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I just sold Chadli in FM for €85m to Man City.
Tottenham fans were disappointed a 'fan favourite' was sold.

So far for Football Manager being realistic I guess.
The way money is being thrown around these past few weeks, maybe some club from China will buy him for 40 million and make him the fourth highest paid player in the world. So, still a chance for that to be realistic, Jeroen :D
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...But will the fans be sad despite the ludicrous transfer fee their darling Nacer has left them? :P

Unfortunately I also had to sell Lamela to Barça for €80m. Didn't want to sell, but he wanted to go. I have a lot of dough for new faces though ^^ Managed to sign Felipe Anderson & Yannick Carrasco as replacements with greater potential. And I spent the remaining €90m on promising youths: Sané, Brandt, Asensio, Renato Sanches & Lucas Hernández.

Also formed a partnership with Renzhe, one of those big Chinese clubs. Gotta have that Chinese connection these days ^_^
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pfft Jeroen pathetic team, my level 70 Swampert would sweep all of them ;)
lol, lets hope fm17 will have these chinese clubs come bid big for star players xD

@Jeroen: lol i smell fmrte fumes within :P jk.
I constantly use FMRTE to change player's stats according to what I think they should be based on reality: abilities, character traits, CA/PA,... But not to cheat with money :)

In fact, the easiest thing to do in FM is getting rich. Right now in my 4th season with Spurs and we somehow are the 2nd richest club in the world... I just sold a bunch of players expensively and won stuff, but that's nowhere near enough in reality to gain about a billion in worth.
Jeroen, what formation do you play with Spurs mate? I personally do a 41231 with inverted wide men. Dier as the anchor with Dembele as a ball winner in midfield and Ali as an advanced playmaker. Tactics are a high line with full pressing in defense and in attack a slow build up game with an emphasis on short passing and retaining the ball.

It started as my attempt to replicate Poch's system and turned out to be the only one of two system I could get to work consistently in this years FM. The other was a 5311... which is so much fun to play but needs specific players that Spurs don't have. I encourage you give the system a go in the create a team function. The next level is, if you play with two inverted wing backs you can create this fluid machine of passing that is magic to watch at a manager and very Barca like. All 3 central mids are ball winners who can pass with the most central staying back holding his position. Note they have to learn the system 100% before it works at all. Hope you have fun dude!!!
4-1-2-3-1? You better win everything with 12 men on the pitch. :P
Second half against Juventus:

Wow. What a change.

So we take off Chadli, Mason, Son and Miller (the only one that I think should have stayed on) and immediately they seem galvanised. In their place we shove on Lamela, Yedlin, Onomah and Harry Winks.

Basically Lamela played RF next to Janssen (replacing Son), Yedlin played LB (replacing Miller), Onomah played LF (replacing Chadli) and Winks went in for Mason. The great thing was that Poch immediately saw the problem and changed it.

The main problem in the first half was that our players were too nervous to try adventurous passes, because of the first 10 minutes in which we gave the ball away a billion times. However, something changed, and for the better.

After a dodgy first 5 mins of the second half, we started running the show. Winks was passing us forward, Onomah was running us forward and Lamela was dropping deep and knitting everything together.
Lamela had a half volley shot from the edge of the box that was inches wide and Jannsen was inches away from getting a touch on Lamela's cross.

At this point, at 70 minutes we were playing better but there were a few players who were letting us down slightly. Carroll just couldn't seem to get the ball, Trippier was playing woefully and Janssen looked tired from running around without ever getting any service all match.
Once again, Poch saw what I saw and took them all off, putting on Anton Walkes, Shayon Harrisson and Marcus Edwards.

So at this point Anton Walkes went to LB with Yedlin going to RB, Harrison went up front with Lamela and Edwards slotted in for Carroll as CAM. Immediately, everything seemed to click. Wanyama made a fantastic interception, played it to Lamela who did a very similar finish to his goal against Watford, across the face of the goal.

