Spurs | Fresh Spurs - Part 5


Tottenham Insist That Star Is Not For Sale As Transfer Rumours Intensify

Tottenham insist that midfielder Eric Dier is strictly not for sale over the summer transfer window as manager Mauricio Pochettino sees him as an integral part of their plans for the future according to football.london.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for the Englishman and reports have suggested that they will make a formal bid in the next few days. However, it seems that they shouldn’t bother perusing Dier’s signature as he is not for sale.

A £75m deal that would see Romelu Lukaku move to Old Trafford looks likely, a deal for Victor Lindelof has already been agreed this summer but the Portuguese boss is not ready to stop spending anytime soon, plotting a £50m bid for Eric Dier.

The defensive midfield is an area of the squad that Mourinho appears intent on strengthening before the start of the new season and had identified Nemanja Matic as an early target. However, it looks like the Red Devils will miss out on their man having annoyed Chelsea by beating them to striker Romelu Lukaku. Attention has now turned to Dier, but it looks like Mourinho will also miss out on him given Tottenham’s tough stance.

Eric Dier was an extremely important player for Spurs last season, and has been well utilised by manager Mauricio Pochettino, playing in a back three with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen or in defensive midfield alongside either Victor Wanyama or Mousa Dembele. It is the Englishman’s versatility that makes him so valuable and he is starting to become a leading figure in the Tottenham dressing room.

The 23-year-old played almost 50 games for Spurs last season and 36 in the Premier League. He netted just twice but provided real steel to the team, whether that was playing in defence or in midfield, which is exactly what potential suitors Manchester United will be looking for in the latest signing.

Dier was a brilliant player for Spurs last season and it will be a silly move to sell him at this stage. The midfielder’s versatility allows for in-game formation switches which have proved useful in the past, Manchester City away in a 2-2 draw springs to mind. It would be totally the right decision for Spurs to keep Dier on this season. For now, he is a Spurs player, and let’s hope it stays that way when the transfer window slams shut at the end of August.

3 Fringe Players That Could Break Through For Spurs Next Season

Spurs players reported back to Hotspur Way this week to begin pre-season training as preparations begin for the new season at Wembley Stadium. Here are three fringe players that could play a crucial part in Spurs’ upcoming campaign.

1) Georges-Kevin N’Koudou

We saw Georges-Kevin N’Koudou move to White Hart Lane at the tail-end of the summer transfer window last year in a deal that was worth just south of £10m. The Frenchman has made a limited impact since his deadline day transfer.

Spurs fans were excited by the signing of the left-winger, and having not heard of the 22-year-old, Spurs fans flooded onto Youtube, and were greeted by clips of N’Koudou burning full-backs for pace left, right and centre in his time at Marseille.

However, N’Koudou has failed to hit the ground running since joining the Lilywhites. Reports have suggested that he is struggling with the language, which has hindered his development as a player since joining Spurs. The winger made 17 appearances for Tottenham last season, 8 of those coming in the Premier League. Despite making eight appearances in English football’s top flight, N’Koudou played a mere 47 minutes of football. In the few minutes of football that he has played, N’Koudou has shown flashes of his pace, but very little else.

With a strong pre-season behind him, N’Koudou could prove to be a very useful asset for Spurs next season. If he can hit top form, he can prove to be a real threat down that left-hand side.

Forget Ross Barkley, Spurs Must Target This £30m Alternative Instead

According to SunSport, Spurs are interested in bringing Everton attacking midfielder Ross Barkley to the club, but they understand that Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy do not want to pay the £50m asking price that Everton have come up with. 

For that exact reason, I believe that Spurs should abandon their attempts to sign Ross Barkley for whatever price and they should turn their attention to bringing Gylfi Sigurdsson back to North London after he moved away from White Hart Lane three years ago for £8.6m.

It will cost a lot of money to bring Sigurdsson back to the club, but there would be no settling in period for the Icelandic international having already spent two fairly successful seasons at the club. It is thought that Swansea are likely to ask for around about £30m for the attacking midfielder.

Yes, this is a lot of money to pay for a player that was sold just a few years ago for around £8m, but it would be a much better decision to bring Sigurdsson back to the club than potentially pay up to £20m more for a player that simply does not possess the attitude or quality to succeed at a club like Spurs.

