Date: 28th August 2017 at 3:57pm
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When Deli Alli scored yesterday, gone were the complex dance moves and mesmerising finger tricks, instead, the boy reacted as if if he’d only recently signed for Spurs after spending a happy decade playing for the Clarets.

To say his celebration was understated barely describes it. Nobody would have known the Spurs midfielder had just netted his 30th goal for the club.

The truth is that at half time, Pochettino went nuclear and the centre of the blast was Dele Alli.

I’ve not given Alli an easy ride and for good reason. His typical performance is a cynical affair, where he does the absolute minimum he can get away with. He very successfully distracts from this by scoring important goals. However his work rate is frequently abysmal and the suggestion that he’s a team player is laughable.

There would have been programme sellers who worked harder than Dele did for the first half hour of yesterday’s game.

Gladys was in touch before the final whistle blew to lift the lid on the muted celebration.

Pochettino and his staff could not believe what they’d seen and demanded to know what the f___ was going on?

Alli was taken to one side and very directly had the fear of god put into him.

All the big boy routine, the BT Sport adverts, the back page rumours that he was worth 拢150million,all the supermodel girlfriend garbage evaporated as each syllable hit home.

Dele had his swagger surgically removed by Mauricio.

The goal celebration was therefore on par with man paying the mob what he owed them. Alli was relieved that he managed to do something useful and had so lessened the chances of him receiving more Argentinian ire come full time.

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

  • Simonpwise August 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Been watching Aurier’s showreel on youtube (you know the one) . He looks athletic in defence but going forward his decision-making and distribution look poor. Hope Poch can do something with that.

  • VP August 29, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    There is someting in this….. but it’s not Poch.
    It’s a young man coming up against journeyman players threatening to break his legs before the International break.
    Dele is streetwise,he knows any of these cunts could end his season and get away with it…….”No he’s not that kind of player”,,,,say’s every manager that told a player to neutralise someone.
    When will you get it……Dele needs Dier……

  • Andreas August 28, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    We do like to moan about our players when they have an off day. We will get better,but losing walker and Danny Rose unhappy, delle alli will be next. His celebration said a lot yesterday. The whole team look miserable, and it could have something to do with wages, some players thinking they can earn loads more elsewhere . But we have been there before, not improving early in the window tells players our club are not serious contenders, but a club that hopes things will fall into place eventually. We expect trippier and Davies to play as well as rose and walker,,but they lack pace and our attacks are too slow. And the sideways and backwards passing is frustrating. Look at the big dippers frightening pace. They along with pacey teams will embarrass us. Something not quite right at the club.

  • McG 鈿解毥 August 28, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Question for you Nut:

    My fantasy squad is now worth 100.6 mil. How come if I sell a player, I don’t get the additional funds to spend?

    • 61SpursNut馃尠 August 28, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      You do. Next.

  • BARD August 28, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘

    Scandal
    If Janssen鈥檚 off as widely suggested what are our creative options? Happy with the strengthening of the defence but can鈥檛 see us linked with anyone realistic who can play across the front line now we鈥檝e possibly missed out on Balde. Only options I鈥檝e seen mentioned seem unlikely to say the least: Draxler, Lemar, Dembele etc. Wouldn鈥檛 like to rely on a last minute VdV type option from Levy, and we badly need that killer instinct in the final third

    Do I not get sonething here????
    We have 3 of the best attackers in England

    It’s not enough.

    • McG 鈿解毥 August 28, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      Balde would look to be an ideal acquisition, doable & offers us some variation up front…

  • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 August 28, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Scandal
    If Janssen鈥檚 off as widely suggested what are our creative options? Happy with the strengthening of the defence but can鈥檛 see us linked with anyone realistic who can play across the front line now we鈥檝e possibly missed out on Balde. Only options I鈥檝e seen mentioned seem unlikely to say the least: Draxler, Lemar, Dembele etc. Wouldn鈥檛 like to rely on a last minute VdV type option from Levy, and we badly need that killer instinct in the final third

    Do I not get sonething here????
    We have 3 of the best attackers in England

    • McG 鈿解毥 August 28, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      & Lamela to come back, including Son, you could argue 4 of the leagues best attacking players.

