Barclays Premier League: 2nd October — Results Roundup

Continuing from where we left yesterday, today too saw a lot of goals being scored in the Barclays Premier League along with an entertaining North London derby that ended in the home team’s favor. So who won against whom and who scored those goals? Lets find out.. Continue reading “Barclays Premier League: 2nd October — Results Roundup”

Barclays Premier League Results Roundup: 18 September 2011

There were four games played today, with Manchester United vs Chelsea the pick of the lot followed by Liverpool’s visit to White Hart Lane. So who did what in this double header super Sunday? Lets find out. Continue reading “Barclays Premier League Results Roundup: 18 September 2011”

Whats wrong at the Northern Part of London?

It was a very sad Sunday in the North of London yesterday as both the Manchester sides thrashed their North London rivals. Manchester City rocked White Hart Lane by beating their Champions League qualification rivals of last year by 5 goals to 1. Edin Dzeko went home with 4 cracking goals to his name.

Over to Old Trafford and it was Manchester United who thrashed their arch rivals Arsenal by 8 goals to 2. That was some beating.

North London was in humilation and embarrasement. Both the Manchester rivals showed what they are made up of and sent an early warning to all the other teams in the premier league.

Coming to their rivals, Chelsea have amassed 7 points out of the possible 9. Liverpool has also started well as they too are with 7 points out of their 3 games. The only two arguable title contenders that are left out behind are the two North London clubs: Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. So, what’s wrong with these two sides?

Lack of new faces?

Arsenal have already lost their two big name players, Samir Nasri and Francesc Fabregas this season to Manchester City and Barcelona respectively. They have still failed to sign any replacements for them. They have brought in only  major signing that is Gervinho who was sent off on the opening day against Newcastle United.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have brought in a replacement for the blunder-man Huerelho Gomes in the form of 41 year old goalkeeper Brad Fridel. They also last week announced the signing on Emmanuel Adebayor on loan. He couldn’t play yesterday because he was not legible for the game as his parent club is Manchester City. But still Harry Redknapp will think he’s not done yet. Maybe Spurs need a replacement for their injury-prone defender Jonathan Woodgate who signed for Stoke City recently. Apart from that, he also needs to sort the ongoing saga surrounding star player Luka Modric for good.

Both these sides have another 48 hours or so to bring in some big signings and compete to be at the top.

Is it injuries?

Spurs’ side has been plauged with injuries at the moment. Ledley King, William Gallas, Alan Hutton, Steven Pienaar are all injured. Yesterday they played without a defensive midfielder as all three weren’t available as Huddlestone wasn’t match fit, Sandro has got a knee problem and Palacios went for a medical at Stoke to complete his signing.

Arsenal were with suspensions for Gervinho and Frimpong who both picked up red cards in the Gunners’ first two games of the season. They also have some injuries. Both Wenger and Redknapp would be looking for their players to get fit quickly. Redknapp yesterday got another 3 injuries as Kranjcar got a slight groin problem, Lennon had a hamstring problem and Rafael Van Der Vaart tore a muscle in his ankle. It truly was a day to forget for the clubs from North London.

Was it wrong tactics?

Same old, same old. Both these sides have been playing their formations the same way as last season. But Redknapp made a big mistake yesterday by playing in two attacking midfielders. Arsenal meanwhile have problems of their own. They played the same like last season with nothing new.

We all know that the season has just started. But there could be some more hammering coming up for both these sides as they have nothing new to offer. This is a real wake up call for these two sides.

That said, i’m pretty sure that these two sides will bounce back. The only question is, when?

What do you think is wrong with these two sides? Do drop in your comment! 😀

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Firstain Exclusive: Tottenham Hotspur’s Mystery Signing

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with numerous strikers in the last two transfer windows. Everyone knows that Spurs are desperate to buy a new world class striker who can score 20-25 goals a season and get Spurs back into the Champions league. BUT some reports say Spurs are going to sign a top class player by next week. The player is undisclosed. Who can it be? Is it going to be a possible replacement for Luka Modric or a top class striker? This mystery signing is moving around inside the club. Is this a player who has been in Daneil Levy and Harry Redknapp’s mind from the start of this transfer window?

Harry Redknapp

Who will it be?

