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Into the Lilywhite light

Can the nearly men become title contenders?
Started on 5 October 2015 by BackPostHeader
Latest Reply on 23 November 2015 by Stam
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Some solid targets there, have my eye on 1 or 2 of them as well ;)

Interested to see if you can land a couple!
2015-10-14 20:38#220457 C.J.Lippo : Some solid targets there, have my eye on 1 or 2 of them as well ;)

Interested to see if you can land a couple!

Yeah they are, we'll have to compare how much we can them for ;)

I hope I can, I need to add some depth!
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5 yearsEdited

Danny Murphy's 2015/16 Top six teams predictions


Another action packed season of football is on the horizon and as is customary with every new season. The pre season predictions are to made, so we've got Match of The Day pundit, and former Liverpool, Charlton and Fulham midfielder, Danny Murphy to cast his eye over the 20 team competing for the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League title.

Man City



After a summer of heavy investment Manchester's blue club have to be considered frontrunners for the title. With the creative talents of Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva and Raheem Sterling feeding in the chances to Sergio Aguero, as well as Vincent Kompany looking back to his world class best in heart of their defence. It should be a prolific campaign for City this season.

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini
Captain: Vincent Kompany

Star Player: Sergio Aguero

Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Chelsea



The current champions, Chelsea are obviously up there. They have one of the best managers in the world of football currently, a fantastic squad and one of the richest men in football as their owner. Much more is expected of the pensioners after a premature Champions League exit, in the Round of 16 to French champs Paris Saint Germain, and a less than impressive second half of the league campaign. But with little investment and thinning depth up front Abramovich may have to loosen the old purse strings to see him team finish top once more.

Manager: Jose Mourinho
Captain: John Terry

Star Player: Nemanja Matic

Stadium: Stamford Bridge


Arsenal



After a brilliant end to last season and some fantastic showings in the Emirates Cup, where they tore apart last season's Ligue 1 runners up Olympique Lyon in a 7-0 win, Arsenal fans are again hopeful of a title challenge. Can they do it? That remains the repentant question, but like in so many previous seasons Arsene Wenger has yet to really invest in his squad. With Petr Cech his only major signing at £11,000,000 the Gunners fans are still praying for Wenger to buy a top quality striker, with both Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain linked. But will the professor decide to take the plunge?

Manager: Arsene Wenger
Captain: Per Mertesacker

Star Player: Alexis Sanchez

Stadium: Emirates Stadium


Tottenham Hotspurs



Is this the year Spurs get back into Europe's elite? Another summer of wheeler dealing by Daniel Levy has seen several faces enter and exit the revolving doors at White Hart Lane. Another new manager has entered the hot seat, but having worked under Pochettino has similar ideals of his predecessor. With young, energetic midfielders, creative forwards Spurs will mount a challenge again. And if they improve their backline they could very easily replace Manchester United in the top four.
Manager: Omar Jones

Captain: TBC

Star Player: Christian Eriksen

Stadium: White Hart Lane


Man United



Since Alex Ferguson departed Old Trafford in 2013, United have not been the same. After a disastrous season under David Moyes Louis van Gaal came in and did what was required in his first season. But the football was often flat, lifeless. Big name signings failed to live up to their price tags for most of the season. And after another big spending summer The Red Devils are hoping the Dutchman can bring United back to their heyday under Ferguson. But with more goalkeepers than strikers in their current squad and rigid football I'm not sure if they can keep their place this time.


Manager: Louis van Gaal
Captain: Wayne Rooney

Star Player: David de Gea

Stadium: Old Trafford


Liverpool



Having lost Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling in less than 12 months my former club Liverpool were looking at another difficult season. But since charismatic German boss Jurgen Klopp took over it's been a different story. Reinvigorating the fans and players he should make the reds hard to beat, and Anfield the fortress it once was. If he makes the kind of buys he did when in charge of Borussia Dortmund it may turn out to be a great season yet. But I'll tip Liverpool to just fall short this term, watch out though. 2016/17 could be their year.
Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Captain: Jordan Henderson

Star Player: Philippe Coutinho

Stadium: Anfield
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Real interested in Eriksen? | Six O'Clock Spurs | Spurred On


''Hi guys it's Barnaby here for Spurred On and welcome to Six O'Clock Spurs where we give you all the best Spurs news at Six O'Clock, so let's get started!''

