Premier League | Fresh Spurs - Part 3

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Debut For Sissoko! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Stoke

Team News:

Hugo Lloris is set to return, and is fit to make the trip to Stoke. Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele are set to be the only absentees from the squad, with Dembele serving his ban, and Rose out through injury.

Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1):

GK: Hugo Lloris

As revealed by Mauricio Pochettino on Thursday, Lloris is once again available for selection after recovering slightly ahead of schedule from his hamstring injury picked up in the first game of the season away at Everton. Michel Vorm provided good cover in the two-and-a-half games he played, and Pochettino has admitted he has a tough choice ahead of him.

LB: Ben Davies

Danny Rose is out for this weekend with a hamstring injury obtained away on international duty, with the extent of the injury yet to be revealed. Step forward Ben Davies, who was regularly used by Pochettino last season. More often than not, the Welshman put more than a good shift in, and should do the same here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen and Alderweireld are in my opinion up there with the best centre-back partnerships in the country, and Pochettino would be stupid to leave either of the Belgian pair on the bench without good reason. Spurs conceded 35 goals last season in the Premier League, the joint best in the league, with Vertonghen and Alderweireld starting the majority of the games. Long may the partnership continue.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Another excellent display from 27-year-old a couple of weeks ago against Liverpool. Where the rest of the starting eleven looked average or below-par, Alderweireld continued to keep solidarity at the back, making an excellent tackle in the second half to deny Liverpool a second. It would be a huge shock if he wasn’t to start.

RB: Kyle Walker

Walker went off injured in the game against Liverpool, but played for England during the international break, so there is no reason why he wouldn’t make an appearance again here. Walker has enjoyed a solid start to the season, both defensively and going forward, providing the assist for Erik Lamela’s equaliser at Everton.


Stats: Tottenham’s 3 Best Peformers vs. Liverpool

A point. Not the best performance but a point and we are undefeated heading into the first international break. It has been far from the perfect start to the season but at the same time we remain undefeated. Here’s my thoughts on the three best performers from Saturday afternoon’s game.

1 – Danny Rose

Rose has been one of Tottenham’s best performers this season and that continued on Saturday. He scored the all-important goal, but that was not the only good thing he did. Rose, despite his height, is rather strong in the air and he won 3 aerial duels. He also made 3 tackles and completed 2 attacking dribbles. These statistics highlight the players improving overall impact going forward and defending. Previously Rose had been dubbed an attacking full back that struggles to defend. Slowly but surely he is turning this into a myth. In a dismal England campaign at the Euros I felt that Rose was one of the countries best players. He has also started the season as one of the clubs best players, appearing consistently in our top 3 players of the week.

4 Reasons Tottenham Will Finish Ahead Of Arsenal This Season

Yes Gooners we know, you’ll say you always say it and we never learn, but this season is different for many reasons that I will explain below.

1. A Better Defence

Whilst Arsenal struggle to find a suitable defensive partner for Laurent Koscielny, Tottenham already have theirs sorted, and it’s brilliant. The Belgian duo of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have formed an unbreakable bond at the heart of defence and there is no denying that they are a better partnership than anything Arsenal could put on the field right now. On top of that, Spurs have Hugo Lloris, who is at least as good as Petr Cech. Full backs is an area where Arsenal are strong, but so are Spurs, with the ever-improving English duo of Kyle Walker and Danny Rose consistently impressing over the last 18 months.

Stats: Tottenham’s 3 Best Performers vs. Crystal Palace

Tottenham picked up their first three points of the season at home to Crystal Palace after Victor Wanyama scored a crucial late goal. Spurs had been pushing all afternoon but couldn’t find an opening until the final 10 minutes of the game. We were impressed with a few individuals, and these are the Fresh Football top three Spurs performers of the week.

1 – Victor Wanyama

That man Victor. When it just looked like it wouldn’t be our day, who was going to pop up with the goal? Well you wouldn’t have bet too much on it being Wanyama. Not only did he score the match-winning goal, but the Kenyan midfielder excelled throughout. Confident and assured in possession, he boasted a 92.6% pass success rate. He played alongside Eric Dier but certainly looked the superior holding midfielder, making 74 touches compared to Dier’s 61. Wanyama also won an aerial duel and was named the WhoScored Man of the Match with an impressive match rating of 7.93. Defensively he made 3 tackles, 5 clearances and 1 block. When Dembele returns to the starting line-up I would not be surprised to see Eric dropped if Wanyama can continue these fine performances. Wanyama seems to have more to his game than Dier, since the Englishman has been asked to play in a more advanced role he has struggled to make an impact. Replacing him with Wanyama is in no way saying that Dier is no use to us, he is a good player than can play in defence and midfield and he will remain vital for this squad as we play in numerous competitions this season.