After this point it was all Tottenham and we could/should have scored three. Yedlin played a brilliant ball over the top to Edwards, who really should have scored. Lamela got into a brilliant position in the box and gets a shot away but its straight at the keeper. Lamela misses a point blank header (albeit under a lot of pressure), Harrison gets played in with a beauty from Lamela but his shot was well saved by Juventus goalie. Finally Winks floats a beauty at the far post to Harisson who really should have scored.

Anyway, a great second half. Here's my player ratings:

Vorm: Probably wasted about 5 minutes in the 2nd half by dwelling on the ball as if we were 3-0 up, not 2-0/2-1 down!! Not convinced by him, but his distribution was decent. 6/10

Trippier: Terrible until he came off. Bad day at the office 4/10

Carter-Vickers: Fantastic game from the young american. He basically did a Vertonghen and covered for Ball's Fazio-esque mistakes all game. This lad is a tank, and I have full confidence that we dont need another CB after seeing this guy play. He really did keep Dybala in his pocket.

Ball: Bad game. Needs a loan and needs to get a lot faster and pass the ball a lot quicker.

Yedlin: Did pretty well considering he was playing on the Left for a lot of the second half. Played a cracking ball to Edwards who should have scored, and beat a player on the right and delivered a cracking ball that Lamela should have headed in. He should start on the right against Atletico.

Carroll: Fairly tidy but isn't physical enough for our team. I think he should leave this summer.

Winks: Looked a very good talent. He always looks forward and has good acceleration.

Lamela: What a second half our main man had. He was at the heart of everything. Next season I predict him being fans player of the season and in the team of the season. You heard it here first.

Onomah: Solid performance. I see this guy as Mousa Dembele's natural successor. He glides past people. We should give this guy a lot of minutes this season.

Shayon Harisson: His movement was fantastic but should have put away two chances.

Anton Walkes: N/A

Marcus Edwards: Only touched the ball a few times and should have finished a good chance. However, he made one mazey run that bear about 4 Juve players so at 17, I think he has a very bright future.

Janssen: Had a few good touches and a few poor touches but just didn't get the chances to prove himself today.

Wanyama: My man of the match. He had a f*****g brilliant game. I can't wait to see how many tackles and interceptions he actually completed. His passing was crisp and he played some cracking long-balls, he made Lamela's goal with his monster tackle and only gave away one foul all game! s**t me, I didn't think I'd be saying this but Dier is going to have to watch his back!

Anyway, hope you enjoyed the write up. Try and tune into the Atletico match on Friday! Peace guys!!!

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Thank you for the write up :) Helped a few of us who haven't been able to see the game get a better perspective of what happened.
The game was here in Melbourne so I was lucky enough to go to the game. Agree with everything you said except I think Ball was even worse than you described. One thing you couldn't tell from the TV was how freaking cold it was at the game. Going from the English summer to the coldest day of the year over here would have been tough for the boys in the first half.
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Paddy, I was a bit worried of your description of Trippier at HT, as I thought he was very poor. I see that you were on the same page as me at FT...
I'm all for keeping Yedlin as Kyle Walker's back-up. He's had an incredible improvement since he arrived in England.
Carroll, Winks and Carter-Vickers will also be handy squad players if we keep them at the club. The same would be the case with Miller. Huge talent!
Vorm: One great save but hasn't showed much leadership.
Trippier: one of our better players, has tried to get a couple of crosses in.
Ball: has had a terrible game so far, bless him. I know it's his debut but a loan deal to rangers looks like a good idea.
Carter-vickers: looks very solid. Has saved ball a couple of times.
Miller: our second best player so far. I have a feeling that this guy may be the reason that Pritchard isn't in poch's plans.
Wanyama: has been very very good. Our best player so far
Mason: our second worst player. He's captain but his passing has been woeful and has shown no leadership. He has no confidence at the moment.
Chadli: never ever ever ever do I want to see him in a spurs shirt. He has walked all game, played zero forward passes and looks like he doesn't give a s**t.
Son: nothing to say, apart from his pressing needs a lot of work. He runs up to an opposition player who has the ball, and then runs past him withou Putting a tackle in.
Carroll: Classic Carroll, tidy but no stand out moments.
Jannsen: hasn't touched the ball hardly

