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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Up and Limping

 Temporary set-back. Of course it's not terminal!
(I know it's a chicken. No cockerels available)
The JimmyG2 Column

Normally you would take a draw away from home to a team with a new and respected Manager that we have struggled to beat recently. But expectations can make fools of us all.

This was our first eleven bar Dembele and they were without Lukaku and others. We only turned up for the latter stages when Everton ran out of steam and Janssen, on for Dier, made an impact

Only Lamela looked his usual self and scored the equaliser on the hour from a rare decent cross from Kyle Walker. He should try it more often and then teach Danny Rose how it's done.

Wanyama on his debut did exactly what it said on the tin, strong but limited and he gave away the free kick from which they rather luckily scored after 5 minutes.

There were few signs of quick interplay or moving the ball forward swiftly. Vertonghen was clearly not fully fit, Harry seemed stuck in his Euro rut  and both Deli and Eriksen looked half asleep.

Both full backs got forward well but neither can cross reliably. Toby was his usual composed self, and on half-time,  Vorm saved our bacon after a woeful back pass from Rose and Janssen might have pinched it at the end.

I know you want me to reassure you: early days, not quite up to speed, options up front, new players still to come in, new Manager bounce will soon fade; promising youngsters and great expectations. Whats not to like?.

But the youngsters on the bench didn't get a minute between them and the established stars looked jaded before we even began. But even then we might have won it.

 Perhaps with Winks or Mason on from the start to add a little dynamism to the mid-field we might have done so. Dier with Wayana didn't seem to work but credit  Mauricio for changing it round early and salvaging a point.

 So a disappointing beginning to the season, though we got what we deserved in the end.

Another one of those games where we clearly got the kick off time wrong and the early error and subsequent goal made the job even more difficult. But we got there, more or less, eventually. One point gained certainly.

So don't panic Mr. Manwaring, at home to Crystal Palace next week and only three more games until Moussa returns. I don't expect to see Victor partnering  Eric at the start next time and can't believe that Deli and Eriksen will be so uninspiring.

Mind you supporting Spurs I like to get my panic in early. Let's hear it for the the New Spurs; a bit like the Old Spurs.  All last years flops  under new Managers won so playing catch-up  is going to be a risky business.

But that's five league games without a win. Just because we started slowly last season and still made third it's not a game plan I recommend. Thumping Palace will settle the nerves. Well mine anyway.

Things could be worse:we could be W.Ham or Arsenal supporters.But lets not gloat at the misfortunes of others. Well not just yet anyway.

Bad news:
Hamstring could be out for 4 weeks give or take. Mauricio attributes our poor 1st.half  performance partly to his injury. Hmm. Like Spurs he's up and limping

At least he's not citing the end of season disappointment at not winning the League, or even coming second, for it.

Good News.
Michel Vorm
Did OK as substitute. One game-saver otherwise untroubled.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
No new signings to showcase  so here's one we might lose. No I don't think so either. He's not worth what he's allegedly asking but as he says himself 'Don't believe everything you read on the Internet'.(Except on The Musings obviously)


Sunday, 7 August 2016

One More In?

I certainly am and sure do.
The JimmyG2 Column.
I've said it before but it bears repeating; the last few years have been a very good time to be a Spurs fan, follower, supporter and in my case all three and a blogger. I don't dare stop now in case it jinxes our progress.

The destruction of Inter Milan, again, (can we play you every week?) without the availability of Vertoghen, Wimmer and Wanyama and with several youths including some of our own was very satisfying on many levels.

I'm going to be accused of 'happy clapping' again  which means in this context someone naive or easy to please, (Urban Dictionary) but I don't really care I've lived through many years of dross and disappointment and I mean to enjoy it while I can.

 I'm certainly not a recent convert. I've been with Spurs for more years than I care to, or on occasions, can remember Regular readers of the is blog will know that I am not easy to please. Naive? Well maybe. But there are positive signs of development under Mauricio.

Do we need some more signings? Well you can't have too many good players as Glen Hoddle once observed but they have to fit the squad, the tactics, the Head Coach's approach and at Spurs be cheap and preferably young.

