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ANDY REID: ‘These three players will win Spurs the title’

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston VillaWith the prospect of closing the gap on leaders Chelsea this weekend, Spurs’ visit to the Etihad could have real repercussions in the title race. 

Spurs, who beat City 2-0 in the return fixture at White Hart Lane, are in fine form as of late, overcoming both Chelsea and West Brom back-to-back.

This has put Tottenham in firm contention for the title, according to former midfielder Andy Reid.

“Pochettino is doing a fantastic job and if anybody is going to catch Chelsea I would say that would be Tottenham. I really hope they can and it’s certainly going to be close,” he said exclusively to 888sport.

“I watched the game at the weekend and they were absolutely fantastic: they just brushed West Brom aside and West Brom are playing well right now. They played good attacking Tottenham-like football and that’s what the fans like to see.” 

Reid, who also had stints at Sunderland and Nottingham Forest, believes Pochettino’s side have what it takes to go all the way this campaign, and believes three players in particular can push them all the way.

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“I love watching Dembele play. He is excellent and just slides across the surface and is very difficult to get the ball off,” he said exclusively to 888sport.

Reid continued: “Harry Kane is just lethal at the moment. His finishes at the weekend show he’s in a rich vein of form and when he has confidence he puts them in the top corner and doesn’t give keepers a chance.

“In my opinion he can get thirty plus goals this season.”

But it’s 20-year-old Dele Alli that really caught the eye of the Irishman.

“You would imagine the England team of the future will be built around him. He has everything it takes to be a really, really top player and I hope he stays at Tottenham and develops even more.”

Read the full 888sport interview with Andy Reid, including his thoughts Tottenham are the only team who can catch Chelsea.

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Man vs. Food star Adam Richman on Spurs, Champions League and Pochettino

IMG_1959I sat down with TV star and Spurs fan Adam Richman to discuss the season so far, some of his favourite Spurs moments, and more. I also spoke to Adam about finally setting the record straight about his loyalty, which you can read here.  

Q: This season we are obviously exceeding expectation. What have you made of our fantastic run?

AR: Well I am honoured to say that I have been part of the journey through the dark times as well. I remember watching in disbelief as Chelsea beat Bayern Munich, pushing the sixth placed team into the Champions League, and pushing us into Europa. I was at the Bridge when we lost 4-0, I was at the Emirates when we lost 5-2.

I never lost faith, because I know the passion of the fanbase, and the depth of the youth system. During Soccer Aid, the great Des Walker even rhapsodised about how great the youth system at Tottenham was.

In Pochettino, we have a young vibrant figure who knows the game as coach and player. He is obviously demanding a profound degree of physical rigour from these players as evidenced by their stamina, physiques, and current style of play.

We also have begun to find brilliant players to make up for the brilliant players we have lost. We have seen Harry Kane grow into an amazing asset, we have seen Vertonghen and Walker become defensive mainstays. We have seen Lloris, continually be a rock between the posts, and we have seen players we knew little of initially, like Nacer Chadli emerge as extraordinary talents.

We have seen the signing of key position players that are able to contribute offensively and defensively. Players I already idolized like Christian Eriksen joined the club, as well as players I knew little of at the time but have been beyond valuable – like Son, Trippier, Dier and Mason. Seeing as how I have never seen MK Dons televised in the US, to watch Dele Alli this season has been a delight.


Q: Is top four the priority this season, or can we go even further?

AR: We are already second! I think provided Pochettino stays in the managerial position, if Levy supports his choices, and we are able to retain outstanding, star position players instead of losing them to the likes of Real Madrid – the sky is the limit.

Our new stadium is already on the horizon, and having been a major collaborator with NFL UK, I take great pride in knowing we are the official ground for American football as well.

This will only help spread popularity of Spurs, and hopefully put more money in our development and transfer budget.

If we continue to play with the grit, guts, and determination that we have of late, the sky is the limit.

