Good Week/Bad Week


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May 26, 2004
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A look back at the wins against Sunderland, Leicester and Palace...


Nacer Chadli

It feels a long time since Nacer was scoring goals and winning matches at the beginning of last season. So much has changed in just eighteen months, and his long injury lay-off threatened to make him our forgotten man.

After a few anonymous appearances, Chadli was back on the score sheet with a fine finish against Leicester, and followed that up with an assist and fantastic goal against Palace. While it might be a stretch to say he changed the game on saturday afternoon, Chadli did bring us something a little different. We lack true wingers, and that can make us narrow and allow the opposition to keep us in front of them - Chadli is one of the players who will not get drawn to the ball but look to run in behind the opposition's defensive line.

Personally I remain unconvinced that Chadli is really what we need, but there is no doubt that he can prove a useful option.

Heung Ming-Son

Stunning strike against Leicester, and lovely slipped pass for Chadli's goal. Still a little off in terms of general play but has been out injured, in his debut season in the Premier League, so an encouraging first season for the South Korean.

Mauricio Pochettino

Three wins on the bounce, some good changes and selections, and lots of smiles.

Kevin Wimmer

Starting in the cups, and Vertonghen's injury gave him a Premier League debut. Depending on how bad the knock Jan has picked up is, Wimmer could be set for a run in the Premier League side.

Cameron Carter-Vickers

If Vertonghen's injury is bad, the youngster who has made the bench for the cups might get his senior debut

Dele Alli

What a goal.

Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker

It is quite hard to tell who is Pochettino's first choice full backs are as he has rotated them game by game. Kieran will be pleased to be getting games, and his crossing is impressive - Kyle, however, will not be too fazed by this as at this moment the England international is defensively better and a more imposing physical presence. Was also captain in the cup.


Tom Carroll

No real candidates for a bad week - even little Tom will be pleased that our cup run is extended and he will have more opportunities for game time - but Bentaleb's return means competition for a central midfield berth has just got a bit stronger.

Andros Townsend

£14million is not a bad price for an England international in the prime of his career, but there doesn't seem to be a buyer willing to pay that. Might be a late one, but equally could find himself playing reserve football for another six months, and with it his chances of playing in the Euros will go down the pan.


New Member
Oct 22, 2006
Kyle Walker is defensively better than Trippier. I disagree, I feel with Walker in the team we're always going to give the opposition 1 or 2 guilt edged chances. Trippier made initial mistakes when he joined but I much prefer seeing his name on the team sheet.


Active Member
Feb 8, 2011
Krafty, spot on as usual. Had to really scape the bottom to find the bad. So much going for this young team, their growth this year in terms of playing as a unit and most importantly for each other has certainly exceeded my expectations. As each week goes on 4th is ours to lose, higher is To Dare To Do. COYS.


Active Member
Jun 14, 2012
I think Vertonghen should probably go in bad week, up to yesterday was fine of course - but an unfortunate own goal and then being elbowed and injuring your knee in the process can't be much fun.

Fingers crossed the injury is not serious.


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Jul 29, 2005
Poch and Chadli both deserve big credit for yesterday's win. Bringing him on for Dier at such an early stage in the second half was unexpected, but it paid big dividends. The cross for Kane was perfect and his goal was sublime. Ginola-esque.


SC's Naughty Boy
May 15, 2004
Pfft.. Tom Carroll has a bad thread on here.. nowhere near a bad anything anywhere else.
Nov 3, 2006
Its not just Trippier and Walker, Davies and Rose are also been swapped constantly. With fixtures coming thick and fast, it is important that are swapped and can all slot in without a hiccup. Arguably , IMO this is one of the most tiresome positions, so be able to rotate is a huge advantage.


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Feb 24, 2007
I've been worried all season about our lack of depth in certain positions. Our usual back four is good but in the last couple of weeks I've seen that in Davies, Trippier and Wimmer we have three players who can fill in very well. We have cover in midfield, it's just up front we're lacking. I don't want to end up disappointed but I'm starting to feel like we should get top four and a cup run - if we can do it that's as much as I asked for at the start of the season. One name was missing, Poch who is doing the best job since Burkinshaw. Long may he reign.


the member formerly and technically still known as
Mar 9, 2005
I prefer Nentaleb ahead of Dier. Though Dier is much more physical, but Bentaleb is more cool headed, good long passes and not afraid to launch forward
I was basically going to say the exact opposite to this!

I do like Bentaleb, but i can't help but notice: he does give the ball away in very dangerous positions, from either dallying on the ball to long and getting caught or misplaced passes. He seems to have the same 'brain-fart' capability as Kyle, where he is solid and assured, then suddenly plays the opposition striker through with a terrible back pass or something similar...

I'm not saying Dier is a Pirlo-esque passer, but i feel much more solid with him in there...