Right, some changes being made. Let's bring on the second half
Nice analysis. Looking forward to hear about the second half, particularly players such as Wanyama/Winks/Onomah
Game time bros, great chance to see your young players and jannsen/wanyama in action. Can't wait to see Carter vickers and hopefully Edwards off the bench. COYS!!!!
Vorm; Trippier, Ball, Carter-Vickers, Miller; Mason (C), Wanyama; Son, Carroll, Chadli; Janssen.

Subs: McGee (GK), Glover (GK), Walker-Peters, Yedlin, Amos, Edwards, Lamela, Onomah, Walkes, Winks, Harrison.

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Will be working through this.. would appreciate it if someone who watched it gave an input of the positives. I wouldn't be too harsh on the team.. first real pre-season game and with most of the team missing while playing against Juve.. lol.
I'm glad I didn't take the trip across to Melbourne to watch a training session with development squad players. 0-2 down after 15 min. Very disjointed and we're playing William Miller, an attacking midfielder at left back. Tom Carroll has now dropped deeper to try and help keep possession.
Poch has already said openly that this pre-season will be about fitness than any real team training due to the Euros. It's his opportunity to check out all the youth and see our options.

Regardless of whether these are friendlies or not though, the players will know that their performances matter as Poch has far from made up his mind about whose staying and leaving.
Good things that happened recently:

1) Poch says that it isn't the right moment for joining Argentina and he's really happy here :D

2) Wimmer gets a new contract.

3) Wijnaldum went to Liverpool. Frankly, I have nothing against Liverpool, but wijnaldum is the absolute opposite of the ethos we have in the team.. he goes missing when things go tough. He was absolutely horrendous when he played away from home last season.

4) Young players are getting a shot in the ICC. We'll get a chance to see the likes of Edwards and CCV be given a shot and see if they're holding up to form some backup positions.

It is interesting that N'Jie (who seems set to be going out), Fazio, Bentaleb and Pritchard are not in the squad for pre-season. Looks like the writing is on the wall for them.

A quote from Poch:

However, the Tottenham boss said that striker Clinton Njie, linked with a move to Marseille this week with winger Georges-Kevin N'Koudou coming the other way, had not been part of the squad due to injury.

Speaking at a press conference in Australia ahead of tomorrow's game against Juventus, Pochettino said: "Njie is injured - he is in London and not available to come. The situation of other three players is very clear. They are not in my plans."

The three in question are Pritchard, Bentaleb and Fazio. that answers that then.


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Mag, check wall asap :)
really quiet window from you guys. expected more signings from you guys and arsenal but it seems everyone else is making more moves. remains to be seen whether those moves work out but typically without new signings you get complacency in the squad. i suppose the window closes in september so there is still plenty of time.
We are about to sign our 3rd player, may end up with a 4th at max, which is pretty much the right amount of players any stable team should be looking to sign.
Signing half a dozen players just for the sake of it won't solve anything, SIF. Unlike you guys, we can't(or won't?) afford to make the wrong signings.
(Signing no one better than signing the wrong player IMO)

How many signings were you expecting?
i only know/remember wanyama. who else did you sign?
Doubt any other club would be spending 35m for players of Mane's caliber or 130m for a CM; Good thing that Spurs have been able to keep most of their core squad together for the upcoming season.

