All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur Episode 5 - Rundown, Review & Key Talking Points

Cor, this 'three episodes released a week' thing is tough, isn't it? Especially when you finish each batch by Monday afternoon, leaving you with over 144 hours to kill before the next selection.

Still, it's good to get the latest fill of 'All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur', especially as we now approach the part of the 2019/20 season where everything goes up in smoke for Spurs, despite some moves in the transfer market.

Here's the latest in this week-by-week odyssey - obviously, there are spoilers below.

The Rundown

We kick off episode five - titled 'NEW BLOOD' - with Jose Mourinho addressing the media over the club's plans for the January transfer window. With Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko crocked, Daniel Levy meets with other members of the board and reveals a new striker and midfielder are priorities.

Head of recruitment Steve Hitchen is introduced, quipping he 'hates' the January window. That said, Gedson Fernandes is brought in on an 18-month loan from Benfica with an option to buy before we again delve into the Christian Eriksen saga.

A rather drab 0-0 draw with Watford is revisited - if you don't remember, Paolo Gazzanigga saved a penalty and Erik Lamela had a last-gasp effort cleared off the line.

But there is some big boy stuff. Danny Rose has it out with Mourinho over his lack of playing time, Hugo Lloris is shown back in training having recovered from his arm injury, and Eriksen sits down with Levy and Mourinho to discuss his future.

Steven Bergwijn is then introduced after a slender 2-1 victory over Norwich, setting up the episode's finale - a home clash with Manchester City, pitting Mourinho against long-time rival Pep Guardiola.

Key Talking Points

Rose Has it Out With Mourinho

Left back Rose is about as straight-talking a guy as you're ever likely to meet, and this is on full display when the England international beckons Mourinho over to talk about his lack of game time.

What follows is a fascinating and somewhat stern discussion in which Mourinho points to Rose's performance in the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool and youth star Japhet Tanganga's emergence as reasons for Rose's absence.

But Rose rightly points to most of Tottenham's other defenders having poor seasons and feels his continued omissions are unfair. Put that phone away for this segment - it's good fun.

Incomings and Outgoings

Eriksen! Eriksen, Eriksen, Eriksen! He wants to try something new, if that wasn't glaringly obvious already.

The Denmark international is seen dolled up in Inter's kit, with Kane giving his thoughts on his old teammate's departure, while Rose is sent away on loan to Newcastle.

Most of the camera time is then given to the incoming Steven Bergwijn, an exciting winger from PSV Eindhoven, who arrives in time for the final preparations for the match against Manchester City.

Favourite Quotes

Daniel Levy: I get very frustrated if at the end of a transfer window the team is not in a better place than where we started.

Ben Davies [on the money spent in the 2011 window]: Imagine how much that £200m is worth now. That was way before Neymar's transfer changed the game.
Christian Eriksen: That's Harry's right foot, £200m, mate.
Harry Kane [injured]: Not now with the hammy, mate.

Danny Rose: Other people have been s*** in training, s*** in games, but play every game and in the squad every game. It's not fair.
Jose Mourinho: It's your perspective.
Danny Rose: It's facts. The whole changing room knows it's facts. Not fair. And I'm going to see Daniel [Levy] as well so when Daniel's here tell him I'm looking for him.

Jose Mourinho [at half time against Manchester City]: When you [Hugo Lloris] saved the penalty, they tried to put huge pressure for another penalty to be given. This is the difference between a team of c**** and a team of good guys. But the story of football is that the teams of good guys, they never win. So f****** hell, be a c***.


This episode is some verified juicy content. We get right into Tottenham's injury struggles and their moves in the transfer market.

As for Mourinho, he continues to move away from the daddy figure he has previously portrayed. Instead, he's asking his players to be c****. So yeah, he's not quite as cuddly as before. We also see captain Lloris in a leadership role in the changing room for the first time. Not to give too much away, but his words are a bit more to the point - as brief as they are - than Kane's.

Overall, it shows problems mounting up for Spurs, ending with the feisty encounter with City. Good. Really good. Perhaps the best episode so far.

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Source : 90min