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Bluto Blutarsky

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The next person who refers to a player by number might well be wondering what the long piece of wood is that’s coming the wrong way out of their gob.

It isn’t against the rules of SC and it’s all well and good if you are indeed some sort of emo look at me I’m cool numberwang ponce, but what it is, is against laws of natural and normal human behaviour with the added bonus of making my testicles tingle with dread at the thought of the rise of yet another numberponce

fucks sakes, I’m sitting in 30-odd degrees, getting outside a not inconsiderable amount of Alpha and I’m forced to actually DO something :D

Tldr; be fucking normal


The One With Numbers

Monica explains the football numbering system to @Archibald&Crooks

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arunspurs

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My 'realistic' wishlist squad :

Sell : Hojbjerg, GLC, Ndombele, Skipp, Whiteman, Solomon, Royal, Gill ,Richarlison

Buy : KWP, Edwards , Doughty, Gallager or Ederson, Eze, Openda

Squad :

$GK : Vicario,Austin,Forster
RB : Porro , KWP
LB : Udogie, Doughty
CB : Romero, VDV, Dragusin, Davies

CM6 : Bissouma, Bentancur, Hall
CM8 : Gallager or Ederson, Eze, Sarr
AM10 : Maddison ,Bergvall
Wingers - Werner, Edwards, Kulu, Johnson
FW - Openda , Parrott ,Son

Bentancur hasnt lasted 75 minutes for more than 2 games, since his injury. We lack goals in CM. Hence for me, this season more important to refresh the midfield than tinker much with forward line. I would sell Rchy if we get a 60m offer and would go for Openda, who has done it in 3 different top leagues. I would extend Parrott contract and give him more minutes as relief no9. Edwards & KWP will be cheap options to ensure HG rules are maintained. They also offer something unique in Ange system.
 
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Bluto Blutarsky

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My 'realistic' wishlist squad :

Sell : Hojbjerg, GLC, Ndombele, Skipp, Whiteman, Solomon, Royal, Gill ,Richarlison

Buy : KWP, Edwards , Doughty, Gallager or Ederson, Eze, Openda

Squad :

$GK : Vicario,Austin,Forster
RB : Porro , KWP
LB : Udogie, Doughty
CB : Romero, VDV, Dragusin, Davies

CM6 : Bissouma, Bentancur, Hall
CM8 : Gallager or Ederson, Eze
AM10 : Maddison ,Bergvall
Wingers - Werner, Edwards, Kulu, Johnson
FW - Openda , Parrott ,Son

Bentancur hasnt lasted 75 minutes for more than 2 games, since his injury. We lack goals in CM. Hence for me, this season more important to refresh the midfield than tinker much with forward line. I would sell Rchy if we get a 60m offer and would go for Openda, who has done it in 3 different top leagues. I would extend Parrott contract and give him more minutes as relief no9. Edwards & KWP will be cheap options to ensure HG rules are maintained. They also offer something unique in Ange system.
A bit harsh on Sarr, still leaves us woefully inadequate at the DM role, and the winger role.
 

arunspurs

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A bit harsh on Sarr, still leaves us woefully inadequate at the DM role, and the winger role.

Sarr was missed (added back in).

Ange almost never plays a no6 as no6, he mostly plays like we have 2 8s and a 10.

For me, its more of a prirority to fix the number 8s than wing. Last season, CM contributed to the least to goal contribution than defense. Werner, Son on LW; Johnson, Edwards on right wing with Kulu as floater for me is enough...as long as we go buy a no9 like Openda
 

Bluto Blutarsky

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Sarr was missed (added back in).

Ange almost never plays a no6 as no6, he mostly plays like we have 2 8s and a 10.

For me, its more of a prirority to fix the number 8s than wing. Last season, CM contributed to the least to goal contribution than defense. Werner, Son on LW; Johnson, Edwards on right wing with Kulu as floater for me is enough...as long as we go buy a no9 like Openda
Edwards would rarely play, thus does not help the team now or in the future.

We don’t need a destroyer as a DM, but we need a defensively minded CM who can also take the ball under pressure. I’ve always thought Bentancur could do that, but Ange rarely utilized him in that role.

I also don’t think Eze has the industry to play the box-to-box role in this system. I think he is better suited further forward, where he would have more of the ball in attacking positions.
 

spurs9

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Edwards would rarely play, thus does not help the team now or in the future.

We don’t need a destroyer as a DM, but we need a defensively minded CM who can also take the ball under pressure. I’ve always thought Bentancur could do that, but Ange rarely utilized him in that role.

I also don’t think Eze has the industry to play the box-to-box role in this system. I think he is better suited further forward, where he would have more of the ball in attacking positions.
Edwards would get plenty of game time. I agree with the rest though.
 

