1) Jan Vertonghen
Tottenham’s reputation of cashing in on top players at the club is a reputation that has not died with successive top four finishes in the eyes of some. However, I believe the club is past this stage.
Take the sale of Kyle Walker last summer. Some fans were serious when the news broke that the Yorkshireman had been sold to this season’s champions for a hefty £50m. ‘Same old Levy’ and ‘same old Tottenham’ were some of the cries as we watched another top-class player leave North London.
Unfair criticism it turned out to be in my view. Although Kyle Walker wanted to leave Tottenham, according to the Independent, his mind was made up as a result of an ongoing dispute with manager Mauricio Pochettino over fitness. As mentioned in that Independent article, Pochettino doubted Walker’s ability to play two games in one week, something the right-back disagreed with strongly at the time.
The decision to sell the player seemed to be best for both parties. Spurs got their £50m and Walker got to start a fresh with a different manager that maybe doesn’t doubt his fitness in the way Pochettino did. Although it can be viewed as a mistake selling to a direct rival and strengthening their team, the decision seemed to be the correct one to sell Walker. The situation is similar with Toby Alderweireld.
Tottenham had been keen to tie Alderweireld down to a new deal before the end of last season, but negotiations have been in deadlock for some time now. If the player was that keen to sign, he surely would have done so by now.
It has been a frustrating season for the Belgian defender. Not only has he had a couple of fairly lengthy spells out of action due to injury, but he has also seen himself kept out of the team by the solid and effective centre-back partnership of Jan Vertonghen and newcomer Davinson Sanchez. Due to the contract stalemate? Or due to the stellar performances of the pair mentioned before? This is an issue up for debate.
Nonetheless, without Alderweireld, the defensive unit has performed efficiently and effectively over this season, is the Belgian still the integral part of the defence as he once was? Or have we evolved as a team? If the answer to the latter is yes, £50m would be a healthy sum to sell to Manchester United for. However, we are left with the issue of strengthening a direct rival. This is something that needs to be considered carefully by the coaching staff at Spurs, but why not cash in on a player that doesn’t want to commit his long-term future to the club?
With Toby Alderweireld seemingly on his way out of Tottenham and Manchester United allegedly in talks, Mauricio Pochettino should look to get a player or two involved in the deal. There’s a wealth of talent at United that Mourinho is not currently utilising, and several of these players I feel could thrive under Pochettino. Here’s 3 I think we should try to involve in negotiations.
1 – Anthony Martial
Martial is an incredible player but he clearly cannot thrive under Mourinho, who is stunting his talent growth. The youngster ends up playing as a left wing back at times for United when he should be playing in an advanced wide left position or even through the middle.
In an attack in combination with the likes of Kane and Alli, with Pochettino’s forward-thinking philosophy, Martial could have the platform to realise his huge potential. Considering his current situation I think this move could certainly appeal to Anthony.
Tottenham have had an OK season so far. Although they sit outside the top four, the clubs improved European performance so far must be appreciated, and there’s still a chance they could finish in the top two of the Premier League, though the league title seems out of sight for everyone but Manchester City at the minute. In this article, we take a look at four players being strongly linked with a move to the club this month…
1 – Malcolm
Tottenham are said to be seriously interested in signing Bordeaux’s Brazilian striker Malcolm. Although reports that a £31million bid was rejected are said to be wide of the mark, Spurs’ interest is genuine, say Sky Sports.
Malcolm has scored 7 goals and assisted 4 in 18 Ligue 1 appearances this season. He’s a versatile attacker that would certainly add a much needed new dimension to Tottenham’s attack. His versatility means he could play alongside Kane and Alli or in place of them.
Kane has been in fine scoring form and he could be among Real Madrid players. Find out the qualities that make him a right fit and what critics have to say…
Kane, the Tottenham player has been on a rampage for the last couple of seasons. He has been able to grow as a striker while he puts up great stats as a striker in terms of scoring. He is a scoring machine and has been thought as a killer player when it comes to scoring. However, in the recent past, he has been slated to join Real Madrid football club. Real Madrid is known to poach the best players from the premier league. As an elite player in the premier league, Kane fits that profile well.
