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Spurs Could Make Bid For Quality Premier League Midfielder, Will They Land Their Man?

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has reportedly turned down a move to China that could have earned the midfielder around a staggering £430,000-per-week. 

The reason he turned down the big money move to the Chinese Super League is because Toure values the standard of football more than he does the money. Hearing that from a Premier League player is promising, and we hope that no others are tempted by a move to China in the next few transfer windows, although it seems like Diego Costa might be tempted.

Some of you might ask the question, why is Yaya Toure being linked with a move away from Manchester City so soon after rejecting this big money move to China. Well, as the Metro report, the Ivorian could be heading into his last few months at the Etihad Stadium. This is due to the fact that Pep Guardiola is thought to not be keen on the idea of renewing Toure’s contract at the end of the season.

The Metro have been rating each of the top six’s chances of signing the midfielder over the summer transfer window, and they claim that Spurs have a ‘2 out of 5’ chance of making an offer for the 33-year-old come the end of the season.

Toure has made ten league appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side after resolving an off the field issue earlier on this campaign, and seems to be enjoying his football. The midfielder has scored on three occasions this season and despite recording no assists, Toure has created nine chances and made nine key passes this term.

Guardiola and Toure himself will have been less than impressed with his performance on Sunday afternoon as Manchester City fell to a 4-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park. At 33 years of age, you would have to question whether Toure would be able to perform consistently at a high level for Spurs.

Will Spurs go for Toure over the summer?

If you look at the midfielders currently is Spurs’ squad, they are pretty well covered with the starting pair of Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele backed up by Harry Winks and Eric Dier. Four defensive midfielders would seem reasonable for rotational purposes and for injuries. However, with Pochettino now switching to a back three, Eric Dier now drops in at the back, leaving Spurs with just Harry Winks as backup in the midfield.

With this formation change that Mauricio Pochettino has implemented into the side, Spurs might want to look at additional backup in the defensive midfield either now or in the summer, even more so after selling Tom Carroll to Swansea.

Despite turning down a massive move to China, Yaya Toure’s wages are still pretty sizeable. Taking this into account, along with his age, I think that Spurs will look elsewhere for defensive midfield cover, perhaps targeting a younger player to slot into the squad.

Nine Changes: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face West Brom

Spurs return to Premier League action against West Brom on Saturday in the lunchtime 12:30 kickoff. The Lilywhites can momentarily go to within four points of leaders and into second with a win at White Hart Lane. 

Erik Lamela remains Mauricio Pochettino’s only injury concern, who has returned to Rome to complete his recovery from a hip injury. Here is the Spurs 3-4-2-1 predicted line-up to face West Brom.

GK: Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman has been solid in between the sticks for the entirety of this season, and there is no reason why he will not start on Saturday against West Brom.

CB: Eric Dier

Dier is one of the most versatile players I have seen at Spurs in a long time. Once upon a time, he used to play right-back. Now he can play as a centre-back or as defensive midfielder. He can do a job almost anywhere on the pitch. He should start in a back three here.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Alderweireld was one of the players to start both against Chelsea and Aston Villa. He was taken off after seventy minutes last week after another strong showing. He should start in the middle of the back three here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

The back three consisting of Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Dier was really effective against Chelsea in the 2-0 win, and I trust that Pochettino will stick with the same back three for this return to Premier League action.

RWB: Kyle Walker

Both Manchester City and Manchester United have linked with moves for Walker and Rose. Personally I can’t see this happening. Both are in terrific form at Spurs, they are happy as far as we can see. Despite the fairly small amount of speculation, he should start against West Brom.

LWB: Danny Rose

The competitiveness in the squad has clearly benefited both Rose and Walker, but Rose is in the form of his life. He is much more dangerous going forward in this wing-back role, and Walker is too. The two should start on Saturday.

Vincent Janssen: Where Has It All Gone Wrong?

Vincent Janssen arrived from AZ Alkmaar in the summer for a fee of £17m with high hopes of succeeding in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur. To say things haven’t gone to plan so far would be an understatement…

The Dutchman looked impressive in pre-season and in the early stages of this season, but has failed to get any momentum going, not to mention that Janssen has failed to score a goal from open play in a Spurs shirt.

It all started off so well for the 22-year-old. A goal against Inter Milan in a friendly was a good start to his Spurs carrerr, but I was really impressed with what I saw from Janssen in the opening game of the season at Goodison Park. Spurs were 1-0 down and playing some of the worst football I had seen them play in a long time. That was until Janssen entered the pitch off the bench.

