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King and Kane

2:30 pm


Spurs ambassador, Spurs legend, Ledley King was full of praise for the team and for Harry Kane after watching Spurs thrash Leicester City 6-1 at the King Power Stadium to record our biggest away win in the Premier League.

As a quite superb centre-half King knows a thing or two about quality attackers and he sees one in Harry Kane, I think everyone does now, even the normally biased ex-Arsenal and England centre-forward Alan Smith on his Sky Sports commentaries has had to start praising him.

Ledley KingVerified account @LedleyKing 32 minutes ago
Running out of superlatives for this team and the goal machine @HKane.There are some special times round the corner🥇#COYS

Harry Kane was naturally interviewed after the game last night. He needed just two goals to hit the magical 30 goals mark once again and surpassed that with ease. His aim is the Golden Boot and clearly his teammates were doing all they could to help him achieve it, for which he thanked them.

"I wanted one or two for the golden boot but to get four and to play how we did was a perfect night. Thanks to my teammates."
Duncan AlexanderVerified account @oilysailor 2 hours ago
Harry Kane now has as many PL hat-tricks as Ronaldo + Bergkamp + Zola + Diego Costa + Cantona combined


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Spurs legend Ledley King Tweets - There's a new shariff in town

2:30 pm

Legend Ledley endears himself to Spurs fans everywhere

Former players are revelling in the power shift currently taking place in North London. It has been a long time coming but coming it certainly is and that is expected to be confirmed in the summer transfer market.

Right now Spurs legend Ledley King echoed what has been evident for two seasons now, there's a new sheriff in town.


Last summer you constantly saw stories of West Ham United interested in this player and that player and every time you read a story you thought to yourself, they haven't got a hope. You try to tell them that players want UEFA Champions League football first, UEFA Europa League football second and money is just a by-product but their fans couldn't understand, they simply thought a new stadium and increased TV revenue meant players would come flocking if they asked.

Arsenal are not quite in that boat. They certainly have the finances to offer but their income is going to drop with no UEFA Champions League football, if that happens. It probably explains the state Arsene Wenger is in at the moment.

I talk about positivity breeding an atmosphere, an environment where success can grow. You feel it at Spurs, do you feel it at Arsenal, have the fans have turned on the club and it is falling to pieces. Whoever says fan don't have an impact on clubs doesn't know what they are talking about and knows nothing about mentality or what it takes to succeed.

Ledley King was the finest centre-back of his generation and had his career ruined by a chronic knee problem. John Terry and Rio Ferdinand benefitted from that, Spurs settled on having a loyal club man who was quite simply top class.

A Spurs man through and through, he can see the shift in North London, can you?

If you can't, Specsavers are doing good deals at the moment.

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Another record TV deal

7:00 pm

After the record-breaking 8-billion USA TV deal, showing the importance of the emerging North American market and why we must be at the forefront of it comes news of another record-breaking deal in another fast emerging market.

The Premier League have now sold TV right to China for £560-million in a three-year deal. From 2019/20 PPTV, an online video streaming service will have coverage of games.

Chinese investors have been buying up clubs in Europe, one of the latest being Inter Milan by the Suning Group, who PPTV are a part of. The importance of marketing ourselves in these markets can not be overstressed as a following produces commercial and sponsorship opportunities for the club, which in turn fund the football team.

Ledley King was in China in May to launch a grassroots training programme sponsored by AIA. It is estimated that we have 180 million Far East fans and we have 5 Official Supporters Clubs in China.

“Tottenham Hotspur has a great track record of supporting grassroots football development around the world and China has become a key focus for us in recent years. Our long-term commercial partnership with AIA has given us a great foothold in the Far East region to develop sporting initiatives and the chance to work with Chongding FC is the latest step…I am encouraged by how the game is continuing to develop and improve every time I visit.”



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Video: That tackle - Happy birthday Ledley

9:00 pm
It's a happy 36th birthday to Ledley King today and that is an excuse to look once again at a simply brilliant piece of defending, that incredible tackle on Arjen Robben.

The Tottenham legend and Tottenham Hotspur Ambassador combines working in his ambassadorial role with working on the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation projects and media work.




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Ledley King thinks Spurs have a better chance than people realize

7:00 pm

Ledley King has echoed my pre-season ramblings about new managers coming into new teams in the Premier League. It always amazes me that every time fans and the media assume instant success because someone may be a name.

