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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.

3 Transfers Spurs Should Complete This Month To Win The Premier League

It’s been a quiet window so far for Pochettino and Tottenham, but with the Premier League title very much within sight, the club must look to be active in the January market. I’ve been observing the media reports and taken my favourites. Here are 4 transfers Tottenham should complete this month in an attempt to help them win the league.

1 – Sebastian Driussi

The latest reports suggest Tottenham could be in the running to sign 20-year-old striker Sebastian Driussi.

According to The Independent, Tottenham are planning talks with River Plate and the youngster reportedly has a £10million asking price, for me, that would be a good deal. An avid watcher of Argentinean football, I’ve seen first hand the quality that he has. His form has attracted interest from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and to be honest, I find it hard to believe that River would accept just £10milliom, especially with the calibre of clubs interested.

Vincent Janssen is still struggling at the club, meaning Pochettino desperately needs another attacking option. Driussi is a good alternative.

Driussi is currently the top scorer in the Argentine division with 10 goals in 14 games. Although it is a very different division to the Premier League, it is by no means easy

The only concern or issue I could possibly foresee with this one is a work permit problem – as he is yet to receive a full international cap for his country.

These 4 Spurs Players Would Walk Into The Chelsea Team

Chelsea’s team has been held in very high regard this season, but Pochettino’s men beat them 2-0 on Wednesday night to cut their 13 game winning run. Both Chelsea and Tottenham have been in good form of late, but looking at the two sides, I think it is clear that some Tottenham players would walk into the Chelsea team, here’s four.

1 – Toby Alderweireld

Perhaps the best central defender in the Premier League, Toby has been sensational since joining the club and without a doubt, he would walk into a Chelsea team that plays with three central defenders. Only David Luiz out of the three defenders have been close to Toby’s level this season, I think alongside Luiz and Azpilicueta, Chelsea would look even stronger defensively. Pochettino was so keen to beat Southampton to the signing of the former Atletico Madrid man, and you can really see why. He has flourished at White Hart Lane and I feel his style of play is perfectly suited to the Premier League.

Report: Tottenham Pursuing January Deal For £40m-Rated Midfielder, But Should They Look Elsewhere?

Tottenham look like they could be dipping into the transfer market in January if the latest rumours are anything to go by – but are they targeting the wrong player?

According to TalkSport, who cite German publication SportBILD as their source, Tottenham have reignited their interest in Schalke midfielder Max Meyer.

The versatile, attack-minded midfielder is just 21 years old and already has 4 caps for Germany. He is rated extremely highly by his peers and in Germany. Despite his young age, he has already played more than 100 games for Schalke, a phenomenal achievement in itself. He has been at the club as a youth player since 2009 and made his senior debut in 2013, he hasn’t looked back and has been a regular in the team since then. He wears the number 7 shirt and Schalke very much deem him indispensable. TalkSport suggest that the German club would want £30million-£40million to part with him, but I’m not even sure that would be enough. Considering the kind of money that is going around these days, Schalke are unlikely to part with their golden boy for less than £50million in my opinion, unless they are in some kind of financial difficulty.

With that in mind, would Tottenham not be better placed trying to scupper PSG’s/Liverpool’s/Arsenal’s deal for Julian Draxler? The German playmaker is unhappy at Wolfsburg and the German club have said he can go, it is thought they are demanding around £35million for his signature. Aged 23, Draxler is still a work in progress, but at his best he is a top quality player and if he could realise his potential he would be considered amongst the very best.

Standing at 6ft 2′ but with pace and agility to match many shorter more natural dribblers, Draxler combines a rare mix of qualities to make him a really useful midfielder for any team. With 27 caps for Germany, he is building up a wealth of experience. Considering he’d cost less than Meyer and is actually available, should Tottenham not be trying to sign him?

Tottenham are crying out for some creativity and inspiration in the final third. I think Draxler is the perfect player to try and solve those problems.

What do you think? Are Tottenham wasting their time in their pursuit of Meyer, or is he worth it? Comment below with your thoughts. 

