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http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/20140710/alexis-sanchez-agrees-to-join-arsenal

Such a Great player.. Arsenal is extremely lucky to sign him. God, why would Barca sell such a great player is beyond me.
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That's one great signing!!
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They will still finish 4th though,need a decent manager
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I think Arsene is as decent as it gets though. I can't think of another manager who can keep us where we are on literally a shoe string budgt until the past 2 years.
He knows that LGW, just blatantly bitter is all.
*facepalm* On one hand, I'm having fun discussions with Cloudst and 13goals on skype about signings, and I come on and there's this.

I dream of a world where rival footballers will one day be able to ignore each other if they can't deem to be polite to each other :P
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Arsenal sign some player. Why is it on the Spurs board? :/
Alright boys I'm off on my flight to Toronto, in 13 days I'll see Spurs play, 13 days that can't pass quickly enough. Later on I'll be in London and I'll be watching Spurs play Schalke at WHL. This is going to be the most perfect summer.

I'll try and come on here whenever I can and share my experiences.

On another note our interest in Ben Davies seems to have faded according to Hugh Jenkins, the Swansea CEO. And now TALKsport are reporting we've made a bid for Felipe Luis of Atletico Madrid. Would be nice to snatch a Chelsea target from under their snub noses. Thoughts gentlemen?
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Luis would be a dream signing. I really don't see it happening though. Davies signing needs to pick up again, unless we're looking at other players.

Enjoy your time bud :) Jealous of you being able to watch the games! Tactical analysis needed! :D
STOP IT! You're making everyone jealous.
Thoughts on Morgan Schneiderlin? rumours starting to heat up that Poch is keen to bring him over. .
Don't need him while we have Sandro, both are of a similar type. But he is an excellent player nonetheless and well known to the manager too.
If we could ship out Paulinho.... :P
LLORIS SIGNS NEW FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT!


“I spoke with the Chairman and I know the Club is as ambitious as ever,” said Hugo. “It’s very important to feel at home at a club and for my family to feel well. I enjoy a great relationship with the Club and the fans. The arrival of Mauricio Pochettino is important as well. I have a good feeling with him. He is also ambitious.

"Everything is clear in my head and if I’ve signed a new contract it’s because I trust the Club and I’m sure we will progress in a positive way.

“Last season wasn’t the season we all hoped for but we were still able to finish sixth in the league. We know where we have to improve, the Club also knows and there is a feeling and a confident connection between the Club and the players.”



via http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/new-deal-for-hugo-100714/

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Hah. Beat me by 20 mins. But this is AWESOME news! He obviously got a hefty pay raise, but there were so many times last season where we found ourselves saying "Hugo deserves better than this defending". I'm thrilled that we've managed to keep him. There's no doubt he'll be awarded the armband this season.
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Brilliant news,so glad he's committed,he did look at times that he wanted out,not even saying it,just the look on his face at times,but I'm pretty sure Poch being an ex CB himself will get the defence playing well,hopefully he could get vertonghen playing well too,cos at times I wanted him gone the way he was going on
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Oh man I'm so happy! yeah I agree with Mag, give him the armband!
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#spurgasm ;O
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That's great!
The ONE player who seemed most likely to head for greener pastures! Can't believe he wants to play behind the shower of s**t defending for one more season atleast. :D
Lol. Suraj. Don't hold too much hope for our defending to improve, eh? :P
Hey there mateys! Just wanted to let you guys know that I'm going to be on holiday.

I'm heading back to the UK (for those who don't know yet, I'm currently living in Saudi Arabia) for a 3 week vacation with the family this weekend, just letting you know in advance, if you ever wonder where the bloody hell I've wandered off to since I won't be posting much on the site while I'm away :D

Anyways! I'll be visiting Manchester(my hometown) and London during my stay, if any of you guys want to meet up, add me on skype: dmncko

Would be nice to meet some members of footytube in the flesh! :p

Cheers!
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Saudi Arabia? Mate, you really tried hard to escape the rain didn't you? Hahaha.
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Enjoy your time, bud! Try and see if you can visit the Lane! Next time you go, we might not have the same stadium :(
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@LastGraspWinner: Yea, summer all year round here :p

@Magneto: Thanks man! Yup, I've actually got tickets for our Stadium tour on the 25th! ♥
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Germany 5-0 against Brazil. At 35 minutes.

Wow.
Incredible, I've never seen such bad defending in a football match. This world cup has done Paulinho no favours at all, he looks so woeful. He doesn't do anything very well just runs around, no cutting edge in his play at all.
7-1.