There seems to be a total disregard that the wrong players are at a club, or that the team will have to learn how to play a new system. When Brendan Rogers arrived at Liverpool he took a whole season to teach his style, Jurgen Klopp has had most of last season to do the same, Mauricio Pochettino had a year at Spurs doing the same.

Managers are mere human beings, they can't wave a magic wand and suddenly everything is alright.

"Looking at the back end of last season I thought it would be difficult for the new managers coming into the Premier League. For them it's a lot of their first season working in England. 
"I thought we had an advantage having the continuity of the same manager and the same squad. We've obviously added to that with a few good signings but I thought that was our advantage. And I'm still hopeful that that can be and we can remain consistent and put in a good charge."



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Tweets speak for themselves

9:30 am
Tweets can tell their own story, legend Ledley is just like any other football fan wanting the real stuff to start after we had to endure Roy 'Bungle' Hodgson and his trusted ancient coaching manual with a few pages missing and coffee stains obscuring vital notes. He reminds me of Michael Portillo doing his railway journeys with a 100-year-old guide book.

back to the modern game and the players are having to enjoy, endure the training sessions Pochettino and his coaching staff put them through. Another former player  is remembered and our goalscorers have both got off the mark for the season. Looking rosy.

Can't wait for the new season to start, this must be the most anticipated prem season ever

Doble turno de entrenamiento hoy! ⚽⚽💪🏻 Double training session today! ⚽⚽💪🏻

Thanks for the memories, it was an awesome day!



Good to be back out on the pitch! Always nice to score a couple as well! Thank you Norway 👍⚽️


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Lloris, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, a strong unit

12:30 pm

Ledley King in a true Tottenham legend, he was one of the best defenders of his generation, but alas was limited by a chronic knee injury or he would have been a regular at the heart of the Englan defence.

He had it all as a defender, pace, the ability to read a game and his timing of tackle was genuinely world class. He has taken his coaching badge and is a club ambassador. he stayed loyal to the club so when it comes to things Tottenham he is a man to listen to, when it comes to defending you take special note.

“The relationship the two centre-backs have has made it easy for them and the rest of the back four. It’s been a pretty settled squad and that’s why we’re reaping the rewards of the great relationship amongst them. 
“He’s [Lloris] great at sweeping up behind them… what a great man to have behind when teams do get through. He’s one of the best keepers in Europe for me and I’d loved to have played with Hugo myself.”

Lloris talks to his centre-back pairing and they control the players around them, constantly calling and making positional adjustment. The two centre-backs should be tied together by an invisible piece of string, when one moves the other adjusts their position and covers.

The relationship between them is thus central to a solid defence and if they have played together for years then obviously they are going to know what the other one id going to do in each situation which aids anticipating play. Tottenham are benefitting from that relationship and have our only world class player behind them, Hugo Lloris.

He has made several saves this season that you could easily argue have won us points or saved us points, the save against Crystal palace for instance. Right now we need to be looking around for his replacement should he decide to leave at the end of the season, Michel Vorm isn't in the same league and is more a stay at home goalkeeper. For now we will enjoy Lloris and hope he can help take us to where we want to be.

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Lloris, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, a strong unit Lloris, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, a strong unit Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5

Transfers, King Links

7:00 pm
Just a few of links to more articles and videos that are worth a read or watch from around the web. Today we'll start with Ledley King and an explanation of the transfer process from scouting to buying.



An article written by a Spurs fan in Somerset, take a look. Fragile Excellence: Ledley King’s Tender Relationship With the Tottenham Crowd.
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How a transfer works from the scouting to buying is an excellent article that lifts the lid for many. If you have ever wondered why a transfer takes so long then the previous links on Image Rights and this article may help.
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It's wrong to say Spurs are underachieving, we win 25% of trophies was a look at the football situation back in January from myself. Not a lot has changed apart from Kyle Naughton leaving and a few more trophies going to the teams with money.
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If videos are your thing then why not check out Yid Vids, as the name implies they are all about Spurs and saves you hunting through loads on YouTube.
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Friedel to be expert analyst for MLS game

11:00 am
Frank Lampard is injured and out of the MLS All-Star game which is going to see Brad Friedel meet some of his old teammates.



Friedel is our US ambassador and is taking part in pre-game events along with Ledley King. He now has a media career after some excellent TV appearances for the World Cup in Brazil summer. He will be commentating on the game as the expert former player for FOX Sports. The game will also see Robbie Keane and Clint Dempsey, both a part of the All-Stars squad, meet old friends.

