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Why Dele Alli and Eric Dier Must Start For England This Summer

There are a lot of big decisions Roy Hodgson has to make ahead of this summer’s big tournament, and with several central midfielders named in his preliminary squad – Dele Alli and Eric Dier will have their work cut out to get in the team, but they deserve to start.

Alli was named young player of the season in the Premier League and certainly deserves his place in the England line-up after a sensational debut season for Spurs. When he was banned, Tottenham’s midfield struggled to function. Void of fight and innovative ideas, Spurs looked a blunt, predictable force and it resulted in them losing 2nd place to Arsenal.

Dier can anchor the midfield like no other player in the England squad. He has the experience of being a defender and also playing alongside more expressive midfielders. He can take the defensive weight off of more creative players shoulders like Alli, maybe Jack Wilshere or Wayne Rooney, who may be playing alongside him. He’s 6ft 2’ and physically quite intimidating for a man of just 22 – he will give the England midfield balance and help protect perhaps the weakest area of their team – the defence. Hodgson can be confident that red-hot Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Daniel Sturridge will score goals, but defenders like John Stones and Gary Cahill have had contrasting seasons, at times left out of their respective starting line-ups. Dier, an experienced defender before joining Tottenham, can always slot back and create a more solid defence if required too.

Another reason, it goes without saying really, is the fact that the duo have good chemistry with each other and have worked so well in the Tottenham midfield this season. England have so often looked disjointed and lacked relationships and trust on the field in major tournaments – pairing Alli and Dier would allow for a solid midfield base upon which to build a fully functioning fluid side.

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4 Reasons Tottenham Will Win The Title Ahead Of Leicester City

1 – Jamie Vardy Is Banned

Vardy was set to miss just one game (Swansea – home) when he was sent off against West Ham, but due to his foul language and abuse, his ban looks set to be extended to two, meaning he will miss the tricky trip to Manchester United. Without Vardy’s goals in those two games, it is very possible that the Foxes could drop valuable points in the title run in. Meanwhile Tottenham have no key injuries and suspensions and are bouncing with confidence following an emphatic 4-0 away win against Stoke City.

Spurs Tipped To Sign Former Arsenal Fans Favourite Ahead Of Newcastle

Tottenham have today been linked with a shock move for former Arsenal striker Niklas Bendtner. The 28-year-old looks set to move back to England this month, with Crystal Palace and Newcastle also linked.

But what would it be like if Bendtner did actually join Tottenham? He was hardly an Arsenal legend, but he did become a bit of a fans favourite in his later years – more due to comedic value than anything else. In his 10 years at Tottenham’s arch rivals; he played in over 100 games, scoring 24 times. If you try and put the Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons to one side, though, you can see some quality in Bendtner, who has scored 29 times in 72 caps for Denmark.

The reality is Spurs could sign a player of a much higher calibre and they should probably concentrate their efforts on that. Whilst it would be hilarious to see Bendtner score against his former club and celebrate in Adebayor-esque style, it all honesty he is unlikely to be worth his wages.

Bendtner’s lethargic attitude on the pitch couldn’t be further away from Mauricio Pochettino’s perfect striker. The Argentinian is demanding energy from every player on the pitch, and it’s hard to see someone of Bendtner’s age and ego to adjust his game so drastically.

This rumour seems ridiculous to be honest, so there isn’t too much to worry about. The original claims come from BWIN, who may be looking to drum up some interest on the Bendtner betting market.

Saido Berahino and others continue to be linked, but it does look as if the transfer window will come to a very quiet end at White Hart Lane. What would you like to happen in the final week of the window? Tweet us at @FreshFootball with your ideas.

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4 Reasons Spurs Can Win The Title Ahead Of Arsenal, Manchester City & Manchester United

With the top of the Premier League too close to call, Tottenham cannot be ruled out in what is turning out to be one of the strangest title races in recent history. 

In fact, Spurs actually have the advantage over their title rivals in many areas. Here are four of the main reasons.

