Date: 15th January 2019 at 1:09pm
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Real Madrid boss Santiago Salari is, to use the classic football parlance, under fire.

The Spanish press have recently described the Los Blanco boss’ position as like ‘feeling Mourinho’s breath on his shoulder’, such is the precarious nature of his position.

One issue is Real Madrid ‘languishing’ in 4th spot, another is the rather public falling out between the gaffer and the club’s seasoned midfielder, Isco.

“Solari, you have as much idea about football as I do about engineering…” Aitor Costa wrote. “MURDERER of FOOTBALL.”

This was published on Instagram by a close friend of Isco.

A source close to the club tells the Harry Hotspur blog that Tottenham very recently made tentative enquiries about the 26 year old.

Quite how Mauricio Pochettino would feel about a player rumoured not to be pulling his weighting training is one question, but a perhaps more weighty one would be, ‘why Isco?’

As a versatile number 10, it’s not difficult to see that Isco could bridge that frequently fuzzy gap that Spurs have often struggled with – between Harry Kane and our midfield, not to mention someone to relieve Kane’s burdons when so required.

However, this is Levynomics and unless Daniel has found someone to pay 3 times what we paid for Lucas Moura, then who is leaving us isn order to free up the wages, etc?

It has been suggested to this blog that the answer might well be Christian Eriksen, who harbours a desire to play for Barcelona.

Should the Dane bail, then the name Isco would sate the Client Reference numbers, but it remains to be seen if this is a player that has ever featured on a Pochettino short list.

I take a view that if any of these moves in and out of Tottenham were to transpire, then this January window would be too soon anyway.

Eriksen out, Isco in, eh?

Where is that damn cheese sommelier?

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

  • East Stand January 16, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    We’ll see, I’m not sure he’s finished with us just yet. Not that he’s even started with us come to think of it.

  • Only Me January 16, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Seen Llorente is still being linked away!!

  • East Stand January 16, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Aurier attested for allegations of slapping his missus and released without charge, he might be totally innocent and just a row or she’s decided not to press charges. Either way, with the Kane, Sissy injuries and Son in Asia January is becoming a crappy month for Spurs…

  • Accy January 16, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Spurs Community ITK is that we are looking into a loan deal for Timo Werner. Probably with an option to buy I would have thought. Liverpool and Bayern also interested. Nothing happening at the moment on it, though.

    I haven’t posted any updates from SC as they’re so hit and miss. Might be something in this, but everybody’s been let down so many times that no one is really holding their breath that this is concrete.

    • Only Me January 16, 2019 at 9:29 am

      I honestly cant see how we could go to the end of Jan without even a loan move now. Our midfield is down to “square pegging into round holes” and our striking options have gone from world class to relegation quality. Our defence has been poor all season (CB worldclass, full backs poor, and Keeper poor). Realitically, had we fixed at least one of these problems in the summer (preferably midfield) we would be a lot closer to the top of the table…funny how the foul on Kane didn’t even get a card – who would have thought it be United to ensure that its City or Liverpool to win the league!

  • Only Me January 16, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Ok. So Kane out for 6-7 weeks, Son is 4w? So the only sensible options as i see it are:
    1) loan – this would need to be a top talent but at a club that don’t need him (not a long list). Yet would need to be able to adapt to us (even shorter list). Only player that springs to mind is Malcolm.
    2) give our back-ups a chance – for me this is best and most likely option. We know they are not good enough to be direct replacement (hell, they know they aren’t). For this to work we would need to change how the team plays.
    3) give Parrat a chance. He is probably best striker on our books (bar Kane) if he was older it would be a must. Why should age matter. He is good enough, better than jansson potentially llorente too for fitting in to how we play.

    • arthurthebold January 16, 2019 at 8:45 am

      Malcolm was reported yesterday in MSM, he is more of a “replacement” for Lamela than Kane. There is no direct replacement as good as Kane in the world. The bigger problem is Son not being here as we coped last year when the same thing happened. Parrat is a very long shot. Best option is demand Son returns. I understand Cardiff have done it with their GK. (not return but he didn’t go)

      • East Stand January 16, 2019 at 9:19 am

        You can’t ‘replace’ Kane, he’s fairly unique in the way he plays. Son would have been the most suitable option with Loriente offering something else off the bench. With no Son however, we have a slight conundrum.

        I’d stick Moura up front with Dele in support behind, problem with that is Dele might need to play deeper with the issues we have in midfield.

        We could do with a quality midfield player permanently and a possible loan of a forward until the end of the season. What if Kane is out longer than that?

        We need to do something this month otherwise it’s poor management…

        • arthurthebold January 16, 2019 at 12:21 pm

          when is Moura due back East stand?

        • arthurthebold January 16, 2019 at 12:22 pm

          and yes we could sure do with a quality midfield player too

      • OrganicPaper January 16, 2019 at 9:21 am

        I dont understand the Malcom links. He is a 5ft 6 winger. Just a younger Moura IMO but not as good yet

        • East Stand January 16, 2019 at 9:57 am

          Malcom would be another attacking player which would help but I agree, Moura is almost the same.

          I think Lamela might suprise a few people playing centrally if he can stay fit and have a run of games. If they have more freedom Lamela and Moura have goals in them.

    • OrganicPaper January 16, 2019 at 9:24 am

      Parrott is only 16. I dont imagine he is anywhere near coming into the 1st team no matter what his potential is.
      The realistic option is we use what we have and the bald one saves a few quid on appearance fees fro HK. He gets a health rebate on Son’s wage while he is away.

      The deluded footy fan in me thinks we might just dip into the loan market and pick up some back up

  • OrganicPaper January 16, 2019 at 6:50 am

    JimNewrySpur.
    Uncle Joe asked one thing of Poch, to go into the New Lane next season with Champions league football guaranteed, looked nailed on a month ago, pre Solsjaer presented ankles, not looking too rosy now.

