Date: 8th October 2018 at 5:44pm
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Delving into the subterranean world of Opta Stats has revealed a new delight, the mechanically named The Total Actions/Successful Actions ratio.

This beauty allows one to at a glance see what was achieved overall by any player.

Whilst God loves a trier, the sane amongst us adopt a more secular approach and are really looking for tangible results.

So none of this ‘yeah but he was doing a lot of running off the ball’ or similar excuses for players that were actually failures.

Failure is bad. 

The sample group here is comprised of players who have all made similar amount of appearances in the 2018/19 season.

What we learn is no great shock to any sentient systems (although Eric Dier haters may need a lie down).

Our defence is fundamentally sound, but Danny Rose is offering almost as little as Lucas Moura.

Lots of huff and puff, but the net results are mediocre.

Mediocre is bad. 

Harry Kane one surely has to hand a pass to here.

Ran himself into the floor in Russia due to be surrounded buy incompetents, and he’s done the same in the Premier League.

To labour the point, these particular stats are as vilifying/flattering as it gets.

How many times did the player try to do something/anything during a game, and how many times were they successful in their travails ? 

  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Exile October 9, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    We are 5th at present courtesy of playing the bottom 4 teams in the premier league of whom 2 or maybe 3 seem certain to be relegated. Our cl campaign is almost over , PSG are not mugs ,and we may even miss europa. Our league cup campaign is over due to levys fixture fuck up meaning two games in 48 hours following the city game. If the fixture list had not be so kind we would be the crisis club which is currently Man Utd.
    To me the real issue at the club is Lewis. He’s loaded but clearly is not interested in football and advancing the club. As far as I can see the only investment he has made in the club is the money he used to buy sugar out and the further investment in acquiring the remainder of the equity, for which good luck to him,he has done well.
    To make matters worse the absentee owner has entrusted the day to day running of the club to Daniel levy who must be most people’s idea of the worst boss they ever worked for.
    The two gentlemen seem more interested in gentrifying Tottenham than providing the fan base with anything to cheer.

  • Aussie in Switzerland October 9, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I can clarify the Eric Dier bit.

    What they need is a new stat grading the fuck ups on a spectrum. Dier has it in him to play well, but when he fucks up, he really fucks up. On the fuck up spectrum he is Asbergers as fuck….. Almost at Lloris levels of fucking up, dribbling in front of a mirror brain dead fuck up level.

  • Tappaspur October 9, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Morning. Brazil back at Hotspur way. England use Hotspur way. What do spurs get out of it? Or should that be how much?

    • Harry Hotspur October 9, 2018 at 9:10 am

      Some photos to make fans believe we’re rubbing shoulders with the greats.

    • Paddio October 9, 2018 at 9:28 am

      We get as much out of it as renaming a local sports centre, though levy fanboys will label it as success

  • Finn October 9, 2018 at 2:03 am

    The damage is already done.

    Forgive me if I labour this point, but look at a squad as an organic and dynamic entity, not something with a fixed value or in any way mechanical. I think we’ve seen that “overhauls” don’t work but that the gradual development and growth of a squad with emphasis on both individuality and group dynamics is what produces better results.

    Managing a squad requires on the one hand the “micro” nurturing of both the players and the group and on the other the “macro” strategic management of the whole. Potch does the first very, very well; however he falls down on the “macro” management, largely due (IMO) to Levy-nomics.

    This Levy factor has resulted in no rejuvenation of the squad over the summer and this now has a number of flow-on effects beyond the obvious lack of squad depth.

    As entities, squads are continuously eroded by a plethora of factors; to maintain their integrity forward momentum needs to be constantly added to offset the inertia of time, injury, destabilisation, personal and psychological aspects of players lives, contracts and agents, etc. that the players in the squad constantly face.

    Simply not doing anything is in actuality allowing inertia to slow down the squad relative to the demands of countering the above factors – making a decision to do nothing is actually taking a decision to go backwards!

    If all other squads do the same, there is no net loss, but should they even do no more than what is enough to maintain their current level, they will be ahead…………….…………and guess what???? The following consequences are probable as a result of our “bravery”:

    1. We are unlikely to qualify for advancement to the knock-out stage of the CL
    2. We will have additional fixture pressure and travelling for the Ropey Cup
    3. Our league results will likely suffer as a consequence
    4. Given a number of the factors discussed and especially the form of other clubs, we will probably not qualify for the CL next season.
    5. Given no CL and a parsimonious wage policy we will see top players go
    6. Given no CL and a parsimonious wage policy we will not attract top players to replace those that leave

    …………………….Levy’s stupidity is a time bomb he armed it last summer and all we can now do is watch the seconds tick away.

    Whilst this is my speculation, its going to take an amazing effort to prove it wrong.

    • Harry Hotspur October 9, 2018 at 7:58 am

      All correct – add to this the financial handicap – the absence of CL money will slow down the repayments to the bank.

      The bald cretin has placed the entire club in jeopardy and those that don’t yet get it can only demand that this blog ‘never says anything positive’ as if kissing an ugly baby will make it pretty.

      • Aussie in Switzerland October 9, 2018 at 2:22 pm

        I guess Levy won’t be inviting you to the NFL stadium grand opening party…… In 2020….

        • Harry Hotspur October 9, 2018 at 2:49 pm

          No idea why. I send him a fully nappy every week.

