Why Soldado IS a £26 million player

Despite how poor he has been during his time, I still think he has got the quality that warranted the fee we paid.

The problem
The problem is something that has been pointed out time and time again: he doesn’t get any service. You will often see him drifting out wide, just to get a touch of the ball. The problem is, he needs to be in the box, he needs be waiting there ready to pounce on an opportunity and capitalise on it. Being a lone striker makes it harder because he can’t do that, he has to be more involved.

Solution
Selling him is NOT an option. If we sold him to pretty much any team he would score a lot more then he does now. This is especially true if we sold him to a team like Arsenal, they can’t a high amount of chances in a game, and supply their striker quite regularly. When they were relying on Sanogo, you could see they needed a striker that could actually finish, and they did buy another one.

I don’t think we do need to buy a new striker, I just think we need to change our style of play to help Soldado out and make sure he is getting the supply he needs to score goals.

Conclusion
Soldado isn’t terrible, he just needs much more support from the rest of the team, and this something that will need to be addressed by Poch if we want any chance of challenging for one of those top 4 spots.

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A “Spursy” treble

I did another treble for this game week, continuing my series of betting each week and then writing about how bad it worked out to be.

This weeks picks
Spurs, Southampton and Leister all to win.

Stake: 1.00
Potential returns: 13.90

The results

Southampton comfortably won their game 4-0 meaning that I had easily got one game right.

Leicester won 1-0 despite only having one shot on target. I had a feeling that Leicester would win, after seeing their performances in the previous games, and it turned out to be a very good call.

Lastly I bet on Spurs. I don’t normally do it and I won’t be doing it again anytime soon. After leading 2-1 some terrible defending leading to a Harry Kane own goal caused it to finish 2-2 ruining my treble.

So far
Total placed: 3.00
Total returned: 0.00

Conclusion
Don’t bet on Spurs, they’re one of the only clubs that will draw with a team that only had one shot on target.

Tottenham Transfers 2014/15 summer overview

As the window has come to a close, I’m going to look how it went for Spurs.

Ins

Davis + Vorm (Siggy + £3.5mil)
Eric Dier (£4mil)
Yedlin (£2.5mil)
Fazio (£8mil)
Stambouli (£4.7mil)

Total spent: £22.7mil

Outs

We made quite a lot of transfers out, I’ll just include the key ones here.

Livermore (£8mil)
Falque (£4mil)
Dawson (£6mil)
Coulilbaly (£1.5mil)
Obika (£200k)
Fryers (£3mil)
Sandro (£10mil)

Total Returned: £32.7mil

Thoughts

We did the right thing selling Livermore and Sandro as neither were really necessary anymore, so to get a total of £18mil for both of them is pretty impressive. We then bought Stambouli for around £4.7mil which is a bargain, it definitely looks like we’ve improved our midfield with those transfers.

Defence wise we did well to offload Dawson and get a good amount of money for him. We also got a decent return on Fryers seeing as he is no longer needed. Dier has already proved to be worth what we paid, and I’m sure Davis will be too. We’ve also got Fazio and Yedlin (he’s been sent back on loan for now) so our defence has definitely been boosted.

Offensively we were finally able to get rid of Obika and we got a decent amount of money for him. We also sold Falque which wasn’t much of a surprise. We did sell Coulilbaly which seemed quite strange after the fact he supposedly had some potential to do well at the club. We didn’t buy any forwards which means if Ade gets injured we only have Soldado, who still doesn’t seem to be able to score, and Kane, who’s isn’t good enough to play at such a high level.

Overall it was a good window, but I think we should’ve got a striker, we will see how it works out without buying one.

‘Arry Redknapp’s (not so) triffik treble

For this weeks bet I was able to speak to Harry himself. I saw him near Tottenham ahead of this weekend’s game and he was kind enough to bring his window down to talk to me.

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I started by thanking him for taking the time to talk to me, to which he said “no problem at all mate, you’re one of the propa people in football, not like most of the journalists these days”. I thanked him for his compliment and went on to ask him who he’s backing this week…

The bet

“I’ve gone for Millwall for my first team, they’re in triffik form and I can’t see Rotherham beating them today. I’ve also gone for Swansea, they put in a triffik performance last week, winning at Old Trafford, they’ve also got triffik players like siggy in their team, Burnley won’t get a point ‘ere! My last team is Villa, they played triffik last week and I can see them winning again.”

I thanked him but asked him why he didn’t even mention that his QPR team were playing against his old team Tottenham this weekend. He replied saying “well it’ll be a tough one to call, Spurs are a triffik team with triffik players but they’re not a top 4 side like when I was managing them before I got sacked, but that’s football, I’ve moved on to QPR and I’ve got some triffik players ‘ere and it could be a close game”

I thanked Redknapp for taking his time out to talk to me, he put his window back up and left.

Results

Villa drew against Newcastle meaning the bet was over before it even began, a 0-0 stalemate meaning the backing of Villa was incorrect.

Swansea continued their impressive start to the season with a win, meaning at least one prediction was correct.

Millwall lost 1-0 to Rotherham meaning another incorrect result.

Conclusion
After another week of doing poorly, I have come to the conclusion that I am cursing any team that is included in my bet, therefore I will be betting on Arsenal from now on! All jokes aside I think I need to do more research before I lose all my money.

Profit/loss

Placed: 2.00
Winnings: 0.00
Profit/loss: -2.00