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Reports: 3 Signings Tottenham Are Already In Talks To Complete This Summer

Tottenham finished the season strong and now it seems they are ready to re-invest in the squad as they look to strengthen their options with the club now surely targeting an improved showing in both the Premier League and the Champions League. Pochettino has improved the Tottenham players performances, but it is clear that the squad still lacks some quality that will enable them to win major trophies.

According to the press, Tottenham are already in talks to make several signings this summer, in this article I take a look at three of the strongest linked…

1 – Mamadou Sakho

The Daily Star are one of a number of outlets to suggest that Tottenham have made an approach to sign Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho. Sakho has played most recently for Crystal Palace on loan, and the Frenchman helped turn Sam Allardyce’s side from relegation favourites to comfortable survival. Sakho has clearly never had the best relationship with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and should a suitable offer arrive you would expect Klopp to approve his sale, even if it were to be to another top team like Spurs. Sakho’s form since Christmas has been very good and may have inflated his price tag far beyond what it would have been this time last summer. In my opinion, Sakho is not an improvement on Tottenham’s Belgian pair, but it is possible that Alderweireld could be off in the summer – so Pochettino could be looking for a new partner for Vertonghen. Hopefully, both the Belgian’s stick around and Sakho is viewed as a fringe player to add depth to the squad, or even start when Pochettino opts for 3 at the back.

Cancel Your “St Totteringham’s Day” Plans – North London is Spurs

Going into the final match of last season Tottenham Hotspur were in prime position to finish the campaign as league runners-up behind champions Leicester City, but perhaps more importantly to top North London rivals Arsenal for the first time in 21 years.

However, a 5-1 mauling by already-relegated Newcastle at St. James’ Park put paid to that long-awaited dream as the Gunners pipped them to clinch a second-placed finish at the death. Gooners fans got to celebrate their so-called St. Totteringham’s Day once again to the despair of Spurs supporters the world over.

Almost 12 months on, however, and with Spurs still challenging for the title, the chances of Arsenal supporters being able to laud it over their fierce rivals once again are almost certainly dead in the water; Arsène Wenger’s men are currently trailing Mauricio Pochettino’s by a massive 14 points with just a handful of matches left to play.

This coming Sunday marks a huge day for both clubs. Spurs, currently trailing league leaders Chelsea by just four points, will welcome Arsenal to White Hart Lane, who for the first time in Wenger’s tenure look increasingly likely to miss out on a top-four finish and with it Champions League qualification. A win for both teams is vital.

It is the business end of the season without doubt, and Spurs will enter the match as hot favourites to continue their title challenge. However, derby day didn’t always represent such gleeful anticipation for fans of Tottenham. Indeed, after goals from Steffen Iversen and Tim Sherwood sealed a first derby defeat for Wenger at White Hart Lane back in November 1999, the Lilywhites faithful would have to wait more than a decade and no less than 20 derbies to savour the sweet taste of victory once again when Danny Rose and Gareth Bale ended the hapless run at the Lane in April 2010.

During that decade of torture, Spurs supporters witnessed the comings and goings of no less than six permanent managers with just the 2008 League Cup to show for their team’s efforts. Across the North London divide, however, Wenger together with his Invincibles, added two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and a Champions League runners-up medal to the league and cup double the team won in 1997-98 during Tottenham’s impasse in victories between George Graham’s team of 1999 and Harry Redknapp’s class of 2010.

How times have changed though. Although the Gooners have continued to qualify for the Champions League every season since and have added a further two FA Cups to increase their record to 12, Spurs have finally started to achieve consistently in the league and last season’s ultimately disappointing third-place finish was the first time the club finished a campaign in the top-three since the 1989-90 season under Terry Venables.

Since ending their derby-day hoodoo in 2010, Spurs have gone on to record four further victories against the old enemy, three of them coming at White Hart Lane, while five draws have been shared and four losses encountered with only one occurring at the Lane back in March 2014.

While Spurs are on an undeniable upward trajectory with the manager’s, players and supporters eyes fixed firmly upon ending their 57-year wait for the top prize (the club are now a very tempting 5/1 looking at the latest Premier League betting odds), the poor Gooners look to be on the slide with Wenger’s future coming under increasing scrutiny from the club’s unhappy supporters and numerous members of the media world.

