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Sweet PFA

Chelsea and Tottenham lead the way in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year with four players each.

Blues midfielder N’Golo Kante and winger Eden Hazard, both nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, are included along with defensive duo Gary Cahill and David Luiz.

Spurs, who currently trail leaders Chelsea by four points in the title race, are represented by midfielder Dele Alli and striker Harry Kane, as well as full-backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker.

Manchester United’s David De Gea gets the nod in goal, while Merseyside duo Sadio Mane, of Liverpool, and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, the division’s top scorer with 24 goals, complete the line-up.

While Kane and Lukaku are also on the shortlist for player of the year, the other two nominees, United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal, miss out.

Anthony Knockaert is one of four Brighton players in the Championship Team of the Year.

The French midfielder, the Championship’s Player of the Year, is joined by goalkeeper David Stockdale and defenders Bruno and Lewis Dunk for the Seagulls, who celebrated promotion on Monday.

Newcastle trio Jonjo Shelvey, Jamaal Lascelles and Dwight Gayle are included, along with Leeds striker Chris Wood, Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield and Fulham duo Tom Cairney and 16-year-old full-back Ryan Sessegnon.

Billy Sharp’s 27 goals for promoted Sheffield United see him named in the League One team, while John Marquis is in the League Two XI after his 26 strikes helped Doncaster to promotion.

Eni Aluko was overlooked by England for Euro 2017, but has been rewarded for finishing as top scorer in the Women’s Super League with a place in its Team of the Year.

The Chelsea Ladies striker netted nine goals in 16 games last season, but her 102-cap England career looks to be over after missing out on this summer’s tournament in Holland.

Five players from champions Manchester City feature, including England captain Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze and Jill Scott and Scotland internationals Jennifer Beattie and Jane Ross. Aluko’s Chelsea team-mate Karen Carney is also named, along with Lionesses vice-captain Jordan Nobbs.

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

  • McG ⚽⚽ April 20, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    You’re all so last year>>>>

  • Caspurs♿️ April 20, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Boo hoo…

  • Caspurs♿️ April 20, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Tee hee..

  • 61SpursNut🌰 April 20, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Quite remarkable. Extra time in three of the four ties.

    • Hartley™ April 20, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Are you wearing a sheepskin coat?

      • Stevo1987 April 20, 2017 at 10:30 pm

        Nope, smoking jacket and leopard print underpants.

  • 61SpursNut🌰 April 20, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Ibra looks crocked.

    • Caspurs♿️ April 20, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      NOoooooo!

    • Stevo1987 April 20, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      Looked kinda painful that.

      • 61SpursNut🌰 April 20, 2017 at 9:57 pm

        Made me wince.

  • Hartley™ April 20, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    If Gary Cahill and David Luiz are the best centre half pairing in the Premier League then I am Joyce, wife of David Dimbleberg.

    • Stevo1987 April 20, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      Hi Joyce.

      • Hartley™ April 20, 2017 at 10:06 pm

        Hello sailor.

        • Stevo1987 April 20, 2017 at 10:16 pm

          ooh..you are awful…..

  • 89Spurs 👁 April 20, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Another one, another one bites the dust.

    • Caspurs♿️ April 20, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      ?

      • 89Spurs 👁 April 20, 2017 at 9:50 pm

        Chance by Zlatan

        • Caspurs♿️ April 20, 2017 at 9:50 pm

          Oh.

  • 89Spurs 👁 April 20, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    The game is opening up now with 15 mins to go. Tielemans seems a very good player and only 19 years old. Must be worth a bit. Manure have missed some chances.

    • Caspurs♿️ April 20, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      So have Anderwrecked.

  • Superspoz 🏆 April 20, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Real Fan?
    You tustve been watching a different game to me, Spoz. I thought we were easily a match for Monaco at Wembley in the first half until they got a breakaway very clinical goal….and then by another. I don’t think we were ‘dismantled’ unless that means made to pay for our mistakes and lacking a bit of a cutting edge ourselves.

