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Spurs TV fixtures (5 from 7) and Paulinho bid rejected

5:00 pm


BREAKING NEWS: Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande have rejected a bid of between £17.69 million (€20m - AUS$29.97m - US$22.78m) and £22.11 million (€25m - AUS$37.46m - US$28.47m) depending upon which report you read. The side making the offer for Spurs flop Paulinho was Spanish giants FC Barcelona.

The 28-year-old (29 in July) Brazilian international has been in China since we sold him on 29 July 2015 for £9.9 million (€14m).

He was yet another player who thought he should be guaranteed a place and couldn't be bothered to learn English and integrate.

Tottenham are a popular TV choice these days and 5 of our first 7 games will be on TV in the UK.

Sunday 13 August
1.30pm Newcastle United v Spurs (Sky Sports)

Sunday 20 August
4pm Spurs v Chelsea (Sky Sports)

Sunday 27 August
4pm Spurs v Burnley

Saturday 16 September
5.30pm Spurs v Swansea City (BT Sport)

Saturday 23 September
12.30pm West Ham v Spurs (Sky Sports)

Saturday 30 September
12.30pm Huddersfield v Spurs (Sky Sports)

Spurs TV fixtures (5 from 7) and Paulinho bid rejected Spurs TV fixtures (5 from 7) and Paulinho bid rejected Reviewed by THBlogNews on 5:00 pm Rating: 5

It makes a change to get rid of deadwood

7:00 pm
Tottenham has a history of not being able to get rid of the deadwood, players that hang around for their wages even if they are consistently not figuring in the first team.

Since November Mauricio Pochettino has been making it quite clear to certain players that they have no future at the club and that they will not figure in the first team matchday squads. Daniel Levy has supported his manager to change the playing staff and it appears to be working.

Paulinho has gone to China and his £60,000-a-week (US$93,477 - AUS$126.083 - €93,561) wages are off the books. Etienne Capoue has joined Watford, Younès Kaboul is having a medical at Sunderland before he completes his £3 million (US$4.68m - AUS$6.3m - €4.29m) move.

Of other players, Emmanuel Adebayor will be frozen out again if he stays and reports suggest he won't even be given a squad number. Roberto Soldado needs to rediscover his goalscoring touch, but Pochettino likes him, Benjamin Stambouli is being chased by PSG.

The Frenchman has agreed to return home and has now agreed terms with the top club in France. All that remains is for Spurs and PSG to reach agreement over a fee which isn't expected to be a problem. Spurs want £6.20 million (US$9.66m - AUS$13.03m - €8.87m) while PSG are offering £4.50 million (US$7.01m - AUS$9.45m - €6.43m) so the club will at worse not be making a loss on him.

Vlad Chiriches is wanted by Galatasaray and again it is only agreeing a fee that is holding up a deal, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Brad Friedel have also left.

That leaves Aaron Lennon on £55,000-a-week (US$85,753 - AUS$115,666 - €78,782) waiting to leave, Everton want our winger permanently but we will have to lower our fee, it seems a little crazy that we want over double the Younès Kaboul fee but then they have the same stance over Kevin Mirallas..

It has felt all summer that we are making significant changes to put together a squad for the next few years, a squad that is suited to the system we are now playing. The transfer window has only been open for 16 days, but everyone is trying to do early deals because the season starts on 8 August with the 2016 UEFA European Championships next summer.

This season should be a season where we continue to move forward, whether we can close the gap enough on the top four is another question, they can pay double our wages. We have to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts, if we can then we have a chance, if we can't we don't. It's only a couple of weeks now and we can start watching football again and get involved with the season, can't wait.

Further Tottenham Reading
Spurs could/should be doing more with the loan system
Europe League is important for Tottenham
A further delve into the financial side of Tottenham

It makes a change to get rid of deadwood It makes a change to get rid of deadwood Reviewed by THBlogNews on 7:00 pm Rating: 5

4 departed £16.84m raised

8:00 pm
A look at the squad numbers from when they were announced last season, 14 August 2014, reveals that numbers 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 16, 20, 24, 29, 30, 32 and 35 are either sold, have left the club or are up for sale.

Nine first-team squad players have left since then and since the January transfer window closed we no longer have as playing members of the squad Holtby £4.66 million (US$7.4m - AUS$9.5m - €6.5m), Paulinho £9.93 million (US$15.66m - AUS$20.41m - €14m) Ceballos and Friedel.

Sell-on clauses in the contracts on Iago Falque and Massimo Luongo have netted us a further £2.25 million (US$3.51m - AUS$4.59m - €3.17m).

Total Income this window: £16.84 million (US$26.28m - AUS$34.33m - €23.75m)
Total Expenditure: £8 million (US$12.49m - AUS$16.30m - €11.29m) - Wimmer, Trippier

There are a further six we are actively trying to sell with another two we would sell if the right offer came along, Stambouli and Townsend, which is unlikely.


44. Cristian Ceballos
14. Lewis Holtby
8. Paulinho
Bongani Khumalo
16. Kyle Naughton
20. Michael Dawson
24. Brad Friedel
30. Sandro
32. Benoit Assou-Ekotto
35. Zeki Fryers

Looking for a buyer

9. Roberto Soldado
10. Emmanuel Adebayor
7. Aaron Lennon
29. Etienne Capoue
6. Vlad Chiriches
4. Younes Kaboul

Roberto Soldado has been linked with Galatasaray, Valencia and Juventus but only the Turkish seriously.
Emmanuel Adebayor would be happy to reunite with Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa but wants a payoff from us. Villa are being sold anyway so are perhaps in a state of limbo for a month. He has one year left on his contract.
Aaron Lennon has one year left on his contract is wanted by Everton but not at our £6 million asking price.
Etienne Capoue is wanted by Watford who have been holding discussions with us over the fee, terms are believed to have been agreed between player and club it is believed.
Vlad Chiriches has had enquiries but only Basel with any seriousness, Italy looks the most likely destination.
Younes Kaboul has one year left on his contract and has been the subject of interest from three Turkish clubs, Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş. There is also interest from an unnamed London club.

