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‘A Win Is A Win’: Spurs Fans React To 1-0 Win Over Sunderland

Spurs struggled over the line at White Hart Lane today to beat Sunderland 1-0 courtesy of a second half Harry Kane goal, who capitalised on some poor defending from the Black Cats back line. 

The visitors offered very little going forward in reality, but Spurs’ inability to kill of the game with a second goal set up a nervy last ten minutes or so.

Tottenham were not at their best by far, and failed to take advantage of the many chances that fell their way in the 1-0 win. The victory takes Spurs up to third place and maintains their unbeaten start to the Premier League season, picking up 11 points from five games along the way.

Injuries will be a worry for Mauricio Pochettino as he saw Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Harry Kane limp off, Dembele and Dier with hamstring problems and Harry Kane sustaining an ankle injury.

Spurs fans took to Twitter after the game to voice their opinions, and this is how they reacted to Spurs’ 1-0 win over Sunderland.

Have Spurs Done Enough Business To Make A Push For The Top 4?

With two weeks remaining of the transfer window, there’s still plenty of opportunity left to get deals done as has happened may times over the years. Spurs are often the team to deliver deadline day drama, from Rafa Van Der Vaart to Scott Parker and even Hugo Lloris have all singed the Spurs dotted line in the final moments of the summer.

So the question is, now have we already finished our transfer business or do we still need to strengthen in certain areas? In terms of our defence, I feel we’ve added smartly with Alderweireld, Wimmer and Trippier adding quality and depth to the defence and competition for every position at the back.

I still feel we could do with a game-running midfield to complement the energy styles of Mason and Bentaleb. Dier has done well in these opening two games in the holding midfield position but I doubt we can rely on him throughout the season to keep up form in big matches. There have been murmurings in recent days that we’re eyeing up a move for Victor Wanyama, who fits the role we need very well and would be a class addition to the side.

Up front the addition of Clinton N’Jie is a shrewd, versatile signing but we do still require another striker to give support Harry Kane. If we do manage to get Saido Berahino, it would give us options of playing one or two up top and link-up together, which they’ve done very well in England U21 games.

If Wanyama and Berahino join us before deadline day, that would mean, in my opinion, we have a squad that is genuinely capable of challenging for a Top 4 finish this season. As ever, keep calm and Come on you Spurs!

 

What is wrong with Tottenham Hotspur?

On Saturday, Tottenham drew at home 2-2 against Stoke City, a team we didn’t get a single point off last season, and if you didn’t know any better, judging by the social media reaction, you would have thought the world was about to end.

Twitter went into complete and utter meltdown, and many people went on to point the proverbial finger to blame many aspects of the whole club of Tottenham. Now, I’m not suggesting for a second that these fans are wrong, because you can’t call an opinion wrong. Seeing these tweets, and seeing the outrage of fans made me think about what is wrong with Tottenham? Is it the players? Maybe. Is it the manager? What about the board?

 

The worst thing about this weekend wasn’t actually the result; it was the fact that Tottenham Hotspur fans were arguing with each other about what is wrong with our club. Seeing fans arguing about what they want wrong with the club, and seeing the language that they were using against each other was enough to make me abstain from social media for a good 4 hours. Even then, the conflict remained. It’s understandable that people were upset, but the first rule of being a fan is that you never argue with your own fans.

Now that I got that out of my system, time to evaluate the “problem”. Firstly, lets talk about the players. We know that a large portion of our squad isn’t good enough to make our expectations, but saying that, the players that match our expectations play for the teams that are directly above us every season. We expect these players to deliver us something that in reality we will not attain unless someone messes up and a gap opens.
We are quick to throw the book at certain players, in particular Erik Lamela, and they just aren’t good enough. It isn’t his fault that we paid £30M for him, but a lot of people seem to forget that fact. The kid clearly isn’t physically cut out for the Premier League, and whilst we may hold onto the hope that maybe he can come good. But it’s not going to happen. We realized that half way through last season, but people are claiming that only now, 2 games into the new season, that his time is up. Only now? Kyle Walker is another one who is basically a younger version of Glen Johnson (if he isn’t now, then eventually he will be), Nacer Chadli isn’t consistent, Ryan Mason is on and off and I personally don’t rate Nabil Bentaleb (shoot me now). The only player in our team who is legitimately a top, top class player is Hugo Lloris, and you know that if he puts in another great season, he will probably be off. It’s the nature of Tottenham that our star players are sold on and lesser players are brought in to fill a gap that is crying out for a different type of player. That’s just how the board at Tottenham work.

