Date: 28th August 2019 at 6:40am
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Writer: Jod

Mauricio Pochettino says his squad is the most unsettled it has ever been in his five years in charge of Tottenham according to one report I’ve read. For some fans, of course, this is not important, it’s just about buying players. But football is a team game and a big part of the strength of the team is the team spirit, for most of Poch’s time in charge this has been a strength but right now its a weakness.

It’s not hard to see why. We have a number of players who just don’t want to be there, Eriksen, Toby, Rose, maybe Vertonghen. They don’t have to be disruptive, their very presence undermines the sense of unity of purpose of the rest of the squad.

Ideally, you try and avoid this situation ever arising but the past couple of years have shown that you can’t sell a player unless a club he wants to go to wants to buy him. It seems as if in more and more cases that isn’t happening.

The hard fact is that most players are a lot more concerned about their own interests than those of the club that pays them (maybe Kane and Winks having come through the youth set up are an exception). I understand that the club are still offering Eriksen a new contract, I’m not sure it’s a good idea. Yes we’ll lose money if he walks away for free but at least he’ll be gone.

You could end up locked into a Mesut Ozil situation paying a player who is only there for the money with no real incentive to perform. The same applies to the others, if they don’t want to be there we are better off without them. So start preparing for next summer now, figuring out who we can bring in, who can be promoted from the youth set up, anything else we need to do.

Get through this season as best we can and try and rebuild that team spirit we used to have for next year.

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45 Replies to “The Team Spirit Question At Spurs”

  • Not to mention the supporters’ spirits! I find it deplorable that a person would put their own self-interest first. Hang on a minute, no I don’t. It’s normal. They should obviously give their all if they are on the field and receiving a salary, but if their situation changes then it’s normal to explore any available options. When did clubs stop putting their own self-interest first?

    It will take a little time to restore the unity we enjoyed in the recent past. But once the team settles I’m confident it will happen. A win at the weekend would fast-track the process!

    • Poch’s job is to win matches. He has at his disposal a great centre back and a great creative midfielder. Of course team spirit plays a part but how is this helped by depriving the team of its best players. Sanchez is not comfortable in the left position and makes Rose look bad. I hope Levy is not tying Poch’s hands.

  • Thanks Jod for this article.

    Regarding unity in the team/squad, there is a very strong rumour doing the rounds that “Our Arry” and Verts had some sort of fisty cuffs/confrontation, if its true then the unity in the team/squad must be at a low ebb, does anyone know if its true or not?

    I have said on the previous article if all is not good, probably right there, in the Spurs camp, then those who are at the centre of it must be taken out of the firing line, sold if anyone wants them, but am seeing more n more clubs holding out for freebies, poaching through agents, thus discontent arises, or if not selling/giving away put them in the reserves and rebuild a new team around those that want to play for Spurs, its not good but needs are necessary. COYS

  • Lt….to a degree you are right about playing the best, but does Poch know something we do not, maybe he thinks/knows the 2 you mentioned are just not up for playing, heads in wrong place, their best for Spurs, of course we do not know. COYS

  • Just had a text from a cousin, who is saying that Toby has had a change of heart and is going to sign an extension contract, if true wouldn’t that be brilliant, anyone else heard anything about this. COYS

  • Seems to me that it would be much easier for everyone if players acted as their own agent. They are in the best position to decide what they want and they would avoid agent payments. Or is that too simplified?

  • Be sensible Geof………….where would a professional footballer find the time to act as their own agent with all those hours and hours of training and playing? :- )

  • PompeyYid – Its the same as Eriksen. If Toby is only signing a new contract because no one else wants him its not exactly going to motivate him is it ? I know some fans assume what a player is capable of and what he delivers is the same thing but it really isn’t and if you don’t believe me just look at Arsenal and Ozil.

    • At least it provides Toby with a dose of reality in the situation you describe Jod, whether that will affect his attitude when playing is something only he can answer.

  • PY, certainly some much needed good news if true. It always seemed likely as Poch has been happy to play him suggesting he is still fully commited despite his uncertain situation. Others could maybe learn from his example!

  • Geofspur – Actually a player doesn’t have to give their all and often doesn’t. The sanction in a normal job of being fired doesn’t exist.

  • TQ … Instead of advising the agent what he wants, he advises the club. Same time? Oh for the easy life!

    jod …. The reality is that what players do in training is expected to be replicated on the pitch, or there are consequences. It makes sense to take it easy in training!!

  • No wonder Poch said that the team is unsettled if players are fighting with each other.That explains Verts black eye and why he is on the bench. You can’t put golden boy on the bench, can you? When I first heard the rumour I didn’t believe it, but now it makes more sense. If Kane has even the slightest saying about who should play, it’s bad for the manager and the rest of the team. Poch must have full control,period.

  • danny lane – Fights between players have gone on since football started. You seem to assume Kane is the one in the wrong, based on what ?

    • I’m not saying that Kane is the one in the wrong, as you put it, just that he’s playing and Verts is not. Maybe they are both guilty. Who knows? I remember when Torres scratched Verts like a girl, Verts kept his calm. He seems to be a very cool guy. On the other hand, Kane looks to be the same. It’s a baffling rumour, if it’s true.

  • Jod…your earlier response to me, very true statement, again we just do not know.

    Regards rumours, how many more are there going to be lol!

  • jod …. You said the player doesn’t need to give their all. I was saying that they are expected to perform as well on the pitch as they do in training. Anything less is unacceptable. Does that make more sense?

  • Geofspurs….gotcha! or kercha!

    By the way the rumour of Toby signing for double his current wages is getting stronger and that Verts maybe having a change of ideas also, both committing themselves to Spurs, hope all this is correct, I don’t want to be classed as rumour monger lol! COYS

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