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3 Players Keen To Impress Pochettino Against Gillingham

Wednesday night sees the return of the EFL Cup for Spurs and a home tie against League One Gillingham is what awaits the Lilywhites. With a welcome break from the pressures of the Premier League and the Champions League, Mauricio Pochettino might see the Gillingham fixture as a perfect opportunity to rotate the Spurs squad.

Competition for places in the Tottenham squad has never been stronger, and here are three players that will be keen to impress the Pochettino in a bid to claim a regular starting spot.

1) Vincent Janssen

Since the Dutchman’s arrival from AZ Alkmaar, Janssen has made just the one start in all competitions, and has not beaten Harry Kane to a starting spot so far this season which is hardly surprising the form the Golden Boot winner was in last season.

However, we saw Kane stretchered off in the 1-0 Premier League win over Sunderland on Sunday, and we are unlikely to see the striker for the next couple of months. This means we are likely to see Janssen lead the line for the next couple of weeks at least.

The Dutchman will surely see the Gillingham game as an excellent opportunity to bag his first goal in a Spurs shirt having put in a number of good performances already and show Pochettino why he is more than capable of leading the Spurs line up top by himself.

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UCL Player Ratings: Tottenham 1-2 Monaco

In front of a record crowd at Wembley, Spurs were unable to recover from a slow, sluggish start that saw then 0-2 down in just over 30 minutes. Despite Toby Alderweireld pulling a goal back for Spurs just before half-time, goals from Bernado Silva and Thomas Lemar were enough for Monaco to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start. Here are the Spurs player ratings. 

Hugo Lloris- 5

Apart from the two goals, the Frenchman didn’t really have too much to do at all. I thought he was unlucky with the two goals, especially the first, nothing he could do about the strike from Bernado Silva

Kyle Walker- 6

Looked a threat going forward for a large portion of the night, bombing down that right-hand side as he so often does well. However, I feel his final ball or cross could have been better at times.

Toby Alderwireld- 5

Was solid enough, but despite the well-taken goal, not quite up to his usual standards to be honest. He gave the ball away in the second half when under no pressure at all with a poor touch, fortunately the resulting attack came to nothing worth mentioning.

Jan Vertonghen- 5

Really shouldn’t have backed off Bernado Silva and let him run as he did, if he defends a little more aggressively in that sitiatuion and puts a foot in then Wednesday evening might have been a different story altogether.

Ben Davies- 5

Would certainly like to see Davies become more of an attacking threat and be a little more like Danny Rose, but defensively I think his performance was just about good enough.

Eric Dier- 5

Didn’t really look himself on Wedensday night under the Wembley lights, but after a dodgy and nervy first half performance, the defensive midfielder picked his game up a but in the second period before he was replaced by Moussa Sissoko.

Dele Alli- 6

Alli was deployed in a deeper role than usual in the first half, and the substitution of Son for Dembele at the break allowed him to push forward in the second half. He worked hard in the deeper role and you cannot fault his work rate, but I feel the youngster is at his best playing just behind the striker.

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Tottenham’s 3 Best Performers In Stoke City Thrashing

Tottenham moved into the top 4 and maintained their unbeaten to the season with a scintillating 4-0 win away to Stoke, a trip that usually causes problems for teams, no matter how talented. Pochettino had been experimenting with his line up so far this season and although perhaps aided by some poor Stoke City defending, Spurs finally clicked into top gear on Saturday. Here are our top 3 performers from the game.

1 – Son Heung-min

Who else? Son, who was almost sold by Tottenham this summer, was given a chance ahead of Erik Lamela, who had started the season impressively. Son took his performance to the next level though, showing what a goal threat he is by scoring a brace and he also notched up an assist. The 24-year-old has bags of potential and hopefully with the added amount of games, the South Korean will get the minutes he needs to grow and realise his potential. He made 3 key passes, and although he was dispossessed 4 times, Son was successful with 81.6% of his passes. It would be great to see more performances like this from Son, as when we signed him we all knew about his potential, but he has so far, only shown flashes of his best. His performance against Stoke was surely his best performance in a Tottenham shirt to date. Hopefully there is more to come from him.

