Date: 10th November 2006 at 10:35pm
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After Damiano Comolli’s declaration only the other week that Tottenham would never follow Arsenal’s policy of signing young foreign talent, and that Spurs would always pursue young English talent first, then domestic based foreign talent next, and only once those avenues had been exhausted, foreign talent based abroad, what do I see in the news today, but a story about the tiny totts ‘beating’ us to the Brazilian Leonardo, based in Holland.

I cannot say I know this player much at all, but from the reports I gather he is 23 years old and a left winger.

Well, glad to see that Spurs are sticking to their principles.

Next time a spud comes on here boasting about their English side, and lambasting us for our continental squad, you may want to remind them of this fact.

Hypocrites? Surely not…

Article submitted by Wingston75


55 Replies to “Where Did Spurs English Policy Go?”

  • Spurs following English first principles can be observed by the 6 players in the England side for Wednesday and the 2 players in the U21 side ….. exactly how many Arsenal players were called up for the squad? Regarding Leonardo, he was a player known to Jol when he was at Feyenoord, in fact I think Jol tried to sign him when he was manager of RWC Waalwijk. Spurs have signed him in January as NAC Breda desperately wanted to sell him. Before making comments maybe some of the Arsenal authors should learn to read, and not selectively edit what was actually said, plus criticise us when you actually have some English players in the England squad. Maybe its because not only are we beating you to talented English players but we are now beating you to talented foreign ones as well?

  • i think the whole english thing is in spuds head and not Jol, i personally think Jol plays ~FM07 and he signs anyone that is good on the computer game, thinking they are good in real life !

  • Yeah, we’re kicking ourselves that you beat us to Fabregas, Djourou, Clichy, Diaby, van Persie, Denilson, Song, Eboue and Walcott. If you look at Spurs last seven or eight signings, they have all been French or African. Now which Premiership manager has had unrivalled success with French and African players???? Personally, I’m thrilled Arsenal have nothing to do with the hello magazine parade that is the England side. But Cesc is becoming the fulcrum of an exciting Spanish side, RVP is van Basten’s main man for a young Dutch team that looks like going far, Senderos and Djourou were at centre back in Switzerland’s best ever WC outing, Toure and Eboue are lynchpins in the excellent Ivory Coast side and Gallas and Henry played in a World Cup Final. Oh and Jens was the best keeper in the World Cup. Oh and Denilson is the skipper of the Brazil U-19. I;m happier with that than trying to boast that the patriaition of my squad is racially superior because it is obligated to field English players. You have to ask as well why Spuds do not believe in their youth system?

  • thank you little dutch. to Sir_Harry, the article wasnt saying you DON’T have that englishness to your tea, it was pointing out the complete and utter b**ll*cks that your backroom staff and board talk, in regards to the english ‘whose next up for an autobiography’ brigade versus ‘johnny foreigner’ band of players. As dutch pointed out, how many english players did you sign i the summer? Chimbonda – nope. Assou-Ekotto – nope. Zokora – nope. Berbatov – nope. Leonardo – nope. I count five there, and NONE of them english. Where’s your great policy then? C’mon, stand by your principles, berbatov cam from a foreign league, so did zokora, assou ekkoto & leonardo. SURELY you could have found someone equable before resorting to this ‘last resort’ of signings, to adopt the tone of Comolli???

    oh, and as for beatingus to young foreign talent as well as domestic? we already have a youg left sided player – he’s english, Theo Walcott? except he can play left right and centre. You’ll def knowall about him in a few years when arsene’s allowed him to grow into the plyer he’ll become. And yeah, nice to see you beat us to merida and denilson too. twonk.

    »»Arsene Knows««

  • SH – We have no English players in the England squad, but then again it wasn’t our board running around saying we were going to snap up all the English talent, and then with the exception of a couple, buy in all foreign players and push your English lads onto the bench.

  • Firstly Berbatov is Bulgarian which is not French or African. Secondly Defoe wasn’t pushed to the bench as he was there already as was Murphy. Jenas, Lennon, Dawson, King and Robinson have not been supplanted by any signings. Commolli said ideally Spurs would PREFER to go for English players, then foreign players playing in England, then foreign players from overseas. He did not say we wouldn’t sign foreign players from overseas so I’m not sure where principles have been compromised. I would answer to Little Dutch, how many English players have you signed in the last 3 years then? Its very much a case here of pot calling kettle black with you trying to clutch at any straws to justify your own non-English policy barring the Walcott exception. This is finally demonstrated by the fact that Leonardo cannot even negotiate with anyone until 1st January 2007, meaning this is all press speculation, but nice of you to demonstrate your increasing fear and paranoia about a resurgent Tottenham side.

  • I read the first line of your reply and can not go any further until you tell me what you mean when you say Firstly Berbatov is Bulgarian which is not French or African.

