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Transfer Review: What If Harry Kane Were To Pull A Hamstring?

Deadline day came and went on Tuesday in a flurry of lurid yellow ties, desperate negotiations and angry tweets from Spurs fans and West Brom players alike.

Like most fans, I went through the seven stages of grief – well, at least anger, denial and bargaining – at 6pm. The day after, I’m now into acceptance. The squad is what it is, nothing can be done about it now.

On balance, I’d say Spurs achieved about half of what we needed to do this summer. We got rid of most of the deadwood, but are stuck with Emmanuel Adebayor and, less problematically, Federico Fazio. We moved quickly to shore up the defence with signings of Toby Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer, and added new attacking options in Son Heung-min and Clinton N’Jie. We also kept Hugo Lloris. But, the club failed to bring in the experienced central midfielder the callow squad surely needed, and no second striker arrived to support Harry Kane.

The central midfield question I’ll leave for another day, but the failure to sign a striker was at the heart of many a Twitter meltdown.

The Saido Berahino debacle was puzzling. In what was an insane market for strikers – where inflationary pressures of all the TV money sloshing around combined with a shortage in quality front men – £25m seemed a reasonable amount of money to spend on a young striker who has already shown he can score Premier League goals in a team that creates few chances. Us fans will be left to draw our own conclusions about what the failure to meet this price says about Daniel Levy’s strategy, nerve, or the club’s financial state.

The big fear Spurs fans will have, as we enter the dog days of long Europa League trips and early Sunday kick-offs, is that something happens to Harry Kane. Let’s say he suffers an injury on England duty this fortnight, what do Spurs then do up front? Mauricio Pochettino will dutifully say he is happy with his attacking options. But what are they? Let’s have a look at them.

First of all, about Poch’s system. When Southampton played their best under the Argentine in 2013-2014 season they didn’t actually score that many goals. Rickie Lambert had 13 in 37 League matches. Jay Rodriguez had 15 in 33. Adam Lallana had 9 in 38. No one else chipped in significantly. I loved watching the Saints that season, but it wasn’t because they were running up the goals or were particularly thrilling. They were just an ultra-efficient, fast, well-drilled, hard-working team that knew how to get ahead and stay ahead.

They key to the attacking system was that Rickie Lambert intelligently created space and worked defenders, leaving room for Lallana to operate and creating opportunities for Rodriguez to get in behind. Kane, Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen basically replicated that last season. The striker in Poch’s system is as much as anything a worker – moving intelligently, holding up the ball and drawing defenders. He is expected to share the goalscoring burden, not shoulder it alone. Pochettino never had
to cope with a Lambert injury, so we are slightly in the dark as to his thinking.

So what are the options?

Son Heung-Min: Our new Korean is presumably the first option should Kane go down. I was under the impression that he plays mostly off the front man in very much the Rodriguez mold, and was as much an upgrade on the left over Chadli. But, he has played up front before, and he is actually quite similar to Kane physically – over 6ft and strong, with more pace. The drama over his position on the club’s website suggests someone at Hotspur Way sees him as a striker. Presumably at this stage, Son is the
official “Plan B”.

Clinton N’Jie: The man of mystery. Stuck behind Alexandre Lacazette at Lyon, most of his minutes came out wide. But for Cameroon, he has played up front, and the Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas (no doubt eyeing a future sale) made the comparison with Samuel Eto’o. A totally different player from Kane, from what little we know about N’Jie he is someone who carries the ball and arrives in the box at pace, not someone who plays across the line or with his back to goal. But frankly, we await eagerly
to see what he is like once he emerges from Poch’s lab.

Nacer Chadli: Played up front on some of our pre-season adventures. Chadli is big, strong and quick – one of those guys who manages to look like he has everything, score a ton of goals, but still feel a bit uninvolved and disappointing. He failed conspicuously to hold the ball up against Stoke when Harry Kane went off, and Spurs paid a heavy price. I really don’t like this option, or the fact that it appears to be so high up the list.

Mousa Dembele: The Belgian enigma has been a bit of an obsession of mine of late. Not because I am waiting to see if, age 28, he suddenly breaks out and becomes that world-class midfielder we’ve been waiting to emerge, but because I think he could be a sneaky answer to the forward conundrum. Dembele has dropped deeper through his career, but he was signed by Fulham as a forward player. What Dembele brings is movement across the line, ability to draw defenders into contact, and the strength and technique to hold the ball. What drives us nuts about him is his refusal to shoot from range, pass forward or make runs from deep – none of which would matter if he was playing as a striker in Poch’s system. I just don’t think this is as crazy as it sounds – call him a False Nine and suddenly we’ve got all sorts of hipster potential.

