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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Spurs excitement mounts : Fire up the Quatro.


Audi Cup Line-up. Who let that cockerel in?
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The JimmyG2 Column.
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 America! It's a long way to go for a pre-season friendly. Just ask Cristopher Columbus. Though I dare say we've been a lot further. At least the game against Real Madrid or Spurs Old Boys as they are known on the Musings is closer to home.

I kid you not, Real Madrid in the prestigious (it says here) Audi Cup, no nor have I. Only a week to go before we take on Man.Utd in the prestigious Premier League. That one rings a bell. I'm so Spurs centred that I seem to have missed it.

It's bi-annual and started in 2009 to celebrate Audi's 100 yrs of production. Bayern, the hosts, have won it twice; Barcelona once in their only appearance. Bayern were runners up that year and the Manchesters have been runners up too. Prestigious indeed.

So now we are all up to speed on that one. Four teams compete by invitation and Spurs game against Real is on Tuesday at  17:15 on Premier Sports but I am expecting streams to be available. Try FSI free football streaming

The Wiki intro to this yea's tournament raised a hollow laugh
The competition will host the 2009 Audi Cup winners Bayern Munich, the 2014 UEFA Champions league winners Real Madrid, 18-time Italian champions Milan, and 8-time FA Cup and two times UEFA cup winners Tottenham Hotspur, of North London.

They dug deep for that. Nothing except a League Cup win in the last couple of decades and no mention of Bayern's impressive recent league wins. But then it's only Germany, World Cup winners four times the last as recently as 2014.

But I'm delighted we've been invited, just can't work out exactly why. Unless it's to allow Real to run the rule over Harry, Hugo and Christian. Part of the erstwhile special relationship, or did that get binned while I wasn't looking.

But as far as the game against MLS All Stars goes was it worth the trip? Well Harry scored and could have got several. No signs of the second album/season problem. His goal was the most difficult of his chances.

Rose is confirmed as first choice left back and Trippier will challenge and soon for the right back position. More crosses than Highgate cemetery. Dier struggled manfully in midfield and is perhaps worth another look in the event that we don't sign a 'marquee' specialist.

None of the youngsters look quite ready yet to act as back up to Harry and the big tent will need another  photo session. Alderweirald wasn't entirely convincing in his first pairing with Vertonghen
but time will tell. 

However against an established team in their mid season and at altitude we still should have won on our second half performance where once again it was the boys that stepped up. Onomah should have scored following a slick passing move between Kane, Carroll and Alli.

Back home, Adebayor may or not be going to Aston Villa: Soldado may or not be going to Villareal. Kaboul, Capoue, Paulinho and Vlad have definitely gone and one or two others of the so-called dead wood. So the Bonfire of the Vanities has at least been lit.

Winks, Carroll and especially Dele Alli caught the eye but only the last named is likely to be retained for the match squad. I hope I'm wrong on that because a decision definitely needs to be made soon on Carroll.

I have hopes for Coulthirst, and there's Pritchard and Velkjovic absent on other duties and some of the youngsters who played in Australia. Mostly these will go out on loan. Not forgetting Mason who is sadly injured once again.

Pre-season has been a bit of a mish mash and who knows what went on behind closed doors. Manchester Unted next week will be a doddle after Real and if we beat them Mauricio can claim an astute build up.

Mcgee and Velkjovic who might yet be in my All Academy squad are both only 20 but both look older than Brad. Milos had a 100% passing accuracy in his only appearance against Limassol in the Europa but was only on for 4 minutes. But it's a start.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
What was Chadli doing for the first? Mis-control and a mishit shot  neatly turned in by Villa for the second. Their keeper kept them in it early on. A good work out as they say. Plenty of positives for Mauricio to ponder.

 


 My Predictions for the season: As submitted to the Topspurs 'Vox Pop' 

Another season already, already? And so the Tottenham treadmill keeps on turning, grinding players managers and fans to dust. Remarkably I find myself more optimistic and cheerful than I was last year and on re-reading last years I find that I was more optimistic last season than the season before. What the hell is wrong with me.

