Spurs end of season

Looking like Spurs will make the 4th spot this Sunday, which when I think about it, was looking pretty impossible 6 months back. A massive achievement this. I was sure we’d be 5th or 6th. We don’t really deserve it, but neither did Arsenal, who will likely finish 5th.
Our squad needs a huge rebuild however. We’ve got a lot of players who just don’t fit into this Conte setup and it’s probably time for them to move on. These are the guys I feel should be moved on for their own mental safely and also mine:

Regulion £23m
Clarke £3m
Winks £12m
Royal £15m
Rodon £6m
Bergwijn £15m
Lo Celso £20m
Ndombele £22
Carter-Wickers £3m

These are values I feel are conservative and realistic whereby other clubs would actually be willing to cough up the fees. In total : let’s say approx £115m worth of players. So 9 players that should go, which even in a worse case fire sale should release around £115m worth of funds. Here is what we desperately need to backfill. So 9 out. 6 in. The rest we make do with youth team feeding in:

CF
RWB
LWB
creative CM.
LCB
GK (use youth or buy out of contract, Sam Johnson?)

It’s doable. Especially if the CM is Eriksen. It was so natural that we picked him up earlier in the year and I don’t really understand why we didn’t take that punt. Eriksen can be picked up for near nothing. The others, well, they will cost, especially the CF. Let’s say £30m for the wing backs. £25m for a LCB. That’s already £85m. Then we need to find a CF and that won’t be cheaper than £50m. So around £135 all in. But if we can sell for £115m and spend £135m, okay, we’re 20mil in the red, but that’s sustainable if we can maintain a top 4 position which I feel we can with a squad overhaul. In summary, the future is bright IF we can sell, and IF we can buy correctly, for too many years now we have spaffed away big money on deadwood and need to be sensible and bring in the right players.

posted on May 18, 2022

 

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The State of Spurs 2

Quick catch up. Things were pretty grim for a while this season. The whole Nuno disaster. The lack of movement, Conte pulling his hair out and looking worried post every match, however the past 4, 5 maybe 6 matches I am seeing some big improvements. Throwing out the bad eggs helped a lot; Lo Celso, Ndombele, Dele. Good riddance. Wish Winks and Sanchez was on that list also. None the less, getting rid of deadwood improved the morale of the remainders. Dier has been immense, he’s really come a long way even though I believe him to be somewhat technically limited and slow. We have in Bentancur a proper midfielder, and with Kulusevski a man with vision. Skipp is sorely missed. He is an important player. Just maybe 4 more acquisitions and some returning from injury will mean Spurs is a contender for the top4. We still need a left sided defender, Davies can have very off days and needs someone to compete with him. RB/RWB also, both Doherty and Emerson need to be moved on, its just not working out with them. Plus a striker to replace Kane when he’s not on it. We have decent cover in the other positions otherwise. Oh and plus a new goalie, and possibly another backup midfielder unless Sarr joins up and looks the business. Injuries have hobbled Tantanga who I felt could have sat in the right side role for days Romero wasnt playing.

posted on Mar 23, 2022

 

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More adventures in coding

Since my last update I’ve fallen back in love with C++. I hadn’t really touched this language since perhaps 2011 and I was unaware that there are new versions of this C++20 released in 2020 for example which makes some changes and improvements. It was a revelation. For years I spent time playing around with Java and Python simply because C++ felt limited but actually, now I can see that Java and Python are just poor mans versions of C++. C++ is king! It always was I think, its just I lost my way for a while before opening my eyes. Anyway I am in the process of making some basic games using it alongside the Raylib libraries. Really enjoying it.

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Adventures in Coding

I had started 2 months back to get into the Code of Advent gig, until 3 days into it, I had this thought “Python just isnt good enough”. I really felt let down by the language and while its okay, it isnt great. I actually found myself thinking very fond memories of C. Anyway, after much thought I decided its time to learn a new computer language and I decided its going to be LUA, plus a spin off Nelua, (this means you also get Tic-80 and Love2d skills bundled in for free) and C. So I’ll do the Advent of Codes again (albiet a tad late!) using those and hoping to implement graphical techniques into the solutions.

posted on Feb 6, 2022

 

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Mura 2 – Spurs 1

Well, now we see how far the rot goes. This was an utterly abject performance from the Spurs squad, possibly the worst I have witnessed and I’ve witnessed a fair few over the past few years. Mura was a low ranked team but some how Spurs managed to dig in deeper and plumb new depths and discover new motherlodes of raw shit to ensure they lost. We’ve gone through 3 managers with this squad and Conte looked as if he was just waking up into whatever version of hell he now accidentally resides in. In the press conference he kept repeating this phrase “I am not scared” He said it maybe 3 or 4 times so clearly he is fucking scared. He’s scared witless. His under crackers probably needs binning. He’s just witnessed first hand the entropic unfolding what most Spurs supporters have been absorbing for years. An utterly disgraceful squad of footballers who have just lost heart…lost hope.. lost what IQ they had.. lost the plot.. lost drive.. lost desire.. lost their virginity.. lost some fucking weight…lost everything! We need to now stop looking at the managers as the sources of woe and finally look inward to the common denominators. The players! There are 7 players that need to be shipped out immediately, or contracts terminated, whatever, just not allowed back anywhere near the stadium or training grounds.

  1. Sanchez
  2. Winks
  3. Davies
  4. Dier
  5. Dele
  6. Kane
  7. Ndombele

Each one of the above is culpable for all sorts of problems, individually, perhaps not too much a problem, however once you add them together, it’s this sort of Anti-Avengers synergy fever dream. There are two others: Sessegnon was terrible and can be argued was a big reason for the defeat however he’s young and possibly can be rehabilitated. Jack Clarke on the other hand, 3 seasons in has done and shown nothing. Should be sold on even though it will mean getting a fraction of the original price paid.
A shambles of a team though. A wretched and dismal thing to watch unfold.

posted on Nov 26, 2021

 

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