Wignaldum definitely skipped biting a bullet there. I doubt he has enough quality to improve a squad that was able to mount a challenge for the title last season.
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They also got Janssen.
SiF: We have a good enough first team, which works really well together. The only real problem we have had is with quality in backups. We've had to play a few players through a few injuries last year, and that has been eradicated right away this time in our problem positions. We had just one CDM and one ST (Dier and Kane). We have instantly bought Wanyama and Janssen to cover in those problem areas. We might need to look at a CB and CAM backups, but that'll only happen after pre-season as we assess our youth players.. we have CCV and Onomah/Edwards who are promising in those positions and we will use the pre-season to assess what we need to do next.

This is not a direct attack at United or Liverpool or any club, SiF, so please don't take it that way. But frankly, a lot of money has been thrown around this window simply cause people have it. The best I can equate it to is a teenager earning his first paycheck and going out and buying his mates, and his mates mates a few rounds simply because they can. Never have I been an advocate of brazen spending, and I dislike it deeply. I am very happy to see us take the sensible approach to the transfer market and realize that we've been rather good last season, and just got caught out at the end. With a new stadium, and a transitional year with the current stadium in progress... we are playing it sensibly and just strengthening where we need to.

As the Euros have shown, teamwork beats a whole bunch of big names thrown together. Heck, look who won the EPL last season for that matter. Our first XI is rather tight knit, and we're just adding some quality to the bench while showing the door to those who don't really buy in to Poch's philosophy. I haven't taken N'dokou into account, as that isn't a finalized transfer.
well barca (suarez, neymar, raketic, etc) and madrid and bayern are just a bunch of top players thrown together and they are serial winners. obviously it's more than that, you need to gel and whatnot but quality and depth in addition to squad cohesion makes the difference at the highest levels. you wont see leicester wininng the CL anytime soon (lol knock on wood).

it seems you guys are confident alli and kane etc can keep up their performances and consistency. while adding squad players help with depth you cant expect them to jump in and perform to the starters' level when called upon.

leicester did a great job but also avoided major injuries and dips in form and suspensions. cant see that happening again.
Can the same not be said about any club? Should I say that Barcelona must buy 5 players because they should fear Messi, Suarez and Neymar cannot keep up their performance this year? Every well established club purchases 3 players or so max in places they want to improve, but even those don't always work out. Turan for Barcelona is a massive example of a very good player wasted as a backup and being extremely frustrated.

We have a policy of trusting our players, and having a backup in place from the academy. We almost have two players for every position plus academy products who look really promising. Plus, we do expect that the backups will do well when called upon. That's the entire policy of having a squad of 25. Players work hard, and have a team based ethos.

Maybe you're too used to looking at it from being a rich club which can afford 200-300k wage players for a couple of players like Rooney, Ibra and even Falcao. We have a different philosophy and we do have to balance our books, and most of us are happy to see our young players step up and do well and are happy to place our faith in them, as the manager seems to have no problems doing so either. We don't have Chevrolet or Etihad deals to bail us out when things get a bit tough :)
@SIF: 'it seems you guys are confident alli and kane etc can keep up their performances and consistency.'

Did you just call Kane a 2 season wonder? :D


On a serious note, I don't think the first choice players performed above their levels, so not worried their performances dropping.
Happy with quality squad players like Wanyama, Janssen(maybe 1 or 2 more, if we sell) to bridge the gap in quality which we were missing in certain games last season.

I get it. Most fans want/expect signings who will instantly walk into the team and make it better but based on how well they played and lack of under-performing starters means we are more focused on what we need rather than what would seem more eye-catching.
I would say barca collapsed st the wrong moment due to not having a bench. They could have done the treble given their talent. I understand spurs don't spend as much but I think it would be wise to have more first team options.