Having watched Ross Barkley on more than a few occasions last season, I have to say that I was less than impressed. The Englishman appeared 36 times in the Premier League for Everton, scoring five times and providing nine assists. Is that the form of a player worth £50m? Prices have inflated recently, but seriously? £50m for a 5-goal attacking midfielder. I can see why Mauricio Pochettino has been put off by the huge price tag. You would certainly expect more from Barkley who has a lot of talent around him in that Everton team, a team that managed a 7th placed finish last season.

The Englishman lacks the decision-making ability that played at a high level consistently demands, his final ball is often the wrong ball, and that is when he does decide to offload the ball, Barkley often decides to go it along when the pass is clearly the better option.

His attitude also leaves a lot to be desired for. His work-rate is often below-par, especially defensively, and Ronald Koeman has previously warned his man that his attitude must improve if he is to succeed at the top level. This poor attitude and poor work rate does not bode well for a move to Tottenham, where Mauricio Pochettino demands a hard-working team and a high work-rate, not just on the pitch on matchday, but in training too.

The signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson for around about £30m would prove to be a much better decision and a much better signing. Sigurdsson enjoyed a successful season in South Wales, and played a pivotal role in steering Paul Clement’s Swansea clear from the drop last term.

The Icelandic international scored nearly double the amount of goals in the Premier League than Barkley did last season. Sigurdsson weighed in with nine goals and thirteen assists in 38 league appearances, four more goals and four more assists than the £50m-rated Everton man.

Then there comes the topic of work-rate. I found that in his time at Spurs and at Swansea, Sigurdsson’s attitude and work-rate has been first class, and I cannot see that changing any time soon. The decision to sell Sigurdsson three years ago still puzzles me to this day, and Mauricio Pochettino praising the former Spurs man last season in a press conference confuses the matter even more as Sigurdsson was sold when Pochettino was the head coach at Tottenham.

Furthermore, Spurs fans seem to be keen on the idea of bringing Sigurdsson back to the club, as they were sent into a Twitter frenzy yesterday after a certain tweet from the official Spurs Twitter account regarding Sigurdsson. 

Signing Ross Barkley would be a huge mistake this summer, and it is my belief that Barkley would have a similar debut season at Spurs to Moussa Sissoko if he were to sign. Gylfi Sigurdsson is a cheaper alternative and would prove to be much more of a success at Spurs than Barkley.

Report: Spurs Ready To Spend More Than £50m On Premier League Duo

Mauricio Pochettino is keen to add to his defensive options over this summer transfer window, and is reportedly ready to spend more than £50m on these two Premier League defenders, with the Daily Star claiming that Spurs have ‘cash to splash’. 

The Daily Star report that Spurs are keen on signing two English defenders in the next couple of months, with their eyes on both Alfie Mawson and Ben Gibson and Mauricio Pochettino looks to improve squad depth at Spurs.

In order to make room for these two potential new additions, Tottenham are looking to offload outcast Kevin Wimmer. However, clubs interested in Germany have been put off making a move due to the £20m price tag that has been slapped on the Austrian by chairman Daniel Levy. Southampton have also been linked with a move for Wimmer.

Alfie Mawson is the first player that Spurs will reportedly look to bring to the club. The Englishman made 27 appearances in the Premier League for Swansea, the majority of those coming under Paul Clement after he took over after he was appointed in the New Year. In these games, the 23-year-old was yellow carded just once and scored on four occasions.

Ben Gibson is set to be another defender that the Lilywhites will target over the summer. The 24-year-old was a mainstay in the Middlesbrough team that failed to beat the drop last season, appearing in every single game in the Premier League last term, scoring on one occasion.

Both players are fairly young and have plenty of potential to improve, but you would certainly have to question how much game time the pair would be getting if they made the move to Hotspur Way. Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen formed a formidable partnership at the heart of the Spurs defence, conceding just 26 goals in the Premier League last season, the best defensive record in the league.

It would be stupid for Mauricio Pochettino to break up this partnership, but it might be wise to add to the squad depth in this area, adding more options for rotations with a back four and perhaps a defensive alternative to Eric Dier in a back three.