Q: It’s been a busy year for yourself over here in England. Have you managed to get down to the Lane much?

AR: I try to see a game whenever I have the chance. I actually filmed a segment at Wembley, and had the driver keep the motor running, just so I could run to catch a match at the Lane.

Luckily StubHub has provided tickets in a pinch, as has my dear friend Cindy at Under Armour. As much as it is fun sitting amongst the Roy Keane dubbed “prawn sandwich brigade,” I do truly love to be in the stands amongst the faithful.

Being able to see Lamela’s ‘rabona’ live, interviewing Harry Kane after a Europa league hat trick and finding out that Pochettino and his family were fans of mine have been highlights recently. IMG_4592

Q: You’ve seen Spurs change managers quite a few times, what have you made of Mauricio Pochettino so far?

AR: I love him!

He is classy, focused like a laser beam, I’m clearly believes in the potential of his players. He demands a lot of them, and you can see he demands a lot of himself. Having spoken to him a few times, I can tell you he has a profound amount of warmth and heart that I have not seen in other managers I have met – looking at you Mourinho!

He is young, and he has that rare ability to understand the game as a player, know what works, & know how to communicate it. He is passionate, he wants to win, and he is not afraid to play with his lineups, and give other unexpected players a chance in different positions. He seems to have faith in players when they have lost it in themselves and certainly the fanbase has.

After his signing, based on his early performances, did you ever expect to see Lamela with a first-half hat trick? And I can’t be alone in being surprised to see Trippier have his name on the score-sheet. He is developing a team with more than one weapon and more than one approach to attack and defending. We are not just exciting and “youthful” anymore – we are dangerous. And I f*cking love it.

Q: What was the most impressive display for you this campaign? I imagine you loved the 4-1 thumping of the Hammers?

AR: I love every time we win. And yes, even over West Ham. I know the stupid rumours that I am secretly a supporter of the Irons, but that is just not so.


Q: Finally, and this is a tough one, where are we going to finish this season?

AR: You gotta believe, right? I believe we have the potential to take it all, but a top four finish would delight me to no end, and I believe it is possible. If all of these amazing young men continue to play with the tenacity and zeal they have been, with the management we have, and the support we have, the sky is the limit. The future is bright and forever lilywhite.

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EXCLUSIVE: Man vs. Food star and Spurs fan Adam Richman sets the record straight

IMG_9966My name is Adam Richman. I’m American by birth, and a quarter English by ancestry. I used to eat loads of food and ungodly spicy shit on camera for a living. Not any more. I used to be a gigantic mammal. Not any more.

What I have been ever since Gareth Bale scored his hat trick against Inter Milan, is a passionate supporter of Tottenham Hotspur football club.

So the question that I have gotten from everyone ranging from TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh, to Thierry Henry is – Why Spurs?

Why Spurs indeed

The best answer to that question is this:

As an American, we have not really had access to televised Premier League football matches regularly until about three or four years ago, five tops – but that really meant you had a very exclusive cable package, or were streaming a foreign network like Setanta.

In the states, we have in the past only heard about: Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, & Chelsea – maybe Newcastle a little bit.

As such most Americans tend to support one of the big four clubs. When I sort of rekindled my love affair with football, around World Cup 2010, I began following the clubs in different National Leagues not just the national teams.

I knew I wanted to support a team in the Premier League, but I did not know which. I DID know I did not want to be another sheep following the big four. I will fully admit to liking Manchester United quite a bit at that time however, but they were dominating the league and it seemed like being a front runner to choose them as my club. It didn’t seem like a real, honest emotional investment in a club, but rather just backing the horse most likely to win the race.


I asked my Twitter followers to recommend clubs to me. One bloke, posted “Tottenham Hotspur: 100 greatest goals.” I remembered my British camp counselors talking about this club, and in particular Jurgen Klinsmann – whose name had begun to be bandied about as our new national team coach, so naturally my ears perked up.

