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17 Jan 2019 13:30:35
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17 Jan 2019 13:22:20
I'll be at the game on Saturday,

Does anyone have any decent places to park or does every one join the madness of dealing with it once you get there.

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17 Jan 2019 12:09:48
Ed001 I know it's early days but I want to ask what are your first impressions of Solksjaer and do you think he could end up getting the job permanent?

Caolán.

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{Ed001's Note - he has done nothing to give any impressions of him to be honest. Until he loses a game and we see how he and the team react, we will not really know anything about him. Right now he has just come in and been the opposite to Mourinho and the players are enjoying the freedom. We have yet to find out if he has more to offer than that.}

17 Jan 2019 12:57:32
Absolutely true that Ed01.

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{Ed001's Note - might turn out to be a genius move or an awful one, but we are a long way from finding out yet.}

Review Of The Day 17th January 2019

17 Jan 2019 07:29:02
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 17th January 2019

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16 Jan 2019 21:51:53
Just over on the Spurs page and I read a great point from Ed001 about the man in poll position to be our next manager.

Poch has a big say on the incomings at Spurs.

Maybe not comparing oranges with oranges as we are talking about two different clubs, but it's an underwhelming read at best.

Lucas Moura
Serge Aurier
Fernando Llorente
Juan Foyth
Davinson Sánchez
Moussa Sissoko
Georges-Kevin N'Koudou
Pau López
Vincent Janssen
Victor Wanyama
Heung-min Son
Clinton N'Jie
Toby Alderweireld
Kevin Wimmer
Kieran Trippier
Dele Alli
Benjamin Stambouli
Federico Fazio
DeAndre Yedlin
Eric Dier
Ben Davies
Michel Vorm

Only really Son, Alderweireld, Alli and (possibly) Trippier who stand out. No others would/ should get near our first XI.

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16 Jan 2019 22:32:36
Maybe bargain buys with his budget, easy say what has he bought but maybe he had to make best of the funds he had.

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16 Jan 2019 22:34:56
Jury is out on his signings. Will be interesting to see how they do without Son and Kane.

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17 Jan 2019 03:41:07
Lucas Moura (hardly flop)
Fernando Llorente (great backup)
Davinson Sánchez (good future)
Moussa Sissoko (under rated)
Victor Wanyama (v good signing)
Heung-min Son (incredible)
Toby Alderweireld (top signing)
Kieran Trippier (good KW replace. )
Dele Alli (incredible)
Eric Dier (good signing)
Ben Davies (good signing)
Michel Vorm (good backup)

Given financial priorites of Tottenham, the club (not just Potch) are doing a pretty good job I'd say.

Do people forget Fergy's record with signings?! Arsen's?

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17 Jan 2019 04:09:25
80-90% of the list seems to be good signings. Especially some of the players are very good backup options.
Alderweirald is arguably the best centre back in the League.
Son, Ali, Sanchez have huge potential.
Trippier and Dier are first choice for England National team.
Moreover, they were purchased at a relatively low price.

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17 Jan 2019 08:39:05
Trip dier aldewireld son alli davis could all get in our team and sissoko sanchez moura and wanayama would all enhance our squad imo wazza.
Would you take sissoko sanchez moura and wanayama ahead of jones fellaini periera and mata? I would in a heartbeat.

Id take trip davis aldewireld son and alli ahead of shaw smalling young martial and sanchez also.
But i suppose its all about opinions.
I reckon we could all put a list together of twice that size costing twice as much of fergies failed signings.

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{Ed001's Note - I think none of you got the point I made about the signings. It wasn't how they compare to United players or whether a donkey like Wanyama or a clueless positional 'defender' like Sanchez could get in the United team. That was not relevant. The point was that none of the recent signings did anything to improve the team, each of them is worse than players they replace.

Is the headless chicken that is Davison Sanchez even fit to lace the boots of Alderweireld or Vertonghen? Nowhere near, nor is Foyth.

Wanyama was brought in to replace Dembele! He is a quarter of the player Dembele is on one leg.

Aurier and Trippier have replaced Walker. Walker is not the best defensively but he is still a better player than those 2 put together.

