Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Holtby divided opinion

Lewis Holtby is one of those Spurs players who divide opinion in much the same way Bentaleb does, although for him it's only because Sherwood picked him.

Holtby divided opinion


Bought as a promising player it now transpires he was immature when we bought him, three managers have now decided he is not a first choice footballer for Tottenham, they can't all be wrong. He brought passion yes, but at the end of the day that's about all he bought, there was no great end product. He ran around a lot basically, a stand in but never a first choice.

Fair play to him he simply wanted to play football, he didn't want to be a squad player with us anymore, you can't knock him for that, good luck to him. He was one of the players Pochettino was willing to let go although a section of supporters somehow manage to blame Daniel Levy for selling him!

My previous article will help explain the situation, you can find it in the right sidebar or a link at the top of the recent articles below.

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Hamburg manager Huub Stevens has told German paper Hamburger Morgenpost that Lewis Holtby is affected by things going on around him. He said Holtby has grown up while with Spurs, an aspect we fans don't often associate with footballers.

“Sometimes he can be influenced by negative things. Since he went the head never went down. Maybe he has become somewhat adult in his time in England.” 

Mario Balotelli is another such player, but when he does grow up the side that has him will have a hell of a footballer. I was hoping that would be us but alas Liverpool have his talent now and on reasonable wages for his talent of £95,000 ($157,053 - €119,538) a week, wages we could have handled. Did Pochettino want him though, we were never really serious contenders for his signature though so It's doubtful.

Holtby has left on loan with a view to purchase, whether that is a guaranteed purchase or purchase option I'm not clear on though.



Spurs sitting pretty after the transfer window

Where do we stand at the end of the Summer Transfer Window and why has it been a good one?

Spurs sitting pretty after the transfer window


Rome was not built in a day and Tottenham will not be built in one transfer window. The defence was an area of great concern and we have started to address it. In have come Michel Vorm, Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, Ben Davies and DeAndre Yedlin.

We have strengthened in front of them bringing in Benjamin Stambouli who Pochettino regards as an upgrade of Sandro for the type of player he wants in that position.

There are targets we still want but have been unable to secure yet. At this stage we can be expected to return for them in January again, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jay Rodriguez (both Southampton) and possibly Hector Moreno (Espanyol).

The squad is being rebuilt, reshaped from the back. The other areas that need strengthening will be looked at in future windows. It is important to note Pochettino has a hand in valuing our targets and how much we should pay for them, he doesn't simply say I want that player, pay whatever to get him. Spurs are not in that financial position.

A key element of this window has been to position ourselves for next summers transfer window. Whereas before we have been unable to buy early before we have sold, next summer we don't have that problem. This is the squad at the moment.

Tottenham Hotspur Squad 


No.PositionPlayer
1FranceGKHugo Lloris
2EnglandDFKyle Walker
3EnglandDFDanny Rose
4FranceDFYounès Kaboul
5BelgiumDFJan Vertonghen
6RomaniaDFVlad Chiricheș
7EnglandMFAaron Lennon
8BrazilMFPaulinho
9SpainFWRoberto Soldado
10TogoFWEmmanuel Adebayor
11ArgentinaMFÉrik Lamela
13NetherlandsGKMichel Vorm
15EnglandDFEric Dier
16EnglandDFKyle Naughton
No.PositionPlayer
17EnglandMFAndros Townsend
18EnglandFWHarry Kane
19BelgiumMFMousa Dembélé
20FranceMFBenjamin Stambouli
21ArgentinaDFFederico Fazio
22BelgiumMFNacer Chadli
23DenmarkMFChristian Eriksen
24United StatesGKBrad Friedel
29FranceMFÉtienne Capoue
32CameroonDFBenoît Assou-Ekotto
33WalesDFBen Davies
38EnglandMFRyan Mason
42AlgeriaMFNabil Bentaleb

The Tottenham squad then gets split into two and have to be dealt with separately. There is the home grown squad and the non-home grown squad. It is the non-home grown squad that stops us simply going out and buying more non-home grown players like Balotelli for instance.

We can only name 17 non-home grown players over the age of 21 in our 25 man Premier League Squad. We can not use any others unless they are 21 or under. Currently we have 18 players but Bongani Khumalo doesn't figure in 1st XI squads so effectively we have the maximum 17.

Understanding we have the maximum, fans can begin to appreciate why Sandro and Lewis Holtby have left. If we had been able to transfer BAE one may have stayed but they were on a list of non-home grown players Pochettino was happy to let go and someone had to leave.

Pochettino, Levy and Baldini agree player values, both our own and those we are after but if nobody is willing to pay our valuations then we can't move them. The player may not want to move or may not want a drop in wages, we may not want to release a player until we have a replacement lined up. There are many reasons why a player can't be sold.

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We were unable to move Chiriches, Kaboul and Soldado partly because nobody would pay our valuations and partly because of other player sales. There may well have been a stop gap element if we are waiting for Hector Moreno to recover from a broken leg.

