Those who forget history are bound to repeat it…but we sort of tried to ignore it, so does it count or not? As I write this, I am seething at a whole year’s hard work undone by one result. Whichever result it is, argue amongst yourselves as I haven’t got the energy to argue after [...]
Firstly I don’t think there is anyway Daniel Levy would shell out £12m for a player who is almost 32 years old in David Villa however I do think there may be some truth in the rumor but I am sure he will get us a better deal than £12m if true. It’s not the [...]
Wigan fans, oh yes we are, well for tonight anyway. We will be hoping The Latics can get a result at The Emirates just like last season and leave us firmly in pole position going into the final day on Sunday. Just 2pts ahead of Arsenal so anything other than an Arsenal win will do [...]
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has started to backtrack on yesterday’s comments when he said that he didn’t care if Arsenal beat his Newcastle 4-0 next Sunday after The Magpies secured their survival against QPR. Much to the anger of Spurs fans and no doubt the FA had picked up on his comments the Newcastle boss [...]
We done well to beat a resilient Stoke today at the Britannia Stadium but it could all be in vain unless Wigan can pull off another shock result as it doesn’t look like we can rely on Newcastle. Once I saw Newcastle and Norwich win today I knew that was bad news for us as [...]
We are still up there fighting it out for a Champions League place but it might have no escaped your attention as it hasn’t mine that we are currently playing like sh*t. Since the turn of the year we have only had the odd game where we really played out of our skin, we concede [...]
Words can’t describe how massive this game is today, in fact all of our remaining matches will more than likely have the same importance as today’s match at the DW. Wigan are fighting for their lives and we all know how capable they become at this stage of the season, this really could be an [...]
I do think Scotty Parker has been again one of our best players again since Sandro has been injured but for the Wigan game this weekend and a game we must take 3 points in I’d drop him, well not so much drop him but give him a rest for a week. My reason for [...]
It’s Europa League time again tonight which means we are likely to get another glimpse of some of our youngsters although maybe not as much as we are used to. Players coming back from injury like Lennon and Pienaar means that Harry is going to want to get them some much-needed time on the pitch but you can bet your life he will be using all his substitutes to give the youngsters a run out too.
The youngsters like Livermore and Andros Townsend who are on the fringe of the first team are likely to feature plus we have Danny Rose back in contention after injury. Harry Kane is Likely to play up front with Pavlyuchenko but for me there is one player I am hoping to see again and that is young Tom Carroll.
Tim Sherwood is a big fan of Tom Carroll, the way he passes the ball, his vision, his touch and his skill reminds him of a young Iniesta and I happen to agree with him based on what I have seen.
Tom Carroll played against Hearts and PAOK and on both occasions he impressed me very much, he was only 19 but played like he had been a regular for 10 years. He didn’t try to over work the ball and pull of skill just to impress his way into the next game, he picked the best pass almost every time; a real team player.
I really hope we see this lad tonight, you will see what I mean if you keep an eye on him, sometimes these types of players don’t get the recognition straight away because they keep things simple and although that is the best thing to do in football there are many people who don’t notice it straight away. Carroll will need to grow a bit and build his strength up before he would be ready for Premiership action but for me he has been the stand out player for us in our last two European outings and I hope for those of you who haven’t seen him play yet that you get the chance tonight because I think we have a real gem on our hands there.
Tim Sherwood spoke of his potential too earlier in the week and the fact that Carroll is little but also how the likes of Xavi and Iniesta were released by Espanyol and Real Madrid before becoming the worlds best midfielders:
“He could play for them [Barcelona], no question,” Sherwood said. “He’s got the lot. He’s technically good enough, sees a pass, can pop it [the ball] round the corner and only Jake Livermore [the 21-year-old midfielder] runs more than him in a game in the first team.”
“He’s one of those who has needed a bit more time to develop physically,” Sherwood said. “He could have got released and I’m sure there are lots of Tom Carrolls who have been released. He’s never going to be giant but he will grow and hopefully not look like the mascot anymore.”
Hi there Peeps. Just a little something to keep you up to date.
Tuesday the twenty-seventh and Spurs young Cockerels were at PSV’s De Herdgang training centre. To take part in their third match in the Nextgen Series.
Having drew their first game 2-2 away at FC Basel, and then completing a momentous 7-1 home victory against Inter Milan’s finest. Tim Sherwood’s youngsters were sure to be full of confidence going into this game. And it showed. After dominating the first half Spurs went in at the break one goal up through Souleymane Coulibaly. Though it could and should have been considerably more.
PSV though came back stronger in the second half and eventually Mohammed Rayhi equalised for the home side on the hour mark. This however did not deter the young Spurs side who continued to push for the winner. Which came courtesy of Jack Munns in the final minutes.
It would appear as though Tottenham are starting the negotiating on offering Luka Modric a new deal. The Spurs man all summer stated he wanted to move to Chelsea after The Blues made an approach.
Reports state that Tottenham are prepared to break the bank for Modric and could offer him anywhere up to £100k a week. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes that Modric is a top player and should be paid top wages, especially as we forced him into staying at the club. The length of the deal is expected to stay the same so all that is really going to happen is a pay rise is heading Modric’s way.
There’s no doubt Modric deserves better wages but due to the fact he openly admitted he’d rather be somewhere else should the man then be rewarded with more money? After all it doesn’t prove he is loyal does it, but sure he will be happy to double his wages until Chelsea come sniffing around again now that the transfer window is shut and he has no other choice, who wouldn’t want to double their wages for nothing in return.
On the flip side other people believe pay the man what he is worth regardless, I kind of agree but again he let us down against United and City, surely it has to work both ways. When Modric refused to play against United and City we still paid him, why didn’t he get fined?
I would love nothing more than to pay Modric what he is worth and for us to all live happily ever after but is he prepared to stay at Spurs, if not signing a new deal will prove he done it purely for the money if come January or next summer he wants to leave again. By signing a new deal these days it doesn’t show loyalty and I fear it will just be masking the problems. It may put of bidders and the media might think everything is rosey again because he has signed on the dotted line but the way I see it is that it’s a pay rise for Luka and apart from the situation remains the same. Do you think if Chelsea come back he would say “sorry Mr Abramovic I just signed a new deal with Spurs so go away” because he was only 1 year into his last deal and it didn’t stop him.
There is one way that this whole situation can be resolved, the happy ending everyone at the club craves. Give Modric a pay rise, finish in the top four and mark my words he will be more than happy to stay a Spurs player as long as we have Champions League football.
Modric pay rise, deserved or make him show some loyalty first?