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09 Jan 2019 16:05:26
Ed, will Spurs look to replace Dembele this window or wait till the summer?

{Ed001's Note - you already bought Sissoko and Wanyama to replace him in previous windows!}

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10 Jan 2019 02:11:55
That does make sense. Thanks Ed!

Ed would you be running with a group of Winks, Sissokho, Dier and half a Wanyama for 6 months?

{Ed001's Note - no, because none of them are close to being as good as Dembele was. If you want to challenge for league titles you should be improving the team not weakening it as you have been since Poch took over.

When Poch took over Lloris was top class, now he is not at his best and is average.

The defence was the best back 4 in the league. Now you have full backs that are adequate at best.

The midfield had Dembele purring like a Rolls-Royce and running things, now he is going you will have Winks, who is ok but a long way from Dembele. Wanyama has the first touch of an elephant in clogs with stones in them. Sissoko runs around a lot but has League Two level technique.

The only area that has improved is the attack and that is because Son has found his feet and the other players have, such as Kane and Alli, are moving towards their peak. You have not actually brought any improvements in, just the players there have got better.

Spurs really need to change that and start bringing in players who improve the team, rather than donkeys like Aurier.}

10 Jan 2019 07:12:24
Bitter truth that. Going to be really tough to get those top tier players with the stadium situation now. Hopefully we solve at least some of our problems in the summer!

{Ed001's Note - it is why some people think Poch is some kind of miracle worker to even keep Spurs in contention. I disagree, I think he has to take some of the blame for Spurs not actually winning any trophies under him as he is, in large part, choosing the signings. He would rather have the Davinson Sanchez, Moussa Sissoko, Serge Aurier and Victor Wanyama brute force player in the team. Don't get me wrong, you need a player or two like that to protect the rest, but it is about getting a balance and the balance has gone too far towards physicality at the moment.

I fail to see how the new stadium will change things either, at least in the shorter term. It is not going to suddenly bring in a massive influx of cash, you still have to pay off the building costs over the next few years after all. Initially it will only be a step forward, rather than a leap. What it does, imo, is safeguard Spurs' future against the uncertainty of future TV rights money. If that bubble bursts then Spurs are in a magnificent position to capitalise.}

10 Jan 2019 12:18:00
And yet with an injury ravaged team, no signings, no pre season, playing every game away, here spurs are only 6 points off the media darlings Liverpool.

10 Jan 2019 13:35:28
I agree Ed. Signings like Sissokho do puzzle you, but it's worked out well for him this season! I hoping we get some technicians in the middle soon. Or in the stadium, both need them.

Quick question Ed, what is your opinion of Dier? I thought he was doing marvellously and improving earlier, but he seems to have plateaued recently. Is it form, injuries or just plain ceiling?

{Ed001's Note - I deliberately left him out of any mentions because I have been thinking the same. He does seem to have lost his way recently but I think a lot of that is not having the calmness of Dembele alongside him. Dembele draws players to him constantly, so all Dier was doing was mopping up and then moving the ball on quickly. Without Dembele he is expected to do more, with and without the ball, and I simply think it is beyond him. His limitations are exposed, rather than him being able to just use his strengths.}

10 Jan 2019 15:49:00
Unfortunately, and for Dier, it's going to be very tough to replace Dembele's calmness. Do you by chance a list of CMs to watch out for?

{Ed001's Note - not in the style of Dembele, but Spurs are one of the clubs that would like to take Barella.}

10 Jan 2019 16:14:39
In January Ed?

{Ed001's Note - they certainly were showing interest, but I don't expect him to leave Italy, he wants too many guarantees.}

10 Jan 2019 17:16:42
That won't stop me from hoping though!

How do guarantees of playing time work out Ed? Are the players promised a certain number of games?

{Ed001's Note - he is after guaranteed starts when fit. Sometimes players are promised a certain number. I know of players, who are dropping down from bigger teams, who have been promised to start every game when fit within their contract. Not sure if that still happens now though. Clubs signing someone who brought people through the gates would do that in the past.}

10 Jan 2019 21:34:11
I can't see us buying a replacement any time soon. It will mean more minutes for Skipp this season so we may see a bit more of him and what he is made of, he seems to have great potential.

