THFC. This season so far, in all competitions: W7 D2 L1. GF21 GA6. - We could do better. We could also do a lot worse, considering how much and how often Pochettino gets it wrong. Such as his poor substitutions and our boring sideways/backwards passing and, over-reliance on HK all included. Not forgetting the wing-backs that are "not" wing-backs, (Trippier and Davies). Dele Alli not on form. Harry failing to score in August. Having 3, 1st team, long term injuries. (Wanyama, Rose, Lamela and now Dembele, on and off). Selling Walker! Also playing with a young and new to the PL centre half, Sanchez and introducing a new R-W-B, in Aurier. Only scoring 4 when it could've been 7! - We really should do better. But it's not too bad. Not for Spurs, anyhow. Not my opinions here. Just a few minor observations from a long-term couch-spud who watches far too much football. (No, I'm not smiling and I'm not LOL-ing either). Why would I be?
Hot Tottingham
01/10/2017 11:40:00
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Hot Tottingham, I must comment again on this silly notion that we rely to much on HK. HK isTHE lone striker in the system we presently play. It is his JOB to score, that is the whole reason he is on the field. It is not like when we were relying on Bale to "bale" us out some years ago. So there is nothing wrong with him having the lion's share of goals. What is maybe slightly bad is that he has become extremely greedy and instead of looking for players in better positions, he is trying to score even when he obviously can't. Other than that I think we are doing pretty decent.
jvd
02/10/2017 01:00:00
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What we are also missing is Alli playing with intensity and being a real threat. Is he gliding on last year's performance? If he was a little more involved it would also open up a lot of room for Eriksen and others.
jvd
02/10/2017 01:13:00
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Whilst I am liking Davies drive and tenacity and Trippier's crossing, we will be vastly improved when Rose get back and is in form (may take until mid January and Aurier feels more comfortable in the team (still feeling things out). Then we will see pace on both wings which will help significantly against bus parkers and provide the wide threat we need against city and ManU.
jvd
02/10/2017 01:19:00
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I said after the Chelsea defeat that the following 8 or 9 games were all winnable, and that those results would define our season far more than the Chelsea game did. I am still bitter about the results against Burnley and Swansea. The 4 extra points we dropped would have us right on the heels of the 2 Manchester clubs, where we really should be. But in general, the statement has proven true and if we consistently win the games we should be winning, we'll be in the mix for top 4. The home form obviously remains a concern, with most of our good league results coming away from home. We have 2 home fixtures next, which will be huge. We need to be beating the likes of Bournemouth at home, and Liverpool will be an interesting test too (I am actually going to that one).
BelgianSpur
02/10/2017 09:13:00
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JVD, whilst I agree with your underlying point about Kane being played as the lone striker and we appear to be playing to his strengths, imo, the fans DO have the right to be slightly concerned. As you rightly pointed out Dele needs to up his game and I would go as far as suggesting that Son has gone a little backwards with his contribution of late. Fortunately for us Kane is on fire and he is a unique and a rare talent, I saw several highlights of PL games and saw many a striker fluff the type of chances that Kane keeps putting away. I think the point fans are making is that all fingers crossed Kane remains injury-free and maintains his form as others are still stuttering. I was somewhat disappointed that Llorente didn't get minutes v Huddersfield.
Critical_Spur
02/10/2017 10:01:00
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Critical - By all means we should ride Kane's great run of form as long as possible, but I suppose the big difference this season is that in Llorente, we have a proven PL goalscorer if anything happens to Harry (god forbid).I don't think we'll see the best of Llorente in a super sub role though. He should be starting against the likes of APOEL, but he may still be building his fitness up.
BelgianSpur
02/10/2017 12:00:00
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This is it Belgian..."He should be starting against the likes of APOEL". The longer he goes on without getting much game time, the harder he needs to try and score and puts undue pressure on the guy. We all know what happens to our players that rarely get game time and start seeing the 'Soldado' label resurface. Training ground is one thing, but getting the team to perform with a different style striker in a competitive game is another. Llorente has already missed a sitter (header) last time he played and peeps are praising him for his aggression and style....the same physical attributes that Jannsen had. I'd have thought a younger Jannsen would've learned quicker than an experienced Llorente.....dare I mention Soldado should've settled instantly! I still can't figure out why another very late substitution v Huddersfield and Son over Llorente.
Critical_Spur
02/10/2017 12:23:00
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I suppose the thinking was that a) Son also needed game time to stay involved and b) the 5 or so minutes wouldn't have done anything for Llorente. I have to believe that Llorente would have started against APOEL or Barnsley if his fitness had allowed it. I also think that the "Soldado" label is less likely to surface with Llorente, simply because he has already shown that he can score in the PL, unlike Soldado or Janssen (not to mention that Janssen really only had 1 year of senior football under his belt when he joined). Llorente is a proven goalscorer and he has a track record that neither Soldado or Janssen had. He's just on the wrong side of 30 but that's another discussion. As far as the late substitutions, I have to agree with you there.
BelgianSpur
02/10/2017 13:19:00
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I thought we played well first half and got the goals. Winks did well, he is getting back to his best pre injury. Kane awsome, and Eriksen played well. Dele once again below par and tbh I am getting bored and tired on his antics. Yes he is young, but he seems to be strolling around for half the match, losing the ball and not working very hard, then be brings shame with a dive, why, 3 nil up - pathetic, and tbh I really think he needs serious competition and benching, enough is enough. Most youngsters get benched when their form dips why should he be an excpetion, purely becuase we have too many innuries and noone at the moment pushing him. That may change if Son bgets back to his best, and Demeble gets back and lamela comes back in good form and may be if we get Barkley! we need someone to put his place unders serious doubt to show him he needs to buk up and grow up.

