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He would have gone down as one the greatest defenders this county has ever produced if he had some knees.

Never once get sent off and and even had a season when he did not even get a single booking, he is just about my favourite player of all time and hopefully he will be a part of Spurs in some way for the rest of his life.

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It was often said his real strength lied in giving his team mates the confidence to play with that extra 10% each, which added up to being a whole extra man on the pitch. It was amazing they let him get away with that really as it was blatantly cheating and unfair.

He was just so deft and assured, you know the way Modric looks when he's on the ball? Head up and moving with it, you can see he knows exactly where it is and where it will end up he's just waiting on everyone else? King did that too, except there was a bloke from the other team standing over the ball.

He had a bullet of a header as well, such a shame he's had to retire but I think it was probably for his own good, I'd much rather see him still walking in ten years time then watch another season of him struggling. Hopefully he'll move from this ambassadorial role into coaching in the future, there must be a way to crack open that noggin and pass that assured style onto other players.

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I think the last time we won our opening fixture was in 2009, so not at all shocked at today's result.

If we don't sort out another striker or two by the end of the transfer window, then I'll start to worry, but Levy is proving to be tighter than a crab's arse recently. Still not happy with AVB in charge but I'm willing to give him a chance at least until the jokes about triangles run for weeks. I do, however, have a feeling we will go backwards this season because, well, it's Spurs and we can't have progress and consistency because, well, it's Spurs.

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Plenty of good today but need that striker, Defoe tried his heart out but just can't operate solo up top. AVB said post-match that the striker's a couple of days away, and also that the players need more discipline. Wonder which wandering Welshman he was talking about...

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I thought Bale's hair looked good today, shame he spent so much time making sure it stayed looking good and not working the wings.

But, good performance better side but didnt take chances or really create enough - Newcastle are a decent side and had a plan and stuck to it well.

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We were pretty unlucky weren't we, apart from Ba's little bit of magic, Newcastle did not do anything all game and apart from their distribution at times the defence looked pretty solid.

Bale was pretty poor though and I can not remember him once getting a cross in though to be fair with only Defoe to aim at you can not really blame him.

We need a massive clear out really, Bentley, Jenas, Huddlestone and Dawson all seem surplus to requirements in AVB's eyes so if we can get them out and with the money from Modric surely we can get in two strikers, Modric's replacement and some cover for the wings.

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Apparently a deal for Leandro and Moutinho is 'done'. Should be announced early this week. I've also heard that Levy enquired about Llorente and that the Adebayor deal isn't over personal terms with the player - Manu is happy with what's been offered, but that his agent is trying to wrangle some money out of City for terminating his contract.

Although there are also rumours that Levy may have torpedoed the Modric deal by going to Madrid and asking for more money again - though this may have been a stalling tactic so he could announce the new signings the same day Modric goes. If it isn't a tactic then you have to worry about the Moutinho and Leandro deals.

Yesterday's game showed that the team was severely lacking in its core, Gallas is not up to snuff and neither are Livermore or Defoe when you're looking at the spine of a team. Hopefully it will all be addressed by the signings and Vertonghen coming in. I'm a bit worried about Friedel as well. Still a defeat against Newcastle away isn't the end of the world.

I didn't like seeing Bale going all inside out again - I know AVB says he learned his lesson about changing too quickly but that's one aspect of Harry's reign we could do without asap. Although Lennon played well I thought, and obviously got the assist by going inside out himself.

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We seem to be linked with everyone as usual and also as usual we are not signing any of them.

I know we have a new stadium to fund but the way we have acted in the last 4 transfer windows has really held us back now and if we don't pull our fingers out this will be Bale's and Van der Vaart's last season and then we will be going back to the dark ol days of the 90's.

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I am now seeing Darren Bent being touted for a return.

Sweet mercy.

Actually he isn't that bad a player, though does seem to excel at more mid table sides. I don't see him as being what we need at all though, we want a striker who can bring the best out of Bale, VDV and Sigurdsson. I'd much sooner see Berbatov come back. Also he's just been made Villa captain, I don't see why he'd return to somewhere he was so unhappy, unless we're offering him shitloads more money.

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Today's rumours are that yesterday's Chamakh rumours were just rumours.

Meanwhile rumours abound that Miralem Pjanic is a new target. A rumour that makes little sense considering how many nimble attacking midfielders we have; though I don't know, has he been playing a little deeper at Roma in a Modric style role? I know he can play a bit, and I think I've posted before that 'Pjanic on the streets of London' will make a great song and has versatility for away games against the likes of Villa, Hull and Grasmere.

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We have been linked to Miralem Pjanic in every transfer window for about 4 years now so maybe we will finally get him this time.

I just wish we got linked to players we can actually realistically sign. Today we are being linked with both Llorente and Dzeko and face it we do not have a chance in signing either of them.

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West Brom do have a pretty scintillating strikeforce at the moment, they keep adding to it as well. As for ours, I don't really see why Dzeko is out of our grasp - he's nowhere near first choice at City and unless Chelsea want him as a Drogba replacement I don't think there are many places better than Spurs - maybe a Serie A club like Juve or Milan? I know they could use a big man up front, I don't think any German club would be after him and no one outside of Madrid and Barca have any money in Spain. Wages would be an issue of course, but based off reputations alone I think we're a good fit for someone like Dzeko.

I signed Pjanic in football manager once for Spurs and he was excellent, getting average ratings of well over 8 each season. He also resisted my attempts to take him with me to Madrid so he is very loyal. I consider this adequete scouting and good enough reason to sign him.

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