Date: 6th January 2018 at 7:27am
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There’s a little sigh, an involuntary action that you hear yourself give, it’s a resigned sounding breath, just out your nose.

The last time at time of writing I was aware that I’d caught myself doing this was on a train last week. The trolley bundled by and being one of those rare occasions I wasn’t pictured with a beer in front of me but a book (The Secret Life Of Freddie Mills) I asked for a coffee.

Because the steward wallah was multitasking my request with at least four others I kept more than half an eye on him to make sure I got my black coffee as per my instruction, ‘but please just fill half the cup with water’.

What I witnessed was a the paper cup brought to the on trolley kettle and almost in a slight of hand manoeuvre one of those small sachets of coffee you get in hotels and b&b trays was torn, the correct measure of water splashed in and a request for £2.50 made.

Normally the source of the ground broken dust is out of sight. Normally a tab within the cup is pulled away and your coffee is magicked before you.

The sigh released itself and I fought a smirk as I realised that I could have pocketed but left in my wake probably £20,000 worth or more of coffee sachets over the last 30 years or so.

Now we all know the margins on boiling water and ground coffee make a special kind of alchemy, but there’s usually some theatre to distract. A big whooshing Italian looking machine. Some hipster asking you for a false name. Two inch square – squares of flapjack that are very nearly the price of a pint.

The first solid enquiry for Toby Alderweireld is in. Gladys understands that the request to talk to the player is from another Premier League side. She doesn’t know just how kosher this club have been and if the player has been involved in any indirect discussions.

My feeling is that Toby’s representatives are about to do a cup of coffee on a train type reveal on the Bald Weirdo and let him know precisely how much their boy’s market worth is.

Just like Bonzo’s did. Just like Rose’s will do. Just like what happened when all the other superstars left.

Did Levy let out a little sigh, or had he

already done that when he was forced into shelling out for Sanchez?

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

  • 1882 January 8, 2018 at 10:00 am

    I am hoping this is a ploy ready for contract negotiations – we are not obliged to sell until the summer of 2019 anyway. I am not sure I believe the buy out clause stuff either, Levy usually has better foresight than that, if there was one, you would hope its more than £25m. So I am hoping that this is all a play for bumping up his pay. – FYI, we can gather which clubs it could be (Liverpool just spent, so unlikely, Arsenal wouldn’t be so silly to think they have a chance, So it leaves us with Chelsea, United and city – with only 1 of those willing to do business with Levy, and Levy willing to do business with – City also talking about needing a new CB) – My hope is that if this progresses to a sale, Levy kicks Toby to Europe.

  • gloster1861 January 6, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Matt
    I could see why Toby and Danny would baulk at performance related pay. They both spend most of their time injured. My heart bleeds especially for Danny (who’s never I believe played more than 19 Premier games in a season in his career). Much better to trouser the thick end of £1m Per year sitting on the treatment table reading The Sun.

    But 40k per week IS the thick end of 1 million per year.

    However, they all know that their ex colleague Walker is now collecting 3 million per year, and it isn’t going to make them sleep well at night.

    • Matt January 6, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      Yep Glos that’s the reality. But at least you get a solid 30 game at + from Walker. Rose is either injured or coming back from injury ie fat. No easy answer, it just grates!

  • East Stand January 6, 2018 at 10:51 am

    This was a feeling I had when we signed both Sanchez and Foyth.

    On the one hand you’re thinking if we play with a back three then a young fit understudy to Toby and Jan in that unit makes sense, it does.

    However the more cynical one has become during Levy’s time at Spurs you tart thinking something else is happening.

    Bringing in Sanchez makes us look say 25% less reliant on Toby, more leverage gained in contract talks? Some ready made cover if the unthinkable happens?

    Kane is the best goal getter in the league, now there’s talk of a new 200k pw contract. Toby is the best central defender in the league and he must also be paid accordingly.

    Kane is the marketing tool for the new stadium and the club in general as well as being an invaluable player on the pitch. My fear is that he will be the exception rather than the rule and nobody else will be offered anything close.

    That doesn’t bode well, does Levy stick or twist?

    Time for uncle Joe to either throw in a cuppla hundred mill or sell up. Otherwise this isn’t going to end well, as it never has done periodically under ENIC…

    • gloster1861 January 6, 2018 at 10:58 am

      The new stadium will be a reset for the club. Maybe it has passed through Levy’s head that it is also time to cash in on some of those valuable players and get Poch to rebuild with some nice n’cheap imports.

      • East Stand January 6, 2018 at 11:02 am

        Poch is the dream manager for Levy’s buy em cheap, sell em high business model.