    Yes. Made to pay for our mistakes 👍. Son should of scored, didn’t, we paid for it.

    • Superspoz 🏆 April 20, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      Such a shame we didn’t start the season on fire. I blame the euros personally. All our players had a shit tournament

  • Caspurs♿️ April 20, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    C’mon Anderwrecked!

    • SpurAndy 🍒π April 20, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      Manure is shit.

      • Superspoz 🏆 April 20, 2017 at 9:39 pm

        Id rather they won. For the obvious reasons.

        • Caspurs♿️ April 20, 2017 at 9:39 pm

          Wot reasons are so obvious?

          • SpurAndy 🍒π April 20, 2017 at 9:41 pm

            It’s good for the roses.

            • Caspurs♿️ April 20, 2017 at 9:42 pm

              Roses?! If you must…

          • Superspoz 🏆 April 20, 2017 at 9:44 pm

            We play them soon.
            They can still make top four if they win their games in hand and Liverpool slip up so it’s not in their hands while the europa is. I’d rather they prioritised the europa than finishing fourth. And ultimately not winning it.

            • Caspurs♿️ April 20, 2017 at 9:48 pm

              They still have to go to citeh and arsanal before they come to our place, I’m not worried about them.

  • McG ⚽⚽ April 20, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    MiT
    Lloris
    Dier Alderweireld Vertonghen
    Walker Wanyama Dembele Davies
    Eriksen Alli
    Kane
    See to it, you Spurs.
    Pull your workboots on, expect the gamesmanship, shut them up by shutting them down, and thus take your next huge step forward.
    This match is yours.

    This is close to my favourite side bar Rose. Never thought I’d ever be saying this, but I’m struggling to envisage a side without Son in the starting line up.

    • Stevo1987 April 20, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      It’s tough one but the last two games when Wanyama was out and Dier was back in midfield we won 4 zip both times. I just think Dier gives us a bit more going forward than Wanyama and (of course) that brings Son into the side.

      • McG ⚽⚽ April 20, 2017 at 9:21 pm

        Yeah, love Dier in midfield as well, hard to drop wanyama too!

        • Stevo1987 April 20, 2017 at 9:31 pm

          I agree Wanyama has done really well but I would still go with last weeks team. It’s a really difficult one for Poch to call. I think Dier is better in midfield as he is more involved. He sometimes switches off when playing as a centreback or one of a back three.

        • SpurAndy 🍒π April 20, 2017 at 9:37 pm

          I’d play Wanyama to counter Kante.

  • East Stand April 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    How Luiz gets in ahead of Toby as a central defender is anyone’s guess, Luiz has done well in their back three but mainly because of Kante covering he can play as the spare man.
    Based playing as a defender Toby should be in ahead of him all day long.

    • McG ⚽⚽ April 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Yeah, and he’s conceded less goals. Bit of a joke really..

      • East Stand April 20, 2017 at 9:09 pm

        Luiz is a good player but he’s a a kind of sweeper who can only really operate well in one role or in midfield. He’s not a good defender though…

        • McG ⚽⚽ April 20, 2017 at 9:11 pm

          Can he match Jug’s long range passing? Not even close..

  • MiT April 20, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Quick note before I get back to the grindstone. The article about Mourinho and stating that 6 of 8 squads choosing to play Chelsea with a back 3 this season have lost.

    What a stupid stat. Chelsea have only lost 5 all season. 16 squads have played Chelsea with a back 4 this season; 13 of those squads lost.

    Further, the article speaks of Hazard and Pedro as using the gap between the 3 backs and the mids. Not against Spurs.

    Wanyama basically plays in this scheme as a stopper. Thus, there is no consistent gap there. Wanyama can link back to the defensive players, up to Dembele (or to a deep outlet if available), or out to Walker or Davies. This scheme eliminates most gaps in level.

    Quite a useless article that was.

    • MiT April 20, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      My maths are awful. As of the article, 23 squads chose to play Chelsea with a back 4; 20 of those squads lost.

