Spurs – Don’t Believe The Hype

by Mystical Mike

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

They say you want a revolution

In 1988, Public Enemy released “Don’t Believe The Hype”, Flavor Flav’s unique style and lyrics revolutionized a whole generation. Hip Hop and music would never be the same.


20 years on and Spurs are undergoing yet another revolution, this time in the hands of non-English speaking Juande Ramos. Champions League football was a realistic target, 67 million spent on new players, all be it mostly untried in the Premier League, never the less, Spurs were a team ready to challenge the top four.

With previous manager Martin Jol sitting pretty at the top of the German league with Hamburg, and a record far worse then his predecessor, is Ramos quite simply a poor mans Rafa Benitez?

We all know it’s too early to judge, but Spurs were not expecting to be bottom of the league after 4 games. It is evident to see that Spurs still lack any real cutting edge. You cant expect to sell 40 + goals a season in Keane and Berbatov and replace them Darren Bent and a Premier League virgin.

So what has exactly gone wrong? Ramous dismantle the team Jol built to create his own system and style, only problem being the Spurs team don’t seem to know what that system actually is.

Modric, Giovani, Gomes and Pavyvchenko will need time to adjust to the Premier League, but we are talking over 50 million pounds worth of players here. Chances are they may not adjust and could be sent packing like Shevhchenko, Veron & Forlan before them.

One thing is for sure down at the Lane “Don’t Believe The Hype”, because money does not but success!

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  • Stevie

    champions league, you are ‘avin a laff!!!!!

    Modric looks like a lost goofy puppy, Barry had him in his pocket beofre he went of crying, 16 m for tat, very lightweight indeed! Bent is Bent, Pavyvchenko is a poor mans Peter Crouch and the keeper, worse than Paul Robinson.

    Dear oh dear, bottom of the league, what ever next, sack the manager? Newcastle & Spurs do provide fantastic entertainment!

  • Martin Tibbetts

    Said ages ago that Villa would top Spurs comfortably and will be proved right. Last season the Spurs fans claimed their league position didn’t accurately reflect their status. They were wrong, the league doesn’t lie. Another season of mid table mediocrity beckons. Ramos has made the classic error of buying players who had good international tournaments, but were little known before. Schoolboy stuff, do that and you end up with El Hadj Diouf!

  • Parks numero uno

    all that money spent and they didnt buy any decent defenders or a proven striker, im sure paveluchenko(dont know if thats correct) looked good in the russian league but its the russian league,very much like the SPL, 2 good teams and you occasionaly get one team that makes a half-hearted challenge for honours but the rest are quite poor teams.

    And god only knows why he bought a Brazillian ‘keeper,brazil never have produced a class keeper.

  • Martyn

    Its a marathon not a sprint, boys. Calm down.

  • Parks numero uno

    how are spurs gonna challenge for anything when they have lost 3 and drew 1?

    they are already behind and have no momentum

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    It’s pretty hilarious, year after year we hear the same old crap coming out of Spuds Lane. Will they ever learn? You are a mid table team at best, that 5th place was a one off, like when Ipswich finished in the top 6 a years back.

    Lets just face it, you are a mid table side at best, that 5th place was a one off, a bit like when Ipswich finished in the top 6 a few years back.

    If you sell your captain and your best players who are all proven in the Premier League then of course you will struggle. Imagine if Arsenal sold Adebauyer, RVP & Walcott and replaced them with unknowns from the Russian and Croatian league, then we would struggle too. In fact, Arsenal were offered Modric last season but took one look at him and no thanks, he’s not fit to lick Fabregas’s shoes. He’s way to lightweight. International football is much slower, hence why he looks out of his depth. It may take time but he looks like a bit a of a dud to me.

    If you go about your business quietly you might actually surprise a few people. Talk is cheap, as the article says, don’t believe the hype!!

  • Dan

    I swear I was watching the old Wimbledon last night. Hoof hoof wack it long.

  • Parks numero uno

    i didnt see the game last night but would you say that spurs shouldve tried to sign Martin O’neill rather than Juande Ramos?

