So Far – Yet So NEAR Part 2 – 13th November 2013

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PART 2
Booooo – Booooo

That sound can be heard ringing out down at the Lane these days almost as often as “C’mon On You Spurs”
The last couple of seasons have certainly been a bit strange down there that’s for sure. I’ve always been proud the way our home support always sung at games, and the amount of noise that 36,000 people could generate was more than a match for anyone, yet over recent seasons somethings changed ? i don’t know if it’s a new type of fan that’s suddenly appeared on the scene and they think Boo-ing is actually a translation for “ohh When The Spurs” ? or that the modern-day fan has been taught a lesson in reverse psychology and that Boo-ing will actually give the players a nice little gentle tap on the backside thus enhancing their performance ? Or is it as some media types would have us believe that fans of Tottenham Hotspur have always been moaners ? Could it even be that the expectations of Spurs fans are just far to high and unrealistic ? Or simply put, is it that Spurs fans think our performances of late just aren’t good enough ??
Either way, you will NEVER hear me Boo, I did it once, and ONLY once. Back in the late 80’s, we wasn’t having a great time as a club.
David Pleat had inherited what was a very good team, and they played some truly great football yet we’d already started to lose true Spurs legends, TROPHY winning legends like Graham Roberts, Pleat didn’t like him so simply moved him on, Steve Perryman was now 35 so he moved too, yet in Pleats 1 and only full season 86-87 we finished 3rd in the League. We also lost in the Semi Final of the League Cup to the shit up the road, and of course lost to Coventry City 3-2 in the F.A Cup final. Clive Allen played as a loan striker and scored that incredible tally 49 Goals in 1 season.
Then in the summer of 87 we started losing more big players, like Clemence and Hoddle – amongst others, yet the season started really well and come the start of October we’d won 6 of our opening 10 games and was sat nicely in 3rd spot just behind Liverpool and QPR, now many many people all over the UK will remember October 1987 for one reason “The Great Storm” the huge scary powerful winds that came, ripping up massive oak trees all over the country, there were deaths, and the levels of destruction it brought have thankfully never been seen since, however i also remember it for another storm, as it was also the month arsenal fans came to White Hart Lane unfolding a huge banner, a mocked up version of the front page headline from The Sun involving David Pleat cars women and red lights. The story suggested “our” manager had been cautioned 3 times by Police for Kerb crawling and due to the nature of the story and the embarrassment it brought Pleat left the Club.
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Immediately things went from bad to worse, the team went into almost free fall. October saw us lose the 4 remaing games that month and November wasn’t any better, we hadn’t won a single game since Pleat left. Despite the hugely publicised and popular arrival of EL TEL from Barcelona at the end of November results still didn’t improve. Terry’s first game was against Liverpool at the Lane, a massive and excited crowd of over 47,000 people were there to see it yet we still lost 2-0, In fact We didn’t get our 1st win until 20th December away at Derby, a run of draws and defeats that started once Pleat left. Come the end of the season we had only picked up another 4 wins since Derby County and finished the season only 6 points above Chelsea who were relegated on 41 points.
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Now
You may be wondering why I’m telling you all this ? I’m building a picture, you see I had been very lucky during my early years supporting Spurs, as I’ve previously said in other pieces I’ve written (MEMORY White Hart Lane – 1980/81) https://themightyyids.wordpress.com/memory-white-hart-lane-1980-1984/ from 1980-81 up to 87 I’d regularly seen us win F.A Cups, a UEFA Cup and also compete at the very top end of the league, I’d seen some fantastic players and some great Spurs teams but the period towards the end of the 80’s was just awful, Terry Venables was without doubt one of the best man managers this Club has ever had but he’d now lost most of Pleats side through either age or just moving on, and most of the replacements that came in without being disrespectful just wasn’t of the same class, there was of course the odd exception – Gazza, but the quality and quantity of those players we’d lost in such a short time gave us no chance. However it was the following season when it happened, although our results were an improvement in the league than the previous season our actual performances weren’t brilliant in fact pretty awful, and going to Port Vale in the F.A Cup in the middle of winter had potential disaster written all over it, and yep it was just that. We were a goal down after only 15 minutes then 2 down before half time, Neil Ruddock pulled 1 back on about 65 minutes but to be honest we played terrible, ok the pitch was a shocker just mounds of mud everywhere but the bottom line was we were just awful, at the final whistle when the Vale fans invaded the pitch I just stood there behind the goal with the 1000’s of other Spurs many of who were Boo-ing, loads of Spurs fans did.

