Friday, 9 October 2015

Pritchard, Alli, Son

As suspected Alex Pritchard is going to be put for even longer after undergoing ankle surgery. He has been out since injuring himself in the European Under-21 Championships in the summer and has been struggling since. He has had a pain in his foot that won't go away and we have now had to resort to surgery which will keep him out for 3 months. His season won't begin until next year.

A player has to have the right mindset to be the best they can be and not every player has that. Players get to a level and then simply stay in their comfort zone doing what they do and not going to the next level. We see the talented players who go on to become world stars, they stand apart from the average international player.

It is very frustrating when a player with talent fails to utilise it to it's fullest, but all the signs point to Dele Alli having the motivation. His old MK Dons boss Karl Robinson believes he will do all he can to be the best player he can be, report the Daily Mail. That's a phrase regular readers will be familiar with.

As expected we saw Alli come on as a late substitute for England in the European Championship qualifier against Estonia last night which secures him for England and fends off Nigeria who have been courting him.

Son Heung-min was assessed today ahead of returning to training next week with the hope of featuring against Liverpool when the Premier League season continues after the international break.

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Dembele should be world class

Will we see Dele Alli tonight?

After starting only 3 Premier League games, Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been called up to the England squad, no doubt to secure his nationality with Nigeria circling for him.

Alli will have to come on as a sub in one of the two games for that to happen and given his ability and potential that is almost certain to happen I believe. England don't have a large pool of players and simply can't afford the risk of losing him to another nation.

"I haven't played at Wembley yet, it would be a dream come true to play there for England. I went to watch MK at Wembley in the JPT years ago. They won it, so I only have good memories so far.
"It would be surreal [to play at Wembley]. I'm really looking forward to it, to the challenge. I'll just keep working as hard as I can in training and hopefully I can get some minutes on Friday. 
"The manager at Tottenham spoke to me the day before we played Monaco and asked if I wanted to play for the Under-19s in the Euros. I obviously said I would if I could, but I thought I was too old. 
"When [the senior squad] was officially announced I was in the hotel in Monaco preparing for the game so didn't want to think about it too much and didn't want to look at my phone. I had a look after the game, though, and all my friends had texted me and I spoke to my family straight away."

England are a bit of a mirror of Tottenham at the moment, both have young sides that are expected to grow together.

Dembele should be world class

Former Belgium international Wesley Sonck believes the greatest talent in Belgium is Mousa Dembele, our frustrating midfielder.

Everyone knows he has talent, his ability to almost ghost past a player marks him apart from wingers and other dribblers. He stops, feigns and goes past his man, often to his left. You sit there wondering how he has managed to go past his man the same way yet again, they must be expecting it yet seem powerless at times to do anything about it.

Les Ferdinand revealed that they used to tell him he could be the next player to join Real Madrid, Dembele however frustratingly failed to improve his game. He was content in his comfort zone doing what he had always done and getting a decent wage.

Pochettini has decided that is not enough, he can and he must do better. Last season was a shock for Dembele. he was no longer an automatic choice, now he had to fight for his place and produce when he played.

HLN have reported Sonck's comments after he was asked about the current quality of the Belgian national squad. Sonck said there are many good players in the national set-up. Belgium have a wealth of talented players, Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Kevin be Bruyne (Manchester City), Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Nacer Chadli, Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Radja Nainggolan (Roma), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Daniel van Buyten (Standard Liege and ex-Bayern Munich), the list seems to go on and on.

To be thought of as the most talented of that group is no mean feat and Spurs fans are hoping that he is now going to push on, that he is going to become the player he could be. If he does then we would have another truly world class player on our hands. The only thing stopping him is his own motivation, all the more reason for us to become world leaders on working on the mentality of players.

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Messi facing a prison sentence

Messi facing a prison sentence

Messi facing a prison sentence

The world's best player Lionel Messi, the favourite to be crowned in December, is facing three charges of tax fraud according to court documents released on Thursday.

There is no date yet set for a trial that the public prosecutor didn't want Lionel Messi to stand, but the judge refused and ruled the charges will go ahead. The public prosecutor wanted to prosecute Jorge Messi (Messi's father) only because he was the one responsible for his son's financial affairs. The state attorney argued that both should go on trial and face 1 year 10 month and 15 days prison sentences.

Lionel Messi and his father are accused of defrauding the tax authorities of £2.03-million (US$4.4m - AUS$6.17m - 3.99m) between 2007 and 2009 despite Jorge Messi paying (US$5.6m - AUS$7.68m - €3.64m) in 2013 to cover the cost plus interest.

There had been an earlier appeal to drop Lionel Messi from the case which was refused with the judge deciding he must have known or even authorised the use of shell companies to hide income from the tax authorities.

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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Anti-Levy means anti-stadium

Anti-Levy means anti-stadium

One wonders that if the anti-Levy anti-ENIC clutch who want Levy out because he is such a disaster for Tottenham Hotspur then presumably they don't want the things he is doing for the club, like a new stadium.

Surely these people can't support the things he is doing, but not support the person doing them. A stadium takes the club forward, an NFL tie up takes the club forward yet they claim he is dragging it back, logic is clearly losing out to prejudice.

I want a new stadium, most of us know how important it is, I want an NFL tie-up because the American market is in its infancy and untapped. Getting into their homes via the biggest sport in the country is an excellent opportunity for the club to generate a substantial income through sponsorship and commercial deals.

Chevrolet and Manchester United have a £53-million-a-year shirt sponsorship deal, there is money to be made over there. It is a market Daniel Levy has targetted to develop and produce the future levels of income that will allow us to compete on an even footing. That's not good enough for some.

A clear path, a clear strategy, a clear sight of growth. You either budget your finances out to achieve all the things you need to achieve to secure the most important thing of all, the ability to compete at the top table consistently as opposed to fleetingly. That, of course, takes an income to pay wages, we don't have the £750-million deal Manchester United have with Adidas to do that.

We either have to have the mentality to do an honest days work and build a future out of our own efforts or send out begging letters to live off a rich man's handouts.

I know which I prefer.

The club is being built, which is plain for everyone to see, the team is being built, we clearly have a direction and are backing pour head coach. We have an exciting young team ready to grow together and are setting ourselves up to remain as a club challenging when we build the new stadium. It is vital we can afford the side we have them and that they are competitive, without a doubt we are working towards that goal.

Should we throw all that away and change course, should we splash the cash, increase the wages and put everything we have planned into doubt, in effect gamble with our future, because we have no idea what a new owner would do. Quite frankly it's madness, the jealous plastic brigade can keep their daydreams, I'm happy the club are doing an honest days work and building a sustainable future.

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