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Another exceptional feast of football in Europe this week, this time an unconvincing and charmless performance against a side much like Spurs, who also used to be a Champions League grade outfit, but now are barely fit to play in any competition. An own goal plus a tap-in from substitute Pierre Højbjerg spared our blushes in what was a Tottenham showing that almost singularly lacked any creative spark whatsoever.

Bryan Gil isn’t ready (because he’s 20) and Gollini is, sadly, not a great goalkeeper – what was the beef with Gazzaniga?

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Archibald&Crooks
Archibald&Crooks
1 month ago

I agree with everything except the tap in.
Gollini doesnt inspire confidence.
Heck knows what is going to happen to our errant Argies next international break.
UK govt. says “we do not want you to visit red list countries”
Gooners suddenly got 6 points how life turns around boys.

del boy
del boy
1 month ago

after almost 65 years of supporting spurs ,good bad and mediocre sides ,i now frankly have reached the stage where ive no real interest any more win lose or draw..the turgid mourinho era ,save the first month or so of his reign was bad enough. but this present dross has set a new standard in mediocrity. lifeless,motivationless devoid of even one ounce of creativity..of course one could take the attitude that at least it cant get any worse,but im not so sure..i sincerely believe relegation this year is on the cards.its popular to blame levy for the whole mess,and im sure hes part of the issue,but not wholly. i believe a clique or cliques have developed amongst the players.nobody seems even slightly interested with the exception of maybe regulion,moura or holsberg,none of whom in my opinion are players that are going to win you anything…but they do try.that i believe should be addressed sooner rather than later. much has been made of spurs/levy not being willing to pay top dollar in either transfer fees or wages,but it doesnt take a genius to see what that entails or can entail ..you can end up with characters like ndombele ,dele ,adebayor..why should they put in any effort when they have a kings ransom coming in every week,guarranteed for 5 or so years regardless…im not sold on nuno yet,he seems a bit drippy to me,paraciti i think the jury is out ,only time will tell if hes talent spotting will pay dividends ,though one wonders what he saw in gollini as a goalkeeper…..if only we could foist dele on to some club ,or maybe we cant even give him away? he seems more interested in sporting his stupid haircut, complete with sweatband ,though why he would need a sweatband is anyones guess.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
1 month ago
Reply to  del boy

Yes Cliques have developed between the players, but the sole reason for that has to be the gross lack of ambition of our ownership. Players don’t become disgruntled without good reason or all clubs would suffer the same problem wouldn’t they?
No it’s Levy’s farcical running of the club in recent years that has caused this attitude. Cast your mind back to even when we were flying under Poch there were contract rebels in Eriksen and Toby because they were being paid nowhere near what they were worth. Fast forward to this summer and we had the bizarre situation of Kane, N’Dombele and Aurier all desperate to leave. That is nothing to do with any imaginary cliques, that is a sign that something is seriously wrong with Levy and enic. Where else has it happened? The worrying aspect is the number of years between those 2 examples.
Levy isn’t part of the problem, he is the problem.

del boy
del boy
1 month ago

maybe, just maybe,kane and co wanting to leave might be partly or wholly due to the cliques that have developed…ive no way of knowing..lloris hinted at the “lack of togetherness”,you could interpret that in a number of ways i guess…ndombele and auriers wishes to leave might well have been due to mourinho under using them. again i have no way of knowing…players like people in all walks of life become disgruntled for all manner of reasons, and after the adebayor debacle id imagine any chairman would be wary of getting their fingers burnt again.as for signing or not signing the players we needed ,well surely our scouting network must take some criticism too…now again i dont know if levy is responsible soley for our crap signings..maybe he took the advice of his scouting staff,and you know footballers generally arent the brightest bulbs in the box and prob couldnt even converse with people of levys intelligence ,let alone get to know his thoughts and like or dislike him. as for ambition i doubt many of them crave for trophies ,their driving forces are the wages..plus of course if nothing else other than levy makes kane and co want to leave,how do we explain others lloris etc being eager to stay?or why 21 other players havent demanded to leave as well ?none of us here knows wat goes on there behind the scenes ,we only have opinions and assumptions…

