ARSENAL and Chelsea should pip Spurs to the Champions League places for next season, say surfers of this site.
A few days ago, Goaltastic posted a poll to ask which of the three sides currently contesting the two Champions League berths alongside Manchester United and Manchester City should miss out.
And after a huge number of votes in just a couple of days, an overwhelming majority (61.98 per cent) feel that Tottenham should finish fifth, rather than Arsenal (18.23 per cent) and Chelsea (19.79 per cent).
Of course, the reality of the situation may not match the results of the poll – but whatever happens it should be an exciting run in this season.
CHELSEA, Arsenal and Spurs are currently locked in one of the closest races in Premier League history.
Sadly for the trio, it’s not the title at stake, but to secure Champions League football.
Anyone who says that Germany has now eclipsed England and Spain as the top league on the continent should cast an eye at the strength of the squads vying for third and fourth places – with World Class talents like Juan Mata, Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Santi Cazorla, Jermain Defoe and more facing off for the right to represent England over the next few weeks.
And sadly, one of these squads – all of which could arguably challenge for the European crown next season – will miss out.
It’s a hard one to call – but you can vote for who you think should miss out with out vote below…
HARRY Redknapp says despite his reputation as a ‘wheeler dealer’ he has not considered any potential transfer targets for QPR this January.
It had been assumed owner Tony Fernandes would fund new signings when the transfer window opens, but the new QPR boss insists potential targets have not even been discussed.
He said: “I’m not looking at January. It’s about now. There are games between now and the window that will decide where we’re going.
“If we don’t pick up some points and wins in that period, what’s the point of putting yourself in trouble trying to buy players?”
Since arriving at QPR less than a week ago Harry Redknapp has been linked with Darren Bent, Michael Dawson, Joe Cole, Scott Parker, Loic Remy, Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane, Nicholas Anelka, Yoan Gouffran and David Beckham.
I repeat, less than a week ago.
SOME excellent research by Mirror Football has uncovered Joe Hart’s hidden shame – his real name is Charles.
The research department at the paper looked at the squad lists submitted by the Premier League and compiled some of the more interesting names sent in – including the England stoppers real name.
Others which raise an eyebrow include Maicon’s real name being Douglas, Yaya Toure’s real name being Gnegneri, Phil Jagielka’s middle name being Nikodern, and Jermain Defoe’s middle name being Colin.
They said: “The very best thing about the lists is that clubs are obliged to list their players’ names in full. So no nicknames, and no concealing those embarrassing middle names either.”
You can see the full rundown here.
AS THE season kickoff approaches, so the transfer merry-go-round speeds up – today rumours abound that Spurs’ England striker Jermain Defoe is a target for Sunderland.
With a stated desire to sign at least a brace fo attacking players, Martin O’Neill has reportedly made enquiries over the availablity of the Tottenham player, who was out of favour with Redknapp last season.
It’s a move which could reasonably be sealed soon – the question it would leave is without Defoe or Adebayor on his books, exactly where Andre Villas-Boas is looking to for his own White Hart Lane front line…
I’M SURE he won’t reveal his sources, but football writer Henry Winter has revealed that Bolton striker Kevin Davies is not only unlucky at international football.
Talking in the Telegraph about England’s poverty of strikers when Jermain Defoe and Wayne Rooney are unavailable, he revealed that Davies can’t win a simple party game, let alone an England call-up.
He said: “While all this mayhem was clinging to the England camp, the snubbed Kevin Davies was at home playing musical chairs with his kids.
“To make matters worse, Davies was disqualified during the game in his kitchen.”
OKAY, it wasn’t a blockbuster of a performance, but as I predicted England delivered tonight.
They delivered three points, they delivered goals courtesy of match ball-winner Jermain Defoe (3) and Adam Johnson, they delivered a clean sheet despite Glen Johnson’s best efforts, and most importantly they delivered hope.
Sure, they delivered moments of awkwardness and an unfortunate injury to Michael Dawson, but England looked assured while Bulgaria looked a decent side subdued, and fingers crossed, they can do England a favour or two taking points off other teams in this Euro qualifying group.
Carry on like this, England should qualify easily for the Euros – but hey, we swanned into the World Cup in South Africa and then look what happened…
AFTER one of the most electric encounters I’ve watched at White Hart Lane, Tottenham are now in the bag for tomorrow’s Champions League draw.
Firepower was demonstrated tonight – with a Peter Crouch hat-trick and Jermain Defoe netting in an emphatic win, and Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon virtually unplayable.
I’m licking my lips at watching Harry Redknapp’s full-throttle attacking style tested at the highest level.
While Defoe’s prediction that Spurs will go far in the competition may be a tall order, especially with sides like Real Madrid not managing to be top seeds this year, after the strong Young Boys showing tonight there’s some equally-tasty European nights sure to come in the next few months and I’m sure the London side will acquit themselves well
Nobody, not even Manchester City, can say they don’t deserve a crack at the competition – even if they might struggle to be back again too soon, given how competitive the Premiership has become.
FIRST Jermain Defoe tipped Spurs for a majestic European run, and now this.
Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has tipped Tottenham for the top, saying they will be Premier League contenders this season.
“I rate Spurs very highly – they are absolute favourites to win the title,” he said.
Not sure Goaltastic agrees – any thoughts?
SPURS striker Jermain Defoe thinks his side will go further than bitter rivals Arsenal in the Champions League.
As Tottenham await the news of who they’ll face in the group stage play-offs, he told the Mirror: “If we can get past the play-off qualifier, I honestly think we will go further than Arsenal in the Champions League.
“No disrespect to Arsenal, because they have a good record in the Champions League and for them it’s become part of the furniture, part of their regular season – it’s the norm.
“But I can’t wait to experience the buzz around White Hart Lane on European nights, the place will be absolutely rocking.
“I do believe, if we can make that first step, that we will be contenders.”
One word, Jermain – if.