''Today La Gazzetta Dello Sport have said that Spurs have put in a £20,000,000 bid for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi. He was Serie A top scorer last season with 22 goals, he's a real poacher but I'm not sure if he's a striker that can really play off Harry Kane or would be content with being his backup and sitting on the bench.''


''Now according to the Metro and MARCA Christian Eriksen is a transfer target for Real Madrid, now we know that Real certainly have a fondness for our players after buying Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, and are reporting Real will make a £25,000,000 bid. But I don't think there is too much truth in this rumour. Especially given that they already James Rodriguez and Isco.''


''And with the speculation that Eriksen is set for Real, the Metro are also linking us with Isco and Hakan Calhanoglu. The Isco rumours are suggesting that we want Isco or Jese Rodriguez as part of a deal for Eriksen along with around £20,000,000 but they say if that doesn't happen then we will use the money to buy Calhanoglu.''


''Let us know what you think in the comments section below, don't forget to subscribe to the channel and follow us on Twitter @SpurredOnTV. Come On You Spurs!''
really nice update man! be interesting to see how that pans out for you!
Very interesting style of update! Be sure to hold on to Eriksen, he's a gem of a player.
2015-11-01 18:23#220881 InfraRed : really nice update man! be interesting to see how that pans out for you!

Cheers Infra! Icardi is definitley my main target. :)

2015-11-01 18:31#220882 Justice : Very interesting style of update! Be sure to hold on to Eriksen, he's a gem of a player.

Thanks Justice, I like to include the fan channels of the clubs I use in the stories (Like Blue Moon Rising TV or The Redmen TV like I did in fm15) I'll do my best to keep hold of Eriksen. He's the player I want to build my team round! :)
Very nice start to this! If you can get a bit of cash + Jese for Eriksen, I'd say that's an excellent deal, especially if you replace him with another free-kick specialist in Çalhanoğlu.
2015-11-02 10:47#220915 Verdinho : Very nice start to this! If you can get a bit of cash + Jese for Eriksen, I'd say that's an excellent deal, especially if you replace him with another free-kick specialist in Çalhanoğlu.

Thanks Verdinho, I don't really want to sell Eriksen. But if I get a really good offer I may let him leave, Calhanoglu is the replacement if he leaves. :)
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5 yearsEdited

Tottenham Hotpsurs 2015/16 Summer Transfers


Omar Jones' first summer of dealings at White Hart Lane has been greeted in mixed fashion, with more than £100,000,000 spent by the North London club expectations are high on the Moroccan to deliver Champions League football after several near misses in recent years.

The Lilywhites said goodbye to local hero Harry Kane, who completed a £40,000,000 move to Manchester United, but the arrivals of Domenico Berardi, for a club record £42,000,000, Charlie Austin, for £10,500,000, and Wilfried Bony, who completed a £28,500,000 deadline day move from Manchester City.

Arrivals




Sven Bender


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Jones' first buy was that of Borussia Dortmund's tough tackling German midfielder, Sven Bender. A £10,500,000 deal was reached just six days into the window for a player that Jones coached in his time as a first team coach at BVB from 2012 to 2014.

Strengths:

-Is a great tackler who should a much needed mean streak to Spurs' midfield.

-Should make excellent foil to offset players like Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Ryan Mason.

Weaknesses:

-Can be over agressive, causing several red and yellow cards.

-Is somewhat injury prone, having suffered several knee injuries in recent years.



Charlie Austin


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After 18 Premier League goals last season, it was almost inevitable that Charlie Austin would leave QPR this summer. And it was North London that was his destination after a battle between Spurs and Watford to land him. With his contract up next summer, Austin was snapped up for a rather cheap £10,500,000.

Strengths:

-Is a proven Premier League scorer, having notched 18 last season.

-Has a good ability in the air, meaning that he is a plan B if other routes don't work.

Weaknesses:

-Isn't a extremley quick or agile, meaning that when up against quicker players he could struggle.



Jesse Lingard


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Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard was suprisingly allowed to leave Old Trafford by Louis van Gaal after he was tipped to have a breakout year with the Red Devils. But Omar Jones wasted no time in bringing the 22 year old to North London in a £3,200,000 move as backup to Christian Eriksen.

Strengths:

-Can play in multiple positions and could prove to be a good utility player.

Is an excellent dribbler with brilliant agility and balance.

