As thousands of fans exited White Hart Lane yesterday, it would’ve been with a depressing and lingering thought – ‘We’ve seen this all before’. It’s one of the down sides of following Tottenham. Just as you begin to think a new horizon is upon us, you receive a sucker punch to the gut.

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West Brom went into yesterday’s game with just two points from their opening four games, still without a win. They had found the back of the opposition net twice yet picked the ball out of their own seven times. Many considered their first team coach a Football League plodder rather than Premier League mastermind. It was a nailed on victory if ever you previewed one. Only a wholly uninspiring display could prevent this happening…

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Finding and developing a well rounded English striker in modern times is rare. It takes faith and patience from a manager and a deep desire from the player to continuously evolve and improve, plus the basic raw talent required of course. We’ve seen it with Rooney, Sturridge, Berahino and Rodriguez in the last ten years, but very few other number 10′s have emerged from this barren era. However it may be that Spurs have the next Premier League breakthrough act in that regard – Harry Edward Kane.

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It’s been a bumpy road to the top table of the game for young Harry with his early career a mixed bag of success. Prolific in the academy and development squad, Kane was farmed out on loan with high expectations to Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich & Leicester over a two year period spanning 2011 – 2013. The time at both Millwall and Leicester proved fruitful for the youngster, winning the former’s Young Player of the Year award for 2011/12. However Kane failed to match up to his reputation at Orient and found his time at Norwich riddled with injury and poor form when handed game time.

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Well that’s another transfer window done and dusted. Six signings and the necessary outgoings of a number of fringe players has not left fans appeased however, with many hoping and expecting the mythical Levy Time to kick into gear. Rarely seen is this phenomenon these days, but is this such a bad thing?

There is little doubt amongst watchers of Federico Fazio, Ben Davies and Benjamin Stambouli that all are strong additions to the first team squad. Davies and Fazio strengthen weak positions, whilst Stambouli’s mobility and tenacity makes him a great fit for Pochettino’s system. The signings of Dier and Yedlin meanwhile display a desire to look ahead to the future with two very talented youngsters on board.

Nevertheless, key areas remain weak in the forward positions. Whilst Chadli was excellent against QPR, his inconsistency returned against Liverpool where he displayed his tendency to go missing for 90 minutes. For all of Townsend and Lennon’s pace, there still remains a naïvety to their play and often a failure to beat a man and provide a worthy delivery. Meanwhile we still appear short in striking options. Adebayor, like Chadli is wildly inconsistent and Soldado has failed to hit the heights of his career in Spain. That leaves Kane, who’s shown great potential but lacks the quality of the third choice strikers of other top sides.

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Consider yourself a football trivia egghead? Believe you know your club better than anyone else? Here at SPURStalk, each Friday we’ll bring you a new quiz to test your knowledge with a different theme.

This week we’re taking you back to the Noughties, the era that revived a club stagnating in the lower half of the league table; an era that helped to redefine our European standing. So give it a go and let us know how you get on!

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Well the day has finally come that our captain and long time servant, Michael Dawson, has moved on to pastures new. Whilst it comes as no major surprise, yesterday’s announcement held a tint of sadness as a marriage spanning nine and a half years was ended with both halves going their separate ways; Hull the next stop on Dawson’s career journey.

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It would perhaps be unfair and unjust to focus on the mistakes of the final couple of years at the club, a minor blip in context. With 236 appearances in lilywhite to his name, Dawson sits 9th in the Premier League all time appearances for our club and over that time has contributed to some significant successes and glorious memories.

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What a difference six months makes. Under the management of Tim Sherwood, defensive midfielders were outlawed, decidedly an unnecessary commodity in today’s game by Tim and his cronies. As a result of this, the likes of Sandro and Etienne Capoue found their game time limited, oft not even selected for the 18 man squad on match days.

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Whilst holding a reasonably impressive managerial record at the club, Sherwood’s inability to utilise a protective shield presence in the midfield was evidently a major flaw in his psyche. On many occasions towards the back end of last season, the central midfield duo of Paulinho & Bentaleb were left in an awkward situation; not defensive by nature but forced to share duties that, quite simply, neither were tooled up for.

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