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Kane trumps Adebayor as North London Derby top scorer

Tottenham Hotspur may only have picked up a point from Saturday’s North London derby against Arsenal but Harry Kane managed to create history.

The Englishman converted a second-half spot-kick to cancel out Aaron Ramsey’s opener at Wembley to share the spoils.

However, that singular strike not only earned his club a point but ensured he becomes the new goal king of the fixture.

Saturday’s strike was the Englishman’s ninth goal in only his ninth match against the Gunners in the competition to climb as the derby all-time goalscorer.

What that means is that he overtakes Emmanuel Adebayor in the rankings and is now four ahead of Gareth Bale as Spurs’ top scorer in this fixture.

More impressively, though, no player has broken Arsenal hearts like Kane in the competition in equivalent game ratio.

Wayne Rooney and Robbie Fowler are the only players to have managed more against the Gunners, albeit from significantly more matches.

The ex-Manchester United skipper plundered 12 goals against Arsenal from 29 matches, while Fowler struck 18 in 19 games.

Kane’s penalty, though, was his fourth scored against Arsenal and the 18th converted in this fixture.

Here’s to many, many more.

Whilst this individual accolade is great, Tottenham and their fans will be more concerned about how the team have performed collectively since Kane has returned to fitness.

Following the loss against Burnley, and an uninspiring performance against Arsenal, Spurs could yet be sucked into a top four race, something that appeared unthinkable just a couple of weeks ago.

Kane needs to keep scoring, but Pochettino must find a way for the whole team to perform when the England captain is leading the line.

Burnley defeat signals end of title hopes for Spurs

If there was any lesson from Mauricio Pochettino’s angry exchange with referee Mike Dean after a damaging defeat at Burnley, it was a sign that Tottenham’s Premier League title hopes were over.

Spurs stay in third place, but six points behind Liverpool who shared the spoils with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

 It was understandable why the Argentine reacted in that unusual manner. Most decisions went against his team including a corner that led to Burnley’s opener.

A remorseful Pochettino later said he had “crossed the line” and would “maybe” apologise to Dean.

But the damage had already been done.

Chris Wood opened the scoring for the hosts early in the second half, rising high to head home Dwight McNeil’s inswinging corner – his fourth goal in as many games.

Harry Kane, who was making his first appearance since January, restored parity, latching on to Danny Rose’s quick throw before Ashley Barnes tapped in Burnley’s winner late on.

Burnley rise to 14th and are now six points clear of the relegation places.

But at Turf Moor Spurs came unstuck, as Ashley Barnes netted a late winner after Kane had cancelled out Chris Wood’s opener.

Pochettino has been criticised for failing to bring any silverware to North London and it looks like the wait will continue.

The pressure will definitively mount should Spurs continue to fall away from the league leaders and into a top four battle.

Kane was left utterly disappointed by the outcome.

“It’s very disappointing,” Kane told Spurs’ official website. “It was one of those games, a tough battle, a dry pitch, we know how Burnley play, especially at home and it was physical.

“We did well to get back into it at 1-1, but we couldn’t find the next level to push on and get the win and then, unfortunately, we conceded again.”

Kane’s frustration is clear. Manchester City and Liverpool, Spurs’ title rivals have shown more consistency.

Should the Lilywhites fail to get their act together, then the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and United may ultimately beat them to top four and leave many of the clubs top players long term futures in doubt.

Despite making huge improvements in recent seasons, Spurs fans have seen their team ultimately crumble when it matters in the Premier League in the last few years. Pochettino’s biggest regret must be not tipping Leicester City to the title a few seasons ago.

It looks like this season will be the latest near miss for the club in terms of winning the league.

Spurs stutter against Rochdale in FA Cup outing

When Tottenham drew League One strugglers Rochdale in the FA Cup fifth round, massacre was expected.

Spurs, a seasoned Premier League club and enjoying a fine run of form across all competitions, on paper, should have made easy work of Rochdale.

Spurs are third in the countries elite competition, only behind Manchester City and Liverpool and only recently thrashed Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

However, when they faced England’s lowest-ranked third-tier team, that counted for nothing.

This is the FA Cup and Rochdale earned a 2-2 draw.

Tottenham seemed to be heading to the quarterfinals after Harry Kane’s late penalty but fellow substitute Davies fired home to share the spoils at Spotland.

Rochdale began with intent, rewarded by Ian Henderson on the stroke of halftime.

Spurs, who also needed a replay to get past fourth-tier Newport in the previous round, dominated the second half.

