News | Fresh Spurs - Part 16


Supporters’ Trust Hit Back At Adebayor

Earlier on Monday, Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor said that he no longer looked forward to playing at White Hart Lane due to the home support, saying that he would prefer to play away from home. Adebayor was speaking after Spurs fell to yet another disappointing home loss at the hands of Stoke. The former Arsenal and Manchester City ace also claimed that watching from the bench, he observed that no player on the pitch wanted the ball.

Well, Martin Cloake, a board member of the Tottenham Supporters’ Trust, has hit back at the Togo international, slamming the striker for his poor recent performances. He also knows that the fans know when a player is putting the in the effort, and sympathise with the players when they put in the effort, but do not necessarily come away with the result.

“There is this narrative about Spurs fans being hard to please but it’s still an old-fashioned English football ground with the stands close to the pitch and, when it bounces, there is some great passion there. It can be one of the most exciting and intimidating arenas. For people who are supposedly very hard to please the fans certainly turn up in their numbers and pay lots of money and follow the team all over Europe. Considering we have only won two trophies in the last 24 years I don’t think that is a particularly grumbly or hard to please crowd. I think it is a very very loyal crowd.”

Cloake also went on to say that Adebayor’s form on the road hasn’t been in tip-top shape with the thirty year-old yet to score away from home this season.

“What was also interesting about Adebayor’s comments is that he was talking about how difficult it is to play at home but at Villa the support was absolutely brilliant and he was still rubbish and in fact it was a really terrible performance by the entire team.”

‘We Just Have to Get What He’s Telling Us’ Spurs Forward Gives Views On Pochettino

Tottenham forward Emmanuel Adebayor has said in a recent interview that it will take time to ‘get used’ to new manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Togo striker has also said that it is tough for the players, rightly stating that this is the fourth manager to take the reins at Spurs in just four years. Tottenham are still trying to find their feet under Pochettino, and this showed when they lost 2-1 at home to Stoke on Sunday.

“All managers bring their own philosophies, the way they see football. But this is the fourth manager in three years, so now we just have to stop arguing about the manager.

“He’s a great manager and a great man and we just have to find a way so that we can try to understand what he wants to tell us and how he wants us to play and put that on the pitch.

Adebayor has also said that the player just are not getting what the Argentine is trying to get across,, saying that they are not getting the message. This could be down to a language barrier. Although Pochettino now speaks in English at all press conferences and interviews, without the help of his interpreter, his answers are very simple and he does not go into great depth with his responses. This interview from Adebayor could say that Pochettino’s English is holding the team back from progressing forward.

“If every player could do what the manager wants then we would win the Champions League. But we are not getting the message. He is a good manager, a good man — we just have to get what he’s telling us.

“We have to get used to him. He is the new manager and it is tough. Tactically, he is working hard, he is trying to make us understand what the opponents will try to do and what we have to do to.”

Adebayor Slams Tottenham Home Support

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has stated that the Spurs players no longer look forward to playing at White Hart Lane as boos rang out after they lost 2-1 to Stoke on Sunday. He has compared the lack of home support to your family not welcoming you home.

“When you are playing in front of your own crowd you want them to support you,”

“But now it is like going through a sad moment and your family not welcoming you home. That’s the worst thing ever because you have nowhere to go. I don’t know whether we should play at home or away. I was on the bench against Stoke and, though I could not see everything, I could see that nobody wanted the ball.

This will be a very worrying sign for Tottenham fans to hear that nobody wanted the ball out on the White Hart Lane pitch. The Togo international also thinks that playing away from home will help the team progress more as a team without the home support booing when the team are behind, and has called for all of the players to stick together through these tough times.

“It’s hard for the players. It’s not their fault and it’s not the fans’ fault either because the fans want to see a result, the fans want to see a response and things are not going our way.

“We just have to fight as a team and as a club to find a solution, the quicker the better. Will it help playing away from home? To be honest, I think so.

“At least I am going to be having the majority of opposition fans booing me rather than our own fans booing me. And I am not just talking about me: I am speaking on behalf of all the players.

“It might be better to play away because at least we know beforehand we are guaranteed to be booed because they want their home club to win. But when you are playing at home and your own fans start booing you after a few minutes, then it is harder.

