31 January, 2006


Bloody Americans. If it isn't Brian McBride it's this guy.

The match that Tottenham had to win: lost to Bocanegra injury time winner. From a radio commentary that was hard to follow, this sounded like a forgettable January midweek match. Fulham, going nowhere in the league, did enough to frustrate a makeshift Spurs side desperate to kick start the season, stalled after the cup defeat at Leicester.

Another London derby follows on Sunday against Charlton. Michael Dawson misses the match after picking up two yellows (equals dismissal) tonight.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have been very active on the last day of the transfer window. Michael Brown goes across London to tonight's opponents Fulham. Earlier Spurs signed Egyptian midfielder Hossam Ghaly from Feyenoord. Net total of zero midfielders there.

Rumours are that Anthony Gardner will go to Charlton by midnight in exchange for (another) midfielder Danny Murphy.

Leading up to the deadline, Tottenham recalled defender Reto Ziegler from a loan spell at Hamburg only to loan him out to Wigan Athletic.

Yesterday, they loaned out two other fringe squad players to Portsmouth - winger Wayne Routledge and midfielder Ognijen Koroman from Serbia & Montenegro. They join Pedro Mendes, Sean Davis and Noe Pamarot who were sold to the south coast club back on 12 January.

The net result of this whirlwind of activity seems to be a thinning out of midfielders, but not quite. Murphy looks like a spare part to me duplicating Michael Carrick, who has been getting better as the season progresses.

Nevertheless, this hardly looks a Champions League challenging side, and there was evidence this evening.

Coach Martin Jol has been quoted as not being shy of wheeling and dealing. But, there must be a few heads spinning at White Hart Lane. Is the balance right? I'd say without Mido (injured in Egypt 2006) the club has struggled. Some of the less experienced defenders keep making silly mistakes.

This false promise is so frustrating.


Blogger D said...

Now I bet you really wish that Bobby Convey transfer had worked out...

01 February, 2006 18:21  
Blogger pete said...

it was just a few times i saw convey play for d.c. united, but i did think he had the potential to play in europe.

the big question next year will be how he fares in the premier league assuming reading keep going as they have and get promoted.

01 February, 2006 21:28  
Blogger D said...

Given that they'll clinch promotion in late Feb (okay, early March), it should be fun to find out...

01 February, 2006 22:21  

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