The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune

Toby or not Toby? That is the question.

I should preface this ramble by saying that nothing you are about to (hopefully) read is based on fact. Continue at your own risk.

Toby Alderweireld is, apparently, on (a measly) £50,000 a week. Levy. What a b*stard, eh? Well no, actually. First of all, Alderweireld was clearly happy to agree to those terms at the time he signed his contract. No one put a gun to his head. But why shouldn’t he have been happy? The club has clearly demonstrated (in the cases of Kane and Alli) that if your performances merit it, existing terms can (and will) be improved on a regular basis. If he could have matched the levels of performance displayed by the two players I’ve mentioned there’s every reason to expect he would have received similar treatment.

But the bottom line is that, in this fan’s eyes, Toby Alderweireld has had just one really good year at Tottenham. The season before last his displays (coupled with a lengthy injury absence) fell some way short of his debut year. Last season (the one just finished) he took another step backwards (not helped, again, by another lengthy injury). On the final day of the season he was part of a defence that shipped four goals. To Leicester.

If the latest story is to be believed he has rejected a new contract worth £120,000 a week. This would have given him parity status with all the top defenders in the league (bar van Dijk, who is, apparently, on truly obscene money). He has therefore been offered at the very least the “going rate” for a player of his ability and he has said “no”.

When, some time before the end of last season, Kyle Walker informed the club of his decision to leave, he was effectively taken off first-team duties and Kieran Tripper was promoted to take his place. The argument put forward here was “if you don’t want to be part of our future you have no place in our present”. It’s a bold approach and one which I unreservedly applaud (helped, admittedly in Alderweireld’s case, by our having Sanchez and the extremely promising Foyth on our books).

It’s looking increasingly likely that Toby Alderweireld wants no part of our future. Therefore, in my view, the club has little option but to cash in on him while they still can. I genuinely don’t think he’ll be missed as much as people seem to think he will be.

Comments
  • Ronwol196061 18/05/2018 at 10:48 am

    I think Taff that what Toby does or did offer was stability. Its funny but the victor out of all of this so far is not Sanchez,its Verts.
    Verts has been the backbone of our defence since Toby has been injured,and Sanchez who started off really glorious in the middle of Toby and Vert,has been anything but a rock.
    Dont get me wrong I really believe in Sanchez (Foyth I havent seen too much) its just he has show too much hesitancy since he came,I think its temporary,especially in his passing that is overly cautious and his decisions sometimes are not the best but I do see enough of him that he could take hold of himself,get much more confident and be a future legend.
    As far as Toby goes,its not the most opportune time to lose him. Another season would have been perfect.
    An older cooler hand such as Toby would have helped the kids too especially when Sanchez and Toby played together there was much more assurance about our defence although 3 at the back costs an important position further up the field too.

    • UnkleTaff 18/05/2018 at 10:57 am

      Couldn’t agree more about Vertonghen. He is an exceptional defender and is far more important to us than Alderweireld is. I didn’t vote for our player of the season but if I had done it would have been for Vertonghen.

      If Alderweireld hadn’t had his debut season and was just being assessed on the last two years I honestly don’t think too many people would be overly fussed about the prospect of him leaving.

      And Foyth looks a real prospect to me. A proper ball-playing centre half. I’m really looking forward to seeing how he develops.

      • Ronwol196061 18/05/2018 at 11:11 am

        As far as layer of the season goes,for me its a toss up between Verts and Eriksen. Eriksen has matured into a real proactive player from one that hid within the system (except for those great moments here and there) He is now taken on games and not flinched. Its been a surprising change ftom about half way through the season before this last one.
        Verts I agree has been tremendous too.