Tottenham May Need To Offer £100,000 For Quality Midfielder To Sign Contract

Tottenham will need to pay big money to keep hold of one of their star players this summer, the London Evening Standard has revealed.

The player in question is Christian Eriksen and according to the report he is only currently earning around £30,000 per week. That is incredibly low for a player of his quality, moving into the peak years of his career. His current contract expires in two years and the club have offered him an extension, but the player has rejected it.

Tottenham have managed to keep their wage bill relatively low with the likes of Harry Kane earning £50,000 per week, although reports indicate he will soon double his earnings – Hugo Lloris is thought to be the clubs top earner at this stage, earning around £80,000 per week. Compare that to the other top clubs in the Premier League and you’ll see that Tottenham pay a lot less than their competitors.

Eriksen remains keen on extending his contract at Tottenham, but he has rejected the clubs first offer of an extension, according to the London Evening Standard. They don’t speculate as to the value of that contract offer, but it is likely to have been in the region of £60,000 per week. The 24-year-old could extend his contract if he was offered something similar to Lloris’ £80,000 per week.

There are several players at Tottenham that could easily be earning more money elsewhere, and so far it is great to see the players choosing to stay with us rather than move elsewhere purely for financial purposes. Pochettino almost took this squad to a Premier League title last season and there is no football reason for any of these players to switch clubs. They will play in the Champions League next season and have another go at winning the title.

 

Daniel Levy likes to drive a good bargain in transfer negotiations and it seems that is also the case when it comes to negotiating contracts. Tottenham fans will hope that this attitude from Levy will not push players away from the club – as really, even if Eriksen is asking for £80,000, he could earn that without any negotiations at plenty of other top European clubs.

Aged 24, Eriksen is approaching the prime of his career and it is extremely important to tie him down for those years. He is a top quality midfielder that will interest plenty of other clubs. Levy should probably soften his negotiation approach when it comes to this one as we don’t want to lose Christian.

Player Ratings: Spurs 4-1 West Ham

You could argue that this game was one of our finest performances of the season so far, as two goals from Harry Kane helped Spurs thrash rivals West Ham at White Hart Lane. It was a fantastic, all round team performance from our boys, putting us a point behind Arsenal in fourth, and four points off Leicester at the summit of the Premier League. Who were our star performers? Well, let’s take a look at the Tottenham player ratings against West Ham.

Hugo Lloris: 6

It’s been a tough week for our captain, but he played well today, doing his duty when called upon, which in all fairness was a rarity. Lloris will be disappointed to not have kept a clean sheet, but for the other 88 minutes of the game, he was rarely tested.

Kyle Walker: 7

A relatively good outing from Walker, who managed to get on the score sheet on his 100th appearance for Spurs. The only thing of note, apart from the goal, was his mistake for the West Ham goal. Sure, it was 4-0 with a few minutes left, but he will still be kicking himself nonetheless.

Toby Alderweireld: 8

Find me another man in football who can head the ball so often in a game, and his hair remain perfect from the first minute to the last? Toby Alderweireld had a great game at the back today, as well as getting a goal for himself, and it honestly seems like whenever a ball is played into the box, he can read the future, as he is always there to clear the danger. Easily one of the buys of the summer in the Premier League.

Jan Vertonghen: 7

Once more, Jan and Toby’s love story at the back adds another chapter, with the two Belgians having stellar games for Spurs. Vertonghen was out of the limelight a bit in this game, but he still managed to keep his composure, and deal with any danger thrown at them.

Danny Rose: 7

Solid once more from Rose, who has grown into an integral part of our side, with his attacking threat and defensive work. Not much else to comment on, other than he is one of our most consistent players every week, including today.

Eric Dier: 7

His transformation to a holding midfielder was showcased to its max today, as Dier showed that he is more than capable in the middle of the park. He can break up play, start attacks, he plays the ball with poise and finesse, and he gives both attackers and defenders a safety net.