1. Lukas Podolski

The German striker, who has been playing for FC Koln would be looking for a new top club as he would like to play champions league football again. Spurs are not in the Champions league but can be contentors for qualifying. Podolski has been linked with a move to Tottenham but not heavily. He can certainly be a 20-goal a season striker.

2. Hulk

The Portoguese striker has been linked with a move away from Porto this transfer window. Spurs have been looking out at him. He is a top quality player with wonderful skills. He is certainly a player to watch out for. His strike partner Radamel Falcao left the club recently for Atheletic Bilbao so he, too, can bid good bye to Porto. AND recently the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was spotted in Portugal. Is it really going to be the Porto hit-man?

3. Edinson Cavani

Yes, you heard it right. The El Metardor. The Napolian striker could be on his way out of the Italian Giants. Cavani hasn’t been linked with a move away but he is a top class striker who can even score 30 goals a season. He is certainly a product who can give some mouthwatering time for the fans. Is he the one? (my money is surely on him!)

4. Samuel Eto’o

E’to, a former catalan  striker and current Inter Milan striker was linked with a move to Spurs before heading to the Camp Nou. Is it time for him to head to the lane? His move to Anzhi Machalaka was stalled but the deal is reported to go through. Or is it that Spurs are marching on him? E’to has been offered 300k per week by the Russians. Will E’to let a offer of 300k per week go and go for a 60k per week for a better club and a chance to play in the premier league? We’ll soon see what will happen.

5. Fernando Llorente

Llorente has been linked with a move to Spurs since the last two transfer windows. BUT the interest looks like is gone from Spurs as they have been linked with almost every possible striker who wants a move. Llorente scored 19 goals last season in the La Liga. He is a 6ft 5 inch striker who can be dangerous and mouthwatering in the premier league. He is certainly the one to watch out for.

So, whom do you think could it be? With just around 10 days left for the transfer window to shut, Tottenham’s transfer season looks mouthwatering from here on now. Spurs are expected to compete their deals for both Diarra and Adebayor within the next week. Is this the time where Spurs go and buy a world class player and shut the mouth of their rivals? We all know Harry Redknapp is a very good manager in the transfer window. Last season he signed Rafael Van Der Vaart on the deadline day. Who could it be this time around?

Exclusive Report: Harry Redknapp calls for Modric sale!

Looks like Luka Modric’s dream is going to come true! Luka Modric has been linked with a move to Chelsea throughout the transfer window and it looks like Harry Redknapp may just sell him. Redknapp quoted on the series of national newspaper and said:

 

“We’ve got two options with Luka; either we keep a fantastic player or we sell him, get the money and bring in four players and have a better team.

“I want him to stay but if he’s going I want the opportunity to get other players in.

“There’s no chance the chairman will sell him on the last day of the transfer window. He did that with Berbatov a few years ago and ended up with no strikers. He won’t do that again.

“It’s a difficult situation for Luka Modric. We all love our club and everything, but what would you do if someone offered to treble your wages?

“He’s had his head turned by the chance to play in a team that could win the Champions League this season and I think people can probably understand that.”

It looks clear that Redknapp wants new signings to strengthen the squad. He’s got many options. He can even play a 4-4-2 formation after selling Modric, playing Van Der Vaart in a more deeper role.

Tottenham are in need of a new striker as their strikers failed to shine last term with all 3 strikers combined scoring 18 goals.

Tottenham have been linked with a loan move for Emmanuel Adebayor who seems unsettled at Manchester City. Redknapp said about Adebayor:  “I’m sure they will take to him because he fell out with Arsenal,” “Arsenal fans hate him so Tottenham fans will love him. He upset them so he’ll be a hero here.”

Tottenham have also been linked with many more strikers like Fernando Llorente, Rossi, Drogba, Berbatov, and most recently Peter Odemwingie but Adebayor looks set for a move to Tottenham as Madrid have rejected to buy him.

Harry Redknapp will also look to bring in a good midfielder to replace Modric and maybe even a defensive midfielder as a back up for the young Brazilian starlet Sandro. Redknapp is looking to move in for Diarra after Madrid said that they want to sell him. As for now a possible replacement for Modric looks like Marelam Pjanic from Lyon.

Tottenham’s another signing would be a good central defender. They have been linked with a move for Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba.

Tottenham is in huge need to strengthen their squad as all their rivals have been active in the transfer window.