StanSpur

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Would anyone here offer Dele a 1 year deal. Does he qualify as club trained? The heart would have him back in a moment. Could Ange get a rotation player for madds? I know the answer but bringing back ex players seems to be the flavour of the day
 

RuskyM

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The players I'm sure can be part of a truly special squad: Porro, Destiny, Cuti, Micky, Sarr, Son.

The players I'm pretty sure could be part of a truly special squad: Vicario, Bentancur, Deki, Madders, Johnson, Richarlison.

The players I'm less sure of, but can probably be part of a truly special squad: Davies, Dragusin, Bissouma, Werner.

Young players who could be first-teamers next year in our trly special squad: Phillips, Bergvall, Veliz. (Correct me if I'm wrong but I imagine Dorrington, Donley, Devine, Lankshear, Santiago etc all need more consistent first team football?)

Players who probably don't have much more time here for one reason or another and I will miss from our truly special squad: Reguilon, Emerson (😔), Skipp, Hojbjerg, Tanguy, Gio, Solomon, Bryan (😔)

The biggest concern I have with us is the midfield - as you can see, it's not that we don't have the players, it's that we don't know which one of them'll turn up week to week. To me, a DM is priority #1 - it's what separated City and Arsenal from the pack imo. Then you'll need some chaos because as much as I like Brennan/Deki/Werner, you sort of know what they're going to do when they cut inside, and I'm relatively convinced a lot of goals in this side will come from an inside forward rather than a big target man (although I'm not against that too [bring back Llorente]). A wildcard, if you will. Then backup for the fullbacks, because whilst it's nice that Radu and Micky can cover, we're going to be playing at least eight more games next season and we can't flog them much more without violating the Geneva convention. Then a backup keeper, probably.

Sort of model of players I think I'd love:

DM: Joao Palhinha, Wataru Endo, Douglas Luiz
WC: Eberechi Eze, Jack Grealish, Bryan Mbeumo
FB: Kyle Walker-Peters, Ait-Nouri
GK: I don't know and neither do you
 

Wig

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With the signing of Gray and arrival of Bergvall, I thought I'd bump this thread to see where we now stand and ask the question - Where do we still need to improve the squad?

With Gray and Bergvall in, are we now sorted in central midfield? It's a weird one - our transfer strategy is identifying top level prospects who we hope will develop into superstars, but inherently that means they're not at that elite level yet. Compare that to our PL rivals who spend the money on elite midfielders who have already played at the top level for club and country - City with Rodri, Liverpool with Szoboslai and Mac Allister, Arsenal with Rice, Chelsea with Fernandez and Caicedo.

Whilst it is exciting buying these hot prospects like Gray and Bergvall, surely we are buying for the future with the expectation it will take at least a couple years for them to develop (with a lot of hope, hard work and fortune with injuries) into the top level players that our rivals are buying ready-made.

Is that essentially where we are as a club now... we're still hugely in transition as Ange and co. blood the new prospects, so just enjoy the ride and hopefully in a couple years these youngsters will have developed and we can challenge at the top?
 

WiganSpur

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Will never happen but this would be the ideal:

GK
Vicario, Forster/Other HG keeper, Austin/Whiteman

RB
Porro, Gray, (Dragusin)

CB
Dragusin, Romero, VDV, Phillips/Dorrington, LB/LCB

LB
Udogie, LB/LCB, (VDV)

No 6:
Bentancur, Bissouma, (Gray, Bergvall)

No 8:
Maddison, Sarr, Bergvall, Devine/Donley, (Bentancur, Bissouma, Gray, Hall)

LW:
Doue, Werner (Son, Moore)

RW:
Neto, Johnson (Doue)

ST:
Richarlison, Son, Parrott

In:
Gray
Neto
Doue
LB/LCB
Backup HG keeper
Experienced number 8 or number 6

Sell:
Spence
Davies
Hojbjerg
Skipp
Lo Celso
Reguilon
Solomon
Gil

Sell for good offer:
Kulusevski
Bissouma

If we get good money for Bissouma or Kulu i'd replace with a top quality experienced number 6 or 8 respectively.
 

Joshua

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As things stand I see the first team squad looking something like this next season:

Vicario
Forster HG
Whiteman HG CT
Austin HG CT

Porro
Gray
Romero
Van de Ven
Dragusin
New CB (No links)
Udogie
New FB (KWP?)

Bissouma
Bentancur
Bergvall
Maddison HG
Sarr
Kulusevski
New CM (Doue)

Johnson HG
Werner
Son
Richarlison
Parrott HG CT
Moore
New Winger (Neto)


Wouldn’t be against Phillips being promoted to the fourth CB slot after a strong end to the season with Plymouth. Would free up more funds to go big up front. Think Parrott and Moore will be first team players next season also.
 

THOWIG

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I don't believe there is a striker out there who is available at a good price that elevates us. I still think Ferguson will come good and I'm intrigued as to how Leonardo gets on at Benfica as I think he'd be good for our system. Kilicsoy would be an exciting choice.