The striker held the ball up unbelievably well, and from the moment he came on, Spurs looked a completely different side, knocking the ball around with a bit of confidence. Soon after the substitution, Spurs were level through an Erik Lamela header and it was a completely different game. Janssen had changed the game coming off the bench. He did in fact have a chance to score a Premier League debut goal and secure all three points, but saw his close range shot saved.

Janssen looked equally as impressive in the game against Crystal Palace. He played in a two up front with Harry Kane, and held the ball up well once again and put in a strong performance. The only thing missing from what was a good display was a goal, missing a good chance when played through by Dele Alli.

The 22-year-old Spurs striker did not seem to be too fazed by the two misses early on in the season, but it is worth noting that apart from the Liverpool game after the Palace win, we have rarely seen the striking partnership of Kane and Janssen, which I think is the key to unlocking all of the Dutchman’s potential.

August was a good month for Janssen, and I am sure that I joined many Spurs fans in thinking it would be a matter of time before the Dutch international bagged his first goal in a Spurs shirt. We would be right in the sense that Janssen would go on to net against Gillingham in the EFL Cup, but it was from the penalty spot as the wait went on for a first goal from open play.

The longer that wait has gone on, the more Janssen’s confidence has dropped. His first team minutes have been limited too, also knocking his confidence. Despite Janssen going on to score from the penalty spot in games against Leicester and Liverpool, we are still yet to see the first goal from open play.

In the game on Sunday against Aston Villa, we saw the definition of a striker extremely low on confidence. Although the goals were not flooding in early on in the season, Janssen’s hold up play appeared to be strong and he could lay a good ball off or in behind the defence. Now, even that has gone. The Dutchman now takes way too long on the ball to make a decision, and his movement around defenders is nowhere near good enough.

He seems afraid to make runs in behind, just in case he misses the eventual chance that may fall his way. There is a huge difference between being out of form and being low on confidence. When Harry Kane is out of form, he may not score, but he gets himself into positions to score. That is the difference, and this mental block that Janssen has is something that he must overcome, and fast.

I for one am surprised that Janssen hasn’t kicked on after an impressive string of performances early on in the season. The problem with the 22-year-old is that his confidence is so low it is unbelievable. This is something that Mauricio Pochettino must work with the Dutchman on and show him his full backing to get him back to top form. Confidence is the only problem for Janssen. He has all of the skills to succeed to succeed in English football, and the quicker he can get over this mental block on the football pitch, the better.

3 Premier League Strikers Pochettino Must Target This Month

Vincent Janssen’s struggles at Spurs since his summer move have been there for all to see. The Dutchman has failed to score from open play in a Spurs shirt, and you have to question whether he can provide decent enough backup for Harry Kane. Here are three Premier League strikers Spurs should target to backup Kane in the second half of the season.

1) Jermain Defoe

We have already this transfer window seen bids rejected for Defoe, and Sunderland manager David Moyes say that the striker will not be leaving the club this month.

However, would a move back to Spurs be enough to tempt the Englishman back to White Hart Lane? Spurs certainly have the money to make the move happen, and getting a deal agreed in the next couple of weeks would still leave the North East struggles with a little bit of time to get in some reinforcements in this window.

Having previously been at Spurs, Defoe already knows the club inside out, and would need next to no time settling in. Harry Kane needs backup, and Tottenham would need it fast if there were to be an injury to Kane. Why we let Defoe go in the first place I do not know, but he still a consistent goalscorer, and he would be a perfect signing for Spurs in this January transfer window to compensate for Vincent Janssen’s striking struggles.

‘Hope He Never Plays Again’ Spurs Fans Slam This Man Following Aston Villa Victory

Spurs booked their place in the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa at White Hart Lane, in what was an extremely uninspiring performance from the Lilywhites.

The first 45 minutes were up there with the worst halves of football I have ever seen as Villa seemed content to sit back and absorb any Spurs pressure that came there way. It was boring and dull, but effective for the visitors, who limited the hosts to few chances in the first period.

The game started to open up a bit in the second period as Villa started to play a little bit more positively. The game was also livened up with the introduction of the in-form Dele Alli in place of struggling striker Vincent Janssen on the hour mark. Spurs started to look better going forward, and just 51 seconds after coming on, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou was involved in the opening goal.

He received the ball from Dele Alli on the left, and whipped in a low cross that was behind Ben Davies, who managed to turn the ball into the back of the net to give Tottenham the lead.

