Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Kaine in goal vs Real Madrid


It's Real Madrid today and a chance for Tottenham to pit themselves against Gareth Bale and Luka Modric. Marketing dictates that that will happen, it creates press stories for all concerned so fills the column space. Spanish paper Marca have produced the following picture from our first meeting in 1925, we would be happy with a similar result.


2010/2011 Season UEFA Champions League
Wednesday 13 Apr
Ist Leg
Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 1 Real Madrid

2nd Leg
Tuesday 05 Apr
Real Madrid 4 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur

Real Madrid won 5-0 on aggregate

With another game tomorrow we'll see a training exercise with players getting an hour at most. Often teams are changed at half-time with the majority of the first-team playing in the first-half but one or two playing in the second-half with the youngsters.

It'll be a chance to see some of the youngsters again and have a look at Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld in a Spurs shirt. I'm more interested in how our defence get on in this game than our attack, the first-choice defence that is.

Further Tottenham Reading
Former CB Mike England MBE interviewed
Improving decision making will lessen mistakes
It's been quite a change to our defence
The invisible change Pochettino is making


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Former CB Mike England impressed with Seattle Sounders

Those of us old enough to remember football in the 60's will remember former centre-back Mike England MBE, the Welshman who was a colossus at the centre of our defence.



He joined Blackburn Rovers when he was 15, was the youngest Wales captain when appointed at the tender age of 22 and having impressing Bill Nicholson joined Tottenham the day before the new season started in 1966. Back in those days there was no transfer window and he cost a British record transfer fee.

He played in every league game in his first season and marked Tony Hateley out of the FA Cup Final as we beat Chelsea at Wembley to lift the trophy. Brilliant in the air he was good with the ball at his feet at a time when it wasn't considered as important as it is now. This gave him an edge and he hardly missed a game for Spurs during his time with us.

A series of ankle problems saw him announce his retirement in March 1975 although he played a season in the Second Division for Cardiff City before moving to America and playing for the NASL (North American Soccer League) Sounders (Seattle) from 1975-1979 and is the only player in the history of the NASL to earn Best XI honors in four consecutive seasons.

“I come here and I see the progress that’s being made since I was here in the 70s, and it’s quite incredible. The standard that’s acquired is far greater now. When I first came here, there were very few American youngsters that understood the game completely. 
“You had to play four Americans [back then], and quite honestly, we had to work very hard to make sure those four guys could live up to it. So the progress that has been made is quite incredible. It’s lovely to see. And the U.S. National Team…they’ve improved beyond belief.”

Catch the interview with Sounders FC here.

Mike England Honours
F.A. Cup winner - 1967
League Cup Winner - 1971 and 1973
UEFA Cup Winner - 1972

Further Tottenham Reading
Improving decision making will lessen mistakes
It's been quite a change to our defence
The invisible change Pochettino is making


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Werner, Khumalo, Bolasie, Veljkovic

Roberto Soldado has been allowed to leave as Tottenham have all but arranged the incoming of new strikers.



Things have progressed and 19-year-old striker Timo Werner is due to fly to London to finalise his impending transfer from Stuttgart. There are some who have knowledge through the agents network, suggesting the two clubs have agreed terms and it is just left to finalising the deal with Werner and his agents.

Tottenham are expecting to bring in one, if not two strikers this week and it is only if we know we are bringing players in that Soldado will be let go. His deal is all arranged and everyone is waiting upon us finalising a deal for his replacement. As for Saido Berahino, WBA naturally want as much as they can get and are hoping Manchester City make a bid.

South African side SuperSport United have completed the transfer of Bongani Khumalo, signing him on a one-year deal with a two-year option. The 28-year-old joined Spurs in 2011 and spent his time on a series of loans before being released when his contract expired on 30 June.

Yannick Bolasie, the 26-year-old DR Congo winger we have shown an interest in is to be offered a new contract at Crystal Palace, reportedly the same figure as WBA are offering Saido Berahino, £35,000-a-week. He seems keen to move to us but there is no chance of that happening for figures around £20 million.

Miloš Veljković won the FIFA U-20 World Cup held recently in New Zealand and is on course with his development. Some are mistakenly suggesting his name as a first team player, something he isn't ready for yet. The next step for him is a season fighting for a place and playing regular football, then next season he may be ready for cameo roles and an introduction into the first team set-up.

He himself said earlier this summer that he is looking to make the odd game at Spurs this season but a loan spell initially until January in the Championship looks to be the next step. Veljković is a centre-back and needs to learn that role rather than as some are suggesting play as a defensive midfielder. Tim Sherwood gave him a little run out there to introduce him to first team football and show him what he is aiming for.

It was an encouragement and you do that with young players in a position that won't compromise the team. The last thing we need is having a set of players who are jack of all trades master of none. Eric Dier is a centre-back, he has played in defensive midfield before but not at Premier League level so again putting him there for important games is not really an option. At just 19 (20 in September) fans need to let Veljković and Dier develop as centre-backs.

Further Tottenham Reading
Improving decision making will lessen mistakes
It's been quite a change to our defence
The invisible change Pochettino is making


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Vertonghen may turn down Barcelona

The noises from Spain are that Barcelona are getting more interested in making a bid for Jan Vertonghen.



They are loikely to lose left-back Adriano and although they have five centre-backs they feel the versatility of Vertonghen would be beneficial. Aymen Abdennour is their first choice but Vertonghen is the back-up option.

He was on a short list of four last summer and there were reports that Barcelona were prepard to bid £17.56 million (€25m) for him then so if they do decide to make a move a similar bid can be expected, not that it is likely to be enough.

With the signing of Toby Alderweireld this summer they will be recreating the partnership they had at Ajax so even if Barcelona do come calling Vertonghen may well feel it best to stay at Spurs.

Further Tottenham Reading
Improving decision making will lessen mistakes
It's been quite a change to our defence
The invisible change Pochettino is making


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