Dele Alli: 7

A great attacking threat who should have gotten a goal today, but thundered his header against the bar. A quiet game considering his recent performances, but the most important part of the game for him is that he will miss the game against Chelsea through suspension.

Christian Eriksen: 8

A great game from the Great Dane, who seems to effortlessly and silently change and dictate the game. Assisting Alderweireld, Eriksen floated around, allowing others to flourish, in a great performance once again.

Mousa Dembele: 8

Now this is the Dembele we all wanted to see for about 3 years. He bullied the West Ham players off the ball, and at one point, I thought he had glue on his boot. The man is a genius! Today, he was just magnificent to watch.

Heung-Min Son: 7

Such a bundle of energy in this game that he pressed every one at least once. Son has been a great addition to the team, and while he didn’t really have sights on goal, he certainly helped the team.

Harry Kane: 9

Two goals from the England striker, and they were goals that really showed that Kane is back to his best. Goals feel better when Kane scores them, and there is no stopping this man when he’s in this kind of form. His work off the ball is superb, and his hold up play, as well as his link up play, are amongst the best that I have ever seen in the Premier League.Kane is slowly showing he is an all round striker, topped off with the fact that he’s one of our own!

Player Ratings: Spurs 2-1 Anderlecht

It wasn’t exactly a pretty victory, but we very rarely win well in the Europa League, but a 2-1 win gives the boys a good boost ahead of the always important North London Derby this coming Sunday.

Let’s talk about the player ratings, shall we?

Hugo Lloris: 7

A solid performance once more from the Frenchman, who is looking so good between the sticks as of late. Rarely troubled in this game except for the goal, but there was hardly anything Hugo could have done to stop it.

Kieran Tripper: 6

Again, a solid performance, which wasn’t entirely spectacular. Most of the team tonight just put in a good shift, and at the end of the day, these lads got the victory for us to send us top of the group.

Toby Alderweireld: 7

I said it the other day, but what a signing this boy is turning into! Every time he steps onto the pitch, he just oozes class, and his partnership with Jan Vertonghen is looking like one of the best in the Premier League. I’m sure Jermaine Jenas agrees me.

Jan Vertonghen: 7

I would love to comment more, but if you want to know how Super Jan played, see Toby Alderweireld.

Ben Davies: 7

A solid performance yet again from the Welshman, who played well, with one exception. If only he was alert on the Anderlecht goal, Ezekiel wouldn’t have snuck in around the back. With that one exception, Davies had a good game, but he will probably be back on the bench for Sunday.

Eric Dier: 6

Quiet is the word I’d use to describe Dier this evening. Not in a bad sense, but he just didn’t really do anything of note. We all know of the big news about Dier, so congratulations on a well deserved call up to the England squad.

Dele Alli: 6

Sloppy passes were littered all out for the Milton Keynes boy, but at 19, I think you can allow games like this, especially considering how good he has started his Tottenham career.

Erik Lamela: 6

He could have had a much better game and rating, but Lamela didn’t really connect with the flow this evening. I think he changed boots twice, but that didn’t work, and after having a decent looking penalty shout turned down, Lamela looked down and out.

Christian Eriksen: 6

A quiet game from the Great Dane by his standards. Not much to discuss for this one, except for the fact he subbed off early to give him some rest ahead of the North London Derby.

Ryan Mason: 6

Again, not much to talk about except that his return to fitness has put him back in contention for a spot against Arsenal this Sunday.

Harry Kane: 8

Scoring once more can only mean good things for Tottenham. If there was ever a time for Kane to come back to form, it would be before our three toughest games so far of the season. If we can feed Kane like we did against Bournemouth, then we could see the return of the HurriKane.

Subs:

Mousa Dembele: 8

My Man of the Match for this game, as his impact on the game, as well as the goal, won this match for Spurs. His thunderbolt was an absolute dream to see fly into the top corner, and if we can keep Dembele going in this vain of form, we could be finally seeing the complete attacking midfielder we all know he has the potential to be.

