Date: 8th October 2018 at 9:07am
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Guest blog from our man Finn

This cartoon really does nail it for me; there are a few truths that we are glossing over that the teams around us are not having to, but rather than being honest about the shortcomings and looking at real potential risk, we instead clutch at straws in an attempt to make ourselves feel better.

Our squad is too thin, as a result we are seeing loss of form and/or fitness. We tell ourselves we are up there in the mix, but the truth we are ignoring is that we are there primarily because we are “getting away with it”.

“Getting away with it” is getting across the thin ice, getting to cover before it rains so hard it soaks you, just making the train…… but all of these events are a just the result of poor forward planning and once again, there’s the rub.

It does not take a genius to compare our squad with the squads of those we are competing with, to project fatigue, player age, depth of cover, development of new players, potential for injury etc. and evaluate accordingly.

But Levy tries to “get away with it”, he always tries to “get away with it”: I can even forgive him the stadium, but the deficiencies in the squad and the team – that’s inexcusable.

A squad is not something with a fixed value, it is dynamic: a continual work in progress. All the excuses delivered from the Comforting Lies booth are the result of and consequential to, not consolidating the work of the past few years.

Pretty much anyone on the street will tell you (and at the end of the last window most did) that our failure to strengthen was a gamble, a risk, a blind hope that we would be able to “get away with it”.

Trouble is, we’ve come to rely on “getting away with it” as a strategy – that’s like betting farm each week: as some point reality will bite.

As things stand, we are not a good bet to proceed from the CL group stage and will likely end up in the Ropey.

Given this and the strength of our top 5 opponents we are going to find it very difficult to qualify for the CL next season. We will have a squad badly needing an upgrade and possibly several top level replacements.

Assume that we should have added 2-3 “A grade” players to the squad – we will now be looking at a need to add at least 4 “A Grade” players plus a few high potential squad players. But we pay less that the “A Grade” average wage and we will probably not have CL football on offer.

That’s why there is no queue at the other booth.

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

  • mattspurs October 8, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    The glaring omission in our transfer/squad policy is the lack of cover for Eriksen (arguably our best player under Poch) – this was clear to see on Saturday. Perhaps Poch could have deployed a better formation for the personal available. Lamela improved the balance considerably when he came on.

    Everywhere else our squad has coped well. Gazza deputised well for Lloris, Moura came in well for Son, Toby and Sanchez seem to be doing OK covering Jan, full backs have rotated. Winks has come in for Dembele. Sissoko has started one PL game.

    We’ve had a load of injuries to very key players and we’ve played more away games than anybody else.
    We’ve also been playing fairly poorly but I’m not sure that’s down to lack of summer signings – oddly our poor play has contributed to our best ever start to a PL season, hopefully we find form before meeting strong teams.

    • Only me. October 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      You could argue Ericksson would have usually have been replaced with Alli (also out) or Kane dropping deep and Son/Moura running…which would have worked a charm if Moura could hit a barn door from 5yrds. Ericksson is not coverable, not for our money, best we could get is an alternative, and as I said, that is what I guess they felt they had with Alli. Our issue in the window is our chewy soft centre…Dembele is crocked, Winks is not there (maybe yet), Dier and Wanyama are not good enough with the ball (being generous) and Sissoko is not fit to sell burgers at the stadium let alone play. I would have liked to get Loftus-Cheek (in Levy world – obviously better in real world), he is young, eager, English and has something, also proved in PL last year. There are others I would have preferred, but trying to be realistic.,

      • mattspurs October 8, 2018 at 5:44 pm

        Thought Kane was awful on Saturday, though really I think playing behind Son, Sissoko and Moura in an attacking 4 simply isn’t playing to his strengths and Poch has to take most of the blame. Dele would have perhaps been better in that formation.
        For me it was all wrong – two sideways passing CM’s, fullbacks with no target to cross to – Kane dropping far too deep to get into the box. Kane simply didn’t make us tick like the role required him to do.

  • Andrew October 8, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I think we will have new owners soon. Enic have built a great stadium ,but one trophy isn’t good enough. They have been more interested in property development than winning/challenging for honours. I get that we need a bigger stadium to compete but we have been competing with one arm tied behind our backs without the new stadium. Enic should have jumped at the chance to really challenge,one quality player every season for the past three seasons and we would have surely won a trophy or the premiership.
    Levy said it himself, enic are only custodians of the club.

