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Kane & Alli Start: The Tottenham XI That Will Easily Defeat Arsenal on Saturday

Tottenham have shown their superiority over Arsenal in recent derbies, and I expect this one to be no different. Spurs will be boosted by the fact that Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris are all likely to be passed fit for the fixture between the two sides. Here’s the XI I think we’re likely to see defeat the Gunners…

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Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

Captain Hugo is likely to be back for this game, and he’ll certainly be welcomed back to the XI with Arsenal likely to test the keeper more than some of Spurs’ recent opponents.

Defence: Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen

This back three worked well in the last fixture and with Alderweireld still sidelined, I expect to see a similar back three against the Gunners. Dier can, of course, step into midfield at any point in order to make a midfield five.

Midfield: Serge Aurier, Harry Winks, Moussa Dembele, Danny Rose

Aurier and Rose pick themselves in the eleven for me. I think we need both of their passion in this eleven and their attacking ability on the flanks. Winks and Dembele can form a great partnership in the middle of the park.

Attack: Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen

Alli, Kane and Eriksen as a front three has a bit of everything. Kane will surely score against Arsenal again, he always does. Alli can come inside and support the striker, whilst hopefully Eriksen can bring his incredible international form into the picture.

Bale & 3 More Top Class Players That Could Be Set to Join Spurs

Tottenham have started the season fairly well, especially when you consider their much improved performance in the Champions League this season, with it now looking extremely likely that the club will get out of a very tough group. But how can Tottenham really reach new heights? For me they need to add World Class players. In this article I take a look at 4 players that could arrive.

1 – Gareth Bale

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So Bale could really return to Tottenham. As much as Bale may like Spurs as a club, he is extremely unlikely to take a huge pay cut to come back, considering the offers he is likely to have on his plate and the fact that aged 28, his next contract is likely to be his last major deal. I’d think Spurs would need to offer in excess of £200,000 per week for Bale to even tempt him. It goes without saying that Spurs should do everything to make this happen as signing him would really take the club to the next level.

Gareth Bale’s Return to Tottenham

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Can it really happen? The press might have you believe that Bale has said he will sign for Tottenham tomorrow, but let’s take a realistic look at the news.

However, there are some concrete rumours emerging from Spain that Madrid have lost patience with Bale’s recent injury woes and they are willing to offload him in the summer. Whilst Manchester United and probably every English club would be keen to sign Bale, Tottenham are the club he would like to sign for, if he does leave Madrid, according to the latest reports. But is this realistic?

The obvious problem arrives at the wages of Bale, whom is earning around three times as much as Tottenham’s current top earner. As much as Bale may like Spurs as a club, he is extremely unlikely to take a huge pay cut to come back, considering the offers he is likely to have on his plate and the fact that aged 28, his next contract is likely to be his last major deal. I’d think Spurs would need to offer in excess of £200,000 per week for Bale to even tempt him. The reality is that for all the brilliant management of Pochettino and the quality that Tottenham do already have, to move to the next level, Spurs need to invest into the team and to go to the next level they need to bring in some established World Class players, who better than Bale for this? He’s certainly worth a wage re-structure in my opinion.

In a world where money is overtaking football, Spurs need to start to take steps to ensure they are not left behind and signing Bale would be some statement to the world that Tottenham are here to stay amongst the best clubs in Europe – this is not a phase. Can we pull it off though? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one in the comments.

3 Arsenal Legends Harry Kane Is Already Better Than

24-year-old Harry Kane has had another incredible month in football, and he simply cannot stop scoring. The Englishman has a chance to become one of the greatest English strikers in some time, and, for a bit of rivalry, in this article we take a look at 3 legendary Arsenal strikers Kane is already better than.

1 – Dennis Bergkamp

Kane already has 84 goals in 120 games for Tottenham, whilst Bergkamp wasn’t all about the goals, he only managed 87 in 315 appearances for Arsenal. Kane is scoring at a rate of more than twice as much of the Dutchman. By the time Kane has played 315 league games, he will have scored around 200 goals if he keeps up his current strike rate. For all the subtlety in Bergkamp’s game, for me, Kane is already the better striker and deserves to be told that. Considering his age, you have to say that Kane is well on the way to far surpassing what Bergkamp achieved individually.

