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Tottenham to take a step in the right direction

12:30 pm
Last season I began championing a change in our recruitment of players, that any purchase needed far greater analysis before we bought them and included in that should be a mental assessment.

Tottenham to take a step in the right direction


Regardless of skill, if the player doesn't have a winning mentality he should not be purchased. We are seeing why now so it is with delight that I watch us recruit the Southampton Head of Recruitment, Paul Mitchell, if the Telegraph article by Jeremy Wilson is accurate.

We are told that the work of Mitchell will not tread on Baldini's toes but surely Baldini is currently responsible for player recruitment and if that responsibility is passed to someone else you are downgrading the director of football role, no member of management like to lose responsibility for something.

At Southampton we are informed Mitchell headed a whole department dedicated to the science of player assessment. That is not unique, most clubs have an analysis department, Liverpool even employed the guy who wrote the analytic programs Damien Comolli was recently talking about..

Wilson tells us there is a room with 10 computer screens being watched by full-time staff, who will of course be running analytic software. You can for instance, at the touch of a button, show everything an individual player did during a game or every execution of a particular skill. You just tell the software what you want and it delivers it.

It's how we see all the individual exerts on Match of the Day or Sky Sports. Southampton have designed their own software (which is referred to as if it has mystical black-box powers) to do this rather than purchase it from another source, thus their requirements can be tailored rather than show horned into the software. What isn't revealed is was that in place prior to Mitchell's appointment or did he instigate it, the former I presume.

Will Mitchell be bringing the knowledge of this software to Tottenham for us to replicate it or will he have to tailor his approach to the Tottenham way of doing things? That is the key question. It's alright appointing someone but if you don't give them the tools to do the job then they are not going to succeed.

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Tottenham are not going to succeed unless the analytic process is improved and the interpretation of the data enhanced. Buying a player is not simply a process of a scout watching a player and telling a chief scout to watch a player before a recommendation to buy, it's far more of a science now. Mitchell revealed a little of how it helps him recently.

"Unless people have got a real black box underground, I've never heard of a training facility having something like that - having something designed and bespoke with that ability to deliver. 
"It's not just recruitment. That's where the theory started, but I've seen the power of that room, to sit with Fraser Forster when Dave Watson (the goalkeeping coach) is going through the pre- and the post-match with him or to even deliver to a young player we potentially want to sign into the academy and have him sat there with mum and dad and go through a visual presentation to say why he should choose Southampton. It's just a very powerful platform."

What Mitchell then went on to explain begins to knit with what I have been championing, the Kaizen method, continually looking to make improvements, except we need it throughout the club, not just the analytic department. That and the news a player character and of-field habits are investigated. This all helps to build a mental profile, an aspect I maintain we must become world leaders at.

"We've seen before and heard quotes from managers that have probably perception-wise based their acquisition on the two games they've played against that player in the Premier League or the Football League. I work off a very simple theory of I had one good game once, but I think the 80 other times I played I wasn't so good. 
"Part of the philosophy and the theory is to not waste time on things that are unachievable. What can we achieve? How can we achieve it? How can we be more efficient? Then how can we analyse that to make it even better the next window or the next time we debrief it, and constantly just keep evolving and challenging ourselves every day. That's the key. 
"It's not proven science, but I think our philosophy and theory was always risk management. Let's try to offset as much of the risk as possible to make the best acquisition. You have a responsibility to your owner that invests a hell of a lot of money to work as hard as you possibly can to make the best acquisition for the football club, and that's what we're trying to do. We're investing in the processes and the strategies. I actually do feel within the industry there is a little shift. The transfer window is becoming box office, it's real intrigue. I think that will shift to people looking at best practice throughout the industry and then taking that as their own."

I do not know Paul Mitchell and can only judge on the quotes I read, he certainly talks the right game. Keep evolving and challenge ourselves every day, that's the key. That is exactly what I have been preaching our players should be doing, exactly what I have been saying we must ensure any new recruit has because that is a winning mentality, a mentality we lack in abundance at the moment.

His final paragraph reiterates my own words so if, and it's a big if, if he is given the licence and the backing to do his job properly then his appointment, assuming it happens, will be a step in the right direction.

He wants to be the best he can be, we need players who want to be the best they can be.



