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Why This Tottenham Player Must Start If Spurs Are To Win At Anfield On Saturday

Heung-min Son has been on fire this season for Spurs. Whether he has played in midfield or up top by himself, the South Korean has rarely failed to impress, and he will be a pivotal player if Spurs are to break the Anfield curse and pick up all three points on Saturday evening. 

If past results at Anfield are anything to go by, then Spurs have an extremely slim chance of winning on Saturday. However, looking at the recent form of both sides and the way the Lilywhites have been playing in the last couple of seasons, you would think that Mauricio Pochettino side’s chance of getting a result at Anfield are better than ever before.

Mauricio Pochettino has been keen to experiment with a three at the back system, but with Jan Vertonghen missing out through injury, we are much more likely to see a 4-2-3-1 system deployed by Spurs this weekend. One player in my opinion that needs to have a place in the starting eleven is Heung-min Son.

It will be interesting to see how Pochettino and Spurs approach this game. Looking at Liverpool in recent weeks and months, they have struggled to break down teams that have stayed disciplined and that have remained well organised when facing them. Hull City and Swansea.

Having seen this trend for Liverpool recently, Pochettino might be tempted to instruct his team to sit back and defend at Anfield looking to catch the home side on the break when possible, and this would certainly be something that I would be tempted by if I was the Argentine.

Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama have been superb in recent weeks in the defensive midfield, and if Liverpool somehow manage to get past those two, then Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld I am sure would be able to cope with Liverpool’s attacking threat.

One player that would be key to playing this counter attacking system would be Heung-min Son. He would play on the left of the 4-2-3-1 I would guess, but I might even be tempted to push him up alongside Harry Kane to really run at the Liverpool defence. Put Son in a foot race with Dejan Lovren, and if we are being honest, there is only one winner there. Liverpool’s defence has been leaky this season to say the least, and I feel that quick counter attacks are the way to go when trying to find a breakthrough.

As I have said, it will be interesting to see how Pochettino and Spurs approach their latest assignment, but if they choose to play the way that I have suggested, basing their system around the counter attacking game, then Heung-min Son simply MUST start on Saturday evening.

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.

Spurs Made Late January Move For Premier League Star, Would He Have Been A Good Signing?

Reports from The Times have emerged claiming that Tottenham Hotspur made a late move in the January transfer window for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez. 

The Times report that Spurs contacted the Premier League Champions late on in January regarding a potential deal that would see Mahrez move to White Hart Lane. However, the Lilywhites were unsuccessful in their approach as Leicester said that the winger was not for sale at any price.

Following yesterday’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, The Foxes will be nervously looked over their shoulders at the relegation zone, which they are currently just one point adrift of. With Claudio Ranieri’s side set to get involved in a battle at the wrong end of the table, losing Mahrez would have been a huge blow for the Champions.

Mahrez was a key player last season for Leicester, but this term has been a shadow of his usual self in the Premier League. However, the Algerian has seem to have come alive in the Champions League, where he has netted four times in four matches this season.

The 25-year-old was reportedly close to completing a move away to Arsenal over the summer transfer window, as Ranieri looked to hang onto his key players ahead of their Premier League title defence. Despite keeping Jamie Vardy alongside Mahrez, the loss of N’Golo Kante to Chelsea appears to have hurt Leicester the most.

Would Mahrez have been a good signing for Spurs?

Two things that Mahrez would have brought to the Spurs team if he had put pen to paper would have been blistering pace as well as a majestic left foot. Cutting in from the right-wing, Mahrez has caused many full-backs problems both this season and last season.

I think that Mahrez would have been a terrific signing for Spurs if they had managed to pull it off, despite his comments about the Spurs collapse at Chelsea being the funniest thing ever, his footballing ability would have made him an outstanding signing.

The squad competition at Spurs I feel would push Mahrez to the best of his ability, and once returned from injury, he would have had an interesting battle on his hands for first team minutes against Erik Lamela.

Mahrez would have been a terrific signing if Spurs had managed to get a January deal over the line, but of course as we know, nothing materialised. Will Spurs return for Mahrez in the summer if the Foxes fortunes fail to turn around?

