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      08.07.2007 04:55
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      Come on Tottenham

      Introduction:
      Before the upcoming Season, i thought i would mention the players that i think could be key, possible signings and the general team. Tottenham fans expect a lot, and the thinking that we may actually do something (which happens every year) may actually be true. Tottenham have made some great signings in the transfer window, and with Arsenal losing Henry, tottenham could pip them to that Elusive fourth spot.
      Tottenham had great runs in all cups last year, and they should better there performances this year, with the signings we have brought in.

      Key Players:

      Dimitar Berbatov:
      He was hugely influential last year, and really helped our campaigns in the cup competitions, he was lethal in front of goal, and also helped a lot by assisting his fellow strike partner (normally Robbie Keane). He was voted in the Team of the season and he would easily walk into any other premiership strike team.

      Jermain Jenas:
      He is a greatly under-rated player, and contributes to the team a lot with out doing too much, hes a great passer of the ball and he does score a few as well. Last year tottenham went through a rough patch of form, which coincided with Jermain Jenas' Absence. A very important player for tottenham and one, they need to make sure they keep.

      Ledley King:
      One of the best defenders in the premiership and a player, tottenham missed a lot during his spell off the pitch with injury. I think part of Tottenhams bad form last season was also due to missing Ledley, when he is in the defence, he provides much needed stability and has formed a great partnership with, fellow englishmen Michael Dawson.

      New Signings:

      Darren Bent:
      The £16.5 Million signing from Charlton, a goal poacher with great pace and great goal scoring ability, Some people think Tottenham paid too much for Darren Bent, but i personally think he will be worth alot more in a few years time and also think he could form a superb partnership with Berbatov. He also isnt purely in football for the money as he showed by turning down west ham and £75,000 a week to join tottenham and recieve only 40 or 50 thousand. This continues tottenhams method of buying young British talent.

      Gareth Bale:
      The young Left back from wales, cost £5 million which will eventually rise to £10 million from Southampton. The left back position was a position tottenham had struggled to fill with a quality player every week. Gareth bale should supply this, He is a great defender and has an awesome freekick aswell. Overall a great signing, even for £10million and to get him over Man Utd who were also interested is brilliant.

      Possible Signings:
      Tottenham have been linked with nearly every player in the world, on an un-official tottenham website they collect all the rumours from newspapers and tv and Tottenham have been linked with everyone, and some are just ridiculous but there are a few that could happen and some that i would like to happen.

      Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn Rovers):
      He would solve our left side problems, and for the reported asking price of only £10million, i think that would be a great signing and would make tottenham really strong in nearly all positions.

      Curtis Davies (West Bromwich Albion):
      Another central defender who we are linked with very reguarly, Tottenham have recently bought French Under 21 Player Younes Kaboul who plays center defence and for the reported 8-10million West Brom want, i dont think Tottenham need to add another defender to our squad.

      Overall Strength:

      Goalkeeper:
      Paul Robinson had some shaky moments last year, and was scrutinised by the press and the fans. I still rate him as one of the top goalkeepers in england, and his shot stopping is brilliant. I think if he can get a little more confidence back then tottenham will be sorted in goal. We also have two very good reserve goalkeepers in Radek Cerny (one of the best number two goalies in the premiership) and Ben Alnwick, a very good young player from sunderland.

      Defence:
      With the signing of Gareth Bale, Tottenham have one of the strongest back fours in the premiership. Chimbonda, Dawson, King, Bale. If everyone is fit, tottenham should vastly improve on there defensive record of last season, we also have some great back up defenders in Stalteri, Lee and Assou Ekotto.

      Midfield:
      Most of our midfield is very strong, it is only let down by the left wing, we dont have a natural left winger, so steedmalbranque and Aaron Lennon had to play there last year and although they both did a good job, we need a natural left footed player to play there, but apart from the left wing, we are very strong with Lennon, Jenas, Zokora. we also have some great reserve players in midfield aswell with the likes of Huddlestone, Routledge and Tainio.

      Attack:
      Tottenham have arguably one of the best strike forces in the premiership. Dimitar Berbatov was unstoppable last season and hopefully he can repeat it this year. We have the new signing of Darren Bent, who scored plenty of goals last season for a team that eventually got relegated. Jermain Defoe who is a goal scoring machine when he is on form but its whther we can keep him at spurs. Robbie Keane had a brilliant season last season and worked tremendously well with Berbatov. and finally you have Mido who is a great target man, but with five strikers at the club and him beign 5th choice, it doesnt look like he will stay.
      Bent, Berbatov, Keane, Defoe, Mido - there isnt many strike forces better than that.

      Prediction for the upcoming season:
      4th, but tottenham will not be too far away from 3rd while arsenal will sink to 5th. and Martin Jols favoured strike partner ship will be Berbatov and Bent.

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        23.12.2004 14:04
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        ~Introduction~

        I thought that as Tottenham are on a fine run of form at present, I would comment on a few of the players who are the driving force behind the resurgence in form. The departure of Jacques Santini, who has been replaced by the Dutch coach Martin Jol, has developed into a positive situation for Spurs. There seems to have been changes in the way the side plays and the confidence that they seem to have. I have been to the Liverpool and Southampton matches and watched a couple more on the television. There is a clear improvement and the run of results is clearly showing that.


        ~Confidence~

        It seems that Martin Jol is allowing his players to open up and just enjoy their football. The whole team seems far more confident when defending; there is none of the shaky or rash decision making that used to go on. Jacques Santini was far too strict, limiting much of the attacking football that should have been played, by concentrating on defending. It isn't uncommon to see the wing backs getting forward and even Ledley King making surging runs through the midfield. There are two players that really stand out at the moment. The first is Timothee Atouba, who against Southampton performed cheeky step-overs and the like in front of his goal and made a mockery out of the Saints forwards. The second player is a certain Michael Carrick, a player who was frozen out by Santini for whatever reason. Martin Jol has come in and put Carrick straight in the team. In the Southampton game, he was responsible for two or three of the goals and in other games has bossed the centre of midfield. He seems to be settling down and should get better and better.


        ~The Jol Factor~

        I have read a lot of articles and heard Mr Jol speak an awful lot, since he took the hot seat at the Lane. I have formed a very positive opinion of the man, he seems like a very nice person, a good communicator and most of all a man that the players respect. He is not afraid to launch a savage verbal attack on any of his squad, highlighted by his outburst after Fredi Kanoute handled in the penalty area. As far as praise goes, he appreciates a good performance by his players, but concentrates on the team as a whole. He has a new motto at the moment, 'Lets get out there and do the business'. This is perfect and if the whole team thinks along those lines then Spurs could go places this season or in the future.


        ~Unsung Hero~

        There is one particular player, who has come on quite considerably in the past few months. That player is Michael Brown, singed from Sheffield United but has never made a real impact until now. He works tirelessly throughout the 90 minutes, making vital tackles and getting into space as the team attacks. The away matches at Blackburn and Manchester City were two games in which he was a key player. Against Blackburn, he ran 60 yards of the pitch to square the ball for Robbie Keane’s winner and against Man City he had a great game. It seems that he has found his feet and is starting to settle down. I think there is a lot more to come from him and the attitude that he shows is fantastic.


        ~Flop Player~

        The one player that I have been disappointed with so far, is Miguel Pedro Mendes. The player was hyped up as being the solution to our central midfield problems, having that vital creative spark. I have yet to see any evidence of this, there is nothing to suggest that he is a world class playmaker. The ball control is very shaky at times and apart from the odd couple, his passing is pretty wayward. As far as tackling goes, he isn't too bad and he does have a little confidence about him which is very reassuring at times. I can't see him staying at Tottenham for much longer, with Carrick and Brown doing so well and Sean Davis due back in January.