Kaboul can leave on a free next summer, which he can arrange in January, unless we offer him a new contract, which given his performances is unlikely.

Non-Home Grown Squad

  1FranceGKHugo Lloris
  4FranceDFYounès Kaboul
5BelgiumDFJan Vertonghen
  6RomaniaDFVlad Chiricheș
8BrazilMFPaulinho
9SpainFWRoberto Soldado
10TogoFWEmmanuel Adebayor
11ArgentinaMFÉrik Lamela
13NetherlandsGKMichel Vorm
19BelgiumMFMousa Dembélé
20FranceMFBenjamin Stambouli
21ArgentinaDFFederico Fazio
22BelgiumMFNacer Chadli
23DenmarkMFChristian Eriksen
24United StatesGKBrad Friedel
29FranceMFÉtienne Capoue
32CameroonDFBenoît Assou-Ekotto

Non-Home Grown but under 21 so not included in 17 man Premier League Squad list.
42AlgeriaMFNabil Bentaleb

For us to bring in the targets the fans would want means other taking some of these players off our hands. However in future we have addressed that problem this window.

Looking forward Benoit Assou-Ekotto is in the last year of his contract, that will reduce the non-home grown squad to 16 next summer. Brad Friedel will surely then not be offered a new playing contract, that would reduce it to 15. Younes Kaboul is in the last year of his contract, his departure will reduce it to 14.

That would free up 3 non-home grown places next summer so we could do early business without having to sell anyone first, that is assuming Hamburg do buy Lewis Holtby.

We have strengthened in certain areas and are now in a very strong position for the opening of the transfer window next summer, something I was particularly keen we addressed so we don't end up in the having to sell before we can buy position again.

All in all it's been a good window.



Spurs fans complain yet again

Fans are a strange bunch. There were a group on Twitter yesterday moaning because Levy hasn't bought anyone, by which they mean a 'name' and therefore is not backing Mauricio Pochettino. They call for Levy and ENIC to go. Complaints if Levy spends, complaints if he doesn't.

Complaints if Levy spends, complaints if he doesn't


Last summer seven players were bought and they complain the money was wasted, this summer money isn't wasted and they complain. They complain that Dawson, Sandro and Holtby have been sold oblivious to the fact that is is Pochettino who doesn't want them, not Levy deciding his head coach doesn't need them. It's irrelevant whether fans like them, if they can't do what Pochettino requires them to do then then there is no point keeping them.

The logic of some people defies belief. We are a hopeless defending team and Pochettino highlighted that as an area he wanted resolved. We have signed 4 defenders and a goalkeeper to start. Further purchases will come in future windows, we can't replace all the defenders that need replacing in one go, with injuries central defence is still a worry.

The other main area for Pochettino is moving the ball quickly from defence to the four attackers, we are still too slow at it, Benjamin Stambouli has been brought in to help there and Morgan Schneiderlin is still wanted, Southampton needed to save face though and refused to do business. We shall return for him in January I'd expect.

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Pochettino has had 3 games, he hasn't even had everyone fit and available yet buy some fans are already moaning we don't look top four material, the same fans shouting for Levy and ENIC to go. WE have a new manager, a new system, he has to reshape a squad with players who can play in the manner he wants them to, yet none of that seems important, it'll all be solved by signing someone, what utter garbage.

Fair enough, these supporters have got passion for our club, they want success, but that shouldn't mean common sense and reason go out the window should it. We have always had deadwood who are tough to clear, we prune the squad, more complaints. Some people are never happy.

Tottenham In: 
Ben Davies (Swansea City) £8m - $13.25m - €10.1m (plus swap for Sigurdsson)
Federico Fazio (Sevilla) £7.92m - $13.12m - €10m
Michel Vorm (Swansea) £4.5m - $7.45m - €5.68m (swap for Sigurdsson)
Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon) £3.96m - $6.56m - €5m
DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders) £2m - $3.31m - €2.52m
Benjamin Stambouli (Montpellier) Undisclosed, believed to be £4.75m - $7.87m - €6m

Tottenham Out:
Jake Livermore (Hull City) £8m - $13.25m - €10.1m
Iago Falque (Genoa) £4m - $6.63m - €5.05m
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) - £10m - $16.56m - €12.62m (swap for Vorm & Davies)
Michael Dawson (Hull City) Undisclosed, believed to be £4m - $6.63m - €5.05m
Sandro (QPR) Undisclosed, believed to be £10m (£6m +£4m add-ons) - $16.56m - €12.62m
Zeki Fryers (Crystal Palace) £3m - $4.97m - €3.79m
Lewis Holtby (Hamburg) Loan with option to buy next summer
Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town) £220,000 - $364,546 - €277,621
Soulimane Coulibaly (Bari) immediately loaned to Pistoiese
Tomislav Gomelt (Bari, Italy Div 2) Loan
Grant Hall (Birmingham City, Loan
Alex Pritchard (Brentford) Loan
Kenny McEvoy (Peterborough United) Loan
Shaquile Coulthirst (Southend United) Loan
Jordan Archer (Northampton Town) Loan
DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders) Loan
Heurelho Gomes (Watford) released
Lawrence Vigouroux (Liverpool) released
Kevin Stewart (Liverpool) released
Darren McQueen (Ipswich Town) released