Comments re Llorent, he has looked sluggish, unfit and it makes me wonder whether he will be effective this season if he is struggling to get fit and not getting many minutes, then next season he is a year older! may be wit cup games coming up we can start him and hopefully he will get his fitness and goals will come. I am not concerned about him scoring, he will score if fit and gets enough game time, unfortunately they both come hand in hand and with kane in good form its going to be difficult. Be nice if we already qualify after RM games if Dortmund blunder, and we can play Llorente in the last CL game, and against Westspam in the cup and then again in the FA cup. May be he can get a under 23 game, if he is allowed.

We are on track, but similar to last season, dropping those points weaker teams at wembley has cost us dearly, we now play catch up. This I seriously think is something we need to learn from, making sure we have a goal scorer for August because like it or not kane doesn't score, he is a slow starter, and making sure we have enough quality to start the season, if we haven't get new signings in for pre season because we always drop points due to slow start through low numbers starting season, signings not brought in soon enough and no scorer to help Kane when he doesn't score in August.

I can't wait to see Lamela back and I would love Barkley, concerned about Dembele constent injury problems, and Wanyama may take time to get back to his best. As for Rose, well even he is injury prone and it may take him time to get back to his best, if he gets back in the game. Personally, if Davies continues the way he is playing Rose will have a fight, and I am not sure he will be with us next season anyway.
It'sME
02/10/2017 15:51:00
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it'sMe, TBH, I have more or less written off Lamela. The type of injuries he has had are akin to what Dembele has suffered during his time with us. A lot of peeps are pinning a lot of hope on Lamela returning and being 'like a new signing'. I have grave doubts about that. I think more likely someone will step up and make it difficult for him to win his stripes again, more likely, prove his fitness and recover whatever we can get for him. We are a top-4 'regulars' now and I'd hate for us to be carrying vulnerable players when our squad should ALL be A teamers.

As for your comment that Llorente may not come good this season.... surely not for real?! 30+ aged player and at our standing can we really afford another 'year to bed' type of signing who's in the twilight of his career?.
Critical_Spur
02/10/2017 16:59:00
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Former Spurs forward Crooks, who chose both defenders (Davies & Trippier) in his BBC Sport Premier League team of the week, wrote: "If Guardiola is trying to get Manchester City to play in the style of Barcelona then you could be forgiven for thinking that Mauricio Pochettino looks like he is developing a team in the image of the current Real Madrid side.

"The one-touch football played by Spurs against Huddersfield was, at times, mind-blowing. The goal which involved practically every member of the Tottenham team, resulting in a memorable finish by Ben Davies, was just pure quality from start to finish."

