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https://vimeo.com/128810991

Another great video by yidvids which summarises our season. It's definitely got me appreciative of everything we've actually achieved this season despite all the faults that Magneto below has pointed out.

Kane has catapulted himself to becoming the face of Spurs and deservedly so. He's had an astounding season and he has worked incredibly hard for it. No-one would have expected him to have the season he has had and anyone who says that they did - are liars.

Poch has frozen players out, but at least it is no longer about our managers being forced to manage players they do not want or trust. It did not work for AVB and that was ultimately why he got sacked.

At the beginning of the season, Poch made Kaboul captain - Kaboul was pretty much the first player to get cast out. Even though he was named captain, Poch was not afraid to drop him from the team after poor performances (and a rumoured bust up with Adebayor and Kane). Dier stepped up well for us, and played brilliantly considering that this is his first season in the Prem, young and inexperienced, and was constantly shuffled along the back line.

Chadli has had a good season, he proved himself to Poch and the team when it seemed at the beginning of the season that he was going to be replaced. Lamela has come out of his shell a little as well and I'm hoping for him to really up his game next season.

There's so much that can be said about the team and the players; but one thing that should be focused on is the theme (dream?) of longevity at the Lane for the foreseeable future. We have a young manager who is building our team through youth and instilling a philosophy that can propel us up the table, coupled with Mitchell who is a recruiter that Poch trusts and knows and more importantly, one that understands what our manager wants. We have the green light for our new stadium to be built with no more delays. I'm excited to see how Spurs will progress from now on, it's going to be interesting. COYS!
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I suppose I did focus a lot on the negatives and haven't been around to mention any of the positives. Fair call :)

I agree about dropping players who deserve to be dropped. There's no sentimentality about Poch. No Vorm in the final despite him "getting us there". No farewell for Brad. These things sound great on paper, but he was firm about his selections. We needed that 5th as it gave us an additional 2.5 million revenue. We needed that cup final and Vorm was on a horror run. There's no nonsense most of the time. I disagree with his treatment of Bentaleb and Mason, but I guess that's more to prove a point to the board that he does not trust anyone else in defense.

Kane has been spectacular. Especially early in the season, with his work rate. There were times where Kane and Lamela won the ball back in some ridiculous places that set up a great chance. That's always good to see from a striker. Kane deserves the No1 spot, although he did get overworked. I'm worried about a burnout next season, but no denying the lad's walked and talked every bit like we'd like our players to be. He can still improve in many places, but we've seen consistent improvement from him all season.

Chadli, I don't think had a great season. He had great timely goals that masked his rather inept majority of the match. Reminds me of Dempsey, who was at the right place at the right time. Somehow, I feel he lost a lot of his touch with the passing of his father. Lamela's tuns are improving and he's in much better positions to cross, tackle or shoot. He'll get there next year.

The progress of Rose,Dier, Bentaleb (still needs defensive positioning work), Mason, Kane, Lamela...all point in the right direction. Rose especially looked terrible last year, but was our best defender this year.

Longetivity is vital now, especially with the new stadium. That took a lot of time, money and effort to get. Poch is very youth oriented and wants players who understand the local rivalries and how much things matter. I wouldn't be shocked to see some good promising young English players as the signings this year instead of going abroad.
This season has finally come to an end. Can't have come sooner in my opinion, and is the worst I've had to endure ever since I started following the club. My problem is not with the results or the final score, but with the same mistakes being made over and over again. We've played some of the worst football I've seen us play... dull and tired. Maybe this helped inspire LostWanderer to go on his trip :P

But there are lessons to be learnt from every season. These are things I can see from the top of my head (I readily admit I didn't see a few our games this year).

1) Midfield needs creativity. The number of balls forward into the box along the ground has all but disappeared once we lost Modric, VDC, Thudd. Eriksen does it sometimes, but not nearly enough. No through balls to unleash the wingers, and no through balls for the strikers to pounce on. Makes creating a cross/shot a lot harder than it really should be. This is where we need to improve beyond anything else in my opinion. North Posted this below.. http://imgur.com/YcktiBD... exactly what we need. Creation of space followed by a well timed pass into the box. I genuinely would loathe to see Carroll sold or loaned out. He can do just as good a job as Mason, and would prevent running Bentaleb and Mason into the ground.

2) Lack of rotation. This got onto my mantits. Poch did not rate some players and just did absolutely everything to ignore them. Players got dropped after a couple of good performances and destroyed morale Stambouli, Paulinho, Dembele... all had decent games before they were dropped totally. Especially Stambouli. Even when Bentaleb and Mason were struggling, we did nothing to relieve them of pressure and/or fatigue this season. Desperately need to get in players that Poch wants or we'll keep making the same blunders over and over.