 I wouldn't be too unhappy if we called a day right now with Janssen and Wanyama fitting our immediate needs. If you can think of anyone who ticks all the boxes let Dan Levy know.

Mauricio has hinted that there will be at least another one to come in but someone to put pressure on Christian won't be cheap if experienced and may not have the quality if he's cheap.

In Oslo we failed keep a clean sheet once again; we were very fortunate indeed to be awarded the early penalty; Mason missed a good chance to make it 2-0; the ref was born in Enfield and the weather in Oslo is more like England than Italy.

 Inter who are not the force they used to be showed more petulance than endeavor and weren't really interested in the second half once they went behind. Mancini should never have given up the day job. 'Moon River' what a song that was.

So yes clearly very lucky indeed to win 6-1 with several well fashioned goals from five different players. As Gary Player once nearly said: 'The more I train under Mauricio Pochettino the luckier I seem to get'.

Harry shrugged off his Euro nightmare with a confident penalty after only 4 minutes. He scored a second with a shift and shoot effort later. Lamela scored a beauty confirming again his class and form.

Janssen put himself about  effectively, scored and assisted. Deli Alli got on the score-sheet with a controlled finish and was at his prickly best. But the icing on the cake was Shayon Harrison, barely on for a couple of minutes finishing off a fine team move.

He looks like being our third striker and at 19 will remember his first goal for ever. Winks played well and all the youngsters showed the benefits of playing within a known system and being able to slot in.

Cameron Carter-Vickers (henceforth known as CCV) alongside and under the eagle eye of Toby played 90 minutes for the second game running so perhaps Jan and Kevin  are going to be out for longer than we thought.

Eriksen was disappointing but is clearly not quite up to speed. All four of our full backs showed speed and attacking threat. So what's not to Happy Clap at? Just like them 'I Believe' and intend to enjoy myself at the same time.

Of course the first true test will be next week away to Everton but I bet they are more frightened of us than we are of them and rightly so.

We are playing more positively and key players are finding form including new boy Janssen. Dier is showing for the ball between the centre-backs and playing the ball more positively i.e. roughly in the direction of the opposition goal.

There is less passing along the back four and we saw much more creativity in and around the box with Lamela and Alli  and the front players much more involved. Carroll, Mason and Winks are all mainly forward thinking too.

 Breaking down defences has been a weakness for some time but if Eriksen can find some form and join the rest we will be able to jump start the bus and drive a coach and horses through the car park.

(Editor: That metaphor doesn't really work Jimmy but I'll let it go as it's only pre-season.)

Josh Onomah.
Top of Alan Smith's 10 young players to watch. He's 19 and made 19 appearances last season. Marcus Edwards and Josh go to the same barbers.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
 Highlights of us thrashing Inter Milan. 'Tottenham are rampant' He got that right.
What were you expecting, Andy Williams singing 'Moon River'?
Get Clapping, be Happy the real football starts next week.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Another one in the bag.

 The Future is bright.
Damn right.
The JimmyG2 Column.
I couldn't be any prouder of our boys out in Australia if they'd won them both and with a bit of luck they might have done. The youngsters in the squad put some of their elders to shame in the process.

'Our Boys' is appropriate in the chronological sense too with newcomers Janssen only 22 and Wanyama (25) even though they both look older.

Admittedly Juventus in the first game took their foot off the pedal after 20 minutes when they went 2-0 up due to some slack passing and a poor tacklling by Ball

They will learn from this that mistakes are punished at this level and it's a good lesson to learn early in their senior careers.What's the point of taking them to the other side of the world if they learn nothing.

We steadied and played more quickly and positively after that and Juventus nearly fell off the bike in the second half and we should have equalised. Lamela was a class above, scored a good goal and should have had another.

Wanyama was calm and looked after the lads, showing for the ball constantly. I am revising my original opinion of him as his passing was good. This is the blog that is not always wrong, and not always right either.

 I think he can do a good job alongside Dier initially with Demeble's enforced absence for the first four games. Silly boy. We may not miss Moussa quite as much as we feared.

Now Australia is a long way to go, and just as far to come back. Which means we top the league for pre-season mileage at over 20.00 miles. Chelsea are well behind us in a mere 14.000 miles.

