Martial? What on earth is all the fuss about?

From what I’ve seen, he routinely runs into dead-ends and blasts shots into Row Z.  His crossing is worse than Kyle’s was (at his worst).

Now, I’m fully aware that Mourinho is The Talent Destroyer™️.  He couldn’t be worse at developing young players if he tried, which he doesn’t.

So is Martial a confidence player who’s wilted under the challenge set to him by The Surly One?  If so, I’d say he might not have the minerals to make it in the big time, full stop.

He can dribble a bit and has good feet, but his decision-making has been poor when he’s got into dangerous positions.  Frankly, I’d rather see Lucas Moura given a lot more of an opportunity and save the cash.  And that’s not a sleight on Moura, I think he looks like he could be a gem.

Martial?  Not for me, fanks.

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 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!

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 2:20 pm

    Im a huge fan of Moura and at the least think that he should be give more of a chance.
    Martial looks like he is capable. My view on his is that we have bigger priorities.

    One is the Toby situation and a possible substitute and another is and its huge for me,an upgrade on Dembele. Someone who can call the shots from the half way line through to the final third. Tough enough to play the system and yet can help create goals.Not cheap but THE key position for us going forward.

    We have Kane.Lamela,Dele,Eriksen,Son and Moura. If we got Martial I think I would give up Son.

    • Flat Oeuf 21/05/2018 at 2:25 pm

      I’m not even sure if Martial would be an upgrade on Son. Why? Because Poch demands endless hard work, closing down and tracking back of his AMs. Does Martial strike you as this guy? Son has had to learn it and latterly in the season I saw him start to work as hard as Eriksen coming back (not just pressing from the front).

      Anyway, as you say, we have other much bigger priorities. I think people are simply talking about Martial because ‘Toby’s going to Utd and we could do a swap’. It’s lazy thinking.

      • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 2:27 pm

        I agree.

    • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 2:26 pm

      Son I dont get.He could look like a superstar at times…….er.. 10% of the time..he rest of the time he looks out of his league.

      • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 2:29 pm

        I think the answer is that he tries too hard. Its like Kane tries to hard at times and it comes off negative.
        Son is one of the hardest workers on the team but really he needs to calm is down at times as he is too quick for himself and losing possession way too much

        • Flat Oeuf 21/05/2018 at 2:34 pm

          Son’s problem is definitely consistency. A pattern is developing where he has purple patches and he’s unplayable and undroppable, then suddenly whooosh it’s gone. At these times, I think you’re right, he tries to force it…to do too much….and then he makes simple mistakes, including losing possession unnecessarily.

          • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 3:58 pm

            I am really thinking that we really need an engine room top line CM. This is more important by far than any other position. Getting the right player will meld together the defence and attack,take control of the ball and direct traffic from deep MF but needs vision too. I dont want to say Fabregas but a Fabregas/Zidane type player and its worth breaking the bank for even give us some of the creativity for some more strength but has to do all of that to some extent. I do like Kovacic but he is a bit more on the D side and Malcom who is more on the A side who I think can play the role.
            I dont have one that fits 100% the bill (KDB is not available apparently) but Im sure there is another one is out there somewhere.

            • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 4:05 pm

              Before Coppola got the cast together for The Godfather. He had picked I think it was Martin Sheen in Marlon Brandos role (I think) and several others that rejected to play the roles. Somehow his 2nd choices were fantastic and it turned out to be the best group of movies ever.

              In the late 50’s Nicholson bought Mackay,Jones,White and a couple of others. They fitted into the team like a glove within a season. Perfection. But it was one time. just one time. He never hot those highs again.

              Sometimes its luck,sometimes the stars are aligned and things work.
              Ive never given up and still have hope that it will work out for us.
              That we will sign another player or two that are significant and we do reach some lofty heights I only ever saw back then

            • Flat Oeuf 21/05/2018 at 5:25 pm

              We need Pirlo but more robust and athletic. Huddlestone!! Er, no. Drinkwater ?

              • Caspurs 21/05/2018 at 6:06 pm

                Savic! I know it won’t happen, but I can dream can’t I?

