League Cup

Victory!

5-0 win. Starting lineup was:

Janssen
Erikson, Lamela, Onomah
Carroll, Winks
Davies, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Trippier
Vorm
That’s a pretty green defensive 6. I was in boring training seminar all day and did a lot of play-by-play refreshing. Nearly every play was a shot by Spurs. Our first goal was just before the half, a sweet laser by Erikson. Second goal was another Lamela to Erikson.¬†Trippier was tripped in the box and Janssen slotted home the PK for the third. Fourth was Lamela to Onomah. And fifth was Lamela. Total bloodbath as it should have been. Follow these links to see the goals. Erikson’s first was a beaut. Lamela ended with 1G and 3A.
After today’s matches they drew the next round. We play away at Liverpool in a few weeks.
BONUS:
Thought this was a really good article about Poche and his development of our youth players.

League Cup

Gillingham

Tomorrow is our League Cup match against Gillingham. I haven’t even bothered to see if this is on TV. With Kane injured, a thick schedule going forward, and an offseason of clearing out non-future starters, I expect our youth team to get a lot of run.

I don’t know anything about Gillingham so almost everything below is from this article:
The author is proposing a lineup that looks like this:

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Alderweirald in the back line for the first half just as an token of stability. Poche doesn’t tend to swap out his entire starting lineup. Whether that’s to keep a cohesive playing style or because he doesn’t trust his youngsters, I’m not sure. But as we’ve discussed before, League Cup matters to no one. I guess it would be good to win it but I think the payout is less than a week’s wages for the club so in the face of a $40-50M payout from Champions League, this is not the place to put our resources.
Gillingham, again from the above article, is pretty blah this season. They’re mid-table in the third division (League 1) and feature mostly over the hill players and one central playmaker, Bradley Dack. Dack will be playing his heart out hoping to get noticed by a big club, but we should be able to shut down their attack. Carroll, Erikson, and Onomah are all very creative players, and it will be good to see what N’Koudou can do (that’s satisfying to say out loud).
Hopefully out youth proves themselves worthy, we score early, and run the game out. This is a good chance for them to make their case for first team minutes. Given the cramping of Walker, Dier, and Dembele, the injury to Kane, and the possible shittiness of Sissoko, there will be minutes available in all bands of the pitch. Last year 4th choice defender Kevin Vimmer got an extended spell in relief of the injured Vertonghen and played like a boss. It’s really important for our depth and club finances to keep developing useful players that can step in and bang, or be sold for a profit. It’s an aspect of club Chairman, Daniel Levy’s financial strategy; buying young so they can either develop or be sold when their wages are cheap and their value on the rise.

Transfer Deadline

Before the window closes…

The international break is upon us and so is the summer transfer deadline. It closes at the end of August. We’ve done a furious bit of business the last few days so here’s the recap:

I don’t (care to) know how to get my computer to do the pound sterling symbol so I’m using the telephonic symbol instead.
In:
Janssen (striker) – #17M from AZ Alkmaar – Looks good so far. Half the cost of some of the other striker transfers this season.
Wanyama (CM) – #11M from Southampton – Has played ably. Scored the winner against Crystal Palace. About half the cost of his nearest comp, Wijnaldum, the new Liverpool midfielder.
N’Koudou (AM/Winger) – from Marseilles – This was a swap with N’Jie but Marseilles’ board quit mid-transaction and it was unclear if it was going to happen. There are reports that he’s in the building and training with the team so I’ll assume this is done.
Out:
Chadli (AM/striker) – #13M to West Brom – Good business by us. Sold an unwanted part for a profit.
Mason (CM/AM) – #9M to Hull – Thank god he’s gone. I look forward to destroying them twice this season. Maybe Lamela can nutmeg all of the former Spurs players.
Bentaleb (CM) – #16M loan-to-buy to Shalke – More good business. Sold an unwanted part to a different league.
Yedlin (RB) – #5M to Newcastle – Sad to see him go but he’s stepping right into playing time so that makes it good for the USMNT
Alex Pritchard (AM) – #9M to Norwich- Was potentially one of our budding academy players. Never seen him play.
Clinton N’Jie (Winger), Dominic Ball (CB), Fazio (AM) – Don’t care
Unknown Out:
Son Mihn-Hueng (AM/Winger) – There are simmering rumors that he’s headed back to Germany. Not a lot of reliable information because he just got done with the Olympics.
Targets:
Isco (AM/winger) – Real Madrid – Seems like he wants out of Real Madrid because it’s hard to get playing time ahead of Ronaldo and Bale. This would be a score for us.
Calhanoglhu (AM) – Leverkusen – This was probably a speculative rumor. Leverkusen is the third best team in Germany, playing us in Champions League, and I think the guy gets regular playing time.
The takeaway is that we’ve shed a lot of players that won’t end up being contributors and brought in quality to replace them. In doing so, we’ve still managed to do thrifty business. Many other teams in the league have spent upward of #20M to get the same crappy recycled strikers that are getting relegated. We grabbed contributors, but we still lack depth. Hopefully another player of quality comes in before Thursday because we start Champions League group play and League Cup in September in addition to 3 BPL matches.

Champions League Draw!

Favorable for the Spurs

Spurs update for the day:

In exciting cup news, we got our League Cup draw. Home against Gillingham. What the fuck is a Gillingham? No idea, so I looked up Gillingham on Google Maps. Then I zoomed out. Then I zoomed out again. Canterbury off in the corner of the screen. I zoomed out again. Ah, London to the West. This team is assuredly from a bucolic countryside town and probably our best case scenario for an early round draw. A handful of BPL teams have drawn each other. This will be a chance for our deep reserves to get some first team action.
In actual exciting cup news, Champions League group stages were drawn today and I think we got really lucky. Here’s the draw:
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Based on the quantity of German and Spanish teams we were pretty much guaranteed to get at least 1 of them. We got the 3rd best German team, the worst team from Pot 1, and a blah Monaco team. This is definitely a group we can win, and we only need to finish in the top 2 to go through to the knock-out stages. It’s important for the club to get to the knock-out stages because it a) cements us as a world class club, b) payouts are really large–potentially more than we’ll earn from finishing in the top 4 this season in the BPL, and c) good performances by English clubs will guarantee that we keep 4 spots in CL and 2 spots in Europa. If the BPL teams crash out quickly again this year it may knock us down to 3 and 3.
Otherwise, the groups are pretty even. We could have been drawn into Groups B, D, E, F, or H and we got the best one. Leicester’s Group G looks pretty easy as well. Arsenal and City got tougher draws. Groups B, C, D, and maybe F are probably the toughest.
Liverpool fans, Champions League is a club competition in Europe. It’s for the best teams in each country. You can read about it in the history of Liverpool. Or you can follow Brendan Rodgers. He’s in the Champions League with Celtic. Maybe Liverpool was holding him back and not the other way around.