4 departed £16.84m raised 4 departed £16.84m raised Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:00 pm Rating: 5

Spurs players took bets on mystery Paulinho strains

6:00 pm
It has finally happened, we have got rid of one of the 'Summer Seven' a group of largely non-performing players, some of whom are just here for the money.

We can strike Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli off that list, that have performed, but Etienne Capoue expected guaranteed game time, Vlad Chiriches isn't a money mercenary either, he is simply not up to the standard of player we require and Erik Lamela hasn't yet demonstrated the mental toughness it takes to succeed.

Paulinho has left the building, thank goodness. The lazy Brazilian has joined Guangzhou Evergrande on a four-year deal, the Chinese Super League side have announced on their official website.

'Guangzhou Hengda Football Club officially announce from Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur that midfielder, Brazilian player Jose Paolo Bethesda La Maher Junior, ie Paulinho, was formally signed, for the transfer fee of 14 million euros (US$15.66m - AUS$20.41m - £9.93m), for four years.'

The 'I'm too lazy' Brazilian who could be bothered to learn English will now have a new language to master. Michael Delaney is a writer for ESPN, Independent on Sunday, Irish Examiner and Blizzard. I called his problem a mental one and I haven't wavered from that, where he has gone, why he has gone (money) and the Tweets below reinforce that view.

Paulinho - apparently, some at Spurs would take bets over what minute he'd pull up with a "strain" in some training sessions.

... which perhaps explains why, beyond the money, a 26-year-old supposedly approaching his prime is moving to a lower-tier league.

Further THBN stories
Konoplyanka to sign for Atletico Madrid
Chadli not a worry next season

Spurs players took bets on mystery Paulinho strains Spurs players took bets on mystery Paulinho strains Reviewed by THBlogNews on 6:00 pm Rating: 5

Tim Sherwood proven right

8:30 am
For top sportsman the mental side of their sport is everything and football is no different, it's why a fan has to look at a players mentality to determine whether he is going to help bring success or not.

We have Emmanuel Adebayor who seems to be at Tottenham for one thing and one thing only, money and Etienne Capoue wants an easy life, being guaranteed a starting place. There are plenty more, Tim Sherwood pointed that out to Daniel Levy and that conversation may well have helped Levy to agree to leave certain players out in the cold to force them out the club, instead of having the deadwood hang on as normally happens.

Brazilian Heurelho Gomes did just that at Tottenham. Gomes joined in July 2008
In 2011/12 he sat on the bench 4 times in the Premier League, in 2012/13 he didn't feature in a single Premier League or UEFA Europa League squad, in 2013/14 he was not in a single match-day squad. He was spoken to by many clubs but was picking up £50,000-a-aweek at Spurs so simply refused to leave. During those three seasons, he went on just one loan spell to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in January 2013 until the end of the season.

He is another who came out recently and said players clubs buy should be guaranteed a starting place, That is not a winning mentality, that is an 'I want charity' mentality. I have questioned Paulinho's mentality on many occasions, his statement that he couldn't be bothered to learn English was telling, if you have that laziness in your make-up it will manifest itself in other areas and as communication is a part of football, he clearly wasn't doing everything he could to be the best player he could be.

Now he has confirmed what Tim Sherwood basically told us, he's here for the money. Paulinho is 26 (27 in July), he is in his football prime and incredibly he is going to China to earn an extra £30,000-a-week. He isn't going there for footballing reasons obviously and getting  virtually all our money back on him is a master stroke. He'll be joining Demba Ba at Guangzhou Evergrande. The story is no pie-in-the-sky story invented by a journalist, it's true and as Spurs have a bid Chinese following taking one of our players will be big news, a big boost to the game.

Adebayor, Capoue, Gomes, Paulinho all provide ample proof that mentality matters, players without it can't take you to the next level. As such guessing at their mentality before we sign them is archaic in the modern world, football needs to catch up with science and Tottenham should be leading the way. At least we have a head coach who knows mentality matters

Further Reading
Get your football fix in July
Monaco chase Spurs target Llorente, offer wage increase

Tim Sherwood proven right Tim Sherwood proven right Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:30 am Rating: 5

Has fatigue been Paulinho's problem?

8:30 pm

Player Assessment: Paulinho

Continuing to look at our players from last season using Premier League statistics brings us to Paulinho, the last of the three defensive midfield players with the additional bob-to-box responsibility.


Singed from Brazilian side Corinthians in 2013 as part of the 'Summer Seven' he has been a big disappointment. His exploits for Brazil prior to joining us and Corinthians had him tracked by Chelsea among others. I seem to recall at the time of his signing that he was told Gareth Bale would be staying but Bale went on strike effectively to force his dream move to Real Madrid. I just wonder if that has affected him.

There is a good player within him but alarm bells started to ring when he said he couldn't be bothered to learn English. That tells me he lacks the ruthless edge all top sportsmen and women have. In sport you need a single-minded determination to achieve your goal. If that is to succeed in a new team, in a new country, you do everything within your control to make sure that happens, I can't be bothered, is not a part of that equation.

No doubt he arrived with all good intentions and his early performances were encouraging, he was getting into the box in the Frank Lampard manner he was compared to, but his finishing was poor. He suffered an injury in a Charlie Adams tackle and that was the last we saw of a decent player. Since then he appeared to hide, save himself for the World Cup and only put effort in when he was given a couple of outings at the end of the season.

It is down to a player to demonstrate on the training ground that he deserves a place in the team rather than wait for a charitable handout and then try to show it. Etienne Capoue was outspoken when he found he wasn't guaranteed a place, is Paulinho going through the motions for the same reason?

I thought at the beginning of the season he would need a rest, he had played a Brazilian season, then the Confederations Cup, then a season at Spurs, then the World Cup. His performances when he started in the UEFA Europa League last season were appalling, no matter what position he was tried in, defensive midfield, wide midfield or the number 10 role behind Harry Kane. Was he suffering from fatigue, the body can only take so much?

