Tottenham Hotspur have undergone a relatively quiet, but fairly seismic restructure this summer. Following the disappointment of their previous campaign, one which saw them finish sixth amidst the uncertainty of Tim Sherwood’s tenuous position as ‘Interim Manager’, this summer has seen the North London club appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their first team coach, a move that has delighted the vast majority of Spurs fans and none more so than North London rapper Scorcher.
A lifelong Tottenham Hotspur fan and a man who knows his club, we caught up with Scorcher to see if how he felt about the club’s summer dealings so far and what, in an ideal world, it would take for Tottenham to make that final leap from top-four hopefuls to title challengers.
Having seen four managers in two years, Tottenham fans will feel that the appointment of a secure first-team coach is paramount to any hopes of success they have this season. When asked about Tottenham’s big summer change, Scorcher echoed those feelings saying, “If I’m honest with you, I think for the first time in a long time, Tottenham have gone out and done what they needed to do. Tottenham’s actual ‘problem’ was coaching.”
A fair observation that any expectations of Spurs success have been marred by a lack of cohesion in the all-important first-team coaching role. However, with Mauricio Pochettino now in place, Tottenham fans can feel a bit more stable and should now be looking to their playing staff to resolve the problems that have plagued the North London club since their successful 2011/12 season which saw them claim that all important fourth spot.
We wanted to know, gloves off, no restrictions, which players Scorcher felt would make his club more than just a threat to the top-four and rather challengers for the title. We gave him three players and an infinite budget and he used it.
Looking to sure up a shaky defence, Scorcher gave his first choice to Bundesliga star and World Cup winning defender Matt Hummels, “I think he is really good. He would sure up our defence straight away.”
With Roberto Soldado tipped to run the front-line for Tottenham this time last season, Scorcher goes for a more established and reliable front man, “He would kill it definitely. No question, he would be perfect”
‘The third is tough,” the North London star thought about it. “It’s either Xabi Alonso of Real Madrid or Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund. I’ll go with Xabi Alonso!”
Following the loss of Luka Modric, Tottenham’s midfield has lacked a real pacesetter, the man before the assist who really gets the team going. Xabi Alonso is just that. A player who can dictate the pace of the game, “If we are going to play defensive he won’t need to run up and down the pitch, but he will still and definitely rattle man. He’ll keep the ball just as well as Ilkay Gundogan but put more emphasis on the team keeping the ball.”
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Words by Ben Fawcett and Photography by JohnPatrick London