The Tottenham Way

The Tottenham Way

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The Tottenham Way Podcast, brought to you by Dan Kilpatrick and Tom Hayward. Each week they review the weekend's game in as much detail as their biased eyes will allow, plus preview the upcoming League or Cup game and answer listener questions.


S2 E21 - Poch Preps for Pep  

Dan is ever so ill this week, so Tom is joined by pod regular and journalist Harry Sherlock and debutant Alex (@biscuitbeck) to discuss the weekend dismantling of West Brom. But first, we pick apart another hilarious week at West Ham. Do we underestimate Levy as a chairman, considering how things could be with absolute imbeciles in charge? We discuss the glory to be found in breaking the West Brom hoodoo, including the roles of Kane, Alli, Eriksen and our brilliant defence. Is creating this system for our players the best thing to happen to Spurs in years? Would we continue using it even without Vertonghen, especially with City on the horizon? Where does this leave the likes of Lamela, Sissoko and Son? All of this plus an optimistic Man City preview, including the rivalry since 2009 and how our record stands up against them and the other title challengers. Listener questions to finish as usual, including who we couldn't exist without, whether Pochettino can match the Bill Nick dynasty, and why we love Tottenham. COYS.

S2 E20 - Poch vs The Cups  

Dan and Tom are joined by Jim (@stylishriot) for a chat about the FA Cup win against Aston Villa which sees us face Wycombe in the next round. Are easy home draws the only way Poch will take it seriously, and when does he have to accept that we have a chance of winning it and start playing the first team? We talk youngsters, with Winks and Carter-Vickers putting in promising performances, but there are serious concerns about Vincent Janssen. What does he need to do to turn this round? We move on to West Brom, with Tony Pulis rolling back into town with a view to spoiling another party. Will the Baggies hold us again, or are we hitting form just at the right time? Do we stick with 3-4-3? All this plus chats about cups, transfers, Jermaine Jenas and United's derisory £50m interest in Danny Rose and Kyle Walker. Double it and you're still nowhere near, Jose. COYS.

S2 E19 - Dele at the Double  

Happy New Year to you, and what a way to start 2017, smashing Chelsea all over the shop at White Hart Lane under the lights. As is tradition, Tom and Dan are joined by Chelsea's ESPN correspondent Liam Twomey who finally comes on the podcast on the losing side. The guys pick over the tight and at times tetchy London derby, including a fascinating battle in midfield and between the full backs, but of course Dele Alli's third brace in as many games is most prominent. The kid is on fire - will he carry this on and become a Premier League great, like so many others he is currently emulating at his age? WHat is behind his rapid surge in form? Other points of note: the back 3, Wanyama blossoming, and Eriksen the magician. We move on to preview Aston Villa and discuss how we feel about the competition now we've put ourselves into some sort of contention for the league. Will we make the same decision - and perhaps mistakes - as last season? All this plus listener questions, including transfer window talk. 2017: the year of Spurs. COYS.

S2 E18 -Full Flight Fullbacks  

In the last episode of 2016, Tom and Dan are joined by Sean Walsh to discuss the wins over Hull and Burnley that bring this calendar year at White Hart Lane to a close. The tactical switches in defence are analysed, and we wonder if a three-man defence is the what the future holds. Sissoko's surprising but fruitful return to the team is also mulled over like a good wine, as well as the performance of Harry Winks, the persistent problems with Dembele, the form of Dele Alli and the returning old boys of Hull. All of this, though, is secondary to our gushing over our fabulous full backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose. Is there anyone better in the league right now? How important is it that we find a system that gets the best out of them, and are their understudies now so far behind that we urgently need upgrades? All of this plus a quick Southampton and Watford preview, and an in-depth look at the squad Christmas party fancy dress photo. Thanks for being with us in 2016. Merry Christmas. COYS.