Tim Sherwood is believed to have been referring to Paulinho when he said; "I know the players I can trust and those I can't". He fits the Spurs system, he's played in it before so there are no excuses there, it appears to be down to his mentality.

A new club and a fresh start will perhaps see him return to the player we bought, certainly two managers deciding they want to sell him shows he has no future at Spurs without acquiring a burning desire to succeed.

Premier League Only

Played: 15
Minutes: 304
Total Passes: 347
Pass Completion:85.01%
Forward Passes: 57.06%
Key Passes: 3
Key Pass Time: 1 every 101.33 minutes
Chances Created: 4
Chance Creation Time: 1 every 76 minutes
Shots: 7
Shit Time: 1 every 43.43 minutes
Shot Accuracy: 29%
Goals: 0
Assists: 1
Positive Attacking Action: 1 every 20.27 minutes
(Total Minutes divided by Shots, Goals, Assists, Key passes, Chances Created combined)
Tackles: 33
Tackles Won: 46.48%
Blocks: 0
Interceptions: 12
Clearances: 5
Take On Success: 62.50%
Header Success: 60%
Defensive Action: 1 every 17.88 minutes
(Total Minutes divided by Blocks, Clearances, Interceptions)

Has fatigue been Paulinho's problem? Has fatigue been Paulinho's problem? Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:30 pm Rating: 5

Watford contact Spurs for Paulinho

11:48 pm
Unwanted Brazilian Paulinho, who has been disappointing since his move from Corinthians in the summer of 2013, is wanted by newly promoted Watford.

The Hornets have recently appointed a new manager, Quique Sanchez Flores and he needs to set about building a team to keep them in the Premier Division. Having already made enquiries for Benjamin Stambouli ad Younes Kaboul, they are now turning their attention on Paulinho. They have made contact with Tottenham again asking about the 26-year-olds availability.

Watford have been known recently for having a lot of Italian loan players. They are owned by an Italian businessman, 74-year-old Giampaolo Pozzo, who also owns Udinese in Italy and Granada in Spain. Having agreed a club record fee with Genoa for 26-year-old Argentina winger Diego Perotti, they are looking to further strengthen their midfield.

Watford contact Spurs for Paulinho Watford contact Spurs for Paulinho Reviewed by THBlogNews on 11:48 pm Rating: 5

The For Sale List

10:30 am
All players have a price of course, but if the price, which is usually higher than a buying club wants to pay, is not met the player is going nowhere.

Tottenham have a list of players who are to be sold. We have a second list, as do all clubs, of players they we will listen to offers for and only sell if an advantageous deal comes along. That list is not very large, indeed unless a silly offer was made then it probably only contains a coupe of names, Benjamin Stambouli being one.

The club  are happy to keep Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend despite recent media speculation suggesting they are offered in all sorts of deals. Players names crop up in meetings naturally but the scenario'will you take these two as part payment for him' is rare, how many do you actually recall happening.

The suggestion we are offering players we are happy to keep when we have a whole list of players we are desperate to get rid of, would mean we are trying to put ourselves ina crazy position of having to buy about eight players. There are seven on the must sell list, add to that Friedel retiring, Yedlin probably going on loan, Ceballos being released and you have ten gone before you add any others.

Dele Alli, Alex Pritchard, Tom Carroll. Kieran Trippier, Kevin Wimmer are five to add, then we have another centre-back, a central midfielder, a wide attacker and two forwards to buy, that's another five making ten changes in all. If we were then to start changing Walker, Townsend, Stambouli we are talking crazy numbers and let's not forget Manchester United are trying to wear us down in their pursuit of Hugo Lloris.

As Tottenham are in a better financial position than all but five of the Premier League, then sales within the Premier League are unlikely, the players wages are usually too much for other clubs.

The For Sale List

1. Emmanuel Adebayor

It doesn't take a genius to work out what Adebayor wants will all his hollow words about being happy at Tottenham and wanting to stay. He is playing games, just as he did at Manchester City to try and collect a years wages and then move this summer anyway. Greed sums it up. he is happy  because most of the time he is nor in a match day squad is he, that is hardly a winning mentality is it. He is happy to earn in a week what takes you 4 years or more and do nothing for the privilege.

Plenty of clubs will want him, none will want to pay his wages so will look to exploit the situation and take him on loan for yhe season, ptabably on 50% wages. Aston Villa are certainly interested nd that is one club Adebayor would haooily play for with Tim Sherwood there.

2. Aaron Lennon

Lennon has no interst in going to a team in the bottom half of the table and be embroiled in a relegation fight. As I said at the very beginning of January he is only interested in 4 sides, Everton, which is where I said he go, Liverpool, Southampton and West Ham United. The other 4 big clubs wouldn't want him of course. That situation still remains, Everton want him but not at the price we want so will no doubt wait until late in the window to bring the price down. Lennon knows he won't be in the match day squad at Spurs.

3. Etienne Capoue

Another who will not be in the match day squad and if h harbours any hope of an international recall for the European Championships in his home country next summer then he has to move and play. Perhaps someone will grant him the guaranteed first-team place he seems to feel is his devinp right. The have been tebtative enquiries but as with all players at Tottenham his wages could prove a stumbling block for clubs like Watford, WBA, Real Sociedad and Italian sides.

4. Younes Kaboul

Obviously committed a serious misdemeanour or he wouldn't have been removed from media duties in November, he is the club captain and therefore the mouthpiece of the club, the squad. To silence that mouthpiece speaks volumes. Another who knows he is not wanted at the club and will not be in match day squads. His representatives have contacted clubs in Turkey who will welcome him with open arms given his Moroccan descent. The big three, Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş are all pursuing him and talks were held last week.

5. Vlad Chiriches

Chiriches hasn't improved since he arrived and the faster, more physical game in the Premier League has found him wanting. He is far more suited to the slower pace in Italy and I expect to see him end up there. There have been enquiries for him but nothing concrete to suggest a swift move.

