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10 O’Clocker: Harry Kane & Son Heung-min Both Very Open To Summer Exits
By Harry Hotspur -

The very idea that the situation at Tottenham requires explaining to anyone is frankly baffling. Every single Premier League side in the country is reduced to living solely from their broadcasting rights and whatever crumbs might be gleaned from hugely disrupted online retail activity. Top-flight English football has lost its gilt-edge cache of late, fans aren’t allowed into stadiums, heck, they’re not even allowed into pubs to talk about games, let alone participate in the old last man standing competitions, or discuss bets placed. In layman’s terms, the whole thing’s gone right off the boil.

What takes THFC into an elite level of suffering is not just the debt, which was generational even before COVID-19 struck, but the fact that the squad’s personnel weren’t churned sufficiently over a period sufficient to cost Mauricio Pochettino his job. The Argentine warned everyone a rebuild was needed; the poor man was ignored.

A source who is close to the club tells me that Kane who is 28 in July, and Sonny who is 29 in the same month, are both more than considering their respective positions. No silverware in professional sport simply isn’t acceptable to professional sportspeople. I’ve been advised to ask fans to stop looking at transfer rumours and start looking at the clock, both hands always point to the truth. Anyone who believes that the pair are hanging about for much longer unrewarded is living in an absolute dreamland.

Mourinho of course is no fool either and is all too bleakly aware of the pressure to get something/anything out of the 2020/21 season. Indeed, the mood within Hotspur Way is that it will be seminal. Misplaced accusations of José having lost the dressing room couldn’t be wider of the mark; my source’s understanding is that a disparate group of players is desperately trying and occasionally failing to keep the show going until time is finally called.

Where might either player go? Ask their representatives.

It is no coincidence that when Spurs last won a trophy in 2008, that soon after that team soon after went its separate ways. We’re here again. Shoot the messenger – and you’ll miss the point – you heard it here first.

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JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
8 months ago

It’s the ENIC way, sell the family silver and hope for the best that there’s better on eBay

East Stand
East Stand
8 months ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

Totally.

LIMERICK AL
LIMERICK AL
8 months ago

Wouldn’t be surprised if both deals are already done to be honest, and I wish them well. They are wasted at THFC, a pretend Football Club.

East Stand
East Stand
8 months ago
Reply to  LIMERICK AL

Yes indeed. An investment company pretending to be football club.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
8 months ago

I concur. As I said last week, history could repeat itself like after 2008. Are Son and Kane going to be sold for the rebuild? ANOTHER one. That would be starting from scratch. Messy.

Lord Croker
Lord Croker
8 months ago

Kane will leave. This is the pivotal season. In fact he deserves better.

Selsey Bill
Selsey Bill
8 months ago

I am getting used to mid table now.
As I bang on every day – once you have dropped out of CL positions it is bloody hard to get back.
If we are not Top4 any more then I would prefer to not be in the Rope-a-dope and we can go all out for domestic cups without a squad knackered from trips away at FC Cheeky Lokomotiv Metallist Clnj.
Finish well late on a Thursday night then back for an away to the norvern wastelands on Sunday.
My sauce tells me both Son & Kane love these trips.

Of course if we win it this season I will be over the moon and will come on here and bend over for my *rse kicking.

Suffolk Spur
Suffolk Spur
8 months ago
Reply to  Selsey Bill

Where can I buy that sauce?

Spurs EST.1882
Spurs EST.1882
8 months ago

I can’t see Kane staying. I can’t see us winning anything of enough merit to convince him he can win big here. I think the only question is where does he go, I think he will want to stay in PL personally.

On another note, I actually think Kane going is not the worst thing right now, we have a squad worth about £500m and half of it is in Kane. If we spread that well (and I think Jose perfect to do that) then we may actually be able to compete.

East Stand
East Stand
8 months ago
Reply to  Spurs EST.1882

We tried that with the Bale money and the ‘Magnificent Seven’. Levy cannot be trusted to furnish the squad with the required quality. There will always be an element of the cheapskate about how he does things…

Paddio
Paddio
8 months ago

Indulging a perverse view and engage in a game of football manager, maybe we need to sell them? Whilst it would give us a transfer kitty (levy does normally allow reusing of transfer monies) though we still need to get rid of some of the dead wood in the squad, but 230 million for transfers and free up circa 600k for wages, could that really revitalise the team/squad?

