Date: 6th December 2017 at 11:06am
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Trying to work out who’ll start this game tonight is an unenviable task – and I don’t have to do it – I’m just slinging together a blog so we can discuss our guesses.

I don’t see Mauricio approaching this task with much glee either. Champions League at Wembley and the warmth, the feel good factor of having already qualified is counterbalanced by the grim reality that the squad isn’t in a good place physically.

Flat Earthers will tell you it’s down to injuries. We have two, just two key players out.

As far as Toby’s absence is concerned our backline is not wiped out by his absence. Sanchez is good stuff, Verts, Davies, Rose and Tippier are all solid first team regulars.

Wanyama missing is tougher to cope with because Mousa is on his way out and Sissoko is routinely painful to watch.

The core problems lie squarely at the door of Eriksen, Dele and Kane.

I anticipate that those pulling wildcard names out of thin air – expecting  the likes of No’Cluedo etc to start are in for a disappointment. He’s sh*t at playing football and will be lucky to the make the coach delivering presents to the sick kiddies hospital ward this Christmas.

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

  • Harry Hotspur December 6, 2017 at 12:28 pm
  • Freund or Foe December 6, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    “The core problems lie squarely at the door of Eriksen, Dele and Kane.”

    This.
    The whole this.
    And nothing but this.
    So help me gawd, please.

    • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Its true I think except for Kane. He needs supply and sometimes he has to come vback the retrieve the ball to pass to himself but the other two for sure need kicks up the backside

  • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Here is a buy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uwcdq7MhrR0

    OĞUZHAN ÖZYAKUP

    • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Those Turks are tough and this bloke talented
      Good for Dembeles spot
      Or even dele

  • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    What do you think of Geoffrey Kondogbia….Not bad no Goretzka though

  • Horndog 🇺🇸 December 6, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Llorente hat trick tonight. Forget the head and feet since we don’t feed him the ball. He will maraude his way to a shoulder job, a knee job, a chest job or……

  • Willy juice December 6, 2017 at 11:56 am

    We could do worse than that lad knockheart off Brighton. He’s a live wire!

  • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Lets go all out…and but Goretzka.He will make us champions overnight

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCckj7OFICU

    • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 11:47 am

      and get

    • Willy juice December 6, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Utd have him wrapped up and he may demand more than the minimum wage so that rules him out

      • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 11:49 am

        There is no room for him there

        • Willy juice December 6, 2017 at 11:51 am

          That won’t stop Jose. He brought Sarah to Chelsea just so we didn’t get him

          • Willy juice December 6, 2017 at 11:51 am

            Salah

          • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 11:52 am

            What can you do
            Hopefully he will go to Bayern

        • OrganicPaper December 6, 2017 at 11:52 am

          Relax Ron, Chris Powell has a little gem up his sleeve for us…

          ..wait whats that? oh ok, iced gem, it was a Mcvities Iced Gem. My bad.

          • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 11:53 am

            Is it better than the Brie in the cheese room?

    • Accy December 6, 2017 at 11:50 am

      He’ll probably go to Bayern…

      • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 11:56 am

        Barca wants him too

  • Willy juice December 6, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Wouldn’t surprise me if muttonhead poch plays Kane for 85mins

    • MysteriousStranger December 6, 2017 at 11:47 am

      He won’t play at all.

      • Willy juice December 6, 2017 at 11:49 am

        I hope so

    • Caspurs♿️ December 6, 2017 at 11:48 am

      I expect a slow motion attack tonight with Llorente spear heading the attack.

      • MysteriousStranger December 6, 2017 at 11:51 am

        I always thought he was the Spanish Peter Crouch. Currently I’m thinking he’s actually just a shit Peter Crouch.

      • Willy juice December 6, 2017 at 11:52 am

        So the same as usual just the scarecrow instead of a crocked kane

  • SpurAndy 🍒π December 6, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Here’s a thought. For the mag 14 how’s about we all get a Tottenham onesie? Fleece lined, it’s gonna be cold Saturday? Come on, you know you want to.
    https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/mens-licensed-football-onesie-1

    • Accy December 6, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Just bought a quilted jumper from the Tottenham shop. Took an age to arrive, but it eventually did this morning. Quality very very good, and price very reasonable.

      https://shop.tottenhamhotspur.com/product/spurs-mens-quilted-sweat-top/mh07aw17

      • Caspurs♿️ December 6, 2017 at 11:45 am

        Was it fire damaged?

        • Accy December 6, 2017 at 11:59 am

          No. Levy moved the stock well away from Archway Steel before it burned down…

      • Harry Hotspur December 6, 2017 at 11:46 am

        Posh goalpost – right there

        • Accy December 6, 2017 at 11:53 am

          Comes with a packing slip baring the message “EVERY PENNY SPENT HELPS BUILD THE TEAM OF THE FUTURE”

          I’ve just contributed to 0.0286% of Harry Kane’s annual salary.

          • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 11:56 am

            Thats why they call it a sweater

  • MysteriousStranger December 6, 2017 at 11:38 am

    I’m expecting to see Kaziah Sterling make an appearance tonight. What’s the point of actually adding him to the squad if you don’t play him?

    • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 11:40 am

      The is the $64,000 question. They only put them in the squad for HH’s benefit

    • Accy December 6, 2017 at 11:40 am

      So you can sell him to the championship in Jan

      • MysteriousStranger December 6, 2017 at 11:41 am

        OK. Not gonna happen.