However, he does not possess high club level experience as the likes of Ronaldo, Bale and Owen when they joined Real Madrid. Even with that, there are a few things that make him perfect for Real Madrid to sign him as one of their best players.
He is at the right age
He is only 24, and it is at this age that Owen, Ronaldo, and Bale were signed by Real Madrid as players. Real Madrid ratings show that this is the right age for a move if Real Madrid are to sign him. Get the best horse racing odds today from the upcoming races. Find free tips and strategies to improve your odds of winning.
He is worth £200 million
If Tottenham were to part with their star player, Kane, they would have to ask Real Madrid for more than £200 million for their top player. He is definitely worth the huge buyout as he has one of the best player scoring records in the premier league. At the penalty area, he is able to relax and score comfortably which makes him a great scoring talent and can fit well among Real Madrid players.
Kane could rival Benzema
Benzema is a great Real Madrid player. However, he cannot be considered as one of the best strikers they have despite his great scoring stats for the club. It is with this that Kane could be the one to replace him, if Real Madrid were to buy Kane. See all the latest horse betting tips and use them in multiple major markets around the globe. Get genuine horse race previews to increase your chances of getting the correct outcome.
Real Madrid are in denial
The Real Madrid president publicly denied ever having any interest in the Tottenham Spurs player. This might have been wise for him as it can hurt his players if he decided to show interest in another player from another club. It is the wrong time to start showing interest in other players in the middle of the club competitions and Champions league. He needs his players to remain true to the club and by showing interest in other players, it could jeopardize how well they play.
Kane might be ready to move to Real Madrid
While he was in Spain facing real Madrid in the Champions league, he gave clue that he would love to play abroad. It would be a perfect add-on to the Real Madrid players as he has a killer instinct when it comes to finding his way to the back of the net. However, he also mentioned that he would love to be a one-club man which rings even more confusion.
Tottenham have started the season fairly well, especially when you consider their much improved performance in the Champions League this season, with it now looking extremely likely that the club will get out of a very tough group. But how can Tottenham really reach new heights? For me they need to add World Class players. In this article I take a look at 4 players that could arrive.
1 – Gareth Bale
So Bale could really return to Tottenham. As much as Bale may like Spurs as a club, he is extremely unlikely to take a huge pay cut to come back, considering the offers he is likely to have on his plate and the fact that aged 28, his next contract is likely to be his last major deal. I’d think Spurs would need to offer in excess of £200,000 per week for Bale to even tempt him. It goes without saying that Spurs should do everything to make this happen as signing him would really take the club to the next level.
Can it really happen? The press might have you believe that Bale has said he will sign for Tottenham tomorrow, but let’s take a realistic look at the news.
However, there are some concrete rumours emerging from Spain that Madrid have lost patience with Bale’s recent injury woes and they are willing to offload him in the summer. Whilst Manchester United and probably every English club would be keen to sign Bale, Tottenham are the club he would like to sign for, if he does leave Madrid, according to the latest reports. But is this realistic?
The obvious problem arrives at the wages of Bale, whom is earning around three times as much as Tottenham’s current top earner. As much as Bale may like Spurs as a club, he is extremely unlikely to take a huge pay cut to come back, considering the offers he is likely to have on his plate and the fact that aged 28, his next contract is likely to be his last major deal. I’d think Spurs would need to offer in excess of £200,000 per week for Bale to even tempt him. The reality is that for all the brilliant management of Pochettino and the quality that Tottenham do already have, to move to the next level, Spurs need to invest into the team and to go to the next level they need to bring in some established World Class players, who better than Bale for this? He’s certainly worth a wage re-structure in my opinion.
In a world where money is overtaking football, Spurs need to start to take steps to ensure they are not left behind and signing Bale would be some statement to the world that Tottenham are here to stay amongst the best clubs in Europe – this is not a phase. Can we pull it off though? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one in the comments.
Spurs signed Fernando Llorente on transfer deadline day, the club leaving it until after the 11pm deadline to announce the capture of the Spaniard on their official Twitter account. Nonetheless, the striker joins Spurs for around £12m from Swansea City with a good goalscoring record.
