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Spurs Eye Sensational Swoop For La Liga Duo In January

According to separate reports from the Daily Express and the Daily Mirror, Spurs are set to make exciting moves for Real Madrid duo Isco and Pepe, as Mauricio Pochettino looks to strengthen his squad over the January transfer window. 

The Daily Express report that Spanish website Okdiario claim that Spurs along with a host of Premier League clubs are interested in signing Pepe in the New Year. Spurs collapsed defensively at the end of last season, shipping nine goals in the final three games against Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle in the midst of title pain, and ended up finishing third behind bitter rivals Arsenal.

It seemed that the best defensive pair in the Premier League, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen crumbled under the pressure, and Mauricio Pochettino is keen to add experience to the defensive ranks at Spurs. In terms of experience, Pepe has been and done it all, and would be the perfect signing.

The Real Madrid star has won it all with the Spanish giants and is keen to find a new challenge, and Spurs would seem a side that have big ambitions. However, if the Lilywhites are to pull this deal off, they would have to beat Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City to his signature, who are all interested in Pepe’s services.

The Daily Mirror claim that Real Madrid midfielder Isco is unhappy with the amount of game time he is getting at the Santiago Bernabeu, and is keen on a move away from Madrid. Spurs could be ready to pounce in January as they look to land one of their long-term targets.

The Spaniard has played the full ninety minutes for Real Madrid just twice this season, and a move away would surely secure the talented playmaker more time out on the pitch. Despite making twelve appearances this season, it is thought that Isco would like to feature each and every week and for the full ninety minutes, something tat is not happening at Real Madrid.

If the Spanish international were to move to White Hart Lane in the New Year, would he slot straight into the team? That would depend on the form of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli as well as Heung-min Son. Erik Lamela will also be back soon from injury. Isco is a quality player that would fit in well at Spurs, and has shown he can make a difference at Real Madrid, providing three assists this season, creating 18 chances, making 15 key passes in his 12 La Liga appearances.

‘One Of The First Names On The Teamsheet’ Spurs Fans Praise This Man After Southampton Victory

Spurs moved into within one point of the top four with a thumping 4-1 win over Southampton at St. Mary’s with Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son getting on the scoresheet.

It was the worst possible start to the game for Tottenham after the conceded with just over a minute gone. The Saints whipped a dangerous free-kick into the box, and Virgil Van Dijk rose the highest to head into the bottom corner.

Spurs slowly grew into the game, and struck level after 19 minutes. Moussa Sissoko picked up the ball on the left-hand side, and delivered a deflected cross into the box, where Dele Alli was waiting to head into the back of the net off the post, leaving Fraser Forster with no chance.

The Lilywhites went ahead just after the break when Harry Kane headed in from a corner, and the Englishman had a chance to double Spurs’ lead soon after. Dele Alli went down in the box, and Mike Dean pointed to the spot although the original contact appeared to be outside the box. The referee also reached for his pocket and gave Nathan Redmond his marching orders for the foul. However, Harry Kane was unable to convert as his foot got caught in the turf and blazed the spot kick high over the bar.

Southampton threatened to get back into the game, but Heung-min Son gave Spurs a two goal cushion with five minutes to go. Christian Eriksen’s through ball was deflected and sent the South Korean through, and he had no problem in converting his chance to put Spurs 3-1 up.

The job was finished off just a couple of minutes later when Danny Rose made a surging run up the pitch before playing the ball to Dele Alli, who finished well into the bottom corner to secure the three points.

Although he was booed by the Southampton fans at times, it was a happy return to St. Mary’s for Victor Wanyama, who put in an excellent display during the 4-1 win. The midfielder looked solid in front of the defence, supplying the attckers well in the process, completing 92% of his passes, as well has having two shots and completing three take-ons. Here is how Spurs fans reacted to Wanyama’s display against Southampton.

