Spurs

Spurs Torch Toon Hopes Amid Qatari Takeover Talk

Theo Delaney | Posted 18.12.2014 | 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 15.12.2014 | 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 12.12.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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 01.12.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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 04.11.2014 | 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 30.10.2014 | 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 27.10.2014 | 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 24.10.2014 | 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.

Ominously Like 2005 All Over Again

William Barns-Graham | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Sport
William Barns-Graham

Chelsea look ominous, Liverpool and Man Utd look unlikely to compete at the top due to complete defensive inadequacy, while the North London teams look set for another groundhog season of raised then dashed hopes - though hope then dejection has pretty much already taken place at Spurs.

Tottenham's Problem May Be the Ponderous Dembele

Theo Delaney | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Following a rocket from the boss and with a refreshed line up, Spurs should - should - have too much for Forest, but whatever permutation trots out at the Emirates you rather fear for them against Arsenal.

The Mystery of Paulinho Endures as Spurs Take Solid Point in Belgrade

Theo Delaney | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Despite his goal in the last round against Limassol, Paulinho continues to underwhelm in a Spurs shirt...

The Champions League, Cain Hoy and Milton Keynes Beckon for Spurs

Theo Delaney | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Young Harry Kane always scores. That's what you found yourself thinking when he came off the bench with Spurs cruising at 2-1 against Sunderland on Saturday. Then he did, in the wrong net, to present Sunderland with one of the most undeserved points in their long history.

Spurs Fans Will Have to Take Their Medicine If They Want to Stay Among the Big Boys

Theo Delaney | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Transfer windows are enormously entertaining... they sometimes seem much more exciting than the game itself. The best thing is always the apoplectic fury expressed by the fans that think their clubs have failed to spend enough money. And as the whole of football knows, there are no fans more convinced that their club is punching below its weight than Spurs fans.

Spurs Must Be Wary of Sturridge and Sterling's Pace and Guile If They Are to Avenge Last Season's Humblings

Theo Delaney | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Sunday's team will presumably be the same one that mauled QPR last week unless Poch sees fit to plunge new boy Fazio in for a debut ahead of Kaboul. If Spurs can achieve the same kind of exciting fluency on display last weekend then they have every chance of avenging the heavy defeats Liverpool inflicted last season...

A New Dawn at Tottenham That May Not Prove False

Theo Delaney | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

No strangers to false dawns, the Spurs faithful filed out of the Lane to a murmured chorus of 'let's not get carried away'... But, while a much more thorough examination is in store when Liverpool come to visit next Sunday, the fact that Pochettino's plan was so clear and that it worked so comprehensively was as joyous to behold as it was unexpected.

Clever Pochettino and Potent Lamela Promise Tricky Tottenham Returns for Redknapp and Hoddle

Theo Delaney | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

If Pochettino is to match or better Redknapp's achievements, one of the first things he needs is a successful conclusion to this transfer window... But with the squad already full to bursting, others will have to leave first and offloading highly paid, declining professionals with long contracts is difficult

After Guffawing Their Way Out Of Upton Park, Spurs Fans Face Sober Reflection

Theo Delaney | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

Every football fan knows that the best route to a derby victory is the one that inflicts the most dismay and humiliation on the opposition... only thing that we can be reasonably certain of right now is that Pochettino's preferred eleven, when it settles down in the autumn, will bear little resemblance to Saturday's line up.

Big Season for Lamela

Jamie Currie | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Sport
Jamie Currie

He is Tottenham's club-record signing, but his first season at White Hart Lane didn't go to plan for himself or the club... he's yet to get off the mark goalscoring wise in competitive action, he certainly has a point to prove - not only to the fans but maybe even to himself as next season fast approaches.