The Tottenham Hotspur 2020/21 thread

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What's the odds Tottenham's momentum gets punctured when Bale is available to play and he gets shoehorned in at all costs?

Oh come on, Mourinho isnt stupid to do what we tried to do with Alexis...oh wait.
 

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Just read this stat that since Mourinho was appointed Kane and Son have more combined goals and assists than any other player. Kane 30, Son 28.
I knew there was a reason I keep claiming that they're as good as, or better than, any other attacking duo in the league.
 

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What's the odds Tottenham's momentum gets punctured when Bale is available to play and he gets shoehorned in at all costs?
He will fit in perfectly instead of Lucas - he isn't getting shoehorned in at all as he will be playing in the same position he played for RM mostly which is on the right of a front 3.
 

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He will fit in perfectly instead of Lucas - he isn't getting shoehorned in at all as he will be playing in the same position he played for RM mostly which is on the right of a front 3.
Prime Bale yes, but prime Bale is long gone.
 

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Even without prime Bale, Spurs have a very strong squad. They are the dark horses this season and I would not be surprised in the least if they win the league. They are not favourites, but they have a strong enough squad to win it. Certainly they are a safe bet to win some silverware this season. The key to their season is to keep at least Kane and Son fit, and if Bale regains some of his form that's a huge boost for them.
 
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If he is even 80% of the player he was he will be absolutely fantastic.
But the main point i'm making is even if he ends up being Alexis at United 2.0 he'd still be picked because he's Gareth Bale and that could hugely damage your season, especially if Bergwijn performs well whenever he's on one of his enforced layoff's. We had a similar situation last season, Kante had a really poor season and when he was injured we had a perfect midfield balance yet he kept walsing back in once he was fit, it buggered our momentum not one but twice.
 

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But the main point i'm making is even if he ends up being Alexis at United 2.0 he'd still be picked because he's Gareth Bale and that could hugely damage your season, especially if Bergwijn performs well whenever he's on one of his enforced layoff's. We had a similar situation last season, Kante had a really poor season and when he was injured we had a perfect midfield balance yet he kept walsing back in once he was fit, it buggered our momentum not one but twice.
Bale is effectively better than any option they have on the right at the moment. It's different from Sanchez situation who ended up playing on the left for us instead of Martial who got shoehorned to the right. Here he will be replacing Lucas and Bergwijn. Nothing special. So far their attack has been 100% dependent on Son and Kane and not the attacker playing on the right.

The only problem is if Bale will play as a winger stuck to the flank or a right forward cutting inside like Son. If Mourinho played him like Son, with Kane dropping deep as he has done against us and South, I can see them being great on the counters and Bale will score a lot. Of course, he can't be a winger who sticks to the flank and just crosses at this age so he needs to play close to the goal.
 

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I am really surprise by Spurs this window that Levy and Mou work so well together. Levy basically addressed all the request of Mou for the team reinforcement. striker, LB, RB, CM, RW, and may be Rodon for CB too. I read the net spend is around £50M which truly impressive given Spurs still need to pay for the stadium. Seems like Levy is fully buying into Mou's project and give him all the tools to succeed. Good time for Spurs and you can tell Mou is a happy man.
 
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I am really surprise by Spurs this window that Levy and Mou work so well together. Levy basically addressed all the request of Mou for the team reinforcement. striker, LB, RB, CM, RW, and may be Rodon for CB too. I read the net spend is around £50M which truly impressive given Spurs still need to pay for the stadium. Seems like Levy is fully buying into Mou's project and give him all the tools to succeed. Good time for Spurs and you can tell Mou is a happy man.
I'm pleasantly surprised about that too - you just never know how these things are going to work out and both Levy and Mou seem very strong characters but so far they appear to be working extremely well together which is very promising. Jose has basically got all his main targets this window (apart from maybe a CB) plus has been handed Bale. I'm sure he is absolutely loving it at Spurs right now.
 

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Bale is effectively better than any option they have on the right at the moment. It's different from Sanchez situation who ended up playing on the left for us instead of Martial who got shoehorned to the right. Here he will be replacing Lucas and Bergwijn. Nothing special. So far their attack has been 100% dependent on Son and Kane and not the attacker playing on the right.

The only problem is if Bale will play as a winger stuck to the flank or a right forward cutting inside like Son. If Mourinho played him like Son, with Kane dropping deep as he has done against us and South, I can see them being great on the counters and Bale will score a lot. Of course, he can't be a winger who sticks to the flank and just crosses at this age so he needs to play close to the goal.
I suspect what Jose will be trying to do is have Kane drop deep to hold the ball up and play those clever passes for Bale and Son to run onto. Kane is absolutely fantastic at that and is showing it this season. If Jose can get it to work then we really could be extremely effective.
 