Poor Sandro. I bet Holtby and steffen freund are dancing around him while laughing like maniacs.
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@Mag: I'm imagining that in my head right now. Hahahahaha.
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What I'd like to see this coming season from the players we have currently:

1)Vertonghen + Lloris to settle down and become the defensive rock of our team. They are both potentially world class players but both have weaknesses they need to iron out before being classed as such. Vertonghen needs to learn to keep his cool and stop becoming so stressed, he gets too hot headed and makes unnecessary fouls and risks at times; stop playing him at LB because that seems to make things worse as he lacks turn of pace to cover good wingers. Lloris needs to learn how to fricking distribute the ball; too many times I've seen him make woeful kicks as clearances and even completely cocked up throws. He's brilliant at everything else.

2)Townsend and Holtby to step up and really prove their worth. Townsend for all the obvious reasons as stated below, needs to learn when to shoot and when to pass etc. etc. Holtby I loved when I heard we were signing him for such a small fee but he never managed to fulfil his potential. Hoping this season he really shines through. This will be to the detriment of Carroll in my opinion (especially with the young up and coming Algerian world cup player Bentaleb) but if i had to make a choice I'd choose Holtby.

3) Paulinho/Dembele to become consistent. They need to be given specific roles, and trained to play those roles. I don't believe in interchanging your midfielding duties constantly as that helps no-one. Keep Dembele deep, work Paulinho as a box to box.

4)Build the team around Eriksen. He was not only our star signing from the 7 ridiculous buys we had last season, but in my opinion he was the player of the season for Spurs. He has such vision, class, skill and has a damned good cross and freekick in him. A player we have missed for many seasons, we haven't had such a complete player in our possession, you could argue Van Der Vaart but he lacked pace and could only perform for 60mins every other match. Eriksen still has much more to show and if we built the team around him and used him in his position rather than forced out on the left because of lacking options then he would be worldclass in my opinion.

6) Lamela and Soldado to feed off Eriksen's passing and vision. Bearing in mind Lamela was a pretty damn good playmaker at Roma with Totti he has a lot of potential to fulfil. Soldado will only get better with better balls to run onto.

7) Give Rose some competition, Naughton covered Walker when he was injured and will continue to push Walker but someone needs to be brought in to challenge Rose as Naughton is rubbish at LB. I don't want Rose to be learning his trade from BAE as I get nightmares of that ridiculous BAE-esque dumbassery from Rose when we played Arsenal to let Rosicky kill off the game. He will only get worse if he learns from BAE, bring in Davies I say.

Final point, Mr Poch... please don't build our team around Adebayor. As good as a player he is on his day (and I really do support him as a player) he does not deserve to have the team built around him. It may keep him happy for a while, but that won't last and when that runs out then our team will just flop like it did this season. It was a good move to say that you are, in order to keep Adebayor on your side, but I beg you not to do it for realsies.

Safe.
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1) Lloris and his distribution: Totally agree. Not sure what can be done about Vert's attitude. Seen the ugly side of it and it ain't pretty. Going to be a test of Poch's man management skills to keep his ego under control.

2) Townsend has a loooooot to prove. Holtby is a very good impact sub at the very least, who can come in and put a very hard shift when legs tire. Also excellent to have for Europa. Carroll would be very useful in the cup games. As of now, I see Townsend as a cup game player until he learns how to use his head and improve his passing/crossing/shooting.

3)Paulinho needs to learn to pass the ball either to the feet of the player, or ahead of the player so the player can go and meet the ball. He almost always passes the ball behind the player, so the likes of Lennon always have to stop their run to receive the ball, this forces Walker/naughton up front as they provide the width because Lennon's having to stop to receive the ball, leaving us vulnerable at the back. He's a liability, and needs to sort that out. And Fast.

4) Play Eriksen either as an LCM or CAM. No more LW/LAM rubbish. We cannot waste him out there, and he cannot spend time to track back. The amount of pressure we put on Rose/Naughton/Jan because of a piss poor LM is unbelievable. It isn't Eriksen's fault that he's given that role, but it certainly is a very amateurish formation.

5) You ate #5. Nomnomnomnomnom.

6) Lamela + Soldado + Chadli, Townsend + Adebayor + Lennon. No Soldado + Townsend, or I'll be forced to kick something.

7) Rose competition. God... I remember ranting for 10 whole minutes in that podcast we used to do about sending BAE on loan and having just Rose there with Jan as backup. I remember everyone laughing along at my ranting, because they understood where I was coming from, and couldn't shut me up. No wonder we were so f****d last season. I could predict that, a quarter way away across the world. To think 2 managers got it wrong is absolutely appalling. No wonder the first thing we're doing is chasing Davies.