The one thing we desperately need is a CM that can go past a player which then opens up space for the front 3. This is what Dembele has been brilliant at. When he goes past one or two and then gives it we create so much more. We need to have that as in my eyes Dier Wanyama, Winks and Skipp are really all competing for the same posistion and currently Sissoko is the only one for the other CM spot if Dembele goes.

I really like Sissoko in terms of speed stamina work rate and dribbling but technically he isn't good enough and has little to no end product. He does a lung busting 40 yard run, goes past 3 and then misses a 5 yard square pass!

I would also like to add that Dembele has been my favourite player to watch live for the last 3 years and he has completely bossed many of the games I've been to. The guy has such strength and technique, made it look so easy at times, and I will miss him!

11 Jan 2019 06:51:44
That is a tough thing to guarantee and especially when written in the contract Ed. Must be really tough to enforce it when it goes wrong.

Things like these remind me why Ed 002 asks to not get into nitty gritty of contracts.

{Ed001's Note - it has caused no end of problems in the past.}

11 Jan 2019 06:52:33
How are you doing Ed? I'm missing some of your anecdotes in the daily round ups!

{Ed001's Note - sorry you are missing them, I got asked to do them as separate articles now, so I have been doing that, it is just everything got put on the backburner while my family were over for Xmas and New Year. Only see them once a year (at most) as we have been living in different countries to each other for the last few years as they retired to Spain initially.}

11 Jan 2019 08:36:43
Hoping you spent some quality time with the family. I must protest, you don't spend enough time together!

{Ed001's Note - we did spend a good few weeks of quality time. And some that was not quality too! Like when my dad decided to forget his bag containing passports, flight tickets and wallet somewhere on a day out and we all had to run around to try and find it as he only realised he had lost it a few hours before they were due to fly home.}

11 Jan 2019 13:41:50
That's stressful and scary! Perhaps he was hinting he wanted to extend his little visit?

{Ed001's Note - I think it is just old age mate, he gets a little confused...}

14 Jan 2019 13:34:55
Make that 9 Ellis ;)

03 Jan 2019 23:19:27
Spurs have bid for Phil Foden of Man City (no chance imo, just like when we tried getting Sancho) .

We also want Hudson-Odoi, again no chance with that given its Chelsea.

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05 Jan 2019 17:53:08
i believe Hudson Odoi has already agreed personal terms with Bayern.

06 Jan 2019 10:17:25
I didn't know that. No chance that Chelsea would sell to us. Same happened with Sancho of Dortmund, City wouldn't sell to us but there is a lot of hatred between spurs and Chelsea.

07 Jan 2019 07:39:37
Having the pleasure of knowing the Hudson-Odoi family personally, I can tell you:
A) Spurs have had absolutely no contact.
B) Bayern have approached him, but no personal terms are agreed. Wages are not the issue.

08 Jan 2019 11:36:50
Wrong as usual Ellis.

08 Jan 2019 11:41:05
Apologies Ellis. It wasn’t you was wrong!

Makes a change!

08 Jan 2019 23:07:34
Haha you Chelsea boys make me laugh. From one pretending to be friends with Callum and another pretending he owned a chain of restaurants.

One thing we can all agree on is that Spurs spanked you Chelsea again, yet again.

BTW, I didn't see anyone anywhere saying spurs wanted Ndombele, most of you were 'who', or Isco or anyone else I have been right on. Enjoy.

09 Jan 2019 00:04:36
When I’m wrong Ellis I put my hands up and apologise.

Will you NOW admit I was spot on about your stadium and the earliest it would be ready for matches would be Feb 2019.

As far as tonight’s contest goes I thought we bossed the game but at the end of the day we got beat.

All to play for at the bridge but I guess you are favourites.

Oh and just for clarification I NO longer own any restaurants, they are now run by my family.