The 3 Best Tottenham Players In 1-1 Draw vs. Everton

Tottenham were far from their best in the clubs opening day draw with Everton, but I wanted to take some positives from the game and analyse three of the best performers from the game. Read our Player Ratings in full here.

1 – Kyle Walker

In an England campaign full of underperformers this summer, Walker was one of a select few England players to actually turn up at Euro 2016. He carried on with this form in the Premier League opener, always looking a threat going forward and crucially, providing the assist for Tottenham’s second-half equaliser. With a WhoScored rating of 7.74, Walker was the second highest rated Tottenham man in this fixture. I’ve talked a lot about his attacking offerings but his defensive statistics were good too. 3 tackles, 4 clearances and 1 interception. Pochettino will hope Walker and continue to offer this defensive protection in the big games throughout the season.

3 Reasons Tottenham Will Win The Premier League Next Season

With all the talk about how good Chelsea and the Manchester sides will be next season, everyone is forgetting how dangerous Tottenham are and just how close they came to Premier League glory last season. Here’s three reasons I think they are better equipped than last season to win it.

1 – Squad

Ultimately Tottenham’s title collapse last season started when their midfield was dismantled by injuries and suspensions. In general, Tottenham struggled when they were missing one or two key players and didn’t have the squad to adapt. This season will be different. Pochettino has respected the quality of his current squad when making new signings, he acknowledges he already has a starting eleven that can go far, but they needed better rotation options to ease the pressure off of the likes of Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Dele Alli. Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama have signed and they are both quality players that are more than good enough to start when required. The imminent arrival of N’Koudou from Marseille will add more attacking depth and a different dimension to Pochettino’s frontline. The club are well equipped for the long hall.

4 Reasons Why Spurs Can Beat Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea and Man City To Title

In a strange Premier League season just gone, Leicester City claimed a shock league title win, and Spurs proved to be their closest challengers for top spot. The season ended in disappointment with a third placed finish for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, and here are four reasons why the Lilywhites can go two better next season and win the title. 

1 – Squad Depth

Mauricio Pochettino has made his aims for this summer transfer window clear from the start, and that is to improve his squad’s depth as he and the team prepare for a return to the Champions League for the 2016/17 season after a five season absence from the competition.

The summer acquisitions of Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen for a combined total of an estimated £28m have added to the squad depth, Victor Wanyama could well slot into the starting eleven from the start, but we can all but confirm that Janssen will have to battle for his place.

With the Champions League coming up next term, rotation will be key for Pochettino, and I believe with a couple more signings, perhaps a centre-back as well as an attacking midfielder, the squad should be strong enough to cope with a strong Premier League campaign as well as a run in the Champions League.

The full-back positions are in my opinion very well covered, and the same can be said about the defensive midfield, and now after the addition of Janssen, we now have more than one viable option up front. But as I say, an extra central defender and an attacking midfielder over the summer would not do the squad any harm at all.

8 Key Dates Tottenham Fans Cannot Miss, Here’s Why

Today the Premier League fixtures for the 2016/17 were released by the Premier League, and Spurs will begin their season on the road again, this time with a trip up to Everton, and end the season again away from home against newly-promoted Hull City. We take a look at eight fixtures that could prove to be key in Tottenham’s season. All dates are subject to change. 

1) Tottenham v Liverpool- Saturday 27th August

Looking at the fixture list, this is the first real test that our Spurs side will face, three weeks into the Premier League season after a trip to Everton and a home test against Crystal Palace.

We will of course be without Mousa Demebele, who will miss the start of next season through a ban, and the game against Jurgen Klopp’s will be a good test for our stand-in midfield partnership, whoever that may be. This game will be a good indicator of how well we have actually started the new campaign.

2) Arsenal v Tottenham- Saturday 5th November

This is the big one for Spurs, the first of our two league clashes with Arsenal is at the Emirates, where we drew 1-1 last season, and perhaps should have taken all three points.

There is always a special atmosphere at North London derbies, and there is no reason why this would be any different. Spurs will be desperate to get one back on Arsenal after the Reds pipped Spurs to second place last season

3) Chelsea v Tottenham- Saturday 26th November

Spurs got the better of Chelsea last season in terms of league finishing position, but Chelsea will feel that they had the last laugh in the infamous ‘Battle Of The Bridge’, where we lost the league before our capitulation in the last two games of the season.

It is fair to say that Chelsea underperformed last season, and under new manager Antonio Conte, the Blues will be aiming high this season, providing another tough away test for Spurs in November.

4) Manchester City v Tottenham- Saturday 21st January

We have good memories of a visit to the Etihad Stadium last season with Christian Eriksen striking late to hand Spurs all three points after Harry Kane dispatched a spot-kick earlier on in the game.

