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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Tahan Oakley-Boothe has travel, heat and humidity to deal with


FIFA Under-17 World Cup awaits Spurs youngster



Steve Cooper, head coach of the England U-17 team, has selected Tottenham Hotspur prospect Tashan Oakley-Boothe in his squad for the tournament taking place in India.

Having just made his full debut, the ninth academy player to be bloodied by Pochettino, he will be travelling with the England squad this week. Their training camp will be in Mumbai and as part of the preparations will play a warm-up game against New Zealand on 1 October.

Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is on India's west coast and is a densely populated financial centre, the largest city in India. You can see the temperatures the youngsters are going to have to contend with on the graphic. It will be a test for them.


After the warm-up game they will travel to Kolkata where the squad will be based for the tournament, which takes place between 7th and 28th October 2017. Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) is the capital of India's West Bengal state.


England face three opponents in the group stages, on Sunday 8 October we play Chile, on Wednesday 11th October we play Mexico and then on Sunday 14th October face Iraq.

Again, as you would expect, the temperatures are going to be high even though the players have now travelled  1,212 miles across the country from west to east on a 2hr 45 minute flight. 


The humidity will be very high which accelerates the evaporation of fluids from the body, which affects fitness, energy levels and mental capacity. Mistakes are more likely to creep into a game and concentration becomes more difficult.

It will certainly be a learning curve for the youngsters.




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A look at the Champions League tonight


Champions League Predictions


UEFA Champions League Week 2 Games

Sevilla CF vs Maribor
Spartak Moscow vs Liverpool
SSC Napoli vs Feyenoord Rotterdam
Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Besiktas JK vs RB Leipzig
AS Monaco vs FC Porto
Bv09 Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid
APOEL Nicosia vs Tottenham Hotspur


Sevilla and Napoli look the home bankers of the games being played in the UEFA Champions League tonight. Manchester City have improved immensely after a season learning what Pep Guardiola wants and of Gabriel Jesus getting used to the Premier League. He came on as a substitute against us last season and looked a high quality player that would become a world star and thrive over here.

Liverpool are favourites to travel to Russia and get a result. Their opponents Spartak Moscow have been a mediocre team for the past decade and return to winning ways last season, which now sees them back in the UEFA Champions League, however, they have returned to being a mediocre team this season and that is good news for Jurgen Klopp.

Tottenham will be taking note of this game because 25-year-old (26 next January) Dutch winger Quincy Promes has scored 49 goals in 90 games since joining them in 2015. He is a player we have been linked with previously and is their leading scorer this season with 6 goals in 9 games.

Of the other games, we need to come back from Cyprus with three points and put ourselves in a strong position ahead of our next game away to Real Madrid. It is fingers crossed that Borussia Dortmund can do us a favour and play out a draw with Real Madrid. Or should we be hoping that the Germans lose their second game and hand us some breathing space?

Red Bull Leipzig are possibly an underestimated side and I can see them getting a result in Turkey with French champions Monaco may have to settle for a draw against Portuguese side Porto.

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Monday, 25 September 2017

Thoughts from the West Ham game


West Ham 2 SPURS 3


The weekend of football action is almost over and with one game remaining tonight that isn't going to affect our position, Spurs have moved up to 4th place in the Premier League.

Newcastle United lost 1-0 away to Brighton and Hove Albion, managed by former Spurs right-back and then coach, Chris Houghton, to drop below us in the table. Chelsea sit two points above us in third and we are five points behind the two Manchester clubs.


Harry Kane did what Harry Kane does best, notched another couple of goals to help secure our 3-2 victory away to West Ham United, the same scoreline Liverpool defeated Leicester City by at the King Power Stadium. They now sit below us on goal difference.

Davinson Sanchez is settling in at the centre of a back three and had a better game perhaps than he did in the previous encounter against Swansea City, where, although he put in a good performance, he did get beaten a bit too easily for my liking on a few occasions. He would have had an education playing against Andy Carroll for a while, particularly in the air, fortunately not all forwards are of his physical nature.

Serge Aurier looks a very good player and made some timely challenges, although he does look prone to committing a few fouls. His first booking was really for an accumulation of fouls, although that isn't in the rule book and the second was a clever piece of play by Andy Carroll.