1 – No Champions League

Yes Tottenham have to play in the Europa League, but the quality of opponent is much lower than in the Champions League, which will allow Mauricio Pochettino to rest key players if he felt a winning the title was realistic. Whilst Arsenal are due to play Barcelona and Manchester City will have to travel to Ukraine, Spurs play Fiorentina in the next round. If City or Arsenal progress, they are likely to face a team of immense quality, whilst Spurs could reach the final of the Europa League without meeting any of the best clubs in Europe – putting less stress on the squad. The extra focus Tottenham can afford to place on the Premier League could be a decisive factor as the title race enters its final stages.

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3 Players Spurs Are Favourites To Sign This Month, Including A Stoke City Forward

With the January transfer window well underway, the bookmakers have enlisted Tottenham as favourites to sign three players, including these three forwards.

Use the navigation at the bottom of this page to view the other two players. 

1 – Saido Berahino

This is the rumour that just will not go away. The English striker has long been linked with a move to Tottenham but the bookies are confident that this is the month a deal will be completed. SkyBet are offering up odds as short as 8/11 for the deal to go through before February 3rd. According to the betting site, Tottenham’s closest competition for Berahino’s signature will come from Liverpool (8/1).

The 22-year-old forward has failed to play regularly under Tony Pulis, despite his obvious talent. With his summer transfer request turned down, Berahino must now hope that the fact he is out of favour means the club will accept reasonable bids. A fee of around £20million looks likely, as I can’t see West Brom turning down such a high amount for a player who is no longer an essential part of the starting line up.

The Baggies reportedly turned down four bids for Berahino from Tottenham in the summer and since then, Berahino has looked a shadow of his former self. But it is clear that Berahino possesses a lot of quality that would be very useful to this Tottenham squad. With the goal-scoring burden weighing heavily on Harry Kane’s shoulders, a signing like Berahino would help add depth to Tottenham’s growing title bid.

Gossip: Striker Set To Sign, Berardi In London, Berahino Swap Offer Rejected

With the January transfer window about to open, we take a look at the latest rumours surrounding Tottenham and the ins and outs that could happen next month. Join the conversation on Twitter @FreshFootball

West Brom turn down Townsend – Berhaino swap offer (Clubcall)

Tottenham seem desperate to finally complete a deal for Saido Berahino, with talks set to resume in January. West Brom do appear willing to sell, but Spurs’ reported offer of Andros Townsend in exchange does not interest them apparently. It seems Tony Pulis’ side are after straight cash. How much is he worth to Tottenham? As a young English forward with big potential, you can expect the Baggies to demand in excess of £20million. Would you pay it? Share your thoughts on this story with us on Twitter @FreshFootball.

Sandro could join Tottenham for just £3million (Daily Mail)

Tottenham look set to complete the signing for Barcelona forward Sandro for just £3million, but as usual, the Spanish giants are demanding that a buy-back clause is inserted into the deal. Will Spurs agree to a deal that could see them develop a player, only to lose him later on if he’s a success? The 20-year-old forward would add attacking depth to the squad, something which is definitely needed in the January window. Spanish football ‘expert’ Guillem Balague has also said the deal is likely to be completed.

Domenico Berardi is in London – Tottenham transfer mooted (Sport Witness)

Long term Tottenham target Domenico Berardi is in London, but apparently only for his holidays. Sport Witness are reliable when sourcing quotes, and they’ve managed to find these from the Sassulo manager Eusebio Di Francesco: “Tottenham? Berardi is on holiday in London, he didn’t know anything and I asked him if it was true… I do not think there is basis, but then in football anything can happen.”

Seems like there’s nothing to this one, but let’s not completely rule it out.

Andros Townsend set to sign for Sunderland (Independent)

The Independent say Sunderland have won the race to sign Tottenham winger Andros Townsend. The Englishman had been frozen out at White Hart Lane due to poor behaviour. Aston Villa, Watford and West Brom had all been linked with a move for the 24-year-old but it now looks like Sunderland will get their man. Spurs may be sad to see Townsend’s raw potential go, but it appears his behaviour has obstructed what could have been a very good career. The Independent, who aren’t one to speculate, suggest Sunderland have offered Townsend a large wage increase on his current £40,000 per-week deal.. good riddance.

Can Tottenham Kick-Start Their Season At Sunderland?