        ~Star Man~

        There is one man who you just simply can't take your eyes off for one second. The man had a part in four of the five goals against Southampton and has nine Premiership goals to his name this season. There are also another three or four in the League Cup too. That man is of course Jermain Defoe. Whenever he picks up the ball, you know that something will happen. He will seldom waste possession even it means having a rather hopeful shot on goal that is an easy for the goalkeeper. I think he is capable of getting another 10-12 goals this season and with Keane and Kanoute doing their bit the strike force is fairly potent. Sven was at the last game and I hope that Defoe's hat-trick will earn him a starting place alongside Wayne Rooney for England.


        ~Conclusion~

        The vast majority of players at Tottenham, are able to fulfil their potential under Martin Jol because he just gives them that extra edge. There is something about the man that makes the players want to do their best. I do believe that is the side has a bad result, they will be able to snap out of it much faster than previously when Santini was the boss. The players are performing well, but there is still a lot more to come from them in the future. I think they can give another 15-20% and really start to like a top six side.


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          24.02.2002 01:35
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          GARY WINSTON LINEKER D.O.B 30/11/1960 International caps 80 goals 48 Lineker was England's second highest goal-scorer of all time and is now a successful tv personality lineker fell one short of bobby charlton record of 49 goals.He made a name for himself in 1986 world cup,when he finished top scorer in the tournament with six goals scorer.he then moved to barcelona No other player has been the leading goal scorer for 3 First Division clubs (Leicester, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur) no Englishman has surpassed his ten goals in World Cup Finals. He was twice voted Footballer of the Year (1986, 1992) and was an FA Cup winner in 1991.and now after he retired he has become a famous tv personality doing (walkers adds and they think it's all over)

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            09.11.2001 04:12
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            Lo and behold, just as World Cup qualification is achieved and it's coming up to time for announcing squads to play in the said tournament and who should turn up to vie for a place but Sicknote? Darren Anderton of Spurs for the uninitiated, who has just found his way back into Sven Goran Eriksson's thinking as he announces a squad for the friendly on Saturday against Sweden. Four years ago, as Glenn Hoddle prepared for an assault on France 98, there was a similar situation as Anderton, for long the victim of injury was recalled to the squad and went to the tournament considered as a fringe player. As it was, Anderton was drafted straight into the starting line up, as a right wing back, unseating David Beckham who had seemingly been Hoddle's man, having played in most if not all of the manager's previous matches in charge. Beckham was relegated to the subs and took the demotion badly. He was brought from the bench and pulled the cat out of the bag when he came on, scoring one wonderful free kick against Colombia, but fell foul of his temper tantrums against Argentina, which for some time clouded his credentials. It's unlikely now that Sicknote will be considered for Beckham's right hand sided role, because the performances this season of the England captain have elevated him to new heights, and it is more likely that Eriksson's thinking includes Sicknote as a potential answer to the intractable problems on the left hand side of England's midfield. In recent months, the Swede has tinkered with Emile Heskey, Nicky Barmby, Owen Hargreaves and (perish the thought) Steve McManaman in the role, but none have really shown themselves as being up to the mark. Rumour has it that McManaman was excluded this time at the request of Real Madrid, but hopefully he may be dropping out of Eriksson's thinking for good, because his displays when he has got into the international side have been absolutely dire and
            directionless with little in the way of end product other than lost possession. McManaman peaked for England in Euro 96 when he was one of the players of the tournament but never before or since has he made a significant contribution, all form and little of any substance. Say no more on that subject, or I'll only get worked up. Heskey when he has played on the left has looked like a cumbersome target man who commits too many fouls and if he is to play must figure in the middle up front. Owen Hargreaves after much hyping of his fledgling Bayern Munich career looked hopelessly out of his league when he forced his way into the side. Barmby looks to be the safest bet at the moment and has made the biggest contribution of all the candidates, although he is injured at the moment, so is dependent on a return to full fitness. My own preference would be for Leeds' combative midfielder Lee Bowyer, although he is now injured and has the little matter of a court case hanging over him, even assuming that he could switch to a left sided role, as most of his football for Leeds has been on the right flank and most of his leaning is for a central role. Now given all that, one can understood why the perpetually underachieving Anderton was elevated back into the squad. He is undoubtedly a class act and would have got many more caps but for his proneness to injury. He has had a strong season so far for an improving Spurs side and remained relatively injury free, so all the signs thus far are good. Glenn Hoddle's willingness to allow Anderton a flexible roving role at White Hart Lane, however, may be what damages his chances, because he would have to compete with Beckham, Scholes and Gerrard for that privilege and Sicknote's real opportunity lies in hugging the left touchline. Unfortunately, that is where he is least effective, with the least chance of any major involvement in the shaping of a
            game's outcome. He is not yer typical winger, relying instead for the same sort of role as Beckham, cutting in and playing the telling pass rather than beating the full back and pulling over a telling cross. Much will depend on whether Anderton makes an impact against Sweden. He is likely to figure at some point as Eriksson experiments with his players. Sicknote's a nice guy with potential, but has too much of the McManaman about him for me. He is not a player I would look to to inspire a fightback if England fell behind - Beckham and Gerrard are, while Scholes is more dangerous.

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              Tottenham Hotspurs are a completely different team this season after the introduction of Glenn Hoddle as manager. The team are now playing attractive football and there defence has also tightened up. I can see the club grabbing one of the European spots this season and also maybe getting to a major domestic final like the FA Cup. The turn around has partly been down to the players that Glenn has brought in over the summer. Here is a brief run down of the players who have made a difference. 1.) Teddy Sheringham - This is probably Glenn's best buy. Teddy won lots of awards last season whilst playing for Manchester United but due to competition for places he was not assured a starting place at the club. Tottenham jumped in and what a buy it proved to be. Teddy is not your usual centre forward as he plays just behind the front men and links play. Teddy is also very good in the air and normally gets around 15+ goals a season. As was seen against Greece Teddy is still a world class player and still has a few good season ahead of him. Sometimes his off the field behaviour gets in the way but he seems to have got better the past couple of seasons. 2.) Christian Ziege - Tottenham purchased the German defender / midfielder from Liverpool after a disappointing season at Anfield. The German international is more of an attacking player as can be seen from his goals already this season. Ziege is one of the main players at Tottenham this season. All the passing moves go through him and he is responsible for corners and throw ins. He has a massive throw which is another weapon that Tottenhame will use through the season. 3.) Gus Poyet - Tottenham grabbed Poyet from London rivals Chelsea for a fee over 1 million. Poyet has very good spell at Stanford Bridge but he could see that this season he would not start many games. Tottenham were keen and Poyet has been a regular starter under hoddle. Poyet is a great passer and always gives 100%. Sometimes his t
              emper gets in the way but he hasnt been too bad this season so far. Poyets main strength his is goal scoring ability. He has been on the score sheet several times this season already and looks like a bargain buy. 4.) Dean Richards - Richards is Hoddles latest purchase at Whitehart lane and is the most expensive as well. Richards arrived from Southampton last month and has been an ever present so far. He is strong in the air and tackles well. He is an ideal replacement for Sol Campbell. As can be seen Hoddle has strengthened the club in all the main positions. Add to that the players he already has like Anderton, Ferdinand, Perry and Sullivan. It looks like Tottenham have a very bright future in front of them.

