Seriously though, who’d be a Spurs fan?

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Sometimes I almost feel like I’ve been conned, yeah conned into the belief that Spurs are a bigger and better Club than we actually are? I hear fans from other Clubs and even people like that big-mouth Adrian Durham on TalkSport calling us deluded? Saying things like “Who do these Spurs fans think they are?” “Where do they get this idea from that they should be challenging for the top 3? They just bottle it”

Well, I tell ya where.

When I was growing up and watching My first Spurs games in the early 80’s I was watching a club that seemed to have the lot, a nice stadium that could hold 47,000 people, big crowds, stunning silky kits and some fantastic players. I saw us win many more games than we’d lose. We would play Wednesdays and Win, then play Saturdays and Win again. We had the likes of Clemence, Miller, Roberts. There was Perryman Houghton and Thomas, Hoddle, Hazard, Galvin and Falco, even Steve Archibald and Garth Crooks. These players could have played in “any” team we see in the Premier League today and you know what else? I’ve not even mentioned Ricky Villa or Osvaldo Ardiles yet, and what about Tony Parks, Ali Dick, John Lacy, Gary Stevens and Gary Mabbutt? Every single one of them for me did a job and did it fantastically well. They all knew the roll they’d been given, they all played their part in helping us win 2 FA Cup’s an UEFA Cup, go to League Cup finals and regularly finished in the Top 3, 4 or 5.

Ee were a true glamour club with a glamorous past and glamorous fans. Everybody loved Tottenham Hotspur, our history, our great players from the 60’s, Jimmy Greaves, Danny Blanchfower, Dave Mackay and John White, these were real superstar footballers. Then in recent times we had the likes of Waddle, Lineker and Gazza, Sherringham, Klinsmann and Ginola true world-class players. We’ve also had the “King” and now have a prince trying to become the next King, Bale. So when the likes of Adrian big-mouth Durham and these fans from other clubs call us deluded and then question “what right” do Spurs fans have to think they should be challenging for these honours? I’ll simply say “Just take a bloody look”

We’re a huge club with a huge past, we’ve had star after star after star wear our famous Shirt, we’ve a fan base that “never fades” and we have a team that is always right on the edge of being very good! The question these people ask shouldn’t be “Why” do Spurs fans think they should be challenging? The question they should be asking is “When” will Spurs be challenging again?

Take today for instance, Wigan away, no disrespect to them as their hardly a big draw, yet 5,000 Spurs fans made their way up north to support our boys. Why? Because we’re a big club with a big support, and we’re desperately trying to finish in the Champions League places so we can mix it up with Europe’s big boys. This year just like the last is proving to be a tough run in after again being in a commanding position. Again it’s gonna go right to the wire. Yes if we don’t make it we could say we blew it, again, and yes people will say we bottled it or choked, again, but the truth is as I’ve already said we “are” right of the edge of being very good. As frustrated as we feel and as disappointed as we are we’ve still only lost 2 League games since Mid December, that’s right 2 League games since December, Liverpool away and Fulham at home, and any team in the division would be pleased with that, yet where we’ve let ourselves down is the amount of games we’ve drawn. We’ve struggled to pick up the wins against the teams we should be beating. That’s not down to bottle or choking, it’s down to one very simple little fact “the lack of strength in our squad”

I’ve been saying for a few seasons now that the board are bringing in players as “replacements” for those that leave, NOT adding to what we already have. Take last summer, we bring in Midfielders Gylfi and Dembele but all they have done is replace Modric and VDV, surely we should have replaced them with players of equal ability then added another as an addition to help improve the overall squad strength and depth? take our full backs, BAE on left but who’s his replacement or addition? And Walker on the right again who’s his replacement or addition? Then finally with have the same old up front problems, Adey had a great season last but was always gonna be a gamble? Defoe is famous for fading towards the middle to end of the season and we already knew we’d lost VDV’s goals as well as his midfield skill, so who did we bring in? Know one?