6. Roberto Soldado

A goalscorer who can'r score goals, we know how to mess em up at Spurs. Spend a season not passing him the ball and have him playing for 2 seasons in a system where a lack of through balls means he has struggled to adapt. Now he would rather pass than shoot but he'll find his goalscoring touch. Galatasaray, Juventus and Valencia have all made enquiries, indeed Galatasaray representatives were in the country last week to discuss several transfer targets including Soldado and Kaboul.

There ar recent reports linking him with Atlético Madrid but the club fans have a huge problem with him. The tried to sign him last summer but the fans launched a campaign against the move, he was brought up through their hated rivals youth system, Real Madrid and in 2012 drove his studs into the head of Radamel Falcao causing him to beed stitches and miss several weeks. There is plenty of bad blood between the two.

There are suggestions that the fee is only half with the rest add-ons, having a contact in Valencia at the time of the transfer, I know that is not the case. Someone has mixed up instalment payments with add-ons. It would be the worse deal in Valencia's history if they sold a goalscorer for the figures being suggested, the fact he has failed to score since is irrelevant to the transfer.

Soldado will cost Tottenham £24 million (US$38.11m - AUS$49.05m - €33.48m) not the £13 million (US$20.64m - AUS$26.57m - €18.14m) suggested, that is just the instalments for 2 years, there are still another 2 years instalments to pay whether we sell him or not.

Name me one other deal that has has £13 million of add-ons in a transfer fee of that size. Valencia didn't want any add-ons at all and wanted payment over 2 years, they suddenly collapsed and agreed to an absurd deal.

7. Paulinho

Paulinho went back to the World Cup in Brazil and all their fans were asking what we had done to him, he was a shadow of the player he had been a year before. If I were to hazard a guess I'd say he has bottled it ever since he was tackled by Charlie Adams. After that tackle he was a different player, he didn't tackle much, he went forward less, he started passing sideways an passing the buck. He didn't bother to learn the language and played as if he didn't want to be here. Hopefully this summer he will get his wish, we don't want him her either.

Did we scout him or was he a player put forward by an agency to us? he has already stated he is not going to return to Brazil so reports suggesting he could be going back there soon are wide of the mark, he wants to stay with the many other Brazilians where there is more money, Europe. He is another player who will probably end up in Italy and another we will make a loss on.

Further Reading
Lewis Holtby auto-buy clause

The For Sale List The For Sale List Reviewed by THBlogNews on 10:30 am Rating: 5

Defensive Midfield shot time is damning on Dembélé

8:30 pm
The second article in the Shot Time Series, having looked at the defenders and seen why Danny Rose is preferred at left-back, sees us move on to the defensive midfield players, of which we have two types.

One has more defensive responsibility than the other and we have three players for each position, rather than how the commentators like to put it as a lot of midfielders. They don't seem to be able to make the distinction between the two different types.

Nabil Bentaleb, Étienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli are the three players charged with a more defensive role throughout the game, they are the third defender with the two centre-backs. If you haven't done so already jot down in which order you think our players will be, there will be a complete table in the last of the four article series.

Ryan Mason, Mousa Dembélé and Paulinho are the three charged with a defensive responsibility bit also to join the attack whenever possible, they are often referred to as the link player. It is the duty of both sets to switch play quickly to gain an attacking advantage, they receive from one side and give to the other.

Defences shuffle over depending upon which side the ball is so a quick switch of play diagonally forward allows the full-back or wide attacker time to attack space or an out rushing defender, given that he then has more space to operate in.

The more attacking of the three should all have a lower shot time than the three with licence to attack for the obvious reason they spend more time joining the attack. Is that the case though?

The players under the microscope are Mousa Dembélé, Étienne Capoue, Paulinho, Nabil Bentaleb, Benjamin Stambouli and Ryan Mason, so what order would you put them in?

The time is arrived at by taking the total amount of time on the pitch in the Premier League over the season and dividing that by the number of shots a player takes, thus giving us a time it takes him to have a shot. The lower the figure the more shots a player gets in, the higher the less.

Shooting Time Tables

Premier League Only
Defensive Midfield
Player - Mins Per Shot
Nabil Bentaleb 84.83
Étienne Capoue 128.14
Benjamin Stambouli 234.50

Defensive Midfield (Attacking Licence)
Player - Mins Per Shot
Paulinho 43.43
Ryan Mason 56.49
Mousa Dembélé 105.45

Overall Shooting Time Table
Player - Mins Per Shot
Paulinho 43.43
Ryan Mason 56.49
Nabil Bentaleb 84.83
Mousa Dembélé 105.45
Étienne Capoue 128.14
Benjamin Stambouli 234.50

The Mousa Dembélé shot time rather backs up his own claim not to like shooting and demonstrates why he doesn't score more goals. He isn't a goal threat to the opposition, when he should be. Nabil Bentaleb as the more defensive player still takes less time to have a shot and Dembélé isn't rescued by accuracy either, being only 33% accurate to Mason's 42%.

The had tells the feet what to do, the head is giving Dembélé the wrong messages because that is how he has programmed it, he needs reprogramming to unlock his potential.

How accurate were you in this section? Given you had some answers in the Mousa Dembélé player assessment, it should have been quite easy.

Shooting Time Tables

Premier League Only
Players To Date
Player - Mins Per Shot
1.   Paulinho 43.43
2.   Ryan Mason 56.49
3.   Nabil Bentaleb 84.83
4.   Danny Rose 98.75
5.   Mousa Dembélé 105.45
6.   Étienne Capoue 128.14
7.   Federico Fazio 161.45
8.   Eric Dier 191.50
9.   Younès Kaboul 198.00
10. Jan Vertonghen 216.23
11. Benjamin Stambouli 234.50
12. Kyle Walker 261.20
13. Vlad Chiriches 707.00
14. Ben Davies 898.00

The third of the four article series will cover the attacking three behind the striker, same time tomorrow night, 8.30pm GMT.

