With an important transfer window fast approaching clearly work has been going on for sometime by those charged with identifying and securing the services of players needed to put more points on the board in the coming season. Mauricio Pochettino has already given clues as to the clubs intentions, he said that they need to strike early in the market and to be creative, he also would prefer to bring in players with premiership experience though not entirely true with it almost certain that Kevin Wimmer an Austrian international playing in Germany seems to be a signing as close to completion as is possible at this stage.
Gareth Bale is currently having a hard time of it in Madrid with the biggest ego of them all, Christiano Ronaldo, providing none to very little support for his team-mate and the fans of the club having now turned on a player that they so desperately craved just 2 years ago and who they hero worshipped after he scored all important goals for them in the Copa del Rey against Barcelona and the European Cup final against their local neighbours Atletico.
With just four games remaining players and fans of Tottenham know full well that the club is once again going to fall short of a Champions League spot, many will be suggesting that they prefer no involvement in Europe if it’s not the main event. Some pundits have openly stated that no games on a Thursday night will help them achieve top four status as it has undoubtedly for Manchester United who have crawled over the line on the back of much luck and more than just a few fortunate results.
With just twenty-four more points to play for this season only a Tottenham win today will realistically ensure that Pochettino and his young team are left with a fighting chance of earning a top four position. with both Liverpool and Southampton yesterday falling by the wayside the challenge to those holding sway seems to rest solely with Tottenham.
Mauriccio Pochettino has this week spoken of the need to resolve some of the defensive issues that have plagued the team this season, recognising that the fault does not rest solely with the back four which perhaps suggests that a change in personnel ahead of them might be the order of the day.
It seems that Mauricio Pochettino has just about settled upon the team that he most trusts to earn the points needed to finish the season with the highest points total possible, whether that is enough for Tottenham to earn a top four position remains to be seen but some sort of a positive result in today’s fixture against Manchester united can only help their ambition.
Other than a start for Ben Davies in place of Danny Rose in the game against QPR it has been same again since the team announcement for the Carling Cup final.
Four correct predictions yesterday which probably should have been five but for the capitulation of Manchester City in the race for the title. The three games today and tomorrows fixture all have massive implications for almost every team involved with the exceptions of Swansea and Newcastle neither whom have much to play for other than position. Nothing will be finalised after this round of fixtures but as we have already seen there is now also a battle developing for 2nd place and others could join it with the right result.
With his new found status as the number 1 Tottenham left back and having earned the right to be considered a real contender for a place in the England or Jamaican squad, Danny Rose has been more vocal than ever before with media interest in what he has to say. Obviously with such a high profile and crucial game against United this weekend Rose has been speaking about the special relationship he has with the squad of players at Tottenham with somany having worked their way through the ranks with him.
I read the papers and the comments of ex-pros, pundits and football reporters and even though Harry Kane and some of his teammates, Tottenham as a club and Pochettino are all attracting a little more credit for what they have achieved this season it still somehow seems that it is grudgingly given.
I’ve been away for a couple of weeks but I’m back now for the run in to the season and feeling fully refreshed and ready to give my opinion on each fixture as we head into the business end of the season. Though Chelsea can probably only throw away the title from this point on all else is still to play for. the battle to stave off relegation and win a place in Europe in one or other competition is coming to the boil with every result vital to expectation.
almost certainly going to be one of just three players and they all play for clubs based in London. Surely by now it must be clear that the three most consistent and best performing players in the Premier League are Eden Hazard of Chelsea, Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal and the player of the moment and by a street the most improved and unlikely of stars Harry Kane.
There will undoubtedly be clamours for the Liverpool pair of Sterling and Coutinho, perhaps even Henderson, Toure, Silva and Aguero will come into the reckoning of City, Rooney and De Gea as usual of United, but beyond that collection I can’t think of another possible candidate and to be honest they are also-rans in this years competition.