Roberto Soldado – A Poem

You were a goal machine from sunny Spain
Who made your way to White Hart Lane

Expectations high we watched and waited
But slowly our excitement became deflated

A lack of service and chemistry, no goals from open play
Your score tally dwindled and confidence faded away

Our manager changed and we hope you would too
But every time you step on the pitch a dark shadow casts over you

The look in your eyes looks like nothing but pain
As the crowd screams and shouts bring on Harry Kane!

In my heart I’m still yearning for a beautiful game
Where your blasting them in, on your way to Yid fame

Please understand that we all want you to stay
But our patience is short and going away…

Harry Kane and the Monster from Belgium

Tottenham 2 – Aston Villa 1

At the end of the day the result is all that really matters, right? We took 3 pts away from a game we may not have totally deserved to win, by a moment of divine intervention from the legend that is Harry Kane. Aston Villa looked dangerous and despite their poor form and goal drought looked the better side up until the red card incident. The Monster from Belgium otherwise known as Christian Benteke literally made Kaboul look like a small, little weakling and he was a menace to our backline. A moment of cheekiness from our Man of the Match, Mr. Ryan Mason, in provoking the beast into a rage completely changed the outcome of this game. We’ve had enough red cards go the wrong way for us in recent years that I feel no sorrow for Villa and the monster. He raised his hand to Mason’s face, nothing more needs to be said.

Provoking the Beast…

The only real problem I had with the whole situation was Lamela’s unforgivably childish behavior telling the ref over and over that it should be a red card. I hope Poch gave Lamela a good Argentinian thrashing for that, because it lacks class and probably warranted a yellow for himself. Luckily class act, Harry Kane tried to make him stop this behavior as you can see below.

Lamela Please Stop

While Ryan Mason and Harry Kane seemed to have received the most praise from the match, Chadli’s equalizer was crucial for our comeback and he deserves enormous credit.

Chadli Goal

From the moment Kane came on I felt it was destiny for him to score. However as the time dwindled and we squandered opportunities, I began to worry. When the tenacious little Colombian gave us a free kick outside the box, Harry Kane was the only answer. While the finish took a huge deflection and luck was on our side, Kane’s confidence to claim the ball and step up when the game was on the line is EXACTLY what we’ve been missing all season.

Kane Match Winner & Celebration

Thank you Harry Kane…

Brighton Goals and Our Striker Situation

The loss to newcastle was a seriously depressing moment to be a Spurs fan, one in which I’d rather not get into, so let’s move on to the match against Brighton…

Here are some links to Vines of both Goals:

Goal 1: Lamela – This goal was actually better than this short little clip shows. Lamela and Soldado teamed up for a beautiful string of one-two passes. Their chemistry is undeniable and Soldado’s new haircut looks menacing so hopefully that’s the difference that will finally bring him into form… (https://vine.co/v/OMIEA7gUAdV)

Goal 2: Kane – A great reaction and yet another goal for a very in form Englishman in the games he’s played. (https://vine.co/v/OMTBdXU39VZ)

The only team left in the League Cup that is better than Spurs on paper is probably Chelsea. If Spurs want to win some silverware this year, this actually might be our best bet and I am all for it. Our next game in this cup will be against Newcastle so hopefully we can take revenge!

Who should start at striker against Aston Villa?

This is a question that everyone has on their mind at the moment and I pray that Pochettino does too. Adebayor hasn’t played well lately, but he’s the most proven striker in the Premier League that we have on our squad, but his recent form has been poor. Soldado has showed signs of improvement with some creative play and near chances recently, but we all know about his premier league performances in lilywhite thus far. Kane is on fire in the games that he plays, but it’s normally against low level sides in Europa and Cup performances. Aston Villa has been a VERY poor side and could be a great opportunity for us to improve our goal differential. So the question is, who should we start?

For me, I would like to see Kane start this weekend. In fact, I will be upset with Poch if he starts Ade again. I also think that we could potentially start Soldado and Kane together (with Kane more as a CF sitting slightly behind Soldado). My reasoning for this is that I think the biggest problem our team is currently lacking is mental toughness, and I know I’m not the only one. On the Men in Blazers podcast this week here was a quote about Tottenham – ‘They’re beautiful looking, but woefully insecure.’ I would have to agree with their assessment completely and I think confidence and the ability to keep our head in the game is a problem far larger than our manager or talent on the team. The fans are excited about Kane and during the Brighton game he seemed to be far and away the fan favorite. He has something to prove, is in form and Villa could be the perfect opportunity for him to spread his wings and fly.

What do you think?

 

Thoughts on Man City Away: 4-1

The Goal

Negatives
There are a ton of positives to take away from this match, but at the end of the day you should never be happy with a 4-1 hammering. There were mistakes, soft penalties for both sides and one of the most terrifying strikers in the league in the form of his life. Taking that all into account the thing that frustrates me the most about this game was the pathetic lack of mental toughness to try and stay in the game from Lamela and Soldado. After Lamela’s mistake to conceded the first goal, then the additional somewhat careless (although questionable) mistake to concede the penalty he hobbled around the pitch like a sad puppy with his chin to his chest. At this point we were still very much in the game, but Lamela’s confidence was shot and he was constantly throwing his hands in the air with frustration and had a complete lack of conviction for the remainder of the match. This is unacceptable behavior and in my mind Lamela deserves a good kick up the ass. Now on to Soldado. Honestly, this was one of his better matches in lilywhite that he has ever had. He was creative, involved in the buildup/holdup play and looked a genuine goal threat. That being said, when it came time to step up to the spot and slam home a penalty that could have completely changed the course of this match, he reverted back to his typical self. Walking up to the spot I could see it in his face that he wasn’t confident in the shot, I was screaming at the TV asking Eriksen to take the penalty. The penalty was horrendous, you don’t rely on keeper movement in a game this big, you have to slam one into the side netting. The missed penalty was bad, and other than the one chance he had soon after, his complete lack of effort was a disgrace in the final 20+ minutes of the game. If you do not convert a penalty in a match as big as this one, you better be running yourself into the ground for the rest of the match trying to make up for your mistake. I don’t care how much Soldado looked ‘improved’ his lack of confidence and conviction doesn’t equal 1/3 of what we paid for him…

Positives
We held the former premier league champions to a tight game for the first 67 minutes. Lampards antics for their first penalty were completely fabricated, giving them an early advantage that was unwarranted. Poch was one of the most active managers Ive ever seen in that game screaming at us to hold a high line and press, which to his credit worked wonders the first 3/4 of the game. Lack of chances have been something we’ve struggled with all season and we had 19 shots to their 20 shots this game.
Lloris was immense as usual. Rose looks to be getting better every day and Ryan Mason should start every game from here on out, he was a little bulldog out there. Eriksen also had a very good game.
Expecting us to make Champions League this year isn’t something we should be doing. Spurs need time to gel as a team and with their new manager. I have 100% faith in Poch and think he’s in another league than AVB or Sherwood. That being said we need to be patient as he inherited a mess of mismanaged talent this year.