Mainly because of Harry Kane and the Academy Boys and the fact that there are even more poised to make the breakthrough. My dream of an all Academy squad in the next few years is still on track.
Oh delusion then if you insist.

We might mislay Andros along the way but as long as Lloris stays until McGee is ready all is well. Otherwise the fortuitous collision of a talented Academy squad, a settled manager in his second season who favours youth, and a Chairman who guards Spurs money as if it was his own produces a uniquely positive scenario.

I'm making Eriksen, our only true creative, and Lamela, the most likely to become one, honoury Academicians for the interim as they are only young. I'm backing Harry Kane to top 20 Premiership goals.

We punched above our weight last season and bettered my prediction of 6th. so all is set up for the same again this season, another top six finish for the eighth time in a decade. We probably won't make the CL but I would like to see us do better in the UEFA.

I'm assuming that Liverpool will continue in their quest to be the new Tottenham and leave us in poll position to be the best of the rest. In the likely event that Brenden gets the sack, which would be very Spursy, all bets are off.

Let's hear it for the boys, and I do mean boys for they it was that stepped up last season: Kane, Bentaleb, Rose, and Mason when all about them experienced old pros, Adebayor, Soldado, Vlad, Paulinho amongst others were falling apart.

Proud of them and looking forward to Pritchard, Alli, Carroll, Winks and others joining them. Against Sydney FC we had 9 Academy boys on the pitch at some stage and not one of them failed to make their mark.

They all go the extra pitch length for the club and with their commitment and loyalty they give back more than they take out which more than makes up for what they lack in experience or even skill.
Bentaleb or Paulinho: Harry Kane or Adebayor: you choose. Magnificent Seven? Halfhearted Two And a Half more like.

So that's 5th again and Harry to score 20 in the Premiership. The one might be dependent on the other unless we sign someone, or better promote someone, to help him out.

 Come on Mauricio break the mould of the tedious search for foreign Premiership unready stars: you know you want to. And Daniel will back you to the hilt on this one.

Two columns for the price of one! You lucky people. Are you getting excited yet?



Tuesday, 28 July 2015

American warning to Spurs on Naming Rights.

How about 'Arthur Daley's Lock-up
 at New White Hart Lane?'
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The Greg Meyer Column.
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 Tuesday  28 July 2015 … Our English Pin Up Turns 22 Today.

A Postcard From Colorado.

This column is brought to you from sunny downtown Denver where it is a balmy 28 degrees Celsius. Our chosen watering hole happens to be the Three Lions Pub billed as a British Football pub. On tap a variety of Fullers products and others besides. Currently a glass of Fullers London Pride in hand.

 A big Monday night by Spurs supporters from all over went down fantastically . Tonight Ledley King and Brad Friedel turn up at the Blake Tavern. A body could become alcoholic with all these important meetings.

 Whilst here there has been no shortage of well meant football advice from our American cousins. As well they have passed on some not so football advice when touring the US.

Survival Tips in the USA.

America. The land of the free , home of the free, as well it seems free licence to pop round to your local takeaway gun shop, free to then attend church in Carolina , the cinema in Louisiana , perhaps just a school.

You name it and there is some chance you might be caught in the crossfire. So thank you to our new found friends for passing on a few of the necessary etiquette.

Tip One.
Don’t ever wind your window down if stopped by a police officer, Texas Ranger and the like. Converse by universal sign  language. Hold up your English passport. A little like at sea. Don’t leave the sinking boat until the very last.

Tip Two.
Always check your Hire care documentation to ensure the car is fitted with bullet proof window all round.

Tip Three.
 Following on from two always ensure the latest in tamper free automatic door/window locking is fitted and in working condition.

Tip Four.
Always make sure that the indicators are working and religiously follow correct operation thereof. I mean this is not like downtown Madrid. There the operation of indicators by the locals is largely banned or at best totally ignored.

A friend relocated from our pub has advised the reason. Seems most cars are only fitted with “ the basics “… no indicators. Perhaps the local customs mean it is unnecessary.

Unfortunately if you follow the same practice in America , particularly in Waller County Texas , then it can have tragic results. The jury of public opinion is still out on the Sandra Bland death.

