Date: 18th March 2018 at 10:39am
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Post match, Pochettino was in a rightfully upbeat mood after soundly beating the rather depressed looking Swansea City in the FA cup yesterday lunchtime.

The pressure of Harry Kane’s absence is something that the gaffer – now renowned for feeling calm – isn’t feeling.

“I think we have different players that can play in that position, Dele Alli, Lamela, Son, Llorente, Lucas Moura. For me, most important is how you are going to use the same in every single game, trying to defeat the different tactics that the opponent is going to use. But I think we have quality enough and different alternatives we can use.”

Kane wasn’t missed against Bournemouth, nor against the Swans. Lamela and Son in particular have both seriously stepped up to the plate in the immediate 180 minutes aftermath of Harry’s injury.

Lucas Moura is new to the league but has already begun to turn heads with 31 Premier League minutes and 226 FA cup minutes to his name.

Looking specifically at the latter tournament which gives us enough get our teeth into, Moura has only been given the opportunity to play against technically challenged and lacklustre opposition. Which of course isn’t his fault. Equally it would be daft to deliver wildly positive evaluations based upon such games.

Hang on, is Harry digging the guy out, already?!

Moura is a keen dribbler. Perky and ever-ready to make a forward forays, but his final balls have been routinely substandard.

The 25 year old’s undercooked shot – on the heels of Eriksen’s glorious opener yesterday – was so wet the ball squelched harmlessly off his toe.

How Mours he fare against superior opposition? Surely he’ll be less likely to dribble past better players, so if and when he’s successful, won’t his finishing let him down?

Chelsea will be less forgiving. Moura will need to dig deep in order to shake off the impression that he’s a limited talent that couldn’t keep his shirt in the PSG starting XI.

This is Levy’s third punt in the French utility-winger market.

In Poch’s first season Clinton N’Jie was inflicted.  Some 12 months later Georges-Kévin N’Koudou who cost a few quid more (yet arguably achieved even less) was imposed.

That was £18million well and truly wasted and Spurs were still looking for the right answer.

Another £25million later and we are presented with the boy Moura. That’s £43million of muddled, hope fuelled speculation in total.

Moura arrived as so many do, with a back story, opposed being ready to rock.

Perhaps it would be quicker to ask you, dear reader, to compose a list of players Spurs might have signed instead of these three that £43million wouldn’t have secured?

 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?
  • richspurs March 18, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I want us to win a potteee, any potteee, my kingdom for a potteee.

  • Nick March 18, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    I’d be hoping for extra time if there wasn’t an international break

  • Jay March 18, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Hahaha excellent piece. Yesterday I watched him closely, firstly his match fitness to play alongside the fittest team in the fastest league takes tremendous time of which you don’t usually have. The skill and trickery he did to be in the position to shoot was excellent yes his shot was tame he ended upkinda snatching with a toe poker. Hit harder that was going in bottom left it was on target. I agree he might not be able to jink around players at Chelsea but let’s see. If he doesn’t score he causes major heartattacks in every defence he comes up against. He usually makes a goal and he’s a hard worker and a trier. I for one love that because it’ll open up for Ericsson, son and lemela. I would also like to add son isn’t a number 9 I wouldn’t mind betting poch is basically using him as a decoy with the same work ethic terrorise the defence while opening everything up for the others. I believe poch is trying something completely different to what your actually noticing. Forgive the length of this Harry

  • caveman March 18, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    What about that (couldn’t be bothered to hit it) miss by Llorente yeaterday. What a lazy heap of unfit lard.

  • Sir March 18, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Soldado, Llorente and Janssen !!!!
    30M, 14 and 18.. lets call it 60M.

    I think Moura is tenfold better than the trio mentioned above, he can beat players like Lennon did a few years back, and also getting to a few goalscoring opportunities. I think our forward line with Moura, Alli, Son, Lamela, could be the key for a better ending to the season including cups, than last season.

    Sell Llorente and Jansen, keep the rest incl all the players out on loan, add Sessegnon, Rabiot and one of Rashford/Martial.

    Now tell me IF you have seen a Spurs team, more complete than this current team?

    • Harry Hotspur March 18, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      I have.

      They won cups.

      Any more questions?

      • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 3:33 pm

        Why are hooped football strip stockings so damn fugly?

    • caveman March 18, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      The fact that you even think we could buy Rashford/Martial, leads me to believe your deluded.

      • Sir March 19, 2018 at 7:32 pm

        Hahahaha

        Sir rednose did hos work, he made sure that utd couldn’t build on hos legacy, the team is on a downhill again. I am sure that a few of the players will leave, if Mour stays, players like Pogba, Martial, Rashford.

        Spurs could let Bale go to Utd and take one of either Martial or Rashford. I agree it would be hard to buy either outright, however including Bale in the deal (got first option to buy him back) could trigger a deal.. Levy time 😏

        I Believe that Nike and Spurs have a deal ready for the new stadium, to buy a few well playing ballers, hence players such Sessagnon, Rabiot etc…

  • melcyid March 18, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    the end is nigh the final blog is out

    • Real Fan? March 18, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      Thank fuck for that.

  • Antspurs March 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Sign him up for penalty shootouts.

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 18, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    A case of the pots
    Only 5 spots
    Cant be bad for the Totts.

  • Nick March 18, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Utd v Leicester spurs v Southampton semi draw 👍

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 18, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Great news!!!!!
      On our way to Wembley again and again!!

