is for Anderton.
Absent for injury since the start of the new season, he is just coming
back Ö but is it just in time to go? Rumours suggest he might be
heading north to Leeds, but he is one of Hodís favourites and might be
retained unless we need to trade him in a swap deal.
also for Acimovic. Milenko has
been drip fed some time on the pitch to get him used to the English
game. He looks skillful, has a delightful touch and takes a tackle as
well as any Arsenal number 3 !!
also for Academy and Abridge. Not
perhaps as straightforward as it might seem, with locals kicking up
about the development, but it has been sensitively designed, although
the postcard campaign for fans to write to the local council was another
example of the club using the fans to suit their own purposes without
any concession the other way.
B is for
Blondel. A talent in the making, but will the way Spurs are handling
him mean that we see the benefits of his skills ?? Some time on the
pitch would help and sending him to Bradford on loan will only add to
his sense of isolation. I donít want to heap pressure on the young boyís
shoulders, but Jonathan can prove to be our new Gazza. Of course, he
needs bringing on slowly, but he needs to know that he has a future at
C is for Cash.
Where is it ?? Is there enough in January for replenishing the team ??
Will any be recouped by any outgoings ??
is also for Cardiff. Wet,
cold, indoors and ultimately depressing.
is for Deano.
Having paid big bucks for the big man, he had a lot to live up to.
Defensive injuries caused a regular change in personnel last season, but
has shown the reason Glenn was so keen to bring Richards to White Hart
Lane in his performances this season.
is for Etherington.
He moaned that he wasnít getting a look in, then did and showed he can
produce performances that trouble opponents, but has been sidelined as
players out-muscle him. Needs to beef up and make it more difficult for
markers to get the ball off him. Also, the accuracy of his crossing
needs to be more spot on.
is for Freund.
Cult hero and non-goal scorer, his time spent missing from action cost
Spurs dear after Christmas. Getting knocked out of the team in the
Worthington Cup Semi Final first leg, it was probably the reason we didnít
go on to win that trophy. He is a cornerstone of the midfield as we lack
another player like him in the squad.
is for ground. Will it be a new one at a different site or an
expanded White Hart Lane ?? The rumours have been circulating since the
Picketts Lock National Athletics stadium fiasco bit the dust, but the
planning permission is still in place for that site and it is the
nearest available location for a ground to the current site. With new
statements from Levy about the lack of urgency from government, perhaps
a move away is nearer than we think.
also for Gardner. Let's hope that
this will be his last big injury and that he can settle into a slot that
will see him bloom into the player we know he can become.
Hoddle. Some good decisions have been countered by some bizarre
ones. He still delights in playing players out of position rather than
bring in a specialist in that slot and his use of substitutes has got
better, but could still improve. He is instilling the necessity to hold
on to the ball, which often costs the team and the desire to play good
football is there, even if it is not in evidence every time out. The
need to make sure that the players are aware that they have to fight for
the right to play their own game is one that needs to be drummed home.
is for Iversen.
We are all still waiting for Steffen to fulfil his potential. He is
mobile, can score goals, although probably not as regularly as we would
like and has a lot of energy. On the flipside, he gets injured too much,
misses chances for fun and looks uncoordinated. Many of his problems
stem from being played, in his early Spurs career, when he was carrying
injuries. Should Spurs take the opportunity to cash in on him before itís
too late ??
is also for Injuries
that still plague the club. Some are healing nicely, but some players
seem to be hit by one injury after another.
Johnnie Jackson. Our young defender/midfielder has been shipped
out to get experience with lowly Swindon Town, hopefully to get him
match hardened for the Premiership. Anyone who has seen him in the
reserves will tell you that the boy has great potential, which we hope
he will realise in our first team.
is for Keano.
£7 million well spent. Not the whole answer to our scoring problems,
but a player who has the ability and confidence to try that something
different and change a game. Hereís to a long residence at White Hart
Lane and many fine performances to come.
for Kasey Keller. A revelation
since replacing Sullivan and a keeper who you can have faith in. Once
appeared dodgy with free-kicks, but has grown in confidence since he has
been the number one for Spurs.
is for Ledley.