Further Tottenham Reading
Man Utd £40m is a poor offer for Kane
We need to arrest the decline with small improvements - April 2014

Defensive Midfield shot time is damning on Dembélé Defensive Midfield shot time is damning on Dembélé Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:30 pm Rating: 5

Much maligned but Harry Redknapp talks sense

8:30 am
Heurelho Gomes, in a nutshell, recently said it is not up to a player to improve his game it is up to the football club to pamper to the players and guarantee them a place.

He went on to say that he wouldn't recommend anybody to join Spurs, yet he was quite happy to not play football and continue to take £50,000-a-week wages. Gomes, who will be back in the Premier League with newly promoted Watford, only backtracked after a backlash from Spurs fans but his thinking was clear.

Étienne Capoue has similar thoughts saying the English don't understand foreigners, he has always been guaranteed a place. Any player that wants a guaranteed place doesn't have a winning mentality, they want protection. If they had faith in their own ability they wouldn't have a problem having competition for a place.

Harry Redknapp had it spot on when he was asked about his former club Tottenham and what he thought about the under performing stars there.

"It’s up to them [big-money signings] to come and perform and Paulinho hasn’t. If they’re going to come over here they have got to produce the goods and Paulinho at the moment, like so many other lads at Tottenham who were bought for big money, hasn’t produced."

This is exactly what I have been saying since the Summer Seven failed to impress. We are starting to see something from some of them but throw Adebayor, Kaboul into the mix and you have a whole raft of players failing to perform.

Go back further and you have the like of Giovanni Dos Santos, a talented footballer who produced nothing. Too much money too young may have been the problem. Redkapp was his manager and commented that 'If Giovanni could pass a bar, like he can pass a football, he would be an incredible player'.

That just demonstrates how a player having talent simply isn't enough, the wrong mentality stops him becoming top class, remember Barcelona let Dos Santos go because of his mentality. I read a forum where someone said he wasn't allowed to show his best football. Wasn't allowed!

The player determines to show his best football, he produces on the training field and shows the rich attitude, a winning mentality, then he'll get a chance and then he has to take it. Boozing is not a winning mentality for a professional sportsman, they are not you ad me, they lad a different life in a different world and it is there responsibility to be professional at all times, it's what they get massive wages for.

Fans make excuses. Excuses never won a thing.

Erik Lamela is the latest, he's not a Giovanni but does he have the 'I'll do whatever it takes to be a success in the Premier League' attitude? He shows it sometimes. The first season was all about excuses, arrived injured, if so then our medical staff must be incompetent and I don't believe they are. He didn't adapt quickly and has public pressure taken off him then when he did get injured that was the end of the first year.

Year two and it's bee underwhelming again. I saw a statistic a site put up showing how good his tacking statistics were, he is an attacker, his job is to score goals and create goals. That's the bottom line, not looking good, not looking like quality, it's actually producing that matters, it's all that matters. Two goals and seven assists, that's his season, you could throw in chances created there as well.

Year three has to be about production. There has to be a finish product, there has to be goals and assists, look as fancy as you like,but with goals and assists. Nothing less is acceptable. Does he have the bottle to do that, does he have the mentality, does he have a winning mentality, after two years you'd say no, year three he has to change that to a yes.

Much maligned but Harry Redknapp talks sense Much maligned but Harry Redknapp talks sense Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:30 am Rating: 5

Little chance of Paulinho joining Flamengo

2:30 pm
Paulinho was one of the 'Summer Seven' and to put it bluntly has flopped. He was fine until injured in a Charlie Adams tackle and has not been the same player since.

The Brazilian was bought as the Brazilian answer to Frank Lampard but despite a good start he seemed to lack composure in front of goal, he scored goals but should have scored a lot more, Lampard would regularly bang in 20 a season.

He is now a pass backwards and sideways player, retaining possession but doing nothing creative with it, which when playing instead of Mason is not what is required. The 26-year-old has even looked disinterested at times so Tottenham want his £60,000-a-week wages off the books.

A report in Brazil suggests Flamengo want to take him on loan but that has very little chance of success, there is little benefit in it for Tottenham. Folando de Flamengo report that Rio de Janeiro based Flamengo, currently 17th in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, have made enquiries about bringing Paulinho home.

For Tottenham though there is little or no benefit to the deal. Flamengo can not afford his wages so Spurs would have to subsidise him, defeating the object of getting him off the wage bill and he we would still be in the same position in a year when he returned to the club. All we would do is delay a problem with no guarantee that he would increase his value while we received a loan fee to cover the instalment due to Corinthians, the club we purchased him from.

His sale will not only free up wages for a new signing but will raise revenue as well. Paulinho currently has a contract until 2018 so he has one more year before his value starts to drop further from where it is now, a players value is partly determined by the length of contract he has. Clubs target players with a year left on their contract because they get a player who will be worth more as soon as he signs a contract than the fee to sign him. In addition of course, they get a better footballer than they would normally be able to afford.

Corinthians have also made enquiries but his most likely destination is still Italy, although there was also interest from Spain in January but his wife's pregnancy prevented any transfer he revealed. Paulinho himself also feels his immediate future lies in Europe, their is greater earning power in Europe than South America so Franco Baldini will be offering him through his contacts.

Little chance of Paulinho joining Flamengo Little chance of Paulinho joining Flamengo Reviewed by THBlogNews on 2:30 pm Rating: 5

Paulinho to Fiorentina but could Chiriches join him?

3:01 pm
Mauricio Pochettino has stated that the first seven weeks of pre-season will be vital to work on how he wants Tottenham to play next season.

That is not only to continue the education of the players already at Tottenham but to give the new arrivals the best possible opportunity of performing from the off. There will be a turnaround of players but to have new signings in the first seven weeks we need to shift the players we have.

What can't have to sets of players on the wage bill at the same time so Franco Baldini has been working on shifting the players not required as soon as possible. That means tying up deals for the beginning of the window.

