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Cartilage Free Captain - Sun Jun 3 2:01 PM
“If this is a ‘bad season’ for me then I’m happy to take that as a compliment.” Nobody who has watched Dele Alli carefully this past season would say that he had a bad year. While his goal production dropped to nine in the Premier League from 18 a season ago, he has integrated himself more fully...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sun Jun 3 8:30 AM
Spurs’ midfielders were ravaged by injuries and inconsistent play in 2017-18. We continue our series evaluating the season of the 2017-18 Tottenham Hotspur first team players. Up next, we look at the central midfielders. Eric Dier Appearances: 46 Goals: 0 Assists: 3 Cards: 6 yellow, 0 red After a...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sat Jun 2 8:46 PM
Kane looks like Kane again, and that’s good. England got their World Cup preparations off to a good start on Saturday behind goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane as they defeated Nigeria 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley Stadium. Cahill opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a headed blast on...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sat Jun 2 6:27 PM
The European Champions will have to find someone else to lead their squad next season. Zinedine Zidane shocked the footballing world the other day when he announced that he was stepping down as manager of Real Madrid. He had just won his third Champions League title in a row with the Spanish gian...
Cartilage Free Captain - Fri Jun 1 8:09 PM
But never mind that HE’S GOING TO BE A FATHER! Christian Eriksen is back in the transfer news today thanks to his agent, who claimed in the media that Tottenham Hotspur aren’t the only ones who remain interested in the midfielder. Eriksen has been widely tipped to sign a new, improved contract wi...
Cartilage Free Captain - Fri Jun 1 2:04 PM
Spurs’ gaffer didn’t put the issue to bed, but he did tamp down some of the rumors. Mauricio Pochettino had his first public appearance in front of the media today since the resignation of Zinedine Zidane as manager of Real Madrid. That resignation sent shockwaves through the European footballing...
Cartilage Free Captain - Fri Jun 1 9:06 AM
We at Cartilage Free Captain do transfer rumors often, and we do them well. But sometimes it’s worth doing a deeper dive into Tottenham Hotspur ’s transfer targets, what we call Daniel Levy’s Imaginary Shortlist . These are players that Spurs have either been linked to in the transfer window, or...
Cartilage Free Captain - Fri Jun 1 7:30 AM
Wayne Rooney, acting superstar. Hey, everyone! Let’s talk about films again. Ramble of the Day Football teams have gotten incredibly creative lately with how to make their money. From Angry Birds sleeve sponsors to getting the National Football League to partly fund your stadium, it is quite the...
Cartilage Free Captain - Fri Jun 1 1:30 AM
That’s the full amount of his contract. And that’s if Levy lets him go at all. Mauricio Pochettino is apparently Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez’s top target to replace Zinedine Zidane as manager, but even if Pochettino gets his head turned, Daniel Levy isn’t going to make it easy. Accordin...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu May 31 3:51 PM
But contingency plans are still in place in case something goes wrong. Work progresses on the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the crew rushes to put the finishing touches on Spurs’ new ground. Now, according to the Evening Standard, comes the announcement that the first test event will be held a...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu May 31 1:48 PM
Uh oh. There’s huge news in the world of football this morning as Zinedine Zidane held a snap press conference to announce that he was stepping down as manager of Real Madrid after winning his third consecutive Champions League title. The news has sent the media into an absolute frenzy about who...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu May 31 8:22 AM
A few World Cup jerseys, ranked. Hi, Hoddlers! There are only two weeks left until the World Cup begins! Let’s talk about it. Ramble of the Day Many have ranked World Cup kits, so I figured I’d do the same. I’ve actually been working on these rankings for quite some time, but I finalized them rig...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed May 30 8:57 PM
Good! A host of Tottenham Hotspur players will be joining up with their international teammates here in the next little while for a series of friendlies and World Cup warm-up matches now that club football is finished in most leagues. But Victor Wanyama won’t be one of them. ESPN is reporting tha...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed May 30 7:39 PM
