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  1. The Tottenham Hotspur Thread


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    Stadium
    White Hart Lane (Capacity 36,310)

    Nickname(s)
    Spurs, Lilywhites

    Founded
    1882 - 128 years ago (Originally as Hotspur FC)

    Owner(s)
    ENIC International Ltd

    Chairman
    Daniel Levy

    Manager
    Harry Redknapp

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    Current First Team Squad

    Goalkeepers: 1 Heurelho Gomes, 23 Carlo Cudicini, 24 Brad Friedel

    Defenders: 4 Younes Kaboul, 13 William Gallas, 19 Sébastien Bassong, 20 Michael Dawson (Vice Captain), 22 Vedran Ćorluka, 26 Ledley King (Captain), 28 Kyle Walker, 32 Benoît Assou-Ekotto

    Midfielders: 3 Gareth Bale, 6 Tom Huddlestone, 7 Aaron Lennon, 11 Rafael van der Vaart, 14 Luka Modrić, 21 Niko Kranjčar, 25 Danny Rose, 29 Jake Livermore, 30 Sandro, 31 Andros Townsend, 40 Steven Pienaar, Yago Falqué, Scott Parker

    Strikers: 9 Roman Pavlyuchenko, 10 Emmanuel Adebayor, 18 Jermain Defoe, Giovani dos Santos

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    First XI
    Note: Subject to formation choice, as explained below.

    Goalkeeper: Brad Friedel
    Right-back: Kyle Walker
    Centre-back: Michael Dawson
    Centre-back: Younes Kaboul
    Left-back: Benoît Assou-Ekotto
    Central midfield: Sandro
    Central midfield: Luka Modrić
    Right-winger: Aaron Lennon
    Left-winger: Gareth Bale
    Centre-forward: Rafael van der Vaart
    Striker: Emmanuel Adebayor


    Preferred Formation(s)
    The Asymmetrical 4-3-3




    Explanation

    This formation allows us to utilise our strongest set of players, with Rafael van der Vaart getting the nod ahead of Aaron Lennon on the right, with the freedom to cut inside and fulfil his more favourable central role. Kyle Walker's main strength is his attacking prowess coupled with his crossing ability, and with Rafael moving inside on a regular basis, Kyle will have free reign along the edge of the pitch.

    Assou-Ekotto is best when intercepting and clearing balls quickly, and as a result will be further down the pitch with Bale given the freedom of the left, to roam up and down providing the main width of the team. The midfield combination of Modric and Sandro is a healthy balance between creativity and power, with Luka dictating play from deep and the Brazillian able to win the ball back and deploy it to either of the technically-gifted players either side of him.

    The Attacking 4-4-2



    Explanation

    This formation is built around the formation we used in 2009/10 when we finished 4th. It allows full use of the width we have at our disposal, and the wide array of talent able to play in these positions. Aaron Lennon comes into the team on the right, with Rafael van der Vaart getting the nod in the centre ahead of Jermain Defoe.

    Kyle Walker should focus more on his defensive duty whilst playing behind Lennon, with the England winger always a threat getting forward but not the most accomplished at tackling and intercepting play. The midfield duo remains the same, and Adebayor is pushed up as the lone striker, just ahead of Rafael as an acting centre-forward.

    Transfer Summary 2011/12

    In
    + Souleymane Coulibaly (£Undisclosed)
    + Brad Friedel (£0)
    + Emmanuel Adebayor (Loan)
    + Cristian Ceballos (£0)
    + Scott Parker (£5,000,000)
    + Yago Falqué (Loan)

    Out
    - Jamie O'Hara (£5,000,000)
    - Jonathan Woodgate (£0)
    - Steven Caulker (Loan)
    - Kyle Naughton (Loan)
    - Bongani Khumalo (Loan)
    - Ryan Mason (Loan)
    - Jonathan Obika (Loan)
    - Robbie Keane (£3,500,000)
    - Alan Hutton (£4,000,000)
    - Jermaine Jenas (Loan)
    - David Bentley (Loan)
    - Peter Crouch (£12,000,000)
    - Wilson Palacios (£8,000,000)

    + £32,500,000
    - £5,000,000
    = £27,500,000 Profit

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    Billy
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    Last edited by Billy; 01/09/2011 at 11:43 PM.
    thfc_09, TheMjt, puzzled and 1 others like this.

  2. Finally a great thread for a great club. Nice one Billy.

  3. The existing thread was depressingly bare-bones, and didn't warrant much interest.

    I have spoken to Lee, and he has agreed to merge the existing posts from Sam's thread with this one, so they don't get overlooked and I can maintain and update the OP frequently.

  4. Yes! Well done.

  5. TheMjt's Avatar TheMjtPremium Member
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    Very good OP Billy, do you think Sandro will be played ahead of Parker this season though?

  6. Quote Originally Posted by TheMjt View Post
    Very good OP Billy, do you think Sandro will be played ahead of Parker this season though?
    I would think Parker would be played more. I don't really understand why they bought Parker even though he's an excellent player I thought Sandro is looking very good and I really rate him.

  7. Unfortunately, I think Parker will indeed feature regularly for us ahead of Sandro.

    I really do like the Brazillian, and am keen to see how he develops with us given first team football. I hope a 30+ year old signing doesn't stunt his growth too much.

    Huddlestone is going to find his chances few and far between, I expect. Unless we start VDV out wide ahead of Lennon and use 3 in the centre of midfield.

  8. Great OP.

    Desperately hope that Giovani gets some chances now, with VdV and Lennon out injured, but Redknapp seems to have a personal vendetta against him which is a huge shame. My preferred line up would be:

    ------------Adebayor - Defoe------------
    Bale-------------------------------Giovani/VdV
    ---------Sandro-------Modric-------------
    BAE-------Dawson----Kaboul-----Walker
    ---------------Friedal-----------------------

    Feel as if we need a player like Giovani in our team as going forward we are far far too predictable i.e. Bale/Lennon will attempt to run past the full back and try to cross, VdV often looks to just shoot etc. With Giovani we can have that unpredictability that will help us unlock defenced.

    RE: Sandro. I recall earlier in the summer that Redknapp was mentioning Sandro in the same breath as VdV, Bale and Modric saying that we must keep hold of these players. He clearly rates him so I don't worry about his opportunities.

    P.S. You didn't include the Palacios+Crouch transfers on the summary.

  9. Not sure how I managed to miss those two out. With their additional £8 million and £12 million fees respectively, our profit from transfers is close to £30,000,000 total. Let's hope we'll move for Leandro in January as planned, who is looking likely to cost around half that much.

    I would be willing to give Giovani further chances, but he really needs to step up. He has played 10 games for us, mostly as a sub admittedly, but has yet to find the net once. That said, he had a pretty successful spell on loan last year, so maybe he's sharper than previously; though he always looks good for Mexico.

  10. Can definitely see us moving for Leandro in Jan, possibly with Pav out. Play him second fiddle to Adebayor for the second half of the season giving him time to bed in for next season.

    Frustratingly with Gio, whenever he's been played in pre-season and such, he's looked very bright and sharp, yet he's never been given a full game in the prem. He just needs to be given a chance, just like Bale did when BAE was injured.

    Also think Lennon needs to be dropped, very ineffective, lacking in final ball, turned back into the old Lennon again. Could be a very good impact sub though.

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