Tottenham are on the back of an 8 game unbeaten run while Sunday’s opponents Leeds are having to contemplate life without their star man as Luciano Becchio handed in a transfer request earlier in the week, whether he starts or not is still in question with Neil Warnock having to tow the line between a want-away player and the ability he brings.
For Aaron Lennon the trip to Elland Road will mean more than most, in the 8 years that have passed since his transfer as an 18 year old opportunities to face his hometown club have been few and far between with the last coming over 3 years ago in the same round of the cup. Lennon was this week praised by the typically diplomatic Steffen Freund in the pre match press conference, the German declared Lennon as one of the best wingers in the country, and was quoted as saying that “Aaron has always had the talent to be one of the best wingers and now he is playing well every game.”
In other news there has been word from Eufa as to the punishment of Lazio for their fans anti-semetic chants, as you are all probably already guessing there was no particularly stringent treatment of their fans behaviour and the club were given one game stadium ban. For most this is not enough but did anyone expect any different, traveling fans getting attacked, stabbed in the skull then abused in the name of anti-semitism, while Eufa are still too feeble to implement any new laws in the name of equality or punish those who do it.
Back to the game and AVB is expected to field a predictably strong side with perhaps a few surprise selections, several squad players may get a chance to impress the manager while the likes of BAE could be given the opportunity to win back a first team spot. There has been plenty of talk this week about reinforcements with Sandro laid off for up to 8 months, Diame from West Ham either has a great agent or half the premiership are after him with Levy apparently salivating at the 3.5m release clause. The Holtby saga is likely to end on deadline day but there is another story coming out of Germany that is a little bit tantalising.
Son Heung-Min, a name any fan of the Bundesliga will know has apparently been recommended to Tottenham by his team mate Rafael van der Vart, the Dutchman has also according to reports told the South Korean that Spurs would be a good fit for him. For those of you who aren’t familiar with him he plays anywhere along the front, has been an international since 2010 and is still 6 months off turning 21. His record for HSV is relatively good with 14 goals from 56 appearances however considering this season has been the first time he has really been given a chance as the senior striker the numbers are yet more impressive. Widely considered the most promising young player in Asian football if this transfer were to take place Levy would well know the financial implications on the club, this one would be for footballing reasons however and a summer move could be on the cards.
Last but by certainly no means least, today (26th) is the birthday of our clubs greatest ever figure, Bill Nicholson. “It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory.”