  • SpurAndy 18/05/2018 at 1:43 pm

    A good bloeug Taff with some cogent, persuasive, arguments. Toby is a very good player and if fit is currently better than Sanchez imo. Whilst I agree we can afford to lose him I still think we are a better team with him playing. I don’t follow the outrage about him earning £50k a week. He agreed to the contract initially and if he was happy to stay then I’m pretty sure he would at least be doubling it and be on it now. Do fans honestly think we should just double it now whilst he decides if he wants to stay? Of course not.
    We had the best defence in the PL and arguably in Europe with Walker, Tobes, Verts and Rose. I would have loved to have kept it and whilst the money for Walker was good I didn’t want to lose him. The same applies to Rose if he can regain his form and fitness. I know he’s a bit gobby but we shouldn’t be losing players of his pedigree and potentially improving our rivals. Nevertheless no player is ever greater than the club so if Tobes and Rose go I just hope it’s abroad.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 18/05/2018 at 1:52 pm

      Its a tough one between the steadyness that Toby provides and the new world kids.
      There is just more assurance with the old guy
      Remember Fazio of all people helped Roma towards a quality CL.
      I agree that nobidy shoukd hold a gun to the head of Tottenham but each player us entitled to better themselves if they tjink they can.
      To me there is a lag of a year or two which is not comforting.Better pick up one cool head as insurance methinks along with the kids should Toby really be off

      • SpurAndy 18/05/2018 at 2:13 pm

        Agree with that Ron.

  • Freund or Foe 18/05/2018 at 5:22 pm

    Nice work Unk.
    I’m under the impression he’s on around 75k per week now, but whatever it is, there’s no doubt that this contract has been on the table for a long time, going back to when all the other guys renewed end of 16/beginning 17. That tells me a few things:
    Those that are screaming “how can he only be on 50k per week”, the answer is because he’s chosen not to take up the enhanced contract. Or do they expect us to pay him more “because he’s worth it” without a new contract??
    That money isn’t an issue for him. Let’s say the suggested 120k per week contact has been there for 12 months (though I suggest more), that’s 2.6mil that he could have earned. This leads me to conclude that it’s about “parity” with Van Dyke (so being seen as the best paid CB), or it’s about trophies.

    Either way, I’d wish him well if he were to leave, he’s not talked to the press, he’s been ready to play when asked to, and his social media postings (whether it is him doing it or not) have maintained a pro Tottenham stance. If he stays, that would be nice too, but in my opinion, the loss of him wouldn’t compare to losing Eriksen or Kane. We’ve coped ok without him for a good portion of this season.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 18/05/2018 at 5:36 pm

      I agree with that FoF

      • SpurAndy 18/05/2018 at 5:37 pm

        I agree with you Ron.

        • Freund or Foe 18/05/2018 at 6:22 pm

          I agree with Ron, but disagree with you rAndy.

          • Flat Oeuf 18/05/2018 at 6:40 pm

            I agree

            • Ronwol196061 19/05/2018 at 1:04 am

              You better change the political correctness rules otherwise these people are going to effing kill each other

              • Flat Oeuf 19/05/2018 at 6:34 am

                Great minds think alike.

            • Jonspur 19/05/2018 at 9:38 am

              And fools rarely differ.

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 18/05/2018 at 5:37 pm

      The twins can play in each location! Sorted!

      • SpurAndy 18/05/2018 at 5:38 pm

        😂👍

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 18/05/2018 at 5:38 pm

      Andy change your name to Spurbinary

      • SpurAndy 18/05/2018 at 5:42 pm

        If you change yours to Ronduo.

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 18/05/2018 at 5:47 pm

          I will duet I promise

  • Flat Oeuf 18/05/2018 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks Taff, a good read which asks important questions, not just of this player but of transfer negotiations as a whole.

    1. In my perfect world, we would keep Toby…but not at any price
    2. IF it’s true that he shook on £120k ish per week, then went back for £50kpw more, I can see why Poch’s is pissed off with him. It shows bad judgement and a lack of honour, a quality which I believe is important for Poch.
    3. I got slaughtered for it on the other place but I think the Club is quite right to be hesitant about paying Toby £180kpw. It throws the balance out – others (their agents) will be knocking on the door for the same. Also, he has spent a significant percentage of time on the treatment table.

    In summary, I’d be up for him staying at around the £100kpw mark with appearance & performance bonuses added to that.

  • Flat Oeuf 18/05/2018 at 6:07 pm

    • Freund or Foe 18/05/2018 at 6:23 pm

      Doh!

      • Flat Oeuf 19/05/2018 at 8:03 am

        Bah! Just installed a new whizzy thing to be able to attach .gifs but ’tis no working so far

        • SpurAndy 19/05/2018 at 10:20 am

          Was that Giphypress? If so I think that only allows you to put gifs into the main article although it does mention about posts as well but couldn’t see any details. Only had a quick peruse so might have misunderstood.