Tangangry
Tangangry
8 months ago

I don’t think ENIC are actively trying to destroy this football club, but I do think that their ambition does not stretch beyond regular CL football.

The transfer policy is, and will continue to be, more about identifying “value” and/or potential rather than established quality.

Levy’s plan is to challenge for CL spots and hope that maybe we get lucky and do a Leicester one year.

If, for example, he can get £80m for Sonny, and then pick up someone like… Hudson-Odoi for £30m, I think he’d consider that good business!

Last edited 8 months ago by Tangangry
East Stand
East Stand
8 months ago
Reply to  Tangangry

Levy doesn’t seem to have have a plan on the pitch.

He never expected regular Champions League football until some mythical point in the future. This was going to be the main selling point of the new stadium, that it would eventually provide the club with the means to compete at that level.

Poch got the team to compete regularly in the Champions League, not because of the levels of investment in the team (7th highest wage budget, 17th highest net spend). He and his staff did it by galvanising what was at the time a young squad of players and therefore relatively cheaply assembled.

The Champions League future became the present, Levy wasn’t complaining of course but anyone who thinks Levy had a hand in this needs to get their head out of their a*rse.

Now Levy thinks that can be achieved again and again with the same level of expenditure on the team year after year (because he hasn’t got a clue about football). However, now the reality bites and while Poch wasn’t perfect (no manager is) this brings into focus just what a remarkable job he and his staff did during the period when that group of players were still fresh and hungry.

Basically he made Levy look good while he went looking at carpet samples and drawings of twisty bridges, while Levy let the squad stagnate with a total lack of transfer activity. Why give the manager more money? The team is already a decade ahead of where we expected it to be!

The four seasons under Poch and the Champions League nights were all the result of a perfect storm. A young group of players, a coach who was best suited to getting the most out of that group, both individually and collectively. It all had to end eventually because once that period had raised expectation, then the game had to change to stay there.

It was game that Levy was never willing to play, ever. Poch was a happy accident, what we see now is the reality of life under ENIC and Levy.
Zero direction on the pitch, stumbling from one managerial appointment to the next, a bit like a drunk trying to make his way to the pub toilet, grabbing onto tables and chairs, spilling drinks everywhere.

The future looks right now like mid table obscurity…

Lord Croker
Lord Croker
8 months ago
Reply to  East Stand

👍👍

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
8 months ago
Reply to  East Stand

Levy hired poch though. Then used him to keep us in the money (CL) while the stadium was being built. quite brilliant really. Levys levels of expenditure at the old place are you going by? You don’t know how Levy’s gonna roll at the new plac€ coz we’ve only been here 5 mins. Lost a lot of money this year so I can’t see Levi pushing the boat out far next window. When the money start roll then you’ll see how tottenham are rolling. He raise a little £70mil for José and got some good loans in. N€w lan€ l€vy doing fine work so far.

East Stand
East Stand
8 months ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

22 years and one League Cup, I can’t see that these people deserve another 22 years to deliver success. Their track record is embarrassingly poor as far as I’m concerned. The club deserves better, yet people like you keep defending them, for some unknown reason…

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
8 months ago
Reply to  East Stand

If we woulda won couple fa cups and league cups would you be happy? There’s no way we were winning the league coz we didn’t have the money to buy and pay players good enough to do so. If 5 years pass and we don’t win anything due to lack of Investment on the pitch I’ll go to Levy’s house myself and start making up noise. We’re are new in so I’m giving him some grace to see what he can do. All them big clubs that laughed at levy levy wants to stick it up them (along with the wonkys. Things back to normal money gonna spend. I have no doubt in my mind about that. Big cups means big money. Give the man some new lane time. Let go of all that past stuff. We know why we didn’t spend. Building the best “fishing rod in the world. We’ll soon start to real fish in. Keep net gonna full.

East Stand
East Stand
8 months ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

Endless excuses, our last trophy (the smallest one you can win) was almost 13 years ago.

ENIC have failed the fans, unless they’re more into concrete and glass than football.

Leicester City’s owners show our lot up for the frauds that they are. Look at the size of that club compared to us. It’s an embarrassment, Spurs deserve better.

