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Month: December 2008

We might need to sign some more rubbish

We might need to sign some more rubbish

Downing, Bellamy, Parker. These names fill me with dread but at the same time they could be a necessary evil. Harry’s honeymoon period is well and truly over. Our strikers are shit. Our midfield is shit. Our defence is OK.

The build the team round a little Croatian tactic was a good idea, but doesn’t work if your strikers aren’t intelligent enough to play with him. I know he’s small but I’d quite like to see two up top with Modric in the middle alongside Huddlestone. We would be lightweight but it doesn’t matter because at the moment, we aren’t making any chances whatsoever.

Harry’s forte is signing decent players on the cheap, how refreshing that would be to see as a Spurs fan. Bentley, Pavlyuchenko, Bent, Boateng are just the tip of the iceberg. It makes me physically sick to think how much these players cost, especially when you think of the decent players that have walked out the door.

Our dilemma now is do we sign some equally average players in the hope that they keep us in the league? I personally still feel Harry can get enough out of what he already has to keep us up but we can’t afford to take any chances. Seeing Stuart Downing arrive for £14m+ would likely give me a stroke but it could all be worth it as long as we aren’t playing in the Championship next season.

Tottenham v Fulham – Pain Preview

Tottenham v Fulham – Pain Preview

Merry Christmas everyone. I got a cracking present from the Mrs, the new Spurs Player by Player book, signed for me by one Ricky Villa!

I quite fancy us to get a result tomorrow, Hodgson has Fulham playing as a solid unit but I think they will come unstuck soon and it’s more likely to happen away from Craven Cottage. Their home form was always good, there was just a blip under Sanchez. They are yet to win away this season.

Team News

Spurs could be struggling at the back with both Woodgate and King facing late fitness tests. Darren Bent and Jermaine Jenas should be back.

Fulham are without Zoltan Gera.

Current Form
Spurs have won 5 of the last 10 league games but went down 2-1 at the hands of Newcastle on Sunday.

Fulham are on their best run of form for some time but they are yet to win away from home this season.

Head To Head
Fulham have only ever won twice at the Lane in 29 attempts. If they were to win, it would be only the 2nd time in their history they have completed a league double over Tottenham.

Other points to note
Tottenham have won their last 4 Boxing Day fixtures, Fulham are 0 form 4.

Fulham are managing to go lockdown for 0-0 away from home but there is only so long they can use these tactics and not score before they come unstuck. I fancy Luka Modric to pick them apart tomorrow and Spurs to run out comfortable winners.

Best Bets
Luka Modric 1st Goal Scorer @ 10/1 with Betfred

Tottenham to win 3-1 @ 14/1 with BlueSq

£12m swoop for Upson

£12m swoop for Upson

The talk both before and after yesterday’s game was of a proposed move by Harry for Matthew Upson during the transfer window.

Redknapp is becoming increasingly frustrated with only having Ledley available for one game in two or three and doesn’t rate Dawson as an adequate understudy.

I’m not sure what the deal is with West Ham at the moment but it would appear they are happy to sell their stars if the price is right. £12m is a lot of money for a player that has had more than his fair share of injury problems but his quality is undeniable. He always looks in command of the back line and his performances for England have been outstanding.

The problem for Harry would be keeping the three of them happy when they are all fit. Woodgate seem to have got past his long term injury problems now and when Ledley can play, there is still nobody better. The other issue is if they were all to go into injury mode at the same time, we would be in serious trouble.

I think our first priority should be a decent ball winner in midfield, the same player we have been missing for years but if Matty Upson did arrive in January, I’d be more than happy.

David Bentley and Real Madrid

David Bentley and Real Madrid

The British press are amazing. According to the Daily Star, Ramos is going to sign both Aaron Lennon and David Bentley!

According to most of the rumours I heard, Bentley was one of the main reasons Ramos got the boot. Not only because of his awful performances on the pitch under Ramos, but also for displays of dissent towards the manager in the dressing room. It was him kicking off when he heard he was being left on the bench for the 2nd leg of the match against Wisla Krakow that was the beginning of the end for Wendy.

