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Contracts: New Deal For Defender, Key Duo Talks Stall

Jan Vertonghen is set to sign a new contract at Spurs, extending his stay at White Hart Lane, but Spurs and Daniel Levy face a much tougher task in agreeing new contracts for star duo Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane. 

Central-defender Vertonghen is currently paid £60,000-per-week on his current contract, which is due to expire in 2018. However, it is understood that the Belgian will receive a significant pay rise after a string of impressive performance, stretching back to last season.

Spurs will be delighted that Vertonghen is ready to commit his future to the club, but wages are what is stopping Lloris and Kane signing new deals in North London. Reports claim that Daniel Levy is unwilling to pay anybody at the club over 100,000-per-week, with Vertonghen’s wages expected to be just below this figure.

This has not proved to be a problem when negotiating new contracts with Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Dele Alli, but Daniel Levy miles away from successfully negotiating new contracts with Kane and Lloris as the Chairman refuses to pay anybody at the club a six-figure salary.

However, we heard that Spurs are fairly relaxed about the future of Harry Kane, and are confident that with time he will put pen to paper. But it has come to the surface that an agreement to keep Lloris beyond his current contract that expires in 2019 is much further away.

Vertonghen has been a key part of the Spurs defence this season, and has really stepped up since the knee injury of Toby Alderweireld one month ago. He and his fellow Belgian built up a special partnership at the heart of the Spurs defence, boasting one of the best defensive records in the Premier League last season.

This impressive form has continued into the new season, with Spurs conceding just six times in the Premier League this term. Spurs’ unbeaten success this season is largely down the defence, and it is good to see Daniel Levy recognising this, and taking action in order to keep Vertonghen at the club beyond his current deal.

4-2-3-1 Again: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Bayer Leverkusen

Spurs go into their second Champions League group stage match at Wembley in a decent position in the group following a goalless draw with Wednesdays’ opponents Bayer Leverkusen last time out on matchday three.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be looking to get back to winning ways, having not had that winning feeling since the start of October in the win over Manchester City. However, Spurs have not scored a goal from open play since October 15, and this will surely have to change if they are to secure all three points against Bayer Leverkusen.

Toby Alderweireld remains out, but could make his return in the North London derby on Sunday. Harry Kane’s recovery is going well, but the striker will not feature at Wembley. Erik Lamela is a doubt with the same illness he missed the game against Leicester with. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Bayern Leverkusen.

GK: Hugo Lloris
The Frenchman couldn’t quite keep out Musa’s second half attempt against Leicester on Saturday, but has been in great form. His save in the return fixture a couple of weeks ago was world-class, and a clean sheet here would go a long way if we are to beat Leverkusen at Wembley

RB: Kyle Walker
Although we were not able to take all three points away from Saturday’s Premier League fixture with Leicester, Walker put in another top quality performance. He showed us all why he is first choice for Spurs and for the national team. He should start here.

CB: Eric Dier
Dier has played in three positions for Spurs. Right-back, centre-back and defensive midfield. He has shown what a versatile player he is, and has done a good job filling in for the injured Toby Alderweireld. With the Belgian not quite ready to return, I expect Dier to play again.

CB: Jan Vertonghen
With the outstanding performances of Toby Alderweireld this season, the defensive ability of Vertonghen has gone fairly unnoticed. Since Alderweireld has been out, Vertonghen has really stepped up and played really well against Leicester at the weekend. More of the same on Wednesday night please.

LB: Danny Rose
Rose has looked good in a slightly injury interrupted season, and put in another good shift against Leicester on Saturday. I think Rose will start again here and I would like to see him bombing down that left side and getting dangerous crosses into the box towards the likes of Janssen.

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‘Gifts From God’ Spurs Fans React To Superb Display From Defender In Draw Against Leicester

Spurs could only manage a draw against Premier League champions Leicester when two title rivals of last season met at White Hart Lane. Vincent Janssen’s strike from twelve yards just before the break was cancelled out by an Ahmed Musa goal just after half-time.

One player that stood out for Mauricio Pochettino’s men in the draw was defender Jan Vertonghen, and was one of the few positives Spurs fans could take from the game at White Hart Lane.

Vincent Janssen scored his third goal in a Spurs shirt, but we are still waiting to see the Dutchman’s first goal from open play, with all three of his goals for Tottenham coming from twelve yards out.