The board’s reluctance to add and improve the squad is the soul reason we’re missing out on Champions League football regularly, remember when we did qualify we had a strong bench, Huddlestone, Dawson, Bentley, Pav, Palacios all players that “could” come on and do a job, all decent bench players complimenting the starting 11. No disrespect to young Tom Carroll as we all know he’s gonna be a star, but surely it’s wrong for us to look at him on our bench and ask for him to be the one that comes on to save the day? Give the boy a chance for gods sake!

Whether we qualify for the Champions League or not the lack of squad depth has been the down fall of Martin Jol Harry and has not helped AVB either. I don’t expect us to go out and spend £150,000,000 on 5 players but I do expect us to bring in “some” quality to improve our starting 11 as well as our scouting resources going abroad to find that unknown gem like a Michu. Talking of which, I don’t know how true but I heard that our very own Steve Archibald did in fact recommend Michu to Spurs but we turned him down? And after his 4 goal demolition of Real Madrid Steve then tweeted he also offered Lewandowski to us for “under” 5 million before he went to Dortmund??

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Yep , know the feeling,, sick of being left disappointed by this club.. I know wigan was fighting for their life`s yesterday but that game was there for the taking and we didn`t show up yet again.. Time to stop starting Parker and Dempsey if you ask me,, Parker is past his best and slows our game up to much and even tho Dempsey pops up and scores and few goals now and then he don`t do anything else for us. Give the lad Carrol a chance if you ask me…. Plus have no idea what AVB was thinking yesterday, Why swap left backs when Spurs were in urgent need for goals?..

  2. Sadly your right but the fact is we may need 5 players to make up for the last 4 seasons of bad or lack of investment we still havent replaced Berbatov Pav and Keane we have lost two strikers and 2 midfield players in the last couple of years how are we to compete?

  3. a typical spurs fan. Why do you look back at the 80's with such a rose tinted vision. I remember spurs in the 80's too and we blew it more often than not then too. We had the best cance ever to win the league and we blew it, we blew the 87 cup fnial as well with the nearly team so dont give me thsi nonsense. My fellow spurs fans are delluded, why should we be top 4?? are we better than the current top 4?? No. We are the 6th best payers in the league and the 6th in turnover, therefore we are already punching above our weight yet our fans expect more than that. The pressure the put on the players is immense and is the reason why we blow it so often. We wont finish top 4 because we are not meant to,this is a money league now and money determines where you finish. Without a sugar daddy or a new stadium we will never get top 4.

  4. If it is all about money then Man C, Real, Chelsea and other big spending clubs should be winning champions league all the time, however sh*tty came last, real battered by a team that cost roughly as much as A Carroll.. What are you talking about? Barcelona, might have a huge team cost, but how often do the buy players in the mould of real, Chelsea and city (even psg)?

    Furthermore, Seville broke the ranks not to long ago, beating big spenders..

    COYS!!!

  5. Couldn’t agree more with the above comment. I honestly think if we had strengthened the squad more consistently we would be challenging for the league now. I think levy has taken us as far as he can. When we got to the champions league in 2010, I didn’t think our team had the quality to succeed in all competitions. Our current squad needs a lot of improvement. We have 2 strikers, both of which are 30. A midfield which has got great potential but lacks depth in certain areas, a back line that seems to change every week. Still don’t understand us loaning out rose when bae was injured. I hate to say it but for us to go further as a club, we need to be taken over by someone who is willing to inject serious investment into the club.

  6. What’s the point playing in a league if one don’t believe that they could finish first?? Even if all the odds was against the team, they should e thinking o winning a league.. What’s the point of being QPR???? no belief, buy a heap of players and still no belief!! I don’t get when you state it’s all about money league, however I would understand if you stated it’s all about money when purchasing a player, or in some cases a thorough research (holtby, michu, mirallas)..