8) Adebayor is a player I won't consider pushing out this season either. I think all he needs to do is pull his socks up and try hard, and Poch will give him every chance. Same goes with Soldado and Lamela. He backs people who try in training. I don't wanna rock the player boat too much this season. The players took time to gel, we'll need to let that show this season after a solid pre-season training. Most of our players weren't there for pre-season last time. Not this time :)
In summation, I agree with what is above. We simply don't know the true value of the player base we have because 1. AVB valued his own system over finding the best for what he had, and 2. Sherwood was clueless. The whole year was setting our players up for failure.

By the legit rumors we're hearing (not the garbage Cambassio ones), it's clear that sorting out the vulnerabilities in defense is key (lack of depth at LB and injury prone at CB). Adding to any other position is a luxury at this point. We could certainly upgrade at LW or shift at CM (or buy a star striker...why not) but we've got so much latent talent that's just waiting to tear it up this season... especially at ST. I feel like Soldado/Ade/Kane are all full of greatness that we just haven't been set up to show. LW could use an upgrade, but we would need to shift at least 1. Chadli/Townsend/Siggy/Eriksen are just not the genuine article
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Siggs has been offered to Swansea, confirmed by their chairman. Looks like he's the one set to be given the axe.
We've been talking about players we could purchase, but I'd like to take a step back and look at the younger talent we have this season. Anyone that could step up? With 2 domestic cups, and a Europa League group stage, we've got easily till december where younger players could be used judiciously.

1) Kane. Obvious. I'm backing him enough for him to be our third striker this season.

2) Bentaleb. Obvious Mach II. His world cup displays have been pretty decent and if he can iron out his defensive positioning, he'll be a decent player to have in the squad. As of now, he's leaving a lot of space and wanders around a bit too much. Hopefully, Poch will iron that out.

3) Townsend: I cannot put him in the same category as the first squad, because I simply do not see him as a mature enough player to know when to pass or shoot. He's way too one directional (and is as s**t as the pop group with his shooting) and easily out thought on the pitch. I'd say Townsend is Poch's first true test. Getting the best out of him is going to be tough, and I'd like to be proven wrong about Townsend. He gets away with the equivalent of football murder because he's a likeable local lad, but he's about to turn 23 in less than 10 days. This is now or never for Townsend to grow up in a spurs shirt.

4) Tom Carroll: He's not had the best of seasons when he's been at QPR. The fans started blaming him when things weren't going right, but that's Redknapp's system for you. Everytime he plays for us, I see a younger version of Modric. The way he creates space for himself, the way he tries to thread a pass through... only three other players even tried such passes for us last season: Eriksen, Holtby and Soldado. Having Holtby and Carroll back could really be the telling difference for us as far as impact subs go.

5) Ryan Fredericks: He was pretty good when he turned up last season for us in the Europa league. Had a lot of energy and bombed up forward. He's got an average of 2.7 tackles, 1.9 interceptions and 6.2 clearances in 11 Apps + 3 subs at Millwall, which ain't nothing to sneeze at. This guy is underrated in my view. If we give him a chance in cup games this season, we might just be pleasantly surprised.

There are others, of course. Veljkovic is very highly rated, and might be a CB for us in the future. The Shaq attack, anyone remembers that? Lol. It will be something to consider this season. Thoughts?
I can't wait to see Kane this season. He's exactly the type of striker Lambert was for Soton last season - big, skillful, intelligent - and I think Poch will only bring out more.

Bentelab has been such a revelation (despite getting flak for being Tim's darling) and again, I think Poch's coaching could do wonders for him. I think he could play a similar role to Schniederlin, Box to Box with a focus on press/recycle. The stand out quality this kid has is his passion - you see the way he plays for club and country and he's always giving 110% and leaving it all on the pitch. The only way he's not in the squad is if he gets a season loan to start at a midtable club. I can't believe he isn't even 20 yet.

Townsend. Ohhhhhh, Andy Townsend. I couldn't agree with you more - Poch will truly be tested in working the kinks out of his game. I'm not a huge fan and I wonder if he'd be around still if he weren't an academy player.

Despite all the hype around Carroll, I have no idea what he'll really deliver. We think of him as a 'youth' player, but he's 22! Call me crazy, but if he's not going to make his way into the first team in the next two years he'll never make the type of impact he's been hyped up for.

Fredericks looked good in his Europa outings. I know almost nothing else about him. Does he usually play on the right? We've already got a glut of RW's...

I know next to nothing about our many ST's and CF's who have come through the academy, other than most haven't lived up to their potential (Shaq, Coulibaly). If Kane is all that we can pull out of the youth system presently, I'll take him.
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Oh, and Velkovic (sp?) is supposed to be decent as well. If we buy a strong 1st team CB then I'd be fine with Velko being 4th.
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Totally agree that I'm giving Carroll a bit more chance than Townsend, but I suppose that's because I've seen Townsend last season and wasn't impressed in the slightest. I'm yet to see Carroll been given such a run. But you're right that he isn't a kid anymore, and it'll be his season to prove himself as well. I'm just hopeful that we'll have someone with the vision to make a defense splitting forward pass. I'm sick of the Dawson longballs, or the Dembele side pass or the Paulinho TM "pass behind the player to slow down a winger".

