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Some player catches your eye in some other league, or you read about some player somewhere and he sticks in your mind. Come transfer window and he’s linked with Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs have been known are shrewd merchants when it comes to player transfers. Under the strong Chairmanship of Daniel Levy, Spurs have not only able to attract loads of fringe stars year after year, they also have enough financial power to retain their good players till the optimum North London shelf life and sell them to other clubs and make enough profits.

Year after year they keep on doing this business and posses a large squad of international stars.

I had an irresistible urge to go back 5 years and check all their incoming and outgoing players. I also checked on the number of appearances and tentative profit.

Lets go year by year.

 

2005-2006

Players In: August window: 8

Notable purchases:

Tom Huddlestone – Derby County, (est. £2,500,000)

Paul Stalteri – Germany Werder Bremen, (undisclosed)

Aaron Lennon – Leeds United, £1,000,000

Wayne Routledge – Crystal Palace, £1,250,000

Lee Young-Pyo – PSV Eindhoven, (undisclosed)

Jermaine Jenas – Newcastle United, £7,000,000

 

Players In: January window: 3

Notable purchases

Danny Murphy – Charlton Athletic, £2,000,000


Players Out: January window: 5

Notable sales

Sean Davis, Noé Pamarot, Pedro Mendes – Portsmouth, £7,500,000 pounds combined.

Michael Brown – Fulham


Transfers in: – £13,750,000

Transfers out: + £7,500,000

Total spending: – £6,250,000

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2006-2007

Players In: August window: 8

Notable purchases:

Benoit Assou-Ekotto – RC Lens, £3,500,000

Didier Zokora – Saint-Étienne, £8,600,000

Dimitar Berbatov – Bayer Leverkusen, £10,900,000

Mido – Roma, Undisclosed

Steed Malbranque – Fulham, £2,000,000

Pascal Chimbonda – Wigan, £4,500,000


Players Out: August window: 8

Notable sales:

Stephen Kelly – Birmingham City, £750,000

Michael Carrick – Manchester United, £18,600,000

Andy Reid – Charlton Athletic, £3,000,000


Players In: January window: 3

Notable purchases:

Adel Taarabt – RC Lens, Undisclosed

Ricardo Rocha – Benfica, £3,200,000


Players Out: January window: 3

Notable sales.

Calum Davenport-  West Ham, £3,000,000


Transfers in: – £32,700,000

Transfers out: + £25,850,000

Total spending: – £6,850,000

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2007-2008

Players In: August window: 5

Notable Purchases

Gareth Bale – Southampton, £5,000,000

Darren Bent – Charlton, £16,500,000

Younes Kaboul –  Auxerre, £8,000,000

Kevin-Prince Boateng – Hertha Berlin – £5,400,000


Players Out: August window: 5

Reto Ziegler – Sampdoria, Undisclosed

Mido – Middlesbrough, £6,000,000

Danny Murphy- Fulham, Undisclosed


Players In: January window: 4

Chris Gunter – Cardiff, £3,000,000

Jonathan Woodgate – Middlesbrough, £8,000,000

Alan Hutton – Rangers, £9,000,000

Gilberto – Hertha Berlin, £1,900,000


Players Out: January window: 4

Notable Sales:

