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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Wednesday, August 19

Lews! Ninks! Bootfall!

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Happy Wednesday, Spurs fans. What constitutes a failure? With two weeks to go until the transfer window slams shut, Tottenham have sold six players and brought in four... but still haven't addressed the center of midfield, nor the backup striker situation.

But is that a failure? Does not signing a central midfielder negate everything else that has happened in the transfer window? Or, to put it another way, is it better to sign a warm body to fill a position of need instead of a top transfer target, or simply to wait until a future window when a better option (might) come available?

We all love flashy signings, those who are expected to come in and immediately make an impact. We might still get one of those in Little Bear. Does that save the window if it happens? I have no idea, I'm just asking questions.

And now, the "news."

Tottenham: Time to grit those teeth and smile -- The Premier League Owl

Seb hits the nail on the head with this one. We've been saying this for over a year. For all of our talk about "glory" and "love the shirt" and similar platitudes, the plain truth is that we are in a holding pattern of lowered expectations until the stadium is built. If Pochettino's teams overachieve, we might be in the mix for Champions League places the next couple of years, but otherwise, it's moneyball and high-risk high-reward signings until we build the stadium and can take our seats at the big boys table. That said, asking football fans for patience will be a difficult thing for them to accept. Hard truths usually are.

Mark Warburton "bemused" by negative reaction to Oduwa - The Scotsman

Reading these quotes by Warburton about how he put his arm around Oduwa after the harsh criticism he received makes me understand why we continue to send our young players on loan to his teams. I like this guy, a lot.

How to pronounce "Clinton N'Jie" - Spurs TV (YouTube)

...Yeah, that didn't really help. Sorry.

Kovacic to Madrid makes more sense than you might think - SB Nation

I love Kovacic, and hate the fact that the next Luka Modric is heading to the same club that the current Luka Modric already is. Share the wealth, Madrid, GOD.