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We need someone of Tim Sherwood quality

10:01 am

Fans of course, as we know ourselves, come second to the club. If the club has a strategy they follow it whether that is against fans wishes or not. Sometimes that means taking wrong turnings or backwards steps but always with the long term strategy in mind.

We need someone of Tim Sherwood quality
Grant Hall on loan at Swindon
Our arrangement with Swindon Town was, is a welcome one. From our point of view yes it is all about developing our youth players by giving them first team football. However there must be spin off benefits for the club taking the loanees.

This article from The Two Unfortunates is an informative and enjoyable read from a Swindon Town perspective about young player development but specifically the arrangement with Tottenham and how everything is not rosy for the fans. I highly recommend you have a read.


The fact that the article says Swindon have been approached by two other Premier League clubs to take loan players because of the style of football being played, which is clearly to accommodate our loanees and ape our style, suggests the initial stages of this strategy are a success.

Like ourselves, their fans appear to be growing tired of constant passing with no end product. As with any style, it's fine if you are winning, it's a problem when you are not. There was nothing wrong with the style under Andre Villas-Boas if it could have had the added element of creating chances at the end of it but it lacked that basic and essential element.

We have seen similar under Sherwood at times, usually when we are trying not to lose as opposed to trying to win, Everton springs to mind, most first half performances spring to mind.

I have only watched one Swindon Town game and it was a delight to watch. It was early season at the MK Dons and both sides were playing passing football. perhaps MK Dons should be another club we link with to nurture our youth, after all surely we don't want all our eggs in one basket and they play the type of football we are looking for.

I wrote earlier in the season about youth development abroad, highlighting the development of Eric Dier, an English centre-half and defensive midfielder at Sporting, formerly Sporting Lisbon in Portugal. I looked at how it differed greatly from the development at a young age of players over here.

Abroad development was more important than results and youth players played first team football at a much younger age than in the Premier League. I felt then that perhaps we should be developing more links with clubs in Portugal, Spain or Holland to loan youth players for a seasons development.

The game has gone the way of Premier League teams buying all the talent and loaning it out, not something I am totally in favour of. Personally I don't think a Premier League player should be allowed to be loaned to another Premier League club.

If a club doesn't want a player they should sell him and not hoard talent. How many times has Lukaku actually played for Chelsea yet now they are talking £40 million. That is not right In my view. If a Premier League team wish to loan a player he should have to go abroad. Would that stop player hoarding? I don't know but it wouldn't be worse than the situation we have now although I suppose it would simply be covering up the problem, sweeping it out of sight.

Arsenal it seemed to me were one of the first to start hoarding youngsters, a policy that has served them very well over the years, we are playing catch up. Having put a similar strategy in place because it fits with the financial constraints we have, we needed to evolve to start sending players out on loan.

Tim Sherwood has been instrumental in that, he has transformed youth player development at Spurs and embraced the loan system. There is little doubt that our youth players are developing better now than they ever have and in greater numbers. Love him or hate him that is done to Tim Sherwood and a club strategy.

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It seems inevitable that Sherwood will be leaving Tottenham in the summer to pursue a management career path. There is no indication yet who will take over youth development on a full time basis, LesFerdinand is rumoured to be leaving as well laving just Chris Ramsey on the three.

Louis Van Gaal develops youth, will he be bringing someone to head the academy, will we promote from within or hire from outside, we certainly won't continue to muddle through as we seem to be doing at the moment.

What is Steffen Freund's future, Van Gaal keeps one coach at a club, is he to be that man or would he be ideal to head the next stage of youth development, having coached German youth sides. Will he be Van Gaal's number 2?

Will Chris Ramsey take the youth lead, he seems more of a coach than an administrator and it's a manager, administrator with contacts more than a coach we need.

Whoever takes over we will need them to be at least of Tim Sherwood quality who will continue the good work with the likes of Swindon and expand upon it.



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Massimo Luongo Interview

8:17 am
Massimo Luongo is aiming to turn the coming season into a breakthrough campaign.

The 20-year-old is on a season's loan at League One Swindon Town where he hopes to impress Andre Villas-Boas, who will be keeping a watching brief as Spurs do on all their loaned out players.

