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Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Elephant in the Room at Spurs.

Sorry Jumbo you're standing in the way of progress.


The JimmyG2 Column
I've still got the old Jumbo my dad made out of an army blanket wrapped in what's left of a piece of flannel that I used to chew on. He was a tailor and had a tidy barrack sideline in soft toys, mainly elephants and rhinoceros because of the colour.

I say 'used to' because I don't need my childhood comfort blanket now: I support Spurs instead comfortingly the same under whichever new manager Levy appoints. Dominating but failing to win is now a basic component of our DNA .

Same old, same old or as the French more elegantly put it plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose (“the more it changes, the more it's the same thing”).

Worried? Headaches? Support Tottenham and everything falls into perspective. A reassuring glimpse of the old blue and white stadium, 115 yrs old and still going strong is like meeting an old mate that owes you a drink.

The news that he has died leaves a big hole in your life and no recent Johny Come Lately's will ever fill the gap. He may be richer and always stand his round but some things and their memories are irreplaceable.

News that the new stadium will be delayed perhaps until 2020 or whenever is no surprise. We've waited for getting on for a decade for the shiny state of the art thingy that is planned to overshadow Sainsbury's.

We will appreciate it all the more for having to wait as I used to be told. Instant gratification is bad for the soul. We want a new stadium. When do we want it? Yesterday. Why do we want it? Well anyone who's anyone has got one.

The thinking is that with vastly increased match day turnover; a naming rights deal; an upgrade on the investment company that  runs us enables us punch our weight but at a higher level.

You are what you spend these days. We are the sixth biggest club in terms of spending and we finished sixth last season, are sixth as I speak and are most likely to finish sixth again this season. In the meantime the football outcomes remain the same.

Of course it's early days in the Pochettino revolution, the football against Sunderland showed quite long periods of some style. We were ahead twice and came out of the blocks in both halves with intent and pace.

Lamela and Dembele battered the woodwork; Eriksen was at the centre of things again; Lamela clearly understood the Argentinian for 'press' even if a few others didn't. But we only took a single point when we should have taken all three.

A deflected Johnson shot wiped out Chadli's opener and it was all square within five minutes. A late OG from a needless free kick took care of Eriksen's early second half goal. Late goals, conceding from set pieces, haven't they both been abolished under the new regime.

Mauricio bewailed our lack of killer instinct and any day now the phrase 'mental strength' will rear it's ugly head. However mental strength does not determine which side of the post the ball goes.

The referee allowed Clattermole and his mates to hack and chop until the 80th minute by which time it was a tad late and the damage had been done. Then he booked five of theirs and one of ours, Dier, rightly peeved at not getting a penalty.

Clattermole was expecting an England call up apparently. Presumably for the British Army Ground Clearing and Tree Felling Division and not the England football team. Lamela was particularly favoured by his attentions.

But let's not blame the ref. We had the chances and fluffed them. Adebayor could have had a couple, even so he was involved in both goals They offered little and without our help would have scored none and got nothing.

But 'twas ever thus, well at least for the past decade or so. We no longer have the R word in the back of our minds; the squad is certainly improving and most live in hope of new owners and a new stadium.

But as I tuck up in bed with Jumbo tonight I wonder if things have changed all that much. It's true that Levy hasn't bankrupted us but you can't help feeling that the Archway Engineering blockage should have been cleared by now.

If we had given them what they were asking when the gap was rumored to be £2million  we could be moving into a new Stadium 2 or 3 years ahead of even the most positive estimates. How much would that have been worth?

So plenty of positives in the long and short term but an uneasy feeling that we've seen this movie before. We know how it ends. As the picture fades and the lights come up the hero didn't get the girl
but his faithful old horse is still with him.

Actually his faithful old elephant in this case. I bow to the inevitable but I don't have to like it. Ambition gave up on me years ago.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
For those with kids or grandchildren over ten here's what replaces Bob the Builder . A Minecraft reconstruction of the iconic White Hart Lane. One to cut out and keep. Though I suspect there's no rush.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Delivery for Mr. Pochinetto.

Delivery for Mr. Pochinetto
The JimmyG2 Column.
Well it was never going to last was  it? As soon as we faced a half decent side it all went wobbly and Liverpool are more than half decent. Mauricio Pochinetto welcome to White Hart Lane.
 His face in the second half revealed that he now realises exactly what he's taken on. I hope his  wife hid the cat. Did anyone play well today against a slicker faster Liverpool side?