I loved the video, and began reading a little bit more about the club. The now maligned concept of being a “Yid” & “Yid Army,” and the ties to the Jewish community, really meant a great deal to me. Then, I read the famous Danny Blanchflower quote, and fell in love with the notion of “To dare is to do,” and the game truly being about glory.

The History 

I admit, I didn’t do a load of historical research into rivalries, and many past players at that time, but I have diligently worked to learn more about the history of this beautiful club. I know I have much more to learn.

I loved the passion of players like Van der Vaart, the fighting spirit of players like Defoe, the fact that we had an American keeper at the time in Brad Friedel, and clever playmakers like Modric. And of course, I began my rabid fandom of Gareth Bale as well.

I loved Harry (Redknapp)’s accent, “I can’t smile without you,” and the slow, powerful buildup of the faithful chanting “Oh, when the Spurs go marching in.” I loved that in the day and age of the new Middle Eastern funded stadium, we still played at White Hart Lane.

I loved that Tottenham have always been gritty and working class, like my hometown and current residence of Brooklyn, New York. I loved the look of confusion and bewilderment when Americans who would see me playing games at the park or training with my soccer coach would ask who I supported, and they truly did not know what team it was.

I loved the historical link to Henry “Hotspur” Percy who I once had the luxury of playing in the production of Henry IV. Loved learning about the glorious 60s, and the mighty Bill Nicholson. Lord knows along the way I have ruffled many feathers because I have said things that a traditional Spurs fan would not, and have expressed opinions that perhaps a native British Tottenham supporter never would, but that does not change that I am Spurs, (and I know I am!) and truly ‘Tottenham till I die’. IMG_4593

What Spurs Mean To Me 

Random fact: people often ask me what the necklaces they see me wearing on television are. One is my star of David,  one is a sentimental momento from my Mother from the time we were getting over and moving on from my Father’s passing, one is a Hamsa, a hand – meant to protect travellers. The other is a mighty cockerel atop football below which read the words, “Tottenham Hotspur.”

People may not like the way I express my fandom, people may laugh at my opinions, but my love of this club will never waiver, and I wear my love of it alongside the very faith I practice, and symbols of the family I love.

I have now supported this club under Harry, under AVB, under Tim Sherwood. I have travelled to see them in nearly every game they have played stateside, and spent thousands to see them at different grounds in London. Though I admit, my friend Clint Dempsey got me tickets to my first ever live match in England, which happened to be North London Derby… away!

I even had a promo photo session for food network UK shot right at White Hart Lane!

I know I have much to learn about the history of this club, and feel there is always more to learn about the beautiful game itself, but while my flag is red white and blue-I can look anyone in the eye, swear on a stack of Bibles, that my heart is Lilywhite, and that for every home game, my thoughts are in N17.

Setting the record straight 

I have tried many times, on podcasts and through social media, but hopefully this will lay it to rest.

As I said earlier, when I declared Spurs as my team, I did not know all that much about the league, about its history, and yes, about the deep-seated rivalries within it. I knew about rivalries like Liverpool and Everton, and obviously between the two Manchester clubs. I knew about the animosity between Spurs and Arsenal, but to be fair, I did not know about the feud with West Ham.

As I also mentioned earlier, I did not want to support one of the big four clubs. Many friends and colleagues of mine as well as people I admire, support West Ham: my friend Nick Frost, my friend Mark Gevaux aka ‘The Ribman’,  my sound guy and dear friend Eric, my mate who is my driver in the UK. Plus actors I admire like Ray Winstone, Danny Dyer, and Seth Myers. Even the tour manager for the Wu-Tang Clan!

Now the concept of “supporting” a club is something that many Americans really don’t get it. It’s not just that you cheer for that team or you wear their kit, it is tribal, it is religion, it is life, it is warfare, and it is sacrilege to cross those lines. As one comedian once told me, albeit a little late, “Americans need to learn that there is no AND in the response to, who do you support?”

