We recently caught up with Tony Scholes, Burnley fan and editor of www.claretsmad.co.uk to get his opinion ahead of tomorrowâ€™s Premier League clash between Tottenham and Burnley at White Hart Lane.
Have you been surprised by Tottenham’s start to the season?
I donâ€™t think I have to be honest. Harry seems to have this knack with teams and there is no doubt there has been a massive turnaround since the beginning of 2009 when Spurs looked a very poor Premier League outfit.
What do you make of Burnley’s start to the new campaign?
You will struggle to find a Burnley fan who isnâ€™t absolutely delighted with it. Itâ€™s tough when you first come into the Premier League and given the early fixtures there were suggestions we might have still been looking for our first point at this stage.
You take what you can get and nine points so far is a brilliant start for us. And how much better does it get for a newly promoted club than beating Manchester United at home?
Which Spurs player would you most want in the Burnley squad?
Iâ€™ve no hesitation here â€“ Jermain Defoe. He scores goals, and they are worth their weight in gold. Heâ€™d love it at Burnley too with the attacking football we play; problem is we couldnâ€™t afford him.
Which Burnley player should Spurs most worry about?
Harry signed David Nugent for Portsmouth and then didnâ€™t give him much of a chance. I believe he scored against Spurs earlier this year for Pompey and heâ€™d love to do it again for Burnley. He scored two goals last week and will probably get his first start on Saturday.
Which Burnley player would you happily sell to Spurs and why?
That would have to be Dutch midfielder Remco van der Schaaf. He signed in the summer of 2008 and was substituted after 59 minutes of the first game. Weâ€™ve not seen him since.
How good he is we donâ€™t know but given that he doesnâ€™t play we certainly wouldnâ€™t miss him.
Harry Redknapp has already hinted he is going to make changes to the his side – are you confident of an upset?
Is an upset a home win? I think you will be very wary of us after the Carling Cup last season. Thankfully we got over it and used the disappointment to get ourselves all the way to Wembley and promotion. We are more than capable of getting something at White Hart Lane.
Where do you think Spurs will finish in the Premier League this season?
I would think mid-table, probably just in the top half. Itâ€™s so damn difficult, even for clubs like yours, to get too far up the table because of the big clubs.
Jermain Defoe/Ledley King – should they be in England’s World Cup squad?
Defoe I would say yes, for that reason of him being a goal scorer. As for Ledley King, that has to be a definite no simply because he wouldnâ€™t be fit enough for every game.
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