 Eriksen is still stuck in an airport lounge somewhere after his holidays and his set piece kicking is straight out of the Hugo Lloris 'Distribution for Boys' manual.

One or two tried but to little effect. Adebayor and Lamela in particular but they repeatedly  failed to release the ball quickly enough. Chadli and Ade had gilt edged chances at crucial moments. The price of gilts has obviously fallen.

Liverpool roared from the blocks at the start of both halves and the game was virtually over within 50 minutes. Or we played as if it was. There were some serious errors of judgement particularly from Kaboul.

Even Lloris was affected. Moreno dispossessed Townsend on the half way line when Andros took his first touch, then outpaced him over 50 yds and bore down on Hugo who stood Freidalised in the six yard area.

 He left him just enough room to squeeze a shot home for their third. Lloris wrongly supposed that one of defenders, say for example Kaboul, would head him off. There was no sign of Dier at this point or any other of the senior staff either.

Dier is young but should know better than to make such a soft a penalty decision easy for the ref for the second. Capoue was an onlooker for the first goal.  We had plenty of defenders on duty but no sense of urgency or positioning.

A catalogue of errors as they say and each one punished by a lively Liverpool side that look as if they will be challenging once again for the Top four even without the dentist's best friend.

 Capoue, last weeks best thing since sliced bread has quickly gone stale if not mouldy. Chadli can be found  in the same supermarket aisle. Look for the 'Marked down; approaching sell by date' basket. Townsend  could well be in there if you look carefully.

Of course I'm going over the top. Just like last week but in the opposite direction, but you wouldn't want it any other way I'm sure. 'Out of over-reaction cometh forth truth' as it says in the Musing's Dictionary of Quotations..

It's a pity we have to play any actual games at all in many ways. 'Reality is too much for mankind to bear' as some old dusty sage once remarked. He's not wrong as far as Spurs are concerned. Is that the sound of bubbles bursting.

He also remarked that the World ends not with a bang but with a whimper. A pretty apt description of our seasons over most of the past decades. Facing reality is not a sign of depression however. I hope so for Mauricio's sake.

There is work to be done here, though rather more then some might have thought. Not a time then for curling up in a ball by the corner flag. Or even curling up in the corner flag with a ball. Or even.....

There we were after an unbeaten pre-season, progress in the Europa on Thursday, and two Premiership wins busily building trophies in the air. But they were all against inferior opponents which gave us no guide to the travails on Sunday.

Flat track bullies indeed. But we all know that this is inevitably another Year of Transition. I've said sixth all along and I stick by it. Two steps forward, two steps back at best. The best you can say is that the result was not as bad as it might have been and has been lately.

So I'm not downhearted yet. Being slapped in the face by the wet haddock that was Liverpool is just as likely to wake us up as knock us down. Individual errors apart for which no manager can be held responsible the team looked out of sorts.

The pressing was half- hearted in the main and the lack of incisive passing was striking. This was not a team with belief etched on their foreheads. Two more winnable games before Arsenal against whom I would take a draw now if offered.

The transfer window usually brings out the worst in the fans and Daniel Levy but he'll be happy, we made £6million on the window + the Defoe money, £13 million since January. Count them beans Daniel.

 Here's the ACDC (Actual Completed Deals Confirmed.)


Ben Davies
Michel Vorm
Eric Dier
DeAndre Yedlin
Federico Fazio
Benjamin Stambouli


Gylfi Sigurdsson
Jake Livermore
Iago Falque
Michael Dawson
Zeki Fryers

Good window/bad window? Are they better than those they replace? Do they fit the system better? The manager didn't get any of his priorities so Time, the Great Healer, will tell. It might all look better in a month's time or worse of course.

If he's happy then I'm happy. Probably not over the moon at the moment: quad trimmed; some rough diamonds to polish; key players retained. But we have stood still whilst rivals have moved forward.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
Here's one we signed earlier and probably the pick. If he settles. Federico Fazio. 27  years old, 6'5'' and Argentinian, obviously. £8-10 million. (That works out at about  £ 1.5 million pounds per foot, or £125,000 an inch) So a bargain in today's terms if he's as good as they say.

The video clearly demonstrates  that he can smile, wink, sit, stand walk and sign his name. More than enough to be going on with . Well you didn't want to see the video of the Liverpool goals did you?