On the hour mark, that dominance paid off with Lucas Moura restoring parity.

Kane and Davies added one apiece as Rochdale will now look forward to a money-spinning replay at Wembley.

Swansea City or Sheffield Wednesday awaits the winners in the quarter-finals.

Tottenham need to take this competition seriously as the club attempts to end a seriously long trophy drought.

Whilst Pochettino is keen to win the Premier League, an FA Cup is certainly a more realistic achievement at this stage for the club.

With the likes of Harry Kane attracting transfer interest from Europe’s best clubs, winning trophies of any kind will surely go some way to helping the club retain this calibre of player.

It feels like the club are at a crucial stage of their development and now is the time to win a trophy. Hopefully Spurs can get the job done comfortably in the replay and go on to win the whole competition.

Dembele opens up on why he left Spurs

Belgium international Mousa Dembele has revealed why he opted to leave Tottenham for Guangzhou R&F last month.

Dembele, 31, spent nearly seven remarkable years in North London, endearing his way to the faithful with impressive performances.

He wasn’t the most-skilful, strongest or technically gifted middlemen around.

 But the 31-year-old’s hard work, dedication and humility won him admirers even beyond London.

Dembele featured 250 times for Spurs, hitting the net 11 times.

His decision to swap an utterly competitive Premier League for the Chinese League came as a huge surprise.

While there were speculations that he moved for the money, Dembele has suggested that it was all about a new challenge.

He said as quoted by Sky Sports that: “I wanted to have a different experience in life. I heard already there is good food in Guangzhou. I will try this a lot. I think my family will enjoy it as well here.”

Dembele joined Spurs from Fulham for £15 million but left for less than that fee to Asia.

It isn’t surprising. The Belgian struggled with varying degrees of injury this season. He started just seven league games, the last was over two months ago.

Pochettino wasn’t so keen to allow the 31-year-old to depart last summer but didn’t ignore the last approach.

Dembele began his career at defunct Belgian side, Beerschot A.C in 2003 before moving to the Netherlands.

His first stop was Willem II in 2005 then AZ just one year later.

It was there he developed into an elite midfielder in four years, racking over a century of appearances with 24 goals.

Dembele is unlikely to make many headlines in Europe following his move to China, but I’m sure the player will impress his new fans with his incredible technical ability.

Pochettino speaks out after Spurs fail to sign anyone

The transfer window has come and gone. Like in previous window’s, Tottenham Hotspur are reeling over inactivity in the market.

For the second successive window, Spurs were unable to make any kind of reinforcement to their squad despite obvious deficiences.

Lucas Moura was the club’s last addition to Pochettino’s squad from Paris Saint Germain over a year ago.

The Lilywhites lost two players in the window; Georges-Kevin Nkoudou to AS Monaco and Mousa Dembele who moved to China.

The expectation was that Spurs would bring in some fresh legs to at least replace the duo that left, especially Dembele who has been an influential part of Pochettino’s team in recent years.

Pochettino has been left disappointed with another inactive month in the market, especially with his side in an injury crisis of some sort.

The Argentinean has always preferred to stay muted over questions about funds available to him but revealed his frustration this time when quizzed ahead of Spurs’ home game with Newcastle United on Saturday.

“I wanted to strengthen the squad but, if we cannot sign anyone, I need to stick with the pressure of the club.” He said as quoted by Goal.

“I am disappointed because we are in a very good position and maybe, with a little more help, we could not have an excuse not to be a real contender. But we are in a very good position and we will fight until the end to be as high as we can.”

Spurs are without three first-team players ahead of a busy February.

Harry Kane, Ben Davies and Dele Alli are ruled out due to ankle, groin and hamstring injuries.

Moura, too, isn’t fully fit after picking up a knock last month.

Tottenham are in the race for the Premier League, trailing Manchester City and Liverpool.

The Lilywhites have a tough Champions League last 16 clash with Borussia Dortmund on the cards and their participation in numerous competitions could see an already thin squad stretched to beyond their means.

Tottenham fans will be gutted if, at the end of the season, their team falls just short of the title once again and will wonder what could have been, if only the club added some fresh faces in January.

Spurs plot summer move for midfielder

Tottenham are reportedly plotting a summer move for Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler, according to Mirror.

Mauricio Pochettino is eager to add a new face to his squad having failed to do so in the last two windows.

Lucas Moura was the club’s last addition joining from Paris Saint-Germain during the 2018 winter window.

