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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Merrance
Merrance
2 years ago

Nice EU quip harts .yeeehàw

SSJ
SSJ
2 years ago

“90+3 mins
RED CARD – Nacho
Real Madrid 1-4 Ajax (Agg: 3-5)
Real Madrid are down to 10 – Nacho cleverly making sure he misses the quarter-finals with a tactical second yellow.”

HAHAHA

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
2 years ago

Beautiful always loved a boring game!

Glory in Bordem dot com

SSJ
SSJ
2 years ago

And I know Garth Crooks is ex-Spurs but how about this from the weekend:
“Regular readers of my team of the week will know my views on Hugo Lloris. There is no doubt in my mind he can keep goal but not well enough for a top-four club.”

HUGO HUGO HUGO

Matt
Matt
2 years ago

Lots of really good performances. Much maligned Davis too!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago

4 wins on the bounce over the mighty Dirt Mound.

Hartley
Hartley
2 years ago

EASY!

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago

Sissoko’s heatmap for tonight.

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Hartley

Typical of Spurs to be staying in Europe this month when the rest of the UK isn’t.

SSJ
SSJ
2 years ago

We seem to be a much better team under the radar. Ajax have just smashed Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Us beating the best team in Germany comfortably will fly under the radar. Let Ajax have the headlines tonight. Let’s win the fucking Champions League

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago

Whoa: Kane now has the same number of goals in Europe as the Brazilian Ronaldo.

Paleo
Paleo
2 years ago

Chauvelin 05/03/2019 at 9:42 pm
Great point made on radio. Sergio Ramos got himself deliberately booked and missed the Ajax second tie thinking it was a formality.

Ha ha.
made me laugh out load,arrogance

Fatty B
Fatty B
2 years ago

Pope-soap-on-a-rope. For any Catholic bath-detergent fans …

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Great point made on radio. Sergio Ramos got himself deliberately booked and missed the Ajax second tie thinking it was a formality.

Ha ha.

Paleo
Paleo
2 years ago

silly dive

Merrance
Merrance
2 years ago

Never fawt i would see sissy dive

DAVID
DAVID
2 years ago

Thanks SSG.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago

David: The quarter-final, semi-final and final draws all take place on Friday 15 March.

Paleo
Paleo
2 years ago

Haircut

DAVID
DAVID
2 years ago

When’s the draw for the next round ?

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago

With Real falling apart the press will be even more desperate to send Harry and Poch over there.

DAVID
DAVID
2 years ago

Ajax look like a decent side, better than RM in both games.

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
2 years ago

Thanks Harts just wondering.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago

4-1 now to Ajax.

Hartley
Hartley
2 years ago

I was referring to the sponsor with the red shit reference so China is the answer to your question 89

Paleo
Paleo
2 years ago

Ajax next round?

Merrance
Merrance
2 years ago

Will we get our feeder club next round

Fatty B
Fatty B
2 years ago

SeattleSpursGuy 05/03/2019 at 9:30 pm
Real look to be out of the Copa del Rey, La Liga and the Champions League in one week. Strong case to be made Real are just another team without Ronaldo.

And Zidane?

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
2 years ago

Fatty B, it’s good for you Beetroot not red Shit!

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago

Pick THAT one out.

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DAVID

Give it another 10 minutes and if the scores unchanged I’ll be uncorking the Asti spumante.

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago

Real look to be out of the Copa del Rey, La Liga and the Champions League in one week. Strong case to be made Real are just another team without Ronaldo.

Fatty B
Fatty B
2 years ago

89Spurs 05/03/2019 at 9:27 pm

Harts red shit where does that come from?

From eating too much beetroot?

Matt
Matt
2 years ago

There’s very few midfielders in Europe I’d swap Sissoko for.

Fatty B
Fatty B
2 years ago

Comprehensively beaten. Tactical masterclass. Text-book European away performance. All terms you won’t see in T** ***’s carve-up tomorrow.

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
2 years ago

Harts red shit where does that come from?

Hartley
Hartley
2 years ago

We’re nearly as red as them with that shit on our shirts.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
2 years ago

We are like the London Buses. They think there is one behind the one behind

Merrance
Merrance
2 years ago

Shouldnt be allowed if his home clubis in the same competition errrr

Matt
Matt
2 years ago

Son is a booking away from being suspended. Get Moura on.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
2 years ago

We are not in the football biz but the management biz

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago

3-0 Ajax!!!

Hartley
Hartley
2 years ago

Chav coming on.

Merrance
Merrance
2 years ago

We are bundesliga champs

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
2 years ago

Dreamland. Dortmund require 5 unanswered. #COYS

Hartley
Hartley
2 years ago

Spursy
Harrrrrrry!
Kaaaaaane!

Are you watching it on the History channel Spursy?

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago

Merrance, that’s not difficult.

Merrance
Merrance
2 years ago

Tricked TBH as well

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago

Sissy has become undroppable.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
2 years ago

Rope a dope it worked for Muhammad ali

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