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 E30 - Dele Steps Up  

Dan and Tom are joined by Adam Nathan, here to bring you his fresh controversial views (sort of). We start with a quick look at the FA Cup semi final draw which sees us play Chelsea, yet again, at Wembley. Can the rumours suggesting Vorm will play be true, and if so, how much does that harm our chances? We move on to Southampton, and a nervy but crucial victory, particularly without Kane. Did we see any promise that we will fair better this time around without our top scorer and talisman? And if we do, how much will we owe the increasingly influential Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen? We look at Alderweireld, Winks and Vertonghen too. It's international week, so we take a swipe at the schedule and wonder whether our form can survive a break. Burnley is previewed, with some not so fond memories included, and listener questions are answered including whether or not this is Vertonghen's best season to date. COYS.

S2 E29 - We Can't Have Nice Things  

Dan and Tom are not in the studio this week, so apologies for the scratchy sound, but the content is still *fire emoji* as ever. They discuss the weekend dismantling of Millwall, which despite the high scoring always contained a tinge of frustration with Harry Kane's early injury. We all know how bad this will be, but just what can we expect from the inevitable few weeks that our talisman is out? Will Son step up, or will Janssen's goal pave the way for a few starts for him? Or maybe Alli can provide all the goal-scoring that we need? We also discuss the FA Cup semi final draw, and who we want vs who will want us. We move onto Southampton, with the visitors having not much to play for apart from fancying a decent scalp. Can we survive without Kane and Rose? And, crucially, who would Tom take from the Southampton team, because we know you're all wondering? Finally, would you wear an Arsenal shirt for charity? COYS

S2 E28 - The Intangible  

Tom welcomes Dan back from his holiday in Thailand to discuss a record breaking ninth-straight home win for our impressive Spurs. The 3-4-3 has made a comeback recently despite the absence of Danny Rose, and with results like this, was Pochettino perhaps a bit too hasty in binning it off when the injuries piled up? We move onto Kane, the statistical miracle. The numbers don't lie, but we discuss how much more he us, the intangible qualities he brings to us every single game. Will he break records for us? And just how much longer will he not be rated by all corners? We then talk about our remaining fixtures, stopping short of full-blown predictions, but point towards the key periods in our bid to finish as strongly as possible. The home records is also discussed, with Dan considering it now a point of honour and pride for Poch to end the last season at White Hart Lane unbeaten. We also pick over Millwall a bit, and do some listener questions to finish. Who, right now, out of Arsenal and Spurs is the more attractive club for an incoming manager? Spoiler: it's us. COYS.

S2 E27 - Kane Reigns  

There's no Dan this week, but we have two podcast stalwarts in his place in Jack 'TehTrunk' Hussey from Rule the Roost and Oly Lister from behind the bike sheds. We start with the disappointing exit from Europe and the role Dele Alli's read card played in our downfall. How do we feel about that 'edge' to Alli's game? Was that the only reason for our European failure? And what do we do about our issues at Wembley? We move onto Stoke, and the glorious dismantlement of Mark Hughes' jobbers. We discuss the formation without Rose, but really the big talk is about Kane once again. He's the best, and we love him, and we hope this comes across. We close with some reasons to be cheerful. COYS.

S2 E26 - Home From Home  

Just Dan and Tom again this week in an El Classico podcast. We get stuck into Gent and the (lack of) reaction to losing at Anfield, and why a sluggish Tottenham need to snap out of their European slumber. A strong team suggests Poch might start taking the competition seriously, but what went wrong in Belgium? What would be do in the second leg, with a return to Wembley proving another hurdle for a stuttering team. Speaking of which, the FA Cup win over Fulham moves us closer to a potential Wembley semi final, with Millwall standing in the way. Did the line up and performance give us hope that we could go all the way? What now for the fringe players who didn't get a look in against lesser opposition? Do these favourable home draws pave the way to glory, and where does the rapidly improving Harry Winks fit into all this? All this ,plus: could you handle a possible FA Cup final against Arsenal, in what could possibly be Arsene Wenger's last ever game as boss of the scum? Time to make Wembley home. COYS.

S2 E25 - A Mane Mauling  

The studio is out of action this week so the podcast retreats to Dan's new bedroom for a sobering discussion post-Liverpool. The guys are joined by Alex Brown, who first gives us an idea of what a Talksport show looks like between the hours of 1am and 6am. Is Alex the Alan Partridge of football radio? We move on to Anfield, and a disastrous first half from which we never recovered, with Ben Davies in particular getting a torrid time. Our record is terrible away against the top 6, so we look at why this is and what we can do to arrest the record. Is it purely back luck with injuries this season? Where does responsibility lie within the club? We also ask if the title is truly done, and whether this might feed into the way we approach an important week in the cups. With three games over two competitions coming up, what sort of teams can we expect? Will Poch see these competitions as an opportunity to end a slightly stuttering season with glory? We preview Gent and Fulham with this in mind, and also raise some listener questions about Lloris. Time to dig in. COYS.

S2 E24 - Anfield Awaits  

It's an El Classico pod this week, with Dan and Tom sailing alone. We start with a chat about Kane, whom Dan met for an ESPN interview, on his growing maturity and status as a Spurs spokesperson. We move on to Boro, who provided stern but meek opposition at the weekend. How did we cope without Rose? Is White Hart Lane a more patient crowd now? Does a win prove any title credentials? We then look ahead to Liverpool at Anfield in the evening kick off on Saturday, and wonder if their terrible form in 2017 can be a springboard for us to achieve our first win away from home against the top 6 this season. What should we expect from Klopp's team? Is this a good time to be playing them? We then do some listener questions, including a classic Dan KillyP story that makes Tom cry. Enjoy. COYS.

S2 E23 - Sloppy Spurs  

This week, Dan and Tom are joined by pod regular Oly Lister to discuss a weird week at Spurs. We start with the Cup win against Wycombe, a game that made Dan think a few at Spurs are on borrowed time. Where does that performance, coupled with our progress in the cups, leave some of the fringe squad? We discuss the future of Nkoudou, Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Janssen, Son and Wimmer, but most notably young Josh Onomah. We move on to Sunderland and an insipid and stunted performance. What could we have done differently, and was it just one of those games? Is the biggest problem not the first team, but our inability to change things from the bench? What the hell are we going to do without Danny Rose? We move onto the transfer windows past and present and take a trip down memory lane with Alli, van der Vaart and Crouchie. Be warned, we got a bit drunk and sloppy, perhaps in honour of our last two performances. Enjoy the meandering. COYS.

S2 E22 - Getting Away With It  

This week, Dan and Tom are joined by Ben Pearce, Sports editor and Spurs reporter for the Ham & High newspaper and at the heart of all things Spurs for the best part of a decade. He tells us about early days of Mason, Kane and other youngsters, and his years covering the club under various managers, from Ramos to Pochettino. The guys pick over the weekend half-smash & half-grab at Man City, where we were dominated but defiant. How on earth did we dig ourselves out of that hole, and what does it say about us as title contenders? We look at the issue in defence where Vertonghen was badly missed, and the incredible contribution of Victor Wanyama. We look at the performances of Harry Kane in the 'big' games, and why criticism is unfair, as well as the virtues of having a player like Son on the bench. We then look forward to Wycombe in the FA Cup and ask what Pochettino could have done for a player like Huddlestone. This episode goes out to Ryan Mason, an ex-Spur who was badly injured at the weekend playing for Hull. One of our own. COYS.

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.

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