Janssen Back From Injury And Starts: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Southampton

After a lengthy rest, Spurs now have three games in eight days to negotiate in a busy post-Christmas period. Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be looking to keep pace with the top four, and can do that with a win. 

Toby Alderweireld and Vincent Janssen are fit and available to play here against the Saints, while Erik Lamela is the only player missing through injury. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Southampton.

GK: Hugo Lloris

It was an early Christmas present to see that Lloris had signed a new contract with Spurs. He will surely start in between the sticks at St. Mary’s.

RB: Kyle Walker

Was included the WhoScored Premier League best eleven of 2016, and rightly so. His form has been terrific recently, and I back him to start here.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Mauricio Pochettino has said that the Belgian will return from injury and will be fit to face Southampton. He is a great defensive asset to the team, and I think he will make a return to the starting line-up here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

The partnership between Alderweireld and Vertonghen is something that money cannot buy. Our defensive record has been excellent this season, and their partnership is key to that defensive success.

LB: Danny Rose

Danny Rose has been on fire in recent weeks, proving to be a real threat down the left. He featured alongside Walker in the WhoScored team of the year, and should keep his place in the team on Wednesday night.

Strengthening: 3 Players Spurs Could Sign During The January Transfer Window

With Spurs just one point off the top four and ten points off league leaders Chelsea, Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to make signings in January, allowing his side to really push on in the second half of this high competitive Premier League season. Here are three signings he could look to make in the New Year.

1) Max Meyer

Reports have linked Tottenham with a move for Schalke star Max Meyer for a number of transfer windows, and it is no surprise to see the same rumours are appearing to surface once again ahead of the January transfer window. It is Sport Bild, a German publication that are now linking Spurs with a move for the German international.

Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs were keen to get a deal over the line in the summer for Meyer, but since an agreement hasn’t been reached, the North Londoners are interested in trying to agree a deal in the New Year. However, the report from Sport Bild suggests that Schalke will not accept any bids under £30m.

Schalke have struggled in the Bundesliga this season, and Meyer hasn’t hit the heights of previous seasons during Schalke’s struggles. Making eleven appearances this term, the German hasn’t scored a single goal, and has provided just one assist. In addition to this, Mayer has been one key passes per game, eleven in total in the league.

Comparing that to Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, those figures look poor. The Dane has managed to complete 38 key passes, contributing four assists as well as scoring five league goals. Looking at those stats, the £30m Spurs will have to pay does not look like a wise investment to me.

Report: Spurs Outcast Attracting A Lot Of Interest Ahead Of January Transfer Window- Is A Move Away Realistic?

Spurs centre-back Kevin Wimmer is attracting lots of interest from lots of clubs ahead of the January transfer window, with three clubs set to battle it out for the Austrian’s services. However, whether any moves actually materialises will be the decision of Tottenham, according to Wimmer’s agent.  

The Evening Standard claim that the three clubs interested in Wimmer are German giants Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg, while Southampton are also monitoring the centre-back’s situation at Spurs. Wimmer’s agent Jurgen Werner claims there are no plans as yet in terms of a move away in January, and the decision will be that of the club regarding Wimmer’s future.

Wimmer will have known coming into this season that he was neither first choice nor second choice centre-backs due to the presence of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. However, Wimmer have been a little disheartened to not see himself enjoy an extended run in the starting line-up as a result of Alderweireld’s knee injury.

Mauricio Pochettino chose Eric Dier to fill the void at the heart of the Spurs defence alongside Jan Vertonghen, rather than Wimmer, although we did see the Austrian form a part of a back three against Arsenal and fill in at left-back at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. Also, in the most recent back three deployed by Pochettino against Hull at White Hart Lane, Eric Dier was preferred to Kevin Wimmer.

This may have surprised Wimmer a little after he filled in so well last season when a place in the side became available due to injuries, and may be looking for more playing time, having only featured in the games against Arsenal, Chelsea and in the EFL Cup and one Champions League fixture.

Is a move away for Wimmer realistic?

