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Pochettino must resist the fans clamour for Onomah to start

9:03 am
Pochettino must resist the fans clamour for Onomah to start

Heung-Min Son, who has missed the last six games with a foot injury, is back in contention for the UEFA Europa League Group J match with Belgian side Anderlecht at The Lane.

Nabil Bentaleb has had an ankle injury and he like Son is now back in training. Bentaleb is not match fit yet. He will soon be off on international duty where he may perhaps get some game time.

Left-back Danny Rose is also a doubt after he had to be substituted with a dead leg late in Monday’s win against Aston Villa. Nacer Chadli and Alex Pritchard will also of course be missing.

“Sonny is in the squad and in contention, we now have to decide if he plays from the beginning or if it’s better to put him on the bench. 
“Nabil is training well but he’s not match fit yet. Danny is better, it was a dead leg but it’s not a big issue, he still has a chance, but we have a strong squad and if he isn’t 100% maybe we’ll wait until the next game.”

In the Premier League Tottenham are on a role, not having lost since the opening day when a mistake cost us a draw at Old Trafford. A lot is talked about in sport about momentum, what is basically meant when it is mentioned is that it has an effect on mentality. If you are in a successful run you are happy, you want to keep it going, life is good, everything is positive and that kicks over into the football you play. When you are confident you try things that you wouldn't do when your confidence was low. 

When you are in a losing streak everything seems harder, you play safe and don't try the difficult or perhaps creative pass, players stop making the runs off the ball. The players with strong mentalities continue to do the same things, those with weaker mentalities don't so the system breaks down.

The players let themselves down when losing to Anderlecht in the first game as this now makes this game much tougher. We now have to play a stronger side than we should have had to do which with a North London Derby after is not ideal. There seems to be plenty of talk that 18-year-old (19 next April) Joshua Onomah should start, which for me is nonsense. He is a youth player being developed and the next step for him is exactly wheat he is getting now, cameo substitute performances.

Mauricio Pochettino has indicated that he will be picking a strong side for the UEFA Europa League tie by telling the press that fatigue is no excuse, we have a schedule to play and complaining isn't going to change it. By doing so he is telling his players as well which a happy camp will accept, but an unhappy camp would have doubts about.

"We need to take the schedule and not complain about that. We need to accept the rules, the schedule, we knew the situation before. We're ready to compete. 
"It's true this is not the best condition but we need to be ready and we need to take the excuse away from the players - 'Maybe they are tired because they played on Monday?' - no. 
"We need to put this idea out of our mind. We're in a very good condition and we are fit and we need to be ready. 
"It's more mental than physical, playing every two days, and we're in a very good run - we need to keep focused because we have a very important game."
That strongly suggests players will not be rested and we are likely to see a strong XI put out with perhaps players like Ryan Mason given a game, Ben Davies for Rose, Alderweireld and Vertonghen to play in defence, Eriksen, Lamela and Kane all to start.

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Still a bit for Ben Davies to work on

8:00 pm
An excellent first half from Tottenham in a quite entertaining game watching the youngsters play against AC Milan.

It was a training game let's be clear about that, players will have had less hard training over the last couple of days, one session instead of two with a game instead. Plenty of these players won't be playing at Old Trafford so can put their full energy into the game.

Yesterday I speculated whether Tom Carroll would take his chance the way Dele Alli has done in pre-season to shout to the head coach, 'I should be starting'. He is starting where I prefer to see him, further forward where he can create with through balls rather than as a defensive midfield playmaker.

The commentator may well be right when he said he feels Pochettino has installed a new mentality in Carroll and boosted his confidence. He took his goal brilliantly, early and first time, compare that to Lamela who kept fluffing his lines. Lamela may be behind fitness wise, but he should have done better over the two games with the clear cut chances he had. The image above shows a lovely through ball to find Carroll who has made an intelligent run.

Luke McGee made a few saves and looked comfortable in goal, he is young but shows the promise that may see him develop into a future keeper, that's a way off yet though. Eric Dier still looks a little at sea at times as a defensive midfielder but he seems to be playing regularly there now so has to learn the role. he can play centre-back and right-back so has versatility about him, that can be good for the club but bad for him unless he is careful.

At right-back, Kieran Trippier looked more solid than Kyle Walker and with our defense needing tightening up he may well be the option leaving Walker to up his game in the UEFA Europa League. On the left Ben Davies was better but the worry is when teams switch play to a wide man just outside our area. Walker gets out to his man fast to close down danger, Davies doesn't.

It is essential in those situations to keep your opponent outside the box, but Davies continually lets them inside to cut onto their left foot to have a shot. He has to get out wide to his man quicker, but he doesn't seem to be learning that.

