Tottenham break character and show their backbone

Tottenham break character and show their backbone 3

“We played like a team. We never gave up, always believed and this is important.” Mauricio Pochettino’s English may still be in its formative stages and he is yet to escape the platitudes, but something rang very true in his post-game comments this evening. Tottenham left Upton Park today have taken all three points despite having(…)

West Ham vs Tottenham: Individual Player Statistics 0

It seems as if every game Chris Foy referees ends up really being about him.  So it was today, anyway, with Foy sending off Kyle Naughton, giving West Ham a penalty, producing two yellow-cards for James Collins, and almost providing the assist for a Tottenham breakaway goal. Eric Dier’s late debut goal won it for(…)

Picking a Tottenham side for Upton Park 4

Truthfully, it will probably be some time before we see Mauricio Pochettino’s full influence on Tottenham, because tactical structure develops as much out of habit and familiarity as it does instruction. Pre-season has, however, been an alluring reveal, and there are already signs as to the intentions of Pochettino and the style and pace of play(…)

Trimming the Tottenham squad

Trimming the Tottenham squad 1

Mauricio Pochettino spoke earlier in the week about the size of the Tottenham squad and has vaguely suggested that a couple of players will be moving away before the transfer-window shuts.  As expected, the media have churned out a couple of ‘exclusive’ 11-player lists and used words like ‘exodus’, clear-out’ and ‘overhaul’ fairly liberally. Eleven(…)

Watching a calmer, more harmonious Tottenham emerge from the Winter

Watching a calmer, more harmonious Tottenham emerge from the Winter 11

Because of the nature of pre-season reporting, it’s easy to perceive Premier League Summers as times of perpetual panic.  Players are coming in, players are being sold, managers are being hired or fired, friendly results are being hopelessly over-scrutinised - it’s largely artificial and merely a tactic used to fill the football void, but it’s(…)

Morgan Schneiderlin, Jay Rodriguez and Tottenham: Discussion 3

It seems that we’re not quite done with the Southampton departures yet, with the Press Association and now multiple sources claiming that Tottenham are close to deals for both Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez. There are no reports yet on the fee, but given how Southampton have negotiated during this transfer-window you would expect it(…)

Roberto Soldado’s chance for a Tottenham renaissance 5

2013/14 was a horrible time for Roberto Soldado.  He arrived at Tottenham from Valencia for close to £28m and, unbeknownst to him, he was moving to a club who were about to drop into a season of upheaval and transition. Soldado came to England with a reputation for slick, intelligent link-play and efficient goal-scoring and(…)

Tottenham and Erik Lamela spark enthusiasm in Canada 1

Thirty-three million pound transfer-fees are not justified during pre-season friendlies in Canada, but if Erik Lamela is to have a successful career at Tottenham he might look back on last night’s game with Toronto as a trend-altering moment. The narrative surrounding the Argentine during his time in England thus far has been misleading; Lamela did(…)

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