          • Flat Oeuf 19/05/2018 at 10:27 am

            Yes, I’ve got that one and you’re right about it. Also got another called Comment Attachment which seems to have done fackall so far

            • SpurAndy 19/05/2018 at 10:32 am

              Just had a butchers and that would seem to be the thingy. If only it was as simple as the install instructions 😁

  • Freund or Foe 18/05/2018 at 6:32 pm

    Lots of rumours flying around. Talk of a deal for a Barca youngster, Puig.
    How do you reckon that’s pronounced?
    Poo-ig?
    Pwig?
    Pweeg?

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 18/05/2018 at 6:34 pm

      He’s got to earn his buacon FoF

    • Caspurs 18/05/2018 at 6:37 pm

      Can anyone think of an ex Barca player who’s made a mark since leaving them, coz I’m struglin to think of one.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 18/05/2018 at 6:40 pm

        Zlatan…

        • Caspurs 18/05/2018 at 8:21 pm

          He didn’t come through their academy, which is what I was trying to say.

      • SpurAndy 18/05/2018 at 7:03 pm

        Teary Henry did well for the New York Red Bulls after?

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 18/05/2018 at 7:19 pm

        Neymar?

        Fabregas?

    • McG ⚽⚽ 18/05/2018 at 7:08 pm

      Pronounced “pooey”, the’g’s silent apparently…

      • Freund or Foe 18/05/2018 at 8:12 pm

        Thanks Mc

        • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 9:27 am

          I knew that was coming!

  • Caspurs 18/05/2018 at 6:35 pm

    Nice blog Taff, not sure I hold the same view as you do regarding Tobes though. I think Tobes has been fantastic for us, and not just in his first season either. What I think makes him such a good defender is the understanding he has with Verts, as a combination they are in my view the best centre back pairing in the PL. As a duo they both offer something in defence and oattack, Verts can run with the ball and make forays into the opposition half, whereas Tobes is an excellent long range passer, the qualities of each in the same team gives us more options which can’t be a bad thing, cannit?
    Oh, Taff and r’Andy spoke about inviting Devonshirespurto the blog so I have mailed him, hope that’s ok with everyone, although I didn’t include a link in the email, justa ta be safe. 👍

  • McG ⚽⚽ 18/05/2018 at 6:48 pm

    Nice bloggin Unk. I think we have to assume Tobe’s has had his head turned somewhee dow the line. What other reason can there be for turning down an additional circa 50k p/wk? He signs the new contract, bang goes a massive signing on fee ala Sanchez, as all of a sudden we’ll have him signed up for years & valued at around 70/80 mil. I just hope we send him abroad. Quite gutted as it happens..

    • UnkleTaff 18/05/2018 at 6:55 pm

      I wouldn’t object to him being sold to either of the Manchester clubs so long as we get some of their talent in exchange.

      It remains to be seen just how good Alderweireld is when he has someone other than Pochettino as his coach. He’s more likely to prosper under Guardiola than Mourinho, I’d’ve thought, and there’s a slew of talent at Utd that I’d happily accept as part of any deal (so long as it’s Rashford, Matial &/or Shaw and not Smalling, Jones &/or Fellaini).

      • McG ⚽⚽ 18/05/2018 at 6:58 pm

        Martial, Shaw, Davies out the door…

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 18/05/2018 at 7:21 pm

        He us too nice for Mourinho
        Steady and nice
        (Sometimes kicks it into touch for no good reason,Sanchez does same)

  • UnkleTaff 18/05/2018 at 6:50 pm

    I’d never heard of Keanan Bennetts before today but I’m absolutely gutted the club has just sold this outstanding talent to Borussia MG for a measly £2m. What the hell were they thinking?

    • SpurAndy 18/05/2018 at 7:00 pm

      Isn’t he the brother of Gordon?

    • Freund or Foe 18/05/2018 at 8:09 pm

      Maybe they just weren’t Keanan him.

