In this Interview Peter Phillips sits down with Spurs fan Andy Rockall
1. First of all thanks for your time Andy and we are looking forward to your review of Tottenham`s season so far. How would you sum up Spurs` season so far?
After a slow start at our temporary home we have slipped nicely through the gears, our away form has been superb, four wins in five, and our Champions League form has been exceptional, to have already qualified for the knock out stages with two games left is fantastic. We were very much third favourites and the term ‘group of death’ was banded about in the press.
2. Who has been the best performer for Spurs this season in your opinion?
Harry Kane, he is our talisman.
After his customary goalless August he still has 13 in 12 games this season, though he doesn’t seem to be exceptional at anything he’s very good at almost all disciplines of forward play.
He is strong and turns centre halves with ease, he can be a touch greedy and attempt shoots from anywhere, but he’s frankly entitled to I’d say.
3. Which has been the best performance for Spurs this season?
Just edging the victory over Liverpool I would say defeating back to back European Champions Real Madrid. Pochettino identified a weakness with Madrid’s high press and we got into the space behind them and hit them on the counter attack.
Its refreshing to see a manager who has a plan and drills into his players what he wants from them.
4. Which has been the worst performance for Spurs this season?
The goalless draw at home to Swansea, credit to them, they came to defend as a team and did the job manfully with no individual errors, but we lacked the craft to prize them open and after bringing Llorente off the bench we failed to utilise his height and threat in the box.
5. Do you think MP will be making any signings in January?
I don’t expect so, we had the best pair of centre halves in the PL last season yet still added Davinson Sanchez from Ajax, this has worked seamlessly and he has integrated well.
We signed Aurier for £24m from PSG but his presence seems to have pushed Trippier on to the next level on a consistent basis.
We have Dembele, Wanyama and Lamela returning from injuries to bolster the midfield. Harry Winks is a great prospect too, a tidy ball player, nothing flashy, but he always wants the ball, whatever the situation even under pressure, Pochettino would sooner see a youngster blossom that spend the ludicrously inflated prices that would be needed to bring in a new face. The Ross Barkley link will re-appear if the new Everton boss doesn’t want him.
6. What are your hopes and expectations for the rest of the season?
To stay in the title race and Champions League for as long as possible. I fear we will eventually be beaten by teams with significantly better resources, but we do have great team spirit and a manager who the players believe in. Personally I’d be happy to win the FA Cup even if it meant dropping out of the top four, but I’m old school and would rather see a pot in the trophy cabinet than a balance sheet swollen by CL qualification.
7. Who would you sell and buy in January to strengthen the Spurs squad?
I would sell Sissoko, I’d actually give him away and I’d drive him wherever he needed to go, but Pochettino sees something in him. There will be speculation about Rose but we don’t need to sell and I don’t expect to, at least until the summer!
As for targets, I would like to see another attacking midfielder to put pressure on Eriksen and Alli but I would resist buying a player just to strengthen the bench/squad, you should always look to improve the first team.
Thanks to Peter and the FOL website for my interview.