I wasn't making a comment about his quality but rather it is unrealistic to expect him to be consistent all year.same with little. I know you guys signed a backup striker now so that certainly helps, another creative or goal scoring mid wouldn't hurt either.
We are signing a winger(who I admittedly know little about) which will make it 3 for the summer. May get 1 more depending on who all get sold. Won't be getting a Gotze level player though.
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So Newcastle are demanding too much for Wijnaldum and we have turned our attention to a young french man named Georges-Kevin N'Koudou. I didn't know much about him but one french paper is claiming the deal is done already and will be announced in a few days. I have a feeling our scouts may have picked up on the lad during scouting missions for Batsuyashi. I've just spent the last couple of hours scouting him out myself. I'm not really convinced to be honest but I have lots of trust in Mitchell and his scouting network. I will however share my impressions of the lad.

He is a right footed winger who plays on the left. So fits the Poch style of inverted forwards. Apparently he can play on the right as well but I didn't see him play there at all. I'm not convinced his weaker left foot would work on the right side in Poch's inverted system.

He has bags of pace and can maintain that speed with the ball in control. That however is the only strong point I see in him. He has quite a few tricks in his bag but is one of those players where after all the tricks is often a poor final ball. A quick pass would have been better than his dwelling on the ball most of the time. At 21 years old his decision making and final ball should still improve a lot and would most likely do so under Poch. Remember Ronaldo used to be very much like that when he first started at Man U, Fergie coached into a world class player.

He has a low center of gravity so is surprisingly hard to push off the ball for a man of his stature. I do however think the EPL is much much more physical than the french league so I still think he isn't strong enough. He does however have that hint of magic in him. That rare quality where he can provide that burst of speed to unlock a game. Very much a quality a manager would like to have coming off the bench against a stubborn defense.

Overall he reminds me of Clinton is more than a few ways. I would like to point out that I don't really rate Clinton. I'm willing to give him more of a chance next season but I don't think we need another project winger at Spurs for the moment. I think we need a player who can start in league games strait away. Secondly we don't need another left sided attacker. We need someone who can compete with Lamela on the right and also play behind the striker. Neither of which are strengths of N'Koudou!!

I have a lot of faith in Poch and his recruiting team. It's for that reason that I don't think this paper talk has any merit whatsoever. Nothing about this player looks beneficial to Spurs and our recruiting has been spot on so far. Wijnaldum, Gotze, Boufal and Malli all make sense to balance the squad. This only makes sense if we have a big shake up of our personnel on the left. I give this paper talk of a "deal already done" being a 1/10 chance of happening IMO.
We are basically signing a new Njie then?

Stambouli, Njie and now N'koudou. I am not sure what to make of the out of the blue deals for unknown french ligue players.
It has occurred to me that N'koudou might be signed to play as an orthodox right winger in a 442. This would allow Janssen and Kane to play together more naturally. It does Give a Poch a potential option he doesn't possess atm. This would make more sense than him fitting him into our current formation. This would in effect give Poch a genuine plan B when chasing a game. I'm actually starting to come around to the idea only a few hours after I wrote that first post. I'll raise my chance of him signing to a 6/10.
Whilst I was reading your original post Hatmundo, I was disappointed to see you thought there to be 1/10 chance, but your second opinion is much more agreeable.
http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11675/10504467/tottenham-interested-in-marseille-winger-georges-kevin-nkoudou?

If true, it must surely mean we are getting rid of Chadli. We invested quite heavily in Son, and it wouldn't make any financial sense to sell him already. Clinton N'jie will be officially classed as our 3rd striker, someone with a bit of pace and offers a different option than Janssen and Kane who are similiar players.
The kid did that in his first season at Marseille, which is pretty decent considering the struggles they've been having. I think he will make a good option in games where we need to have some pace off the ball (and on it), and just stretch out tired defenders while playing for that all elusive goal. He does have a tendency to drag out defenders from what I've seen (I admit I know little of him). That might free up more space for the likes of Alli and Kane to make those runs, or for Eriksen and Lamela to feed those through balls onto.