Fredericks is an RB. Played there for Millwall when he went there on loan as well. He started out as an RW, but was moved to RB. He's got the same weaknesses as Rose, but there's no harm in giving him a go in a cup game, and resting Walker totally while starting Naughton for these sort of games.

Veljkovic is someone who's highly rated, yeah. But I wouldn't be comfortable with him being #4. Especially with our injury record. I'm fine with him being #5, but we certainly cannot depend on Kaboul and Jan remaining injury free, especially if Dawson's sold. I don't rate Vlad's defensive abilities at all. Another player I'm looking forward to proving me wrong.

Our youth strikers never really lived up to their potential, eh? Shaq's got more going for him than Coulibaly for sure. He's never settled in England, sadly. But even Shaq... I don't see him having enough talent to turn out for us. Kane's a CF by nature, and is the only person with an attacking intent that I see who can represent us. Even McEvoy's fizzled out a little last season.


Edit: Bentaleb... I've given him a lot of flack myself last season, but that was Tim's fault. He played the kid when he was clearly out of his depth, forcing him to run when he's barely learning how to walk. It is the approach that my old "teacher" gave me when I was a kid learning to swim... throw me into the 20ft depth area of the pool and hope I kick my hands and feet well enough to swim. No surprise that I almost drowned (duh). Bentaleb ought to play Europa games and cup games. No point risking Dembele in those games, especially with his dodgy hip that tends to give way come feb (No pun intended).
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I wonder how well Jan could hold up if he wasn't being played out of position for half a season? If he's being played at CB he's a lot less likely to suffer those pulls and strains that come from dealing with quick moving wingers. He does a decent shift out left, but he's just not as agile and quick as I'd want a full back to be.

I think our real game plan should be to replace Kaboom and bring in a 1st choice CB (big, strong, good in the air) to match with Jan. I very much so wish it could be Kaboul himself, but apparently he's made of glass and it's simply time to find someone more reliable. Then I would feel totally fine with Cheerios and Velko being back ups and Capoue (I know I know) as the ohmygodpanic last option.

Whatever we do, sorting out LB and CB are the priority over all else. It would be amazing to upgrade at LW and ST, and to grab a DPL...but I still think we haven't fully utilized what we have.
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LB. CB. LW to challenge Chadli/Replace him. We pretty much agree there. Although, I ought to throw you into a tank with goldfish for even suggesting Capoue as a potential CB :P
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I know this season isn't a good indicator, but it's really quite insane to have to consider 5 people for 2 positions in the first place.
Well, any other position... I'd agree. I wouldn't have 5 strikers at the club if we were playing a 2 striker formation. But Defenders tend to have to play at a very high level all the time, as do midifelders. Mids run a heck of a lot more, and defenders need to tackle a lot more and throw their bodies on the line. Their constant heading and jumping could lead to injury easily, and we'd need 4 CBs at a minimum imo. Remember that we're in Europa league, and that Europa win is now a CL spot next season. We've got to be aiming to win that without doubt!
5 years of having the bloody red AIA symbol on our shirts. Confirmed. Yay! (not)
I honestly don't think it looks that bad; and financially it's great for the club!
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AIA IS THE NEW MANSION CASINO!!!
Can't deny the transfer revenue, but when I look at our home kit and our probable away kit and wish we still had our last season's kits... That's saying something :P
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A VERY interesting article about our fanbase in the USA. It adds up why we keep extending Brad's contract, and why we're going back to the USA to play our pre-season fixtures.

http://tottenhamhotspur.blogspot.in/2014/07/spurs-most-popular-premier-league-team.html
that poll is not accurate... i am a spurs supporter and i am out numbered 1000 to 1 with fans of every other top 4 team ... i have only met two other spurs fans in my city
The poll was conducted last season, at the start of the season. It probably was conducted via the number of channel based subscriptions, and the Bale saga was going on. The world was watching. Considering that my dad, in a relatively small city in India who doesn't even have a passing interest in football, had heard of that deal and asked me how my team did this season... there is a high chance that people are still watching us. Some wanting us to succeed, some with just a bit of curiosity, and some watching to watch us fail.

I admit the numbers would not be remotely the same this season, but it still is something to consider. One of the most popular online portals for tottenham (CFC) is pretty much run by our American fanbase. There's hope out there, my friend :)


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