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Showing posts with label Josh Onomah. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Josh Onomah. Show all posts

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Onomah replacing Dembélé

Has Onomah got what it takes to replace Dembélé?

Mousa Dembélé looks as if he is coming to the end of his time at Tottenham with his fitness issues catching up with him and his contract running out at the end of the season.

Some are suggesting that Josh Onomah should be brought back and given a chance. My view is that that is charity and Spurs are not a charity but a top line football team where you have to prove you deserve a game before you get one.

In addition, he looks more of an attacking midfielder than a defensive one or a link midfielder. Would he fit in the midfield diamond? Would you be comfortable with him at the base of it, at the Dele Alli point of it or one of the two side positions?

Yes you have to develop youngsters, but the youngsters have to show the right attitude, the right mentality to get that chance, you don't just give it to anyone with a bit of skill, every player these days has technical ability.

You go into forums and read or go on Twitter and this aspect isn't even considered by the average fan, yet it is the most important factor in the makeup of a footballer or any sportsman for that matter.

The question you should be asking is has he shown the mental desire to improve his game and force his way into contention? He has been to two Championship clubs now and can't get a regular game with either of them. According to their managers, he simply doesn't do enough, which was my assessment of him at Spurs.

Oliver Skipp is showing what Onomah first showed when he was picked for the Spurs side. He then had success with England at the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, having previously won the 2014 UEFA U-17 European Championships and stood still for Spurs, indeed he went backwards.

His performances became almost lethargic, he had no impact on the games at all, he looked to have nothing about him, he looked as if he felt he had made it and didn't need to try any more.

Has he improved since that point?

He started 20 Championship games for Aston Villa in 2017/18, making a further 13 appearances as asubstitute. This season he has made 8 starting appearances and 3 as a sub. The last 2 games he has not been in the squad.


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Rose, Onomah and Dembélé

Rose, Onomah and Dembélé

Danny Rose of interest to PSG?

Danny Rose

The Sun are claiming that French giants PSG are interested in signing 28-year-old (29 next July)  left-back Danny Rose who had an average season last season and who I wrote during the season, didn't seem to have his mind on the job.

As it turned out that was correct, he has since spoken about mental issues in the press which obviously take his focus away from football. The result is a player who looked like he was going through the motions.

Josh Onomah

It was the same situation with 21-year-old (22 next April) Josh Onomah after his breakthrough season, the following year whenever he was seen he appeared to also be going through the motions. Given that a journalist couldn't see that, perhaps it needs a trained eye, instead of a fans eye.

I'll go into that in another article, but a coach watches a game in a different way to a fan, if he is watching in coach mode. We will have to wait and see on the USA tour what affect a season at Aston Villa has had.

Mousa Dembélé

Turkish side Fenerbahçe have made 31-year-old (32 next July) Tottenham and Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembélé a target as they look to further strengthen their squad, suggest reports in Turkey. There are plenty of offers for him on the table, Inter being very interested, but we can't agree on a fee with them.


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Friday, 23 February 2018

Villa view of Onomah, Griffiths wanted and Top 4 Challenge


An Aston Villa fans view of Josh Onomah

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Josh Onomah, the 20-year-old Tottenham loanee has been heavily criticised on social media by Aston Villa fans, who feel the Spurs youngster is not showing enough desire say HITC. I was commenting on the same thing last season when he showed the same lack of desire for us. 

For me he was highlighting the problems that can arise with some young players who get an early taste of Premier League football. Some of them then think they have made it and stop doing the things that got them that far. In reality they have to double their efforts, it it the start of a football career.

In their last game against Preston he made 6 tackles, had 5 dribbles and created 2 chances through key passes. Does you just love all this new terminology. Go back to the 70's, 80's, 90's and 6 tackles meant you had played the last 10 minutes!

In the last year with us he appeared to have gone backwards. He looked as if he was going through the motions.

Here is what Tonyl Martin has to say, a sensible Villa fan from Birmingham I follow on Twitter. 

