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3 More New Signings Set To Follow Sanchez To Tottenham Imminently

Tottenham have finally spent some money this summer after confirming the record signing of Davinson Sanchez from Ajax. It won’t end there it seems, with the club now reportedly closing in on a further three signings. In this article we take a look at the three names in question…

1 – Serge Aurier

It’s close! L’Equipe are reporting that Tottenham are closing in on a €25million agreement with PSG for Serge Aurier. The Ivorian full back has looked set to leave the French club all summer, but with the likes of Manchester United reportedly interested in his signature, it looked unlikely, until now, that he would be heading to Spurs. But at €25million, the 24-year-old represents good value for Tottenham, especially if he can keep his head right.

Aurier has been linked with Spurs all summer and has always been earmarked as a replacement for Walker if he did leave – so why has it taken so long for Tottenham to seal this one off? Aurier is a perfect fit to play as a wing back and with the type of signings Pochettino is making this summer, I can see him opting with a three at the back formation with wing backs more often than not this season.

Spurs Aim To Complete Deals For These 3 Defenders Before The Transfer Deadline

Tottenham’s ridiculously quiet transfer window is starting to heat up. There is a lot of things happening on a defensive front at the moment, and whilst the fans may be dreaming of an attacking signing, these defensive changes may provide the platform for the team to win the title this season.

1 – Davinson Sanchez

The 21-year-old defender is very highly rated in Europe and has had several top clubs chasing him for the past couple of years. If Tottenham manage to tie up this signing it would be seen as a coup and with the current climate in this market, the price could well represent good value in the future. Many feel that we have nabbed Ajax’s best player from them in this £42m deal and he is just the type of player that fits the Pochettino criteria. He is hard-working, young and has bags of potential. We could see Sanchez really grow and develop as a player over the next couple of seasons into one of the best centre-backs in world football.

Tottenham have recently announced that a fee has been agreed with Ajax and the deal will now be completed subject to a medical and a work permit. This one is likely to be officially announced on Monday next week, as weekend announcements are rare.

Does The Signing Of Sanchez Tell Us Pochettino’s Plan For Tottenham This Season?

Finally, Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement for their first signing of the summer transfer window. Subject to a medical and work permit, Davinson Sanchez will be a Spurs player for a fee of around £42m, a club record. 

What does this signing tell us about Pochettino’s plan for Spurs this season? It tells us that Mauricio Pochettino wants to make Spurs a really hard team to beat. The Lilywhites had the best defensive record in the Premier League last season, but the Argentine boss is clearly keen to strengthen this area and improve on the 26 goals that Spurs conceded last term.

I know the transfer market has spiralled out of control this summer, but to spend £42m on a player, you would expect him to be a regular starter at a club. With this in mind, I would imagine Spurs will play a three at the back system this season with wing-backs. Given the record that Vertonghen and Alderweireld had at the back last season it would seem relatively harsh to drop either of them.

We have seen the three at the back system work for a couple of Premier League teams last season. Chelsea were the main team to benefit from a system that Antonio Conte switched to in September following a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal. Mauricio Pochettino has flirted with the system, switching between three and four at the back systems. The signing of Sanchez might just tell us which system the manager is leaning towards.

Furthermore, a three at the back system allows wing-backs to really push on while leaving sufficient cover at the back to defend on what is a very big Wembley pitch. I feel this is the system that Pochettino will look to play on a regular basis this season with Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Sanchez at the heart of the defence. Spurs could prove to be a very difficult team to break down.

Many feel that we have nabbed Ajax’s best player from them in this £42m deal and he is just the type of player that fits the Pochettino criteria. He is hard-working, young and has bags of potential. We could see Sanchez really grow and develop as a player over the next couple of seasons into one of the best centre-backs in world football.

It will be interesting to see how much game time Sanchez will get this season and what formation Pochettino will play to incorporate him.

Is Sanchez a good signing for Tottenham? 

Match Preview: Tottenham vs. Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham welcome Antonio Conte’s Chelsea to Wembley for the first home game of the new season in a match of significant importance so early in the campaign.