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Pochettino to shuffle the pack again.

The end of a perfect day.
Or just another false dawn.
The JimmyG2 Column.
Don' be silly, of course I'm going to get carried away. Best performance in every way since we beat Newcastle 5-0 under Harry over two years ago. We're on our third manager since then but this was a welcome glimpse of the proper Spurs.

Of course we're not even nearly there yet and we've had more false dawns at Spurs than breathtaking sunsets but two  Premiership wins albeit against mediocre opposition and top of the League unusually for us on goal difference will do for now.

 The next game against Liverpool will tell us a lot more but they looked vulnerable against Man. City last night. We've picked some of the low hanging fruit so now for the higher reaches of the Premiership tree.

While we're on a fruity theme, in the 30' a popular song of the day was 'Life is just a bowl of cherries'. It was of a rather philosophical bent about living in the day and enjoying the moment and I recommend it to all Spurs fans for the next few days.

We certainly served up a varied fruit salad against QPR, and the scoreline was the cream on top. A scrappy last minute win against W.Ham did little to prepare us for the riches displayed on Sunday.

We were fighting the twin hoodoos of a Sunday lunchtime fixture after the Europa win on Thursday night and the threat of the return of the mighty Harry.

Skilful rotation of his forces by Mauricio, who I could easily get to like, and a purposeful game plan put paid and in some style to a tired looking Redknapp and a tired looking QPR.

 All dead men walking by the looks of things though there are rumours that Harry will be offered a new contract. Or Tony F. has taken out a contract. I'm not sure which.

Harry's life seem to be flashing before him as he sat slumped in has seat even as his team were conceding more space, more possession and more. goals. Meanwhile Pochinetto was a hive of activity on the touchline to make sure there was no let up.

Harry is 4/1 to be the next manager sacked whilst Sam Allardyce is favourite at 2/1. Surely just a coincidence that they both had the misfortune to come up against a revitalised Spurs. Brenden Rogers be afraid, be very afraid. 4/1 hmmm.

Did our new man discover the secret of a successful fruit Sundae? Well it seems to be at least four parts hard work and endeavour to four parts talent and a couple of the essential dashes of good fortune here and there.

Against W.Ham we waited over an hour and a half for a goal to come but on Sunday four came along together. All the players against QPR bar Dier were available last season so it might just be a case of last years signings coming good under a more purposeful game plan and a fitter squad.

 Have we nearly gelled yet? You can change the proportions to suit yourselves but pressing from he front is important if not always fully delivered  and an expectation that even the flair players will contribute to all aspects of the game.

 Even Eriksen was not found wanting and Lamela has already shown that he is up for a fight. With Capoue adding strength as well as good distribution to the midfield alongside the 19 yr. old Bentaleb, one of Timothy's better ideas, we dominated from the start.

 Just 12 minutes for the first of Chadli's well taken pair. A goal in the first 20 minutes for a welcome change. Chadli's pass down the line for Rose whose early ball flummoxed a bewildered looking Ferdinand for the 4th. was another from the bowl of exotic fruits.

Another old stager, something of a Harry specialty, Dunne didn't even make it out after halftime and both might be regretting listening to Harry's beguiling words, though Tony Fernades lavish hospitality might have played a part.

Fitness and effort played a part against Limassol and W.Ham again down to Pochinetto's  insistence on the work ethic side of the game, double training sessions and all. Late lapses of concentration may have been dumped in the dustbin of Spurs recent history

Kaboul, not quite his old self, was caught out by a speculative straight long ball but Phillips fluffed the chance. Otherwise with Vertonghen growing more confident by the minute and both full backs playing very well Lloris completed the weekend crossword in L'Equipe well before half time.

Several players had a claim for MOM: Lamela certainly caught the eye and his run and cross for Chadli's second was a peach, or whatever your favourite fruit might be. His fierce dipping corner was headed in at the near post by Dier.

Rose has a claim for his best performance in a Spur's shirt and Capoue as well as Lamela, Eriksen and Chadli  all made telling contributions.

 Lamela will be the popular choice partly due to the relief that many fans will feel that our record signing might be worth the money.

A hatrick from Soldado on Thursday would complete the rehabilitation of all but  Chiriches and Paulinho though both have shown glimpses of their real ability at times.