Usually such trips are mere football folly, flag waving, brand building and the like. But Mauricio has used this trip well to have a look at the new signings, the next batch of youngsters and to 'rest' most of the first team squad.

Good opponents too and several youngsters showed well over the two games. Miller and Yedlin at full back< Carte Vickers after a shaky ten minutes against Atleti, and Walks. Janssen in the same game got more service and combined much better.

Onomah looked decent but needs to recover more quickly. Edwards, featured in the previous blog, didn't do too much to justify his superstar status but clearly needs more time.

Harry Winks certainly looked ready and played with energy and head up positivity and should make the squad for the new season. The supply line continues. Eriksen needs minutes after illness but played too tight.

Against Atleti Oblak and the woodwork denied us at least four goals and their winning goal was offside. Godin should have been flagged the moment the free kick was taken.

Mason played well and only a brilliant reflex save from Oblak prevented him scoring  Onomah, and Lamela both hit the woodwork with the keeper beaten. Eriksen and Janssen both had shots well saved..

 A better performance all round against an experienced Atleti squad with 8 of their CL. players in the squad. Deserved kind words from Simeoni and Poch well pleased with his squad and the trip

We lost both games which is always a good sign  pre-season. Remember that wonderful pre-season under Ramos followed by the two from eight disaster before the arrival of Harry Redknapp.

With two promising signings in crucial positions and some youngsters stepping up  I'm putting my shades on already. Superstars on silly money? Who needs 'em?

There are reports surfacing of Marcus Edwards signing a two year deal after months of wrangling which is good news all round. Only 17 so expect him to go out on loan. A more suitable one than Pritchard at W.Brom hopefully.

Spurs might be happy to stick with what they've got although at the current count we are linked with a couple of dozen names from Europe and several departing. We'll see.

 The next game in Oslo against Inter on Friday (KO 4pm on ITV4) with the first team squad involved will tell us more about the season to come. But whatever happens my pride is well founded and I hope it doesn't cometh before a fall.

Jimmy's Video Spot
Don't just take my word for it here are the highlights of the Atleti game. Janssen and Lamela combining well. Plenty of young heads up

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Spurs set to save another 30 million.

 Mug shot of Marcus Edwards
No mug; he's Spurs fans next tip for the top.

Sun-tanned and six-packed, well four or five anyway, I 'm ready for whatever the Premiership and the Champions' League throw at us. Hopefully the lads are the same. Exciting times!

In the original version that came out as 'hypefully'. Never mind, a little hype goes a long way and at the moment we are well under the radar. Long may it continue.

No 'mega-star' signings to excite the Press; established players (Dier and Wimmer this week) on new contracts; a genuine striker at last (Janssen) to help and assist Harry, another hard man in midfield and a possible replacement for N'Jie. ( Georges-K√©vin N'Koudou )

Sticking to the facts, Clinton hasn't quite gone and Georges hasn't arrived. Mason and Chadli are rumoured to be under offer. Thankfully Steve Bruce didn't get the England job so we still have an outlet for our discards up in Hull. Oh wait...

Unfortunately Sam Allardyce did so I don't expect much change in England's fortunes in the foreseeable future though he's not as backward as he appears and sometimes makes out.

Wayne has welcomed the appointment. Well he would wouldn't he? Takes me back to when, in another life I went to Departmental Meetings, under a terrible Head of Dept. who was roundly disliked and despised.

All meetings used to end with the same weasel proposing a vote of thanks for the fine job the Head of Dept was doing, and not a trace of irony. He got promoted long before me.

But Sam's an old hand and won't fall for all that. With five in the squad at the moment we can only lose out if the new broom sweeps too clean. Baby, bathwater Sam.

Worryingly Eriksen hasn't had time to fill in his new contract so we definitely need another midfield creative to put to good use the work of the tough guy ball winners. Perhaps Edwards is the man and very cheap too.

So far we have found some bargains but midfielders of the calibre of Christian won't come cheap. N'golo Kante an earlier preference of mine went to Chelsea for 30 million plus.