 At first blush it seems Officer Brian Encinia was acting way above the conduct of a calm rational traffic cop. The investigation there continues. It leaves you shaking your head.

So be alert, try and avoid accepting any invites to swimming pool parties. Don’t turn up the radio too loud, especially if your name is Bernard.

America one of my favourite tourist destinations but as to living there … hmm. Of course how could you live anywhere but match day travel distance from White Hart Lane.

MLS All-Star v Tottenham Hotspur.

To be played at the curiously named Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Not so curious when you learn Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc is a huge conglomerate featuring in the Fortune 500 in America.

For the All-Star the likes of Kaka, Gerrard, David Villa and our own (not Harry) Robbie Keane are to feature. Last year they did Bayern Munich. Should be a reasonable test .

Spurs have taken a strong squad apart from only the local hero up front. Hopefully Bobby and Ade will be gone by the time the boys get back to the Lane.

Our first glimpse of Tripper, Wimmer and Toby unpronounceable. The partnership between Verts and Toby will be carefully watched for signs of repairing the leaky boat that was last year. Of course just round the corner Real Madrid etc in Germany. All mouth watering stuff  here …

At A Denver Pub.

As mentioned earlier a goodly selection of ales and good grub too. These trips away are hard work.

You might remember last column we talked of the power of the envelope in football. Seems Louis Van Gaal  tries a similar ploy. This time its not envelopes but the suggestion of a “surprise signing”. Hints for Cristiano Ronaldo perhaps. Not likely says our publican.

Guess at our pub we are just jealous. After all a forward signing for Spurs this window would be a real surprise.

Cheers … signed sealed and delivered for some time … our birthday boy Harry Edward Kane    Greg Meyer.     coys.
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 Jimmy's Video Spot.
Another Musings tip for the season ahead. Dele Alli. Has the skill and mentality to do it.
Let's hope he gets the chance. He's in the squad for the trip to the USA. Usual You Tube warnings. The new Lamela. Let's hope not.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Sharks take Brendan Rogers.



 Come on in the water's lovely.

The Greg Meyer Column.


July 10  2015 … The Day Bradman Scored 309 … Don’t they Need Him Now.

Sharks Take Brendan Rodgers.

The man affectionately dubbed “Sharkface “ by Spurs fans is certainly at high risk. Sharks are circling presently just out of range. However the man who has overseen the spending of the Suarez money knows all about the physics of survival.

After all this is the man who famously brandished those envelopes in the Liverpool documentary “ Being Liverpool”. An old ploy previously used by Sir Alex Ferguson amongst others. The envelopes contained names of those Rodgers predicted would not last at Liverpool.

 If Andre Villas- Boas had done the same trick then we know who would have been in the first envelope. Yes you Andre. More about those envelopes later.

After all this is the man who famously proclaimed … “ Liverpool will not do a Tottenham.” various media 30 July 2014.  Spurs received 86 million pounds for Bale and the magnificent seven signings thereafter have been far from overwhelming. Liverpool received 75 million for Suarez.

In came Lovren (20 m), Markovic (20m) , Moreno(12m)  ,  Origi,  Llana ( 25m) , Lambert (4m)  and Emre Can (10 m ). Oh and finally  Mario Balotelli for 16 million. Hmm. Again the magnificent seven plus one have not not been overwhelming successes.

 On respected calculations they have blown 104 million. Indeed even with their enormous spend Liverpool finished behind Spurs last season.

However undaunted Liverpool have continued spending this year. In comes James Milner, the Brazilian Firmino ( 22m) , Clyne, Ings and Bogdan. No worries about the fair play rules yet apparently. Perhaps the pending departure of Raheem Sterling will help balance the books.

Back to those sharks then. After the decline of last season then if results go against him early then the bookies have him a firm favourite for the sack. Liverpool just like Spurs have found it nigh on impossible to replace a superstar.

Despite his boastful protestations on 30 July last year Coach Rodgers is walking an ever narrowing plank. All good news from a Spurs perspective. If Liverpool continue to implode then a now Gerrardless Pool is a positive.