3) Please. Get rid of Adebayor. He can be the nicest guy in the galaxy, but his presence is detrimental. We're paying through our noses in wages and he produces next to nothing. Voodoo and public rants about him considering suicide as a youngster is not what a team wants to hear. He's been on "compassionate leave" so much this season, you'd think he actually was on maternity leave himself.

4) Defense has had its worst season since the Ramos era. The fact that Dier was a regular quite often in a season where he was supposed to be the understudy showed how poor even the likes of Vertonghen were. I can't lay it all on the players. The tactics were horrendous, with wingbacks going further up together and the CDMs not covering the CDs at all. Conceding as many goals as Burnley and more than Crystal Palace is just not good enough, especially considering we have Hugo Lloris with a very high saves%. We conceded too many chances to the opposition.

I don't expect we'll buy any massive players. I don't expect to see any Jackson Martinez, Schneiderlin (said he'll only move to CL teams) kinda signings. I sure as hell hope we don't sign Lavezzi who's been really bad for a couple of years now. I am excited by the return of Carroll to midfield, and even the link to Keiran Tripper. Would be the exact kick up the backside Walker needs (yedlin needs a loan imo). Hoping for a season better than the last, even if not in results... in playing style.
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1) Definitely agree. Movement seems to really stagnate once we go on the attack and we seldom get in behind the opposition defense as no one really has that creativity other than Eriksen. Lamela/Chadli/Mason/Bentaleb who has mostly been our other 4 starting Mids do try to play through balls at times but seldom amounting to anything good. They aren't good at crossing the ball either so we don't really take advantage of Kane's aerial ability as much as we should, the only crosses we put in are usually from Rose/Dier overlaps. Not sure if this is what Poch wants, but our Wingers (Lamela, Chadli) seem pretty one-dimensional if you ask me. Everybody knows they are going to try to cut in, its too easy to stop. (Unless you're Robben)

2) Towards the end of the season it was definitely true. Poch did seem to experiment at the start of the season, but after awhile our starting 11 was the same every game. Think we could've definitely used Stambouli/Dembele more instead of always relying on Mason/Bentaleb. Mason started well but towards the end he just didn't seem to do well, not sure if due to the lack of rotation but his performances did not warrant a start especially towards the end of the season. Hopefully Poch also starts making more tactical changes and subs during games when things aren't working out as countless times this season he has made substitutions too late or not changing tactics despite things obviously not working.

3) I just can't stand Adebayor anymore. No matter what, he is paid (ALOT) to play football for Spurs. Being unable to for short periods is understandable, but this has been going on for far too long. He should retire if he is having that many personal problems and is unable to play football. Might be harsh for me to say as I'm not in his circumstances, but he is physically able to play, and he is paid to play. If he can't because he isn't mentally strong enough, then he shouldn't be earning a paycheck for doing nothing.

4) No Comments on our Defense. Can't get any worse right? :)

Hoping we have a good off-season and that Levy gives Poch the freedom to get the players he really wants. A pacey ST, a solid CB at the back would be great :)
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Problem that I found with the wingers is to do with the whole team. Wing backs push forward, with the inside forwards cutting in waiting for a cross or a cutback. This much was done. But

1) crosses coming in were mostly bad. Especially from Walker. Dier's goal assist against Everton was a perfect example of the crossing done well. We need a better crosser, with Rose improving. Not surprising we're being linked with Trippier. He has 16 assists from crosses from RB this season. Exactly what we need.

2) Mason and Bentaleb need to move further back when the inside forwards move into the middle and Eriksen moves wide. They stay up a little too much, and are easily hit on the counter. One CB is drawn away to mark the wing and there's a gaping hole in the middle. A few of the errors that were blamed on Fazio actually were down to absolute schoolboy CDM play, but that usually isn't pointed out. They did get some experience this year, so next year, hopefully they'll pull back and cover defense better when both wingbacks are up ahead. Just minor tweaks needed and better judgement of what's happening around them. Will come with experience.

The lack of through balls has been one of the most worrying aspects to our game. It actually makes for a good case to move Eriksen wide and Lamela into the centre. (Believe it or not but Lennon has made the most through balls for us in the season just gone!)

The lack of rotation does my head in. Like it did with Harry in charge. It has been suggested that Poch simply has done all he could this season to prep Mason and give him a certain amount of experience - because he will play a big role for us next season.
So we beat Malaysia 2-1 (all three goals in 1st half) after a Kane double.

Lloris (Vorm 45)
Yedlin, Dier, Vertonghen (Bentaleb 45) Rose (Walker-Peters 45)
Townsend (Lamela 45) Stambouli Carroll (Onomah 57) Eriksen (Ward 45)
Winks Kane (Chadli 57)

McGee, Dembele and Mason were unused substitutes.
It's going to be crunch time for Tom Carroll when pre season comes. He assisted both goals in KL, including this beauty for the second goal:
http://m.imgur.com/YcktiBD
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I expect Carroll to be sold, but hope that he gets to prove himself in pre-season before any decision is taken.
I like him but he would have to impress to get a chance in the team for next season. He will surely be sold otherwise.

