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Tottenham To Battle With Two Other Clubs For Young Right-Back

The Daily Mail report that Tottenham will face competition from at least two other Premier League clubs in their pursuit to sign young Burnley right-back Kieran Trippier.

Aston Villa and Liverpool are also reportedly interested in the young star, and both are sizing up a bid for the right-back, who has a release clause in his contract believed to be £3.5m.

Trippier has had a successful debut season in the Premier League and has been linked with a move away from the club following Burnley’s relegation to the Championship.

Tim Sherwood’s transfer strategy this summer appears to be bringing in young English talent, and Trippier falls under this category, and could be standing in Mauricio Pochettino’s way of signing the 24-year-old.

Pochettino is a huge admirer of the right-back, and will make a summer bid and trigger his release clause, but will he beat Liverpool and Aston Villa to his signature?

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Benjamin Stambouli Rules Out Move To France

Spurs midfielder Benjamin Stambouli has ruled out a move back to France in the coming summer transfer window in his latest comments.

Stambouli has struggled to nail down a first team spot in the starting eleven under Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino, and despite reports linking him with a move back to France, the midfielder has said that these reports in fact have no truth to them at all.

The holding midfielder since signing for Spurs last year has had to battle for a starting place with young starts Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason, who have formed a strong partnership in the middle of the park.

However, Stambouli is still determined to be successful at Spurs, and has rubbished recent reports linking him with a move to Marseille.

“I am aware of what is being said, and I think, no, I won’t be coming back to France. I am thinking about getting a bit more game time in England. I choose England for lots of reason, and so I will stay. It is there that I want to succeed. Maybe one day I will return to France. But today, my head is here. “I have a month of holidays to recharge. I will see what I do. But, if there is something, it will be in England. My priority is to succeed at a Premier League club.”

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RESULT! What Did You Vote As Spurs Goal Of The Season

We’ve scored some glorious goals this season, some of them have been team goals, other have been individual moments of brilliance, we’ve taken all your votes and here are the results to name the winner of the Spurs’ Goal of the Season.

5th – Nacer Chadli vs QPR 10%

The 48 pass goal was the high point in our 4-0 demolition of QPR way back in August was a brilliant demonstration of teamwork and composure to keep play and work it slowly forwards and eventually get the ball into the net.

4th – Christian Eriksen vs Sheffield Utd 16%

Given that we needed a goal with 2 minutes to go in order for us to reach a Cup Final, the composure that Eriksen showed was incredible. To do that with that much pressure on you is the sign of a class player and what a classy goal it was too.

3rd – Eric Dier vs West Ham 18%

The winner in our opening game of the season away, instantly won the respect of a young Englishman from Lisbon. Mostly because of his composure on his debut in England to scoop it round the keeper and plant it home.

2nd – Harry Kane vs Chelsea 22%

A masterful display against easily the best side in England was appropriately capped off by a piece of brilliance from “One Of Our Own”. He turned the CB‘s inside out and finished cutely into the net to send the Tottenham faithful delirious.

1st – Erik Lamela vs Asteras Tripolis 34%

Our Club record signing decided to take this pretty meaningless match and make a moment that everyone would remember. And even if he never makes a successful career at Spurs, he will always be admired for that piece of skill.

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Spurs Chase Crystal Palace Star

According to The Sun, Tottenham are preparing a bid for Crystal Palace star Yannick Bolasie, and it could include a player should a cash-only bid fails.

Bolasie is a wanted man after a great season in a Crystal Palace shirt, netting five goals in 41 appearances, and assisting many more as the Eagles secured a top-ten finish under Alan Pardew.

The DR Congo international has been valued at around £20m, but Spurs will be hoping that they can get the deal done for much less than the quoted fee.

Should a cash-only bid fail, then it has been reported that Palace are interested in Spurs winger Andros Townsend, and he could be offered in an attempt to bring Bolasie to White Hart Lane.

It has been a difficult season for Andros Townsend, after being preferred to Erik Lamela early on in the season, the England international has been dropped, and now the Argentine has taken his place. A move for Townsend in the summer would be no surprise to most.

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5 Players who have under performed this season for Tottenham!

