Where’s the evidence to say…we’re improving?

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For all the young Lilywhites out there that have been coerced convinced into supporting the club (like I was as a young lad) by older members of the family, let me give you a beginners guide into what to expect for the next ten or so years in backing a team like Spurs.

Expect a catalogue of managerial changes with our best talent being sold only for incompetent replacements to be purchased in their absence. Expect players to be played out of position, coaching staff to be changed every so often and the crow of every ‘new beginning’ to actually translate in real terms, as the fantasy of another false dawn. Hopes and expectations will be built on illegitimate grounds and ultimately you will be left wondering why you ever supported the club in the first place.

Our biggest enemy is our inner-me. At our core, we are simply too soft and let’s not play dumb, we always have been. Mental fragility and the inability to stand up against the tide in the midst of adversity has long been one of our greatest demerits.

This is why I reserved any overly optimistic predictions for what our new defensive acquisitions would do to shore up our porous back line. I heard a lot from people jumping on the bandwagon saying Alderweireld, Trippier (bless him, he hasn’t even played a game yet) and co would solidify our leaking of goals. Well, that bandwagon has certainly tipped over for we are still conceding goals we should not concede.

This rant stems from our bitterly depressing Stoke City draw. I am all for being positive trust me. I know it’s only two games into the season. But we have been here more times than the sand on the seashore and it becomes a grave concern when you begin to ponder if things will ever change at our club. To call us the nearly men would be a compliment. We have gone with youth and that is a path that looks promising because there is no doubting some of our kids really have talent. We need to stop living in fantasy and start questioning if they are talented…enough.

No pace, very little width and still carrying too many passengers (Lamela, we are looking at you). To expect and what you actually get are two different things. I have accepted the fact that we are nowhere near the media hype we are paraded to believe we possess. A top 6 finish for us would have to be deemed a monumental success. Forget what you think you know. The team is only as good as their produce on the pitch, for numbers like results do not lie. To those that say we have improved or showing signs of getting better…don’t make me laugh! On the evidence of what we have seen in recent months and in particular our first two games, we are a team that is generally stagnating its way into obscurity.

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  1. improvement………. last season results…..
    Spurs 1 – 2 Stoke City
    Man United 3 – 0 Spurs

    This Season……
    Man United 1 – 0 Spurs
    Spurs 2 – 2 Stoke City

    Thats is an improvement.

  2. Points from United (A), Stoke (H):

    Last season – 0
    This season – 1

    There have been improvements, you'd have to be blind to deny it. We were destroyed by United last season, this time we were the better side and conceded a very unfortunate goal. Against Stoke we were never in the game, this time we were pissing on them before tiredness and bad subs cost us the win. We still have a lot of work to do to improve our mentality but the performances in these first two matches were much better than in the same matches last season.

  3. The Man U performance was good apart from the unlucky own goal. You could see a better team performance but we lacked a cutting edge. Stoke we made bad subs and again the lack of striker to replace HK cost us dearly. We are not the finished article and a striker needs to be added and maybe another DMF. However the first 60 minutes against Stoke we played some great football and their keeper kept them in it for sure. I see improvement but it takes time to change a whole system and get the right personnel in to implement it. Let s give it time before we change manager yet again.

  4. Why is Pochettino seeking to lumber us with another non-scoring goalscorer (Saido Berahino)?

    Compare his goals record over the past four years with that of Charlie Austin, who is unaccountably disdained by the Pochettino-Mitchell-Levy axis.

    If Spurs sign this third-rate Jermaine Defoe from West Brom they will live long to regret it.

  5. Last season 53 goals against.

    At 1.5 goals against per game so far, 57 goals against this season.

    You can do similar maths for goals for.

    I believe it will improve significantly.

  6. I can’t believe all this doom and gloom.

    We played really well away at old trafford and were unlucky not to get something from the game.

    ok we threw away a 2 goal lead on sat but first half we were great, bossed possesion and scored a set piece (which we dont normally) and a really well worked goal by chadli.

    a needless penalty and a dodgy substitution were our downfall but to be fair to poch up until that point he prob thought we should be able to see out the game after controlling it so much up to that point. it is a young team and as long as we learn from our mistakes its really not the end of the world after 2 games.

