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Tottenham Predicted Line-Up To Face Everton

We take our 2nd home game of the season against Everton with only 2 points to our name so far so a first win of the season is needed on Saturday. But it’s encouraging because Everton at home last season was one of our best performances of last season, coming from behind to win 2-1, but also we showed how good Mauricio Pochettino’s system can be when it works well, which it will need to this weekend.

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

Rescued probably another point last week given how many chances Leicester had and he’ll need to be on game to keep out the likes of Lukaku, Mirallas and Barkley.

Defenders: Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Kyle Walker

Walker has started very well, considering his position is under threat by Trippier and should continue with his good form so far. Alderweireld overcame a bad game vs Stoke with a solid display against Leicester and is already showing his quality. Vertonghen needs to respond today after a poor showing last week which included allowing the shot for Mahrez to score last week. I think we need Danny Rose back, not that Davies has under-performed

Defensive Midfielders: Ryan Mason, Eric Dier

The temporary partnership of Dier/Mason has worked reasonably decently so far, Mason’s running energy and getting forward with Dier’s calm passing on the ball has had moderate success, and right now it appears to be our best choice considering Bentaleb’s drop in form at the start of the season.

Attacking Midfielders: Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele, Alex Pritchard

With Christian Eriksen injured it’s a big opportunity for the players on the brink to make a claim for a starting place. Dele Alli’s showing from off the bench last week, including his goal and energy should place him in the starting line-up this weekend, his pace on the move should be a huge benefit in our attacks. Alex Pritchard has now fully recovered from his ankle injury and should also, in my view be selected to start, his creative touch and passes and chances to score in the final third that he demonstrated brilliantly last season at Brentford, should be a great help to us. Meanwhile Mousa Dembele should keep his spot in the line-up after three solid showings so far this season.

Striker: Harry Kane

Even when he doesn’t score he always makes sure he provides help to our attacks, evident when his run, powering past two defenders set up our goal last week, but we’d love to see him get his account for the season open this weekend.

Have Spurs Done Enough Business To Make A Push For The Top 4?

With two weeks remaining of the transfer window, there’s still plenty of opportunity left to get deals done as has happened may times over the years. Spurs are often the team to deliver deadline day drama, from Rafa Van Der Vaart to Scott Parker and even Hugo Lloris have all singed the Spurs dotted line in the final moments of the summer.

So the question is, now have we already finished our transfer business or do we still need to strengthen in certain areas? In terms of our defence, I feel we’ve added smartly with Alderweireld, Wimmer and Trippier adding quality and depth to the defence and competition for every position at the back.

I still feel we could do with a game-running midfield to complement the energy styles of Mason and Bentaleb. Dier has done well in these opening two games in the holding midfield position but I doubt we can rely on him throughout the season to keep up form in big matches. There have been murmurings in recent days that we’re eyeing up a move for Victor Wanyama, who fits the role we need very well and would be a class addition to the side.

Up front the addition of Clinton N’Jie is a shrewd, versatile signing but we do still require another striker to give support Harry Kane. If we do manage to get Saido Berahino, it would give us options of playing one or two up top and link-up together, which they’ve done very well in England U21 games.

If Wanyama and Berahino join us before deadline day, that would mean, in my opinion, we have a squad that is genuinely capable of challenging for a Top 4 finish this season. As ever, keep calm and Come on you Spurs!

 

Europa League – How Far Can Spurs Go This Season?

As the season draws ever closer we look ahead to the various competitions we play in and try to gauge how far we, realistically can go, and that leads us to this question, how far can we progress in the Europa League. Like Carroll, Alli, Pritchard

In recent season we’ve made it to the last 8, last 16, last 32, and have always been ousted by teams who we should’ve been able to defeat and progress further in the competition. We feel on Penalties against Basel, we should’ve took Benfica to Extra-Time and we should’ve got past Fiorentina last season has a Spaniard put the ball into the back of the net.

