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Hello Spurs folk, the eyes are getting better, just woke up one morning and could instantly feel an improvement. 

It isn't as easy as it sounds spending a lot of time in bed during the day and at night, but a couple of days of it did the trick.

I must be careful not to overdo it no and start it all over again. The next problem point will be when the heating is turned on.

Thank you for the well wishes everyone.

Right onto Spurs.

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The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosts a conference on 18 October with several Government departments and major international brands, just another example of the club generating money for football, away from football, indeed away from sport.

Being a self sustainable elite club is so much better than being a Sugar Daddies plaything, which hasn't worked for Everton, Aston Villa (twice) and others.

Hugo Lloris

Anyone who has had a thigh injury kno
ws it can take anything from a eek or possibly two weeks for a minor pull to a month or more for a tear.

At this stage I'm expecting Hugo Lloris to be back in action for the Arsenal game, having pulled out of the French squad for their upcoming two internationals.

Fraser Forster is an able deputy, a former England international who seems more mobile than Joe Hart who clearly has lost the spring in his legs despite being fit.

It affects us all at different times, Peter Shilton and Davis Seaman were both older when it hit them, but they were still picked for England, which ultimately cost us in two world cups.

Hugo Lloris, by the way, is 3rd in the goalkeeper progression stats (52.36m) behind Ederson (Man City) 66.3m and Alisson 54.38m.

Aston Villa 4th 46.74 and Arsenal 4th from bottom with only 9.7m meaning they pass short a lot to retain possession and build from the back.

I have studied Leicester City's first goal again and it starts with a poor clearance from Davinson Sánchez that gives the ball to the opposition in our half.

The ball is played wide where he is played around and has to chase back, rashly dives into a challenge that he tries to pull out of but fails.

Yes their player dived, of course he did, but every player would when an opponent goes into their foot inside the penalty area.

Mental improvement is there is some, but in others it isn't and the Colombian centre-back still has a lot of work to do to control his anxiety on the pitch.

He has the skill, but his anxiety gets the better of him too often.

Conte didn't trust him to play 90 minutes this time, bringing on Romero when Sánchez didn't need a rest.

That was rather telling.

Daniel Levy needs to tie down Antonio Conte to a longer term contract, particularly with Juventus suffering another defeat, now sitting 8th in Serie A, 7 points behind the surprise leaders Udinese, whom Destiny Udogie plays for.

Juventus are sure to want him, indeed it is already being suggested in Italy that he takes over in the summer when his Tottenham contract expires.

Now for all of you about to moan, the length of contract Conte has at Tottenham is down to Conte himself, it is what he insisted upon.

Massimiliano Allegri has a contract for a further two years at €7m net plus €2m bonuses a year.

Roberto De Zerbi has been mentioned but he has now joined Brighton & Hove Albion, while Zinidine Zidane turned down €20m from PSG as he wants the French national job, when it becomes available.

A situation to keep an eye on.

Expected Crossing Threat

Expected Crossing Threat

Right, let's throw something new at you.

In footballing statistical terms 'x' stands for 'expected' thus xG = expected goals.

A statistic Liverpool use in their scouting and player assessment, I don't know if Tottenham do for certain but I'm sure we do, is xT, expected threat.

was looking at this and the expected non-crossing threat which led me to calculate the Expected Crossing Threat and it threw up interesting stats as purs already had two players high up in the Expected Threat stats, Dejan Kulusevski and Ivan Perišić.

Expected Threat

Expected Crossing Threat
1.  Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) 0.17
2.  Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) 0.16
3.  Dejan Kulusevski (Spurs) 0.12
3.  Richarlison (Spurs) 0.12
3.  Leandro Trossard (Brighton) 0.12
6.  Ivan Perišić (Spurs) 0.11
6.  Reece James (Chelsea) 0.11
8.  Kieran Trippier (Newcastle Utd) 0.10
8.  Rayan Aït-Nouri (Wolves) 0.10
8.  Neco Williams (Nottingham Forest) 0.10
8.  James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) 0.10
12. Aaron Creswell (West Ham) 0.09
12Romain Perraud (Southampton) 0.09
14. Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle Utd) 0.08
14. Jack Harrison (Leeds Utd) 0.08
14. Lucas Digne (Aston Villa) 0.08
14. Raheem Sterling (Chelsea) 0.08
18. Diogo Dalot (Man Utd) 0.07
18. Harvey Elliott (Liverpool) 0.07

Those figures show the threat Spurs carry from crossing from wide areas, as we once again saw verses Leicester City when Dejan Kulusevski crossed for Harry Kane to head home.

Tottenham are leading the Premier League for headed goals I believe, although I haven't checked that statistic before writing this.

If only our fickle fans hadn't helped to hound Kieran Trippier out of the club.

Perhaps those stats explain Spurs interest in Jack Harrison, whom our knowledgeable supporters say is rubbish!

You'll note there isn't an Arsenal player mentioned there, our next opponents, suggesting the Gunners are not a great threat from crosses.

Does this mean Clément Lenglet might start ahead of Ben Davies, being better on the ground and perhaps more mobile, although Davies has the London Derby experience under his belt?

Just to continue with those 'expected' statistics for you, a list for you to peruse and form your own judgements.

Tottenham xT

Please do remember stats aren't the be all and end all, circumstance, coach instruction etc need to be taken into account, but they can be fun to mess with.

Let's leave it there for today and return to resting the eyes.

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  1. It's good to hear that you are on the mend :)

  2. Hi Clive.

    Very pleased also to hear of some progress with your eyes.

    "If only our fickle fans hadn't helped to hound Kieran Trippier out of the club." -Clive.
    I couldn't agree with you more. I'm very pleased that he's shown his class now he's gone elsewhere so that all can see how good he is. One of those really successful (incoming) transfers from a time when they were a rarity.

    Just to be clear on the dive for the penalty in the Leicester game - nor do I complain that he dived. It made sense for him to do so. I'm less impressed with the VAR ref - but even then he could have felt, quite validly, that there wasn't enough to override the ref on the day. The more I think of it the more I realise I'm happy enough with that.

    I also appreciate Sanchez was at fault to get into that situation in the first place, but I believe he deserves some respect for being a pretty solid defender generally. Yes - more to come from him and some more calmness/self-confidence will help his game, but I think he still offers a good deal. Stats are not everything in football, but his good stats certainly don't hurt.



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