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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.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

No news is good news for Spurs

 Firstly, are you or have you ever been an Argentinian?
 Secondly, can you play football?
Actually scrub the second question. Welcome to Spurs.
The JimmyG2 Column.
No news is good news. So the good news is there ain't much news. We've sold Livermore to Hull for £6 million which is confirmed and good news in a way if you believe he would never have made it at Spurs  which in my heart of hearts I do.

Decent home grown boy, another O'Hara,, honest but in the final analysis not quite able to take us where we would like to be. With more game time both might have made it. But there's no time for might in these headlong days. It's now or never as the man said.

Dawson was another from the same stable of earnest endeavor whose been around the club for some time. He certainly rescued the Danish for us this season.  Circumstances gave him an extended run but I expect to hear of his departure any day.

With the Defoe money we seem to be accumulating a tidy left back and striker fund. But that's speculation not news friends. Some people especially journalists don't know the difference.

Here on Musings we prefer the facts ma'am, just the facts, despite our title.

But so far no major departures of signings have been announced. Although with the tardiness of the Official Site the whole squad might have already been flogged off and none of us would be any the wiser.

Livermore had been made a Freeman of the City of Hull and run for Mayor before the OS gave any confirmation of his sale. More a site of Archeological Interest than an up to the minute reporting agency.

I'm expecting to walk up the High St. and see a spanking new stadium glinting in the N21 sunshine before any official news leaks out. New Stadium, sunshine whatever are you on Jimmy?  Close season, time to dream.

At the World Cup I note that no Spurs players made the final cut for the England team so share none of the blame for Roy's Boys doing even worse than predicted. Which in the light of the pundit's predictions was quite difficult.

We gave hints of what might have been and could well be in the future against Italy once Gerrard and Rooney shuffle off this mortal footballing coil. Wayne managed a goal at last in his 10th World Cup appearance.

But we fell predictably to defensive lapses which that man Suarez exploited in some style. Roy will be kept on for the European Championship to blood the next generation and then be replaced by some famous foreigner.

Unless of course the papers bay at the moon for an Englishman again. Harry has already missed that bus and Hoddle doesn't have a  return ticket. Who else is there in the 'safe hands, reliable, boring, doomed experienced Hodgson mode?

All suggestions are welcome.

Elsewhere none of our lads bar Hugo have impressed. Paulinho carried on disappointingly where he left off at Spurs; most of our Belgian contingent were dropped for the second game. Tactical ? Not if you saw their first game. Hugo has more than a fair chance of lifting the silverware.

So there you have it: a cunning blend of Musings fact, opinion, hearsay, invention and downright nonsense to get us through to the pre-season apres Brazil football. By then there might be some real news to report, maybe not all good however.

We are being linked with anyone who knew, played with or for Poch or any man and one or two women who has a trace of  Argentinian blood in their veins. Such is life. If and when real news surfaces then we'll be back and probably even before.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
That's our boy. Can't catch or keep his shirt on either. Enjoy him while you can, he could be the first one out the door if he can find his shirt. Oh well another tidy sum for the left back, striker and centre half fund. 

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Pochettino exclusive.

Another scoop for Musings cub reporter.
 The Jimmy G2 Column.
  We don't always take the credit for the odd occurrences that occur in the daily life of Spurs. But in this case we fully intend to blow the 'It woz the Musings wot done it' trumpet loud and clear.

Within seconds, well minutes, bordering on hours of our attempt to move the Levy mountain to the  Mohammet signing of Mauricio Pochinetto the deed was done. On reading our piece on 'Waiting for Levy' the man took the hint, swallowed the bait and signed the new manager.

Now don't get us wrong, Maurice was not necessarily our preferred candidate but the writing was on the wall some time ago. Available, cheap, probably more malleable than Benitez or Frank de Boer and in the 'interesting' category.

How will he do? Nobody knows. He did well at Southampton, though some think that with the squad he had he should have done better than eighth. But which of the seven teams above him should he have overtaken?

His brief was probably a top half finish which he comfortably achieved. Spurs have a better squad, a more star spangled history, and a greater level of expectation from fans and Levy alike. Win something and/or finish in the top four  most likely.

Can he do it? We think so but might need another year to fully bed in the previous signing, inspire Lamela and integrate the inevitable new, new signings. This will depend on who leaves but hopefully another striker, a centre half  and a left back.

Will he get the time?  Yes especially after last years sackings. Two in a year  Mr. Chairman you are really spoiling us. A little stability now would help settle the nerves. But I've said that before.

Some say we are not far off the average for new managers/ head coaches over time. You have to do a little creative accounting to achieve this. Discount Pleaty, twice, he was only a caretaker; ignore Tim Sherwood everyone knew he was temporary, end of season break clause or not.

It's the modern football way apparently. But it still disrupts the players and fans alike: new manager; new priorities; new tactics, new backroom staff; new training routines; new favorites; new signings,; new menus. The modern footballer should be used to all this of course.

Some fans crave change and the attendant excitement. ITK on new signings is avidly followed and rumours chased  until they drop dead like exhausted foxes  pursued by hounds. And don't bother explaining the anti hunting laws these are metaphorical animals.

This transfer window might just be different: most of the magnificent seven are likely to stay; Michael Dawson is keen too.; Brad has been given a new contract;  Mauricio has a five year stretch and appointed well before the World Cup fanfares and riots really begin.

It might just be a dull summer boys. Stability has broken out all over N.17. Football Journos throw themselves from the top of the Wembley Arch after receiving their P45's.  ITK's found in mass burial pit on site of Spurs new stadium. We live in hope.

This is Tottenham; it ain't gonna happen. Even now the Mail is suggesting that Soldado is to be used as makeweight in a £14 million Moreno deal. That's Alberto Moreno who is going to Liverpool. Something to do with the Champions' League I suppose.

Lazy journalists are busy putting 2 and 2 together and making 22. All manner of Argentinians are being linked with us. The latest is 34 yr.old Cambiasso to supplant the Brazilian International Sandro who is ten years younger. No mention of Messi so far. Don't look away just yet.

Pochettino has stated that Lamela and Lloris are going nowhere. Well not until Dan Levy says so anyway. But that won't stop the rumours. Seems to have a bit of an attitude that Pochinetto, which we like. Facing down the press and feigning lack of English was a good start.

I like the look and sound of the man, he has some good credentials on and off the pitch. Let's pray that his epitaph will be something positive about his achievements at Spurs and not that his foul on Michael Owen led to the penalty in a 1-0 defeat of Argentina.

Jimmy's Video spot:
We are wary of coaches that think they've still got it on the pitch even if it's a tennis court. But we like his commitment and enthusiasm. You should have let him win Mauricio. He would be much more likely to sign for us surely. Or is he cleverer than we think.