Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday January 1 2008
1) So, not the season you were expecting, what is going on at Spurs?
Disappointing start, you could see the confidence drain from the players as the season went from one disappointment to the other, however with the recent upturn in our form under Ramos, we still have an outside chance for a European place, but games like this are essential that we don't lose. I was slightly disappointed with our home result against yourselves as we have come to expect scoring four goals as the minimum these days.
2) Where, realistically, do you see yourselves finishing now?
I would like to think that we can still look to finishing between 5th and 8th, our target teams must be Everton, Man City, and Villa and ourselves for these placings. I would like to think that we can overhaul Newcastle, West Ham etc and hope that while we finish strongly others above us fade as the season takes its toll
3) Berbatov is obviously quality but is he also a spoilt sod who wants out or a player that you will be able to keep?
This time yesterday I was confident he was going to stay, but last night the comments made by his agent, have now made this look doubtful, but we have heard these comments before only for Berba to come out and deny them (someone's lying). I'm hoping that the next development I hear is that Berba has sacked his agent and signs a shiney new deal at the lane. it will be interesting to see if someone actually comes up with the suggested £28m fee. If he is strongly angling for a move then hopefully we will at least see a similar performance against villa as he had against Reading, I obviously don't expect him to score four, but two or three and a couple of assists should do it.
4) Jermain Defoe? We get linked with him every transfer window. I was keen before but now Gabby Agbonlahor has come on so much, I'm not so sure. What is the general feeling amongst you Spurs boys about him?
I think he is a terrific player, but he has found it impossible to break into the side infront of Berba and Keane, one world class and the other has been the highest scorer of 2007. Despite the form of AG, I bet given the chance you guys would still bite our hands off if we offered you Defoe.
5) Ramos, the right choice?
Absolutely!!! this wont be an overnight transformation, but I like the cut of his jib.
6) Do you expect many signings in Jan, where do you need strengthening, the defence I assume with King being so unfortunate with injuries?
We have already brought in Chris Gunter (18) as one for the future, but I really don't see many new faces coming in this window, the squad is a strong one but has played way below its potential. Unlike some above us who are playing to the maximum of theirs ( no names). We need an experienced ball playing CB to play alongside the recovering King, but in truth I am happy to have no new signings unless they are players who will improve the team, we don't want players in who will fill a squad place. I think there will be more players leaving than joining, hopefully we wont lose any of our key man.
7) Do you enjoy visiting Villa Park and what do you think of Villa and Martin O'Neill?
I have never visited villa park so can't comment about the ground. I think Martin O'Neil is an excellent manager who is slowly getting a side together who can challenge for a UEFA place, I think at this stage, you have a squad that may be a little small, I'm hoping that the busy Christmas schedule has one game to many in it and your legs will be gone for tomorrow.
8 ) Prediction? Not sure we'll get another 4-4 which is probably just as well as I'm not sure my heart could take it!
Based on recent results for both sides 4-4 may not be such a ridiculous prediction, but I'm going for a respectable 1-1
With thanks to OxfordSpur from Vital Spurs.
Date:Tuesday January 1 2008
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