    • Exile October 8, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      Levy basically works to the idea of what’s the least I can spend for the best return? The last three years he has hit the jackpot earning cl qualification worth £50 million by spending bugger all. This has been with a team performing above the sum of it’s parts with a manager getting the best of the team. However in some years his unwillingness to invest has cost the team cl qualification so the strategy has not always worked out.
      This year his unwillingness to spend or pay the monies to buy the targets I assume potch wanted will cost the club dear. When we fade away he will find that those £100 a game tickets are hard to shift.
      Both levy and Lewis view property as a better asset than players in the belief that property is a permanent asset that only rises in value whereas players are temporary assets that come and go. Trouble with that view is that people pay to watch players rather than sit in splendour ‘at the best stadium in the land’

  • coys1882 October 8, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    When it comes to predicting the future we can elect to be optimists or pessimists, star gazers or navel contemplaters, but like all prognosticators we have the luxury of being right, until life proves us wrong. Yes, maybe to some, given a casual glance at the EPL table, it might seem like everything looks close to normal, but then so does a calm tropical beach scene, with the tide far out, before the tsunami hits!

    I try to be neither an optimist nor a pessimist, simply a realist and factually I only recall us playing one half of good football, so far this season, which was the second half against Man Utd. Our other EPL wins we achieved by narrow margins against the bottom 4, plus Brighton, without ever looking either fluent or dominating. We lost to the two better EPL sides we have played, Watford and Liverpool, the latter who outclassed us, we lost to Inter Milan and Barca and scraped a fortunate win in the Carabao Cup against a second string Watford outfit.

    We have several injuries, amongst our overplayed World Cup stars, Verts, Dele, Christian, Mousa, which would appear to be muscle/fatigue related and a squad which, thanks to corporate malfeasance/administrative incompetence/parsimonious ownership (circle as applicable), is paper thin to cover the cracks. Our bench on Saturday bears testimony to that fact.

    Factually, we have a much tougher EPL schedule imminently ahead of us, including West Ham next up away, plus home games against City and Chelsea and an away fixture against an unfortunately improving Arsenal on the horizon. I hope I am proved wrong, but given our already depleted resources, plus an honest assessment of our current form, I could easily see us coming away from those 4 games without a win.

    This is the bottom line. The net spend of the EPL clubs ‘big 6’ for the last 5 years on new player acquisition. Man City (580 million pounds), Man Utd (510 million), Arsenal (258 million), Liverpool (180 million), Chelsea (121 million), Spurs (33 million).

    ENIC apologists would do well to digest those figures, when our loyal season ticket holders are being asked to shell out (in advance) for the highest ticket prices in the EPL and at least ask the question as to how come we lag so abjectly behind our peers when it comes to investment in playing resources?

    • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      Bravo.

      ENIC are not running a charity shop but you would be forgiven from thinking so.

      One half of football against a team that were at the time falling into a coma.

    • Only me. October 8, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      This is a fantastic summary. I agree. We have looked poor, not just in creativity (that would be expected without Ericksson) but defensively, and even in our fundamentals (passing, set pieces, organisation at the back…). If I were a pessimist, I would suggest its because the team are not playing for the manager anymore, or at least feeling they are lacking something in the relationship. If I were an optimist, I would say we have a lot of up, Kane is starting to fight again and despite looking crap on the pitch, we have faced one of the “champions elect” and still only 2 points off.

    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 8, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      *2nd string Watford outfit with 10 men.

    • Cabspur October 8, 2018 at 11:33 pm

      As my Scottish mates would say’spot on pal’ couldn’t agree more with any off that.

  • Rhys Jaggar October 8, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    You would be far better suited considering the concept of organised crime.

    When things start to go well for Spurs, miraculously Arsenal behave like unprofessional numpties year after year. Now you lot are crying foul, miraculously, Arsenal double their money with Adidas, get transfers across the line etc etc.

    Exactly the same with Liverpool and Man Utd.

    Have you noticed Rose is suddenly lame and Erikssen’s injury ‘may be chronic’? And Arsenal suddenly do not have injuries like they did for a decade.

    Kroenke did not have 100% shares and now he does, no injuries?

    Americans want their hands on Spurs now…so injuries, stadium delays etc etc.

    • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      Rhys, how do injuries attract buyers, I’m confused?

      • hillBilly October 8, 2018 at 2:22 pm

        A buyer wants evidence of potential future uplift. They want to see areas where they can improve and increase value / ROI.

        With a new training ground and new stadium the only room for improvement is on the pitch. ENIC want to sell, so we did not spend in the summer (saves money and provides potential buyers with a way to improve/uplift) and why we saved money in not offering Toby and others significantly enhanced contracts.

