Friday, March 13, 2009

Spurs Team News 3/13 & Taarabt Flies the Coop

In a surprising piece of news, if for no other reason than there has been no hint of it in the papers in the past couple of days, Adel Taarabt has gone out on loan to QPR until the end of the season. This was said to be the rumored destination of Chris Gunter who wound up at Nottingham Forest on loan. QPR are mired in the middle of the Championship table, but a good run of form could have them competing for the playoffs. He will join ex-Spur Wayne Routledge so I would expect Adel to play more in the middle of the park.

This is a good move for Adel, he is only 19 and needs first team experience, just like Gunter. The moments of promise he's shown us this season are good, but he needs consistent first-team football to develop, and this loan move will give him that. Hopefully he'll come back a more complete player next summer. I think he will at least make the bench against Southampton tomorrow, but he may also be thrown straight into the mix, we will see.

Harry has insisted that our big stars will not be moving on this summer. He specifically means that Luka Modric & Aaron Lennon won't be sold. They will be tempted by Champions' League football, but I think we can hold on to them.

Javier Saviola is facing a possible exit from Real Madrid this summer, and our beloved club has been linked with a move for the striker. I like Saviola just fine, but do we really need him at the club? With Keane, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko already in the fold and possibly Obika coming into the first team as well, I wonder if he will be happy facing at best a rotation system, and at worst warming the bench at the Lane. The thing he has going for him is that he has been a good soldier as a reserve at Madrid.

The last bit of news that I have for now is that Alan Hutton is expected to begin training with the club again on Monday, after being out with a foot injury since November. I would expect to see him on the bench for the club soon, although I think the match against Chelsea will be too soon for him to be back in the squad. But it will be good to have him back, and the only long-term injury we will still be dealing with will be Defoe who is expected back soon as well.

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