I wanted to write an article, pick a subject or a point and go for it and thought about it and realised that the most important situation in the Tottenham world is Poch bring forward this plan, this manifesto for Levy, on the last game of our season. A week later Poch and Levy had signed a deal that will keep Poch at Spurs till 2013.
I was really feeling that there was a kind on chaos happening. Is Poch staying and if he leaves will all the main players leave? What does that leave us with? It seemed Poch had thrown the gauntlet down.
To be honest that wasn’t as much a shock as Levy and Poch both signing an agreement so quick after the demands (a little choreography perhaps?)
I started to write in true Ronglish fashion about the Argentinian wearing his bandana and offering a manifesto, that looked like a threat. But now wonder how long his conversation was with Levy. I mean Levy doesn’t seem the most approachable owner in the world. So I wonder what happened and how we can find some focus in all of this as we really don’t know what they are going to do. If they say we will find younger players and continue the project…we wonder well what is going to happen now. It makes sense to secure the future of all the players we want to keep but how can we improve now?
I ask myself did Poch sell out too cheap. I mean how much of a conversation could they have had? Until the agreement was announced there was a certain amount of anxiety about what was to be (and what was Toby too) and all we really know is that Poch and Levy seem to be on the same page.
Nothing is easy at Tottenham, not even an agreement. Liverpool go out and buy a defender for 75 million. They don’t have to create manifestos and public demand stuff. They just do it. Pep with so many creative players in his team thinks he is void a few. He will go out and buy them. Bale Schmale, if Mourinho wants him, he will go out and buy him. New manager at Arse ok so here is a few bucks go out and buy what you need but we need manifestos.
What the hell did Levy and Poch talk about apart from Pochs wages and his time and his buy out clause etc. Really we have no idea. We do know that Levy doesn’t want to spend his own money, but he did spend all the Bale money like a drunken sailor in three minutes. So he has got loose at times.
Here we are building the stadium. Its a marquee of sorts and they could really do with a marquee signing. Gareth Bale would do it no doubt. Unleash the Turbo and it wouldn’t be easy to buy any ticket for a game. That’s the marquee. But does Poch really want that. Bale is 28 years old, even at cut price would cost a fortune, even wages cut would cost a fortune. But marquee players don’t come cheap at the best of times. And this would be one that we know has been successful with us and without us. So go for it.
But we have more shoes to fill. I think a CM is about as big as they come. A player who can meld the defence with attack and can guide us and dictate our next move. We see Modric do it. Can Eriksen do that? He may be on the fringes of it as this season I’ve seen him really start controlling the ball for more than a highlight shot and now proactive in passing instead of the sideways and back passing we were used to. If we can get a strong player who can play the ball well and be a bit more direct when it comes developing the play to the opposition goal and not like Dembele who is strong and talented and had great footwork but who desire is more in protecting the ball than assaulting the goal.
We have a million backs but mostly mediocre quality. Aurier has desire and guts but is also reckless at times. Trippier is stuck between PL and Championship quality. Davies is frustrating at times. When he has a good game its really good but then he becomes totally invisible occasionally melding into the background when we need something from the only space we have at times on the wing. Most want to see the back of Rose but I want to see Rose back where he was as one of our best players. Maybe he was or is full of himself but he has shown he has been one of our best backs and that was before his injuries (the one on his leg and the other in his brain). He is not fit even now.
Sanchez oh how I loved the kid when he came. Got right into it. Smooth operator. Of course he had Toby on one side of his and Verts on the other. Toby gets injured and the kids becomes a pinball wizard not…I saw him as a future legend. But right now he is stuck between at peace with the world and being paranoid about passing the ball as they come along with being occasionally a little reckless as well. I still believe on this one though.
Verts got out of his blue period a year or two ago now he seems at his best. Capitain Verts please!
Lamela, Dele, Moura, Eriksen and Kane. Where is the room for Bale coming? Too many cooks but only a few chefs so far.
The DM position. Well they both have their days don’t they? So who do you pick? I almost would pick Dembele to play the role if we can get a great CM to expand our game or the only other thing is Eriksen taking on the Modric role (I think he is still a year away from that).
So we need to upgrade. We need to find other ways to get to goal apart from the counter. Better, more incise passing…getting the ball up quicker while still keeping a good amount of possession. So we do need some more ball players. Moura I hope will add to the mix but we need some more higher level players. If Toby goes we need a younger head but also an older hand to cool it down when need be.
I am not completely happy with Poch. His subs, his lack of options tactically have not given me the total belief I would like. But his results do not lie. I have thought at times it was a bit hodge podge, quite a few borefests that I wanted to run from. But again the results don’t lie.
Can we build on it this season. Can he learn? It remains to be seen. Can Levy change his spots, it too remains to be seen. Can we flow a little better with more constancy to our actual play? (we can eke out results even if we are mediocre that’s something we never did before)
I hope if he has to over the next few weeks, Poch keeps bringing out the manifesto occasionally to remind Levy what we need. Well will things really change? Or is it manufactured hope?
-translated from the original Ronglish