Pundits and fans alike have cast many doubts over Tottenham’s chances of Premier League success this season and many have stated the coming season will be a struggle due to playing at Wembley. This shouldn’t be an excuse for any shortcomings this season, but Spurs’ record at the National Stadium speaks for itself. Spurs won just once in five visits to Wembley last season including an embarrassing aggregate loss to Gent in the Europa League, so you can see why fans are not brimming with confidence.

So, the visit of the Premier League champions brings with it the perfect opportunity to silence early season critics and doubters. Revenge will be on the minds of the Spurs players following last season’s 4-2 FA Cup semi-final defeat where the introduction of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard won the game for the Blues.

Two players Spurs will not have to face on Sunday are Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic, who have caused the Lilywhites problems in the past. Costa’s future seems uncertain at this moment in time, but it appears he will not be playing anymore football at Stamford Bridge. The decision to sell Matic has puzzled many and is clearly a decision that does not sit well with Antonio Conte.

The loss of two key players has not been easy for Chelsea as they fell to a shock 3-2 defeat to Burnley, who one just once away from Turf Moor last season. Alvaro Morata getting on the scoresheet is one of the few positives Chelsea fans can take from the opening day loss, but Morata missing a sitter, denying another goal and ill-discipline will be on the minds of many going into this Sunday’s trip to Wembley.

By contrast, Spurs got their campaign off to a winning start to Newcastle, running out 2-0 winners over Newcastle, Dele Alli and Ben Davies getting on the scoresheet. Until the sending off of Jonjo Shelvey just four minutes into the second half, Spurs failed to create many chances and didn’t really look like taking all three points. This is something that surely will be on Mauricio Pochettino’s mind ahead of Sunday.

Both seeing red on Saturday, Chelsea will be missing key creator Cesc Fabregas and captain Gary Cahill, which could prove big misses for the Blues. Spurs on the other hand will be without Danny Rose and Erik Lamela whilst Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Kieran Trippier are also unlikely to make the matchday squad which could mean another chance to impress for young Kyle Walker-Peters.

What do you see as the outcome for this one? Take a look at the best bookies & offerings on this one. I think Tottenham are good value for the win. Moreover, I think we are going to be in for an entertaining match on Sunday. Antonio Conte will be demanding a big response from his players after Saturday’s defeat while Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be keen to banish those Wembley woes. I would not be surprised if this one ended in a draw.

Tottenham In Advanced Talks To Complete 3 New Signings

Tottenham have had a very quiet transfer window but it looks like that is all about to change with the latest reports suggest that Pochettino’s men are closing in on not one, not two, but three new additions!

It might be hard to believe after sitting through the whole summer and seeing no progress, but the stories do come from reputable sources. In this article we take a look at who it is being linked and how they would fit in.

1 – Davinson Sanchez

The young Ajax defender is highly rated across Europe and Pochettino must be a fan as it seems he may be willing to break the clubs transfer record to bring him in. According to The Guardian, Spurs have opened talks at around £25million, though Ajax are hoping to raise closer to £35million.

The 21-year-old defender is very highly rated in Europe and has had several top clubs chasing him for the past couple of years. If Tottenham manage to tie up this signing it would be seen as a coup and with the current climate in this market, the price could well represent good value in the future.

‘Best Player On The Park’ Spurs Fans Heap Praise Onto Defender Following Newcastle Win

Spurs got their Premier League campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Dele Alli and Ben Davies were enough to see off the Magpies.

The first forty-five minutes were an uneventful affair with few chances for either side. Newcastle started the better but Spurs grew into the game, Christian Eriksen trying his luck from distance a couple of times but with little success.

The game changed early on in the second half when Andre Marriner sent off Newcastle captain Jonjo Shelvey for a stamp on Dele Alli. A stupid act right under the nose of the referee that saw him rightly sent for an early bath.

Spurs immediately looked to capitalise on their one man advantage and cashed in just after the hour mark. Christian Erisken floated a lovely ball over the top to Dele Alli, who made no mistake with a volleyed finish into the back of the net past Rob Elliot.