Josh Onomah: N/A

Heung Min Son: N/A

Player Ratings: Spurs 3-1 Aston Villa

I think we can all admit that this wasn’t the best of games, but at least we got the job done in the end. Goals from Moussa Dembele, Dele Alli and Harry Kane gave Spurs the 3-1 victory to stretch our unbeaten run to 10. It is quite hard to believe, but we are second in the form table, only to Arsenal, who we face next week. You could probably describe this result as efficient rather than amazing, fast flowing football, and you know what, I loved it. Who was the best player, though? Let’s take a look at the ratings.

Hugo Lloris: 6

Not a bad performance, but not one of his best, to be perfectly honest. We may have got the victory, but Lloris had his fair share of unusual mistakes, for instance the missed punch against Gestede. At least we got the 3 points.

Kyle Walker: 7

A safe performance up until that shaky 10-minute period at the end. Slowly, but surely, Walker is getting better, and making myself eat my words. He has improved a lot defensively, and his pace will always be a threat going forward. I just want consistency!

Toby Alderweireld: 6

A simple, safe game from the Belgian, who is slowly showing his class in defence and on the ball. Just quality again from Toby. This guy is the kick up the backside that Jan Vertonghen needed to push himself just a bit further.

Jan Vertonghen: 6

At the risk of sounding lazy, Vertonghen and Alderweireld are actually having the exact same games now. I really wish there was more to say about him other than well done. I’m seriously enjoying this defensive partnership now.

Danny Rose: 7

Another great game on the left side from Danny Rose, who is slowly becoming one of our better attackers. Time and time again, on the left, he is running non-stop up and down, causing threats all the time. Maybe, just maybe, an England call up is on the cards?

Eric Dier: 7

Another class performance from the transformer of the side. Why is he called the transformer? Well, the fact that he transformed his position to be one of the best defensive midfielders in the league, and also, because he transforms defence into attack. Like it? I had all game to come up with that one!

Dele Alli: 8

I do like to see a boy from Milton Keynes do well, especially for my Tottenham Hotspur, and this lad has a big future ahead of him. Along with his goal, he put in an accomplished performance, and some good touches. Big, big things expected from this lad now.

Erik Lamela: 8

I’m about to admit that I am wrong. Erik Lamela is a good player, and his season has been superb so far. Now, I don’t want to jinx anything, but he could become a key part of our eleven.

Mousa Dembele: 8

Opening the game with a goal after two minutes, Dembele played a great game, something we have all been waiting for, but similarly to Walker, all I ask for is some consistency!

Christian Eriksen: 8

A quieter game than usual, but Eriksen still managed to have a good game on the left, and in the first half, allowed Rose to go forward at will. One of our best players this season, and I can imagine him playing a huge role this campaign.

Harry Kane: 8

Following on from his hat-trick from last week, Kane scored once more at the Lane, and simply put, goals feel better when Kane bangs them in!

Player Ratings: Bournemouth 1-1 Spurs

Despite going 1-0 behind less than a minute into the match, Spurs were still able to put on a show for the travelling fans that made the trip to Bournemouth. Harry Kane bagged a hat-trick in an impressive 5-1 win. Here are our player ratings.

Hugo Lloris (3.5/5)- Had a nervy moment in the first half but got away with it under pressure. Delt with whatever came his way comfortably.

Kyle Walker- (4/5)- Good, solid performance. Defended well and finally looks to be upping his game to a consistently high level.

Toby Alderweireld (4/5)- One of the best signings we’ve made in recent years. Composed as ever and led the defence’s recovery from the early setback.

Jan Vertonghen (4/5)- His partnership with Toby is a defensive force to behold. Untroubled for the majority and picked his teammates out well.

Danny Rose (3/5)- Never had full control over Ritchie and picked up a booking. A decent outlet at the other end though.

Eric Dier (4/5)- Class. Again. Protected the defence well and his ability and calmness on the ball was there for all to see.

