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Looks like Toby Alderwiereld is pretty much done.
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Looks like it. I hope there's some method to our madness and by the end of the window, we have a balanced squad.
good sign. hope we manage to complete it
Or not. very Spursy twist in his situation now. :P
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Very very Spursy lol
F*** you Atletico for not cancelling that agreement in time
http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11686/9903265/watford-agree-deals-to-sign-tottenham-duo-etienne-capoue-and-benjamin-stambouli
Personally, I want these deals to go through(esp. Capoue one).
Would you believe it, we might be short on centre-mids! :D
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I still don't quite understand what happened with Stambouli - he never really got a chance this past year. I just hope his sale helps to fund a 1st team CM!!
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What do you think about a possible swap between lamela and Shaqiri?
We could buy Shaqiri for about 10 million so I think we could get him outright without having to swap our record transfer. But if MoPo doesn't want Lamela it could be a good way to get replacement. Either way I think we should speak to Shaqiri.
I don't see what the hype is around Shaqiri, he's never really kicked on at a higher level. I don't see him doing any better with us If he came. I'd rather see us splash on someone like N'jie from Lyon, I've seen we've been linked with Carrasco as well.
I can't see this deal happening as we are covered on the right hand side IMO
Shaqiri has been the core of the Swiss team that gave France a run for its money in the WC...as well as being just generally impressive. Ran the show at Basel for a while as well.
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I think Pochettino will stick with his fellow Argentinian!
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He did lead that Switzerland team into the top 8 world rankings, racking up 17 goals in 46 international Appearances so it's clear he does well under pressure and being the important player in a side.
I think the team should definitely stick with Lamela he's bound to show up at some point. Kalopsia with an unwarranted comment on him though,he played well every time he played with us, just isn't the most selfless player and he isn't Robben so that didn't fly with Pep. I've seen some really good plays he was the architect of in a few Inter game's already. He's capable of brilliance himself, just needs the right team set up.
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I personally would prefer would. Shaqiri can play either at left or right. With eriksen and lamela occupying the other 2 spots in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
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There's no doubting in my mind that his name on the team sheet will make every opposition more wary of us. He's definitely an upgrade on what we have, and as ZA95 mentioned above, the 3 of Shaqiri, Eriksen and Lamela is a very exciting one.
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Sevilla announced Konoplyanka medical:

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11095/9902145/yevhen-konoplyanka-set-for-sevilla-medical-after-agreeing-terms
Why aren't we up for shaqiri. Amazing player, loves to run at defenders and only available for 12m. What a trio would Eriksen-Lamela-shaqiri would be!!
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I know I'm amazed we aren't having a look. Thought we should have tried in January. Here's a guy who can definitely score from midfield .
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Agreed. No clue why Stoke are in the lead to sign him.
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Iago Falque has joined AS Roma
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Yeah, got a cheeky 1M for his transfer to Roma. Sneaky business by Levy!
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He joined on loan. We will get f**k all.
A shame to finally read that Hamburg have purchased Holtby permanently. He has so much passion for the game, really wish he could have succeeded with us. Just wasn't meant to be.
Never really got enough run of games to show what he can do. Even Paulinho got significantly more game time than he did. I wonder where everything went wrong.
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Gonna miss him :(
So this is what Heartbreak feels like...I remember the first time he came on the field in a Spurs shirt, immediately seemed to link up with every player out there. Then he got that absurd yellow card, and I feel like his reputation was somewhat tarnished from then on.

Also that amazing game where he and Defoe tore apart the opposing defense, something like 3 assists for Holtby. That insane through-ball lob that Defoe headed in...Agh.

An honest to god crying shame. I think that he could've solved a lot of our problems in the middle of the park. But for some reason he just didn't get his chance under three different managers. Like I said, heartbreaking.
Maybe I remember it differently, but I never recall Holtby doing much more than being insanely lovable and running around a ton. He had that (europa?) match where he got 3 lovely assists...but that's it. I'm not sure why anyone thinks he'd be any better than Mason in the pivot, considering he's always been an AM and never excelled in defensive positioning. Don't get me wrong, his attitude, workrate, and charisma were off the scale, but that was about it.