    The facade of ‘success’ really was that thin and brittle. A bit of newspaper talk and a tron ligament and we are dragging our carcass back into the ropey

  • dilly January 16, 2019 at 3:41 am

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46886557

    Re: Injured Kane: BBC Sport Link who will score the goals for Spurs?

    • dilly January 16, 2019 at 3:45 am

      Kane’s injury, combined with the absence of South Korean forward Son Heung-min
      who is on Asian Cup duty, has left Spurs short of firepower.
      The pair have scored 47% of Spurs’ Premier League goals this season!

      • dilly January 16, 2019 at 3:47 am

        Former Spurs boss David Pleat added: “Llorente is a very honest trainer, he has had to play in the shadows, he is excellent in the air, and did wonderfully well for Swansea before he came to Spurs. Last time he played he was excellent albeit against Tranmere. Fans should not be too downcast, it could be he goes in and does particularly well.”

        • dilly January 16, 2019 at 3:48 am

          But not as mobile!

        • Lord Croker January 16, 2019 at 7:26 am

          He’s fakin crap. That’s honest.

        • Harry Hotspur January 16, 2019 at 8:17 am

          Pleat is a truly wonderful football man, but Llorente isn’t good enough to play in Scotland

          • East Stand January 16, 2019 at 10:07 am

            I disagree, he’s not quick but when I’ve seen him come on in the Champions League against decent sides he looks a really difficult player to deal with in the box.

            I think Pleaty may have a point. As he said, he can score in the Premiership as he showed at Swansea. Just because he scored a hat trick against Tranmere doesn’t mean that somehow his level now.

            There’s no straight comparison with Kane, not at Spurs or probably anywhere else. If he’s out then you need to change the game plan, simple as that.

            Either go with a target man who plays with his back to goal like Loriente or more of a poacher or the ‘false 9’ thing etc with the usual suspects filling in.

            Anyone expecting Loriente or anyone else to come in and do some kind of pale impression of Kane is an idiot…

            • Harry Hotspur January 16, 2019 at 11:13 am

              Llorente is a waste of rations

  • Nick January 16, 2019 at 12:43 am

    H,can you do a blog on the injuries we’ve sustained over the last three seasons in comparison to the “big six” teams. We may be unlucky but I believe Poch is running the players into the ground.Trophies are one thing but there have been rumblings of discontent at the lack of rest given to the players

    • Harry Hotspur January 16, 2019 at 3:16 am

      That would be a gargantuan task, but what I can tell you is that all our players predominantly get muscle injuries, which tends to be a fatigue orientated thing.

    • OrganicPaper January 16, 2019 at 7:06 am

      See below – data is a little old but its all i could be bothered to find while I drink my coffee 🙂 We tend to fair OK on the injury lists.
      What I think the difference is lies in the depth of our squad and the relative disruption injuries cause us, compared to the bigger squads.
      The Arse are the same. They have a paper thin squad and when they pick up a few injuries they suffer.
      Your Cities, United and Racists generally ride these things out because they have £100m of play on the bench getting paid £200k+ PW.

      Across the board though, injuries have increased over time.
      Over the past five seasons,the average number of injuries across the Premier League is 218 per season.

      Season

      No. of injuries

      2012/13

      175

      2013/14

      201

      2014/15

      242

      2015/16

      240

      2016/17

      234

      The same pattern exists for games missed
      Season

      Games missed

      2012/13

      954

      2013/14

      1155

      2014/15

      1207

      2015/16

      1396

      2016/17

      1456

      Total Injuries 2012/13 – 2016/17

      Man City

      118

      Man Utd

      127

      Chelsea

      72

      Liverpool

      118

      Arsenal

      159

      Spurs

      79

      Everton

      89

      West Brom

      47

      Swansea

      56

      West Ham

      104

      Stoke

      53

      Southampton

      70

      Again, The Arse are top of the league in terms of games missed through injury in the same period. We middling again
      Team

      Games missed

      Man City

      502

      Man Utd

      620

      Chelsea

      263

      Liverpool

      689

      Arsenal

      925

      Spurs

      434

      Everton

      646

      West Brom

      249

      Swansea

      279

      West Ham

      676

      Stoke

      391

      Southampton

      494

  • Lilywhite without the II January 15, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Can anyone remember the last time we loaned a player “in”….just doesn’t seem to be what Levy wants and not sure why…you can even get away with justifying the bigger wage demands to our senior players as its “temporary”

    • Harry Hotspur January 15, 2019 at 10:48 pm

      Levy only loans players out to offset his wage bill because he’s an idiot.

    • paul January 15, 2019 at 11:01 pm

      Can you remember the last time we did anything transfer wise? Showed any initiative whatsoever?

  • Nick January 15, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    So aurier arrested for abh at the weekend in a domestic altercation.Add him to the for sale list

    • Lilywhite without the II January 15, 2019 at 10:46 pm

      no really…haha…just need Rose now to go back to The Sun for “part 2″…

    • Harry Hotspur January 15, 2019 at 10:50 pm

      Hahahahaha

    • Cabspur January 16, 2019 at 8:24 am

      Oh my god it gets worse…

  • paul January 15, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    FA Cup
    League Cup semi
    Cl last 16
    EPL top four

    Fighting on four fronts with absolutely no assistance from the owners of the club. Had a chance at something through a mixture of Poch getting us punching above our weight, (again), experience and good luck but hello darkness my old friend, we’re now back on track to end up with a big fat zero. And this time it’s going to be the biggest, fattest, stinkiest zero yet. Mark my words, without emergency action right now then by the time we get into that new lav we will be out of contention on all fronts, and how great is that going to feel.

