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Thursday Hoddle of Coffee, Soccer News and Links, February 9, 2017

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Catching up with KPB

Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

The Guardian had a really excellent interview with former Spurs man Kevin-Prince Boateng earlier this week.

Spurs’ former sporting director Damien Comolli once said Boateng was the one player he regretted signing, admitting he failed to spot a kid unprepared for the change or do enough to help. “It was probably our failure more than his,” he said. Boateng appreciates the sentiment now, saying it lifts a weight off; back then, he missed it. “No one came to ask: ‘How are you?’ No one. ‘How are you?’ Just one simple question: ‘How are you?’ No one, no one.”

Had they done, he might just have replied: “Fine,” not really aware of the damage being done, that things were even going wrong. “I was spending serious amounts: nightclubs, clothes, cars.” Three in one day, the story goes. “True,” he says. “Because you try to buy happiness. I couldn’t play football so I buy a Lamborghini. Wow, you’re happy for a week. After that you don’t even use it. Who drives around Loughton in a Lamborghini? I still have a picture: three cars, big house, I’m standing there like I’m 50 Cent. I look at it sometimes and say: ‘Look how stupid you were.’ But that made me who I am and I can look back and see it. I’ve learned. I grew up.”

I wasn’t around for the KPB era at Spurs. For those who were, what’s your memory of him? It seems like he’s grown up quite a bit since he left the club. The story also highlights how little many clubs do to help young men adjust to the wealth and fame that comes with being a Premier League footballer.

On to the Links

Mind Games are No Longer a Premier League Staple

Dortmund v RBL: The Bundesliga’s Newest Rivalry

Liverpool’s squad is thin so they don’t have any quick fixes.