Speaking of the board, it’s a tricky place at the heart of our club. Let’s first of all take a look at the positives. We are one of the only clubs in the country that doesn’t have any outstanding debt, at least until the stadium is built. They have created a stable situation (financially) at Tottenham, and have increased our name around the world. On the negative side, they sell our best players over and over again, and then reinvest the money into above average players, then wonder why we aren’t very good. On the football field, the board has no idea what’s going on. Managers axed at a whim, players coming and going. It’s not how to run a club. I don’t personally mind Daniel Levy, because if anyone is going to save the club money, and buy someone on the cheap, he’s the man. He’s a businessman; he’s made a living off of saving money for companies. Tottenham are a company, and Levy is not a football man. If you want a football man who wants to splash millions on players, I point you in the comedic direction of Queens Park Rangers. Now what do you prefer?

Mauricio Pochettino, no matter how good or bad he is, will suffer the same fate as every other manager we have had for many years. He will be sacked, unless of course he delivers the impossible and wins the league. We know the end of this story, Ladies and Gentleman, Tottenham Hotspur is the impossible job.

But what we have to remember is that, football is just a sport. We need to remember, that football is just a ride, and when you choose to go on the ride, you think it’s real, because that’s how powerful our minds are. That’s what it feels like to support Spurs. It’s just a ride. Not always a good one, but hey, it’s only a ride.

Europa League – How Far Can Spurs Go This Season?

As the season draws ever closer we look ahead to the various competitions we play in and try to gauge how far we, realistically can go, and that leads us to this question, how far can we progress in the Europa League. Like Carroll, Alli, Pritchard

In recent season we’ve made it to the last 8, last 16, last 32, and have always been ousted by teams who we should’ve been able to defeat and progress further in the competition. We feel on Penalties against Basel, we should’ve took Benfica to Extra-Time and we should’ve got past Fiorentina last season has a Spaniard put the ball into the back of the net.

With improved squad depth this season in defence and midfield courtesy of returning loanees like Carroll, Alli, Pritchard should increase our ambition of going further in the competition, plus with the incentive of a guaranteed Champions League place for the winner, Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to win this competition this season.

The only hiccup in our plans is the entry of the relegated Champions League sides as the Europa League enters the knockout phases which have affected us in the past. So in summary, ambition from the manager, combined with an improved squad and clever rotation policy and effective performances on the pitch, means we could go very far in Europe this season.

 

‘Levy You Genius’ Fans Reacts To Paulinho Leaving The Club

Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande have today confirmed that they have signed Tottenham midfielder Paulinho for a fee of £9.8m.

The midfielder will earn a lucrative £90,000 per-week at his new club after things went far from plan since his move to Spurs in the summer of 2013 for £17m from Brazil.

Daniel Levy has managed to recoup £9.8m from the transfer, meaning that the club lose just £7.2m from the original transfer just a couple of year ago, and fans believe that the chairman is a ‘genius’.

The move ends rumours of a move to Premier League new-boys Watford, despite the players not being keen on a move to Watford anyway and wanted a move abroad, which is exactly what he has got with a move to China.

Here is how the Spurs fans have reacted to Paulinho leaving the club.

Pochettino Preparing Double Swoop For Old Lady Duo?

According to a report from the print edition of Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in two Juventus players this summer.

Spanish striker Fernando Llorente and Italian centre-back Angelo Ogbonna have been tipped to move to White Hart Lane. The latest story suggests Spurs are keen on bringing in the experienced duo to N17 to add quality and depth to the squad for next season. It’s believed that Spurs are prepared to pay £10million for both players.

The 30-year-old, Llorente would be able to offer Tottenham an effective alternative to Harry Kane as and when required. In total Llorente has scored 138 goals in his club career to date. He excelled the Football World with Bilbao a few years ago, since moving to Juventus 2 years ago he’s struggled to replicate that level of form but he still remains a talented striker and Spurs could do with him.

As for Ogbonna, the 27-year-old centre-back would bring some additional experience to Tottenham’s back-line were he to arrive. It could give Spurs a dilemma though, considering they’ve already signed Kevin Wimmer this summer and with Jan Vertonghen, Federico Fazio and Eric Dier all likely to stay Mauricio Pochettino may not move for yet another centre-back, unless someone is sold.

RESULT! What Did You Vote As Spurs Goal Of The Season

We’ve scored some glorious goals this season, some of them have been team goals, other have been individual moments of brilliance, we’ve taken all your votes and here are the results to name the winner of the Spurs’ Goal of the Season.

5th – Nacer Chadli vs QPR 10%

The 48 pass goal was the high point in our 4-0 demolition of QPR way back in August was a brilliant demonstration of teamwork and composure to keep play and work it slowly forwards and eventually get the ball into the net.

4th – Christian Eriksen vs Sheffield Utd 16%

Given that we needed a goal with 2 minutes to go in order for us to reach a Cup Final, the composure that Eriksen showed was incredible. To do that with that much pressure on you is the sign of a class player and what a classy goal it was too.

3rd – Eric Dier vs West Ham 18%

The winner in our opening game of the season away, instantly won the respect of a young Englishman from Lisbon. Mostly because of his composure on his debut in England to scoop it round the keeper and plant it home.

