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‘Change Of Mentality They Said’ Spurs Fans Furious Following £50m Kyle Walker Sale

The inevitable has now happened. Kyle Walker has completed his move to Premier League rivals Manchester City in a deal that could rise to in excess of £50m after add-ons.

The right-back reportedly had a falling out with manager Mauricio Pochettino towards the end of last season as Kieran Trippier was preferred to Walker in some of the bigger games during the run-in. Walker’s exclusion from the starting line-up fuelled speculation about his future, and Manchester City have taken full advantage, snapping him up two weeks into the transfer window.

Pep Guardiola’s side were in desperate need of a right-back after releasing their full-backs at the end of last season, and Daniel Levy used this fact to ensure he squeezed every last penny out of this deal, that could be worth as much as £54m, making Walker the most expensive defender ever.

Spurs fans might have seen the transfer as a reasonable one, claiming over £50m for a player that had fallen out with the manager. However, the fact that Spurs have sold to a direct rival has angered many fans, leading to them labelling Levy and the club as having a ‘selling mentality’, this is the first key player Spurs have sold since Gareth Bale moved to Real Madrid for a record-breaking £85m. Here is how Spurs fans on Twitter reacted to the sale of Kyle Walker.

Now that Walker has completed his move away, you would hope that a lot more focus would be put on recruitment ahead of the new season. Spurs are still the only Premier League club not to have made a signing in this summer transfer window.

This leaves Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters as the only recognised right-backs at the club excluding Eric Dier. Trippier is a terrific player, and showed some of his best form in a Spurs shirt at the end of last season. As Mauricio Pochettino likes to rotate, do I think Walker-Peters is ready for regular first team action? I don’t think so, I think another right-back needs to be brought in before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August.

3 Players Tottenham Could Sign In The Coming Weeks

We are now a 11 days into the summer transfer window, and while other clubs have wasted no time in adding to their squads, Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs are yet to make their first signing. Here are three players that have been linked with a move to Spurs, and could join the Lilywhites in the coming weeks. 

1) Kamil Gilk

Mauricio Pochettino will be keen to add to his squad over the summer, and reports have suggested that one of the areas the Argentine is looking to strengthen is in the defence, adding to the squad depth in particular

Kevin Wimmer is open to a move away from North London, and would leave Tottenham slightly lacking in the defensive department ahead of the new Premier League season. However, it seems that Spurs have a replacement lined up, according to French outlet L’Equipe.

They report that Pochettino is a huge admirer of Monaco centre-back Kamil Gilk and is extremely interested in bringing him to Hotspur Way. The French outlet point out that the deal will not be a simple one to get over the line.

The French club are likely to see a mass summer transfer window exodus as stars such as Thomas Lemar, Fabinho and Tiemoue Bakayoko could be seeking moves away. As a result, Monaco will not be willing to let Gilk go on the cheap.

Despite this, looking abroad might be the best way to go if Spurs are to add to their squad. Premier League prices are hugely inflated at the moment, and Spurs already know that they will have to fork out at least £25m if not more if they want to secure the services of either Ben Gibson or Alfie Mawson.

3 Things We Learned As Spurs Snatched A Point In 2-2 Draw Against Manchester City

Spurs came from two goals behind at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to snatch a point from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Saturday evening. A goal from Dele Alli and a crucial leveller from Hueng-min Son cancelled out two Hugo Lloris shockers in the Spurs goal. Here are three things we learned as a points were shared in Manchester. 

1) The back three won’t work against everybody

We have seen Mauricio Pochettino set up his Tottenham team in a 3-5-2, 3-4-2-1 or 3-4-3, whichever way to want to look at it, at different points throughout this season.

Spurs first played with a three at the back against Arsenal, and it was a success as the Lilywhites battled away for a 1-1 draw at the Emirates, to bring to an end a horrible run of form, despite being beaten just once in that run prior to the North London derby.

Pochettino decided to play a back three against Hull in a 3-0 win, and has stuck with this system ever since. However, we did learn that despite conquering Chelsea at White Hart Lane at the start of the year, the three at the back formation will not work against absolutely everybody.

