Christian Eriksen, the creative spark?

Yet another signing in the transfer window for Spurs, that now takes their spending to over £100 million. We’ve signed Christian Eriksen from Ajax in a reported £11.5 million deal. The player has signed a 4 year contract, with the option of another year. Eriksen is a 21, attacking midfielder from Denmark and has been looked at by many big clubs before, including Manchester City, who he himself turned down. Eriksen has been tipped by many to be a star in the future.

Eriksen is a creative player, and I think we needed this type of player who can play in the number ten role off the striker. Someone who can spot a pass, and open the game up. Soldado has been lacking in chances, so the need for a playmaker was very clear. We have Holtby, who I think can do that job as he has showed at Schalke, he can spot a pass. We also have Sigurdsson, but he is not creative enough for the number ten role. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gylfi offloaded.

We certainly needed a creative player, but is Eriksen the man? We were linked with former Anji player Willian, and he is top class. He was that creative spark we needed. Sadly, we missed out on him to Chelsea as they gazumped us with the fee and wages. £30 million was the fee, so it was a little steep. Eriksen has now been brought in, for £11.5 million which is considerably less than Willian, but bare in mind Christian was in the last year of his contract. In my opinion, Willian is the better player, but there is no reason that Eriksen can’t become the better player in the future as he is younger.

Eriksen is a player who can pick a pass in tight spaces. He is great with the ball at feet in tight areas, so will always ask for the ball. He’s an option constantly throughout the game. He can certainly score goals, with 10 last season in the Dutch league. He can take free kicks, and is a set piece specialist and this is something we may need if Bale and Sigurdsson were to leave. Eriksen is skilful on the ball and has very tricky feet, and it should be a joy to watch in the Premier League. Eriksen lacks strength, he could be bullied in the Premier League, but with players like Mata, Oscar, Silva and Modric all to succeed before him, he will be fine, I’m sure.

I have had my doubts as to whether Eriksen was the one to come in, but I think I was comparing him to the player Willian is, who is much older and more experienced. I have faith in the players AVB and Baldini bring in, and I’m sure he’ll help us reach our goals in the future. Welcome to Spurs, Christian Eriksen!

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Paulinho, our new Brazilian.

Welcome to Spurs, Paulinho! We’ve signed the Brazilian international for a reported fee of £17 million, our new transfer record, the transfer was highly expected, but there were worries that another club could come in and nick him away from us, but we finished the deal off quickly, and that is with big thanks to Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini for getting it done and making Paulinho a Spurs player!

Paulinho is a box to box midfielder that works his socks off all game. He’s the core of the team. He breaks up play with his defensive abilities, but then he also has incredible ability to play with the ball at his feet, he can run at defences and create opportunities, which is something we have maybe lacked in, in the past. I’d explain Paulinho as a mix between Sandro and Dembele. Paulinho also has the ability to score goals, and on big occasions. His ariel prowess will be a major asset from set pieces, and he can get you 5-10 goals a season, this is also something we’ve lacked, goals from other players except Bale.

Paulinho was a fan favourite at Corinthians, being the player that lights up on the big stage, for example against Chelsea in the Club World Cup where he put in an unstoppable performance in the centre of midfield. He played 86 times for Corinthians netting 20 times, and for a more defensive midfielder, that’s a stunning record. He also has played 17 times for his country, netting 5 times, and he’s become a very important player for Brazil, and the Brazil fans and Scolari their coach believes him to be their most important player after Neymar.

The Confederations Cup that has just recently past, showed the quality that Paulinho has. He was brilliant in almost every game, and was voted the third best player of the tournament behind Iniesta in second and Neymar in first. He was voted better than Suarez, Ramos, and Pirlo which shows how good he was. The Spurs fans who didn’t know much about him, took note that we were getting a gem during this tournament.

Paulinho will fit perfectly into AVB’s plans for a 4-3-3 formation. A midfield three of Sandro, Paulinho and Dembélé will be one that will scare opponents. There is a lot of power, pace and technical ability in the midfield that should control most games. Sandro being the most defensive player, breaking up play, playing in front of the back four, and playing the ball to either Dembele or Paulinho to try and move it forward. Paulinho will help out defensively, but he will also be a figure that will attack, hence the title ‘box to box’ midfielder. I would like then to see Dembele attack more, he was used very defensively last season, and this affected his goalscoring, and his assist rate, so it’ll be nice to see him have a bigger role this season!

So, welcome Paulinho! Lets hope he can have a big impact for us, and we can win some trophies, and get top four with him in the side! COYS!!

Have a look at this video of our new signing!

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Tottenham’s Future.

We all know that we have one of, if not the best youth systems in the Premier League right now, and in this post I’m going to outline the players with the most promising future:

Tom Carroll, Centre Midfield – Tom is an outstanding player, on the ball he is very good, he’s calm and he can pick out a pass. He has slowly earned a spot on the bench for the first team squad, but he still has a place in our Under-21 squad. At just 20 years old, he already has a lot to offer our squad, and I expect his involvement to grow and grow along with his ability. The only thing Tom really lacks is strength, he’s a very small young player and some think he doesn’t have the required strength to perform in the Premier League, but this lack of strength can be worked on quite easily. Some are already thinking of him as the long term replacement for Modrić!