Spurious
Spurious
1 month ago

Will not watch another NES interview until he has his charisma bypass operation reversed.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
1 month ago

I think Para is like all our previous bods in the same role, nothing but a figurehead for Levy to hide behind as puppet master. That won’t change whilst enic are in charge. Levy is a control freak who will give nobody their freedom to do what is best for the club. It’s glaringly obvious that we need a 2nd striker and a playmaker, and has been for several seasons now. If Para had free reign to spend enic’s millions he would have gone after those positions instead of faffing around with kiddywink punts for the future for the future, bang average back up goalkeepers and like for like swaps at RB.
He’ll be gone soon along with Nuno as Levy’s looks to shift the blame like he always does. But every time he pulls this stunt he loses support amongst the fanbase – how many more times can he get away with it? Teflon Levy.

coys1882
coys1882
1 month ago

To be honest H, I wouldn’t lay any blame at Paratici’s door at all as of yet, aside from his unseemly antics on the bench, which should be curtailed forthwith. Given the fact that he is operating with one hand tied behind his back, as with all of Levy’s DOF’s, one needs to reserve judgment on the success of this past transfer window, which will be deemed as successful as Romero, Gil, Emerson and Sarr, rise or fall as EPL players.

What is undeniable is that Levy has appallingly mismanaged the reconstruction of a team that peaked three years ago. The ‘painful’ rebuild which Poch clearly alluded to was utterly ignored for 18 months by Levy and then, when it was already too late, horrendously botched thanks to the incompetence as a player evaluator of the worthless nonentity that is Steve Hitchin.

I will re-iterate my further accusation as to Levy’s intransigence and to his now apparently ‘Pyrrhic victory’ in forcing Kane to stay against his will. The main reason Kane played so well last season was the break due to the pandemic, he was fresh and he was fit. By the time of the Euros he was already looking laboured and knackered. With his international workload, his injury history and the World Cup next off-season, he should have been sold, even for 130 million GBP.

Imagine if we had bought Traore, Saint-Maximin, taken Laporte from City and brought in Damsgard or Aouar with that money. I have been beating the drum for Traore since he appeared as an 18 year old sub against us for Middlesboro. Similarly Saint-Maximin who wasn’t even starting for the Barcodes last season, but his explosive potential was there for all to see. Laporte is class and would have been a direct replacement for Jan and Damsgard could have been our new Christian Erikssen.

The above are all top quality players and Traore, Saint-Maximin and Damsgard real crowd-pleasers. A terrific combination of skill and pace and in the true tradition of this club’s DNA, rather than Levy just disingenuously paying lip-service to the concept. I firmly believe that Levy has once again made an egregious error and that he has blown the opportunity to regenerate the team by moving on a player in Kane who is past his prime and doesn’t want to be here.

England Mike
England Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  coys1882

It’s the style of play which is too slow in tempo, passing and method, no cohesion in the forward play, and for me Nuno looks like he would not be able to tolerate pressure when it comes.

coys1882
coys1882
1 month ago
Reply to  England Mike

Ironically it’s actually Harry Kane that slows the play down. He is like an arthritic old cart horse these days. Sure he can finish and is a great passer of the ball, but he seems physically spent and devoid of energy and not suited to a high pressing style any more, as he doesn’t apparently possess the energy to pressure the opposition routinely in the top third. In addition to which, like any ‘static’ striker, without service he cannot operate.

By far our best performance of the season and our liveliest, was against City when Kane wasn’t playing. Hate to say it, but he is past his prime as a physical/athletic force. His value will never exceed what we could have gotten for him this past off-season and used to regenerate the squad. Resigning him to a massive Aubamayang style contract will only compound the error of not selling him.

