Stick or Twist; What do you Believe?

A Shelfy penned production.

On the back of a painful series of dropped points against Burnley, Chelsea and those who must not be mentioned I thought it about time to look forward.

We have a lot to look forward to, a winnable tie against Dortmund for a place in the last eight of Europes Elite competition this week, a new stadium, maybe next month and the summer transfer window where I am confident we will see some new faces.

I believe Poch has a genuine dilemma with the squad, and I am not talking about the restrictions on foreign players nor the homegrown quota, which do undoubtedly cause making acquisitions more difficult. The dilemma is where do you find better players than we have for a price we can afford (both transfer fee and wages). If you look at our results over the past few years we have been one of the best teams in the PL. Second and third place finishes each year behind a different champion shows a good level of consistency at a high level of performance, we have had more than our fair share of cup semi-finals too. Close but no cigar as they say.

The reason for mentioning recent performance is to highlight that there aren’t many teams doing much better than us. I think in the last three or four years only Man City have accrued more points than us. That means other teams don’t have better players (on the whole) than we do (again not including City), which makes it hard to pick up talented players that are definitely going to make an impact. Sure each team has a star or two (like Zaha at Palace) but realistically we are not going to get players like him in.

Younger players doing well in the lower leagues has been a good source of players for us e.g. Dele but it can be hit and miss. A cases in point that has been discussed recently is that of Ryan Sessengon, Fulham’s wonder kid and the next Gareth Bale, all based on tearing up trees in the championship. Fast forward to today and the poor kid looks just like Bale did when he first joined Spurs and now he can’t even make Fulham’s first team on a regular basis. For every great hope there are many great failures.

So Poch’s dilemma that I speak of is whether to stick or twist. Last Summer ‘stick’ seemed to be a good idea. We had a young but maturing squad who had played some fantastic football in patches and looked like they were developing into world beaters (games against Madrid fall into that category) but of course, as young teams often are, they were not quite consistent enough against the very best teams to pick up silverware. I suspect Poch believed in this group and this group probably believed in themselves and once the post World cup lack of preparation syndrome was out of the way the boys started to fire on all cylinders (6-2 against Everton and a couple of other good thrashings given out around that time and the 3-0 against Dortmund).

Then it went a flat, very flat and last week Poch conceded that we were out of the title race and that is where the dilemma comes in because even if the group is maturing and even if they are getting better as a squad as they spend more time together, I think the belief that they can win the league has gone. Unless we win the Champions league (a long shot that even I don’t really expect – though we have a chance!) then I don’t see how the same group of guys sitting in the locker room in August can believe that they can win the league. They will need to see a couple of new faces that they believe are upgrades on what we had this season or they will be defeated before they start.

Belief has been one of Poch’s mantras, ‘anything is possible in football if you believe’. I don’t I believe that, but I do believe that winning isn’t possible if you don’t believe. The players are not stupid. They have seen the evidence of how far short they are (not very far it is after all ‘fine margins’) and how much progress they have made and can easily figure out if the gap is too big to close next season. In my opinion they would have to ignore reality to believe they could win the league next year, they say doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. So unless of course Poch’s can work his magic (he’s magic you know) and make them believe the new stadium is equivalent to a new signing (which I suppose it might be, after all look how we dominated in our last season at the Lane).

I’m not buying that however, because I think something else has to change if we are to win it all so sticking is not an option this Summer. Even if a couple of players that are really only a small upgrade in standard compared to the ones we already have come in – then the ability to believe, to have hope will be restored.

If we don’t refresh at least a little, we may go backwards because I believe a part of what has propelled us forward and had us punching above our weight is the very same belief that Poch instilled in this group a couple of years ago. Without that belief then that little bit of extra effort to grab a late winner might dissipate and we could be right back to mid table obscurity.

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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61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
3 years ago

CORNER! AGAIN!

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
3 years ago

I hope your right Ant!

Fatty B
Fatty B
3 years ago

0-1 to the Spurs. We will score.

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
3 years ago

Thru to Alf time , jobby dones.

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
3 years ago

Haha

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
3 years ago

SHIT CORNER!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
3 years ago

CORNER!

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
3 years ago

No way thru

TCY
TCY
3 years ago

A stream?

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
3 years ago

COYS, ‘avon it

McG ⚽⚽
McG ⚽⚽
3 years ago

DAVID 05/03/2019 at 8:36 pm

Anyone enjoying this ?