Dembele Dropped: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Middlesbrough

After failing to secure all three points on Tuesday against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Spurs missed a golden opportunity to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea. With Antonio Conte’s side playing Arsenal in the early kickoff, Spurs simply must capitalise on any slip-up. 

Danny Rose will see a specialist on Monday to determine the extent of his knee injury, while Kieran Trippier and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou are still out, but making good progress. The same goes for Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela, as they look to recover from long-term injuries. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Middlesbrough.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Missed out on a place in the squad for Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland through illness, but should make his return here.

CB: Eric Dier

Dier and Alderweireld stayed strong to keep a clean sheet, despite not having too much thrown at them, Dier should keep his place here at White Hart Lane.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Also has been playing well in recent weeks, helping to secure that clean sheet on Tuesday. Alderweireld is an important part of the Spurs defence, and I back him to start here.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

I have not been impressed with Wimmer this season, his performances have been under-par, and he has looked out of his depth at times. However, I feel a return to a back three is the way forward, and that means Wimmer starting with Vertonghen out through injury.

RWB: Kyle Walker

With Kieran Trippier injured, Walker will be playing two games this week, that is for sure. Playing in this wing-back position, that gives him much more of a license to get forward and cause that Middlesbrough defence problems.

LWB: Ben Davies

I don’t think I have seen a particulary bad performance from Ben Davies this season, and he will have to step in for the injured Danny Rose on Saturday evening.

Spurs Rejected Late Deadline Day Approach For This Man, Were They Right To Do So?

ESPN report that Tottenham rejected a late move from Turkish club Galatasaray, as they attempted to secure the services of striker Vincent Janssen for six months on loan. 

The Dutchman has yet to score from open play in a Spurs shirt, but has converted on four occasions from the spot this season, the latest of those coming in the 4-3 win over Wycombe.

The £17m summer signing has not started for Spurs since the 2-0 FA Cup win over Aston Villa, but did seem to have a positive impact on proceedings when he came off the bench at half-time against League Two Wycombe, not only scoring from the spot, but providing the assist for Heung-min Son’s late winner.

Vincent Janssen’s agent Louis Laros, speaking to ESPN confirmed that there seemed to be some truth to these reports that Galatasaray had interest in signing the Dutchman on the loan, but the striker’s agent appeared adamant that Janssen would not be leaving, and that turned out to be the case.

Absolutely not happening! Janssen is not joining Galatasaray, they may want him but he is not leaving. Janssen will of course stay at Tottenham, he is not going anywhere.

The lack of involvement in the January transfer window in terms of signing a striker would seem that Mauricio Pochettino has far from given up on Janssen, despite the Dutchman failing to hit anywhere near top form since joining the club in the summer.

Were Spurs right to reject the approach from Galatasaray?

Absolutely. Of course they were. We cannot judge a player that has come from a foreign league in their first six months at the club, and I am sure that Janssen has so much more to offer for Spurs than is currently on show. He quite clearly has the talent to succeed, but not the confidence at this moment in time.

A loan move might have been beneficial for Janssen if he had started scoring in his time in Turkey. He would have returned to White Hart Lane on a high, and ready to make another go of it in the Premier League. However, if he failed to find his shooting boots, where would that have left the 23-year-old?

Looking at the rest of the season, Spurs are still involved in the FA Cup and Europa League as well as the Premier League. The fixtures will soon start to pile up for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and Janssen will get lots of first team chances for sure. He is still an important part of the Spurs squad, and Spurs got this one spot on not to let him move away on loan.

Could Tottenham Complete This Transfer For Premier League Star In Next Four Hours?

Tottenham could be set to make a late move for Everton’s Ross Barkley just hours before the January transfer window slams shut. 

Bookmakers Marathonbet have set their odds at 2/1 for Barkley’s next club to be Tottenham Hotspur, making them the favourites ahead of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Spurs are yet to make a move in the winter transfer window as yet, and could be tempted to break the bank on deadline day, as they did to secure the services of Moussa Sissoko. However, things haven’t quite gone to plan since for the Frenchman after he declined the opportunity to move to Goodison Park.