we’d gone from playing in the Cup Final the season before and playing some amazing football to being knocked out of the cup by lower league Port Vale and losing league games to un-fancied sides at the time like Norwich Derby Forest QPR Southampton and Villa, and even more to the point was our blinding football we’d been playing less than 12 months before was gone and we were struggling almost every week. At the final whistle it all got the better of me and as the players left the pitch I saw Paul Allen looking right in my direction as I was Boo-ing, I liked Paul Allen, he always gave 100% he was a real trier, it wasn’t his fault yet he saw me Boo-ing and on the journey home as bad as we’d played in that game and in many of the games before it I felt terrible, I felt guilty, that little Paul Allen who “always” tried his hardest saw me Boo-ing him.

I’ve “never” Booed our players since, and never will!

No matter how bad fans think our recent performances have been let me tell you it’s been “nothing” like that of the late 80’s OR the mid 90’s for that matter, when we truely had sod all to smile about.

I will however, moan about them, shout and scream, question some of their ability even their commitment, i’ll question and moan about the board and at times do the same about the manager and tactics, i’ll even write about them but like i said i’ll “never ever” Boo them again, yeah i agree with a lot of fans we’re not playing great football at the moment and I agree with people who say AVB’s high line tactics could be causing us problems going forward ? I also agree some of AVB’s selections have at times confused me and i agree that something’s still missing even after the excellent signings we’ve made, I agree that we’re in danger of missing out on a top four finish (again) if we can’t sort out our poor performances on the pitch, but having said all of that I still can’t understand why so-called SPURS FANS insist on Boo-ing ? I just don’t get how it’s meant to help lift a player who’s lacking in confidence ? And when the manager then publicly says the attitude of the crowd isn’t helping surely as “fans” we have to start taking notice ?
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and fingers crossed we “might” just have started to do that, during the League Cup game against Hull, the Europa game against Sheriff and then the League game against Newcastle the crowd really made an effort to get behind the team and the atmosphere was much much better in all 3 games, in fact you might even argue that our 2nd half performance on the pitch against Newcastle was one of our better ones, and who’s to say the players didn’t respond due to the improvement of the crowd ???

As a life long Spurs fan I’m absolutely adamant I’ve a right to question things but just because I might question the manager it “doesn’t” mean I want him sacked, just like it don’t mean I want Townsend subbed when he tries to take on one to many defenders instead of making the preferred pass, as fans we all have the right to moan when things aren’t going right but do just that “moan” don’t Boo, it offers the side nothing.

Now as I write this we’ve currently played 11 league games and sit 7th on 20 points, 5 points behind the idiots up the road, we all know about our lack of goals and can all say had we scored more we’d be right up there on top spot, and yeah there’s some element of truth in that, as having scored just 9 league goals we know it’s not good enough. Yet try to not be to concerned about that just yet because although the nomads have scored 22 goals and sit 1st City have scored a whopping 28 times 19 more than us but actually sit behind us in 8th, so as long as we can continue to stay stable at the back we’ve got half a chance. We’re still in the League Cup with a Qtr Final against West Ham and we’ve also just qualified for the knock out stages of the Europa League with games to spare.
I’m more concerned it’s our tactics stopping us scoring at the moment rather than the ability of the players. Our high line has helped us to push sides back but it’s equally then congested the areas we’d normally look to run into or slip a pass through. If we can just drop back 15 or 20 yards it would then give the likes of Eriksen Sigurdsson Lamela Townsend and Lennon the space they need in order to then find for Soldado to run into, that’s his game, he runs onto a pass and hits first time, he doesn’t like playing with his back to goal or having to trap a pass, its first time BANG! So if AVB can play a little deeper it’ll creat more space for our attacking players, and I’m sure not only will our performance improve but the goals will come thick and fast too, and once again our Season So Far – Could Again Be So NEAR!!

COYS


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Season So Far – Yet So NEAR – 5th November

Before I get down to business I just wanted to apologise for the long lay off between articles (family illnesses) and as there is now some catching up to do I have decided to split this next piece into 2 parts.