Monday 6pm: Welcome party at Three Lions Pub. Supporters will be able to meet and share in the excitement of the week ahead.
Tuesday 10am: Open training session at Dick Sporting Goods Park (autograph session following). This will be a surreal experience for fans to get up close and personal with their favorite Tottenham players.
Tuesday 2:30pm: Toy drive for Colorado Children’s Hospital. Supporters can deliver gifts alongside some of the players. This is a unique experience that will allow some fans to give back alongside Tottenham players. This is certainly a very special experience.
Tuesday 7pm: Supporters Club evening. Spurs guests Brad Friedel and Ledley King at the Blake Street Tavern, preceded by a supporter march from Skyline Park. This offers a chance to all Spurs supporters to gather and enjoy a night with two club legends, as well as giving fans the chance to get loud and sing songs on the march to Skyline Park.
Wednesday 9am: 5-a-side soccer tournament at DSG Park. For supporters and partners, brought together by THFC and Under Armour. This is a rare opportunity to play a little soccer on the DSG Park before the main game takes place later that night. If you fancy a kick about before the match, this is the cant-miss event for you.
Wednesday 7:15pm: Kick off of the 2015 MLS All-Star Game. David Villa, Steven Gerrard, Kaka, Andrea Pirlo and many other soccer stars from the MLS will descend on DSG Park Wednesday night to take on Tottenham in what promises to be a match full of excitement.
The game provides Tottenham with another chance to put our name before an American audience again after the recent NLF news.

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News - Sterling, King, Roberts, Ranieri, Otamendi, Schneiderlin, Chiriches

10:30 am
A few quick pieces of football news featuring Raheem Sterling, Rodney Marsh, Ledley King, Graham Roberts, Claudio Ranieri, Nicholas Otamendi and Morgan Schneiderlin.

Former talented Fulham, QPR, Manchester City and Tampa Bay Rowdies striker Rodney Marsh is not impressed with the Sterling fee, the game has gone a little crazy.


Sterling 18 goals in 3 years Kane 23 goals in 6 months !!! QED
Based on Sterling valuation, I'm. upping Harry Kane to £120 mill


Hats off to Manchester City's transfer team. Liverpool wanted £50 million, Man City have haggled them down to £49 million. Bargain.

Raheem Sterling will be a starter for Manchester City you would expect and not be a player just sat on the bench to fulfill a home grown quota, especially on £200,000-a-week (US$310,130 - AUS$417,824 - €279,057). His former club Queens Park Rangers had a 20% sell-on clause inserted when they sold him to Liverpool and so will collect £9.8 million (US$15.19m - AUS$20.47m - €13.67m).


Tottenham players past and present, Kyle Walker, Jermaine Jenas, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jermain Defoe, were there to celebrate the wedding of Ledley King and long-term partner Amy Kavanagh. My congratulations to the happy couple.

Congrats to on his wedding a top man and Spurs legend forever.


Claudio Ranieri is the number one choice to take over as Leicester City ahead of Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill.

Valencia centre-back Nicholas Otamendi is likely to join Manchester United despite the efforts of Chelsea to sign the 27-year-old. Otamendi was at the Copa America with Argentina and has since been on holiday. He now needs to sort out his future and begin pre-season training.

Manchester United look as though they are still going to sign Morgan Schneiderlin so he'll be one of a group of midfielders instead of a game every week. That will scupper our chances, Southampton want a lot of money, but that hasn't stopped United before.

Finally as we all know by now Galatasaray have lost their marbles and have pout in an offer for Romanian Vlad Chiriches, even going so far as to offer a five-year deal. It's not just I who loves this Tweet, former Tottenham winger Darren 'Sicknote' Anderton has retweeted it.

The deal to take Chiriches to Galatasary is £3.6m I reckon if Spurs can offer Galatasary £4m to take him, they'll accept




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Ledley King helps kids choose an aviation career

2:30 pm
Ledley King was at Stansted Airport last week to help youngsters consider a career in aviation!



King went to the Essex airport on Wednesday June 10 to officially open the new £500,000 learning hub at Aerozone Stansted. He was representing the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, cutting the ribbon for the assembled guest who included pupils from Summercroft School, in Bishop's Stortford, councillors and business representatives.

The aim of the hub is to boost skills in STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and maths. The Manchester Airports Group's (MAG) flagship community project, which aims to attract 5,000 youngsters by 2016, wants to tell the history of the airport and show visitors the range of careers that are available in aviation.

There are interactive hands-on and audio-visual activities that show how aeroplanes fly and how the airport operates. The former U.S. Air Force base has uniforms for the youngsters to try on, exhibits dated back to the Second World War.

