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Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Aug 9 6:54 PM
To help explain Tottenham’s biggest whiff of the transfer window, we turned to Aston Villa blog 7500 to Holte for answers. You probably heard that Tottenham Hotspur didn’t sign any players in this transfer window . And with the benefit of hindsight, we can look back and see that the deal for Asto...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Aug 9 5:00 PM
It’s over. It’s over. The English transfer window has closed, Tottenham Hotspur are the first club in the history of the Premier League to not make a single signing in the summer transfer window, free or otherwise. Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy are standing pat with the squad that took them...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Aug 9 3:28 PM
Well, glad somebody isn’t! Mauricio Pochettino had his first pre-match press conference ahead of the new Premier League season, and as you might expect, questions mostly focused on Tottenham’s complete lack of signings in the transfer window . #thfc Pochettino: "The market was crazy. The World Cu...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Aug 9 2:31 PM
Plus, Pochettino provides an update on the World Cup semifinalists. Tottenham Hotspur will travel to Newcastle without a big number of first-team players for the team’s first match of the season. In his pre-match press conference, Mauricio Pochettino revealed that Victor Wanyama, who picked up a...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Aug 9 12:36 PM
With four and a half hours before the transfer window closes, it’s starting to look less and less likely that Tottenham Hotspur will make an improved bid for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish . Enter the Independent, which says that if Spurs don’t come back with a final, acceptable bid, Villa will inst...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Aug 9 12:11 PM
“The information I have is no.” If there’s a person who might — might — be as unhappy as your typical Tottenham Hotspur supporter today, it’s probably Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. United have been working all window to try and secure another solid center back for their Premier League cam...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Aug 9 10:55 AM
Update: but #actually, they probably won’t. Aston Villa put out a pretty definitive statement on Wednesday after Tottenham Hotspur placed a £25m bid for Jack Grealish — not only are we moving the goalposts on you, he’s also not for sale at all . The result apparently left Jack disappointed, but r...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Aug 9 7:30 AM
An important topic for all Hoddlers. Hello, everybody! I have a very important question. Ramble of the Day As you all have noticed by now, the lead image for each Hoddle for the last two weeks has been one of Son Heung-Min, perhaps one of football’s few players that is universally adored and appr...
Cartilage Free Captain - Thu Aug 9 1:07 AM
So, that’s something I guess? Danny Rose might be on his way out of Tottenham Hotspur by tomorrow, but it’s starting to look more and more like Toby Alderweireld will be staying on. The Belgian has been a long-time transfer target by Manchester United , but Spurs have played hard-ball on his tran...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Aug 8 11:04 PM
Spurs may be buying a left back on deadline day. It looks like Tottenham Hotspur are going to allow Danny Rose to leave on loan to Schalke . That doesn’t make a lot of sense, unless Spurs are preparing to sign another left back. That may be the case, because they are now being linked to left back...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Aug 8 9:07 PM
This is weird and makes no sense. Whoa! Here’s a rumor for you. Sky Sports Understands™ that Tottenham Hotspur are currently in negotiations with Bundesliga club Schalke for the season-long loan of Danny Rose . We understand #thfc and Schalke are in talks over a loan move for Danny Rose. More fro...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Aug 8 9:03 PM
We asked, you delivered! A couple of days ago I threw up a poll that asked Cartilage Free Captain readers to predict the Premier League table for 2018-19, and boy howdy did you deliver! Over 900 people responded to the survey, which gives us a pretty good indication of what you think. Of course,...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Aug 8 8:31 PM
What is even going on. In the ever-twisting saga that is Jack Grealish ’s potential move to Tottenham Hotspur , Midlands football writer Nick Mashiter says he’s hearing that Grealish has been told the midfielder is not leaving Aston Villa, and that the player won’t be attempting to force the move...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Aug 8 7:16 PM
According to Galician paper La Voz, Lobotka might be the “break glass in case of emergency” midfield signing. Tottenham Hotspur are still stymied from Aston Villa’s refusal to sell Jack Grealish here in the last day of the transfer window , but according to one Spanish paper they’re still keeping...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Aug 8 5:37 PM
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee More good transfer window news, this time out of the Croatian media! Online outlet Sportske novotsti is reporting now that Tottenham proposed a bid of €40m for Inter Milan midfielder and Croatian World Cup star Marcelo Brozovic only to have that approach rejected by the Serie A...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Aug 8 3:04 PM