  • UnkleTaff 18/05/2018 at 7:01 pm

    Michel Platini was one of the greatest players I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. So it’s more than a little upsetting to read of his involvement in the fixing of the draw for the 1998 World Cup finals.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44170578

    🙁

    • SpurAndy 18/05/2018 at 7:07 pm

      He’s currently appealing against his uefa ban but now owns up to this? Is he getting dementia?

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦🕎⚽🎷🎥 18/05/2018 at 7:29 pm

      If the man could only fix 8 draws….

    • SpurAndy 18/05/2018 at 7:09 pm

      Amazing what CGI can do nowadays.

  • McG ⚽⚽ 18/05/2018 at 7:13 pm

    Are there any sites we shouldn’t be posting links for btw?

    • Jonspur 19/05/2018 at 9:03 am

      I should avoid linking to Pornhub if I were you.

  • McG ⚽⚽ 18/05/2018 at 11:03 pm

    But didn’t..

    • Flat Oeuf 19/05/2018 at 8:06 am

      Frankly, I think it’s grotesque. It’s never going to be ready on time anyway. Plus we’ll sell all our best players and it’ll be half empty most matchdays. This is the end of the world.
      WE.
      ARE.
      DOOMED.

    • SpurAndy 19/05/2018 at 8:15 am

      Bit of a tidy up, quick run round with the broom and all ready for next season.

  • Jonspur 19/05/2018 at 9:07 am

    Good bloggage, Taff. Nicely written and perfectly flat earth in it’s tone.

  • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 9:30 am

    Not a major issue, but I have to enter my name & email every time I open the blog a fresh if I want to post a comment, is that the same for everyone?

    • Jonspur 19/05/2018 at 9:43 am

      Not for me. I have to refresh to see now posts.

    • Caspurs 19/05/2018 at 9:56 am

      Yep, it’s the same for me as well.

    • UnkleTaff 19/05/2018 at 10:01 am

      Me neither (I’m viewing on a PC).

      Dunno about a new-post refresh as I’ve not seen any yet.

    • Flat Oeuf 19/05/2018 at 10:12 am

      McG, did you accept the email invitation I sent? This gives you access without having to do that, I think? It might be in your junk but would have come from WordPress…

      • UnkleTaff 19/05/2018 at 10:13 am

        …and this comment came up automatically, i.e. without the need for a manual refresh.

        • Flat Oeuf 19/05/2018 at 10:16 am

          They should all be doing that

          • UnkleTaff 19/05/2018 at 10:18 am

            Jon said this isn’t the case for him.

            Unless I’ve misunderstood his comment.

            • Jonspur 19/05/2018 at 10:31 am

              Yep they just popped up for me too. My mistake.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 10:16 am

        I did thanks! It’s no biggy, only happens the first time I open the blog, my details are retained if I refresh thereafter.. I don’t have to refresh for comments to appear either, so that’s good 🙂

        • Flat Oeuf 19/05/2018 at 10:18 am

          The other solution might be to stay logged in with your WordPress account and access the blog through the app or an open tab on your PC/Mac

  • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 11:05 am

    I’ve been taking a look at Deli’s stats, this season vs last.

    2017 vs 2018 as a whole, he’s scored 8 fewer goals (11 this season, 19 last)
    Assist wise, he’s actually doubled his tally from 7 last, to 14 this (quite an improvement).

    Breaking it down further, prem wise he’s halved his goals & increased his assist rate by three. In the champions league he’s doubled his goals from one to two, & upped his assist rate from zero to four (which comes whilst we played in the group of death).

    Distance wise he was the 4th hardest working player in the league up to November (so I don’t think he can be accused of being lazy).

    Overall, I can’t grumble with those statistics at all, a more than decent third season wearing the badge, and still only 22 years old. I did wonder if teams have paid him more attention in the PL, & less in the CL, but he was banned for the opening CL games last season, so that argument doesn’t really stack up.

    Final analysis: still a bit of a twat with some growing up to do, & really really shite taste in clothing, but I hope we keep him for many years to come! I quite like the nasty streak too, sign of a winner. Can’t wait to see how he performs in the WC now, and of course next season..

    • UnkleTaff 19/05/2018 at 11:11 am

      Think how much better he’d be, though, if he could be bothered to pitch in for more than just 30 minutes a game?

