Date: 12th July 2018 at 8:32am
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Here’s the good news. 

Gladys believes that Eriksen and Dele have agreed new deals.

Believe it or don’t, Glad understands that the club want the new shirts etc on sale to maximise the commercial impact.

Here’s the rest of the news.

I recently published this blog drawing the clear parallels between England and Spurs.

As per another blog drawing similar parallels between the Arsenal business model and Tottenham’s some last year, neither drew much traffic.

The truth doesn’t sell.

I put this down to the manner in which football is aggregated, combined with the unrelentingly conveyor belt of dumb dumb fans who prefer fantasy to reality.

England desperately needed an Eriksen, a Modric or a Carrick.

No coincidence that all three of those players have been cruelly under-appreciated by vast swathes of our fans.

Instead we have this perpetual, baseless adoration for Dele Alli and an equally bantam weight cast of players who in real life couldn’t hold down a job on the tills at Asda.

Onomah, Edwards and now Jack Grealish joins the chorus-line of style over substance merchants.

England (as prophesied by yours truly) were beaten by the first good team they played.

Southgate’s inane decision to play a weakened side against Belgium was infinitely Poch-Like in its obtuse daftness.

Where are Spurs now?

Where they always are at this time of year.

Running out of excuses waiting for the Bald Weirdo to work his nickel and dime magic.

I’m concerned about the HertYid itk (threatening multiple exits) simply because he’s been around forever and is ordinarily conservative in his contributions.

Yes we’ve some junk on the books, but colossal change is always chaotic.

For those that assert that there is work busily underway behind the scenes, I would ask this.

If this intense industry is of any merit, how come the only links in the world’s press are with more Eurotrash?

Is this to be the first window where we don’t hear anything about any of the signings?

This is far too ambitious to believe.

Dembele is gone.

Sissoko is worthless.

The jury is still out on Victor.

Winks is the answer, really?

Spurs lack a playmaker.

You heard it here last.

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

  • Matt July 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Looking for positives (I was in f@cking France for both semis!) because I need them. Signing Eriksen and Alli very good news. I believe Winks can become our key playmaker if he’s cured, but not this year. Grealish would be an interesting punt as a squad signing; through personally I think he’s reached his level. If we learn how to use Trippier it seems we have a top class wing back.

    So, we desperately need a playmaker in the 50-70m bracket. Also replace or keep Toby. If we don’t we go backwards.

    If Rose is fit again maybe we revert to 3 at the back, it suits us and our personnel I think.

    That’s about as positive as I can get sadly.

  • Nick July 12, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Nothing changes with England.Kane wasn’t fit so shouldn’t have played,Sterling is the English N’Koudou pace but little else,no brain cells.Walker always has a mistake in him.Southgate had options but chose to carry out the same change that cost us against Columbia,bring on Dier & drop deeper & deeper.I feel sorry for Pickford,macguire & trips maybe even Henderson.They gave their all & couldn’t have done more,the rest were the usual England pretenders

  • PhilBealOG July 12, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Southgate seems to have realized that there is no English playmaker approaching world class and did a pretty good job of working around it given the level of talent at his disposal. The boy Alli demonstrated once again that he suffers from delusions of adequacy and his poor decision making was there for all to see. As for this transfer window it looks like being the usual shambles for Spurs as Levy flops around with no clear policy other than to find a bargain. Grealish would certainly be an ideal backup for Alli because he too can demonstrate mesmerizing skills before giving the ball away on a regular basis. An all out effort should have been made going into this window to lock down a replacement for Dembele but instead the focus seems to have been on squeezing out every penny from potential buyers. Oh the joy of being a Spurs fan.

  • Teddyboy July 12, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    I am confused, England needed an Eriksen, a Modric, a Carrick type of player (a playmaker?) and then “Spurs need a playmaker”, where does this leave Eriksen then?

    • Harry Hotspur July 12, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      Eriksen + would be conventional.