    • SpurAndy 🍒π December 6, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Are you able to make the game Saturday MS?

      • MysteriousStranger December 6, 2017 at 11:44 am

        No sir, sadly not. Going tonight, but can’t make the weekend.

        • SpurAndy 🍒π December 6, 2017 at 11:52 am

          Shame mate, would have been good to see you again. Hopefully next year at the next invasion. Have a good time tonight.

          • MysteriousStranger December 6, 2017 at 12:08 pm

            And you Andy. Yes indeed, next year for sure. Tonight I’m expecting a number of fringe players, and Dele Alli playing in a muted atmosphere at a two thirds full stadium. Then a mass exodus of fans that could be bothered to attend at the 70 minute mark to beat the traffic, catch early trains etc.

            • SpurAndy 🍒π December 6, 2017 at 12:11 pm

              I think youve probably nailed it MysticStranger 😁.

              • MysteriousStranger December 6, 2017 at 12:26 pm

                🔮

  • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 11:34 am

    This bloke is with AC Milan. So its possible.
    He has a release clause but apparently they have financial problems
    talented player though

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HkXQptnDQg

    • Spurs est_1882 December 6, 2017 at 11:37 am

      I think I could dance around in the Italian league sometimes too.

      • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 11:38 am

        You must admit the bloke is talented

      • OrganicPaper December 6, 2017 at 11:39 am

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG9a9xCl0mM

        This guy dances around in the french leagues. But he does dance very well and he is only 20.

        • Accy December 6, 2017 at 11:40 am

          must admit – not that impressed with Malcom. There’s better out there in my humble…

          • OrganicPaper December 6, 2017 at 11:42 am

            I watched him on tv a couple times last season and he did ok.. admittedly I haven’t watched any of him this season but from what I have read he has been exceptional so far.

        • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 11:44 am

          Talented no doubt. The other bloke can dribble in traffic though

    • Accy December 6, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Be great for set pieces and corners.

      • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 11:57 am

        That too

  • McG ⚽⚽ December 6, 2017 at 11:20 am

    The core problem is we’re missing the spine of last season’s team in Tobes & Wanyama. Then add to that a lack of form from Dier Deli & Eriksen, Mousa’s slow return from injury & you have your answer. Poch needs to move away from three at the back for a while, just until we have Tobes & Sanchez back.
    As for tonights team, I really don’t see Deili or Eriksen styarting this one, what’s the point? Give them a rest, along with as many others as we can, focus on our league game Sat & give the kids a run out. As it happens, I’m really looking forward to seeing the like of 4th, Voodo, KWP etc get some minutes, along with Llorente. Son & Winks are good shouts, as are Aurier & Rose.

    • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 11:29 am

      The most important thinkg is our mental toughness at this point. If I was Poch I wouldnt mince words and i would ask them who is ready and play them. If their answer is strong and affirmative play them. he should do the same every game.No one should get a free ride.

    • OrganicPaper December 6, 2017 at 11:32 am

      I want to see the fringe players / kids do well, they have to believe they can get a first team spot though and Poch’s reluctance to rotate must be quite frustrating. He is often lauded as a youth developer but for me he hasn’t take then opportunity enough this season.
      If Voodo (as you call him) has a blinder, links up well with Fernando and tears them apart can you really see Poch selecting them for a league game to start?

  • Ray Milo December 6, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I think that Pochettino will actually relish this one.
    Although it’s a dead rubber, it’s a very good chance for some players on the fringe of the squad to take their chance and show what they can do…
    I understand you have to play devil’s avocado, but as a simple fan I never, as a rule, slate our own players…
    COYS!
    Keep the faith!

    • OrganicPaper December 6, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Apoel will want to win, they can get 3rd if they get a better result than Dortmund. Our mentality has to be right or we will get beaten and ose another chip off our confidence.
      A good win with the fringe players will be a great thing but its not nailed on

    • Harry Hotspur December 6, 2017 at 11:47 am

      Fuck off, Ray

  • OrganicPaper December 6, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I wonder what the attendance will be tonight. I cant imagine too much enthusiasm for this one. Im not sure I will even watch it on the tv

  • Ronwol1960-61 December 6, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I hope Nkoudoo plays Harry and does well

    • OrganicPaper December 6, 2017 at 11:18 am

      I think he will get a maximum of 7 minutes at the end of the match when we are 0-1 down

    • McG ⚽⚽ December 6, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Since when does Nkoudoo decide who plays?

      • ronwol196061 December 6, 2017 at 11:26 am

        Id like to see Harry play on the left with Kane in the Middle. Harry will want to play on the right though

  • Spurs est_1882 December 6, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I would like to see an 11 man change, and all 1st team spots at Stoke being up for grabs for good performance. Get back to best player starts rather than biggest name. I do disagree with the Kane thing though, he is doing more than a striker should trying to cover the gaps we have through, per performance of alli and Erickson and lack of wing backs (we have people in the role, but not quick enough to do it well)

    • Ronwol1960-61 December 6, 2017 at 11:15 am

      what a good fucking idea.Im in

  • Ronwol1960-61 December 6, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Drop Eriksen and Dele and tell them they are not rested but dropped ok don’t do that

  • OrganicPaper December 6, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I want to see Fernando and son together, i think it could work well.
    We will need to play decent stuff tonight or we will get beat. They have 3rd place to play for after all

  • OrganicPaper December 6, 2017 at 11:10 am

    First ?