The draw with Claudio Ranieri’s side sees Tottenham’s unbeaten record in the Premier League extended, but Spurs have not won a game this side of the international break. We have witnessed draws with West Brom, Bayer Leverkusen Bournemouth and Leicester for Spurs in addition to being beaten in the EFL Cup by Liverpool. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now in desperate need for a win heading into November, having not won since 2nd October in all competitions.

Despite not receiving a positive result, Jan Vertonghen had a brilliant game in the Spurs back line, and came close to snatching all three points, hitting the crossbar with three minutes to go. Here is how fans reacted to his performance on Twitter.

Jan Vertonghen has been without familiar centre-back Toby Alderweireld over the last couple of weeks, and we questioned how the Spurs defence would hold up without the Belgian. Vertonghen has really stepped up in Alderweireld’s absence, with Spurs conceding just one goal when he has been playing alongside Eric Dier in the heart of the defence.

Spurs have the best defensive record in the Premier League, conceding just five league goals all season, and it is no wonder why when they have quality defenders such as Vertonghen and Alderweireld in the squad.

3 Players Key To Tottenham If They Are To Beat Bayer Leverkusen

Off the back of an unsatisfactory 1-1 draw at West Brom on Saturday, Spurs now face a trip to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, aiming to make it back-to-back wins in the group stage. It will be no easy task, but here are three Spurs player that will be key if Pochettino’s men are to secure victory on Tuesday night. 

1) Son Heung-min

Mauricio Pochettino chose not to include Son in the starting eleven to face West Brom at the Hawthorns, and it was clear to see that he was resting the South Korean in preparation for the crunch Champions League clash with his former club Bayer Leverkusen this week.

Son did make an appearance on Saturday from the bench, and appeared to have a positive impact on proceedings, although we were unable to take all three points back to London. The attacker has been on fire since his return from the Olympics, and has been terrorising defences ever since. We hope that he will do the exact same to Leverkusen on Tuesday night.

The 24-year-old has managed five goals in all competitions this season, including a crucial goal in Moscow a few weeks ago that secured our opening win of our latest Champions League adventure. If Son plays like he has been doing this season, he will cause huge problems for the Leverkusen defence.

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Player Ratings: CSKA Moscow 0-1 Spurs – Son Shines Again

After losing the opening group game against Monaco, Spurs recovered well to go and win 1-0 at CSKA Moscow courtesy of another Heung-min Son strike with just under twenty minutes remaining. 

It was the South-Korean’s fifth goal in all competitions this season in a big win in Moscow, and here are the Spurs player ratings.

Hugo Lloris- 7

In the grand scheme of things, Lloris didn’t have too much to do in all honesty, but what he did have to do, he did well and kept a clean sheet with a good couple of saves.

Kieran Trippier- 7

Came in for Kyle Walker, and performed very well, he constantly looked to get down the right-hand side and cause problems, and did exactly that, getting a few good crosses into the box.

Toby Alderweireld- 7

Him and Vertonghen had their hands full all evening, having to deal with the physical presence of Lacina Traore, and they kept the striker fairly quiet, with Alderweireld making a crucial tackle in the first half.

Jan Vertonghen- 7

Also did very well in keeping Traore quiet, and seemed to be man-marking him in the first period, the Belgian won a few crucial duels in a good performance.

Ben Davies- 7

With Danny Rose still out with that hamstring injury, Ben Davies still continues to provide excellent cover. Another solid performance from the Welshman.

Victor Wanyama- 6

Made a few strong tackles, and survived after picking up an early yellow card. However, the Kenyan gave the ball away too many times in the midfield for my liking.

Dele Alli- 7

Played in a deeper role, but when we had the ball, he looked to be just as much of an attacking presence as the front four, and did that very well. Was unlucky to see his first half effort crash off the crossbar.

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Alli Plays Deeper! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face CSKA Moscow

Having lost their opening group stage game of the Champions League, Spurs travel to Russia in desperate need of three points to get their Champions League campaign up and running following that bitterly disappointing defeat against Monaco just a couple of weeks ago.

Spurs will be without Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Danny Rose in Moscow, who are still recovering from injuries. Moussa Sissoko joins them on the injury table, with Mauricio Pochettino not ruling out the possibility of concussion affecting the Frenchman. Harry Kane however remains the only long-term absentee. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Having played well since returning from injury, I expect Hugo to keep his place in the starting eleven in Russia.

