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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.

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.

‘Phenominal’ Spurs Fans Heap Praise Onto This Man After FA Cup Win Over Fulham

Spurs marched on into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a convincing 3-0 win over Championship Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday afternoon.

The Lilywhites were the stronger of the two from the start of the contest, Christian Eriksen testing Bettinelli in the Fulham goal early on with a left-footed toe-poke. Spurs continued to dominate, and it wasn’t long before they took the lead. Kieran Trippier’s quick thinking from a throw in gave Eriksen the ball down the right, he then whipped a ball into the box that Harry Kane was able to turn into the back of the net from close range.

Michel Vorm very nearly gifted Fulham an equaliser when his pass went astray, but was able to recover and make a save from Tom Cairney’s effort to keep Mauricio Pochettino’s side in front. That aside, Spurs were the dominant force in the first period, and should have extended their lead before the break.

The Spurs advantage was doubled just five minutes into the second half as Eriksen and Kane combined once again. The Dane whipped another ball into the box from the right, and Kane got on the end of it again to consolidate Tottenham’s lead.

The win was sealed seventeen minutes from time when Dele Alli slid a ball through to the onside Harry Kane, who finished strongly past Bettinelli to secure Spurs’ spot in the draw for the FA Cup sixth round, where a date with Millwall at White Hart Lane awaits.

Christian Eriksen was one of the Spurs players to impress in the FA Cup win at Fulham. He provided two assists for Harry Kane’s first two goals, as well as playing a clever pass to Alli in the build-up for the third. It was a much better display from Eriksen on Sunday, and here is how Spurs fans reacted to his showing in the 3-0 win.

Eriksen has been inconsistent at times this season, and has not been at his best recently, but looked somewhere back to his best here. His crosses into Kane for two of the goals were sublime, especially the second, similar to the pair that found Dele Alli in the win over Chelsea at the start of the year.

However, one area for concern will be the Dane’s form on set pieces. It has recently been pointed out that Eriksen has not scored a free-kick in over 500 days, and his set pieces were under-par again today. Despite this, it was a very satisfying performance to watch from Eriksen.

Two Up Front: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Liverpool

Spurs travel to Anfield looking to close the gap on Premier League table-toppers Chelsea to six points, with Antonio Conte’s side not playing until Sunday. 

In terms of team news, Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela are still out with long-term injuries, while news on Danny Rose is positive, but he will not be available for this one. However, Kieran Trippier may just recover in time to make the squad at Anfield. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Liverpool.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Bar his couple of howlers against Manchester City a couple of weeks ago, Lloris has been excellent this season, and might have to be exactly that if Spurs are to win at Anfield.

RB: Kyle Walker

He might not get forward as much in this game as he would like to, but he has been so solid defensively this season I back him to deal with any threat coming down the Spurs right.

CB: Eric Dier

With Jan Vertonghen out, it will be up to Dier to partner Toby Alderweireld at the back once again at the heart of the defence. This has been a successful partnership thus far, and I can’t see any reason why that would change now.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

A real leader at the back, and he will an important figure for Tottenham as the defence looks to keep a clean sheet at Anfield on Saturday.

LB: Ben Davies

Will be standing in for the injured Danny Rose on Saturday. He might not offer quite the same attacking pace as Rose, but he more than makes up for that with his defensive skills. A more than capable deputy to cope with the challenge that Liverpool present.