I see the Harry Hotspur website has posted another anti-Spurs rant, hardly the stuff of a supporter, in fact many believe the website run by a Gooner poking fun at our fans. The website rarely seems to have a good word to say for Spurs anyway. Perhaps I'm just unlucky in my infrequent visits.
I took a dip into a post about our academy and what a waste of time it was to find Harry Kane is apparently the only successful player we have produced.
Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Harry Winks, Harry Kane Josh Onomah and Cameron Carter-Vickers are currently in the first-team squad, I believe and football is a squad game these days. Four of those are totally home grown and Harry Winks has played in 29 games this season for a total of 1,135 minutes as he takes the next step in his career. What a failure!
Mauricio Pochettino has said that Cameron Carter-Vickers will be the mainstay of our defence for years to come.
It takes around 15 years to go through the whole academy system and every influx is not going to be full of future first-team players. You have to build the reputation of the academy before you attract more and more of the potential top talent. It is obviously a long-term project. Like the club has had to be built from the ground up over time, so has the academy had to be built to be elite, not just an academy every other club has.
The object of an academy is not only to produce the best players for this club but to provide footballers in general and to pay for itself. To pay for itself it has to sell players or failures as they are apparently known. Naturally there are going to be more who leave the club than stay, different managers like different players and there are a multitude of reasons a player leaves a club.
A look at who has won trophies reveals that nearly all of the last 60 have been won by those richer than us, there is only the odd isolated trophy from others, no sustained success. A Tottenham fan would surely want sustained success and surely want the club to build the infrastructure and income that allows the team to be built to achieve it.
Success is never achieved by believing something is impossible, that is the way failures think. A successful individual believes. Other clubs have shown a conveyor belt of talent is possible, foreign clubs do it all the time. A successful individual or group formulates a strategy to put it in place and acts upon it.
That is exactly what Daniel Levy has done. He has looked at the academy, seen a vision and starting building the infrastructure before bringing in the manager who could help make that vision happen.
Why has no other club dragged itself from bankruptcy to become the 6th richest club in the country thereby giving itself the chance to make the next step into the big league? Is it not possible? Spurs are doing it thanks to vision, belief and a strategy.
The untapped North American market is huge, American football is huge, the commercial potential is huge which in turn helps the club support and pay for a top football team. Once again the vision of Daniel Levy is making a dual purpose stadium happen, it was his idea to link the two sports and go for what others thought was impossible.
That is the difference between a successful man and those that simply complain something isn't possible. Limited capacity thinking never achieved anything, man has flown to the moon because people believed it was possible.
Anything can be achieved by those with an open mind and a vision, a life doing what they want when they want, closed minds haven't a hope of achieving anything.
The crux of the matter is that some people like to drag you down to their level and keep you there while the successful move in different circles and will help try to help pull up anyone who genuinely wants it. Daniel Levy is pulling this club up.
Hugo Lloris said Spurs fans are living in the past, perhaps some still are, but the vast majority of us can see what we are working towards, can see the future and it is a future we want. Both Pochetino and Lloris have talked about positivity, vision and belief being absolutely vital as does someone like Sir Richard Branson who hasn't exactly made a failure of his life.
Supporters support, I certainly do, do you?
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