    Shortly followed by Tin Tin and A.N. Other making a sharp exit in the Summer. Allowing Poch to park his loyalty and move the fack on.

    Not only was this eventuality completely forseeable, it was percentage likely. It was also completely avoidable, with only a modicum of interest and investment needed by our owners.

    The only thing which would give us even the slightest chance would be if Levy somehow managed to get out there and bring in a current EPL quality striker. Theres no time to get anyone up to speed, there’s no time to give Fernando more minutes, our entire season teeters on the brink and most likely the whole project.

    NOW is the Winter of our discontent Daniel and ask not for whom the bell tolls old son.

    • Harry Hotspur January 15, 2019 at 10:51 pm

      It’s really hurting the thick fans that thought ‘winging it’ was a sound business proposition

    • arthurthebold January 15, 2019 at 11:20 pm

      Hi Paul, Kane got injured this time last year, the problem this year is that Son is away and we have a MUCH deeper injury list this year. We coped very well last year, very well, this year will likely be much tougher because of the above two rather large issues.

    • Exile January 16, 2019 at 7:59 am

      Quite right. Until last week with a massively inferior squad we had season to date matched Man City by being in all 3 cup competitions and being only one point behind them. We’ve got perhaps one player who would get in their first eleven so that was a massive achievement. Personally I didn’t think it would last but Harry’s injury added to sonny’s absence has put a kiaboosh (potentially) on the whole thing.
      Truth is the stadium build allied to levy’s cheapskate strategy to investment both in players fees and renumeration (but not property investment )means the football side will always be secondary to the clubs key strategy that is the regeneration project.

  • paul January 15, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Shout out to Manure who not only took three points off us at home the other night but injured our best player for two months and rekt our season. Must be laughing their arses off. (honourable mention for Mike Deane)

    • MrChickenHead January 15, 2019 at 10:26 pm

      My thoughts exactly.

  • BARD January 15, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    You reap what you sow. Get these Enic cunts out of my club.

  • paul January 15, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    The two players who have been responsible for half of all our EPL goals are suddenly not there. When one wasn’t there then the other could cover, not anymore. What also hasn’t got covered is their involvement in goals others have scored, this is also gone.

    Hk will take time to get back up to speed and whose to say that Sonny doesn’t get crocked in Asia. Anyway that’s speculative, back to the facts; The cupboard is empty and we’re fucked. Kerplunk .

  • Billy the yid January 15, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    I know the levy gang will blame the moon being in capricorn or whatever, but there really is only one bottom line. The transfer policy or lack of delete as appropriate is what has left us in this position. Now if the great business man can’t see that not securing someone to score us goals for the nxt 6 weeks and also add competition for places moving forward is a good idea, then the future is a whole lot bleaker than even I had nightmares about. Don’t hold your breath, that talk of llorente lamela etc filling in has all the hallmark of a levy plan

    • Paddio January 15, 2019 at 9:52 pm

      Dier is back so what’s the panic,
      But Levys mind (and his appologists) the Games coming should be winnable and you would expect squad rotation (maybe only Chelsea would you expect full strength) just now Alli and Eriksen will be expected to play full 90mins as If Lamela and Lucas starts they will be substituted at 70th and 81st min(ish) in probably that order

      • arthurthebold January 15, 2019 at 11:21 pm

        Fulham are due a win.

  • Elevenstonedidiots January 15, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    We are without our 2 best finishers now for a significant period. Will the Bald Avenger speculate to accumulate or will we get party line ‘I am berry happy with the squad’ / good players are like hens teeth guff. Our season hangs in the balance!

    • Paddio January 15, 2019 at 9:37 pm

      The reality is that the perception that counts believes the squad is okay, now let’s go and watch the trains go by at Crews hill boys

    • arthurthebold January 15, 2019 at 11:22 pm

      who would you sign now to come in and cover those two.

  • Lilywhite without the II January 15, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    If labour get voted in I think i will move to Europe…ohh wait..

    • dilly January 15, 2019 at 9:42 pm

      Surprisingly the Labour Party is currently lagging behind the Tories in the opinion polls.

  • Lilywhite without the II January 15, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    No midfield, no striker buts its ok we are selling Mousa…
    Eriksen not signing and looks like Chelsea are getting Higuain on loan….

  • dilly January 15, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I take note with regret of the outcome of the vote in the House of Commons this evening. I urge the UK to clarify its intentions as soon as possible. Time is almost up…
    (President Juncker)

    • East Stand January 15, 2019 at 8:41 pm

      Junker is a complete tosser…

      • East Stand January 15, 2019 at 8:43 pm

        I’d ‘urge’ Junker to fuck off, but I doubt he will…

        • Tappaspur January 15, 2019 at 8:44 pm

          They are all toffee nosed privileged w a n k e r s.

        • dilly January 15, 2019 at 8:44 pm

          I believe Juncker is shortly retiring and replaced by a Rumanian President.

          • Paddio January 15, 2019 at 9:23 pm

            V is for vendetta could be a documentary for what may come

      • dilly January 15, 2019 at 8:43 pm

        Not like you Easty to speak your mind!!

        • East Stand January 15, 2019 at 9:30 pm

          Junker tries to espouse all these supposedly altruistic EU values when on his watch as president of Luxembourg Amazon among others used his little principally as a tax haven and continue to do so.

          It’s the double standards within the EU that does my head in and many of these jumped up nobodies steering the whole thing off the edge of a cliff…

  • Lilywhite without the II January 15, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Boohoo prices go up in January..so what…if Isco isn’t getting game time at RM do whatever it takes to get him on loan for half a season…our friends remember..

    • Paddio January 15, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      Nearly Any player is available it’s just what you’re will to stump up. Just smaller clubs know we are one of the richest clubs and don’t give a damn how Levy holds the purse strings crap

  • Lilywhite without the II January 15, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    No way on earth Levy will spend…Poch wil be told to forget the CL and cups and get top 4 with what we have…!

