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Sound Offs: Big hits or kids? (3)

Posted on 8 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).

The final batch of your replies to the question 'Should Glenn Hoddle stick with our outstanding crop of kids next season or try to bring in more big-name stars?'

Geoffrey James, Dunfermline: I would rather see Glenn stick with his young players that are coming through. They have gained a lot of experience this season and have coped well. They will be stronger next season. Glenn Hoddle is a good tactician and with the right encouragement this squad may well surprise a few teams next season.

Evan Richards, Gloucester: I think that we have a superb batch of youngsters and they have done the club proud this season e.g. Doherty, Davies, King etc. But they are only young and you can't expect them to produce the goods week in week out! In order for the club to gain success we need quality players (with experience at the highest of levels) and a quality manager. We got the manager so all we need now is a few more quality players. I disagree with Southgate, I don't rate him, however, I think we should try and buy Frank Lampard jnr as he would provide an all round midfield display, and a good left back e.g. Michael Ball, and Francis Jeffers would also do well at Spurs!

John Hawkes, Cambridge: "All the best players started at spurs" as the old saying goes. I think Hoddle needs to bring in a couple of really world class players in order to continue to inspire the youth formula that has worked so well for years. Without that sort of experience present, I fear there well be limits as to how far younger players feel they can develop with us and they may well leave before we see the best of them.

Tommy Rathleff, Singapore: We need more! With Ziege in the picture now, we should try and get Guardiola in and, more importantly, Petit, to cover up the centre of our defence. Up front we need more power, not to mention youth, Rebrov will shine this season and Teddy will get his fair share of the spoils, but neither he nor Les are getting any younger and we must think ahead, further than next season. Get Claus Jensen from Charlton in - solid player, get Martin Jorgensen from Udinese in - fed up with Italy and good in all areas, get Ebbe Sand from Schalke - Bundeliga top scorer and keen on the UK, get Mendieta from Valencia - player of the season worldwide in my book. We need to think bigger - buy in Europe, it's cheaper!

Steve Brown: I think that the kids performance last season along with the excellent Neil Sullivan were the only real good points on the pitch. Glenn should stand by the youngsters that have got themselves into the first team squad like: Doc, Tony, Davies, Etherington and Ledley. They should be vying for places alongside the new buys that are needed. They shouldn't have to be relied on as was the case last season but they are still crucial for a successful season.

Daniel Reeve: Although I think the youngsters at the club have played well last season, I still think there is a long way to go before they can compete with the top Premiership stars. By bringing in 2 or 3 more big names, players like Davies and Doherty will be able to learn from them and at the same time Glenn will be strengthening the squad. Surely that can only be a good thing?

Adrian Mathewson, Hamilton NZ: Stick with the youngsters is not my preferred option. Soccer is and always was a game won and lost in the midfield by mature players with vision skill and guile and that is what we need now. Supporters seem to be ecstatic when expensive strikers are signed but if they can’t be supplied with the ball they ain’t gonna score. I read we are interested in Poyet and that did excite me, What happened?

Terry Williams, Wales: Yes, I think he should, they can only get better, but I think he should also bring in some world class players so the youngsters can learn a few tricks.

Stephanie Baharie, Plymouth: I think that Glenn should stick with the young players because they have played a lot this season and it is only by playing games that they will learn. We have several more experienced players in the squad and they should be able to guide the younger players through.

There is absolutely no reason why Spurs shouldn't be the next Man U. They started out with all their young players and now they have a great team. Glenn is a great coach too. He proved that at his previous clubs and my hope is that the younger players will become the stars of the future under his guidance.

Dave Kirk, Leicester: I think he should bring in the people who are not happy elsewhere. If you look at the list it is quite good: Poyet, Jeffers, Southgate, Lampard, Zeige. These players would enhance the squad and add experience so that the youngsters can come through.

John Drabble, Bolton: I think that we have an embarrassment of riches as far as the younger crop of players is concerned. I am an exiled fan up in Bolton and am looking forward to watching Premiership football at the Reebok next season, particularly the home game against Spurs. I am sure that every Bolton fan would give their right arm for a Davies, Doherty, King or Young. Have some patience and just watch these young guys mature. Then we will compete with the best of the rest.

Daniel Holloday, Wivenhoe, Essex: Spurs have possibly the most exciting group of youngsters in the Premiership, but this alone will not be enough to make Spurs a formidable force again. The experience and quality players such as Sheringham bring is vital to the continued development of our young stars. I hope that Glenn can attract 3-4 big name players who could help quickly turn this club around.

Russell King, Westcliff on sea: I think the question over bringing youngsters through or into your squad is very important. Man Utd and Leeds are great examples and I believe, looking at last years performances that Spurs are beginning to make very positive in steps in that direction. To lose or fail to continue to bring lads, like my namesake, King, Davies, Thelwell, Gardner etc into games on a regular basis would be a great mistake. But, still using Man Utd and Leeds as an example we still need a number of big names to help win games now. To take Spurs onto a bigger stage, providing the youngsters with the experience they need and giving them advice and help that would prove invaluable to a maturing player etc. This selection is vitally important, and any old big name is not good enough. Teddy was a fantastic buy in my opinion, with the potential to give all those things back to the team from day one. A good start for Glenn (who also fits into the above categories) and the team.

Daniel McNamara, age 15, Romford: I think that Glenn should stick with the youngsters because they have all shone this season, but he should also sign some big name players so they are there to help the youngsters and give them confidence.

Joseph Charles, Watford: I think Hoddle should do both. There is a lot of young talent coming through Spurs, the most promising being King, Young, Davies and Gardner. However I believe we need some experienced stars (probably why Teddy was bought) to guide them with their experience etc. We need a creative class midfielder (we can't rely on Dazza and wouldn’t want to put such pressure on Simon Davies. A left-sided player and probably an experienced centre back to replace Sol. If I were Hoddle I would buy Christian Ziege or Michael Ball, depending on whether we were going with 3 or 4 at the back. A class midfielder for cheap would be De La Pena, although the Frenchman Carriere would probably graft a bit more. At the back an older statesman like Gareth Southgate - although the current £8m Aston Villa wants is £3m too much.

Mark Delbridge, Chertsey: I think there needs to be a blend. The youngsters have done well, but we need to have some experienced players to get them through. It's a 2-stage process, we need to attract players to get us into UEFA cup and that in turn will help us to attract better players to get us in to the Champions League. It won't be a easy job, but with the great crop of youngsters and a few good buys in the summer, and hopefully a better away campaign next season, it's not beyond Glenn to do it - nobody will be more committed than him. Top 6 will be a good finish next season, then onwards...

Lee Toms, Loughton, Essex: I think we should keep some of the younger players in. ie. Davies and Doherty and maybe King and Gardner, but we are still missing something in midfield - if we can find a playmaker I think things could be better next season. I hope.

Philip Cross, Lincoln: I think Glenn knows he will need to bring in maybe 3 or 4 players during the summer, but I also think the kids will feature more next season than the previous season under George Graham. Glenn has and will continue to give the lads a chance to prove themselves to him.