      • Spurstacus 💋 April 20, 2017 at 7:57 pm

        That’s quite a lot of analyst for an article that was considered useless.

        • Spurstacus 💋 April 20, 2017 at 7:57 pm

          * analcyst

          • East Stand April 20, 2017 at 8:53 pm

            Ouch…

        • MiT April 20, 2017 at 8:33 pm

          Not really. Read the article and pointed out two primary points of contention. That is about the extent of it.

          Man U scored, up 1

        • MiT April 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm

          How have you been, Spurs tickets?

          Are things progressing with your career efforts?

          • Spurstacus 💋 April 20, 2017 at 8:58 pm

            Cool like ice, MiTty, thanks. Career progression has been / is on hold. Back to law school in October. Long, slow and tough process. Thanks for asking.
            I hope all’s well with you and the wash house girls! 😉

  • Spurstacus 💋 April 20, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    This blog
    Ahh ah
    Is coming like a ghost blog

    • danspurs April 20, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Into a ghost tissue? With a ghosty little sigh?

    • Harry Hotspur April 20, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      There’s a massive inertia across the Spurs forums, everyone just wants to know if we’ll beat Chelsea. Everything else is ‘meh’. And rightly so!

      • Freünd or Foe April 20, 2017 at 8:24 pm

        It feels so fucking important.

        • Real Fan? April 20, 2017 at 8:54 pm

          Yeah.

      • Spurstacus 💋 April 20, 2017 at 8:32 pm

        Dayamn. I’ve got butterflies already.

        • Horndog April 20, 2017 at 8:33 pm

          My butterflies have butterflies. 🦋🦋

        • Harry Hotspur April 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm

          Have you also got a Senator’s daughter down a well in your cellar?

          • East Stand April 20, 2017 at 8:55 pm

            Can he tuck his bits in between his legs?

            • Harry Hotspur April 20, 2017 at 9:09 pm

              Ask the staff of his local Costa Coffee for a look at the ‘Mr Spurstacus CCTV clip’

              • Spurstacus 💋 April 20, 2017 at 9:17 pm

                Clip?! Pah!

          • Spurstacus 💋 April 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

            I’ll have a look. Hold tight, it might take a few minutes; I’m camping out in my neighbours attic and I don’t want them to find out be disturbed.

  • MiT April 20, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Lloris
    Dier Alderweireld Vertonghen
    Walker Wanyama Dembele Davies
    Eriksen Alli
    Kane

    See to it, you Spurs.

    Pull your workboots on, expect the gamesmanship, shut them up by shutting them down, and thus take your next huge step forward.

    This match is yours.

  • Superspoz 🏆 April 20, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Dear poch. I watched the boys get dismantled against Monaco. Don’t make it 2 in a row for me at Wembley.
    Superspoz.

    • Real Fan? April 20, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      You tustve been watching a different game to me, Spoz. I thought we were easily a match for Monaco at Wembley in the first half until they got a breakaway very clinical goal….and then by another. I don’t think we were ‘dismantled’ unless that means made to pay for our mistakes and lacking a bit of a cutting edge ourselves.

      • 61SpursNut🌰 April 20, 2017 at 8:02 pm

        Two shots on target I believe they had.

  • Sexy Beast April 20, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Ugo Ehihog (excuse the spelling) has had a suspected heart attack at the spurs training ground ☹️

    • David Dillenberg April 20, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      My wishes with him / family on a speedy recovery.
      Luring Scotty Parker would be a natural replacement if Ugo retires on medical grounds.

      • caveman April 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm

        How would you know whether Scott Parker would make a good coach? I would think Poch will be looking for someone that can and is willing to coach his (Poch’s) philosophy.

        • David Dillenberg April 20, 2017 at 5:41 pm

          Simply my instinct is that Scotty Parker is quietly spoken passionate individual praised by Harry Winks who remains in regular contact.