Then there is the entirely average Davies, who is so nondescript at every part of the game who has replaced Rose. I am not a fan of Rose but he is a much better player than Davies.

Sissoko can barely pass it 5 yards without giving it away. Moura is a head down run into blind alleys kind of player who gets a goal once in a while so MOTD fans think he must be good.

There is also a worrying trend with Poch signings, along with them being progressively worse than the players they replace, they are almost all brawn over technique. Aurier, Sanchez, Wanyama, Sissoko, Moura were all bought because of their physicality. None suit the way Spurs play nor did any of them have the technical qualities required to fit in, but they were bought anyway.

Forget Fergie's failed signings, it is irrelevant and I have no idea why anyone is even going there, except they will use any means to defend the new chosen one Poch. It seems he can do no wrong despite failing to win a thing in his entire career, even when every other team stepped aside and said 'after you' to his Spurs team. Even then they just found a way to throw it away and are doing exactly the same this season.}

17 Jan 2019 09:07:24
Fantastic insight Ed001,
Does Poch have any budget restriction to sign top class players, considering their ongoing Stadium plans?

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{Ed001's Note - every manager has restrictions, even Pep. So yes, he does. Are they more stringent than most? They were, but Levy has loosened the purse strings in terms of wages in recent years, and that was the main issue.

They do have a limit on the amount they can spend (as do all clubs) but Poch has always set limits on the amount of players he wants to bring in, so that he can keep the squad togetherness intact. So the limits on that should just enable the club to target more specifically the players they require and Poch wants.

That did go wrong last summer, but that was the first time and as much about Levy not being impressed with the same things I am pointing out and seeing the targets being more of the same, so refusing to overspend (as he sees it) on bringing in players that are not improving the team.

There is a smaller budget than Man Utd, but you could say that about any team other than Man City, Real Madrid and PSG. Though Barcelona have spent ridiculous amounts in recent years, they have gone ridiculously over budget and have put themselves in serious danger for the next few years if they don't sort it out. If any bank would call in their debt, they would be in a very danger of collapsing altogether.

There is money available to Spurs, if they wish to call upon it, though it is reduced by the stadium delays, they still could spend if Levy sanctioned it. Levy is not holding it back for profit reasons, he is simply unwilling to spend on what is deemed the wrong players. All is not entirely well there, which is why I would be very surprised if Poch is not pushing his own name forward for the United job.}

17 Jan 2019 09:16:22
I’m totally with Ed01 on this 100% and it’s something I’ve been saying to my Spurs fans mates for ages and they slam me for it. However Poch still has his team higher than ours right now so can’t really give him too much hassle.

As for our next manager, I’m not convinved he is the right man, but then again I have no alternatives to offer right now.

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17 Jan 2019 10:09:57
There is no perfect candidate, no matter how hard we may push a certain person forward.

No one person ticks all the boxes, not even Sir Alex was perfect.

What we are looking for in reality is the best fit for the club. Someone who ticks most of the boxes, but they will have areas of weakness, areas that will at times let the club down in someway.

Pochettino on paper looks like the best candidate, he plays good football, he develops young players, he seems to get the club. However, he also hasn't won anything as a manager, he also seems to push forward physical players over technical ones in term of transfers.

That being said, I think it's very hard to judge a manager on the signings they make at different clubs. We don't know how much input they had I'm transfers (although obviously they do tend to have a fair say) . Also the situations at different clubs make it almost impossible to make accurate direct comparisons. Are the club's of equal financial power? Are they located in the same area? Do they have a similar historical prestige? Are they as likely to win titles and cups?

All these things effect whether a player might want to move to a club, how high their wages demands might be and how high their clubs transfer fee demands might be. That in turn has a direct effect on whether that club can realistically sign that player.

We saw that early in on after City were taken over, having unlimited funds didn't mean at that time they could sign any player. Only when the club proved it could consistently challenge for the top honours did players of the highest calibre feel safe in moving to the club.

I think that highlights that it's hard to make a direct comparison.