Tangangry
Tangangry
1 month ago
Reply to  coys1882

Traore is not worth £50m, Saint Maximan is bang average and Laporte didn’t want to come, so you can imagine those things all you like but its pie in the sky.

Agree with the rest though!

coys1882
coys1882
1 month ago
Reply to  Tangangry

Traore is not worth £50m, agreed, but he would only have cost around £30m, which is fair value, if we had gone in for him at the start of the off-season. Wolves only jacked the price up because of Levy’s traditionally tardy negotiating tactics.

Saint-Maximin is certainly not ‘bang average’. That kind of speed and dribbling ability is a rarity and also can be developed. I am sure he would have been available at the start of the transfer window for a similar fee of around £30m.

As for Laporte, there is no evidence that Laporte was unwilling to join us and I can recall reading several reports where it was stated that he would in fact have been willing to consider such a move.

England Mike
England Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Tangangry

Traore and Saint-Maximan would create attacking opportunities on their ownand for others, something we are desperately lacking in, I wish you were the chairman of Newcastle I would take the bang average SM from you and probably burst out laughing as I left.

Sid+Trotter
Sid+Trotter
1 month ago

—————Doris—————
rodon – romero – sanchez
royal——————————reguillon
————-Hjolbjerg – Ndombele——-
dele —————————————Son
———————Kane————————

England Mike
England Mike
1 month ago

I always try to focus on the team and the players in order to keep a level of support for this club, and though the prospects each season are never filled with huge optimism, even in the Poch era, I feel quite dismayed at what I have witnessed so far under Nuno.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

Every time Levy appoints a DOF it’s always underwhelming, partly because they can only work with what they’re given. Subsequently, they rarely stick around very long.

Its merely a deflection tactic, PR move a bit of window dressing for the mugs to suck up. Paratici may or may not be a clown, however anyone who works under Levy will be made to look like one to deflect the heat away from the people actually responsible.

I mean this ridiculous phrase the players are required to shoehorn into every interview they do “our fantastic stadium”. I notice PEH did it after the Rennes game. He actually even said “this beautiful stadium” referring to Rennes and then went on to say it again regarding our next game at home. I think he got confused after running around and forgot where he was. This bullsh*t is being drilled into the players, it’s Stalinesque…

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

Ive already stopped watching interviews including Nuno’s press conferences, they are soul destroying, boring and pointless..

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
1 month ago

He needs to put on a happy face Nuno, he seems to resent having to do press conferences and it’s showing in his face, not very inspiring.

If he has the same downbeat vibe with the players I foresee trouble. He was actually top of the Premier League for a few weeks but you would never have guessed that from his body language.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
1 month ago
Reply to  James McKevitt

Mr Grumpy alright. Mind you he hasn’t got much to smile about has he? Working for that psychopath of a chairman is enough to make anyone miserable.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Nice to see you back H.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
1 month ago

You’re right, the worst I’ve seen, just 1960’s East Germany guff.

Sid+Trotter
Sid+Trotter
1 month ago

It’s been a while

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  Sid+Trotter

Good morning Sidney.

Sid+Trotter
Sid+Trotter
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

Morning

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
1 month ago
Reply to  Sid+Trotter

Now’s not a good time, can you come back later….

Last edited 1 month ago by Lilywhite without the II
England Mike
England Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Sid+Trotter

Since we won a trophy…yeah we know !

James McKevitt
James McKevitt
1 month ago
Reply to  England Mike

Where’s Dilly? Tappaspur, some of the old hands seem to have had enough.

England Mike
England Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  James McKevitt

Tappa pops up now and again, Dilly hasn’t for a week or two, maybe the overwhelming sense of failure around the place has finally got to him.

Sid+Trotter
Sid+Trotter
1 month ago
Reply to  Sid+Trotter

I was banned and during all that time we still won sweet FA

Sid+Trotter
Sid+Trotter
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

You!!!

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