Gareth is still with us and continues his scoring run with two in two
The JimmyG2 Column
Musings is back from its Summer transfer window recess and the column is not only a nuclear free zone but an ITK free zone too. Well almost. We put our shirts on the Paulinho transfer and our favourite button down drip dry, non iron, soft touch denim is still safely in the wardrobe.
ITK? No just a sensible reading of the available information and the putting of 2 and 2 together to make somewhere in the direction of 4. So now we're going the full wardrobe on the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor and the arrival of Benteke. They are just dotting the T's and crossing the I's apparently.
We rather fancied David Villa, in the best footballing sense, but it was a long shot too far and we kept our money in our pockets. Good player, Barcelona schooled and ideal as the false striker for AVB's 433. But he's never been out of Spain even on holiday so an unlikely import.
I left for Southern Spain, a Lilywhite and returned a fully paid up Bronzed member. We are somehow missing the heatwave in England but the ones in Spain are hotter and wavier and importantly more reliable.
To football matters more concrete: there are official pictures of Sandro on the training pitch; there's friendly action with AVB giving almost everyone a run out; Bale scored again, and on his birthday too, against Swindon, and AVB and his coaching staff are snapped eating egg and chips in Herne Bay. Don't ask.
No sign of Paulinho yet or Franco Baldini but I am sure they will turn up in good time. Paulinho is being given extra recovery time and is not named in the Asia squad. More crucially Kaboul and Sandro are.
Tottenham Hotspur squad for the Barclays Asia Trophy 2013:
Hugo Lloris, Brad Friedel, Heurelho Gomes.
Kyle Walker, Kyle Naughton, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Jan Vertonghen, Michael Dawson, Steven Caulker, Younes Kaboul, Daniel Rose.
Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend, Gareth Bale, Tom Huddlestone, Mousa Dembele, Sandro Cordeiro, Scott Parker, Jake Livermore, Tom Carroll, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lewis Holtby.
Clint Dempsey, Jermain Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor.
No real clue there as to possible leavers, everyone available travels but plenty of youngsters who will benefit from the atmosphere of a foreign tour. First game is against Sunderland on 24th of July KO. 11am. BST in Hong Kong with the possibility of a final against Man. City.
The game against Brentford, mysteriously unlisted and played behind closed doors at the Spurs training ground was turned round by a brace from Defoe after Bale got the first and Bentford went ahead. Of course everyone agrees that results don't matter at this stage.
It's not winning that matters its how you play the game after all. Just run that one past Stuart Broad, Musings hot tip for the next players representative on the MCC Ethics and Morals committee.
People sometimes attribute Spurs alleged lack of mental strength in recent years to the false idea that Bill Nicholson and Danny Blanchflower were not competitive and were unconcerned with winning.
But the truth is that they were both fiercely competitive and part of one of the most successful teams of all times. Perhaps this is the clue to their attitude. Winning was almost a given. The next concern was not just to win but to win in style, 'to win well' in the words of Sir Bill.
Or as Danny put it,"The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. The game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom."
Should Broad have 'walked'. Musings say yes because the end never justify the means. The means are the end and that has always been the attraction of Spurs to me, the idea that there is more than just winning especially when you are not winning.
And me and Bill and Danny don't mean losing in style but trying hard to win but with grace and integrity. Buying the Premiership? No thanks. Making room for home reared young cockerels? Yes Please.
I feel a new season coming on.
Jimmy's Video Spot.
Bale's second goal of pre-season from a nice reverse pass from Siggy who was the only one to play nearly the whole game. Looks like it's going to be 433 and in this one Bale started on the right. Ironically Swindon's equaliser was a 'looper' off Caulker with Friedel off his line.That'll teach him.
No sound for the Lloris interview but I don't suppose he said anything especially newsworthy.
Headline graphic by Alon Berg with thanks once again.