  7. Spurs seems to have all their youth teams winning the league or cup, an they are all aged between 17-21.. We are talking about a squad of 20.. With the fair play that comes in next year, and spurs relative low wages, and the introduction of the youths, will catapult spurs even further up.. Arsenal are paying million more in wages than spurs and this in a weekly basis, however how much better the arsenal players compared to the spurs players? Be objective in your analysis, otherwise you would believe that spurs would need another three strikers, three creative inner-mid (Modric typ of players), and so on. I hope that you understand team building that includes respect and character that wins you title, not how much a team payed for a player.. TORRES and A Carroll have a combined transfer fee of almost £100 million, and would you swap either or both with Defoe?? For real?? Get a grip son!!

  8. Respect — one fight individually for the team, during 90+ min, to enable the collective to progress and win.. Respect goes both within one self and team..

    Character — never give in.. Winners never quit, quitters never win..

    Even if Spurs have had a few draws recently, they have come from behind to salvage a point, or against city were the team took all three points, fought hard in Europa league, always caught until the end..

    COYS!!!!!!!!

  9. I’m not saying we should splash out 50+ mil on a player, I just think that as a club we’ve lacked quality in certain areas. We replaced modric and vdv with players like siggurdsson and Dempsey. In my opinion our youth players haven’t been good enough and that’s why they not in the first team. The ones that have been good whether that be in the team or a squad player, get loaned out (rose, Townsend..). The reason why I use the striker and midfield areas as an example is because there have been several examples this season where you’ve looked on the bench and thought who is really gonna make a difference to the game? Defoe is an injury prone player, as are bale and Lennon. When one of them gets injured we seem to deteriate as a team. Sig and Dempsey have been used on the wings and have not been affective.

  10. I agree with a lot of the comments and feel we just don't have that winning mentality that comes with a great team.Year after year we always choke at the latter stages whether its the fault of investment or lack of quality in depth I'm not sure about.I agree that parker has seen his best days and all he doex is spin around in the middle of the park!, he doesn't drive the team forward and once in front of goal forget it he would miss by a mile or pass it to someone else.As for Adeboyour get rid..another passenger.AVB I'm really surprised by some of his starting line ups and substitutions…playing bale on the right with esso on the left midfield????.Going for another goal against milan after being 3 uo…what was that all about?.
    Just one more comment why is there this fixation with foreign managers? You would think after Santini, gross, ardiles, and the like we would have learnt or lesson but no, don't forget this is Tottenham we are talking about.

  11. I used to play left back for quite a few years and I can't understand how AVB can be choosing Naughton over BAE. Don't get me wrong, Naughton is a quick and skillful chap and a very clean striker of the ball, technically good but he is NOT a left back.

    I've lost count how many times this season we've conceded goals on the left with Naughton getting skinned / out of position / awol. He rarely gets caught for pace but his dependence on his right foot means he's often having to do some trickery to play the ball. In comparison I know BAE goes missing quite regularly but he is much better at defending when an opposing player is attacking the left line. He is also better in the air and gets the odd good cross in. Naughton just passes to Vertonghen or Dembele with no penetration of the left wing.

    I think the substitution yesterday signals the end for Naughton at left back – I think BAE may have his faults but ultimately he is the better defender and if Dembele took him for a kickabout in the park and taught him how to take on a player, could be really good for us.

  12. Disappointed as well. But in the 80’s most clubs only had a squad of 16 including a few youngsters. Then Champions League money and rich owners came in. Nowadays Chelski, Citeh & United can pay huge transfers and salaries for the types of players who used to come to Spurs e.g. Marin, Lukaku, Dzecko, Hernandez. Not only are players of this quality happy to take the wages and sit on the bench, in some cases they are also happy to go out on loan and score goals against their rivals.

    When we get a bigger stadium we may be able to offer the wages to compete for the title. Until then, I’m pleased that the club is making progress, isn’t going bankrupt (like 1991) and most importantly, isn’t selling its soul and traditions.

