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Does The Signing Of Sanchez Tell Us Pochettino’s Plan For Tottenham This Season?

Finally, Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement for their first signing of the summer transfer window. Subject to a medical and work permit, Davinson Sanchez will be a Spurs player for a fee of around £42m, a club record. 

What does this signing tell us about Pochettino’s plan for Spurs this season? It tells us that Mauricio Pochettino wants to make Spurs a really hard team to beat. The Lilywhites had the best defensive record in the Premier League last season, but the Argentine boss is clearly keen to strengthen this area and improve on the 26 goals that Spurs conceded last term.

I know the transfer market has spiralled out of control this summer, but to spend £42m on a player, you would expect him to be a regular starter at a club. With this in mind, I would imagine Spurs will play a three at the back system this season with wing-backs. Given the record that Vertonghen and Alderweireld had at the back last season it would seem relatively harsh to drop either of them.

We have seen the three at the back system work for a couple of Premier League teams last season. Chelsea were the main team to benefit from a system that Antonio Conte switched to in September following a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal. Mauricio Pochettino has flirted with the system, switching between three and four at the back systems. The signing of Sanchez might just tell us which system the manager is leaning towards.

Furthermore, a three at the back system allows wing-backs to really push on while leaving sufficient cover at the back to defend on what is a very big Wembley pitch. I feel this is the system that Pochettino will look to play on a regular basis this season with Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Sanchez at the heart of the defence. Spurs could prove to be a very difficult team to break down.

Many feel that we have nabbed Ajax’s best player from them in this £42m deal and he is just the type of player that fits the Pochettino criteria. He is hard-working, young and has bags of potential. We could see Sanchez really grow and develop as a player over the next couple of seasons into one of the best centre-backs in world football.

It will be interesting to see how much game time Sanchez will get this season and what formation Pochettino will play to incorporate him.

Is Sanchez a good signing for Tottenham? 

‘Best Player On The Park’ Spurs Fans Heap Praise Onto Defender Following Newcastle Win

Spurs got their Premier League campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Dele Alli and Ben Davies were enough to see off the Magpies.

The first forty-five minutes were an uneventful affair with few chances for either side. Newcastle started the better but Spurs grew into the game, Christian Eriksen trying his luck from distance a couple of times but with little success.

The game changed early on in the second half when Andre Marriner sent off Newcastle captain Jonjo Shelvey for a stamp on Dele Alli. A stupid act right under the nose of the referee that saw him rightly sent for an early bath.

Spurs immediately looked to capitalise on their one man advantage and cashed in just after the hour mark. Christian Erisken floated a lovely ball over the top to Dele Alli, who made no mistake with a volleyed finish into the back of the net past Rob Elliot.

Just ten minutes later it was 2-0. A little bit of fortune involved perhaps, but Ben Davies reacted quickly to slide the ball past Elliot and to double Tottenham’s advantage, which they were able to hold onto right up until the final whistle.

Mauricio Pochettino faced a tough team selection at the start of the game. He appeared to be torn between playing a back three with Moussa Sissoko at wing-back or a back four with Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back. Both played in a 4-2-3-1 system and the youngster Walker-Peters impressed on his debut.

The full-back showed little signs of nerves, looked to pose a threat going forward and effectively dealt with the pace of Christian Atsu which even some of the best full-backs struggle to do when he is on the top of his game. His final ball could have been better and it is fair to say he doesn’t quite have the same pace as Kyle Walker or Kieran Trippier. His performance led to one Spurs fan claiming that there is now no need to sign a right-back this summer. Here is how Spurs fans reacted on Twitter.

Once fit, Kieran Trippier I am sure will stay the first choice right-back, but Kyle Walker-Peters may have just eliminated the need to buy a new right-back with the performance that earned him the Man of the Match award.

Sissoko Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Newcastle

It’s finally here. Spurs make the trip up North to face Newcastle on Sunday afternoon in their season opener looking to make a strong start to season where Liverpool and Chelsea have already slipped up. 

Heung-min Son could be fit but might only make the bench whilst Erik Lamela, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier all miss out through injury. Here is your Spurs predicted line-up to face Newcastle.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Was the first choice keeper at the end of last season, and I expect that nothing has changed over the summer.

CB: Eric Dier

I’m going to say that Mauricio Pochettino will deploy a back three against Newcastle and I expect the versatility of Eric Dier to be used once again to play on the right of a back three.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Still no progress on a new contract for Alderweireld, but there has been little speculation regarding a move away which can only be a positive. I expect him to make the starting line-up here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen and Alderweireld formed a strong partnership at the heart of the Spurs defence last season and managed to maintain the best defensive record in the league. The Belgian duo will be key to any defensive success that Spurs have this coming season.

