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Where Did Spurs English Policy Go?

After Damiano Comolli's declaration only the other week that Tottenham would never follow Arsenal's policy of signing young foreign talent, and that Spurs would always pursue young English talent first, then domestic based foreign talent next, and only once those avenues had been exhausted, foreign talent based abroad, what do I see in the news today, but a story about the tiny totts 'beating' us to the Brazilian Leonardo, based in Holland.

I cannot say I know this player much at all, but from the reports I gather he is 23 years old and a left winger.

Well, glad to see that Spurs are sticking to their principles.

Next time a spud comes on here boasting about their English side, and lambasting us for our continental squad, you may want to remind them of this fact.

Hypocrites? Surely not...

Article submitted by Wingston75

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Date:Friday November 10 2006
Time: 10:34PM


Spurs telling porkies and employing them as far as Jolly is concerned.
10/11/2006 22:51:00
O rite,this 'story' say's we've definatly signed him then does it.
10/11/2006 23:44:00
What would Arsenal know about principles?
11/11/2006 01:48:00
Spurs following English first principles can be observed by the 6 players in the England side for Wednesday and the 2 players in the U21 side ..... exactly how many Arsenal players were called up for the squad? Regarding Leonardo, he was a player known to Jol when he was at Feyenoord, in fact I think Jol tried to sign him when he was manager of RWC Waalwijk. Spurs have signed him in January as NAC Breda desperately wanted to sell him. Before making comments maybe some of the Arsenal authors should learn to read, and not selectively edit what was actually said, plus criticise us when you actually have some English players in the England squad. Maybe its because not only are we beating you to talented English players but we are now beating you to talented foreign ones as well?
11/11/2006 07:41:00
i think the whole english thing is in spuds head and not Jol, i personally think Jol plays ~FM07 and he signs anyone that is good on the computer game, thinking they are good in real life !
11/11/2006 09:23:00
Yeah, we're kicking ourselves that you beat us to Fabregas, Djourou, Clichy, Diaby, van Persie, Denilson, Song, Eboue and Walcott. If you look at Spurs last seven or eight signings, they have all been French or African. Now which Premiership manager has had unrivalled success with French and African players???? Personally, I'm thrilled Arsenal have nothing to do with the hello magazine parade that is the England side. But Cesc is becoming the fulcrum of an exciting Spanish side, RVP is van Basten's main man for a young Dutch team that looks like going far, Senderos and Djourou were at centre back in Switzerland's best ever WC outing, Toure and Eboue are lynchpins in the excellent Ivory Coast side and Gallas and Henry played in a World Cup Final. Oh and Jens was the best keeper in the World Cup. Oh and Denilson is the skipper of the Brazil U-19. I;m happier with that than trying to boast that the patriaition of my squad is racially superior because it is obligated to field English players. You have to ask as well why Spuds do not believe in their youth system?
Little Dutch
11/11/2006 09:29:00
thank you little dutch. to Sir_Harry, the article wasnt saying you DON'T have that englishness to your tea, it was pointing out the complete and utter b**ll*cks that your backroom staff and board talk, in regards to the english 'whose next up for an autobiography' brigade versus 'johnny foreigner' band of players. As dutch pointed out, how many english players did you sign i the summer? Chimbonda - nope. Assou-Ekotto - nope. Zokora - nope. Berbatov - nope. Leonardo - nope. I count five there, and NONE of them english. Where's your great policy then? C'mon, stand by your principles, berbatov cam from a foreign league, so did zokora, assou ekkoto & leonardo. SURELY you could have found someone equable before resorting to this 'last resort' of signings, to adopt the tone of Comolli??? oh, and as for beatingus to young foreign talent as well as domestic? we already have a youg left sided player - he's english, Theo Walcott? except he can play left right and centre. You'll def knowall about him in a few years when arsene's allowed him to grow into the plyer he'll become. And yeah, nice to see you beat us to merida and denilson too. twonk. »»Arsene Knows««
11/11/2006 10:27:00
SH - We have no English players in the England squad, but then again it wasn't our board running around saying we were going to snap up all the English talent, and then with the exception of a couple, buy in all foreign players and push your English lads onto the bench.
11/11/2006 10:41:00
Firstly Berbatov is Bulgarian which is not French or African. Secondly Defoe wasn't pushed to the bench as he was there already as was Murphy. Jenas, Lennon, Dawson, King and Robinson have not been supplanted by any signings. Commolli said ideally Spurs would PREFER to go for English players, then foreign players playing in England, then foreign players from overseas. He did not say we wouldn't sign foreign players from overseas so I'm not sure where principles have been compromised. I would answer to Little Dutch, how many English players have you signed in the last 3 years then? Its very much a case here of pot calling kettle black with you trying to clutch at any straws to justify your own non-English policy barring the Walcott exception. This is finally demonstrated by the fact that Leonardo cannot even negotiate with anyone until 1st January 2007, meaning this is all press speculation, but nice of you to demonstrate your increasing fear and paranoia about a resurgent Tottenham side.
11/11/2006 12:22:00
I read the first line of your reply and can not go any further until you tell me what you mean when you say Firstly Berbatov is Bulgarian which is not French or African.
11/11/2006 12:31:00
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