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Pics: All The Photos Of Moussa Sissoko & Georges-Kevin N’Koudou In A Tottenham Shirts

Tottenham managed to get a couple of signings over the line late in the window (very late in Sissoko’s case) whilst the long awaited arrival of Georges-Kévin N’Koudou was confirmed on the eve of Deadline Day. 

Tottenham may not have got their first choice targets, or players of the very highest calibre – but a couple of shrewd additions have arrived. In Sissoko, Spurs may have overpaid, but they have a player that if managed correctly, can be a really useful asset to any Premier League squad. As we saw last season though, if his mind isn’t in it, he’s pretty much useless, so Pochettino will have to work his managerial magic to make this one worth the £30million investment. Sissoko’s ability to play as a wide player and also through the middle will come in handy for sure as Pochettino looks to negotiate the added stress of Champions League football for the first time in his Spurs tenure. Enjoy all the official pictures of Sissoko in a Tottenham shirt below.

 

We had waited long enough for the next set of photos. N’Koudou had reportedly been close to a move to Tottenham for several weeks, but with just two days left before the window shut, Tottenham finally confirmed the move for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £12million. He is much less of a risk, aged 21, N’Koudou has time on his side to develop under Poch and become a top class winger. He is thought of as a player with a lot of potential, but with a lot of work still to do. Don’t expect much instant impact from him, because he is more than anything, one for the future.

Moussa Sissoko: Is He Good Enough To Justify £30million Investment?

Whilst many probably expected Tottenham to stump up the cash for Wilfried Zaha on deadline day, Pochettino took the surprising decision to approve a club record £30million bid for Moussa Sissoko. 

Sissoko had been pushing for a move away from relegated Newcastle all summer, but clubs had baulked at his £30million asking price. On the final day of the window though, Everton and Tottenham met Newcastle’s valuation. Sissoko then opted for Champions League Tottenham, despite Ronald Koeman reportedly expressing Everton’s interest first.

Sissoko’s arrival offers Mauricio Pochettino a different tool to utilise at White Hart Lane, with the midfielder capable of fulfilling the box-to-box role just as well as he operates as an industrious wide man, a quality that saw him feature more prominently for France in the latter stages of their Euro 2016 campaign this summer.

Sissoko’s ability to play centrally makes him a more attractive squad addition ahead of Zaha, especially when the Champions League games begin and Pochettino will need versatile players in his squad.

The one goal scored by the imposing figure of Sissoko leaves him trailing behind most competing against him for a first XI spot at Tottenham, but the seven assists registered in 37 league appearances for Newcastle does see him rank highly among his new potential teammates.

Despite playing predominantly out wide for Newcastle, Sissoko managed to make an impressive 46 tackles. It is his rare industry that Pochettino will look to try and drive out of him more frequently if he is to succeed at White Hart Lane.

Sissoko’s average pass accuracy is 76% – that is something that will have to improve at Tottenham, especially if he is deployed in a central role.

In all honesty, £30million is overpriced, no matter which way you look at it. With Sissoko playing for a relegated club and performing so inconsistently last season, it is a surprise to see not just Tottenham but Everton also willing to stump up such a high amount of cash.

But Pochettino obviously sees something in the Frenchman. He’s 27, not a kid anymore, but Pochettino needs to try and take the Frenchman to the next level. It is possible.

Why? Well we saw what Sissoko is capable of at Euro 2016, he is an incredibly powerful player, capable of bursting through the midfield and transitioning defence to attack by himself.

We also know what Pochettino is capable of doing wth underperforming players. Look at Moussa Dembele and Erik Lamela before he arrived, many wanted those players gone, they were deemed lazy and not good enough – now, under Pochettino, they are reborn and important parts of the starting eleven.

There’s no doubt that to justify the price tag, Pochettino will have to do exactly that, give Sissoko new life. So to answer the question in the headline, it is simply that Tottenham must get the best out of Sissoko to warrant the investment.

How do you feel about the signing? Would you have preferred Zaha? Comment below. 

4 Deadline Day Signings Tottenham Could Be Set To Complete

Tottenham have been very busy in the last couple of days. Their transfer activity has been high, but predominantly in terms of selling players, including Ryan Mason officially joining Hull City. But with just one day to go in the transfer window, Spurs desperately need to sign some players. Taking a look at the latest media reports, we had a look at 4 deadline day signings the club could make today.

1 – Isco

According to The Mirror, Tottenham have made a last ditch attempt to sign Real Madrid outcast Isco on a season-long loan deal. Isco has been out of favour at Real Madrid and is now even seeing the young Asensio start ahead of him. Zinedine Zidane publicly has said he wants to keep the player at the club, but with a lack of game time at present, you wouldn’t be surprised to see the Spaniard move on. Isco is not the most productive midfielder in terms of goals and assists, but he is a very creative presence and can play wide or as a number 10. Tottenham have struggled to retain possesion high up the pitch so far this season and they could certainly benefit from an attacking midfielder of Isco’s quality, in my opinion. Let’s wait and see what happens with this one.