That said Pochettino has seemed to lean towards certain player traits over others. However, so does every manager. They need certain traits to play the style they want. Pochettino wants his teams to press high and quickly, therefore it makes little sense to sign slower less physical but more technical players as they wouldn't be able to carry out the press as he would want. Mata for example isn't as useful to Pochettino as Sissoko is even though Mata is ten times the player.

What I would say though, is potentially one of the things holding Spurs back is having that intelligent player who can control a game, slow it down when they need to hold on to a one goal lead, or has the ability to open up a stubborn clever defence when you need to get that winning goal. A player like Carrick in his prime would take Spurs to the next level. Yet they don't seem to be interested in that sort of player.

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17 Jan 2019 10:39:19
Another interesting question is whether the players from top bracket prefer to move to Spurs.
For example, would Di Maria and Sanchez have considered joining Spurs when they were at Real and Barcelona?

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17 Jan 2019 11:26:56
Poch has had a thin shoe string budget! There is 22 players in that list and he has made playing time for most, with 6/7 players in the first team and 3 or 4 can do a job when used as a sub.

That's not a bad return? Poch could quite easily sell on players or release without taking too much of a hit.

We have bought app 11 players or more since SAF left. ( Counting of top of the head ) and some would not get into pochs first team or make his bench.

Then we have difficulties clearing our wage bill. Take WR for example as we had to pay a % to Everton to cover his wages!

And other players won't leave because other Managers know they ain't worth 150 - 250k per week. The noisy neighbours battled for Alexis yet did not push after he verbally agreed to move to them, I still think AS is suited better to poor playing style but they cannot afford his 500k weekly without tipping the FFP scales over.

The worst part of all this is knowing Chris Smalling got another contract and is happy to warm the bench. I was sure he was off to wolves when #002 said their was interest.

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17 Jan 2019 11:27:42
Ken, would I take Sissoko, Sanchez, Moura and Wanayama. the answer is no. The United players you compare them against are not good enough for a team competing for the title either, nor are the Spurs alternatives that you mention.

DodgyBanter, Sissoko is one of the most overrated players in the league, bu the simple fact he picks up a salary for playing football. He's awful.

My intention wasn't to turn this into a Spurs v United debate. More to highlight what is a good point; most of Poch's signings have been poor imo, with only 3, 4 at a push, who are good enough to compete for the Premier League title.

Spurs are above United, but they aren't competing for the league. Come the end of the season they will be 12+ points adrift of the eventual winners like they have been every season bar one, when they choked.

That's in a large part due to poor signings and a failure to replace departing players with equal or better players. Poch has still spent close to £300m, and that's with a world class striker coming through the ranks. This is Poch's team now, I think it's right to be concerned about his recruitment.

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17 Jan 2019 12:46:00
Thanks Ed1. Another reason why I'm not keen on Poch.

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{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}

And Finally... Odd Injuries!

16 Jan 2019 19:24:07
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, And Finally... Odd Injuries!

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17 Jan 2019 11:51:51
Have saved this article, worth rereading it!

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{Ed001's Note - thanks mate.}

16 Jan 2019 18:44:58
Hey first of all brilliant work by the eds. On a footballing matter, what's everyone's opinion on Leeds sending spy's? Be good to to have eds wisdom on this. Thanks.

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{Ed001's Note - it has always happened. No idea why this is a big deal? Why do you think Fergie wanted to hide the training ground?}

16 Jan 2019 18:58:52
Just thorough scouting of an opponent if you ask me. it's just been massively blown out of proportion.

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16 Jan 2019 19:02:20
Thanks for the reply. Yes I do agree i think the same, I'm sure I remember listening to shearer say he used to send penaltys wrong way in training because of this. Just when leeds apoligise I find it weird if its acceptable and then talk of points being deducted. Anyway top work mate.

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{Ed001's Note - it is ridiculous that it has become such a big deal.}

16 Jan 2019 19:24:49
Gentlemanly conduct at best. So is telling a ref to f off and that happen several times in every game. No big deal imo. If anything he was too honest in his admissions.

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16 Jan 2019 14:50:39
I know you Ed's don't really like the financial side of things ....