RWB: Moussa Sissoko

A few weeks ago, Sissoko might not have been in Pochettino’s plans to play at his old club. However, a solid performance against Juventus combined with the injury of Kieran Trippier might just hand Sissoko a much needed chance to impress early on this season and start to prove he was worth the £30m paid last summer.

LWB: Ben Davies

With Danny Rose injured and possibly on the naughty step, it is more or less guaranteed that Davies will be starting here unless Pochettino decides to play Heung-min Son at left wing-back which I suggest he doesn’t after the disaster in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

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‘Sol Campbell Vol. 2’ Spurs Fans Lash Out At Danny Rose Following Brutally Honest Interview

Just three days before Spurs travel to Newcastle in their Premier League season opener, Danny Rose has had an exclusive interview with the Sun, and it has to be said, he has not held back.

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Rose spoke to The Sun and commented on next season and where he will play his football in the future. Whilst insisting that Spurs cannot start to blame the pitch or atmosphere at Wembley next season if things don’t go to plan, Spurs fans would have been a little taken aback to read that Rose wants to play his football up north sometime in the future. It must be stressed he said he would like to do this at some point in his career, not immediately.

If you believe various media reports, he could be linking up with Jose Mourinho at any moment this summer. Although this was not explicitly said by Rose, the left-back could well be fishing for a move to Mourinho’s Red Devils after he also talked about the wage structure at Tottenham.

Rose hasn’t played for Spurs since the 0-0 draw with Sunderland back in January and says he had a lot of time to think things over and now insists he is underpaid. This may be true compared to the likes of Lingard at Manchester United who is paid £100,000-per-week when you learn that Rose is on £30,000-per-week. However, to go public on such an issue will not go down well with chairman Daniel Levy or manager Mauricio Pochettino. If one thing is for certain, it hasn’t gone down well with Spurs fans. Here is how they reacted on Twitter.

Later on in the interview, Rose urged Tottenham to sign some stars who he did not have to Google to find out who they were. We are pretty sure he had to Google Dele Alli before he came to Spurs and it has been pointed out that many fans had to Google Rose when he signed for Spurs.

Chelsea and Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Rose and it will be very interesting to see if Rose stays beyond this summer at Spurs. He might be out of action until September with injury so we are sure that Ben Davies will start the season opener at Newcastle on Sunday.

Will Rose stay at Spurs after the summer transfer window slams shut?

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Journalist Suggests Spurs Should Target Former Premier League Player, Will He Sign?

Guardian journalist Gregg Bakowski has suggested that Tottenham should try and make PSG winger Angel Di Maria their first signing of the summer, with the new season kicking off with a trip to Newcastle in just six days’ time.

Spurs are the only English side to date not to make a single signing this summer. We knew that Levy and and Spurs were likely to be fairly inactive over this summer but the fact that Spurs have failed to wrap up a single deal thus far has left fans worried and frustrated ahead of the new domestic season.

A pre-season of mixed results has led to Pochettino admitting that additions need to be made to the squad before the summer transfer window slams shut at the end of August. However, it has been accepted that Spurs will not be joining the big spenders such as Manchester City and Chelsea this summer and splashing the cash.

Spurs have been linked with Ross Barkley for a large part of this summer in a rumour that will just not leave the back page. Everton are reportedly asking for £50m for the player who refused to sign a new deal and will be leaving Merseyside. However, it is believed that Everton have accepted they will not be getting the full asking price of £50m.

Turning our attention away from the Englishman, Guardian journalist Gregg Bakowski yesterday suggested that PSG winger Di Maria could prove to be a good piece of business for Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino when speaking on the Guardian’s weekly football podcast.

If PSG need to sell, would Di Maria be available for £30-35m? Would he fancy coming back to England? Two Argentinians, him and Pochettino. I think he’s the sort of player who would fit that system. Not particularly flashy, works hard when he can be bothered. It would seem a logical move. Maybe Pochettino would think he could motivate him. Di Maria was pretty motivated until whatever happened after that burglary at Manchester United and then last season and a bit he’s been poor. I think they’re obviously still interested in Ross Barkley and you look at that Tottenham team and you look at Ross Barkley and you think if they spent £50m on him would he even get into that team?

Would Di Maria be a good signing? I think yes. I certainly think he is a player that has more to offer than what we saw in his previous stint at Manchester United. He is clearly a talented player and would give Mauricio Pochettino yet another attacking option. I do think he would be a better signing than Ross Barkley.

