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Tottenham Hotspur: The Redemption

Started on 3 September 2015 by InvertedWingbacks
Latest Reply on 12 September 2015 by squirmy420
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Lucas Romero Joins Spurs in £10.5m Deal


Problem Solving: Romero could provide the answer to Spurs’ midfield woes


Despite some notable signings already this season, Spurs fans have been left concerned by the lack of Defensive midfielders brought in during this transfer window, but it seems those concerns have been addressed today, as Tottenham confirm the signing of Argentinian starlet Lucas Romero in a £6.5m deal, which could rise to as much as £10m depending on clauses.

Romero made his debut for Vélez Sársfield in 2012 at 18 years of age, coming on as a substitute in a 0–0 draw with Estudiantes de La Plata. In his first season with the first team, Romero helped Vélez to win the 2012 Inicial championship, playing 13 games (including 4 as a starter replacing injured Francisco Cerro).The midfielder also entered the field in Vélez's victory over Newell's Old Boys for the 2012–13 Superfinaland was a starter in his team's victory over Arsenal de Sarandí for the 2013 Supercopa Argentina.

Romero’s performances have drawn attention from various clubs around the world, particularly his strength on the ball and in the tackle, and his eye for a pass. Spurs fans are sure to be hoping he can carry the form which he displayed in his 37 appearances last season for Velez, as they look for their club to strengthen in midfield.

Berahino Finally Seals Spurs Move


Rogue: Berahino publicly tweeted he would never play for West Brom Again, forcing the club’s hand


One of the longest-running transfer sagas of the summer has finally rolled to a stop today, as Spurs tie up a deal for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, thought to be worth around £21m. In August, West Bromwich Albion rejected a bid estimated at £15 million for Berahino to sign for Spurs, with the club valuing him at £25 million. After the bids, Pulis left Berahino out of his squad for the opening game, replacing him with new record signing José Salomón Rondón. When interviewed after the match, Pulis stated that Berahino was left out because previous events in the transfer market had been "disruptive". The following day, the club rejected Berahino's transfer request. After they rejected a fourth bid for the player on transfer deadline day, Berahino stated he was unhappy with the conduct of his club and wrote on Twitter that he would never play for the club again under chairman Jeremy Peace. He was fined for these comments, but has eventually gotten his way, with Spurs matching West Brom’s valuation of the player.

Born in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, Berahino played football as a child with a ball of plastic bags tied up with laces.. His father was killed in 1997 during the Burundian Civil War.. He travelled to England alone at the age of 10,.. fleeing the ongoing war to join his mother, brother and sisters who had already been granted asylum in Newtown, Birmingham. He could not locate his family on arrival, and was put in a care home. After his mother Liliane was traced, immigration officials had to administer a DNA test to confirm their relationship

Berahino signed for the West Bromwich Albion Centre of Excellence in 2004 at under-12 level, joining from inner-city team Phoenix United. He progressed through the youth system of the Baggies and in summer 2011, he signed a professional contract with them..

On 20 October 2011, he joined League Two side Northampton Town on a one-month loan deal.. He made his professional debut for the Cobblers two days later in 2–1 defeat to Bradford City at Valley Parade, playing the full 90 minutes.. His loan was extended twice, on 3 November and on 5 January 2012... Berahino scored 6 league goals in 14 appearances for Northampton, although they were struggling in League Two..
On 9 February 2012, Berahino went out on loan again, this time at a higher level than before, by joining League One side Brentford through to the end of the season.. He scored his first two goals for Brentford after coming on as a substitute against Carlisle United and also scored both goals in a 2–0 win over Exeter City one month later. After the match, the club's caretaker manager Alan Kernaghan praised Berahino and said: "Saido got the nod and he did well, but this was a win built on a strong defensive performance as shown by another clean sheet.". Due to arguments with manager Uwe Rösler, the loan spell with Brentford ended early and he returned to West Bromwich Albion on 3 April 2012, having scored 4 goals in 8 appearances..
Berahino made his debut for West Brom as a substitute against Yeovil Town in a League Cup second round tie on 28 August, replacing Shane Long for the final six minutes of a 4–2 away win.
He signed on loan for Championship club Peterborough United on 1 October, in a deal until 2 January 2013.[21] The following day, he made his debut in a 2–0 win at Barnsley, replacing Emile Sinclair after 65 minutes.. On 27 October, Berahino scored twice in a 3–0 win over Derby County.. At Peterborough United, manager Darren Ferguson said that Berahino would play more regularly.. He played ten matches on his loan spell, which was cut short by a knee injury..