Llorente was a key figure at the Liberty Stadium last season and played a huge role in keeping the Swans in the Premier League after a battle at the wrong end of the table. The striker managed an impressive 15 goals last term, and won the Welsh club fifteen points all on his own. A man who can step up and make the difference when it matters.
It is highly unlikely that Llorente will slot straight in as first choice striker at Spurs and will probably look to take some of the weight off the shoulders of Harry Kane, who has endured a difficult start to the season, failing to find the net in his opening three games.
Vincent Janssen was brought in from AZ Alkmaar last summer for £17m and has failed to live up to his billing in his time at Spurs. The Dutchman netted six times in his debut season, just two of those coming from open play. With the arrival of Llorente, Janssen may see a huge chunk of his already limited first team opportunities disappear.
Not only does Llorente provide good backup for Harry Kane, he also gives Tottenham a different option up front, the opportunity to play with a target man, an option that Spurs have not had for a long while. His heading ability has been there for all to see at Swansea, and let’s hope Spurs’ playmakers recognise this and utilise it when he is on the pitch. Here is how Spurs fans reacted to the signing of Llorente on Twitter.
— Houston Spurs (@HoustonSpurs) 31 August 2017
— Matt French (@MattyFrench82) 31 August 2017
Stoked about this signing. #WelcomeFernando
— Derrell Bradford (@Dyrnwyn) 31 August 2017
— John Harrison (@Purfleetjohn) 1 September 2017
— Alf Love (@alf_love47) 1 September 2017
— Ant Weight (@Weightinho) 1 September 2017
Llorente is our first genuine target man I can remember us having and I bet we still won’t beat the first man from corners 🙄😂 #COYS
— Sam Dorrell (@SamTHFC_Dorrell) 1 September 2017
The more I think about it, the happier I am with the Llorente signing. He’s got goals in him and he proved himself in the prem last yr #COYS
— Alex (@_ASmith99) 1 September 2017
Spurs have already completed the signing of Serge Aurier on transfer deadline day, but their business is surely not over. Here are three deals that they look set to complete before the 11pm deadline.
Spurs have had a bid accepted for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente, and the striker has reportedly had a medical in North London ahead of a dramatic deadline day move.
Chelsea have been in talks with the Welsh club for a large part of the summer regarding a potential deal involving Llorente, but an agreement has not been reached. Tottenham’s accepted bid is believed to be worth around about £15m as they look to provide sufficient backup for Harry Kane.
The deal is ready to be completed at any moment. However, there is just one thing holding the announcement back. Swansea are keen to find a replacement before they sanction any move away for Llorente. They look close to resigning Wilfred Bony, but are holding back any sale of the Spaniard just in case the Bony deal falls through.
With Tim Sherwood in charge, Tottenham exited the Europa League in Benfica in 2014, despite staging a late comeback in Lisbon to throw the tie’s outcome into doubt through two late Nacer Chadli goals. Remember Andre Gomes from that game? Well, Spurs are now in the race to sign him.
The midfielder now plays his football at Barcelona, and is now being made available for a season-long loan by the European giants. Spurs have reportedly shown an interest in Gomes with West Ham also ready to take 24-year-old on loan.
The former Benfica man is reportedly on £80,000-per-week, which would fit in nicely within Tottenham’s fair, but much criticised wage structure. Reports suggest that Gomes favours a move to North London. Mauricio Pochettino is a huge admirer of Gomes and would love to see him come through the door at Spurs on transfer deadline day.
Spurs have already brought in Serge Aurier on transfer deadline day from PSG for a fee of £23m, and are close to completing a deal for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente that could be worth up to £15m. However, Spurs are not finished yet and could add to their deadline day business with the signing of Gomes.
Gomes predominantly plays in the middle of the park and can play in defensive midfield, acting as a playmaker in a deeper role, or he can play further up behind the striker.
Squad depth will be key to Mauricio Pochettino this season as his side adapts to playing at Wembley Stadium. The Argentine boss will have to juggle the Premier League, Champions League, EFL Cup and the FA Cup over the course of this season and will be keen to add numbers to his squad before the transfer window slams shut at 11pm tonight.