Managing director Andrew Harrison said: "The Aerozone is our flagship community project here at Stansted and its opening represents a long-term commitment to our community. Engaging with young people, particularly those living in areas close to the airport, is a vital part of our community work.

"The aim of the centre is to inspire young people to consider the varied careers within aviation, focusing on the vital STEM subjects that generate real prospects for young people and open their eyes to the fantastic opportunities available on their doorstep."

Boeing UK and Ireland president Sir Michael Arthur said: "As a growing aerospace company Boeing has an increasing need for engineers. Educational facilities like the this play an important role in inspiring young people at an early stage to study STEM subjects and take an interest in aviation."

Essex County Council member for education Cllr Ray Gooding said: "I am confident that this new facility will be well-used by schools across Essex and further afield.

"How better to spark a child's imagination than to develop their learning of STEM subjects related to the aviation industry, in a fantastic centre within sight of the Stansted runway.

"I know that Essex teachers, who always strive to add value to students' learning at school, will find the Aerozone extremely beneficial."

Local organisations and those from further afield including Boeing, Business in the Community, The Royal Aeronautical Society, Galliford Try, Essex Police, Essex County Council, British Airways, Harrods Aviation, Ryanair, EasyJet, Titan Airways, Marriot Civils, Global Supply Systems, AV8 Consulting, NATS, Youth Education Support, Inflite and Safran have offered sponsorship and materials to equip the centre.



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Spurs Lodge, Capoue, Defoe

12:30 pm

Enfield Council decision on planing permission for Tottenham Lodge given tonight 



Tottenhan Hotspur will find out today from Enfield council whether they will be able to build the planned Players Ledge on ground the club own adjacent to the training complex.

Spurs plan to build a two-storey 45-room complex on Myddelton Farm, adjacent to Hotspur Way, in Bulls Cross. The council will make a final decision tonight but the application has been recommended for approval.


David Moyes has been trying to get Etienne Capoue to join him at Real Sociedad and wanted a loan move but as I've been pointing out all along, loan deals are of no use to Tottenham, all they do is delay a wages problem and put the club at a disadvantage when it comes to selling the same player in the summer.

Yes his value may increase but every club would also know we have to sell players so would hold us to ransom with low bids. In the end we would have no choice but to sell at a low price so unless a loan deal has a guaranteed buy at the end of the season clause then nobody will go out on loan.

Spurs will only let Aaron Lennon and Etienne Capoue go on loan if the guarantee buy clause, at a set price, is inserted, otherwise no dice. Capoue moves the ball too slow from defence to attack, has an ego and had a falling out with the younger players, for which he apologised but he has been on the fringes ever since.


Former Spurs favourite Jermain Defoe has picked his ultimate five-a-side team from players he has played with at club and international level. He spoke to the Sunderland TV channel explaining his selections.

Hugo Lloris
Ledley King
Steven Gerrard
Luka Modric
Jermain Defoe

"Hugo, for me, is unbelievable.  
'I'd have Ledley King (in defence). In fact Ledley King could play at the back on his own because he can do everything. He doesn't even tackle because his positioning is unbelievable, he just reads the game. 
"Steven Gerrard because it is Steven Gerrard, basically. Good finisher, just hits shots. 
"In my time at Tottenham with Luka, he was just unbelievable. Small, a low centre of gravity, sharp and never gave the ball away. 
"I'm just going to stand up front, not really move and just finish it!"


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Ardiles discusses football development

12:30 pm
Tottenham Hotspur continue to promote the brand abroad in emerging markets which can only help give us more exposure and grow the Spurs fanbase.

Ledley King, Thomas Wong, Chief Marketing Officer AIA Malaysia Berhad and Ossie Ardiles
Ledley King, Thomas Wong, Chief Marketing Officer AIA Malaysia Berhad and Ossie Ardiles

This time it was back to Asia, an important area also for our shirt sponsors AIA, with a Tottenham Legends' tour with 1978 World Cup winner Ossie Ardiles and former Spurs captain Ledley King. To kick things off they attended a Tottenham Legends' Malaysia Tour 2014 press conference in Kuala Lumpur

The brilliant little Argentinian midfield star who graced White Hart Lane spoke about how Asia can develop it's football to the next level. He felt that one way for them to improve was to emulate Japan’s J-League.

He has first hand knowledge of football in Japan having managed Shimizu S-Pulse, with whom he won the J League Cup. Another former player and definitely a legend at The Lane, Steve Perryman, also had a stint managing them.