          • David Dillenberg April 20, 2017 at 5:52 pm

            IMO having Scott Parker around the training ground would be a positive influences on our youngsters plus senior squad generally.

            • 61SpursNut April 20, 2017 at 6:04 pm

              He could teach them to pirouette.

              • gloster1861 April 20, 2017 at 6:05 pm

                And have sensible haircuts. Short back and sides all round!

                • Frontwheel 2 April 20, 2017 at 8:02 pm

                  Black boots only

            • East Stand April 20, 2017 at 9:05 pm

              The reason Ehiogu was hired is because he presumably has been working towards coaching youngsters and probably came with a set of skills.

              Parker is still playing and probably hasn’t done any badges etc yet.

  • BigChiv April 20, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Get In! Corporate freebie with a fellow Yid for Saturday. Only thing that might stop us reaching the final is Ben Davies.

    • AccringtonSpurs April 20, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Ben is seemingly the weak link in the squad, but I’ve come to realise he’s been instructed to play a different role to Danny – more conservative. He recycles the ball quicker and doesn’t try to take anyone on which, makes him less dynamic than Rose, and more of a passing outlet to move the ball round the left wing. We’re still winning matches with him in the side, so is there really much to worry about? If he were making mistakes week in week out then you could argue we have a problem. I don’t rate him. But as things are it’s not the end of the world.

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 April 20, 2017 at 5:41 pm

        Rose’ s attacking quality can be picked up by Jan who can hit a sweet ball
        Davies just has to stay on the safe side

    • David Dillenberg April 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      No it wont be Ben Davies but 2 things will stop us reaching the final

      1.Freezing on the day losing to Chelksi

      2. Wrong team selection which is always easy in hindsight.
      Poch has a vital tactical decision to make selecting Tripper and Son or Walker and Wanyama from the off.

  • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Ugo eggnog rushed to hospital with suspected heart attack.
    Good luck to him.

    • Freund or Foe April 20, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Crikey. All the best Ugo.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 April 20, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Ugo who?

      • caveman April 20, 2017 at 4:45 pm

        Ugo Ehiogu, ex AV player and our reserve coach!

        • caveman April 20, 2017 at 4:46 pm

          Get well soon Ugo.

          • ronwol196061🇨🇦 April 20, 2017 at 5:25 pm

            thanks Cavey!
            Hope he is ok too

    • Horndog 😎 April 20, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      yikes, get well soon

    • SpurAndy 🍒π April 20, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Positive vibrations to Ugo.

    • Caspurs♿️ April 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      Hoping Ugo is ok.

  • The Great White Hope April 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Pochettino

    “We are competing with big sides, big clubs, big players. When you compare the players who have won trophies, Chelsea have players who won the World Cup. Our players have won nothing.

    But we are improving a lot. First, you have to be there to challenge, and we have that opportunity. It’s up to us now to step up and make the dream a reality. If you only see the data, we have improved a lot. We have 71 points with six matches to go whereas we finished last season with 70 points.

    Now it is the moment to translate those stats and the feeling we have; to show that we’ve grown up. That’s the most difficult step to achieve.”

    • baz April 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      The big sides are competing with US!

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 April 20, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      I agree with Poch
      The players have to do less of trying and more of believing

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 April 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm

        Its the will to win too

  • James147 April 20, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Martin Samuel today: “One might equally question how much money Joe Lewis would have invested in Tottenham had he not been a tax exile. No financial model is perfect.”

    Does this makes sense? Lewis can’t invest in Tottenham cos it would mean bringing untaxed cash back into Britain? If so, that makes having a billionaire owner essentially meaningless.

    • Harry Hotspur April 20, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Total cobblers.

      Martin Samuel isn’t very bright.

      • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 5:01 pm

        He is the poor mans dave lee travis.

      • James147 April 20, 2017 at 5:05 pm

        Cheers H.

        • danspurs April 20, 2017 at 8:15 pm

          Yes. If you’re looking for sense, a Martin Samuel article is a poor place to start. I always read one after I’ve done something moronic. Sort of restores my faith in myself. Until I think how rich he probably is compared to me.