Spurs’ lack of activity in the market place is increasingly putting Pochettino under pressure, especially after Mousa Dembele left for China.

The Argentine manager is seeking a replacement in midfield and young Soler is an option.

According to the Mirror, the Lilywhites are ready to cough up £30million for the 22-year-old.

However, the English side faces huge competition landing the promising central midfielder with Paris Saint Germain also keen.

Soler is largely unknown in England but his stock is rising fast in Spain.

Manchester United fans will remember the player who scored in Valencia’s 2-1 Champions League win against Manchester United at La Mestalla in December.

Soler loves to storm forward to produce a moment of magic.

The 22-year-old has done so twice in 28 games in all competitions this season but also created six assists for the club.

Born in Valencia, Soler is yet to be capped by Spain but has represented his nation at several youth levels.

Quick and direct, he is fond of roaming the midfield waiting to be picked out with a pass.

As soon he receives the ball, he drives into the heart of the opposition, using his deft touches and good vision to push forward Valencia’s forays into attacking areas.

Soler could prove to be a good replacement for Dembele.

The Belgian international will be playing in China soon and so Spurs will be missing some technical ability in the heart of midfield and Soler could fill that void.

One thing that is for sure is that the club need to invest in new players or they risk being left behind by their title rivals. Both Manchester City and Liverpool have invested in already very strong squads in recent windows, as they continually look to improve.

How many games Son will miss for Tottenham

The 2019 Asian Cup comes at the worst possible moment for Tottenham Hotspur. The North London club are competing on four fronts. They are very much still in the Premier League race, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and a Champions League last-16 tie with Borussia Dortmund in February.

Without the attacking luxury of their top rivals, Mauricio Pochettino tries to make maximum use of his squad. However, the expected departure of Son Heung-min would further reduce his offensive options. But how long will the skilful playmaker be away with his South Korean team in Saudi Arabia?

The tournament runs for almost one month from January 5 to February 1. The number of games the 26-year-old will miss exactly depends entirely on how well his nation fare at the continental tournament.

South Korea is drawn in Group C alongside China, Philippines and Kyrgyzstan. Son missed his country’s first match against the Philippines as he helped Spurs to a 1-0 win over Chelsea in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final, but he will be available for their upcoming group matches.

In the situation whereby Korea reach the final, Son could miss as many as five games in what is a crucial period for Pochettino’s charges.

“It’s not easy for me to leave the team at this important time,” Son told Sky Sports. “I feel very sad and sorry but I want to win this game and go with confidence to Dubai.”

Son’s final game is the Premier League clash with Manchester United. After that, he will miss the trip to Fulham on January 20. Even without the Korean, Spurs have enough manpower to defeat the struggling side.

Should they reach the quarter-final, the 26-year-old will be absent for the decisive second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea and, most perhaps, the FA Cup fourth-round tie with Crystal Palace.

Son will be ruled out of Spurs’ league game at home to Watford if his nation crosses to the semis.

A place in the final of the Asian Cup for South Korea will rule the forward out of the Premier League encounter with Newcastle United.

However, Son is not only the Premier League star who will be competing at the competition and thus potentially missing a sizeable football.

Newcastle United will be without Ki Sung-Yeung, who is Son’s teammate, and Yoshinori Muto, who has been called up by Japan.

Brighton will be without Matt Ryan and Alireza Jahanbakhsh representing Australia and Iran respectively.

Spurs draw first blood over Chelsea in League Cup

Tottenham Hotspur edged closer to a first title in over a decade with a slim 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Wembley.

The Lilywhites have not won a silverware of any kind since clinching the EFL Cup in 2008.

Harry Kane’s first-half penalty gave Spurs a slender advantage ahead of the return leg at Stamford Bridge.

Referee Michael Oliver awarded the 26th-minute spot-kick after thorough consultation with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for offside and keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s foul on the England skipper.

Both sides were guilty of squandering chances in a strongly fought contest.

Maurizio Sarri will be confident of turning things around in a fortnight on Thursday, 24 January after encouraging signs in the match, though.

The Blues struck the woodwork twice in the first half through N’Golo Kante and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Chelsea faithful will be hoping they don’t ruin those missed chances in the corresponding fixture.

Andreas Christensen also missed a glaring opportunity from six yards after the break while Arrizabalaga produced a fine save from Kane as this semi-final remains in the balance.

The victory means Tottenham have won three successive games against Chelsea in all competitions for the first time since a run of five between March 1961 and September 1963.