      😉

      • Caspurs 19/05/2018 at 11:18 am

        I was going to say something similar, but in the end I opta’d not to…. 😱

      • 61SpursNut 19/05/2018 at 11:27 am

        Moura’s shit as well.

        • UnkleTaff 19/05/2018 at 11:31 am

          Have you noticed how Serge Aurier has gone from being “the man” to yet another shit Levy purchase?

          • 61SpursNut 19/05/2018 at 11:34 am

            A sign of intent, although the intent as changed somewhat.

            • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 11:53 am

              I like the look of Moura, be interesting to find out what Poch wants from the guy, more tracking back & defensive work by the sound of things. Hopefully people will be eating their words next season.

  • Caspurs 19/05/2018 at 11:27 am

    Pitch tray ahoy!!

    • Ronwol196061 19/05/2018 at 11:50 am

      We’ve obviously gone to another level

    • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 11:57 am

      Turf looking a bit sandy there, nearly as bad as Rochdale’s.. Poor show Levy.

      • 61SpursNut 19/05/2018 at 12:00 pm

        If at first you don’t succeed, tray, tray again.

        • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 12:02 pm

          Milking it there Nut!

          • Caspurs 19/05/2018 at 12:14 pm

            All because the Nut loves milk tray….

            • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 1:04 pm

              I actually prefer fruit ‘n Nut!

  • Flat Oeuf 19/05/2018 at 12:05 pm

    Caspurs

    I was going to say something similar, but in the end I opta’d not to…. 😱

    Poorformance Indicator

  • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 1:03 pm
  • Flat Oeuf 19/05/2018 at 1:28 pm

    Right that’s the wedding over. Anything else *important* going on today?

    • SpurAndy 19/05/2018 at 2:03 pm

      Nose hair trimming session?

    • Caspurs 19/05/2018 at 2:38 pm

      I would have done a live youtube vid of me cutting the lawn, but I’ve already dunnit, maybe next time?

    • 61SpursNut 19/05/2018 at 3:22 pm

      Please be aware that the middle pitch tray is now emerging. Does that count?

      • Caspurs 19/05/2018 at 3:28 pm

        Do my eyes betray me?

  • Freund or Foe 19/05/2018 at 4:44 pm

    You chaps have got me hooked on the tray action. Well, for the last 12 minutes at least.

  • Freund or Foe 19/05/2018 at 4:46 pm

    Anyone know where the away fans will sit? I assume it’s not the corner of the Sarf anymore.

    • Freund or Foe 19/05/2018 at 4:46 pm

      Maybe it is, on the curved corner bit.

      • 61SpursNut 19/05/2018 at 4:56 pm

        Norfeast corner.

        • Freund or Foe 19/05/2018 at 4:57 pm

          Nice Nut.

          • 61SpursNut 19/05/2018 at 5:00 pm

            Isn’t it though eh?

            BTW, the middle tray took 30 minutes to fully deploy.

            • Freund or Foe 19/05/2018 at 5:03 pm

              It’s looking incredible.

            • SpurAndy 19/05/2018 at 5:06 pm

              They look yuge, can’t figure out how there’s enough room to keep them when not deployed?

            • UnkleTaff 19/05/2018 at 5:14 pm

              I don’t know why you’re all getting so excited; it’s bound to go wrong first time it’s used.

            • SpurAndy 19/05/2018 at 5:22 pm

              If only we had an owner that would sh*t on the pot.

  • UnkleTaff 19/05/2018 at 6:07 pm

    Rashford’s having a ‘mare.

    And why couldn’t Utd have been this awful against us?

    • Caspurs 19/05/2018 at 6:12 pm

      It’s a tale of two turds, uniturd just smell worse.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 6:33 pm

        Much better game now..

        • 61SpursNut 19/05/2018 at 6:36 pm

          What is?

          • Caspurs 19/05/2018 at 6:48 pm

            Pitch trays 1, facup 0.

            • Freund or Foe 19/05/2018 at 6:54 pm

              It’s a packed midfield, but there’s plenty of space on one wing.

          • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 6:55 pm

            Cluedo..

  • Caspurs 19/05/2018 at 6:53 pm

    Now we have a bit of pitch flap action, no, I said pitch flap not…

    • JonSpur 19/05/2018 at 8:35 pm

      Bitch slap

    • JonSpur 19/05/2018 at 8:36 pm

      Oh, I see what you meant, you filfy beast.