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                Tottenham have got quite a lot of young decent players, as well as a few experienced ones and overall, the squad is quite good. Tottenham could do with signing 1 or 2 really good defenders though, because that is the area that could be a problem this season. Below is my opinion of their best 11: Goalkeeper – Neil Sullivan Neil Sullivan joined Tottenham last summer and he went straight into the No. 1 goalkeeping spot at the club. This frustrated former Tottenham goalkeeper Ian Walker and he was constantly saying he was happy that he hadn’t been given a chance. Anyway, Walker is now at Leicester and Sullivan finished as the clubs player of the season. This was an amazing achievement in his first season at the club. He is a great goalkeeper and a really good shot stopper. Right Back – Stephen Carr Stephen Carr is n my opinion, Tottenham’s best player. He has improved every season, since becoming a regular in the team and I reckon he will continue to get better, as long as he is fit and playing for the club. He is a great player, although not very strong, and he likes to get forward. He has scored quite a few times in his Tottenham career, and most of his goals have been spectacular goals. He has got an impressive strike on him and hopefully, he’ll be back in the side soon as he is recovering from an injury. Centre Back – Gary Doherty Gary Doherty is a really good player. He can play as a striker or in defence. He mainly plays in defence but has had to play as a striker a few times over the past year as a Tottenham player. He scored a few goals for them last season, but all of them were as a defender. He is quite strong and a good tackler. I think he could become a really good player over the next few years. Centre Back – Ledley King Ledley King is a young player, but he is another who is still improving. He played quite a lot of times last season for Totten
                ham as they had quite a few players injured during the season. But this season, he has shown that he is a first team player. He has been Tottenham’s best player in their opening 3 games. He is a really good player who can also play in midfield. Last season, King scored the fastest ever goal in the premiership when he scored after only 10 seconds in the 3-3 draw at Bradford City. Left Back – Goran Bunjevcevic This is Goran’s first season in the premiership after Tottenham signed him in the summer for a fee of about 1.6 million pounds. He has shown that he is a good player who likes to have a few runs with the ball. He is fairly skilful and a good tackler, but he wasn’t bought to replace Sol Campbell. I would play him on the left side of the defence as he ahs a good foot and there isn’t really anyone else who is better than him in this position. If Tottenham played a 3-5-2 formation, I would move him into the centre of defence with King and Doherty, and have Carr and Ziege playing as the wingbacks. Right Midfielder – Stephen Iversen You may wonder why I have put Iversen in this position, seeing as he is a striker. This is because I think Rebrov and Sheringham are better strikers, but I think Iversen is too good a player to leave out of the side. He has got pace and a good right foot and so this position could soot him, if he was played here. He is a good player and he can score goals. He has finished as the club’s top scorer twice in the past 3 years, but both times, he didn’t reach the 20-goal mark and I think Tottenham need a player who is capable of doing this. Centre Midfielder – Darren Anderton Darren Anderton is a really good player, but he has been injured for long periods and has not played as many games as he would have liked to, over the past few years. He signed a new deal towards the beginning of the summer, which was really good news for the club.
                Anderton is a fan favourite and he plays better as he plays more matches for the club. But once he gets injured, it is as though he has to start again and work his way back up to his best. Anderton has played in all of Tottenham’s opening 3 games, which is a good sign so far and hopefully, he won’t get injured and will play most of their matches this season. He has also already scored a goal for the club this season. Centre Midfielder – Gustavo Poyet Gustavo Poyet signed for Tottenham in the summer, from London rivals Chelsea, in a deal worth around 2.25 million pounds. Although he is in his 30’s, I still rate him as an excellent midfielder and one that can help Tottenham have a really good season. He is a player who likes to get forward and score goals; so hopefully, he will do this for Tottenham. Poyet has already been sent off in one of his Tottenham games, and this was his first sending off ever in the premiership. He was dismissed in the game at Everton, along with Doherty and sadly for Poyet, he is banned for 3 matches and will miss the home game with Chelsea. Left Midfielder – Christian Ziege Christian Ziege is another player who signed for Tottenham in the summer. He signed from Liverpool for about 4 million pounds. I think he is a really good player and he ahs got a good left foot on him. He is a good passer and quite a good finisher, although he doesn’t really like tackling that much. I think he can help Tottenham out this season, as they needed a player who can play on the left side of midfield, and this is Ziege’s best position. Hopefully, he will play his best for them, but he is a player who sometimes doesn’t give his best. Striker – Sergei Rebrov Sergei Rebrov signed for Tottenham last summer for a club record 11 million pounds. He is a quality striker and very skilful. He is an intelligent thinker and I think he will form a great partnership wi
                th Sheringham, once they play together. He didn’t have a good start for them last season, as he wasn’t scoring much. He finished the season as the club’s top scorer, but he only scored 13 goals, which said a lot about Tottenham’s scoring record. Hopefully this season will see him score a lot more and help Tottenham achieve good things. Striker – Teddy Sheringham Teddy Sheringham signed for Tottenham in the summer from Man United, on a free transfer. He is a quality player, although he is another player in his 30’s. Last season saw him score 20|+ goals for Man United. Sheringham has such a good season that he was voted player of the season, which was a great achievement for the 35 year old. I just hope he can score at least 20 goals for Tottenham this season. He used to play for them, before he joined Man United in 1996 in a 2.5 million pound deal. Many Tottenham fans were devastated by this news, but now he is back and hopefully he can play like he used to for the club.