I don't know guys. I hate to be a downer - I loved Holtby's presence as much as anyone - but there must be a reason why 3 different managers all passed on him.
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I agree with you Isnotfish, but at the same time, he never really got given a chance. Mason got given a chance after he scored a wonder goal; the rest is history because Poch doesn't trust the rest of the team.
But Holtby never had a wonder goal to get himself going, and after that amazing Europa performance, he wasn't given the same opportunities as Mason.

"Don't get me wrong, his attitude, workrate, and charisma were off the scale, but that was about it. " Sounds like Poch's perfect player to be honest! Which is why I really WISH he had succeeded with us, had Poch been given more of a chance with Holtby.... who knows!

Of course there is a reason why 3 different managers didn't want him, I just wish we could be told/shown why, we as fans can only see all of his good points, what was he doing wrong in training? It was 3 managers at Spurs, along with 2 at Fulham; 1 of which was an ex-manager of his who didn't like him anyways, and now he's a permanent Hamburg player.
You make a good point Isnotfish, but I think FayJay said what I was thinking. He never got a true chance, game after game. And in my eyes (maybe I'm wrong) every game he actually started in he either had a stormer or did well enough to merit another game at least. Even after games that would have us all purring if Mason or Bentaleb did the same, Holtby didn't get a solid run of games in any position. I think that's the crying shame of it.
I'm a big Holtby fan but for all of his work rate he wasnt very creative with his passing or really great beating a man off the dribble. Defensively he is not great at timing a tackle and often gives away a foul due to his exuberance to get the ball. Positioning before you fly in is vital to a successful tackle or experienced players will shield the ball with their body and draw the foul. Just watch Dembele with the ball. I'm sure in training Holtby constantly fouls Dembele due to his insistence on challenging as soon as he is near the ball irrispective of it being the wrong angle.

This defensive problem means he can't play deeper. He is not creative enough to play Eriksens role and so he often gets shunted out onto the left. Playing him on the left is not to his strengths or the teams. He just needs to go to a lesser league where he won't be exploited as much defensively or has less competition for the AM role.

Despite everything I just said I love Holtby and am still his fan on facebook. Nicest guy ever and I wish him the very best with his career. I wish he had been given more of a chance to develop while at Spurs.
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So we have made a couple of astute signings so far with Wimmer and Trippier. Both are young with lots of potential who add depth to important positions for us. I can totally see the two of them getting legit game time next season and staking a claim for first team football the following year.

We have started the deadwood clear out with Paulinho heading to the overpaid wasteland of chinese football. There is still plenty of players left to be moved on but I'm feeling confident that Baldini is actually going to prove his wrth when it comes to getting deals done. While he failed with his choice in signings he still got the deals done. I reckon he will be just as good at getting deals done when it comes to selling players. He still has those connections all over the world!

If Baldini can indeed shift our forest of deadwood then it will come down to Mitchell to find the players Poch actually needs in his system. For the first time since in years we don't need any wing backs but on the down side every other position could arguably do with an upgrade.

I'm of the belief that we need 3 options for every position. So lets look at the positions while working out how much we could roughly get for the deadwood.

Striker: We really need a another forward option but can we find a buyer for Soldado or will Ade accept a move to anyone but Real Madrid? I think we may be forced to loan out Soldado just to make space.

Kane = 1st choice
Soldado = 9 mil/2nd choice/loan
Ade = 3 mil/3rd choice


Central attacking mid: Eriksen is the most creative and would probs play there against weaker teams but I expect him to play on the left against tougher teams. The question of who plays here when Eriksen is on the left is still wide open imo. Paulinho Mason and even Lamela played a few games here as well last season.