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 18, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      If we get Leicester in the final its a replay of the 60-61 final. How I Ronic is that?
      Its our best team since rhen

    • Sexy Beast March 18, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      It’s already been decided, we will play Chelsea.

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm

        We will?
        No we wont

  • Antspurs March 18, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Blinding save from the Wigan keeper. Might be in for a penalty shootout treat.

    • Antspurs March 18, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Wigan Wigan Wigan, you want some of our biggun, na na na na oooh.

  • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Frontwheel 2
    When the carpenter:
    Quetion,Painted spirit based high gloss on sills earlier,now snow is covering the fucking Sills,is my handywork fucked?

    e

    Met the painter:

    Sexy Beast
    OOOPS, read the instructions next time, don’t paint in 5c or under cos it won’t dry!

    It was moider.

    • Sexy Beast March 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      We never met, but Fronty feels like a friend 🙂

  • PlayitagainSamways March 18, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Wiganers prefer rugby and any new football fan from that area would be a wanker to not support Man City

    • Aussie in Switzerland March 18, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      You mean they prefer League?

  • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Real Fan?
    I can see Wigan, who are utter gash, nicking this 1-0.

    Someone’s missus has gone out shopping with her mates.

    • Real Fan? March 18, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      Are you insinuating my wife is shoplifting? I hope so.

      • Harry Hotspur March 18, 2018 at 2:54 pm

        This is like the moment I realised that Raz had bred.

        • Real Fan? March 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm

          I imagine you were furious when you realised it wasn’t five seeded sourdough

  • Frontwheel 2 March 18, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Quetion,Painted spirit based high gloss on sills earlier,now snow is covering the fucking Sills,is my handywork fucked?

    • Sexy Beast March 18, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      OOOPS, read the instructions next time, don’t paint in 5c or under cos it won’t dry!

      • Frontwheel 2 March 18, 2018 at 2:23 pm

        Nah,pained in much colder conditions without any problems,its the snow/water sitting on it that worries me,got any youtube vids on the subject?

      • melcyid March 18, 2018 at 2:23 pm

        [is always the lawyered up small print wot gets yer

    • Caspurs♿️ March 18, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      Are you NUTS!?

      • Antspurs March 18, 2018 at 2:51 pm

        Su nombre es Frente Rude Dos.

        • Antspurs March 18, 2018 at 3:01 pm

          *Rueda

          • Frontwheel 2 March 18, 2018 at 5:33 pm

            precisamente

  • Freund or Foe March 18, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    So it’s an FA cup quarter final, and Wigan can’t even fill their ground. Very sad, this used to be so important.

    • East Stand March 18, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      That’s why Poch is spot on about the FA Cup.

      Rose and sepia tinted glasses don’t detract from the way it’s been devalued.

      The world has changed hugely, people need to stop living in the past. At least Spurs won it loads when it was a huge thing.

      Ar5enal have won it recently because they are now too shit to win anything else. Or even make the top 4…

    • Caspurs♿️ March 18, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      If we get Wigan in the semi’s, hopefully we can have the tickets they don’t sell, which may be most of them. 👍
      COYFW!

      • Real Fan? March 18, 2018 at 2:13 pm

        I can see Wigan, who are utter gash, nicking this 1-0.

        • Freund or Foe March 18, 2018 at 2:14 pm

          It’s an awful game.

          • Real Fan? March 18, 2018 at 2:17 pm

            No flow, plenty of effluent.

      • Sexy Beast March 18, 2018 at 2:15 pm

        What like a home game? hehe

        • Caspurs♿️ March 18, 2018 at 2:16 pm

          Yep.

    • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 18, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      How many clubs have an/slogan/sponsorship on the back side of their shorts? What that has to do with Cup attendance I haven’t the faintest.

      • Real Fan? March 18, 2018 at 2:14 pm

        Arsenal do so they know which way round to put them on.

      • 61SpursNut🌰 March 18, 2018 at 2:14 pm

        Someone’s attending to their derrieres in the cup?

      • Caspurs♿️ March 18, 2018 at 2:14 pm

        Must be very persuasive advertising to make that many people not bother turning up.

      • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 2:19 pm

        I wonder if that’s a Wigan/Rugby League influence?

    • SpurAndy 🍒π March 18, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      It’s like a facup game of yore. Plenty of up and unders and even the ground looks like a farm yard.

      • Caspurs♿️ March 18, 2018 at 2:15 pm

        It’s a norfern thing..

      • Freund or Foe March 18, 2018 at 2:17 pm

        BBC coverage awful as well. Can’t they even afford to rent a studio with windows?

        • SpurAndy 🍒π March 18, 2018 at 2:22 pm

          They’ve got the Homes Under the Hammer guy. It’s the before and after. When the match is finished they be showing the work they’ve done to improve the studio. Windows, central heating, conservatory etc.

  • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Real Fan?
    It’s actually the No.33

    💋
    Geddit right, son, ffs.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 March 18, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      Yeah, no more silly mistakes please.

      • Real Fan? March 18, 2018 at 2:05 pm

        Please see below.

        • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 2:06 pm

          Please see above.

  • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Geddit right, son, ffs.

    • Real Fan? March 18, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      Alright! Jeez.

      • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 2:05 pm

        Well, is it 3 or is it 33?

        • Real Fan? March 18, 2018 at 2:06 pm

          Please see below.

