Spurs: Cash In On Bale, Reinvest & Kill Off Arsenal

A Champions League spot is on the cards for Tottenham if they continue the 'AVBromance', as long as money is reinvested properly when Bale goes; but a top class centre-back has to be a priority.
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A Champions League spot is on the cards for Tottenham if they continue the 'AVBromance', as long as money is reinvested properly when Bale goes; but a top class centre-back has to be a priority.

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Pre season: Good, bad or ugly?Ugly - just as we aspire to be one of the 'Big Boys' we have to deal with drawn-out transfer sagas involving our best players.  Bale is inevitably going to leave so can we just hurry along and get the cash in the bank so we can buy some more top quality players (Paulinho, Soldado, Chadli).  We've got rid of some of the passengers from last season.

Hopes for the season:4th would be reasonable, 3rd would be great and 5th would be grudgingly acceptable if we finish above the Arse.

Fears for the season:We keep a disgruntled Bale who doesn't perform, we fail to sign a centre-back, 2nd striker, left winger or left back, get knocked out of the cups by Wycombe, AZ Alkmaar and Stoke and finish 7th behind Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd, Liverpool and West Ham!

Absolute bare minimum you’ll accept: 5th with Arsenal in 6th or lower.  That said, if they finish 3rd and we came 4th that would be okay.

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Fixture you’re most looking forward to? Opening game v Crystal Palace.  Would be excellent to hammer the newcomers to set our stall for the season.  Spurs often start really poorly and take a bit of time to warm up so a few early wins, especially if there's a wide margin, would be a great way to show we've made progress.

Got the right manager? Absolutely.  His sharp navy suits, his bouffant ginger combover, his chat-line, gravelly voice - he's not just a manager, he's AVBromance.

By Christmas you’ll be… Finally rid of the cotton-wool brained Benny Assou-Ekotto and the pedestrian (although still excellent) Scott Parker, riding the crest of a wave just outside the top 2 with a game in hand and, with the new stadium build well underway, looking at an ever-improving club.

Player you’d most like to sign? We need a world-class centre-back so failing Joe Lewis investing in temporal technology and ensuring Signor Maldini sows his seeds closer to Morden than Milan, it would have to be Daniel Agger - he wants to go, he knows the league, he's got a decent track record, what's not to like?  If not him, go for Edin Dzeko as he's so underrated it's not funny anymore.

Which player should we look out for? I would have said Steven Caulker but the baffling decision to let him go is a very strange one unless we have someone epic to come in.  Andros Townsend did well last season, Harry Kane's banging them in too for England but I like Jon Obika, who's on loan at Charlton, and Iago Falque, who we signed from Barcelona.

Which player would you love to ditch? I can't stand 'Disco Benny' and Kyle Walker is an absolute liability but all the bad eggs (William Gallas & David Bentley) have gone and we just need to move on Emmanuel Adebayor.

Opposition hate figure?Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri, John Terry, Luis Suarez, the usual suspects.

Tell us something we don’t know about your club?Tottenham's first mascot wasn't the famous cockerel but a parrot they adopted on the way back from an Argentinian tour in 1908 after a fancy dress party on the ship.  The parrot lived for over 10 years!

What won’t happen this season? Daniel Levy gets an offer for one of the squad and replies "Sure, why not, we don't want him and you're offering a reasonable price.  Let's just shake on it."

Favourite chant? Yid Army - but we're not allowed to sing that anymore...

Where will you finish? 4th.

Any other news? Nice to see HP back on the front of the shirts instead of 'Aurgasma'!