Tottenham to take a step in the right direction Tottenham to take a step in the right direction Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5

Harry Kane Performance

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Harry Kane

West Ham United 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1

16th August 2014 at 15:00
English Premier League (EPL)
Stadium: Boleyn Ground (London)

Performance Stats

Passing
Forward Passes: 7
Backwards Passes: 0
Total Passes: 7
Successful Passes: 3
Pass Completion: 43%
Key Passes: 0
Assists: 1
Chances Created: 1
Average Pass Length: 15m

Goals
Goals Conceded: 0
Goals Scored: 0
Goals Left Foot: 0
Goals Right Foot: 0
Goals Headed: 0
Goals Inside Area: 0
Goals Outside Area: 0
Goals Set Piece: 0
Goals Penalty: 0
Goals Direct Free Kick: 0
Goals Crossed Free Kick: 0
Goals Corners: 0

Goal Attempts
Shots: 1
Shot Accuracy: 0%
Shots Inside Box: 0
Shots Outside Box: 1

Opponent Duels
Tackles Won: 0
Tackles Lost: 1
Take on Success: 0
Take on Success: 0%
Headers Won: 1
Headers Win: 100%
Duels Success: 66.67%
Fouls For: 1
Fouls Against: 0

Defending
Interceptions: 0
Blocks: 0
Clearances: 0
Errors: 0
Errors Costing Goals: 0

Cards
Yellow: 0
Red: 0
Simulation: 0
Verbal Abuse: 0
Bad Tackles: 0

Match Day Squad

NamePosition
Hugo LlorisGK
Brad FriedelGK
Eric DierD
Younes KaboulD(CR)
Etienne CapoueD(C),DM(C)
Nabil BentalebDM(C)
Danny RoseD(L)
Kyle NaughtonD(LR)
Ben DaviesD(L)
Michael DawsonD(C)
Lewis HoltbyM(CLR)
Christian EriksenAM(CL)
Andros TownsendAM(LR)
Erik LamelaAM(CLR),FW
Aaron LennonAM(LR)
Harry KaneFW
Emmanuel AdebayorFW
Roberto SoldadoFW

Player Performance

Harry Kane played for all of 13 minutes and in that time against 10 men he had an impact. With heir centre-half missing Tottenham were able to keep getting into the pocket in front of their defence and it was from a Koboul pass to 21-year-old Kane in injury time, that he turned moved towards the back line to see the run of 20-year-old debutant Eric Dier.

I though he had played the ball to hard but the keeper was nowhere and Dier did the rest. Thirteen minutes 1 assist, Kane can be very happy with his cameo.

Eric Dier 20, Danny Rose 24, Nabil Bentaleb 19, Erik Lamela 22, Christian Eriksen 22, Andros Townsend 23, Lewis Holtby 23, Harry Kane 21.

Eight players used 24 or under with 6 on at the end of the game, that augers well for the future.


Harry Kane Performance Harry Kane Performance Reviewed by THBlogNews on 11:30 am Rating: 5

Andros Townsend Performance

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Andros Townsend

West Ham United 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1

16th August 2014 at 15:00
English Premier League (EPL)
Stadium: Boleyn Ground (London)

Performance Stats

Passing
Forward Passes: 6
Backwards Passes: 8
Total Passes: 14
Successful Passes: 13
Pass Completion: 93%
Key Passes: 3
Assists: 0
Chances Created: 3
Average Pass Length: 14m

Goals
Goals Conceded: 0
Goals Scored: 0
Goals Left Foot: 0
Goals Right Foot: 0
Goals Headed: 0
Goals Inside Area: 0
Goals Outside Area: 0
Goals Set Piece: 0
Goals Penalty: 0
Goals Direct Free Kick: 0
Goals Crossed Free Kick: 0
Goals Corners: 0

Goal Attempts
Shots: 2
Shot Accuracy: 100%
Shots Inside Box: 0
Shots Outside Box: 2

Opponent Duels
Tackles Won: 1
Tackles Lost: 0
Take on Success: 0
Take on Success: 0%
Headers Won: 0
Headers Win: 0%
Duels Success: 33.33%
Fouls For: 0
Fouls Against: 0

Defending
Interceptions: 0
Blocks: 0
Clearances: 0
Errors: 0
Errors Costing Goals: 0

Cards
Yellow: 0
Red: 0
Simulation: 0
Verbal Abuse: 0
Bad Tackles: 0

Match Day Squad

NamePosition
Hugo LlorisGK
Brad FriedelGK
Eric DierD
Younes KaboulD(CR)
Etienne CapoueD(C),DM(C)
Nabil BentalebDM(C)
Danny RoseD(L)
Kyle NaughtonD(LR)
Ben DaviesD(L)
Michael DawsonD(C)
Lewis HoltbyM(CLR)
Christian EriksenAM(CL)
Andros TownsendAM(LR)
Erik LamelaAM(CLR),FW
Aaron LennonAM(LR)
Harry KaneFW
Emmanuel AdebayorFW
Roberto SoldadoFW

Player Performance

There will be many who will look at the impact Andros Townsend had and say he should start over Lennon however it is a squad game and Townsend played against 10 men when there was space between the defence and the midfield. Lennon didn't have that luxury, indeed he had to play as a defensive midfielder so comparisons can't really be drawn from this game.