        Come and buy us, we are two points off the top with half our team out injured.

        • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 2:26 pm

          Okay, that’s a theory based upon the current situation.

          Which collapses if we get stuffed by better quality teams we face this month.

          Also, ‘a new training ground and new stadium the only room for improvement is on the pitch’ is worrying.

          The loan for the training facility I believe is nearly paid and the stadium is not paid.

          So you’re selling debt disguised as assets, plus a side that doesn’t win anything.

          Not trying to be awkward, but this doesn’t add up.

          • Only me. October 8, 2018 at 2:32 pm

            I can see his logic – he is implying that the club is on the brink of being good, with foundations going into place, plus with young players on low wages make them easy to replace or make happier…an investor with deep pockets could see this as a quick win, a little investment, and a better interest rate on the stadium loans and suddenly you have bought potential champions for a good price…what you miss is the Levy factor, we will not be a cheap purchase.

            • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 3:08 pm

              Precisely. Buying potential is supposed to be a good deal for the buyer. Not a blatant cash in.

              “Here’s a £2billion football club. Doesn’t win anything, but we managed to get away with it for nearly 20 years, so you should be alright too…”

              • Only me. October 8, 2018 at 3:12 pm

                I would say £2bln would be good for Spurs…if that was £1.5bln + 500mln for playing staff. Currently I would be shocked if we are bought for anywhere near 2bln considering…as you say, we have won nothing.

                • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 3:40 pm

                  Any buyer wants meat left on the bone. Spurs have no meat at £2bn, because you’d need to spend £250m to get a side up to winning class.

                  • Only me. October 8, 2018 at 3:48 pm

                    That’s what I mean – I actually think a new owner would need to spend closer to £500m for us to compete year on year. I think £250m would get us maybe one clean shot at a top trophy (CL or PL) but a sustained one would be closer £500m. You only have to look at what Chelsea had to spend to step up and that was 15yrs ago. Then look at the price difference with City having to spend. I would say whoever buys Spurs, in todays market, if they want to compete every year it will need to be £500m over 3yrs at least. So Spurs being sold for £1.5bln would be about right. However…considering the stadium is £1bln and the training facility was £100mish… ENIC wont see much return on investment…unless you consider that the new stadium is not ALL in THFC’s name.

                  • Exile October 8, 2018 at 3:51 pm

                    Why would anyone buy Tottenham for £2 billion. Arsenal are valued at under that given kronkes takeover and Utd share price vales them at £3.5 billion. The £2 billion figure is just what Danny fuckwit thinks spurs are worth, in the same way that he thinks sissoko is worth £30 million.
                    .

                    • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 4:43 pm

                      The valuation is way off beam.

                      Baldy has run up so much debt it’s actually unsellable unless he comes down by at least half a billion.

                      He’s a clown.

                    • Only me. October 8, 2018 at 4:55 pm

                      Forbes has us at about $1.2bln and KPMG at $1.5bln. With a brand value of $750m so even with a generous exchange rate of 1:1 its still nowhere near £2bln – its closer £900m. Arsenal are £1.2bln.

                    • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 5:02 pm

                      This makes huge amount of sense.

    • Only me. October 8, 2018 at 2:06 pm

      I am not sure of your point…or the correlation at least. This seems a bit too tin foil hat to me. At one point I thought you were implying that the top bosses cant afford all the teams to be good at the same time (as though that would be bad for someone), then it seems like you are suggesting americans only want to buy turds so we are doing our best to turn into one?

      • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 8, 2018 at 2:12 pm

        If an NFL club owner took us over it would be perfect for them especially if it was The Jags owners and the English NFL franchise was on the cards, which it is. This could be the plan all along. He wants Wembley so its said but I’m not sure that happen.

        • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 8, 2018 at 2:13 pm

          That’ll *

        • Only me. October 8, 2018 at 2:16 pm

          He also owns Fulham! so not bloody likely. Me think on this is that Levy may have spent extra money to attract an NFL team and they have shafted him because the Jags will be resident in Wembley in 2yrs and the NFL will not allow more than 1 club to be in London.

          • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 8, 2018 at 2:20 pm

            He’s not short of a bob or 2. Its monopoly, I don’t reckon Wembley will be sold. I’m not sure the NFL in time won’t have more than 1 franchise in Britain. Whatever happens, its bad news for us and football.