Our war chest still has 20 million in it allegedly and could be supplemented by a further 20 million from all or some of Chadli, N'Jie, Mason, Carrol, Pritchard and Bentaleb who are all rumoured to be on a one way ticket out of WHL.

Squad for the Australia trip.
For the Champion's Cup no less. Well it's nice to be asked.

Luke Amos
Dominic Ball
Tom Carroll
Cameron Carter-Vickers
Nacer Chadli
Marcus Edwards
Christian Eriksen
Tom Glover
Shayon Harrison
Vincent Janssen
Erik Lamela
Ryan Mason
Luke McGee
Will Miller
Josh Onomah
Heung-Min Son
Kieran Trippier
Michel Vorm
Kyle Walker-Peters
Anton Walkes
Victor Wanyama
Kevin Wimmer
Harry Winks
DeAndre Yedlin

Senior players rested clearly but a blend of experience, development squad and Marcus Edwards from the Academy, shop window stuff and new blood. Lovely!

Marcus Edwards of whom we have high hopes scored and assisted against Rotherham in a behind closed doors, cloak and dagger outing and Jansson too from a Trippier cross.

It's not real football out in Australia but it's better than the starvation diet we've been on and I include the Euros. I am pleased that most senior staff have been spared the rigours of jet-lag.

We play Juventus and Atletico* Madrid. My 12 yr old grandsons are at the Atletico* Madrid Foundation training ground this week and had their new boots signed by several Atletico* players. Both want new boots now.(* edit)

They played their final tournament matches on Sunday morning at the training complex near Segovia and have attendance certificates to prove it. Great location, lakeside and terrific experience for them.

With so much potential among our own youth Spurs need to have a good look down the back of the sofa anyway before getting the cheque book out, another Harry Kane might be lurking down there.

Jimmy's dream of an all Academy starting eleven raises its (ugly) head again, well in my (ugly)  head anyway. Please don't mock the afflicted.

Jimmy's Video Spot:
Another actual signing, a real striker at long last and already tucked one away against Rotherham.
He was awarded the 2016 Johan Cruyff Trophy, the Dutch "Talent of the Year" award.

Pochettino and Champions' League clinched it for Spurs and VDV says he will hit the ground running. Well he got that right . Welcome to Spurs.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

If you can keep your Head (Coach) when all about you.....

 Victor's Stunt Double apparently.
The JimmyG2 Column.
Shades of Sol Campbell. Famous Spurs blogger defects to top team in London.Well perhaps not exactly famous, unknown more like, but certainly longstanding and long suffering.

Top team in London  but not for much longer. But I said that with four games to go last season. Spurs Musings to Arsenal Dribblings doesn't quite have the same ring.

And so the mask slips. 'Don't go Jimmy, you won't like it' I hear you cry. And of course I won't though the football isn't bad, some of their supporters and players are almost bearable and they stick by their manager for years and years.
So what has prompted this pre-season momentary non-wobble? The signing of Victor Wanyama for a paltry 11 million which post Brexit makes him even cheaper.

If he's such a good signing why is he so cheap I wonder. But that's just me and if I appear churlish it's because I voted 'Remain'. He's a perfect fit for the team they claim as back-up or even competition for Eric Dier.

He's tough and strong but is he any good. Well if Mauricio wants him who am I to argue seems to be the Party line. A variation on the 'My Country Right or Wrong' cop out.

We might just as well give up commenting, blogging, discussing Spurs in pubs and on fan-sites if all that matters is the manager's decision. Mauricio has spoken; end of story.

But I didn't get where I am today by following the Party line. His disciplinary record was bad at Celtic and he got a five game ban just last season. 23 bookings in his three years at Southampton.

He should fit right in at the new tough Spurs. Proud and current holders of the Premiership most yellow cards in a game accolade. But at only nine yellows we've still got plenty to play for and Victor could just be the man.

As long as he and Eric don't start trying to outdo each other it should be fine. One difference is that Eric can pass and generally speaking Victor can't, or score or assist.

So you catch my drift by now. We seem to be going down the path of hard men with limited abilities which we pursued with Wilson Palacios and Sandro. Where are they now I ask you.

Are we still searching for the mythical Dave Mackay replacement. The difference is that like Dier Mackay could play. What happened to our longstanding tradition and reputation for classy players.