However, I feel that the player himself wouldn’t be too keen on the move. It was well publicised when an attempted burglary took place in February 2015, leading to Di Maria putting his mansion on the market little over a month after the incident before moving to PSG that summer, which is mentioned by Bakowski. An event like that has a huge effect on somebody’s life and you get the feeling that he might not be keen on moving back to England. Furthermore, there is little or no evidence to suggest that PSG are willing to sell Di Maria for £30m or even if they are willing to sell at all.

Will Di Maria be a Tottenham player by the end of this transfer window?

3 Brilliant Attacking Signings Tottenham Could Make Before the Season Starts

As good as Tottenham’s season was last season, the club have struggled to make much of an impact in the off-season and Pochettino will surely want to strengthen his side ahead of the new season, particularly having lost Kyle Walker for £50million earlier in the window.

One area where Spurs have struggled for depth in recent seasons is in attacking areas. In this article we take a look at 3 players who, according to reports, Tottenham could sign before the season kicks off in just 10 days’ time…

1 – Ross Barkley

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. Ross is surely on his way out of the club this summer after Everton boss Ronald Koeman said his midfielder would ‘100% leave’ this summer. Barkley’s original price tag was set at an astronomical £50million, which put off Tottenham, but it is now thought that a more modest bid of around £30million would be enough to sign the England international. Another potential obstacle for this transfer, though, is Barkley’s reported wage demands. These excessive demands are said to be putting the deal in jeopardy.

3 Players Tottenham Could Sign In The Next Few Weeks

We are still waiting for Tottenham to spring into life in this summer transfer window. They remain the only Premier League side yet to make a signing thus far. With time ticking until the transfer window slams shut at the end of August, here are three players that Spurs could sign in the next few weeks.

1) Jeremy Toljan

Having sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City for £45m, Mauricio Pochettino will be keen to strengthen in the full-back area this summer, and could make Jeremy Toljan his first signing of this summer transfer window according to The Daily Star.

Following the sale of Walker, that just leaves Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters as the only right-backs left at the club. My feeling is that Walker-Peters is not quite ready for first team football and with squad depth being very important to Pochettino, a move for Toljan would make sense.

Toljan appears to be a highly versatile player, playing in many different positions for Hoffeinheim including right midfielder on nine occasions in 21 appearances last season as well as playing in the full-back position. This wide midfield and full-back experience could prove invaluable if Pochettino wishes to play a three at the back formation with wing-backs next season.

The player’s agent has spoken of how flattering it is for him to read that clubs such as Tottenham are interested in his client, but insists that no contact has been made as yet. Could this be set to change in the near future?

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Conte Slams Tottenham’s Ambition, Will He Have Egg On His Face Come Next Summer?

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has blasted Spurs over their lack of activity in this summer transfer window, claiming that they have much lower expectations and ambitions that other Premier League rivals. Spurs are of course the only side in the top flight yet to make a signing this summer. 

Mauricio Pochettino has said recently that Spurs have a different transfer philosophy to other clubs, explaining that he would much rather place trust in some of the younger academy products than go and spend £30-£40m on a player that might not prove to be a success. This is a fair comment when we saw Harry Winks perform to a much higher level last season in limited appearances than club record signing Moussa Sissoko, who has proved to be nothing short of a walking disaster since his move last summer for £30m.

It is fair to say that this summer transfer window has completely spiralled out of control, and Spurs have in some ways been wise to stay in the background while other clubs are making big money signings and transfer records are being broken left, right and centre.

Kyle Walker has been sold to Manchester City for £45m, and it surely can’t be too much to ask for that amount to be reinvested back into the team. However, I would much rather see the money not spent than see a panic buy walk through the door at the last minute like Sissoko. Let’s face it. Pennies much be looked after when you are overseeing a £750m transition into a new stadium in the next couple of years.

I am sure you have read the quotes from elsewhere from Conte, claiming that Spurs have much lower expectations than other clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool. I can see why Conte has said this, selling Walker to City, making rivals stronger and ourselves weaker. That doesn’t mean he is right necessarily.

As we have seen, money doesn’t always buy success. Leicester City won the title just last year spending next to no money. I am not saying that this phenomena will happen again sometime soon, but it proves that a Premier League title can indeed be won without spending ridiculous amounts of money.

Continuity. A word being used by the many in recent weeks to describe what Tottenham are trying to achieve. Pochettino believes a family atmosphere at Spurs is the key to success. I have to say it makes perfect sense and he is not wrong. Can continuity being favoured over big money transfer win a top flight title? Only time will tell. Spurs were demolishing teams and claiming big wins over strong teams in the pursuit of Chelsea last season and Mauricio Pochettino will hope that his team can carry this form over to next season, if they can do this, the Argentine will be quietly confident, but they will need to sort out form at Wembley. This was shocking last season in the Champions League and Europa League and needs to improve drastically. Spurs were unbeaten last season at White Hart Lane and they will need to reproduce a similar home record if they are to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title.