Wayne Routledge – Aston Villa, £1,250,000

Jermain Defoe – Portsmouth, £7,000,000


Transfers in: – £57,500,000

Transfers out: + £14,250,000

Total spending: – £43,250,000

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2008-2009

Players In: August window: 10

Notable Purchases

Luka Modrić – Dinamo Zagreb, £16,000,000

Giovani Dos Santos – Barcelona, £5,000,000

Heurelho Gomes – PSV Eindhoven, £7,800,000

David Bentley – Blackburn Rovers, £15,000,000

Roman Pavlyuchenko – Spartak Moscow, £14,000,000

Vedran Ćorluka – Manchester City, £8,500,000


Players Out: August window: 12

Notable Sales

Teemu Tainio – Sunderland, £5,000,000

Paul Robinson – Blackburn, £3,500,000

Pascal Chimbonda – Sunderland, £5,000,000

Robbie Keane – Liverpool, £19,000,000

Steed Malbranque – Sunderland, £7,000,000

Younes Kaboul – Portsmouth, £6,00,000

Lee Young-Pyo – Borussia Dortmund, Undisclosed

Dimitar Berbatov – Manchester United, £30,750,000


Players In: January window: 5

Notable purchases

Jermain Defoe – Portsmouth, £9,000,000

Wilson Palacios – Wigan Athletic,  £12,000,000

Pascal Chimbonda – Sunderland, £4,500,000

Robbie Keane –  Liverpool, £12,000,000


Players Out: January window: 7


Transfers in: – £104,500,000

Transfers out: + £68,750,000

Total spending: – £35,750,000 

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2009-2010

Players In: August window: 7

Notable Purchases

Kyle Walker – Sheffield United, Undisclosed

Peter Crouch – Portsmouth, £10,000,000

Sébastien Bassong – Newcastle, £8,00,000

Niko Kranjčar – Portsmouth, £2,500,000


Players Out: August window: 15

Notable sales

Didier Zokora – Sevilla, £7,500,000

Darren Bent – Sunderland, £10,000,000

Pascal Chimbonda – Blackburn Rovers, £2,000,000

Kevin-Prince Boateng – Portsmouth – £4,000,000


Players In: January window: 1

Younes Kaboul – Portsmouth, £8,00,000


Players Out: January window: 2


Transfers in: – £28,500,000

Transfers out: + £25,250,000

Total spending: – £3,250,000

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2010-2011

Players In: August window: 3

Sandro – Internacional, £6,000,000

William Gallas – Arsenal, Free

Rafael van der Vaart – Real Madrid, £8,00,000


Players Out: August window: 5

Notable Sales

Adel Taarabt – QPR, £1,00,000

 

Players In: January window: 2

Notable Purchases

Steven Pienaar – Everton, £1,00,000


Transfers in: – £18,500,000

Transfers out: + £1,050,000

Total spending: – £17,500,000

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In 2011-2012, Spurs have added Brad Friedel (Aston Villa, Free), Scott Parker (West Ham, £5,500,000) and Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City, on Loan) and have sold Woodgate (Stoke, Released), Jamie O’Hara (Wolves, £5,500,000), Robbie Keane (L.A. Galaxy, £3,500,000), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa, Undisclosed) and Palacios, Crouch to Stoke.

Now in January Tottenham are linked with Alessandro Del Piero, Amauri, Chris Samba and even bringing David Beckham back to England.

After a whirlwind of transfers seeing 59 players coming to White Hart Lane and 74 heading out in last 5 years, Harry Redknapp seems to have finally settled on his squad.


GK     Heurelho Gomes

GK     Carlo Cudicini

GK     Brad Friedel – 14 Starts


DF     Younès Kaboul – 14 Starts

DF     William Gallas

DF     Sébastien Bassong

DF     Michael Dawson (vice captain)

DF     Vedran Ćorluka

DF     Ledley King (captain) – 9 Starts

DF     Kyle Walker – 13 Starts

DF     Benoît Assou-Ekotto – 14 Starts


MF     Tom Huddlestone

MF     Aaron Lennon – 9 Starts
MF     Scott Parker – 12 Starts
MF     Rafael van der Vaart – 10 Starts
MF     Luka Modrić – 12 Starts
MF     Gareth Bale – 14 Starts

MF     Niko Kranjčar

MF     Danny Rose

MF     Jake Livermore

MF     Sandro

MF     Andros Townsend

MF     Steven Pienaar


FW     Roman Pavlyuchenko

FW     Emmanuel Adebayor (on loan from Manchester City) – 12 Starts

FW     Giovani dos Santos

FW     Jermain Defoe

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Now since Harry Redknapp has finalized his squad and identified the pivotal stars, Spurs will have to do desperate attempt to hold on to them and attract new players.

They pulled out a major rabbit out of the hat by signing Rafael Van Der Vaart on the transfer deadline day and have shown massive resolve by keeping Luca Modric in the club.

Spurs are riding high on 3rd position in the league till today and have a good chance of qualifying for the Champions League.

Don’t be surprised if Spurs decided to do a massive clean up of the fringe players and do a revamp. Apart from who is coming in Manchester United, my eyes will be on the transfer activities by Spurs for sure.

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My take on Swansea City’s season so far.

Well, I like watching Swansea and I think they’ll stay up in the Premier League. And I’m not saying this because my dad’s cousin sister lives in Swansea and her husband, being an Arsenal fan, has given me Man United jerseys, T-shirts and even Socks.

My prediction is purely based on their performance in 16 games. 8 Home and 8 Away.

Beyond everyone’s expectations, Swansea are sitting comfortably in 12th position with 18 points after 16 games. They have won 4, drawn 6 and lost 6. All of those 4 wins have come at home, along with 1 loss and 3 draws. Swansea’s away form has been nothing but disaster. They have lost 5 and drawn 3 games. 

It is important for any club to keep your starting XI play together for most of the season except in case of tactical changes, injuries and suspensions. And it is a dream for any manager to have their best players in the starting XI, injury free and without suspensions.

Swansea have just managed to do that. They have used only 24 players for their 16 games. Only Man City, Norwich and Wigan have used lesser (23).