        They don’t even need to e as good as Modric or Bale, Poch can polish any turd. Unless they’re beyond help like Sir Blastalot…

  • Sexy Beast January 6, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Harry Hotspur January 6, 2018 at 9:46 am

    If you think I’m harsh on Dele & Dier, what until those boys see what they get offered by Levy. He doesn’t believe the astronomical money is right and out of principal he’s going to watch a number of players walk.

    His next step is to examine the uplift in land values, smirk and tell the Client Reference numbers how good Jam Tomorrow brand jam will taste.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7NlFWh7Sz8
    We’re doomed! haha

    • SpurAndy 🍒π January 6, 2018 at 10:53 am

      • Sexy Beast January 6, 2018 at 10:55 am

        Right up Fofty’s street!

        • Freund or Foe January 6, 2018 at 10:56 am

          2nd on my list, that one.

  • Sexy Beast January 6, 2018 at 10:23 am

    If Toby goes we really are in trouble, he is the best out and out right footed defender in the Premier League and one of the best in the world for sure.
    This season could be the start of the break up of this team, if we don’t get top four some will want out for sure.

  • Matt January 6, 2018 at 10:17 am

    We need another player like Son. He is quick and can beat a man. You have to do that against packed defences. Can’t pass through them.

    • East Stand January 6, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Mane? Salah? Our shitty wage structure? No chance…

  • jfdit January 6, 2018 at 10:15 am

    not surprised top clubs are now trying to pick our best players off

    Levy made a big mistake entertaining Man City with the Walker sale regardless of price, he basically said if you offer enough money I’ll take it up the arse

    The rest know now that they can accomplish two things by spending as normal buying our players – they weaken us/keep us behind them & strengthen their own squads, man utd & man city did this to the l’arse for years it’s our turn now

    we shouldn’t be shocked by this as it’s hardly anything new, Levy’s reverting to type and isn’t holding any cards of note, players want to win silverware & it’s unlikely they’re swallowing his New Destination bullshit any more than we do

    • Camus January 6, 2018 at 10:20 am

      Completely agree.

    • Harry Hotspur January 6, 2018 at 10:34 am

      Death, taxes, nurses, Spurs always sell.

      • jfdit January 6, 2018 at 10:41 am

        there’s no difference to a £5 whore when compared to the £1m whore, they’re still whores

        Levy will cash right out now on his current crop, unfortunately he has little choice

        • Harry Hotspur January 6, 2018 at 10:48 am

          For the first time, he’s had no choice because the debts he’s running up are historic. The debts have to be serviced and he will have projections based upon sales because THFC always sells and that’s a major revenue stream. In fact, due to the way he runs Spurs, he’s obligated to sell.

    • East Stand January 6, 2018 at 10:56 am

      Yep. Kane is gonna be paid danger money to lead the charm offensive and be guaranteed a move once we’ve done a season in the new place.

      Everyone else is expendable at the right money…

  • Matty K January 6, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Toby is by far our finest defender. Yes, we got him on the cheap but WHEN we Levy realise selling our best will leave us as runners up? Sickens me to see us betrayed in this way. We want our Tottenham back.

    • Freund or Foe January 6, 2018 at 10:01 am

      What Tottenham is that, Matty?

      • Freund or Foe January 6, 2018 at 10:23 am

        If I had to choose a Tottenham to have back, I’d probably take the 87 side. Ossie, Galvin and Clemence were coming to the end of their careers, and even Hoddle wasn’t quite so effective, but that was an exciting team. No trophies mind you.

        • 💋 January 6, 2018 at 10:49 am

          Losers. Fuh kum.

          • Freund or Foe January 6, 2018 at 10:54 am

            Wasters. Come to think of it, I can only remember their names cos of Chas and Dave.

    • SpurAndy 🍒π January 6, 2018 at 10:55 am

      Yep mid table mediocrity was far better than this. At least we had no expectations. It’s the hope that kills ya.

      • East Stand January 6, 2018 at 10:59 am

        Good point.

    • East Stand January 6, 2018 at 11:05 am

      Hold on, Poch has said that Toby will sign a new deal and the fans can “trust” Levy on it.

      Is that Poch breaking ranks and putting pressure on Levy or is it faithful delusion?

  • Camus January 6, 2018 at 9:55 am

    We bought Sanchez and also Foyth who was likened to Toby in playing style by cads like Lyall Thomas if my memory is correct. Between them, we’ve probably already bought the replacement.

    • Camus January 6, 2018 at 9:56 am

      In Levy’s eyes, I mean.

  • Camus January 6, 2018 at 9:53 am

    It’s City or Yanited, I’m guessing.

    • Lilywhite without the ll January 6, 2018 at 10:53 am

      I would add Chelsea to that list…

    • SpurAndy 🍒π January 6, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Dippers still need to shore up their defence?