Players who can both tackle and pass would cost more but might well be worth the extra money. N'Golo Kante at Leicester perhaps or Morgan Schneiderlin who would a lot dearer but the manager likes him and he's taller.

The signing of Wanyama will certainly make the sweep-stake for first red card of the season more interesting.  Rose Walker, Lamela, Vertonghen, Alli and Dier are already in contention. Victor is currently the bookies' favourite.

So it's not my preferred route for team-building but he's a Spurs player now and I wish him and us well. But Mauricio was a hard man as his thirteen red cards testify and it would seem he is re-building Spurs in his own image.

This will appeal to those that have only been fans for a couple of decades: the 'it's only Tottenham' years; The soft-centred, lack of mental strength, Spurs will always let you down Tottenham years.

But with Dembele, Dier and Wanyama in contention in midfield  not much will get through and Hugo will have plenty of time to complete the L'Equipe crossword during games. I wondered what that pencil stuck behind his ear was for.

With England out of Europe twice in a week things are certainly hotting up. Spurs will undoubtedly get the blame for our exit as we had so many in the squad. A Spursy performance by England as it were.

Even Ex spur and ex England captain Gary Lineker uses the fateful words 'lacking in mental strength'
on the England performances. We should have copyrighted that phrase and made millions.

We won't get the blame for Brexit presumably. Although that was another a pretty disastrous performance to rival our last game of the season at Newcastle.

Perhaps Roy would have done better in the referendum debate and Dave might got us through to the quarter finals. No your right they're both hopeless.

So a new leader required for the Labour Party, the Tories and England all at the same time. Very educational, topical and amusing that Spurs Musings don't you think?

Corbyn to be re-elected; Southgate as the FA in house interim manager and May as the anyone but Boris choice are the Musings predictions. Bet responsibly but you read it here first.

Our boys boys did OK on the whole except for Harry who looked bemused and out of sorts. If you were the Premiership's leading scorer and found yourself taking the corners you would be too. Looks as if they all need a rest.

Roy absolutely cocked it up with the squad, the ridiculous changes and the lack of any plan whatsoever let alone a plan B. Hart, Milner and Rooney should get the axe but the Alli and Dier  double act should top the bill for years to come.

So next stop Australia to play Juventus and Athletico Madrid at the end of July. Good opponents but a long way to go for a couple of friendlies. Assuming they're not going by boat so they can get some rest on the plane.

I am a bit apprehensive about the new season with all our main rivals improving their squads mostly under new managers. I expect a rival/back-up for Harry any day. But I think I wrote that last year and probably the year before.

And as long as we can keep our Head Coach when, wherever you look, others are losing theirs then that gives us a Head (Coach) start.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
Continuing our policy of only featuring players who have actually signed there is not a lot of choice yet. I give you  our very own a Spurs legend in the making, hopefully, Victor Wanyama. I think that second goal was a misplaced pass. I'm joking, I'm joking.

Like Brexit I'm sure it will all work out fine in the end. Oh! And welcome to Tottenham.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Key to Spurs success. Throw it away now.

Look out Deli. It's a wind up.
The JimmyG2 Column.
So it's all over bar the gnashing of teeth at what might have been and the self congratulations that whatever happened had nothing to do with the alleged fatal flaw in the Spurs DNA that gave birth to to the 'Spursy' label.

The failure to win the League or even come second was not another manifestation of the 'Spurs will always let you down' schtick or the lack of backbone, heart and fight scenarios of recent years.

Apparently it was simple disappointment after Chelsea that we had gifted Leicester the title and the next two losses were just a consequence. Second? Third? Who cares? Champions' League next stop.

We showed our backbone from the start and nothing needed to be proved at Chelsea. Clearly Mauricio demanded a statement of intent  and a clean break with the past. It's just a pity we threw two handy points away in the process.

Now all fans would have settled for automatic CL qualification at the start of the season and it was our young squad themselves who raised higher hopes with their performances over at least 30 games.

The fact that Arsenal bested us again to get second is an inadvertent statistical quirk and is of sentimental rather than real significance. But whisper it quietly or else the fans might hear.