City will also have a new manager at the helm next season, who has been labelled the best in the business by some. The Manchester club could prove an extremely tough team to best next season, and three points for visiting teams at the Etihad are likely to be hard to come by.

5) Leicester v Tottenham- Saturday 22nd April

Spurs and Leicester battled it out for the title last season, and this fixture next season may not have as serious implications as it would have done last term, but we could be wrong yet again.

This fixture signals the start of an extremely tough run-in where we face three very big rivals in the last four weeks, so three points here if Leicester are not as strong as last year might become a must if we are challenging for Champions League or maybe even the title.

6) Tottenham v Arsenal- Saturday 29th April

This will be the last ever North London derby at White Hart Lane before it is knocked down, and it is likely to be a very emotional affair.

Not only will the occasion be special, but being the fourth from last fixture of the season, the two rivals could be battling it out for top four spots, and could prove to be a six-pointer.

7) West Ham v Tottenham- Saturday 6th May

This will be the first fixture between the London rivals since West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium, and it seems that West Ham are always up for a game against Spurs, and this could prove to be a very tough game.

It was a 1-0 loss at Upton Park that seriously dented out Premier League title hopes, and hopefully it will not be a similar result away at West Ham that costs us dear come the end of the season.

8) Tottenham v Manchester United- Saturday 13th May

This will be the last game ever to be played at White Hart Lane, and what a great send-off it would be if we could beat Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United in our final game at the Lane.

It will be a special occasion, but the players must not get distracted as crucial points will be up for grabs, and these could be precious points for either side on the day.

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.

Player Ratings: Spurs 4-1 West Ham

You could argue that this game was one of our finest performances of the season so far, as two goals from Harry Kane helped Spurs thrash rivals West Ham at White Hart Lane. It was a fantastic, all round team performance from our boys, putting us a point behind Arsenal in fourth, and four points off Leicester at the summit of the Premier League. Who were our star performers? Well, let’s take a look at the Tottenham player ratings against West Ham.

Hugo Lloris: 6

It’s been a tough week for our captain, but he played well today, doing his duty when called upon, which in all fairness was a rarity. Lloris will be disappointed to not have kept a clean sheet, but for the other 88 minutes of the game, he was rarely tested.

Kyle Walker: 7

A relatively good outing from Walker, who managed to get on the score sheet on his 100th appearance for Spurs. The only thing of note, apart from the goal, was his mistake for the West Ham goal. Sure, it was 4-0 with a few minutes left, but he will still be kicking himself nonetheless.

Toby Alderweireld: 8

Find me another man in football who can head the ball so often in a game, and his hair remain perfect from the first minute to the last? Toby Alderweireld had a great game at the back today, as well as getting a goal for himself, and it honestly seems like whenever a ball is played into the box, he can read the future, as he is always there to clear the danger. Easily one of the buys of the summer in the Premier League.

Jan Vertonghen: 7

Once more, Jan and Toby’s love story at the back adds another chapter, with the two Belgians having stellar games for Spurs. Vertonghen was out of the limelight a bit in this game, but he still managed to keep his composure, and deal with any danger thrown at them.

Danny Rose: 7

Solid once more from Rose, who has grown into an integral part of our side, with his attacking threat and defensive work. Not much else to comment on, other than he is one of our most consistent players every week, including today.

Eric Dier: 7

His transformation to a holding midfielder was showcased to its max today, as Dier showed that he is more than capable in the middle of the park. He can break up play, start attacks, he plays the ball with poise and finesse, and he gives both attackers and defenders a safety net.

Dele Alli: 7

A great attacking threat who should have gotten a goal today, but thundered his header against the bar. A quiet game considering his recent performances, but the most important part of the game for him is that he will miss the game against Chelsea through suspension.

Christian Eriksen: 8

A great game from the Great Dane, who seems to effortlessly and silently change and dictate the game. Assisting Alderweireld, Eriksen floated around, allowing others to flourish, in a great performance once again.

Mousa Dembele: 8

Now this is the Dembele we all wanted to see for about 3 years. He bullied the West Ham players off the ball, and at one point, I thought he had glue on his boot. The man is a genius! Today, he was just magnificent to watch.

Heung-Min Son: 7

Such a bundle of energy in this game that he pressed every one at least once. Son has been a great addition to the team, and while he didn’t really have sights on goal, he certainly helped the team.

Harry Kane: 9

Two goals from the England striker, and they were goals that really showed that Kane is back to his best. Goals feel better when Kane scores them, and there is no stopping this man when he’s in this kind of form. His work off the ball is superb, and his hold up play, as well as his link up play, are amongst the best that I have ever seen in the Premier League.Kane is slowly showing he is an all round striker, topped off with the fact that he’s one of our own!