I would love Nico Williams, but appreciate that is unlikely. I wonder now whether there is still a need for a 6 or even an 8 now that Gray has joined. We have so much young talent I don't want their paths to be blocked. Can only see that if Bissouma or Bentancur is sold which doesn't seem likely.
 

bbunc

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As it stands with Gray, we have 5 association trained players (for just 4 slots). Maddison, Johnson, Davies, Gray, Forster. Hopefully we will be smart with Forster and the UEFA emergency 3rd GK rules and just not register him unless Vicario gets seriously injured (at which point we are totally screwed regardless).

Assuming GLC, PEH and Emerson are moved on (and assuming no room for Solomon, Veliz loaned out, etc), we have 3 non HG slots remaining barring any other surprise departures.

We have 3 club trained spots occupied (which also includes Skipp and Parrott so TBD).

Will be really interesting to see how the remaining slots are utilized.

if we end up in best case scenario landing both Doué and Neto, that leaves just 1 more slot outside of a club trained player.
 

Frozen_Waffles

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Toney and Neto would be dream signings. Rabiot on a free?
I'm probably alone on this, but for me he flatters to decieve (Rabiot).

Good in possession and looks good, but little substance. Considering the massive wages he'd want, also 29 yo it's a massive no. More of a United signing for me.
 

$hoguN

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As things stand I see the first team squad looking something like this next season:

Vicario
Forster HG
Whiteman HG CT
Austin HG CT

Porro
Gray
Romero
Van de Ven
Dragusin
New CB (No links)
Udogie
New FB (KWP?)

Bissouma
Bentancur
Bergvall
Maddison HG
Sarr
Kulusevski
New CM (Doue)

Johnson HG
Werner
Son
Richarlison
Parrott HG CT
Moore
New Winger (Neto)


Wouldn’t be against Phillips being promoted to the fourth CB slot after a strong end to the season with Plymouth. Would free up more funds to go big up front. Think Parrott and Moore will be first team players next season also.
This is very close to where my mind is. I would give the 4th CB slot to Dorrington/Philips and utilise Devine/Donley/Hall to bolster the squad.

I think Gray will be utilised in midfield more than anything so I would switch his listing. Sounds like the other Doue is our most likely RB cover.

Makes a lot of sense to move on Lo Celso, Royal, Reggie, Spence, Hjobjerg, Solomon, Davies (if he wants to go), Skipp (if he wants to go)
 

coy-spurs1882

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This is very close to where my mind is. I would give the 4th CB slot to Dorrington/Philips and utilise Devine/Donley/Hall to bolster the squad.

I think Gray will be utilised in midfield more than anything so I would switch his listing. Sounds like the other Doue is our most likely RB cover.

Makes a lot of sense to move on Lo Celso, Royal, Reggie, Spence, Hjobjerg, Solomon, Davies (if he wants to go), Skipp (if he wants to go)
Gil too🤞
 

FrankSpencer

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I don't believe there is a striker out there who is available at a good price that elevates us. I still think Ferguson will come good and I'm intrigued as to how Leonardo gets on at Benfica as I think he'd be good for our system. Kilicsoy would be an exciting choice.

I would love Nico Williams, but appreciate that is unlikely. I wonder now whether there is still a need for a 6 or even an 8 now that Gray has joined. We have so much young talent I don't want their paths to be blocked. Can only see that if Bissouma or Bentancur is sold which doesn't seem likely.
I’m still surprised we haven’t been linked to Joao Mario, I think he’d be brilliant in our system!
 

Joshua

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This is very close to where my mind is. I would give the 4th CB slot to Dorrington/Philips and utilise Devine/Donley/Hall to bolster the squad.

I think Gray will be utilised in midfield more than anything so I would switch his listing. Sounds like the other Doue is our most likely RB cover.

Makes a lot of sense to move on Lo Celso, Royal, Reggie, Spence, Hjobjerg, Solomon, Davies (if he wants to go), Skipp (if he wants to go)
I’ve got no idea how good the other Doue is and had half assumed he’d be being signed as a sweetener if it was to happen. My feeling was that in the immediate future more minutes will be available to Archie as a right back covering Porro as he continues to develop.
 

Bluto Blutarsky

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Assuming standard 21-day holidays:


Vicario - due back 20 July

Romero - still playing, if they beat Ecuador - due back 4 August
VdV - still playing, If they beat Türkiye - 31 July, make the finals - due back 4 August
Dragusin - due back 23 July

Hojbjerg - probably sold, but due back 20 July
Bentancur - still playing, lose to Brazil back on 27 July, win and back 4 August
Lo Celso - probably sold - but see Romero


Asian tour leaves about 25 July - with the 1st game on 27 July. We could struggle a bit at CB in those games, but should have plenty of depth elsewhere - assuming players come back healthy.
 
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