2nd – Harry Kane vs Chelsea 22%

A masterful display against easily the best side in England was appropriately capped off by a piece of brilliance from “One Of Our Own”. He turned the CB‘s inside out and finished cutely into the net to send the Tottenham faithful delirious.

1st – Erik Lamela vs Asteras Tripolis 34%

Our Club record signing decided to take this pretty meaningless match and make a moment that everyone would remember. And even if he never makes a successful career at Spurs, he will always be admired for that piece of skill.

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RESULT! Who Did You Vote As The Spurs Player Of The Year?

We’ve counted your votes and here are the results for our Spurs Player of the Season. There were 5 players who were more than worthy of winning your vote but you have spoken out and here is the score:

5th – Danny Rose 4%

The most improved defender at the Club, Rose has surpassed everyone’s expectations this season by improving in several key areas of his game and delivering consistent performances and showing a maturity that he’d not demonstrated before.

4th – Nacer Chadli 11%

Another player who’s played much better that we expected, Chadli has constantly been amongst the goals this season, chipping in at crucial moments in the season when others have struggled to find the net, the Belgian has thrived this campaign.

3rd – Hugo Lloris 15%

Despite conceding 52 League goals this season, Hugo has continued to show his brilliance throughout this season winning us points and matches on multiple occasions and pull us out of difficult positions and save us, in more ways than one.

2nd – Christian Eriksen 17%

The mercurial Dane has been the saviour this season with multiple last-minute winning goals on many occasions throughout this season, in tight spots it’s been the Midfield Dynamite who’s popped up when we most need him and struck for us.

1st – Harry Kane 53%

It couldn’t have been anyone else, really? Harry has endured a fairytale that even Hollywood writers wouldn’t dare to write up. It’s been a fantasy to watch someone like you and I rise to the top of our club and long may his success continue.

Season Review! Part Three: The Fans Reaction

A fifth place finish and a day out at Wembley with a new manager at the hotseat in his first season at the club. Can you really argue with that? For me, you can’t really.

I have been pretty happy with this season, and Mauricio Pochettino is just starting to fully implement in system into the side, and things look very bright for the future.

Although we say it every year, with a few good additions to the squad over the summer transfer window, I feel that we can make a real push for the top four next season.

Anyway, enough of my reaction to the season, here is how you reacted to our season over on Twitter.

Spurs’ Player Of The Season – The Contenders

For Spurs, 2014/15 has been a season of highs, lows, great moments and big changes and full of many players who’ve been extremely impressive some expected, whilst others have come from nowhere to be brilliant this season.

Only 5 made our shortlist for Player Of The Season so here are the contenders!

SCROLL DOWN TO VOTE FOR YOUR PLAYER OF THE SEASON!

Harry Kane

The Tottenham wonder boy has won the hearts of every Lilywhite fan all over the world. The lovable pin-up boy has emerged from the academy to deliver world-class showings against the best England has. His two goals and mauling of Terry & Cahill on New Year’s Day showed everyone that he is and will remain a class player. Then his brace to win the North London derby on his first ever appearance in the fixture was just fairytale stuff. Ended the season with 21 goals, the Premier League 2nd highest goalscorer, winning the PFA Young Player Of The Year award and winning his first England cap and the matter of scoring 79 seconds into his England debut too! Harry should be proud of everything he’s achieved cause we all are.

Hugo Lloris

The true Captain of White Hart Lane has once again shown his outstanding quality in nearly every match for Spurs in every competition, win/lose/draw. The number of saves that he can make that most keepers can only dream of pulling off has won us points on many occasions that it’s almost started to become a habit that if we’re struggling at the back, you know Hugo will be there to sweep up behind.

Christian Eriksen

The mercurial Dane has time and again been the architect of our team’s all-round play and has created many of our chances in most match this season. The other highlight of Eriksen is the amount of late winning goals he’s contributed to the side throughput the campaign, especially through the middle of the season. Last minute/winning goals in games against Southampton, Hull, Swansea, Leicester, Sunderland and the double in the Cup Semi-Final vs Sheffield Utd, all gfames that we struggled in, our No.23 showed his class to produce the magic we needed to come through in those fixtures.

Nacer Chadli

The Belgian was viewed at the start of the season as a man who would only be a bit part player and someone who maybe could even be sold. But his season has been very impressive and the attacking midfielder is now one of the first names on the team sheet. He made his intentions clear early on when he scored twice in our opening home game when we won 4-0 vs QPR and he continued that rich vein of goalscoring throughout this campaign ending as 2nd highest scorer in the Premier League.

Danny Rose

The most surprising inclusion on the list by far. The improvement of the much maligned LB has been nothing short of fantasy-style. Through a combination of a manager’s belief and competition for his position, Danny Rose has matured into one of the most solid and consistent defenders at the club. A year ago everyone wanted him sold, now it would be not good at all if he did go. He added goals more regularly to his game this season and his defending in all areas has been improved dramatically and Spurs fans at last feel confident in Rose to deliver good performances every week for Spurs.

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