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                In my opinion, Tottenham should do better than what they did last season in the premiership and I also reckon that they will have some good cup runs. They have got a new manager for the beginning of the season in Glenn Hoddle and they have also signed a few decent players over the summer. Tottenham did lose one of their best players, probably their best actually, when Sol Campbell joined our archrivals Arsenal. But I do not think that this will cause a problem as Tottenham have also got many young players in their squad who are fairly experienced as they played a lot last season. Below is a rundown through the main Tottenham players and I will also say which players I reckon should be in Hoddle's first 11. Neil Sullivan Neil Sullivan is currently Tottenham's No. 1 goalkeeper, as well as being the Scottish No. 1 goalkeeper. He is about 30 years old but he is still a great player and a great shot stopper. He was signed by Tottenham on a Free Transfer from Wimbledon, last summer, and he was voted player of the year for Tottenham last season, which was a great achievement for him in his first season at the club. Stephen Carr Stephen Carr is one of the best right wing backs in Britain and this isn't a surprise because he has been playing some excellent football for both club and country over the past few years. He has always played for Tottenham and although he has said that he might have to move clubs if he wants to achieve things, I reckon that he will stay at the club for at least a few more years as he loves the club. He will be a definite first team regular this season, if he stays injury free. He is also a player who can score some amazing goals. Ledley King Last season, he came in and played many games and I think he did a great job. He is supposed to be a defender but he played in midfield for most of last season and he in fact scored the quickest ever goal in the premiership, when he scored agains
                t Bradford City after only 10 seconds. The final score was 3-3. Another young player who I feel will feature a lot again next season. This season has seen Ledley King show that he could become a better player than Sol Campbell. He is quick, a good tackler and passer, and he can score goals. I think he could form a good partnership with new signing Dean Richards, and Doherty, when he gets back from injury. Dean Richards Dean Richards has recently signed for Tottenham, from Southampton in a deal worth around 8.5 million pounds. He was a player that Southampton really wanted to keep at the club, but he wanted to leave and link up with former boss of Southampton, Glenn Hoddle. Richards is a great defender and many say he is now playing the best football of his career, which is good for Tottenham as they look to show people what they can do and work there way back to being one of the best teams in England. Richards even scored on his debut for Tottenham, but the goal wasn’t good enough as Tottenham, who were 3-0 up at half time, lost 5-3 to Man United. He is a great buy for Tottenham and hopefully, he will help the club have a good season. Gary Doherty Last season, Gary Doherty had to play in defence and as a striker in quite a few games because of the injury problems Tottenham had. He played as a striker for a few games and did quite well, but he didn't score. He was then put in defence and he scored 3 goals in his first 2 games, which was quite surprising. He can play in both positions but Glenn Hoddle has said that he wants Doherty to play in defence because he thinks it is his best position and I agree. Christian Ziege Christian Ziege has not quite joined Tottenham although about 95% of the deal has been done with Liverpool. He should be a Tottenham player within the next few days and so this is why I have decided to gamble with him and say that he is a Tottenham player. He is a left footed player and this is what T
                ottenham have needed for a few years now. Hoddle wants him to play on the left side of midfield and I think this will do a lot of good for the club, as Tottenham might be able to score more goals form the left side. He is about 30 years old but he is an experienced player and will bring some quality to the side. So far, Ziege has scored 4 goals for Tottenham, all coming in the premiership and he is currently the team’s leading goal scorer. Simon Davies Simon Davies is a very good player and another young one too. He scored a few goals for the club last season and he showed that he ahs got a lot of potential and I feel he will do very well at Tottenham. He scored 2 great goals in the F.A Cup 4th Round against Stockport and from then onwards, he always played at his best for us. He is a player that could get into the first team, especially if there are any injuries to first team players. Darren Anderton Darren Anderton, known to many as 'sick note', is a great player, but he has been unable to show his ability over the past few years as he has been injured for many long periods of time. Before he was getting injured a lot, he was playing some excellent football but it had been said he was going to leave the club this summer. But luckily, he has signed a new deal and hopefully, he can be fit for most of next season and help Tottenham do a lot better than what they have been doing recently. Gustavo Poyet Gustavo Poyet is a new summer signing by Glenn and I think he will be a great asset to the squad as he is an experienced player who is still very good. He is an attacking midfield sort of player and I think that he will score quite a few goals this season. In his first game for the club, a friendly, he scored a hat trick and hopefully, he can do this a few times in the premiership. Teddy Sheringham Teddy Sheringham is back at the club he left 5 years ago, after signing on a free transfer from Man Uni
                ted. He is 33 years old but that didn't stop him from being the player of the year last season and so hopefully he can do as well as he did for United, with Tottenham. When he last played for Tottenham, all of the fans loved him as he was a great player at the club and he was scoring quite a few goals. The Tottenham fans will want to see him score many goals for the club again as well as be the provider of many goals for the club. Teddy Sheringham has come back to Tottenham and already showed that he will do well for the club, even at the age of 35. He has scored 3 more goals since re-joining the club, which means he has now scored more than 100 goals for Tottenham. Sergei Rebrov Sergei Rebrov became the most expensive player at Tottenham last season when he signed for the club in an 11 million pound deal. He is a really good player but he wasn't at his best for much of last season and so hopefully he will show the Tottenham fans what he is really capable of this season. He is quite small but he is a very skilful player and he can also score many goals. I think if Heddle has Rebrov and Sheringham upfront together, they will be able to cause a lot of damage to other teams as think they can form a great partnership. It had been said that Rebrov wanted to quit the club, but Rebrov cleared things up by saying he loves playing for Tottenham! --------------------------------------------------------------- Hans Segers He is Tottenham goalkeeping coach, but I honestly do not rate him that much. He used to be an OK player but he has never been one to impress me. Hopefully Tottenham will not get injuries to goalkeepers who are higher up in the order list than him because I do not rally want to see him in goal for us. Ben Thatcher Signed from Wimbledon last year for 5 million pounds but failed to make an impact last season as he was injured most of the way through it. He is quite a good player but I do not think he wi
                ll be able to get in the first 11 as there are players in the squad, who play in his position, that are better than him. Chris Perry Chris Perry signed for Tottenham a few season ago from Wimbledon, for a fee of around 5 million pounds. He is a very reliable defender but he has been known to make some mistakes in games, allowing the opposition to score goals from them. Anyway, I think he will be at the heart of the Tottenham defence this season and hopefully he will not make stupid mistakes. Goran Bunjevcevic Goran Bunjevcevic is a new signing from Read Star and he has been signed for a fee of around 2 million pounds. He is supposed to be a good tackler, as well as being a good passer of the ball and I think this could help Tottenham to build up attacks from their defence because if he gets the ball and can play some decent passes to team players, Tottenham could score a few goals from it. Alton Thelwell Alton Thelwell played in quite a few games last season, but when some of the injured players came back, he was put on the bench for most of the games. He is another young defender who I feel will do very well for the club in the future and he will also be seen quite a bit this season. He is quite strong and has also got pace, which can be helpful. Anthony Gardener Anthony Gardener was said to be the new 'Sol Campbell' but although he is a young and decent player, I do not think he will ever be as good as Campbell. He is quite tall and is also a good tackler, but sometimes his passing can let the team down and he often makes little mistakes. Mauricio Taricco I do not think that he played in any games last season, he might have played in a few, but this was because he was injured for basically the whole season. He signed for us from Ipswich Town a few years ago, and he looked like a decent player then. But I reckon that Tottenham have got quite a few players who play in his po
                sition and who are better than him. He could be a player who will be sold by the club if he does not play much football. Stephen Clemence He got himself into the first team last season and did very well for the club, although he made a few errors too. He is another young English player that the team have got and he is well known because his father, Ray Clemence, played in goal for Tottenham, quite a long time ago. He has got pace and is a good passer of the ball. Another player who will feature quite often this season. Matthew Etherington He is another young player in the Spurs squad, but he did not play many games for us last season, even though he did not have many injury problems. Quite a decent player, but he will need to work hard if he wants to get to the stage where the other young players are. Simon Davies Simon Davies is a very good player and another young one too. He scored a few goals for the club last season and he showed that he ahs got a lot of potential and I feel he will do very well at Tottenham. He scored 2 great goals in the F.A Cup 4th Round against Stockport and from then onwards, he always played at his best for us. He is a player that could get into the first team, especially if there are any injuries to first team players. Steffen Freund The German has had a few frustrating years at the club as he only scored his first ever goal for Tottenham in a friendly last Saturday. I honestly do not rate the player although I do think he is a helpful squad member because he seems to encourage other players and he knows what is going on. He said he want regular football or he may leave, but I do not think too many Tottenham fans will care about his decision, unless he starts to perform well at the club. Tim Sherwood Tim Sherwood is an experienced midfielder but I honestly do not see him getting into the first team next season. He has been a very good player for Tottenham since he
                joined from Blackburn quite a few years ago. He is a good tackler and passer of the ball, but I feel he never gives 100% every time he plays in a game. He is a player that will probably leave the club soon, unless he plays often for the club. Oyvind Leonhardsen He scored quite a few goals for the club last season but he was also injured quite a lot. He is a decent player with a lot of speed and I will definitely be in the first team or a sub. I reckon that there are other players better than him though so he will have to fight hard to get into the first team. Les Ferdinand Les Ferdinand was Tottenham's leading premiership scorer last season., but I really cannot see him being in the first 11, unless either Rebrov or Sheringham is injured. He is another player who is in his thirties and so he does not have many years left, probably 2 or 3 at the most. Les is a great player and it will be sad when he retires. Steffen Iversen Steffen Iversen is a striker and apart form last season, he had been the leading goal scorer for Tottenham for a few season running. He was injured a lot last season and so I think he only scored about 4 goals for the club. AS I said, he is a striker but I reckon that Glenn Hoddle should play him on the right side of midfield and then play Sheringham and Rebrov upfront. Iversen is a great player when at his best and so he should be in Hoddle's first 11. Willem Korsten Korsten had to play upfront last season for Tottenham in quite a few games as other players were injured. He scored an amazing goal in the last game of the season against Man United and then he scored a second decent goal towards the end of the match. Tottenham won the game 3-1. He is a good player and has got a good left foot, but he will not be in the first 11. Sadly, Korsten has retired from football as he has an injury that has been forcing him to play only a few games over the past few years. Chris Armst
                rong Injured for most of last season and will probably be injured for most of this one, knowing his luck. He is quite a good striker and he used to be a great goal scorer, but he has not shown his best ability for a few years now. I actually think that Tottenham could sell him as they have got at least 4 other strikers who would be picked before Armstrong and he is someone who wants to play regular football, when he isn't injured. Goalkeeper - Neil Sullivan Right Wing Back - Stephen Carr Left Wing Back - Christian Ziege Centre Back - Gary Doherty Centre Back – Dean Richards Centre Back – Ledley King Right Centre Midfield - Darren Anderton Left Centre Midfield – Simon Davies Centre Midfield - Gustavo Poyet Striker - Sergei Rebrov Striker - Teddy Sheringham (What I think the Team should be) Thanks for reading!

