The past weeks happening in the world of Tottenham Hotspur
PL. Spurs 1-0 C Palace
Nice little well deserved win for Spurs if left a tad late. Chances were spurned, Vorm never properly tested, Spurs ere good at corners, yes, they were actually good, and from one. Lamella out swinger to Kane who leaped like a salmon to head goal wards from about 10yds and new boy Wanyama headed it in past their goalie from close range. If Victor hadn’t been there Janssen was sure to pounce. The best report to read is that of Paul Smith’s on the Spurs Odyssey site. My own irreverent babbling on the game can be re-read Here. To whet your appetite here is Pauls first paragraph:-
“Making his home debut, Spurs midfielder Victor Wanyama won the hearts of home fans with a crucial 82nd minute header, which broke the deadlock in a well-fought London derby match, and left Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace side pointless after two games. The goal came at a time when a draw looked on the cards, which would have also made it a disappointing start for Spurs. The four point return from the opening two games is a respectable one, leaving us well placed behind the four teams that have won both games, and Everton, who are ahead on goals scored only.”
PL2. Reading 1-4 Spurs
On Monday the U23 PL2 team had a nice little 1-4 victory away to reading. Edwards scored two, Millar and my man Shay Harrison got on the score sheet. Here is a flavour of Ray Lo’s usual excellent report on the Spurs Odyssey Site.
“It was a cloudy afternoon that became warm and sunny for Spurs’ trip to Reading’s training ground. Spurs lost their opening game of the season at home to Everton while the hosts beat promoted Arsenal away 2-0. Last season the game was played at Adams Park and ended 1-1 thanks to an equaliser from Will Miller……. ” Read more Here for all the stats, teams etc.
Unfortunately our youngsters fell 0-1 to the West Ham U18s which is never good, but it is early days for our future stars and no doubt they will learn from it. You can read the official report Here But here is the opening paragraph:-
“Brandon Austin saved a first-half penalty but our Under-18s couldn’t capitalise and find a route back into the game as they lost 1-0 at West Ham United on Saturday (August 20). The goalkeeper kept out Kemp’s spot kick shortly before half-time, having earlier been beaten by a fierce drive from Alfie Lewis. Kemp went closest to adding to the scoreline at the start of the second period when his curler came back off the woodwork, but a lack of clear shooting chances for us meant we suffered our first Under-18 Premier League defeat of the season at the Hammers’ Little Heath academy facility.”
BITS AND PIECES
Spurs issued a Passionate About Tottenham booklet given free with the match day programme at the ground. For those of you not able to get a copy here is a link for the Digital Version
Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly targeted a move for Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi, claim reports in Spain. ‘Sport’
Bentaleb is a reported target of Shalke who have supposedly bid £10m which Levy rejected, wanting an apparent £15m -?numerous internet reports. Edit:- Latest rumour over night is an agreed loan with option to buy
London Evening Standard report Spurs numerous bids for goalkeeper Pau Lopez have been rejected by Espanyol, but the deal is still expected to go through. Vorm, it is reported, is off to Celtic, if Lopez does arrive, to join up with his old Swansea boss.
Another rumour has it that Spurs have been scouting and are interested in a youngster by the name of Oliver Burke. Link here
According to the Daily Mail, Hull City have offered £8m plus add-ons for Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason – but Spurs want at least £10m for the player, whilst The Mirror claim Southampton are also keen. Mason, 25, has come up through the ranks at White Hart Lane, but few expected him to make the grade with his boyhood club after loan spells with Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Milwall, Lorient and Swindon Town.
acing Genk teenage sensation Wilfried Ndidi is attracting the interest of Premier League heavyweights Chelsea and Tottenham, according to a report. Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws claim that the 19-year-old has been watched by the London rivals’ scouting departments, after he was the subject of an £8.6million offer from Bundesliga side Hamburger SV.
Young 16yo RB Sessengon at Fulham has also taken our eye but the Cottagers want a reported £8m
Our dear friend Paulinho is back in favour with the Brazil national team!
As I type Yedlin is in talks and medical with Newcastle
Wolfsburg want Son for about £17m
the N’KouDoh saga is turning into the NoCanDo story
Spurs Ladies 2-0 Reading
Women’s Super League side Reading’s development team were the sixth and last opponents for Spurs ahead of Sunday’s big kick-off in the FA Women’s Premier League against Swindon Town.
Goals from in-form Kelley Blanchflower and the returning Wendy Martin saw Spurs home 2-0 at Frederick Knight Sports Ground.
Spurs have an unblemished record from pre-season encounters against Enfield, Middlesbrough and the development teams from WSL sides Arsenal, Chelsea, Watford and now Reading. Read the full official report Here
#SpursLadies U13’s impressed vs. @yaxleyfc’s U13’s at the weekend, finishing as 5-2 winners, and the U14s also beat the same opposition U14s by the score of 5-4.
Spurs retain their 10th placing in the Global Football Branding
standings – Watford make it to 50th place! That mob from Woolwich remain above us Boo! The last paragraph in the Spurs section mentions on-going discussions with Nike, as technical partners! Any way here is the link to thePDF file for some light reading
stadium construction has come on a pace. Lots of work happened on a very hot Tuesday – two concrete pours, steel erected, two shuttering erections on the cores, and the first 6 rakes were fitted to the NE corner. These supply the structural support for the seating area, and with them, the build does start to look like a stadium. The rakes need to be placed on the piers stretching from the first to the second floors so that the 2nd floor can be formed on top. Have a wee look:-
The CL draw will be this week – Thurs 6pm on BT Sport 2
Transfer window closes at 11pm on 31st August
Liverpool up next at White Hart Lane with a 12:30 KO on Saturday.
FB GRoups:- Tottenham Hotspur F.C. (Audere Est Facere) , Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Discerning supporters , Tottenham………..Totally Tottenham
and TheSpurs List for old fashioned email interaction
WWW.SpursOdyssey.com is my recommended web site with a good archive of reports and stats
Twitter :- @Spurs_report, @THST, @HotspurSam, @HS_Spectator, @Spursofficial, @THLFCofficial
PHOTOS AND CREDITS:- All photos are either screen shots on my iPad of the stadium construction official feed or public domain photos obtained via my FB or Twitter TLs posted originally by @SpursOfficial and @Thlfcofficial