However, the likelihood is that Mawson and Gibson would not be playing every week if they were to make moves to Spurs, and upwards of £50m would seem rather a lot of money to bring in two backup defenders. Having seen Jordan Pickford move to Everton for £30m and Michael Keane make the same move for the same price, it is clear to see that young English talent does not come cheap. After seeing these deals go through, you would expect Burnley and Swansea to ask for at least £25m for their respective defenders. It seems a lot of money for me to spend on two backups.

Do you think Mawson and Gibson would be good signings given their high price tags?

‘Quality Player’ Fans Keen On Spurs Making This Man Their First Summer Signing

A certain tweet posted this morning by the official Tottenham Hotspur Twitter account has sparked some speculation about who Spurs’ first signing of the summer transfer window might be. 

Today, it was five years ago that Gyfli Sigurdsson put pen to paper and signing for Spurs. He became a favourite among the White Hart Lane faithful, and scored some brilliant goals in his time in North London. To celebrate these, Spurs picked out some of their favourites and posted them in a video on Twitter.

The Icelandic midfielder completed a move away from Spurs to the Liberty Stadium in a deal that was worth about £8m in 2014. This move proved unpopular among Spurs fans, who had enjoyed watching the attack-minded midfielder in his two seasons at the club.

Sigurdsson has just enjoyed a successful season in South Wales, netting nine times in the Premier League and providing thirteen assists. The midfielder featured in every single game in the league for Swansea, starting all but one of the 38 games played.

This impressive form has sparked interest in Sigurdsson from all over the Premier League. Everton and Spurs have been linked his moves for the 27-year-old and Leicester is another name that has been thrown into the mix, but at this moment, Everton look to be the favourites to win the race.

Mauricio Pochettino has previously expressed his admiration for the Swansea midfielder, praising him on a couple of occasions. These comments appear very strange given the fact that the sale went through when Pochettino was at the club.

Many Spurs fans responded to the tweet with their hopes that this is a hint that Sigurdsson will be rejoining Spurs three years after he left the club. With the way that signings have been announced recently, anything can happen on Social Media connected with signings. A hint or not, Spurs fans seem to be in agreement that the Iceland international would be a good summer signing for Spurs.

Will the move go ahead?

In my opinion, no. Having left for just £8.6m three years ago, and given what Swansea will be asking for Sigurdsson over the summer, I just cannot see the move going ahead. Swansea have said that to them the midfielder is ‘priceless’, and you would have to agree with that statement having witnessed the role he played in Swansea avoiding the drop last season.

I would have thought that the Swans would not let their key man go for anything less than £30m, which would equal Tottenham’s transfer record held by Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko. Then, there is the amount of game time he would be getting. My guess would be that if he were to sign, he would be second choice attacking midfielder behind Christian Eriksen. Having played all of the games last season at Swansea, this would more than likely to do nothing but annoy Sigurdsson, would he settle for being a squad player? Despite my thinking that Sigurdsson is an excellent midfielder and very talented player, I can’t see him returning to Spurs this summer.

Is This Where Harry Kane Could End Up In A Few Year’s Time?

Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has been on talkSPORT as a special guest on Tuesday morning, and he has made some interesting comments on star Spurs striker Harry Kane. 

Harry Kane has made numerous statements to the press about how much he loves Tottenham Hotspur, and how he plans to spend the rest of his footballing career at the top in North London with Spurs. Subsequently, the England international has become a huge fan favourite, and scoring goals the way he is, this is not likely to change anytime soon.

Despite these comments to the press about spending the rest of his career at Spurs, Tim Sherwood claims that there is one team that could upset these plans, and there is no prizes for guessing who this team could be if I mentioned that they have a reputation for buying some of Spurs’ best players in the past.

Yes, it is Real Madrid, who Tim Sherwood reckons are the only club in the world that could take Harry Kane away from Tottenham. The former Swindon Director of Football (there is still some debate about his role), was speaking on talkSPORT, and here is what he had to say on the subject of Harry Kane and any potential move away from Spurs.

“I’d love him to stay at Spurs. The only threat is that team across the water also in white. He finished top scorer in the Premier League last season even though he was injured for 11 games, which is phenomenal. Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino will not want to lose Harry Kane, the only danger is if Real Madrid come and go for him as they did with Modric and Bale. Then it’ll be a real test for the resolve of Tottenham and whether they want to keep him or not.”