Having three at the back means having one less in the midfield if you take into the account the wing-back not really being involved in a midfield battle, more a battle down the wings. Despite the best efforts of Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele, Manchester City bossed the first twenty minutes, and that was mainly down to the fact that they were winning the midfield battle, and as a result, overloading the Spurs defence.

‘Like Playing With 10 Men’ Spurs Fans Slam Midfielder For Display vs Manchester City

Spurs came from two goals behind at the Etihad Stadium to salvage a point against Manchester City in a game dominated by the home side. 

Manchester City bossed the first half, and it took some good defending from Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose, combined with a couple of decent stops from Hugo Lloris to keep the game goalless going into half-time.

A slow start to the game prompted Mauricio Pochettino to switch to a back four, with Eric Dier pushing up to play just in front of the back four. The Spurs boss waited until half-time to make personnel changes, bringing Hueng-min Son on in place of Kevin Wimmer.

Hugo Lloris, Spurs’ saviour for most of this season, was the culprit on both occasions for an early second half collapse. A long ball from Kevin De Bruyne saw Sane through, Lloris’ diving header deflected off the Manchester City man, leaving him with a tap-in for 1-0.

The hosts doubled their lead five minutes later, Lloris spilling a low cross into the path of De Bruyne, who made it 2-0 to Manchester City.

However, Spurs came up with a quick response, and fired themselves back into the contest. The ball broke to Kyle Walker on the edge of the box, who picked out Dele Alli at the back stick, who continued his excellent goalscoring form with another headed finish.

Then came the moment of controversy that will prove to be the main talking point of the contest. Raheem Sterling found himself through on goal, only to be pushed in the back by Kyle Walker and see his shot saved by Lloris. Appeals for a spot kick were waved away quickly.

Tottenham took full advantage of their good fortune, and fired themselves level little under a minute later. Harry Kane laid a ball of to substitute Heung-min Son, who finished well into the corner for a level game. And that is how it finished.

One player that disappointed for Spurs on the day for Christian Eriksen. He did play the ball through to Harry Kane for the lay off and subsequent goal, but I am sure I am not the only one who would liked to have seen more from the Danish international.

Eriksen was a shadow of his usual creative self, and failed to have any real impact on the game. The midfielder didn’t great a single chance, complete a single take on, or win a single tackle. Mauricio Pochettino will want much more from Eriksen in the big games from now on.

On the balance of play, it is a most undeserved point that Spurs have picked up. Despite losing at Manchester United, this was a similar game in the way that Spurs’ big players failed to turn up. This is something the Lilywhites must work on going into the rest of the season.

Davies Or Wimmer? Tottenham Team News & Predicted Line-Up To Face Manchester City

Second-placed Spurs will look to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea to four points with a win in the evening kickoff against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. 

Pep Guardiola will be looking for a big response from his team after they took a towelling at Goodison Park last Sunday, as they fell to a 4-0 defeat against Everton. Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela are the only players out for this one. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Manchester City in a massive game in the title race.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Another clean sheet for Lloris last week against West Brom. I back him to start again at the Etihad Stadium for this one.

CB: Eric Dier

A defensive midfielder for all of last season, but now Eric Dier finds himself playing on the right of a back three almost every week. I think he will start here.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Despite the absence of Jan Vertonghen, I think due to the success of the back three system thus far, Pochettino will stick to that formation.

CB: Ben Davies

We all saw how successful Wales were in the European Championships last summer, and Davies played on the left of a back three for his national team. He showed he was capable there, and he would be my pick to stand in for the injured Jan Vertonghen.

RWB: Kyle Walker

The more I see Walker play in the wing-back position, the better suited he seems to that role. He will be a nightmare for Manchester City defenders on Saturday evening getting forward causing problems.

LWB: Danny Rose

The same goes for Rose. He has established himself among the best left-backs in Europe in the last few months, and he will be a key player for Spurs if they are to beat Manchester City.

Spurs Could Make Bid For Quality Premier League Midfielder, Will They Land Their Man?