    • East Stand January 15, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      Yep. We will sign nobody, despite currently having one fit ‘senior’ midfielder at the club in Winks.

      When you operate with a squad this paper thin you are always a couple of absentees away from a crisis.

      Never mind, we’ll all be applauding Skipp and Winks for ‘stepping up’ but then failing to have the experience and quality in key moments.

      We can’t blame them for any failure because they’re ‘young’ and learning their craft. Which has been the excuse for this team winning nothing for almost 4 seasons now.

      All the spin and expectation management looks set to continue forever under ENIC…

      Wankers.

  • Lilywhite without the II January 15, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    “So at Tottenham, we’re told their transfer plans won’t necessarily changes now that Harry Kane is out until early March, the likes of Lucas Moura, Fernando Llorente and Erik Lamela have been earmarked to play his position, furthermore a potential selling club could raise their prices if they know Tottenham are in the market,” said Sheth on Sky Sports News (Tuesday January 15, 17:11).

    • East Stand January 15, 2019 at 8:25 pm

      What ‘transfer plans’ are these exactly?

      • Paddio January 15, 2019 at 9:21 pm

        There’s no transfer plans unless it progresses long term of the team.
        Llorente not even a bang on starter as Poch likes to play a false 9, it will just be one of the wide boys Pamela or Lucas will be the front man because look what it did for Bale or Waddle playing in the middle up front

        • East Stand January 15, 2019 at 9:32 pm

          Yes I agree, Llorente will be used to help out depending on the situation.

  • JimNewrySpur. January 15, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Uncle Joe asked one thing of Poch, to go into the New Lane next season with Champions league football guaranteed, looked nailed on a month ago, pre Solsjaer presented ankles, not looking too rosy now.

    • East Stand January 15, 2019 at 8:27 pm

      Uncle Joe can ask what he likes, he’s worth 6bn and has never put a penny piece of it into Spurs.

      What a guy…

      • Tappaspur January 15, 2019 at 8:41 pm

        Can remember asking once. Can’t joe lend the club the money for the stadium at a cheaper rate than the banks? Apparently it doesn’t work like that. Also joe aint got half a billion liquid

        • Paddio January 15, 2019 at 9:22 pm

          Rule no1 don’t use your own money when you can use others money first

          • East Stand January 15, 2019 at 9:33 pm

            Rule number 2, don’t prioritise winning anything.

            • Paddio January 15, 2019 at 9:40 pm

              Rule 3 say Forbes got it wrong and plead poverty

  • Limerick AL. January 15, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    If only ‘Levy The LIar’ had believed in a ‘Backstop. Yes thats it, a ‘Backstop’.

  • Nick January 15, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    With mays vote being defeated in commons & kane injured we’ll be out of Europe before we’re out of Europe

    • Limerick AL. January 15, 2019 at 7:53 pm

      I am afraid Nick that Brexit is only an illusion.

  • Nick January 15, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    I wonder if frasier Campbell is available?

  • Nick January 15, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    So it’s happened,the perfect storm.Our two top scorers both unavailable for quite some time.I do understand that buying a striker would be at a premium now that Kane’s injured but a decent loan has to be on the cards ? Morata anyone ? Higuain? Let’s face it if Solanke is worth 19m then we could afford to buy anyone decent before Kane’s injury.
    Interesting to read earlier that only Alderweireld & Davies haven’t missed games injured this season ( of the 1st team)

  • Billy the yid January 15, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Now being reported on sky that spurs won’t necessarily change their transfer plans because of kane with moura llorente or lamela able to fill the role. Wonr be held to ransom by other teams pricing of players. We’ll Daniel YOU put yourself in this position with your brilliant business acumen. No one saw this coming did they??? Right sports fans here it is bottom line. We get these bastards out of the club because that’s a total insult to our clubs fans

    • Tappaspur January 15, 2019 at 7:33 pm

      I wonder if the “ginger pele” has kept himself fit. Trust me we’ve come along way. We’ve had some rubbish players

      • Nick January 15, 2019 at 7:39 pm

        Andy booth

        • East Stand January 15, 2019 at 8:14 pm

          Rasiak?

          • Snow Patrol January 16, 2019 at 8:11 am

            He was the all time worst

    • Limerick AL. January 15, 2019 at 7:51 pm

      Billy. You cannot ‘change’ something that has never existed. Transfer Plans.

  • Sid Trotter January 15, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    This is deliberate

    Levy will unveil Harry at the new ground in March – be like a new signing for the new stadium

    • Spurswizard January 15, 2019 at 9:50 pm

      You think we’ll still be in the CL in march sid?

  • spurs47 January 15, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Quite depressing news about Kane’s injury which could or should have been foreseen by both Poch and Levy. Can’t expect good luck to go unchallenged for ever in the real world. The premise that “no buys” is a worthy position to take and uphold/defend will now be sorely tested with the injury list seemingly escalating by the game. Like Exile I believe Poch has done an amazing job with what he has been given-not sure it effectively ends our season yet. However, it is abundantly clear that reinforcements are necessary right now. As suggested many times elsewhere in comings need to be ready to go, not just potential to be nurtured.

  • Exile January 15, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    In a perverse way I’m quite pleased about the Kane scenario even though it effectively ends our season. Poch did an incredible job in keeping the ship afloat with a depleted squad no investment and no home. All these failures can be laid at the door at the piece of shit we have for a chairman, a true disciple of the mr Byright a business of a long gone age.
    Whilst the need to invest has been evident all slaphead is doing is setting an exit price for our best defender,toby, and selling Dembele to the Chinese to get him out of his manifestly catastrophic stadium build. By Harry’s return attendances at Wembley will be down in 30,000’s which will further exacerbate his problems.
    Levy has finally run out of luck he won’t find a scapegoat for this debacle. He’ll be lucky if poch stays after this.
    Fans renewing for next year need to wait until Danny boy gets his wallet instead of waiting till the last week of the window when his legendary and actually non existent transfer acumen kicks in.