          • Harry Hotspur April 20, 2017 at 8:17 pm

            A thick, well off West Ham fan. He reminds me the world is not an entirely great place.

            • danspurs April 20, 2017 at 8:22 pm

              As if we need reminding…

              Not connected to that, I was very disturbed to read your predictions for the rest of Spurs premier league results in one of your posts earlier in the week and discover you’re more optimistic than me by two or three points… every time I feel pessimistic about an upcoming Spurs fixture I console myself with the thought – I bet Harry Hotspur is feeling even more pessimistic than I am right now.

              You’ve robbed me even of that crumb of comfort.

              • Harry Hotspur April 20, 2017 at 8:57 pm

                The only problem with those guesses is that I have a shocking reputation at predicting outcomes ☺️

  • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Chas N Dave have surely got a song lined up with a line where Dembele rhymes with Wembley?

    • Caspurs♿️ April 20, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      *Wembele…

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 April 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      2nd verse….

      For the Double……Harry Kane at the Lane….

  • The Great White Hope April 20, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    War Decree to beat Rivet in the Craven

  • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Love Pochs quote regarding players like Toby and dier are wanting to leave;
    “If anybody wants to buy a Spurs player, they are welcome to come to Hotspur way and speak with Daniel levy”!!!

    • Horndog April 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      The golden invite. Does anyone out there have any balls? Doubt it.

    • Freund or Foe April 20, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      If they don`t do a credit check first, I`m well up for it.

  • The Great White Hope April 20, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I don’t have a hat, i’ve eaten it !

  • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    When did we sign Will I Am?

    • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      (He’s in the middle).

      • Caspurs♿️ April 20, 2017 at 3:30 pm

        He’s writing our FA Cup song!

        • legendary greavesy April 20, 2017 at 3:33 pm

          Is anybody here on the blog going to be there to sing it

          • The Great White Hope April 20, 2017 at 3:33 pm

            It’s called Meet me at the Half Way Line !

          • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 3:34 pm

            Me.

            In amongst the racists fans.

            BRING IT ON!!!

            • legendary greavesy April 20, 2017 at 3:36 pm

              You got anymore Spurs boys working with you Nilly

              • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 3:39 pm

                Yeah but I don’t need them, I’ll take on all those racist cunts.

                RAAAAARRRGGGHHH

                Cue battle music…

                • legendary greavesy April 20, 2017 at 3:41 pm

                  Brilliant

    • Spurstacus 💋 April 20, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      Two black lads stealing the white boy’s ball.

  • legendary greavesy April 20, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Agree with that nilly read an article that poch went to Rose and told him he had a future with him was apparently one of the first things he done gave Rose the confidence and Danny boy has paid back the respect in spades I can see Dembele getting better as well

  • Horndog April 20, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    As Saturday draws closer, I find myself thinking ahead to us in the final. That is wrong, I need to be concentrating on Saturday only. I wonder if this happens to players as well or are they disciplined enough to properly take it one match at a time. Then again they may not be the mental midget that I am.

    • legendary greavesy April 20, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      I’m playing the game in my head seems you have already played HD what was the score and who scored the goals

      • Horndog April 20, 2017 at 3:04 pm

        I don’t have the answer since I am now only concentrating on Saturdays match.😬

        • legendary greavesy April 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm

          Good man in answer to the players they will be calm at moment as they play so many of these big games their focus is on the now

    • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      That’s what fans do Horny, and in days gone by, sondid Spurs players.
      But Poch has instilled a winning mentality that is ruthless.
      Poch won’t let them think that way.
      I hope!

      • Caspurs♿️ April 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm

        If the players are already thinking of the final, then they’ll get beaten. They just need to concentrate on beating the detritus on Saturday.