The Tottenham Hotspur center back wants to give something back. Lots of professional athletes say they want to give something back to the community some day. Jan Vertonghen has actually done it. In the quiet period between the end of the Premier League season and the start of this summer’s World...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed May 30 2:54 PM
An English backup goalkeeper? Sure, why not! Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Michel Vorm is likely moving on this summer with his contract expiring, and that means Spurs are probably in the hunt for a new backup keeper. Not a lot has been written about it, but the Mirror has a report out now that sa...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed May 30 7:30 AM
Cake! A footballer! Links! Hi, everyone! I got a Joe Hart Panini sticker last night. It was pretty awkward. Ramble of the Day Once again, I am sharing with you something I found from the world of social media. This time, the subject is Manchester City’s Phil Foden, who recently celebrated his 18t...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue May 29 9:52 PM
But boy howdy, it sure doesn’t seem very likely. We really should stop doing this to each other. Gareth Bale is all over the news at the moment after he basically issued a come-and-get-me plea to well, anyone who can afford him. After scoring a brace off the bench to help Real Madrid win their th...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue May 29 5:11 PM
Spurs’ youngster will return to the club after a year in Birmingham. Aston Villa came incredibly close to returning to the Premier League. Last Saturday they fell 1-0 to Fulham at Wembley and thus missed out on a return to the top flight of English football. Steve Bruce turned to his bench as his...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue May 29 3:50 PM
Go on, Winksy. With at least one of Tottenham Hotspur ’s midfielders likely departing this summer, Harry Winks will very likely be an even more important part of Spurs’ team next season. That’s if he can recover from injury. Winksy shared an Instagram story on his personal feed today that showed...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue May 29 1:27 PM
As we suspected. On to other targets. Ryan Sessegnon is a Premier League player, but he will be playing for Fulham next season, according to the club’s owner. According to the Times (£) , the 18-year old phenom will not be sold to another club this summer but will instead stay with the Cottagers...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue May 29 8:07 AM
Let’s take a peek at Twitter. Hi, people! Let’s go back to Twitter for today’s ramble. Ramble of the Day I feel like we do not talk about Tottenham assistant coach Jesús Pérez enough. More specifically, I feel like we do not talk about his Twitter account enough. He’s not an incredibly active twe...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue May 29 12:27 AM
Are there moose in Italy? There may be at least one after this summer. I think by this point most Tottenham Hotspur fans expect midfielder Mousa Dembele to be sold before the closing of the transfer window this summer. He’s already confirmed both in person and via his agent that he won’t address...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon May 28 11:26 PM
Or, to put it another way, “Shut up Liverpool fans” Much hay has been made and much salt has been consumed over the appointment of Harry Kane as the captain of England’s World Cup squad. Kane, apparently had known for a few weeks that he was going to be named as England’s de facto leader by Garet...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon May 28 4:36 PM
Nice one, Sonny! It’s World Cup friendly warm-up season, and Tottenham Hotspur ’s Son Heung-Min is already getting things going for South Korea. Sonny scored an absolute rocket of a goal today in the 61st minute of a 2-0 win over Honduras at the Daegu Stadium. Sonny started for Korea and also cap...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon May 28 2:58 PM
YES PLEASE DO THIS LEVY When Fulham defeated Aston Villa 1-0 in the English Championship playoff final and promoted to the Premier League this Saturday, that made the idea of signing Ryan Sessegnon a lot more difficult. Heading into the playoffs, the rumors were all saying that if Fulham promoted...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon May 28 7:30 AM
Crying babies. Hello, everyone! A very happy day off for those of us in the States and in the United Kingdom. Ramble of the Day This weekend, I spent time with a baby. He’s my sister’s friend’s baby, and he is a very nice and well behaved one. Anyway, to entertain a three-month-old, I basically d...