At the start of the 2013–14 season, manager Steve Clarke suggested that Berahino should become West Bromwich Albion's main centre forward, instead of the club signing a new one. Of their strikers from the previous season, Romelu Lukaku had left for Everton and Peter Odemwingie had fallen out of favour at the club..
On 27 August 2013 he made his first start for West Brom in a League Cup tie against Newport County and scored a hat-trick in a 3–0 home win.. He made his first league appearance for the Baggies when he came on as a substitute in a 2–0 home defeat against Swansea City on 1 September 2013, replacing Scott Sinclair for the last 15 minutes of the match.. On 28 September, he replaced the injured Sinclair in the first half and scored his first Premier League goal, the winner in a 2–1 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.. He scored again on 2 November, opening a 2–0 home win over Crystal Palace.. Berahino extended his contract with West Bromwich Albion on 2 December, committing him to the club until June 2017.


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Trouble: Some Spurs fans on twitter have expressed concern about Berahino’s temperament, comparing him to troubled Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli


Berahino scored the last goal of a 3–3 draw away to West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground on 28 December.. His penalty four days later won the match against Newcastle United, ending a 10-match streak without a win for the team,. and on 26 April he again netted the only goal, to defeat West Ham at home, but despite his prolific form, Some Spurs fans have expressed concern about his temperament, especially after his conduct during this transfer saga, during which he tweeted he would never play for West Brom again, eventually forcing his move.

The striker clearly has some ground to make up with the Spurs fans, and the way to do that is sure to be through consistent goalscoring and model professionalism.

Absolutely beautiful writing and graphics.

Great start to your story, I'll be following
That is some amazing graphical work! Wish I could do that!
Thanks guys! really means a lot, all your support! hopefully you'll continue to read :D

Tottenham Announce 2014/15 Squad

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Safe Hands: Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is confirmed as Tottenham captain for the coming season


Tottenham today announced their 27-man squad for the coming season, including several new faces, such as defenders Alderweireld and Gaya, midfielders Romero and Insigne and striker Berahino.

Some fans have expressed concern about only 3 strikers being named, as Real Madrid's Jese joined on a season long loan last night, but with midfielders such as Insigne and Lamela able to double up as strikers, there should be adequate cover

Goalkeepers

Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm



Defenders

Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Ben Davies, Federico Fazio, Kevin Wimmer, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Jose Gaya, Danny Rose



Midfielders

Lucas Romero, Nabil Bentaleb, Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli, Pione Sisto, Andros Townsend, Son Heung-Min, Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele, Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll, Delle Ali, Lorenzo Insigne, Jordon Ibe



Strikers

Saido Berahino, Harry Kane, Jese

Awesome, layout signings and graphics! And you signed Lorenzo Insigne :D can't wait to see how he'll do for you! :)
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Some wonderful signings made, especially Insigne & Gaya.... will be interesting to see how you set up your midfield!
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Fantastic update, so much effort put into it, loving this!
Great Update!

Pre-Season 2014




We were not the most convincing outfit this pre-season, playing four games and winning just one - a home tie against Benfica. Our defence struggled to adjust to a new shape, and the new signings took some time to bed in, but overall, our attacking play was dangerous and I was pleased with the way the biting end of the team was shaping up.

Game One: Benfica


We opened our Pre-Season with an excellent performance, Harry Kane netting twice to ensure that even Jimenez' spirited display leading his club's line couldn't upset our side too much, as Jan Vertonghen largely kept him in his pocket, lapsing only in the 85th minute, when Jimenez scored

Game Two: Columbus Crew


In this game, as in the next, we were struggling to adapt to a new formation, as I experimented with 3 at the back, and wing backs just ahead of them, supported by a defensive midfielder. In the attacking 3rd, we looked dangerous, with Columbus' defence holding steady for long periods of the game, but In my opinion, we shouldn't concede against teams of this calibre.

Game Three: Vancouver Whitecaps


I persisted with the new formation here, and while it led to more goals, including one from new boy Delle Alli, it also saw us concede twice - Although Eric Dier's performance at Centre-Back may have had an impact there, as he looked nervous every time the ball came forward.


Game Four: Napoli


Back at home, we looked more settled, and Nacer Chadli ran the show from his spot deep on the left hand side of midfield, as we changed formation again, looking for more bite in attack. If it wasn't for the goalkeepers, this match could have gone to double figures for goals.

