"It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory." Bill Nicholson. SPURS


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Kanoute Sold

Freddie Kanoute has been sold to Seville for a yet undisclosed fee. Rumors are that we are receiving around £5 million for the striker. Freddie has agreed personal terms already and is now on his way to Spain to pass his medical.

Freddie Kanoute joined Spurs from the Canning Town Social and Bingo Club for £3.5million scoring 21 goals in 72 appearanceses. That is almost 1 goal in 4 games so it was never the best strike rate going. However when you compare the best strike partnership at Spurs it was always Kanoute and Keane followed by Kanoute and Defoe. However Kanoute could be very lazy and was happy to jump ship and go play for his country while we sat in the bottom three with Pleat as the boss. He then refused to got to Mauritius on the club tour at the end of last season.

It is assumed that we have a replacement lined up with all the signals now pointing towards Dirk KUYT from Feyenoord. He is another big man and would fit in with Jol's desired front two of one little, one big. Another piece of good news from this is it makes it much more unlikely that Keane will be leaving in some dumb swap deal for Jenas.

The Shelf would like to wish Kanoute well and hopes he remembers to turn up for more matches in Seville than he did while he was at Spurs.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goodbye Freddie, you will be remembered fondly. You gave us moments of sheer magic, you held up the ball well, you were on occasion our very best player. You didn't do it every week, but I for one don't think it was for lack of trying. Best of luck mate, and thanks.

3:31 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Basically a very lazy player, had the ability but only showed it now and again. A very good bit of business to sell him, as long as we replace him!!!

3:34 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah good luck mate, I thought he was class and could control the ball on his chest like no other. More provider he can hold the ball up well and bring other into the game, think he needs to be replaced with similar quality.

3:35 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

while he could be tepmramental, He was class for us, his assists were regular and will be missed, his abiity to hold the ball up on the edge of the area was excellent. I remain a fredi fan! However, maybe it was right to let him go, but lets not have any recriminations.

3:35 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always resented his ludicrous decision to go and play for Mali, leaving us potentially facing relegation. The club acted positively then, bringing in Defoe and scoring enough to get into mid-table. Kanoute was decent, but nothing more. His finishing was generally woeful, and he was relegated with WHam. Mido, at 21, is a far better prospect, no question about that. Yeah, Freddie gave us bits of magic, but I wont miss him. I could happily have punched him around the start of 2004, and now look forward to better things. Lets face it, he's never been in a team thats finished anywhere in the league, and he's 27 years old now...tells you something IMHO

3:36 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie was never there in the big game when we needed him, people compared
him with Henry ! what when he was twelve.
Ask any West Ham fan their thoughts they may say he was closer to Henry yes
Henry Cooper.
BYE BYE Freddie a good luck.
Come on you spurs

3:37 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The decision was madness. I'd have sold defoe for 20 odd million kept fredi and bought owen.

3:41 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's sad to see Kanoute leave, however we do need someone more prolific and we all know Freddi will never be the one. Will miss his gracefulness & his wonderful chest (p.s: I'm not a faggot) though.

Thanks Freddi & goodbye.

- Tsayyou (Singapore)

3:42 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That has cheered me up no end to see him leave the club. The only bit of rubbish we stole off west ham!!!
We can at last buy someone who compliments defoe and keane. You watch now if we get a striker who actually wants to work for the team. We can really live up to the expectations people expect of us this year!!!

3:42 PM, August 17, 2005

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3:44 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie did a good job, unfortunately never on a consistent basis. Also he annoyed me immensly when he buggered off to play for Mali when we really needed him. Still, I wish the guy good luck in Spain. Hopefully we can sign a good replacement (Kuyt or Ashton anyone?)

3:45 PM, August 17, 2005

Blogger Hurricane Hotspur said...

He was no doubt awesome in the air and he can do something with his chest taht not even Zidane can do, as far as finishing 4th,5th,6th we need to get in a kuyt or another striker to keep th other guys on there toes, espcially Mido, who has said him self he needs the competitive push. Cant wait for Saturday hope the atmosphere is as good as Porto. Also i still think we need a creative attacking left sided midfielder that can play in the middle. The likes of Dyer class like that not Jenas for that price.

West stand Yid

3:52 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Atmosphere as good as porto? the only atmosphere at porto was when davids showed up.... mind you being in the west stand even raising your voice above a whisper is being a die hard fan!

4:03 PM, August 17, 2005

Blogger rockin spur said...

I don't think this is a bad bit of business for Spurs as long as we can use the money to replace Freddi with a more consistant striker. Can't see either Martin or Daniel allowing anyone to leave now without having a replacement lined up. As we are meant to playing a more dutch style of TOTAL FOOTBALL hopefully a certain Mr Kuyt might be joining us soon

4:07 PM, August 17, 2005

Blogger Spurs in Qatar said...

