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Dedicated to Dele

Spurs don’t play for a couple of days so its a bit early for the pre match bloeug and with so many great comments post match on the last bloeug it hardly seemed worth recapping the foxes game, though an away victory against recent Premier League Champs and nouveaux bitter rivals surely does deserve some crowing by the Cockerel that out foxed the foxes.

However today’s offering is dedicated to Dele to mark the occasion of his fiftieth (yes 50th) goal for the mighty Totteringhams of Hotspurland. He’s the best player called Jermaine that we’ve had at Spurs since…. well he’s the best player called Jermaine we had and we’ve had some good runs and some not so good!

One of the greatest managers of all time (well certainly recent time) Sir Alex Ferguson said of Dele, in March 2016 and I quote:

“He is probably the best young midfielder I have seen in many years, probably going back as far as Gascoigne”

and more recently he reiterated his point by saying,

“This guy can be one of the best midfielders in Europe”,

I believe SAF had a good eye for young talent and his opinion on such matters should be highly valued.

The story of Dele as it is unfolding before our very eyes bares testimony to SAF’s prophecy. The landmark fiftieth goal in not much over 100 starts for Spurs speaks for itself in terms of goal scoring prowess but I think there is so much more to this young man than goal scoring.

Yesterday for example in the absence of Eriksen I watched as Dele produced a command performance. He seemed to take on more responsibility for bringing teammates into play, more passing and less flicks (though his little cameo in the box where he tricked his way through the foxes defense was sublime). Similarly against MK Dons when he was given the armband he produced a more mature performance than usual. In fact I think his trajectory has been toward more solid team play than previous seasons, hard graft as well as fancy footwork.

The game against Chelsea was a masterclass of man marking one of the best passers of the ball out of the game. It will hardly show up in stats and isn’t what he is known for but it was a huge part of why we won and something none of us (to my knowledge) had ever expected from him based on our comments and banter.

He is fast becoming a team leader and I think that shows more when he is the main man. Without Kane and Eriksen yesterday, Dele stepped up, showed leadership and maturity, took responsibility and was in my mind the key difference maker. He still was able to showcase some of his outrageous abilities, he still scored, he still made a number of penetrating darts into the box but in addition he involved his teammates more than usual and drove the side forward, in my opinion it was a more rounded performance than normal and more productive.

I love his attitude, I love that he cried in the locker room when he got sent off, I love some of his quotes, especially about competitiveness:

“I’d love to play for Spurs and play at White Hart Lane. It won’t be easy, and I’ll have fight for my place in the team, but I’ll work hard to do that”

“I have always had confidence in my ability; I knew I’d get a chance coming here. That’s one of the main reasons why I signed for Tottenham”.

“Steven Gerrard was someone I looked up to massively. I’d always try to copy him, right down to the boots he was wearing. It was his attitude on the pitch that stood out – you could really see how much he hated losing”

“Do you need an aggressive streak to thrive? You could say that. A lot of the great players have that mentality”.

“I’m not going to lie: I’m a competitive player. I think there’s no point playing football if you’re not competitive and you don’t want to win games”.

“Aggression is something that is a part of me, and I’m never going to take that out of my game”.

“I have made a few mistakes with my temper, I know. But I have learned from that”.

Of course its not all about aggression and competitiveness:

“I like to enjoy the game and to have fun and express myself as much as I can”

Sure we missed CE’s vision and range of incisive passing to a certain extent yesterday, and boy would I hate to see him leave, but in Dele I see a creative successor and/or complement to CE and as Dele’s game evolves and if the unthinkable should happen that CE decides the lure of the Spanish lucre is just too much to resist I think Dele will be able to fill the void.

A final thought: My daughter was a little disappointed in me, when I went to Wembley last month because I was supposed to take a sign saying ‘Dele, please marry my daughter’. She doesn’t know much about football other than:

Spurs are the greatest team in the world,

Harry Kane #10 the greatest striker on Earth plays for Spurs and England,

Son – he’s so cute he always looks happy,

Harry Winks he’s cute too, and

Dele – he’s my boyfriend, he just doesn’t know it yet.

What else does she need to know? What more does a father need to teach his girl?!

Author: Flat Oeuf

A blog dedicated to aficionados of the chicken badge of Tottenham Hotspur FC, unashamedly revelling in the agony and ecstasy of every moment of every game....no matter who finds themselves fortunate enough, in any given season, to be the stewards, manager or players of the best club in the world. COYFS!

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SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago

THAT WAS FANBLAHDYTASTIC! I LOVE EM ONE AND ALLLLLLLLL!

Syd
Syd
2 years ago

Monreal whinging already….can’t stand that guy

Syd
Syd
2 years ago

Gidday lads… COYS
So what’s Sanchez’s injury and how long is he out for?

Spursy
Spursy
2 years ago
Reply to  Syd

Think it was a hamstring. He’s back in training so expect we’ll see him in a few matches.