Player of Pre-Season - Christian Eriksen


Our Prime creator in pre-season, Eriksen inspired almost everything we did, and kept the team piling forwards, and working hard on the new shapes i've asked them to become familiar with. A top, top performance, from a top player.


Note: My update order was slightly messed up, this should have come before the opening day of the season update, I'll rectify this shortly.
Pre-Season out of the way, time to get some points on the board early on!
Good Pre-Season! Amazing offense there with Son, Eriksen, Lamela and Kane with a hugh potential for the future!

Opening Weekend 2014/15

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It’s been a hectic opening weekend in the Premier League, with teams battling for the approval of their fans, and new signings battling for the approval of their team-mates and managers.

We also saw the introduction of Monday Night Football, with Tottenham taking on Watford last night in a match which delighted and surprised in equal measure. And there was plenty of both delight and surprise over the course of the weekend, as we will see in just a moment.

Game One

Norwich City 0-0 Everton
: Ruddy, Martin, Ramis, Bassong, Olsson, Mulumbu, Howson, Bennett, Hoolahan, Dorrans, Mbokani
N/A
: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Baines, McCarthy, Gago, Barkley, Mirallas, Pienaar, Naismith
N/A

Not the most exciting of opening days for either set of fans, as Norwich and Everton largely cancelled each other out. The best chance of the afternoon fell to Scottish striker Steven Naismith, who managed to rattle a shot towards goal from 30 yards, destined for the top corner, only to see John Ruddy get a hand up to palm it over for a corner.

Game Two

West Ham 0-1 Swansea City
: Adrian, Jenkinson, Reid, Oxford, Cresswell, Amalfitano, Song, Noble, Moses, Payet, Valencia
N/A
: Fabianksi, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Routledge, Shelvey, Ayew, Oviedo, Sigurdsson, Gomis
Ayew (69)

Our second game was another Saturday afternoon encounter, between West Ham and Swansea. The Welsh side started slowly, but West Ham couldn’t make the most of their chances, with Payet, Moses and 15 year old debutant Reece Oxford all missing the target within the first 20 minutes. Swansea slowly clawed their way back, but the teams went in at half-time level.

In the second half, it was Swansea who looked the more dangerous side, and with 69 minutes gone, Andre Ayew saw the ball drop in front of him in the penalty box from Sigurdsson’s long ball forward, and the Ghanaian winger made no mistake, rattling the ball home to put his side ahead. The game fizzed out after that, and Swansea will be delighted to head home with a 1-0 victory.


Game Three

West Brom 0-3 Southampton
: Foster, Gamboa, Olsson, Evans, Pocognoli, Morrison, Yacob, Fletcher, Brunt, Blanco, Rondon
N/A
Forster, Cedric, Gardos, Caulker, Bertrand, Davis, Wanyama, Clasie, Tadic, Ramirez, Rodriguez
Rodriguez (42), Long (51), Ramirez (65)

A much more entertaining Saturday game, with Southampton really powering through West Brom, who, despite replacing Berahino with Rondon, looked toothless in attack. Jay Rodriguez, who had been subject to some speculation linking him to Liverpool (of course) over the summer, reaffirmed his loyalty to Southampton when he scored just before half time, kissing the badge, and sliding across to the fans on his knees, arms aloft.

After half time, Shane Long and Gaston Ramirez extended the Southampton lead, and an inspirational performance from Victor Wanyama, who had been linked to a move to Manchester United, was at the very core of this Southampton performance, as he provided the assist for Long, completing 82% of his passes, and making 14 tackles, conceding just one foul. Southampton looked dangerous in this game, and they could well be this season’s surprise package.


Game Four

Arsenal 3-0 Crystal Palace
: Cech, Debuchy, Nkoulou, Koscielny, Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Wilshere, Sanchez, Walcott, Giroud
Nkoulou (28), Cazorla (77), Wilshere (80)
: McCarthy, Ward, Mariappa, Dann, Souare, Chung-Yong, Jedniak, Cabaye, Bolasie, Mismovic, Chamakh
N/A

60,000 fans packed into the Emirates stadium to watch Arsenal kick off their Premiership campaign, and a sublime performance from Jack Wilshere made sure they did that in style. The Englishman was at the heart of everything Arsenal did, picking up a late run from new signing Nkoulou to set up his side’s first goal, as the 24 year old Ghanaian rocketed a low header past Alex McCarthy.