The Lilywhites looked comfortable after the goal, and they doubled their lead nine minutes later. Heung-min Son with a tidy finish ten minutes from time to send Spurs into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

One player who disappointed yet again for Tottenham was front man Vincent Janssen. He struggled to get involved once again. He didn’t make the right runs, and whenever he did get the ball, he was slow to make decisions, losing possession more often than not. In the first half alone, the Dutchman was dispossessed seven times. Yes. Seven.

The 22-year-old summer signing’s search for his first goal from open play for Spurs goes on. While some remain paitent, others are labelling the striker Spurs’ worst ever player and calling for him to be sold in this January transfer window. Here is how Spurs fans reacted to Janssen’s display against Aston Villa.

Onomah Starts, 9 Changes: Tottenham Team News & Predicted Line-Up To Face Villa

Spurs kick off their FA Cup campaign for this season with a home tie against Aston Villa. Spurs come into this game in good form, having won their last five in all competitions. 

Mauricio Pochettino has no fresh injury concerns ahead of this one. Erik Lamela is still out with a hip injury, which he has flown back to Rome for further treatment on. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Villa.

GK: Michel Vorm

For rotational purposes, I think that Vorm will start here for Spurs in between the sticks. He filled in well when Lloris was injured at the start of the season, and deserves a chance to impress here.

RB: Kieran Trippier

The right-back was on fire against Watford. He was the creator of the first and second goals from a wing-back position. The cross for the second was exquisite, and I think he will start again here.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

We have heard reports that Kevin Wimmer will not be going out on loan over the January transfer window, and with any potential loan move off, I expect Wimmer to feature in the starting line-up against Villa.

CB: Cameron Carter-Vickers

Although many fans feel the FA Cup should be valued just as much as the Premier League, it is also a chance to rotate the squad and play some of the youngsters. I was impressed with Carter-Vickers in the EFL Cup against Gillingham, and I look forward to a similar performance here.

LB: Ben Davies

We have not seen too much of Ben Davies recently, apart from a cameo role against Watford so Danny Rose could be rested for the Chelsea game. I think he will play from the start here.

3 Spurs Players That Need To Secure Loan Moves Away From The Club This Month

Spurs are unlikely to make a huge number of additions to the squad over the January transfer window, but here are three players that would benefit from loan moves away from Spurs this month. 

1) Georges-Kevin N’Koudou

The summer signing has obviously failed to impress Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino since his deadline day arrival, and has played just over 30 minutes of Premier League this season.

The winger arrived from Marseille for a reported £11m on deadline day, with a good reputation and high hopes of making a big difference for Spurs in the first half of this Premier League season. But playing just over half an hour of league football has not helped the Frenchman progress.

N’Koudou did play in the 2-1 away defeat in the EFL Cup against Liverpool at Anfield, slipped in the build-up to the first Liverpool goal, and didn’t have too much of an impact in what was a disappointing display for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Playing time in English football is probably just what N’Koudou needs. Providing he has overcome the language barrier he faced when he first came to England, then a move away from Spurs on loan might be beneficial if he can get the playing time.

We have heard that N’Koudou is a very fast left winger that can torment and beat defenders for fun on his day, but we are yet to see anything of the kind from the Frenchman as yet. A move away temporarily might be just what he needs to progress.

Pochettino Still ‘Unsure’ As To When Spurs Star Will Return From Injury

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he does not know when winger Erik Lamela will return from injury, the same injury that has kept the Argentinian out since October. 

Lamela last featured for Spurs in the 2-1 EFL Cup defeat at Anfield, and it has been a hip injury that has kept him out of action for a couple of months now. Pochettino had previously said that the injury was minor and that Lamela’s recovery time should have been a few weeks at the most.

However, here we are in January, and it has been over two months since Lamela last played for Spurs, and fans are starting to get a little anxious as to when the winger will return from injury.

Pochettino has given an update on the fitness of Lamela, and the news is not good for Tottenham fans in the sense that the Argentinian has not responded well to the latest phase of treatment from the Spurs staff. In an attempt to find a solution Lamela’s hip injury and to get him back to full fitness, Pochettino and the Spurs staff have allowed him to return to his former club Roma for more treatment accompanied by one of the Spurs medical staff. Here is what the Spurs boss had to say about the situation as reported by The Guardian.

“Lamela has gone to Rome; he has strong links there. He believes and we believe that it’s important to change a little bit – and in his mind. He asked to finish his recovery time there and the club, us, the staff believe that that situation is right. It’s always difficult for the player who spends a lot of time [out] – more time than he believes and we believe. With the energy of the team – sometimes, he’s frustrated that he cannot be involved and today, it’s only him that is out of the group. He has a special link with a physio in Rome. And I say thank you to Roma for opening the door to him and trying to recover the player. Our staff are there with him, too.”