                • Flat Oeuf 21/05/2018 at 6:08 pm

                  Dream on , dreamer

  • SpurAndy 21/05/2018 at 4:38 pm

    If I had a choice between an in form Son and Martial then I’d go with Son. But as already stated Son blows hot and cold so having a player like Martial on the bench gives us much more threat than some of our recent purchases. Moura is a talent but still early doors as to whether he can fit in for me. If the price is right I’d be happy to have Martial as I think Poch is the right man to get the best out of him.

    • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 4:41 pm

      How many forwards do we need?

      • SpurAndy 21/05/2018 at 4:47 pm

        Get him in then convert him to a Fabregas/Zidane player. Simples. : -)

  • Freund or Foe 21/05/2018 at 4:49 pm

    I’d love Martial. Think he’s an upgrade on Son/Moura/Lamela, especially if his form when he first signed for Manure is anything to go by.
    Though I don’t think attacking mid is a priority, we’ve got quite a lot there already.

    • Flat Oeuf 21/05/2018 at 6:10 pm

      Must say I’ve forgotten about/erased the early season form

      • Caspurs 21/05/2018 at 6:16 pm

        FoF must be talking about the extended pre season friendlies, the season didn’t start until November.

  • Flat Oeuf 21/05/2018 at 6:13 pm

    In case you missed this thread on the other place this morning:

    • Caspurs 21/05/2018 at 6:17 pm

      Ah, but whatever you do, don’t EVER question his Gladys ITK….

      • Flat Oeuf 21/05/2018 at 6:23 pm

        Wha tickled me was that when someone showed up with a more extreme view about what was needed than his own, he started shrinking back and calling for a more sensible approach.

        • Caspurs 21/05/2018 at 6:36 pm

          That’ll be his medication taking effect..

  • Caspurs 21/05/2018 at 6:13 pm

    Martial?! Shirley we should be looking to improve the team, and not be content to just merely tread water. I would prefer the club spent more on fewer players of higher calibre, than try to fill too many positions.
    SAVIC!!!!!! 💤💤💤💤💤💤

  • SpurAndy 21/05/2018 at 6:29 pm

    The Standard reporting on the Martialink. The story goes that Poch wants a forward who can play on the wing or as a 10. A 3-in-1.

    • Caspurs 21/05/2018 at 6:33 pm

      Sorry r’Andy you lost at the end there. You want 10 sheets of A3 paper in 1 box?

      • SpurAndy 21/05/2018 at 6:37 pm

        I’m think of starting origami

        • McG ⚽⚽ 21/05/2018 at 6:39 pm

          That’s a level two, I’m on level nine these days…

          • Anonymous 21/05/2018 at 7:35 pm

            Mache of the Day,eh?

      • Anonymous 21/05/2018 at 7:35 pm

        We have a mache!!!

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 7:36 pm

          Anonymously me!!!

  • McG ⚽⚽ 21/05/2018 at 6:30 pm

    There’s a nice video on how a Spurs fan should think on the other blog..

    • Caspurs 21/05/2018 at 6:34 pm

      Tsk, tsk, there are NO other blogs, capeesh!

    • Flat Oeuf 21/05/2018 at 6:35 pm

      Yes, I always respond well to being told what I *should* think.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 21/05/2018 at 6:41 pm

        I didn’t watch it, just thought it a little arrogant!

        • Flat Oeuf 21/05/2018 at 7:43 pm


          • UnkleTaff 21/05/2018 at 7:45 pm

            I can’t be the only one on here who’s never looked at one of those things?

            My vom-ometer only goes up to 11.

            • SpurAndy 21/05/2018 at 8:16 pm

              Haven’t watched em recently. Don’t want to be orrible (I do really) but they’re really quite poor imo. Virtually every sentence is cut and then restarted. I watch some of the golf coach vlogs and they’re much more professional. Mind you he still does a better job than I would.

              • Anonymous 21/05/2018 at 8:18 pm

                Watched one. He makes the local amateur dramatics society look like oscar winners, well that’s what DD says…

                • UnkleTaff 21/05/2018 at 8:27 pm

                  I find this hard to believe given the sheer volume of positive feedback he seems to be getting over them…

  • UnkleTaff 21/05/2018 at 6:44 pm

    Under van Gaal, Rashford and Martial were an extremely potent double act. It comes as no surprise to me that they’ve both stagnated under Mourinho.

    I’d happily welcome either (or both) at the Lane. It’s a squad game after all these days.