    • cyril August 28, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      we have attacking midfielders i think our dutch friend will come good, he just needs time to get going, adjust to the pace. son was not great in his first year (i am personally still not his biggest fan)but he scored quite a few goals last year. if someone had asked three years ago who our next player to move to barca wd be not many wd have got it right. people need time. i know that in our memories greaves and hoddle etal never had a bad game but hoddle was withing one game of being sold at the start of the 1978 season (and bale was on his way to forest)

  • richspurs August 28, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Im thinking we’re still in it. One or other of yous changing track like you change yous underpants, those of yous who change yous underpants that is. Pocho will tweak one or two or three or four things, players will get fitter, Kane and others will start banging em in and we will all forget August. Top four and one potty is what we will win, and a big surprise that potty will be.

  • McG 鈿解毥 August 28, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    4th official.

  • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 August 28, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    HD leading in the Ronglish

    Please write all your excuses here

    I said Baseball was my excuse but you are free to use Lasagna or Wembley.Be my guest.

    • baz August 28, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      Please could you shame the scoundrel that is residing at the bottom.

      • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 August 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm

        The unmentionable one…..Harry?

        • baz August 28, 2017 at 5:22 pm

          He’s consistent

          • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 August 28, 2017 at 5:27 pm

            Like Dele?

            • Harry Hotspur August 28, 2017 at 5:38 pm

              I am much bigger than the average fairy

  • OrganicPaper August 28, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Harry Hotspur

    Real Fan? 鈿斤笍
    I ask this because he was rated our best player by whoscored:
    https://www.whoscored.com/Matches/1190201/LiveStatistics/England-Premier-League-2017-2018-Tottenham-Burnley
    Personally, I don鈥檛 hink he played that badly at all. If anything, he tried to be too flash but I won鈥檛 berate a player for trying to entertain me. I wonder what he actually got bollocked for, if anything.

    WhoScored? produce their rating based upon an in-house algorithm. The graph I supplied was generated from Opta stats which are not based on an algorithm, but on actual touches etc.
    https://www.whoscored.com/Explanations
    It is my understanding that he got bollocked for being a useless, bone idle, fairy.

    I’d interested to see of this pattern was played out in the other games?

  • Pj August 28, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Three games should’ve been three wins! Rusty finishing cost us in the last two! Yep Trips should’ve been more aware but H should’ve banged in a Garrick too!
    Not to worried!
    It’s them bindippers who we want to be worried about!! We’ve only two opportunities to take points from them and unless the teams learned a lesson, playing a high line against the hubcap thiefs won’t work! Their movement and speed is freighting.

  • McG 鈿解毥 August 28, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    My front 3 got me 2 points this week in the nut league, terrible!

    • baz August 28, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      I score a grand total of 28 points this week. Only 5 people scored fewer.

    • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 August 28, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      Looxury!!!

    • McG 鈿解毥 August 28, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      Sanchez gone straight in for 6mil, quite a lot for an untested player…

      • McG 鈿解毥 August 28, 2017 at 5:31 pm

        Wimmer going into me fantasy side for a bargain 4.4 mil (backup defender)

  • Matt August 28, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Talking to an Everton supporter. He reckons Barkley could easily play No 9. Good with back to goal. Wonder if that’s why Poch is keen? Creative, can beat a man in the AM position and be back up for Harry.

  • John Flynn August 28, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    The ox is off to cheatski for 35mil

    • McG 鈿解毥 August 28, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Apparently turned down 180k p/wk to stay with goons, wonder how much chavs are paying?

  • Real Fan? 鈿斤笍 August 28, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    What’s the performance score made up of? Is it a ‘Laziness Index’?

    • Real Fan? 鈿斤笍 August 28, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      I ask this because he was rated our best player by whoscored:

      https://www.whoscored.com/Matches/1190201/LiveStatistics/England-Premier-League-2017-2018-Tottenham-Burnley

      Personally, I don’t hink he played that badly at all. If anything, he tried to be too flash but I won’t berate a player for trying to entertain me. I wonder what he actually got bollocked for, if anything.

      • Real Fan? 鈿斤笍 August 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm

        He looked like he was getting frustrated as we had absolutely no cutting edge and he was constantly making himself available for passes but we kept recycling the ball sideways and backwards.

        • MysteriousStranger August 28, 2017 at 4:51 pm

          Spot on. He was our best player. Plenty more passengers than him in the game.

        • RumpleSPURTSkin 馃拫 August 28, 2017 at 4:53 pm

          Did Sanchez get on the pitch?

          • MysteriousStranger August 28, 2017 at 4:55 pm

            90th minute.

            • MysteriousStranger August 28, 2017 at 4:55 pm

              +4m

              • MysteriousStranger August 28, 2017 at 4:56 pm

                94th minute. Fuck it.