The fact that Chelsea, the Manchesters and Liverpool all imploded in their various ways takes nothing away from our very real challenge for the title, the only team to make a fight of it with Leicester.

Next season, with new Managers installed everywhere but Arsenal, could be different. We are sticking with Mauricio and hopefully the bulk of the current crew signed on for the next leg of the journey and the philosophy that got us where we are today.

New Managers and multiple new players elsewhere who might all take time to settle may give us the chance to get a head start with a more settled team. If only Dembele wasn't banned. Where's that fixture list?.

But let's not dwell on the past and the what might have beens, or indeed the future and the endless possibilities swirling around the Crystal Ball.

We need to retain the bulk of our players and with CL on offer and the promise of a re-vamped wage structure that shouldn't be too difficult. Couple this with minimal incomings to avoid disruption and we are good to go.

JimmyG2 Awards. (And the winners in each Category are: fumbles with envelope)

Player of the Season...........Toby Elderweireld.. ...Class act on and off the ball. Composed and made a  thing of beauty of the long diagonal. (MK.1. Copyright Michael Dawson) Fewest fouls too. Positively Ledleyesque.

Most Improved Player........Moussa Dembele.....Taken me a while to come round to Moussa and taken him a while to make something of his Spurs career. At nearly 29 he has left it late but well done anyway. Sad end to the season and for the beginning of next. We'll cope.

Most hard done by...............Kevin Wimmer......Vertonghen should have been made to wait his chance to return. Not clearly better than Wimmer though perhaps better mates with his fellow Belgian..

Worse Loan ever..................Alex Pritchard........To W.Brom where he barely played under Tony Pulis. A sort of football Boot Camp for the youngster to toughen him up for the New Spurs.

Most Disappointing...............Hugo Lloris.............Still as handsome but not quite as unbeatable.Not sure keepers make good captains. Too far removed from the action.

The future is bright for..........Deli Alli.....................If he can keep it all under control, the most exciting England/Spurs prospect for a generation. He will be targeted for winding up though. Make sure we throw away the key.

Best Moments of the season...So many......................Manchester United game. Kane's first goal to set him back on track. Alli's wonder goal. The moment it was clear we couldn't lose third.

Worst Moments.......................Chelsea second half....We ain't gonna win the Fair Play League like that now are we. Is being winners and playing 'fairly' compatible or is that at the root of the awfulness of modern football.

Where does the buck stop?......Mauricio......................His teams always burn out. This one rather self-ignited. He takes the plaudits for our success and the brickbats for our failures. Former exceed the latter by some margin.

Special award to those that didn't get an award.............Harry Kane for his goals,; Christian Eriksen for his brain and Erik Lamela for his heart. And remember it's a team game

Season goals and assists in all games.
Total (Combined - Name - Goals - Assists)
30 - Harry Kane - 28 - 2
22 - Dele Alli - 10 - 12
22 - Christian Eriksen - 8 - 14
21 - Erik Lamela - 11 - 10
14 - Heung-Min Son - 8 - 6
10 - Nacer Chadli - 7 - 3
6 - Toby Alderweireld - 4 - 2
6 - Eric Dier - 4 - 2
5 - Mousa Dembele - 4 - 1
4 - Tom Carroll - 3 - 1
4 - Kyle Walker - 1 - 3
4 - Danny Rose - 1 - 3
3 - Kieran Trippier - 1 - 2
3 - Ben Davies - 0 - 3
2 - Ryan Mason - 2 - 0
1 - Andros Townsend - 0 - 1
1 - Clinton N'Jie - 0 - 1
1 - Nabil Bentaleb - 0 - 1

 (Courtesy of carpediem991 and Spurs Community)

Jimmy's Video Spot.
All Spurs goals for the season. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Danny Rose welcomed back in the fold?

Two points out of a possible twelve.
The JimmyG2 Column.
Let me start by saying that we have had a very good season. We secured automatic qualification for the Champions' League well ahead of the projected curve in third place.

 One season wonder Harry Kane,  won the Golden Boot ahead of Vardy and Aguero in his second season, the first Englishman to win it for nearly 20 years since Kevin Phillips.