"He hasn't featured very often lately, he was a revelation at the beginning of the season and scored a couple but his performances and work rate dipped and he often went missing during games and he was left on the bench for a while, he came back in to the team for the last two matches and was more solid so there is still time for him to impress."


When it comes to youngster, our Trumpton fan is the man to follow. Look it upif you are too young to remember the programme and it's characters.

The youngster has been tearing it up with the academy. It is nothing unusual that his contract is up for renewal in June with short term contracts at this level common pace.


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Chelsea are currently one point ahead of us so a win is vital on Saturday against Crystal Palace. Mourinho usually sets up Manchester United to draw against Chelsea and any dropped points for the blues would be good for us.

Our goal difference is 28, theirs is 26 so moving into the top four this weekend would put added pressure on a troubled camp. The focus must be there.


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Monday, 7 August 2017

Pochettino words come as no surprise


It is being reported as a surprise call by Squawka, but anyone who watched 20-year-old (21 next April) Josh Onomah play last season on his brief appearances will not be surprised by Mauricio Pochettino's remarks at all.

He regressed, gone was the enthusiasm, the drive, the verve, he looked disinterested, not motivated, which all stem from mentality. His mentality was clearly not right.

“He needs to prove himself that he can play. It’s a great opportunity for him now at Aston Villa to prove himself and prove to everyone that he is a player that can learn and improve and will be useful for Tottenham.”

While Onomah was getting all the plaudits last summer and people have been talking about him since England won the Under-20 World Cup, it is another Spurs youngster who is grabbing the headlines at the moment.

We have seen Ryan Mason emerge on a pre-season tour, 21-year-old (22 next February) Harry Winks emerge last season and now younger winger 20-year-old (21 next February) Anthony Georgiou is catching the eye and taking the chances he has been given, as did 20-year-old (21 next April) Kyle Walker-Peters in the Wembley win over Juventus.

You do get the impression 21 is the age they can start to break into the Spurs team with cameo performances and that at 20 they are still earning and not yet ready.

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Friday, 4 August 2017

Villa loan for Onomah


Reports in the Birmingham press suggest that Aston Villa believe they have secured a loan deal for 20-year-old (21 next April) midfielder Josh Onomah.

Previously Mauricio Pochettino has said he would play more this season, yet now it looks as if he is being loaned out when in the past Pochettino has always said that he prefers to keep youngsters under his wing and not pick up bad habits elsewhere.

The players loaned out are the players we don't feel have a long term future at the club and last season, to me, Josh Onomah didn't look interested, lading me to wonder about his future. He helped England win the FIFA Under-20 World Cup and everyone went potty over him, it will be interesting to see how he gets on in the Championship, a move which suggests he is not ready for the Premier League.

One size doesn't fit all and game time might give him the development push he needs. Spurs gave him a new contract in February which keeps him at the club until 2020, but he'll only have 2 years left on it when he arrives back. Do we give him another before he leaves or negotiate hoping he'll sign another when he gets back?

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Monday, 12 June 2017

Will this be the breakthrough season for Onomah?

The plan with Dele Alli was to give him cameo roles in his first season, but such were his performances, that he became a regular starter in no time.

Harry Winks was given cameo roles this season, he started 12 games and was a substitute in a further 21 games across all competitions. he is another who took the chance offered to him and produced when it mattered. The 21-year-old (22 next February) scored against West Ham United and had an assist against Everton.

Josh Onomah is flavour of the month at the moment thanks to the England 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup win, some are calling for him to be loaned out and strangely suggest a Championship side. Pochettino, as we know, doesn't want to loan out his better youngsters, preferring that they learn his way to play rather than another coaches style.

Fans simply equate playing with developing it seems, as if no matter where and how he is taught makes no difference. Well it does. We have a high quality manager on our hands so why would we send him off to be coached by lesser coaches who may not seek to develop his game in the way that we would like.

When a player is loaned out there are aspects of development that are discussed between both clubs but that still isn't the same as a coach seeing a player and developing him in the style he wants.