    • AccringtonSpurs April 20, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Could come down to tactics. When we beat them earlier this year we seemed to set out to nullify their attacking threat and then create with Eriksen putting the ball up for Dele at the back post. It worked – twice. What will be Poch’s element of surprise this time? I doubt we can afford to man-mark Hazard as it would screw with our shape. Nor would we want to. We’re better than that.

  • Superspoz 🏆 April 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    As Saturday draws closer, I’m finding that my optimism isn’t diminishing as such,but I am starting to shit myself.

    • The Great White Hope April 20, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      That’s the Wife putting Laxatives in your Coffee, you just don’t seem yourself !

      • Superspoz 🏆 April 20, 2017 at 3:08 pm

        Umfufu knows better than that!

  • legendary greavesy April 20, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    No way Poch will say goodbye to Lamela

  • Superspoz 🏆 April 20, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    The Green man is chelsea pub btw..

    • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      That’s where I’ll be no doubt in me riot van.

      • Superspoz 🏆 April 20, 2017 at 2:34 pm

        Lucky you!

        • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 2:46 pm

          Yep!
          I policed the 2008 league cup final and was in the ground during the game at the racists end.
          When the racists scored, several racists were giving it large, the twats, but most were celebrating and generally applauding their team.
          Then most settled down after a few minutes euphoria except one racist who was either high on crack or just a usual Chelsea prick, but when one student type sat down, the twat grabbed the student by the scruff of the nect and threatened him with a right hook if he didn’t continue cheering.
          I had great pleasure kicking twat chops out.
          When Spurs got the penalty for berbatovs equaliser, as usual the racists were giving it large when I saw 3 adult males beating the shit out of each other a few rows in front of me, one of the 3 was twice the age of the other 2 who were in their twenties.
          The rest of the cunties around were egging the fight on and blood was splashing everywhere.
          We dragged them out and nicked them.
          Turns out the older twat was the father of the two younger twats and they were agrieved cos Spurs got a penalty!!!
          They were from muswell hill.
          So I was booking them into custody at Wembley for their fisticuffs when woodgate scored the best goal of his career and had great pleasure in informing them of their dear little cherubs misfortunes on the turf of Wembley.
          Then they started fighting each other again!!!
          Very amusing day that was!

          • Superspoz 🏆 April 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm

            They really are a special breed aren’t they?

          • Horndog April 20, 2017 at 2:54 pm

            As told by the man who gets to see it all. All of it. Just know how much you are appreciated Nilly!

            • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 3:04 pm

              Aw thanks Horny.
              How’s tricks big guy?

              • Horndog April 20, 2017 at 3:10 pm

                All well and good big guy.

                • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 3:20 pm

                  Glad to hear it.
                  Love to you and your lovely family.

          • SpurAndy 🍒π April 20, 2017 at 3:09 pm

            Great anecdote Nilly. 😂

            • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 3:20 pm

              Cheers andy.
              Was a great day all round!!!

  • The Great White Hope April 20, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    We don’t need no incomings this Summer, 3 players to depart, Lamela, Sissoko and the one HH doesn’t rate, otherwise good to go 17/18 with Janssen finally got his boots on the correct feet.

    • Superspoz 🏆 April 20, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Why Lamela?

      • The Great White Hope April 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm

        He’s kicked his last ball for Spurs.

    • gloster1861 April 20, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Two class players will make a big difference to the bench.

      • gloster1861 April 20, 2017 at 2:28 pm

        Klaassen and Mertens.

        • legendary greavesy April 20, 2017 at 2:36 pm

          Spot on

      • jimmylofi April 20, 2017 at 2:30 pm

        This. Its about options, for when the oppo chances upon something that makes us look ordinary.

    • jimmylofi April 20, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Lamela still has a role, as long as his china hip is glued back together in time. Some question as to where he will fit into current setup – he will fit in whenever we need a change. Different approach play with him than Son etc. Much better option to change things up off the bench than Sissoko..

