the dictionary definition of optimism is the start of a new Premiership
campaign, well, optimism is about all that we have.
a summer of speculation and paper talk, we have yet to secure the
services of a desperately needed
has been a problem for about three years now. OK Gooner Graham and
Sugar may have had good intentions in bringing in Sergei, but we
are yet to see much return on what was a club transfer record 11 Million
pounds. He in my opinion needs a run in the squad with the full
support of the management, at least he will be in the proverbial shop
window and maybe just maybe someone will give us at least half what we
paid for him and so, give us some much needed capital to put down for a
new AVAILABLE striker (ROBBIE KEANE 9 million), as apparently Leeds
United will settle on this price if we pay cash.
feel that he would bring in so much to the squad, as we saw when he came
on for twenty odd minutes against Manchester City, scored with a
great lob after one touch and should have scored another after a
fabulous run. Robbie
Keane is an exceptionally talented young man who, at the moment, is
at the top of his short career after a great World Cup. He
seems to excrete confidence and score at will.
been critical of the board as yet, but there are some disturbing things
coming out of the Lane at the moment. For instance, the blatant PR
campaign that in my opinion has turned into a bit of a circus. "WE
NEARLY SIGNED RIVALDO. THIS SHOWS THE AMBITION OF THE CLUB"
... I'm sorry, but pull the other one the only way we were going to
sign Rivaldo is if Levy & Co. asked the player for his autograph and
hid a contract under transferable paper.
then after that debacle Morientes same story!!
REALITY CHECK ... we are not in Europe, let alone the Champions League
and unfortunately we are not a draw to players like this anymore.
It breaks my heart to say it, but it's true. We are a second tier
club and this dates back to the decline under Sugar after he sacked
the now Leeds boss El Tel.
I understand the position that the board is in. They inherited a
mess and there trying to make the best out of it, but by saying
these things we are quickly becoming the nearly boys of the Premiership.
would like to say, however, at least the board are being sensible with
the money that they want to spend and looking towards the European way
of buying players, in which you can pay in instalments over the
duration of a players contract, because, God forbid, we end up like
our West London rivals £94 million in debt!! (How on earth did
Bates get in on the Wembley's re-development
... it was destined to go over budget) as this would most defiantly be
the wrong way for our beloved club to go. A team full of
mercenaries is not what Spurs need.
need to re-establish the pride in playing for us, but the dilemma is
that without success it's not that likely to happen for a vast majority
of our players, who in truth would rather be playing for Milan, Man Utd,
or even the Scum (if they were good enough).
The club does have the frame work in place to progress though, despite
underachieving for the last 10 years we are still lucky enough to have a
great fan base, which with a little success would grow even more.
We are stable and if ENIC dip into there VAST pockets, Iím sure we
could re-develop my beloved East Stand in a year or two (I know that the
plans have already been drawn up). The defence is looking good
with the right blend of young and old(er) players if they can stay fit.
Chris Z is a asset to any side with his crossing ability, and lets
hope that Stevie Carr can get fit quickly and martial the right, as
I, and we, have all been waiting for over a year to see them blitzing
the wings. Tano to his credit is playing out of his boots and then
there's the King, who looked more and more assured in each game he
played last season along with the once Afro man Tony Gardner, who's
imposing figure is deceptively quick and useful at set pieces. Not
forgetting Thatcher & Perry who put in their best performances in a
Lilywhite shirt last season. That leaves Deano who has not
impressed me in pre-season or against the Toffeemen at the weekend Ö
letís hope he can get it together soon as he is a useful player when
midfield is also looking good with Redknapp holding up well and getting
on the scoresheet against Lazio and an assist at Goodison.
Milo looks like he could add to our creative possibilities and could be
a handful for defenders. Davies looks good with his searing runs
and seemingly endless enthusiasm to chase the ball.
Etherington looks to have finally conquered his fear of running at top
quality opposition and could create some real options for us in the
final third, while Shaggy, if he's fit, is a great provider with a
fabulous footballing brain who can unlock a defence with a 35 yard
cross-field ball. Gus in my opinion is the man. His
enthusiasm to play is a lesson to all professionals and having him back
in October (hopefully) will be a fantastic bonus.
we have Steffen Freund, who should be back in full training soon and who
had a great season up until he got injured last term. And Sherwood
who, when he commits himself, can be a great player.
leaves the attack, which, in all honesty, is our problem area due to its
bluntness. Teddy is a quality player, but needs to be used
sparingly. We cannot use him as we did last season or he will
encounter burnout at Christmas time again. Sir Les is a soldier,
but needs rest also, maybe a bit less than Teddy, but that's because
when he needs a break he just falls over or something and is out for a
few weeks. Ferdinand had his best season with us last year and let's
hope he gets a few more lucky breaks, like on Saturday and less unlucky
ones like he has suffered throughout his career. These two in their
heyday would have been absolutely tremendous for the club, but as they
are knocking on the door of professional retirement, they need a bit
more protection to get the best out of what's left in them.
Iversen is a tireless workhorse who will chase all day and gets a few
goals, but has not developed into the 20 goals a season guy that we so
has been a disappointment, but you don't become a bad player overnight
and hopefully he will get his chance to shine this season, but it seems
that he has no confidence and has yet to get hold of the physical side
of the game in England.
(Qu Bo) I don't know much about but looked good when I saw him in pre
season, so I wish him well as we all do.
that's about that. I haven't profiled the whole squad I know, but
I don't want to go on and on. The players featured should have the
lionís share of appearances this season so that will do me.
for the Premiership, well that's just speculation, but I'm hoping of
Europe via the league, but if we don't sign a new striker soon I'm
not sure we will get it.
itís a new season and Iím a eternal optimist (well I am a Spurs fan) I
will say 6th and a Cup final that will do me nicely ... for
Minus 11 days to sign a new Striker.
(Yid 4 Life) McGarry