The front man has also targeted the Spurs players to put in a great performance against Hull next time out, and is hoping that the fans will get back on their side if Tottenham visit the KC Stadium and win big.

“Maybe we can go out and win the next game 3-0 or 4-0 and that will be it — the fans will be back enjoying Tottenham again and we will have it like it was when I came here on loan in 2011.

“Then, every weekend I was happy to come in and play for the club because I knew I was going to have fun and enjoy it. Now it is not fun. We are going through a difficult moment.”

Unrest In Tottenham Camp After Adebayor Dressing Room Shocker

Reports emerging from Spurs have indicated that Mauricio Pochettino and the Tottenham players are absolutely furious with striker Emmanuel Adebayor as a result of an incident that occurred just minutes are their sinking 2-1 defeat at the hands of Newcastle at White Hart Lane claim the Daily Mail.

It has been reported that Adebayor was chatting happily with two Newcastle players in French in a room between the two dressing rooms. It has also been said that the Spurs ace invited those players into the dressing room, where the players were still reflecting on their disappointing defeat to Alan Pardew’s side.

It all makes very good sense as Adebayor wasn’t included in the squad to travel to Greece. It has been reported that Mauricio Pochettino is extremely disappointed with the front man after he trusted him with the job of being first choice striker for the start of the Premier League season, the Argentine may one have lost faith.

Pochettino is aware of the anger that has been directed towards the Togo international and is set to axe him for the next Premier League match at home to Stoke in favour of in-form Harry Kane.

Pochettino Responds To Neville ‘Weak’ Comments

You may remember a couple of weeks ago that the Sky Monday Night Football team consisting of Ed Chamberlin, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville looked at the Spurs performance after our loss to Newcastle, singling out the early second half Newcastle goal as the clear turning point in the encounter. Gary Neville was very critical of the Tottenham team, stating that when he thinks of Spurs, he thinks they are ‘never ready, weak’. Boss Mauricio Pochettino has spoken of his displeasure with these comments and has said why his team isn’t ‘weak’ mentally.

“If you have a weak mentality, it would be there in 90 minutes, not only in some moments in the game,” he said.

“The only thing is you need to show you are ready for 95, 96, 97 minutes in the game – it’s true, it’s true.

“We need to improve, we need to work hard. I explained after the game with Newcastle that we need to work very hard with our mentality to be focused on the game for 95 minutes.

“It is one aspect that we need to improve, but it is hard to work because it is a difficult aspect to improve in football.”

You may not say that Spurs have a weak mentality after Harry Kane came onto the pitch at Villa Park and chnged the game, propelling the North London club to a late 2-1 victory. Hwever, mentality is something that Pochettino has vowed to chage for the better, this could be especilly needed for the summer seven of the summer of 2013, who are currently working with their third manager since their arrival at White Hart Lane.

Vertonghen: “They have the right to expect things from us as players”

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has said that the Spurs fans are right to expect more from the players after a poor run of Premier League results. The Belgian has also stated why he thinks that Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost to Newcastle last Sunday.

“They have the right to expect things from us as players,”

“We want to do well and they expect us to do well – they have expectations like we do and of course they have to express it in some way.

“I understand they were not happy with a defeat at home to Newcastle. Nor are we.

“We are doing well in the cups, but we need a run of a couple of good games in the league.

“People thought we had started that when we drew against Arsenal and beat Southampton”

“Maybe we were unlucky that the international break came in between, but hopefully we can get back on track now.

“It is difficult to say what is missing. I don’t talk about being unlucky, but we had a good first half against Newcastle last weekend, and we were the better team.

“We lost a bit of belief after the equaliser and maybe a bit of luck. But we are working very hard and we believe in each other. We are getting close to what we want.

Fans will be boosted by the fact that Vertonghen refuses to talk about the side being unlucky on the road to defeat in some games, which shows that the centre-back believes that the actions of the team contribute fully to the final outcome of the match. Recent comments from other players, like Vertonghen has stated that they are becoming a team now in the sense that they all believe in each other and feel that they can rely on other players to push them to their absolute limits and bring the best out of each other, Mauricio Pochettino has contributed to this, like he did at Southampton, since his arrival.