When Alexis Sanchez was substituted in the 74th minute, with Arsenal just one goal ahead, many fans were upset - Sanchez was consistently one of their prime creators, but his replacement, Santi Cazorla, had other ideas, taking on two defenders before slotting the ball cooly past McCarthy to double his side’s lead just 3 minutes after coming on. Wilshere rounded off his Man of the Match performance just 3 minutes later, netting a powerful strike from just outside the box which curved wickedly past McCarthy, who looked bereft of confidence in the Crystal Palace goal.


Game Five

Watford 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur
: Gomes, Nyom, Prodl, Britos, Holebas, Anya, Capoue, Behrami, Dyer, Diamanti, Deeney
N/A
: Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose, Romero, Dembele, Townsend, Heung-Min, Kane, Berahino
Berahino (19, 84), Fazio (81)

It was a day for debutants at Vicarage Road, as Tottenham and Watford contested the first Monday Night game of the new season. Saido Berahino, who would have seen his old club steamrollered by Southampton, opened the scoring on his debut with a fine close-range strike after just 20 minutes, which left Gomes flat-footed.

Watford were determined not to let Tottenham settle into a rhythm, and injuries to both Danny Rose and Andros Townsend had Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino livid, but Watford avoided any cards. Alderweireld and Insigne were brought on to replace the injured parties, while loanee Jese replaced the less-than impressive Harry Kane at half time. But it was Federico Fazio who doubled the Spurs lead with 9 minutes remaining, powering a header home from Insigne’s free kick, and Berahino sealed the 3-0 win just 3 minutes later, tapping in from 4 yards, Insigne again the provider.


Game Six

Bournemouth 1-4 Newcastle
: Boruc, Elphick, Cook, Distin, Gradel, Arter, Surman, King, Tomlin, Wilson, Murray
Tomlin (70)
: Krul, Janmaat, Taylor, Coloccini, Emanuelson, Tiote, Sissoko, Colback, Orellana, Gouffran, Perez
Gouffran (6, 57), Perez (45), Riviere (84)

Bournemouth and Newcastle mark the first game we’ve covered so far where both teams have scored. Newcastle though, never looked like throwing this one away from the moment Yoan Gouffran put them ahead after just 6 minutes. Some incredible flowing football, and a resilient defence, meant that when Ayoze Perez scored just before half time, nobody doubted that the Second half would see more of the same. Perez picked up a knock after around 70 minutes, but by that point, Newcastle were 3-1 up, Gouffran having added his second before Lee Tomlin pulled one back for Bournemouth. Perez’ replacement, Emmanuel Riviere rounded off the match with a stunning long-range effort to seal a 4-1 win, and put Newcastle on a sound footing after their first game.

Game Seven

Sunderland 1-4 Stoke City
: Mannone, Jones, O’Shea, Kaboul, Matthews, Cattermole, Rodwell, Johnson, Toivonen, Borini, Defoe
Rodwell (45)
Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, Arnautovic, Cameron, Sidwell, Shaqiri, Van Ginkel, Diouf
Diouf (20, 36), Van Ginkel (58, 73)

Stoke sent a message to the rest of the league on Saturday afternoon, with a strong side putting 4 past Sunderland, who could only find one goal in reply. Stoke have made some bold moves this summer, including the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri, who started this game on the left wing for Stoke, and put in an incredible performance, with a pass completion rate of 64%, covering 13.8km, and setting up Van Ginkel’s first goal to boot!

Game Eight

Liverpool 1-5 Manchester City
: Mingolet, Skrtel, Lovren, Sakho, Milner, Can, Henderson, Moreno, Coutinho, Firmino, Benteke
Can (22)
Hart, Zabaleta, Demichellis, Otamendi, Kolarov, Sterling, Toure, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Nasri, Bony
Bony (2, 18), Sterling (31), De Bruyne (44), Toure (62)

In a clash which was billed as the top game this weekend, Liverpool were seeking revenge on a Manchester City side which terrorised them last season. But with Raheem Sterling on the opposite side, and accompanied by Kevin De Bruyne, there wasn’t much Liverpool could do, and it was City who opened the scoring after just 2 minutes - Wilfried Bony rounding Simon Mingolet to tap in from 4 yards.