East Stand
East Stand
8 months ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

What clubs laughed at Levy? People will start laughing at Levy even more if we ‘do an Arsenal’ and inhabit this stadium with no Champions League football for very long.

So far, post the stadium move things have got worse and not better. We don’t know yet if this is a blip or the new normal…

East Stand
East Stand
8 months ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

The future’s bright!

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
8 months ago
Reply to  East Stand

I bet you a tenner tottenham/levy have the last laugh. You focus on the past too much. Who cares about negative things from the past. Not me. We are so different.

East Stand
East Stand
8 months ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

I’ve been waiting about 13 years for Levy to have the last laugh after he dismantled that League Cup winning side and brought in utter dross which almost saw us relegated until he Brough in Arry to get us out of trouble.

Jose, like Arry was a punt after sacking an unbacked previous incumbent. If you buy into this whole endless debacle then that’s your problem.

Levy and ENIC are a f*cking joke…

Cabspur
Cabspur
8 months ago
Reply to  East Stand

100%

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
8 months ago
Reply to  Tangangry

Clueless

eddie
eddie
8 months ago
Reply to  Tangangry

Chavs selling to us?Hudson-Odoi for 30M?I don’t think so

Said
Said
8 months ago

Look on the bright side, Kane and Son leaves. Club spiral down further, or maybe relegated. Levy decides that enough is enough. Sell the club to rich Arab Syeikh. Tottenham become the new Man City. Stadium debt fully paid for. Win (or rather buy) the premier league title in a couple of years. Doesn’t sound too bad.

Cabspur
Cabspur
8 months ago
Reply to  Said

10 years ago i was dead against doing it the Cheatski way get bank rolled etc ,lets do it the proper way by investing in the best youngster etc.
This is no longer my opinion and i give no foooks who takes over as long as they invest to win .
After Marbella’s horror story about our owner Turkish heroin dealers would have a better reputation anyway.
f uck Enic.

Andy Finney
Andy Finney
8 months ago

The problem with selling with Kane and Son, is that it will be a disaster on mumerous levels.

Levy won’t get the money he wants in the current climate and will have to sell at a much lower price.

We will struggle to replace them, as I thinks it’s unlikely we’ll be in the CL and can’t pay the wages, in order to buy players anywhere near their level. Plus, who wants to join a team on the wane and have just sold their two best players.

We also need to buy more HG players and sell non-HG players, due to the current squad. It could limit who we can target, until those sales are confirmed. Our previous history in that regards doesn’t fill me with a lot of confience

It will be a PR disaster, as selling your two main assets won’t help to attract naming rights sponsors and if they want fans to fill the stadium next year or at least pay for season tickets, I’m not sure how many fans will pay or turn up.

It will have a knock on effect to the other players, more might want to leave and who knows how long Mourinho will want to stay.

Last edited 8 months ago by Andy Finney
Cabspur
Cabspur
8 months ago
Reply to  Andy Finney

So basically then if they both push for a move we are foooked.
P.s i do agree with your assessment

Philbealog
Philbealog
8 months ago

Kane has been patient for long enough having seen any hope of silverware in the foreseeable future go up in smoke thanks to Levy’s lack of player investment and Poch’s subsequent demise. He would be a fool to stay beyond the end of this season.

Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
8 months ago

I have always espoused the Liverpool/ FSG plan to achieve on field success before increasing the capacity at Anfield. They did this by changing their scouting , analytical and recruitment teams and placing their faith in the manager’s transfer targets. .Now, for some reason unbeknowst to me , FSG decided not to back the manager when he clearly needed to refresh the squad. You can all see the result of this and Klopp’s frustration. We have an anally retarded cretin running the club who decided that he knew better than Poch and decided in his wisdom not to recruit any new players for two windows, despite promising the fans that the building of the new stadium would not affect our transfer budget. Now we will probably have to sell our two best players, but not to reinforce the squad as Liverpool did by selling Coutinho, but to pay down debt. Draw your own conclusions from this mismanagement from the second highest paid chairman in the PL.

makatiandy
makatiandy
8 months ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

Scarey thoughts about what is coming up then. Levy’s biggest fault has always been his lack of football nous eg getting Mitchell in was a waste of time.