Wenger may have bought himself time with a semi-final win over Manchester City at Wembley last weekend to setup an FA Cup final with Chelsea, but for the first time since arriving 21 years ago, Arsenal look set to miss out on a top-four finish, and with it Champions League football next term.

Comparing the two teams, it’s difficult to pick an Arsenal player who would currently make a combined XI of the two teams. Tottenham’s fluidity in attack and steeliness in defence offers few cracks requiring surgery. The one player you could argue would make it into the Spurs line-up would be Alexis Sánchez but other possibles like Héctor Bellerín and Petr Čech are certainly no stronger than their Tottenham counterparts Kyle Walker and Hugo Lloris. Even an on-song Mesut Özil would struggle to oust in-form duo Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen on current form.

Spurs fans will love nothing more than dining at European football’s top table next season while their biggest rivals may have to make do with trips to the back of beyond in UEFA’s bridesmaid competition, the Europa League. Usurping their rivals has been a long time coming and Spurs fans will understandably milk every drop, especially if they can defy the odds to emulate the class of 1961 in winning the title. And at the rate at which they are improving they may even need to devise a name of their own to replace St. Totteringham’s Day in the near future. Wouldn’t that add insult to injury? Not half!

 

3 Premier League Players Tottenham Could & Should Sign This Summer

Tottenham appear to be on their way to their best ever season in the Premier League – but they need to build on this season’s performance by adding more depth to the squad and more quality to the lineup. Here’s a look at 3 Premier League players they have been strongly linked with and should look to sign in the summer.

1 – Wilfried Zaha

Pochettino reportedly wanted to bring Zaha to the club in the summer, with a £25million bid said to have been rejected on deadline day. Many fans questioned why Tottenham were interested at that price. This season we’ve seen exactly why. He’s a player that hasn’t been given the praise he has deserved in my opinion. Few players can boast sich an impressive record, with 6 goals and 7 assists in 26 Premier League appearances. All this for a team that have seriously struggled all season. Some may point to his failed time at United as an example that he cannot make it at a top club, but he has matured and developed at Palace and in my opinion, is now ready to play for a top club again.

Tottenham’s European campaign showed how poor some of their attacking squad options are – Zaha would give the team something fresh in attacking areas.

Why Tottenham Need A Strong End To The Season

It’s been a consistent season from Tottenham and certainly one that has seen them surpass the expectations. Overall it’s not been great though, the disappointment in Europe was particularly poor – but there’s still time for this to be one of the clubs best in their history.

We caught up with Jonathan Lewis, spurs fan and tipster at FootballPredictions.com. According to Jonathan: “Tottenham face a massively tough task if they want to dethrone Chelsea from the top of the Premier League, but they do have to ensure that they finish the season as runners-up, and get to the final of the FA Cup, anything less would, in my opinion, make the season a poor one”

Tottenham are one club playing without pressure, surpassing expectations in their current league position, whilst the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal continue to underperform each week.

What Tottenham need to do is to show that they aren’t serial bottlers and they only way they can do that is by finishing the season strong. If the club manage to win the FA Cup and finish 2nd in the league, the whole of Europe will take notice.

Tottenham have to ensure they go into the summer looking like a top European club. They need to make better signings than they have previously to help take the team to the next level – and the club will only attract world class players if they achieve something significant. Tottenham do not have the history of clubs like Manchester United to fall back on in transfer dealings. Tottenham also need to ensure star players like Harry Kane and Dele Alli want to stay at the club, with interest from the likes of Real Madrid being reported.

But the most important thing for Tottenham to do this summer is to keep Mauricio Pochettino at the club. The manager has done wonders with his team and is a tactical genius. With the likes of Barcelona on the hunt for a new manager, Pochettino could well be on the wishlist of some top clubs this summer and if Spurs lose him, they’d lose all the momentum the club has built up over the last few years. Wondering what Jonathan predicts for the upcoming fixtures of the Premier League? Check out his Premier League section on FootballPredictions.com for analysis and match previews.

Harry Kane To Finish As League’s Top Goalscorer?

