Neither you nor I are medical experts, but if Leigh Griffiths can bang in a couple of goals for the reserves last night, he can take his place on the bench against his old club, Livingston, on Saturday. The 11 games in five weeks before the winter break will go a long way to determining the success or otherwise of our season. Going into this period with only Odsonne Edouard available up front places too much of a burden on the French striker.
Tottenham, honestly! All the money in the world and they think Jose Mourinho is the next big thing in football management. Five years ago, Mauricio Pochettino was an inspiring choice, the hottest property in England after setting Southampton on a road to finding and developing young players, before selling them at an enormous profit (including Victor Wanyama).
Mourinho is not without talent and he is undoubtedly box office, but his natural instincts are as far removed from Tottenham’s as it is possible to imagine.
Yet again, we look at a football club and wonder, with all these resources, why can’t you just go out and find a manager with a verifiable record of improving teams? Is it really that difficult?
I’m over the Seville thing with Mourinho, no grudges left. If he’s ever in town he’s welcome to draw the Paradise Windfall, but Tottenham do not deserve this appointment to be successful. It is lazy and conservative – and there are enough like that around.