Their back four has been consistent for most of the games with Rangel (13 starts), Ashley Williams (16), Monk (10) and Neil Taylor (15). The U-21 Steven Caulker has replaced Gary Monk for the last 6 games and has helped to keep 4 clean sheets.

Talking of clean sheets, their £1,500,000 signing Michel Vorm has been excellent shot stopper and has quick reflexes. He has kept 8 clean sheets, making Swansea, the only team along with Man United to have kept maximum clean sheets so far in the season. As far as the returns of investment is considered, 8 clean sheets in 16 games is a perfect answer.

The midfield too has been consistent. Nathan Dyre, Leon Britton, Joe Allen, Mark Gower and Wayne Routledge have started maximum games. Scott Sinclair and the summer signing Danny Graham have featured up front.

What has impressed me is their passing game and fluidity in passing, which got them their nickname Swanselona. The passing accuracy too has been incredible for a newly promoted team.

The problem area, however is the goals. For all their passing in defense and midfield, the shots on goal have been less. In 16 games, they have fired only 167 shots (90 on target and 77 off target), lesser than Blackburn, Wigan and Bolton. Scott Sinclair has fired 45 out of 167 shots in 16 appearances (27%, 23 on target and 22 off target). Their main striker Danny Graham has fired 27 shots in 14 appearances (16%, 10 on target and 17 off target). What that means is out of 22 out field players used by Swansea, 43% of the shots have been fired by these two and rest 57% by 20 other players.

The conversion of Shots on target to goals too has been low. Danny Graham is the leading goal scorer having scored 5 (out of 10 shots on target) league goals, followed by Scott Sinclair on 4 (out of 23 shots on target). 3 of Sinclair’s goals have been from the penalty spot. 

They have scored just 16 goals in 16 games. The average of goal per game still might sound decent, but the reality is different in Home and Away games. 10 out of 16 goals which The Swans scored, have come at home. Out of these 10, 3 have been penalties. Swansea have failed to score in 4 of their home and away matches. Just 6 goals in 8 away matches is low.

They are defensively solid at home, keeping 6 clean sheets and letting in just 2 goals. Only one conceded against Man United has resulted in a their only home loss. 

On road the situation is worrying though. In 8 games, Swansea has shipped 18 goals, averaging 2.25 per game and have kept only 2 clean sheets (at Ainfield impressively and St. James’ Park). Michel Vorm has been busy in the away fixtures. He has made 58 saves in 8 away matches (7.25 per game), compared to just 33 saves in 8 home games (4.13 per game).

Swansea’s remaining 3 fixtures are against Everton (Away), QPR and Spurs (Home), before the reverse fixtures start. As far as the form of these teams are concerned Swansea can expect 4 points out of 9, which can propel them to 22 points, leaving them to get 18 points in 19 remaining games.

It is true that you will not lose if you don’t concede goals but it is certain that you will not win if you don’t score them.

Okay. Mario Balotelli. These two words are enough to sum up the title of this post. You can go on and on with his controversies, antics on and off the pitch and ice cold celebration after scoring goals.

On 24th July 2011, in a pre season friendly against LA Galaxy, Mario was substituted by Roberto Mancini in disgrace.

The striker had gone clean through on goal a few minutes earlier but, rather than finishing off an easy chance, he turned full circle, flicking the ball behind his legs and trying to score with a backheel. It was a remarkable act of self-indulgence and, as the ball went wide, several of his team-mates, particularly Edin Dzeko, were seen remonstrating with him.

See the clip here.——->

Balotelli then became involved in a touchline row with his manager, Roberto Mancini, and angrily threw a water bottle on to the pitch after taking his seat among the substitutes.
Have you heard something like this on the International stage? That too, in the context of World Cup? And, surprisingly by a Legend? Unthinkable in the modern football but not impossible since Mario is around.
This is not about Mario. This is about Brazilian legend Garrincha.
In 1958 he was selected to play in the World Cup in Sweden. In their last warm-up match the team played against Italy’s Fiorentina and beat them 4-0.

Garrincha scored the final goal, going past three defenders including Robotti. With only the goalkeeper to beat he sold him a dummy and faced an open goal.

Robotti chased back, but instead of shooting Garrincha elected to go around him once again before walking the ball into the net. Although the goal was stunning it incensed his team mates and more importantly his coach Vicente Feola.

See this clip of the goal here. ——–>

Feola was so furious with Garrincha and decided not to play him for Brazil’s first two matches in the World Cup. He returned in the game against Russia (then U.S.S.R). Brazil ultimately went on to win the World Cup and Garrincha was named in the All Stars team.
Genius comes with the arrogance, and arrogance comes with a price.