  • melcyid March 18, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Quiet a few ears ago there was a little brazilian at Middlesborough,He was a magician for them I used to love watching him play and wishing he was at Spurs he had it all in a mediocre team and had many world class performances.Juninho very similar to Moura in stature and style.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 18, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Mel Ive always enjoyed these types of players. Tommy Harmer was one of our first then John White and then Ardiles.But those players have a class about them that you rarely see. We’ve had too few over the years.Eriksen is different to that. He is getting more like Modric plays with RM.
      Moura is more in the Silva mode (style)
      See my links below

  • East Stand March 18, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    How long until Moura gets found out?

    I’d say about 8-12 months, if any player hasn’t found their grove for a new club in a new league by then it’s time to start wondering.

    This is in my book a fairly defunct question to ask until such time…

    • East Stand March 18, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Just because some players turn up and are instantly brilliant doesn’t mean all those that don’t start well end up being a bad signing.

      Bucketloads of examples out there…

      • East Stand March 18, 2018 at 2:04 pm

        I’d even extend that logic to Aurier who I’m actually fairly sceptical about. You have to give players time.

        Rose still hasn’t forgiven the fans for slating him early on, mind you that because he’s been talking like a twat…

  • Real Fan? March 18, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Wigan’s No.3 thinks he’s Super Jan with his surging forward forays, when he’s more like [insert your favourite shit left centre back who thought he could play here]

    • Real Fan? March 18, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      It’s actually the No.33

      • 61SpursNut🌰 March 18, 2018 at 2:01 pm

        Danny Rose?

        • 61SpursNut🌰 March 18, 2018 at 2:02 pm

          Bloody auto correct. I obviously typed Ben Davies.

          • Real Fan? March 18, 2018 at 2:04 pm

            Centre back?

            • 61SpursNut🌰 March 18, 2018 at 2:06 pm

              No, I didn’t. She went of her own accord.

              • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 2:07 pm

                Hahaha. You’ve got a way with words. You certainly got away with those words.

              • Real Fan? March 18, 2018 at 2:11 pm

                Hehe, you guys.

        • East Stand March 18, 2018 at 2:07 pm

          Ranny Doze?

      • East Stand March 18, 2018 at 2:05 pm

        No he’s playing in the ‘3’ shirt, only you’ve had 12 pints with your lunch…

        • Real Fan? March 18, 2018 at 2:09 pm

          I meant the Left Centre Back who’s wearing No.33. I was comparing to Jan, who is also currently playing as a Left Centre Back. This message was also for the benefit of Spurts and Nut.

          • 61SpursNut🌰 March 18, 2018 at 2:11 pm

            You say that now.

          • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 2:14 pm

            You say that now.

  • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 18, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    The FA Cup aside, can Mark Hughes save Southampton?

    • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      No. Being one of the dourest of managers makes Will Self sound remarkably cheerful!!

    • 89Spurs 👁 March 18, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      I hope so, that could mean that the Spammers get relegated, with any luck!

      • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 18, 2018 at 1:44 pm

        My kind of logic.

        • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 1:45 pm

          Should it go to the last match Spammers last home is at home to already safe Everton!

      • 61SpursNut🌰 March 18, 2018 at 1:46 pm

        Their next league match is against Spam.

        • Caspurs♿️ March 18, 2018 at 1:52 pm

          Come on Sarf’aahmpton!!

  • PlayitagainSamways March 18, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Moura looks like he smokes the hashish.
    Once it wore off in the second half he looked like a 7 out of 10 on a good day type player.

    His delayed pass to assist Eriksen was enough to demonstrate that he has more brains than say lennon. And he did a bit of tracking back and tackling down the left side during the second half which was not what i was expecting from a wee lttle brazillian (not the bald fanny).

    He looks very much like a squad player, apparently is what 25 blinking million gets you these days

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 18, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      Stick around. We will tally up the points on about 6 months and see uf he is Silva ,Gold or String

      • PlayitagainSamways March 18, 2018 at 2:16 pm

        I reckon he’ll be gold chocolate coins!

        A firm fan favourite. Im sure the saggy fans will like him too.

        He is an improvement to the squad, and not in clinton cards categories.

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 18, 2018 at 2:42 pm

          😊

  • Frontwheel 2 March 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Is the draw today ?

    • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Yes 4.30 ish

    • Matt March 18, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      Yep after the Chelsea match.

      • Frontwheel 2 March 18, 2018 at 1:35 pm

        cheers

    • Real Fan? March 18, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      What Dave said.

  • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 18, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Wigan vs. Southampton? Does it matter who wins? I don’t think that either will come to Wembley and get a result.

    • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      For a side who have beaten Citeh they fear nobody!

      • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 18, 2018 at 1:34 pm

        Perhaps but I don’t think either of ‘they’ will make the final. But then I am usually wrong.

  • Matt March 18, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    We’ve only wasted 43m filling that spot if we have both N’s back for free and Mouras value is zero. Which is unlikely.

    • Harry Hotspur March 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      Is there a coherent version of that available anywhere?

      • Matt March 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm

        I’ve re read it and it’s makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

        • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 18, 2018 at 1:33 pm

          That is nonsense.

        • Caspurs♿️ March 18, 2018 at 1:33 pm

          Well done Matt, you appear to have passed the entrance exam with flowing couriers…

    • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      *gave

  • OrganicPaper March 18, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    January signings very rarely hit the ground running and especially in Lucas’ case he was severely lacking match sharpness.