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                  Hello again, after telling you all about my new t-shirt, I thought that I would tell you about my football hero, Mr David Ginola. If you hadn't guessed it is the giraffe here again, Geoffrey the mad mohican giraffe is my full name and do not abuse it. David Ginola is brilliant, he plays football, with a ball that is round and normally white, he is French and has a mane of hair like a lion. Since he started to get older his mane of hair has started to get some grey flecks in it, but that serves him right, for using L'Oreal "because he is worth it" shampoo and looking like a poof in those adverts. I love Mr Ginola, but I was very upset by those stupid adverts, I seriously considered scalping him for doing it, but I scalped his agent instead. Agents are silly people that mean that footballers get paid too much money and appear in stupid adverts, flicking their hair and looking like poofs. I love Mr Ginola, because he played for Tottenham Hotspur, the bestest team in the world. He played on the left wing, this confused me as every time I went to White Hart Lane (the place where Tottenham play, when they play at home, as it is their home, but I do not think that the players live there, so that confuses me too) I used to go looking for wings, a left and a right one. But I never found any and wondered why everyone told me that he played on the left wing? He played on the grass, the Tottenham grass, I have a piece of that in my hidey-hole, it is special and I keep it very safe. He would run around, although he would never run after another player with the ball, I think he thought it was silly to chase the ball, which it is unless you are a stupid dog, like my friend Bradley and this woman that lives across the road. But when another Tottenham player passed him the ball, he would run very fast with it at his feet and swerve and trick other stupid Arsenal players into thinking he was going to get a hot dog and then make them look s
                  tupid and put them on their bum, then he would run around some more and then pass to another player who would score, cos all the Arsenal players were on their bum. He would also, shoot at the goal from a long way away and score, making the goalies cry and wail, but it made me cheer and jump up and down. When he had he ball on the edge of the pitch (the touchline, silly cos nobody touches it when they get near it, like when you play it) he would cross it, very specially and it would find Mr Ferdinand's head and Tottenham would score and I would cheer again! I think Mr Ginola is a very skilful player and I never minded paying my hard earned money, from my truck driving job for Eurotrash, on tickets to see Mr Ginola, cos he was good to watch and did tricks and made me chant "Ginola Ginola" and pretend that he was a god. I used to get all excited when he got the ball and sometimes I almost wet myself with excitement. Some people say that Mr Ginola rolls in the mud too much, that he dives off a diving board and cheats, he never, is what I say. Nasty big brutes with no skill used to kick him, like I kick my friend Bradley. So he used to get a free kick of the ball for Tottenham, because the other players were dirty and nasty and anyway rolling in the mud can be fun. But it all got bad when Mr Gonner Graham the git came, he did not like Mr Ginola who was good and better at football than he could ever have been, he thought he should run back to the Tottenham goal and defend, but that was boring for Mr Ginola who liked to do tricks and make me happy, so they argued and Mr Ginola was left on the park bench by the side of the pitch to cry. So I cried. Mr Graham was always grumpy and wearing silly suits and being nasty to my hero. I once managed to scalp him and he cried like a girly poof. Before he came to England Mr Ginola played in France and was cool there and wore onions round his neck and rode a bike and pl
                  ayed nice football, with other French people. Then Mr Keegan, who likes players like Mr Ginola, bought him and played him for Newcastle. They are a team who play in black and white stripes in the North of England, where it is always cold and rainy. He became a Geordie man, and played well for Newcastle and made lots of goals, with his nice football and put lots of other players on their bum. Mr git, sold my hero to Aston Villa, a team that play football in Birmingham and play in a nice clarety colour, which goes well with Mr Ginola's mane (ohh I sound like a poof) but it does match his hair. Mr Gregory thinks that he is overweight, but Lorraine says he looks fit and phwor and he still runs and does tricks with the ball and puts players on their bum. But he is not as good as he was, as he has a nice wife with good bumps and likes her more than playing for Aston Villa, so sometimes he looks like he wants to have a snooze on the pitch. I do not know what he has been doing, but he is still the bestest footballer, but I also like Teddy Sherringham, who is good and plays for Tottenham again. Mr Ginola could have played football for France, but the French manager thought that his hair was too long and Mr Ginola would not cut it, so he did not play many times for France. Which is a shame as they wear nice blue shirts and are very good at football and I like watching them. If Mr Ginola would have put more effort into defending (which is boring and for pussies like my cat Minkster) he could have played more for France, but his good dribbling with the ball is the best and makes me happy. I try to dribble like Mr Ginola, but I am never as good as my hooves do not work properly with the ball also I do not have much drool in my mouth. Mr King says wait until I see a female giraffe, but I still have not seen one. I like Mr Ginola he was fun to watch and he is my hero. I have put this under Tottenham players as that is who was best
                  for, but if Mr manager man you want to move this to Aston Villa, you can and I will not scalp you, but you know you still have Mr Turncoat Campbell under Tottenham.