So What About Those Envelopes Then …

First out of the white missives so dramatically brandished by our Brendan was someone uncomfortably close to home. Mrs Susan Rodgers and her partner of some 24 years parted ways. Liverpool fans were a little cheeky with headlines such as  “Has Rodgers been rodgering someone behind Mrs Rodgers back”. Never surely.

Envelopes two and three contained dismissal notices for his 2 long and faithful lieutenants Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh. Perhaps the newly arrived Gary McAlistair may settle matters a little.

 The final envelope remains unopened. Surely the said envelope should be locked away in a time capsule, never to be opened . Yes those bookies might be right.

The name Brendan Rogers is odds on to appear next if he stumbles early. Perhaps those sharks are not so dumb after all. Meanwhile …


At A Kent Pub.

                           Located in the leafy glades of Kent ,  a meeting place for those who enjoy and sometimes suffer the daily exploits of the world’s greatest football club … biased … never.

Toby (However you say it )  is a potentially great signing. At least the risk potential is somewhat lessened having shown his considerable wares in the Premier last season.

 Our lawyer here does like his abilities on the ball and whilst he is booked in for Centre Back, his versatility in defensive midfield is a possibility to say the least.

 Looks great on his You Tube CV. But then so did a certain Argentinian winger.

Certainly a positive so far that we are actually disposing of deadwood. Surely our old mate Tim at Villa can take Andros. Then you never know we may just be able to sign an effective and pacey forward. The second coming of Harry Kane is not guaranteed.

Hardly spending like “Sharkface”, there’s that affectionate moniker again, but still time and of course the other big, big news was all about our new digs. Certainly warms the “cockerals of one’s heart”, news like that.


Cheers … perhaps we are a big club with a new shiny big stadium on the way … Greg Meyer.      coys.

Jimmy's Video Spot: Toby Alderweireld.

Pleaty is sure gonna have fun with this one. Ajax Friends Re-united  which is not a bad kind of get together. Premiership ready International. Another Belgian, the new Brazil apparently. What's not to like?

Right age, right height (26 and 6' 2") Can play Centre Half and right back and could also fill in at defensive mid by the looks of this.

This You Tube video comes with the usual warnings. My Scottish Granny got a trial at Rangers on the strength of hers. She was 64 at the time.


Monday, 15 June 2015

Would Spurs dare?

Mauricio makes the Great leap Forward.
 Go on you know you want to.


I've given it a week or three since the actual football ended and the start of the virtual football and the rumour avalanche. It's the part of the year I hate most and at The Musings we never ever comment on transfer rumours, unless we start them ourselves.

Well not often, and ITK on here means ' It's Total Krap?. It's a never ending circle of supposed inside information which is picked up by the papers and which feeds the next round of ITK.

Or the other way round. I mean where does a circle begin. We've been linked with just over 2000 World Stars already since the start of June, all apparently desperate to play for the Mighty Spurs.

On reflection we've had a good season. We finished a place higher than I predicted, got to a cup final and most importantly saw the emergence of some more of our young talent. We are nicely placed to pass, tackle and kick on.

In the post season, pre-pre-season trip to the other side of the world no fewer than six new Spurs Academicians made the plane and five of them played with some distinction and without any signs of intimidation by the occasion or the opposition.

Yes, it was only a Malaysia X1 and Sydney FC but it's a big moment for these boys and a landmark in their careers. Fail to show up and you may never hear of them again. They didn't and we will.

So that's six to add to the five old Academicians that emerged last season. In the game against Sydney FC no fewer than nine of our own made it onto the pitch at some stage.

Not to mention Pritchard away with the U21 squad who is Musings tip for distinction at Spurs next year and another four in the squad who were under 22 and McGee on the bench.

I love it: a potent mix of youth and/ or our own grown. The youngest team in the Premiership several times. It offers an alternative template to the usual accumulation of expensive stars.

And now is the time. We have an amazing congruence of a Head Coach with a reputation for giving youth its chance and a CEO who hates spending money. He'll back him without splashing any cash.