Erik Lamela: This may get floated about, as much out of desperation to find a role for him as anything. But I wouldn’t risk it as Lamela gives the ball away too much.

Emmanuel Adebayor: Is it possible to feel sympathy and anger at someone? Someone who refuses to move unless he gets his contract paid in full and then can sign a new one on top is shameless. Someone who refuses to move because they are waiting for a sign from God and a word from their pastor is in need of help. I don’t think we can talk about Adebayor as a footballer any more. Judging by the reports of his personal situation, he sounds in a very troubled place and needs help. I feel, even after all the money he has been paid and the anguish he has caused, the club still has a duty of care to him and should take whatever steps it can to get him out of the clutches of whatever quacks or shamans or liggers he is in hock to. There could be serious mental health issues in play at this point, if this talk about him requiring signs from God in professional decision making are accurate. This is a sad situation for anyone. Not the belief in god of course, but the fact that he appears to have lost control of himself. Even for a rich footballer this is sad.

In summary, the options aren’t great and if Kane does pull a hamstring we have problems. Surely, Berahino would have been a great addition both as an alternative to Kane, an impact player off the bench, or an alternative playing in the Rodriguez role. But nevertheless, there are options, and I have confidence that Poch is a smart enough coach to muddle through.

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Pochettino Still Targeting Another Striker This Summer

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he is still looking for another striker to sign before the deadline of the summer transfer window.

On the morning before kick-off against Stoke- Spurs’ first home game of the season- the North London club announced the capture of former Lyon star Clinton N’Jie, their fourth signing of the summer alongside Kevin Wimmer, Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld.

You may think that this could be the last of Tottenham’s business in this window, with a forward now on-board, something Pochettino has been striving to do throughout the summer.

However, the Argentine boss has said that Spurs are still looking to sign another striker before the summer is out.

Pochettino also stated that Kane lacked fitness for the game against Stoke, leading to his substitution part way through the 2-2 draw with The Potters, and the Lilywhites now seem to lack options up top with Emmanuel Adebayor out of the frame, Roberto Soldado sold to Villarreal and Harry Kane lacking fitness.

Clinton N’Jie may seem like the answer, but Pochettino has said that the Cameroon international is comfortable playing out wide, so may require another striker.

“N’Jie can play in different positions. Centrally? He can play there but I think we need another centre forward,”

“We need to add some more players to the squad but don’t worry, I think today we deserved to win – it wasn’t a problem about the strikers.”

Spurs Outcast Set To Reunite With Ex-Spurs Boss?

Aston Villa have reportedly contacted Tottenham Hotspur about the availability of Spurs’ enigmatic striker Emmanuel Adebayor, either on a permanent transfer or to take him on a season long loan deal.

Since being granted compassionate leave twice throughout last season, Mauricio Pochettino is keen on new strikers to freshen up the squad and Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy is desperate to get Adebayor off the club’s wage bill but Villa are reluctant to offer him the current £100,000 per week salary he earns at White Hart Lane.

Despite London being his preferred choice of place to stay, Adebayor is said to be keen on a reunion with former Spurs Head Coach Tim Sherwood who plucked the Togo international from out of the shadows when he took over after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked in December 2013 and made Adebayor the focal point of the side for the rest of that season.

In return, Adebayor scored 14 goals in the 2nd half of that season and looked like the best Adebayor we had since his season on loan at The Lane. But despite initially starting this season under Mauricio Pochettino he fell out of favour with the manager, team-mates and fans after his criticism of fans after the home defeat by Stoke last November. After that he only played sparsely and it’s clear his days in the Lilywhite shirt are over.

Since Christian Benteke is leaving Villa Park for Anfield, Sherwood is very keen to add a striker to his ranks and could use the opportunity to get Adebayor back on track as well as boosting the strength of his side and ending his very tumultuous time at Spurs.

Spurs Still Keen On Villa Star Despite Reports Stating He Will Reject Any Move To The Club

Tottenham are set to up the ante in the race to sign Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, in an attempt to beat the likes of Liverpool to the Belgian’s signature.

The Mirror report that Spurs could chuck Emmanuel Adebayor into a potential deal with the club desperately looking to offload the striker, despite Adebayor’s intentions of staying in North London.

Spurs are still set to make move for the striker, amid reports that Benteke will reject any move to Spurs, even if a fee is agreed between the two clubs, whether these reports are true remains to be seen.

Tim Sherwood already knows the secret of how to get Emmanuel Adebayor back on form, after we saw a different Adebayor in the second half of the 2013/14 when Sherwood was in charge at Tottenham.