That said, I thought as long as they were in different strata of the English league system you could support a team in each league: one in Premier, one in Championship, one in League one, Two and so on.

IMG_1944Obviously this is not the case.

So about FIVE YEARS AGO, when I really knew very little about the league, the rules of support, and the intense zeal of football fans someone asked me on Twitter who I supported.

I responded by saying: Spurs, Leeds (where are my great grandfather hails from), West Ham (because, as I said they were not in the Premier League anymore – and I did not know that their rivalry was on par of that with Arsenal), Barcelona-which is still true, and New York Red Bulls (a team I largely picked because we filmed the commercial for ‘Man vs Food Nation’ at their stadium, and I became friends with many of the people in the head office. I ended up having two friends play for the club shortly thereafter as well.

When it was explained to me that the rivalry with the Hammers was every bit as bitter as with the Gunners, needless to say I felt foolish and wrote several retractions on multiple platforms of social media. But many fans retained their bitterness and refused to see my perspective or be understanding of my inexperience at the time. And, to see some of the horribly anti-Semitic things said by many West Ham supporters, made me feel especially foolish and I communicated that as well. And to anyone that I may have offended with my now 5-year-old, uninformed, misguided tweet, I am truly sorry.

And for the most part, after that initial debacle, the rumours died down.

About two or three years ago, there was an unfortunate incident with some idiot, petty childish blogger: he was already upset that I had spoken to the wonderful podcast “The Fighting Cock,” before speaking with him, because he felt he had some exclusive interview with me which he was never promised. After speaking at the Oxford union, my publicist had set up two quick interviews in rapid succession before I had to hop in the car for a phone meeting with the president of the network I work for here in the United States. It was a conference call that had to be adhered to time-wise.

This guy sent someone on his behalf to record one of them. He felt he did not get a long enough interview with me and acted like an absolute baby. Absolutely threw his toys out of the pram. He sent many profanity laced messages to my publicist complaining about the length of the interview, (which, by the way was exactly the length he had been promised. He had been told about my pressing engagements directly afterwards), and then he took to social media making up out right lies about how my reps wanted to charge fans for interviews – which you know personally is absolutely, categorically untrue. I have never charged anyone for an interview ever, nor would I. In fact, I make it a point to follow pretty much every Spurs supporter or supporters group I can on social media. I believe that we are all family.

Shortly thereafter, in an act of petty vengeance, he dug up the tweet from, at that point nearly four years prior wherein I mentioned supporting five clubs, and among them, West Ham. He took a screenshot of it and began circulating it. People reacted to it without reading the date that it was published. IMG_0158

Someone even made mention of the fact that I once said I have a Sir Bobby Moore jersey, neglecting to mention that it is an England 1966 jersey.

Now despite the fact that I had only supported Spurs, only attended Spurs matches, have NEVER seen a West Ham game, nor been to their ground, he began circulating a screenshot of this ancient tweet saying that my support was false. Small minded idiots who did not check the date of the tweet, nor really pay attention to the unwavering nature of my support, believed him and the rumor began to circulate.

And sadly, when people don’t do research, the internet is a fertile breeding ground for rumours and hateful trolls.

Flash forward to Spurs playing Chelsea at Wembley in the cup final about a year ago. My mate who works for Spurs asked me to tweet using the hashtag #SpursAtWembley and to encourage my followers to do so as well it and effort to get the arch lit up white.

I wrote a tweet that said: “I can’t believe I get to see my beloved #SpursAtWembley”

At this point, I had no notion of attending the match nor had I a ticket, plane ticket or hotel.  I swear this is the case on my Father’s grave. I was saying that after many years of struggle, I could not believe I got to see the team I supported in a cup final.