Stir gently with a particularly promising batch of own grown and young players and Jimmy's dream begins to take shape. We can go on buying  foreign superstars (2nd grade until we make the Champions league). And changing Managers every fortnight.

 Or we can make the Soccer Bungee Jump and change the shape of English Premiership football. Now I can hear you muttering 'Poor old Jim, he's finally lost it'. 'Dream' Jim? That's a fantasy bordering on a delusion. 

But read on  perhaps it's not. Firstly I would rather come 5th. with our Academicians than  make top four with a team of bought in ready-mades. I'd rather build it than buy it.

That's not lack of ambition that's an ambition of a different sort. Very few would assert that we are ready for the CL in any case. Catch 22 comes into play. You can't make top four without the top players and you can't get top players..........oh finish it for yourselves.

Secondly ponder what own grown players give you that imports cannot. Loyalty, effort ,enthusiasm, spirit, the willingness to go the extra pitch length or two, familiarity with the club and their fellow players and hopefully the Spurs way.

I give you Harry Kane and Adebayor. The more you give the outside superstars the more they demand. The more you give the own grown the more they give you back. Their lack of experience and level of skill is made up in other ways.

For years it's been said that Spurs lack mental strength, determination or whatever. Own grown youngsters give you this and much more. I could go on but consider for a moment the difference between Nabil Bentaleb and Paulinho.

I have no doubt that José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Júnior  is on most scales the better player. Experience certainly but give me Nabil any day. He shows all those other vital attributes that raise his game.

Rumours abound that Nabil is on the point of signing a new contract and Harry Kane is not to be sold at any price. Both pre-requisits for my attempt to boldly go into the new Academy trained era.

Of course there are plenty saying that Carroll neat, tidy and stylish will never make at Premiership level. But they said that about Harry Kane and Danny Rose and look how those forecasts panned out

If Hugo stays that's one problem solved as this year we don't have a keeper step up ready. We might struggle at centre half so Jan can give us another year.

Now is the moment for the great experiment to begin. I would love it, love it if we went down this route, or at least fired up the Sat-nav. The highlight for me this year has been watching our own boys with pride.

Now we all know you don't win nothing with kids but you can get damn close. Give the fans something to identify with and not the usual assemblage of unknown stars.

And while we're at it stop changing the shirts every five minutes: its the reason so many passes go astray we can't remember what colours we play in.

Anyway lets give Carroll, Winks and the others a chance to show what they can do. What have we got to lose. Put some experience on the bench in case it goes rugby ball shaped.

Usually its the other way round with tired, cynical old pros on the pitch and a couple of youngsters on the bench. We have begun to change this, we have the tools let's finish the job.

Jimmy Greaves update.
Jimmy has left hospital and has begun what might be long period of recuperation according to his family. A good omen.

Jimmy's Video Spot:
Kane goal, Lamela assist. Vision from Eriksen, early promise from Townsend. Pace from. Yedlin.
Some nice team play and occasional lapses as you would expect.
 Out of recent purchases I would keep Lloris, Vertonghen, Eriksen, Chadli, Yedlin, perhaps Lamela until more Academy lads are ready. After all we will need some squad players to make up the numbers.. 

Monday, 25 May 2015

Post season bloodbath at Spurs.


What happened to the bonfire? Is that Kaboul?

And so we sail calmly into port on the good ship Hotspur after a mostly choppy voyage. Still guided by the same man that we set sail with, which is in itself an innovation. Long may it last.

Some of the crew were more able seaman than others and wholesale changes are predicted. Some of the crew disappeared overboard during the voyage and have yet to resurface.

There will be keel hauling, plank walking and bodies dangling from the yard arm for mutiny but that entertaining bloodbath is for later. Meanwhile post season precedes pre-season and starts today(*full list of squad for Malaysia and Sydney below)

Hope they get some sleep on the plane. Anyway there we were grudgingly accepting a Europa place and admitting finally that after this transitional season Mauricio deserves another chance.

But  two wins, and two clean sheets later we emerge as the best of the rest, a mere six points and twenty goals off a Champions' League place. It's been a slog lately but 'All's Well that Almost Ends Well'.

