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Spurs Miss Out On Versatile Defender, Would He Have Been A Good Signing?

German publication Kicker claim that Spurs are set to fall short in their attempts to sign versatile defender Matthias Ginter from Borussia Dortmund over the summer transfer window. 

The report from Kicker suggests that Ginter has chosen to move to fellow German club Borussia Monchengladbach instead of making a move to the Premier League. Ginter was on international duty with Germany in the Confederations Cup and played the full ninety minutes in the 1-0 win over Chile in the final on Sunday. Now, having completed international duty, the 23-year-old is reportedly to get a move to Monchengladbach secure as soon as possible.

Previous reports have suggested that Spurs had made an inquiry for the German international, and were prepared to pay up to £18m to secure his services ahead of the new season. However, with the player reportedly already deciding his future, Spurs will not get a chance to talk Ginter into a move to London.

The Borussia Dortmund man is very versatile. He can play in any of three positions; centre-back, right-back or defensive midfield. Remind you of somebody in the Spurs squad? Yes, Eric Dier.

Would he have been a good signing?

It is always brilliant to have these versatile players in the squad such as Eric Dier, and we have seen over the last couple of years how useful he has been to the squad, slotting into many different positions in his time at the club. Ginter is a very similar player to Dier, and would have been a useful signing.

Kyle Walker may leave the club this summer to move to Manchester City, leaving Kieran Trippier as the only right-back at the club. This is one of the positions that Ginter could have slotted in to. Kevin Wimmer, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier are the only players at the club that can play at centre-back, and again this is a position that Ginter could have occupied.

The signing of Ginter or somebody very similar would become essential if Eric Dier was to leave the club this summer, but the Englishman was included in the new Nike kit release, how much we can read into this I do not know.

Yes, Ginter would have been an excellent signing for Spurs, adding to the squad depth that is so desperately needed to challenge for trophies in England, and would have allowed for more rotation in the squad without the cost being unreasonably high at around £18m.

Mauricio Pochettino Hands Struggling Spurs Man Huge Blow

Vincent Janssen will have been rubbing his hands together with excitement on Sunday evening having seen Harry Kane hobble off against Millwall as well as netted his first goal in a Spurs shirt from open play. 

Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Harry Kane’s injury in the opening stages of the 6-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Millwall was very similar to the one the Englishman suffered back in September against September. In that instance, he was sidelined for two months with that particular injury.

Two months from now takes us to the final game on 13th May against Manchester United, which will be the final Premier League match at White Hart Lane (or will it be?). With that being the penultimate game of the Premier League, Kane would miss most of the rest of the season if his ankle injury of similar severity to the one last time earlier on this season.

Although nobody likes to see their teammates injured, Vincent Janssen might have been secretly jumping for joy after his fired himself into the mix for a starting spot, netting the fifth goal on Sunday afternoon. With Heung-min Son not being a recognised striker, you would think that the Dutchman would be next in line for a starting spot. However, this might not turn out to be the case.

These words from the Argentine boss seem to suggest that he will play Heung-min Son up front while Kane is sidelined with his ankle injury, just as he did a few times earlier on in the season when Kane was out.

This will come as a huge blow for struggling striker Vincent Janssen, who will have been looking to build on his first goal from open play in the 6-0 win over Millwall in the FA Cup with a starting spot in the absense of Harry Kane.

Who do you think will start up front in the next few weeks in place of Kane?

Spurs Ready To Pounce If Manchester United Star’s Contract Talks Stall

The Mirror report that Jesse Lingard will hold talks with Manchester United this week regarding a new contract. While all of this is going on, Tottenham are keeping an eye on Lingard’s situation, ready to make a move if contract talks stall. 

The 24-year-old is apparently one of the lowest paid members of the Manchester United squad, and having seen the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba arrive on preposterous amounts of money, Lingard would like his salary to be raised.

It is believed that Lingard wants to move into the middle band of earners at the club, and a £60,000 per-week deal would take the Englishman into this middle band. Although the salary itself might not be an issue for a club as big as Manchester United, it is the length of contract that could prove to be a stumbling block in negotiations. The Mirror claim that Lingard is seeking a new five-year deal at Old Trafford, whereas United would prefer him to put pen to paper on a fresh four-year deal.

If negotiations grind to a halt, it has been suggested that Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham would be more than happy to take the Englishman away from Old Trafford.

Mauricio Pochettino has a track record of working well with young English players with huge potential, and a player like Jesse Lingard certainly falls into this bracket. The England international is also not afraid to show up in the bigger matches, scoring his third goal at Wembley in Manchester United’s 3-2 EFL Cup final win over Southampton.