I know Ramos has questions to answer after some of the methods he employed during his tenure at the Lane, but is he really stupid enough to sign a player after that? I think not.

As for Lennon, he was another player Ramos used sparingly especially toward the end of his reign at Spurs. Why would he want to sign him?

I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s Star, let’s hope for more of the same. Maybe the players he didn’t give squad numbers too could also be on his hit list?!

Wendy Ramos, you’re not as stupid as you look!

Wendy Ramos, you’re not as stupid as you look!

I felt a little sorry for Juande after his sacking from Tottenham, I feel a little less sorry for him after today, he’s been appointed manager of Real Madrid, in case you didn’t know!

“I would like to thank the board for their confidence – I face this job with excitement. It’s everybody’s dream,” he stated.

“I hope I don’t let anyone down and that I achieve the successes that this club has set for this season.

“In most of my previous jobs I have had short contracts. We came to a quick agreement and I’m delighted.

“If I’m happy at the end of the season then I might extend the contract. Both sides are free to see what happens.”

So he’s gone from managing a slightly above average Premier League side rooted to the bottom of the table, to running the biggest club in the world and got a good few million pounds compensation in the process.

The bloke won us our first trophy for ages (I ain’t counting the Peace Cup) and guided us to a 5-1 victory over Arsenal and we are safe in the hands of Harry now, so I don’t begrudge him a few quid.

I knew his last few months at Tottenham couldn’t have been as bad as they seemed. It was a plan all along. My only surprise now is Berbatov wasn’t sold to Madrid. At least his compo can be taken from the money we mugged Liverpool out of with the Robbie Keane transfer.

Looks like everyone is happy then except the scousers and Bernd Schuster…

Harry 100% at the Hammers

Harry 100% at the Hammers

Tonight’s game sees us visit a rejuvenated West Ham at Upton Park. After a shaky period, Ganfranco Zola has got his side defending quite well and they have managed five points from a possible nine in their last three matches.

We have been going along well under Harry but after a couple of recent defeats in the League, we could really do with 3pts tonight.

A big positive going into the match is Harry’s record as opposing manager when visiting Upton Park. He visited 3 times with Portsmouth and won every game. I know some people pay no attention to these trends but I think I’d rather he’d won three than lost them!

Spurs have no new injury worries with long term absentees Alan Hutton and Giovani Dos Santos still missing. Luka Modric may play some part tonight which would be a major boost and Jenas should also be back. I’m not sure if that is a good or a bad thing!

The Hammers’ home record is not great with just one point from a possible twelve since the end of September but like I said earlier, they have looked like they are turning the corner in their last few games.

Tottenham have managed just one win in six London Derbies but that win was against West Ham.

I could see this being a draw if I’m honest, possibly 1-1. Although West Ham did a job on Liverpool at Anfield, they won’t be using the same tactics at home and I think an open game will suit us. We have a good record in recent times against the Hammers and I’m sure it’s a game Harry will be desperate to win. Let’s hope he can keep that 100% record.

We have our own Rory Delap

We have our own Rory Delap

So why not start using him? Gareth Bale can launch a throw in the same manner as Rory Delap and I think we should utilise this part of his game more. I’m not saying we make it a staple part of our play like Stoke but there would be no harm mixing it up a bit with a few ‘Bale Bombs’.

Yesterday’s defeat at the hands of Everton was unlucky but we have had our fair share of luck since Harry took over so I’m not going to let it get me down. I just think towards the end of the game we ran out of ideas. Although we had plenty of the ball in the last half hour, we needed to mix things up a bit to break down Everton’s two banks of four down. Bale came on with 20 or so mins to go, there would be no harm getting him throwing a few in the mixer.

I’m a bit concerned whether the Bale stat is playing on Harry’s mind now. When Chris Kamara told Harry we hadn’t won a league game Gareth Bale has started prior to us playing Fulham, he laughed it off. Bale hasn’t started either league game since with Harry preferring Benoit Assou-Ekotto. I think anyone would find it hard to make a case for Ekotto being a better player than Bale. He may be slightly better defensively but I don’t think there is an awful lot in it, and Bale is a much better footballer.

Let’s hope Redknapp starts using our own Rory Delap more often!