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has reportedly turned down a move to China that could have earned the midfielder around a staggering £430,000-per-week. 

The reason he turned down the big money move to the Chinese Super League is because Toure values the standard of football more than he does the money. Hearing that from a Premier League player is promising, and we hope that no others are tempted by a move to China in the next few transfer windows, although it seems like Diego Costa might be tempted.

Some of you might ask the question, why is Yaya Toure being linked with a move away from Manchester City so soon after rejecting this big money move to China. Well, as the Metro report, the Ivorian could be heading into his last few months at the Etihad Stadium. This is due to the fact that Pep Guardiola is thought to not be keen on the idea of renewing Toure’s contract at the end of the season.

The Metro have been rating each of the top six’s chances of signing the midfielder over the summer transfer window, and they claim that Spurs have a ‘2 out of 5’ chance of making an offer for the 33-year-old come the end of the season.

Toure has made ten league appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side after resolving an off the field issue earlier on this campaign, and seems to be enjoying his football. The midfielder has scored on three occasions this season and despite recording no assists, Toure has created nine chances and made nine key passes this term.

Guardiola and Toure himself will have been less than impressed with his performance on Sunday afternoon as Manchester City fell to a 4-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park. At 33 years of age, you would have to question whether Toure would be able to perform consistently at a high level for Spurs.

Will Spurs go for Toure over the summer?

If you look at the midfielders currently is Spurs’ squad, they are pretty well covered with the starting pair of Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele backed up by Harry Winks and Eric Dier. Four defensive midfielders would seem reasonable for rotational purposes and for injuries. However, with Pochettino now switching to a back three, Eric Dier now drops in at the back, leaving Spurs with just Harry Winks as backup in the midfield.

With this formation change that Mauricio Pochettino has implemented into the side, Spurs might want to look at additional backup in the defensive midfield either now or in the summer, even more so after selling Tom Carroll to Swansea.

Despite turning down a massive move to China, Yaya Toure’s wages are still pretty sizeable. Taking this into account, along with his age, I think that Spurs will look elsewhere for defensive midfield cover, perhaps targeting a younger player to slot into the squad.

Player Ratings: Spurs 2-0 Manchester City

Spurs produced one of the performances of the season to beat league leaders Manchester City, and inflict the first loss of the Pep Guardiola era the table-toppers. 

Pochettino’s side pressed from the front, allowing City next to no time on the ball, and was a big reason why Spurs were able to grab the three points. Spurs move up the second following the 2-0 win and are just one point off the top spot going into the international break. Here are the Spurs player ratings.

Hugo Lloris- 7

Made a couple of excellent saves to keep a clean sheet. Maybe a little lucky with the shot that hit the post, and distribution wasn’t as good as expected, but still a solid game for the Frenchman.

Kyle Walker- 7

Looked a real threat when going forward down the right-hand side, and did his defensive work well, another great game from the England international.

Toby Alderweireld- 7

Another excellent display at the back from the Belgian, making some really important tackles. A clean sheet against City is a real achievement and our superb defensive record continues.

Jan Vertonghen- 7

Looked really solid at the back, there were a couple of times where City got in behind, but you come to expect that from a side that had averaged three goals per game. A great defensive display.

Danny Rose- 7

Got embroiled in a heated battle with Raheem Sterling down the left that threatened to turn sour a few times, but he kept the winger quiet for the majority of the game, Sterling looking nowhere as much of a threat as he did against Celtic in the Champions League.

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Walker Returns! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Manchester City

It’s a clash of the top two as Tottenham collide with table-toppers Manchester City in a mouth-watering clash at White Hart Lane this Sunday. Both managers have been full of praise for each other in a build-up to what should be an exciting fast-paced matchup. 

Spurs won their first Champions League match of the campaign against CSKA Moscow in midweek, whilst Manchester City played out a 3-3 draw with Celtic in a thriller.

Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko are all players that Mauricio Pochettino will be making late calls on regarding fitness while Harry Kane remains out. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Lloris has conceded just two goals this season in the games he has played, and has looked a confident man. He should start here.