3 Spurs Players Who Must Be Dropped After West Ham Performance

The victory over West Ham was a lot more complicated than it needed to be. Tottenham were clinical in the first half but in the second half a mixture of errors and disorganisation nearly saw Pochettino’s men drop a 3 goal lead. Not acceptable, and the players at fault for that should, in my opinion, sit out for a few games.

1 – Serge Aurier

Need I say more? The problematic full-back showed why PSG were so happy to let him go this summer as he put in a sluggish and ill-disciplined performance. Whilst the two tackles he was booked for were not overly malicious, they were just stupid – and for me, it was a matter of time before he got sent off as he struggled positionally all afternoon. I do feel as if Aurier’s pace makes up for his lack of tactical discipline at times and he certainly has a lot to learn before becoming a regular at Tottenham. I’d certainly like to see Trippier back in the side for some time now.

Two Full Debuts: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Everton

Spurs travel to Goodison Park looking to avoid a run of three straight games without a win in the Premier League. After an uninspiring performance against Burnley, the players will not only be fighting for the three points, but a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting line-up against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

Victor Wanyama was injured in the warm-up against Burnley and will have to sit out of this one as a result. Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou are all ruled out as they recover from long-term injuries. Here is your Spurs predicted line-up to face Everton.

GK: Hugo Lloris

I think Mauricio Pochettino will make a few changes in this one to shake the team up a bit, but Lloris will surely keep his place.

CB: Davinson Sanchez

It was far from the perfect debut at Wembley for Sanchez. I felt a little bit of sympathy for him as he came onto the pitch just seconds after Burnley equalised at the death. He should get a proper chance here to show us what he can do.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

The arrival of Sanchez should not split or break the strong partnership of Alderweireld and Vertonghen, it should compliment it. I expect the Belgian duo to keep their places in this one.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Wayne Rooney could still start a week after being charged with drink driving and he will have to be on the minds’ of the back three. The former England international has made a good start to the season and the primary goal will be for them to stop him hitting the back of the net.

RWB: Serge Aurier

I back Aurier to make his debut here. Securing a deadline day move, the Frenchman has had a few days to settle in after the international break and could make his first start at Goodison Park.

LWB: Ben Davies

Davies has looked a little more adventurous going forward this season and created a good chance down the left for Harry Kane against Burnley. With a three at the back system, he will have more license to get forward and create some more chances.

‘Better Late Than Never’ Spurs Fans Delighted With Deadline Day Striker Signing

Spurs signed Fernando Llorente on transfer deadline day, the club leaving it until after the 11pm deadline to announce the capture of the Spaniard on their official Twitter account. Nonetheless, the striker joins Spurs for around £12m from Swansea City with a good goalscoring record.

Llorente was a key figure at the Liberty Stadium last season and played a huge role in keeping the Swans in the Premier League after a battle at the wrong end of the table. The striker managed an impressive 15 goals last term, and won the Welsh club fifteen points all on his own. A man who can step up and make the difference when it matters.

It is highly unlikely that Llorente will slot straight in as first choice striker at Spurs and will probably look to take some of the weight off the shoulders of Harry Kane, who has endured a difficult start to the season, failing to find the net in his opening three games.

Vincent Janssen was brought in from AZ Alkmaar last summer for £17m and has failed to live up to his billing in his time at Spurs. The Dutchman netted six times in his debut season, just two of those coming from open play. With the arrival of Llorente, Janssen may see a huge chunk of his already limited first team opportunities disappear.

Not only does Llorente provide good backup for Harry Kane, he also gives Tottenham a different option up front, the opportunity to play with a target man, an option that Spurs have not had for a long while. His heading ability has been there for all to see at Swansea, and let’s hope Spurs’ playmakers recognise this and utilise it when he is on the pitch. Here is how Spurs fans reacted to the signing of Llorente on Twitter.

3 Deals That Spurs Are Almost Certain To Complete On Transfer Deadline Day

Spurs have already completed the signing of Serge Aurier on transfer deadline day, but their business is surely not over. Here are three deals that they look set to complete before the 11pm deadline.

Fernando Llorente

Spurs have had a bid accepted for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente, and the striker has reportedly had a medical in North London ahead of a dramatic deadline day move.