Do you know what is the most-watched sports league in the world? The English Premier League, of course. Barca and Real often grab the spotlight, but the EPL is the most consistent source of entertainment for an audience that is estimated at almost 5 billion people.

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When you bet in-play, you can choose among more than 200 live markets for every match. Who will be the last goalscorer? Will anyone score in the first ten minutes? Who will be carded? Will there be a hat-trick? Will a team score in both halves? You name it, we have it. It’s a great way to showcase your knowledge about the more obscure corners of the Premier League.

It looks like Chelsea is set to win this year. In fact, all the odds are in their favour so much that it’s boring. That’s why we have the category called W/O Chelsea. Just imagine Chelsea disappeared in the Twilight Zone and make your pick. It is much more interesting when you have to decide between teams like Man City and Spurs, which have both had a great season. If you need more, there is also the Top 4 Finish category.

To Stay Up and Relegation are not the most glitzy category, but they may well be the most entertaining ones. The battles to stay in the Premier League have that tinge of desperation which is the necessary condition for a good thriller. Could it be that Leicester City, which won the most memorable title in League’s history last year, will end up being relegated? When there is more at stake, everyone risks more. Will you follow suit and make your biggest bet on an underdog?

Top Goalscorer could be the most attractive category, as you follow superstars on their bid for glory. Just like in the team category, there is a clear favourite: Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur. He finished†top scorer†of the 2015ñ16 season with 25 goals, and he looks set to repeat that feat. But Lukaku, Costa and Sanchez are nothing to sneeze at, either. Or you could just throw caution to the wind and bet on Benteke or Giroud, hoping for that hundred-to-one chance to come up.

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The 3 Best Tottenham Players From Convincing 4-0 Victory Over Stoke City

It was an afternoon to remember for Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday as they romped to a convincing 4-0 win over Stoke City to keep them within reaching distance of table-topping Chelsea and distance themselves from Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs, who did not play this weekend.

Following the terrible result in midweek against Gent, Tottenham needed to bounce back to prevent their season from collapsing – and they did just that. A fast start saw Kane score a first half hat trick, before providing an assist to Dele Alli to net a 4th on the stroke of half-time.

1 – Harry Kane

Well, obviously. Kane was at his deadly best on Sunday afternoon, firing a fine first-half hat trick to give Spurs a comfortable win. Not only did he score 2 goals, but he also provided a nice assist for Dele Alli. We, as fans, cannot really ask for any more from Kane. He has a phenomenal record for a young man and for Tottenham to be successful they simply need to find another player capable of sharing the goals burden with him. Janssen really doesn’t offer anything at the moment, Pochettino needs to find a striker that can fire when Kane’s head is down.

Enough is Enough: 3 Spurs Players Who Must Be Sold In The Summer

Tottenham have just endured two really tough defeats to Liverpool and Gent and some players have continued to put in lackluster performances in the process. Although we are a long way from the summer transfer window, I wanted to vent my frustration at three players, whom I feel need to move on from the club in the summer.

1. Moussa Sissoko

What a poor signing Sissoko has turned out to be. At £30million, he is the clubs record signing but he has produced performances that wouldn’t justify a £5million price tag let alone thirty. Playing on the right wing mostly, Sissoko has been running down blind alleys, forever failing to produce any sort of end product. If he was young, I’d say give him more time, but he’s 27. If he was new to the English game I’d say give him more time, but he’s been playing in England since 2013. There is literally no excuse for his poor performances and despite Pochettino’s brilliant tactical nouse, he has really made a mess here. If we can recoup even half of what we paid for him, it’ll be great business.

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2. Georges-Kevin N’Koudou

N’Koudou has perhaps not been given enough time to show his true colours, with just 2 starts since he arrived in the summer. Whenever he has featured though, he’s looked pretty poor. To me, this looks very much like another Clinton N’Jie situation and I can see him going back to France in the summer. Tottenham need some proven quality in the final third. The main players are young (Kane, Alli) and the back up players like N’Koudou are also young. This means when push comes to shove at these important stages of the season, the club don’t have enough quality or know how to score enough goals to win games. N’Koudou seems to be a bit of a nothing player and if he moves on it will allow a squad space for someone else to come in, someone who would surely be more effective.