Bony was the man of the moment again just over 15 minute later, as he volleyed home from a De Bruyne cross to double City’s lead. Liverpool looked to be sinking without trace, and lacking any real inspiration. Emre Can took matters into his own hands after 22 minutes, breaking through the City midfield before playing a neat 1-2 with Brazilian winger Firmino, and when Can collected the ball on the edge of the area, everyone expected the shot. The German U21 international had other ideas though, and dummied his way past Joe Hart, rolling the ball into an empty net to pull a goal back.

It would prove to be Liverpool’s only moment of genius in the game, as first Sterling, then De Bruyne and finally Yaya Toure beat Mingolet to run up a 5-1 scoreline, and break hearts on Merseyside.


Game Nine

Manchester United 6-2 Chelsea
: De Gea, Darmian, Khacheridi, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Rooney, Memphis
Rooney (45, 68), Mata (57), Blind (75), Memphis (86, 89)
: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Dede, Azpillicueta, Mikel, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Costa
Willian (67), Hazard (76)

Another match which was billed as being a clash of two titans, Saturday’s early kick-off between Manchester United and Chelsea proved to be uniquely one-sided. The first half was even, although United had the better of the chances, despite the teams going in at half-time level on the scoreboard.

Whatever van Gaal said at half-time clearly had an effect, as Wayne Rooney scored almost immediately from the restart, picking up a through ball from new singing Memphis, and pulling his shot across Courtois and into the back of the net. Juan Mata doubled the United lead 12 minutes later with a dipping freekick from the edge of the box which left Courtois flat-footed, and the United fans in raptures.

Willian pulled one back for Chelsea after 67 minutes, but his dipping volley from the edge of the area was quickly cancelled out by Daley Blind’s blistering header from a Mata corner. Hazard replied immediately, with a powerful freekick from 30 yards, and for 10 minutes, Chelsea were the more dangerous side.

United’s new signing, Memphis, had other ideas though, and his two goals in 3 minutes left Chelsea and United fans breathless, as he compounded the visitor’s misery, and lifted his side to the top of the table.


Game Ten: Game Of The Week

Leicester City 5-3 Aston Villa
: Schwarzer, Simpson, Morgan, Benalouane, Fuchs, Inler, James, Drinkwater, King, Okazaki, Kramaric
Kramaric (13, 43), King (60), Okazaki (73, 84)
: Guzan, Richards, Okore, Illori, Crespo, Traore, Sanchez, Westwood, Richardson, Gestede, Agbonlahor
Sanchez, Sinclair, Gestede

Two of the most improved teams in the Premiership combined to give us the opening weekend’s Game of The Week. Leicester, complete with new signings such as Gohkan Inler, immediately took the initiative, pinning Aston Villa back into their own half, and Kramaric’s opening goal was built deep inside Leicester’s own half…

It’s Kramaric, deep inside his own half. He’s laid it off to James, who’s bringing it forward now...Aston Villa are backing off of him, and this could be dangerous. James plays it forward, and it’s cleared by Westwood, but only as far as Inler. Inler now, plays it right to Simpson, who finds James - this is some excellent passing play, and Leicester are right on the edge of the Villa area. James swings it across for King, and King, first time, to Ozakazi right on the edge of the box - a nice lay off to Kramaric, and GOAAAAAAL! Leicester with some great play, and they’re 1-0 up already! 13 minutes played!”

Leicester were dominant, and they kept Villa pinned back in their own half, with Kramaric’s second goal coming just before half time…

”And it’s James, on the halfway line now for Leicester. He plays it left fo Drinkwater, and a long ball forward here...he picks out Inler, right on the edge of the area. Inler cuts inside, OH! but he’s brought down by Carlos Sanchez, and the referee, quite rightly, awards the penalty. Kramaric steps up. And it’s straight into the bottom corner, the ‘Keeper going completely the wrong way! Leicester 2, Aston Villa Nil”

Half Time saved Villa’s blushes somewhat, and they came out for the second half looking like a different side, and it was the visitors who drew first blood in the second half…

”Traore’s corner now, cleared by King, but only as far as Westwood on the edge of the box. The ball’s lofted back in here, and it’s found Sanchez, who’s really thrown himself at that, connecting with a sweet volley - GOAL! He’s pulled one back for Villa! 57 minutes gone, Leicester 2, Villa 1!”

King added Leicester’s 3rd after 60 minutes, but Sinclair pulled one back from the Penatly spot just 7 minutes later. Okazaki scored twice late on to help his side to a miraculous 5-3 victory, and seal the win for Leicester.



Well, that was some opening weekend - some upsets, lots of goals, and a solid start to the season...but what does the league table look like now?

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