Knowing Aurier was coming in with one of his challenges he planted his right leg between the ball and Aurier rather than plant it beside the ball. Thus Aurier has to scissor round his leg to try and play the ball. Carroll simply had to wait for contact and go down, roll a bit holding his leg and he'd have his man sent off.

It was a foul, it was a booking, but let's not pretend Andy Carroll didn't know exactly what he was doing and Aurier will have to learn from that. Kieran Trippier will now have to play against Huddersfield, after which there is a two week gap until the Bournemouth game while international fixtures take place.


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Saturday, 23 September 2017

A rare red and transfer reports


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Three clubs from England, two from Spain and Germany all watched Beşiktaş play Konyaspor recently to keep track of striker Cenk Tosun. The link below has the Turkish report.
GZT

Chelsea are under investigation once again by FIFA for breaching regulations on youth players. This is the second FIFA investigation into Chelsea in eight years, not a surprise given revelations that have come out over the years like Ashley Cole shooting.someone. They had a transfer ban in 2007, we wait to see the outcome this time. Read the sory at the Daily Mail link below.
Daily Mail



Serge Aurier receiving a red card was our first since Romanian Vlad Chiriches was sent off in May of the 2014/15 season, 83 games ago.

It didn't stop us beating the Hammers which Paul Merson felt was essential if we wer to catch Manchester United or Manchester City in the dwindling 32 game run-in! This is the same Manchester City who were unbeatable and going to go the whole season undefeated last season.

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Tierney and youngster who scored 89 goals last season scouted


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Tottenham have been following the progress of 20-year-old (21 next June) Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and Jose Mourinho is doing the same thing.

Manchester United have a scout at most of his games it seems so must be seriously considering him, which places Luke Shaw's future in doubt. The Scotland international is gaining UEFA Champions League experience this season and was a part of the Celtic side thrashed by PSG in game week 1. He played in the competition last season too.

The Scottish press rate him as a £25 million (€28.23m - AUS$42.36m - US$33.77m)) player and think FIFA not nominating him for the Puskás 2017 (Golden Boy) award is an injustice.



Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Southampton, Juventus, Turin and Chelsea are all watching 14-year-old Caen striker Elye Wahi. Last season he scored 89 goals for the Under-14 and Under-15 sides and this summer his stepfather engaged a mental coach and a physical trainer to work with him.

Le Parisien

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Pochettino reminds us Spurs have to manage player game time



Mauricio Pochettino has told us before that 30-year-old (31 next July) Mousa Dembélé will never be 100% fit again and he was taken off in most games last season to make way for 21-year-old (22 next February) understudy Harry Winks. He has again repeated the difficulty he has with the Belgians fitness again to the Guardian.

"I think after I’m here at the club for three seasons, you trust in what I say and our fans trust in our decisions. It’s a private matter, a medical matter, and it’s so difficult to speak about – first of all, because I don’t have the vocabulary in English to explain everything properly and then, to make a mistake, is so easy. It’s better to be cautious about what I say.”


If we go back a few years he had hip problems and it may well be something to do with this that is the long term problem. He has also had a foot injury and muscle problems. If that is a hip issue then one would have to be concerned for the future of Erik Lamela who is on his way back from double hip operations.. Once he get a fully fit and starts playing, how long are we going to have to take it easy with him?

Fans who called for his inclusion in hindsight against Swansea City weren't taking into account he had already played two games that week. With a crowded fixture list coming up in October and November his playing schedule has to be worked out well in advance, he can't play all the time in all the games. Which ones then do you leave him out of?

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Spurs still scouting striker with 6 goals in 8 games


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Tottenham have been watching 26-year-old (27 next August)  Hoffenheim striker Mark Uth for a while now and according to talkSPORT, that means we are showing real interest.

That suggests something more and I'm not so sure that is the case, despite a report from German magazine Kicker that the former German Under-20 international striker is running down his existing contract so he can move as a free agent next summer.

Simply because a player will be available for free, although they will want a signing on fee, doesn't mean we are simply going to be in the market for them because they are a bargain. I say that because we have fans who will believe the opposite.