  • Of the 6 players, 3 were foreigners were playing in England, one was the French U17 captain, one was Assou-Ekotto who Wenger allegedly admired and Berbatov. So 50% followed Commolli’s dictat. But what Commolli said was he could never envisage Spurs going into a game with no English players in the matchday 16 like Arsenal have done. He also laid out the preferred route for signing players, but never stated that exceptions could not be made.

  • So the % of English players at you decrease dramtically with 6 foreigners coming in and one English 2-3 English players going out (?) As for saying then he would sign foreigners from England, that was just a way of trying to have a dig at the Gooners, because a foreign player is a foreign player no matter how you sugar coat it.

  • The problem is sir harry people are asking the wrong question. The question should be, why are no English players good enough to play for Arsenal? The ones that were (Cole and Campbell) were incredibly selfish and disloyal. You didn’t answer my question as to why Spuds don’t believe in their youth policy. Saying we are trying to ‘justify’ having non English players I find a troubling comment. I could not care less where Arsenal players come from, and the word ‘justify’ implies a tabloidesque vitriol, because you believe the patriation of your squad somehow makes you superior. That is an attitude that, no matter how subtle, is quite xenophobic, to suggest that we have a case to answer because of the diversity of our squad is a regressive attitude which will be ridiculed in twenty years, just as my generation is shocked by Barry Davies saying, “the two colured players combining well there,” in the 70s.

  • Sir Harry, if you fell in love with a foreign woman, would you say, “thanks but no thanks, I should have an English wife, however inferior she may be to you in my eyes’? Because when you are passionate about something, in this case, a football team, you don’t care where it comes from. If you do, then that’s very sad.

  • Sir_Harry, how many spurs fans were up in arms when Klinsmann signed for spurs? none i bet, because he was a fine striker. So if you could have signed eleven players from abroad who were as good as their english counterparts, yet cost a *fraction* of the price (djourou 250K vs curtis davies 10m), thus keeping your club on a sound financial footing (for whichever way you wish to look at it, clubs run as businesses, and witness leeds to see how close a big club can come to goping out of business and existence…), what would you do? Yes, we arsenal fans would love more englishmen in the team, IF they were as good as their foreign counterparts at the club, but the crucial thing is that we wish to see the best player in that position, regardless of where he is from. And on recent experiences, ie. Campbell and Cole, I think that we have not had too good an experience with english players. Campbell turned into a liability bottler, a shadow of his former self, and even you spuds can appreciate that cole is ********* number one – everyone in football can see what a twerp theguy turned into – an embarrassment, a bloated overfed ego, who raged at only being offered 55k a week. Would you want that kind of player at your club? that’s the englsih type we had in our first team, and i for one am glad they’ve gone. The players we have there now WANT to play for our team, and respect the club and are willing to work for their place, I’d much rather have that type of personality than the cole or campbell type. Plus they are all very composed on the ball, and extremely talented for their tender years and relative inexperience. I’m not askign you to agree with the make-up and multinational basis of our squad, i merely hope that you can appreciate why we are quite happy with the current contruction of it, based on what i have just mentioned…

    »»Arsene Knows««

  • Youth policy – Ledley King, Aaron Lennon, Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone, Dorian Dervitte etc. With the exception of Cesc Fabregas, your youngsters like Song and Aubry had a signing fee. What concerns me, is the inaccurate comments made about Commolli’s statement. Its the ostrich approach that having no English players doesn’t affect the national side which is surprising. The club plays in the English league, receives prize money from the English FA etc. Only Chelsea and Arsenal I believe are the only sides in the top leagues in Europe who have never fielded a domestic qualified player in their national league. It is an extreme not seen elsewhere. That is why UEFA/FIFA are taking steps with the acceptance of the EU is there is a concern parts of Europe about this. It is also a xenophobic attitude to say that English players are good enough and in many ways teams like Spurs, ManU and Chelsea are less xenophobic as we have a greater mix including English players. It is an attitude that will only be ridiculed in 20 years time if international football no longer exists. But Wenger favours this. Regarding Campbell’s disloyalty and selfishness … you find this surprising? Again the comments were an attack on Commolli, a French man by the way, who did not make those remarks in the way they have been repeated!!!!

  • Again Commolli said he could not envisage Spurs not fielding a 16 without any Englishmen. He said that Spurs had a policy of signing young English players followed by overseas players based in the UK who have proven they can readily adapt to the local culture. Ahh, that sounds like intelligent and fair comment. I find it interesting that you constantly bring out the most extreme examples of bad English guys or those with obviously inflated price tags. How about mentioning Aaron Lennon who cost £500,000. Or Adebayor who cost £7m and is no better than Dean Ashton, or how about Reyes? There is always extremes but maybe you need to ask why Campbell and Cole behaved like they did?

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