            • Only me. October 8, 2018 at 2:24 pm

              You cant own two football clubs in the same league. So he would need to flog Fulham. Wembley has been voted to be sold for £600m and the NFL have made it clear in the US that you cant have 2 teams in 1 City. So despite them being willing to have more than 1 in Britian, it wouldn’t be London (considering London is smaller than many US cities already been told they cant have 2 teams) Only exception to this rule is New York, which has had 2 teams since long before the NFL was franchised. If the NFL leave America with a 2nd team it wont be for England – will be a larger market – especially with open borders in Europe.

              • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 8, 2018 at 2:35 pm

                It would be preferable to sell Fulham and buy Spurs if Wembley didn’t happen for him. The NFL do what they want so anything could happen. Last year I was getting told I was an idiot and Jaguars would not leave Jacksonville for England or anywhere cos of the city’s investment but the NFL dont give a shit and its looking likely. We’ll see what happens. Joe Lewis is the reason I don’t believe this NFL thing has gone up the spout. He would never be involved with a project that goes tits up on the whim of an NFL owner. I’m sure he knows something we don’t. (Understatement)

                • Only me. October 8, 2018 at 2:42 pm

                  The NFL have taken far smarter people than him on a ride before. They know to bump the costs up you need competition – add to they are an old boys network and suddenly you realise Khan is better position. Wembley WILL be sold.

                  • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 8, 2018 at 2:47 pm

                    Well, if its as it seems like you say our club has really been screwed. Although as far as old boys networks, Lewis is most definitely part of that. We’ll just have to grit our teeth and watch in horror to what transpires.

                    • Only me. October 8, 2018 at 2:50 pm

                      What are his links to the NFL…Khan already has a team – one that has appeared in more than half of the London games.

                    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 8, 2018 at 2:57 pm

                      Oh, you meant specificly NFL. I was talking about other networks. Making money from currency crashes etc, he’s near the apex.

                    • Only me. October 8, 2018 at 3:00 pm

                      yeah – Khan is twice as rich as Lewis, and still not a big NFL owner – even though he is one of the richest. Their old boys network protect current owners first – most powerful ones are the ones that have been there the longest.

                    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 8, 2018 at 3:18 pm

                      I never looked at Khans net worth. That’s one rich bitch. Im not saying its black and white Khan up against Lewis. ENIC have essentially built an american football stadium. If they did that for a couple games a year and there’s no plan or knowledge for it being used beyond that, I will find it astounding. Either way THFC have been shat on , sadly.

              • Tizzy October 8, 2018 at 3:29 pm

                How about LA…You have LA Rams and LA Chargers. Rams only went to LA in 2016

                • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 8, 2018 at 3:45 pm

                  Yeah, I thought that. Plus Oakland and San Francisco too.

                  • Only me. October 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm

                    different cities on the same bay.

                    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 8, 2018 at 4:11 pm

                      Yeah they aren’t the same city, I meant more for 2 teams close by. I been to San Francisco and the bay area and its just across the bridge if I remember right. Not far.

                • Only me. October 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm

                  I stand corrected – I thought they brought in a 1 city 1 team rule decades ago. My brain ran a blank on LA. As for SF and Oakland – they are separate cities. There are only 2 cities in the US with 2 teams.

                  • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 8, 2018 at 4:13 pm

                    I thought you were right, wasn’t sure if Chargers were San Diego but they are L.A. now.

    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 8, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      Arsenal would never be in the doldrems for long. The first franchise football club. Look at their board and learn their history and you realise why.

  • Ronan October 8, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    We might get away with it one more season. But I doubt anybody’s putting big money on it.

  • Only Me. October 8, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Our issue at the weekend for me, was Kane, not him as a player, but his position. It was similar to him at the World cup, dropped deep to allow fast players to break forward. This works well, if the fast players in question could score (Sterling and Moura do not fit the bill). Kane needs to play number 9, we would have probably scored 5 at the weekend had Kane had the chances that fell to Moura. Poch frustrates me a little with this, he would rather shoe horn in his favourite folk than play someone else in the positions we are lacking…ok, its shit luck to be without Alli and Ericksson at the same time, but surely we have someone to play in the hole so Europes best striker can actually play as a striker!!

  • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 8, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Anyone citing our position….Brighton, Huddersfield and Cardiff. We made them all look good. Very fortunate fixture post international break. Anyone who thinks we are in a position to compete with the elite clubs now are in cloud cuckoo land.

    • MrChickenHead October 8, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      This.

