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Friday, 27 November 2015

Mabbutt sees players wanting to play for shirt again



It is encouraging when former players begin to see what fans leap on quickly, improvements in a team. They have been there are done it, they know an improvement has to be sustained before it can seriously be classed as an improvement.

There will always be sceptics, those that refuse to see changes or look for the worst in everything, distorting facts to suit their opinion. Such negativity does nothing to breed an environment of success and you have to question whether some are actually Spurs fans at all or whether they are Arsenal fans laughing at gullible supporters.

Anyone who did their research would know Mauricio Pochettino's history and more importantly have answers to the 'why' question. It was clear, if that research was done, that this guy was here to stay, given the need for a manager to see us through the building of the stand. The only way Daniel Levy would have removed him was if he had made a complete horlicks of the situation. He hasn't, in fact quite the opposite and even the moaners must now be realising they were wrong, he has brought something to this club we needed, a winning mentality.

Former trophy lifting centre-back and captain Gary Mabbutt MBE is seeing a change from money mercenaries to players with hunger wanting to play for the club, the minimum fan expect.

“This squad has huge potential. With all these youngsters coming through I’m beginning to see more passion to want to play for the club, and players who want to be the best and have that drive and commitment. I’m seeing a lot more of that than I have seen in previous years, so that’s another really positive step that’s been taken.”

The key words he uses there are drive and commitment, it is those that improve players. I have written many times that we need more players with the mentality of Gareth Bale. He had a drive to achieve his goals and strived to improve himself as a footballer to make his dream happen. The more we have with that driven mentality the better side we will become and if they have come through our youth system and that drive is to win trophies with Spurs, even better.

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