It remains to be seen whether Pochettino wants to use a back three on a regular basis, and if the Argentine was to do this and injuries were to have an impact on the squad, then Wimmer of course would be needed. However, the argument remains that he is arguably the fourth-choice centre-back at the club, and below him is Cameron Carter-Vickers, do Spurs need five centre-backs?

If we think back to earlier on this season, with Wimmer signing a new deal with Spurs, would the club be willing to cash in so early on into his contract extension. Surely the club would wait until the summer. Although there is a lot of interest in the centre-back if these reports are correct, I do not think we will see Wimmer move away from Spurs in the January transfer window.

‘Outstanding Again’ Spurs Fans Label This Man ‘Best In Europe’ After Burnley Victory

Spurs made it two wins in a week with their latest victory over Burnley at White Hart Lane. Goals from Dele Alli and Danny Rose helped Spurs to get the three points against the resilient visiting side.

Tottenham were sloppy at the back, and gifted Burnley the lead midway through the first half after they failed to clear the ball despite having more than one chance to do so. Ashley Barnes was there to capitalise for the visitors, handing them their first away league goal from open play of the season.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men started the game the brighter of the two, and continued this trend despite falling behind. Kyle Walker continued his brilliant form to provide the assist for Dele Alli to fire Spurs level, just six minutes after conceding at the other end.

Tom Heaton and the Burnley defence did their best to try and stop Spurs taking the lead for the first time in the match, but the hosts found a breakthrough in the 71st minute. Substitute Moussa Sissoko, just one minute after he was controversially given a yellow card, made a surging run through midfield, played Danny Rose through, who smashed a shot into the back of the net at the front post.

Spurs would go on to see the game out, and move to within just one point of the top four after Manchester City triumphed 2-1 over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium. Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs now have ten days before making the trip down to the South coast to face Southampton on the 28th December.

Match-winner Rose was the subject of much praise from Spurs fans on Twitter after another amazing performance. The Englishman had three shots during the win, created four chances, made eleven crosses as well as completing six take-ons. Here is what Spurs had to say about Rose on Twitter post-match.

Full-backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker were both outstanding for Spurs again. Walker provided the assist for the equaliser before Rose netted the winner. As well as doing their jobs defensively, the pair are becoming a real force for Spurs in attack, and this has been highlighted in the past few weeks and the rest of the season, becoming really important parts of the side.

Alli Dropped, No Son: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Burnley

Spurs will be looking to make it two wins on the bounce as they welcome Sean Dyche’s Burnley to White Hart Lane on Sunday after beating Hull 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be looking to capitalise on any mistakes from any of the top four at the weekend, with Arsenal and Manchester City playing each other and Liverpool facing a tough trip to Everton on Monday night.

Mousa Dembele will be assessed on Saturday to determine his fitness ahead of the Burnely clash, and the same goes for Vincent Janssen. Erik Lamela is still out, but Pochettino says that he is improving every day. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Burnley.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Lloris has been in excellent form recently, and managed a clean sheet against what in all honesty was a pretty weak Hull City attack. He should start again here.

CB: Eric Dier

I think Pochettino will go with the three at the back formation again due to its success on Wednesday night. He filled in well on Wednesday, but did have to be reminded of his position by Toby Alderweireld sometimes.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Spurs have conceded just the one goal since Toby has been back. He brings that solidity to the Spurs back line, and should keep his place in the line-up here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Much the same as Alderweireld, Jan looked very solid on Wednesday against Hull, and we hope for much more of the same against Burnley on Sunday afternoon.

RWB: Kyle Walker

Walker is in the form of his life, and provided another assist in midweek, making five chances in the process, more than anybody on the pitch. He relishes the role higher up the pitch and could play there once again here.

LWB: Danny Rose

Rose also bagged an assist on Wedneday, and was a constant threat going down the Spurs left. He makes some strong runs on and off the ball, causing all kinds of trouble for defences. He should also start as a wing-back here on the opposite side to Walker.