With improved squad depth this season in defence and midfield courtesy of returning loanees like Carroll, Alli, Pritchard should increase our ambition of going further in the competition, plus with the incentive of a guaranteed Champions League place for the winner, Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to win this competition this season.

The only hiccup in our plans is the entry of the relegated Champions League sides as the Europa League enters the knockout phases which have affected us in the past. So in summary, ambition from the manager, combined with an improved squad and clever rotation policy and effective performances on the pitch, means we could go very far in Europe this season.

 

Spurs Outcast Set To Reunite With Ex-Spurs Boss?

Aston Villa have reportedly contacted Tottenham Hotspur about the availability of Spurs’ enigmatic striker Emmanuel Adebayor, either on a permanent transfer or to take him on a season long loan deal.

Since being granted compassionate leave twice throughout last season, Mauricio Pochettino is keen on new strikers to freshen up the squad and Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy is desperate to get Adebayor off the club’s wage bill but Villa are reluctant to offer him the current £100,000 per week salary he earns at White Hart Lane.

Despite London being his preferred choice of place to stay, Adebayor is said to be keen on a reunion with former Spurs Head Coach Tim Sherwood who plucked the Togo international from out of the shadows when he took over after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked in December 2013 and made Adebayor the focal point of the side for the rest of that season.

In return, Adebayor scored 14 goals in the 2nd half of that season and looked like the best Adebayor we had since his season on loan at The Lane. But despite initially starting this season under Mauricio Pochettino he fell out of favour with the manager, team-mates and fans after his criticism of fans after the home defeat by Stoke last November. After that he only played sparsely and it’s clear his days in the Lilywhite shirt are over.

Since Christian Benteke is leaving Villa Park for Anfield, Sherwood is very keen to add a striker to his ranks and could use the opportunity to get Adebayor back on track as well as boosting the strength of his side and ending his very tumultuous time at Spurs.

Two Outcasts Set To End Spurs Misery?

Spurs are preparing cut their losses on striker Roberto Soldado to hasten his exit from the club, with Galatasaray emerging as the frontrunners to sign his signature.

The 30-year-old has struggled in his time at White Hart Lane following his £26m move from Valencia two years ago. Galatasaray are said to be interested in the forward, and Spurs are prepared to accept bids in the region of £11m for the Spaniard, although the Turkish champions are ready to test their resolve with a bid of £9m.

Soldado has made 52 appearances in the Premier League for Spurs, scoring seven goals, but despite much encouragement from fans and management alike it seems destined that the Premier League just isn’t cut for him.

Also it is rumoured that the Turkish giants are eyeing up another Spurs outcast with former Captain Younes Kaboul apparently keen to also make his departure from N17. It’s believed Daniel Levy is holding out for at least £5million whilst Galatasaray are looking to scoop him up for just £3million.

After being a regular starter early last season, his performances and attitude on and off pitch has deteriorated over recent months and with Mauricio Pochettino having completed the signing of Toby Alderweireld today, which now leaves us with 7 current CB’s at the club, Kaboul’s days at White Hart Lane are numbered.

 

What Will Kieran Trippier Bring To White Hart Lane?

Yesterday we completed the signing of Kieran Trippier from Burnley and although many feel that it’s an unnecessary signing considering we have several right-backs, however, I feel it’s a very shrewd purchase from Mauricio Pochettino.

Consider the right-backs we currently have in our squad. Kyle Walker is still recovering from long-term injury and his form has been very inconsistent and worrying for the future, DeAndre Yedlin is untested and still looks a very raw product to throw into the first-team right now. Eric Dier is stronger as a Centre-Back so Trippier provides solidity and continuity.

Stats compiled from last season show that Trippier is better than Walker from last season in every defensive department, includes tackles/interceptions/clearances/key passes and crosses. The crossing in particular is a key one. So often we’ve seen Walker get forward and waste final balls into the box, Trippier has shown much greater efficiency with crosses.