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago

Wahey, 2 likes!
You shouldn’t have FoFty.
Tenks man.

Fatty B
Fatty B
2 years ago

I hate it when we are over optimistic. Why we can’t jus’ cool, I don’t know.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago

Rose has the arm band.

Fatty B
Fatty B
2 years ago

I find it amazing that Levy has managed to build a squad of players who’re all the same height / hieght.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago

We’re going for it tonight.

Spursy
Spursy
2 years ago

Yep.

HD 🇺🇸
HD 🇺🇸
2 years ago

We have to, it’s the Arse. Blood match.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
2 years ago

Lads should be fired up after all the stories

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago

Arsenal XI vs. Tottenham: Cech; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Xhaka, Monreal; Torreira, Guendouzi; Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Iwobi; Aubameyang.

Fatty B
Fatty B
2 years ago

Spursy! Gissa 👋
Spursy Spursy Gissa 👋

Spursy
Spursy
2 years ago
Reply to  Fatty B

👋👋👋👋👋👌

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
2 years ago
Reply to  Spursy

Yaaaay – We luv ya Spursy we do, we luv ya Spursy we do….ooooo Spursy we love you.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  AntSpurs

We’ve got Spursy, Spursy … er … Spursy
I just don’t think you understand
She’s only got one name
It really ain’t a shame
We’ve got Spursy … er … Spursy

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
2 years ago

Ole Ole Ole Ole Spursay, Spursay
Oooooole…

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago
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AntSpurs

Poch’s not messing about tonight. The thrashing is on. It’s the Sissy and Winksy show.

Fatty B
Fatty B
2 years ago

On way home now for the zoccer

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago
Reply to  Spursy

Likey likey Spursy 👍👍👍👍👍

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago

Can’t wait for the footie, what a shit filled couple of days this has been!

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago
Reply to  Superspoz 🏆

..besides, my “Poch,it’s Utd” tweet only got 1 like. ONE FCKN LIKE!

Funkenschlag!
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Superspoz 🏆

Well you won’t get any here…

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

👎

Funkenschlag!
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Superspoz 🏆

👍

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Superspoz 🏆

I like your tweet.

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago

👍

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago
Reply to  Superspoz 🏆

Two, dude. I’ll always be there for you, we’ll get through this.

Fatty B
Fatty B
2 years ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

I just voted it down one. I haven’t read the thing but I like to manage expectations. The answers -no- what’s the question?

Spursy
Spursy
2 years ago

I always thought Poch wanted to be the new Bill Nicholson. I’m sure he’s quoted as saying he aspires to be as good as him at Spurs.

Is he someone who goes after a big pot of gold? He seems loyal. He’s working with one of the best strikers in the world. He’s got a megastar in the making in Dele. He has wonderful players in Christian, Jan, Hugo etc. I can’t see him walking away.

In his book, he said he only left Southampton because the ownership changed and the guy who brought him in left. He seems like a control freak with a need for stability and a desire to know everyone and everything about what is surrounding his team.

He’s spent four years getting us into shape. I can’t see him moving on because he wants to win with us.

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
2 years ago
Reply to  Spursy

Snap

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

The Mirror had a far better take. He ain’t going to United. And one big reason is, at Spurs, he is allowed to get on with his work unhindered. No one looking over his shoulder, no ghost of Fergie and his dozens of trophies. No director of football, no Roy Keane, no Nevilles. And that’s the way he likes it.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

I liked this quote from the Mirror concerning the army of opinion:
’11 months of the year Pochettino is overrated, overhyped and trophyless, but when arguably the biggest job in football becomes available, he’s the man for the job.’

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago

Bale with a 10-minute hat trick in the World Club Cup.

foeorfreund
Admin
2 years ago

Although I mentioned previously that I found Poch’s relationship with Guillem Balague concerning, I find myself reassured by his take on Poch to Manure….

via tweet:
“United’s favorite coach is Pochettino. But they will have to negotiate with Levy. Then they would have to convince Pochettino too. Neither of the two things are guaranteed”.

via article on AS (You will have to Google translate):
https://as.com/futbol/2018/12/18/internacional/1545135249_956515.html

The most important bits being:

“In 48 hours there will be a provisional coach while they try to convince Pochettino to be it in the future. He will not take care of that call until he agrees with Levy a starting price, which may never exist. It does not have a termination clause. Therefore, if all parties agree, it would be the most expensive transfer of a coach in the history of football.”

and…

“Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino, reaffirmed his commitment to the London entity when asked about the rumors that relate to him as one of the favorites to occupy the bench of the recently fired Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
The Argentine was asked about these speculations and said he could not respond to this type of questions derived from news that occurs in this business.”

Does he have less inside info than Matt Hughes?