Eriksen: 1st choice
Dembele: 2nd choice/12 mil
Chadli: 3rd choice


Left attacking mid: Chadli is at his best here and certainly had his moments last season. I think he needs to be pushed for his spot tho. Eriksen can play on the left but I don't see as true competition for Chadli due to Eriksens left sided deployment often results in Chadli just being moved centrally. Pritchard may make a claim for first team football next season but I believe he needs a premier league loan and we need another real option. If Eriksen of Chadli are injured we will be totally screwed in 2 positions.

Chadli: 1st choice
Eriksen: 2nd choice
Pritchard: 3rd choice/loan

Right Attacking mid: This is an interesting position as it could stay totally the same or get totally overhauled in every way. I think Lennon is gone already so there is already about 8 mil in the bank.

Lamela: 1st choice/25 mil
Townsend: 2nd choice/15 mil
Pritchard 3rd choice/loan
Lennon: 8mil

Central mid: I'm not going to distinguish between the the two pivots due to my opinion that different combinations would work for different teams. Clearly a position that is packed with deadwood and inexperience. Only Bentaleb is good enough atm imo. Mason and Carroll are useful deputies who will peak in a few years.

Bentaleb: 1st choice
Mason: 2nd choice
Dembele: 3rd choice/12nil
Stamboulie: 4th choice/7 mil
Capoue: 5th choice/7 mil
Carroll: 6th choice
Veljkovic loan/7th choice

Left back: We have two good options and young walker-peters looks to be pushing for a chance in preseason. I do worry a tiny little bit if walker-peters goes on loan and then we then get a long term injury as I believe we need Vert to play centrally as much as possible.

Rose: 1st choice.
Davies: 2nd choice
Vert: 3rd choice
Walker Peters: 4th choice/loan

Right Back: Walker is first choice but I can see Trippier with a legit chance to take his spot by seasons end. Walker-Peters can also play on the right. I understand its actually his natural position but I could be wrong. We don't need any additions to the position at all.

Walker: 1st choice
Trippier: 2nd choice
Dier: 3rd choice
Yedlin: 4th choice/loan
Chiriches: 5th choice/6mil
Walker-Peters: 6th choice/loan

Central defense: This is a very awkward position for me to try and guess how Poch might feel. Vert would have to be first choice and I'm guessing Dier and Wimmer will be competing for the other spot. The rest would be dead wood imo. I think an experienced partner for Vert is vital for our back 4 to be strong next season.

Vert: 1st choice
Dier: 2nd choice
Wimmer: 3rd choice
Fazio: 4th choice
Chiriches: 6mil/5th choice
Kaboul: 7mil/6th choice
Veljkovic loan/7th choice

Keeper: If Lloris goes then we will get a decent fee and shouldn't have too hard a time finding a replacement.

Lloris: 1st choice/25 mil
Vorm: 2nd choice
Archer: 3rd choice

What moves would you do, if Baldini could sell the players you want him to? Keep in mind that any moves you make must result in you having 3 players for every position. For me it is as follows.

Sell: Paulinho (10mil), Chiriches, Kaboul, Stambouli, Capoue, Townsend, Lennon, and Ade.

Loan: Soldado, Yedlin and Walker-peters

That gives us around 62 mil to spend. Add to that around 22 mil of the rumored 30 mil war chest that Levy gave Poch at the start of the season and we have around 80 mil to spend once loyalty clauses are paid out.

The positions we now need to fill are:

We need 2 forwards with one being an experienced goal scorer and the other to be young and perfectly comfortable playing on the left while developing (Llorente/Martial).

We would also need another creative player to replace Townsend on the right but in an ideal world would be able to play across the attacking midfield three (Mirallas). In reality tho I think Poch will keep Townsend.

We would need another top level central mid player (Big Name Signing) with Carroll being promoted up to 5th choice and Veljkovic being 6th. In defense I still think we need another central defender (Alderweireld) but only if we can shift the dead wood that is Kaboul and Chiriches.

In summary that is about 80 mil to sign 4 players. This fits the Levy brief of players around the 15 mil mark too (if you consider signing bonuses and agent fees.) All of which will be in positions where they are in contention for first or second choice football. Alternatively there is 65 mil for 3 players if Townsend stays. What would you do?
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Nice, Hat. Forum's been dead the past couple of days.