The opening day defeat at Manchester United, followed by three consecutive draws against teams that some fans would expect us to beat, has culminated in a less than inspiring start to the 2015/2016 season for Tottenham. Slow starts is something that we have become accustom to over the years, but recording our first win of the season has to come sooner rather than later if we harbour any aspirations of challenging the big guns at the top. The international break will hopefully provide Mauricio Pochetino with plenty of thinking time to assess what area of Tottenham’s game can be improved, and also allow the new signings to settle into life in North London.

A significant increase in quality across the board in the Premier League means that there are no longer any easy games, but the upcoming trip to the North East to face a struggling Sunderland side presents a great opportunity for Spurs to register three points. These are the sort of games that we have to stop slipping up in, particularly if we take the lead as Tottenham have already drawn two games from winning positions this season. More importantly, putting three points on the board could provide the springboard and confidence boost that Tottenham need ahead of tough upcoming fixtures against Crystal Palace, Manchester City and Swansea.

Tottenham’s chances

History would suggest that Tottenham may struggle to come away from Wearside with a positive result, with only fourteen of the previous fifty-one trips to the North East resulting in a three point haul. However, history is there to be broken, and although both sides have not exactly started the season in the best of form, Coral certainly believe Spurs are considered favourites to win the game at 19/20. The odds would ultimately reflect that we should be too strong for a Sunderland side that appear no different to the side that barely held onto their Premier League status in May, but Tottenham have to deliver the sort of performance that many expect, make no doubt about it.

Coming up against a team that have already shipped ten goals in just four games is a great opportunity for Harry Kane to rediscover his shooting boots and become the striker that set White Hart Lane, and the Premier League, alight last season. It is just not happening for the lad so far this season, which was epitomised by the one-on-one opportunity he spurned against Everton; a fully-confident Kane would have tucked that away with consummate ease, but he needs to remember what made him so lethal in 2014/2015.

Going away on international duty with England may be the perfect tonic for Kane, with games against San Marino and Switzerland representing good opportunities for the 22-year-old to hit the goal trail again. He will also be helped by the acquisitions of Clinton N’Jie and Heung-Min Son who should take the weight off Kane’s shoulders to deliver upfront, although it remains to be seen if either start at the Stadium of Light alongside the Englishman. He may have been joined upfront by fellow international team-mate Saido Berahino, but West Brom’s resilience to sell their star asset on deadline day means that Spurs will have to wait another day to land their man in an on-going transfer dispute that we have undoubtedly not heard the last of.

Pochetino will be undoubtedly relieved to welcome Christian Eriksen and Andros Townsend back into the team at Sunderland, with both expected to be fit after recovering from a knee and ankle injury respectively. Both will undoubtedly inject more creative quality and flair into the midfield department, particularly Eriksen who is instrumental in how we tick under Pocchetino. The Dane may come in the team in place of Moussa Dembele who picked up an injury in the goal-less draw at the Lane against Everton and may not recover in time to face Sunderland.

The opposition

It can be difficult to read anything into the Premier League table after just four games, but if results and performances are anything to go by, then Sunderland could yet another season of struggle. Dick Advocaat may already be regretting his decision to take his wife’s advice and stay on at Sunderland instead of retiring, as he has already held crisis talks with the players and begged his chairman for more money to spend in the transfer window – not the best way to start a campaign by any stretch of the imagination. Adding Fabio Borino, who excelled during a loan spell at the Stadium of Light during the 2013/2014 season, to their ranks on deadline day certainly improves their firepower upfront, but their inability to add real quality to their defence has already proved dear. Former Spurs player Younes Kaboul has been part of a backline that looks capable of leaking goals and unable to keep a clean sheet; considering they have conceded at least three goals in all but two of their five fixtures this season (including the 6-3 Capital One Cup victory against League Two side Exeter), the Frenchman will not relish the prospect of facing his former club if he recovers from a knee injury in time.

Sunderland will require the same level of fighting spirit that saw them come from behind to draw against Swansea and Aston Villa in their last two Premier League fixtures, but it may need more than that for the Black Cats to fulfil their odds of 14/5 to beat Spurs. It remains to be seen if Borini is fit enough to start against us, but he is undoubtedly a dangerous striker that we must keep on eye on, while Jermaine Lens and Yann M’Vila have impressed in midfield so far this season. Advocaat, however, will definitely be without the services of Adam Johnson and Adam Matthews, while Jordi Gomez may not be risked as he continues to recover from a fractured knee injury.

