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Does The Signing Of Sanchez Tell Us Pochettino’s Plan For Tottenham This Season?

Finally, Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement for their first signing of the summer transfer window. Subject to a medical and work permit, Davinson Sanchez will be a Spurs player for a fee of around £42m, a club record. 

What does this signing tell us about Pochettino’s plan for Spurs this season? It tells us that Mauricio Pochettino wants to make Spurs a really hard team to beat. The Lilywhites had the best defensive record in the Premier League last season, but the Argentine boss is clearly keen to strengthen this area and improve on the 26 goals that Spurs conceded last term.

I know the transfer market has spiralled out of control this summer, but to spend £42m on a player, you would expect him to be a regular starter at a club. With this in mind, I would imagine Spurs will play a three at the back system this season with wing-backs. Given the record that Vertonghen and Alderweireld had at the back last season it would seem relatively harsh to drop either of them.

We have seen the three at the back system work for a couple of Premier League teams last season. Chelsea were the main team to benefit from a system that Antonio Conte switched to in September following a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal. Mauricio Pochettino has flirted with the system, switching between three and four at the back systems. The signing of Sanchez might just tell us which system the manager is leaning towards.

Furthermore, a three at the back system allows wing-backs to really push on while leaving sufficient cover at the back to defend on what is a very big Wembley pitch. I feel this is the system that Pochettino will look to play on a regular basis this season with Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Sanchez at the heart of the defence. Spurs could prove to be a very difficult team to break down.

Many feel that we have nabbed Ajax’s best player from them in this £42m deal and he is just the type of player that fits the Pochettino criteria. He is hard-working, young and has bags of potential. We could see Sanchez really grow and develop as a player over the next couple of seasons into one of the best centre-backs in world football.

It will be interesting to see how much game time Sanchez will get this season and what formation Pochettino will play to incorporate him.

Is Sanchez a good signing for Tottenham? 

Pochettino Insists This Spurs Outcast Will Not Be Leaving The Club This Summer

It is far from unfair to say that Moussa Sissoko’s debut season at White Hart Lane did not quite to plan. The Frenchman spent most of the season getting splinters in his backside, but it appears that he will be playing his football (if that’s what you want to call it) at Tottenham next season. 

We all remember the dramatic circumstances in which Sissoko completed his deadline day move to Spurs, turning off his phone to stop Everton officials calling him about a proposed medical in Merseyside. The move was completed was minutes to spare, and Daniel Levy must regret forking out £30m to bring Sissoko to North London.

It looked like nothing more than a huge panic buy to me at the time, a record-breaking panic buy to be precise. Sissoko remains Tottenham’s record signing to date, surpassing the £26m paid for Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado.

Sissoko did not have a record-breaking impact that is for sure. Here we are, nearly a year on from his move from Newcastle reading reports that Sissoko’s Tottenham nightmare might be coming to an end. Everton are reportedly interested in a loan deal, what they still see in him I do not know. Clubs in France are interested, and West Brom is another name that has been thrown into the mix recently.

The 27-year-old will be keen to get regular first team football next season with a World Cup just around the corner, remaining keen to represent France in Russia next year. I would like to think that this first team football would not come at Tottenham having witnessed the shambolic nature of Sissoko’s performances last season. However, it looks like the former Newcastle man’s future lies at Spurs under the management of Mauricio Pochettino.

Sissoko has not travelled with the rest of the Spurs squad to the pre-season tour of America as he missed out with a ‘virus’, fuelling speculation that he might have played his last game in a Spurs shirt. However, speculation looks like it might draw to a close as Mauricio Pochettino has now explained that Sissoko is in the Argentine’s plans for next season, which begins in just a few weeks time. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Pochettino said.

Sissoko is training with Erik Lamela and Heung-min Son back home and they are all at different levels so we will see in the next few weeks the evolution for every one. He’s a member of our squad and he’s in my plans for the season and for us he is still a member of the squad.

So, it appears to be the case that Sissoko will still be a Tottenham player by the end of the transfer window. What Pochettino and his staff see in him must be special, but at the moment I am barely seeing a footballer capable of succeeding at the top level.

‘Deserved But…’ Spurs Fans Pleased But Frustrated By Latest Announcement

Less than a week after Kyle Walker left Spurs to link up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City for £45m, Kieran Trippier has signed a new contract with Tottenham, a deal that is set to expire in 2022, keeping him at the club for another five years. 

There are two sides to the Walker and Trippier argument. Who is better? I feel Kyle Walker offers a lot more in terms of physical presence and has often bullied wingers into a corner where they just do not know where to turn next. On the other hand, Trippier’s delivery into the box is certainly the biggest strength of his game, and you will do very well indeed to find a better crosser of the ball in the Premier League right now.

However, that debate is for another day. The fact is that Daniel Levy has played an absolute blinder and managed to get £45m for a player that became second choice towards the end of the season and has sorted out a new contract for the remaining right-back Trippier. A decent week for Mr. Levy who is probably feeling fairly satisfied at this moment in time.