    • Accy January 15, 2019 at 6:18 pm

      The number of people that won’t do business with him has grown – rightly or wrongly. Jorges Mendes is a tricky one – The best players want Mendes, and so he holds all the cards. But shutting that door is not very clever as it seems there’s not a massive queue of players wanting to ply their trade at Spurs at the moment.

    • East Stand January 15, 2019 at 8:16 pm

      Levy wouldn’t be that bothered if we didn’t make top 4, as with anything else that isn’t in the business plan…

  • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Daniel Levy: A man who doesn’t pack extra layers for his Lapland Xmas trip and says….”‘I’ll chance that its not snowing”

  • OrganicPaper January 15, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Odds on HK’s first game back being at the new gaff??

    • East Stand January 15, 2019 at 8:17 pm

      That’s it!! He’ll be like a new marquee signing to usher in the shopping mall era!!

  • Urbane Sturgeon January 15, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6xHfDssPWQ

    The inner bowl is quite something to behold, and the only bit I really care about. My only little gripe is why does the curve of the seating dip in the corners under the roof? Natural light use? I’d prefer a closed in compact look and feel myself.

    This is the new home of a club which has won one league cup during the past 18 years under the owners. What’s happened to football?

  • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Wow…funny that? All them strikers Levy didn’t bother with cos it was assumed they would want to sit on the bench…..?….well….they wouldn’t av been sitting on the bench!! Cos Kanes crocked….
    Altogether now…….THATS WHY YOU BUY!!

    Nice one Daniel. Give yaself a raise…..

    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      ……oh wait…

    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

      *wouldn’t want

    • Accy January 15, 2019 at 6:12 pm

      He might have a point if Kane wasn’t crocked at least once a season – which, he is.

  • Billy the yid January 15, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Lol, gazza for chairman!!!!! Let’s see what the clowns come up with now. As H said a few days ago, we are the equivalent of a smoking drinker who eats shit but says he’s doing well. Let’s see where they take us now. We area t the crossroads now, I predict some Bollox about llorente or jansen in due course

  • dilly January 15, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Big blow just announced that Harry Kane damaged ligaments out until March.

    • dilly January 15, 2019 at 5:06 pm

      Now then now then whats Plan B?

    • OrganicPaper January 15, 2019 at 5:07 pm

      Oh really?!
      Is this confirmed?
      That’s a kick in the balls we didn’t need

      • dilly January 15, 2019 at 5:08 pm

        Just reported in Radio 5 Live Sports bulletin.

        • OrganicPaper January 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm

          Oh. That’s a pretty solid source!

      • Only me January 15, 2019 at 5:12 pm

        On BBC now – likely to be out until after 2nd leg of CL game. So without him for the NLD, 2nd leg Chelsea, Chelsea in the league, Palace in the FA cup and Dortmund!! so might as will mark us out of top 4 and close our season as trophy free.

    • Tappaspur January 15, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      F ue d now!

      • dilly January 15, 2019 at 5:16 pm

        Troy Parrott?

        • dilly January 15, 2019 at 5:17 pm

          Callum Wilson – £75M?????????

          • Tappaspur January 15, 2019 at 5:28 pm

            The same price as zaha!! Callum £45mil tops but considering the situation we’re in…

        • Tappaspur January 15, 2019 at 5:33 pm

          … gonna make Dublin proud one day. Statue of him there within the next 20 years.

          • Tappaspur January 15, 2019 at 5:33 pm

            The boy troy

    • Coogy January 15, 2019 at 5:24 pm

      It says on Football-talk (had never heard of them before today) in their article about us setting up a loan deal for Malcolm, that Moura is also ‘facing a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury’. Anyone else heard that? I hadn’t.
      If that is the case coupled with the fact Son has gone we really are going to need to sign a striker. So it’s crunch time again for Levy, I’m positive he will bottle it like always the useless tosser but wouldn’t it be nice to be proved wrong for a change!

  • Billy the yid January 15, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    I just can’t see how a company that bought the club for 22m, now value at 2bn, but haven’t put any of their own money into it deserve credit. Bale was a god send. Similar kane. But instead of looking to add to them and move the club forward they try and retreat and hold what they have. I wrote a piece on here a few weeks back and basically said we are at a crossroads. People may say I’m pessimistic but I don’t see us taking the right turning to get the club to the nxt level, and that’s based on years of watching at best a haphazard transfer policy work absolute disasters. Why is the word tentative used in this enquiry for isco? If poch wants him go and get him, that simple, that’s what other clubs do and that’s why we are falling behind again. Anyone who thinks llorente /parrot/jansen is gonna fill Harry’s boots is in need of a rear fastening jacket ASAP. And that’s just one area we can discuss. There’s no time for any pissing about, football is here and now. Join the party or float off downstream as an also ran

  • Accy January 15, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    It has been said elsewhere that Levy won’t pay the agents what they want so agents know to tout their players elsewhere.

    My feeling is, that Levy can’t have any form of success before we’re in the new place otherwise it’s £1bn down the drain. The success, and any transfers pertaining to any success will occur once we’re in so that STADIUM = SUCCESS. It would be catastrophic to have it play out any other way.

    • Accy January 15, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      (someone on here said this the other day).

    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 4:12 pm

      That is true, and of course the project is a red herring and is not needed for success at all. We could have just basked in 10 years of success at WHL if the chairman had concentrated on giving Redknapp and Maurice what they needed instead of getting involved in a football club as a smokescreen for area regeneration and NFL ambitions.