5 at the back, inviting them onto us, what else was there to expect? We’re living dangerously, poopy Poch.

Syd
Syd
3 years ago

squeaky bums?

McG ⚽⚽
McG ⚽⚽
3 years ago

Nothing there Nut, watched the replay. They really turning the screw now…

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
3 years ago

Reus is getting a lot of space down our right side. Sissy and Serge need to do better there

DAVID
DAVID
3 years ago

Anyone enjoying this ?

Syd
Syd
3 years ago

yes he was …how come no var

Syd
Syd
3 years ago

he was onside and then a push inthe back. Def pen

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
3 years ago

He was shoved.

Paleo
Paleo
3 years ago

Your very good FB

McG ⚽⚽
McG ⚽⚽
3 years ago

Son should have scored!!!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
3 years ago

VAR?

Fatty B
Fatty B
3 years ago

Paleo 05/03/2019 at 8:20 pm
2 second half goals for us,don’t worry wf’s

Wet F*nnies?

Fatty B
Fatty B
3 years ago

Toby off the pace so far.

Syd
Syd
3 years ago

Sanchez is an absolute liabilty. One day he will be very good but he is learning very slowly

McG ⚽⚽
McG ⚽⚽
3 years ago

That Verts double stop could be tackle of the tourney…

McG ⚽⚽
McG ⚽⚽
3 years ago

Ronwol196061 05/03/2019 at 8:05 pm

Whimps. We have to ATTACK!!

Exactly, we pooping it tho instead.

Syd
Syd
3 years ago

good morning guys.
I am soooo worried about Sanchez and Davies. Verts and Toby cannot keep cleaning up for them

Paleo
Paleo
3 years ago

2 second half goals for us,don’t worry wf’s

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
3 years ago

Ajax 2-0 up!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
3 years ago

It’s a barrage of our own making.

GDawg
GDawg
3 years ago

Ronwol196061
Whimps. We have to ATTACK!!

Need to withstand the barrage first Ron

GDawg
GDawg
3 years ago

They had us under the pump for the whole first half of the first leg. The longer we can frustrate them the greater chances will open up

DAVID
DAVID
3 years ago

Going to be a long 90 minutes if we can’t get out of our half.

Fatty B
Fatty B
3 years ago

Calling us whimps? That’s a whorry.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
3 years ago

Talking to you lot

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
3 years ago

Whimps. We have to ATTACK!!

Fatty B
Fatty B
3 years ago

I’ve got a strange feeling as I watch this game but I think it might be the ol’ prostate stretching it’s legs.

Fatty B
Fatty B
3 years ago

mystic arnold 05/03/2019 at 7:59 pm
Get ready for every thing including the kitchen sink to come at us, commentators aching for a Dortmund win I suspect

Have you seen that in the tea leaves?

DAVID
DAVID
3 years ago

If anyone can balls this up we can. We should be fine but…

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
3 years ago

See you at half time chaps.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
3 years ago

Get ready for every thing including the kitchen sink to come at us, commentators aching for a Dortmund win I suspect

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
3 years ago

All together now:
We’re 3-0 up on aggregate. We’re going to be fine.
We’re 3-0 up on aggregate. We’re going to be fine.
We’re 3-0 up on aggregate. We’re going to be fine.
We’re 3-0 up on aggregate. We’re going to be fine.
We’re 3-0 up on aggregate. We’re going to be fine.
We’re 3-0 up on aggregate. We’re going to be fine. 😅

Fatty B
Fatty B
3 years ago

Steeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-vo

Fatty B
Fatty B
3 years ago

AntSpurs 05/03/2019 at 7:56 pm
Okay dokes. I was originally replying to say thanks for the linkage. Enjoy bruvs.

Big up yer ches’ rudie.

Hartley
Hartley
3 years ago

Fatty B
AntSpurs 05/03/2019 at 7:51 pm
Everything above has no quote or reply
Quote and reply buttons not working at the moment. No one knows why.

Can I quote you on that?

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
3 years ago

Okay dokes. I was originally replying to say thanks for the linkage. Enjoy bruvs.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
3 years ago

WTF are they singing that for! The cnuts!

Fatty B
Fatty B
3 years ago

Shelfy 05/03/2019 at 7:43 pm
Fatty, are you sure its a guy, you can’t always tell these days!

You’re right! This gal has a huge black beard.

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
3 years ago

Same thing happening to me as before, sigh

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