  • I’m Just Asking October 8, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Pretty much anyone on the street will tell you (and at the end of the last window most did) that our failure to strengthen was a gamble, a risk, a blind hope that we would be able to “get away with it”.

    the truth we are ignoring is that we are there primarily because we are “getting away with it”.

    By your own admission the gamble, the risk, the blind hope paid off as we are “getting away with it”.

    • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      Did I fall asleep and the season’s now over?

      What did we win?

      That’s the metric for football clubs.

      Not building shopping malls or training pitches.

      What did we win?

      • Only me. October 8, 2018 at 2:17 pm

        You missed it?? We are European champions mate. Won the PL with 100 points and it was all down to the new venue having a cheese room.

        • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 2:27 pm

          Oh bugger me with a pound of brie!

  • Uprik October 8, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    So anyone that disagrees with your BS is a thick person? He makes perfect sense! Your opinions are second hand and your writing is pathetic

    • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      You’ve proved my point superbly.

      Thank you.

  • Jimbo THFC October 8, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    It’s not just the lack of signings but the running down of contracts of key players.

    Dembele fair enough. On his day excellent but injuries have affected his consistency.

    Toby’s contract should never have got to this situation. If there is a release clause we’re relying on a player that will be gone in the summer and if there isn’t were not paying one of the best defenders in the world what he is worth and taking the extra years option (just sounds cheap to me).

    Jan is in the same position as Toby and expects the club to take their option of an extra year. Again one of our best players left hanging.

    Sign them up and make them feel part of the club.

  • Panama Paul October 8, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Everything about Spurs at the minute seems dysfunctional. Winning ugly and losing carelessly. I think we’re about to get found out over the next couple of months, especially if the injuries continue to mount. Why is Sissoko seemingly indestructible? Life is so unfair at times. Thankfully the injuries are keeping players out of their national squads so hopefully that will be a benefit. Although England are probably going to damage Winks by the time we get him back.

  • The Army of Yid October 8, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Moaning again, yet we sit 2 points off top with our best EPL haul after 8 games and yet to hit top form. What next? You don’t like the colour of the grass on our newly laid pitch? God help you when there’s nothing else to moan about. Anyone got the Samaritans hotline number for this fella? 😂😂

    • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Ah, a thick person!

      • Scott again October 8, 2018 at 11:49 am

        You’re so disrespectful and hateful towards those with a differing opinions. Smile a little, try and be positive and stop being such a massive turd.

        • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 11:50 am

          I’m intolerant of thick people.

          Why don’t you call the met?

    • Coogy October 8, 2018 at 11:12 am

      The problem is that we have had some fairly easy games so far and the difficult ones we’ve had we’ve lost.
      We won’t be two points off the top at the end of the season and, with injuries starting to take there toll, we are going to get taken apart by the big teams when we play them.

      • MrChickenHead October 8, 2018 at 11:14 pm

        This.

  • Accy October 8, 2018 at 10:35 am
    • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 11:37 am

      I just presumed he was still being weaned off the gear

      • MrChickenHead October 8, 2018 at 11:12 pm

        😂

  • Ross October 8, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Agree. Even when we’ve finished 2nd or 3rd it’s felt like we needed someone else to fuck up for us to finish top four. Certainly feels even more so this year…but, still enjoying the ride.

  • Marbella Spur October 8, 2018 at 10:12 am

    The fans were told that Poch would have £150 mill to spend in the transfer market. What were weren’t told was that this money was predicated on selling a broken down 31yr old midfielder, valued by Levy at £25 mill, a 29yr centre half with a year to run on his contract who had been frozen out of the 1st team, valued by Levy at £75 mill, and a left back with mental health problems, also frozen out of the 1st team , valued by Levy at £50 mill. Levy’s total valuation was £150 mill which was our transfer budget, end result no sales and no purchases. I won’t insult anybody’s intelligence on this forum by asking where the Sky and Champions League revenue went.

    • Accy October 8, 2018 at 10:17 am

      The funny thing I hear repeatedly in defence of Levy is that the bloke is a fan.

      That has to be the very last thing he is.

      • Coogy October 8, 2018 at 11:09 am

        I believe that he is a fan – of Arsenal.

      • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 8, 2018 at 1:56 pm

        Yes, that is bull. That story he churns out about when he was a child his uncle or whatever took him and was wearing a big rosette….even if that’s true he didn’t go again. When asked to name a highlight in being a fan he said…”oh, there’s too many to mention” hmmm, that’s very slippery of you agent Daniel….

