Tottenham Season Guide
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|Last Season - Mediocre||Position: 10th|
If ever there was the perfect example of an average, unexciting and downright dull season this must be it. Spurs achieved little after a mediocre start, and then completely capitulated at the end of the campaign. They lost their last three games of the season to Manchester United (2-0), Middlesbrough (5-1) and Blackburn Rovers (4-0), causing a great deal of unrest among the fans. The much heralded revolution under playing legend Glenn Hoddle has failed to materialise, and if anything the club went backwards last season. They may have finished in the top half of the table, but the supporters expected a great deal more. Their dismal FA Cup performance - they were thrashed in the Third Round by Southampton - only made matters worse and they also went out of the League Cup to Burnley. Spurs finished the campaign with a lot of work to do.
|Transfers - In and Out|
Helder Postiga (Porto) - £6.25m
Bobby Zamora (Brighton) - £1.5m
Frederic Kanoute (W Ham) - £4m
Mbulelo Mabizela (O Pirates) - Undisc.
Stephane Dalmat (Inter) - Loan
Paul Konchesky (Charlton) - Loan
M Etherington (West Ham) - £500,000
Ben Thatcher (Leicester) - Undisclosed
Steffen Freund (K'lautern) - Free
Steffen Iversen (Wolves) - Free
Teddy Sheringham (Pompey) - Free
Neil Sullivan (Chelsea) - Free
John Sutton (Raith) - Free
Alton Thelwell (Hull City) - Free
Chris Perry (Charlton) - Loan
Gavin Kelly - Released
George Snee - Released
|First Choice XI|
13-Kasey Keller; 2-Stephen Carr, 26-Ledley King, 36-Dean Richards, 3-Maricio Taricco; 29-Simon Davies, 7-Darren Anderton, 15-Jamie Redknapp,
14-Gustavo Poyet; 10-Robbie Keane, 8-Helder Postiga.
|The Gaffer - Glenn Hoddle|
When former Arsenal manager George Graham was inevitably sacked as boss of north London arch-rivals Tottenham, the club went to the opposite end of the spectrum and targeted a White Hart Lane legend to fill the vacant post. Glenn Hoddle was the choice of virtually every Spurs fan following his glittering playing career with the club, winning the FA Cup and UEFA Cup and also being named as the club's greatest ever player. But the initial goodwill at the appointment of Hoddle has waned as the club's 'transitional period' stretches into another season. He may have reached the Worthington Cup final in his first full campaign, but another term of mediocrity will put his position in serious doubt. Hoddle's first job came as player/manager of Swindon Town, who he guided from the old Second Division to the Premiership. He then went to Chelsea before beginning a heavily criticised spell as England manager, which ended after his controversial views on reincarnation appeared in a newspaper. Hoddle was rescued from the scrap heap by Southampton, but he was quick to jump ship when Spurs came calling.
|Player to Watch - Helder Postiga|
It was quite a bold step for Tottenham to splash out £6.25million, rising to £8.25million, on FC Porto's Helder Postiga, considering the deflated transfer market. But in this 21-year-old Portugal international they have signed one of the most exciting young strikers in Europe. Skilful on the ball and with a good turn of pace, 'Postigol' should cause more than a few problems for Premiership defences - and his pre-season form suggests he has settled into the English game quickly. The striker joined Spurs after an impressive season with his previous club, in which he scored 19 goals and helped them to the UEFA Cup final as well as the League title. But Postiga's temperament is perhaps the only downside to his game - and that led to him being suspended for the UEFA Cup final victory against Celtic. He has been dubbed the 'best Portuguese striker since the days of Fernando Gomes' and should prove to be a fine addition.
|Young Gun - Jonathan Blondel|
Youngster Jonathan Blondel may not be a product of the Spurs Academy but he has been touted as one of the hottest prospects in Europe and impressed Glenn Hoddle enough for him to shell out a reported £2.5million last summer. The 18-year-old midfielder joined Spurs from Royal Excelsior Mouscron after helping the Belgian club to the Cup Final and to qualify for the UEFA Cup via the league. He began his career with Union Ploegsteert before moving to Mouscron in 1996. The Belgium Under-19 captain, who made his Spurs debut against Southampton last August, also drew interest from Manchester United who offered him a trial, but nothing came of it. Blondel, who possesses excellent passing ability, is determined in the tackle and has a powerful shot, is one to look out for as Tottenham look to freshen up an ageing squad, but the player is determined to break into the first team soon and should feature in some capacity. Two players who could break into the side are midfielder Johnnie Jackson and former Arsenal player Rohan Ricketts.
What a summer, with Spurs second behind Chelsea as top spenders and it's been spent wisely. Tottenham fans are never satisfied, so one defensive and one creative midfielder before next week please Hod!
For a long time the forward line needed strengthening, but to get three new forwards is like Christmas coming early. Our worries now focus on how they will get decent service and which midfielders will track back to protect the back three.
By Wyart Lane, from My Eyes Have Seen The Glory.
The objective for Glenn Hoddle this season is simple - finish higher than last season's tenth placing! With the squad he has at his disposal, this should be well within reach over the coming months.
It is a shame that the midfield and defence haven't been improved over the summer, but there is no chance we can complain over the treble-attacking arrivals of Bobby Zamora, Frederick Kanoute and Helder Postiga.
Hopefully this will be the season when we get to see more of midfielder Jonathan Blondel. The 18-year-old has a massive future ahead of him and could even develop into one of the finest players in Europe.
It would be a surprise if he didn't make some sort of impact this season, yet much depends on when Hoddle will give him his chance. Prediction - top eight.
By James Whittaker, from Fans FC.
Glenn Hoddle, who is very much on trial this season, has managed to offload mostly aged members of the squad, and brought the average age down considerably.
As I write, it seems the club will sign Mbulelo "Old John" Mabizela, the 22-year-old captain of South Africa, who impressed the touring Spurs team so much when his Orlando Pirates beat Spurs in the pre-season. Bobby Convey will be a another youthful acquisition, subject to work-permit.
However, neither of these is the holding midfielder in the vein Spurs fans desire, and with Hoddle favouring a wing-back system, the fear is that teams will exploit the space left behind them.
Another season in mid-table is feared, although that is a better prospect than the relegation that some predicted after such a dismal close to 2002/03. As for a youthful prospect to feature, Dean Marney comes to mind.
By Paul Smith, from Spurs Odyssey.
|Best - Europe||Worst - Mid-table|
It's hard to see a season of much joy for Tottenham, despite Glenn Hoddle's move to strengthen the forward line. Spurs are so short of both numbers and quality in the centre of the park that it's hard to see them being able to find any sort of consistency or fluency over the course of the campaign. They do now have four strikers who will get goals, meaning they will never have to look over their shoulders, but any chance of pushing into the Premiership elite looks slim. Perhaps the club's best chance of success may well come in the Carling Cup. Glenn Hoddle has many questions to answer this term, and it is far from sure he will be able to come up with the goods.