                • Real Fan? 鈿斤笍 August 28, 2017 at 4:57 pm

                  I thought that was the performance-related bonus

            • McG 鈿解毥 August 28, 2017 at 4:56 pm

              Should have been 75th.

              • MysteriousStranger August 28, 2017 at 4:57 pm

                Poch’s problem.

          • Real Fan? 鈿斤笍 August 28, 2017 at 4:55 pm

            For 3 mins. He was waiting to come on just as they scored and whacked the drinks bottles in frustration. I liked him instantly.

            • McG 鈿解毥 August 28, 2017 at 4:57 pm

              Nice, good sign 馃檪

          • Harry Hotspur August 28, 2017 at 5:33 pm

            Dirty 鈽狅笍

        • Harry Hotspur August 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm

          Real Fan? 鈿斤笍

          I ask this because he was rated our best player by whoscored:

          https://www.whoscored.com/Matches/1190201/LiveStatistics/England-Premier-League-2017-2018-Tottenham-Burnley

          Personally, I don鈥檛 hink he played that badly at all. If anything, he tried to be too flash but I won鈥檛 berate a player for trying to entertain me. I wonder what he actually got bollocked for, if anything.

          WhoScored? produce their rating based upon an in-house algorithm. The graph I supplied was generated from Opta stats which are not based on an algorithm, but on actual touches etc.

          https://www.whoscored.com/Explanations

          It is my understanding that he got bollocked for being a useless, bone idle, fairy.

          • McG 鈿解毥 August 28, 2017 at 5:05 pm

            Hope Tripps got the same bollocking at full time.

            • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 August 28, 2017 at 5:18 pm

              Its all about expectations

            • Harry Hotspur August 28, 2017 at 5:32 pm

              For not being fast?

  • Horndog August 28, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Ooooh, eeeeee, check out the standings in the Ronglish FA.

    • baz August 28, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Who’s leading, the fans want to know?

      • MysteriousStranger August 28, 2017 at 4:40 pm

        I’m guessing a very tall man from the US.

    • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 August 28, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      It was the Eclypse. HD’s Eclypse of us.
      He destroyed all the geniuses here.
      Ive been concentrating on Baseball

  • Tottenham central August 28, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Dele sulking coz Barkley gonna get more paper than him and maybe even minuets

    • Horndog August 28, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Barkley won’t get any minutes, anywhere until he gets healthy and fit.

      • Tottenham central August 28, 2017 at 4:27 pm

        He’ll be running at and taking on players by Christmas. The boy can ball

        • Tottenham central August 28, 2017 at 4:28 pm

          Ok early next year

    • cyril August 28, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      two old ladies were reminiscing one day. the first said “gloria do you remember the minuet?”
      the other answered “lord no victoria, i barely remember the ones i screwed”
      always been a favourite joke of mine

  • Willie! August 28, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Surprised there’s been no interest in Mahrez. Could probably make it happen for 35M.

  • BARD August 28, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Balde would be useful but with Aurier I’d worry about losing too many to the African nations cup.

  • Harry Hotspur August 28, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Dele getting a metaphorical kicking made my day.

    • Horndog August 28, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Yep

  • gloster1861 August 28, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    According to quotes from Lazio’s sporting director yesterday, no one has come close to offering the 30 million euros asking price for Balde.

  • Horndog August 28, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    If his 2nd half performance was a one off and he reverts back to being petulant then I would expect his new agent (whoever that is) to make an out of the question unreasonable demand on Spurs and he will wish to be off. He’ll want to go somewhere where he will be treated like royalty and godlike. Pfft. Get all money Levy for this one.

    • JackDLad August 28, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Is Sky A#@rews still kicking about? He would be sniffing for our Dele………lotsa money!!

  • ronwol196061馃嚚馃嚘 August 28, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Well done Poch and Harry!!!

  • Willie! August 28, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    He has gotten quite lazy, it really shows in his lack of pressing. When he first joined, he pressed like a maniac, once everyone in the press started cupping his balls, and the Real Madrid talk started, his energy level and pressing went south. Would love to see a chart of his distance ran per game over time.

    • RumpleSPURTSkin 馃拫 August 28, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      SpursNut will happily oblige, I shouldn’t wonder. He’s good at stats and ting.

      • 61SpursNut馃尠 August 28, 2017 at 4:17 pm

        • RumpleSPURTSkin 馃拫 August 28, 2017 at 4:18 pm

          That’s a sticky bogie.