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{Ed002's Note - Right.}

16 Jan 2019 17:54:40
Haha come on now let everyone else see the information 😁.

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16 Jan 2019 13:58:06
If we was to sell this month, I would only move rojo, felliani, darmian, Pereira on.

Personally I think darmian would make a good centre back but he probaly won't get a run there in the team.

I don't think we should be bringing anyone in this month as the new manager is not confirmed and should be his signings to make.

We have more than enough players to cover all positions, we can make use off our younger players.

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16 Jan 2019 15:04:08
We have a bloated squad which needs dramatically reducing.

Players such as Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Grant, Valencia, Fellaini, Andreas Pareira, Joel Pareira and TFM are either not good enough or so far down the pecking order that they need to move for their own good.

Then there are question marks over players such as Smalling, Mata, Young and McTominay. These guys have qualities the squad lacks, yet they don't have the kind of rounded ability that makes them useful in every game. These guys should stay at least one more season, probably.

Then There is Pogba and Sanchez, two players who it has been reported want to leave. They have the talent, but have struggled to show it consistently for us. If they do have an attitude problem that risks damaging the group then they should leave before anyone else.

However, we do have some wonderful young players at academy level that are ready to step up over the next couple of years in to squad roles. Henderson, O'Connor, Tuanzebe, Hamilton, Garner, Chong, Gomes and Greenwood.

Plus we have a decent core in the first team that could potentially be the group we build around. DDG, Romero, Lindelof, Bailly, Dalot, Shaw, Herrera, Matic, Fred (potentially), Lingard, Martial, Rashford and Lukaku.

That's 28 players without any of the lads in the academy stepping up. 36 if we include them.

We could comfortably see 9-12 leave with only 4-5 coming in and still have plenty of cover in all areas.

We have a good first team, with a couple of additions it could be great. What we need though is more strength in depth in terms of quality.

So I would be happy to see the start of that clear out happen this month, let the players who don't have a future here leave. We have a manager who can if need be give a youngster or two a run if we are caught short. I'm slightly gutted that Tuanzebe isn't available to be given a run alongside Lindelof at the moment as I feel he could step up in this team at the moment.

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16 Jan 2019 16:04:56
Shappy - i agree that we are overloaded with squad players but would (without inside info) be more cautious about getting rid whilst we still have contracts to sort out on some players, and also the unsure situation of, pogba being touted and available, martial, unsure of signing and ddg still not nailed down. Can see the shout out for younguns coming in but not in volume and think it would be a mix of little and if needed though.
Probably let sanchez go with immediate effect and rojo if I had a choice as one hasn't cut the mustard and rojo is the new Darren Anderton.

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16 Jan 2019 16:43:23
Cookyman, Yes I would still let them go. If they aren't integral to the future of the side then let them find a club where they will get to play most weeks.

Yes we have a few players who have yet to sign new contracts. Of those I think we should be making an effort to keep are DDG, Martial and Herrera. The others if they left I don't think anyone would cry about it.

With DDG just pay the man what he deserves, he is our best player and has consistently dug us out of a hole. He is also arguably the best keeper in the world. We need to tie him down to a new deal asap.

Herrera I think the club are just dragging their heels as they maybe don't see him as important as others. Personally, from our current squad I would make Herrera captain. I'd imagine he would be keen to sign a new deal then.

Martial just needs to be shown he is highly thought of and that he will be given the chances he needs to fulfil his potential. He had a rough time under Jose, regularly dug out, dropped, had his shirt number taken away, was replaced by Sanchez just when he hit top form. Show him the love and I'm sure he'll sign a new deal.

However, the likes of Darmian, Rojo and Valencia are not going to replace any of DDG, Herrera or Martial if they don't sign new deals so I see no problem in letting them go.

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16 Jan 2019 17:29:46
Shappy we've had some good debates and conversations over the years. Especially back in the day when we were both known for posting ridiculously long pieces.

But i've got to say, I disagree with a lot of what you've said here in all honestly, I imagine many will in fact stay with the club for a further 12 months.