Here we go! More great stuff from the BBC transfer tracker this morning in the wake of Aston Villa’s rejection of a £25m bid for Jack Grealish . Apparently, Grealish is FURIOUS with Villa for turning down the bid, according to Simon Stone . The report states that Villa’s owners had previously tol...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Aug 8 2:39 PM
Hey @SpursOfficial, #AnnounceVivienneJane We needed some good news this morning, and now we’ve got some — Tottenham Hotspur have finally added someone in this transfer window . Harry Kane and his fiancee Kate Goodland have welcomed their second child to the world! Harry made the announcement on h...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Aug 8 2:17 PM
All the Tottenham transfer stories — right here! Looking for a place where you can get up to date with all the Tottenham Hotspur transfer stories as we careen towards the close of the window on Thursday? You’ve come to the right place! We’ll put all of our stories here for you to read at your con...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Aug 8 1:26 PM
It’s as suspected, but it goes a bit farther. Well, this was a nice thing to wake up to. Sky Sports News is reporting this morning that Aston Villa have indeed rejected Tottenham Hotspur ’s bid for Jack Grealish. Spurs lodged a bid on Tuesday night of £25m for the midfielder, with the clubs repor...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Aug 8 1:17 PM
Bar a last minute gazumping, we are in the darkest timeline. If you were holding out hope that the rumors connecting Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic to Chelsea might not happen, your hopes have been dashed. David Ornstein at the BBC is reporting that the World Cup runner-up will have a medic...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Aug 8 1:04 PM
So much for that “take it or leave it” offer, huh? The transfer window is kicking into high gear, and one of the top stories involves Tottenham Hotspur ’s Belgian center back Toby Alderweireld . Toby has been tipped for the exit from Spurs for months now after refusing to sign a contract extensio...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Aug 8 9:34 AM
There are some changes. It’s hard to believe that the off-season is almost over and Tottenham Hotspur will be kicking off the new season this Saturday at St. James’ Park against Newcastle United. Week in and week out, we try our best to tell you how to watch the matches (legally) as we reach them...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Aug 8 8:05 AM
Sometimes, you plan on writing 100 words and you end up with 400. Hello, all! I have started this Hoddle before lunchtime on Tuesday, which is a record for me. My incredibly busy summer will not stop. I intended on this being a quick one, but 400 words later, it became clear that this was not. Ra...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Aug 8 12:29 AM
Can we nickname him “The Barge”? Whyyyyy would this Sander Berge kid be linked to Arsenal? Hrmmmmm pic.twitter.com/KQGxye7V35 — Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) June 18, 2017 All right, NOW we’ve got ourselves a proper end of the transfer window , complete with crazy out-of-nowhere rumors! Reports out o...
Cartilage Free Captain - Wed Aug 8 12:14 AM
LOL come on BID! THERE’S BEEN A BID! According to Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas, Tottenham Hotspur lodged a £25m bid for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish , after days of negotiations between the two sides. Spurs are now waiting on Aston Villa to respond. BREAKING: #Tottenham have made a £25m bid for #Aston...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue Aug 7 9:52 PM
The Independent says Rose has fallen out of favor with Mauricio Pochettino. Roll on transfer window deadline. Jack Pitt-Brook has written today about the state of Tottenham Hotspur’s transfer dealings in the Independent, and he puts a pretty fine point on it — it’s not great. But while he talks s...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue Aug 7 6:57 PM
We just renewed last season’s league, but you can still join in on the fun. Hi, folks. It’s that time again — we’re going to once again renew the Cartilage Free Captain fantasy Premier League over at fantasy.premierleague.com , just in time for both the end of the transfer window and the start of...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue Aug 7 5:25 PM
Gavin Bazunu is 16, but wouldn’t leave Shamrock Rovers until he matriculates from school. Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made a bid for a player! According to the Times of Ireland, Spurs have launched a whopping £200k bid for 16-year old Irish goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu , who is currently playing...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue Aug 7 4:04 PM
Will the deal get done before the window shuts? It has not been an easy transfer window for Tottenham Hotspur fans. The club have yet to sign anybody, and the one player who might actually join is the subject of a lengthy transfer saga. Jack Grealish is the footballer most likely to sign for Spur...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue Aug 7 3:13 PM
That’s so Harry. The transfer window is still dark and full of terrors today, so let’s talk about something happier: Harry Kane . Specifically, Harry Kane is disappointed with his World Cup performance, despite scoring six goals, taking home the Golden Boot, and helping lead England to the semifi...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue Aug 7 2:54 PM
NOOOOOO GOD! NO GOD PLEASE NO! NO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I am so sorry, fam. Yesterday I got everyone’s hopes up by reporting on a MARCA story that suggested that Mateo Kovacic was going on strike at Real Madrid in order to force a move to another club where he can get more minutes. Tottenham Hotspur w...