He looked better than he usually does coming on as a sub and he not only took his man on or cut inside to link play but he intelligently kept putting himself in the hole to wait for a pass where he could turn and shoot. He got off a couple of good efforts and was lively against their tiring legs.

Only 30 minutes work but a good 30 minutes work that augers well. It seems he is liking life under Mauricio Pochettino, being more interested than he was under Tim Sherwood.




Andros Townsend Performance Andros Townsend Performance Reviewed by THBlogNews on 11:00 am Rating: 5

Lewis Holtby Performance

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Lewis Holtby

West Ham United 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1

16th August 2014 at 15:00
English Premier League (EPL)
Stadium: Boleyn Ground (London)

Performance Stats

Passing
Forward Passes: 11
Backwards Passes: 14
Total Passes: 25
Successful Passes: 18
Pass Completion: 72%
Key Passes: 0
Assists: 0
Chances Created: 0
Average Pass Length: 16m

Goals
Goals Conceded: 0
Goals Scored: 0
Goals Left Foot: 0
Goals Right Foot: 0
Goals Headed: 0
Goals Inside Area: 0
Goals Outside Area: 0
Goals Set Piece: 0
Goals Penalty: 0
Goals Direct Free Kick: 0
Goals Crossed Free Kick: 0
Goals Corners: 0

Goal Attempts
Shots: 1
Shot Accuracy: 0%
Shots Inside Box: 0
Shots Outside Box: 1

Opponent Duels
Tackles Won: 0
Tackles Lost: 1
Take on Success: 0
Take on Success: 0%
Headers Won: 1
Headers Win: 100%
Duels Success: 33.33%
Fouls For: 0
Fouls Against: 1

Defending
Interceptions: 0
Blocks: 0
Clearances: 1
Errors: 0
Errors Costing Goals: 0

Cards
Yellow: 0
Red: 0
Simulation: 0
Verbal Abuse: 0
Bad Tackles: 0

Match Day Squad

NamePosition
Hugo LlorisGK
Brad FriedelGK
Eric DierD
Younes KaboulD(CR)
Etienne CapoueD(C),DM(C)
Nabil BentalebDM(C)
Danny RoseD(L)
Kyle NaughtonD(LR)
Ben DaviesD(L)
Michael DawsonD(C)
Lewis HoltbyM(CLR)
Christian EriksenAM(CL)
Andros TownsendAM(LR)
Erik LamelaAM(CLR),FW
Aaron LennonAM(LR)
Harry KaneFW
Emmanuel AdebayorFW
Roberto SoldadoFW

Player Performance

Lewis Holtby has, for me, been predominantly Erik Lamela's understudy in pre-season and doubles up as a central midfieder making him very useful to have in the squad. Many though he would start ahead of Bentaleb but and there were arguments either way, I sided with Bentaleb.

After an hour Holtby cam on and indeed it was for Lamela, while Townsend came on at the same time for Lennon. Holtby always has a smile on his face, seems to love the club and likes the way the manager is going about things. He is a bundle of energy and at times was like a dog chasing a bone running from one player to the next when they passed in triangles.

He gives that energy when we need it, when the opposition begin to tire, having him and Townsend tearing about is the last thing you want. A hard working half hour that gave Danny Rose help and kept us fairly solid.

A player with passion and we love that at The Lane.






Lewis Holtby Performance Lewis Holtby Performance Reviewed by THBlogNews on 10:30 am Rating: 5

Emmanuel Adebayor Performance

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Emmanuel Adebayor

West Ham United 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1

16th August 2014 at 15:00
English Premier League (EPL)
Stadium: Boleyn Ground (London)

Performance Stats

Passing
Forward Passes: 7
Backwards Passes: 16
Total Passes: 23
Successful Passes: 18
Pass Completion: 78%
Key Passes: 1
Assists: 0
Chances Created: 1
Average Pass Length: 11m

Goals
Goals Conceded: 0
Goals Scored: 0
Goals Left Foot: 0
Goals Right Foot: 0
Goals Headed: 0
Goals Inside Area: 0
Goals Outside Area: 0
Goals Set Piece: 0
Goals Penalty: 0
Goals Direct Free Kick: 0
Goals Crossed Free Kick: 0
Goals Corners: 0

Goal Attempts
Shots: 0
Shot Accuracy: 0%
Shots Inside Box: 0
Shots Outside Box: 0

Opponent Duels
Tackles Won: 0
Tackles Lost: 0
Take on Success: 0
Take on Success: 0%
Headers Won: 1
Headers Win: 20%
Duels Success: 20.57%
Fouls For: 1
Fouls Against: 1