The Blues, meanwhile, have failed to return from their last three trips to Wembley triumphantly.

Both sides are aiming to catch Liverpool – the record champions with eight.

Spurs have won the accolade four times and finished as runner-up the same number of time.

Chelsea, on the other hand, has one more than their London neighbours but one less second-place.

Kane and Southgate rightly receive World Cup recognition

Football may not have returned home but the Three Lions’ remarkable run in Russia hasn’t gone unnoticed.

 A young England team, led by Garry Southgate reached the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in style.

The unheralded Three Lions impressed at the Mundial – the closest the British nation have had to that famous all-conquering winning side in 1966.

In recognition of that superb campaign, Southgate and his skipper Harry Kane were rewarded by the royal family.

While the manager received an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the New Year Honours list for 2019, Kane got MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).

Southgate, who took over as permanent manager in November 2016 masterminded their first foray into the last four in 28 years.

Kane, meanwhile, struck six times to clinch the tournament’s Golden Boot.

“It’s quite surreal, really,” the 25-year-old said as quoted by Goal. “It’s been a great year for club and country. It’s hard to put into words really,” the Spurs striker said.

“I’m very passionate about our country, very patriotic and going back to England, it shows how good the summer was for the whole nation, not just from my point of view, but what it did bringing everyone together.”

Other footballers to be awarded honours include Rangers and Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley, who is made an MBE, while former Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg, who survived the Munich air disaster in 1958, is awarded an OBE.

Former Arsenal and Football Association chairman David Dein picks an MBE while there is a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for outgoing Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.

Elsewhere Ex-West Ham striker and current Show Racism The Red Card vice-president Leroy Rosenior was also handed an MBE for services to tackling discrimination in sport.

Kane Signs New Deal: A Contract of Huge Significance

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On Friday, Tottenham broke the news that star striker Harry Kane signed a new and improved contract at White Hart Lane, tying the striker down until 2024 at least. The news not only confirms that the Englishman will not be moving on to pastures new this summer, it also indicates something extremely significant.

Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy didn’t negotiate some of the most impressive deals in football without being stubborn and standing his ground. Widely renowned for being one of the worst people to deal with off the field, Levy has often taken the same, stubborn approach to internal matters, especially when it comes to the subject of player wages.

Smaller basic wages, boosted by sizeable performance-related bonuses, in theory, seems like a sensible way of paying the modern footballer, especially when you consider the fact that some players struggle to find motivation nowadays, as hard as that is to believe. Despite this, Spurs are one of the few clubs to adopt this strategy, and please note that the performance-related incentives are thought to be quite tasty in North London.

The wage structure at Tottenham has been a hot topic for discussion in the past year, and not only amongst fans. Danny Rose openly criticised the wage structure at the start of last season, who was thought to be earning £65,000-per-week at the time. Hugo Lloris was the top earner with £120,000 (including bonuses), followed by Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen on £100,000-per-week. Surprisingly, Moussa Sissoko was reported to be on £95,000-per-week (what?!!). The question of how Tottenham would keep hold of their best players with such a wage structure was presented to Daniel Levy on many occasions. Bonuses appeared to be the answer to a searching question.

Kane’s new deal will see him trouser £200,000-per-week including bonuses, destroying the wage structure that was in place at Spurs just a few days ago. The catalyst for change is the man behind Spurs’ recent Premier League success, Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine held crunch talks with Chairman Levy following the conclusion of the Premier League season, and these have seemed to have had the desired effect. The former Saints boss has emerged with a new contract for himself, the dismissal of the old wage structure, and an increased transfer budget of £200m for this summer. With negotiation skills like that, you would be forgiven for believing that Pochettino was in line to succeed Daniel Levy as Chairman at Tottenham Hotspur.

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The new contract for Harry Kane could be a historic moment in the history of Tottenham Hotspur. The start of a new era. The end of an era where Tottenham couldn’t financially compete with the rest of the big six, an era where Tottenham built up a reputation for selling their best players and an era plagued with mediocrity, although this has changed in recent years. Next season, Tottenham move into a world class 61,000- seater stadium, and it seems that Daniel Levy is taking significant steps to transform Spurs into a consistent title-challenging side. Therefore, don’t be surprised if we see new contracts over the summer for the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, and don’t be too shocked if Spurs were to make a couple of big-money signings before the season starts on 11th August.

This report shows the Tottenham player’s wages – though we are not sure how accurate they are, they are certainly interesting and worth a look.