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Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe and gossip from the Spurs kit launch today

By Stefano on July 8th, 2013

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Checked out Spurs new kit? Created by Under Armour we rather like its retro 60s feel. Nevertheless the launch did provide a few clues as to what may or may not be going on at the Lane.

The only player who looked comfortable and was enjoying himself at the launch was Michael Dawson. From this I guess not only is he going nowhere this summer, but that he is overjoyed to be staying at Spurs.

Conversely though Gareth Bale looked very glum. I guess this could be because as Spurs’ star attraction he has no choice but to face the media today whether he likes it or not. However Spurs fans are already reading a huge amount into his appearance. Does modeling the new kit mean that he will still be a Spurs player come the end of August as some Tottenham fans are suggesting?

Well maybe, but then Spurs fans would do well to take a peek at this. For in May 2012 at the Arsenal kit launch for that season look who is  centre stage! A player who would never wear that shirt in a competitive game. So who knows… I think he will stay, but there is still over a month and half of the window to go.

And as for Jermain Defoe he was being hounded by rather serious sports journalists, possibly desperate to get a word on all those Defoe to Stoke rumours that were circulating yesterday.

More pics of the kit launch and Bale looking sheepish here.



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Spurs new kit launch – exclusive pics of Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe and more

By Stefano on July 8th, 2013

Our intrepid reporter Gerald has just hotfooted it back from the launch of Spurs new kit for 2013-1014. It has been created by Under Armour and is seen here modelled by a few faces that you might find familiar including Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe.

Really like the retro look (and this from an Arsenal fan) though not too sure that orange is keeper Brad Friedel’s best colour. The collection (can we call it that?) was inspired by the team’s kit from the 1960s – which as every Spurs fan (and indeed Arsenal fan too) can tell you was the last time that the club won the League title.

The kits are apparently very light and dry very quickly if they get wet.

They go on sale from the club on August 10th. A third kit will be unveiled shortly.

Anyhow, solid work all round. Take a look at the pics and tell us if you like it too Spurs fans.

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Spurs striking dilemma; Why Ade Should Get Nod Over Defoe

By Stefano on March 15th, 2013

Spurs’ striker situation this season has been peculiar. At the start of the campaign, Andre Villas-Boas opted for Jermain Defoe as his lone forward, despite the permanent signing of Emmanuel Adebayor, who was probably more suited to that role. Defoe performed well early on, combining goalscoring with impressive movement and improved link-up play.
Surprisingly, Villas-Boas switched to a 4-4-2 to accommodate both together, even after the initial setback of Adebayor’s dismissal at Arsenal when that formation was first tried. However, this was largely due to the struggles of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey in Spurs’ attacking midfield role, and the arrival of Lewis Holtby means Villas-Boas is less inclined to play both strikers, despite opting for them together at the San Siro in midweek.

Now, we’re back to the situation at the start of the campaign. Villas-Boas has stated his admiration for Defoe, but in recent weeks he’s been far from impressive. In the confident home victory over Inter, he seemed to be going for personal glory rather than setting up his team-mates to put the tie to bed; and against Liverpool last weekend, his mistake contributed to Liverpool’s winning goal.

Therefore, Adebayor is probably a more likely choice this weekend against Fulham. Martin Jol’s centre-back pairing of Philippe Senderos and Brede Hangeland is impressive in terms of strength, but Adebayor’s pace might be more vital. Fulham have often depended upon Aaron Hughes to sweep up behind one of the centre-backs, but without him Fulham lack mobility in the centre of the side. Defoe is, arguably, the more logical option tactically, but his recent performances haven’t enhanced his reputation in Villas-Boas’ mind.

This post courtesy of Pick Our Team is by Michael Cox. PickOurTeam is a new type of football community giving fans an opportunity to have a meaningful say on the formation and selection of their team. PickOurTeam is the voice of the fans – collecting views on who should play where and ratings on how the players, manager, and referee perform each week. Every match the findings are compiled and presented back to the fans. The article was originally published here.

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