PART 1
The Signings

So, many games have been played since I last wrote back on the 19th of August, some good some bad and some just ugly, and our summer signings have given us plenty to talk about too.
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PAULINHO has in my opinion settled the quickest having already shown his class, always wants the ball and has already found the net, I’m convinced he’ll just get stronger better and will score a few more too, he’s a great singing.
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SOLDADO’S had a bit of a mixed bag so far, scoring 6 times in the 11 games he’s started is a fantastic return, although a lot has been made from the fact most have come from the penalty spot, that doesn’t actually bother me though simply down to this reason, he isn’t getting any goal scoring chances, week after week after week he’s been trying to live of scraps, during 90 minutes of football he’s been feed nothing yet he still has the balls the coolness and most importantly the belief to step up and slot 1 away, and that for me shows he has what it takes to make it in this league, he could easily have lost his confidence and disappeared up his own backside but he hasn’t, he’s just doing what top top strikers do, he knows the pass will come – eventually, but in the meantime he’s staying calm staying alert and finishing from the spot when it matters.
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CAPOUE’S been a real surprise for me, although he only managed a few games before his injury he showed plenty of what he’s about, I knew nothing about him before he signed but in the 20 or so minutes he played at Palace he stood out, and in the following 2 or 3 games he did again, I can see why his nick names The Tank, he’s full of running, breaking opponents down, he gets stuck in and has ability on the ball too, I’ll be honest and say i cant wait for a full season of The Beast and the The Tank side by side, it’ll be like watching a Hollywood blockbuster Iron man or The Hulk, NO more like The Avengers!
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CHADLI I’m not so sure about (yet) he’s got plenty of tricks but I think he’s a little light weight and surprised by the intensity of Premier League football at the moment, He’s the tallest of our new signings and does have some muscle but it’s the strength to go with it that he’s missing, I also think he needs to add some aggression to his game in order to get down the flanks, Bale was lightweight when he came but added plenty of muscle to his frame, got stronger and stronger then just ripped everyone apart “Taxi for Micon” and I think Chadli has to look to do the same otherwise sadly I don’t think we’ll see much of him.
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ERIK LAMELA’S another I didn’t really know much about apart from the YouTube clips I watched, but he too could be in danger of being left behind, he’s also very lightweight, very slight, but funny enough I don’t think it’s his size that will be a problem, from what I’ve seen and heard he has mountains of skill, both feet, quick thinking, can run in and out of players, drift and can leave them trailing he can also spot a pass a mile away.

When the Scum fans took to twitter moaning “i can’t believe Spurs signed Lamela” you knew he had to be good, yet his problem will be his confidence, he’s gonna take time to settle, unlike most of the others he hasn’t any fellow countryman to help him adjust, from what I understand his English is almost nil, I just get yet he impression he’s gonna need some help, I’d get Ossie in 2 or 3 times a week to help and work with him and when “When” he’s adjusted he’ll set the Premier alight just like little Juninho did for Middlesbrough all those years ago and he’ll be one to help find Soldado. Give him time give him the GAMES and he could be our new Gazza.
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ERIKSEN what a signing he was, everyone and his dog was after him but we got the signature, although he’s still quit young it feels he’s been around for a long time, at 21 he’s got bundles of experience, he played 113 times for Ajax, played every level for Denmark at under 17s 18s 19s 21s and has now played 41 times for the Full national side, he’s great vision the lightest of touches and can score from range, however AVB needs to let him go too, so far out of his 10 appearances he’s been subbed in 4 and completed just 6, in my opinion he’s another of them players you just let him go, get on and do your stuff son, he’s another man to find Soldado.
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VLAD CHIRICES has impressed me already, he’s one of those players that could be at the club for ever and with a name like Vlad you know he’s got cult status written all over him, he’s like a Micky D you know exactly what you’re getting them moment he steps on the pitch, you know the minimum he’s gonna give is 100%, he’ll dive in front of everything to try to stop a shot going in and just as pleasing he’s accurate with his passing too.

All in all I think the summer signings have been very good and in the main I’m very happy with them, add them to what is already a decent squad and the long-term injury returnees Sandro and big Younes and hopefully a more consistent Danny Rose at left back surely on paper this team can’t be that far away from success ? Yet to be honest some of our performances have been shockers, the scum away i thought we was gutless, West Ham a home completely na├»ve Sheriff away very open and very dodgy and Everton at the weekend in the 2nd half just dull and void of ideas, but, and a very big BUT we’re going through a lot of changes and it will take a bit more time to get it completely right. As for the new 7 would be it too much to expect all to have hit the ground running and to become instant Tottenham greats ? Of course it would, yet on the other hand Law of averages would suggest they can’t all make it either and 1 or 2 could fall by the wayside not given the full-time and support needed, of course i hope they all go on to become legends, because if they did it could well mean we went on to win a trophy or two? But as ever only time will tell!

COYS

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