Chadli is the person I think will make way. He's stalled in progress, and his defensive contributions are rather pathetic. We're also at the risk of being really harsh on N'Jie. He was brought in as a backup option... someone to give our wingers a bit of a breather. We failed to sign a striker and had him play up front and train as a striker, and then he got injured for a major period. Give the kid a break. Lamela had a similar issue in his first season, and he was integral to our playing style for the last year and a half.

We're all assuming that 4-2-3-1 is the only way Poch will play. We got countered out by teams sitting in deep and hitting us on the counter. I wouldn't be shocked to see games where we switch to a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3 three midfield formation with Alli taken out and Eriksen dropping into a midfield three on the left, with two proper wingers.

As far as I'm concerned, Poch and Mitchell have earned our trust. The players also have earned a little bit of backing from us, after what they almost pulled off last year. We didn't need "first team ready" players last year when we almost won the title... we needed some backups that are willing to work hard and show the manager they have what it takes, while pushing the starters to improve. Even if we bought a 30 million winger, who'd we drop from the starting XI? No 30 mil winger will be happy to come in onto the bench, and I would be pissed if we changed our first XI. We also need to be realistic of our wage budget... I think that's the main reason michy went to Chelsea, as we did not want a 80-100K backup, earning more than the likes of Hugo or Kane, our top earners. That'd f**k the team morale right up.

In an era where Pelle can go to china and become the 6th highest wage earner in the world of football, we need to be realistic and careful about who we sign. So far, we've done really well with Janssen and Wanyama. Keep the faith :)
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Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters both played 90 min in England's U-19 Euro 2-1 win vs Netherlands. They have won their Group B (ahead of Netherlands, France & Croatia) and are now through to the semi-finals.
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Also highlights are up on Spurs site for our closed door friendly 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest. Son, Carroll and Pritchard scored with Wanyama and Bentaleb also playing.
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GK : Lloris, Vorm
LB: Rose, Davies
RB : Walker, Trippier
CB : Alder, Vert, Wimmer, Fazio*
CDM : Dier, Wanyama
CM : Dembele, Mason, Carroll
CAM : Eriksen, Alli, Pritchard
LW: Son, Njie, Chadli
RW : Lamela
ST : Kane, Janssen

We have a very well rounded squad at the moment. Fazio, Pritchard and Mason are linked away at the moment, and I don't really see us buying any players unless we sell one first from here on out. The only real players I want to see sold are Fazio and Chadli (had enough). Son can play RM too, even if we keep Chadli, and N'jie will be like a new signing all over again. A lot of people already forgot about him from a lot of the articles I read on the internet, and that's a pity. He's a good player with a lot of potential. Not the finished article, like 75% of our squad! Especially Janssen, I really like the kid, but he is very young and inexperienced. He'll keep working hard, but it won't be a shock to see him get a poor start like Kane did at the start of last year... but keep doing the basics right, and keep working hard... the goals will come.

We got our business done in nice and early. We have key players tied down to new contracts, and no one is talking about wanting to leave. New stadium coming up. Horrendous kits apart (shudder), we are looking like we are improving our squad rather than try and make wholesale changes. I really like both the signings, fit the play style of Poch and are both well grounded people who have very little in terms of ego. The squad morale will keep up... good time to be a Spurs fan!
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You can possibly add Yedlin (who has improved hugely over the past year) and Walker-Peters to that squad. And possibly even Carter-Vickers. What about Bentaleb, is he history?
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I completely forgot about Bentaleb, truth be told. I know I'm in the minority, but I don't really rate Bentaleb.. or rather, I don't think he's a good fit for our kind of gameplay. I expect he'll be sold, but if he isn't, then he'll be in and around the hectic U21 schedule that we have for the youth squad. Did you see the gaming schedule for the kids? Looks like they'll have about 40 games this season! A lot of our fringe players will keep playing there imo. Walker-Peters, Carter-vickers, Harry Winks, Marcus Edwards, Harrison... none of them will go on loan this year.

