Spurs Aren't 'Spursy' Anymore

Theo Delaney | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

In just a few months Pochettino has managed to assert his authority in a way that none of his recent predecessors have. The football has been entertaining, the results have been good, but it is the manner in which they have been achieved that has been the clearest and most welcome manifestation of his influence.

Spurs Are Not the Same Without Harry Kane and Will Be Better Off Out of Europe

Theo Delaney | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Once again the simple fact that Spurs are greatly diminished when Harry Kane isn't playing centre forward was all too clearly demonstrated. Kane did come on for the last half hour but he was asked to play behind Soldado and it is much harder for him to change games from that deeper position.

History Will Judge Aaron Lennon's Exhilarating Tottenham Career Kindly

Theo Delaney | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

The moment when a player leaves a club isn't usually the time that his efforts get the fairest assessment. If he is going at the peak of his powers the fans are disinclined to appreciate the good times because they feel jilted. If he goes when his best days are behind him, fans are slow to remember him in his pomp.

Eriksen Supreme but Pochettino Is Tottenham's Real Hero

Theo Delaney | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

In getting Spurs to the Capital One Cup final and keeping them in contention for the Europa League and a top four Premiership finish, Pochettino is having a remarkably good first season. To the more delusional Spurs fan this level of achievement might be considered par but given what he's had to contend with, it is much better than that.

Adebayor Can Still Be a Big Player for Tottenham Despite The Fans' Boos

Theo Delaney | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

What is it about Emmanuel Adebayor? He came on after an hour of Saturday's game with Sunderland and was greeted by boos from the home fans. Not all of them, but enough for the sound to be audible to everyone present.

Why Manchester United Are Lucky to Be in the Top Four

Joe Difford | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Sport
Joe Difford

​Manchester United have been far easier on the eyes this season, but they currently sit on 37 points after 21 games, exactly the same as this time last season when David Moyes was in charge. Just let that sink in for a moment.

Time for Spurs to Cash in on Townsend

Theo Delaney | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Looking at Townsend's performance on Saturday it's very hard to understand how he has leapfrogged Aaron Lennon in the wingers' queue. In fact, apart from an emphatically converted penalty at a crucial point in the Chelsea game, it's difficult to think of anything good Townsend has done for some time now.

Spurs Must Replace or Reintegrate The Kaboul Cabal for Continued Success

Theo Delaney | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Where did it all go right? How does a team that was pitiful in losing at home to Stoke City on 9 November became one capable of sticking five goals past leaders Chelsea on New Year's Day? Perhaps a glance at the Tottenham line ups for those two games provides a clue.

Can Spurs Emulate Harry Kane's Transformation From Likeable Trier to Deadly Operator?

Theo Delaney | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Happily there is no talk of losing Harry Kane, the lifelong Tottenham fan who hails from nearby Chingford and has risen from the ranks. Dare the faithful hope that his journey from likeable trier to deadly operator might be similar to the one the team is on?

Tottenham Improve While Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United Stutter

Theo Delaney | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

An away win at high flying Swansea, an emphatic cup quarter final victory over Newcastle and, finally, the defeat of a lowly premier league team at home after the debacles against Stoke, West Brom and Palace have meant that Christmas has arrived slightly ahead of schedule for Tottenham fans.

Spurs Torch Toon Hopes Amid Qatari Takeover Talk

Theo Delaney | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Harry Kane scored and was once again Tottenham's stand out performer in the 4-0 victory over Newcastle... A trip to a Wembley final for the first time in six years beckons and only a failure to wrestle three points from Burnley on Saturday can spoil Christmas now.

Eriksen the Key as Tottenham Continue Unlikely Progress

Theo Delaney | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Somehow, despite all the moaning, the turgid play, the ordinary players, Franco Baldini, Poch's accent and the small pitch, Spurs are just four points off the top four, two points behind Arsenal, three clear of Liverpool and still in all the cups. But without Eriksen, the picture would be a good deal less rosy.

Spurs Players Need To Shake Off The Cotton Wool and Start Enjoying Themselves

Theo Delaney | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

The post Double side of the early 60s was, in Jimmy's judgement, the best team in the world at the time and not many who watched them would argue. They were never mollycoddled and they enjoyed every minute that they played together. Could this have been at least a part of their secret?