The other advantage that Trippier signing will do is push Walker on to improve his own game from next season. Personally I feel Kyle could do with competition for his position as he’ll feed off that, look at how much Danny Rose improved last season courtesy of Ben Davies’ arrival, it motivated him to further his own game and improve his level.

Trippier is a consistent player who has great potential to improve and will provide depth that we sorely need in our squad and if all goes well he could even become the No.1 choice at RB for Spurs next season.

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Pochettino Preparing Double Swoop For Old Lady Duo?

According to a report from the print edition of Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in two Juventus players this summer.

Spanish striker Fernando Llorente and Italian centre-back Angelo Ogbonna have been tipped to move to White Hart Lane. The latest story suggests Spurs are keen on bringing in the experienced duo to N17 to add quality and depth to the squad for next season. It’s believed that Spurs are prepared to pay £10million for both players.

The 30-year-old, Llorente would be able to offer Tottenham an effective alternative to Harry Kane as and when required. In total Llorente has scored 138 goals in his club career to date. He excelled the Football World with Bilbao a few years ago, since moving to Juventus 2 years ago he’s struggled to replicate that level of form but he still remains a talented striker and Spurs could do with him.

As for Ogbonna, the 27-year-old centre-back would bring some additional experience to Tottenham’s back-line were he to arrive. It could give Spurs a dilemma though, considering they’ve already signed Kevin Wimmer this summer and with Jan Vertonghen, Federico Fazio and Eric Dier all likely to stay Mauricio Pochettino may not move for yet another centre-back, unless someone is sold.

Who’s Leaving & Who’s Arriving? Spurs Transfers For 2015/16 – Part 1

Many Spurs fans believe that there will be a big overhaul of players in this summer’s transfer window, after many windows have disappointed us in recent seasons, which the finger for these failings has been pointed firmly at Sporting Director Franco Baldini.

With Baldini surely to be given his marching orders this summer, or at the very least his influence will be greatly reduced if not cut out altogether, the transfer business will be under the full control of Head Coach, Mauricio Pochettino and our new recruitment mastermind Paul Mitchell. The duo had brilliant success at Southampton with the signings they made there so Spurs fans should feel optimistic that they can work their magic this summer.

Here is a detailed prediction of who I believe will be leaving White Hart Lane this summer and who will be coming in the terraces of N17 for the 2015/16 season. The aim of this is to bring in quality players, continue to develop and bring through more of our academy players and improve the depth of the squad for next season.

This article will be in 2 parts, in Part 1 the players being sold is the focus and Part 2 will detail the players we need to bring in.

Players to be sold:

I predict there could be as many as 10 of our current main squad of players to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer. Here are the ones I believe will be shown the exit door.

Emmanuel Adebayor – The striker who many counted on to lead the team has done the exact opposite to that. The man has been nothing but a disturbance to the players and to the fans that I’m sure will happily see the back of him after the end of this season.

Younes Kaboul – Appointed club captain, the decline of the French centre-half has been extraordinary. Errors made left, right and centre, accusations of lack of enthusiasm and care for his team-mates and conspiring against the manager has seen him plummet down the pecking order.

Vlad Chiriches – After a promising debut season at Spurs, the often kamikaze Romanian has become too much of a liability, making basic defensive errors which has cost us numerous times over the season.

Paulinho – Much maligned for not delivering on his great hype, the Brazilian has become a passenger in many games this season, despite some improvement recently he’s not a creative influence and he’s not what we need right now.

Roberto Soldado – A broken man. The Spaniard who we were all so excited, once upon a time, that he would answer our goalscoring problems, has become a dejected a forlorn figure of despondency as his confidence has been sapped away agonisingly with every miss over the last 2 seasons.

Etienne Capoue – Another one of the conspirators who’s value has been eroded after a positive start to the season, he’s been completely been up surd by the youngsters who’ve taken over his position over the course of the season.