      • Teddyboy July 12, 2018 at 3:32 pm

        Allright then. So another, more commanding presence in midfield, capable of both rallying the troops and individual brilliance? Someone with Mousas skills, his fitness of 10 years ago (was he ever fit). Who are we talking about? (Bryan Robson is retired).

        • Harry Hotspur July 12, 2018 at 3:46 pm

          Robo’s the man.

          And he buys his round.

          • Teddyboy July 12, 2018 at 3:56 pm

            Would be absolutely majestic, a Royale with cheese indeed.

            • Harry Hotspur July 12, 2018 at 4:25 pm


  • Just me July 12, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Trying not to be too depressed but Dele has an ok game but I do not understand why the manager took him off After 20 mins
    Seriously Jesse And dele cannot be in same team unless one changes haircu

  • Hotspur July 12, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    And we’re in the Champions league again, so not so bad really

  • Tappaspur July 12, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Heavy military hardware flying past the lane heading east. Low frequency rumbles

  • Tappaspur July 12, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Football’s going back to a foster home. We are not responsible enough to look after it 🙂

    • Tappaspur July 12, 2018 at 11:29 am

      Or should I say “coming” back to a foster home

  • sheikh352 July 12, 2018 at 11:23 am

    The world cup’s gone. So, setting aside all of the glory of Sky Walks, big video screens and NFL boolocks, two questions should now really be dominating:
    1 … Has our team that twice challenged for the PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE been built upon and improved AT ALL since the first of those challenges?
    2 … Did Pochettino’s new contract merely buy acquiescence in PERMANENT 0 net spend and last minute bargain grab gruel?

    It’s not gone for our captain. At least, we should all get behind him for the Final, so that we might have ONE World Cup winner (of the 12 who tried.)

    Interesting aside. I currently reside in the Philippines – a land of people so short, I often feel like Gandalf, in the presence of Frodo and Samwise Gamgee. For some reason, this is a country completely obsessed with basketball – a sport which they can never, ever dominate, unless an alternative world, filled with midgets can be found. Yet, perusing the French World Cup squad, I discovered that the splendidly-named THIRD goalkeeper (Alphonse Areola), is a French-born Filipino. Thus, without any hope of taking the field, Philippines may be about to have it’s first World Cup winner. A country with very little interest in the game could celebrate well befor the English are in a position to do so, again.

    The Philippines National team (“The Azkals” – named after the nickname given to Filipino street dogs…ie mongrels) is now being coached by none other than Terry Butcher, part of the England squad which made the World Cup semi-final, in 1990.

  • Ali's-Baba July 12, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Let’s hope our new signing wear the right socks, or it could cost Levy a whole year’s down payment on a 2nd striker…

  • Rob July 12, 2018 at 10:38 am

    What an utter bull shit read

  • Harry Hotspur July 12, 2018 at 9:43 am
  • chrism090861 July 12, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Whilst sitting there absolutely gutted last night after the loss, i had a strange thought that at least now Spurs will start to do their business and bring in/ship out etc. Call me an optimist, and surely with only 4 weeks to go till the start of the season??? I’ve said it several times, but i dont think we need wholesale changes, just a few quality additions, and to keep our top players. Over to you Mr Levy..

  • Andrew July 12, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Kane does look absolutely knackered. The lack of a creative midfielder cost England. If you crest chances for Harry Kane, he will score loads of goals.
    Unfortunately for Spurs, we won’t see Trippier for a good few weeks into the season, Kane needs a rest and we don’t know what ,if any players we will sign.
    I love the new stadium but that audere est facere motto is embarrassing, there is nothing daring or doing about our club.
    Hope to be proved wrong ,but looking at liverpoo they really are going to at least try and win the prem

  • Calspur July 12, 2018 at 9:18 am

    The world cup’s gone. So, setting aside all of the glory of Sky Walks, big video screens and NFL boolocks, two questions should now really be dominating:

    1 … Has our team that twice challenged for the PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE been built upon and improved AT ALL since the first of those challenges?

    2 … Did Pochettino’s new contract merely buy acquiescence in PERMANENT 0 net spend and last minute bargain grab gruel?

