Spurs show promise for future manager, whoever he will be

Posted by Dan Fitch

Hugo LlorisPA PhotosHugo Rodallega jokes around with Hugo Lloris after the Tottenham goalkeeper denied him on Saturday.

No one expected much from this fixture. Spurs had nothing to play for but the pain of playing around 30 of their 38 games next season on a Sunday, while relegation-threatened Fulham were willing but not able.

From such unpromising circumstances a reasonably entertaining match emerged. It was one that showed some promise for the future.

That's not to say that Tottenham's 3-1 win wasn't without its flaws. The game featured the normal amount of horrendous defensive errors but the home team nevertheless outscored their opponents. Continue Reading...

Bale goal highlights Spurs' lethargy

Posted by John Crace

Gareth Bale GettyImagesGareth Bale's energy and enthusiasm lasted until the final whistle.


In a season already punctuated all too frequently by both despair and dark comedy for Spurs fans, the most painful moment took place the best part of 1,000 miles away from White Hart Lane on Wednesday night. With five minutes to go and the scores level between Barcelona and Real Madrid, Gareth Bale ran 50 yards -- at times on the wrong side of the touchline -- to outpace the opposition defence and slot home the winning goal.

It was a moment of individual brilliance worthy of deciding a cup final; a moment that Bale proved himself a galactico amongst galacticos. Continue Reading...

Lamela needs new manager to rebuild his confidence

Posted by Dan Fitch

Erik Lamela AllsportErik Lamela can succeed at White Hart Lane, but he'll need a new manager to restore his confidence.

There have been many casualties of Tottenham's disastrous season, but perhaps the figure that cuts the saddest sight right now is Erik Lamela.

Of the seven signings made last summer, it is Lamela who has made the least impression. Christian Eriksen and Vlad Chiriches have been the success stories, Roberto Soldado has shown flashes of quality, while the jury remains out on Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli and Paulinho -- though you'd anticipate that Spurs could recoup most of their money on that trio anyway. Continue Reading...

The Tim Sherwood show should continue on TV

Posted by Dan Fitch

TottenhamGettyImagesTim Sherwood is under pressure at Tottenham amid suggestions he may not be manager next season.

If you wanted a typical Spurs-under-Tim-Sherwood performance, then I guess the 3-3 draw at West Brom might be it. There were plenty of goals at both ends. The defence played nervously and consistently made errors, while it was only a moment of individual attacking brilliance that saved Tottenham and Sherwood's blushes.

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Since the game, social media has been abuzz with claims that Sherwood stayed true to past form by thinking of the most incredulous thing he could possibly say and then saying it in front of people recording his every word. Continue Reading...

Six-goal thriller or six-goal embarrassment?

Posted by John Crace

TottenhamGettyImagesTottenham went behind early on to West Brom.

It might look like one of the season's great comebacks, but that only tells half the story. The more accurate description is that Spurs gifted West Brom a three-goal head start, an act of largesse that the Baggies promptly returned to end the game 3-3.

For almost the first time this season Tim Sherwood named an unchanged side, but the only real consistency was that Spurs once again began a match as if their minds were on the beaches of Rio. Within 43 seconds the visitors were a goal down at the Hawthorns, with the only Spurs player to have touched the ball being Hugo Lloris, who pushed across straight across into the path of Matej Vydra. Continue Reading...

Spurs players have only reputation to lose against West Brom

Posted by Dan Fitch

Mike Hewitt/Getty ImagesSandro has arguably shown the most promise of any Tottenham player.

At this stage of the season a team generally doesn't want to have to face a side fighting against relegation. Luckily for Tottenham, it matters little if they win, lose or draw.

After the 5-1 win over Sunderland, some fans got carried away to the extent that they started to speculate that Spurs could still qualify for the Champions League. If there is still anyone out there harbouring under this misbelief, let us firmly establish that this is simply not going to happen. Continue Reading...

Here comes the story of Harry Kane

Posted by Dan Fitch

Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty ImagesHarry Kane scored in Spurs' 5-1 romp over Sunderland on Monday night.

The news that Harry Kane was starting for Tottenham in their match against Sunderland was not greeted with much enthusiasm by my fellow supporters as we made our way to the Lane on Monday night.

Shock was expressed, then horror. It was if I'd just revealed that manager Tim Sherwood had re-signed Andy Booth on loan and was playing him up front, rather than a homegrown England U-21 international.

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Personally, I find that attitude surprising. Continue Reading...

Sherwood's thankless task

Posted by John Crace

Tim SherwoodGettyImagesTottenham manager Tim Sherwood has had a difficult introduction to life as a manager.

The sense of anticipation outside the ground before kickoff is usually unmistakeable. On Monday, the feeling was very different. As I walked up Tottenham High Road towards White Hart Lane, it was as if everyone was turning up for a preseason friendly. Several times I heard supporters say to one another “Why am I going tonight?” Spurs' season was effectively over, Sunderland were not a big attraction and to make matters worse it was starting to tip down with rain.

The stage was set for another classic Tottenham non-performance; a mixture of low comedy and low energy. Continue Reading...

Spurs talent shines against shocking Sunderland

Posted by Dan Fitch

Ian Walton/Getty ImagesTottenham haven't celebrated much in recent weeks, but Sunderland gave the team its fans plenty to cheer about.

See what can happen when the team knows that Tim Sherwood won't be manager next season? Actually, tonight's 5-1 result had less to do with what is going on at a Tottenham and a lot more to do with how bad Sunderland are.

This is a team that are meant to be fighting relegation, yet they displayed more of a laissez-faire attitude than Spurs -- a side that genuinely has nothing to play for. It all started quite brightly for the visitors, as Tottenham continued their recent charitable ways by presenting Sunderland with an opening goal served on a silver platter. Continue Reading...

Spurs must show more desire against Sunderland

Posted by John Crace

A race to the bottom may not be the most accurate verdict on Monday night's match between Spurs and Sunderland at White Hart Lane. After all, the Northeast club is currently propping up the Premier League table while Spurs are fairly comfortable in an anonymous seventh position that may be enough to ensure they have no involvement in next year's Europa League.

But even so, this fixture still has a race-to-the-bottom feel, a game more likely to be littered with nerves, misplaced passes and ugly tackles than creativity or fluency. Continue Reading...

ENIC out? Be careful what you wish for

Posted by Dan Fitch

When a club's owners waste an entire season thanks to their poor decisions, then they shouldn't be surprised if they anger their fan base.

Daniel Levy and company have dropped clanger after clanger since the summer. As a result, a sizable percentage of Tottenham's support are calling for the club's largest shareholder, Levy's ENIC Group (Formerly known as English National Investment Company), to go.

As children we are taught to forgive mistakes when possible, but there's only so much ineptitude that can be tolerated. Continue Reading...

No holiday from Spurs' problems as Sherwood appointment gets worse

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Clive Rose/Getty ImagesTottenham's Tim Sherwood is searching for answers but finding very few.

Everyone needs a break from work and an opportunity to recharge the batteries every now and then. This is especially true if your work involves analysing the goings on at Tottenham Hotspur.

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I was in two minds as to whether I’d actually make the effort to watch the Liverpool game. My pre-match prediction was a heavy four or five goal defeat, so why put myself through the agony of watching those events unfold when I could be poolside with a cold drink at hand? Continue Reading...