      • JonSpur 19/05/2018 at 8:40 pm

        I’m too pure for that sort of humour.

        • 61SpursNut 19/05/2018 at 10:10 pm

          Jonspure

  • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 6:58 pm

    Come on you manc twats..

  • Flat Oeuf 19/05/2018 at 6:59 pm

    Have I ever mentioned that I detest Chelski?

    I’m no fan of Mourinho, obviously, but I’d rather Yanited won this one.

    • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 6:59 pm

      Absolutely.

    • Freund or Foe 19/05/2018 at 7:01 pm

      Wit ya.

  • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 7:07 pm

    That’s it then..

  • Flat Oeuf 19/05/2018 at 7:35 pm

    • Flat Oeuf 19/05/2018 at 7:36 pm

      Get in.

    • 61SpursNut 19/05/2018 at 7:36 pm

      I’m a coming …

      • Flat Oeuf 19/05/2018 at 7:37 pm

        • JonSpur 19/05/2018 at 8:34 pm

          • Flat Oeuf 19/05/2018 at 8:47 pm

            Unk will not be amused.

            • JonSpur 19/05/2018 at 9:08 pm

              Doesn’t he like excitable chubby fellowa.

            • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 9:37 pm

            • UnkleTaff 20/05/2018 at 10:40 am

              I can live without gifs and jpgs on the bloeug, if I’m honest.

              All except the motorcycle-related ones, that is.

  • JonSpur 19/05/2018 at 8:41 pm

    Freund or Foe
    Anyone know where the away fans will sit? I assume it’s not the corner of the Sarf anymore.

    They will sit in the away section.

    • Flat Oeuf 19/05/2018 at 8:48 pm

      Unless Nut and I flog our tickets for huge profit. Yeah, that’s right.

  • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 9:38 pm

    I’m being moderated 🙁

    • Caspurs 19/05/2018 at 9:50 pm

      It’s about time… : )

      • 61SpursNut 19/05/2018 at 10:09 pm

        [like]

    • 61SpursNut 19/05/2018 at 10:09 pm

      More than one web-link per post will do that.

      • McG ⚽⚽ 19/05/2018 at 10:51 pm

        I only posted a Gazza gif, not to worry!

  • Caspurs 19/05/2018 at 10:27 pm

    What is it with the peeps in t’other realm? Continually making ridiculous unsubstantiated claims (this time pitch trays), when all that’s needed is a snippet of common, a rudimentary knowledge of modern pitches and a little research (if needed). They make my brain hurt.

    • Caspurs 19/05/2018 at 11:15 pm

      *common sense

  • SpurAndy 20/05/2018 at 7:14 am

  • McG ⚽⚽ 20/05/2018 at 8:17 am

  • McG ⚽⚽ 20/05/2018 at 8:18 am

    All my gif’s are being moderated? It’s like I’m not being trusted..

    • SpurAndy 20/05/2018 at 8:23 am

      Probably based on your history 😉. It’s the gif that doesn’t keep on giving!

      • McG ⚽⚽ 20/05/2018 at 8:30 am

        Lol, I’ve never posted porn or anything! I might have tried my luck with a pair of breasts once, but they WERE worth it..

        • Freund or Foe 20/05/2018 at 10:07 am

          I can’t post gifs from my iPhone for some reason, not just on this site.

  • UnkleTaff 20/05/2018 at 9:41 am

    Motorcycle porn alert:

    • Caspurs 20/05/2018 at 9:53 am

      Is that your bike Taff?

      • UnkleTaff 20/05/2018 at 9:56 am

        Yup. Just a slight issue with the carbs that needs sorting and then it’ll be delivered.

        • Caspurs 20/05/2018 at 9:58 am

          I know nothing about bikes, is it a classic (much sought after) model?

          • UnkleTaff 20/05/2018 at 10:00 am

            It’s a modified Honda CB550. So yes, it is generally regarded as something of a classic.

            The folks at 100% Biker magazine certainly seem to think so anyway as it’ll be featuring in a forthcoming issue.

            Can’t wait to try it out on all these lovely Welsh mountain roads.

