Good to hear the boss firing off some warning shots before the red tops invent another ‘Real Madrid Preparing Audacious Spurs Swoop.’ Afterall, it will probably only take what, two more ‘wonder goals’ before some have cut hack decides to make something up again.
“Players performing at this level always get the attention. It doesn’t mean that the club doesn’t foresee a future with Gareth. He’s a player we rate very, very highly.”
Both of them are extremely technical players, and extremely powerful and pacy,” Villas-Boas said. “Gareth was a left-back and moved to the wing, and is now going to a more advanced role. Ronaldo is also able to play that role up front. Ronaldo is now 28, has achieved so much in his career, and he is an example to Gareth. Yes, you can see similarities.
Just as it’s difficult for us to have a player of this dimension playing so well, it is difficult for other teams to buy a player of this dimension, with the economic situation as it is. We are very fortunate to have him. If we reach our objectives we can hopefully continue to have Gareth at our club.”
On our friend Emmanuel Adebayor, I found the use of this quote, from the same article, in defense of the pilchard to be… well, ambitious:
I’m extremely calm over the situation. When I spoke to him on Monday, I told him [to return by] Friday at three o’clock. There is one week between games, with trips from extreme heat to cold. He will not be 100 per cent for sure, but he is still a player that can make a difference for us.”
The player was binned from the African Cup Of Nations on Sunday. So God only knows what class of conversation was had with a guy who is under contract with us on the Monday whereby he gets 5 days to wander back. I don’t know when Yaya Toure physically stepped off a plane, but he was talking to a wide variety of British media yesterday about his ambitions for City this season.
We have Villas-Boas perhaps letting us know gently that Ade might not quite be 100% for Newcastle. So no, I’m as yet unconvinced that Adebayor’s brain is engaged fully upon being a Tottenham player. He should have been on a flight on Monday and doing his up most, perhaps taking advantage of our swanky training facilities, to be ready for our next game.
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