    • Panama Paul April 20, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Lamela will be like a new signing (again) next season. Assuming his hip replacement rehab is coming along nicely of course 🙂

    • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Double negative there Raz.
      I feel Spurs do need another striker but wouldn’t dump Janssen. I think he’ll come good. I’d also look at a left back.
      Davies doesn’t fill me with confidence, but on the flip side, he has been playing during Spurs recent good form, but I think that’s more despite him not because of him. He’s good as small amounts of cover, but whereas trippier is a more than able replacement for walker, I can’t see Davies in the same light personally. Which is a shame as his attitude has been very good.

      • The Great White Hope April 20, 2017 at 2:42 pm

        It’s Spurs, we won’t spend if we don’t have to, Verts can back up if absolutely required, Davies is improving in getting forward, Rose is back for the Arsenal game, maybe on bench for the CPalace one. No point in telling Levy to buy a lighter with his fags when all around him are smoking !

        • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 2:48 pm

          True!
          Just feel Davies never seems to find a white shirt in the final third.

          • The Great White Hope April 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm

            Rose was exactly the same then bingo he saw the light.

            • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 3:02 pm

              With rose, the season before Poch, he had verts inside him who spent the season in a strop and was impudent (remember the anfield tunnel with his foot up on the wall and he couldn’t have given a shit?) so that season poor Danny copped all the flak for the left side getting pummelled and basically he had no support behind him.
              Danny had shown before now that he could be an attacking force as he was initially a winger.
              Davies isn’t like rose in any way.

              • The Great White Hope April 20, 2017 at 3:10 pm

                Rose failed to supply Kane or Soldado, easily taken to the by-line and nullified, different proposition now, Davies is getting to the by-line but as yet fails to pull it back to a White Shirt.

                • legendary greavesy April 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm

                  You can say the same about Walker — not into stats but on face value the amount of white shirts found to amount of balls going into box from them is poor

                  • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 3:19 pm

                    Agreed.

                • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 3:19 pm

                  True.
                  2 left backs but different propositions.
                  Even with Pochs input, I can’t see him getting out of Davies what he got out of rose.
                  I always supported rose and felt he has more to offer and so it’s turned out.
                  I support Davies but I think he’s hit his glass ceiling now.
                  And my admiration for rose was taken to another level when he signed a new deal straight after Davies signed.
                  Rose didn’t be hide and throw a strop.
                  He knuckled down and faced the challenge head on and showed Poch that he wasn’t going down without a fight.
                  Top man Danny Rose.

                  One thing I will say on a different player is that I never rated dembele and felt he was a complete waste of space.

                  He’s been a revelation under Poch.

                  And fair play to him for taking on that challenge and becoming what he is today.

                  I love being proved wrong.
                  And he’s done that in abundance.

                  So my hat is doffed to him.

                  • The Great White Hope April 20, 2017 at 3:32 pm

                    I don’t have a hat, i’ve eaten it !

                    • Still Nil Nil April 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm

                      Heh!

        • legendary greavesy April 20, 2017 at 2:50 pm

          I see it differently we need 2 quality players to boost the squad as currently we only have one player whose made any impact coming from the bench and that’s son we need game changers not wannerbees

    • MidlandSpur April 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Any club with serious aspirations is always looking to strengthen, wisely
      Look at Utd under Fergie, even if it was 1 marquee signing

  • legendary greavesy April 20, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Trippier is also more direct than Walker is crosses are better and he gets them into the box early where as Walker tends to hold onto the ball I agre Poch will start with Walker my only concern with him is if he tries to get clever if he gets under pressure —- The Bonzo Effect

    • Panama Paul April 20, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      The Bonzo Effect = Brain fart

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 April 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    McG ⚽⚽
    Trippier has been great recently, appreciate that, but he’ll get torn a new one against Chavs. Def Walks for me on Sat, we’ll need that pace, otherwise we just inviting them to come at us…
    Apologies for the double gif, keep gettin errors then it goes mental!!

    Trippier is much better and more accurate than Walker going forward
    Walker I think is better defensively
    So its all according to the rest of the set up.