This season we will see Onomah given more opportunities, Pochettino has already told the media that so it is clear he is not going to be loaned out. It is up to him  to take the chances offered and his World Cup win should give him the confidence to show us what he can do.

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Under-20 World Cup win great news for Spurs youngsters future

Congratulations to the England lads on wining the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea on Sunday thanks to a 1-0 victory over Venezuela.

New Liverpool signing Dominic Solanke was given the best player of the tournament award (Golden Ball) and Newcastle United youngster Freddie Woodman won the best goalkeeper of the tournament award (Golden Glove). He excelled himself by saving a penalty in the final.

This is the first FIFA trophy any England side has won at any age group since the senior side won the 1966 World Cup. Kyle Walker-Peters and Josh Onomah both played in the final.

For that pair it can only have been a wonderful experience of playing under pressure in front of over 30,000 people, which can only help their Spurs careers. The more players who have a success mindset at the club the better and it doesn't come any bigger for this age group.

They will be able to take the mentality of success and of how to deal with a high pressure situation into the Premier League which should help them settle to then show more of what they are capable of.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

U20 World Cup Final England 1 Venezuela 0

England too on Venezuela in the final of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, the first FIFA final England have been in for 51 years. Tottenham were represented by Kyle Walker-Peters (left-back) and Josh Onomah who were both named in the starting XI.

There were video assistant refereers at the tournament but Onomah was still sent off in the quarter final for completely accidentally standing on an opponents ankle while dribbling past him. He missed the semi final win as a result.

Josh Onomah a great run from defensive midfield past several players to 25 yards from goal and with three players attracted to him, flicked the ball square to Solanke to shoot wide.

He started in a Mousa Dembele role, defensive midfield collecting the ball and running at the opposition.

After 16 minutes he made a poor defensive header backwards and then was slow closing down a player 25 yards from goal allowing him a free shot. Venezuela saw the danger of Onomah going forward and changed tactics to stop him, instead allowing the two centre-backs to have the ball uncontested, where before they were being pressurised.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the Everton striker, put England ahead after 35 minutes and the score remain 1-0 at half-time.

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Spurs stadium already half way through construction


Photo from Populous (link at foot of article)

The new stadium is already half way to being completed Populous Project Architect Tom Jones has revealed.

The Populous article from him is well worth a read especially for anyone with construction know;edge who knows what he is talking about! I get the jist of it, the rest I glaze over.
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One player who didn't feature against Leicester City, or won't as I write this, is 20-year-old (21 next April) Josh Onomah who has tweeted he is in South Korea preparing for the Under-20 World Cup.

Out in South Korea🇰🇷 preparing for the u20 World Cup ⚽️🏃🏾 @ Jeonju

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Dolberg will be playing against Manchester United in the UEFA Europa League Final for Dutch side Ajax barring injury.It is great to see Ajax in a European final again and it would be good for football in genera to see them win it.

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Carter-Vickers, Walker-Peters and Onomah set to play more next season

Tottenham turned to youth, much of it British youth, and put a strategy in place to develop our own players, who will know our system inside out and can seamlessly integrate into the first team should an opportunity present itself.

When you are familiar and comfortable you are more likely to have the confidence to perform. Tottenham currently have a number of youngster following Harry Winks and Mauricio Pochettino has suggested to Football London, only days after they suggested one of them should go out on loan against Pochettino policy, that three Spurs youngsters will be getting more opportunities next season.

“Yes, of course. They are players that we are thinking about for the future. Yes, we expect that they will be involved next season more than they were this season. 
“When you are young and you have the chance to play in the U20 World Cup, it’s always fantastic to go and play. Of course, always that type of international competition will help them to develop their skills and improve and then it will benefit us.”

TheFIFA Under-20 World CupKorea republic  2017 consists of 52 matches to find the winner and Josh Onomah, Kyle Walker-Peters look sure to represent England while English-born Cameron Carter-Vickers will be representing the USA.

These tournaments give players further opportunity to travel and represent their country. They have to get used to new food, new cultures, different temperatures, surfaces, facilities, humidity, all helping their learning and development. The last few tournaments have seen players go to Holland, Canada, Egypt, Colombia, Turkey and New Zealand where Serbia beat Brazil in the final.