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
2 years ago

Bruxie
Sat here in gentrfied Islington. Biding my time.
Twats all over the place. Must have taken the a’noon off.
3rd pint bought.
No badges or colours showing.

There used to be a great fish and chip restaurant in Islington. Previous owner of the Sea shell which was good at one time

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago

Big lads have just arrived.
I’m staying here.
At least they know where the ground is!
More like Millwall than Gooners!

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Like this?

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Bruxie

Now
Do I go into Wetherspoons @ Highbury & Islington and shout COYS?

Hartley
Hartley
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruxie

If you want to see a load of Gooners run for their lives..

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago
Reply to  Hartley

OK I won’t do it then.

Hartley
Hartley
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Have a good un Bruxie, enjoy the win.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Can you stand the smell of fear?

Hartley
Hartley
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

💩💩💩

UnkleTaff
Admin
2 years ago

A leek the size of a spring onion.

So that’s at least one trip into town I didn’t want to make.

🙁

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago
Reply to  UnkleTaff

That’s not very Welsh!

Hartley
Hartley
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Nid yw hynny na hynny !

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago
Reply to  Hartley

Geordie?

Hartley
Hartley
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Where’s me scran, I’m clamming, Howay man.

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Hoy a hamma oer ere hinny.
I say old bean pass me the hammer.

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Dunna drop yer doddle on t cuddy mat.
Please refrain from flicking ash on the hearth rug.

Hartley
Hartley
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruxie

All good but it’s not proper English.
Ear all, see all, say nowt. Eat all, sup all, pay nowt. And if ever thou does owt fer nowt – allus do it fer thissen

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago
Reply to  Hartley

Brill!

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Mike Neville…BBC Look North presenter.
Larn yerself Geordie.
Great little book.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  UnkleTaff

Outrageous.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Bruxie
Doubt it
I’ve heard he’s on his bike.

He’s sitting in the Commons as I watch live. You’re quite safe.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

Oh no, he’s just left. Beware!

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Bruxie
And no bananas.

Can you throw an empty cup of banana milkshake at Aubameyang, or just strawberry or vanilla?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago

From Jose’s official post-sacking statement: “I know that you are all aware of my professional principles. Each time a chapter is closed I show my deepest respect and I don’t make any comments about my former colleagues.”

Get ready for plenty of comments about his former colleagues.

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago

NDA.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Wait for his book

UnkleTaff
Admin
2 years ago

I’ve just taken delivery of my last Sainsbury’s order of the year.

Talisker, check.

Laphroaig, check.

Glenmorangie, check*.

Right. That’s me sorted for the next fortnight.

* Other items were included.

foeorfreund
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  UnkleTaff

Limes?

UnkleTaff
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Lemons (for the tofu cheesecake and whisky sours). But no lemon wannabes.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago
Reply to  UnkleTaff

Ice?

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago
Reply to  UnkleTaff

Try Laguvulin sometime. Peaty and special.

UnkleTaff
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Oh, I have. Very nice.

Best whisky I’ve had so far is a Macallan — but I’ve never seen it at a sensible price. At least with the whiskies I’ve named they’re discounted every once in awhile (which is when I like to stock up).

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago
Reply to  UnkleTaff

Good taste! Caoil Isla is another.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago
Reply to  UnkleTaff

A friend turned me on Japanese Whiskies. White Oak Akashi is my current go-to.

UnkleTaff
Admin
2 years ago

I’ve been meaning to sample a Japanese whisky for years. I’ve heard they’re very good indeed.

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago
Reply to  UnkleTaff

The pub I’m in are doing Laguvulin @ 3.70…a double would be £5.70 on promotion. Tempted but want to see the match!

UnkleTaff
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruxie

Save it for a post-match celebration.

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago
Reply to  UnkleTaff

Yep!

Merrance
Merrance
2 years ago

Yep watch out for him

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago

I directly reached out to Matt Hughes of the Times and asked him as Poch doesn’t have a manager or spokesman to leak out stories, how is it possible for him to know that Poch is open to moving to ManU? Was he suggesting that Poch said this himself?

To my surprise, I haven’t received a reply.

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago

He’ll now repoet that Spurs fans are livid and requesting answers!

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago

Just seen Danny Bakaer.
A Millwall man.

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago

Lots of police & sirons!
Wonder if Nilly is here.

merrance
merrance
2 years ago

you will be steamed up by KO and watch out for Corbyn

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago
Reply to  merrance

Doubt it
I’ve heard he’s on his bike.

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago

Sat here in gentrfied Islington. Biding my time.
Twats all over the place. Must have taken the a’noon off.
3rd pint bought.
No badges or colours showing.

Bruxie
Bruxie
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruxie

And no bananas.

foeorfreund
Admin
2 years ago

Day one of post Jose Poch to Manure stuff. Only around 170 odd days to go!

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