East Stand
East Stand
8 months ago
Reply to  makatiandy

Keeping Mitchell would have meant above towards a much more proactive and progressive transfer policy. The sort of thing that gives a bore like Levy nightmares…

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
8 months ago
Reply to  East Stand

How do you know re Mitchell? Josés mate coming in soon hopefully. (Can’t remember his name. Levy Nightmares when we were broke maybe. How do you know Levy’s a bore? Loved in his local he is. And loved in that little Italian spot in Bruce grove he uses. You don’t know what the man’s like outside of work

Tangangry
Tangangry
8 months ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

Handing Klopp a couple hundred million quid didn’t hurt either.

Stephen
Stephen
8 months ago

I think the club might look to move Sonny on in the summer if he doesn’t sign a new deal but I doubt we would be open to losing both of them in the same window. Both are very marketable assets and as much as we need money the club can still get something if Levy can flog the naming rights to the new stadium.

Tangangry
Tangangry
8 months ago
Reply to  Stephen

Agreed, there’d be an absolute lynching if both go in the same window.

East Stand
East Stand
8 months ago
Reply to  Stephen

Not sure what you mean.

Spursnutd
Spursnutd
8 months ago

Stand by what I said earlier in a blog if they want to go everyone has a time and a price. Sell if they want to go providing we get the right ones to replace which we know won’t happen. To be honest fair play to both they both deserve one big move. Sell alli, sissoko too old now and making waves, sell lamela again 29 time to move him on injuries with age will only get worse. Sell winks he has said as much he wants a move and skipp can replace. Bale and vini go back to Madrid and benfica.
So the buys for me haaland only chance we have if we win europa Cup this year, greelish same again, ward prouse good squad player and replace hojbjerg, ings or vardy. Don’t forget we have lo celso coming back who could move more into the eriksen type. Bailey might be a option if moura left. We need homegrown players too.

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
8 months ago
Reply to  Spursnutd

Haaland won’t come to Spurs because he’ll have a pick from City, United, Real, Bayern, they will offer far more money and finally it’s common knowledge that the demands of Haaland’s camp are verging on unbelievable.

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
8 months ago
Reply to  James McKevitt

Yeah but none of them clubs are in arguably the best city in the world though 🌚 the London pull.

East Stand
East Stand
8 months ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

Last two Premier League winners from the North West.

You pay the money you get the best, we have some of the highest ticket prices in Europe yet a wage bill minuscule compared to those clubs.

We haven’t won a trophy for 13 years, sit in 9th and don’t pay for the best. Being in London is totally irrelevant if you have no ambition…

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
8 months ago
Reply to  East Stand

The ambition started at the n€w lan€. A lot of players would love to play in London. They all wish city United and pool were in London. Don’t think the capital doesn’t have some pull. Where would you rather live, up fkin norf or in the capital where the finest eateries and everything else is?

makatiandy
makatiandy
8 months ago
Reply to  Spursnutd

So Son and Kane go and Grealish wants to come to a team falling to pieces under this scenario? Sell high buy cheap approach won’t change and Levy will not get another Bale mega sale in this financial climate. We will end up with the negative Eriksen saga with Sissy Winks Moura etc. That’s the worry, not JM but Levy’s lack of football knowledge.

East Stand
East Stand
8 months ago

ENIC have always developed the team in cycles of slow improvement and then inevitable decline. As it’s best players are cashed in on as a result of no success because the backing to help achieve the success just before the decline is never provided.

it builds – feeling of miss placed optimism among the fan base that ENIC have been milking for over 22 years.

Surely with almost 1bn of debt to service, this cycle will only continue…

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
8 months ago
Reply to  East Stand

When you say “milking” do you mean embezzlement?

East Stand
East Stand
8 months ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

Milking the fan’s faith in ENIC’s charade by feigning ambition and pretending to have a plan on the pitch.

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
8 months ago
Reply to  East Stand

At the new place? Well for start they brought the most decorated manager in the world in. Now if that ain’t ambition what is

East Stand
East Stand
8 months ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

The new black is currently bringing untold riches so far. Even if all of your predictions about income are true I can only see a minimum three year rebuild, that won’t happen under Jose, he’s already given up.

So we need a decent manager first to replace him before anything happens, nothing significant at the new place for several years already.

NFL head injuries also bode well for that sport in the coming decades too…

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