They have to expand their comfort zone, which again allows them greater confidence when they return to club football.

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

One staying, one leaving Spurs


Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Josh Onomah will not be loaned out and will continue his development at Tottenham. This is the plan for the talented players he believes are good enough to play for the club.

The academy is there to produce professional footballers and some will be produced, as they have in the past, by being loaned out and some may well get to play for the first team. However, can we deduce that any player he sends out on loan is deemed not good enough for Tottenham?

Cameron carter-Vickers is not being loaned out, Josh Onomah is not being loaned out, Harry Winks is not being loaned out.

"No, no. I think it's clear that Josh is a potential first team player like Cameron Carter-Vickers and Harry Winks, like all the young players in our academy. 
"The way to improve is training with us and trying to show us that he deserves to be involved. In that moment, you can be sure that we will give him the opportunity to play and show his quality. 
"So no, we are not thinking about selling or loaning him out."

Young striker Shayon Harrison has just been loaned out to Yeovil Town to get some playing experience. Each player is different, some may need to go out on loan and learn to fight for a place, perhaps some need a reality shock, but some will be deemed not good enough for Spurs. If we can turn them into a professional football player though, we can sell them and the academy pays for itself. That at least is the ideal.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Video: Onomah scores debut goal for England U-21's

Highly-rated Tottenham Hotspur youngster Josh Onomah was called up into the Under-21 squad by interim manager Andy Boothroyd, currently deputising for Gareth Southgate.

In the second of the internationals during the international break from premier League action he was handed his debut. Onomah celebrated by bagging a goal himself as England recorded another comfortable win.


21s debut with my bro & good to both score👌🏾

The 19-year-old (20 next April) attacking midfielder scored his debut for Spurs 3 weeks ago in the League Cup against Gillingham at White Hart Lane. It has been quite a period for him.


Friday, 30 September 2016

Onomah, Walker-Peters and Edwards in England squads


Gareth Southgate is the England interim boss and thus will have an influence on who is selected for the various age groups.

With Spurs players surprisingly omitted from squads in the last international break it is good for their development to see Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters selected for the England Under-20 squad and Marcus Edwards for the England Under-19 squad.

The Under-20 side will play Netherlands on October 5, Germany on October 7, and USA on October 10 during the international break.

The Under-19 side will take on Croatia on October 7 and Bulgaria on October 10.


Friday, 2 September 2016

Video: Josh Onomah vs Liverpool


Mauricio Pochettini made it clear to all players where they stood in the squad and what thye could expect from this season. Several, while hearing what the manager said, didn't appreciate the fact it might have on them, Footballers think they are going to be picked, their performance will change the managers mind.

Youth development is a key strategy at the club and the path for youth can't be blocked. The emergence of Josh Onomah and Harry Winks has helped push Ryan Mason, who I have nothing but admiration for given the part he played in our revival, and Nacer Chadli towards the door. They could be sitting on the bench but if Winks or Onomah are brought on for cameo roles to slowly build their game it sends a clear message.

It is often only then that a player really realises he isn't going to be playing much, that youth is going to be preferred over him. It is up to Winks and Onomah to take their chances this season now..


Sunday, 31 July 2016

Pochettino and Onomah positives for the new season

Pochettino and Onomah

Mauricio Pochettino has created a positive environment at Tottenham and that is exactly what any decent fan should be doing. Pochettino knows what it takes to be a winner, it doesn't just happen, you have to put all the elements in place and one of those is belief. If you haven't got belief you haven't got a chance.

Positivity breeds confidence and confidence breeds the drive to do more, it is a motivator. There is not one secret, it's a complete bundle. If you have a disruptive element you get rid of it and bring in a positive one that fits with the happy, but serious, environment.

For anyone to succeed, in whatever form of life, they have to set themselves goals to achieve. They should be burning desires. For youngsters the burning desire is to get first team minutes, then full first team football. It is a shining light they can use to drive them forward in training. You never lose sight of your goal, if you do then you fall into going through the motions.