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                    GOALKEEPERS Neil Sullivan Came to Tottenham from Wimbledon and in my opinion has done exceptionally well. He always seems to play well and I rate him as one of the best in the Premiership. He has great reflexes and handling. All I feel he has to do is command his defence better than he does and that is his weakness. Kasey Keller Joined Tottenham this season as a back up keeper for Sullivan and has yet to prove himself at Tottenham, but when at Leicester he played very well. He again has good reflexes but is a bit unsure when crosses get whipped into the box. DEFENDERS Steven Carr A great little right back and he is probably one of the best right backs in the country. He is very fast and is not shy at taking on opponents. He also comes up with the odd spectacular goal e.g. against Manchester United at White Hart Lane when Spurs won 3-1 last season. Steven Carr is a very strong player for a little man and not many left midfielders get past him. He has a tremendous work rate and keeps going all the way to the final whistle. Goran Bunjevcevic A new signing form Red Star Belgrade. He seems to play well in the back three at Spurs. He is quite good in the air and rarely losses a header. He has settled himself quite well in the team but still yet to prove that he is top quality. Mauricio Taricco Still yet to find his real position at Tottenham, but where ever he plays he always plays quite well. I feel he is more of a back up player for anyone that gets injured and than he just comes in and replaces them. He is a bit of a fierce player and often gets booked or maybe sent off, that is his weakness because I feel it lets the rest of the team down. Ben Thatcher Came from Wimbledon a couple of seasons back and doesn’t seem to be the best of signings. Every time I have seen him play all he does is punts it up the pitch (that probably comes natural after playing for Wimbledon). He does
                    have some good qualities like his strength and determination. Christian Ziege A top quality signing from Liverpool and has already proved he was well worth the money by scoring the joint most goals for the club with another new signing Teddy Sheringham. He is another fast defender at Tottenham and he shows great strength and can cross the ball really well. He has a sweet left foot when it comes to set pieces. Overall a good new signing. Gary Doherty Joined from Luton Town a couple years ago and has established himself as a good defender in the Premiership as well as scoring a few when he plays as a striker. He will be a great loss at the moment for Spurs because he will be out for quite a long time. His tackling is top class and rarely gets it wrong. Ledley King A good defender now he has got a few games under his belt. He came from the Tottenham youth system and is very powerful. He has good tackling and not many strikers out pace him. His marking of players is very good and his stamina through out a game is good. Chris Perry Another player who joined from Wimbledon a few years back and has very good tackling and determination. Other than his determination and tackling I feel Chris Perry isn’t that good. he makes many mistakes like not marking properly and lets a lot of defenders in behind him. MIDFIELDERS Steffan Freund He plays defensive midfielder and does pretty well. He shows good determination and his work rate is very good. his marking of players around the box isn’t that good and should be better if he wants to play in the Premiership. He shows to much aggression which can be a weakness. I feel Tottenham should replace him with someone better. Tim Sherwood Came from Blackburn a few years ago and has played well. Comes up with a few goals now and than which is an asset to the team. He doesn’t shy away from many challenges which shows great bravery.
                    His work rate is good and is a good team player. Simon Davies An up and coming star at Tottenham. Tottenham signed him a few years back and has came up through the youth system. Has a few games under his belt in the Premiership and has done well in those games. He scores quite often and has great creativity. He also has good flair and agility. Willem Korsten Came to Tottenham a few years ago and got injured straight away, from than on has only had a few games under his belt. Is still yet to prove he has any quality at all. When he was on loan at Leeds he seemed a good player and scored a few. Stephen Clemence Another player who hasn’t really done much at Tottenham. He has good pace and acceleration. He also is quite good at crossing the ball. I feel he is more of a back up player at Tottenham and gets used for when someone gets injured. Darren Anderton (SICKNOTE) He has been at Tottenham for a long while now but it doesn’t seem a long while because he is always injured. When he does play he is very good at crossing and can produce the odd good goal from a set piece. Oyvind Leonhardson I feel he is quality and has little opportunity to prove that he is. He has great agility and his determination is quite good. when he does play he provides lots of crosses, creativity and sometimes goals which is a good bonus to have in any squad. Gus Poyet New signing from Chelsea and a good one of that, Gus has the ability to make any game exciting. He shows great flair and strength and he works very hard off the ball as well to create opportunities for the other squad players. STRIKERS Chris Armstrong Seems to be out of the frame at the moment at Spurs, but when he does play he scores quite a few goals. He is like some of the other players in the squad and hasn’t really done that much over the last few seasons. Once he gets fit again and starts getting into the te
                    am he could be another good asset to have on the bench and bring on to score. Steffen Iversen He has great determination and provides a lot of movement up front. He is a very good team player and combines well with other players. He is also quite good in the air and scores a few goals with his head. Les Ferdinand This player is very strong and posses a lot of threat in the air to opponents. He is also very powerful and can score the odd goal for the team. The only fault he has is every time he gets a knock he seems to be injured for a long time, maybe because he is getting old. Sergei Rebrov Signed a season back and has scored a few goals, but hasn’t really scored as many as everyone thought for how much he cost. He has good pace and his finishing is quite good. His creativity is good as well and creates a lot of goals. Teddy Sheringham Come back to Tottenham this season after a few successful seasons at Manchester United. Tottenham are hoping he brings some of that success to Spurs and I feel they will win the league cup this season. He is brilliant in the air and his finishing is very good. He has the most knowledge on the pitch and seems to be always one step ahead of the person marking him. Only really one disadvantage is his pace but sometimes makes up for that with his quick thinking.

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                      Tottenham have got quite a lot of young decent players, as well as a few experienced ones and overall, the squad is quite good. Tottenham could do with signing 1 or 2 really good defenders though, because that is the area that could be a problem this season. Below is my opinion of their best 11: Goalkeeper – Neil Sullivan Neil Sullivan joined Tottenham last summer and he went straight into the No. 1 goalkeeping spot at the club. This frustrated former Tottenham goalkeeper Ian Walker and he was constantly saying he was happy that he hadn’t been given a chance. Anyway, Walker is now at Leicester and Sullivan finished as the clubs player of the season. This was an amazing achievement in his first season at the club. He is a great goalkeeper and a really good shot stopper. Right Back – Stephen Carr Stephen Carr is n my opinion, Tottenham’s best player. He has improved every season, since becoming a regular in the team and I reckon he will continue to get better, as long as he is fit and playing for the club. He is a great player, although not very strong, and he likes to get forward. He has scored quite a few times in his Tottenham career, and most of his goals have been spectacular goals. He has got an impressive strike on him and hopefully, he’ll be back in the side soon as he is recovering from an injury. Centre Back – Gary Doherty Gary Doherty is a really good player. He can play as a striker or in defence. He mainly plays in defence but has had to play as a striker a few times over the past year as a Tottenham player. He scored a few goals for them last season, but all of them were as a defender. He is quite strong and a good tackler. I think he could become a really good player over the next few years. Centre Back – Ledley King Ledley King is a young player, but he is another who is still improving. He played quite a lot of times last season for Totten
                      ham as they had quite a few players injured during the season. But this season, he has shown that he is a first team player. He has been Tottenham’s best player in their opening 3 games. He is a really good player who can also play in midfield. Last season, King scored the fastest ever goal in the premiership when he scored after only 10 seconds in the 3-3 draw at Bradford City. Left Back – Goran Bunjevcevic This is Goran’s first season in the premiership after Tottenham signed him in the summer for a fee of about 1.6 million pounds. He has shown that he is a good player who likes to have a few runs with the ball. He is fairly skilful and a good tackler, but he wasn’t bought to replace Sol Campbell. I would play him on the left side of the defence as he ahs a good foot and there isn’t really anyone else who is better than him in this position. If Tottenham played a 3-5-2 formation, I would move him into the centre of defence with King and Doherty, and have Carr and Ziege playing as the wingbacks. Right Midfielder – Stephen Iversen You may wonder why I have put Iversen in this position, seeing as he is a striker. This is because I think Rebrov and Sheringham are better strikers, but I think Iversen is too good a player to leave out of the side. He has got pace and a good right foot and so this position could soot him, if he was played here. He is a good player and he can score goals. He has finished as the club’s top scorer twice in the past 3 years, but both times, he didn’t reach the 20-goal mark and I think Tottenham need a player who is capable of doing this. Centre Midfielder – Darren Anderton Darren Anderton is a really good player, but he has been injured for long periods and has not played as many games as he would have liked to, over the past few years. He signed a new deal towards the beginning of the summer, which was really good news for the club.
                      Anderton is a fan favourite and he plays better as he plays more matches for the club. But once he gets injured, it is as though he has to start again and work his way back up to his best. Anderton has played in all of Tottenham’s opening 3 games, which is a good sign so far and hopefully, he won’t get injured and will play most of their matches this season. He has also already scored a goal for the club this season. Centre Midfielder – Gustavo Poyet Gustavo Poyet signed for Tottenham in the summer, from London rivals Chelsea, in a deal worth around 2.25 million pounds. Although he is in his 30’s, I still rate him as an excellent midfielder and one that can help Tottenham have a really good season. He is a player who likes to get forward and score goals; so hopefully, he will do this for Tottenham. Poyet has already been sent off in one of his Tottenham games, and this was his first sending off ever in the premiership. He was dismissed in the game at Everton, along with Doherty and sadly for Poyet, he is banned for 3 matches and will miss the home game with Chelsea. Left Midfielder – Christian Ziege Christian Ziege is another player who signed for Tottenham in the summer. He signed from Liverpool for about 4 million pounds. I think he is a really good player and he ahs got a good left foot on him. He is a good passer and quite a good finisher, although he doesn’t really like tackling that much. I think he can help Tottenham out this season, as they needed a player who can play on the left side of midfield, and this is Ziege’s best position. Hopefully, he will play his best for them, but he is a player who sometimes doesn’t give his best. Striker – Sergei Rebrov Sergei Rebrov signed for Tottenham last summer for a club record 11 million pounds. He is a quality striker and very skilful. He is an intelligent thinker and I think he will form a great partnership wi
                      th Sheringham, once they play together. He didn’t have a good start for them last season, as he wasn’t scoring much. He finished the season as the club’s top scorer, but he only scored 13 goals, which said a lot about Tottenham’s scoring record. Hopefully this season will see him score a lot more and help Tottenham achieve good things. Striker – Teddy Sheringham Teddy Sheringham signed for Tottenham in the summer from Man United, on a free transfer. He is a quality player, although he is another player in his 30’s. Last season saw him score 20|+ goals for Man United. Sheringham has such a good season that he was voted player of the season, which was a great achievement for the 35 year old. I just hope he can score at least 20 goals for Tottenham this season. He used to play for them, before he joined Man United in 1996 in a 2.5 million pound deal. Many Tottenham fans were devastated by this news, but now he is back and hopefully he can play like he used to for the club.