Having talked to people who follow our development players, the consensus is that Kyle Walker-Peters is the most likely to take the step up into our first team. Unfortunately, Yedlin doesn't live up to the hype. Maybe he's brought to the club more in an attempt to raise our standing in USA.

On Saturday I'm going to watch USA play in the U-20 World Cup and have a look at our young centre back prospect Cameron Carter-Vickers.
Milos Veljkovic, Harry Winks, Josh Onomah and Alex Pritchard are the other front runners to make their way to first team level.
I don't think Yedlin is a workable solution as yet, but might be wrong. Carroll all the way though. Hope he gets a chance, even if it is cup games and Europa league. Could be a great impact sub.
Heard an interesting tidbit about the 12m Ings bid is actually being a sweetener for Burnley to sell us Trippier.

12m is an absurd bid for a player who will be a free agent in a month, rumours are that Ings has already decided that he wants to join Liverpool, so even iif we our bid is accepted, the deal will fall through when it comes to personal agreement. However, the compensation set by tribunal for Ings will have to take into account that a 12m bid was made, as it means he's in demand - more compensation for Burnley.

Just rumour of course, but seems to make sense, Yedlin isn't ready for first team, and isnt a good enough cover for Walker who isn't exactly the best RB in the league to begin with. Apparently Poch is looking to offload him to any of the 3 newly promoted teams who are supposedly all interested.

Just food for thought, it definitely reeled me in because I honestly think 12m for Ings is an absurdity. Even though its probably 90% bullshit I'd agree that Yedlin out on loan to a prem side is a good option.
I've been reading that a lot as well, that we just are trying to inflate Ings's value in the tribunal. It'd make a lot of sense to both weaken any potential buyer's transfer budget and to get on the good side of burnley in their Trippier sale (who apparently has a 3.5 million pound release clause, go figure).

Tripper is a signing I'm completely behind. 12million is indeed absurd for Ings. Conspiracy theories abound, and such a Levy thing to do (like that Fryers deal).
Apparently Liverpool going in for Ings.
I dont have any wishes on who Tottenham should sign. I don't have any idea how much they should spend. All I care about is seeing WHO we sign so I can get a better idea what type of players fit the Pocho system. I'm more excited about this transfer window than that of previous because it's going to be a lot harder to build a top 4 challenge with the new transfer policy in place. These players will not only have to be affordable but will have to have the hidden potential that the other teams didn't see.

So far the players we've been linked with have made sense, in a way, and it's going to be slightly shocking to see who will be transferred out. I have my idea on who will be seeing the door but, whoever stays, has my full support as long as they're part of Pocho's squad.

To a, hopefully, successful transfer window so that we may see an exciting 2015/16 season. Coys!
Yes, for now we got to have faith in the Poch project and hope he manages to gather the player material he needs for his vision.
Anyone watching Origin?
what is that?
http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11708/9866365/danny-ings-subject-of-16312m-tottenham-bid-sky-sources
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Days spent at top of PL table:

Chelsea: 274

Tottenham: 6

Arsenal: 1

Man City: 1

COYS!

By the way, that's what happens when you start Dembele alongside a more disciplined Mason. Our midfield ran the show against Everton
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Pretty sure our one day was from alphabetical order lol :P
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The squad that has traveled for the friendlies against Malaysia and Sydney:

Hugo Lloris
Luke McGee
Michel Vorm

Eric Dier
Federico Fazio
Danny Rose
Jan Vertonghen
Kyle Walker-Peters
DeAndre Yedlin

Nabil Bentaleb
Tom Carroll
Nacer Chadli
Mousa Dembele
Christian Eriksen
Erik Lamela
Ryan Mason
Josh Onomah
Benji Stambouli
Andros Townsend
Grant Ward
Harry Winks

Harry Kane
Roberto Soldado

Younes Kaboul, Vlad Chiriches and Paulinho have been given permission to remain at the Training Centre, while Emmanuel Adebayor and Etienne Capoue have been granted leave to return home for family reasons.
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Can we assume that Paulinho - as well as Kaboul, Chiriches, Capoue and possibly Adebayor are all on their way out?
What about Soldado? Surely, the club and the player won't drag it through another season..?
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Just a guess, but I doubt we'll see BOTH Adebayor and Soldado out in one window. ST/CF is a very hard position to get quality for a decent price, and I just have a hard time seeing us bring in 2 backups for Kane over the summer.
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Tbh Adebayor would be more useful than Soldado. We need to get someone else in though as we shouldn't put all our eggs in the Kane basket.

Btw, Bobby turns 30 today.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/tottenham-hotspur/11628246/Spurs-transfer-news-Kieran-Trippier-close-to-Tottenham-move-from-Burnley.html
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Chris Foy is gone haha
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Thank goodness!! I wish him well.
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