Dele Alli (4/5)- Alli continues to look like he’s been in this league for years. Pressed high and worked as hard as anyone, but had the calmness and class on the ball to go with it. His nutmeg count continues to rise.

Mousa Dembele (4/5)- There is no doubting the Belgians talent, and for the second league match in a row he was one of the best on the pitch. A performance full of clever passing and strength on the ball. Tidy finish for his goal.

Erik Lamela (3.5/5)- Oh so slowly, but oh so surely. The Argentine is improving. Not quite as good as his teammates but still showed some delightful touches and was in the right place to get his goal. His Spurs career was on the brink this summer, and he’s responded.

Christian Eriksen (4.5/5)- A joy to watch at times. The passing, the vision, the workrate, it was all there. His pass led to the penalty and his stunning cross led to Kane’s second. Denied a superb goal of his own by the post. In this mood, in this form, there are few better in the league. Back to his best.

Harry Kane (5/5)- Is he back? Maybe a little too early to say Harry Kane has hit the heights of last season but he’s well on his way based on this performance. Added a killer instinct to his usual hard work and his hatrick will be as much a relief to him as it is to the fans. Showed his calmness from the spot, and his predatory instinct for the following goals.

Subs

Ryan Mason (3.5/5)- Good to see him back. Settled into the game quickly and kept the ball ticking over nicely

N’jie and Trippier N/A

Player Ratings: Spurs 0-0 Liverpool

After a 0-0 draw at home to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, Tom Scholes takes a look at some of the Tottenham players who played the best, and some who weren’t quite as good.

Hugo Lloris: 3.5/5

It was a type of game for Lloris where he had to keep his focus every minute, as the lack of action meant that Hugo was rarely called upon. But when the Frenchman was called upon, he reacted well, whether it be sweeping up at the back or stopping the shots.

Kyle Walker: 3/5

Still an unconvincing performance from Walker once again, but at least he didn’t make any game threatening errors. Clearly the quickest defender we have, his pace is an important asset when a ball over the top comes in.

Jan Vertonghen: 3.5/5

Another great display at the back for the Belgian, who is so good on the ball he could probably play in central midfield. A clean sheet once more is a great sign that our defense is one of the best we have had in years. His partnership with Toby Alderweireld is potentially one of the best in the Premier League

Toby Alderweireld: 3.5/5

Exactly same as Vertonghen, as these two are quite simply fantastic together at the back. Not much more to say than that, but he can be a great player in terms of passing and aerial threats.

Danny Rose: 3.5/5

It may be worth giving Rose a run on the left hand side of the attack rather than at the back, because his ability to go forward is astounding, and his pace is such a threat to the opposition. Not a bad game today, but he could maybe have been just a slither better.

Mousa Dembele: 4/5

What a player this lad can be! The way that he moved on the ball, and how he broke up play has probably given Mauricio Pochettino a huge selection headache for future games. It’s not often that I agree with Michael Owen, but it’s hard to argue with his Man of the Match award.

Dele Alli: 3/5-

An average performance today, but not in a bad sense, because the boy from Milton Keynes didn’t really do anything wrong. His passing is still on point, and he never looks intimidated by the opposition.

Nacer Chadli/ Clinton N’jie: 3/5

With Chadli going off early on, N’jie was given the task of attacking down the left hand side. Sadly, the opportunity seemed to just pass him by. I didn’t dislike the performance today, but you could clearly tell that he may be more comfortable and effective in a more central role.

Christian Eriksen: 3.5/5

Again, Eriksen didn’t do much in terms of changing the game, but he was always a threat. Coming off the back of two goals away to Swansea, a lot was expected from the Dane, but unfortunately, he couldn’t produce. Mind you, he still played better than Coutinho.

Erik Lamela: 3/5

I don’t know about you, but did Lamela seem to only give away fouls today? Very quiet, but he is looking a lot more confident when on the ball, and that is always a good thing to see. Put that down to Pochettino and his style of man management.

Harry Kane: 3.5/5

Not a spectacular performance, but there were encouraging signs. No goal, a couple of chances, overall a good outing. Not much to talk about with Kane, other than he is starting to be more than just goals for Tottenham.

