My OPINION piece on Tuesday sparked outrage in the comments. It was rank and wild speculation, not analysis, like I haven’t been reading every Alasdair Gold transcription of a Pochettino press conference and trawling ITK on Spurs Community from grown men with ridiculous names. I apparently left out the part where Poche took over recruitment after 2015 even though the premise of the piece was that Pochettino was exerting too much control on transfers. Worst, I had committed the sin of clickbait in expressing disappointment that Poche was burned by bad scouting and analysis leading to nothing rather than good scouting and analysis.
Unrelatedly, I asked our beat journalists why Janssen was banished beyond even N’Koudou, in a way that seemed unfair from Poche. In return, I got something even better:
I don’t think Janssen was a troublemaker at all. My impression is that Poch just doesn’t think he is good enough & possibly professional enough. Same true of GKN, which is perhaps why MP is so particularly about incomings now.— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) January 31, 2019
There. See. Poche got burned on Janssen and GKN among others, and that’s why he won’t let Levy sign people. And I was right.