    • Caspurs 21/05/2018 at 6:51 pm

      Sorry Taff, did you just say they were POTENT under Van Gaal?!
      Shirley that’s an oxymoron?

      • UnkleTaff 21/05/2018 at 7:01 pm

        I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I think Utd made a HUGE mistake when they got rid of van Gaal. He’d just won them the FA Cup and, if you look at his record, it generally takes him three years at a club before his teams start to click. Utd were beginning to look really good when their board got rid of him in favour of Mourinho. That decision set them back a few years as far as I’m concerned.

        • SpurAndy 21/05/2018 at 7:08 pm

          I don’t think there fans were prepared to wait. At a club like Manures instant success is mandatory.

          • UnkleTaff 21/05/2018 at 7:19 pm

            But that’s my point. They’d got the waiting part out of the way. Utd were playing some fantastic football towards the end of van Gaal’s last seasonand topped it off with an FA Cup triumph.

            Then Mourinho flashed his knickers at them and that was that.

            • SpurAndy 21/05/2018 at 7:57 pm

              Were they really playing great football? I thought a lot of the fans were moaning about the style. Quite funny if that was the case as they’ve now got Moanhino who’s the antithesis of great football.

              • UnkleTaff 21/05/2018 at 8:10 pm

                Towards the tail end of the season I think they were, yes.

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 7:38 pm

          You mean if we had gotten Van Gaal three years ago we woukd have a cup and a shot at the league and a great future.
          The haircut was worse than Trumps

          • Flat Oeuf 21/05/2018 at 7:42 pm

            I disagree, LVG is all about big name players with big egos. Don’t think he would have done any better than Poch has and it would have fallen apart by now.

            • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 8:17 pm

              It was toilet humour,Flat

              • Flat Oeuf 21/05/2018 at 8:58 pm

                Missed that, doh!

  • Caspurs 21/05/2018 at 6:55 pm

    Time foray barf, not any old barf, but a bubbly jubbly badedas barf..

    • SpurAndy 21/05/2018 at 6:59 pm

      I always have a bath once a month, whether I need one or not.

      • 61SpursNut 21/05/2018 at 9:32 pm

        I ain’t had a barf for twenty odd years, me.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 8:29 pm

      Dats a clarf barf
      The laft barff I ad was when I bought a bo”le of Dom for’y free years ago and didnt stop barffing over my collection of Le’ton Orien’ programmes from the 60’s


  • DDDddd 21/05/2018 at 7:10 pm

    Martial probably on to high a wage for us and is he any better than what we have ?

    • SpurAndy 21/05/2018 at 7:11 pm

      Apparently £65k a week so no probs if true

      • DDDddd 21/05/2018 at 7:12 pm

        I wouldn’t get out of bed for that. OK, I lied.

        • Flat Oeuf 21/05/2018 at 7:32 pm

          Big DDD! Alright mate?

          • UnkleTaff 21/05/2018 at 7:34 pm

            Phew! I was wondering who that was. For minute there I was worried…

          • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 7:40 pm

            dddDDDwilliam shakespeare DdD

            • Anonymous 21/05/2018 at 7:53 pm

              Evening ladies, changed my user name to something more recognisable.

              I see the Bale to Spurs stories are surfacing, I wouldn’t complain but how do we fund his wages ? That alone makes it look like a non-starter to me.

              • DDDddd 21/05/2018 at 7:55 pm

                Forgot to put my user name in, this modern technology is tough for us old timers.

                Taff here. Just testing to see if I can edit someone else’s posts.

                • UnkleTaff 21/05/2018 at 7:59 pm

                  Hmm. Looks like I can. Is this something you might want to take a look at, Flatty? Or is the editing ability limited to certain users?

                  • DDDddd 21/05/2018 at 8:04 pm

                    I’ve just been tampered with !

                  • Flat Oeuf 21/05/2018 at 9:13 pm

                    Admins only, I believe

                    • UnkleTaff 21/05/2018 at 9:17 pm


                • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 8:11 pm

                  Im 95 DD!!!

                  • 61SpursNut 21/05/2018 at 9:33 pm


                  • McG ⚽⚽ 21/05/2018 at 10:02 pm

                    You’re 95 BC!

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 7:40 pm



  • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 8:10 pm

    The Ronglish World Corrupt has started
    Check you e mails lads!!