Mauricio Pochettino would have been frustrated and puzzled watching his team struggle to beat League Two Wycombe on Saturday. It took a late, late Heung-min Son strike to get past Gareth Ainsworth’s side at White Hart Lane, and Pochettino said that ‘we have a problem’ if certain players in the Spurs squad cannot perform in a game of this kind.

With a tricky FA Cup fifth round tie away at Fulham to negotiate in February, a return to the Europa League and the Premier League all to juggle in the next few months for Mauricio Pochettino, he might be tempted to make a late move in order to improve his squad depth moving forward into this period.

How likely is the move?

Despite the odds being set at 2/1, lower than I have previously seen, I still think that this move is highly unlikely. Ross Barkley has repeatedly been challenged by Everton manager Ronald Koeman to up his game on the football pitch.

It has previously been reported that Barkley will not be moving to White Hart Lane on the cheap if a move does go ahead. It has been suggested that the Englishman will cost a club-record equalling £30m to bring to N17.

In my opinion, it would be a complete waste of money, paying money for an inconsistent 23-year-old, who I think does not have too much potential to kick on. For me, what we are seeing at Everton from Barkley is exactly what Tottenham would be getting.

I am sure that Mauricio Pochettino’s attention will be fully focused on tonight’s Premier League fixture against Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light, and any business that he would have wanted to get done, would have been done by now.

Janssen Starts: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Sunderland

Spurs will be looking to pounce on any potential slip-up made by league leaders Chelsea, who play Liverpool at Anfield, when they made the trip to Sunderland on Tuesday night. 

Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Harry Kane are all available again after recovering from short-term injuries, while Kieran Trippier, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela are all set to miss out on the trip to the Stadium of Light. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up.

GK: Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman was rested for Saturday’s cup tie against Wycombe, as he always is in the FA Cup, and should make a return here.

RB: Kyle Walker

Also rested in the dramatic cup win against Wycombe, and will cause constant problems down that right-hand side for the Sunderland defence, looking to replicate his part in the first goal at Manchester City.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Mauricio Pochettino has said that Toby has recovered successfully from his tight injury picked up at the Etihad, and should play from the start here after his recovery.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

Pochettino has hinted at changes for this one, with the game against Middlesborough on Saturday in mind, and I think Eric Dier will be rested for this one after playing at the weekend. For that reason, I can see Wimmer starting here.

LB: Danny Rose

I can see a return to the starting line-up for Danny Rose at the Stadium of Light. After recovering from a knee problem, there is nothing sanding in his way from playing here.

N’Koudou Starts, Nine Changes: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Wycombe

Spurs will be doing their very best to avoid a major FA Cup upset when they welcome League Two Wycombe to White Hart Lane in the fourth round. 

Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane are all out for this one, but Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful that all three will be able to return against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday. Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen are the only slightly longer-term absentees. Here is your Spurs predicted line-up to face Wycombe on Saturday.

GK: Michel Vorm

This change I don’t think will happen due to the two Hugo Lloris howlers last week at Manchester City, but on the principle that Vorm seems to play all of the EFL Cup and FA Cup ties.

RB: Kieran Trippier

I think another chance will come here for Kieran Trippier. His performance at Watford was something special, and he was solid against Aston Villa in the previous round.

CB: Cameron Carter-Vickers

Carter-Vickers was another one to have a solid game in the last round against Aston Villa at White Hart Lane. I think he should be able to get another ninety minutes under his belt here.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

He played on the left of a back three in place of the injured Jan Vertonghen against Manchester City, and if I am being honest, he looked out of his depth. Having said that, I think he will start here against Wycombe.

LB: Ben Davies

The injury to Danny Rose, which hopefully will not be too serious, give Ben Davies the go ahead to start in this one. I can’t remember the last bad performance from Davies in any competition, and I expect another strong one here.

CDM: Harry Winks

Harry Winks has been playing really well in recent weeks, and he had a real positive impact on the game against Manchester City last Saturday. He is a quality player, and would be starting every week if it wasn’t for the form of Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

The sale of Tom Carroll to Swansea leaves Spurs just a little short of options in the defensive midfield when it comes to rotation. So, for me, Wanyama will be one of only two to keep his place from the draw at the Etihad last weekend.