  13. @ Jimmy, I hear hat you are saying, however if spurs would have had a squad with better players, with a new coach and tactics (very shrewd manager, however no human is perfect, apart from Parker aka iniesta get a game when he should be on the terrace)..

    Now, Spurs might not have the squad of Liverpool or arsenal, or the “wealth” like the current top 3, furthermore Spurs spent less than two million pound/current season.. have built a strong core with the odd creative players i.e bale and Lennon, also sig, dembele and holtby (replacement for mod, VDV and Parker), and should be able to add Carroll and a “fresh” huddle and sandro for next season, which is a strong playin inner midfield, add Townsend and a signing to cover the other wing.. The future is looking brighter at Spurs than at Chelsea and arsenal that in regards to spending power (purchase/wages) should be miles away… A Chelsea loss against mancs, while Spurs beat Southampton, is leaving Chelsea to choose between basle or Spurs.. This season is far from over, to give a opinion that is based on facts is fair, however if Spurs do finish third, will we give the a similar opinion?

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  14. * bigger squad.. Would in general disable the coach to get the message across, especially when the tactics are more detailed and thorough developed, than most teams in Europe.. Let us imagine that Boas were at a “bigger” club, would it be easier, meaning would they adapt faster (efficient and effective) than let say Spurs.. I think most of us have the answer, but like most of you state, fans have been here far to often, and if the fans don’t believe in the team (at the terraces) then that belief will be transferred to the players.. Getting third or fourth this season, would be a much better performance than last year (first real change since Jol), and as a collective the team has progressed in most areas while individual skills from last year is surely missed, give them time (Caulker, Carroll, Shaq, Pritchard, Cebellos, Townsend, smith and seniors like Kaboul (great playing CB) and Sandro.. Add a striker in the mould of Damiao, lukuka.. Game over..

  15. Great to see My Article has got your juices flowing, but Sorry Jim I don't agree with your slating my 80's belief? In fact you make it sound like the end of the world? Course your disappointed we all are, yet what I mean about the Spurs of e 80's when I was about 8 was simply this,,,
    I got to watch a team that made me want to g back for more, it was all I wanted to do go to the next game, yes we lost games but we won more, yes we played poor at times but played better in more, BUT the point I was making was this… With some more investment to either bring in more unknown players from around Europe or spend big on ready mares EITHER way some thin needs to happen.. W are close to getting it right but without investment we could be going backwards.

  16. Well I've been unfortunate to have followed Spurs for over 50 years, back then I thought winning trophies was normal. How wrong I have been. But every few years we manage to get a reasonable squad together, but unfortunately who ever owns the club at that time, can never see the wood for the trees, not more so than the past two seasons. We were nailed on to succeed it just needed the cash to go out there and get a couple of top class players instead we sold two. Spurs were rubbish against Wigan, It was a rubbish team that AVB put out, (probably driven by the late subs at MANC). but it had no width, Bale has to play as a striker because we don't have a proper one. Awful, we deserve to finish 6th. Now we getting the same old crap in the media about who we are gonna buy, in the end Bale will leave and we will get a few more last minute deals, but not before the Spurs supporters have parted with their hard earned cash to renew season tickets on the back of another load of promises. Time for Levy to quit, the owner to sell and attract a real heavyweight who wants to be a real winner.

  17. I pesonally really like avb. I think he needs time to build and put his stamp on the squad. I just get the impression with him, especially in the transfer windows, that he doesn’t push levy hard enough to make that key signing. Avb, no matter what people say, is lucky to be our manager. He got sacked from Chelsea and must of buzzing when levy gave him a bell regarding the spurs job. I don’t think our squad is weak but if you look at Man U over the years they have always had such great cover and that’s why they have suceeded. For avb to be a success at spurs he has to build a squad that has strength and depth, this is not an easy thing to do, far from it, but we can’t expect to achieve a top 2/3 finish or even challenge for the title if we don’t have reliable cover.

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