It is true that Lamela will probably benefit from a change of scenery, but the fact that this prolonged spell out has had the 24-year-old thinking about his long-term future will be a worry for Spurs. It is believed that the winger is starting to fell a little isolated from the squad being the only player currently injured having not taken part in training with the rest of the squad.

We hope that this trip will be beneficial to Lamela, and that we can see him back on the pitch playing for Spurs as soon as possible.

Spurs & Premier League Clubs Face Massive Fixture Pile Up, Managers Will Be Fuming

We have all heard managers moaning about the festive fixture schedule for this season, which has seen some teams play two games in the space of three days. However, according to a draft schedule drawn up by the Premier League, things could be about to get a lot worse for Premier League managers next season. 

Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp have been the main critiques of the congested festive Premier League fixture schedule, which keeps fans entertained up and down the country over the festive period. Pep Guaroiola has been other manager that has struggled to cope with the demand of the festive season.

The former Bayern Munich manager saw his side travel to Hull on Boxing Day, before making the trip to Anfield on New Year’s Eve to face Liverpool, and finishing up on 2nd January to face Burnley at home. Jurgen Klopp was very unhappy with the fact that his Liverpool side faced Manchester City on New Year’s Eve but then had to make the trip to Sunderland just a couple of days after on 2nd January.

The feeling was similar with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who repeatedly stressed that the packed fixture list was not benefiting his side in any way. The Frenchman saw his side host Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day before making the trip to Bournemouth, where his side fought back from 3-0 down to somehow rescue a point at the Vitality Stadium. Alan Curtis of Swansea and Crystal Palace’s Sam Allardyce have also been critical of the recent run of fixtures.

If Premier League managers were not impressed with this season’s schedule, they are likely to be absolutely furious with next season’s proposed schedule. If this draft fixture schedule drawn up by the Premier League is turned into the officaial fixture schedule for next season, we could see SIX matchdays played in just SEVENTEEN DAYS. That gives teams less than three days on average between games.

The BBC were the first to report this, and claim that matchdays are set to be scheduled for the following dates next campaign:

Saturday 16 December 2017
Wednesday 20 December 2017
Saturday 23 December 2017
Tuesday 26 December 2017
Saturday 30 December 2017
Monday 1 January 2018

Of course these would not ease the calls by managers for a winter break, nor would it please managers in the slightest. Clubs would have to use the full depth of their squads to cope with this busy proposed schedule, but equally this may please fans, who would see 60 Premier League games in the space of seventeen days.

These dates will not apply for all clubs however as TV selections will have a huge effect on different team’s festive fixture schedules.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has kept quiet about the piled up fixtures over the Christmas period. His side have been able to deal with this over the past couple of years. Spurs picked up seven points from three games last festive period, and the Lilywhites have managed to go one better this season and pick up nine points from nine over Christmas and New Year. Spurs and Manchester United are the only teams to have done that this season.

Premier League managers are not likely to be happy about the new fixture schedule, but what do you make of it all?

‘Unsung Hero’ Spurs Fans Heap Praise Onto This Man Following Chelsea Victory

Spurs produced one of their performances of the season on Wednesday night against the league leaders Chelsea, ending their Premier League winning run at thirteen games.

Mauricio Pochettino decided to name his starting eleven in a three at the back formation and match Antonio Conte in that respect. That tactical decision resulted in a very even game in the first half, Eden Hazard coming the closest for Chelsea in the opening stages, flashing an early effort past the post.

It was a first half of very few chances for either side, but it was Spurs who broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time. Christian Eriksen was left with acres of space on the edge of the box, and was given enough time to whip a great ball into the box. Dele Alli rose the highest in between two defenders, and turned a header beyond Thibaut Courtois to give Tottenham the lead just before the break.

Chelsea came out of the blocks fast at the start of the second half, and Eden Hazard came close again for the Blues just after the break, but headed just wide from close range. Spurs stopped the early Chelsea charge, and it was Christian Eriksen that was the provider again for Spurs. He lofted the ball into the box, and it was Dele Alli who rose the highest to put Spurs two goals to the good.

Spurs defended extremely well in the second half to see out the win and get the three points. The Lilywhites will have Victor Wanyama to thank for an excellent performance. He bossed the midfield, and along with Dembele, cancelled out the influence of Matic and Kante in the Chelsea midfield.

Wanyama won a solid 50% of his tackles in what was a hotly contested midfield battle, and hardly put a foot wrong all game. The Kenyan completed two take ons, made one interception and four clearances. Here is how Spurs fans reacted on Twitter to Wanyama’s performance.