One such deal is for Paulinho. He is still highly regarded despite fai;ling at Tottenham, where his game seems to consist of passing sideways and backwards, even when there is space in front of him to find a forward pass. At the World Cup last year Brazilians were asking what we had done to their player, he was a shadow of the one they knew.

He has never shown the right attitude, even saying he couldn't be bothered to learn English. If you can't be bothered in one area required for the game and for integration with a squad then you are not going to perform at your optimum. You do not have a winning mentality.

Italian clubs were interested in Paulinho last summer and are so again. Fiorentina, who beat us in the Europa League, want him and according to their own website have had rwo meetings with Franco Baldini in recent weeks.

Now they don't actually state they are negotiating for Paulinho, although it is known they want him, could their be a double deal in the offering though. Italian clubs were very keen on signing Vlad Chiriches but because of the injury to Kyle Walker Spurs refused to release him, needing him as potential cover at right-back.

It is quite possible that Fiorentina want to revive that deal as well, it would certainly help Spurs if that were the case with FC Koln centre-back Kevin Wimmer arriving when the window opens. Roma also tired to sign him in January, there is sure to be interest from Italy again as they will all sense a bargain.

Younes Kaboul blotted his copybook, quite apart from his performances, and despite being club captain he has not been heard in the media since November time, that can be no coincidence. he has clearly been removed from speaking to the media. Fazio looked to be being groomed, constantly talking to the club website but his performances have not been as we would have hoped and there is speculation that he may also be up for sale this summer.

Paulinho to Fiorentina but could Chiriches join him? Paulinho to Fiorentina but could Chiriches join him? Reviewed by THBlogNews on 3:01 pm Rating: 5

Slow progress on transfer deals

6:30 pm
After the usual slow start to the transfer window as clubs wait to put pressure on and gain cheaper deals, we are starting to see a few made at White Hart Lane.

Slow progress on transfer deals

Kyle Naughton will be a £5 million ($7.55m - €6.59m) Swansea signing, they have enquired about Tom Carroll and been quoted £5 million, Ryan Mason has signed a contract until 2010, Milos Veljkovic has gone on loan to Charlton Athletic, Dominic Ball on loan to Cambridge United, Grant Hall on loan to Blackpool.

Youngsters have been signed but it is the first team that most fans want to see movement on, but players have to leave before we can bring any in, there are no Premier League squad places available. Emmanuel Adebayor is pricing himself out of a move and is looking more of a £10,000-a-week ($15,097 - €13,176) player than a £100,000-a-week ($150,974 - €131,760) one.

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Paulinho takes home £70,000-a-week ($105,681 - €92,232) and isn't earning his corn either but fingers crossed a deal is getting closer as Inter Milan technical director, Piero Ausilio, has been in London to try and move a deal forward for the Brazilian or for Lucas Lieva at Liverpool. Inter are manager by Roberto Mancini who has a very successful record in Italy and knows the Premier League well from his time at Manchester City, is looking for a defensive midfielder.

Paulinho hasn't been a success but a new club may be just what he needs to rekindle his flame and as long as Spurs get what we paid for him, which if other deals are anything to go by will be a basic £13 million ($19.63m - €17.13m) with add-ons, most of which will not have kicked in, then we can be happy.

Of course if we can't line up a replacement, and we want Rabiot on a temporary deal, then he may not be going anywhere.

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Paulinho to Juventus, ask for Morata

12:30 pm
Tottenham Hotspur and Italian champions Juventus are locked in transfer talks over Brazilian Paulinho who hasn't set the world alight in London.

Paulinho to Juventus, ask for Morata

Talks were held between the two clubs yesterday over a permanent transfer, rather than the loan moves suggested by Napoli, Inter and AC Milan. Inter did make a permanent offer but it was only £9.41 million ($14.20m - €12m). That was dismissed as being too low.

A loan deal has few benefits for Tottenham as he'd return to the wage bill in the summer and the club would have to try and sell again. Juventus therefore are the preferred destination.

Officials of both sides met in Milan are are set to meet tomorrow again with the likely sticking pint being the fee. As you all know we paid £17 million ($25.64m - €21.69m) for Paulinho, as part of the 'Summer Seven' in 2013 but he isn't worth that figure now. Naturally Spurs will want to recoup as much of that fee as we can, previous reports have suggested £12 million ($18.21m - €15.46m), Spurs will of course be looking to push that figure as close to £15 million ($22.76m - €19.32m) as we can.

The wage bill has Tottenham has shot up over the past couple of seasons with no improvement in performance, it needs to be brought back under control with some of the high earners, like Emmanuel Adebayor and Paulinho, taken off it. Paulinho collects £70,000 ($105,589.40 - €89,293.89) a week with very little to show for it, certainly Spurs are not getting a return on their investment.

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We have just seen a swap deal at Sunderland with Toronto FC for Jermain Defoe and Tottenham officials will no doubt be discussing players they may want as part of the deal. Sebastian Giovinco has been linked but he is a free transfer in the summer so perhaps Spurs officials have asked about the availability of former target Alvaro Morata.

The ex Real Madrid striker has only played 410 minutes of Serie A football, which equates to 4 games and 50 minutes, despite making 13 appearances. In that time he has scored 4 goals and has 1 assist to his name. Such a deal would be unlikely but if you are in discussions you have to ask, especially as reports suggest Juventus want to sign Mario Balotelli.

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Paulinho's is a forced future at the club

11:00 am
When I heard about the Inter offer for Paulinho I wrote to say it didn't have a hope of being successful, the difference in what they wanted to pay and what we paid was too great.

Paulinho's is a forced future at the club

Fans may not like it but football is a business and the deal made little financial business sense. Tottenham unsurprisingly turned down the deal. Prior to that we had stories of clubs wanting to take him on loan which I also wrote had little or no chance of success as again they do not benefit Tottenham. All a loan would do is delay the problem. We would have to find a replacement and then when he returned form a loan spell we'd have to pay the wages of two players. Clubs could then hold us to ransom knowing we have to get rid of one so making a huge loss on the player.