Pochettino Looks To Sign Southampton Star

If there is something that Mauricio Pochettino has learned from the summer transfer window, it is that he will not be signing Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton. This does not stop the Argentine from attempting the link back up with Jay Rodriguez.

Despite the midfielder currently nursing a cruciate ligament injury, reports are emerging from The Telegraph that Pochettino will instruct Daniel Levy to make a January move for the highly rated England international.

Of course, Pochettino will know Rodriguez from his very successful Southampton days, and will want to link up with him after no deals materialized with Southampton over the summer, despite reports suggesting that it would be a Saints raid for Tottenham over the summer. The paper claim that Spurs will make a £15m bid.

Should this move happen, this could pave the way for Andros Townsend to Southampton. Reports suggest that the Saints and West Ham will battle it out for the youngster in January, and should Spurs sign Rodriguez, Townsend will be pushed even further down the pecking order for those three elusive attacking midfield Premier League spots. With extreme depth in these areas, the signing of Rodriguez would leave Spurs having to sell one player, this could well be Townsend. Is a swap deal possible?

Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Brighton

Tottenham will be eager to get back to winning ways after a loss at home to Newcastle on Sunday afternoon. As usual as we switch competitions, Maurcio Pochettino is expected to make wholesale changes to the side that started against Newcastle as we look to progress into the next phase of the Capital One Cup. We face Brighton, who are just two points above the Championship relegation spots. Here is the team news and predicted lineup.

Team News:

Our woes in the right-back position continue as Kyle Naughton is still out nursing an ankle injury, whilst Kyle Walker remains out after undergoing abdominal surgery last month. Nabil Bentaleb is also out on contention.

Predicted Lineup: (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm
Vorm hasn’t had too much game time thus far since joining Tottenham. He has been out of contention for a large chunk of this season whilst he completes a ‘fitness regime’. The former Swansea stopper has a good chance of starting now. He did feature in our last Capital One Cup match at home to Nottingham Forest.

Defence: Eric Dier, Younes Kaboul, Vlad Chiriches, Ben Davies
Eric Dier must start at right-back despite his costly errors at the weekend. Otherwise, you would have to start plunging players into a position that they have never played before and that would be too risky. After Kaboul hit out at players for being defeated, he needs to start and lead by example.

Midfield: (Holding) Benjamin Stambouli, Moussa Dembele
If he starts, Dembele will be key in the sense that he can drive and run at the Brighton defence from that holding role. Stambouli will be playing the Etienne Capoue role, holding back whilst other push higher up the pitch.

Midfield: (Attacking): Aaron Lennon, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela
I simply think that Erik Lamela needs confidence. That will then allow him to kick on in the Premier League, something that he hasn’t done yet. Harry Kane needs to start after he scored a hat-trick last week in the Europa League and is in a good run of form.

Forward: Roberto Soldado
Much like Lamela, Soldado is very short of confidence and needs a boost of confidence. If he starts, this is a fantastic opportunity for him to bag a couple of goals. As we saw on Sunday, he can link up with Kane very well, and if they both start, the two of them could be very hard to play against.

Sale At Tottenham! Pochettino Puts Eleven Players Up For Sale

The Telegraph claim that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has put eleven players up for sale for this window in an attempt to reduce the Tottenham squad to twenty-five players ahead of the new season. New man Pochettino said a few days ago that the squad is too big and he will reduce the number of players at Spurs by the end of the window.

The Telegraph also claim that they know who these players are and say that they will be sold if the price is right. Here is the list of those players up for sale.
Andros Townsend
Aaron Lennon
Roberto Soldado
Michael Dawson
Beniot Assou-Ekotto
Kyle Naughton
Vlad Chiriches
Nacer Chadli
Moussa Dembele

There are many question we can ask now. For example, ‘does this spell the end for Roberto Soldado?’ This list may indicate that Soldado is not in Pochettino’s plans for this season, even if he isn’t sold.

It is very likely that all these players will get sold, it will most likely be five to seven of them, but this list does give us some indication as to who has nailed down their first-team spots at Tottenham.