I've seen it calculated that if we had beaten Utd 7-0 rather than losing 3-0 we would have changed places with them. I'm sure that's right, not that it matters now. but Glory Glory was closer than we thought.

It's a sobering thought that coming fourth is the new double as far as the current Spurs are concerned. If Louis Van Gaal had come to us rather than Utd. would things have been very different I wonder.

An upbeat end to the season  helped by the spectacular implosion of Liverpool whose season went astray from the moment that Brenden Rogers said that  they wouldn't do a Tottenham.Oh yes they did and we didn't.

Stand up if you feel a bit sorry for Gerrard's ignominious end to his Premiership career. Well a tiny bit then. No-one at all? Harsh but we've still got plenty of problems of our own.  

By finishing 5th we go straight in the Europa Group stage midway through September several weeks after the also rans and W.Ham who qualify through the fair play league and start their qualifiers on July 2nd.

That's the sixth season running we have won our last game of the season and it was a welcome victory over Everton who didn't impress at all. They gave the ball away frequently which was very Spursy of them and gave us too much space, which we mainly wasted in the final third.

We controlled the ball and the game apart from a 15 minute spell at the start of the second half. Mauricio countered this by substituting Dembele who was possibly injured, but playing well, adding strength to the midfield with Stambouli.

Elsewhere it was the usual try this position on for size that we have seen before. Bentaleb was at left back and Dier at right back again. Both played well with Dier supplying the cross for Harry Kane's record equaling goal.

Bentaleb at left back was a revelation, very little got past him, Coleman in particular who has been a nuisance in the past. He got forward well to give us width  but was often ignored  But for Harry Kane he would be without doubt Musings Man Of the Season.

Marks out of 10 for the season?
Well 4/10 for style and content, it's been grim at times. 6/10 for achievement: 5th place and a cup final.  8/10  for the belief in young players, especially our own and a cautious 7/10 for future prospects.

It was good to see Winks and Onomah on the bench and there was space for a couple more. Yedlin apparently homesick would have been better playing than moping on the bench over his mom and apple pie.

Nobody played poorly and Tottenham fans ever willing to clutch at straws end the season on a legal high and face the future with guarded optimism. One or two things need sorting out first of course.

Harry Kane needs support and someone to take some of the responsibility from him up front. A quality defensive midfielder would protect our leaky back four and allow Bentaleb and Mason to be more positive.

Mauricio needs to respond more quickly to on field situations and be less rigid in his formations and personnel. Eriksen needs to retrace his steps and find where he dropped his mojo . Hugo needs to commit at least for another season.

If the Head Coach sticks with his philosophy and philosophies are for life not just for Xmas he needs to find some players that fit it it better or that can adapt.

It's going to be difficult to improve on this season's Premiership achievement, we are not ready for Champions' League but unless the performances improve nobody is gonna be happy.

Musings Awards
Players of the Year....................Harry Kane: Nabil Bentaleb: Hugo
Most Improved.........................Danny Rose.
Most disappointing...................Christian Eriksen: Erik Lamela.
Silliest decision........................Appointing Kaboul as captain.
Most urgent to sell....................Kaboul, Adebayor, Townsend.
Best things about the Season....Mauricio's faith in youth. Fielding the youngest team. Beating Arsenal and Chelsea. Not losing to W.Ham, not even once.

The Future is Bright and Jimmy Greaves continues to improve.

Squad for Malaysia and Australia. (From the OS)

Hugo Lloris                            
Luke McGee
Michel Vorm
Eric Dier
Federico Fazio
Danny Rose
Jan Vertonghen
Kyle Walker-Peters
DeAndre Yedlin.

Nabil Bentaleb
Tom Carroll
Nacer Chadli
Mousa Dembele
Christian Eriksen
Erik Lamela
Ryan Mason
Josh Onomah
Benji Stambouli
Andros Townsend
Grant Ward
Harry Winks

Harry Kane
Roberto Soldado

Younes Kaboul, Vlad Chiriches and Paulinho have been given permission (that's Mauricio speak for 'ordered') to remain at the Training Centre, while Emmanuel Adebayor and Etienne Capoue have been granted leave to return home for family reasons. Musings say, Don't phone us.