    O’neill has done a far better job with less money and as for Bentley,why is everyone raving about him when clearing Milner is a far far better player with a brighter future and hopefully he will be in the full England squad soon

  • Martin Tibbetts

    Lets bear in mind that there is no shame in being beaten by Villa at home. They are far and away the best team outside of the top 4. Should Spurs have signed O’Neil? Of course, I have said time and again he is the best manager the game has produced in the last 20 years. He can take any side and turn them into over achievers, and he can draw performances out of average players that the likes of Wenger can only dream of. Would he have gone to a shambles like Tottenham had they asked? No chance. He is a person that views loyalty as paramount, Spurs are not a club famed for sticking by managers while they get it right…..

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    and Sunderland for that matter! Lets not forget, they are a very good team, Roy Keane has spent close to 100 million on players himself. Not that I could actually name many of them, most of them would be excellent championship players no doubt.

    Spurs & Newcastle suffer from the same disease, apart from being shite they actually believe they have a divine right to challenge for honors. It’s takes years of building up a decent squad, as well as bringing through decent youth players. (Man United for example) and more importantly, keeping hold of them.

    You need the right ingredients to make it work, Spurs were close with Martin Jol until lasagnagate, got poisoned and never recovered. Good teams will also bounce back from adversity, that’s why the top 4 are the top 4. How many times have people written Arsenal off, yet year after year they prove people wrong, ok, so they haven’t anything but they are mighty close, and how much have they spent? Nothing compared with Newcastle & Spurs.

    Newcastle & Spurs won’t progress until realize they are just mediocre, they are no bigger Bolton, Fulham or Everton.

  • Tef1on

    I just have to say…

    I told you so and no one believed me!

  • Stevie
  • Martyn

    Finishing 5th 2 years in a row, by its very nature, is not a one off Darren. Ledley King is our captain not Robbie Keane. Woolwich still won nothing last year or the year before or the year before.
    Anyway, as I said before – Marathon not a sprint.
    Lets discuss at season end and then we can relook at that blog Stevie.

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    At last, a Spud in the house! Wondered when they would show their sorry face. Yes it’s a marathon and not a sprint, but I think you can safely say the champions league dream is over. Liverpool finished 4th last year losing only 6 games. The Spuds have lost 3 already. You need consistency to mount a serious challenge on the top 4, this something the Spuds will never have.

    I went on a few message boards and I was actually very surprised to read that some of your fans want Ramos sacked, it’s Newcastle part 2. Sack him replace him with who? It’s madness!

    Anyway Martyn, would you like to make that bet that Arsenal finish 10 points above the Spuds to £100?

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    King was your captain? He hasn’t played 3 games in row for 3 years. Maybe that’s one of your problems, it’s hardly setting an example.

    Watching the game on Monday it was evident Robbie Keane is sorely missed. When Arsenal played Spurs he was the one player that we were terrified of, a constant treat with his energy and pace, Santos looked ok but he will take time to settle.

  • Martyn

    It a disgrace for Spurs fans to want Ramos out but all clubs have a minority of fools who give their supporters a bad name. Champions League dream is definitely harder now but not impossibale. I think the whole league wil be much more open this year anyway. Its still so early. You guys are pandering to and even breeding the media frenzy that I hate so much by getting so definitive in your assumptions after 4 games. We’re only a win behind Man Utd and I’m pretty sure they’ll be in the top 2 at the end of the season. The players do need to gel and I hope that happens sooner rather than later. We have a very good squad and when they do start to gel I am sure we’ll be looking at a different Spurs.
    Oh and Darren, I’m sure it was 10 places!

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    10 places? I don’t get you. We all know it’s early days, never the less it’s bloody hilarious after all the hype!

    We should have a clear indication at Christmas. The thing that shocked me so much is you don’t look like scoring, in the 4 games this season you’ve hardly created any chances. Bents goal at Chelsea was your only shot, the goal against Villa was a total fluke too. The Spuds are usually up there when it comes to goals scored, goals conceded is a different matter, what is it, 6 clean sheets in 50? No doubt Ramos wil spend another 30 million in January

  • theking

    I find it absolutely outrageous that we are judging a team after 4 games, if my memory serves me well, wasn’t Man United in the bottom 3 after 4 games last season?

    Spurs will come good, it will take time, Ramos wasn’t built in a day!!

    We have way to much quality not be challenging for the top 4, 2 wins and we are we back in with a shout. How many teams will go to Chelsea and get a point this season, not Arsholes for sure!

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