There have been more than a few players who haven’t exactly lived up to expectation this season. I could mention half the squad, but that wouldn’t exactly be fair. There have been more than a few players who myself and a large majority of the Spurs fans feel haven’t been up to standards. But I have been given the task of picking 5 players who have really underperformed, but have played enough games to warrant a rating, so players like Etienne Capoue and Emmanuel Adebayor do not count as they haven’t played many games this season.

Federico Fazio:

When we signed Fazio from Sevilla for £12million, I don’t think anyone really knew what to expect. But as soon as we saw him pull on a Spurs shirt, we all knew what he was. I have described Fazio as our Mertersacker, just without all the positives. He can just about run, he can’t even header the ball properly, despite being 6ft 5in, and I don’t think he knows what the word defending actually means. I really have tried to see the positives in him, like his ability to come out of defence and try to be a ball playing defender. The only problem is, he can’t be a ball playing centre back, and when he loses the ball he can’t even run back! It is a very high possibility that Fazio is the worst defender I have seen at Spurs.

Moussa Dembele:

Dembele is like marmite, you either love him or you hate him. But the only problem is, there has been more reasons to not like him, and it has been the case for many years. There’s no doubt that Dembele is a talented player, he showed it at Fulham how good he can be, but at Spurs he has been a bit part player every season. Les Ferdinand said “the only way to get Dembele to play consistently well was to promise him a move to Real Madrid”. How can you have a player that would only play for a move away? I like Dembele, I think he is a great talent, but he has run his course and I feel that it is time for him to move on.

Roberto Soldado:

No matter what Soldado does, no matter how hard he tries, he will never be any good for us. Let’s just face the facts! He is going into his 3rd season with us, he hasn’t faced a long time out with any injury either, he’s 30 years old too which doesn’t make anything better seeing as we won’t be able to sell him on for any profit. I thought that maybe with a new approach to the team, and maybe after a season of settling in that he may be able to kick on and score some goals. Nope, not for Soldado. I know that some fans still have faith with him, but to those that still have faith, after this season I will leave you with one question. How?

Vlad Chiriches:

Similarly to Fazio, when we signed Chiriches we didn’t know what to expect. He was essentially a nobody from Steaua Bucharest, who we bought for £9.5 million, and he had no experience of the Premier League at all. So of course we threw him straight into the deep end in his first season, and he was miserable apart from one or two games. So going into this season I took last season with a pinch of salt, which I did with about every signing last season, and I went into this season expecting a new start. But boy was I wrong! Chiriches has been amazingly bad on occasions that have made me question how he has managed to be a Spurs player and I wasn’t. His performances have been atrocious, his work ethic is virtually non-existent, and he just doesn’t look bothered which is the worst thing you could do when you’re a Tottenham player. I don’t want to be too negative about our players, but just imagine if our only Centre Backs were Fazio and Chiriches?

Younes Kaboul:

It is highly likely that Younes Kaboul could have played his last game for the club, and considering he was given the captaincy at the start of the season. He showed his age and surprising lack of pace in some games this season, and It was like seeing an old horse trying to run the Grand National. You know they’ve done it before, but they can’t do it when they’re older. He had a good game against Arsenal at the Emirates, but apart from that I can’t think of any other good games. He was given the captain’s armband, and the responsibility of replacing Michael Dawson and Ledley King has proven to be way too much for the Frenchman.

RESULT! Who Did You Vote As The Spurs Player Of The Year?

We’ve counted your votes and here are the results for our Spurs Player of the Season. There were 5 players who were more than worthy of winning your vote but you have spoken out and here is the score:

5th – Danny Rose 4%

The most improved defender at the Club, Rose has surpassed everyone’s expectations this season by improving in several key areas of his game and delivering consistent performances and showing a maturity that he’d not demonstrated before.

4th – Nacer Chadli 11%

Another player who’s played much better that we expected, Chadli has constantly been amongst the goals this season, chipping in at crucial moments in the season when others have struggled to find the net, the Belgian has thrived this campaign.

3rd – Hugo Lloris 15%

Despite conceding 52 League goals this season, Hugo has continued to show his brilliance throughout this season winning us points and matches on multiple occasions and pull us out of difficult positions and save us, in more ways than one.