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                      Tottenham have got quite a lot of young decent players, as well as a few experienced ones and overall, the squad is quite good. Tottenham could do with signing 1 or 2 really good defenders though, because that is the area that could be a problem this season. Below is my opinion of their best 11: Goalkeeper – Neil Sullivan Neil Sullivan joined Tottenham last summer and he went straight into the No. 1 goalkeeping spot at the club. This frustrated former Tottenham goalkeeper Ian Walker and he was constantly saying he was happy that he hadn’t been given a chance. Anyway, Walker is now at Leicester and Sullivan finished as the clubs player of the season. This was an amazing achievement in his first season at the club. He is a great goalkeeper and a really good shot stopper. Right Back – Stephen Carr Stephen Carr is n my opinion, Tottenham’s best player. He has improved every season, since becoming a regular in the team and I reckon he will continue to get better, as long as he is fit and playing for the club. He is a great player, although not very strong, and he likes to get forward. He has scored quite a few times in his Tottenham career, and most of his goals have been spectacular goals. He has got an impressive strike on him and hopefully, he’ll be back in the side soon as he is recovering from an injury. Centre Back – Gary Doherty Gary Doherty is a really good player. He can play as a striker or in defence. He mainly plays in defence but has had to play as a striker a few times over the past year as a Tottenham player. He scored a few goals for them last season, but all of them were as a defender. He is quite strong and a good tackler. I think he could become a really good player over the next few years. Centre Back – Ledley King Ledley King is a young player, but he is another who is still improving. He played quite a lot of times last season for Totten
                      ham as they had quite a few players injured during the season. But this season, he has shown that he is a first team player. He has been Tottenham’s best player in their opening 3 games. He is a really good player who can also play in midfield. Last season, King scored the fastest ever goal in the premiership when he scored after only 10 seconds in the 3-3 draw at Bradford City. Left Back – Goran Bunjevcevic This is Goran’s first season in the premiership after Tottenham signed him in the summer for a fee of about 1.6 million pounds. He has shown that he is a good player who likes to have a few runs with the ball. He is fairly skilful and a good tackler, but he wasn’t bought to replace Sol Campbell. I would play him on the left side of the defence as he ahs a good foot and there isn’t really anyone else who is better than him in this position. If Tottenham played a 3-5-2 formation, I would move him into the centre of defence with King and Doherty, and have Carr and Ziege playing as the wingbacks. Right Midfielder – Stephen Iversen You may wonder why I have put Iversen in this position, seeing as he is a striker. This is because I think Rebrov and Sheringham are better strikers, but I think Iversen is too good a player to leave out of the side. He has got pace and a good right foot and so this position could soot him, if he was played here. He is a good player and he can score goals. He has finished as the club’s top scorer twice in the past 3 years, but both times, he didn’t reach the 20-goal mark and I think Tottenham need a player who is capable of doing this. Centre Midfielder – Darren Anderton Darren Anderton is a really good player, but he has been injured for long periods and has not played as many games as he would have liked to, over the past few years. He signed a new deal towards the beginning of the summer, which was really good news for the club.
                      Anderton is a fan favourite and he plays better as he plays more matches for the club. But once he gets injured, it is as though he has to start again and work his way back up to his best. Anderton has played in all of Tottenham’s opening 3 games, which is a good sign so far and hopefully, he won’t get injured and will play most of their matches this season. He has also already scored a goal for the club this season. Centre Midfielder – Gustavo Poyet Gustavo Poyet signed for Tottenham in the summer, from London rivals Chelsea, in a deal worth around 2.25 million pounds. Although he is in his 30’s, I still rate him as an excellent midfielder and one that can help Tottenham have a really good season. He is a player who likes to get forward and score goals; so hopefully, he will do this for Tottenham. Poyet has already been sent off in one of his Tottenham games, and this was his first sending off ever in the premiership. He was dismissed in the game at Everton, along with Doherty and sadly for Poyet, he is banned for 3 matches and will miss the home game with Chelsea. Left Midfielder – Christian Ziege Christian Ziege is another player who signed for Tottenham in the summer. He signed from Liverpool for about 4 million pounds. I think he is a really good player and he ahs got a good left foot on him. He is a good passer and quite a good finisher, although he doesn’t really like tackling that much. I think he can help Tottenham out this season, as they needed a player who can play on the left side of midfield, and this is Ziege’s best position. Hopefully, he will play his best for them, but he is a player who sometimes doesn’t give his best. Striker – Sergei Rebrov Sergei Rebrov signed for Tottenham last summer for a club record 11 million pounds. He is a quality striker and very skilful. He is an intelligent thinker and I think he will form a great partnership wi
                      th Sheringham, once they play together. He didn’t have a good start for them last season, as he wasn’t scoring much. He finished the season as the club’s top scorer, but he only scored 13 goals, which said a lot about Tottenham’s scoring record. Hopefully this season will see him score a lot more and help Tottenham achieve good things. Striker – Teddy Sheringham Teddy Sheringham signed for Tottenham in the summer from Man United, on a free transfer. He is a quality player, although he is another player in his 30’s. Last season saw him score 20|+ goals for Man United. Sheringham has such a good season that he was voted player of the season, which was a great achievement for the 35 year old. I just hope he can score at least 20 goals for Tottenham this season. He used to play for them, before he joined Man United in 1996 in a 2.5 million pound deal. Many Tottenham fans were devastated by this news, but now he is back and hopefully he can play like he used to for the club.