    • McG ⚽⚽ April 20, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Ron, we’re more than covered offensively, we can’t take chances at the back against the likes of Hazard & Costa, I’ll be amazed if Walker doesn’t get the nod.

      • gloster1861 April 20, 2017 at 2:13 pm

        Trippier is going to be more valuable against teams that park the bus with his accurate crosses. He can unlock defences with pinpoint balls, probably not needed against the blue racists but fine for Palace, Leicester, Wet Spam and Hull.

        • McG ⚽⚽ April 20, 2017 at 2:30 pm

          Exactly.

      • AccringtonSpurs April 20, 2017 at 3:05 pm

        We need Walker to track Alonso – he’s a huge threat with his crossing and wing play. Don’t think Tripps could handle him

    • Panama Paul April 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Walker is more solid in build than Trippier. Defensively, Walker’s quick and difficult to knock off the ball but, offensively, is utter shite; I doubt he was even watching Trippier’s performance against Watford so he could get an idea about how he needs to play when going forward. No real end product I’m afraid but has an engine that can round around like a headless chicken for 90 minutes.

  • gloster1861 April 20, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Harry, as a pedant, I thought I’d mention that you missed off Steven Caulker from the comprehensive list of Spurs centre backs during the Levy years. And he ain’t a loss either. 😂

    • gloster1861 April 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      And Ryan Nelsen’s wonderful 5 appearances… 😂😂

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 April 20, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Good article relative to tactics for saturday

    Has José Mourinho reminded Spurs how to beat Chelsea in the Cup at Wembley?

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/apr/20/jose-mourinho-tottenham-hotspur-chelsea-fa-cup-semi-final-wembley?

    • gloster1861 April 20, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Is he advising Poch via a vis revenge on those Chelsea players who ‘did a Ranieri’ on him last season?

      • gloster1861 April 20, 2017 at 2:10 pm

        * Vis-a-vis

    • Superspoz 🏆 April 20, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Why is everyone going on about morinhos tactics? Poch got his tactics spot on last time we played!

  • Dancingbarber April 20, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Biased I know but Toby is best defender in meanest defence in league. He didn’t get in player of year, but not in team is outrageous.

    Also I’d take Erikson over Hazard any day. .

  • Elevenstonedidiots April 20, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    How are these PFA teams picked? By men in suits using Opta stats? Loris/Courtois have conceded the least amount of goals so why are they overlooked? Heaton has been unbelievable for Burnley as has Keane. Burnley would be relegation fodder for sure if it wasn’t for them. Alonso has been superb for Chelsea with goals, assists and playing his part in a mean defence. I can’t understand why Verts doesn’t get more recognition. He’s a brilliant player. Far more reliable than Luiz. Sanchez has contributed goals and tenacity (for the most part!) and has carried a shit Arsenal team all season. Ali has done well but he goes missing for large parts of games while Hazard doesn’t score enough IMO.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 April 20, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      De Gea has conceded less goals than Courtois.

  • McG ⚽⚽ April 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Trippier has been great recently, appreciate that, but he’ll get torn a new one against Chavs. Def Walks for me on Sat, we’ll need that pace, otherwise we just inviting them to come at us…

    Apologies for the double gif, keep gettin errors then it goes mental!!

    • The Great White Hope April 20, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Best to cut it out completely, just makes you look like an absolute Knob mate !

      • McG ⚽⚽ April 20, 2017 at 1:27 pm

        This Raz is it?

      • Freund or Foe April 20, 2017 at 2:33 pm

        Just for you Raz

  • McG ⚽⚽ April 20, 2017 at 1:02 pm

  • McG ⚽⚽ April 20, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    #3-grid1

  • Horndog April 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    As much as I respect Walker and Rose, the two Spurs defenders who should have been chosen are Toby and Jan. Just my take.

    • The Great White Hope April 20, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      That’s far too sensible Horndog, get a grip !

      • Horndog April 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

        Sorry, lost my mind.

    • AccringtonSpurs April 20, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      yep

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