Defending
Interceptions: 0
Blocks: 0
Clearances: 0
Errors: 0
Errors Costing Goals: 0

Cards
Yellow: 0
Red: 0
Simulation: 0
Verbal Abuse: 0
Bad Tackles: 0

Match Day Squad

NamePosition
Hugo LlorisGK
Brad FriedelGK
Eric DierD
Younes KaboulD(CR)
Etienne CapoueD(C),DM(C)
Nabil BentalebDM(C)
Danny RoseD(L)
Kyle NaughtonD(LR)
Ben DaviesD(L)
Michael DawsonD(C)
Lewis HoltbyM(CLR)
Christian EriksenAM(CL)
Andros TownsendAM(LR)
Erik LamelaAM(CLR),FW
Aaron LennonAM(LR)
Harry KaneFW
Emmanuel AdebayorFW
Roberto SoldadoFW

Player Performance

These are horrible games for strikers as you are left alone to fend for yourself with little support while the team rest and keep their defensive shape. No shots, 1 out of 5 headers won, would suggest he didn't do anything but his impact on the game was when he skinned Collins who simply took him out.

Quite why the West Ham centre-back was shaking his head when he was sent off is a mystery, it was one of the most baltent booking you ever wish to see and a clear red card. The one incident gave is a chance, a chance we started to take with the extra space which eventually led to the goal.

He didn't score but Ade still had a big impact on the game because we wouldn't have scored if they kept 11 men on the field.



Emmanuel Adebayor Performance Emmanuel Adebayor Performance Reviewed by THBlogNews on 10:00 am Rating: 5

Aaron Lennon Performance

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Aaron Lennon

West Ham United 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1

16th August 2014 at 15:00
English Premier League (EPL)
Stadium: Boleyn Ground (London)

Performance Stats

Passing
Forward Passes: 7
Backwards Passes: 9
Total Passes: 16
Successful Passes: 15
Pass Completion: 94%
Key Passes: 0
Assists: 0
Chances Created: 0
Average Pass Length: 12m

Goals
Goals Conceded: 0
Goals Scored: 0
Goals Left Foot: 0
Goals Right Foot: 0
Goals Headed: 0
Goals Inside Area: 0
Goals Outside Area: 0
Goals Set Piece: 0
Goals Penalty: 0
Goals Direct Free Kick: 0
Goals Crossed Free Kick: 0
Goals Corners: 0

Goal Attempts
Shots: 1
Shot Accuracy: 0%
Shots Inside Box: 0
Shots Outside Box: 1

Opponent Duels
Tackles Won: 2
Tackles Lost: 1
Take on Success: 0
Take on Success: 0%
Headers Won: 0
Headers Win: 0%
Duels Success: 50%
Fouls For: 1
Fouls Against: 1

Defending
Interceptions: 0
Blocks: 0
Clearances: 1
Errors: 0
Errors Costing Goals: 0

Cards
Yellow: 0
Red: 0
Simulation: 0
Verbal Abuse: 0
Bad Tackles: 0

Match Day Squad

NamePosition
Hugo LlorisGK
Brad FriedelGK
Eric DierD
Younes KaboulD(CR)
Etienne CapoueD(C),DM(C)
Nabil BentalebDM(C)
Danny RoseD(L)
Kyle NaughtonD(LR)
Ben DaviesD(L)
Michael DawsonD(C)
Lewis HoltbyM(CLR)
Christian EriksenAM(CL)
Andros TownsendAM(LR)
Erik LamelaAM(CLR),FW
Aaron LennonAM(LR)
Harry KaneFW
Emmanuel AdebayorFW
Roberto SoldadoFW

Player Performance

Aaron Lennon will of course have his critics but as Tim Sherwood said, he kept picking him because he is the best defensive wide man Spurs have and it allows freedom elsewhere, last season to Christian Eriksen.

Ten men away to West Ham is just the game we needed his defensive duties. When Naughton went off he was to be found over on the right giving Dier a hand and he and Lamela switched wings when one followed the ball across. An unspectacular game, his one chipped shot went over, which his detractors will say he did nothing.

He however put in a defensive shift and kept us tight, he stats reveal that he didn't venture forward, leaving that to Eriksen or occasionally Lamela. When you are down to ten, you have to keep the ball and he rarely gave it away but all his work was racking and pushing the player with the ball to pass where he wanted him to.

Like Lamela on the other side, this was not a game for his attacking and his defending was just what we needed.




Aaron Lennon Performance Aaron Lennon Performance Reviewed by THBlogNews on 9:30 am Rating: 5
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