    He will want to force his way back into the Brazil squad and with Tite giving some game time to relative newcomers in the next friendlies, Lucas will know that’s a very real possibility.

    So long as Poch gives him the game time, I do think he will come good for us this season and then really kick on next with a good preseason

    • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      did you watch the game?

      • OrganicPaper March 18, 2018 at 1:08 pm

        Yes did save for the first 5 minutes

        • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

          Sorry OP,I thought you said Moura was lacking match sharpness re THIS game but reread it

          • OrganicPaper March 18, 2018 at 1:23 pm

            I’m flattered you read it let alone read it twice, Ron!

            • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:28 pm

              I like to learn really and its good to know what people think about a game.
              We all see it a little differently so its kind of fun reading everyones perceptions almost as good as the game itself…..er Lamela is haveing a bad game..but wait So is Spurstacus….

              • Caspurs♿️ March 18, 2018 at 1:31 pm

                For some it’s always Eriksen, Eriksen, Eriksen, Eriksen, Eriksen…..

                • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:35 pm

                  Yep it was like that. Couldnt stand him once now he has recently changed that.A lot of going sideways and back at that time. Now on my advice he has become a real creator of sorts pushing the ball forward a lot and finding different ways to create space and opportunity.

                  • Caspurs♿️ March 18, 2018 at 1:37 pm

                    So it has nothing to do with the other players moving into space (rather than remain static) so he can find them, interesting…

                    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 March 18, 2018 at 1:46 pm

                      He did a bit too much of that infact other players too.
                      Our defence has been doing that lately tons of side passes and nobody looking for anyone upfield
                      And then big boot!

                      Eriksen now is pkaying better.He has opened up his vision and niw he is always looking for opportunity.
                      Its a confidence issue with him.

                  • melcyid March 18, 2018 at 1:49 pm

                    really glad he took your advice ronwol, next project sissy p;ease.I have grerat faith in your powers, Was thinking of starting a roncult

              • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 2:04 pm

                Class is temporary, form is eternal.

  • Freund or Foe March 18, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Coulda got Siggy for that, like most on here wanted.

    • UnkleTaff March 18, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      With Stoke looking all-but relegated Berahino might be available soon.

      • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 1:03 pm

        Yes another one of your prized dodged bullets!”

        • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:04 pm

          he shoots them all over the place and hopes one will stick

        • UnkleTaff March 18, 2018 at 1:08 pm

          Does the expression “people in glass houses” mean anything to either of you?

          • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:12 pm

            This is always the danger,but face it Taff you have skeletons too

            • UnkleTaff March 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm

              I know. It’s the nature of the beast. We all get stuff wrong (God knows I’m no stranger to that) but constantly bringing up these errors of judgement is just so tedious.

              • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm

                hahahaha like you never bring these things up
                You are always up for a dig here and there Taff

                • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:26 pm

                  and then you try and take to empirical high road LOL!

                • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 2:08 pm

                  7

          • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 1:12 pm

            Hang on a sec I recall your unbridled confidence that both Berahino and Barkely would be joining Spurs???

            • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 1:13 pm

              Whats happened to our wine gums???

              • UnkleTaff March 18, 2018 at 1:21 pm

                *Our* wine gums?!

                I had a fun bet with FoFty. Not the whole fucking blog, you cretin.

                • Harry Hotspur March 18, 2018 at 1:26 pm

                  Hang on, I’m a cretin and like (gelatine free) wine gums.

                  Who do I speak to?

                  • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 18, 2018 at 1:29 pm

                    Me, I am the President of the local chapter of the Nebraska Cretins.

                    • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 2:09 pm

                      Busy job.

                • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 1:27 pm

                  Clearly hitting a raw nerve. Only asking!

                  • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm

                    • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 1:34 pm

                      Is that Bernard Breslaw?

                    • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:35 pm

                      Well I only answered

        • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm

          I love the idea that Taff has ‘prized’ dodged bullets.

      • melcyid March 18, 2018 at 1:50 pm

        get the winegums out

    • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      We had Siggy and Poch didnt know what to do with him

      • Freund or Foe March 18, 2018 at 1:04 pm

        He knew exactly what to do, sell him.

        • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:05 pm

          Not according to many on here

          • Freund or Foe March 18, 2018 at 1:06 pm

            Yes. Many on here wanted Chicarito too.

            • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 1:07 pm

              I for one!

              • Caspurs♿️ March 18, 2018 at 1:08 pm

                Say no more…

                • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 1:10 pm

                  You may jest but surroundeed by better players I had faith in the “Little Pea”.

                  • Caspurs♿️ March 18, 2018 at 1:15 pm

                    When it comes to potential player recruitment, your wish list is comparable with that of Taffs (sorry Taff), wayward.

                    • UnkleTaff March 18, 2018 at 1:16 pm

                      *cough* Lacazette *cough*

                    • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 1:17 pm

                      Given that I am obsessed with both Coric and Leigh Griffiths not moi!

                    • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm

                      Taff I could have whooping cough thinking about your choices 🙂

                    • Caspurs♿️ March 18, 2018 at 1:21 pm

                      *cough* Lacazette *cough*”
                      That’s down to Wengers inability to coach effectively anymore.

            • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:11 pm

              I think that Sigg is talented it was difficult to put him in a role at the time as Poch had just started and had to formulate a plan to start. Where he would play Sigg was difficult. he isnt a winger,he isnt a creative player really and he isnt a striker but he can do all those.So now he would have been fine but not then

    • Matt March 18, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      I liked Siggy first time round but didn’t want him back. We’ve moved on and have better players. No way is he displacing Ericsson or Alli.

      • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:23 pm

        Thats true now Matt but up to very recent;y we had a hard time with getting through tough defences as a plan B.Sigg might have helped (not that I wanted that).
        I wasnt a big fan of Sigg but definately saw he had talent. Just never sure what he was best at,with the Swans he always popped up getting goals.

        • Mattspurs March 18, 2018 at 1:50 pm

          When have we had a hard time? More goals and shots than any other team in the past two full seasons?

  • Harry Hotspur March 18, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    1882is mypassword

    I think I get it, no Dele to moan about yesterday, better find another target, that new bloke Moura, he will do.

    Whatever happens, don’t think. Just recite the verses and obey.

    • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      The Matt is around here somewhere

      • Harry Hotspur March 18, 2018 at 12:59 pm

        Wanna buy a child bride? I make god price for you

        • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:02 pm

          pray tell

  • UnkleTaff March 18, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Dixta
    He wins every header he goes up for.

    …except for the one that almost resulted in a Swansea goal at the beginning of the second half.

    • UnkleTaff March 18, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      Correction. He did win that header, he just directed it to an opposition player.

      • Caspurs♿️ March 18, 2018 at 1:09 pm

        So he did win every header then…

        • UnkleTaff March 18, 2018 at 1:12 pm

          Hence my use of the word “correction”.

          • Caspurs♿️ March 18, 2018 at 1:24 pm

            Tee hee.

  • Matt March 18, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Recorded the game. Me and Ted the staffie are going to watch it now. I will let you know what ted thinks, he’s got an eye for a pacy winger.

    • Aussie in Switzerland March 18, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      Take note of his interceptions too

      • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 12:49 pm

        Ted the Staffie?

        • Matt March 18, 2018 at 1:12 pm

          My dog. He likes to watch games with me.

          • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:14 pm

            This reminds me of a brilliant Simpsons when Homer stayed home with his daughter to watch the American football while the rest of the family went to church.It was the funniest Ive ever seen in a cartoon

        • Aussie in Switzerland March 18, 2018 at 2:05 pm

          Is that a breed of dog

          • Antspurs March 18, 2018 at 2:23 pm

            Wotcha Aussie. Yes it’s a Staffordshire Bull Terrier – or affectionately known as a staff or Staffie.

  • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    “Christian Eriksen is getting better all the time. He can pick a pass and just has everything in his game. I just enjoy watching him play. He wants to work as well, he has the vision and execution to deliver these passes and he can beat a man.
    He is becoming the brains of the team. Tottenham paid £12.5m for him and it’s an absolute snip”.
    (Martin Keown MOTD)

    • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Moura has been 5 minutes with us and yes I have formed an opinion based on what Ive seen. Eriksen took a long time to get where he has. He did a lot of passing sideways and back until he found his feet. Moura set his button to GO from the off.

      • Harry Hotspur March 18, 2018 at 12:58 pm

        Ron, he’s 25.

        He can dribble well so that doesn’t need working on. Yet his final touch is that of John Worboys.

        £25million doesn’t buy you much these days. We have the money. Why should we tolerate this ineptitude from the club?

        £43mill they wanked trying to fill this spot and the latest (third attempt) still isn’t teh finished article.

        £43mill. They should have bought another local business and turned it into a fucking gluten free Street Food restaurant – that would bring a better ROI!

        • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 12:59 pm
          • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 1:01 pm

            He has great ball control. When you play inside and its tight most of the players have a hard time.Moura is as good as most of them and maybe will be even better. But comparing him to crap players is crazy

        • TobyJanKanobi March 18, 2018 at 1:39 pm

          Harry we paid €12m for Njie. Then came N’Koudou for Njie and a further €5m. Total outlay of €17m. Hardly extortiate fees. Essentially every now and again if you throw enough shat at the wall something will stick.

    • Frontwheel 2 March 18, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      Fuck Martin Keown
      (Frontwheel 2 HH)

  • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    David Silva he isnt but you can compare his touches here with Silva

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts2tBNYDP58

  • Aussie in Switzerland March 18, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    His first touch is great, a million times better than Sissoko, therefore he must be worth 300 trillion pounds

  • Legoverlass March 18, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    From what I have seen he has instant ball control and he knows where he is going to play the ball before he gets it just like Eriksen. He has the ability to go past players which I see in short supply in any of the rest of the squad. He also wins a lot of headers which for a guy of his size is quite unusual. Yesterday he lacked service from Trippier who generally receives the ball then because he cannot go past players passes inside or backwards as does Davies. So many times these two slow up our forward momentum. I believe If he gets game time he and a good pre season Moura will prove to be a better acquisition than most we have made of late. Comparisons with Lennon and Townsend are way wide of the mark. I believe that Eriksen and Moura together could be a great combo once they get used to each other. They have fast brains and that can open up Park the bus formations that we have struggled with for ages and where we have shipped points that have cost us dearly at the end of the season

    • Matt March 18, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      👍

    • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      10000000%

    • Aussie in Switzerland March 18, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      He might end up our Tim Cahill like Everton had, scoring headed goals when they always marked a super jumper with equally little blokes

    • caveman March 18, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      My sentiments exactly.