Two things I would change:

1. Lamela as 2nd choice CAM behind Eriksen. He's always been better at CAM than on the right, as he himself said. If you look at his best plays, most of them start with him in the middle.

2. I'd give Trippier a run as 1st choice RB at the beginning of the season. Walker's coming off of a bad season riddled with injuries, while Kieran, after getting his big move, has momentum on his side. I certainly wouldn't risk playing Walker at Old Trafford.

Regarding strikers, I do think Bobby's better off getting a fresh start somewhere else, for his own sake. But I wouldn't mind him staying, either. He's still our best CF in terms of technical ability. Chadli and Lamela have a better chance scoring off of him, IMO.
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Yeah i agree with everything you said Amputsz but i tried to anticipate what poch was thinking re lamela. Im glad you liked the post but I don't think anyone else did. I put a fair bit of time into it so I guess I shouldn't waste my time anymore.
Would love to reply, hat, but am on a business trip with a poor connection. Not ideal for a proper deserving reply. I'll try to tonight.

Don't get disheartened bud. The forum always has been dull off season.
Awwwww Hatmundoooo, I still love your posts! Always a good read, without fail.

In terms of an actual reply to "what would you do?", I've played this game every transfer window but this year I'm going to give it a miss. Because there is so much change to the backroom staff, new scouts, new manager, new recruiters etc. I'm just looking forward to who we manage to bring in!
YES! Hat with the essays - I love it.

Just looking at your lists, its really clear that we have 3 fairly important signings to be made -

1st choice CM
Competitive/1st Choice AM
Back up/Competitive CF

The issues at CM are something we've been trying to deal with (look at the signings of Paulinho, Capoue, Stambouli, Dembele, and perhaps even Holtby) ever since the sale of Modric. It's infuriating (and wonderful) that our two most used CM's have come from the academy - Bentaleb looks to be a star in the making, Ryan Mason has some work to do. I just hope hope hope we sign someone who can step in to the first team NOW and push Bentaleb and Mason. I honestly wouldn't mind a signing like Mario Suarez who is beyond the age profile we're aiming for - as long as they can step in and do a job now. I think in the next two years we'll have players like Dell Alli, Winks, and Velkojic ready to step up and do a shift in the main team.

I dunno - it looks like Levy, Mitchell and Baldini are getting ish done early this year - let's hope our signings are sorted quickly and bedded with the team early!
Thanks guys. I appreciate the encouragement. I only post for the benefit of the forum. I agree with you isnotfish but apparently Suarez is off to Inter. Thanks for reminding me about Alli dude!! I totally forgot about him!! I'm very curious to see what Poch has in mind for him next season.

Spurs look to be turning to McCarthy from Everton now, who I think could do a good job for us even if he isn't as defensive minded as I would have hoped. He is very experienced in the league for around 23 years old and getting better every season.

Capoue also looks on his way to Watford for a around 6.4 mil so the war chest for Mitchell grows. I really do hope we spend a big chunk of that money on a top CM. I think a flexible playmaker and striker could cost us less if one is younger and the other one older. The CM needs to be ready to come in strait away and build a top 4 engine room with Bentaleb.
Really stellar effort with the post, Hat. I don't particularly post on here very often anymore, but I definitely read your contributions every time. Cheers!
Paulinho to China confirmed
Bigger transfer than Cech to Arsenal. :D
Its a good deal, you guys bought him for 17mil, got back 14mil in return for his sale.
Apparently the fee was around £9.8m. Still a great Levy deal!
That was a brilliant bloody piece of business, I hope China want to buy Balotelli as well haha.
Monaco have told Tottenham to double their offer to £16m if they want left winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, 21

Don't know anything about this guy ,but Lamela is being linked back to Italy .
I think Shaqiri may be available also from Inter and I'd love to see him in the Premier.
Lamela will forever be linked to Italy! I've only seen him play once, during the match Monaco rolled Arsenal at the Emirates and he looked pretty handy.


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