‘Best In The League’ Spurs Fans Delighted With Defender’s Display vs. Hull City

Spurs eased to a 3-0 victory over Hull in the Premier League at White Hart Lane thanks to a brace from the in-form Christian Eriksen, and a goal from Victor Wanyama.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men were in control from the very start of the game, and found the breakthrough just eleven minutes into the game. Danny Rose made an excellent run from his wing-back position and played the ball square to Eriksen, who was there to finish into the roof of the net. In the build-up to that goal, Spurs played a total of 30 passes, in what was an excellent team goal.

One of the wing-backs was again involved for the second goal. Kyle Walker was played in behind by Eric Dier, and Walker used his strength to retain the ball before firing a low ball across goal for Eriksen to tap in. Spurs added a third when Eriksen’s free-kick was looked goal-bound, but his shot was saved, but Wanyama was there to smash the ball home on the follow up.

One player that stood out for Spurs was right wing-back Kyle Walker. The Englishman continued to bomb down the right wing as night long, and provided the assist for the second goal. He has now has three assists for the season, which is more than Mesut Ozil. Walker created five chances in the 3-0 win, which was more than anybody else on the pitch. Here is how Spurs fans reacted to sublime performances from Kyle Walker as well as Danny Rose.

Mauricio Pochettino fielded a team that played in a 3-4-2-1 system, and you have to say, against a team like Hull, you can afford for your wing-backs to push up, but whether this system will be used in the next few weeks remains to be seen. However, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker both provided great assists in their wing-back roles and were extremely instrumental in the 3-0 win.

Sissoko Starts: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Hull City

Spurs fell to just their second defeat of the season on Sunday at Old Trafford, and Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for a quick and strong response when his Tottenham side come up against Hull City on Wednesday night. 

Mousa Dembele is out with a foot injury that he picked up on Sunday, whilst Vincent Janssen is also missing through injury. Erik Lamela has returned from Argentina, but is unlikely to be fit for this game. Here is our Spurs predicted line-up to face Hull.

GK: Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman made a couple of good stops at Old Trafford to keep us in the game on Sunday, and I have no doubt that he will start against Hull City on Wednesday night.

RB: Kyle Walker

I thought Walker did a really good job in keeping Anthony Martial quiet on Sunday, who can be really dangerous on his day, and I think that Walker will keep his place in the starting eleven here.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

It was excellent to see Toby return from injury at the weekend for his first full ninety minutes, and I thought he had a solid game, and will keep his partnership with Jan Vertonghen at the back once again for this game.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

The Belgian has really stepped up in recent weeks, and has played really well at the back, keeping up Spurs’ excellent defensive record in the Premier League. He should start here.

LB: Danny Rose

Rose had his hands full on Sunday afternoon against Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and although he scored, Rose couldn’t have possibly got anywhere near the Armenian after Harry Kane gave the ball away in midfield. He should keep his place.

Lloris Contract Talks Stalling: 3 Potential Replacements For The French Stopper

Reports have suggested that Tottenham are struggling to get star goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to sign a new contract at White Hart Lane, with the Sunday Mirror claiming last week that the Frenchman’s fear that Spurs are unable to win trophies is preventing him from putting pen to paper.

1) Jordan Pickford

The Sunderland goalkeeper has been in terrific form of late, and has attracted the interest of Spurs after a string of impressive performances in between the sticks for David Moyes’ side.

The Englishman has been called up recently to the England squad as a result of his terrific form, and has kept Sunderland in many games in the Premier League this season, making a number of key saves to keep Sunderland off the foot of the league.

Pickford has kept just the one clean sheet this term against Hull at the Stadium of Light, but considering the quality of the defence in front of him at Sunderland and Spurs, it could be assumed that Pickford would keep more clean sheets in North London with the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen defending in front of him. The 22-year-old makes on average 2.30 saves per goal, which is 0.2 more than French stopper Hugo Lloris.