2nd – Christian Eriksen 17%

The mercurial Dane has been the saviour this season with multiple last-minute winning goals on many occasions throughout this season, in tight spots it’s been the Midfield Dynamite who’s popped up when we most need him and struck for us.

1st – Harry Kane 53%

It couldn’t have been anyone else, really? Harry has endured a fairytale that even Hollywood writers wouldn’t dare to write up. It’s been a fantasy to watch someone like you and I rise to the top of our club and long may his success continue.

Season Review! Part Three: The Fans Reaction

A fifth place finish and a day out at Wembley with a new manager at the hotseat in his first season at the club. Can you really argue with that? For me, you can’t really.

I have been pretty happy with this season, and Mauricio Pochettino is just starting to fully implement in system into the side, and things look very bright for the future.

Although we say it every year, with a few good additions to the squad over the summer transfer window, I feel that we can make a real push for the top four next season.

Anyway, enough of my reaction to the season, here is how you reacted to our season over on Twitter.

Season Review! Part Two: Transfer Dealings

Although Mauricio Pochettino had very little time to assess his squad and see what areas needed strengthening, the Argentine still made six signings over the summer window (seven, including Dele Alli in January), and some have been successes, whilst some have been flops. We rate the signings that Mauricio Pochettino made last summer.

Michel Vorm (5/10)

When the goalkeeper signed from Swansea in the summer, you would have thought he would have been informed that he would be second choice keeper behind Frenchman Hugo Lloris. Whether he was in the knowledge or not, Vorm has gone about things in a professional way, and although in my opinion he hast quite proved his worth yet, this piece of business hasn’t been too bad.

Ben Davies (6/10)

There was a very bad reaction from fans when Danny Rose signed a new contract with the club, and many thought that Ben Davies would start over Danny Rose. That was until we saw the excellent form of Rose, and perhaps this had something to do with the squad competition that Ben Davies brought to the club?

Eric Dier (8/10)

This signing has turned out to be a pretty good one, judging by his first season at the club. Despite form dropping off a little towards the tail end of the season, Eric Dier’s blistering start to the campaign has left us all wondering what this young man can do once he gets an extended run in the first team next season.

DeAndre Yedlin (N/A)

I cant give this signing a ratings as we have seen him appear just once in the Premier League against Aston Villa. We all hope to see more of the former Seattle player next season.

Federico Fazio (5/10)

It has been a debut season at Spurs littered with red cards for Federico Fazio. He has proved to be unreliable at the back for large parts of the season, and he has shown us all that he has the occasional error in him.

Benjamin Stambouli (5/10)

Benjamin Stambouli hasn’t featured much in the first team for Spurs this season, but when he has played, he has shown great composure in the midfield, and whether he will play more for us next season or even stay at the club remains to be seen with reports suggesting that he could be heading back to France in the summer.

Overall, it has been a decent summer for Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs, and as we know, new signings may need more than just one season to reach their full potential.

5 Players who will thrive for Pochettino next season!

 

 

It is officially a year to the day that Mauricio Pochettino arrived at Tottenham Hotspur to be our new manager. A year on, you can look at the squad and see who he fancies and who he doesn’t. After having a good think about the players who have improved, had more game time, or really taken to the new style, I have come up 5 players who I feel will thrive next season when Pochettino finally gets the control of the transfer market.

 

 

Erik Lamela:

It is fair to say that Erik Lamela’s time in England hasn’t been the best, but he seems to be a player who Pochettino believes can be something special. Lamela tracks back, has that occasional magic spark and will run for hours and hours, which suits Pochettino’s style to the bone. If Lamela is given one more season to show his worth and at least try to justify his price tag, then maybe, just maybe, our fans will have a change of heart on him. But for now, it is just my opinion that Lamela could thrive next season.

 

 

Christian Eriksen:

I know, I know, Eriksen had a great season this season, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get even better, does it? Imagine if Eriksen became as good as Liverpool fans think Coutinho is? That would be amazing (bare in mine Liverpool fans have a habit of overhyping, well everyone). If Eriksen would add a bit of defensive work and a bit more energy in his closing down, then he could be the ultimate playmaker for a Pochettino side. A lot of his play relies on others, but if he changed his game ever so slightly he would be superb for Pochettino next season.

