Monday, March 2, 2009

Future arrivals and departures at Spurs

Today Ledley King talked about putting a hold on his future contract discussions until sometime in the future. As much as a fan of Ledley as I am, I do not believe he'll be able to continue his career with us after next year. His knee problems are severe and he cannot train, and still only is fit at most once a week. Harry has said the club needs to take care of him, and I agree. A traditional contract would not be feasible for him, but an incentive-laced deal, perhaps on number of appearances would allow him to remain at the club and still come out when fit.

But as it is, I highly doubt he'll be back after 2010, so we will have Dawson, Woodgate and Corluka as the three main center-halves. Perhaps Doran Derivte will be far enough along in his progression to be able to step into the frame, or Calem Butcher as well. But the club may need to look into buying another center back in the next year or so.

On other news, much talk has been made in the past couple of months about Tottenham buying a good young goalkeeper, and Manchester United's Ben Foster has been the name most Spurs fans have wanted, but after his performance in the Carling Cup Final, Sir Alex has told him that he is certainly in the plans to be the number one at Manchester after Edwin Van Der Sar retires, so scratch that option for us. Even though Gomes did play well at Wembley, we still need to address the goalkeeping situation I believe, and the two names that I would put forth are Scott Carson and Joe Hart.

The team will also be on the lookout for a reserve striker in the summer, and target Fred has agreed on a move back to Brazil, so Harry will be looking for other squad-type strikers in the summer.

The team will be tired on against Middlesborough on the 4th, but we have plenty of players coming back in who were cup-tied. Here is what I think the early lineup will look like for Wed. night.


Corluka, Dawson, Woodgate, BAE/Chimbonda (I'm not sure which one it might be yet)

Bentley, Palacios, Jenas, Modric

Keane, Pavyulchenko

It's early, but that's I think think Harry will put out against a Boro side that have remembered how to score, and just beat Liverpool, so a good effort will be needed.

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