Weaknesses:

-At only 5'6'' is certainly not a strong player who can get knocked off the ball.



Predrag Rajkovic



Highly rated Serbian stopper Rajkovic was snapped up for £4,000,000 from Israeli champions Maccabi Tel-Aviv. However after his work permit application was denied, Rajkovic has been loaned to to Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the hopes he gain a work permit or, eventually German citizenship.

Strengths:

-Is already 6'3'' and is a natural at dealing with set pieces.

-Has the ability to make the most incredible of reflexe saves.

Weaknesses

-Still needs a work permit.



Demarai Gray


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Birmingham were finally forced to let go of their top prospect, Demarai Gray in a £5,000,000 move. With Gray adding to already illustrious wide men at White Hart Lane he faces a difficult battle to dislodge Heung Min Son and Domenico Berardi from the flanks.

Strengths:

-Has a brilliant dribbling ability, with quick feet and a huge amount of pace.

-He's a box of tricks, drag backs, stepovers, flip-flaps. He can do it all.

Weaknesses:

-Like Raheem Sterling, his decision making can be poor. Sometimes his feet are to quick for his brain.



Domenico Berardi


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The £40,000,000 received by Manchester United for Harry Kane has been reinvested in Sassuolo forward, Domenico Berardi. Signed for a club record £42,000,000 the expectation is on Berardi to succeed better than Erik Lamela or Roberto Soldado.

Strengths:

-Oozes class, Berardi has a brilliant touch and rapid pace.

-Has a great scoring instinct, having racked up 42 goals in 98 Serie A games for Sassuolo.

-Is another excellent dribbler, and is extremley quick. Making for a useful asset on the counter attack.

Weaknesses:

-Isn't great in the air and isn't strong, meaning he isn't a target man like Kane.

-Again he's another forward coming in for a big fee, will he be another big money flop?



Wilfried Bony



Wilfried Bony was the third and final forward to arrive after some drawn out negotiations between Spurs and Manchester City were finally completed with the Ivory Coast international seeking first team football in a £28,500,000 move.

Strengths:

-Is an absolute bulldozer of a man, with incredible strength and jumping ability.

-He's no slouch either, he may not be as quick as Berardi, or Aguero. But can beat most defenders in a 50/50.

-Has experience in the Premier League with 25 goals in 54 Premier League games.

Weaknesses:

-Has an ego, and can spit his dummy out when annoyed.

-Is a somewhat lazy player, can work hard but can also be a passenger and drift around the pitch.



Emanuel Mammana


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River Plate centre back Emanuel Mammana's transfer to Spurs was concluded with less than an hour to spare of Deadline Day. He's been tipped to be at the heart of the Argentina defence for years to come. And now, it seems, the Tottenham defence also.

Strengths:

-Has great composure for a 19 year old, shows brilliant maturity.

-Shows good ball playing skills to help with a passing game.

Weaknesses:

-Is a lightweight, and could be brushed off by strikers like Christian Benteke, or Romelu Lukaku.

-At 'just' 6'0'' he's not the tallest defender, and can be beaten in the air rather easily.



Departures




Michel Vorm


Vorm was the first of four players to leave North London on a permanent deal, upping sticks to Fiorentina for £5,750,000 after he was deemed surplus to requirements by Omar Laska.




Alex Pritchard


Despite being billed as one of Spurs top prospects, Alex Pritchard was allowed to go to Selhurst Park for £4,300,000 as Alan Pardew looks to add more creativity to his Eagles side.




Federico Fazio


The twice capped Argentine centre back was another deemed surplus to requirements by Laska, after a poor first season. He'll look to help Norwich stay up in the Premier League.




Harry Kane


The big deal at White Hart Lane this summer, Omar Jones was quoted as saying ''we couldn't turn the deal down'' as ''Hurri-Kane'' finally joined United after months of van Gaal courting the striker.




So is this the season Spurs finally get into the promised land of the top four? Will Berardi flop? Will Kane flop?

There are several questions about Tottenham again. But with £108,000,000 spent this summer. They've certainly put themselves in the media spotlight, and themselves in the running.
some great transfers there man, good luck!
A big departure in Kane, and some very big fees spent! We all know how good Berardi can become, but will Bony prove to be worth his fee? I guess we have to wait and see.
2015-11-14 22:24#221645 InfraRed : some great transfers there man, good luck!