Despite ongoing speculation that Jose Mourinho is plotting a move for Harry Kane over this summer transfer window that would break all kinds of records, Sherwood maintains that Real Madrid are Tottenham’s only threat in terms of keeping Harry Kane.

Will Harry Kane move to Real Madrid?

Not for me. Despite Luka Modric and Gareth Bale making the switch to Spain, the relationship between Spurs and Real Madrid was damaged almost four years ago over the transfer of the latter, which saw the (at the time) record-breaking transfer delayed right until the end of August, frustrating the back-to-back Champions League winners. The La Liga champions then hit back at Spurs by selling Mesut Ozil to Arsenal for £42m on transfer deadline day. The two clubs have not done business since.

There is not only this, but I just can’t see Kane making the move. He has already reiterated his love for Spurs, and is the challenge of La Liga as big as the challenge of the Premier League? In my opinion is doesn’t compare. The only danger for Spurs in terms of losing Harry Kane is the lack of trophies. Since the 2008 Carling Cup win over Chelsea, Spurs have failed to bag a major accolade. If this continues for much longer, top players such as Kane, Alli, Eriksen and others will grow more and more frustrated and look for moves away from the club.

Spurs Set To Fail In Big Money Pursuit Of Attacker Who Looks To Stay Put

Tottenham are more than likely to miss out on top summer target Josh King, who looks as if he will stay at Dean Court beyond the end of the summer transfer window. 

The 25-year-old striker managed to bag sixteen goals last term in the Premier League alone, and this impressive form has reportedly caught the eye of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino as he looks to strengthen in the striking department ahead of a potential title charge next season.

The front man is valued at £30m, and Spurs would have to fork out at least this sum of money if they are to secure the services of King ahead of a temporary move to Wembley while the construction of the new White Hart Lane is completed.

However, the player himself is unsure that a move to Tottenham would be the best move for his career according to The Sun. The striker is fully aware that he needs regular game time in order to develop as a player, and is reportedly unsure that he would get this at Tottenham. Harry Kane is the first choice striker, and Josh King sees no way of getting regular game time ahead of the England international.

The Sun also suggest that Everton have made an inquiry for the Bournemouth man as they prepare for what could be life without star striker Romelu Lukaku, but King is not desperate to leave the south coast club, where he is guaranteed regular game time under Eddie Howe.

Harry Kane had another brilliant season for Spurs as he still managed to scoop the golden boot despite a couple of spells out through injury, but Spurs were lacking in options instead of the 23-year-old. Vincent Janssen arrived last summer for £17m but failed to hit the ground running, netting just twice in the Premier League last term, one of those coming from the penalty spot.

Heung-min Son has been experimented with up top by himself, and with some success it has to be said, but it would be a wise decision to bring in another recognised striker as the future of struggling Vincent Janssen remains in the balance, with a move to Borussia Monchengladbach potentially on the cards.

Bringing in another striker over the summer to provide back up for Harry Kane would definitely be a good decision, but it looks increasingly unlikely that Josh King will be the next player to arrive at Hotspur Way as he looks set to stay at Bournemouth, where he is guaranteed regular first team minutes.

Spurs Miss Out On Versatile Defender, Would He Have Been A Good Signing?

German publication Kicker claim that Spurs are set to fall short in their attempts to sign versatile defender Matthias Ginter from Borussia Dortmund over the summer transfer window. 

The report from Kicker suggests that Ginter has chosen to move to fellow German club Borussia Monchengladbach instead of making a move to the Premier League. Ginter was on international duty with Germany in the Confederations Cup and played the full ninety minutes in the 1-0 win over Chile in the final on Sunday. Now, having completed international duty, the 23-year-old is reportedly to get a move to Monchengladbach secure as soon as possible.

Previous reports have suggested that Spurs had made an inquiry for the German international, and were prepared to pay up to £18m to secure his services ahead of the new season. However, with the player reportedly already deciding his future, Spurs will not get a chance to talk Ginter into a move to London.

The Borussia Dortmund man is very versatile. He can play in any of three positions; centre-back, right-back or defensive midfield. Remind you of somebody in the Spurs squad? Yes, Eric Dier.