Of course the strands of hope and achievement might unravel against Liverpool but for the moment the momentum and confidence of three straight wins and a fourth on the cards against Limassol and playing at home might just do the trick.

We are moving the ball from the back more quickly and from the midfield more precisely. There is a positive feel to the attitude and the play. The third goal came at the end of a two minute, 48 pass move and  every player was involved.

Under AVB a 48 pass move was always a possibility, possession being the name of the game, but it might not have taken us far over the half way line and would have taken most of the match to complete.

I know, it was only two teams that might be fighting relegation and there are tougher tests to come. But we are nicely set up to beat Limassol and we might just sweep Liverpool away. They certainly looked vulnerable against Man City.

Well as Doris Day amongst others used to sing: ' We're not here to stay; we're on a short holiday
Life is just a bowl of cherries Don't take it serious, it's too mysterious'.

We may be top today but it's probably only temporary; enjoy it while you can.

Jimmy's predictions.
Liverpool (Ever cautious as befits the President of the Take a Draw Society) 2-2.
Limassol. Clear win with the team comprising anyone not needed for Liverpool and Lloris. 2-0

Those we have loved.
Michael Dawson to Hull for a ridiculously cheap £3 million (allegedly). I thought he left weeks ago.

Those we haven't quite got to love enough yet.
Andros Townsend in part exchange for Sneiderlin. Not really a goer 3/10 chance.

Those we might get to love.
Defender Federico Fazio from Sevilla for £10 million give or take. Done according to 'insiders'.

Jimmy's Video Spot. (Spurs 48 pass move video has been blocked by the F.A.  (Meanies.)
So Daniel Levy gets down and with the lads for the ice bucket challenge. Nominated by AVB. No hard feelings there then! Nominating Perez has probably scuttled our chances of Christiano coming or the return of Modric and Bale.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Opportunity knocks for Pochettino.

We're definitely going somewhere.
Just not sure where or how far yet.
The JimmyG2 Column.
 Thought I'd give it a couple of weeks before I launched into my definitive analysis of the season so far; our prospects for the future; who should leave; who might come in; how long Mauricio will last; when the new Stadium will be completed and other related Spurs matters.

Actually that's a load of hogwash. Missed the W.Ham game due to family holiday commitments and the Limassol tie as I was on a plane returning from same. Two games missed, two wins. Anyone like to sponsor me not to watch Spurs for a few games? Or a season or two?

But I've read all my fellow bloggers; the Spurs websites; all the papers; and watched the highlights and downloads. Not a patch on watching it live and taking a personal view as the drama unfolds of course. That's what you pay us bloggers for.

We might easily have lost the West Ham game after a harsh sending off for Kyle Naughton. A red card that we didn't even appeal apparently. Noble rolled his penalty wide after scoring his previous ten.

Eric Dier scored the winner in injury time to seal his reputation for at least as long as Danny Rose did after scoring that goal against Arsenal. What he was doing up there to get on the end of a thoughtful ball from Harry Kane not even he can tell you.

But let the record books show that he launched Mauricio's career and expunged some of the ugly memories of last season in one fell swoop at the Bolyn ground. He also put to bed the chance of us bloggers weaving cunning puns around his name. But he's young there's plenty of time.

In Greece we lulled them into a false sense of security before Lamela  and Soldado repaid some of their eye watering fees. Not eye watering for me, it's not my money, well very little of it. Actually it's not DL's money either. The Bale Inheritance funded it and more.

The defending was a shambles for the goal  and another chance saved by Hugo's legs but as long as we score more than we concede, the Tottenham way if you will, then the faithful will go home happy. Actually the faithful rarely go home happy whatever the result.

Lamela is showing signs of class and Soldado's goal was straight out of his Valencia songbook. Eric also set up Kane for the winner. We have talked up all three of them on The Musings and as it says on the tin, 'We are not always wrong'.

So what about our new favourite Argentinian, Mauricio Pochettino? He has been well received on the whole and two wins from two competitive games will do nothing to dampen the enthusiasm. Timely and effective substitutions, beating our second favourite adversary with ten men for an hour, last minute victories,coming from behind away from home.

What's not to admire? And he speaks the lingo better than most of our recent managers. If he can put one over on Harry on Sunday, six from two you might say, he might have convinced a lot more of the waverers. He has a plan but unlike AVB it includes positive football not mere possession.