    • Erik March 18, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      👍

  • Real Fan? March 18, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    He’s scored one and assisted one, against admittedly poor opposition, which is not a bad immediate ROI.

    What Ive seen of him that excites me more is excellent technical quality and an ability to find clever space, drawing defenders out of position, which creates space for teammates.

    I though Eriksen was great btw and against Bournemouth too. He was constantly directing play, head up, ball at his feet….pointing to where he wanted players to go. Hope it continues.

    • Harry Hotspur March 18, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      ROI a £25m investment in half a dozen games, eh. No wonder you think Levy is a sound businessman.

  • Harry Hotspur March 18, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Ronwol1960-61

    Dribbling is important. There are several ways to gain space. But what Moura does if you get a chance to see where he runs is move constantly in between players and finds that space. When you take on a player by dribbling and win another player loosens up as he goes towards you and space opens even more.

    For the longest time we have had problems with packed defenced.I think Eriksen and Moura working together with be gigantic for us as they can unlock these defences

    Dribbling at pace is something that sounds good, but the reality – based upon the junk that Spurs buy – is not good.

    Bonzo, Rose, Clinton Cards, No’Cludeo, Azza Blud, Sir Blastalot… all of them had no end product and induced migraines

    • Matt March 18, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      John Chedozie. 😂

    • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      You cant compare wing backs or classic wingers to Moura. Moura works inside much more. Outside is always much harder. Dembele can but doesnt have to bigger vision. Dele can but is too full of his tricks to be as effective as he should be. Lamela is getting better but Moura really finds the space and plays well between defenders. You can see his vision that way.

      • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 12:39 pm

        Moura has a bit of Silva about him

      • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 12:41 pm

        * inside is much harder to dribble than outside. Inside you need much more control

  • Nick March 18, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    The boy needs games,goals & belief.Confidence is his biggest hurdle & by the way the boy can leap for a little guy.I see similarities between him & salah so let’s not throw him on the scrap heap just yet

    • Aussie in Switzerland March 18, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      Just fitness, not in France anymore Dorothy

  • A waddle and a fork March 18, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Moura has been good for a player arriving at Xmas. Better than Alexis has been at Man Utd -to get some perspective

    • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      Moura seems to have moved well into the team. How long did it take Lamela and Eriksen and many of the others.
      I remember how shitty Pat jennings was for the first half season with us then he became one of the best in England

  • Horndog 🇺🇸 March 18, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    I like a player with vision, someone who is imagining two or three steps ahead with his play. I see that in Moura. He just needs time with his mates and Poch to turn that into results. I don’t know if he will be a great finisher but he can be a catalyst for great ball movement which can result in someone finishing properly. My take. I took.

    • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      100%

      and I think that a great supplier of the ball just needs to chip in with a goal occasionally.Its not essential.Actually good supply is even more important than scoring to me as its creates many chances for several players. Its a production line.

    • TheCincinnatiYid March 18, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      +1

  • Dixta March 18, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    He wins every header he goes up for. That alone is v impressive. Has some swag about him as well. Decent. Lamela one foot business freaks me out but his body has developed its own way of coping like a blind liano tuner. Coys lets win the fking fa cup been too long. Its OUR cup after all no? 🏟⚽️🍺🏆

    • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      My first taste of FA Cup final glory (1967)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80XIMmOQBFc

      • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 12:22 pm

        I went to all three finals that decade DD. The last one I have a huge picture frame on my wall signed by Mackay,Jennings and Greaves (Robertson and Gilzean were all in that picture with Mackay holding the cup on the shoulders of the others)

  • 1882is mypassword March 18, 2018 at 11:59 am

    I think I get it, no Dele to moan about yesterday, better find another target, that new bloke Moura, he will do.

  • marsinho March 18, 2018 at 11:51 am

    We can’t judge him yet as he’s not firing on all cylinders and doubt he’l get to full match fitness with few games left in the season but looks okay from what i’ve made of him thus far.

  • Matt March 18, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Moura has already shown more than either of the N’s did. His pedigree is also far better. His assist was very neat. Can’t declare victory yet but the signs are positive.

    • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Fluffing his one decent chance when should have scored disappointed but pleased with his overall contribution.

      • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 11:47 am

        Fuck.

        • UnkleTaff March 18, 2018 at 11:48 am

          End of.

          • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 11:50 am

            🙂

    • Melcyid March 18, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Yes he has great pedigree chum

    • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 11:48 am

      right on Matt

    • Dan March 18, 2018 at 11:49 am

      +1

  • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 11:40 am

    He’s no Daveeeed, Melcy, not by a long chalk. I honestly don’t see him ever displacing any of our current front five. As an impact sub / squad depth player be could be ace.

    I could be wrong, I was once. I spent about £50 calling a radio phone in competition to identify a celebrity by their voice. I was convinced I knew the answer. I didn’t. I’ve never forgiven Andy Warhol (A (Wor)hol)) for being the correct answer.

    • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 11:46 am

      do you want me to mention Andy Warhol every time I see your posts Spurts?

      • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 11:48 am

        You can if you want to, although I’m not sure why you would.

        • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 11:50 am

          Warhol

          • 💋 March 18, 2018 at 11:53 am

            That’s only half of what you said you would mention every time you saw my posts.

