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  1. hellava_tough

    New signings in 2018/19 reviewed

    So I thought I’d start a thread on other clubs’ signings for the season just gone. Who impressed you, who was a flop and who should we have potentially signed from this bunch? Here are some reference sites to help...
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    Nikola Kalinic

    Link to the Atletico Madrid player, which has been strengthened since they signed Morata: https://www.marca.com/en/football/spanish-football/2019/01/21/5c46155ae2704e2caa8b462d.html https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/755238/Tottenham-transfer-news-Chelsea-Nikola-Kalinic Don't know...
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    Finances 2016-17

    I'm not sure if these have been posted, but the Guardian article is from 6th June 2018, so I'm guessing they're 'new' : https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/06/premier-league-finances-club-guide-2016-17 Thought they were interesting. Given we've got an extra season of CL football and...
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    Underrated defence

    Something I've noticed over the last couple of seasons is that good, well organised defences tend not to get the credit they deserve from pundits and fans alike, especially when they significantly contribute to a match result. This aspect of the game obviously isn't ignored completely by those...
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    Forming a PL team from the lower leagues

    After watching Dele Alli’s performances this season, I’ve been thinking about the talent available in lower league football. It’s led me to pose this question: If you had no restrictions in choosing players from any team in an English league, outside of the Premier League, could you form a...
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    Mental weakness at Spurs

    A lot has been made of the players' mental weakness over the last couple of weeks, not least by our manager. This isn't a new thing, however, as over the last 20-odd years Tottenham Hotspur have also had a reputation for being a bit soft; for "always letting you down" as I think Roy Keane once...
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    How long do you give the manager?

    Don't worry, this isn't a 'Poch Out' thread - Spurs fans can be bad, but not that bad :) Instead, it's really a discussion on how patient we all are as fans and when, in each of our own individual opinions, does a manager fail to such an extent that he needs to be sacked. The reason I'm...
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    Could we have had a stab at the title this year?

    Looking at Liverpool's impressive season so far, I can't help but get frustrated thinking that we should be up there, challenging for the title this season. If we had have kept our world-class player for one more season, like Liverpool did theirs, brought in Eriksen and (crucially) let AVB buy...
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    The Hugo Lloris appreciation thread

    I have to give a shout-out to the keeper today - the guy was quality. Pulled off some great saves when we needed him most. Hugo Lloris, sir, take a bow! Hope he's at the Lane for many years to come (y)
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    So how will Bale do in Madrid?

    I haven't seen a thread on it, so apologies if there's already one that I missed. Anyway, simple question: How will Bale do in Madrid? Will he light up La Liga and the Champs League, or will he have a limited impact like some of the other UK players who ended up at the Bernabeu? What do...
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    25 more goals...

    I was having a chat with a friend of mine recently about the up-coming season; where different teams would finish, who would do well, etc, etc. My friend lived and died by a simple theory – the team that scores the most goals over the course of the season generally wins the league. Therefore to...
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    James Richardson's European football review

    Does anyone else watch these weekly episodes on the Guardian website? They're genuinely hilarious (but also informative) Here's the latest one: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/video/2012/dec/21/james-richardson-european-football-papers-review-video
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    Corruption in the EPL

    On the eve of our game against Man Utd, a fixture that in the past has seen some very dubious refereeing decisions, I thought it would be interesting to discuss corruption in the EPL. So, essentially, from it's inception 20-odd years ago how much corruption (if any at all) has there been in...
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    Our transfer policy

    Obviously there's been lots of talk about our transfer policy all over the forum, so I thought I'd create a thread that pulls it all together Basically, what do you think of our transfer policy? Is it good, is it bad? Do you agree with DL's approach to things, are there things that he...
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    If we didn't sign anyone else...

    ...this transfer window, how do you think we'd do next seaon? There are a couple of scenarios attached to this question too, such as: Ade signs Ade doesn't sign Modric stays Modric leaves but we get a replacement Modric leaves and we don't get a replacement Just be interesting to get...
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    Andre Villas Boas - funny

    I was looking at AVB's earlier press-conferences for Chelsea on You Tube and came across this: **Check out his look 22 seconds in** :) On a slightly different note, his first Chelsea press-conference is so different from his Spurs one today. The guy has learnt a lot already it seems...
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    Lack of balance in central midfield

    Despite the squad being full of very talented individuals, for me our main weakness is the lack of balance in central midfield; a midfield that I'd like to be made up from a DM, a box-to-box busy **** and a more attack-minded CM that will get you around 15 league goals a season I like this...
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    The future!

    So we’ve had our ups and downs this season, but overall it’s been both entertaining and enjoyable. It’s certainly been our best period for a while However, there are a number of issues that the club has to resolve over the next few months: - The manager (is Harry staying or going? And if he...
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    Best chance of winning the league?

    Man Utd won the league today with 77pts I believe we finished with 70pts last season With a couple of good strikers, could we have nicked another 7pts? Was this season the best chance in a long time to win the league :shrug:
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    Worst bunch of strikers ever to grace the PL?

    This question came up in the office where I work today: Does anyone know which team has had the worst set of strikers in PL history? I think our lads have 9 goals between them, but that stat is coloured by the fact that VDV has played just behind the front 2 (and he's got 10 league goals)...
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