People lost their goddamn minds. No other way to put it. People began descending on me thinking I had taken away a loyal fan’s ticket or that the club had somehow bequeathed upon me loyalty points and a ticket I did not deserve. As a sidenote, I am a paid One Hotspur member and have been for years. Anyway, needless to say, the screenshot of the ancient tweet began making its rounds again

In all the years I have been an open supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, I have gotten some very nasty messages from supporters of Chelsea, Arsenal and so on, but nothing compared to the backlash I received from my so-called “fellow supporters.” Normally that stuff doesn’t bother me in the slightest, but because it came from people that fought under the same flag as I did, it was especially hard to read. People saying they wanted me to die, people saying awful things about my family. As you might say, bang out of order.

I cannot make this clear enough: I got my ticket through my connections at Wembley itself. They were the venue for all of the NFL games in the UK, which you may recall, I was a correspondent for, and a presenter during many of the games. There are great number of tickets that are assigned to media and I was lucky enough to get one for myself, and one for my friend, and football coach in the US –  a London born spurs supporter since birth who hails from Archway. For crying out loud, Woody Harrelson and his brother were seated right behind us. I don’t think they had any loyalty points either! The section was designated for media people.

So I want to make this clear to you and to all of my fellow Spurs supporters: I would NEVER take away a ticket that was meant for a long time, deserving fan, and Spurs happen to be a fantastic club with fantastic leadership, and they would never GIVE me a ticket that was meant to go to one of their loyal, diehard supporters. Between my hotel, my flight, everything, I spent nearly $20,000 to make that trip happen. As for Leeds, well apart from that tweet and watching the “Damned United” movie, I haven’t supported them one iota.


And on the subject of Grimsby town, and my backing of them, especially during their fundraising campaign dubbed “operation promotion,” there is actually a funny story behind that.

While a board my flight home from the UK after my very first press junket promoting man versus food,  I sat next to a guy from there, who mentioned them when I asked who he supported. He told me of this feisty little club in the Blue Square Premier league, and how they really had the whole town behind them.

How people still talked about where they were the day they beat Liverpool, and how most of the town work at the frozen seafood packing plant, how local businesses sunk every penny into the team, how the city was known for having the best fish and chips in all of England, even sharing with me the story of Italian striker Ivano Bonetti, and how he nearly reinvigorated the club, only to be unceremoniously alienated by having the manager breaking his nose with a plate of chicken wings! Because they, to me symbolize the great galvanizing spirit of the beautiful game, how it can unite people, how it can inspire people and how an entire town can throw their support behind a single club and idea.

I am Tottenham till I die, no matter what anyone wants to think. Hopefully now they know the truth and will not doubt me again. I hope…

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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Darren Anderton reacts to Sol Campbell title comments

collaandertongeFormer Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Darren Anderton has told Sol Campbell to look at the table, in reply to his recent comments about Spurs’ lack of title credentials.  

Campbell, who recently said that Spurs do not have enough leaders to win the title, has been heavily criticised from fans.

But former Spurs star Anderton believes Spurs are within a chance of picking up the trophy.

“Where they are now (he said about Campbell’s comments), they have a chance,” Anderton remarked.

He continued: “Are they favourites? No, probably not. I would say City are the best team, and should go on and win it.”

Anderton, who enjoyed 12 years at White Hart Lane, continued to say that Spurs are within their rights to be linked with the title.

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“But the way this season has been, the way they can be very in and out and be inconsistent, who knows?” he said.

Anderton said: “Arsenal, of course, are on a bad run at the moment but they’ll be in or around it. 

“And Leicester. Everyone keeps disregarding them but the next two weeks will be interesting for Man City and Arsenal.”

Dreamt of playing football with your childhood hero? Well, now you can! Anderton was speaking to Play with a Legend, who bring together football fans and their idols for a memorable football game and a post match pint where you can hear tales from the dressing room. It’s perfect for a stag, birthday, corporate or charity event and with over 80 former professionals involved, there’s sure to be someone you’d like to play alongside.