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I'm pleasantly surprised about that too - you just never know how these things are going to work out and both Levy and Mou seem very strong characters but so far they appear to be working extremely well together which is very promising. Jose has basically got all his main targets this window (apart from maybe a CB) plus has been handed Bale. I'm sure he is absolutely loving it at Spurs right now.
On the other hand Mou will be under pressure to deliver top 4, just like Ancelotti in Everton , Lampard in Chelsea, Arteta in Arsenal as there will be no excuse for them. There are only 2 spots available though assume City and Pool will take the top 2 spot.
 

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On the other hand Mou will be under pressure to deliver top 4, just like Ancelotti in Everton , Lampard in Chelsea, Arteta in Arsenal as there will be no excuse for them. There are only 2 spots available though assume City and Pool will take the top 2 spot.
The level of pressure varies greatly between those managers. Ancelotti for example isn't under any pressure to finish inside the top 4. Making the Europa league will probably be a satisfactory season for Everton. They will be delighted if they can manage a challenge for top 4. Mourinho and Arteta are under reasonable pressure to get top 4. Lampard on the other hand is at the other end of that spectrum. He is under huge pressure to deliver top 4. Even that might not be enough for him. His team finished on same points as 3rd, then he was allowed to spend £230m to strengthen his squad. If he isn't in the top 2 or fairly close to them at the end of the season I would like to think it will be seen as a failure. Abramovich certainly isn't shy for pulling the trigger when a manager even slightly underachieves.
 

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On the other hand Mou will be under pressure to deliver top 4, just like Ancelotti in Everton , Lampard in Chelsea, Arteta in Arsenal as there will be no excuse for them. There are only 2 spots available though assume City and Pool will take the top 2 spot.
Are you suggesting that Ole is not under pressure to finish top four.
 

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Are you suggesting that Ole is not under pressure to finish top four.
To me he didn't get the same support from the upper management as the other three so I didn't include him in the discussion. He has the "excuse". OGS is under huge pressure to deliver result in his next 10 matches. For whatever reason Ed seems keep pulling his own appointed manager's leg in their 2nd summer transfer window. It is weird.
 
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Are you suggesting that Ole is not under pressure to finish top four.
Ole can keep his job without top 4. He’s cheap & doesn’t question authority, a dream for the Glazers. He’ll get sacked if we don’t get top 4 for 2 years in a row, because it will massively effect the finances, and that’s what the Glazers care about.
 

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Well not exactly going out on a limb there.
I dunno, mate. Based on the number of times I've been called a retard for expressing that exact opinion, I'm going to guess that it's still not mainstream.

(Not been insulted by anyone on here, mind you. But then I reckon the average intelligence on here is at least a standard deviation higher than that of the wider football fanbase. Having frankly ridiculous barriers to entry probably helps.)
 

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But the main point i'm making is even if he ends up being Alexis at United 2.0 he'd still be picked because he's Gareth Bale and that could hugely damage your season, especially if Bergwijn performs well whenever he's on one of his enforced layoff's. We had a similar situation last season, Kante had a really poor season and when he was injured we had a perfect midfield balance yet he kept walsing back in once he was fit, it buggered our momentum not one but twice.
Bale is on loan for a season. It's not about protecting an asset that they need to keep trying to make it work. Especially when it comes to damaging their bigger assets. Bale not doing well, then even to cut the loss and return him to Madrid.

Tottenham didn't get Bale to solve a problem but to reinforce their squad, in situation like last season where their main men dropping like flies. Tottenham already has the framework. Bale game on theory should be easy fit to that gameplan. Whereas Kante role has been changed with the different style and a partner like Jorginho.
 

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Bale is a straight swap for Moura, Moura has been good without being great. Bale allows rotation on the right between the two for Europa league, FA cup, League cup, EPL games.

If you say Kane, Son, Bale are the main three attackers for the PL games Look at say Spurs 2nd string attacking group for their Europa league matches. Vinicius, Bergwijn, Alli, Moura, that B team should be more than enough to blow someone like Ludogorets away. And Bale, Son and Kane get to put their feet up for some R&R with their sites focused on the next PL game.
 

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Bale is on loan for a season. It's not about protecting an asset that they need to keep trying to make it work. Especially when it comes to damaging their bigger assets. Bale not doing well, then even to cut the loss and return him to Madrid.

Tottenham didn't get Bale to solve a problem but to reinforce their squad, in situation like last season where their main men dropping like flies. Tottenham already has the framework. Bale game on theory should be easy fit to that gameplan. Whereas Kante role has been changed with the different style and a partner like Jorginho.
I agree with this and I see the Bale signing as a gamble worth taking. If he plays anything near his top level he will make a massive difference to their season and if he doesn’t he’s gone at the end of the season anyway and they aren’t even paying his full wages. It’s not comparable to Sanchez who was a Utd player on a long term contract with crazy wages or even Arsenals own incumbent good for nothing on crazy wages Mesut Bogarde.
 