He has been a disappointment since he arrived really. He lacked composure in front of goal and his finishing is nowhere near the Frank Lampard class. He started reasonably well but then Charlie Adams had his say and we have never seen a player since. he returned half the player and played as if he was saving himself for the World Cup.

He was dropped by Tim Sherwood as a result and he only put some effort in in the last couple of games of the season. His performances in Brazil drew criticism from everyone with the Brazilians themselves complaining he wasn't the same player. He has rested and then returned once again as a half hearted player and it is only in the last couple of outings that he has started to have the energy that we thought we had bought.

He is another player who appears to have started to get their act together since the November power struggle and Levy's 'get behind Pochettino or rot' message.

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There are two ways these things can go in a transfer window, either someone offers the right money for Spurs to accept or the player has to remain at the club. Scenario one is highly unlikely to happen thus the club, player and head coach have to prepare for scenario two.

That means Mauricio Pochetino telling the media that the player, in this case Paulinho, has a future at the club, is a part of his plane etc etc. It is all rubbish, just PR to show a united front as if some major decision over his future has been reached. If a decent offer came in that 'future' would disappear in an instant. We are stuck with you son so we had better make the most of it is the real message.

Of course the player has to appreciate that he can either rot or work his socks off to get a chance and then take it, thus rekindling his career. The signs are that Paulinho is starting to do that and he must continue to perform with high energy in the cameo appearances he makes. Start performing, then he has a future, until he does he doesn't, regardless of what PR says.

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Inter £9.41m offer hasn't a hope of landing Paulinho

2:30 pm
I see we have more Paulinho to Inter Milan stories with suggestions that Tottenham are talking to the Italians about a move.

Inter 9.41m offer hasn't a hope of landing Paulinho

Paulinho started the season late having had a break after the World Cup in his home country. In his first game he made a mistake which led to a goal and his performances were poor to say the least. He looked as if he wasn't trying.

Stories circulated of sides monitoring his situation and loan moves mooted which don't really do Tottenham any good. The two countries after him were Brazil, where clubs don't have the finances to buy him and Italy where the same situation arises.

The reports are that Inter will offer £9.41 million ($14.20m - €12m) for a player who Tottenham bought from Corinthians for £17 million ($25.64m - €21.69m). Such a deal hasn't a hope of going through at that price and then there are his wages to take into account, £70,000 ($105,589.40 - €89,293.89) a week. Few sides are going to pay those and they will expect us to subsidise them.

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As usual Tottenham do not want loan deals but player sales and other clubs don't want to buy they want to loan. A loan of course means he would then return to the wage bill in the summer and unless his replacement in a loan signing we would have too many players.

Paulinho is getting cameo roles now and he appears to be putting in more effort when he plays so maybe he has grasped that he has to work if he wants to play. Finances make it look as if he isn't going to be going anywhere si it's work or rot and we saw what happened to David Bentley when he was more intersted in the money than playing.

Inter £9.41m offer hasn't a hope of landing Paulinho Inter £9.41m offer hasn't a hope of landing Paulinho Reviewed by THBlogNews on 2:30 pm Rating: 5

No possibility of Paulinho joining Inter

8:30 am
Some websites are still being conned and printing the usual rubbish without bothering to think about whether something is likely to be probable or not.

No possibility of Paulinho joining Inter

As I reported Paulinho to Inter Milan almost certainly has no legs simply because of the price they are prepared to pay, £11 million is nowhere near enough to recoup the £17.36 million we paid Corinthians for him.

That has now been confirmed by Paulinho's agent, Giuliano Bertolucci, who it has been reported is actively seeking a club in Brazil for him. He spoke to SportMediaSet who asked him about the possibility of his client joining Inter.

“Hi, I deny all the rumors regarding the interest of Inter for Paulinho, nothing is true, there is no possibility of a transfer in January, it’s just the usual voices…”

That is pretty clear cut, no possibility of a transfer in January to Inter. Back in Brazil Corinthians want a one year loan deal which is not ideal for Tottenham. Spurs would prefer to sell on loan until the end of the season with a permanent deal from the summer onwards.

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Cruzeiro sporting director Alexandre Mattos spoke recently that they also want to sign Paulinho on loan until the end of the season.

“Paulinho may come in on loan, his agent is looking at Brazilian teams and his first choice will probably be Cruzeiro.”

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Italian interest at £12m not viable

6:50 pm
The are several stories about Paulinho doing the rounds from Italy and Brazil yet they all seem to blindly report what a reporter reports and we know they invent stories to sell papers all the time. The stories may have legs but the fees involved suggest one more likely than the other.

Italian interest at £12m not viable

The alarm bells rang last season when he comment that he was too lazy to learn English showed he doesn't have a winning mentality. If he had, he'd do everything needed to improve so the fact that he wouldn't means he can't possibly give 100%. He could give his best but his best wouldn't be good enough because there is untapped potential he is not prepared to bring out.

He has therefore been earmarked as one of the players we need to offload. Offloading him is not a problem but Daniel Levy will want to recoup most, if not all, of the £17.36 million (€22.15m - $27m) we paid Corinthians.

The Italians would like to take him, one of those being Inter Milan. The suggestion is that he would go there on loan and then they would sign him for £12 million (€15.31m - $18.65m) or €12 million (£9.40m - $14.63m).

Unless the loan fee is £5m (€6.38m - $7.77m) or £8m (€10.21m - $12.43m) for 6 months then it does not stack up as a deal Levy would authorise. Paulinho's contract runs until 2018 so his value remains high, despite not playing much.

Cruzeiro club sporting director, Alexandre Mattos, told Radio Itatiaia that the Brazilians were the favourites to sign Paulinho with his agent attempting to arrange a deal in his homeland.

“Paulinho may come in on loan, his agent is looking at Brazilian teams and his first choice will probably be Cruzeiro."