Missed at the beginning of this season, he has slipped back into the
side quickly and looks the part in the middle of defence. May be moved
up the pitch if Freund gets injured (or retires looking further ahead)
and would probably be a success there too.
is also for Les,
who might be on the way out after missing a number of games and with a
younger partner needed for Robbie Keane to build an understanding with
over the next few years.
is for Morientes. He
was the one that Glenn seemed to want in the summer, but didnít get.
Will he be the subject of another attempt in January ?? Or has Hoddle
moved on to other targets ??
next season. Which is what we have constantly been waiting for. The
transitional seasons we have gone through for the last decade or more
should be behind us, as the team moves forward. Of course that will need
money (see C).
is for Opportunities. Which
Tottenham must take if they are to maintain a serious challenge near the
top of the table. Our goals to shots ratio is probably not one of the
highest and therefore, another forward Ė this time a goal-poacher Ė
is needed to finish off the flowing moves that Glenn tries to get the
team to produce.
is for Portsmouth,
who might help us out by taking Sherwood and Ferdinand off our hands.
is for Queue.
Especially a telephone one for the ticket office. While some things
appear to have improved, getting through on the phone lines for tickets
when they go on sale has not. People will not go through this procedure
time after time, so the need for an improved ticketing sales service and
the need for more seats to satisfy demand should be uppermost in the
club's thinking about off field activities.
is for Redknapp. The doubts about his fitness have been partially
assuaged, but he does miss games here and there, which I think we all
accepted when he signed. He brings something different to our midfield
and on a good day, can pass like Hoddle. His availability will be
limited, but he does give value to the side when he plays. And heís
got a gorgeous wife.
is also for Rebrov.
Surely he must be one of the highest profile players in the Premier
Reserve League (although probably not the highest paid, as Winston
Bogarde manages a few appearances for Chelsea reserves, but Bosnich
is for Sheringham. Coming
to the end of his career, Ted appears to be unable to maintain the
previous high standard of performance he produced, but on his day, he
can still be a distinct advantage to the team. Has got a few goals and
will need to mentor Keano until a more youthful partner is recruited.
is also for Sherwood. He
has had the wrath of Hod unleashed on him for his pre-season comments
about the manager. His performances are now a shadow of what they were
and the new breed (Ricketts and Blondel) are ready to take over.
is for Tottenham.
Have we got them back ?? Well, not quite, but we are getting there.
Hopefully, Glenn will have the time and money to get Spurs back to the
top of the game, but the fans will have to be patient as there will
still be ups and downs on the route to success.
is for the unexpected.
Losing in the Worthington Cup Final. Losing in the Worthington Cup to
Burnley. Wanting to sign Rivaldo. Signing Robbie Keane when Hoddle
didn't want him (allegedly). Being so near the top of the Premier League
without playing that well. Whatever next ????
is for value. Is
it what we are getting from our season tickets ?? The usual big name
transfer rumours were put in position just before renewal time to make
us think we would be seeing Rivaldo and Morientes at the Lane (did they
really think we would believe that ?) and then we were given two
"free" Cup vouchers !! Which if you didn't use, wouldn't be
refunded !! But the season ticket price did not increase Ö you just
got less for your money. Not Value For Money is it ??
is for Worthington Cup.
Blackburn won it. We didnít. If we had turned up, we would have !! It
meant another year (at least) before European football returns to the
is for excitement, which we hope there will be a lot of in 2003 !!
Even some of the pre-Christmas Spurs of 2001 would do.
also for ex-players, which we
hope a few of the large wage-earners who no longer contribute to the
first team will soon be.
is for Yes
!! Signing a forward after all these years. All we need for Christmas is
another one !!
also for youth. Maybe they will
get a chance in the first team one day. There are some talented young
players in the reserves and Under-19s, but their path to the first team
is being clogged by those who play no part in the first team squad and
those who are getting on in years. The next generation need to be
integrated to get the benefit of the experience of the older players and
to put some fresh legs into the side to help continue the good start we
have made to the season.
is for Ziege.
Christian has been hit by injury and often looks like he would rather be
strolling around the Renaissance squares of Milan. However, on his day,
he is a great provider and a very good attacking force. If only he could
be bothered to defend a bit more often !!