  • Accy January 6, 2018 at 9:27 am

    So Sissoko has been put in the shop window this month at £30m.

    Would make more sense to lower the price to say £21m.

    Be interesting to see if any clubs come in for him.

    • Freund or Foe January 6, 2018 at 9:32 am

      It’s a shame Hull were relegated, they were always up for a bit of shite.

      • Camus January 6, 2018 at 9:51 am

        🤣

    • Matt January 6, 2018 at 9:36 am

      I actually think we need him if we don’t buy anyone else. I’ve warmed to Jim just a bit. He’s doing a job these days. He’s not first name on teamsheet material, but he’s not a dud IMO.

      • Accy January 6, 2018 at 9:41 am

        Blimey!

        • Matt January 6, 2018 at 10:12 am

          I know Accy, I’ve said it now. There’s no going back.

          • Sexy Beast January 6, 2018 at 10:34 am

            Lay off the Moonshine Matt….

      • Not a Real Fan. January 6, 2018 at 10:11 am

        On Thursday, Sissoko played next to Dier in a 4231. His job seemed to be essentially to recycle possession and break up play or at least that is what he did for 70 mins or whatever. As Moyes had a deep-lying bank of 5 and 4 in front of us, we were trying to go round them on the flanks by passing across the pitch and down the wings OR with some intricate wizardry through the middle which was fucking infuriating to watch (I was there) as it didn’t work and seldom does against well-drilled defensive sides. If Sissoko is good at anything apart from the above, it is running through midfield from deep when play breaks up. He’s more direct than Dembele (beats a man then stops running), Winks (ditto) and Dier (doesn’t even do that) in this regard. This wasn’t a game to have them both in midfield but, then again, we don’t have anyone who could perform what we really needed which was pinpoint accurate mid-to long-range distribution from deep to get us going up the pitch a fuck-load quicker than we were doing it…and a technically excellent player with real pace to make use of the longer ball up alongside Kane.

        • Camus January 6, 2018 at 10:24 am

          Good shout. We’ve seen both Winks and Dier distributing the ball like this on occasion in the past, maybe not consistently enough and not currently.

      • Sexy Beast January 6, 2018 at 10:12 am

        As much as i want him to succed he just takes one step forward and two or three backwards, every pass on thursday was either behind a team mate or under hit, I think he could be suited to Rugby cos he ain’t a footballer!

  • Rob1 January 6, 2018 at 9:16 am

    English National Investment Company And Levy will be rubbing their hands with glee.

    Another buy low sell high opportunity presents itself on the horizon.

    Don’t blame them, pity them. Its in their DNA, they need, crave, and simply can’t function without it – ‘Investment returns’ are their daily fix of caffeine.

  • Superspoz 🏆 January 6, 2018 at 8:59 am

    I’ve run out of coffee. Tea just don’t cut it in the mornings.

  • Matt January 6, 2018 at 8:30 am

    I could see why Toby and Danny would baulk at performance related pay. They both spend most of their time injured. My heart bleeds especially for Danny (who’s never I believe played more than 19 Premier games in a season in his career). Much better to trouser the thick end of £1m Per year sitting on the treatment table reading The Sun.

  • Not a Real Fan. January 6, 2018 at 8:23 am

    It feels like we’re reaching a fork in the road on basic salaries. Performance-related bonuses are al well and good but as Rose complained if you’re *only* earning £40k per week when you’re injured (compared to £140k), then it’s understandable you’d be looking across the fence. So, either:

    Keep our stars and inprove the squad by 2-3 players in the next 2 windows whilst starting to pay closer to our rivals (£200k pw for Kaneinho, if reports are to be believed) and we have a good chance of winning something (IF Poch takes the cups seriously).

    Drag our heels and the end of the first season in NWHL could be marked by some exits by key players (Toby, Dele, Dier) who, even if you think they’re over-rated/under-performing, would need to be replaced with proper quality in order for us to continue to compete.

    • Harry Hotspur January 6, 2018 at 9:46 am

      If you think I’m harsh on Dele & Dier, what until those boys see what they get offered by Levy. He doesn’t believe the astronomical money is right and out of principal he’s going to watch a number of players walk.

      His next step is to examine the uplift in land values, smirk and tell the Client Reference numbers how good Jam Tomorrow brand jam will taste.

  • Ufluckinplic January 6, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Evelyn Towers, people are now paying about £5k pm to live there H….🙄

    • Harry Hotspur January 6, 2018 at 8:26 am

      FFS. I used to be a playboy and I didn’t even know it.

  • richspurs January 6, 2018 at 7:51 am

    First. I do believe.
    dont really like the sachet stuff. Takes away from the taste.