  • Billy the yid January 15, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I’ve heard a rumour the lad Clark from Leeds, described as a sensation. That’s actually code for young with potential resale value. I despise enic, and all the muppets that think they done a good job, want to take the moral high ground about we didn’t need a sugar daddy. Dead right. Didn’t win fuck all either, but then again its about how many corners, shits on target, possession etc these days. And a giant tub of levys own popcorn to take and share with the Koreans who are there to see son, I mean thfc

    • Monkey Harris January 15, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      BREXIT MEANS BREXIT

      • dilly January 15, 2019 at 4:09 pm

        Brexit means Brexit = Hard Brexit!
        Utter shambles!
        [Lose and T May should immediately quit]

        • dilly January 15, 2019 at 4:18 pm

          She criticises the government, which she says claims the deal to be a “pragmatic” Brexit. The vote didn’t ask whether people wanted “a pragmatic leave or a pragmatic remain”, she says, “the people voted to leave”.
          “Let us go forward to March the 29th, leave the European Union and have that bright future which we know is ahead of us.”
          (Kate Hoey (Labour)

          • Only me January 15, 2019 at 4:29 pm

            She is pro-leave. Very rare for a Labour MP…bar their party leader. How odd is that.

            Favourite analogy of Brexit and this deal “Some people want sweet, some people want savoury…beef trifle is not the answer!”

            • dilly January 15, 2019 at 4:32 pm

              Conservative MP Justine Greening says the PM’s deal satisfies neither side of the Brexit debate.
              For the government not to recognise the opposition from MPs and then to blame them for not supporting the deal is “a bit like a person steering the Titanic into an iceberg and then blaming the iceberg for not getting out of the way”.
              (BBC News)

              • Only me January 15, 2019 at 4:36 pm

                Couldn’t agree more – you can have a deal both sides agree on, but you can sure as hell have one neither does. my issue though is typical MP’s happy to point out problems, far less happier to work together on solutions.

                • dilly January 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

                  Easy in hindsight but surely TM should not have triggered Article 50 until she had the consensus of a deal agreed with her cabinet and involved cross party representation from the start in the negotiation process.

                  • Only me January 15, 2019 at 5:09 pm

                    There was never a deal to be had. I agree though, article 50 should have waited, but the EU refused to come to the table until we triggered it. We should have entered negotiations with being led by a leaver, with a team made up of cross parties…hoever, was never going to happen as british MP’s are too small minded. They wouldn’t want to see Tories look good on this one. T.May was a bad choice, she showed her bad judgement calling a general election at a time where people blamed the tories for brexit. She should have held her majority into the exit then gone for the election. That said, if she hadn’t have called it then, she would have been forced to call it within 18months of leaving – that would have really cost her the PM role as she was never going to look good after this.

              • East Stand January 15, 2019 at 8:40 pm

                I don’t agree. The deal May has got isn’t as bad as everyone keeps banging on about.

                The remainers hate it because it means we leave and Brexiteers don’t like it because it ties us in too much for them.

                The deal encompasses immigration (the main thing that drove the to leave). Fishing rights and other stuff but keeps strong trade ties.

                I don’t think the deal is that bad, mainly because we have no other real choice. We can rejoin the EU after 3 years if we want to.

                I’d rather leave and be a defacto member and deliver on the key immigration issue to control numbers better rather than no deal at all. If there’s no deal we stay in.

                Labour are issuing it to trigger an election which is just pathetic opportunism on Corbyn’s part when his party is also in an utter mess because of his Marxist bollocks.

                The political class want us to stay in, they will manipulate it so that we do…

          • Tappaspur January 15, 2019 at 8:18 pm

            Londoners never voted to leave.

            • East Stand January 15, 2019 at 8:30 pm

              A lot more did than people think, mainly the poorest Londoners who can’t afford to live there because of the competition for housing and jobs. London is mainly middle class now but not entirely…

              • Tappaspur January 15, 2019 at 8:52 pm

                “Mainly middle class? In a few boroughs maybe.

                • East Stand January 15, 2019 at 9:35 pm

                  More boroughs year by year, it’s nothing new, London’s population has been through huge changes over the last 70 odd years and this is just the latest thing.

        • Tappaspur January 15, 2019 at 5:16 pm

          BOB. Bored of brexit. Just get the sufferings started.

    • Only me January 15, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Billy

      ENIC have done a great job…depends on what their job was! ENIC have changed us from a yo-yo team to a consistent one. issue is the yo-yo years we won stuff, now we just consistently near the top with people that win stuff. I think ENIC did a great job of changing us from mid table to top table but they will never over see a successful team as it is against their business view. To be clear, I agree, you need to win stuff, but to be a team that wins stuff regularly you first need to be consistent. Spurs have got that now, under ENIC, they need a new manager to push on. Issue though where ENIC don’t understand is one change can take away the consistency.

      • Billy the yid January 15, 2019 at 4:15 pm

        I take the point we have achieved a level of consistency, but I struggle to see where enic can take credit for that. That’s the football side of it, and for me that’s the manager. I’d like to see a manager get the players HE identifies and let him fall on his sword if it goes wrong. I know plenty of my mates want poch to go, but I worry the bigger picture is the rest of a once promising situation falling apart at the same time if he goes. And if we look over the last few managers nobody gets what they ask for, so are we reaching our potential? For me no. Harry didn’t want saha and Nelson. Avb didn’t want the spread betting transfer policy that happened with the bale money. And as for the ground scenario, we’ll it’s fair to say its been a complete cluster fuck, and that falls squarely at Daniels feet. There’s only 2 possible scenario there. He’s fraudulently taken season ticket money, or it’s complete and utter incompetence. The lack of meaningful communication from the club only makes the gap between club and fnas that much more shitty than it needed to be.