Cartilage Free Captain - Tue Aug 7 12:47 PM
A lot of pictures and thoughts about Spurs players arriving to preseason training. SCHEDULING ERROR I AM SO SORRY FOR THE DELAY Ramble of the Day Finally, the last batch of Tottenham players reported for preseason duty yesterday, as the nine World Cup semifinalists came back to the training groun...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon Aug 6 11:04 PM
Well, that sounds more promising! All’s been quiet on the Jack Grealish front for a couple of days now, which depending on your point of view is either evidence that Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa are planning something, or the whole shebang is about to fall apart leaving us nothing but empty...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon Aug 6 7:09 PM
GET ON THE PHONE DANIEL High on everyone’s list of potential Tottenham Hotspur is World Cup runner-up and Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic. He’d be absolutely PERFECT for Spurs in the center of their midfield, and he’s been making noises lately expressing his frustration about not getting suf...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon Aug 6 5:26 PM
You know what the trouble is Levy? We use to buy people in this club. With time running short in the summer transfer window , Tottenham Hotspur is rumored to have its eye on Slovakian international Stansilav Lobotka to bolster central midfield, according to various reports. Lobotka is reported to...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon Aug 6 3:36 PM
With just days before the start of the new Premier League season, we want to know YOUR predictions for the 2018-19 table. It’s that time again! Time to put on your prognostication hats and look ahead to the end of the 2018-19 Premier League season. Here at Cartilage Free Captain, we have our opin...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon Aug 6 2:37 PM
More Moose is good Moose. We’ve been saying our tearful goodbyes to Mousa Dembele for the past three months or so after numerous reports suggested that the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was ready to move on for a new challenge at the end of his career. However, that may not be the case after all....
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon Aug 6 2:32 PM
Welcome back, Hugo, Harry, Eric, Dele, Kieran, Danny, Mousa, Toby, and Jan! OK, now the new Premier League season can begin. Tottenham Hotspur ’s World Cup stars are expected to finally report back to Hotspur Way to begin training for the start of the new league season, which begins this Saturday...
Cartilage Free Captain - Mon Aug 6 7:30 AM
Ugly trophies! Hello, Hoddlers! Another bump for my Friday question before I ramble: What is something on the internet that will come as close as possible to snapping you out of a bad mood? Keep it PG, please, and you’ll find out why soon (maybe). Ramble of the Day Sport is full of beautiful thin...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sun Aug 5 9:11 PM
Answer: bourbon. We’re four days away from the close of the transfer window , and nope — Tottenham Hotspur still haven’t made any signings, nor does it look like they’re especially close to doing so. What’s a fan to do? This post is a response to a tweet I received this afternoon from a fellow Sp...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sun Aug 5 7:40 PM
We can’t take too much from Spurs’ preseason tour, but there were a few players who impressed. Tottenham Hotspur ’s preseason preparations are now complete, as Spurs have wrapped up their tour to USA for the International Champions Cup, and rounded out the trip with a loss to a full-strength Giro...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sun Aug 5 1:14 AM
BUT IT’S STILL THE MIRROR. Normally, I don’t use the Daily Mirror as a primary source for transfer rumors. There are plenty of good reasons for this, but the most primary reason is this: they’re usually garbage. Not, like, the S-n or the Express kind of garbage, but still pretty bad. But, as they...
Cartilage Free Captain - Sat Aug 4 4:35 PM
One more warmup before the season kicks off! I am literally typing this on an iPad mini while at my daughter’s swim meet and it’s suuuucks, so I’ll be brief. Tottenham Hotspur take on Girona today in Spain in what is their final friendly before the Premier League kicks off at Newcastle next Satur...
Cartilage Free Captain - Fri Aug 3 5:26 PM
The 21-year old midfielder says he looks up to Ngolo Kante as he tries to break into Spurs’ first team. Almost without question, the player who did the most to help his career during Tottenham Hotspur ’s International Champions Cup was 21 year old midfielder Luke Amos. The academy graduate starte...
Cartilage Free Captain - Fri Aug 3 3:07 PM
Here me out: Beve Struce. Remember yesterday when there was good news on the Jack Grealish to Tottenham Hotspur front? Aston Villa manager tried to pour some cold water on that news today. Steve Bruce gave comments to the media that tried to suggest that the clubs are still pretty far apart in th...
Cartilage Free Captain - Fri Aug 3 8:05 AM
A unique interview with a footballer. Hey, everyone! A quick question for a small project I might be working on: What is something not related to football that you can find on the internet that will almost instantly snap you out of a bad mood? (Keep it PG, please.) You’ll find out soon enough why...