Lingard has found an extended run in the team under Jose Mourinho hard to come by, and has made fourteen Premier League appearances so far this season. In that time, the 24-year-old has created 20 chances and made 18 key passes despite providing just two assists.

The Manchester United man could find himself in the starting eleven tonight though as Jose Mourinho and United travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup this evening. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended, Anthony Marial and Wayne Rooney are both injured, and Marcus Rashford is suffering with illness. That leaves United with no recognised striker for the crunch clash with Chelsea, and Lingard could well occupy the forward role at Stamford Bridge.

Is There Still Hope For This Forgotten Spurs Man?

Vincent Janssen arrived at White Hart Lane last summer for a considerable fee of £17m, and has failed to find his shooting boots in a Spurs shirt as yet, failing to score from open play since his summer switch. 

The Dutchman has scored on four occasions this season for the Lilywhites, but all four have come from the penalty spot, and Janssen’s inability to find the target from open play has seen the 22-year-old’s first team chances limited to appearances off the bench under Mauricio Pochettino.

Despite his misfiring form of the Dutchman, Janssen has always come across at the hard-working type. His effort during some games has had supporters on their feet as the striker chased down lost causes and continued to give 100% in each and every game.

However, it seems that this hard work on the pitch has failed to transfer onto the training ground at Hotspur Way, prompting manager Mauricio Pochettino to publicly call for more effort in training from Janssen. We have seen that hard work in training and good work ethic under the Argentine results in first team chances, and Janssen on occasion has been omitted from even the substitutes bench as a result of this.

Since this public plea from Pochettino for more effort, it appears that the misfiring striker has responded. Despite not being used as a substitute in the 4-0 thrashing of Stoke at White Hart Lane a couple of weeks ago, Pochettino said post-match that he was pleased with the reaction from Janssen.

“I always try to be honest and fair. I am very happy with Vincent’s reaction over the last few weeks and how he is training now. He realised the need to fight on the training ground and try to give me the trust and the confidence for after to give the possibility to play.” 

From that, it would seem that Janssen’s opportunity to succeed at Spurs and prove to the club and fans why Daniel Levy forked out £17m for his services last summer has not passed him by. Janssen himself has spoken out about his frustration at Spurs, and said this a couple of months ago.

“I have given myself 12 months to succeed in the Premier League with Tottenham and those 12 months are not over yet. In a short period of time I have made some big steps forward in my career. I’m not going to throw the towel in just because things are not going great for the first time in my career.”

Even Janssen himself will admit that he is unlikely to prove his worth before the end of his first season in North London, and you would hope that the Dutchman will not ‘throw the towel in’ at the end of this season and look for a move elsewhere over the summer.

Looking at the games before the end of this season, and with Spurs still embroiled in the race for the top four and Champions League football, opportunities are likely to be few and far between for Janssen. Mauricio Pochettino’s positive approach to the FA Cup after the fourth round scare against Wycombe would also seem to suggest that Janssen will be lucky to start in that competition this season.

It is true that many quality players have failed to hit the ground running in their first season in the Premier League, and Janssen can take confidence from that. For me, his chance to succeed at Spurs has not passed him by, and with hard work and a boost in confidence, we could still see Janssen succeed in English football.

Son Starts: Tottenham Team News And Predicted 4-2-3-1 Line-Up To Face Everton

Spurs will be looking to cement their place in second spot this season when they welcome an in-form Everton side to White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon. 

In terms of team news, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela remain sidelined, whilst Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld will face late fitness tests after Saturday’s training. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Everton.

GK: Hugo Lloris

What a magnificent save Lloris pulled off last week at White Hart Lane against Stoke. It was a superb reaction save, and we hope for more of the same here against an in-form Romelu Lukaku.

RB: Kyle Walker

Another solid performance from Walker last week in the Premier League. I back him to continue his good form this weekend and to start against Everton.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Alderweireld will face a late fitness test, and I hope he is fit to play. He and Vertonghen will have to deal with the attacking threat of Lukaku, and these two pairing up at the back increases the chances of a clean sheet.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen also faces a late fitness test after training on Saturday, and has on occasion man-marked the main striker. I think him and Alderweireld will rotate if they both start in terms of marking the Everton striker.

LB: Ben Davies

I’m not a huge fan of Ben Davies playing as a left wing-back. I much prefer to see him in a full-back role and have another winger higher up the pitch. His defensive qualities are excellent, but he hasn’t quite grasped making the right runs at wing-back for me.

