For years now we have had thrust down our throat that Mario Balotelli is a world class talent held back only by his antics and his couldn’t care less attitude. Of course he is a media darling and they will love that he is likely to be playing for Liverpool this season, they will all be waiting for him to play up for the media and do something outrageous or extravagant, the reporters will lay in wait and live off the stories for weeks.
As we already know Mauricio Pochettino has taken this opportunity to rest a number of players or rotate them, whichever take you prefer, Christian Eriksen, Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul, Aaron Lennon and Etienne Capoue have all been given time off from this fixture and this will give much needed playing time to a number of other squad members. Every position from 1 to 11 is up for grabs other than between the sticks where Lloris is the undisputed number one.
FIFA imposed a 14 month ban on Barcelona preventing them from buying players in April 2014, the reason for the ban is hardly relevant because the club have still managed to find a way around it by appealing aand for the authorities taking until today to consider the case and upholding the decision, of course in the meantime Barcelona have gone on a spending spree and spent more than any other club bringing in several new additions. The madness of the situation doesn’t simply end there
Two players seemingly in great demand yet reputed to be unwanted by Pochettino at Spurs are Andros Townsend and Lewis Holtby, if reports are to be believed Southampton are not prepared to give up on acquiring Townsend with an increased bid above the £10m turned down due to be submitted soon. Lewis Holtby seems to have caught the eye of a number of clubs with the most high profile being Everton following the injury to Ross Barkley.
today we are treated to reports that Mauricio Pochettino is about to make an ambitious bid to sign Fellaini and Hernandez from Manchester United for a cut price £24m, the suggestion being that he needs to bring in more additions to his squad! Not much more than a week ago he had stated that the squad size needed to be reduced and any idea that he would want to bring two more players that would add to his foreign quota is quite ridiculous. The Tottenham squad is already overloaded in central midfield with players with far more ability than Fellaini possess,
When Tottenham parted ways with Andre Villas-Boas in December last year Daniel Levy had very few reasonable alternatives to fill the gap, it is fairly well known that he tried to secure the services of Louis Van Gaal at the time, but with a World Cup in Brazil for him to look forward to he declined at that time though even then he was probably made aware of possible United interest if Moyes continued to fail. Tottenham seemed to prefer to wait for either Van Gaal or at least until the close season to finally choose the successor going forward.
Sky are reporting that a battle is ongoing for the services of 21 yr old Lucas Silva of Cruzeiro. He is a 6′ defensive midfielder possessing pace, technical ability and has a great eye for a pass. He is what you would call a box to box player and is described as having a great range of passing, long and short, his shooting ability is classed as a strong point and a player with no obvious weaknesses at theis stage of his development.
As usual Tottenham are heavily involved in the news when it comes to transfer gossip and because our Head Coach said a short while back that he needs to streamline the squad, much of the news is of potential outgoings. Just when it seems that Lewis Holtby is proving himself to be an asset to the team and proficient in the Pochettino way of playing it is suggested that he has been told to find a new club, strange when he has been actively involved in just about every pre-season fixture and was an important member of the squad and team for the opening fixture.
At the time and after numerous replays I am still of the opinion that Diego Costa played for a penalty and a red card for the Burnley keeper, having also seen a side view of the incident it even more obvious that the Chelsea player hubg hi back foot in an effert to catch the keeper and his fall had started even before his foot connected. as always mourinho and every pundit seems to believe that a player is entitled to fall if they expect to come together with the keeper,
After just nine fixtures and with a couple of weeks left of the transfer window it is impossible to know how things will pan out over the entire season, but it is reasonable to have an opinion on what we have seen so far. All the teams are a little rusty and many of the top teams have a few players still recovering from their World Cup exertions but clearly so far the English Premier League is going to be the place to watch close encounters and exciting football. This is our take on all the weekends games with just Burnley and Chelsea to make their bow:-