Mousa Dembele was doing that until Pochettino just didn't pick him and made Dembele ask himself what he really wanted. As a result, he found his motivation and now we see the top quality player that was always in there but not producing the goods on such a consistent basis at such a level.

It was another element of the interview 19-year-old Josh Onomah gave to FourFourTwo. For Spurs fans it is a positive time at the moment, everything is coming together, a new stadium, Wembley ticket prices, youngsters coming through, a young developing side, Champions League football, the NFL deal and a manager quietly adding pieces of a jigsaw together.

“The gaffer just says keep on working hard, listen in and you never know what could happen. When he says that to you, it gives you great confidence. 
“He makes it seem like everyone’s a family and that’s what you need when it comes to winning games, do things together and you want everyone to be united. We’re a good team because of it, he’s just a great lad and it’s a happy place to be. 
“Last season I played quite a bit and I’m thankful for the gaffer for that and this season I set myself goals to get more game time and see where it goes from there.”

I would say in general Spurs fans are more positive than they were, but just like the team there is more we can do to make the worldwide vibe about Spurs a positive one . We are seen as challengers to the elite, we are not there yet, but we are on the way. Th less people we have trying to pull us back down to their comfort level the better.

Take the Eriksen situation, we are negotiating, he has turned down an offer, but fully expects to sign, is happy and his representatives will continue to negotiate a new deal. In some quarters though it's a very real possibility he is off to Italy. That isn't the case and reveals a desire to drag the club down, drag supporters down, the exact opposite of what breeds success. A few people need to take a leaf out of Pochettino's book and apply that. 

There are messages aplenty in his work, you can choose to breed success or choose to breed failure, it's a personal choice. I choose success, do you?

If you see negativity in a forum, comment, show the positive in a situation. If criticism is needed, then show how that negative can be turned into a positive. You can all do your bit in the new season.


Onomah comments augurs well for the future

Onomah comments augurs well for the future

The comments from Josh Onomah to FourFourTwo may sound standard but they have an underlying message about individuals taking responsibility for themselves, about having the winning mentality that drives a player each day in training to be the best they can be.

“Harry came through the academy and I used to play with him a few times in the reserves and to see him achieve these great things just shows anything is possible,” Onomah told FourFourTwo. 
“Same with Dele, he was playing League One two seasons ago and the season he had last time was unbelievable. It just shows if you work hard, put your mind to it anything can happen.”

Football is about taking chances, both a striker when an opportunity arises and a player when he is given minutes on the pitch. Those minutes only arrive if you show the manager in training that you deserve a place, if he are not putting everything into training then you don't deserve to be picked. Clinton Njie is the latest not to have shown Pochettino enough, along with Alex Pritchard.

Josh Onomah on the other hand, has shown there is talent there to work with. We'll be seeing more minutes from him this season after catching the eye in Australia. He was taking on and beating internationals and Champions League regulars.

He isn't the finished article of course, there is still plenty to learn and there will be mistakes along the way, but the path has been set by Harry Kane and Dele Alli for the youngsters. Josh wants a part of that but understands you have to work for it, you don't just get given it. That auuers well for the future, for his future.


Sunday, 28 February 2016

Mason, Njie, Onomah to Wolves! You have to laugh

You have to laugh at some of the stuff you find on the Internet, especially when you read articles like the one yesterday from the Football Fancast network which suggests Spurs players might go out on loan to the Championship.

Alex Pritchard was the main one during the last transfer window and now I see an article suggesting who Wolves could snap up on loan, I literally burst out laughing when I read the first name, Clinton Njie. There is no benefit to him dropping down to weaker football, he has to learn Premier League standard and with all due respect to the Championship, it isn't Premier League standard football.

He is a long way down the pecking order and must be desperate for more minutes, is the author unaware he happens to have been and is still injured? He will train with the first-team over the summer and start to come into his own next season you would expect. We certainly haven't bought him to send him to the Championship.