Would he have been a good signing?

It is always brilliant to have these versatile players in the squad such as Eric Dier, and we have seen over the last couple of years how useful he has been to the squad, slotting into many different positions in his time at the club. Ginter is a very similar player to Dier, and would have been a useful signing.

Kyle Walker may leave the club this summer to move to Manchester City, leaving Kieran Trippier as the only right-back at the club. This is one of the positions that Ginter could have slotted in to. Kevin Wimmer, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier are the only players at the club that can play at centre-back, and again this is a position that Ginter could have occupied.

The signing of Ginter or somebody very similar would become essential if Eric Dier was to leave the club this summer, but the Englishman was included in the new Nike kit release, how much we can read into this I do not know.

Yes, Ginter would have been an excellent signing for Spurs, adding to the squad depth that is so desperately needed to challenge for trophies in England, and would have allowed for more rotation in the squad without the cost being unreasonably high at around £18m.

Mauricio Pochettino Hands Struggling Spurs Man Huge Blow

Vincent Janssen will have been rubbing his hands together with excitement on Sunday evening having seen Harry Kane hobble off against Millwall as well as netted his first goal in a Spurs shirt from open play. 

Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Harry Kane’s injury in the opening stages of the 6-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Millwall was very similar to the one the Englishman suffered back in September against September. In that instance, he was sidelined for two months with that particular injury.

Two months from now takes us to the final game on 13th May against Manchester United, which will be the final Premier League match at White Hart Lane (or will it be?). With that being the penultimate game of the Premier League, Kane would miss most of the rest of the season if his ankle injury of similar severity to the one last time earlier on this season.

Although nobody likes to see their teammates injured, Vincent Janssen might have been secretly jumping for joy after his fired himself into the mix for a starting spot, netting the fifth goal on Sunday afternoon. With Heung-min Son not being a recognised striker, you would think that the Dutchman would be next in line for a starting spot. However, this might not turn out to be the case.

These words from the Argentine boss seem to suggest that he will play Heung-min Son up front while Kane is sidelined with his ankle injury, just as he did a few times earlier on in the season when Kane was out.

This will come as a huge blow for struggling striker Vincent Janssen, who will have been looking to build on his first goal from open play in the 6-0 win over Millwall in the FA Cup with a starting spot in the absense of Harry Kane.

Who do you think will start up front in the next few weeks in place of Kane?

Spurs Ready To Pounce If Manchester United Star’s Contract Talks Stall

The Mirror report that Jesse Lingard will hold talks with Manchester United this week regarding a new contract. While all of this is going on, Tottenham are keeping an eye on Lingard’s situation, ready to make a move if contract talks stall. 

The 24-year-old is apparently one of the lowest paid members of the Manchester United squad, and having seen the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba arrive on preposterous amounts of money, Lingard would like his salary to be raised.

It is believed that Lingard wants to move into the middle band of earners at the club, and a £60,000 per-week deal would take the Englishman into this middle band. Although the salary itself might not be an issue for a club as big as Manchester United, it is the length of contract that could prove to be a stumbling block in negotiations. The Mirror claim that Lingard is seeking a new five-year deal at Old Trafford, whereas United would prefer him to put pen to paper on a fresh four-year deal.

If negotiations grind to a halt, it has been suggested that Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham would be more than happy to take the Englishman away from Old Trafford.

Mauricio Pochettino has a track record of working well with young English players with huge potential, and a player like Jesse Lingard certainly falls into this bracket. The England international is also not afraid to show up in the bigger matches, scoring his third goal at Wembley in Manchester United’s 3-2 EFL Cup final win over Southampton.

Lingard has found an extended run in the team under Jose Mourinho hard to come by, and has made fourteen Premier League appearances so far this season. In that time, the 24-year-old has created 20 chances and made 18 key passes despite providing just two assists.

The Manchester United man could find himself in the starting eleven tonight though as Jose Mourinho and United travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup this evening. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended, Anthony Marial and Wayne Rooney are both injured, and Marcus Rashford is suffering with illness. That leaves United with no recognised striker for the crunch clash with Chelsea, and Lingard could well occupy the forward role at Stamford Bridge.