That is until he realises that his work is far from done in this summer transfer window. In case it has escaped your attention either in my previous posts or in the media in general, Spurs are the only Premier League club not to have made a signing so far in this summer transfer window. If Mauricio Pochettino’s side are to challenge up the top of the Premier League next season, they are going to need to make sure that some new faces come through the door before the end of August.

I would make signing a right-back before the transfer window slams shut a priority. The departure of Kyle Walker leaves just Trippier and Walker-Peters, do I think the latter is ready to step up and play regular first team football if Trippier picks up an injury? No, I don’t, and remember, Eric Dier cannot play everywhere!

Fans seemed content with Spurs playing the waiting game for the first week or so of the transfer window, but now we are over two weeks in, fans are beginning to become impatient and no doubt a little anxious that the Lilywhites haven’t managed to get a deal over the line just yet. Here is how Spurs fans reacted to the news that Trippier has signed a new contract and you can sense the frustration creeping in.

Signing This Midfielder Would Turn Tottenham’s Miserable Transfer Window Into A Disaster

Tottenham are the only Premier League team still not to make a signing in this summer transfer window, having seen rivals such as Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea strengthen already in key areas. However, this is no reason to panic. 

We wake up on Sunday morning to reports that Daniel Levy and Spurs have now set a deadline on when they want to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley by. In an ideal world, Levy would like to see the deal done by Wednesday as Spurs jet off to America for their pre-season tour ahead of the new Premier League season.

The sooner Spurs end their interest in Ross Barkley, the better. There are just a couple of huge problems with this transfer that would damage Tottenham’s season and success in this transfer window. The first one is his enormous price tag. The Toffees currently value Barkley at around £50m. Wow. Although it may not seem like it in this crazy transfer window, £50m is still a lot to spend on any player, and this figure becomes almost ludicrous when you realise you are paying £50m for Ross Barkley.

A collective sigh of relief among Spurs fans surely came when the Mirror reported last night that Daniel Levy was not willing to spend more than £25-30m on Barkley, who Mauricio Pochettino has identified as his number one target for this summer.

£30m would equal the sum of money paid for Spurs flop Moussa Sissoko last season on transfer deadline day, and Ross Barkley is hardly an upgrade on the Frenchman in my opinion. He just wouldn’t fit in at Spurs. His work rate is poor, his decision-making is terrible and his attitude is below-par. Does this sound like a player that would succeed under Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs? It doesn’t to me. That is the second of my problems with the potential transfer, he just doesn’t look like a player who would become a key figure at Spurs.

The sale of Kyle Walker to Manchester City for around £54m was completed on Friday, and I am sure Mauricio Pochettino will be keen for this money to be spent on improving the squad before the new Premier League season kicks off in a few weeks.

A new right-back is needed after the sale of Walker, and a couple of squad players would be nice to improve squad depth. Spurs already have enough creativity in the squad with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and the returning Erik Lamela. They do not need Barkley, who would be a terrible waste of money. Signing him would turn an already miserable transfer window into a complete disaster.

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.

Mauricio Pochettino Hands Struggling Spurs Man Huge Blow

Vincent Janssen will have been rubbing his hands together with excitement on Sunday evening having seen Harry Kane hobble off against Millwall as well as netted his first goal in a Spurs shirt from open play. 

Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Harry Kane’s injury in the opening stages of the 6-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Millwall was very similar to the one the Englishman suffered back in September against September. In that instance, he was sidelined for two months with that particular injury.

Two months from now takes us to the final game on 13th May against Manchester United, which will be the final Premier League match at White Hart Lane (or will it be?). With that being the penultimate game of the Premier League, Kane would miss most of the rest of the season if his ankle injury of similar severity to the one last time earlier on this season.

Although nobody likes to see their teammates injured, Vincent Janssen might have been secretly jumping for joy after his fired himself into the mix for a starting spot, netting the fifth goal on Sunday afternoon. With Heung-min Son not being a recognised striker, you would think that the Dutchman would be next in line for a starting spot. However, this might not turn out to be the case.

These words from the Argentine boss seem to suggest that he will play Heung-min Son up front while Kane is sidelined with his ankle injury, just as he did a few times earlier on in the season when Kane was out.

This will come as a huge blow for struggling striker Vincent Janssen, who will have been looking to build on his first goal from open play in the 6-0 win over Millwall in the FA Cup with a starting spot in the absense of Harry Kane.

Who do you think will start up front in the next few weeks in place of Kane?

It Would Be Devestating: 3 Spurs Men That Could Leave The Club This Summer

As Spurs look to secure Champions League football for next season with a strong finish to the season, we start to look at who might leave and who might come in over the summer. Here are three Spurs men that could leave the club, and it would be a massive blow if they did.

1) Kyle Walker

I would say that Kyle Walker is the best right-back in the Premier League. His defensive abilities are sometimes the least of some team’s worries when they line up against the Englishman. If Walker’s final ball improved just a little bit, then he would be world-class.