We have the players for pressing from the front, well we will when Ade is up to speed, but not the defenders for the high line, especially with the other Kyle still worryingly out. Lloris is pretty nippy but he can't be everywhere.

If we had had a more strenuous and purposeful pre-season and not allowed the abacus brigade to walk all over the men in track suits and boots then our new leader might not be having to sort out his best squad as we approach September.

Of course having key players return late from the World Cup and the nonsense of allowing transfers after the season has started always causes some confusion. But so far, so good.

Paulinho has done nothing to re-build  his reputation, Townsend has reverted to one man band mode, Bentaleb still looks decent and Ben Davies is surprisingly no better than Danny Rose. But it's early days and the fixture fixer has been more benign than we might have hoped.

We don't do ITK on Musings unless we're really desperate for material. Which of our players hasn't been linked with a move away?  And which available player out there hasn't been the subject of a Spurs 'swoop'?
We probably still need another centre half especially if Daws goes.

But we have more than enough new players already of whom only Eriksen could be said to be a success and he hasn't exactly shone so far this season. Too many incomers scuppered AVB last season, and Mauricio deserves a little breathing space.

Interesting that Levy couldn't supply AVB with his main objective Moutinho and history repeats itself with the failure to secure Sneiderlin. Did I see the headline 'Schneiderlin done' somewhere?  But there's still a few days to go folks. Watch this space.

Golden Spoon awards: (New feature)
Erik Lamela, Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Mauricio.

Wooden Spoon:
Paulinho scoops the pot so far by all accounts.

Jimmy's Video Spot:
A game not widely available especially if you're 39000 feet up. Three minutes of our latest European adventure starring Erik Lamela who changed the game when he replaced Townsend on 70 minutes with Harry and Roberto in supporting roles.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Captain Hugo Lloris

Losing once to us in a season Timothy is misfortune;
twice is carelessness;  three times is rank incompetence.
The Greg Meyer Column.
 Friday 15 August 2014 .... Bonaparte's Birthday.

Captain Hugo Lloris.
 He captains La France and is Spurs only world class player. Guaranteed to play every game if needed. Not so with the other eligibles on a short list. Before we check the candidates a quick look at the crew he may have under him for this season.
  The window is still slightly ajar as is the exit door. So far our transfer dealings and a general overview of the squad can be classified as follows ...

The "You're Having a Larf " Division.

Danny Rose has been given a new 5 year contract. Five more years to perfect his headless chicken style of defending. Five more years to hone how to hit the first defender with finite precision when crossing the ball.Five more years to excel in the overhit cross, a fall back position when the aforementioned defender is not available to block the ball.
 Perhaps our Argentinian managerial maestro studied at the school of magic. Otherwise a belief in miracles is required whereby Danny comes good.
 Harry Kane seems an enthusiastic likeable young chap, much in the vein of Michael Dawson. Another five years to hone his skills. Granted there is promise in certain departments however these do not include pace, the ability to go past a player or strike fear into the visiting defence. 
Not a realistic barometer but ponder on who is third choice at Chelsea, Man U, etc. Good luck for all our sakes Harry.
 Mr. Invisible(s).
Apart from some spin on the Official Site yesterday our Brazilian import may as well never have left Brazil after his largely invisible offerings in the World Cup. Paulinho has been quoted as saying he is determined to show the Spurs fans his real self. An appearance for Spurs down the track is mooted. Again some Argentinian magic will be needed.
 He may be listed on the squad sheet but thats the only place you will see his name mentioned. Benoit Assou-Ekotto's only likely contribution herein is an irregular jokey twitter exchange with his professed mate Emmanuel.
  The Transfer You Have that isn't a Transfer.

Surely a basic premise dictates when you sign a player this window he plays this season or even goes out on loan after showing his face at Spurs Lodge. Not so !

 DeAndre Yedlin was signed from Seattle Sounders but does not join us until next season. Surely not another Bongani Khumalo. At best you could say he is great long distance cover for the right back position. Mind if Kyle Walker's pelvis continues its present downhill decline then DeAndre might take a long haul Atlantic flight sooner than expected.
 The "Something we couldn't do last year " Division.
Hugo Lloris and a certain sulky Belgian despite tabloidal moves abroad to PSG and Barcelona respectively are still with us. Vertonghen on his day, having taken the prescribed medication, is a classy centre back. Hugo has no temperament issues and is just that. Class. 
Perhaps Christian Eriksen fits here as well. An emerging world class candidate who is here for another season and should blossom even further.

