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Alan Pardew: There are so many transfer rebels around

by 13/08/2017 19:04:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Players who are transfer rebels are causing disruption among the big clubs 
  • Starting the season well is the worst time for a manager and can be stressful
  • Mauricio Pochettino's investment in youth is beginning to reap rewards now
  • Starting the season well counts for little if you don't finish the job off 

By Alan Pardew for the Daily Mail

Published: 17:31 EDT, 13 August 2017 | Updated: 19:04 EDT, 13 August 2017

Transfer rebels seem to be commonplace in this day and age. They can disrupt your rhythm as a manager, damage confidence inside the dressing room and unsettle supporters.

Liverpool, Swansea, Southampton, Chelsea and Arsenal are among the teams dealing with such issues. 

There are a large number of players in dispute with their clubs — Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley, Virgil van Dijk and Philippe Coutinho among them. 

Transfer rebels seem to be commonplace in this day and age and they can disrupt a team
Transfer rebels seem to be commonplace in this day and age and they can disrupt a team

Transfer rebels seem to be commonplace in this day and age and they can disrupt a team

Supporters want the strongest team picked on the first day of the season. But this isn't a computer simulation game.

You have to take into account mindset and fitness, fitting in new players, dealing with existing players. I found this a horrible time, the most stressful time for a manager outside of a relegation battle.

If you have someone playing up, you have to take into account the severity of his protest and how sympathetic the rest of the group might be towards him. 

You'd be surprised how often they take the side of the errant team-mate. They know it could be them next time. What helps is a win. It means the troubles disappear for a manager for at least one night.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is a transfer target for Everton, was left out of Swansea's first game
Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is a transfer target for Everton, was left out of Swansea's first game

Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is a transfer target for Everton, was left out of Swansea's first game

Kids rule okay for Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino take a bow. His investment in youth and bold decisions are a credit to the manager.

We are often told that foreign bosses have no interest in developing English players, but Pochettino does.

Kyle Walker-Peters played at right back against Newcastle in place of the departed £54million Kyle Walker, and that is the EIGHTH English youngster Pochettino has selected since becoming Spurs manager in 2014. 

Mauricio Pochettino's investment in youth and bold decisions are a credit to the manager
Mauricio Pochettino's investment in youth and bold decisions are a credit to the manager

Mauricio Pochettino's investment in youth and bold decisions are a credit to the manager

It should inspire other talented kids to look at Tottenham and the pathway they have to the first team.

It was something I looked for at Crystal Palace and before that at Newcastle, but our underbelly wasn't strong enough. At Southampton I played Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Ward-Prowse.

The fans want to see 'their own' coming through, but nobody has had quite much success as Pochettino. And he has Harry Kane up front too (who was blooded by Tim Sherwood).

The eight picked by Pochettino: Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Walker-Peters, Josh Onomah, Anton Walkes, Marcus Edwards and Shayon Harrison.

We can all see Dele is a superstar, but I like Winks a lot, too. The boy can play.

Kyle Walker-Peters got the nod from Pochettino on Sunday and Harry Winks can really play
Kyle Walker-Peters got the nod from Pochettino on Sunday and Harry Winks can really play

Kyle Walker-Peters got the nod from Pochettino on Sunday and Harry Winks can really play

It's not how you start, it's how you finish

So it turns out that my opening day record in the Premier League stands up to scrutiny. P: 8. W: 4. D: 1. Lost: 3. Not bad.

Having said that, the 1-0 loss to West Brom last season at Crystal Palace — from a set-piece of all things — still hurts. 

We're all looking to get off to a start because it gives you a bit of space, a bit of confidence.

My favourite memory was as Newcastle manager when we beat Spurs 2-1 at St James' Park with a lovely goal from Demba Ba and a penalty from Hatem Ben Arfa in 2012.

It's funny how you remember the good ones but I'm trying not to remember a few shockers. One for Southampton at Plymouth is a memory best forgotten. 

My favourite season opener was beating Tottenham as Newcastle manager back in 2012
My favourite season opener was beating Tottenham as Newcastle manager back in 2012

My favourite season opener was beating Tottenham as Newcastle manager back in 2012

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