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Sound Offs: Big hits or kids?

Posted on 6 June 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

We asked: Should Glenn Hoddle stick with our outstanding crop of kids next season or try to bring in more big-name stars?

You responded…

Kevin Carse, Cambridge: I am a very proud Tottenham supporter and I am sure Glenn will bring in the right players whoever they are. COME ON YOU SPURS

Johan van Oosten, Netherlands: I think we need to look at the future now Sol is gone. Look at players like Carr for example. Great talent and skill. We have enough potential to do well next year. And if things don't work out that well we can always sign players with lots of ambition for the Premier League. My advice for the team management: visit PSV Eindhoven and look at their defence. It is great. If things go bad, try to contract one or more of their defenders like Ooyer and Hofland. They aren't very expensive for Spurs!

David Proud, Alton: Let’s be realistic. The future of Spurs is not dependent upon the future of one player - Sol's departure or Sheri's arrival. It’s about acquiring, developing and nurturing players over the long term and having a strategy to keep improving the stature of the club and the squad. One positive result of the advent of ENIC is that we are starting to project the club's image positively and ambitiously again. That’s going to be key in developing the Clubs’ fortunes and perception throughout the game and improving the player base. Good luck Sol and thanks for everything. Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur!

Richard Collins, Harlow: It is very evident to all that Spurs need to invest and invest heavily if they are to seriously be considered European contenders next season. We are nowhere near Man Utd and light years away from the likes of Arsenal, Leeds and Liverpool. Chelsea's talents put them on the fringe and you are then left with a clutch of mid-table mediocre clubs who may be lucky to win one of the cups. We are among that pack, and nothing that has happened since David Buchler’s or Glenn Hoddle's arrivals have made me feel optimistic about next season. The players we have purchased or been linked to so far seem to support this view. David Buchler's ambitions are stifled by the wish to be profitable - well David investment is all important talk to Man Utd - success on the pitch brings success and strength to your balance sheet. Surely that's not lost on the man. Without European football Spurs will continue to be a mid-table mediocre side where the good players will want to leave and international players will not want to join. We have a superb ground and a good fanatical support but lack the support from the boardroom. We have grey suits in charge who profess to be life long supporters but are not prepared to take the club forward. We the Spurs fans deserve better

Daryl Kay, Ilford: I think Glenn should keep some of the youngsters such as King, Davies, Doherty and Gardner, as they are the ones who have really stood out since coming into the first team. But we still need some older players with experience to help them with their confidence and the way they play together.

Ian Spark, Dunstable: Stick with the Kids. There is no need to spend £15million for a single player, use that money to secure these kids’ contracts NOW! Blend them in with experienced players and by the middle of next season we will be having the pundits singing the "Kids" praises.

James Gerard, Totteridge: Spurs' kids are fantastic - King looks world class, Doherty, Young, Davies, Etherington and Gardner all also very promising. However, they must learn from experience. The loss of Sol is a huge blow, but it is in midfield where Spurs must buy. Davies needs to learn from a world class player, and our only decent midfielder is always injured. Up front, Doherty could learn from a decent target man, for Sergei and Teddy to play behind.

James Martindale, Farnham: Whilst the kids have proved themselves valuable assets, in order to improve more quality is definitely needed. Quality players can work with the kids and teach them as well as improve our short term prospects. In terms of "more" big name signings in my opinion we have not signed any big names yet. Let us remember Sheri is over the hill and only here for the money and Bungee has never played in a top league.

Guy Farmer, Ashford: I think that it would be great if we could rely on the youngsters to take us forward next season, but I don’t think that they can do that without the help of some established pro's like Sheringham etc. I think that we now have the youngsters at the club that are going to take us forward, but I think at the moment you still have to compliment these players with world class quality. Shevchenko, Carriere, Petit etc?