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MIKE McKINLEY: For heaven's sake, shunt Berbatov and move on

PUBLISHED: 10:59 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:21 07 September 2010

No article from me this week I m afraid. My head s been turned by the Olympics and greater glories – I m not focused. I want to write about winners, not sulking prima donnas. But in the real world we have to get on with things. We don t have the luxur

No article from me this week I'm afraid.

My head's been turned by the Olympics and greater glories - I'm not focused.

I want to write about winners, not sulking prima donnas.

But in the real world we have to get on with things. We don't have the luxury of throwing a strop and opting to mope about instead of working if we can't manufacture our "dream move".

It's becoming an incredibly tiresome and tawdry saga, and there's a growing part of me that hopes Dimitar Berbatov joins Didier Drogba, Gareth Barry and Cristiano Ronaldo in being made to honour their lavish contracts, the poor little lambs, and has the pleasure of a spell strolling around with the reserves.

But that doesn't really help Tottenham, and the pragmatic truth is that he should be shunted out and we should move on.

The latter days of August are not the ideal time to try and carry out major squad rebuilding, but it seems that's what we'll have to do.

The cash should at least allow us to spend on a few areas and balance out the squad.

While we are misfiring up front it's even more vital to keep clean sheets, and Saturday's defeat showed again that the back four need a strong destroyer in front of them if we're to cut out the long range strikes in particular.

So it's unlikely to be a quiet few days, with (hopefully) a whirl of transfer activity and the short trip to Chelsea to contemplate.

We're staring down the barrel of zero points from three games, and again it looks like we're going to have to wait until September for our season to really start.


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