09 Jan 2019 12:59:44
No Thomas, You was guessing, scaremongering. You said the club would fail lots of 'safety' aspects. I said it was down to some faulty wiring.

Finance wise, the club has been affected badly by Brexit, cost of materials etc as well as the hold up to moving in although Mace will have to cough up for some of that. Luckily we are a well run self sufficient club.

09 Jan 2019 17:42:04
Ellis, you also said the stadium will not affect the transfer budget, even your manager has said it has yet you still don’t think it does 😂😂😂.

09 Jan 2019 19:24:32
Wrong Ellis, I said as a matter of FACT that the ground had failed a ridiculous amount of checks and passed on a handful.

I’m pretty sure I also told you and your fellow supporters that your senior management were told pre-season that the earliest time the ground would be ready was Feb 2019.

Again, I think I also said that the offer of compensation to season ticket holders wasn’t generous.

I also said that surely there should be an investigation.

Further, I said I was more concerned about our proposed stadium build and the effect it can have on the team.

09 Jan 2019 20:44:34
The information about compensation was already known.

An investigation into what?

09 Jan 2019 20:55:01
Hampstead Heath STALKER, no one knew the affects of Brexit because it happened after. The thing is it's desperate bitter Gooners and rivals that were living in hope that our transfer budget would be affected just because we're building a new stadium.

You also thought that just because we didn't sign anyone it was down to having no money. WRONG. No point in buying for the sake of it. Any player that Spurs buy will have to be very very good to get into the team. Lichsteiner and Guendozi wouldn't even get in our reserve team.

Another problem facing us is the homegrown quota. Selling players will help with this as well as injecting extra money into the budget.

Spurs have money to spend Oddbod, the scouts are very busy, sorry.

09 Jan 2019 21:12:12
Thomas, I forgot to comment on 'the club failed on a ridiculous amount of checks', 💩.

09 Jan 2019 22:41:45
I know three long term Spurs season ticket holders who feel very angry about how Spurs have sold and compensated them.

They are canvassing support for joint season ticket action against the Spurs management.

I’ve said this so many times, I’m only interested in this whole stadium process as I have fears we may well find ourselves in a similar situation if we ever build a new stadium.

Football fans, in my opinion, at some clubs are an after thought.

09 Jan 2019 23:06:38
I know 100s of season ticket holders who are very angry with the amounts paid back. Some think it's an interest free loan to Spurs but of course this is rubbish. It's just bad luck what's happened to Spurs with Brexit and the wiring, spursy.

29 Dec 2018 21:09:28
Lots of rumours that we have agreed a deal for Arp of Hamburg.

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29 Dec 2018 23:19:06
Great prospect for the future but very unlikely to have any impact on the season unless used in a cup game or as a sub when games are won.

28 Dec 2018 23:00:48
Hi Ed002,

Any possibility for an update on targets?

Would be much appreciated.

{Ed033's Note - Ed002 has made an audio Sharkopod with general football team updates.

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17 Dec 2018 14:41:33
MASSIVE SIGNING IMMINENT

Spurs have agreed a fee with Bournemouth for Nathan Ake and are discussing personal terms.

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18 Dec 2018 17:40:44
Why would we want him?

18 Dec 2018 23:28:42
Because Toby is being courted by the Manchester Mafia and Barcelona Massive!

19 Dec 2018 07:37:31
Nathan Ake isn't fit to lace Tobys boots. If he does go we need De Ligt or someone of a much higher level than Ake. He would arguably be 4th choice in my opinion.

19 Dec 2018 09:13:55
God save us if it's Ake.

19 Dec 2018 13:05:27
If we want Poch to leave and join yeenited, then sign Nathan Ake!

30 Oct 2018 08:40:27
Another pathetic performance from this crap club yet again, please poch and levy pack your bags and jet off to Real Madrid as you are taking spurs nowhere. It’s also time for the awful trippier and dier dropped down a division as they are both crap and overhyped by the English media.

I’m in the Subaru cheesed off with oasis on the sounds system in cigarettes and alcohol and that’s where I’m heading, off for a few Jamaican cigarettes and plenty of liquid refreshments to make the raver happy with life as spurs certainly doesn’t make that happen.