Chelsea have been in talks with the Welsh club for a large part of the summer regarding a potential deal involving Llorente, but an agreement has not been reached. Tottenham’s accepted bid is believed to be worth around about £15m as they look to provide sufficient backup for Harry Kane.

The deal is ready to be completed at any moment. However, there is just one thing holding the announcement back. Swansea are keen to find a replacement before they sanction any move away for Llorente. They look close to resigning Wilfred Bony, but are holding back any sale of the Spaniard just in case the Bony deal falls through.

If You Can’t Beat Him, Sign Him: Spurs In Race For Former European Opponent

With Tim Sherwood in charge, Tottenham exited the Europa League in Benfica in 2014, despite staging a late comeback in Lisbon to throw the tie’s outcome into doubt through two late Nacer Chadli goals. Remember Andre Gomes from that game? Well, Spurs are now in the race to sign him. 

The midfielder now plays his football at Barcelona, and is now being made available for a season-long loan by the European giants. Spurs have reportedly shown an interest in Gomes with West Ham also ready to take 24-year-old on loan.

The former Benfica man is reportedly on £80,000-per-week, which would fit in nicely within Tottenham’s fair, but much criticised wage structure. Reports suggest that Gomes favours a move to North London. Mauricio Pochettino is a huge admirer of Gomes and would love to see him come through the door at Spurs on transfer deadline day.

Spurs have already brought in Serge Aurier on transfer deadline day from PSG for a fee of £23m, and are close to completing a deal for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente that could be worth up to £15m. However, Spurs are not finished yet and could add to their deadline day business with the signing of Gomes.

Gomes predominantly plays in the middle of the park and can play in defensive midfield, acting as a playmaker in a deeper role, or he can play further up behind the striker.

Squad depth will be key to Mauricio Pochettino this season as his side adapts to playing at Wembley Stadium. The Argentine boss will have to juggle the Premier League, Champions League, EFL Cup and the FA Cup over the course of this season and will be keen to add numbers to his squad before the transfer window slams shut at 11pm tonight.

4.30pm Update: Latest News On Llorente, Barkley, Janssen & Gaitan

There are just six-and-a-half hours left in the summer transfer window. Here is an update on the latest deadline day news surrounding Tottenham Hotspur and four players linked with moves to and away from the club.

Fernando Llorente

Surely this move will be completed in only a matter of time. Spurs have reportedly agreed a fee of around £15m for the striker and are edging closer to landing their man. The latest development in this transfer story is that the Spaniard arrived at Spurs for a medical with Mauricio Pochettino talking him into a move to Spurs.

If the Lilywhites were to complete this deal they would have snatched their target from under the noses of Chelsea, who have made Llorente one of their key targets over the course of the summer transfer window. Expect this one to go through before the 11pm deadline.

Ross Barkley

The future of Ross Barkley has been uncertain for quite some time now. We brought to you the story that Spurs could become embroiled in a deadline day bidding war for the services of the Englishman. However, since then we have heard from Sky Sources that Spurs have no interest in signing Barkley in this transfer window.

The Everton midfielder has picked up an injury that is expected to keep him out of action until November possibly, so it is believed that Spurs may wait at least until January to make their move. Arsenal and Chelsea are also reportedly interested after the champions had a £25m rejected for the attacking midfielder. Where will he end up this evening?

Vincent Janssen

With the move of Fernando Llorente edging ever closer, that deal could spell the end at Spurs for the struggling Dutch striker Vincent Janssen. The front man has been left frustrated by his lack of first team opportunities and his lack of goals last season.

Janssen scored six times in all competitions last season, just two of those goals coming from open play. Despite his poor goalscoring record in England, West Brom and Stoke are interested in signing the striker on deadline day. It may surprise you to read that Spurs could make a profit on this deal, a West Brom bid could be worth as much at £23m, according to the Sun.

Nico Gaitan

According to reports, Atletico Madrid have offered Tottenham their winger Nico Gaitan. They believe that the 29-year-old’s future lies away from Madrid, and have offered him to Spurs as well as West Ham. Watford are also reportedly weighing up a move for Gaitan this evening.

Spurs have made four signings so far this summer, but none of them have strengthened their attacking ranks. Fernando Llorente will bolster Mauricio Pochettino’s striking options if he joins, but Spurs will still be keen to strengthen their creativity. Could Gaitan be their man?