        • Only me January 15, 2019 at 4:23 pm

          ENIC can take a little credit. We went from struggling to be top 7 (watching for who won what trophy) to get into Europe. To be almost dead cert for 5th every year under AVB, Jol and ‘Arry, to top 4 sort of under ‘Arry and Poch, now if we finish 5th for a season we would be screaming for Poch’s head. That is incremental improvements based on sturdy foundations. Issue for me is that ENIC want to “win” things based on no spend, they want to incrementally reach the top. Basically I think of it in the metaphor, ENIC have given Spurs a career (a job) and over the years we have gone from making coffee, through being an engineer working all the hours, up to being a senior manager on decent pay – but for all the hard work, and endeavour, we will never be as rich as the self employed bloke that made his millions and we now need to leave the comfortable job and branch out. Many “self employed” clubs have tumbled trying to buy their way to the top, or basing it on one manager or crop of players, but failed long term. ENIC now need to either invest in us for fear of losing what made us incrementally better, or we need to change companies. sorry for the mess of metaphor, hope it makes sense.

      • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 4:19 pm

        Poch and H made us consistent not ENIC. We were always a big 5 club. The owners have done nothing.

        • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 4:21 pm

          The mid/late 90’s is all they have to use as a benchmark for favour.

          • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 4:22 pm

            And we will be returning there….under ENIC

            • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 4:26 pm

              The reality is ENIC had taken us to an all time low…..2points 8 games….bottom….and Levy had to phone ‘Arry on his way to Greece in Europe with Pompey to save his arse….. H did….Levy sacked him, hired AVB and dooooown we went again. The owners have zero credit to take. They are parasites. Simple.

          • Only me January 15, 2019 at 4:25 pm

            I think you have rose tinted history specs. Even in the 70’s and 80’s we were not consistently at the top. We have been midtable for decades. That said though, it will take more than 5yrs of above mid table to be classed as tue consistency because over the years we have done a few years at the top on the bounce…just usually won something while there.

            • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 4:28 pm

              You are right. 3 good years isn’t going down in history as a consistent dynasty.

              • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 4:35 pm

                Since 1950 to when ENIC took over we have been top 6 roughly shy of 1 out of every 2 seasons. Growing up we were always up around 3rd 4th…in 84 to 91….I’ve seen nothing under this ownership I haven’t seen before…except WHL in rubble of course, that’s all I can say.

                • Only me January 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

                  Average PL position 7.8 between 92 and 99 that was 10.4, 00-10 = 9.3 than last 9yrs = 4.1

                  • Billy the yid January 15, 2019 at 4:44 pm

                    How do we judge progress tho? To me 8th or 6th is neither here nor there. Did we win something is how any professional sports people are judged surely? I know not everyone can win, but the real crime is not really trying

                    • Only me January 15, 2019 at 4:58 pm

                      I am judging consistency. Averages are not great for doing it, but looking at the years, Spurs are actually a very much yo yo side and bar the 60’s the years under ENIC at the longest where our league position has been single figures and reducing.bar once we have been top 5 for 9 yrs (most consistent in our history) – as I have said though, if we want more than consistency we need new owners, but don’t change history to be anti ENIC, accept the improvements, identify the failings and make change based on it.

                  • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 4:49 pm

                    Mid/late 90’s were bad. I’m surprised the average position is that good for that period. Even so, that’s ENICs party piece. Focus everyone on that time period, even though it didn’t improve under them at all until Jol and then after the dispicable way they dealt with him, Harry saved the day.

                    • Only me January 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm

                      ENIC only had SPurs for 4yrs before Jol took the reigns. And bar once were better than the 3yrs leading to that.

                    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 5:22 pm

                      Coming out that period was a slam dunk for em. Yet they still took us to the bottom of the Prem with Levy’s appointments. I don’t deny we’ve had on Average statistically better times lately I’m just not too impressed with 3rds and 4ths cos we have been there. This last period has been better statisticaly placing wise but I don’t credit the owners for that is all, in fact quite the opposite I am obviously gutted with what they have done and how they’ve sabotaged a possible golden age. We all agree the trophy count is all time low cos it is.
                      Good stat finding work by the way.

                  • Only me January 15, 2019 at 4:55 pm

                    50’s = average 8.7 (including 3yrs where we were 3rd, 18th and 3rd) place, 60s = 4.3, 70s=10., 80’s = 7.5, 90’s = 10.2, 00 = 8.3, 10’s = 4.1

                    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 5:01 pm

                      We are inconsistent. If you calculate the next few years this periods average will look different I imagine. We have reached an impasse. A peak that can’t be bettered and that’s down to the way the club is being run. 3 amazing years under Porch working with ridiculous restraints have made ENIC look like they’re doing something but what we are seeing emerge now is the reeping of the neglect. Sadly.

                    • Only me January 15, 2019 at 5:02 pm

                      Reply to Gascoigne – I don’t disagree with you. Plus if we lose Poch… however, historically, we are a better team, consistency wise, under ENIC, but we will never be winners as they don’t know how to make them.

                    • Only me January 15, 2019 at 5:04 pm

                      Its actually worrying that on average we are better side than in the 60’s…that is the issue with averaging things, on average we are the best side in England over the past 4yrs, still won f’all. Looking at Spurs from Levy perspective, we are better because the numbers say so. But much like a match day when all the stats could be in your favour, only 1 counts, on a match day its the goal line, on success its silverware.

                    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 5:08 pm

                      That’s the frustrating thing. This decade we’ve had 2 great sides, 2 great oppertunitys and both times been hamstrung by the owners. It could have been something none of had seen before.