Shaq Coulthirst, Striker – Shaq is a very good prospect at just 18 he is prolific for the Under-21s in front of goal, with 20 goals this season. He has been suggested by many as a player that should start for our first team, with our strikers in the bad run of form that they are, he may be a good option. Shaq is a very quick player, he can get past defenders, and on a one on one with the keeper, you would fancy him to bury it. He is competent in the air, and his hold up play he is very good, wouldn’t be surprised if he were to break in to the first team squad next year!

Andros Townsend, Left/Right Midfielder – Andros has played his fair share of first team games, but it was hard for him to really break into the starting 11, so we have loaned him out to Queens Park Rangers to gain some Premier League experience, and he has done a great job so far! He’s one of QPR’s best players at the moment, already winning their player of the month award, and it looks as though he could fit into our first team with those sort of performances. Aaron Lennon is obviously our first choice right midfielder, but next season, when we get Andros back, Aaron will be pushed hard for his place. Andros is a very quick player, and he dribbles with the ball very well, he’s hopefully going to be a top player for us in the future.

Other players that could have massive futures are; Alex Pritchard (Left Midfield), Soulamanye Coulibaly (Striker), Harry Kane (Striker), and Iago Falque (Centre Attacking Midfielder).

Hopefully AVB can integrate them with the first team next season, and help them develop into the top players they can be.

The future is bright, the future is Lilywhite. COYS!!

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Match Review, West Brom vs Tottenham

West Brom 0-1 Tottenham

Great win, good performance and breathing space in fourth position. All round a very good weekend for us. After Chelsea and Everton dropped points, today was a must win, and we delivered a sturdy win. There was no panic about our recent draws, we looked comfortable and confident that a goal and three points would come. The first half was quite dull, with each side getting a reasonable amount of chances, but none were clear cut. Early in the second half, West Brom were let down by a despicable act from their left back Popov, he spat disgustingly at Walker for almost no reason, and this led to Romelu Lukaku’s substitution, one of their most influential players. We capitalised well, and dominated the rest of the game leading to a comfortable victory.

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Gareth Bale was phenomenal, his goal was magnificent, the technique and sheer power involved made it so good. He threatened all day, after being played in a free role behind the striker, he looked dangerous, certainly a role he can play in, he showed that today. World class. Jermain Defoe got an injury during the first half that is very worrying, his ankle twisted and he had to be replaced on 40 minutes. Lewis Holtby was Defoe’s replacement, and he was class, didn’t make a mistake all game, and when he was on the ball we were always moving forward, trying to cut West Brom open, very exciting to have him, he’s our creative spark like Modric was last year. Dembele looked like he was getting back to form, his defensive work was brilliant, and when he had the ball at his feet he looked threatening, very good performance from him. The race for top four is in our hands, we have the chance to take the oppurtunity, and we only have ourselves to blame if we lose this position. Our next game is against Newcastle at the Lane, the game is televised. COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced West Brom at the Hawthornes:
Lloris – 9
Walker – 8
Dawson – 7
Vertonghen – 7
Assou-Ekotto – 7
Lennon – 8
Parker – 8
Dembele – 8 1/2
Dempsey – 7
Bale – 9 1/2
Defoe – N/A

Subs:
Holtby – 9
Gallas – 7
Sigurdsson – 7

Lewis Holtby, Our New Signing

What a signing. People go on about Michu being the signing of the season, and rightly so as he has been fantastic, but I think that the Lewis Holtby deal could be one that really stands out from the crowd. It’s a piece of shrewd business from Daniel Levy, although we had him tied up on a free at the end of the season the opportunity to sign him this month was there, and we took it accordingly. The fee is something of a dream to Levy, £1.5 million for Germany’s under 21 captain is something that you don’t see very often, and so credit goes to Levy for getting it done.

Holtby is a very versatile player in midfield, he can play just behind the striker, this is where we should expect to see most of him, he can play deeper as a box to box midfielder, or he can play on the wings. This is very unusual for modern players, most stick to one position and then move as they get older, for example Ryan Giggs started out as a wide left player for Manchester United, and the gradually drifted into a more central role. Holtby will drift in midfield and collect the ball to try and make something happen, this is something we have missed this season.

Mousa Dembele has been brilliant for us this season, but he is more of a defensive midfielder for us and doesn’t really cut open the defence very often, he in my opinion, wasn’t the Modric replacement, Holtby is that replacement. Holtby will try and make opportunities for the team, and chip in with one or two goals himself, just like Modric, but Holtby is at that stage where if he can improve his finishing he can become the full package. We have really pulled this signing out of the bag, it shows our ambition for top four football, as he is a Champions League quality player. We need one more signing before we can be classed as challengers for the title in my opinion, and that signing is a world class finisher.

Lewis Holtby is a Yido. COYS!!

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