Deeply Ordinary Spurs Are Sapping the Fans of Hope

Theo Delaney | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Two or three times this season, Tottenham fans have kidded themselves that their team is better than ordinary. The most recent occasion was following the exuberant victory over Everton just six days before Saturday's game against Crystal Palace.

Spurs Suddenly Spring to Life Thanks to Homegrown Heartbeat

Theo Delaney | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Perhaps it's sod's law that three days after they've finally put together a good performance Spurs have to go to Chelsea who look more or less unbeatable. On the other hand, maybe this is exactly the right time to visit Stamford Bridge...

What Now For a Spurs Side That Just Gets Worse and Worse?

Theo Delaney | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Knotted brows and shaking heads emerged from White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon; supporters bewildered and dumbstruck by what they had seen. Pouring out of the away end the Stoke fans scratched their heads and demanded of each other in disbelief: how on earth did we only manage to beat that shower by just the one goal?

Tottenham's Labours in Greece Mask Pochettino's Quietly Creditable Record

Theo Delaney | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Pochettino's record is ten wins and four defeats in all competitions so far... If he can achieve all this with a sluggish, misfiring squad, imagine what he'll be able to do once he's got them finely tuned and boosted by a couple of astute signings in January. There's always a bright side if you're prepared to rummage around for it.

Mason and Kane Put Tottenham's Highly Paid Superstars To Shame

Theo Delaney | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Pochettino, Levy and almost all of the players were about to be subjected to a tsunami of the internet's choicest football rage. I say 'almost' all of the players because among the lethargic, highly paid, multinational superstars were a couple of notable exceptions in Ryan Mason and Harry Kane.

Pochettino Struggling to Get His Tottenham Players Out of the Toilet

Theo Delaney | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Pochettino has said that introducing new tactics, training methods and the like doesn't take long but that changing mentality is a much lengthier process. The measure of a good manager is whether he can make his a team add up to more than the sum of its parts.

Mentally Weak and Lacking in Quality, Apart From That Spurs Look... OK

Theo Delaney | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

If you're a football fan predisposed towards optimism, you spend a fair bit of time constructing arguments to justify your sunny outlook.... Then the players come out of the tunnel and play with such leaden ineptitude that you feel they're openly mocking you.

Pochettino's Misery a Real Cause for Tottenham-Optimism

Theo Delaney | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

All of which, like the form of Kane and Lamela, is good news. Pochettino is not the type to let a home win against a Greek side no one has ever heard of distract him from the bigger picture. His steely resolve, evident since the desperate home defeat to West Bromwich Albion, is what's going to drag this team kicking and screaming towards the fulfilment of its potential.

Stick a Good Centre Forward Into This Spurs Team and Watch It Fly

Theo Delaney | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Whether a striker of the required calibre becomes available in January - let alone whether Chairman Levy will be inclined to make the necessary investment - remains to be seen. But if they do find someone capable of finishing the chances the creative department are increasingly serving up, this could yet turn out to be a very good season for Tottenham.

Spurs Fans Have Top Four Optimism To Mitigate the Ennui of the International Break

Theo Delaney | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Of the four, only Manchester United currently lie above Spurs - on goal difference - but they look more and more like the modern version of Ossie Ardiles's flaky 1994 Tottenham team which had the best attack in the league and the worst defence.

Chiriches's Coco the Clown Impression Must Be Put To One Side As Southampton Await Spurs In The Main Event

Theo Delaney | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Vlad Chiriches has been looking like a disaster waiting to happen in the Spurs defence for some time and on Thursday night, late in the game, the waiting ended. His ugly air-shot of a hashed clearance, compounded by a desperate hand ball in full view of the referee, resulted in a converted penalty for Demba Ba and an equaliser for Besiktas.

Expectation Management Is Fans' Best Policy as Arsenal v Tottenham Ordeal Looms

Theo Delaney | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

If the near-inevitable happens, the Tottenham faithful will find themselves wondering why Arsenal's dominance, which was close to total for twenty years before a brief spell of parity in the Redknapp/AVB era, appears to have returned so quickly. At least they wont have had any high hopes dashed.