Benteke not being keen on the move is not the only spanner in the works for this potential move, but Adebayor’s colossal £100,000-per-week wages could be a problem for Villa, but Spurs reportedly could pay a percentage of his salary should the striker move to another club later this summer.

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Spurs Still Desperate To Sell Emmanuel Adebayor Despite Player’s Wishes

Despite Emmanuel Adebayor recently taking to Twitter to express his interest in staying at Tottenham for another season, Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino are in agreement that the club should be looking to get the striker off their wage bill.

The striker is reportedly paid £100,000-per-week at Spurs, and The Telegraph claim that Spurs are very keen to get the striker off their wage bill, who is currently third choice behind Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado.

Daniel Levy is reportedly looking to sell the striker for a fee in the region of £5m, but may have to accept that he is not going to get that much for the Togo international, and is willing to accept an offer lower than £5m, and pay a percentage of his hefty £100,000-per-week wages to facilitate a move.

Just to put the move into perspective, the club interested in Adebayor will have to spend more on the striker’s wages for one year than the actual transfer fee, putting more emphasis on the need for Daniel Levy to contribute a percentage of his wages.

Clubs such as West Ham have previously been interested in the 30-year-old, but the striker’s wishes to stay as Tottenham have seen negotiations come to a stand-still in some cases. Will Emmanuel Adebayor leave Spurs this summer?

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Spurs Weighing Up Bid For Premier League Striking Star

The Sun believe that Tottenham will make their move for Christian Benteke in the very near future, and could be the first to make a bid for the Belgian striker.

Reports suggest that Spurs could make a £20m bid for the striker, despite Tim Sherwood cklearly stating that it would take a bid of £32.5m to trigger the Belgian’s release clause in his contract.

Benteke wants European football next season, narrowing his options to three clubs, Chelsea, Liverpool and indeed Tottenham, who all will take part in either the Champions League or the Europa League.

Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to strengthen his strike force this summer, and despite Harry Kane scoring 21 Premier League goals this season, Pochettino will be looking to add depth up front with both Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado both misfiring in recent times.

Chelsea and Liverpool are also interested, so if Spurs want to sign the striker, then they will have to act fast for sure.

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Emmanuel Adebayor Intends To Stay With Spurs

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has taken to Twitter to announce that his agent has in fact not held any discussions with him regarding a move to Turkey, and he will stay be staying at Spurs.

Despite the front man falling out of favour not only with Mauricio Pochettino, but it seems with the fans as well after being booed a couple of times over the course of the season.

The Togo international has had more than his fair share of family issues, and has been granted compassionate leave a few times this term to try and resolve them.

Adebayor has now taken to Twitter to say that he looks forward to the next season with Spurs, putting to bed any rumours that he will join a Turkish club this summer, or West Ham for that matter.

It seems that the player himself wants to stay at the club, but does Mauricio Pochettino want him to stay? Only time will tell.

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Who’s Leaving & Who’s Arriving? Spurs Transfers For 2015/16 – Part 1

Many Spurs fans believe that there will be a big overhaul of players in this summer’s transfer window, after many windows have disappointed us in recent seasons, which the finger for these failings has been pointed firmly at Sporting Director Franco Baldini.

With Baldini surely to be given his marching orders this summer, or at the very least his influence will be greatly reduced if not cut out altogether, the transfer business will be under the full control of Head Coach, Mauricio Pochettino and our new recruitment mastermind Paul Mitchell. The duo had brilliant success at Southampton with the signings they made there so Spurs fans should feel optimistic that they can work their magic this summer.

Here is a detailed prediction of who I believe will be leaving White Hart Lane this summer and who will be coming in the terraces of N17 for the 2015/16 season. The aim of this is to bring in quality players, continue to develop and bring through more of our academy players and improve the depth of the squad for next season.

This article will be in 2 parts, in Part 1 the players being sold is the focus and Part 2 will detail the players we need to bring in.

Players to be sold:

I predict there could be as many as 10 of our current main squad of players to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer. Here are the ones I believe will be shown the exit door.

Emmanuel Adebayor – The striker who many counted on to lead the team has done the exact opposite to that. The man has been nothing but a disturbance to the players and to the fans that I’m sure will happily see the back of him after the end of this season.

Younes Kaboul – Appointed club captain, the decline of the French centre-half has been extraordinary. Errors made left, right and centre, accusations of lack of enthusiasm and care for his team-mates and conspiring against the manager has seen him plummet down the pecking order.

Vlad Chiriches – After a promising debut season at Spurs, the often kamikaze Romanian has become too much of a liability, making basic defensive errors which has cost us numerous times over the season.