RB: Kyle Walker

Was replaced by Kieran Trippier in midweek in the Champions League, and Trippier played well getting down the right, but I expect Kyle to make his return here.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Played very well again in midweek, keeping a clean sheet, and I would think that Mauricio Pochettino will keep the centre-back partnership of Alderweireld and Vertonghen.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Also played well in Moscow, and did very well in keeping a clean sheet and Lacina Traore quiet, which looked like a tall order at the start of the evening. Should keep his place in the team for this match.

LB: Ben Davies

It might be best not to risk Danny Rose with his hamstring injury for this weekend, and Davies has been played solidly anyway, so there would be no reason to replace him unnecessarily.

8 Key Dates Tottenham Fans Cannot Miss, Here’s Why

Today the Premier League fixtures for the 2016/17 were released by the Premier League, and Spurs will begin their season on the road again, this time with a trip up to Everton, and end the season again away from home against newly-promoted Hull City. We take a look at eight fixtures that could prove to be key in Tottenham’s season. All dates are subject to change. 

1) Tottenham v Liverpool- Saturday 27th August

Looking at the fixture list, this is the first real test that our Spurs side will face, three weeks into the Premier League season after a trip to Everton and a home test against Crystal Palace.

We will of course be without Mousa Demebele, who will miss the start of next season through a ban, and the game against Jurgen Klopp’s will be a good test for our stand-in midfield partnership, whoever that may be. This game will be a good indicator of how well we have actually started the new campaign.

2) Arsenal v Tottenham- Saturday 5th November

This is the big one for Spurs, the first of our two league clashes with Arsenal is at the Emirates, where we drew 1-1 last season, and perhaps should have taken all three points.

There is always a special atmosphere at North London derbies, and there is no reason why this would be any different. Spurs will be desperate to get one back on Arsenal after the Reds pipped Spurs to second place last season

3) Chelsea v Tottenham- Saturday 26th November

Spurs got the better of Chelsea last season in terms of league finishing position, but Chelsea will feel that they had the last laugh in the infamous ‘Battle Of The Bridge’, where we lost the league before our capitulation in the last two games of the season.

It is fair to say that Chelsea underperformed last season, and under new manager Antonio Conte, the Blues will be aiming high this season, providing another tough away test for Spurs in November.

4) Manchester City v Tottenham- Saturday 21st January

We have good memories of a visit to the Etihad Stadium last season with Christian Eriksen striking late to hand Spurs all three points after Harry Kane dispatched a spot-kick earlier on in the game.

City will also have a new manager at the helm next season, who has been labelled the best in the business by some. The Manchester club could prove an extremely tough team to best next season, and three points for visiting teams at the Etihad are likely to be hard to come by.

5) Leicester v Tottenham- Saturday 22nd April

Spurs and Leicester battled it out for the title last season, and this fixture next season may not have as serious implications as it would have done last term, but we could be wrong yet again.

This fixture signals the start of an extremely tough run-in where we face three very big rivals in the last four weeks, so three points here if Leicester are not as strong as last year might become a must if we are challenging for Champions League or maybe even the title.

6) Tottenham v Arsenal- Saturday 29th April

This will be the last ever North London derby at White Hart Lane before it is knocked down, and it is likely to be a very emotional affair.

Not only will the occasion be special, but being the fourth from last fixture of the season, the two rivals could be battling it out for top four spots, and could prove to be a six-pointer.

7) West Ham v Tottenham- Saturday 6th May

This will be the first fixture between the London rivals since West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium, and it seems that West Ham are always up for a game against Spurs, and this could prove to be a very tough game.

It was a 1-0 loss at Upton Park that seriously dented out Premier League title hopes, and hopefully it will not be a similar result away at West Ham that costs us dear come the end of the season.

8) Tottenham v Manchester United- Saturday 13th May

This will be the last game ever to be played at White Hart Lane, and what a great send-off it would be if we could beat Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United in our final game at the Lane.

It will be a special occasion, but the players must not get distracted as crucial points will be up for grabs, and these could be precious points for either side on the day.

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.