Thanks Infra! :)

2015-11-15 10:17#221670 Justice : A big departure in Kane, and some very big fees spent! We all know how good Berardi can become, but will Bony prove to be worth his fee? I guess we have to wait and see.

I couldn't refuse the money for Kane, Berardi looks like he'll be a good buy. Bony is quite similar to Austin I think. Hopefully I did better in this window than Spurs have in previous years! ;)

August 2015


Premier League



Austin30

Review


A tough opener for us as we visited the Britannia Stadium, the game was settled by Charlie Austin's strike on the half hour after a wonderful lobbed pass by Christian Eriksen.



Premier League



Review


A scrappy game in truth, Heung Min Son had the best chance of the game. But our Korean winger fired a weak shot into the side netting.



Premier League



Lamela51

Vertonghen58

Berardi82, 88

Review


An incredible comeback in a topsy turvy game at the Etihad Stadium. Two goals in three minutes from Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri put the hosts ahead, before the mercurial Frenchman taking down a long punt before firing low into the corner. With the game looking out of reach Erik Lamela's tap in looked merely a consolation, but just seven minutes later Jan Vertonghen powered home from a corner to make it game on. But when Sergio Aguero broke free to make it 4-2 it was left to our Italian Stallion, Domenico Berardi, to rescue to a point for us. A rocket shot from our record signing giving us hope with eight minutes to go, before a smart team move saw him lob Joe Hart from just inside the area.



Premier League



Berardi32

Austin75

Review


After Gabby Agbonlahor snuck in to open the scoring after just two minutes, the team responded brilliantly with Berardi firing in from an Austin flick on. Before the very man who assisted Berardi smashed past Brad Guzan at his near post on the turn to seal the three points.



Player of The Month

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With two goals and two assists in August, Charlie Austin has shown his prowess with some great link up play with Domenico Berardi and excellent hold up play. With the arrival of Wilfried Bony, Austin will have to keep up his good form in order to stay in his starting role up top.
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5 yearsEdited

September 2015


Premier League



Mason38

Berardi58

Review


A very good counter attacking performance, in another tough away game. This time Everton were the opposition away at Goodison Park. Ryan Mason's deflected opener gave us the lead, before Dom Berardi's stunning dribble. Despite a late Romelu Lukaku goal, the three points went back to London.


Europa League



Wimmer14

Chadli17

Masoni76

Review


We opened our Europa League campaign with a comfortable 3-1 win over Augsburg after coming from behind with goals from Kevin Wimmer, Nacer Chadli and Ryan Mason. With the Belgian winger's goal the pick of the bunch, a superb swivel to plant the ball into the net.


Premier League



Son42

Krul67

Review


A controlled win against the Magpies saw Heung Min Son score his first goal in a competitive match for us. A stunning strike from the South Korean, crashing home after the visitors failed to clear their lines from a corner. Tim Krul compiled the misery, after he was unfortunate enough to have Charlie Austin's powerful effort smash back off the crossbar, hit his back and roll in.



Capital One Cup



Austin7

Review


Sheffield Wednesday put up a tough fight in the 3rd round of the League Cup, with several chances squandered to leave the Hillsborough crowd to wonder what might have been. Ultimately Charlie Austin's 7th minute strike settled the score to put us through to 4th round where we will play Crystal Palace at the lane.



Premier League



Review


If only Domenico Berardi had tucked away his 5th minute penalty. Then maybe we would be talking this up as a brilliant away win. Sadly that wasn't to be the case, despite shutting out Chelsea and carving out numerous chances for ourselves. We couldn't find a way past Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea goal, other than the penalty it was centre back Toby Alderweireld who had the best chance to win the points for us. His header from a Jesse Lingard free kick cracked the crossbar as the helpless Courtois could only watch on. Still a point away at the champions is not to be sniffed at, we'll look to be more clinical when facing off against them at White Hart Lane in February.

Player of The Month

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A simple choice for Player of The Month. Ryan Mason has shone in September with two goals and some classy midfield performances he's staked a claim for a starting berth in the abscence of Dele Alli. With performances like this it will be tough to deny him a spot when the 19 year old returns.

League Standing


By the end of September we're in the minimum position we wanted to be! But with Watford, Crystal Palace and Norwich breathing down our necks we'll have to keep up our form from September. Shockingly Manchester United and Liverpool and both stalling and will need step it up fast if they are to avoid being cut adrift in the race for Champions League football.

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