Andre Villas Boas has urged the Spurs faithful to remain patient with the transition he is attempting at White Hart Lane in the wake of another flat and frustrating performance. Spurs drew with Norwich this weekend and despite the glimmer of hope that was Moussa Dembele’s debut goal Spurs sat deep and succumbed to prolonged pressure when they allowed Robert Snodgrass to fire home late in the game.
Tom Huddlestone who was harshly sent off in that game is reportedly ready to move on loan to Turkey or Russia in order to gain regular first team football. The England international does not feature in AVB’s plans and attempts to send him to Stoke and Fulham during the window were unsuccessful. Now the former Derby man appears happy to move to one of these far flung countries as the transfer window has not yet closed in these respective nations.
It has emerged today that Tottenham made a late bid to sign Dimitar Berbatov in the transfer window. The Bulgarian, who after weeks of not being wanted, was in high demand with Fiorentina, Juventus and eventual winners in the race Fulham all vying for his signature. But the players’ agent has revealed there was a late attempt from Spurs to bring their former hitman back to club in which he made his English football bow for. However Fulham were ultimately his first choice.
Meanwhile Andre Villas Boas has insisted that Frenchman Hugo Lloris will have to earn his first team spot ahead of current custodian Brad Friedel. The 41 year old American made some spectacular saves against Norwich at the weekend and despite the former Lyon stopper being the French number one and national team captain AVB made it very clear he will not automatically waltz in between the White Hart Lane sticks. He wants him to fight for his place and hopes the form of Friedel will help bring the best out of their new acquisition.
Moussa Dembele has hailed the arrival of Clint Dempsey, adding that he cannot wait to be re-united with his former Fulham teammate. The familiarity should bode well for Tottenham if the American scored as he did last season.
Meanwhile Spurs face a tricky trip to the far north to face Carlisle United in the third round of the Capital One Cup. The away tie is massive for the home side but Spurs players won’t relish the journey and physical approach they will undoubtedly encounter at Brunton Park. Spurs will be hoping to avoid a giant killing as they chase silverware this season against the League One side who knocked Ipswich out in the previous round. The two met in 1997 where Spurs ran out 5-2 winners on aggregate including a tough 3-2 victory at White Hart Lane.
On Here Is The City today we offer a look at why Tottenham's transfer window rested on the acquisition of Joao Moutinho, which didn't happen, and Mark Aldridge asks if Andre Villas-Boas has become the young punchbag of the Premier League?
What are your views on everything happening at Tottenham Hotspur on the 3rd September 2012?