Yedlin is decent, but he still is defensively very frail. It is a toss up between Trippier and yedlin about who'll play as the backup RB.. but with Yedlin already doing well on loan and Trippier having adapted to poch's training in the first year... I expect Yedlin will head back out on loan.
You're not in the minority Magneto, I know a fair share of fans who agree with me when I say I don't think he's a fit either. Not because he lacks technical ability; but because of his attitude. I haven't forgotten the time he publicly said he was flattered by the interest shown in him by CL clubs, that was a real slap in the face to everyone, especially as he was trying to negotiate a new contract around that time I'm sure. No player is above the team, and it's ironic how we've finally reached CL without his influence at all. In fact he's fallen down the pecking order with the emergence of Dele Alli and Eric Dier. Plus in the games he has played this season, he always makes at least one mistake. The biggest one of all was in our first game of the season against Man U, Bentaleb gave the ball away cheaply and Rooney took the chance and scored off Walker for an OG.

I expect Yedlin to be sold, if Sunderland would reach our valuation of him. If we are to keep improving, in my opinion there is just too much of a gap in quality for Yedlin to reach. I hope and wish that I'm wrong and he goes out on loan again instead and really improve on his positioning and footballing brain.
Also add Josh Onomah to those fringe players.
I have been totally impressed with how Yedlin has improved. I would like to see both him and Alex Pritchard given their chances. I would be surprised if Bentaleb wasnt moved on, and even though I really like Tom Carroll I can see the same with him. If Chadli is happy to sit as 3rd or 4th choice on the bench, they will keep him, otherwise he should be surplus to this squad.
I would say that Eriksen is actually first choice for the left with Ali first choice on at CAM. Son is back up for the left but who is the real back up for Ali? If Ali is injured its probably gonna make Eriksen first choice... but that doesn't work in our current champs league rotation due to his first team commitments on the left. In terms of a real CAM backup it's actually Mason. No disrespect to him but that's a massive drop in quality and it's not going to be good enough for the Premier League next season.

I'm actually of the belief that Mason or maybe Chadli will be sold once we have secured the required upgrade. I expect the new player will be expected to play on the right to high level as well as CAM. That gives Poch a significantly more balanced squad.

Pritchard and Njie are interesting cases tho. Quite frankly Pritchard had a disaster on his loan and players don't get first team football at their parent clubs after a bad loan spell. Simply put, last season Poch didn't judge him good as enough for Spurs, without the potential improvement a loan could give him. That failed so another loan or another first half of the season with the kids will be his immediate future. Only reason he wouldn't be sold is due to the home grown rule in the Champs League

Niie needs first team football and I'm genuinely hoping he gets a loan spell to a promoted team. Yes he is like a new signing but he was always a player for the future. Next year getting a Clinton with a season of EPL first team football under his belt will be so much better than having him play 15 mins in the league occasionally for us this season.

Clinton will get a preseason to prove himself and potentially save us the need for that right sided attacker. Just like Dier did for us last preseason at CDM. Honestly tho I have my doubts that a player coming back from such a big injury like Clinton's will be physically unable to preform at his best without a few competitive games under his belt first.
It's difficult with Pritchard. After his fantastic loan season at Brentford in 2014/15 he started last season with a long term injury. He was then sent out to WBA in February but because they were struggling, the coaching staff there explained at the time that they couldn't just throw him into the deep of it. WBA and Tony Pulis was just such a wrong destination for a footballer like him. I'm still hoping for a bright Pritchard future.
Eriksen is more of a roamer, who can play LAM, CAM, LCM depending on the formation. Heck, Dembele started the season at RAM and had some stellar games. So, I don't think the problem is position of the player, but a rough count of "how many players per position" check that I wanted to do.

I'd prefer sticking to N'jie, I like the guy and I know what he did for Lyon. He's got a good footballing brain, and just needs a bit of time to adapt after an injury filled season. But with the new signing coming in... who knows.

I did forget about onomah.. oops! I do feel stupid there :P
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