 The Reluctant Tourists.
 Despite the best efforts of Hull City, QPR, and some at the Lane last season's captain, Michael Dawson, is still here. Along with Younes Kaboul both seem to have resisted attempts to be shown the exit door. Kaboul if, and thats a much bigger word than it looks,when fit is good value. Dawson , an honest club man, unfortunately now playing with less and less pace. Unfortunate when you start with none at all.
The  " Really Actually Happened Signings " Club.
Welcome Ben Davies, Michael Vorm and Eric Dier. Quality signings albeit not superstars. On showings to date will fit well with the Pochettino style of play.

 The " Daniel Levy Superstar Coming Soon To A Stadium Near You Signings "  .
A distinguished list which has included notables like the Brazilian Rivaldo. Those names put up intended to assuage the fans appetite for a big name signing. In AVB's case it was Jose Moutinho and Hulk. Alas a last minute difficulty means no signing. Never the fault of our illustrious chairman.
 A common thread here mostly is the difficulty of the actual deal. Third party ownership anyone. Some might cynically opine a reluctance by Daniel to part with sufficient "readies".

 Well seems a foregone again. Mateo Musacchio of Villareal seemed a perfect fit at Centreback. Argentinian as well. Unfortunately seems to have gone down the gurgler a la Moutinho et all.

 The "One That Got Away " Club.
A more realistic signing seemed to be Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton. Desperate to follow his manager, even went on strike, but seems as though our Chairman is money shy. It's not like we have spent yet you say. Quite right we agree. And so to our final category ...

 The "Reason Our Pub Goes To Football."
Language sorted, back sorted, new manager sorted, then our pub's cult figure is set to entertain, set to score goals and set to move towards that world class status that lurks within his athletic frame.

 Erik Lamela will be like a new signing after featuring for only a handful of games in the first part of last year. His confidence seems to be growing apace. His obvious enjoyment of playing and training with his teamates is apparent all over social media. 
If he fires then along with Adebayour, surely a new Soldado, then certainly the goals will flow. I know optimism abounds here ...
 At A Kent Pub.
 Spurs have no official captain at the moment. Michael Dawson is keeping the armband warm but surely our Hugo deserves it. A leader from the back, world class , no language difficulties and a truly respected icon at White Hart Lane. 
In his role as sweeper keeper he is hardly anchored to his line and in those moments of crisis when a leader is needed he is there. Corners of course. Hang the other candidates. Hugo gets our vote every time.
Given it is Napoleon's birthday what a tremendous time to announce it. I am sure our French following might raise a glass of Beaujolais. I am damn sure our pub will.
Cheers ...  our pub predict four or five this year .... Greg Meyer.    coys.
Jimmy's Video Spot: 
Strikers scoring; defences almost keeping a clean sheet; the lane full of kids at a fiver a throw; the ground lovely in the sunshine. Just like old times. Unbeaten in pre-season. It's a shame we have to move with the times in many ways.
At least we have less than 24 hrs to wait to see if the growing optimism is well founded.
Anyway I call 6th.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Lloris and Lamela: a love affair.

From Hugo, your secret admirer.
The Greg Meyer Column. 

 Monday 28 July .. Michael Carrick Gets Much Older...33 Today.

 A Love Affair ... Lloris and Lamela.

 When Hugo met Marine and Erik met Sofia there was and still is love in the air. Another love affair involving a 20 year old Spurs fan and her football hero is also still aloft.
  Mind it came under serious threat on Sunday 29 December 2013, the day Spurs played Stoke at the Lane.That was also the last Premier game that our pub's football love interest and Argentine hero played.

 More on the Lloris love affair in a moment . Firstly to our exciting 22 year old forward be it wing or central.


 Our pub's love affair was born after watching those amazing skills on the now famous Roma Compilation You Tube clip. It continued and was confirmed after his extraordinary skills against Sheriff at the Lane.
 Alas after that with AVB ruling out an appearance against Newcastle it all went downhill from there culminating in a debilitating back injury. Why?

 Speaking from a well known pizza establishment in Notting Hill yesterday evening Franco Baldini was polite enought to share some thoughts with a renowned Spurs fan.
 The upshot was that he believes Lamela will have a great season and that last year "they" ruined him. Franco opined he was very young, shy,and in a new country. 
 Mishandled perhaps. Elaborating he said that he is surprised when Lamela does not score in games. He is that good.