Make of all that what you will. Shop window for some perhaps or hoping they get lost on the voyage. Quite a few youth on the trip. Others including Pritchard are called up for England U21 duty.

Late news flash:
Harry Kane beat Malaysia 2-1with a full supporting cast of thousands, mainly  Academy lads and no-one disappointed. More details in the Post Season Tour Roundup later.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
Speaking of Alex Pritchard here he is before his successful season loan at Brentford where he was their player of the year.. Musings tip for next season. Our natural successor to Eriksen?. Looks a bit like him, takes free kicks like him. It's the hair. Yet another one of our own.
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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Exit doors declared open at Spurs.


 That's most of the Magnificent Seven and Kaboul.
Any more for the Annual Bonfire of the Dead Wood?
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The JimmyG2 Column.
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It's almost over. Deep breaths, relax, just one to go and then it's over. Paint the shed, dig out the fishing gear, browse the holiday brochures, talk to the missus or whatever.

We might still make 5th despite the best efforts of Mauricio and the lads so lie back and enjoy the Magical Mystery Tour of some of the lesser known European night spots.

Even if it doesn't go exactly to plan against Everton the EUFA thingy is more or less inevitable and I for one am glad. Come on you Gunners do us a favour.

Europa again, a cup final, beating Chelsea and Arsenal: not too bad for what we all knew would be a transitional season. Fielding the youngest team in the Premiership; five of our own starting or finishing at times.The Futures not as dim as sometimes painted.

There's a new Stadium under way; training facilities second to none; Harry Kane, one of our own, the toast of Tottenham. This could be the start of something good. Not to be written off and forgotten in my view.

A win and a clean sheet for the penultimate game, against a poor Hull side admittedly, shows us the way. The game was illuminated and won by two brief moments of class in a desert of tediocrity.

Lamela,who has been playing more effectively lately set up Chadli with a thoughtful through ball and Mason chipped delicately for Rose who hadn't stopped running since he got off the bus outside the stadium to volley into the roof of the net.

Lamela and Rose vied for MOM once again and I thought Rose just shaded it for his enterprise, effort and spirit. Before these moments at the start of the second half and after for that matter we were uninspired once again. Eriksen in particular.

 Chadli's opener reminded us what the aim and purpose of the game was and incidently his usefulnesss and we cheered up briefly  to score a second. Once again there was no start for Yedlin and Dier played out of position at right back, and it showed.

It was Fazio's turn this week to supply the opposition with the ball. Vertonghen played as if he was doing us a favour by turning out at all and Mason was more effective than his midfield partner Bentaleb for a change.

Glimmers of hope friends glimmers of hope. For fans for whom success is all the season like the 'Curates Egg' has been 'good in parts'. This of course is disastrous for eggs but not so bad for football seasons.

 With just Everton away left, fortunately for us without Aaron Lennon who has been playing well and enjoying himself, our judgment on the season is taking shape. The proverbial annual Bonfire of the Dead Wood looms.

If Levy can make out the wood from the trees we might clear several stunted continental oaks and a few saplings and replace them with hopefully native English stock grown with Premiership conditions in mind.

Most of last year's plantings failed to take root and could be grubbed up without too much disruption. Eriksen, Lamela, Dier and Chadli could be left to mature a little more. All the rest are open to best offers.

If the Head Coach can get  two or three of his preferences and pot up some seedlings from the Nursery then we might go into next season bedded in better than we were this season.

 Pochettino has certainly done enough to guarantee another season at the very least.

His preferred tactics were a mismatch for the players available and but for Harry Kane this season might have been a complete disaster. He has shown stubbornness and inflexibility at times and on the whole the football has been dull.

Eriksen's loss of form and the possible departure of Lloris are both clouds on the horizon in a fairly unsettled outlook. But beat Everton and secure 5th and the sun will be peeping through.

All managers have weaknesses and blindspots, it's a matter of finding a decent match for the club's preferences. One of our recent sackings has just won the Russian league with Zenit St Petersburg.