Spurs In Shock As Star Wants Out In The Summer, Will He Complete A Move Away?

Spurs are in shock as reports suggest that winger Erik Lamela wants to leave the club in the summer, in favour of a move back to his former club Roma. 

The Argentine hasn’t played for Spurs since the 2-1 EFL Cup defeat at Anfield back in October, and has been sidelined ever since due to a hip injury. At the time, Mauricio Pochettino at the time explained that the injury was nothing serious, and that the recovery process would take a few weeks.

However, here we are coming to the end of January, and Lamela is still out of action. We heard a couple of weeks ago that the winger would return to his former club Roma, to see a doctor that he trusted from his time at the club to see what he could do to speed up the recovery.

Mauricio Pochettino was able to give an update on the injury to Lamela after the 2-2 draw at Manchester City on Saturday evening. Here is what he had to say.

The result was the same so now it’s about how he adapts his programme. Now he’ll start to run. It’s positive, now it’s about building his fitness and to try to challenge the pain he feels in his hip, but I think this will be positive.

Despite Pochettino seeming very focused on getting the winger back to full fitness and back amongst the first team, it has been reported by Squawka that the 24-year-old is interested in moving back to Roma in the summer.

This long spell on the sidelines with injury has left Lamela feeling isolated from the rest of the squad, as well as frustrated as the initial signs suggested that the injury was only minor. We also have heard reports that the death of his dog Simba, who Lamela seemed to be very close to, has also had an effect on the Argentine’s state of mind.

Will Lamela make a move away over the summer?

After a disappointing couple of seasons at White Hart Lane, the instalment of Mauricio Pochettino as manager at Spurs has helped to get the very best out of Erik Lamela. After his purple patch since the Argentine arrived as manager, it would seem that a decision to leave a club with a coach that you know can get the very best out of you as a player would not be taken lightly. It is of course understandable that a player would get extremely frustrated when trying to recover from an injury that seemed minor in the first place.

Do I have any doubts about Lamela feeling unsettled at the moment? No. But would I be surprised if he moved back to Roma over the summer? Yes, I would be very surprised.

Spurs Set To Make Move For Serie A Defender As Vertonghen Replacement, Will The Deal Go Ahead?

The London Evening Standard report that Spurs are readying a move for Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia, and will be looking to get a deal over the line by the end of the month. 

Jan Vertonghen picked up an ankle ligament injury in the 4-0 Premier League win against West Brom, and could be in for six weeks on the sidelines.

Mauricio Pochettino has been looking around his squad for replacement, and fielded Kevin Wimmer on the left of a back three in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City. However, the Austrian was hauled off at the break in favour of a change in system as Pep Guardiola’s side dominated the first half, but failed to break the deadlock.

With the Argentine boss looking to implement the three at the back more often than not on matchday, it would seem sensible to bring in some centre-back cover, especially following Wimmer’s failure to perform on Saturday evening and Vertonghen’s injury.

Spurs have a busy schedule coming up in the remainder of January and February, with the Europa League set to make its return in the middle of February. Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to keep his squad as fresh as possible to keep his side’s run going in the FA Cup and Europa League, whilst mounting a decent Premier League title challenge too.

Inter Sporting Director values Andrea Ranocchia at approximately £5m, but would be open to offers in terms of a loan move until the summer, where there would be an option to buy. Pochetttino will not look to break the bank for centre-back cover, and a move for Ranocchia would seem like a good move.

The Italian defender has played just five times for Inter in Serie A this season, and his strength does seem to be in the air, winning 86% of his aerial duels over the course of this season.

Will the move happen?

In terms of centre-backs, Spurs have Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer and Cameron Carter-Vickers that can all play in a back three. Ben Davies can be added to that list, as we saw him play on the left of a back three for Wales at the European Championships.

The injury layoff of six weeks for Vertonghen is a fairly lengthy one, meaning he will not return until the start of March at the earliest. The fixtures will have already started to pile up by then, and at £5m, I think this is a risk for Mauricio Pochettino that is worth taking.