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There was a good snippet of analysis on the importance of Schnerdeilin for Southampton today and rightly so.

CDM's are vitally important, and that's what I hated most about Tim Sherwood, the way he insulted CDMs and Les Ferdinands blast of Makelele was so ridiculous it made me direct my hate onto Bentaleb (he has shown he is a very promising young lad and I have nothing against him now, but he needs time).

Moving onto my main point, there's been some disgruntled reactions about our purchase of Stambouli, mainly because it looks bad for Holtby and Sandro who could both possibly be shipped out in the next 24hours. I get it, Sandro and Holtby are two of my favourite players and feel they deserve better. But we need to look at what is best for the team, best for the club we all love Tottenham Hotspurs, and right now we need to be trusting the man in charge, Pochettino. I trust his judgement and I stand by this acquisition, even though I'm not fully clear on what Stambouli is like as a player. But what I do know is, Holtby has gone through manager after manager and there must be a reason why no-one has seen the potential and given him that chance. What we see is his smile, his energy and his love for the team and banter with team mates. What we don't see obviously is exactly what he's like during training and what his true traits are as a player. Like a lot of people have pointed out, he is a very good impact player and sub player but he isn't good enough to be starting ahead of any of our positions, but he is good at all of them. He has come out saying he wants to be playing first team football but he is happy to stay and would not want to ask to leave (so we got that going for us...which is nice *insert meme*)

Sandro is another one of my favourites, clearly a fan favourite as well, everyone loves the beast. But he is injury ridden and hasn't had a spell with Spurs where he hasn't been injured. Everytime he played, our team grew and grew until the point where he got injured, and when we didn't have a true replacement we started to flop. Now we have Capoue, who looks like he has made the CDM spot his own, which means Sandro is a substitute. But can he be relied on? Without a string of games Sandro will never regain his form, and with his injury prone history and lack of match fitness right now, he can't be starting over Capoue. Stambouli is a proven CDM who may not be spectacular, but cannot be written off. He has been a vital part of Montpellier and has shown, at least in the french league, that he can provide true cover and competition for Capoue.

Let's wait and see. Regardless of what happens, I have given Pochettino my 100% backing right now and I trust him to be making the right decisions for the team. Whatever happens now, things are still looking bright for the Lillywhite.

COYS!

I will probably be travelling during D-Day. Looks like it will be worth it :/
An article on Stambouli from fourfourtwo, regarding his strengths and weaknesses. For all of us who doesn't know him which is pretty much all of us.

http://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/everything-you-need-know-about-benjamin-stambouli#kzelS0V2lf1cSGWa.01
Posted by paddy below, sorry paddy didn't see it at my first scan of posts.
Anyone watching Everton v Chelski? What a game!
Attacking wise, it was exciting. Defense was not in any of these teams vocabulary... s**t.
great game
Btw schneiderlin scored 2 goals 😖😖😱
That deal has been long dead though.
Still proves those doubters wrong who said after the first game "see, we dodged a bullet, Schneiderlin isn't all that."

Also this shows that Schneiderlin hasn't let the summer transfer get to him and is still doing his part to help the team.

Still 24hours left to the transfer window though so who knows =P
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Siggs is tearing the premier league a new one
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He's absolutely killing it at Swansea. That's what now, a goal and 4 assists in 3 games?
I knew it would happen,he's a great player who never got a proper shot with is for some reason,should have built it around him
Really happy to see him succeed. He deserves it.
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Just watched the United Burnley game (0-0). I can't believe how, after a whole pre season with United, Van Gaal has them playing with such predictability. Its either long-balls to one of their two strikers, or playing through the wings with Valencia (more predictable than Lennon, dummies left and goes right) and Young (who wouldn't even make our second team). I'm just glad we got Pochettino lads.
A whole season?think you mean pre season,it's cos United are crap,I just love giving grief to the United fans,who are dwindling by the day
They have some world class attacking players and once they get some good defensive players who work in the system well they will be doing well. I envy the teams who have United early in their schedules this season.
http://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/everything-you-need-know-about-benjamin-stambouli?
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Judging from that read sounds like we're getting a good player.
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So schneiderlin won't be coming in I'm assuming,but would like some info on this new guy.anyone know how much he's costing?
Deal worth around £4.7m
To asnwer your question below, Rogue...Cloudst and Thirteengoals both follow League 1. Cloudst's opinion is that Stambouli's not good enough for our level and THirteengoals is saying that the player is just about decent. Other information I've found is that he is incredibly card happy and strays too far upfield. His passing range is not that great, but he keeps the ball simple.