Just ten minutes later it was 2-0. A little bit of fortune involved perhaps, but Ben Davies reacted quickly to slide the ball past Elliot and to double Tottenham’s advantage, which they were able to hold onto right up until the final whistle.

Mauricio Pochettino faced a tough team selection at the start of the game. He appeared to be torn between playing a back three with Moussa Sissoko at wing-back or a back four with Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back. Both played in a 4-2-3-1 system and the youngster Walker-Peters impressed on his debut.

The full-back showed little signs of nerves, looked to pose a threat going forward and effectively dealt with the pace of Christian Atsu which even some of the best full-backs struggle to do when he is on the top of his game. His final ball could have been better and it is fair to say he doesn’t quite have the same pace as Kyle Walker or Kieran Trippier. His performance led to one Spurs fan claiming that there is now no need to sign a right-back this summer. Here is how Spurs fans reacted on Twitter.

Once fit, Kieran Trippier I am sure will stay the first choice right-back, but Kyle Walker-Peters may have just eliminated the need to buy a new right-back with the performance that earned him the Man of the Match award.

Sissoko Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Newcastle

It’s finally here. Spurs make the trip up North to face Newcastle on Sunday afternoon in their season opener looking to make a strong start to season where Liverpool and Chelsea have already slipped up. 

Heung-min Son could be fit but might only make the bench whilst Erik Lamela, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier all miss out through injury. Here is your Spurs predicted line-up to face Newcastle.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Was the first choice keeper at the end of last season, and I expect that nothing has changed over the summer.

CB: Eric Dier

I’m going to say that Mauricio Pochettino will deploy a back three against Newcastle and I expect the versatility of Eric Dier to be used once again to play on the right of a back three.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Still no progress on a new contract for Alderweireld, but there has been little speculation regarding a move away which can only be a positive. I expect him to make the starting line-up here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen and Alderweireld formed a strong partnership at the heart of the Spurs defence last season and managed to maintain the best defensive record in the league. The Belgian duo will be key to any defensive success that Spurs have this coming season.

RWB: Moussa Sissoko

A few weeks ago, Sissoko might not have been in Pochettino’s plans to play at his old club. However, a solid performance against Juventus combined with the injury of Kieran Trippier might just hand Sissoko a much needed chance to impress early on this season and start to prove he was worth the £30m paid last summer.

LWB: Ben Davies

With Danny Rose injured and possibly on the naughty step, it is more or less guaranteed that Davies will be starting here unless Pochettino decides to play Heung-min Son at left wing-back which I suggest he doesn’t after the disaster in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

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‘Sol Campbell Vol. 2’ Spurs Fans Lash Out At Danny Rose Following Brutally Honest Interview

Just three days before Spurs travel to Newcastle in their Premier League season opener, Danny Rose has had an exclusive interview with the Sun, and it has to be said, he has not held back.

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Rose spoke to The Sun and commented on next season and where he will play his football in the future. Whilst insisting that Spurs cannot start to blame the pitch or atmosphere at Wembley next season if things don’t go to plan, Spurs fans would have been a little taken aback to read that Rose wants to play his football up north sometime in the future. It must be stressed he said he would like to do this at some point in his career, not immediately.

If you believe various media reports, he could be linking up with Jose Mourinho at any moment this summer. Although this was not explicitly said by Rose, the left-back could well be fishing for a move to Mourinho’s Red Devils after he also talked about the wage structure at Tottenham.

Rose hasn’t played for Spurs since the 0-0 draw with Sunderland back in January and says he had a lot of time to think things over and now insists he is underpaid. This may be true compared to the likes of Lingard at Manchester United who is paid £100,000-per-week when you learn that Rose is on £30,000-per-week. However, to go public on such an issue will not go down well with chairman Daniel Levy or manager Mauricio Pochettino. If one thing is for certain, it hasn’t gone down well with Spurs fans. Here is how they reacted on Twitter.