S2 E17 - December Dan  

Just Tom and and a very morose 'December' Dan this week, so it's an El Classico pod lineup to discuss another disappointing week at Spurs. We quickly remember that we also played CSKA and give our largely pointless reviews of a largely pointless game, before going onto the more pressing matter of the 1-0 loss at Old Trafford on Sunday. Where did the all the belief from the Swansea and CSKA performances go? We talk Kane, Dembele, Rose and Eriksen specifically, but it's the overall mentality that we're most worried about. How do we collectively get over this final hurdle, the biggest hurdle of Pochettino's tenure, of beating these big sides away from home? Is it a simple case of experience, or just personnel? We also take a look at the Europa League draw from Monday morning which sees us face AA Gent in February, the wavering form of Dele Alli since the tail end of last season, and pick ourselves up for a Hull and Burnley double header preview, games which now feel vital to our entire season. Keep the faith. COYS.

S2 E16 - Battered Swan  

Dan and Tom are joined by pod regular Oly Lister to discuss all things Spurs, including Dan's meeting with Ledley King and the weekend dismantling of Swansea, including Dele Alli's blatant dive. Are we happy with this sort of thing, or didn't it matter in the long run? We discuss the form of Kane, Eriksen and Dembele, as well as the return of a familiar 4-2-3-1 formation. We discuss the midweek Europa League playoff with CSKA and the underwhelming Champions League campaign, and the effects it might have on the weekend showdown with Man United. Who is under more pressure in this game, and where does that leave us? Can we knock United out of Champions League contention? Why does Dan love Mourinho? Why is Oly so confident? Why can't Tom argue a simple point? Answers within. COYS.

S2 E15 - Bottling the Bridge  

This week, Dan and Rich Arrowsmith return to Tom's side along with Dan's ESPN (and Chelsea supporting) colleague Liam Twomey to discuss a damaging and depressing week at Tottenham. First, the bones of Monaco are picked over, including a baffling defensive line up and it's subsequent likely impact on our European adventures this season. Will we be embarrassed to be Europa League football at Wembley? We move on to Chelsea, and the very 90's feel it had once we'd surrendered our first half lead. Is this indicative of something more worrying at Spurs, or have we just played the best teams at the worst time? All of this leads to the enigmatic Moussa Sissoko, who Pochettino has publicly thrown under his bus. Is it too early to suggest he might never play for us again? Liam tells us what it's like being a Chelsea supporter when your club is in negotiations with Daniel Levy, we wonder what impact Paul Mitchell's departure has had on recruitment, a Swansea preview is completely passed over, and we run through our 10 most expensive signings. It isn't pretty. Nor is the ending, which was chopped off for some reason. Sorry. COYS.

S2 E14 - It's Happened Again  

This week, Dan is off in Monaco so Tom speaks to Adam Nathan and Phil (@singlemaltsuds) about the glorious de-panting of West Ham in the London Derby. We wonder what West Ham fans think 'happened again' means, why they seem to exist purely to make us feel better, and whether Harry Kane will ever stop scoring against teams from the Capital. We also discuss the brilliant debut of Harry Winks and where he fits in long-term. It's not all roses though, as the skewed formation that simply didn't work for 88 minutes is picked apart piece by piece, including Janssen's inclusion and Son being benched. Dan gives us a brief but sexy update from France, including injury news on big players, and we discuss the Monaco and Chelsea double-header that could define our season already. Is this about revenge? Who on earth is going to play left back? And how many yellows would you like Dier to get this time? #JeSuisSpurs

S02 E13 - Dr Dembele  

This week, Tom and Dan are joined by Tom Allnutt of both the Press Association and Spurs fandom to discuss the vastly improved performance in the North London Derby, having played out an absolute shocker in midweek in the Champions League against Leverkusen. Dan and Tom discuss the differences in watching your club play a major derby from both a press box and a pub table, and which they prefer. The switch in tactics are discussed, is it drastically different to the norm? How much did it contribute to us dominating the ball against Arsenal? Who are the winners and losers of the formation, and will we see it again? The performances of Dembele, Son, Eriksen and Rose are touched on, before we revel in the glory of Harry Kane's goal scoring return. The squad has had some injuries of late, so we pick over why that might be, especially considering we had almost none last year, and we talk about Jan Vertonghen's perhaps understated place within the club. COYS.