Tottenham Released:
Giancarlo Gallifuoco
Cameron Lancaster
Roman Michael-Percil
Jonathan Miles

Other Notable Activity (deadline day):
Swansea City tried to sign Kyle Naughton
QPR tried for Lennon, Stoke tried for Lennon, West Ham were interested
Tried to sign Danny Welbeck on loan but he only wanted a permanent transfer and wages of £105,000 ($173,867 - €132,501) a week were a problem
Spoke to the representatives of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Tried hard again for Morgan Schneiderlin
Tried for Jay Rodriguez




Monday, 1 September 2014

Lewis Holtby, Aaron Lennon, Sandro, Zeki Fryers and Benoit Assou-Ekotto

Hello everyone, good morning and welcome once again to Tottenham News Shorts, quick bits of bitesize news surrounding Tottenham and or the glorious game of football, soccer to some.

Before we get into today's Tottenham News Shorts - Issue 59 here is a quick delve into some related articles to today's news that you may have missed.

Tottenham were completely outplayed by Liverpool who could have scored 5 or 6 while Spurs didn't take the few chances they created.

Does Stambouli move mean Schneiderlin deal is dead? They are similar types of player, they break up play and are passers of the ball.

Tottenham by Carragher and THBN takes a look at Spurs after taking maximum points off the first two games.

Click on the links to find out more and share on your favourite social media sites. You'll find the icons in the comments box.

Tottenham News Shorts Aaron Lennon


Right let's get into the Tottenham News Shorts - Issue 59 that concerns recent news regarding Lewis Holtby, Aaron Lennon, Sandro, Zeki Fryers and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

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Tottenham could be seeing Lewis Holtby, Aaron Lennon, Sandro, Zeki Fryers and Benoit Assou-Ekotto leave today whether in transfers or loans.

Harry Redknapp loves a loan deal and he is looking to take Aaron Lennon and Sandro to Queens Park Rangers. Loan deals however, while moving players for a season do little to help Tottenham, we still then have to sell players next summer before we can buy and the players values would have gone down.

That has to be weighed up on transfer deadline day to decide how low a bid to accept. Tottenham need to take a look at their contracts and decide their value next summer, add a couple of million on and seek a little higher fee. Buying clubs know the situation so are unlikely to come in with much higher offers.

Aaron Lennon has a contract until 2016 so would only have one year left next season, that reduces his transfer value to it's lowest point. While transfermarkt value him at £10.56 million ($17.52m - €13.35m) now, that may well sink to £6 million ($9.96m - €7.59m) next summer when he would be 28.

Sandro they value at £9.68 million ($16.06m - €12.24m) and his contract also ends in 2016 when he will be 26. Napoli were said to be willing to offer £8.70 million ($14.44m - €11m) which would be close to next summers price. They have failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League so now have a reduced transfer budget.

That deal is not dead but Daniel Levy would have to let him go cheaply to see it go through. QPR can not take both players on loan, it would breach regulations so one would have to be bought. But QPR are not the only clubs circling, Lennon has other English Premier League suitors including West Ham United while several Italian clubs have been interested in Sandro.

Lewis Holtby is having a medical at Hamburg today so looks certain to leave, he is a player who runs around a lot but take that out of his game and there is not a great deal of end product. Sentimental fans want to keep him but he doesn't look as if he would ever push for a starting place above others and he wants to be playing football. That has fuelled efforts to move back to the Beunesliga.

Zeki Fryers has not progressed as hoped. He is now 21, will be 22 in September and is a mile behind Eric Dier 20 or DeAndre Yedlin 21 in development. Also with Milos Veljkovic, 18, developing their seems little chance of him getting enough opportunities to significantly improve his game. He is having a medical at Crystal Palace today ahead of a £3 million ($4.98m - €3.79m) move.

If that is the type of player Crystal Palace want I can see why Tony Pulis left. Palace still need to build a team to keep them in the division, players like Fryers should be in addition to that team. If he is to play he will need to learn fast because if they buy too many who need to improve then they will go down.

For the first two years at Premier League level it is about survival and your purchases reflect that, you need experience. When you have established yourselves other players trust your chances of staying up more and are therefore more likely to come to you. That is when you start buying the players with potential and mix them with the experienced guys. Once they have improved you can bring in more. It's a building process similar to the one Hull City have been undertaking.

It has been quiet all summer over 30-year-old left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto who has a year left on his contract but no future at Tottenham. He has been offered on a free transfer to get his wages off the bill and surprisingly so far there have been no takers. You would have thought someone like Crystal palace would take him but I suppose wages would be the issue.

Spurs will have their fingers crossed that someone does take him, they won't want to have to pay the wages of a player who is not going to be in the 25 man Premier League Squad.

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