                    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 5:10 pm

                      *us

                • Billy the yid January 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

                  There’s a few of us gazza who can see the bigger picture. And as you rightly point out the fact whl is in ruins and the building site is apparently going up, when all they had to do was the same as Liverpool and focus on strengthening a promising side says it all. Football is not the priority for an investment company, money is

                  • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 4:51 pm

                    Yep. They aren’t here for football, I just can’t find anything positive to say about them.

                    • Billy the yid January 15, 2019 at 4:54 pm

                      Cos there isn’t anything. Hearing rumours about til may at Wembley. There’s a shock, and all he’s doing is letting the bad news drop out so when it’s officially announced it’s not the huge blow it should be. And people will still say we’ll it’s this and that not point the finger where it should be. The twat who gave himself, already the best paid chairman in the country a 3m bonus. Reckon he’ll pay it back??? Watch yer windows gazza, your house look like something from Syria at this rate🤣🤣🤣🤣

                    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 5:09 pm

                      …..here comes another….?! *smash!*

      • Exle January 15, 2019 at 7:23 pm

        Have to take issue. In the time that enic have owned the club the revenues slushing around the game have increased massively. Just by staying in the premier league over this period as we have has financially transformed the club’s fortunes. In addition our ludicrously high ticket prices has also offset the limited revenue due to whl lower ground capacity. So on that criteria alone we should be a top six club just by being in the premier league.
        In levyworld actually just staying at the top table, playing to full capacity and selling the odd player is very profitable and that spending the sort of money to attract top talent does warrant the commercial payback. This has been illustrated when both Harry and Mauricio got the team into competitive positions which some investment to perhaps seriously challenge. All Harry got was Saha and Nielsen and levy got europa no cl and poch got second and third not the title but cl.
        I fear the overspend on the new stadium is likely to impact the club for the foreseeable future.

    • dilly January 15, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      In any event why would Leeds want to sell their starlets when they are currently heading to returning to the PL?

      • Billy the yid January 15, 2019 at 4:55 pm

        Given he couldn’t do a deal for grealish when they were basically finished I’ll not be holding my breath anyway

        • dilly January 15, 2019 at 5:02 pm

          You may vividly recall that it was that insulting opening derisory offer pre Villa’s new owners which scuppered any deal!

          • Billy the yid January 15, 2019 at 5:04 pm

            How dare you call any deal with josh onomah derisory!!!

    • dilly January 15, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      Why the need for Leeds to sell when they are currently in a strong position of returning to the PL?

      • dilly January 15, 2019 at 4:35 pm

        Senior moment *Apologies for duplication!

    • Exile January 15, 2019 at 6:02 pm

      We do have a sugar daddy arich owner shame he is a fucking tight ct.

  • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Its always a player whos lost their stock….. or never had any. In return for a lynchpin? Perfect for Levy.

    How about an in without an out??

    A pig just hit my upstairs window.

    • Harry Hotspur January 15, 2019 at 3:36 pm

      The odds of us signing anyone that would get immediately excited about are the same as Arsenal’s.

      Welcome to the shopping centre, please exit thru the Gift Shop.

      • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? January 15, 2019 at 3:37 pm

        “The biggest gift shop in Europe”

  • Chivers January 15, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    What if Poch and CE both leave in the summer….we are left with Isco plus other disallusionned players……..can’t bare to think of it

  • OrganicPaper January 15, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    If he is willing to play for under market wages then great, lets give him a go.
    My best guess is we are far more likely to let CE go for good money and then scrape some no mark chump off of the French basement league floor. But hey, that’s just me being optimistic

    • Only me January 15, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      If CE “HAS” to go under Levy then I would like to see Isco come in, not a perfect replacement, but better than as you say, a low grade player that MAY be superstar one day.

      • Harry Hotspur January 15, 2019 at 2:51 pm

        Given that Wanyama was Levy’s replacement for Mousa…

  • Organic Paper January 15, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    If he is willing to play for under market wages then great, lets give him a go.
    My best guess is we are far more likely to let CE go for good money and then scrape some no mark chump off of the French basement league floor. But hey, that’s just me being optimistic

  • Elevenstonedidiots January 15, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Nothing solves attitude problems like a big bear hug from the Pochmeister. There could be a number of reasons why he’s got the hump. For me it looks like he’s been dicked around at RM and played out of position ever since he joined them. With a bit of tough love and playing to his strengths there’s no reason why he couldn’t be a success but I would hope it’s with Eriksen on the same pitch and not instead of…

  • Gazza waking up at night screaming! January 15, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    He’s old and won’t take to a wet night in wolves at all

  • Only me January 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Isco is a good shout, but as you say, costs (wages mainly) and lack of attitude and PL experience mean he is not a replacement for Eriksen at this time. Add that Real selling to us would strengthen Barca… I personally think this deal will not happen. I would also like to point Levy to the fact going forward would not be an issue if we were not leaving the back door open each time! We need a defensive midfielder, one that can free up Eriksen, Winks and Skipp to be attacking mids.

  • Sid Trotter January 15, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    I like Isco, think he could be very good if he settles and pulls his weight. He has skill, talent and cheese. And his name is an anagram of COIS which is nice

  • JimmyGrievance January 15, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Eriksen doesn’t want to go to Barca. His preferred destination is RM. So, if the report has any substance there could well be a swap deal.

    • OrganicPaper January 15, 2019 at 1:29 pm

      This sounds like a HITC twitter post

      • Only me January 15, 2019 at 1:44 pm

        Its true though. As for a swap, Real is VERY much getting the better deal, a cheaper, fitter and better player. Isco knows how to go forward, but will not cover back at all. Its part of his issues with Solari I believe, Solari thinks he is lazy.

      • JimmyGrievance January 15, 2019 at 8:45 pm

        The part about Eriksen wanting to go to RM comes from someone I know at the club.

        The swap deal part, I put two and two together, it doesn’t always make 5 like it does on HITC.