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                        18.07.2001 21:55
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                          19.06.2001 01:33
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                          Neil Sullivan Tottenham's start to the season 2000/2001 has been a lot better then expected. Quite a lot of this is down to some great goalkeeping from Tottenham's new first choice keeper, Sullivan. He has made some great saves and kept Spurs in games where we have then gone on to win. Although I think that Walker is a good keeper, I think Sullivan is better and will help Tottenham to concede fewer goals this season. I think Sullivan can do well for us this season and hopefully, he can keep preventing us from conceding any goals. In my opinion, Sullivan is better than Walker. Ian Walker Ian Walker had been first choice goal keeper, for Tottenham, for the past few seasons, but he has yet to play this year, having seen Neil Sullivan take his place. In fact, Walker has been so annoyed by this that he has asked to be put on the transfer list, from which it has been accepted. This is a shame because Walker is a great goalie, but we all know that he does concede quite a few goals. If he leaves, we will only have 1 decent goalie in Sullivan and so we would have to buy another one. Stephen Carr Stephen Carr is a fantastic player who has had another great start to this season. He was voted player of the year for Spurs, last season, and if he can produce the goods again, I think that Spurs can go really far this season. He hasn't scored since the opening day but when he does score, it is amazing. For example, the goal he scored against Man United last season was simply unstoppable. The ball literally flew into the top corner. Any way, I hope Carr stays at Spurs because if he leaves, he will be a huge loss to them. Ben Thatcher Ben Thatcher arrived at Tottenham to play at left back. In my opinion, he is the best left back Tottenham have and I think once he settles down, he will prove that he has been a good buy from Wimbledon. He has not been at his best since arriving, but I hope that he soon sta
                          rts showing what he can do because this will help Tottenham have a good chance of doing well this season. Over the past few years, we have not had a decent left back and so I hope Ben Thatcher is the person to solve that. Gary Doherty Ever since Gary Doherty played his first game for Tottenham in defence, he has not missed a game and has also even scored a few goals, including Tottenham’s first F.A. Cup goal this season against Leyton Orient. He has played a vital role in Tottenham’s defence and he always gives 110%. He is a strong defender and a decent ball winner and he can also head the ball. He has proven himself to be a great signing from Luton Town and I think he will continue to improve and get much better. Chris Perry Chris Perry hasn't been playing to his best ability lately, which is a shame because he is a great player. He is quite intelligent and seems to know what he is doing. But this season has seen him play only a few games because of injury. When he is playing, he can form a great partnership with Sol Campbell and I hope he gets back from injury soon, so that Spurs can have a good chance of glory this year. Spurs have got people who can play in Perry's position, but I think Perry is the best player for his position. Ramon Vega Ramon Vega is, in my opinion, one of the worst players in the Tottenham squad. He has only been playing recently because of the absence of Sol Campbell and to be honest, the sooner Campbell gets back, the quicker Vega gets out and maybe we won't concede so many goals. Obviously, as soon as Campbell comes back from injury, he will go straight into Tottenham's side and Vega will be dropped. This is a fact and I hope that the youngsters can develop quickly into good players so Vega is restricted to playing hardly any games. Ramon Vega has recently moved to Celtic on a loan deal, until the end of the season. This seems to have turned out to be qui
                          te good for Vega as he scored 2 goals in his first game for Celtic. Luke Young Luke Young is one of Tottenham's young English stars that should go on to become a regular in both the Tottenham and England teams. He is a great defender with a lot of speed and although he doesn't seem to play many games for Tottenham, when he does play, he always puts 100% into the game. Ledley King Ledley King is just like Luke Young. He is a young English star who should go on to become a great player or both club and country. You never, know, one day, England’s centre backs could be Tottenham's Young and King...Who Knows? He has also recently got into Tottenham’s first team, which is good for both himself and the club, as it shows that Tottenham have got a few home born players that can soon become stars. Ledley King has also already got himself into the record books as he scored the fastest goal, ever in the premiership away to Bradford City. The time of the goal was an astonishing 10 seconds. Oyvind Leonardson Leonardson isn't a bad player but I feel he needs to improve or Tottenham should look at buying a new player. When Leonardson wants to, he can play really well and produce a lot of skill and goals, but I think that he hasn't been doing that lately. Tottenham are doing quite well this season and to keep it going, we need players who will put in 110% every game otherwise our chances of doing well are not very positive. Hopefully, Leonardson will start playing better and score more goals for Tottenham. Tim Sherwood Tim Sherwood use to be a great player, and to be honest, I still think he is. But he does need to start scoring a few more goals. In his first few seasons with Tottenham, he was playing some excellent football and scoring quite a few decent goals. But lately, he hasn't been scoring and like Leonardson, if Sherwood doesn't start showing what he can do,
                          I can see Tottenham looking for a new midfielder. Another thing that is wrong with Sherwood is that he is quite old and so I can't see him playing in many more seasons. Darren Anderton Darren Anderton...Who? Oh! He is that player that plays for Tottenham Hotspur. Or should I say he doesn't play for Tottenham. Darren Anderton has been at Spurs for quite a few years now, and to my knowledge, Anderton has yet to play in a season with out getting injured. This is a shame because when Anderton does play, he nearly always puts in 110%. He can also score, which makes him a better player. Hopefully, Anderton will not be out for too long and he can come back and help Tottenham to have a good season. Steffen Freud Steffen Freud isn't what most of the Tottenham fans want in a midfielder. He has yet to score a goal in 3 years at White Hart Lane, and that is really just pathetic. I don't rate him and in fact, I don't know any one who actually likes him. If I was George Graham, I would sell him now, (as if they would get any money for him any way), but they should at least just get rid of him. Basically, he is rubbish and doesn't know how to play football. For some reason, Graham has been playing Freud this season and I think he should change that by putting Clemance in, instead of Freud. Stephen Clemance Stephen Clemence is one of Tottenham's young players who should be a first team regular, or at least should play quite a few games. Tottenham usually play Steffan Freud in midfield, but in my opinion, they should play Clemence. He is younger, faster and is more skilful than Freud and another thing is the fact that no one likes Freud. Hopefully, he will get into Tottenham's first team during this season. Simon Davies Simon Davies is one of Tottenham's young stars who in my opinion, hasn't yet settled down into the Tottenham team, in the premiership. He is a you
                          ng and talented player and should keep improving to try and get into Tottenham's first team. Steffen Iversen Steffen Iversen has been the leading goal scorer for Tottenham for the past 2 seasons and in my opinion, I am glad he finally agreed a new contract with Spurs. He is a great player and although he is yet to score in the premiership this season, I can see him scoring loads, once he scores his first. (He has scored one this season in the Worthington Cup) His partnership with Rebrov is going to prove to be a threat to most premiership clubs. Early in the season, Iversen picked up an injury but he has now recovered and he also recently scored a goal against Coventry, although it was only his 2nd goal of the season for Tottenham. Les Ferdinand Les Ferdinand has surprisingly been playing in a few of Tottenham's games this season. In fact, he has already scored 2 goals and as long as he isn't injured, and is playing, I think he will score a lot of goals this season. Tottenham have 3 strikers at the moment, who are not injured, and all want to play and I reckon he should play all 3, until we buy a decent midfielder. At the moment, the only decent ones are Anderton, Leonardson, Sherwood and Clemance, and because Anderton is injured, we should play 3 strikers, instead of 4 midfielders. Sergei Rebrov Sergei Rebrov signed this year for a club record of £11 million. Tottenham's previous record was for Ferdinand at £6 million. Any way, Rebrov has proved that he can score, as he finished the season as Tottenham's leading scorer with 13 goals this season. But in my opinion, Rebrov can score a lot more. He is a small, but very skilful player, and he is definitely a better player than David Ginola. Chris Armstrong Chris Armstrong was on a role towards the end of last season by scoring quite a few goals to put him on the same amount of goals as Steffan Iversen, in the premiership.
                          But he is yet to play this season due to injury, and when he does recover, I am unsure as to whether he will play seeing as our other 3 strikers are all in good form. Chris Armstrong has had his ups and downs during his career, but when he is fully fit again, I reckon he will try and get back into the team, or he will simply ask for a transfer. I hope you find this opinion very useful!

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                            08.06.2001 04:09
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                            Although I am a huge Dazza fan, I cannot help but feel that it may be in the clubs best interests to let him go. A season ago I would have said that the club should do all they can to keep him but with the emergence of Simon Davies this season would he really be a huge loss to the club. We are paying him £25,000 a week and he rarely plays half a season for us let alone a full one so would it really be so bad, after all it is the club we support not the individual player. I would be disappointed to see him go, but that 25,000 could be spent on a younger inventive midfielder who will be able to play a full season for us.

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                              07.05.2001 20:36
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                              When David Pleat set about scouring the country for the best youngsters in the nationwide he found two teenage wonderkids at Barry Fry's Peterbrough. At the time Matthew Etherington was the player being talked up as the replacement for Ginola. But as this season draws to a close it is the other young singing from 'The Posh' that is in the limelight. Due to Spurs' horrendous injury crisis Simon Davies has been thrown in at the Premiership deep end. However,he has performed well beyond many Tottenham supporters expectations. He has also become an important part of Mark Hughes' Welsh squad and being alongside players such as Ryan Giggs will obviously be beneficial. Davies has the potential to be a Spurs great. His passing and shooting are already of a very high standard and these will only improve. Perhaps at the moment he does not have the physical presence to control the crucuial midfield area but this will come with age. Glenn Hoddle should seriously consider building his midfield around the young Welshman and ditch some of the deadwood that has been lingering at Spurs for far too long. Davies will only improve and reach his full potential if he is playing with the best. Hoddle has to nurture him and make him into everything that Gazza could have been.

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