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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SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
3 years ago

Harry Kane has now scored 24 goals in European competitions for Spurs, more than any other player in the club’s history.

One-season wonder strikes again. ⚽️

Hartley
Hartley
3 years ago

So did I, this last week.

Spursy
Spursy
3 years ago

Harrrrrrry!
Kaaaaaane!

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
3 years ago

Hart’s I got taken in too

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
3 years ago

Give me $19.95 Ill go for one more

Matt
Matt
3 years ago

Robbie Savage. Top bloke!!

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
3 years ago

And what about Sissy’s pass?

Paleo
Paleo
3 years ago

Pissing’s quicker

Hartley
Hartley
3 years ago

We tricked them into thinking that we were shite.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
3 years ago

Buh Bye, Dortmund bitches.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
3 years ago

God I took too long to pee

Matt
Matt
3 years ago

This is a proper referee.

Paleo
Paleo
3 years ago

Always gonna happen

Merrance
Merrance
3 years ago

Big daddy kane

McG ⚽⚽
McG ⚽⚽
3 years ago

Game over 🙂

Matt
Matt
3 years ago

Get in! Great ball from Sissoko

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
3 years ago

KANEOOOO

Hartley
Hartley
3 years ago

That should do it, nothing to see here.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
3 years ago

We should attempt to hide the ball

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
3 years ago

KANE! GET IN!

Hartley
Hartley
3 years ago

GET IN!

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
3 years ago

Scott Parker Rings

Merrance
Merrance
3 years ago

Ww have the Corner Pin tactics

Paleo
Paleo
3 years ago

I’m as calm as a hospital spoon

Merrance
Merrance
3 years ago

Bus parkers R us

Hartley
Hartley
3 years ago

Ajax have wiped the floor with them.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
3 years ago

…. Cooler than Real

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
3 years ago

We’ve been cool.. Real cool… Really real cool….

Northern Spur
Northern Spur
3 years ago

I’m calm.

Merrance
Merrance
3 years ago

Son shoulda hada pen

McG ⚽⚽
McG ⚽⚽
3 years ago

SeattleSpursGuy 05/03/2019 at 8:59 pm

Dortmund 0-0 (0-3) Spurs:
Shots: 10-1
Passing accuracy: 90%-77%
Chances created: 8-1
Possession: 70%-30%

That’s shite.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
3 years ago

Hugo and Verts and Toby
And…….. Sissoko!!

Merrance
Merrance
3 years ago

We are still in this.we are good for at least 3 goals

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
3 years ago

Dortmund 0-0 (0-3) Spurs:
Shots: 10-1
Passing accuracy: 90%-77%
Chances created: 8-1
Possession: 70%-30%

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
3 years ago

We looked good the last 15 minutes and Poch switching to more of a 5-4-1 had us defending as more of a group. Looking solid.

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
3 years ago

Yep bruvskins. 0-3 see it there . Dortmund coming guns a blazing 2nd and getting picked off times

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
3 years ago

Half time. Just long enough to come out from behind the sofa for a loo break and a cuppa.

Nerve wracking.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
3 years ago

Great lads!

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
3 years ago

No mate, I hope he’s alright
For Fatty B

Fatty B
Fatty B
3 years ago

DirtMound are running out of steam.
Not pretty from us but we’re getting the job done.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
3 years ago

OK, OK, Just need to keep this concentration level for the last 45.

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
3 years ago

Gotta be feeling the love for Hugo tonight boys and girls.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
3 years ago

That was a LONG 45 mins hanging on grimly long way to go yet

Fatty B
Fatty B
3 years ago

Anyone seen Taff lately?

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
3 years ago

Yaaaay yoooo spurs. Quality

Hartley
Hartley
3 years ago

Nowt like putting yourself under pressure.
Good defending and goalkeeping but woeful in possession

Paleo
Paleo
3 years ago

Defending masterclass

McG ⚽⚽
McG ⚽⚽
3 years ago

That was our best spell

GDawg
GDawg
3 years ago

Fatty B
Toby off the pace so far.

Maybe it’s a familiarity thing, but I don’t notice him as much as before. Not at his imperious best? Sanchez was excellent early on in his Spurs career but teams have worked him out

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
3 years ago

SHIT CORNER! AGAIN!

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