Swindon will be playing the 'Tottenham way' and have a host of current and former Spurs players who will be comfortable with that, seven in all.

"It’s going to be playing out from the back and keeping the ball on the deck and we’re going to try and win promotion playing the game as it should be played," said Luongo.

"That’s the way the boss (caretaker coach Mark Cooper) has set us up and I’m hoping for a big season this year.

"This is a platform for me to either go back to Spurs and make the first team squad or attract the attention of another club and move on, maybe even a permanent move to Swindon. Who knows?

"Of course, I want to be playing at the top level but I also have time on my side.

"It’s going to be an interesting because the average age at Swindon is about 23. A lot of players have moved on from last season when we got to the play-off semi and there is a lack of experience there, so it may take time to gel.

"It’s good having the Tottenham boys here, they are really the spine of the team in terms of their positions and I think we will hopefully give the fans some good games to watch and some results also.

"The fans took to me last year but we’ll see how it is this year if results don't always go our way.

"The important thing for me is to get matches under my belt and make my mark. I haven’t caught the eye of AVB at Spurs as I would have liked, but maybe this is another way of doing it.

"You see at training the things he [Bale] does that set him apart, very few players can do what he does.

"He has power and pace and while players know what he’s going to do, it’s almost impossible to stop him. He is able to make the half yard or so and that’s where he hurts teams, either taking a shot at goal with that great left foot or sending a cross over.

"But the money being talked about is right up there, especially when you consider it’s even more than Madrid paid for Ronaldo.

"I’m not sure if Gareth’s at that level yet but when Real Madrid wants a player they seem to do what it takes to get him. I certainly think he’d thrive in Spain – he’d thrive anywhere.

"He played against us and scored a typical Bale goal in a pre-season friendly that finished 1-1 a couple of weeks ago."





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Swindon Spurs links growing stronger?

8:35 am
League One side Swindon Town, not content with 6 former or present Spurs players, are arranging for another one to join them for the beginning of the new campaign.

This time they are after attacking midfielder Ryan Mason. The two clubs are in negotiations for Swindon to take the 22 year-old England Under 20 international on a season long loan for. Another England Under 20 international, striker Jonathan Obika has also been recently linked with the club who are hoping they can finish better than the twenty first position they ended last season in.

Will having so many players who have played together for so long be of benefit to them and will it benefit the Spurs youngsters before returning to their parent club, you would hope so.

Swindon have built up a close working relationship with Spurs through Tim Sherwood and the appointment of a new Director Lee Power will only strengthen that.

Names linked to the vacant managers position there include Glenn Hoddle, Tim Sherwood, Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsay.

Swindon are going on a pre-season trip to Portugal, which will be the third year in succession Nathan Byrne has enjoyed pre-season Portuguese sun. For the past two years he has been with Tottenham there so it is becoming quite a home from home for him.

After impressing in his first two games the free transfer purchase from Spurs has been talking to the local Swindon Advertiser.

“I’ve been there for the last two seasons with Tottenham reserves. I’m happy to see a bit more sun before it starts raining again in England, because I think everyone is in a bit of a dream at the moment with the weather we’re getting.

“Hopefully we can play a couple of games out there and be ready for the season to start.

“I think it’s about getting away for a bit. Obviously doing tough runs and working hard in England is good but if you can get away to a different environment, different heat, different climate it will help us work better.

“I think it’s about getting away. It’s no different to what we’re doing here but just over there.

“I keep bumping into them [Spurs players]. I can’t complain. They’re great players, top class players so I can’t complain about who we’re playing against.”

With the new term just a fortnight away, the defender is feeling good in himself.

“Obviously I came in late to training - I came in about two-and-a-half weeks late - so I’ve been doing a bit of catch-up,” he said. “I’m feeling strong, I’m feeling good - I’m really happy I’ve got through it.”




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Let the Development squad develop

9:27 pm
If you spend some time reading any Spurs forums you'll find all sorts of views and supporters suggesting giving player X or player Y a chance and others suggesting a youth player or two from the Development squad, such as Alex Pritchard.