So, what do you think: Should Spurs sell Modric and buy in new stars or should they hold on to Modric against his wish as he is a key part of the team?

EPL Season Preview 2011-12 Tottenham Hotspur: Can they get back into the top 4?

Spurs’ season couldn’t have had a worse start as their opening fixture against Everton has been postponed due to the ongoing riots in London. After a long wait they will have to wait for another 9 days for their premier league campaign to kick start. But what can we expect from them next season?

 

Previous season review:

A fantastic season or a poor one? Some might say it was a wonderful season for them due to their brilliant run in the Champions league and some might say it was a poor one because they couldn’t be succesful in back to back champions league qualifications. Spurs could just finish 5th last term after their dip in form at the end of season. Tottenham at one stage were looking firm on 3rd place in the premier league but perished. They were also knocked out by Fulham in the FA Cup in 4th round, and by Arsenal in the Carling Cup in 4th round as well. All Spurs had last season was a fantastic Champions league run, beating both AC Milan and Inter Milan over the two legs, before missing out against Real Madrid in the Quarters. To sum up, in my opinion they had a fair season.

Pre-season review:

Tottenham Hotspur has had a good Pre-season. They went to South Africa and played 3 games over there, drawing one, losing one and winning one. They played one of their friendly against Brighton and Hove Albion coming out to be winners there. Spurs also beat Atletico Bilbao by 2 goals to 1 in their first home game over 2 and a half months. They have played some good football in pre-season and they look up and ready for the start of the coming season.

Transfers:

INS:

Brad Fridel: Spurs had to look for a keeper as Huerelho Gomes was their 1st choice goalkeeper. Gomes had made huge blunders last season and Harry Redknapp just cannot carry on with him anymore. Brad Fridel was bought for free from Aston Villa

Souleymane Coulibaly: An U-17 WC star, Coulibaly was signed from Siena for a reported 2mn. Coulibaly is a striker who is already been dubbed as the “next Drogba”. He scored 9 goals in just 4 games for Ivory Coast in the recent U-17 WC.

Cristain Ceballos: Ceballos was bought from Barcelona’s youth for free. He is a wonderful attacking midfielder full of skills. He can pop in as a striker as well.

OUTS:

Tottenham Hotspur have a lot of deadwood in their squad. They have been able to sell Jamie O’hara for 5mn to Wolves. They let Jonathan Woodgate go for free as he joined Stoke City soon. They have send  Kyle Naughton (Norwich), Steven Caulker (Swansea), Bongani Khumalo (Reading), Ryan Mason (Doncaster), Jonathan Obika (Yeovil) all on loan

Spurs have found it difficult to buy in new players as Luka Modric was heavily linked with Chelsea almost throughout the transfer window. They need a good 20-goal season striker but due to some poor financial circumstances the club has made a statement that they will have to sell first before buying.

How can they shape up?

Tottenham Hotspur have got a fantastic squad with a lot of depth in it. They can play a 4-4-1-1 formation with Huddlestone as their Centre defensive midfielder and Modric as attacking midfielder. Bale and Lennon will provide lots of pace from the wings and Van Der vaart can play as supporting striker to either Defoe, Pavlyuchenko or Crouch.

They can also play a 4-4-2 formation. Playing 2 strikers and playing either Modric or van Der Vaart as an attacking midfielder. Same wingers and defensive midfielder.

There defense looks quite strong. Kyle walker the young England Right back with Vedran Corluka as his back up and Alan Hutton. They can play Benoit Assou-Ekkoto as their Left back with Danny Rose as a back up. They have got fantastic Center Backs. Ledley King the club-captain, Micheal dawson, Willian Gallas,Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Bassong.

Most Important Player:

After a fantastic hat-trick against Inter Milan he’s won many hearts at Tottenham and around the world. He’s got fantastic speed and skill. He won the PFA player of the year recently and i would rate him as the most important player of Spurs’ team. He’s capable of scoring goals and also creating goals. He has got the potential to be one of the best player on the planet in about a years time. He’s Gareth Bale.

What Should be their Ambition?

Simply their ambition should be to get back into top 4 in the premier league. They should be eyeing a trophy as well, like a Carling Cup or the FA Cup. But finishing in  the top 4 and getting back into the champions league should be their main target.

BUT i expect them to finish 3rd in the table above their Champions league-place rivals Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool. What do you expect from Spurs this season?!?!?