The 2013/14 season was hugely significant for both Liverpool and Manchester United, the previous seasons champions lost their influential manager Alex Ferguson and his handpicked successor David Moyes was sacked before the season was over with the club out of the Champions League for the first time in the Premiership era. At the same time Liverpool managed to find themselves replacing United and at the same time making a decent fist of a tilt at the title. Things had to change at United who managed to find themselves languishing in seventh place
There have been lots of rumours linking Wilfred Bony to Tottenham over the past few weeks partially fueled by the player himself saying that he would only consider leaving Swansea for a top six club, sixth being the operative word. Tottenham have been linked to many a striker with Soldado misfiring so badly last season and Adebayor seemingly having an attitude problem with some coaches. Bony, Benteke and Lukaku are the names frequently mentioned but Benteke is still injured, and by now we all know that Tottenham and Chelsea are unlikely to do business in the foreseeable future unless it suits both parties.
News today from the Southampton Chairman that Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez will be made to stay at the club for the coming season comes far too late, to make a stand after allowing so many others to leave for Liverpool, United and Arsenal is both cruel and totally unfair to those left behind. We at JTN and almost certainly every Tottenham supporter will feel for the supporters of Southampton, we know what it is like to lose our star players, but to potentially lose eight in one transfer window is unheard of and incredibly difficult to comprehend.
The President of the Spanish top division has stated that he wants to attract the worlds best 500 players to the league and try to compete with the commercial power of the Premier League. We know that Real Madrid and Barcelona have attracted the last two winners of the Player of the Year award with Gareth Bale heading to Spain for £86m and Suarez to Barcelona for £64m, as well as those two four of the stars of the World Cup also play for those two clubs, Neymar and Messi at Barcelona and Kroos and James rodriguez newly purchased by Madrid.
As the transfer window gets into full swing so the rumours keep on coming with some surprising speculation coming from Italy, there they are clinging to the hope that their major stars are not snapped up the rich of the English, Spanish and French leagues. As we creep closer to the big kick off the seven clubs expected to challenge for the four positions at the top of the table are attracting much of the attention with their spending expected to reach record levels.
Rumour is building that Pochettino has now chosen a couple of Southampton players that he believes will enhance the chances of success at Tottenham this season, Liverpool have picked them bare and now it seems that Tottenham are read to make their move and they have it seems chosen Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin. As much as Southampton might wish to retain the services of the pair the goings on so far must have weakened their position, what player in their right mind would wish to remain with them this season, well at least those of international quality.
Liverpool and Sky seem to be rolling out all the old names from Liverpools past in some sort of effort to convince everybody that they are not going to fall into the same trap as Tottenham of a year ago, Brendan Rodgers they assure us is a master when it comes to buying players and unlike Tottenham will easily cope with the loss of Suarez and challenge for the title. I agree that he has acquired a few players with premier league experience and that it will help considerably but there are other problems to overcome and at the moment Liverpool look like that will buy even more than the seven of Tottenham.
After a successful tour Tottenham return home and will welcome their teammates back from World Cup wind down, the good news, as predicted by JTN a couple of weeks ago, is that Jan Vertonghen seems set to sign a new longterm contract and will probably vie with Hugo Lloris for the captains vacancy if as expected Michael Dawson departs. News of Tottenham transfer targets are diminishing rather than increasing though Pochettino seemed to imply that the club are seeking a couple of players to improve the squad. News about the injury to Chiriches and illnesses of Adebayor and Sandro have not been mentioned of late but hopefully we shall know something this week.
There has been some interesting news of another honour bestowed upon our illustrious neighbours Arsenal
Rarely, if ever, has there been a more enjoyable and successful pre-season tour undertaken by Tottenham Hotspur FC, this trip to America and Canada has been hugely beneficial and the players and fans have responded. There have been many more pluses than negatives, in fact have there been any negatives? We signed a new left back and a goalkeeper of such quality that Tottenham are in safe hands for years. Brad Friedel has played in every fixture and has along with Ledley King taken the Tottenham message to the fans and they have responded. The Tottenham supporters clubs of America and Canada have been incredible, the support wherever the team have gone has been amazing and they have ensured that Tottenham will remain one of the best supported EPL teams there.
What is happening at Southampton? somebody needs to put their finger in the dam and stop this exodus of players though it might already be too late. Two years ago Southampton made a welcome return to the Premier League playing a style of football most welcome, at the time though the football was pretty and exciting results were not so good and they were in danger of an immediate return to the Champioship and so they took a gamble on a new coach and up stepped Mauricio Pochettino.