He was 6' 4" Crouch is 6' 8" Fredi was good Crouch ????? piece of piss but who are we going to get who is good in the air now we have winger (of sorts) in Wayne and Aaron how tall is the dutch guy and I dont mean Martin

4:07 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bye Bye Fredi, whatever else is said, his insane ball control will be missed. Would have been nice to see some more goals come as a result, and hopefully thats what his replacement will bring. Thought perhaps we could have got a bit more than £4.4M, especially given the potential cost of a new striker. 10M for Kuyt? Is he really that good?

4:11 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"he decision was madness. I'd have sold defoe for 20 odd million kept fredi and bought owen."
Thank f!ck your not in charge!


4:11 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous park lane spur said...

yeh great news in my opinion, he showed alot of promise but never really proved it on a consistent basis. ever since he decided to jump up in the area and punch the ball like michael jordan against liverpool in last years league cup it was it!!! he had to go!!

however its only a good news if we replace him with someone in the mould of dirk kuyt or ashton. then we can be happy with martin and daniel.

come on u spurs

4:15 PM, August 17, 2005

Blogger Hurricane Hotspur said...

Mate how many games did you go to last year, home and away. Do west stand because thats the only ticket I can get hold of unless you have a spare seat next to you in the south as that is where i would want to be. Because Its as good as when we go away. Also was not at the porto game just it said it was a good atmosphere on the THFC website. If you do not have a spare seat next to you. you will see me the one one stanind up in the lower west stand trying to get everyone else around me to cheer and sing..

AS i said West stand YID

4:32 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't get a ticket anywhere else? Yeah ok fella..... Not trying very hard then.... Most games tickets are available on the SHELF....?

Do you like prawn sandwiches?

4:54 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Mido is a better prospect at 21"
I think you'll find he's not actually our player.
Kanoute was something we needed, a player that can hold the ball up create goals etc. Not every striker in the PL scores 20 goals a season, in fact I think you'll find very few do.
I would rather Keane went than Kanoute, Keane's heart is not in it.

5:11 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goodluck for the future Fredi, we appreciate some of the fine performances you put in and wish you all the success for the future.

Hopefully we will meet again on the playing field and do battle in some european competition, where you will be welcomed back to the lane to cheers of gratitude.

Good Luck


5:31 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to see him go. Can be a lazy player but brilliant on his day. very unselfish and always layed on goals for his strike partners. doesn't mind bieng on the bench. Whart a sub! Doesn't detract from the fact that Keane MUST go! Always whinging and does not appear to want to sign the contract offered.. Will leave for nothing! Bring on Kuyt and promote El hamoudia or whatevr his name is..

5:35 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagine Freddie with his touch, pace, eye for a pass and tricks...but with the attitude and aggression of, say, Ian Wright. Now that would have been one hell of a player.

Still, when the guy admits that he has trouble getting motivated for some games, I say we're better off without him.

Right then Daniel...if the rumours are true that you've got £10m burning a hole in your pocket, forget heading north for JJ...head south west and go get Michael Owen.

JD and MO leading the line - two 20-goal-a-season men - now that's what I want to see down at The Lane!

And remember...Owen scores plenty with his head (besides which, Reid and Routledge can't cross for shit).

5:57 PM, August 17, 2005

Blogger harry quest said...

almost crashed my car when i heard the news .that fredi was a gonna.
i will have to get used to my club selling class players for world class [we hope] players.
anyway good luck fredi see you in the champion league next season.
come on you spurs.

6:10 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And remember...Owen scores plenty with his head (besides which, Reid and Routledge can't cross for shit). why would we buy michael owen if we already got to small strikers that are better than him, and as for reid cant cross a ball i think u better watch a few more games.

6:50 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Ryan said...

I personally think Fredi was good, but if we had to lose a striker i am glad it was him and not Keane (and not just cuz his name is on the back of the shirt i bought...).

7:13 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not flog Keane as well and get Kuyt & Owen in.......or is that just being stupid.

9:04 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

kanoute going would have been much sweeter if he had taken carrick with him. tainio and brown would be better than tainio and carrick, thats if edgar isn't gonna play. keane's no whinger either but not great with defoe, dont know much about the new dutch guy linked but am happy with the one that matters, except with respect to him playing softie carrick

9:54 PM, August 17, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't remember seeing too many assists from reid...he's too fat, too slow and can't cross! Get ziegler back in the team and send lardy boy away to the fat farm! And defoe is nowhere near the finished how anyone can claim that he and keane are each better than owen is rubbish

11:17 AM, August 18, 2005

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lads how can anyone criticise MJ, or any of the boys who have started the season. We have a fantastic start. We have only lost 1 game out of 4 very tricky football matches. Conceding two goals. Both with ten men and against the premier league champions, and all of this without King Leadley!!!!!! Reid may not be the fittest of players but he has got a tremendous left foot, and for those of you who are slatting Micky Carrick you guys really need to wake up, MC is class and can only get better playing alongside Edgar.

Lee will strengthen the left side and is lightening quick this guy can do thew 100 meters in just under 11 seconds. I dont care who you are that is fast. Jenas is also a done deal apparently for £8m plus some furhter payments as for a striker Kuijt will happen after the world cup so Lucarelli will probably sign as a stop gap for next season

9:10 PM, August 28, 2005


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