          • JackDLad August 28, 2017 at 4:25 pm

            Looks like one you get from the back of the eye while you have a cold. Hard to shake them from the fingers but easily got rid of on someones jacket while passing on the underground……so I have heard.

            • AccringtonSpurs August 28, 2017 at 4:27 pm

              urghhhh! You go on the Underground?!!

  • RumpleSPURTSkin 馃拫 August 28, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Poch wins. 馃榿
    Dele wins. 馃榿
    Spurs draw. 鈽癸笍

  • McG 鈿解毥 August 28, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Fair do’s Cas, talkshite talkin shite then….

    According to Calciomercato, Inter are set to sign the forward on a two-year loan with an option to buy included within the deal.

    Balde was hoping to join Juventus but the Old Lady were unable to agree terms with Lazio earlier this summer and have since begun pursuing other targets.

    The Senegal international also snubbed interest from West Ham and now it looks as if Spurs are next to miss out, with Inter adding the finishing touches to the deal.

    • Caspurs鈾匡笍 August 28, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Calciomercato are fakin arseholes who write make believe shite, shirley even you should know that by now McG. If not, you do now.

  • Tottenham central August 28, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    And here was me dreaming of the power and balance sanchez. aurier and balde would bring to the team (with T muller) why bother to dare to dream let alone dare to do with levy the dream killer about.

  • gloster1861 August 28, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    How did Dele manage to dip below zero on the performance graph? Fifth to tenth minute.

    • Harry Hotspur August 28, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      The last person I saw do that was …Dele Alli last season.

      • McG 鈿解毥 August 28, 2017 at 4:10 pm

        Any Aurier update H, this one looking in the bag you think??

  • Horndog August 28, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Good on you, MoPo. Time to grow up kid. We all have had to do it.

  • gloster1861 August 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    You could have a swagger stick surgically removed.

  • Scandal August 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    If Janssen’s off as widely suggested what are our creative options? Happy with the strengthening of the defence but can’t see us linked with anyone realistic who can play across the front line now we’ve possibly missed out on Balde. Only options I’ve seen mentioned seem unlikely to say the least: Draxler, Lemar, Dembele etc. Wouldn’t like to rely on a last minute VdV type option from Levy, and we badly need that killer instinct in the final third

    • gloster1861 August 28, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Were just waiting until Marcus Edwards’ testicles finally descend, and then he will be our salvation.

      Anytime soon.

  • Caspurs鈾匡笍 August 28, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Peeoow!

    • Caspurs鈾匡笍 August 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      This was a direct post over the top of the blogs defence, allowing me to score the number Juan spot.

    • MysteriousStranger August 28, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      • JackDLad August 28, 2017 at 4:13 pm

        Use to love that game on commodore 64……hated the load time though.

        • MysteriousStranger August 28, 2017 at 4:16 pm

          Couldn’t have been worse than a ZX Spectrum or Acorn Electron when it came to load times. Then there was the horrendous screeching noise.

          • JackDLad August 28, 2017 at 4:19 pm

            Cannot forget that noise….priceless.

          • 61SpursNut馃尠 August 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm

            My first PC! 48kb of raw power.

            • Caspurs鈾匡笍 August 28, 2017 at 4:26 pm

              Did it look something like this?

              • 61SpursNut馃尠 August 28, 2017 at 4:27 pm

                I wished!

            • MysteriousStranger August 28, 2017 at 4:27 pm

              Acorn Electron was 32k!

              • Caspurs鈾匡笍 August 28, 2017 at 4:28 pm

                That was only a one potato set up tho.

              • JackDLad August 28, 2017 at 4:29 pm

                A complete beast…

              • 61SpursNut馃尠 August 28, 2017 at 4:31 pm

                Well, I coulda had the 16k Spectrum but I splashed out.

              • 61SpursNut馃尠 August 28, 2017 at 4:32 pm

                Funny thing is my favourite game on the ZX was Spiky Harold! 馃槀

              • AccringtonSpurs August 28, 2017 at 4:40 pm

                Spent my youth playing Snapper, Yi Ar Kung Fu, and Overdrive on the Acorn Electron.

                • MysteriousStranger August 28, 2017 at 4:49 pm

                  KIller Gorilla (Donkey Kong rip off) was one of my favs.

                  Had a golf game on it that my Dad’s mate loved (the title escapes me, probably was imaginatively called “Golf” 馃榾) so he swapped his 48k Spectrum with us for our Acorn Electron. Which suited us as the games were better overall on the Spectrum.