Mousa Dembele – Someone who possesses so much technical ability yet continues to frustrate us by never delivering enough of it in the games that matter. The Belgian can be brilliant and dominate some games but he never does it enough in his spell in North London.

Benjamin Stambouli – Despite putting in some solid displays throughout the season, Stambouli just hasn’t been able to set the world alight. Arguably he hasn’t had the chances but when given to him, sadly he hasn’t taken those opportunities.

Lewis Holtby – Much loved for his energy and passion on the pitch, despite an impressive pre-season before he was sent out on loan, Holtby has struggled badly at Hamburg and seems to have it a dead end in his Spurs career.

Aaron Lennon – Our longest servant at the Club. He seems to have run his course. After some uninspiring displays, he went to Everton on loan. Azza appears to be out of favour and his stay at Spurs appears to be over.

That’s Part 1 out of the way. Now with the entire stink of deadwood removed from the Club we now need to find the outstanding quality we need to improve our side and ensure we have a successful season next time. That’s what’s to come in Part 2.

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RESULT! What Did You Vote As Spurs Goal Of The Season

We’ve scored some glorious goals this season, some of them have been team goals, other have been individual moments of brilliance, we’ve taken all your votes and here are the results to name the winner of the Spurs’ Goal of the Season.

5th – Nacer Chadli vs QPR 10%

The 48 pass goal was the high point in our 4-0 demolition of QPR way back in August was a brilliant demonstration of teamwork and composure to keep play and work it slowly forwards and eventually get the ball into the net.

4th – Christian Eriksen vs Sheffield Utd 16%

Given that we needed a goal with 2 minutes to go in order for us to reach a Cup Final, the composure that Eriksen showed was incredible. To do that with that much pressure on you is the sign of a class player and what a classy goal it was too.

3rd – Eric Dier vs West Ham 18%

The winner in our opening game of the season away, instantly won the respect of a young Englishman from Lisbon. Mostly because of his composure on his debut in England to scoop it round the keeper and plant it home.

2nd – Harry Kane vs Chelsea 22%

A masterful display against easily the best side in England was appropriately capped off by a piece of brilliance from “One Of Our Own”. He turned the CB‘s inside out and finished cutely into the net to send the Tottenham faithful delirious.

1st – Erik Lamela vs Asteras Tripolis 34%

Our Club record signing decided to take this pretty meaningless match and make a moment that everyone would remember. And even if he never makes a successful career at Spurs, he will always be admired for that piece of skill.

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RESULT! Who Did You Vote As The Spurs Player Of The Year?

We’ve counted your votes and here are the results for our Spurs Player of the Season. There were 5 players who were more than worthy of winning your vote but you have spoken out and here is the score:

5th – Danny Rose 4%

The most improved defender at the Club, Rose has surpassed everyone’s expectations this season by improving in several key areas of his game and delivering consistent performances and showing a maturity that he’d not demonstrated before.

4th – Nacer Chadli 11%

Another player who’s played much better that we expected, Chadli has constantly been amongst the goals this season, chipping in at crucial moments in the season when others have struggled to find the net, the Belgian has thrived this campaign.

3rd – Hugo Lloris 15%

Despite conceding 52 League goals this season, Hugo has continued to show his brilliance throughout this season winning us points and matches on multiple occasions and pull us out of difficult positions and save us, in more ways than one.

2nd – Christian Eriksen 17%

The mercurial Dane has been the saviour this season with multiple last-minute winning goals on many occasions throughout this season, in tight spots it’s been the Midfield Dynamite who’s popped up when we most need him and struck for us.

1st – Harry Kane 53%

It couldn’t have been anyone else, really? Harry has endured a fairytale that even Hollywood writers wouldn’t dare to write up. It’s been a fantasy to watch someone like you and I rise to the top of our club and long may his success continue.