 

Nabil Bentaleb:

Tim Sherwood may have ‘discovered’ Bentaleb, making him sound like a rare artifact from Indiana Jones, but Bentaleb has all the attributes to be the creative midfielder who can be as tough as a box of nails. With a lot of energy, tough tackles and a varied range of passing, Bentaleb has all the potential to be Pochettino’s man to turn defense into attack like the flick of a switch.

 

 

Eric Dier:

Signed from Sporting Lisbon in the summer, Eric Dier was a relative unknown, unless you play Football Manager, which of course means you know about everyone. But apart from the very few, no one knew whether Dier would even play much this season, but he has proven to everyone how classy of a Centre Back he could be. When he returns from the Under 21 Championships with England, expect him to be the main Centre Back for Pochettino and his Spurs side.

 

 

Danny Rose:

Lets be honest, no one expected Rose to still be at the club, let alone be as key as he is. Pochettino seems to have the magic touch when it comes to Full Backs, and his style has worked wonders with Danny Rose, who has been allowed to bomb up and down the left side like it’s no ones business. He could fit into Pochettino’s belief that his Full Backs should support the attack as much as possible, as well as being capable of tracking back, winning the ball back and attack all over again.

Tottenham Player Ratings for the Season!

If you have read the Tottenham Team of the Season, you will notice that most of these players feature in both pieces. From around February I have been doing the player ratings after mostly every Spurs game that have been played, so it was only fitting that I do ratings for the entire season. It wasn’t fair to the whole squad to only rate certain players, so I have added a few more players who have played a lot this season.

Hugo Lloris: 8

Lloris was the best goalkeeper for a large part of the season, mainly for the first few months. His performances were probably the most vital part to our season, at least until Harry Kane showed up. Not only was Lloris a great goalkeeper, but he took over the captaincy when Michael Dawson left, and Younes Kaboul lost his place in the side. If we were to keep Hugo in the summer, then our season could potentially be a great one for us.

 

Kyle Walker: 6

It would be so harsh to give Walker a poor rating, because he missed the majority of the season with injury, and when he came back he played fairly well minus a few performances. He got injured towards the end however, so I don’t think it is possible to give Kyle a rating higher than 6, as it is even between good and bad, when in reality he has been neither.

 

Jan Vertonghen: 7  We all know how good Vertonghen can be, but this season he wasn’t exactly at the top of his game. He played well, very well, but he flattered to deceive every so often and I think that is the reason to some moaning’s from the Spurs faithful. The season was tough for Jan, as he kept having to adapt his style to suit his partner, which changed far too often for most. But I am one of the fans who are hopeful that next season he can back to his superb best.

 

Eric Dier: 7

Speaking of having high hopes for next season, Dier has come leaps and bounds since his debut goal against West Ham. Playing at both Centre Back and Right Back, Dier has been superb at leading the defensive line as well as being a good ball playing defender when needed. I can see Dier having a good chance at being a fixture in the England squad and could possibly go to the Euros next year if he has another top season.

 

Danny Rose: 8

A player who surprised me, Danny Rose has really made the Left Back position his own. Despite some fans saying he cant really defend, Rose has been a marauding Full Back for the majority of the season, and I’m surprised he hasn’t been picked more for England consider the problems they’ve faced at Left Back. His attacking displays have left me wondering what would happen if we moved him up the field, and rumors linking him to Real Madrid and Chelsea certainly haven’t gone to his head.

 

Ryan Mason: 6

I’m not exactly the biggest Ryan Mason fan, as most of you are probably aware of, but Mason has been an integral part to our midfield. His tough tackling and insane passion and work ethic have earned the Enfield boy a place in the heart of Spurs fans. I would like to see him control the game more next season, but his contributions in the middle of the season were a huge factor as to why he kept his place so often.