RB: Kyle Walker

Has provided a huge threat over the past few weeks going down that right-hand side, and will be desperate to terrorise the left-back of Moscow on Tuesday night.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

In my opinion, the Belgian has been our most consistent player over the course of the season, and is probably one of the first players on the team-sheet at the moment.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

The 29-year-old has worked well with Alderweireld at the heart of the Spurs defence that has conceded just three goals in the Premier League this season.

LB: Ben Davies

Has provided first-class cover for Danny Rose, who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury since the international break, and I expect the Welshman to put in another solid performance here.

CDM: Dele Alli

With Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Moussa Sissoko all out through injury, Dele Alli could be asked to play a deeper role alongside Victor Wanyama. We saw him play in this position against Monaco a couple of weeks ago, and he looked solid. For me, he provides more of a threat playing further forward, but the youngster can still do an excellent job from the deeper role.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

The Kenyan has made a solid start to life at White Hart Lane, and is in line to start again here. He has shown his strengths in breaking up the play in recent weeks, and he will certainly be the more ‘defensive’ of our two CDMs on Tuesday night.

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Lamela Starts! Tottenham Teams News And Predcited Line-Up To Face Middlesbrough

Off the back of two straight home wins in all competitions, Spurs make the trip to Middlesbrough with good confidence, but will be without Harry Kane for the trip up north.

Pochettino also revealed that he will make last minute calls on the fitness of Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Middlesbrough.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Michel Vorm was given a run-out in the midweek cup win against Gillingham, but our French stopper should return to start between the sticks here.

RB: Kyle Walker

Walker has been a huge threat to other sides and has played outstandingly this season, and having signed a more than deserved new contract on Friday, I expect him to start at Middlesbrough.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

The Belgian has been arguably our most consistent player this season, and showed his threat from corners yet again last week against Sunderland, and after being rested on Wednesday, he should reclaim his starting spot here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Covered the left-back position well in the absense of Danny Rose and Ben Davies from the starting eleven, but I expect him to return to his usual centre-back position on Saturday.

LB: Ben Davies

With Pochettino making a last-minute desicion on the match-fitness of Danny Rose, Ben Davies could well start again here, with the Champions League match away at CSKA Moscow in the back of the manager’s mind.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

As I have mentioned before, a late decision on whether Danny Rose will play or not will be made, and the same goes for Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele. So it might be best not to risk the two in midfield and start Wanyama, who has looked solid in the last couple of games.

CDM: Moussa Sissoko

The Frenchman looked off the pace against Sunderland last week, putting in an under-par performance. We obviously must allow our £30m man time to settle in, so we must not be too harsh. Due to the potential absence of Dier and Dembele, Sissoko could well drop back into defensive midfield for the trip to Middlesbrough.

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Player Ratings: Spurs 1-0 Sunderland – Do You Agree?

Spurs managed to turn a dominant attacking display into a 1-0 victory to return to winning ways after that disappointing Champions League loss at Wembley against Monaco. 

Harry Kane scored the winner as he scored his second goal in two league games as he, Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier came off injured in the win at White Hart Lane. Here are our Spurs player ratings.

Hugo Lloris- 6

Had very little to do throughout the whole game in a dominant Spurs display, another clean sheet for the Frenchman.

Kyle Walker- 7

Looked a threat going down the right-hand side again, but I think the Wembley pitch suits him better with more space to run into. An excellent clearance off the line just before half-time that kept the scores level.

Eric Dier- 6

Slotted in well at centre-back away from his usual role as a defensive midfielder. Like all others in the back four, had very little to do and had a good game until he hobbled off in the second half.

Toby Alderweireld- 6

A real threat from corners once again and is proving to be a nightmare to mark on corners, another good display yet again from our most consistent performer.

Jan Vertonghen- 6

Ben Davies was left out of side yesterday with Pochettino not too keen on the Welshman played three games in just over a week, and I felt Vertonghen looked solid on the left but inevitably didn’t provide as much threat going forward.

Mousa Dembele- 7

His first start this season following the expiration of his contract, and yet again looked amazing bossing the midfield, breaking up play like he usually does so well and was a shame to see him limp off.

Victor Wanyama- 6

Had a fairly quiet game, he looked to get forward a lot more often than we would usually see him get forward such was the attacking dominance of our performance. A solid display, but I am sure there will be more to come from Wanyama.

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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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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!