    • SpurAndy 21/05/2018 at 8:11 pm


  • Anonymous 21/05/2018 at 8:16 pm

    Le arse on the brink of securing their next manager..

    • SpurAndy 21/05/2018 at 8:17 pm

      Ooooh you are awful but I like you.

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 8:18 pm

    Emery is in the board

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 8:18 pm

      On ffs on!

  • UnkleTaff 21/05/2018 at 8:19 pm

    Brendan Rodgers is a best priced 14/1 to be the next Chelsea manager.

    Might be worth a few shekels.

  • SpurAndy 21/05/2018 at 8:21 pm

    I’m confussed, it don’t take much. Who’s Anonymous and who’s DDDddd?

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 8:24 pm


    • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 8:25 pm

      Spurts is everyone

      • SpurAndy 21/05/2018 at 8:26 pm

        Miteave guessed.

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 8:33 pm

          I think they are both DD
          Unless one is Richard III

  • Anonymous 21/05/2018 at 8:27 pm

    Anuvver stadium update:
    This time an email from SCX who are doing the pitch trays and rails.

    That’s a good question.
    I’m assuming when you say ‘runners’ you mean the rails on which the tray wheels run on!
    Without giving too much away…..each of the three trays run on three sets of rails, the central rail acts as the guide rail & users a similar design rail to that of tram rail; the sort of rail you sometimes see used in cities where there are trams in use ie Manchester, Sheffield & Nottingham. The outer two rails are fundamentally flat running crane rails.
    So the key driver for us as designers, was to achieve as near as possible, a flat running surface for the NFL pitch to be laid on.
    As you’re already probably thinking…..yes but what about the NFL pitch around the rails!
    So in these areas, of which there are nine sections (three rails per tray x 3 trays), we leave a section (approx 1 metre) of artificial NFL pitch out, then once the trays have been retracted under the South stand, we then role out a section of approx 1 metre wide NFL pitch, which then fills the gap.
    This system has been extensively tested & has proven to work very well.
    Sorry I couldn’t go in too much detail at this stage, but hope it answers your question.
    I look forward to hopefully seeing you at the ground one day & experiencing your amazing stadium.

    • UnkleTaff 21/05/2018 at 8:28 pm

      Rubbish. It’ll go wrong the first time it’s used.

      Deep down I think we all know this.

    • SpurAndy 21/05/2018 at 8:30 pm

      What happens to the rails when they play on the NFL pitch?

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 21/05/2018 at 8:32 pm

        There is one big commercial that lasts 4 days…..

        • Flat Oeuf 21/05/2018 at 9:32 pm

          Just between the first and second quarter then.

          • Anonymous 22/05/2018 at 1:55 am


  • 61SpursNut 21/05/2018 at 9:41 pm

    So, Arse after Arseene are getting anuvva Enema? Seems a good fit.

  • SpurAndy 22/05/2018 at 10:28 am

    Kaneinho named as England captain. I don’t bet but if I did I’d b put a monkey on him to score the winner in the WC final.

    • Flat Oeuf 22/05/2018 at 10:37 am

      A monkey? That is a strong call SpurAndy. Maybe a Nifty. Or a Score. Or a Lady Godiva.

      • SpurAndy 22/05/2018 at 10:39 am

        I was thinking of this guy. I think he’d give Harry some much needed support instead of Vardy.

        • Flat Oeuf 22/05/2018 at 11:05 am

    • UnkleTaff 22/05/2018 at 10:37 am

      Really pleased for him. Knowing how seriously he takes his football he’ll be really stoked about this.

      • Flat Oeuf 22/05/2018 at 10:41 am

        Absolutely, just hope Southgate doesn’t play him wide right and have him taking corners.

  • Flat Oeuf 22/05/2018 at 10:35 am

    Cas, I just changed a setting for you on the suggestion of WordPress Support – perhaps try login out and back in again? Hope this might fix it

    • DDDddd 22/05/2018 at 12:35 pm

      CAS banned already? He deserves it!

      • Flat Oeuf 22/05/2018 at 3:28 pm

        I’m handing them out like confetti

  • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 22/05/2018 at 12:11 pm
    • SpurAndy 22/05/2018 at 12:27 pm

      A perfect fit for the Arse. Letting players”sort it out themselves”. When at PSG “a victim of a lack of mental fortitude in a squad”. Luvverly.