Player Ratings: Spurs 4-1 Manchester City

What a game, what a performance, and what a way to start the weekend! Not many of us could have predicted the score line and the performance of Tottenham today, who fielded the youngest starting eleven in the Premier League this season so far. I, for one, found it hard to find faults individually with the team today, so here are the Tottenham Hotspur player ratings, and if you don’t agree with any ratings, remember to let us know.

Hugo Lloris- 7

As I noted in “Three key players for Spurs against Manchester City”, Lloris was very important in our victory today. He kept the defense solid, and when he was called upon at set pieces and even with shot stopping, he dealt with it with ease. Not only was his performance fantastic, but his leadership at the back is providing us with some great solidity, and giving us a voice in vital areas.

Kyle Walker- 6:

Not a great performance from Walker, but not a bad one either, so I guess you can say he was above average, which is exactly what Walker needed. Despite giving the ball away prior to the City opener (I know Eriksen played a part in that too), Walker recovered and, believe it or not, actually defended well. Let’s hope that this can be a springboard.

Toby Alderweireld- 8:

Grabbing a goal, and being so solid at the back, Alderweireld is slowly looking like the best buy of the summer for Tottenham. His partnership at the back with Jan Vertonghen is superb, and Alderweireld provides Spurs with confidence in the central position. Let’s not forget that he got on the score sheet too with a rising header to give us the lead!

Jan Vertonghen-7:

Very similar to Alderweireld, Vertonghen is looking like a new player as his partnership at the back is looking superb. Calm play, combined with safe defensive play is making him look like one of the Premier League’s best. Not much more to say about these two really except from the fact this (potentially) could be the best partnership we had since King and Dawson at the back.

Ben Davies-6:

Very quiet in terms of attacking, but Davies was solid when called upon, likewise with everyone else at the back. Davies has been keeping Danny Rose out of the side, and for good reason. He may not be as attacking as Rose, but he is quality nonetheless.

Dele Alli-7:

Yet another stellar performance from the man from Milton Keynes, as he showed he can handle himself in midfield against Yaya Toure, Fernando and Fernandinho. For someone so young, he seems like he has an experienced footballing brain, but the only blot on his performance today is the fact he picked up another booking.

Eric Dier- 9: (Man of the Match)

What a change Dier has gone through this season! Expected to be frozen out of the side as the center back position was chocked full, he must have done something to give Pochettino the idea to play him at holding midfield, and he is playing magnificently. Winning tackles, breaking up play and setting the attackers off with simple and controlled passing, as well as firing home like he did today, Dier is looking superb in recent weeks, with this week being another high point for the former Lisbon man.

Erik Lamela- 8:

The Michael Owen Man of the Match, Lamela played really well today, even scoring the 4th goal, and the relief could be felt all around the stadium when you saw the smile on his face. He chased lost causes and he tried his hardest to create chances for the team, and whilst I gave the Man of the Match to Dier, I won’t argue the decision from Michael Owen (for once).

Christian Eriksen- 6:

A little bit off the pace today after starting in mid week, Eriksen could have played a lot better, but he nearly scored from his free kick which was eventually turned home by Harry Kane. He didn’t effect the game as much as he could have, but he certainly didn’t hide from the ball, and tried to create and to score. When the Dane gets to full fitness, expect to see him have a huge impact on games.

Heung Min Son- 7:

After his great start to life at Spurs, Son would have grabbed another if it wasn’t for the one time the linesman got an offside call correct. He played similarly to Lamela in terms of chasing the City players, and trying hard to get the ball forward and in the goal, but Son put his heart and Seoul into this performance (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

Harry Kane-8:

Finally, our boy got off the mark for the season, and what a feeling! He finished a hard chance following Eriksen’s free kick, but not only the goal, but the performance as a whole was great, with the attack pressing together and moving together as a unit. It was great to watch, and what was even better was seeing the face of the fans, the players, and most importantly, of Kane himself after firing home to give the 3-1 lead at the time.