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Sound Offs: Europe 4

Posted on 8 January 2002  - 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).

Nick Wilderspin: I think Spurs are good enough to be in the top 6 by the end of the season, and to win the Worthington Cup would be a bonus. I think we would do well in Europe and I would love it if we were. If Newcastle can be top of the table bye Xmas than we can definitely be in the top 6 by the end of the season!

Kaare Moller Madsen: Signing a top quality player for every line on the pitch would naturally be fantastic. But let's stay a bit realistic - that won't happen... Instead I think we should prepare some of our great future prospects for the European games next season. The only way to make them better and ready for Europe is by giving them some time in the first team. King is one of the youngsters who is ready for the big ones. Davies has done extremely well this season and has had some international experience with Wales. And Gardner is getting better and better as well. Etherington also has a great future. So we have many good options in defence and midfield. If we are to buy any players I believe we should buy a striker. Ferdinand and Teddy aren't getting any younger... Rebrov still has a lot to offer and Kamanan need more time.

Loren Young: At the present time I think our only and main aim is to get into Europe next season. As when you are playing European football you attract players that would overlook the club had it not be in Europe. Saying this I think our present squad is not in-depth enough to compete in Europe this season. But on the broader picture things are definitely looking up for Spurs. We now have what we have been crying out for for years, a manager who
loves the club and would give his last penny to see Tottenham Hotspur become one of the most successful teams in England. Roll on next season Spurs v The rest of Europe.

Craig Bates: I think the only chance of us doing something in Europe, if we get there at the moment, is to strengthen our defence. When looking at OPTA stats one thing that comes to mind is that we have conceded more goals than many of the teams we meet. We may be scoring goals but we need to find a balance between scoring and conceding. There is no point in scoring a stream of goals but letting just as many in. If we can fix this problem we will not only go far in domestic competitions, but Europe also.

Neil Warren: The primary concern should be cementing ourselves as a 'top 6' club in the premier league. Discussion about regular European football will remain a dream until we achieve this. Prior to the Christmas period we had a good opportunity of consolidating our status which went horribly wrong and now only hard work until the end of the season will achieve this ambition.

Assuming we attain the goal of European football next season then our style should be well suited, particularly if we can stop giving silly goals away when we have matches under control (Leeds, Manchester United, Southampton, Aston Villa etc.) However it is a massive step up playing the top European sides as our top sides such as Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Leeds have shown in recent seasons and we should be under no illusion that if these sides struggle in Europe we are going to be in for some very hard games unless we significantly strengthen the squad with a blend of experienced top quality international players combined with our rising stars of the future such as Ledley King and Simon Davies.

Our style of play is once again a joy to behold but it is no use kidding ourselves that without a top striker who will consistently convert the many more chances being created now, and at least one more solid midfield player, we are likely to be knocked out in European competition in the early stages. Let's all make sure Spurs really are back and with avengence!

Richard Porter: We need to consolidate ourselves in The League first. We must be in the top six consistently throughout the season and not lose ground. We need a creative midfielder and we must keep Sergei Rebrov if we are to progress. With some players at the twilight of ther careers, we need to bring in some talent for the new season. Bobby Zamora would be an asset because Teddy would bring him on.

Steffi Baharie: I think that it all comes down to experience. Playing in Europe is always going to be a new challenge and this is what the club should strive for. We have a great team at the moment, but maybe need to expand a little, so that we can do the same as Liverpool and Man U and rotate the squad effectively, so that everyone is at their best. Obviously, the two go hand in hand..... if we are playing in Europe the current team will be more experienced and we can attract more players. At the moment I think we should be concentrating on domestic football. The league and cups are important too and getting on well domestically will breed more confidence in our players.