Southampton 1 Spurs 1
A poor, uninspired performance by Spurs left 2 points on the table. We should have picked up all 3 and in failing to do so lost the chance to move level with Liverpool in 4th, albeit Liverpool’s loss to Swansea the following night left the gap at 2 points.
Spurs enjoyed 59% possession and we took 17 shots to Saints’ 10. However, only 2 of ours were on target, versus 4 of theirs. It was a game where the absence of Eriksen (ill) showed, yet again, his importance to our team. He is the orchestrator and silent assassin who makes Spurs tick. Without him, Son was ineffectual, Dele is still struggling for form, and it was left to Kane who (yet again) baled Spurs out with a headed equalizer after 18 minutes (cancelling out a Sanchez own goal 3 minutes earlier). Both teams had chances to win it. Apparently several of our players were also suffering from sickness like Eriksen, despite (or because of?) the squad’s sunshine-training trip to Barcelona.
Frustrating matches like this highlight Spurs lack of creative depth. With Eriksen absent (and Lamela possibly sick too – he came on for Son after 70 mins), we need more options. And it would appear that Lucas Moura may be on his way from PSG to give us more pace, swerve and Brazilian flair. As I wrote last week (in Post 59) he’d be an upgrade on the Nje and Nkoudou experiments and is ready for first team action.
Spurs rise to 11th in the World Money League Table
The annual Deloitte Survey of World Football’s Money League has been published. Spurs moved up one place to 11th, with an increase in revenues from £209m to £306m. The table is compiled in euros translated @ £1 = 1.16)
Back in June last year I wrote this:
We want Spurs to have an income that, say, doubles by 2020. That would still leave us behind United and City but on a par with Arsenal and Chelsea and ahead of Liverpool. So £200 million revenues up to £400 million p.a.
In that same post (Post 16), I predicted what our revenues for this year would look like.
MY PREDICTION ACTUAL
Match Receipts £44m £45.3m
Broadcasting Revenues £183m £188.2m
Commercial Income £63m £72.1m
TOTAL £290m £305.6m
It turns out that I was accurate but even slightly pessimistic. My Match Day Receipts projection was based on 4,000 reduced capacity at WHL but higher domestic cup and European gates (at Wembley prices). As I said at the time, “I won’t be far out.
I said my Commercial Income figure (sponsorship and merchandising) was an informed ‘guestimate’ (“that may turn out to be low due to our CL participation, for which sponsors usually pay more”).
I’ve predicted that we’ll have doubled our total income to £400 million by 2020. And with twice the income we’ll have double the budget for player salaries.
We are on schedule.