 

Nabil Bentaleb: 7

Another cog in our midfield engine, Bentaleb was one of the few players who fans identified as being (potentially) world class. His passing range is something that is loved and looked up with a lot of awe, his tackling gets the fans going and his passion is there to see. He is one of those players that fans love to see, and his performances this season have been very good from start to finish, and he remains one of the players who Pochettino sees as vital to his plans.

Nacer Chadli: 7

Chadli is somewhat of a cult hero amongst Tottenham fans on social media, and his huge improvement this season is a reason as to why. I doubted him at the start of the season, as most fans did, but on occasion he has proven me wrong, mainly that game against Chelsea where he scored a great goal and combined perfectly with Harry Kane on multiple occasions. Lets just hope that Nacer can keep up his form more regularly next season.

 

Erik Lamela: 6

I’m sure there is a top talent inside the bodily structure of Erik Lamela. I am convinced, and on occasion he has shown that a star is inside him, but more often than not he has hidden away or drifted away far too easily. In hindsight, most Spurs fans could say they have been harsh on Lamela, who has played well on some occasions and scored a fantastic Rabona goal (which I missed because I was in New York, typical), but next season is the big one for Erik as it will be the chance for him to show he is worth the money as this season was arguably his first proper season.

 

 

Christian Eriksen: 8

A big, big reason as to why Spurs finished as high as they did. Without his late goals, and his Capital One Cup games, we probably wouldn’t have had anything to shout about this season. But his late goals gave his moments we as fans will not forget. Swansea, Hull, Leicester and Sheffield United were games that were dead and buried before Eriksen had his say. Easily the best signing from the Bale money, I just hope that he gets even better next season.

 

Harry Kane: 9 No more words can describe how vital and how important Harry Kane has been this season. Winners against Chelsea, Arsenal, Burnley, QPR and Leicester are games that we may not have won if it wasn’t for Harry’s determination, drive and goals. If he repeats his goals next season, then either he will become a Spurs legend, or he will get sold. That’s how it is, but until then lets just appreciate that he is one of our own.

 

Other:

Federico Fazio: 5/6

Again, I must stress that I am not a Fazio fan, not at all, but sometimes he did put in a good performance here and there. Unfortunately, here and there isn’t good enough when we need here and now. Hardly ever looking confident on the ball, Fazio gave me the jitters when he advanced with the ball as it was clear he was rubbish on the ball, and as slow as a snail without it!

 

Moussa Dembele: 5/6

A hidden talent at Spurs that seems to have been wasted, due to no fault of his own. Dembele is a natural dribbler of the ball, however he doesn’t do it when it matters. He can spin around the touchline all he wants but if he doesn’t do anything with the ball, no one will remember his skill. If he moves on, it will be sad to see, but understandable at the same time.

 

Michel Vorm: 6/7

Deputizing for Lloris in the cups and occasionally in the league, Vorm put in some good showings and really reacted well to being a number 2. However, if Lloris does leave, Vorm may not be the man to replace Lloris as Vorm isn’t as commanding, but is a great catcher and shot stopper. I have no doubt that Vorm is a good goalkeeper, but it is another thing to ask him to replace Hugo Lloris!

 

Andros Townsend: 5/6

He may be quick, but that is all Andros Townsend has going for him, and I’m afraid he will end up like another Aaron Lennon. Way too inconsistent, and quite frankly not someone who fits the style of Pochettino, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was to be sold in the summer. But his pace can be a weapon on rare occasions, but it is too rare for my personal liking. To be honest, seeing reactions on social media, I don’t think I’m the only one.

 

Roberto Soldado: 4/5

I do feel sorry for Soldado, who’s name translated into English is Bobby Soldier (fun fact), but its time for us to cut our losses and get rid while we can. He isn’t fitting into the English game, his confidence is low and no matter what happens he doesn’t seem to score. Ever. I would like to see him soldier on (see what I did there?) and keep trying to be a Tottenham player, but I just think he has run his course.

 

Vlad Chiriches: 2/3

What I am about to say is what every Spurs fan thinks. 2 words describe “Vlad the Imposter”, and that is ‘absolutely rubbish”. I could go on to bash him, but I don’t think id be saying anything new. There you have it. Absolutely rubbish! Actually, I’m probably being nice to him considering what I’ve seen others say.