It Would Be Devestating: 3 Spurs Men That Could Leave The Club This Summer

As Spurs look to secure Champions League football for next season with a strong finish to the season, we start to look at who might leave and who might come in over the summer. Here are three Spurs men that could leave the club, and it would be a massive blow if they did.

1) Kyle Walker

I would say that Kyle Walker is the best right-back in the Premier League. His defensive abilities are sometimes the least of some team’s worries when they line up against the Englishman. If Walker’s final ball improved just a little bit, then he would be world-class.

The 26-year-old has been a key figure under Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane, showing his versatility, being able to master the right-wing-back role as well as his more familiar right-full-back role.

However, the Englishman’s outstanding form in North London has not gone unnoticed. Barcelona have not really properly replaced Dani Alves since he left the club last season, and Walker has found a way onto their summer shortlist. I doubt a change in manager with Luis Enrique leaving at the end of this season would have much of an affect on Barcelona’s interest, who could put in a high bid this summer according to the London Evening Standard.

Walker’s attacking threat would be sorely missed if he made a move away at the end of this season. In 25 Premier League games this term, Walker has created 32 chances and provided five assists for Spurs.

Really? Spurs Summer Signing Explains Why He Has Failed To Succeed At Tottenham

Moussa Sissoko dramatically arrived at White Hart Lane on deadline day last summer, but has failed to make any kind of positive impression since his £30m transfer from Newcastle.

We all remember how Sissoko infamously switched off his phone as Everton tried to contact him about a potential medical ahead of a move to Goodison Park as he travelled to sign from Tottenham Hotspur. Daniel Levy had to fork out £30m, a club record, for Sissoko, and Spurs fans would have been expecting much better performances than they have seen to date.

The Frenchman now regularly finds himself on the bench for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and apart from one half-decent performance down the right against Manchester United, Sissoko has failed to have any kind of impact since his deadline day arrival. The former Newcastle man is limited to appearances off the bench for Spurs, and now has a new theory as to why he has failed to hit the heights expected of him at White Hart Lane.

Speaking to beIN Sports recently, Sissoko claimed that he has failed to hit top form in North London due to the fact that he is “trying to learn because I have to get used to a new style of playing in a new team”.

Spurs fans let out a collective groan earlier on this afternoon when in the same interview Sissoko said “my future is at Tottenham and I’m trying to give my best”. This was said in light of recent reports linking the Frenchman with a move to Italy.

Should we be surprised that Sissoko hasn’t succeeded at Tottenham?

No, not really. All this transfer, and Sissoko’s inability to succeed at White Hart Lane, shows is how much a player’s value can rocket to astronomical levels just after a few good displays at the European Championships. The fact of the matter is that Sissoko was poor at best for Newcastle for the whole of last season, and failed steer them clear from the drop, or do anything at all in fact to help the cause.

I saw the £30m deadline day move for Sissoko as nothing more than a panic buy back in September, and nothing has changed since then. The Frenchman’s work ethic has never been excellent, and we should not be surprised that Sissoko has failed to find many first team opportunities at a club with a manager that hands of chances in the team based on hard work and good work ethic in training.

‘Weak Link In Our Team’ Fans Rip Into This Spurs Man Following Shock European Exit

Spurs fell to a shock defeat over two legs at the hands of KAA Gent, who arrived at Wembley as massive underdogs despite taking a 1-0 lead in the first leg in Belgium.

Mauricio Pochettino looked for a fast start to the game, and he got exactly that. Christian Eriksen took full advantage of a little bit of good fortune before sliding the ball into the back of the net after just ten minutes.

However, Gent were back on level terms just ten minutes later, and back ahead of aggregate more importantly. Eric Dier failed to win the back post header, and it was Harry Kane of all people who headed into the back of his own net to level the game up as Gent grabbed a crucial away goal.

Things went from bad to worse for Mauricio Pochettino’s side when Dele Alli was rightly given his marching orders for a horribly high tackle. It was a moment of madness from the Englishman. Far from his finest moment in a Spurs shirt.

Spurs continued to dominate the ball however, and took the lead on the night once again as the ball broke to Victor Wanyama just inside the box, and the Kenyan produced a fine finish to make it 2-1 on the night and 2-2 on aggregate.

The Lilywhites continued to press for a winner, but it was Gent who found a shock second goal. Eric Dier’s offside trap went horribly wrong, and it was Dier who failed to clear the ball, allowing Jeremy Perbet to prod home and send the Gent fans into pandemonium at Wembley. Spurs failed to muster up anything in terms of a comeback as the curse of Wembley continues.