His experience extends beyond that though, Ardiles also managed Yokohama F. Marinos, Machida Zelvia and Tokyo Verdy, with whom he won the 2004 Emperor's Cup, a tournament to find the best team in the whole of Japan.

In addition he has also worked in Mexico, Croatia, Syria, Argentina, Israel, Paraguay and of course England. His knowledge of football and football cultures in different parts of the world is therefore a valuable asset to anyone looking to develop the game.

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The J-League began in 1993 and has seen Japan rise to become the dominant force in Asian football. They have become regulars at the World Cup Finals since 1998 which the 62-year-old spoke during the conference.

“Japan were nobody in world football but, after the J-League started, they developed fast into a world-class team. 
“The J-League was set up professionally and the Japanese players started to improve because of the quality of the competition. Asian teams should follow how and what Japan has done to be at this place now.  
"They improved a lot, not only by winning the Asian Cup but after a long journey, in 1998 Japan for the first time qualified for the World Cup. Now, you can see Japanese players plying their trade in Europe and Japan are in the World Cup regularly. 
“This J-League model is something that other Asian countries should follow in a bid to improve the standard of their football. I was there (in Japan) and saw it for myself, how it transformed their football. 
“Japan are successful because they have a proper culture instilled. They take their sports seriously and this what the other nations in the region should try to do."

He and former Spurs captain Ledley King, now a fellow ambassador and part-time coach himself, will be mentoring children from the Brickfields Community Football Programme (BCFP) at the Persada Plus mini stadium.

With this in mind he went on to suggest youth development was another vital component that should not be overlooked either. He said he tried to instill a love of football when he takes part in these coaching sessions.

Ardiles discusses football development





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For King enjoyment is one of the keys to success

12:30 pm
Tottenham legend Ledley King is a busy man, he flies all over the world as part of his ambassadorial role and work with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

For King enjoyment is one of the keys to success


Part-time he also fits in coaching the Under 18 side who beat Norwich in their opening game of the season.

He spoke to reporters recently and explained that the slow style of play that they were playing under Andre Villas-Boas didn't suit the club and didn't suit the players. Tottenham promote fast attacking football, flair, that is their brand and a brand has to be maintained for commercial success.

Without commercial success there can never be success on the field so they go hand in hand and while commerce will not dictate what happens on the field, playing with style will always be high on any manager requirements.

Mauricio Pochettino certainly did that at Southampton so improving youngsters and playing with style you would think makes him an excellent match for the club. Daniel Levy certainly though so after they had made very extensive background checks in an effort to finally find the right manager for the long term.

The signs have been positive so far and King has been impressed with what he has seen.

"The manager has come in and is doing something that most of the players have never done before. I've been impressed. Speaking to the players it’s obvious pre-season has been tough but enjoyable. 
"They can see where the manager wants to go with this. It’s not just hard work for the sake of hard work - it has a motive behind it. They can see why they’re going to have to be fit. We need pace and fit players to get around the pitch to play at a high tempo. 
"Last season we were guilty of not playing at the tempo we've been used to. That’ll come back this season. The lads are happy. 
"The chairman has done a great job over the years. From where we were when I was breaking through to the end of my career has a lot to do with the chairman. He’s driving and trying to make us a top team. 
‘We've obviously had a lot of changes but that’s through a chairman who is passionate and wants the team to do well. 
"Hopefully we’ll go on and win the league in the next few years."

If you are going to work players hard it is vital they enjoy it, you can't run a football club with an unhappy dressing room or with players that resent the manager, you'll never be able to get the best out of players.

The dressing room was an unhappy place when he came in and his first job has been to unite it again, to get everyone enjoying their football again, bit to do that while making them work harder than they have worked under previous managers.

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That can only be a success if the players like you and buy into what you are trying to achieve, buy into how you are trying to achieve it, how you want to play. They have done that and someone like Lewis Holtby epitomises that, every time he is on the field he is full of energy.

It's a point King sees as important for everyone, not just professional footballers and especially in the young.

"Seeing kids who are passionate about the game and want to learn and develop is fantastic. 
"We want to see people play the game with a smile on their face and it’s up to the players at the top of the game to be role models for all those youngsters who aspire to be just like them. 
“They still remember me at this point. That makes me happy. I love interacting with them [young people] and as long as they have a passion and enjoy what they’re doing, they’ve got a chance at succeeding.”

That applies to anyone at any stage of their lives, find something you enjoy and you'll find a way to make a success of it if you truly believe you will. Gareth Bale had his dream to play for Real Madrid as a kid, Ledley King had his dream to be a professional footballer.