Up and Coming with a reputation for promoting youth and handling them well, Mauricio will do for me for now in the light of our other achievements this season. Now what about the entertainment side of the business Mo.

Let's not throw him on the Bonfire or add his name to the Manager Go Round just yet. That's the Musings Annual Appeal on behalf of the Stability Foundation.

 It's a big step up from 5th to Top Four and we are nowhere near ready for it yet.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
He's young, he's strong, he's quick and he's one of our own. Nabil Bentaleb a genuine success story this season perhaps overshadowed by Harry Kane. I like the boy.This shows his more positive side. Breaking out from the 'if we've got it they can't score' school of thought which usually only gets you to the half way line.


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Greavsie Update.

 “The biggest regret of my whole football career
 was leaving White Hart Lane in 1970.''
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The Greg Meyer Column.
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 Tuesday May 12th 2015… Birthdays … A Little Group Welcome at the Bedside.

Greavsie.

It’s off!! The Hall of Fame Induction for James Peter Greaves has been put on hold pending his return to fitness to turn out at the big event.

Leading up to the event I had penned the following which like Jimmy remains as eternal as ever.

 His most famous quote is … “ My Biggest regret is … “. More on that later.

 So apt and so ironic given he enters the Spurs hall of Fame as a Legend when available. Why he has stayed away so long explained later.

The First Million Pound Player.

In todays transfer market he might be the first 100 million  pound transfer. His strike rate compares easily with Messi, Ronaldo and anyone else that comes to mind. Forty four in Fifty seven games for England for starters.

A predator extraordinaire. These days called a fox in the box.

 But no James Peter Greaves was much more than that. A ability to glide past players, even in mid
field , meant when he appeared in the box it was always odds on  for a goal.

 He just passed it into the back of the net. No fuss. Just scored.

 There is that famous quote from Bill  Nicholson I think. All he did today was go out and score four goals. Nothing else.

History records rather than blast it netwards he preferred the passing it into goal approach. And so his conversion ratio of a goal a game was born.

Why Was He So Good.

Simple stupid. Jimmy believed in 90 minutes and beyond. His game was built around concentration for the entire game. Mental toughness. No switching off. No having a little rest. Pure and simple 90 minutes and ready for any chance, however late, and bang it was in the net.

Some Memorable Quotes and Memories  From Our Jimmy.

Grew up in Dagenham and rose to great heights. His pre match meal was usually a full English roast. Washed down with a cleansing ale no doubt. A team mate might dine on a pasta and salad. Seemed to work for our Jimmy.
First off a reflection on Sicknote … fondly remembered by all us Spurs… Love you Darren ..

       “I’m 58 and think even I’ve played more football than Anderton over the past two years.If Black Death swept through London… oops you would not want to be in the same street as Darren.”

      On Bobby Moore …

          “ He knew where an opposition player was going to pass it before that player even knew.”

And so back to that first quote ..

           “The biggest regret of my whole football career was leaving White Hart Lane in 1970. My interest after that weakened. I was heart broken.”

So There You Have It.

   A phone call from Bill Nicholson telling him the deal was done was how it happened.  Not what would happen. You are off son.  Greavsie was shattered. The club of his life was offloading him for the new up and comer, Martin Peters. 

 Even then football was rather ruthless. Don’t blame Jimmy. Still with the passage of time most wounds heal.

At A Kent Pub.

    Yes can understand the bitterness.

  Fantastic both sides have now agreed terms of rapprochement.

 Meanwhile back bedside a trio of birthdays to help out. Florence Nightingale on nursing duties with humour and cheer provided by Tony Hancock and Catherine Tate.

 Welcome back Saint Jimmy of Greaves … Striker Extraordinaire … One of our own.

Cheers   …  a speedy recovery would be great news for his many fans  … Greg Meyer.   coys..

Jimmy and Jimmy's Video Spot.
Messi and Ronaldo eat your hearts out:  heavy leather balls, atrocious pitches; no protective rules for the artists and terrible weather too it seems. Any excuse to watch Jimmy Greaves.Well the man's not well for goodness sake.