 Good enough for Franco then good enough for our pub. Certainly has a logic about it, the aspect of not settling quickly etc. With a fellow Argentine now managing, new curtains in the house and he and Sofia still madly in love it bodes well.
 Not sure he is still doing the English lessons. Who cares. What matters is the timing could not be better given our pub's dilemma over ...

 Where Are The Goals To Come From.

 Soldado is a lovely bloke, nice touches, no pace, loyal and determined but unless it is a penalty the output thus far is hardly prolific. Harry Kane as per Soldado, ditto. So we are left with an actual enigma and some might say a coming enigma.

 If Adebayor is motivated, not always the case 2 seasons in a row, and the Lamela revival continues apace then no worries. Throw in a certain Christian Eriksen and the picture brightens.
 Hardly the riches of Chelsea but take heart, Arsenal still have Giroud plus 23 million midfielders.

 Yes weeks to go regards the window I hear you cry. A myriad of names linked. We'll see. I guess whilst scoring is vital we do seem to be looking better down back. Davies, Vertonghen signing on for 5 years, and perhaps a fit Kaboul.
 Not all doom and gloom and of course back further we have one of the world's best goalkeepers. Captain of France and a great heartthrob for a football mad, make that Spurs mad, impressionable 20 year female fan of the suave and handsome Gallic goalie. Still a fan despite of and indeed because of that memorable Sunday in December.

 Hugo vs Stoke Sunday 29 December 2013.

 As we board the train at Orpington ( little do I realise the importance of the London-Orpington leg ), part way through the journey to the Lane, I casually mention that Hugo is very happily married to the lovely Marine and they are blessed with the 2 young daughters Anna-Rose and Giuliana.
 Completely undeterred, water off a duck's back, the 20 year old reminds me of our main mission today. Hugo features as front cover pin up boy on the Spurs Official programme.

 We walk to the ground from White Hart Station passing the usual program sellers. Don't worry I say, we'll get one inside the ground. The Official Spurs programme does not rate highly with me.
  Official club speak generally filled with sugar coated floss. Harsh perhaps, there for the irregular goer so as to acquaint himself with numbers and names on the pitch. Ah thank ghod for the irregular goer and especially those that ply the London-Orpington leg.

 Spurs romp home 3-0, Paulinho shows some real Samba and dare we think it , appears to be settling . Alas that thug, Charlie Adams, takes him out.  Out for 4 weeks thereafter. The jury too is still out on Paulinho.
 Our man Erik comes on in a cameo but the body language at the death does not bode well. He is in possession at the very end and kicks the ball away in very frustrated fashion. A portent of things to come.

 Forgot to try for a programme within the ground but no worries plenty left on the street. Sold out is the continuing cry. Oh well let's just pop into the Mega store. Oops no go. The little mega store. Sold Out. How many impressionable 20 year old female fans does Hugo have?

 Training back into London and I assure an increasingly distraught 20 year old that we'll be able to get one online. No I don't believe it either. So all aboard the London-Orpington leg.
 Ten minutes into a very quiet journey, what can I say, the football ghods raise their avuncular heads. Spotted on the other side of our carriage two 50'ish gentleman in deep conversation about a certain Spurs vs Stoke game. 
 And yes poking out of a jacket top of one of the said gentleman, a certain grinning Gallic goalkeeper.

 Why don't you just pop over and ask whether they might be interested in selling it I say. Me the one who caused this mess now saying you go. Unfair yes. Still the pull of Gallic hero worship proves irresistable.
  Our 20 year old politely enquires as to whether the two gents went to the Lane.

 Turns out one is a Millwall season ticket holder but his mate is an irregular Spurs attendee. The subject of the programme is raised. Delighted. Here you take. No way will we accept payment.

 A very, very happy member of the Hugo Lloris Appreciation Society gleefully accepts the heaven sent offer. See there is a football ghod. The programme still sits in pride of place upon a lounge room mantlepiece.

 The  recent news that the said Monsieur Suave is with us for another 5 years means it will probably have a companion very soon. Yes and this time the first programme seller out of the blocks will find a very willing buyer.

 Here At A Kent Pub.

 Summer despite the lack of Spurs does have its upside. Sunday sessions in the Beergarden dreaming of glories to come, accompanied perhaps fueled by fine English ale are a happy affair.