Is Pochettino the huge fan that it is claimed? If so we will certainly be in for him and he would already know that. His season has started well with 6 goals in 8 appearances (a goal every 75 minutes), 4 in 5 games in the Bundesliga (a goal every 88 minutes). We have signed Fernando Llorente on a two-year deal so have a couple of years to find a long term back up striker for Harry Kane.

We have looked at many strikers who are short, Sergio Aguero size, Uth is 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) and scored 2 goals against Bayern Munich earlier this month to beat the perennial champions. We have been linked with him for the last two windows and some are even suggesting we will move for him in January, which if we did, would only be on a pre-contract basis for the summer.


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Can you name the 9 academy players Pochettino has given debuts to?


YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Tashan Oakley-Boothe became the ninth Spurs academy player to make his debut under Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday. He came on against Barnsley in our League Cup victory at Wembley.


In youth players contracts at clubs, there are often clauses inserted that guarantee the youngster time with the first team on match day. It is great for their development to be a part of the whole package of a match day so they get used to it and get used to the crowd, which is a big step up from the numbers they normally play in front of.

You'll often see youngsters taken on trips abroad, we regularly took them to UEFA Europa League ties which adds the travelling element, new culture, new crowd reactions, new training facilities. It shows them the level they need to get to, it gives them a carrot and an experience they otherwise wouldn't get, even travelling to an away Premier League match.

On some occasions there is also a game time clause inserted, if injuries etc allow. Thus you will find a youngster gets a substitute appearance in a League Cup tie or is brought on in an end of season game when there is nothing to play for or at the end of a game the club is winning, comfortably ideally. We did that for Filip Lesniak in May before selling him this summer. If we knew he was leaving and presumably we did, there was no reason to bring him on unless he had a clause in his contract. I have no idea whether he did, but events would suggest he did, in hindsight.

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Poch does want to win Cups and he didn't deceive Edwards



SoccerSouls have got ity all rather wrong in their article this morning.

Why Tottenham Boss Pochettino Is Wrong In His Views About The Domestic Cup Competitions
Actually Pochettino is right. He didn't field a completely different team Jan Vertonghen, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele all played as did regular Son Heung-min and Kieran Trippier was first choice at the back end of last season and has been playing in the Premier League too.

Spurs are going for all silverware, Pochettino made that clear in his full comment, which SoccerSouls don't reproduce. The comment and implication  that Mourinho selects strong first team XI's in domestic competitions is wrong too.

He has played second teams in this competition in these rounds on a regular basis and yes, to avoid fatigue and to rotate players.

It isn't Pochettino who has it wrong I'm afraid.


HITC haven't fared much better this morning.

Would Marcus Edwards have signed new Tottenham contract if he knew Pochettino's short-term intentions?
Does they seriously think that an agent and player don't sit down with a manager and discuss the future in detail? Do they seriously think Pochettino lies to them or simply trots out the you are in my plans stage?

All parties have a discussion and Pochettino will have been frank with them. he will have told them where he sees Edwards now, how the club plan to develop him and what they expect of the player.

Events dictate what happens, Edwards dictates what happens, to suggest Pochettino has somehow deceived him is plain ridiculous.

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

West ham game unimportant


West Ham game unimportant in the bigger picture


We thought we had signed 32-year-old (33 next February) Fernando Llorente but no it seems we went for the more experienced 70-year-old (71 nxt March) Harry Redknapp!

Better luck in the next round Harry.

Talking of the next round, some folk on Twitter have already started to call for our strongest team to be played against West Ham United, whom we have just drawn in the competition.

We must assess the games around them as to put all our eggs in one basket to win a trophy could set the club back years. We all know, whether we care to admit it or not, that Spurs need to increase income to be able to pay higher wages with stadium payments to make for years to come. Qualifying for the UEFA Champions League is essential to that, it brings in more commercial revenue, bigger commercial deals as the brand name grows and we are seen playing the best sides in Europe regularly.

To do that we have to qualify through the Premier League, yes I know there is another way. Failure to do so slows down the day that arrives, it delays it, probably by years. The League Cup tie against West Ham United is not more important than winning trophies regularly for years to come and the sooner that day arrives the happier we will all be.


We can not play our strongest team against the Hammers as the fixtures surrounding the game show, or are these people suggesting we rest Kane, Lloris, Alderweireld, Eriksen against Liverpool or Manchester United or even Real Madrid?

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