A loan deal and then shift him in the summer when his value will be around the mark we paid is far more likely than arranging a cut price deal now, it doesn't make any financial sense. Both free a non-home grown place in the squad and we know there will be plenty of interest in him so moving him on shouldn't be a problem.

Italian interest at £12m not viable Italian interest at £12m not viable Reviewed by THBlogNews on 6:50 pm Rating: 5

Oscar must have been watching the wrong Paulinho

4:30 pm
I think Chelsea's Oscar has been having a few too many if his comments to the Chelsea website are anything to go by.

Oscar must have been watching the wrong Paulinho

“It will be nice to see Paulinho.  He hasn’t started a lot this season but he has been playing more often recently, mainly as a substitute, although he started their Europa League game last week.

“It’s surprising because last season he played so well for them. We are good friends and our facilities meet up in London sometimes.”

He clearly hasn't been watching our games too closely as Paulinho started his time with us well, although he was surprisingly erratic in front of goal, lacking the composure one expected. Once Charlie Adams had injured another Spurs player he was never the same player again.

Once back from injury all he did was play safe and pass sideways, he curtailed his forward runs and seemed to be saving himself for he World Cup in his home country. Naturally he was dropped and it was only the last few games that he appeared to put any effort in.

His performances in Brazil were very poor and he looked a shadow of the player we saw a year earlier at the Confederations Cup, also in Brazil. It was very worrying when he said he was too lazy to learn English, alarm bells started to ring and events since have confirmed the doubts that raised about his mentality.

Oscar's words sound like the usual PR rubbish players spout before games as his performances this season have been woeful, almost as if he has refused to follow Pochettino's instructions. It's irrelevant what a player can do or has done in the past, what he is doing now is all that matters and the answer to that is not a lot.

Oscar must have been watching the wrong Paulinho Oscar must have been watching the wrong Paulinho Reviewed by THBlogNews on 4:30 pm Rating: 5

Paulinho to find form before the transfer window?

4:30 pm
Corinthians sporting director Edu Gaspar is making all the right noises about former player Paulinho. Clearly Corinthians want him and they want him to know he is welcome back.

Paulinho to find form before the transfer window?

Having sold him for £17 million though he was initially saying they would like to take him back on loan. A loan move has very little benefit for Tottenham as when the loan period is over Tottenham then have a non-home grown player they have to pay the wages for until they can sell him, if they can sell him.

A club can only name and therefore use 17 non-home grown players aged over 21 in the Premier League so if we loaned out Paulinho and bought a replacement who was also not a home grown player, such as Wilfried Bony, then we would have too many in the squad to use, assuming we hadn't sold others. That would put us in a position of paying wages for an extra player, not something that would appeal to Daniel Levy and not a position we want to be putting ourselves in really..

"The doors are open for Paulinho, he is very popular here. If we compete with Inter, the financial part should not make a difference, I do not think that Inter is a competitor."

Paulinho has expressed a desire to look at Italy and there would certainly be clubs interested in him but whether at the price we would want for him, £17 million + is doubtful. His form has not been good, Tottenham could do with him regaining some enthusiasm.

He is yet another player who plays when he wants to, he plays when he is happy, when he is not he goes into his shell and goes through the motions in the same way Emmanuel Adebayor does. He looks at times as if he is deliberately not trying.

He has been used mainly in the UEFA Europa League. It is worth remembering that Harry Kane has forced himself into the Premier League team through his performances in the midweek games whereas Paulinho has forced himself to be substituted and used reluctantly almost.

Just like Kane he has now been given a couple of minor Premier League substitution appearances, it's up to him to produce the goods in the next UEFA Europa League group game, a tough away fixture against Turkish side Besiktas. If he does that then he may well get his chance in December to resurrect his Tottenham career.

There is no doubting he has ability but the mentality is everything and he has been lacking in that department. It would seem after the performance against Everton that a few of them have at last seen the light, that they will have to do as the coach asks or not play, they won't be forcing him out. We can only hope that Paulinho is one of those, we need all the players we can get firing, even if we are still to sell some of them in January.

Match DayHome/AwayFor clubvs.ResultPos.      
Qualification Round 1st LegTottenham HotspurAEL Limassol1:2AM59'
Qualification Round 2nd LegTottenham HotspurAEL Limassol3:0CM1190'
Group CTottenham HotspurFK Partizan Belgrade0:0AM60'
Group CTottenham HotspurBesiktas Istanbul1:1CM60'
Group CTottenham HotspurAsteras Tripolis5:1not in the squad
Group CTottenham HotspurAsteras Tripolis1:213'
Group CTottenham HotspurFK Partizan Belgrade1:0AM87'
Squad: 6, Starting eleven: 5, Substituted in: 1, On the bench: 0, Suspended: 0, Injured: 0
Match DayHome/AwayFor clubvs.ResultPos.      
1Tottenham HotspurWest Ham United0:1not in the squad
2Tottenham HotspurQueens Park Rangers4:0not in the squad
3Tottenham HotspurLiverpool FC0:3not in the squad
4Tottenham HotspurSunderland AFC2:2not in the squad
5Tottenham HotspurWest Bromwich Albion0:129'
6Tottenham HotspurArsenal FC1:1not in the squad
7Tottenham HotspurSouthampton FC1:0not in the squad
8Tottenham HotspurManchester City4:1not in the squad
9Tottenham HotspurNewcastle United1:2not in the squad
10Tottenham HotspurAston Villa1:2not in the squad
11Tottenham HotspurStoke City1:2not in the squad
12Tottenham HotspurHull City1:211'
13Tottenham HotspurEverton FC2:19'
Squad: 3, Starting eleven: 0, Substituted in: 3, On the bench: 0, Suspended: 0, Injured: 0
Match DayHome/AwayFor clubvs.ResultPos.      
3rd RoundTottenham HotspurNottingham Forest3:1AM64'
Last 16Tottenham HotspurBrighton & Hove Albion2:06'
Squad: 2, Starting eleven: 1, Substituted in: 1, On the bench: 0, Suspended: 0, Injured: 0,

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