Eric Dier had one of the worst games of his career. The England international lost the back post header for the first goal, and failed to clear his lines for the second Gent goal. It was a car-crash performance from Dier, and Spurs fans were far from pleased on Twitter.

Spanish Giants Plan Summer Swoop For Key Spurs Man, Will He Stay?

The London Evening Standard report that La Liga giants Barcelona are preparing a shock summer move for Tottenham’s Kyle Walker. 

The right-back has impressed at Spurs this season, and has been a key figure for the Lilywhites for the majority of this season and past seasons, due to his outstanding efforts both offensively and defensively.

Walker has provided five assists in the Premier League this term, and has shown his adaptability, being able to switch from a wing-back role into a full-back role. We saw this change mid-game away at Manchester City.

Barcelona have been struggling this season in La Liga, and judging by their recent results, which includes a 4-0 humiliation at the hands of PSG in France, the Spanish giants are nowhere near where they want to be right now. Having said this, it is expected that Barcelona will dip into the transfer market this summer in search of reinforcements, with Walker on their wishlist.

Luis Enrique has struggled to find a replacement for Dani Alves, who left the club last summer in favour of a move to Italy and Juventus, and Walker might be seen as the perfect replacement for such a high quality right-back.

However, it will take a huge bid to tempt Spurs into selling up. Walker has four more years left on his current contract, and they will not let the Englishman leave White Hart Lane without a fight. Whether Walker himself wants to make the move remains to be seen.

Will Walker stay at Spurs this summer?

Personally, I think that Walker will continue to impress in the Premier League at Spurs beyond this season. One of his ambitions is to play Champions League football on a regular basis, and if Spurs manage to either win the Europa League or secure a place in the top four, then Walker will be able to experience playing in the Champions League once again at Spurs. This would significantly increase the chance of the full-back staying beyond the summer transfer window.

It will be hard to tempt Daniel Levy into selling such a key player, and you would think that the Premier League’s toughest negotiator would demand at least £30m-£40m to secure the services of Walker, if not more.

I cannot see this move happening. The player seems happy at Spurs, and with this great team that Mauricio Pochettino is building currently at Spurs, it is hard to see the right-back moving away from London in the summer.

Spurs Poised To Make Summer Move For £15m-Rated Premier League Youngster

Reports from the Daily Star claim that Tottenham have joined the race alongside other Premier League clubs to sign Hull City defender Harry Maguire.

The defender has been a key figure for Hull City since the arrival of Marco Silva and the recent turn of form the Tigers have experienced. The 23-year-old’s form has attracted interest from the likes of Everton and Southampton. Now Spurs reportedly have one eye on the Englishman, we could see the fee paid for Maguire rise to £15m.

The Daily Star inform us that Maguire’s contract at Hull runs out in June next year, and with the defender under no long-term contract, Hull might be forced to sell up.

Mauricio Pochettino has experimented with a couple of systems throughout this season, the 4-2-3-1 formation and the 3-4-2-1 formation. However, with the injury of Jan Vertonghen, the failure of Kevin Wimmer in recent weeks and the failure of the system itself against Manchester City, Pochettino has reverted to a more conventional 4-2-3-1 system more recently.

It would seem from this report that Mauricio Pochettino is looking for centre-back cover. Whether that means he has a long-term goal to see Spurs play in a 3-4-2-1 system, or is just looking for better squad depth either to slot alongside or replace Kevin Wimmer remains to be seen. Either way, Maguire would seem to be a sensible signing as he can slot comfortably into a three-at-the-back or a four-at-the-back system.

Would Maguire be a good summer signing for Spurs?

With Spurs playing a four-at-the-back system prior to this season, the starting pair of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld with cover that consisted of Kevin Wimmer and Eric Dier looked to be sufficient. However, the signing of Maguire would give Mauricio Pochettino the option of playing three-at-the-back on a regular basis with strong cover in the squad.

Harry Maguire has caught my eye on many occasions this season, and has impressed me especially since the arrival of Marco Silva as Hull boss. The defender looks capable of dealing with the physicality of the very best in the business, and looks confident in bringing the ball out from the back, something that Mauricio Pochettino likes to see and encourages from his players.

The signing of Maguire could also spell the end for Kevin Wimmer, there is of course already uncertainty about his future. It is of course possible that the Austrian could seek a move back to Germany, where there might be more first team opportunities for Wimmer.

In my opinion, Harry Maguire would be an excellent signing for Spurs if they can pull it off over the summer. He looks to be a very capable player at this level, and can slot easily into whatever formation Pochettino wants to play in both the short-term and the long-term.