Verdict

Cliché or not, the first goal could prove to be pivotal at the Stadium of Light, with Tottenham knowing that an early goal would deflate spirits in the stadium once again and result in the home fans getting on their team’s back. Sunderland fans have become increasingly frustrated and disillusioned at how their club have declined over the years, with the current team looking like potential relegation candidates. However, we have to ensure we go to the Stadium of Light and put in a professional performance, ensuring the complacency that has cost us so many times in the past does not rear its ugly head again. With tough fixtures coming up, it has to be valued as a game that Tottenham must win.

Gossip: Spurs Ready Berahino Bid and Eye Borussia Dortmund Star

Remember you can follow all the Tottenham transfer news on our new transfer aggregator here.

Spurs set to make official bid for Berahino (Mirror)

Tottenham look set to make an official bid for West Brom striker Berahino, with Pochettino aiming to unite Harry Kane with his under 21 strike partner up front. The two are considered amongst the best young strikers in England and it could leave Spurs set up with a strikforce to last for the next ten years. Berahino won’t come cheap though, West Brom don’t need to sell and they block Tottenham’s move for the striker in January. Pochettino wants at least one striker this summer though and at this moment, Berhaino looks the most likely option. The source is The Mirror’s John Cross, who is normally pretty well informed when it comes to Tottenham transfers.

Aubameyang a target for Tottenham (France Football)

After being linked to Arsenal for a few weeks, French media is now listing Tottenham as a potential suitor for Borussia Dortmund’s quick forward. I cannot see this one happening as Dortmund do not need to sell and it would surely take a bid in excess of £35million for Dortmund to even consider, and do Spurs have that kind of money to spend? Pocchetino seems desperate to sign a forward, but this target seems a little too ambitious.

Chiriches on his way to Fiorentina (CalcioMercato)

The Romanian centre back looks set to join Fiorentina as a replacement for Stefan Savic who has just joined Atletico Madrid. Chiriches has failed to break into the Tottenham starting line up on a regular basis; despite showing at times he can be a quality defender. Recouping £7million isn’t bad though, as Chiriches’ opportunities were set to be limited further because of Toby Aldeweireld’s arrival.

Spurs Set To Raise £23million From Sale Of Two Midfielders

Tottenham look set to sell midfield duo Paulinho and Etienne Capoue in the coming week and raise around £25million from doing so.

Paulinho is set to join Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrand for £14million whilst Etienne Capoue is close to sealing a £9million switch to Premier League newcomers Watford.

Capoue, a player who has been hampered by injuries whilst at the club – could be a good signing for Watford. There he would be the main man in midfield and not have to contend with others stellar signings like he did during his time at White Hart Lane.

I am a little bit sad to see both players leave, but mostly happy to see the back of them due to them under performing this season and their wages perhaps stopping us from completing other deals.

Also, the prices we are reportedly set to get for them are brilliant. £9million for Capoue would see us recoup what we paid, whilst Paulinho only joined for £3million more than the £14million we are set to receive. Considering both of them are being sold on the back of a poor season – Daniel Levy has once again done very well there.

I will not forget the fabulous start to Paulinho’s Spurs career, where he was scoring for fun – with many of the goals unforgettable.

Will you be sad to see them go? Let us know your thoughts on these two pending deals by commenting below or tweeting us @FreshFootball

Spurs Handed Chance To Sign Shaqiri For Just €15million

Tottenham have the chance to sign Swiss international Xhederan Shaqiri for just €15million, after it was revealed that Inter Milan are looking to sell the midfielder.

Shaqiri was once thought of as one of the best young midfielders in Europe, but since his cut-price move to Inter Milan, his reputation has continued to fall. Tottenham may see this as the perfect time to get Shaqiri – with his asking price so low.

Reports in Italy say Roberto Mancini is looking to offload Shaqiri and Pochettino would be confident of getting the best out of the winger.

Capable of playing left midfielder, left back, attacking midfield or right wing Shaqiri would be a very useful addition to the Spurs squad.

23 year old Shaqiri might not have the hype around him that he did two years ago, but he still has the potential to become a very good player – and I think he could do really well in the Premier League.

Pochettino, sign him up – do you agree? Let me know by commenting below.