S2, E12 - Derby Day Doubts?  

This week, Dan and Tom are joined by Squawka's Chief Football Reporter Greg Stobart, here in his dual capacity as journalist and Spurs fan in North London Derby week. We spend the first 20 minutes discussing Greg's recent reports on the stadium naming rights, plus how stats stack up against what you actually see in front of you. We move on to Liverpool and how Pochettino couldn't possibly care less about the EFL Cup, and then Leicester, against whom we continued to struggle turning chances into goals. Is it just a case of missing Kane? How much of an effect is the poor form of Eriksen having? All this, plus Leverkusen and Arsenal previews, which we approach with trepidation but defiance. Who is likely to be back, and who won't make it? Dan and Greg give us the insider knowledge. Could the Arsenal game be the game to ignite us.....? COYS.

S2, E11 - Post Truth World  

This week, Dan returns to Tom's side and they welcome back Cath and Rosa to discuss two 0-0 draws in a week. We discuss Sissoko's ban, the lack of Kane on the Ballon d'Or shortlist, and Dan talks about his questionable bar choices in Leverkusen before going on the game itself. Were we fortunate to get a point, or should we have demanded more? Of course, Lloris' save is high on the bill as well. We move onto Bournemouth and a frustrating afternoon which saw us struggle to create chances and wonder whether Poch got his subs wrong. We preview the EFL Cup tie at Liverpool with a little pop quiz, and let all our hate for Leicester flow for the first time since they chanced their way to a title last season. It's fair to say Cath and Rosa have very little time for the 'fairy tale'. And, to be fair, so do we. COYS.

S2, E10 - Party Pooper Pulis  

This week, Dan is away in Germany so Tom sails the ship alone again, welcoming back pod regulars Oly and Jim to discuss the weekend draw with West Bromwich Albion. Is our poor record against them becoming a bit of a hoodoo? We discuss the slightly sub-par performances of Lamela and Sissoko, the not-yet-worrying form of Vincent Janssen in front of goal, and the impact of Alderweireld's injury. Dan gives us a very brief update from Germany where he is covering the game for ESPN, and the guys back in England discuss our chances out there. Will we see Son return? Who comes in at centre back to partner Jan? All this plus a preview of the trip to Bournemouth early on Saturday, and the usual nonsense that listener questions brings. COYS.

S2, E9 - Pep Talk  

It's an El Classico this week, with Dan returning from Russia to join Tom and discuss his event-free trip to watch the win against CSKA. How impressive a win was it in their brand new stadium, considering so many of our first team were out injured? All of this, of course, is just putting off what we really want to talk about: the absolute rinsing of Man City on Sunday. Three wins in a row against the Champions elect, how seriously can we start taking our title aspirations? Son proves his worth against the best in the league, our defence is unpenetrable and we've got a manager who can out-Pep Pep. It's all looking up. All this plus what we'd do without Spurs, and Dan becomes Frank Underwood. COYS.

S2 E8 - From Russia With Love  

This week, Tom is left alone while Dan gallivants off to Russia to cover the game against CSKA, but luckily he has two podcast giants to keep him company. Harry Sherlock returns for his first pod of the season, and Jack Hussey joins from the Rule the Roost Podcast to talk all things Tottenham. The weekend win at Boro is analysed, including the continuing form of Son, the heart attack of a last half hour, and the unjust criticism of Vincent Janssen. Halfway through we get a direct line with Dan Kilpatrick from Moscow, who gives us the run down on the mood in Russia ahead of the game, and who we expect to see. The game itself is previewed by the guys back in London, and wonder if Poch has put all his eggs in a Man City shaped basket. The City game is excitedly previewed, and we talk about the not so tragic comedy happening over at West Ham, with our own new stadium drawing ever nearer. COYS.