          I thought we had a good thing going.

  • dilly October 9, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Currently exceeding expectations walking a tightrope worst case scenario we lose to West Ham in the PL and Caraberro cup, lose to Citeh, exit the CL and get thumped by Arse in the NLD, then what?

    • dilly October 9, 2018 at 12:14 am

      Looking at the PL fixture list life ain’t easy:-
      Spammers (a)
      Citeh (H)
      Wolves (a)
      Palace (a)
      Chelski (H)
      Arse (A).

      A brave man to predict that lot!!!

      • Aussie in Switzerland October 9, 2018 at 2:20 pm

        W L W W L D

        • Aussie in Switzerland October 9, 2018 at 2:20 pm

          A few injury returns in the middle of that

          • Aussie in Switzerland October 9, 2018 at 2:21 pm

            And not at new stadium

  • BobbytheBrain October 8, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Can you provide similar stats for our Top 4 rivals? I woukd be interested to see how they compare. And what is the definition of a successful action please? Does this include roĺling a pass 6 yards sideways or backwards? If so no surprise that our centre halfs are top rated.

    • Harry Hotspur October 9, 2018 at 7:54 am

      Oh dear… Look Bobby the point is that our midfield urgently needed a couple of decent players and didn’t get them. That’s our weak spot.

      Dier gets screamed at most games so there’s your 6 yard passses. Sissoko would also fall into that category.

      Additionally the one time best back four in the league’s Danny Rose is now a bit rubbish.

      We’ve played some junk – bar Liverpool – and unless something magical happens we’re heading towards trouble.

      Instead of asking for stats for the rest of the league – I can only only present information and make suggestions. I can’t think for you.

      Everyone who throws the ‘you can prove anything with stats’ line at me crashes and burns because I’m not some clown trying to twist things.

      There’s so much glaringly wrong I don’t have to.

      • East Stand October 9, 2018 at 10:51 am

        We definitely needed strengthening in central midfield.

        We had Dembele’s talk of a move to Italy, we already know how utterly useless Sissoko is there, Wanyama and Dier are only ever one aspect of the midfield.

        This puts huge expectation on Winks to provide everything in that respect, handing him the number 8 shirt was an indication of that but where is the depth?

        Dembele and Winks are the only two who can do that job effectively, one is never fully fit and the other still has everything to prove. The reported move for Grealish was the most pathetic attempt to hoover up a player cheaply that I have seen for some time.

        I actually enjoyed seeing the new owners come in and prevent Levy’s attempt to asset strip Villa. Good luck to them and hard cheese Levy, you tight fisted, weirdo twat…

        • Harry Hotspur October 9, 2018 at 12:54 pm

          It’s a mess. Winks isn’t ready to step up yet and Mousa and Sissoko are spent.

      • BobbytheBrain October 9, 2018 at 1:08 pm

        Harry please don’t get me wrong I am not a Levy apologist. It sticks in the throat that I am forking out good money to go and watch Spurs live and am therefore endorsing Levy’s folly. I fully agree that we are woefully short of depth and that the pigeons are coming home to roost now that we failed to strengthen in the window. It can’t be a coincidence that having gone deep into the later stages of the WC, Verts, Eriksen, Lloris, Alli and Dembele have picked up injuries. I am honestly interested to see how our stats compare with the rest of the Top 4 and what is meant by a successful action. You would expect the more defensively minded players to complete more successful actions as they are more likely to be playing percentage balls rather than trying to play the killer pass or to take a player on. Maybe that is why Rose’s stats are so low or maybe it is just because he is not very good….

        • Aussie in Switzerland October 9, 2018 at 2:25 pm

          Pogba has been shit…. Long WC run…. there is your answer

  • Paddio October 8, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Good to see this year vs last year differences, to see where drop has been.
    But Guess Sissoko’s stats are on a par with last year

  • cavey October 8, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    We look in deep trouble and down to the bare boards. The next two games we need some of the walking wounded back. I don’t want to start slagging off Levy just now, but not to add strength to the squad was suicidal and gave out a very bad message. Poch sounded like ‘a boy whistling in the dark’ at the post match pressie.

  • mattspurs October 8, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    What’s the context? How are other team’s players performing? Does this mean all our other players are lower than 48.8%?

    • Paddio October 8, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      Stats work in American sports eg baseball in football you need to add personal judgment as well,
      Hence a money ball recruitment system doesn’t truly in football

    • East Stand October 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm

      If deep trouble for Spurs these days is now two points off top spot and an equal best ever Premier Lesgue start then I’ll take it.

      Once again Mauricio is keeping us going with injuries to key players and ZERO summer signings. We aren’t great at the moment but we are where we are after playing Liverpool and Utd.

      We will improve.

      • Paddio October 8, 2018 at 8:39 pm

        may be a case of in spite of Pochs coaching, he hasn’t been too please this season,

        Seemed to remember last time we were on this points tally 2 years ago we were complaining of the 3 draws and the going on about being unbeaten. We are fickle at times

  • Marbella Spur October 8, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    The Eriksen injury sounds ominous and it appears that the Denmark manager has known about it for some time. If it has been going on longer than previously thought, it makes one wonder why Spurs did not buy cover.

  • Accy October 8, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    I’m going to have a lie down.

    • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      I hope you don’t snore ☺️