Why're we looking to sell Sandro and/or Holtby and getting this guy who's probably on the same level as Bentaleb at 24?
http://www.mhscfoot.com/depeches/stambouli-accord-trouve-avec-tottenham-hotspur-fc

Its on their official website. I'm very sceptical, but at the same time, I trust Poch.
Sad about Sandro, could have been a top class player if it wasn't for those knee injuries which are hard to recover from, the guy is a beast but tough luck for him.
Yeah mag it is a strange one,rarely do you see a transfer pop up completely out of nowhere,I mean even with dier we heard a bit of info before hand,it's really odd.
Doesn't sound like the best player,if he wanted a player in that ilk for cheap then keep Livermore,or one of the lads we already have,I know we are counting the pennies for the stadium,but we can spend a little bit,lol
Too pissed off imagining the worst with regards to player sales. Going on swearing rampages that are even worse than SS's swearing against Jorge Jesus. I'll probably be back tomorrow for the game on tinychat, or after the bloody window closes. For those looking forward to the deadline day, enjoy fellas.
Stambouli, CDM/CB?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9KPoZOXDYo

In any case I like his name.
Does this mean goodbye Holtby?
Apparently he's a less good Capoo with the ability to sub in anywhere along the Backline. I feel like this more spells the end for Sandro than Holtby. Rather, Paulinho and the promise of not sucking May spell goodbye for Lewis, as we are (reportedly) close to a loan-to-buy deal with Hamburg for LewLew.

So here we are, possibly on the verge of losing 2 fan favorites in 1 window. Re:Sandro- as much as I love the guy, he has yet to replicate his pre injury form, or stay fit for more than a few months at a time. It was the middle of AVB year 1 when "the beast is hurt" tweet broke hearts across the spurs fan base. He did good breaking up the attack against ael, but you have to wonder what a real competitor with pace and trickery would do to him. Also, his tackles have started to look more reckless than ruthless, making him look more like a card liability in the few games he's played than anything.

With Lewis, it's truly hard. Talented and hardworking, young and charismatic, he's endeared himself to almost all of our hearts. Yet, 2 seasons later, he's not a clear starter over anyone. A back up for many, yet it's a hard sell to pitch him over Lamela, Eriksen, Bentaleb, Capoue, or even Chadli/Townsend/Lennon. He backs up many, but beats none.

Two questions. Could you blame either for wanting more minutes? Neither are going to be out and out starters this season. Also, if their off field personalities are not a factor, how much do you miss them in the squad? I love them both, but I think holtby has endeared me with his Instagrams as. Much (or more) than his contribution on the field.
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I like Both Sandro and Holtby admittedly there is some online presence bias I have over Holtby but with Poch's new philosophy its as if the energy to chase down after the ball is no longer an asset to have on our team since most of the players are (will be) actually doing it. We need more than energy. If the management lets go of Lewis I'm pretty sure they know what they're doing especially Poch who is a big fan of youth.

That being said I'd rather see the beast go, knee injuries are hard to recover from and it certainly doesn't help if you're holding a defensive role. Stambouli looks like a guy who can defend well, connect from long range, (both passes and shots) and I believe is only 24 years old.

As for your questions @fish

1. Minutes aren't given, they are earned. Everybody wants more but if they aren't deserving, why give them?

2. I agree. If Holtby wasn't so active in the social media, fans wouldn't moan as much for him. Although our footytube community in particular likes him very much compared to twitter. But meh.
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Daniel Busch @dan_bu

Lewis Holtby reportedly agreed personal terms with HSV. Beiersdorfer in talks with Tottenham now.
This is my worst nightmare. Sandro, Holtby... and linked with the likes of Song and Walbeck and buying some weird guy who is probably a stop gap till we get a better target next window. Ugh.
Lol Song to WHam for a season loan, no worries. As for Welbeck...

Let's wait for deadline day :D

Edit: who knows about Stam..Stron,,,Dave, I'll call him. Who here really watches the French league? Maybe he's good? (Deluded And hopeful lol...)
Can we please call him Stromboli?


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34
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35
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