S2 E7 - Mous Let Loose  

This week, Dan and Tom are joined by pod debutant Jack Chatterton and returning pod veteran Rich Arrowsmith to discuss the midweek loss to Monaco in the Champions League and the return to White Hart Lane bringing victory over Sunderland. The return of Mousa Dembele is discussed; should he have started against Monaco, and how did Dan survive a Poch grilling for asking that question of our manager? We talk the whole Wembley experience, including the journey home, and what effect it may have had on the players. Sunderland is picked over, including the excellent Son, Walker and Alderweireld, as well as the nasty looking injury to Harry Kane. How badly affected will be without him? Gillingham is previewed as badly as expected, and Middlesbrough doesn't get much better. We finish by discussing which player you reckon you could take a punch from. Hint: none of them. COYS.

S2, E6 - Sonny Afternoon  

Tom and Dan welcome back Jim and Oly to discuss the smashing of Stoke, Monaco in the Champions League and Sunderland this weekend. It's a bumper pod, so expect strong opinions on who should play behind Kane, is Wimmer actually any good, and will Wembley be everything we hope it to be?We mull over where Son fits into the team, and Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Lamela, Alli, Eriksen, Kane, Walker are all covered too. It's a big one. COYS.

S2, E5 - White Hart Lane Special  

This week, for the international break, Dan and Tom are joined by the co-authors of The People's History of Tottenham Hotspur, Martin Cloake and Alan Fisher. What starts as a general chat about the book develops into a fascinating and poignant look through the history of the club, from the early days of attracting thousands to a game on the marshes through the years of developing White Hart Lane to the stadium we know - or knew - today. We speak about our favourite memories of our beautiful old stadium that will never be the same again. We also briefly touch on the transfer window and the upcoming Stoke game. This isn't one to be missed. COYS.

S2, E4 - Everything Must Go  

This week, Tom must steer the Tottenham Way ship alone, with Dan going on a jolly for the second time in as many months. In Dan's absence, Sean Walsh and Phil (@singlemaltsuds) return for their first appearances of the season to first discuss the frustrating but ultimately fortunate draw with Liverpool. Again, we must talk about Eriksen, but Kane, Alli and the increasingly obvious absence of Dembele are discussed. With the international break coming up, this week is also all about the transfer window, and with so many players seemingly leaving - including Nacer Chadli, whose impact is analysed - why aren't we seeing any replacements and who should they be? With this in mind, listener questions are answered including what impact Paul Mitchell's resignation has had and our favourite protracted transfer sagas. There are a *lot* to choose from. COYS.

S2, E3 - Eriksen in the Dock  

This week, Dan and Tom are joined by the returning Alex Brown, and the jury's out on our midfield dynamite. What is up with Christian Eriksen, or is there nothing to worry about? The Palace result is analysed, as well as the contributions of the ever improving Kyle Walker, plus Vorm, Wanyama, Lamela and Janssen. The Champions League draw is previewed, as well as the travelling circus that is Klopp's Liverpool. Can we regain the fear factor? All this plus listener questions, where Tom sings the Ginola song. COYS.

S2, E2 - Lamela Rinsed  

Dan and Tom are joined by Adam Nathan, returning for the first time this season to review the Premier League opening game against Everton and tell us why he's wiping the slate almost clean for Erik Lamela. The same can't be said for Vorm, however, who doesn't escape Adam's ire. Also, the debutants Wanyama and Janssen are discussed, as well as the rusty looking Kane and Alli. We preview Palace this weekend, and with Andros Townsend returning, just how many balls will we lose through the giant gap in White Hart Lane? All this plus listener questions, including what we would do if we were in charge of the wage structure at Spurs. So, the usual. COYS.

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