            • Caspurs 20/05/2018 at 10:05 am

              I imagine that you’ll have a fantastic time, I know south and mid Wales and the scenery can be amazing. How long has it taken to rebuild it (I’m guessing that’s what you’ve done)?

            • UnkleTaff 20/05/2018 at 10:36 am

              This is what it looked like four years and £12,500 ago:

              I think you’ll agree it’s quite a transformation.

            • Caspurs 20/05/2018 at 10:40 am

              £12.500?! How much has it cost since to get it to where it is now, it looks a completely different (and better looking) bike.

            • UnkleTaff 20/05/2018 at 10:46 am

              That’s it. £12,500. I was actually given the bike for nothing about 30 years ago when a newspaper reporter friend wrote a story about how my (then) bike was stolen (I was a dispatch rider at the time so that was my source of income gone). Chap who had it said it was in pieces but it was mine if I was happy to collect it.

              By “in pieces” he meant that the fairing and petrol tank had been removed. It wasn’t a difficult decision to make.

              I was originally going to keep the fairing but when I saw how good it looked without it both me and the chap who’s restored the bike agreed it was a better idea to ditch it.

        • Freund or Foe 20/05/2018 at 10:06 am

          I had an issue with carbs, so I’ve upped my protein intake.

          • Flat Oeuf 20/05/2018 at 11:15 am

            That paleos into comparison

          • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 20/05/2018 at 11:30 am

            I heard you are on Poutine FoF is this true?

  • McG ⚽⚽ 20/05/2018 at 11:01 am

    Anyone believe we bid 55 mil eur for this de Ligt lad, then got out bid by Citeh? Can’t see it myself, we have Verts, Sanchez, Dier, 4th & Tobes who can play CB. Granted Tobes looks gone, but don’t see a need to spend such a huge sum on a replacement. That kinda money will be better spent on other postions. 4th is two years older than de Ligt too…

    • UnkleTaff 20/05/2018 at 11:05 am

      Who says we have (bid 55m Euro)?

        • UnkleTaff 20/05/2018 at 11:17 am

          If this story is true then it would presumably mean that John Stones would be surplus to requirements at City. I think there’s a real player in there somewhere and Pochettino could be just the coach to bring it out.

          • Caspurs 20/05/2018 at 11:27 am

            I think John Stones could become a very good defensive midfielder, he has good ability with the ball at his feet, and also reads the game well. In defence his errors are punished more severely than if he were in midfield imo.
            PS, I don’t think citeh are open to letting him go.

            • UnkleTaff 20/05/2018 at 11:32 am

              I think they are. I think they bought Laporte to replace him last year. Otamendi seems to have established himself as a first choice now and if this new chap comes in I definitely think Stones will be on his way out.

              He hardly played at all in the second half of last season.

              It’s his ball-playing ability that makes me think he could be good for us as a defender as that’s the sort that Pochettino likes. The mistakes are definitely getting fewer and, as they are largely decision-making in nature, maybe with Pochettino’s help he’d be able to get rid of them entirely.

              He wouldn’t come cheaply, mind.

            • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 20/05/2018 at 11:34 am

              the last think we need is another defensive midfielder Cas

            • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 20/05/2018 at 11:35 am

              We need a Kevin de Buyne type or even a Kovacic that is more defensive but who can expand a game……Malcom may be the right kind of player too….

            • Caspurs 20/05/2018 at 12:32 pm

              Ron my dear chap, Malcom is a winger, plus Dembele is no spring Chick King anymore, so it would be prudent (imo) to start to consider a long term replacement for him (not Stones).

            • Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥 20/05/2018 at 1:30 pm

              I dont see Malcom as a winger. Wingers infact are rarely wingers these days.
              Take Moura for instance or Lamela are they wingers.Yes they start off on the wing but are they wingers? Eriksen spends a lot of time on the wing.Is he a winger.
              Malcom definately can play the CM role there is no doubt

  • Flat Oeuf 20/05/2018 at 11:16 am

    New Player Review bloeug coming up a bit later

    • Caspurs 20/05/2018 at 11:29 am

      Aurier go
      Sissoko go
      Rose go
      Llorente go
      Dunnit! 😘

  • Flat Oeuf 20/05/2018 at 12:44 pm
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