Josh Onomah was making some superb runs which demonstrate a reading of the game/ That intelligence together with the right mentality makes the difference for talented footballers. Harry Winks didn't look out of place and Dele Alli showed he has a big future again.

This is quite a crop of talent we have coming through and it augers well for the future. These lads are going to be first team regulars when the stadium is built. The opposition were poor and allowed us to play, but you still have to play, you still have to enjoy playing in a big arena in front of a big crowd, it's a bit of a difference to Burnley away in the FA Cup in front of 9,348 fans, boosted by a large travelling Tottenham contingent.

Some players get overawed and disappear or make mistake after mistake, but these youngsters seem to thrive, it all augurs well. No surprise Bayern Munich had a scout at the game and Pep Guardiola was watching intently, perhaps he sees a future some of our own fans don't.

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Still a bit for Ben Davies to work on Still a bit for Ben Davies to work on Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:00 pm Rating: 5

Building a squad with a bond for the club

12:30 pm
In one of my many articles explaining what Spurs needed to be doing and are doing now, I put forward that we need to create a young group of players who have a bond with the club.

Much like Manchester United did with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes etc, Spurs needed to build a squad and a youth conveyor belt that know a set system inside out, that are happy and can grow together. Without the money of others, it is one way to compete and isn't built overnight.

The important element is the  bond with the club, if a player has an attachment to the club then he is less likely to leave, that is only natural, it won't always happen but it is an element being quoted on a regular basis by players now. Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb have all cited it and now our highly promising and much sought after younster Josh Onomah has done the same.

“I’ve been going to White Hart Lane since I was nine, watching the games, feeling the passion of the fans, it just makes you want to pull the shirt on and be out there. 
"Making my debut last season was an amazing feeling, a massive moment for me and I just hope I can experience it more and more. 
“Harry, Nabil, Ryan and Andros are inspirational for us. They have all come through the Academy and they have all given us belief, they have shown that it is possible. It’s great to be around them, to ask their advice and learn from them day to day. 
“I’d love to follow in their footsteps. I just want to play for Tottenham for many years to come.”

It can't hurt for our players to have those feelings, indeed it will help them to perform better if they do. Performing for their club as well as their teammates, their manager and themselves will help create a positive atmosphere and maximise their growth as players, it will also help them sign a new deal instead of leaving if at all possible.

Players who stay for money are one thing, but players who stay because they want to play for the club are quite another. Youngsters need role models, they need players to follow, they need a light at the end of a tunnel, the like of Harry Kane and Ryan Mason provide that.

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Onomah new contract offer this week

7:00 pm
Tottenham are keen to tie down hot prospect Joshua Onomah to a new contract and are reportedly going to offer him one this week to follow on from Harry Winks signing his last week. Onomah has only just turned 18 (19 next April) and continues to impress.

Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are all taking a keen interest in his progress and with a year left on his current deal Tottenham will be looking to offer him a contract until 2020.

He was delighted to have made his debut as a substitute in the FA Cup replay against Burnley last season, as he told the Tottenham Journal.

“I’m ecstatic, it’s something I’ve been waiting for my whole life – a dream that’s finally come true. I’m lost for words, I don’t know what to say, I’m speechless. I’m happy that I got a few touches of the ball and hopefully it’s the first game of many. 
“I came into the academy when I was nine. I got scouted playing for a team called Omonia and I was picked up after playing in a school tournament. Ever since then I’ve just been playing for Tottenham. 
“I’ve always supported Spurs. I grew up in the area and I’m buzzing to make my debut. Some of my family was there so hopefully I made them proud. 
“The gaffer likes to see young players and if you’re doing well in training he’ll give you a chance. It gives you the confidence and trust that you have a gaffer who can do that. I thank Poch for this opportunity. 
“I’m a player that likes to dribble with the ball, make forward passes and I assist a lot. But one area that I can improve on a lot is scoring more goals. 
“The coaches in the academy have talked to me about that so hopefully I can add that to my game. It’s a good experience having Ledley as a coach. When you’ve got a big icon like that around you just try to get all the experience you can from him. 
“He’s played for Tottenham throughout his whole career and he’s someone who I look up to, so it’s great to have him around. He’s played for this club at first-team level so he knows how it feels and he gives us all an insight into what it’s like to be a professional footballer. He’s more of a talker, he uses his arms a lot. You can understand him, so it’s good. 
“It’s good that Ugo was a professional footballer as well - that gives you the confidence and trust in the coach too. He understands what it’s like to be a player at this age and that’s useful.”

Spurs fans will be looking forward to another local boy making the team. There will no doubt be some more cameos this season when the opportunity presents itself.

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