It doesn't get any better as the author then suggests Josh Onomah should stall his career by going backwards and joining Wolves. The young lad is getting game time in Europe and in the Premier League, he is being fast tracked and will be a part of the first team squad next season. Why on earth would we want him to take a step-down? If he were to go on loan anywhere, and I don't see that happening at all, it would be to a Premier League club.

They save perhaps the best until last. Ryan Mason. Yes, the author suggest Ryan Mason should be snapped up on loan by Wolves! 

He has just captained us in the away leg of a European tie and played in the home leg. he is valuable to the squad, the words of club captain Hugo Lloris. Mousa Dembele is injured and Mason is a proven Premier League performer now and we are chasing a title. The logic of stepping down to the Championship for a proven Premier League performer escapes me and while his side are chasing two trophies it makes even less sense. 

I think the author of the piece needs to seek medical help, there is clearly something wrong with him. Harry Winks and Kyle Walker-Peters you could make a case for but for the other three, Mason, Njie and Onomah, it is quite frankly absurd. 

It is pieces like this that highlight why news regurgitation sites and sites written by staff writers, who have no actual interest in the team they are writing about, are a complete waste of time for the reader.

Articles like this are just one of the reasons why I chose for this website not to join the Football Fancast network. 



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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Abusing Onomah is pathetic

Do you live in the past, do you cling to the failures of the past like a crutch or do you look ahead and see the possibilities? Can you let go? Can you dare to believe a better future may be ahead?

Need to remember this:

Things are being put nicely into place. second best has not been accepted, nor has change for changes sake. It lacks strategic thinking to believe that each manager who has been appointed has been appointed for the long term. Certain managers excel at certain things, some fight relegation well but can't climb higher, some are good at taking a side and getting promotion. Some are good at building a side but can't build a future and some can take on a big project to restructure a whole club.

You employ some managers to do a job and then when something larger is required you look elsewhere. You appoint someone and really only then when they have been in the role can you tell whether they can achieve the club's vision. I have never been one for extending managers stay just for the sake of extending it. If someone isn't good enough to do the job you have employed them to do, time isn't going to make any difference, if they don't have the ability, they don't have the ability.

I was out today having a tea and cake with my Mum in a garden cafe and there was one guy there who ear-splittingly scraped his chair along the floor. It wasn't just a noise it made you duck your head and hold your ears, in a cafe that is populated by old age pensioners. He then promptly did it again immediately. Everyone else considered everyone else and managed to get in and out of their chairs without ear-splittingly scraping them. No doubt he is a car driver who doesn't say thank you when someone waits for him or doesn't turn his lights on in the rain believing they ae only there to see with and not to be seen with.

Now these are minor incidents but they highlight the mental makeup of an individual, they demonstrate traits that will manifest themselves in more significant areas. We have all seen drivers who think they own the road and can drive how they like, it is everyone else's responsibility to get out of their way.

There is a general lowering of standards in society today and children have little hope of turning into decent human beings being brought up by parents with low standards themselves. You see it in forums and amongst our own fans who think swearing and violence are 'macho' or manly. Such behaviour is pathetic. 

There has to be some form of discipline in life, there have to be rules and standards that need to be adhered to. Mauricio Pochettino has set standards for Tottenham players, you either toe the line or you leave. Those who have made selfish outburst have been dispensed with, those that take responsibility for themselves are thriving. A happy group with positive traits working for each other, as opposed to themselves.

The lessons are there for all to see. Most of us don't want to hear and don't want to know the mindless swearing and selfishness. Subjecting Josh Onomah to abuse is brainless. The youngster has to learn and develop, he isn't the finished article and the game against Crystal palace was an ideal opportunity to give him 90 minutes first team action and as it turned out, to experience what it was like to battle from behind.

Does abusing a player make him play better or is it simply for the ego of the idiots hurling the abuse? That passion needs to be channeled into a positive, there is a bigger picture to see. A young player with undoubted talent is being nurtured, as a Spurs fan would you not do your best to help that process along? I know I would, would you?

There are standards at Tottenham, there are a few who need to look in the mirror and raise theirs.



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