That nasty taste and sick feeling in the pit of your stomach is the result of allowing Arsenal to pip us for second with a Giroud hat-trick. A Giroud hat-trick. But that was only after a very good season.

When people say that we started badly remind them that after that stuttering start we had in fact a very good season. Ignore for the moment the last four games. Just one more point and everything would have been fine.

The youngest team with some of our own made great development strides, ran further than every other team and laid to rest the Man.Utd. ghost and almost the Chelsea one too. A very good season indeed.

Ignore the last couple of games, the lads were so deflated by not winning the league that even the glossy holiday and car brochures couldn't shake them out of their despondency. Make no mistake we've  had a very good season.

The fact that it was impossible to tell which was the team on Sunday that had just been relegated is not an argument against us having had a very good season. After all appearances can be very deceptive

 I mean just as we began to make a game of it the referee wrongly awarded them a penalty. They went down to ten men and scored another three. But that doesn't mean that we haven't had a very good season.

Mauricio was irate afterwards with the players but it's not just the players, he needs to have a long hard look at himself too. He oversold the Chelsea match resulting in complete mayhem and the banning of Dembele.

He encouraged the 'naughtiness' of Deli Alli with an indulgent fatherly smile and we lost his services too. But he had a great season too. PFA Young player and goal of the year and only sent off once.

He clearly undersold the importance to the fans of finishing above Arsenal. Not to him and the players obviously, they are not Tottenham fans mere employees. Even with the 'some of our own' policy it seems to make no difference.

He has done a great job as a head Coach apart from tactical rigidity and poor substitutions. In fact we have had a great season despite all that.

My contention was that the extra loyalty, effort and commitment of our own grown players and young players trusted by the manager would go some way to compensate for their possible lack of quality.   

But in the final game only Erik Lamela put in a shift and only Harry Kane looked as if he cared. Eriksen briefly led a revival which the penalty decision put paid to. Two points out of twelve in the last four games is unacceptable.

Davies for Rose* and the substitution of Walker and the consequent formation alterations were a nonsense. The reappearance of Onomah and Tommy Carroll after several weeks out was perplexing.

The immediate re-reinstatement of Vertonghen was ill judged and Wimmer could have come on against Newcastle if we wanted to push Toby further forward.

But despite all these failings of both players and Head Coach we undoubtedly had a very good season. That lingering sour taste is the consequence of the final four games where could only muster 2 points.

I've never been laid out cold with a blow from a wet haddock but I think I know what it feels like.That's twice in 3 games I've been embarrassed and shamed by Tottenham but all that is after a very good season indeed.

All I ever ask is for a performance, if they are consistently good the results will take care of themselves. But we didn't get one against Newcastle or Chelsea. We got confusion, lack of focus and panic and forgot what got us where we are.

Anxiety has replaced confidence for next season, Champions' League and all. Can we resist the calls for another great cull, the knives are already out for many of the current squad

Or for jumping aboard the super star signings bandwagon once again.You don't need me to remind you how well that went last time and for the past couple of decades.

Whether we finish second or third is massively unimportant. Finishing behind Arsenal again doesn't bother me personally but we had it in our hands to rewrite an irritating chapter in the history books
and failed as we did at Stamford Bridge.

There is no excuse for the performances in the second half at Chelsea or the loss to Newcastle and they reflect badly on the Head Coach. But having said all that we've certainly had a great season.

A lot of Good (especially The Manchesters): a drizzle of Bad (Newcastle); and the Ugly (Chelsea). So much negative stuff at the end of the season just mars the celebrations for  the moment. But eventually I will forgive even if I will never forget.

*Danny Rose. 
Gossip suggests he was banished to the bench for excess drinking up in Sunderland and returning late. A harsh punishment having to watch the Newcastle match from such close quarters instead of from behind the sofa like me.

The fact that he was on the bench at all suggests that he will be welcomed back into the fold.

Jimmy's Video Spot:
Highlights of the Newcastle or Keith Martins classic recording from 1995 of 'If love (Of Tottenham) is so good why does it hurt so bad' (sometimes). No contest. Take it away Keith.

Just to reaffirm: We've had a really good season.

Up next: season review and awards.