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Just read this stat that since Mourinho was appointed Kane and Son have more combined goals and assists than any other player. Kane 30, Son 28.
I knew there was a reason I keep claiming that they're as good as, or better than, any other attacking duo in the league.
Many feared Jose's defensive style would ruin guys like Kane
 

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Has Bale not played a game yet?
No he is still recovering from an injury he suffered last time he was on duty for Wales. He is now in full training and the hope is he will be fit in the next week or two.
 

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A lot of people have been saying tons of things about what would happen and so far have been proved wrong.
To be fair even if it’s under Jose i’d love to see Kane get his hands on major honours before he calls it a day
 

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All the talk of options Spurs have in Bale's position but not a single mention for the one who started there in the last game - Lamela.

Not a superstar by any means but the type of player that Jose always wants in his team and I think if you were to ask Spurs fans who they would start out of Lamela, Lucas, Bergwijn and Alli then I think the majority would probably say Lamela. He doesn't bring a massive amount in terms of attacking output but with Son and Kane on fire then it's not so important. Here's a good thread on what he brought to the team on Sunday, minus the total shithousery to get Martial sent off -

 

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All the talk of options Spurs have in Bale's position but not a single mention for the one who started there in the last game - Lamela.

Not a superstar by any means but the type of player that Jose always wants in his team and I think if you were to ask Spurs fans who they would start out of Lamela, Lucas, Bergwijn and Alli then I think the majority would probably say Lamela. He doesn't bring a massive amount in terms of attacking output but with Son and Kane on fire then it's not so important. Here's a good thread on what he brought to the team on Sunday, minus the total shithousery to get Martial sent off -

I agree - when he is fit he is a very valuable player for us. Jose must love him.
 

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All the talk of options Spurs have in Bale's position but not a single mention for the one who started there in the last game - Lamela.

Not a superstar by any means but the type of player that Jose always wants in his team and I think if you were to ask Spurs fans who they would start out of Lamela, Lucas, Bergwijn and Alli then I think the majority would probably say Lamela. He doesn't bring a massive amount in terms of attacking output but with Son and Kane on fire then it's not so important. Here's a good thread on what he brought to the team on Sunday, minus the total shithousery to get Martial sent off -

To be fair, Man Utd have been shocking at the start and could have shipped 6 vs Brighton so I am unsure as to whether Lamela is good or not
 

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I agree - when he is fit he is a very valuable player for us. Jose must love him.
Yep. Some say that Spurs wasted all the money we got from selling Bale originally - but Lamela was one of those signed with that money, as was Eriksen.
 

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I kind of thought it might be curtains for Lamela once Jose turned up. He doesnt match up to that sit deep and play on the counter style being he is not pacey.

Seems Jose is mixing up his tactics however, some games adopting a press and playing Lamela, and this is where the guy shines and why he was key for Pochettino's pressing style. This transitional pressing I feel might be Sacramento's influence, and why Jose brought him in as part of his backroom staff. Lamela is constantly harrying and being a pest, Spurs first goal was Lamela chasing the ball around the box which pressured Maguire into a few hurried and miscued headers ending with the mad scramble between Shaw, Maguire and Lamela for the ball, with it rolling clear of the melee pretty much to the feet of Ndombele.
 

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They're a cute team but I'd be surprised if they won a trophy this season.
 

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They're a cute team but I'd be surprised if they won a trophy this season.
They are not winning the league, lets be realistic, I think even the most rose tinted goggles Spurs fan would agree with that(Except maybe Glaston).

But they easily have enough in the locker to pull out a cup win or tear up the Europa League and win it. Especially now with all the reinforcements they have brought in for rotation. Look at their "B team" Hart, Aurier, Alderweireld, Tanganga, Davies, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Bergwijn, Alli, Moura, Vinicius. That is not half bad for a B squad.
 

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They are not winning the league, lets be realistic, I think even the most rose tinted goggles Spurs fan would agree with that(Except maybe Glaston).

But they easily have enough in the locker to pull out a cup win or tear up the Europa League and win it. Especially now with all the reinforcements they have brought in for rotation. Look at their "B team" Hart, Aurier, Alderweireld, Tanganga, Davies, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Bergwijn, Alli, Moura, Vinicius. That is not half bad for a B squad.
I forgot they were in the EL. They could win that indeed.
 

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To be fair, Man Utd have been shocking at the start and could have shipped 6 vs Brighton so I am unsure as to whether Lamela is good or not
Yeah im not sure any constructive analysis can be made on a match where one team seemed so utterly determined to lose heavily
 

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To me he didn't get the same support from the upper management as the other three so I didn't include him in the discussion. He has the "excuse". OGS is under huge pressure to deliver result in his next 10 matches. For whatever reason Ed seems keep pulling his own appointed manager's leg in their 2nd summer transfer window. It is weird.
You do realise he has spent more than all those managers? £300m spend over two summer windows.

Yes, Solskjaer is under a load of pressure to get top four. He has to it get it with that expenditure; the highest average spend of any United manager.