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Tottenham star Dele Alli talks Steven Gerrard, the Premier League and more!

imageTottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli featured in Match of the Day Magazine’s ‘Heroes of the Season’ feature this week, speaking to Matt Ketchell about everything Spurs.

The young star was quick to discuss his debut season, as well as talk about his new found fame and pressure on his shoulders.

“Everyone wants to have their own game and their own style, I think think that’s important.”

He continued: “I watched a few different players growing up and I’m trying to pull in different aspects of the way they played so it makes me a bit different.” 

Alli, who has scored seven Premier League goals this season, has impressed many pundits and players alike, often drawing comparisons to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

MOD_393_p01_COVERv5[3]“He was a massive idol to me growing up, as soon as I heard those comparisons I was honoured,” the youngster stated.

“It’s a big privilege to be put in the same category as someone like him.

“He’s definitely the main person I watched growing up, but I have a long way to go to achieve the things he has in the game!”

Catch the full interview in Match of the Day Magazine, on sale now, www.motdmag.com 


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Mauricio Pochettino admits he is unsure about sharing Wembley Stadium with Chelsea

Mauricio-PochettinoTottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has said that a decision over a temporary stadium move is still unclear. 

“I think it is a good possibility for us,” Pochettino said in regard to talks of moving to Wembley.

He continued: “there is no news. But playing at Wembley is one of the options for us to play in the future.”

Speaking ahead of Spurs’ FA Cup third round replay tie with Leicester City, the Argentine manager admitted sharing with Chelsea is an option.

He said to reporters: “it’s our option to play at Wembley but I haven’t heard about sharing with Chelsea.”

“There has been no communication from my Chairman. We haven’t spoken about that. Maybe we will speak in the future about it.” 

The former Southampton boss admitted that moving to Milton Keynes is still a possibility.

Pochettino said: “it’s a club decision. I think there are different possibilities but we would love to play at Wembley. It is in London and it is close. It is a good option for us.”

“Why not? Milton Keynes is a good option too.” 

Listen to his full quotes here:

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Fan produces fantastic animation to celebrate new Dele Alli contract

imageTottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli signed a new contract with the club this week, securing his services until 2021.

Alli, who has scored five league goals for Spurs this season, has taken the Premier League by storm, earning himself call-ups to the England squad.

To celebrate his new contract, Spurs YouTube channel SpurredOn have produced a wonderful animation of his greatest moments, skills and goals.

Watch it here:

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Five things I loved about Football Manager 2016

Football_Manager_2016_key_art_1441385081The lovely folks at SEGA were nice enough to send me a copy of their latest release, Football Manager 2016. Eager to start playing the game, and in return for their wonderful Christmas spirit, I reviewed this masterpiece and found five things I loved in particular!

The gameplay 

Like every year, FM crank up the in-game visuals. First we had nothing, then we had moving spots, now we have actual gameplay with the kits and all! It may not be much, but the fact that this is tweaked every campaign shows improvement and allows for a break from the overly statistical view seen normally. Who knows, next year we might get stadiums too!

Backroom staff support

In past year’s, it felt like once there were signs of problems at the club, you were destined for the sack. Now, at the first sign of trouble, the backroom staff are far more supportive. Training, scouting and advice are three features in particular that allow you to perform better and Jesus Perez at Spurs is perhaps the best of the bunch.

Press conferences and meetings 

You’re able to give across information far more clearly this year. Whether being calm, passionate or assertive, you can convey your thoughts to the media, players or staff with far more ease. It can sometimes prove a tricky nut to crack, as I found with players that wanted to leave. With one click you could insult them, and alternatively they may be apologising for a lack of professionalism.


The game gives you many more options that it normally allows in terms of dealing with players on a personal level. An example that popped up was Erik Lamela seeking departure from White Hart Lane. An option available was to get a senior player to speak with them, an option that was very successful. It feels like you’re allowed to develop a philosophy much more easily than simply playing the old 4-4-2 on all fronts.


