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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Cavey
Cavey
2 years ago

A 0-1 result at Southampton will do me with Poch up in stands.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago

mystic arnold

Seam to be a lot of disapointed fans on the t shirt sellers site

It’s cos we won.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
2 years ago

Seam to be a lot of disapointed fans on the t shirt sellers site

MiT
MiT
2 years ago

Kev – hope all is well, my friend.

Your steadfast consistency in being true blue blood is the single biggest factor in my returns to these blogs.

The very best of wishes and thoughts.

merrance
merrance
2 years ago

that was a great win over the 2 legs, The mound of dirters are not a shabby team they have some excellent ballers that have run up some big scores this season.

merrance
merrance
2 years ago

I knew sniffer Kane would nick one in the second half.we dont score first half anymore.

GDawg
GDawg
2 years ago

Ronwol196061
Who are we really. This performance was one of the best engineered games we have every played (after the first 10 minutes) The Blanc Mange team? where did it go?

From tough as nails to soft underbelly. I think the word is ‘mercurial’

Funkenschlag!
Admin
2 years ago

One chance. One goal. Game over.
Mwahahaha…

Cavey
Cavey
2 years ago

We’ll soon be back at the lane and have our main men back from injury. COYS

Funkenschlag!
Admin
2 years ago

We are Tottenhan, super Tottenham
We are Tottenham from the Lane
We are Tottenhan, super Tottenham
We are Tottenham from the Lane..🎵

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

I’m 1.682 stations away from home.

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
2 years ago

Unless you hang bout till 5am

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
2 years ago

Trains from witham are done fof.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
2 years ago

So what now?

Birmingham?

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
2 years ago

Im sure there are peveral choices

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

It doesn’t stop at Peveral.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
2 years ago

Do not Pass Go do not collect $19.95

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

So do I get off at Hatfield Peveral, bite the bullet and get a taxi, or get off at Witham and hope for a train back to Chelmo?
Go

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Oops. Can’t they put it in reverse?

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

Missed stop. Shite.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Can now sit back and enjoy ManUre getting composted by PSG tomorrow.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Hopefully someone is in contact with Unk by email.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
2 years ago

Who are we really. This performance was one of the best engineered games we have every played (after the first 10 minutes) The Blanc Mange team? where did it go?

TCY
TCY
2 years ago

maybe a foaming cleanser. . .

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
2 years ago

TCY 06/03/2019 at 12:44 am
Just as long as we don’t draw Ajax. They will be flying high.

Lifes a bleach…

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

RJD2. 1976. Yeah baby.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
2 years ago

WTF is Taff???????????????????????????????????????????????

TCY
TCY
2 years ago

Just as long as we don’t draw Ajax. They will be flying high.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
2 years ago

Ronwol196061
Chauvelin 05/03/2019 at 11:53 pm
merrance
we already emerged from their group of death.
It was as close to resurrection as you can get. Pochettino walks on water. Levy loves him.

Ever heard of Jesus Perez. Meantime don’t worry about Levy.He is Son of Joe

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
2 years ago

Chauvelin 05/03/2019 at 11:53 pm
merrance

we already emerged from their group of death.
It was as close to resurrection as you can get. Pochettino walks on water. Levy loves him.

Cavey
Cavey
2 years ago

It’s just a wonderful feeling!

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

Them’s eyebrows’ll get though anythang.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

It’s been an evening to remember. Hot chocolate it is!

Hope the lad Winks isn’t too bad.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

Join in. Please.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Magic mushrooms? You’ve imbibed something interesting.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

There’s always someone else I see.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

Deep shite. For a Tuesday evening.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

Funnily enough, George Michael is 1.682’s worth of David Bowie.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

FoF, it’s close to the Golden Ratio but not quite.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

D’ya know, I’ve achieved 1.682
Of my potential. Naturally.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

1.682. I swear, as soon as I get home…..

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Question for Nutster probably. If, a big if, Pochettino won the CL it would be his first trophy. And would that be unique? To start with the biggun’.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Maidstone stoners.

And what happens in Petts Wood shouldn’t be discussed in polite society.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

You’re nothing but a throughroad to Gatwick.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Don’t bad mouth Clark Kent FoF. He wears his underpants on the outside.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

It’s only right that you have to pay to get into Essex.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

*m

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

Dartforddunbfucks.