            If you’re going to be silly I expect a full measure.

            • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 11:57 am

              Not silly. Just Holtby

              • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 11:57 am

                Only Harry is perfect.Thats my point.Not silly.

  • Gilberto's Agent March 18, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Glides past players like the balls glued to him. Unfortunately, it also looks like the balls glued to him when he should be getting a quick pass away or pulling the trigger. Bit harsh comparing him to the previous flops – a goal and an assist already is a reasonable return; next Aaron Lennon seems like a more reasonable comparison on early showings.

  • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 11:33 am

    #thfc Poch on Moura: “He’s capable of everything gong forward — amazing quality — but he needs to be more involved with the team when we don’t have the ball. We are trying to help him.”
    5:42 AM – 2 Mar 2018

    He did start to tackle and I guess this is a huge thing with Poch.The defensive side of a players game. Its valid. But quality is too. I feel after seeing Pochs attitude with Moura and Moura went off the field that he was super happy with his performance

  • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 11:30 am

    I for one think that Trippier has badly regressed surprisingly has lost completing confidence with his crossing remains a mystery.

    • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 11:31 am

      *complete

    • Mattspurs March 18, 2018 at 11:37 am

      Did you miss the recent United and Arsenal games?

      • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 11:39 am

        Fair point but remain unconvinced. How may crosses did he out in the “mixer” yesterday?

        • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 11:40 am

          *put. Out at noon!

          • Mattspurs March 18, 2018 at 11:42 am

            Who was in the mixer ready to take advantage of a cross yesterday?
            Instead he found simple passes inside to the front four and we battered them

  • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I think you are wrong about Moura.The man has great vision. He positioning is exceptional and he is aware of all the players around him. When we talk about the final ball we are also talking about a packed defence. Eriksen operated in an area closer to where Modric would play so in possession he had tons of room to see the field. Further up the field there is less open and to me Moura did well in those tighter spaces.Infact for the assist he was quick enough thinking and knowing where Modric was to turn and hit it back swiftly for the goal that some people here could have missed. It wasnt a mistake. It was well intended in the flash of a second.
    Yes he hit a soft shot in one of the moments too but he play was thoughtful and he positioning was fantastic. Its all about chemistry. How long did it take Eriksen to get where he is now? or Lamela?
    Moura has it,he has the vision and the talent.To me its evident. But lets see. I think as he walked off Poch gave him a hig and a friendly chat so it looked like Poch got it too. Wait and see.
    I guess the price was the problem. We only payed 25 mil.It wasnt enough.Lets see how he does.It wont be long before he is a regular in the team.

    • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 11:27 am

      adding to this our problem with tight defences previously is that we tried to pass in space around the periphery without anyone piercing through unless it was by wing play or pressing to gain the ball but with Moura and Eriksen,they can unlock the door so this becomes a viable plan B for these teams

  • Melcyid March 18, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Moura will come good.he doesnt like playing the inverted winger on the left.both son and moura were played on the wrong side yesterday.he had to work against himself to try and be effective anfd he lost valuable pace and time to cut in.much better on the right as son is on the left.when moura got the measre of the prem he will be tearing new ones all over the place. Davide moura or lucas ginola

    • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 11:24 am

      100%
      I do think though Moura and the others are wingers but in this system of wing backs are not traditional wingers. Moura is a creative player,Son a goalscoring player,Lamela also a creative player. They are all different and not classic wingers. Moura went on the left and cut in with his right but his strength seems more to me of an inside supply forward. Now that Kane is off for a while all of these players can develop their chemistry with each other and we wont be the Harry Kane team anymore

      • East Stand March 18, 2018 at 11:32 am

        Hard to judge any player from overseas until they’ve had a chance to bed in.

        He’s looked good in flashes, perhaps without sustained game time yet we should hold off drawing too many conclusions.

        We all dream of that, receive ball, dribble past three players, lay it off to assist a goal or score a worldy, type of player.

        There aren’t many of them at the top level, Moura looks like he offers another option at least…

        • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 11:35 am

          If you beat ONE player in the dribble you create space.
          This is really important as we dont have so many dribblers.He also looks comfortable in the PL. I think if you want to draw conclusions you should. For me I am not afraid to change them as the situation changes either.

          • East Stand March 18, 2018 at 11:39 am

            Dribbling at pace is something we miss, Liverpool’s whole approach is based around it but with Kane, Alli and Eriksen we play differently with more control.

            Nice to have a player like Lucas as an option, combined with Son it alters our attack, gives it a different element…

            • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 11:44 am

              Dribbling is important. There are several ways to gain space. But what Moura does if you get a chance to see where he runs is move constantly in between players and finds that space. When you take on a player by dribbling and win another player loosens up as he goes towards you and space opens even more.

              For the longest time we have had problems with packed defenced.I think Eriksen and Moura working together with be gigantic for us as they can unlock these defences

        • Dan March 18, 2018 at 11:47 am

          Completely agree with you easty, I personally think he will be great for us but forming an opinion either way based on 3 games is madness! Its fun to talk shit on the blog and we all hope he comes good but that’s all it is at the moment! Hope ! Which with levy I think that’s the best we can hope for!

          • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 11:49 am

            Madness??????????

            • Dan March 18, 2018 at 11:50 am

              Lol isn’t that a prerequisite?

              • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 11:56 am

                for being here? Yes of course

                It would be very boring if we stopped people making observations and even assumptions. This blog would be dead if that was banned. Most sports over here Dan as you know are filled with statistics and if you take basball for instance how can you argue about whether a players did or not play well.Or in American football because of the stats. In footie its different.Its much more abstract thats why many people always had different ideas about what happened.

                • Dan March 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm

                  Yeah it’s certainly different different over here Ron. Canadians don’t get the footie at all , the passion and tribalism they don’t get at all

  • Sexy Beast March 18, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Don’t turn on goals on Sunday! Judas Judas Judas alert

    • Al March 18, 2018 at 11:16 am

      One of the greatest minds is on is he

      Twat

      • East Stand March 18, 2018 at 11:33 am

        Sol Cu***bell is clearly a fucking weirdo…

  • Thehughtonslice March 18, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Who knows how good he can be? It’s patently obvious that he’s far better than Njie and Nkudo and shouldn’t be judged along side either of them

  • Ronan March 18, 2018 at 11:00 am

    This guy was as good an addition as we could have brought in mid-season. The importance of that buy is already evident now Kano’s out. For most of this season the only game changer we’d had on our bench was GKN .. something truly unacceptable for a team that had just finished 2nd and 3rd.

    Lucas is already showing his quality and will be even Moura of a threat once he’s got a Poch pre-season under his belt.

    • Al March 18, 2018 at 11:17 am

      GKN couldn’t change a game of monopoly

      Has he started for Burnley yet?

      • Ronwol1960-61 March 18, 2018 at 11:39 am

        He shouldnt have gone to Burnley.he has talent with the ball but not in the same league as Moura. He needed to go to a team that at least plays football..Maybe Southampton or a team like that. Badly advised

      • Ronan March 18, 2018 at 12:12 pm

        Exactly, it beggars belief that for almost a season and a half he was the only creative option Poch had to turn to on the bench.

  • Thehughtonslice March 18, 2018 at 10:59 am

    I’m not one for conspiracy theories but Lamela doesn’t and never has looked like he’s ever had to return to full fitness after 13 months out and a double hip operation. He was given a couple of 15 -20 minute appearances and then it was as if he’s never actually been injured…….

    • Melcyid March 18, 2018 at 11:05 am

      He had double jointed swivel hips inserted and he has just learned how to you them.well wort the money as long as they last

  • witTank March 18, 2018 at 10:56 am

    He’s doing just fine considering lack of game time at PGS.
    What imo was obvious yesterday is that he is just lacking that fraction of a second in sharpness anx timing which in turn can make all the difference between a rasping shot and a fluffed one for example.

  • UnkleTaff March 18, 2018 at 10:55 am

    It seems I’m not alone in struggling to see what all the fuss is about regarding Moura. Yes, there’s clearly talent there but it looks a bit raw to me … which is a bit concerning given his age. I can’t see him displacing any of Eriksen, Son, Alli or Lamela just yet.

    A couple of years ago many of us thought Eriksen and Lamela couldn’t play together (I know I certainly did). Maybe the absence of Kane is helping, but I thought they linked up really well yesterday.

    • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 11:00 am

      At least we dodged the bullet of buying Ross Barkley (cough cough)!

      • UnkleTaff March 18, 2018 at 11:16 am

        What bullet? Barkley’s still struggling with the hamstring injury he suffered whilst at Everton. Hardly surprising he’s not had a chance yet to impress at Chelsea. He might get a chance next year after Hazard (hopefully) jumps ship over the summer.

        • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 11:19 am

          You can dress him up how you like but I don’t rate him.

          • UnkleTaff March 18, 2018 at 11:24 am

            Well he’s no Phoenix Patterson, that’s for sure.

            • East Stand March 18, 2018 at 11:26 am

              Marcus Edwards can’t even get in the Norwich first 11 but surely he is also better than Barkley…

    • Caspurs♿️ March 18, 2018 at 11:04 am

      Firstly, I’m surprised you thought Eriksen and Lamela would struggle to play together, to me both are technically skilful players who can combine well.
      Secondly, if people think Moura is the type of player who will dribble through defences then I think they might be disappointed. I think it’s only fair to judge Moura next season once he’s had a full pre season, and is up to speed with how Poch wants him to play, I think it’s too early to judge him at this point.

      • UnkleTaff March 18, 2018 at 11:12 am

        I felt the team as a whole was unbalanced if both Eriksen and Lamela were in it at the same time as they were too similar (I certainly can’t remember too many good performances we had when both featured). I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in having had that concern.

        And I’m more than hopeful that Moura will come good. It’s rare that a new player can fit seamlessly into a Pochettino team straight away and you’re absolutely right in saying that he needs a full pre-season before he can be judged effectively. All I’m saying is that I’m struggling to see why he’s receiving the plaudits he currently is on the evidence so far.

  • Big stu March 18, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Moura shows promise and looks a far better player than the other two French guys. It’s a while to adapt to the premier and I think there’s more to come. At least will now have a player that come of the bench and may be—may be could change a game!

    • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Farcical “not another one”!?!

    • Harry Hotspur March 18, 2018 at 10:55 am

      ‘There’s a hole in the desert for everyone, Jimmy’

  • David Dillenberg March 18, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Shooting rather tamely at the keeper Moura ought to have buried that chance!
    One senses that if he is currently only playing in first gear there is more to come from a player who looks comfortable on the ball and links up with others.