“Watching the game on television as 10-year-old determined that football was something I wanted to do. My debut were an unbelievable experience. Coming out against Liverpool in front of the Kop was amazing and the atmosphere was electric. It was a little bit scary as I was just a kid.”

Combine enthusiasm and hard work with a little intelligence and there is a road to success mapped out for everyone. The Tottenham hierarchy will be hoping our road to success is now mapped out too.

The next step is an end product for the energy and effort, combine those and we'll have a successful team.

It's the start of another Tottenham journey that we all hope is set to be an enjoyable one this time.


Ledley King was speaking at the launch of Barclays' new advert for the Premier League season.
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English Spurs amid a sea of foreign teams

8:30 pm
At Southampton Mauricio Pochettino improved the English players from ordinary into England stars and Tottenham are hoping he can replicate that success at Spurs with our young English and talent.

English Spurs amid a sea of foreign teams


Danny Rose and Harry Kane have signed new 5-year contracts, Ryan Mason took his chance on the pre-season North American tour, Kyle Walker has a contract until 2019, Eric Dier has just been transferred to us and has a 5-year deal, then there is Kyle Naughton, Andros Townsend, Tom Carroll and Zeki Fryers.

Nine young English players all hoping he can improve them in the way he improved, not just Rodriguez, Lallana and Lambert but the other English players as well.

Tottenham had a policy of buying young English talent, then abandoned that policy and sought the overseas finished article and now seeing that fail have returned to a general buying policy suggested by Tim Sherwood that the club focuses on talent that has Premier League experience.

Tottenham legend Ledley King, probably the best centre-back of his generation, is excited for the future of the young English talent at the club, hoping Pochettino can do it again.

"What impressed me was he had faith in the young players at Southampton. All the English players thrived under him. 
"Players like Lallana and Shaw played the best football of their careers under him. From Tottenham's point of view it's great to have a manager who believes in young players. 
"If they're good enough then they're old enough. There are young players at Spurs who have a real opportunity to make the first team in the future now. 
"We have players here like Harry Kane who has come through. It looks like the manager has faith in him. 
"There are younger players coming through as well. It's important for them to see that they can have success like that one day. 
"If these kids keep doing the right things then hopefully they will have a big future at the club. That can only be good for the England team too."

The club is struggling for an identity with the first team loaded with temporary money mercenaries stopping off for a couple of years before seeking more elsewhere. The last two regular Spurs first team players with any length of service are club captain Michael Dawson and vice-captain Aaron Lennon, both of which many fans would happily see sold.

What is left is a bunch of players, the vast majority of whom have no feeling for the club and are not Tottenham men. The club can't simply become a name or it doesn't matter where we play then, it has to have ties to and roots in the community and the country.

The improvement of Harry Kane and his success at the end of last season gives the club a chance to grab some local identity back. He was born in the area and has been at the club 10 years, to him playing for Spurs is an honour, not a job.

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Spurs need those players coming through now to provide an identity, provide some stability and show you can succeed with young English talent. The Premier League needs more English players playing and beyond that British players, 68% oversees is far too high a figure.

We have seen in this transfer window clubs desperately spending money like water, both Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City have all overspent on players paying more, and in some cases far more, than they are worth.

That is not a policy Tottenham can follow, our income is £100 million, £200 million below theirs. We have to not only cut our cloth but do so in a manner that says this is Tottenham, this is what we stand for. Without an identity sponsors have nothing to associate with so for the club there has to be an overall strategy we work within and transfer policy is a part of, but not dictated, by that.

A successful and financially solvent English club is a club that stands out among the foreign money and foreign players. If Mauricio Pochettino can work his magic on the youth then Tottenham will have found the right man for the long haul, the man Daniel Levy has been searching for. Success won't be easy as King points out.

"To have a team that went from champions to finishing seventh shows the strength of the league. 
"There are seven teams who can finish in the top four. There are two or three, maybe four, who believe they can win the league. We are not one of them at the moment. 
"We need a bit of time. We have a new manager and a new style of play. It's going to be tough to break into the top four but if we have a good season we are capable of doing that."

After 2 years of decline where we had Bale propping us up for a spell Tottenham need to consolidate and return to 5th, while aiming for the Champions League slots. To aim any lower risks failure and I don't think failure is a word that figures too highly in Pochettino's mind.

Spurs will always use imported players but having a home grown, an English, a British identity, will now only come about by developing youth, his record suggests we have the right man to do just that.



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