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Spurs Need Their Own Identity

Spurs Need Their Own Identity

Whenever Spurs get a new manager (or whenever the day ends in a 'y') noises come out of White Hart Lane about how Tottenham are looking to emulate Arsenal, or that the time has come for the Lily Whites to overtake the Gunners in the league standings.

Juande Ramos is a much respected manager and turned Sevilla into a title challenging side in Spain's La Liga, indeed his playing side has been compared to that of Arsene Wenger.

Speaking after his first league game as Spurs |Ramos said 'Arsenal, right now, are the team that is most in form and playing the best, They're the closest to my philosophy of play. It's a game of much speed, triangles and possession.'

'But to do this you have to have the appropriate players. In terms of a team's profile, Arsenal's is my favourite.'

Whilst it is a compliment of the highest order that rival teams want to be like us, ultimately this will be Tottenham's undoing.

We always give Spurs fans grief, and I genuinely believe their midfield and defence is the weak link in their squad, if I'm being honest they do have SOME great players and the position they find themselves in right now will not be the position they find themselves at the end of the season.

When all's said and done, David Dein and co. unearthed an absolute gem in Arsene Wenger, one of a kind, completely unique, one in a million. People have tried to re-create what Arsene Wenger has done and failed spectacularly (anyone remember Gerrard Houlier).

However if Tottenham want to progress they need to find their own identity, to become their own club and press on thinking about themselves rather than how close they can get to us.

Maybe if Spurs can concentrate on Spurs their fans can find some happiness.

Actually.......what am I saying?? As you were Tottenham Hotspur Football Club!!!

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Date:Sunday November 4 2007
Time: 5:31PM


I think their weaj link is their attack , midfield , and defence.Spuds don't have great players, they have good players, and mostly average players. Thus, they need to buy a whole bunch of players, so they can at least stay up this season. And maybe, fight for the Waffa Cup spot next season.
04/11/2007 17:42:00
Don`t they only win things when theres a one in the year?
04/11/2007 17:54:00
I think Ledley King, Dimtar Berbatov, Robbie Keane (although I hate him) and Gareth Bale are all great players.
04/11/2007 17:57:00
I hate Keane but agree he is a v gd player but not a player easy to play with. he reminds me of Barmby, neither a midfielder or a out and out striker. Best suited behinf front two but unfortunately that style of play is not as effective in the modern game as it was when Barmby was around. The core of the team King, Dawson with time, Bale, Berby if he changes his attitude and Lennon if he decides if he is a winger or not will be the players that will shine at Spurs with robbo in need of some good coaching. Then we ned to bring Defoe into scoring action and we need some midfielder players, creativity and leadership.
04/11/2007 18:13:00
I don't think you can call Gareth Bale a great player yet. He certainly has the potential to be one, but a few excellent premier league performances doesn't make him great. Myles Palmer over at ANR has always maintained that the spuds will never be successful again until they get over this obsession with Arsenal & everything we do. If any genuine spurs fan looks at the facts they will see, that whilst in the past couple of years the teams have been much more equally matched on the field, off the field Arsenal have moved light years ahead of them. Obviously the two teams are gradually going to move apart now as well because spurs cannot get the types of player that Arsenal can (& I'm not talking about on a financial level). Spurs are still trying to get planning permission for a training ground to match what Arsenal built 10-11 years ago, then they need to do something about the stadium. ENIC can't afford all that, so they are either going to sell up or put the club in serious financial danger!!
Ashburton Gooner
04/11/2007 18:13:00
Has anyone told Usmanov about tottenham?
04/11/2007 18:17:00
No club deserves to be up there with the best - it has to be earned. the biggest problem with Spuds is that they think they should have this by right. Lets face it - have they ever won Europe's premier competition .... er , sorry, ignore that!!! Forgot which site I was on!! The sooner they admit they are essentially a mid table team the better for the whole club.
04/11/2007 18:29:00
great idea kevin! I rate Berbatov ONLY from that team. King WAS good last time I saw him play regularly - which was quite a while ago. Bale also looks good but it is too early to say.
04/11/2007 19:55:00
The Ramos / Poyet combo looks suspiciously like a dream team, and dream teams never work. I think that Portsmouth, Blackburn, Everton...have all just got on with it, without the unrealistic expectations, self inflated ego and obsession with Arsenal. Those teams have not once thought it was their right to replace Arsenal in the top four, and players like Arteta don't recieve half the hype spurs players get. The problem with tottenham is their superiority complex and their bitterness at what has happened to their neighbours Arsenal. I doubt Ramos can make a huge difference to these fundamental problems.
Professor Calculus
04/11/2007 20:11:00
I don't even rate Berbatov, in all honesty I think he's a lazy ***** with no team spirit and an ability to sulk that makes Henry seem like cheeky chirpy Charlie Chipper. F**k him and his stupid balding girly hairdo.
04/11/2007 20:15:00
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