Will Conte have egg on his face come next summer? I certainly hope he does, but I don’t think he will. I think we are in for a long season at Wembley and we shouldn’t be automatically expecting a title challenge or even a top four finish. However, I do think that Conte is wrong to think that Spurs do not have any ambition. Success doesn’t have to be brought, and besides, why would Spurs be building a new £750m, 61,000 capacity stadium if the club had no ambition?

Pochettino Insists This Spurs Outcast Will Not Be Leaving The Club This Summer

It is far from unfair to say that Moussa Sissoko’s debut season at White Hart Lane did not quite to plan. The Frenchman spent most of the season getting splinters in his backside, but it appears that he will be playing his football (if that’s what you want to call it) at Tottenham next season. 

We all remember the dramatic circumstances in which Sissoko completed his deadline day move to Spurs, turning off his phone to stop Everton officials calling him about a proposed medical in Merseyside. The move was completed was minutes to spare, and Daniel Levy must regret forking out £30m to bring Sissoko to North London.

It looked like nothing more than a huge panic buy to me at the time, a record-breaking panic buy to be precise. Sissoko remains Tottenham’s record signing to date, surpassing the £26m paid for Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado.

Sissoko did not have a record-breaking impact that is for sure. Here we are, nearly a year on from his move from Newcastle reading reports that Sissoko’s Tottenham nightmare might be coming to an end. Everton are reportedly interested in a loan deal, what they still see in him I do not know. Clubs in France are interested, and West Brom is another name that has been thrown into the mix recently.

The 27-year-old will be keen to get regular first team football next season with a World Cup just around the corner, remaining keen to represent France in Russia next year. I would like to think that this first team football would not come at Tottenham having witnessed the shambolic nature of Sissoko’s performances last season. However, it looks like the former Newcastle man’s future lies at Spurs under the management of Mauricio Pochettino.

Sissoko has not travelled with the rest of the Spurs squad to the pre-season tour of America as he missed out with a ‘virus’, fuelling speculation that he might have played his last game in a Spurs shirt. However, speculation looks like it might draw to a close as Mauricio Pochettino has now explained that Sissoko is in the Argentine’s plans for next season, which begins in just a few weeks time. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Pochettino said.

Sissoko is training with Erik Lamela and Heung-min Son back home and they are all at different levels so we will see in the next few weeks the evolution for every one. He’s a member of our squad and he’s in my plans for the season and for us he is still a member of the squad.

So, it appears to be the case that Sissoko will still be a Tottenham player by the end of the transfer window. What Pochettino and his staff see in him must be special, but at the moment I am barely seeing a footballer capable of succeeding at the top level.

Tottenham’s Transfer Window Goes From Bad To Worse As Star Man Wants Out

Tottenham remain the only club not to make any signings so far in this summer transfer window and fans will at least be hoping that they retain all key players before the start of the new Premier League season. 

That might be easier said than done. Kyle Walker has already left Spurs for Manchester City this summer in a move worth up to £50m, and one would remain hopeful that he would be the only high-profile name leaving Hotspur Way in the near future. That would seem a realistic target, but might not become a reality.

We read numerous reports that Tottenham have no interest in selling Eric Dier to anybody this summer. Mauricio Pochettino has seen Dier’s leadership skills grow over the last season or so, and this is a quality the Argentine boss does not want to lose this summer.

Dier’s versatility has proved important for Spurs, and it will continue to be if he stays at the club. Pochettino likes to tinker with formations, sometimes in-game. Dier being able to play as a part of a back three as well as in defensive midfield, it makes switching formations very easy.

Tottenham’s tough transfer stance so far in the Dier transfer saga has reportedly not changed the player’s feelings regarding where he wants to play his football next season and remains ‘desperate’ to join Manchester United, claim Manchester Evening News on Friday afternoon.

Dier was a United fan as a young boy, and his desire to work with Jose Mourinho only adds to the attraction of a move to Old Trafford. Not to mention the fact that the England international could potentially double the current £70,000-per-week he is on at Spurs.

Jose Mourinho has identified the defensive midfield as an area that needs strengthening over the summer, and Eric Dier seems to be a perfect target for United. They could submit a bid upwards of £50m if they are to press on with plans to sign Dier.

It is very important that Spurs hold onto Eric Dier and ensure that he is a Tottenham player when the transfer window slams shut at the end of August. By refusing any bid that comes in from the Red Devils, Spurs should be able to do this without to much difficulty. However, if Dier starts to push for a transfer, then we have a problem.

Will Eric Dier be a Manchester United player at the end of the transfer window?