  • Accy October 8, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Even if we do make a signing in January it’ll probably be someone cheap.

    It fills me with dread to think the next transfer window will see ‘The next Dele Alli’ shipped in from some deadbeat League 1 team or somesuch. Because Dele Alli wasn’t and isn’t even that good a footballer. He spent the first few seasons with us falling over instead of gliding past players. His goals and assists the only saving grace.

    Being linked to David Brooks turns my stomach. Thank christ he ended up at Bournemouth.

    Spurs, if you’re reading this, for the love of God, pay it forward and go and buy some proven talant and stop pissing about scouring the cream that’s risen to the top of the bins that are the lower leagues of Europe.

    • downgoesfraser October 8, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Dele Alli is a good footballer, Gols and assists are a hard commodity to get. He’s good enough for Spurs

    • Billysboots October 8, 2018 at 12:33 pm

      what are you watching? Dele Alli does slow the game down a touch I grant you that, but his goals and assists are what a good footballer does, compare his stats to his peers, he is up there amongst the top players. I must take it you have not watched David Brooks, the guy is very very good, and will be at a top team in two seasons. Going back to HH’s point, I hardly agree with him at anytime, but he’s nailed it today, We are getting away with it, we are off form, depleted and teams have sussed us out, you only have to put the press on Spurs and we can’t handle it.. Getting away with it, sums this season up so far.

  • Meeeee October 8, 2018 at 9:54 am

    I agree this season we are going to struggle with more teams focused on top 4
    At present it looks good but we have not outplayed anyone like the other teams have.
    Ilevys attitude reminds of when I was selling my last house and a lot of things we did not buy because they did not effect the selling price.
    Next season we may have new owner , manager ,ground and no European football

  • Tappaspur October 8, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Training complex, lodge, stadium. surly that is now regarding £xcuses. Actually the new stadium at the training ground will be next. Cant see levy paying to play at the lamex Stevenage forever.

    • Tappaspur October 8, 2018 at 9:54 am

      *It

  • Legoverlass October 8, 2018 at 9:44 am

    ENIC have never had any interest in creating football success. Their interest is purely in developing property assets using debt financing and to keep the client reference numbers paying by getting CL qualification. Several times we have been just a couple of players away from competing with the top teams and each time ENIC have failed to invest in buying top quality players because they are always looking to sell to buy and not to pay market rate. Pooch is valuable to Levy because he has been prepared to play that party line but he is starting to get twitchy because more and more people are asking questions about his ability to win something whilst ENIC and Levy hide in the background. The club is soulless and it shows in everything we do both on and off the field, The great tragedy is that if we had owners with the desire to achieve football success this season could and should have launched us onto the world stage with a brand new stadium and 3/4 world class additions.

    • chrism090861 October 8, 2018 at 9:48 am

      Yep, absolutely. All summer it was just a ‘Thing’ that we would bring in the two or three that we needed to just move up a level enough to win silverware, and they completely bottled it. The thing is they know they should speculate to accumulate, and if they wanted to keep CL football for the new stadium then why did they not buy.. Levy needs to come out and address the fans as to what happened this summer..

  • chrism090861 October 8, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Agreed, we are running on fumes at the moment. My fear is that is Kane gets an injury then his normal understudy, Son, is not in form, so Llorente it may have to be.. Regarding the CL, we need to win the remainder of our games, get a better goal difference than Inter, and hope that they don’t get a point off Barcelona. In reality though we should not be in this position..

  • Marbella Spur October 8, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I agree with all of the writer’s comments, but there were players available in the transfer window that we had previously scouted who might not yet be AAA but who could have shared the load, beefed up the bench and possibly morphed into top players at a later stage. Diop of West Ham, Grealish, Brooks of Bournemouth, Maddison of Leicester, Ings of Southampton. All of them eminently affordable but Levy’s timidity, prevarication and gazundering transfer tactics, particularly exposed with Grealish have led to the current situation. It has been a clear dereliction of duty, similar to buying Saha and Nelsen in the January transfer market when Redknapp was manager and we had a chance of winning the league.

  • Kanenable October 8, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Harry,

    I do not always agree with your posts, but I must agree we are by the skin of our teeth getting away with it, Investment in players is absolutely needed if the new stadium is to have any benefit what so ever ??

    • Harry Hotspur October 8, 2018 at 10:23 am

      Finn’s post, but this what many have been saying for a while.

      Stadium debt will be cleared by the time most of our current players have retired – so what’s the point of 5 STAR stadium?