Now i'll focus on Pritchard just to use him as an example but Shaqiile Coulthirst, our goal scoring 18 year-old centre-forward, is a name frequently advanced as the answer to our striking woes. Possibly such suggestions come from people who have never seen a development game and are merely going on reputations. Alex Pritchard is a talented youngster, let's make no mistake about that.

Fortunately we have just had an Under 20 World Cup televised, with both Harry Kane and Alex Pritchard in the England squad. Harry Kane incidentally played 90 minutes in all three games, usually up front on his own and worked tirelessly in the heat. He laid on goals but unfortunately was not clinical enough in front of goal, something which constantly divides Spurs fans view of him.

Anyway back to Pritchard who made substitute appearances for England in the tournament. He had an impact on the games when he came on. He looked lively, tricky, skillful, he looked to have an eye for a pass, he looked very promising indeed. He understandably looked small, as if he had more growing to do, which obviously he has, and certainly not ready for playing against more physical men in the Premier League.

Some supporters often don't seem to see, or understand, the difference in standard and physique between development players and Premier League players.

Three of our youngsters have gone on loan to Swindon Town in League One, joining other former development players of ours. There will be a contingent of 6 there for the 2013-14 season. On loan are wide midfielder Alex Pritchard, central midfielder Massimo Luongo and centre-back Grant Hall. Former players who have signed for the Wiltshire club are defender Jack Barthram and fellow defender Nathan Byrne, who we released at the end of last season, joining another defender Troy Archibald-Henville already there.

The five new players are staying in a hotel at the moment while taking part in pre-season training and are all looking to find somewhere to live before the season starts.

Interviewed by the local paper Luongo had some revealing words to say to the local press, revealing to many Tottenham fans that is.

“I have been at Spurs for three years, but Nath, Pritch and Jack have been there even longer since they were youngsters,” he said.

“We’re all pretty close down there and shared the same changing room, and coming down here it’s like walking into a Spurs changing room which makes things a lot easier.

“We all want to play and we all want first-team experience because none of us are anywhere near making it as a footballer, so this is the biggest challenge we have to prove ourselves.

“This platform is the best experience we can have and it’s great we can all be here.

“We are in the hotel for now, but I am looking for a place around here and I want to get settled as soon as I can. All the boys are going to find a place, because it’s so much easier to play when you are settled.”

Let me pluck out the relevant passage for us Spurs fans, 'none of us are anywhere near making it as a footballer'.

A development player telling you himself that development players are not ready for the Premier League. 

Players in the Development squad are just that developing, loan spell, new experiences, first team football in the lower leagues is all a part of their development, both as players and people. Banging in goals against other youth players does not make a player ready for the Premier League, that will come in time, can we not just let them develop.

Throwing a player in to early can ruin him or stall his development, John Bostock it could be argued was a victim of this, becoming our youngest ever player when he made in debut in the UEFA Cup. 

Let's have a bit of common sense and not suggest this season that we throw another one into the lions den.

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Six Spurs or former Spurs players now at Swindon Town

7:06 am
League One side Swindon Town are morphing into Tottenham Hotspur reserves it seems.

Appointed Swindon Town boss in February, Kevin MacDonald is a coach Spurs rate at developing youngsters. Tim Sherwood has arranged loan move there for another one more of our youngsters. They are getting quite a collection.

On Tuesday Spurs confirmed the departure of Nathan Byrne to Swindon Town and the highly promising Alex Pritchard on a season long loan there.

Peterborough had hoped to bring the talented Pritchard back on loan, but their chairman revealed Spurs wanted him to go to Swindon and now he has.

In addition to Byrne and Pritchard, Massimo Luongo and Grant Hall are already at the County Ground on loan, former trainee Troy Archibald-Henville signed in June last year and they snapped up Jack Barthram when we released him earlier this year.

There is also talk of the Wiltshire club taking another player we have released, former England Under 17 captain John Bostock.

All in all quite a Tottenham flavour to the club now, at least the players won't be strangers with 6, possibly 7 Spurs or former Spurs players starting the new season there.




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