    I am personally so happy that we are managing to move the ineffectual dead wood from our club and getting pretty decent money for them considering their contributions last season. (argument is we should have bought them in the first place) although we havent added significantly in terms of personnel, the squad places now open allow us to give our promising younger players a chance who will incidently be happier to rotate on occasion than senior players that arent playing every game contributing to a happier dressing room. We have kept our best players kane, eriksen + lloris, which is huge considering previous seasons where we lose our star players. We have sorted out our defence with some good signings which will hopefully gel into a decent defensive unit. The attacking side now , I dont think its totally bad leaving these signings so late – we have given a chance for all the teams that normally outbid us or steal our targets to pack their squads already so there is less chance of us losing out to them.

    in my opinion we just need to sell adebeyour 5m, lennon 6m, fazio 5m, townsend 12-15m and possibly lamela 15m

    + the money we have made so far

    then we should buy Berahino 20m; Bolasie 20m; Yarmolenko 10m; Embolo 14m; Bender/Kramer 15m

    Then we should rotate the team as we have 2 games a week and player the youngsters in the cup games

    COYS lets get behind Mo Po!

  7. I can't believe all this doom and gloom.

    We played really well away at old trafford and were unlucky not to get something from the game.

    ok we threw away a 2 goal lead on sat but first half we were great, bossed possesion and scored a set piece (which we dont normally) and a really well worked goal by chadli.

    a needless penalty and a dodgy substitution were our downfall but to be fair to poch up until that point he prob thought we should be able to see out the game after controlling it so much up to that point. it is a young team and as long as we learn from our mistakes its really not the end of the world after 2 games.

    I am personally so happy that we are managing to move the ineffectual dead wood from our club and getting pretty decent money for them considering their contributions last season. (argument is we should have bought them in the first place) although we havent added significantly in terms of personnel, the squad places now open allow us to give our promising younger players a chance who will incidently be happier to rotate on occasion than senior players that arent playing every game contributing to a happier dressing room. We have kept our best players kane, eriksen + lloris, which is huge considering previous seasons where we lose our star players. We have sorted out our defence with some good signings which will hopefully gel into a decent defensive unit. The attacking side now , I dont think its totally bad leaving these signings so late – we have given a chance for all the teams that normally outbid us or steal our targets to pack their squads already so there is less chance of us losing out to them.

    in my opinion we just need to sell adebeyour 5m, lennon 6m, fazio 5m, townsend 12-15m and possibly lamela 15m
    + the money we have made so far

    then we should buy Berahino 20m; Bolasie 20m; Yarmolenko 10m; Embolo 14m; Bender/Kramer 15m

    Then we should rotate the team as we have 2 games a week and player the youngsters in the cup games

    COYS lets get behind Mo Po!

  8. What do you expect? We have the 6th highest wage bill in the league, which points to the fact that 5th-6th place finish is our level. How many different teams have won the Premier League since its inception, only 5. These 5 clubs consistently paid the highest wages and therefore attracted the best players. We don't pay the highest wages and therefore we aint going to win the league, finishing 4th was an over-achievement. The new stadium will allow us to at least compete

    • That's utter nonsense to keep quoting those figures – a red herring. We're the only club in the PL to have a minus net spend over the last 10 years, that's a true reflection of our "ambition" – which is zero, we're just run as a commercial enterprise to make money for ENIC, and we certainly won't come close to filling that new stadium (if it's actually built) by continuing the gradual decline of the past 5-6 years.

      • That refrain that we are only a vehicle to make money I'd not borne out by the facts. All the profit we make has been re-invested back into the club. Your argument fails.

      • Gradual decline? How short is your memory? Remember mid table mediocrity in the 90's and early 2000's, George Flipping Graham in charge??? Our last 6 years league finishes 4th, 5th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 5th. The league tables would suggest that we have found our level. Yes we are run like a business, as all football clubs should be. Chelsea since Abramovic has been in charge have lost over £1billion, is that sustainable? We simply cannot compete with the top 4 due to either hugely rich benefactors or huge revenue streams. You saying we need to show ambition, is building the finest stadium in London not good enough for you?

  9. Come on we're Spurs supporters, ever the optimists, always beleiving that next season will be better. We can't be disappointed because we're never happy. And like the man said, you weren't co-erced into supporting The Spurs. There are loads of other teams if your not happy. For me, once a Yid always a Yid. All in all I am optimistic for this season, as I am every season. COYS.

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