3 Quality Signings Tottenham Could Complete Next Month

It’s been a distinctly average season for Tottenham so far, with a particularly poor showing in Europe seeing them crash out in the group stages of the Champions League in what was a very winnable group.

Why has this happened? Well, in my opinion there is no doubt that the fact the team have such poor quality in depth has impacted results on the pitch. Poor recruitment in the summer has also had a negative impact on the team whilst rivals have improved. The £30million signing of Moussa Sissoko becomes more bemusing with every week. To save the season, Tottenham need to invest in January, especially with Europa League football on the horizon – Pochettino will need a good squad. Here are three players Spurs should sign in January in my opinion…

1 – Julian Draxler

With the news that the German midfielder will not play for Wolfsburg again emerging this week, surely Tottenham should be in the mix to sign the talented German international? Aged 23, Draxler is at an age where his best years are still ahead of him, despite being on the scene for some time now. Although he is yet to reach his potential, I feel Draxler could become a very big player. It is no secret that the club are currently severely lacking creative midfielders and Draxler would bring creativity and more to the midfield. He’s a strong, tall player with plenty of guile and style. Despite being relatively young, he has been capped more than 25 times for Germany giving him experience on the international stage. With Wolfsburg banning the player from playing, Spurs are unlikely to be priced out of a move and with more chances of playing time than at other English clubs, Tottenham could have a realistic chance of landing this signing – it’s certainly worth a try!

Transfers: 3 Top Players Tottenham Should Sign In January

Tottenham have started the season very well, with the undoubted highlight coming in last weekend’s hugely impressive 2-0 win against the previously unbeaten Manchester City and Pep Guardiola. Now, Pochettino is in charge of the only Premier League team that is still unbeaten, and positioned just a couple of points off the summit, the Argentine manager will be confident of another go at the Premier League title this season.

But as we know as Spurs fans, a good start doesn’t mean a good end, and the way the team collapsed last season was unforgiveable. Pochettino must ensure he strengthens the squad properly in January to ensure momentum is kept at a good level, especially considering the added fixture congestion from the Champions League this season.

1 – Isco

The Spaniard continues to be on the periphery in Madrid and his ability is too high to be playing on the bench. With Tottenham performing well and playing in the Champions League, he could be temped to a move to White Hart Lane if more playing time was guaranteed. Isco has started just one game for Madrid this season, playing just 127 minutes of league football. Despite the good form of Lamela, Son and co. Tottenham cannot say no to a player of Isco’s calibre. Although he has faded into the background in in the glamour and glitz of Spain, he is an incredible player. I expect Madrid would consider bids in excess of £20million – in this market that is not a lot at all, and if he were to fulfil his potential, he would be worth around triple that in a couple of years. He’s only 24, extremely versatile and a player that is incredible on the ball. He’s certainly worth a try in January.

Tottenham’s 3 Best Performers In Stoke City Thrashing

Tottenham moved into the top 4 and maintained their unbeaten to the season with a scintillating 4-0 win away to Stoke, a trip that usually causes problems for teams, no matter how talented. Pochettino had been experimenting with his line up so far this season and although perhaps aided by some poor Stoke City defending, Spurs finally clicked into top gear on Saturday. Here are our top 3 performers from the game.

1 – Son Heung-min

Who else? Son, who was almost sold by Tottenham this summer, was given a chance ahead of Erik Lamela, who had started the season impressively. Son took his performance to the next level though, showing what a goal threat he is by scoring a brace and he also notched up an assist. The 24-year-old has bags of potential and hopefully with the added amount of games, the South Korean will get the minutes he needs to grow and realise his potential. He made 3 key passes, and although he was dispossessed 4 times, Son was successful with 81.6% of his passes. It would be great to see more performances like this from Son, as when we signed him we all knew about his potential, but he has so far, only shown flashes of his best. His performance against Stoke was surely his best performance in a Tottenham shirt to date. Hopefully there is more to come from him.

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.