In-game tactics 

By far the best part of the game. The explicit instructions that you can give the players are staggering. Whether playing a high-line, encouraging them after a good spell or to specify the type of corner you want delivered. You are able to tailor your experience far more closely than last season, and it allows for an all-round better game.

Overall the game was fantastic. As opposed to its competitors, there are real signs of improvement every season, and who knows? This year might be Spurs’ year after all under the guidance of TalkingTHFC.

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EXCLUSIVE: Benjamin Stambouli struggling after Spurs exit, says French Journalist

Paris St Germain's Benjamin Stambouli gestures after their Ligue 1 soccer match against Montpellier at the Stade de la Mosson stadium in MontpellierFour months on, life has been pretty tough for Benjamin Stambouli.

After leaving North London for the bright lights of a big money move to PSG, the former Spurs midfielder has quickly learned that his departure from the Premier League was wasted.

Stambouli quickly made himself a fan favourite at Tottenham. His potential was obvious, although chances were few and far between.

A departure was not the most shocking of stories, but disappointment at his short stay was there for all to absorb.

I spoke to London-based French journalist and PSG fan Adrien Danjou about Stambouli’s time so far in France, which has been pretty miserable by all accounts.

“Since his arrival in Paris this Summer, we can’t say that the deal is a success, for him and for the club,” said Danjou.

He continued: “First, for his debut at Parc Princes the player was booed by some PSG ‘fans’.

“Because he comes from Marseilles and he was a fan when he was younger. (It was a) stupid reaction but difficult scene to start in a new club.” Paris St Germain v Chelsea - International Champions Cup Pre Season Friendly Tournament

French press widely reported in October that Stambouli was already regretting his exit from White Hart Lane. Many touted this unhappiness as being down to the lack of a permanent role within the side, which Danjou agrees with.

“Stambouli plays a little,” said the PSG supporter.

Danjou continued: “The competition is hard: Matuidi, Verratti, Motta, even Rabiot feel more comfortable (in his position). Moreover Pastore is injured currently.

“When Stambouli plays, it is not enough. No solidity, he loses the ball and (to put it) roughly, he is fragile.”

It is clear that Stambouli would not be getting into Mauricio Pochettino’s side at the moment. After all, Eric Dier has taken the Premier League by storm, with Dembele and Mason enjoying good campaigns also.

But Danjou does not think Stambouli’s time at PSG is already over, and believes there is the possibility for him to flourish at the club.

Tottenham Hotspur's Benjamin Stambouli greets fans at the end of the Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match against Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi (ITALY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) Picture Supplied by Action Images“Up to now, Stambouli played only as first-team player against smaller teams (such as) Bastia, Rennes,” he said.

He concluded: “However, give the time to Benjamin. He is a smart player with a bit of experience. I think and I hope he will have the opportunity to make the difference.” 

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Former Tottenham Hotspur hero: ‘Gareth Bale isn’t on Ronaldo and Messi level’

Football - Tottenham Hotspur Training - Spurs Lodge - 24/8/11 Tottenham Hotspur's Rafael van der Vaart during training Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Jed Leicester LivepicFormer Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart has admitted he was surprised that former team-mate Gareth Bale joined European giants Real Madrid.

Speaking to FourFourTwo about the current Premier League season, van der Vaart told reporters that Bale is not on the same level of those he is often compared to.

“I never thought Bale would end up playing at Madrid,” Van der Vaart remarked.

Joining the North London club in 2010, the former Dutch international played alongside Bale under Harry Redknapp, enjoying great success in the Champions League, reaching the quarter-final stage.

The Ajax graduate has spoken before about his admiration of the Welsh star, although admits he has a long way to go before he reaches the level of the game’s two greats.

Van der Vaart continued: “Bale isn’t like [Cristiano] Ronaldo or [Lionel] Messi; that’s another level.”

Bale’s Wales face Van Der Vaart’s homeland Holland this Friday in an international friendly. 

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