Hot Tottingham
03/10/2017 11:36:00
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Hot Tottingham, I must say, that was one scintillating move if I ever saw one.....bar the final deflection from Eriksen that put the ball on Davies's path. But a great and cool finish from Ben. Who's Danny Rose?....will have to Google him!
Critical_Spur
03/10/2017 11:46:00
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Not so sure what to make of Winks in the England squad. Just returning from injury, hope he does well and returns unscathed.
Critical_Spur
03/10/2017 11:47:00
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CS .... You can't buy what this will do for Winks confidence by just being in the squad. And if he plays and performs reasonably well he'll be another one the media can connect to Madrid. How good is it to have all these 'world class' internationals in our squad!! ;-)
Geofspurs
03/10/2017 14:58:00
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Seems the adverts are causing this once great forum to die a death. Seems pointless posting anymore.
E17YID
03/10/2017 15:42:00
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Geof, under normal circumstances, I'd agree with you wholeheartedly. But seeing that Winks has only just had one full game after a long lay-off and with Dembele suspect, our options in midfield are very limited. Of course I wish him well and some game time with the England team will do him world of good and something to build on. Hope Dele with his ban is bandaging all his fingers together to learn a new acceptable hand gesture!
Critical_Spur
03/10/2017 16:39:00
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Not just posters disappearing. The Forum seems to have completely vanished into thin air!
Hot Tottingham
03/10/2017 19:08:00
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...Along with the Editor, it would seem.
Hot Tottingham
03/10/2017 19:17:00
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CS .... I doubt that fitness will be an issue for Winks as he'd probably only get about 20 minutes on the park, assuming he comes on at all.
Geofspurs
04/10/2017 01:54:00
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Harry Winks played the full 90 minutes for Spurs on Saturday and looked fit and strong to me. He was everywhere. Getting stuck in and looking his usual hardworking self.

He may not even get to play for England in the two matches but if he does and he plays like he has for Spurs, then Gareth Southgate may have to start thinking about including him in the squad as a first choice. Sooner rather than later.

Hot Tottingham
04/10/2017 07:39:00
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Let's face it: Harry Winks getting picked for England is a nice recognition for the young man, but it's also a testament to how bad the current crop of English midfielders is. It's a far cry from the days of Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes, Beckham, etc... - a young, relatively unproven midfielder like Winks wouldn't have gotten into those squads, no matter how promising he was. None of the current English midfielders are world class players, which opens the doors for gambles on younger players like Winks. I don't think anyone should get carried away. Winks is currently the best out of a bad bunch. Let's face it: given the injuries, the England squad is down to the Jake Livermores of this world. With current injuries to Drinkwater and Barkley, Wilshere's career going downhill and players like Carrick who are past their prime, England is already scraping barrels with the likes of Fabian Delph. Beyond that group, it's either a young player like Winks, Tom Davies, Loftus-Cheek or Chalobah (and I think Winks is as good as any of them, but all are very green, including Winks), or you're left to pick players like Jonjo Shelvey or Mark Noble, who are unlikely to set the world on fire, who are not exactly players for the future, and you know exactly what you're going to get from them - a decent performance now and again, but neither of them are ever going to boss games at international level (not to mention Shelvey's personality being a liability). Based on that, I understand why Winks was picked. But in all honesty, I would be quite worried if Belgium were down to selecting players like Harry Winks. That's not a dig against young Harry, but I don't think teams with World Cup aspirations can live with that sort of player. England should 100% pick a very young team for Russia, write the tournament off and build for 2020 (what they should have done in France already). The window of opportunity for this group of players (Butland, Stones, Dier, Alli, Kane) will be from 2020 to 2026.
BelgianSpur
04/10/2017 13:53:00
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Agree bs, bit stones and diet are a level above winks, also depends what Dele turns up and if HK can get the supply, if not it will make him look bad, remember gerrard and lamps cud never play together and didn't set international alight even though great for there clubs. England will always believe the hype and it will be same ol England, just like spurs. Spurs saying to dare is to do. But we are not daring nothing. Can u see us winning a trophy when it seems more important to get cl. Coys
123spurs
04/10/2017 15:24:00
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Excuse the typos
123spurs
04/10/2017 15:25:00
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Bristol street motors player of the month...??? Whats that ...new sponsor??
62rovinella
04/10/2017 15:31:00
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BS .... I agree that the future of the English football is a bit short of players with enough potential to make it at international level. It's beginning to look like the quickest way for a young English player to become an international is to go through the Spurs academy! What's happened to this site? A few weeks ago there were too many articles at once and now there's not even one at once!
Geofspurs
04/10/2017 15:35:00
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