Paulinho – Much maligned for not delivering on his great hype, the Brazilian has become a passenger in many games this season, despite some improvement recently he’s not a creative influence and he’s not what we need right now.

Roberto Soldado – A broken man. The Spaniard who we were all so excited, once upon a time, that he would answer our goalscoring problems, has become a dejected a forlorn figure of despondency as his confidence has been sapped away agonisingly with every miss over the last 2 seasons.

Etienne Capoue – Another one of the conspirators who’s value has been eroded after a positive start to the season, he’s been completely been up surd by the youngsters who’ve taken over his position over the course of the season.

Mousa Dembele – Someone who possesses so much technical ability yet continues to frustrate us by never delivering enough of it in the games that matter. The Belgian can be brilliant and dominate some games but he never does it enough in his spell in North London.

Benjamin Stambouli – Despite putting in some solid displays throughout the season, Stambouli just hasn’t been able to set the world alight. Arguably he hasn’t had the chances but when given to him, sadly he hasn’t taken those opportunities.

Lewis Holtby – Much loved for his energy and passion on the pitch, despite an impressive pre-season before he was sent out on loan, Holtby has struggled badly at Hamburg and seems to have it a dead end in his Spurs career.

Aaron Lennon – Our longest servant at the Club. He seems to have run his course. After some uninspiring displays, he went to Everton on loan. Azza appears to be out of favour and his stay at Spurs appears to be over.

That’s Part 1 out of the way. Now with the entire stink of deadwood removed from the Club we now need to find the outstanding quality we need to improve our side and ensure we have a successful season next time. That’s what’s to come in Part 2.

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Emmanuel Adebayor Lifts The Lid In Suicide Thoughts And Death Threats

If you thought you’d heard it all about Emmanuel Adebayor’s personal life stories, then you were wrong. He’s recently launched another attack on his Facebook page about the personal grumblings he’s endured. After telling 2 separate stories, one of his mother’s obsession of him providing money for the family and even barring him from seeing family members, and the second one of his brother stealing mobile phones and football boots and gifts that Adebayor had provided for the people of his country, but if you believed that was crazy enough, then you ain’t heard nothing yet.

In his latest rant he accused his own brothers Peter and Kola of holding a knife to his throat whilst he was playing for Monaco. He claims that he went to sleep one night and then woke up the next morning with his life in danger at the hands of his own blood.

“I was really tired from work and went to sleep relatively early. Then I woke up and a knife was held to my throat. As I opened my eyes, both of my brothers were there. They were shouting and they claimed that I was wasting their time. Peter was going mad and Kola was supporting. “I asked them: ‘Is this the only way to solve this issue? If yes, then kill me and take the money. It was only at that moment that Peter then dropped the knife.”

Adebayor also claimed that his other brother Kola accused him for the death of Peter, who died in July 2013, for not providing sufficient funds to support him. The Togo striker has stated that he considered taking his own life on numerous occasions over the years. He’s stated that he’s revealing the truth of his past so that others learn from his troubles.

“Many times I physically and mentally wanted to give up and throw in the towel. Ask my sister Iyabo Adebayor how many times I have called and was ready to commit suicide. I’ve been to places so dark that most people can’t understand. I’ve kept these stories for years, but if I die, there will be no-one who will be able to read my story, no-one would learn from it.”

“Some people say I should keep these stories private but someone has to sacrifice themselves, someone has to talk about it. I know people would relate to my story and others would learn from it. For everyone who knows me, I’d do anything for my country and for my people. My final message from the younger brother to the older brother: Quit smoking and quit drinking. That was my story.”

The bizarre rants have left Spurs chiefs very worried that Mauricio Pochettino will be unable to shift the over £170,000-a-week striker off their books during the summer transfer window. It is reported that Chairman Daniel Levy would even be willing to pay Adebayor £2million to get the Togo forward out of White Hart Lane before next season.

‘Leave Please’ Tottenham Fans React To Adebayor Tweet

Last night, Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor stated on Twitter that he will be staying at Spurs a further year, despite reports linking him with a move away from the club.

The striker has decided that he would like to see out the final year of his contract at Spurs, and had decided that he would communicate his intent to stay in North London via Twitter.

This news wasn’t greed very well by Tottenham fans on social media in reply to Adebayor’s tweet, many communicating that they didn’t want Adebayor to see out his contract at the club.

The stiker has caused unrest in the Tottenham camp this season, that combined with family issues has seen the striker sit on the bench for an extended period, sometimes not even being included in the matchday squad on a few occasions.

Here is how the Tottenham fans reacted to the striker’s news regarding his future at Tottenham.