I wonder how many of us are glad that the international break is finally over. I sure am and I can’t stress how great it is to be able to watch Spurs squad go head to head against Dortmund in the Champions League tomorrow.
When Gareth Southgate does eventually name his squad for next year’s World Cup there is a good chance the biggest contributors will be Tottenham Hotspur. The ongoing rise of Spurs has been driven by their young stars that are lighting up European football. The fact that the spine of the England side contains Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier says everything you need to know about Spurs’ current trajectory. “England striker Harry Kane” (CC BY 2.0) by Ben Sutherland Those three players may not be the only Spurs ones on the plane to Russia next year as Pochettino has a few more of his... Read more »
When Tottenham announced they would be playing all of their home games at Wembley during the 2017/18 season, many people mentioned their “Wembley curse” and said it was a bad move. However, despite a failure to win in their first three home league matches of the season, Spurs appear to have broken that curse with some memorable performances of late. What is the Wembley Curse? For those of you who have been under a rock and haven’t heard about Tottenham’s apparent Wembley curse, let us look at what it is and why people refer to it in such a manner.... Read more »
As we approach the winter break in Premier League action, the league appears to be fairly stable from a coaching standpoint. While there are of course plenty of clubs that would rather be performing better than they are, there are no drastic situations, such as Chelsea in 2015-16, that make it clear a sacking is in order. But because no one is ever safe at the highest levels of football, let’s take a look at a few managers who probably shouldn’t be too comfortable heading into December. Tony Pulis If there is a manager who seems to be on the... Read more »
Some of the dirtiest players in the Premier League might actively be proud of this infamy. After all, it does make them stand out even more than they would otherwise. Given the nature of the people who make a list like this, they are probably not particularly bothered by the fact that they are regarded as dirty players. They certainly make many of the other players look better by comparison, even if they won’t get talked about as often in some cases. People do frequently enjoy talking about controversial subjects and controversial people, which is certainly good for the players... Read more »
Real Madrid are comfortably the most formidable opposition Spurs have faced in the Mauricio Pochettino era. That they came away way from the Bernabeu with a draw – even if it was reliant on some truly outstanding saves from the great Hugo Lloris – was not just an extraordinary result, but also an indication of how much Pochettino’s Spurs have improved in fixtures against the very best over the years. Here’s a look-back at the games played against the season’s toughest opponents year-on-year since 2014-15, and how the performances have developed and improved over time in these Spurs tactical reports.... Read more »
Much as Spur’s chairman Daniel Levy tends to split opinion, only his harshest critics would deny that he’s a proven expert in moving on unwanted players at inflated prices. So far it appears that the sale of Austrian international center-back Kevin Wimmer is shaping up to be another great bit of business. Signed for a reported £4.3m in the summer of 2015, just two years later Stoke boss Mark Hughes was persuaded to hand over a staggering £18m to lure Wimmer to the bet 365 Stadium. So far this season Wimmer has struggled to come anywhere close to justifying such... Read more »
The first weekend in October sees what has been a rather moribund first stage qualification process come to an end, as the nations who’ll be in the draw for the World Cup 2018 groups will almost be finalised. Several of Tottenham’s brightest stars will of course be in action, but what about when it comes to the finals themselves? What are the chances we’ll see some of Pochettino’s men plying their footballing trade in next summer’s tournament? Here we quickly assess the chances of Spurs’ internationals being involved in 2018’s World Cup finals. England (Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Harry Kane,... Read more »