Stats: Tottenham’s 3 Best Peformers vs. Liverpool

A point. Not the best performance but a point and we are undefeated heading into the first international break. It has been far from the perfect start to the season but at the same time we remain undefeated. Here’s my thoughts on the three best performers from Saturday afternoon’s game.

1 – Danny Rose

Rose has been one of Tottenham’s best performers this season and that continued on Saturday. He scored the all-important goal, but that was not the only good thing he did. Rose, despite his height, is rather strong in the air and he won 3 aerial duels. He also made 3 tackles and completed 2 attacking dribbles. These statistics highlight the players improving overall impact going forward and defending. Previously Rose had been dubbed an attacking full back that struggles to defend. Slowly but surely he is turning this into a myth. In a dismal England campaign at the Euros I felt that Rose was one of the countries best players. He has also started the season as one of the clubs best players, appearing consistently in our top 3 players of the week.

Reports: 3 More Transfers Tottenham Could Complete In The Next 5 Days

The transfer window slams shut in 5 days. Tottenham’s business is far from over with manager Mauricio Pochettino vocal about his ambitions to strengthen the squad further ahead of a highly-anticipated season where Spurs will play in the Champions League. Here are three transfers that, according to reports, Tottenham could complete.

1 – Wilfried Zaha

Well this sort of came from nowhere didn’t it? With a deal for Nkoudou still somehow stalling, Tottenham look to have turned their attentions elsewhere in terms of making an attacking addition. It will be in the form of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to the BBC. David Ornstein tweeted on Thursday afternoon: “Tottenham  bid in region of £15m to sign Wilfried Zaha, according to his agent. Zaha keen, CL football etc.” – according to his agent is interesting. Perhaps that line is not the full truth and the agent is speaking to journalists to try and raise interest in his client who wants out. The Press Association are backing up the claims from the BBC by suggesting that Zaha held talks with Alan Pardew today where he requested to leave the club. Zaha has already had one shot at a big club in Manchester United, and that didn’t end well at all – he was shipped back to Palace. But Pochettino loves working with young English players and Zaha, still just 23, could yet realise the huge potential he showed at Palace as a teenager. Whilst I’m not sure this would be the right signing at the moment, if Pochettino believes it is, then I’m 100% willing to accept it and support Wilfried should he join.

4 Reasons Tottenham Will Finish Ahead Of Arsenal This Season

Yes Gooners we know, you’ll say you always say it and we never learn, but this season is different for many reasons that I will explain below.

1. A Better Defence

Whilst Arsenal struggle to find a suitable defensive partner for Laurent Koscielny, Tottenham already have theirs sorted, and it’s brilliant. The Belgian duo of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have formed an unbreakable bond at the heart of defence and there is no denying that they are a better partnership than anything Arsenal could put on the field right now. On top of that, Spurs have Hugo Lloris, who is at least as good as Petr Cech. Full backs is an area where Arsenal are strong, but so are Spurs, with the ever-improving English duo of Kyle Walker and Danny Rose consistently impressing over the last 18 months.

Stats: Tottenham’s 3 Best Performers vs. Crystal Palace

Tottenham picked up their first three points of the season at home to Crystal Palace after Victor Wanyama scored a crucial late goal. Spurs had been pushing all afternoon but couldn’t find an opening until the final 10 minutes of the game. We were impressed with a few individuals, and these are the Fresh Football top three Spurs performers of the week.

1 – Victor Wanyama

That man Victor. When it just looked like it wouldn’t be our day, who was going to pop up with the goal? Well you wouldn’t have bet too much on it being Wanyama. Not only did he score the match-winning goal, but the Kenyan midfielder excelled throughout. Confident and assured in possession, he boasted a 92.6% pass success rate. He played alongside Eric Dier but certainly looked the superior holding midfielder, making 74 touches compared to Dier’s 61. Wanyama also won an aerial duel and was named the WhoScored Man of the Match with an impressive match rating of 7.93. Defensively he made 3 tackles, 5 clearances and 1 block. When Dembele returns to the starting line-up I would not be surprised to see Eric dropped if Wanyama can continue these fine performances. Wanyama seems to have more to his game than Dier, since the Englishman has been asked to play in a more advanced role he has struggled to make an impact. Replacing him with Wanyama is in no way saying that Dier is no use to us, he is a good player than can play in defence and midfield and he will remain vital for this squad as we play in numerous competitions this season.

3 Transfers Tottenham Should Try To Complete In The Next 14 Days To Complete The Squad

The transfer window slams shut in 14 days and Tottenham still have a lot of work to do.