Later on in the interview, Rose urged Tottenham to sign some stars who he did not have to Google to find out who they were. We are pretty sure he had to Google Dele Alli before he came to Spurs and it has been pointed out that many fans had to Google Rose when he signed for Spurs.

Chelsea and Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Rose and it will be very interesting to see if Rose stays beyond this summer at Spurs. He might be out of action until September with injury so we are sure that Ben Davies will start the season opener at Newcastle on Sunday.

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Time To Go: 3 Players Tottenham Need To Sell This Month

It’s been a pretty slow summer in terms of transfers for Tottenham and with injuries already creeping up, some fans are very worried by the lack of transfer activity so far.

Whilst new signings are certainly needed, there are still some players that need to go at Tottenham, in this article we take a look at 3 of them and why…

1 – Moussa Sissoko

What a spectacular failure this man has been. The clubs record signing (hopefully not for long) has really disappointed since his £30million move to the club. His inconsistency is his biggest problem as it is clear that he has a lot of ability when at his best and when he is motivated. There have always been questions marks over how well he can fit into the system at Tottenham. The problem for Spurs will be trying to recoup close to the £30million they paid, which will certainly be hard. Offers appear few and far between, but a loan move to Trabzonspor has been mooted. Tottenham will prefer to sell permanently as there is unlikely to be a future for Sissoko at the club, but they may have to take what they can get as the transfer window closure edges closure.

Journalist Suggests Spurs Should Target Former Premier League Player, Will He Sign?

Guardian journalist Gregg Bakowski has suggested that Tottenham should try and make PSG winger Angel Di Maria their first signing of the summer, with the new season kicking off with a trip to Newcastle in just six days’ time.

Spurs are the only English side to date not to make a single signing this summer. We knew that Levy and and Spurs were likely to be fairly inactive over this summer but the fact that Spurs have failed to wrap up a single deal thus far has left fans worried and frustrated ahead of the new domestic season.

A pre-season of mixed results has led to Pochettino admitting that additions need to be made to the squad before the summer transfer window slams shut at the end of August. However, it has been accepted that Spurs will not be joining the big spenders such as Manchester City and Chelsea this summer and splashing the cash.

Spurs have been linked with Ross Barkley for a large part of this summer in a rumour that will just not leave the back page. Everton are reportedly asking for £50m for the player who refused to sign a new deal and will be leaving Merseyside. However, it is believed that Everton have accepted they will not be getting the full asking price of £50m.

Turning our attention away from the Englishman, Guardian journalist Gregg Bakowski yesterday suggested that PSG winger Di Maria could prove to be a good piece of business for Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino when speaking on the Guardian’s weekly football podcast.

If PSG need to sell, would Di Maria be available for £30-35m? Would he fancy coming back to England? Two Argentinians, him and Pochettino. I think he’s the sort of player who would fit that system. Not particularly flashy, works hard when he can be bothered. It would seem a logical move. Maybe Pochettino would think he could motivate him. Di Maria was pretty motivated until whatever happened after that burglary at Manchester United and then last season and a bit he’s been poor. I think they’re obviously still interested in Ross Barkley and you look at that Tottenham team and you look at Ross Barkley and you think if they spent £50m on him would he even get into that team?

Would Di Maria be a good signing? I think yes. I certainly think he is a player that has more to offer than what we saw in his previous stint at Manchester United. He is clearly a talented player and would give Mauricio Pochettino yet another attacking option. I do think he would be a better signing than Ross Barkley.

However, I feel that the player himself wouldn’t be too keen on the move. It was well publicised when an attempted burglary took place in February 2015, leading to Di Maria putting his mansion on the market little over a month after the incident before moving to PSG that summer, which is mentioned by Bakowski. An event like that has a huge effect on somebody’s life and you get the feeling that he might not be keen on moving back to England. Furthermore, there is little or no evidence to suggest that PSG are willing to sell Di Maria for £30m or even if they are willing to sell at all.

Will Di Maria be a Tottenham player by the end of this transfer window?