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11 Nov 2018 15:37:13
Raver get a grip will you. We are flying high in the Premiership after ZERO investment, injuries to star players and a late Workd Cup exposure from so many first XI stars.

Still mathematically in the Champions League albeit slightly dissapointing, but did you expect us to beat Barcelona? Interl Milan was an open game which we deserved a draw a least, and now we have beaten PSV it isn’t all gloom.

Everyone knows we need a few top players to challenge or repacked some the first XI. Sessegnon, Zaha and Martial were players we should have signed but their values are getting silly now.

January will be interesting as it looks increasingly clear Poch is either getting backed or leaving for Real Madrid. I cannot help thinking that Lamela, Moura, Son, Eriksen and Dele Alli desperately want to challenge for their places, and this competition is proving healthy. One top quality striker in January along with Sessegnon who will be wondering about his future after Fulham’s year and Spurs will look like title contenders. Perhaps a CM if real pedigree and class to make this happen.

COYS.

22 Nov 2018 01:07:37
Youri Tielemans and Adrien Rabiot both on the radar. Just imagine the thought of both in and Dembele and Sissoko out. Dier and Winks could cover those two obvious frost choice CM and CDM positions.

Sessegnon must be scared at Fulham and is going nowhere. Time he moved to Spurs and we let Rose go enjoy life at another club.

One world class striker to challenge Kane and we will be title contenders.

24 Nov 2018 18:51:21
Title contenders, classic Oracle 😂😂😂.

27 Nov 2018 12:40:29
Oracle, I an safely tell you that Sissko is going nowhere! W. r. t Rabiot, unless he's coming on a free transfer, don't waste your time. His wages is out of our pay range.

05 Jan 2019 09:07:08
Who looks right now and Raver get a grip and be a fan and stop being a moaner. Your rent looks stupid now!

21 Oct 2018 16:04:14
We are winning ugly at the moment but I will take that all season, lots of pundits say spurs are struggling and have problems yet we could be top of the league next week if we turn over a brilliant Man City team. I have stuck by Eric Lamela from day one not because I’ve dinned out on his looks, but I knew he was a top player in the making and now he’s showing us what he’s about, I also think alder world is the best centre half in the country yet levy won’t give him the pay rise he deserves.

What a fantastic day yesterday watching spurs win again and then going to the east end for pie and mash after the match then London to party, ended up in the premier inn this morning after a heavy sex session and I would have to disagree with Lenny Henry that the raver definitely didn’t get a good nights sleep 😁.

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06 Jan 2019 10:59:27
Raver, how can you write the drivel on 30th October and now be all fluffy again. Sours need loyal supporters to kick on for the final level and the sooner fickle supporters like you make way for the loyal masses on waiting lists the better. It is fine to be frustrated and express opinion about not signing when it looks abvipus to all we should have, but calling the club crap and writing such childish nonsense is just ridiculous.

Learn by your behaviour and be loyal in good and bad times.

{Ed033's Note - Hey, Spurs are not that sour you know. It's obvious you need to mind your Ps and Os :)

20 Oct 2018 20:09:22
What a fantastic win again for this great club, I’ve just lined my stomach for tonight’s evening festivities with a good old pie and mash and now cruising into London in the Subaru with crowded house on the sounds system in always take lamela with you and the ravers having it large tonight 😎.

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20 Oct 2018 09:26:23
Spurs will sign Wilmar Barrios who will join the team in January to replace the departing Wanyama and Dembele if suitors can be found. Dembele is cricked with his recurring knee problems albeit my favourite player by a mile, and Wanyama isn't the force we need.

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20 Oct 2018 20:01:36
All over twitter mate BUT i'll believe it when I see him holding up the shirt.

17 Oct 2018 10:19:41
Thank goodness that the internationals are over and back to the real stuff this weekend, I’m not going to the Carl Lewis stadium with any confidence on Saturday and think West Ham will beat us comfortably and all their fans will be going crazy on the jellied heels and pie and mash.

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