Pochettino will be the first to admit that Spurs still need to make adjustments to their squad before the club head into a crowded schedule this season. Tottenham are back in the Champions League and they need to ensure the squad is in place to cope with the extra demand on the players shoulders. The London Evening Standard suggest Pochettino may want up to three more new signings. Here are three adjustments I’d love to see Mauricio make in the coming weeks.

1 – Splash the cash to sign Youri Tielemans

In a market that sees value almost double year on year, Tottenham would be wise to invest in some of Europe’s best young talent in the coming summers. One player I have always admired and feel would be a great fit for the club is Anderlecht midfielder Tielemans. Admittedly my 1st hand knowledge of the midfielder comes purely from his European outings, Tielemans is rated very highly all across Europe, with many regarding him as the best young central midfielder in the country. He is only 19 but what I like about Tielemans is his technical maturity beyond his years, something that allows the Belgian to play in a number of midfield roles. He is more than capable as a defensive midfielder, but he can play more advanced too. I’m not sure how much he would cost but Spurs are yet to invest heavily this summer, albeit making a couple of useful additions in Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen. Tielemans has the potential to be worth an incredible amount in a couple of years and be well out of Spurs’ price range. With Champions League football, a quality manager and a new stadium incoming, I think Tottenham have the muscle to tempt Tielemans to the club ahead of Europe’s powerhouses who will not be able to offer as much game time as we could at this vital developmental stage of his career.

Why Tottenham Should Make Late Transfer Move For Crystal Palace Midfielder

With Tottenham set to start the Premier League season and the clubs transfer activity fading out, I wanted to talk about whether Spurs should’ve moved for Yannick Bolasie.

Following the signing of Andros Townsend and the attempt to move for Cristian Benteke, Palace appear to be happy to part with Bolasie for the right price. Everton have agreed a deal according to Sky Sports, but should Tottenham have made a bid?

With a deal for Georges-Kévin N’Koudou continuing to stall, Tottenham should perhaps be looking at alternative attacking options.

Whilst time will tell if the likes of Vincent Janssen and possibly N’Koudou can succeed in the Premier League, Bolasie has already done it and whilst his record of 5 goals and 3 assists in 26 league games last season is not great, I think Bolasie is a player who can improve his end product a lot in a team like Tottenham. Due to Crystal Palace’s style of play, Bolasie didn’t get much of an opportunity to inflict his damage last season. At Tottenham, with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Cristian Eriksen alongside him, Bolasie could seriously make his mark in the Premier League.

Bolasie is a seriously strong direct threat on the wing, but he can also play as an attacking midfielder or a striker and that versatility would certainly be welcomed at a club that currently lacks attacking diversity. One statistic that really stands out to me when looking at his overall performance is his successful take ons. He managed an incredible 75 take ons, that’s 3.25 per 90. He’s an extremely positive player that made more forward passes (11.84) than backwards (10.02) last season: statistics via Squawka.

For all the brilliance that the likes of Lamela and Eriksen can offer, I do feel that Tottenham would benefit by adding an attacking midfielder like Bolasie who is more direct and has more pace. It is the pace and power that Bolasie has that would have really made him a useful addition as even Kane can lack those qualities.

Bolasie had 3 years to run on his current contract at Palace and unfortunately, that has seen his price sky rocket. The amount of money in the Premier League means that the ‘smaller’ clubs no longer have to sell their most valuable assets. A great example is Crystal Palace, who are officially sponsored by Mansion Group that responsible for other successful brands like Mansion Casino. That has led to Bolasie’s value reaching around £30million. For that money, perhaps Tottenham were right to avoid him but with the market in its current state and in order to compete at the very top, should Tottenham be paying up?

At around £20million, I think this would’ve been a good move for Tottenham but when you pay £30million you expect to sign a more established player, especially considering that Bolasie is hardly young, aged 27. I think if he had scored more goals he would be worth the £30million, but his current ability can’t justify that price tag. It’ll be interesting to see how he performs at Everton should a move go through.

Have your say on this by commenting below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

The 3 Best Tottenham Players In 1-1 Draw vs. Everton

Tottenham were far from their best in the clubs opening day draw with Everton, but I wanted to take some positives from the game and analyse three of the best performers from the game. Read our Player Ratings in full here.

1 – Kyle Walker

In an England campaign full of underperformers this summer, Walker was one of a select few England players to actually turn up at Euro 2016. He carried on with this form in the Premier League opener, always looking a threat going forward and crucially, providing the assist for Tottenham’s second-half equaliser. With a WhoScored rating of 7.74, Walker was the second highest rated Tottenham man in this fixture. I’ve talked a lot about his attacking offerings but his defensive statistics were good too. 3 tackles, 4 clearances and 1 interception. Pochettino will hope Walker and continue to offer this defensive protection in the big games throughout the season.