  • Caspurs 22/05/2018 at 4:40 pm

    Flat Oeuf
    Cas, I just changed a setting for you on the suggestion of WordPress Support – perhaps try login out and back in again? Hope this might fix it

    Thanks for your efforts Oeuf, maybe the problems at my end?

    • Flat Oeuf 22/05/2018 at 6:36 pm

      I think it must be mate

      • Anonymous 22/05/2018 at 6:42 pm

        I cleared my t’interweb history the other day, maybe that’s the source of my problem?

        • Flat Oeuf 22/05/2018 at 6:50 pm

          Could be, but if you log back in to WordPress and then stay logged in or click ‘Remember Me’ or some wizardry I don’t get why it would keep asking you….that bit is a mystery to a rank amateur like me

          • Anonymous 22/05/2018 at 6:58 pm

            Remember me? Is there such a setting in wordpress?

            • Caspurs 22/05/2018 at 7:00 pm

              Dammit I forgot to put my deets in, pfft…

            • Flat Oeuf 22/05/2018 at 7:03 pm

              I seem to be able to stay logged into the app pretty consistently. The website asks me to log back in from time to time but not sure there’s an actual Remember Me box, sorry dude

              • Caspurs 22/05/2018 at 7:11 pm

                Just checked in t’other realm, and my sets don’t show up there either, so either me or my wordpress settings. I’ve been in wordpress, and my mac settings countless times but to no avail, never mind.
                Maybe I should embrace being anonymous, hmmm, could be fun…

                • Flat Oeuf 22/05/2018 at 7:38 pm

                  Mysterious, but not in a Stranger way

                  • Anonymous 22/05/2018 at 7:43 pm

                    More of a strangeways way?

                    • McG ⚽⚽ 22/05/2018 at 7:45 pm

                      Whoever wrote that is a comedy genius!

  • Anonymous 22/05/2018 at 7:03 pm

    Or did I?

    • Flat Oeuf 22/05/2018 at 7:05 pm

      First time was you, second time Someone

  • Anonymous 22/05/2018 at 7:57 pm

  • Flat Oeuf 23/05/2018 at 9:42 am

    Who’s got a lil ‘ol bloeug in them, then?

    • UnkleTaff 23/05/2018 at 10:15 am

      I have a couple of gestating ideas (the role of the Academy and a certain aspect of our transfer policy) but neither will be ready for a while yet, I’m afraid. Sorry.

      And coming up with fresh, new ideas is quite difficult I think. It might help if you (or others) were to suggest a few topics worth discussing. That might then spark something off in a would-be author’s mind.

      • Flat Oeuf 23/05/2018 at 11:07 am

        I suggested a series of Player Reviews which I started with HK

        • Caspurs 23/05/2018 at 12:49 pm

          I did a player review on Aurier, Sissoko, Rose, and Llorente t’other day, I told them to GO..

          • Flat Oeuf 23/05/2018 at 3:13 pm

            I’ll turn it into a blog asap

    • Caspurs 23/05/2018 at 10:23 am

      I’m sure there’s a Spurs blog out there I can plagiarise, I’ll have a look..

    • SpurAndy 23/05/2018 at 10:25 am

      I’ve seen this reported this morning concerning the new FFP proposals, apparently called ‘Fair Play 2.0’. These are to be debated tomorrow I believe. Essentially they bar clubs from exceeding a negative net spend limit of €100m per season, substantially impacting the transfer policy of the European Superclubs. In addition they also plan to limit the maximum squad size to 25 players which would majorly impact clubs like Chelski and Citeh from having huge volumes of youngsters on loan. Difficult to see how UEFA can shoe horn this in without upsetting the super clubs big time and potentially bringing their breakaway from UEFA closer. More deets here:

      • Caspurs 23/05/2018 at 1:14 pm

        If EUFA does as that article suggests, then I would imagine that we’re likely to see record levels of transfer activity from the so called big clubs this summer, in order to complete their business before these financial limitations are introduced. Hold on to yer seat folks (not you Spurs fans 😱)!

  • UnkleTaff 23/05/2018 at 10:16 am

    So the Gunners have got rid of an Arse and replaced him with a Dick…

  • Spursy 24/05/2018 at 11:55 am

    Martial has scored some key goals for them. Is he lazy or just bored? On balance, I’d take him.

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