 Our pub like the new man, like his philosophy, like the fact that the players like him. No major losses, some useful ins, and indeed with Hugo Lloris and Erik Lamela it means our love affair with Tottenham Hotspur is looking good.

Cheers ... being greedy 2 more in would be nice ... Greg Meyer.    coys.
Jimmy's Video Spot: 
Would the 2 more be Schneiderlin and Rodriguez Greg? Just a whisper.
Here's the highlights of the Tour just ended. Nice pair from Erik, Soldado amongst the assists and a penalty of course. Kane set up Holtby for the pick of the goals and Holtby returned the favour. Townsend scored a winning scorcher, and Azza's wasn't bad.


We were without our World Cup 'stars' but the opposition was second rate at best.
But the flag was shown in the land of milk and money.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Replacements only policy at Spurs.

'E' is for England.
What about a couple of these Mr. Levy?
The Jimmy G2 Column.
Well it's come round again. That magical moment when the lads return; pre-season is imminent; TV fixtures are out; the cockerel's had a lick of paint and the new manager is leafing through his Panini collection with Levy on fast dial. 

 As I speak no-one has actually left though some are being shown the door and as yet no-one's come in.  Daws is gambling that he called it right last season by refusing to go. In the event he became a key player by default. De fault of injuries mainly.

I lived in Hull for several years and it's not that bad Michael. Honest. Bit part player at Spurs or key man at Hull. Tough decision but it's worth a punt staying with us.

At Musings we like the boy for his spirit, loyalty, attitude and many other things that make a club and a player other than pure football ability. Not the best certainly but it's a close run thing between him and Vertonghen in my view. And Jan may be seduced elsewhere in any case.

Amazing how the surly Belgian gets such rave reviews and Smiler Dawson is barely given the time of day by most fans. Both are pretty slow and gave a similar number of goals away through errors but I know who I'd like to be roped to half way up Everest.

Perhaps Poch. could do with a bit of willingness and stability in the squad. Replacements only would be my advice to the new manager. There's plenty of valuable stuff down the back of the sofa, last years signings for a start.

Rumours are rife of course but we at the Musings have put Newsnow on 'ignore' and trust only declarations, with quotes from the horse's mouth. Sandro to Napoli; Eriksen to Utd; Siggy to Palace (fee agreed apparently) Paulinho to somebody or other in Italy.

You couldn't make it up except they probably just did. It's worse than tedious and kills all the excitement and anticipation of a new season. And there's another 6 weeks of this assuming they continue the nonsense of allowing transfers after the start of the season.

The World Cup passed without much incident as far as Spurs players were concerned. The highlights or lowlights if you prefer were the failure of referees to stop the targeting of Brazil's key player Neymar.

He was finally laid low with a broken bone in his back following one boisterous challenge too many. They said that they didn't want to spoil the spectacle by giving out too many yellow cards. Some false logic there if you ask me. I'd rather see the hackers out than the artists.

And the antics of Tim Krul in the penalty shoot-out against Costa Rica. If there isn't a rule against it there should be. Ungentlemanly conduct? Breach of human rights? Defiance of the Geneva Convention? There must be something.

But then I think that batsmen should walk if they know they're out. So what do I know about the modern world.  But that is exactly why I am and have always been a Tottenham fan.

Germany won it again, but I expect you know that. Deservedly on balance as a collection of individuals and as a team. I followed Argentina, honest Mauricio, after England and Spain went out 

Messi is a very fine player and on balance I'd probably have him at Spurs, but player of the tournament I think not. Neymar was the man for me, a true creative. He had to be stopped and eventually was I'm afraid.

 The beautiful game still exists somewhere in the Spurs DNA., whatever the evidence to the contrary. Which is one reason why I will be sad to see the departure of Siggy, if he goes. A player and a gentleman in the true Spurs mould.

Cultured but perhaps just a little fragile for the current turmoil of life. Bit like me really.

From that England squad I'd certainly take Cahill. The rest are too old, too fat, too obnoxious or just too plain overhyped and expensive.Yes that's you Mr. Rooney.

Jimmy's Video Spot:
Some top quality here as another contender for the no.10 spot spends most of his time on the left wing. We like the boy and if he goes this is a fitting  farewell. Eight minutes is a stretch only achieved by showing everything three times.