Whoever the technical director and/ or new manager will be in the summer needs time to assess everyone.

In my view there's more likely to be a mass exodus in 2020 with young fringe players moving on this summer.

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16 Jan 2019 19:03:49
Moon, we have a 28 man squad, any new manager will want to bring in at least 3-4 of their own players. That would push us to a squad size in excess of 30. Ergo there will have to be departures.

Also we have several players who want to leave for various reasons.

On top of that I read today we could have as much as 248m in unpaid transfer fees yet to pay, add that to a bloated wage bill. Then something has to give.

We will likely see several loan deals if we can't sell enough players.

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16 Jan 2019 21:01:29
Shappy that's incorrect, latest results show it's 129.

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16 Jan 2019 21:09:06
Why does anyone need to assess these players? Just look at the last few years and say how many of these need keeping.

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16 Jan 2019 21:42:47
Core squad: Romero, De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Herrera, Fred, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford, Sanchez and Lukaku.

Young players: Henderson, Tuanzebe, Chong and Greenwood.

That leaves a first team squad of 20, but a squad that is thin on defenders and central midfielders. At least one centre half, a full back on either side and a central midfielder is needed. A right wing is a nice luxury too.

Surplus: Joel Pereira, Valencia, Young, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Fellaini, Andreas and

To sum, a core of 16 players with 4 young players ready to play a part and four or five new signings to supplement what we have. My picks would be Pereira/ Wan Bissaka, Skriniar, Tierney, Rice, Douglas Costa or Hirving Lozano.

Don’t think it got posted yesterday but Lukaku, does he stay or does he go?

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17 Jan 2019 04:21:26
Young should be kept as he can cover both left and right back position during injuries and hectic fixtures. He also has leadership qualities.
Mata is another important squad player as he epitomizes the club - passion, character and commitment.
Joel has time on his side to develop.

In contrast,
Andreas is too fragile to play holding midfield role, he gets dispossessed far too easily.
Smalling could provide good cover.
Jones should be sold as he is far too injury and error prone.
Fellaini and Darmian should leave too.
Valencia has been a good servant to the club and it's time for him to leave because he doesn't offer much to the side.

But practically speaking, it is difficult to shift too many of these players due to their high wages.

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Review Of The Day 16th January 2019

16 Jan 2019 07:29:01
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 16th January 2019

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16 Jan 2019 09:27:50
Great review ed. And fair play to James Collins that was really good of him to not take the money. Gone up in my estimation.

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{Ed001's Note - I agree mate, that was my thoughts about him exactly. Nice to see some players show respect to the fans, because it is the fans (in a roundabout way) that pay their wages.}

16 Jan 2019 11:04:48
Well done James Collins!

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15 Jan 2019 18:55:11
The whole feel of the club. Sunday was the first big game I've looked forward to, enjoyed as watched on the edge of my sofa.

Another thing I'm liking is being linked to young prospects again. Manchester United has always blended youth with experience, so being linked to the likes of Brooks, Thurman and Under (not sure who he is) is refreshing. Don't get me wrong, the big names are important but not at the expense of the next gen.

Ole has got it spot on and is following SAF principles.

Neville was bang on, our heritage is as important as Ajax or Barcelona. It's the United way.

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15 Jan 2019 19:37:21
Thurman? Who is he? Never heard the name.

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15 Jan 2019 20:49:59
First name is Uma.

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16 Jan 2019 04:05:22
I think he meant Lilian Thuram's son.

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16 Jan 2019 09:28:24
I like the way Cengiz Under plays. Watched him a few times at roma. Pace and ability. And he plays on the right wing, a position we seem not to have filled over a period.

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16 Jan 2019 09:39:24
Uma Thurman is Lilian Thuram's son? Can't believe it.

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16 Jan 2019 12:04:21
Is it Lillian thuram?

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16 Jan 2019 12:54:51
Cengiz under looks a great prospect. Looks like a young Alexis the way he dribbles the ball. Would be pleased to see him take up the right wing position.

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16 Jan 2019 17:58:35
Uma thurman fought way out a buried grave! Could be same for united this season! :D.

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