Fans Favourite Midfielder Blasted For ‘Worst Performance In A Long Time’ vs. Gent

Tottenham put in a truly shocking display against Gent in the Europa League on Thursday night. Pochettino’s men lost the game 1-0 and crucially did not score an away goal. It means Spurs have endured back to back defeats and the club desperately need to turn their fortunes around or they risk another end of season collapse. One midfielder came under immense criticism because of his performance…

Pochettino opted for a very strong team, which included first team star Moussa Dembele. But the Belgian was out of sorts and he seriously struggled to make an impact.

He disappointed fans with a flat performance, Dembele needed to give the midfield more energy but his showing lacked inspiration.

He was neat and tidy in possession but playing in the most advanced central midfield role, he needed to make more of an impact going forward. Most of his passes were sideways or backwards as he struggled to find a route through the Tottenham defence, in the end he was subbed off for a more naturally attacking player, Son.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Dembele’s performance.

 

Dembele wasn’t the worst player on the pitch today, though. That title certainly goes to Moussa Sissoko. Tottenham’s record signing (embarrassing right?!) was once again poor. I’m still not sure why Pochettino thought he was a good signing, had he only watched the Euros and never seen him at Newcastle? Either way, surely he will be moved on in the summer? If we can get even half of the £30million paid for him then I think it would cement Levy’s status as a genius in selling players.

I think Tottenham still have a good chance of advancing in this competition, but with no away goal and a loss in the first leg, they have it all to do in the home game. The way Tottenham failed to open up Gent tonight will concern Pochettino ahead of the second leg. It was yet another example of where the midfield and attack have lacked quality – and that will be the real worry.

In regards to Dembele, he needs to move back to a deeper role and allow more naturally creative players like Cristian Eriksen and Deli Alli to play in the most advanced roles.

Kane Out, Janssen Starts: Tottenham’s Predicted Line-Up To Face Gent On Thursday

Tottenham travel to Gent in the round of 32 of the Europa League on Thursday night.

After the disappointing Champions League campaign, Pochettino will now surely want to show the strength of his team in Europe by going far in this competition. Tottenham have every chance of winning the whole competition, let alone this fixture. But Pochettino will want to avoid any slip up.

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I expect him to make some changes, but not an overwhelming amount, as the club still need to ensure they progress in the competition. Here’s the line up I would like to see.

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

Lloris is a must between the sticks.

Defence: Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies

Trippier deserves a chance to play at right back, Davies has to start at left back. I’d like to see Wimmer come in alongside Alderweireld. I feel he deserves to be ahead of Dier in the pecking order at centre back. This would be a good chance for him to play and prove that.

Midfield: Moussa Dembele, Eric Dier; Moussa Sissoko, Cristian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min

I’d move Eric Dier back to midfield for this fixture after his horrible performance in defence against Liverpool. In the away fixture he can act as the defensive shield for the defence, and allow Dembele more creative freedom going forward. In the number 10 role I’d like to see Eriksen. It’s where I feel he can be most effective and I feel that Alli needs to be taken out of the firing line, he looks a little jaded. Sissoko and Son both need game time and both are capable of good performances on the wing. Sissoko in particular really needs to show his form and true colours.

Striker: Vincent Janssen

Spurs desperately need Janssen to hit form. Whilst I would like to see Kane on the bench, I think Janssen needs to start the game and hopefully grab a goal or two. He is a good player but he just needs goals to get going in Spurs colours.

3 Reasons This Is The Year Tottenham Will Finish Above Arsenal

It has been a long time coming, but this is the year that Tottenham truly take ownership over North London.

A complete bottling job at the end of last season saw Tottenham somehow slump to 3rd, and the Gunners sneaked into the top two. This season it looks like neither club will manage to take the title from Chelsea, so the two clubs may be aiming to try and finish above each other, as well as ensuring they finish in the top 3. Here’s three reasons why

1 – Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino is a much better manager than Arsene Wenger. He is tactically in a different league and I can’t wait for the Gunners to come to White Hart Lane as I think it will be a whitewash. In the duels between the two clubs, I think Pochettino has always come out on top, even though on paper, the Gunners have a stronger lineup and a much bigger wage bill. If you are performing on par or outperforming a team with much bigger resources, then that, in my opinion, makes you a better manager.