    • Limerick AL. July 12, 2018 at 9:21 am

      1. No, 2 Yes.

  • TopOfThePochs July 12, 2018 at 9:07 am

    We can only hope now that Spurs are going to buck their trend and invest in quality this year and nougat a bunch of Jack Grealishes.

    If Modric is available this summer we should go all out for him. We need winners. Not wannabe winners.

    Harry Maguire was a player we’ve been linked with for a while and again we’ve been too slow. His price will now be sneered at by Levy, and he looks like he’s be a great Toby replacement.

    Players likely out:
    Dembele, Toby, Sissoko (hopefully), Rose, Janssen, Vorm, NKoudou, Onomah. Llorente should be shipped too but think he’ll be clinging onto the last year of his contract.

    Meaning we will need at least:

    PROVEN QUALITY – Centre Back, Centre Midfielder, Attacking Midfielder, Left Back.

    As long as they get these in then they can supplement with your Jack Grealishes.

    Kane this year has looked to be struggling, a player who can step in up top is still needed.

    • Harry Hotspur July 12, 2018 at 9:32 am

      Not aimed at you, but this Maguire thing is laughable.

      Spurs fans walk into the Rolls Royce showroom and tell the salesman how great their garage is.

      Then the walk down the road an buy a ‘goer’ from Arthur Daley and spend the rest of their lives EXPLAINING to people why the engine falling out of their pride and joy isn’t the end of the world.

    • sheikh352 July 12, 2018 at 11:26 am

      Were you sleeping when Vorm’s contract was extended? He’s staying for another season.

  • Andrew July 12, 2018 at 9:01 am

    The blame game has already started. It may of helped England if Kane didn’t spend half the game in midfield trying to set up sterling in particular to score .
    Del e should have started behind Kane ,they combine well as we know ,but England set up to accommodate sterling .
    I did say England needed one quality passer in midfield, Henderson’s over hit through passes ended up as goal kicks for Croatia, not good enough but that’s all we have.
    I think Kane will get most of the blame cause of a bad miss in the first half, but how many chances did we create for him???
    Need Modric back at spurs , what a player.
    How did lovren not get two yellows ,he was crapping himself and the red was a bit lenient with him.

    • TopOfThePochs July 12, 2018 at 9:12 am

      Kane doesn’t look right at all.
      The fact we reached the semis is masking a lot of deficiency with the squad.

      Before the tournament looking at the squad it looked embarrassing at the lack of experienced talent, so it is a miracle we got so far.

      I see nothing at present to suggest the team will push on.

      All the talk is of the youngster coming through.
      But as seen with players like Loftus-cheek, a lot of them won’t get chances with the top clubs in the country and get the experience playing at the top end week in week out. This is one thing Poch has done and is why we had so many in and around the England squad.

  • TopOfThePochs July 12, 2018 at 8:58 am

    England last night reached their level.

    As with Spurs they found out that spirit and working your best with what is available will only take you so far – lack of proven quality will lead you into a brick wall… and you’ll hit it hard.

    Walker & Stones showed their tendency for a cock-up.
    Awful goals to concede and it could’ve been more if it wasn’t for a bit of luck.

    The supporting three behind Kane just weren’t good enough. No playmaker, no creativity. Dele hasn’t been on song most of the season, Sterling and Lindgard are predicable busted flushes. The back-up are not good enough.

    Kane is clearly dead on his legs. Be he carrying a knock or just being generally tired out after a long high intensity Spurs season. He clearly wasn’t fully fit.

    Henderson was run into the ground in that second half which is why he had to be pulled off. A Dier/Loftus-Cheek should’ve been shipped in after 15 minutes of the second half as the Croatia team that came out after the break were a very different beast.

  • Limerick AL. July 12, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Whats Botch up to these days ?

    • Harry Hotspur July 12, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Writing a new £6 book?

  • Gus July 12, 2018 at 8:36 am

    They’re coming home!

    • gus July 12, 2018 at 8:39 am


      • dilly July 12, 2018 at 8:53 am

        but heads held high where set piece specialist Trippier has been a revelation!!