The 26-year-old has been a key figure under Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane, showing his versatility, being able to master the right-wing-back role as well as his more familiar right-full-back role.

However, the Englishman’s outstanding form in North London has not gone unnoticed. Barcelona have not really properly replaced Dani Alves since he left the club last season, and Walker has found a way onto their summer shortlist. I doubt a change in manager with Luis Enrique leaving at the end of this season would have much of an affect on Barcelona’s interest, who could put in a high bid this summer according to the London Evening Standard.

Walker’s attacking threat would be sorely missed if he made a move away at the end of this season. In 25 Premier League games this term, Walker has created 32 chances and provided five assists for Spurs.

3 Reasons This Is The Year Tottenham Will Finish Above Arsenal

It has been a long time coming, but this is the year that Tottenham truly take ownership over North London.

A complete bottling job at the end of last season saw Tottenham somehow slump to 3rd, and the Gunners sneaked into the top two. This season it looks like neither club will manage to take the title from Chelsea, so the two clubs may be aiming to try and finish above each other, as well as ensuring they finish in the top 3. Here’s three reasons why

1 – Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino is a much better manager than Arsene Wenger. He is tactically in a different league and I can’t wait for the Gunners to come to White Hart Lane as I think it will be a whitewash. In the duels between the two clubs, I think Pochettino has always come out on top, even though on paper, the Gunners have a stronger lineup and a much bigger wage bill. If you are performing on par or outperforming a team with much bigger resources, then that, in my opinion, makes you a better manager.

Vincent Janssen: Where Has It All Gone Wrong?

Vincent Janssen arrived from AZ Alkmaar in the summer for a fee of £17m with high hopes of succeeding in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur. To say things haven’t gone to plan so far would be an understatement…

The Dutchman looked impressive in pre-season and in the early stages of this season, but has failed to get any momentum going, not to mention that Janssen has failed to score a goal from open play in a Spurs shirt.

It all started off so well for the 22-year-old. A goal against Inter Milan in a friendly was a good start to his Spurs carrerr, but I was really impressed with what I saw from Janssen in the opening game of the season at Goodison Park. Spurs were 1-0 down and playing some of the worst football I had seen them play in a long time. That was until Janssen entered the pitch off the bench.

The striker held the ball up unbelievably well, and from the moment he came on, Spurs looked a completely different side, knocking the ball around with a bit of confidence. Soon after the substitution, Spurs were level through an Erik Lamela header and it was a completely different game. Janssen had changed the game coming off the bench. He did in fact have a chance to score a Premier League debut goal and secure all three points, but saw his close range shot saved.

Janssen looked equally as impressive in the game against Crystal Palace. He played in a two up front with Harry Kane, and held the ball up well once again and put in a strong performance. The only thing missing from what was a good display was a goal, missing a good chance when played through by Dele Alli.

The 22-year-old Spurs striker did not seem to be too fazed by the two misses early on in the season, but it is worth noting that apart from the Liverpool game after the Palace win, we have rarely seen the striking partnership of Kane and Janssen, which I think is the key to unlocking all of the Dutchman’s potential.

August was a good month for Janssen, and I am sure that I joined many Spurs fans in thinking it would be a matter of time before the Dutch international bagged his first goal in a Spurs shirt. We would be right in the sense that Janssen would go on to net against Gillingham in the EFL Cup, but it was from the penalty spot as the wait went on for a first goal from open play.

The longer that wait has gone on, the more Janssen’s confidence has dropped. His first team minutes have been limited too, also knocking his confidence. Despite Janssen going on to score from the penalty spot in games against Leicester and Liverpool, we are still yet to see the first goal from open play.

In the game on Sunday against Aston Villa, we saw the definition of a striker extremely low on confidence. Although the goals were not flooding in early on in the season, Janssen’s hold up play appeared to be strong and he could lay a good ball off or in behind the defence. Now, even that has gone. The Dutchman now takes way too long on the ball to make a decision, and his movement around defenders is nowhere near good enough.

He seems afraid to make runs in behind, just in case he misses the eventual chance that may fall his way. There is a huge difference between being out of form and being low on confidence. When Harry Kane is out of form, he may not score, but he gets himself into positions to score. That is the difference, and this mental block that Janssen has is something that he must overcome, and fast.

I for one am surprised that Janssen hasn’t kicked on after an impressive string of performances early on in the season. The problem with the 22-year-old is that his confidence is so low it is unbelievable. This is something that Mauricio Pochettino must work with the Dutchman on and show him his full backing to get him back to top form. Confidence is the only problem for Janssen. He has all of the skills to succeed to succeed in English football, and the quicker he can get over this mental block on the football pitch, the better.

Pochettino Still ‘Unsure’ As To When Spurs Star Will Return From Injury

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he does not know when winger Erik Lamela will return from injury, the same injury that has kept the Argentinian out since October. 

Lamela last featured for Spurs in the 2-1 EFL Cup defeat at Anfield, and it has been a hip injury that has kept him out of action for a couple of months now. Pochettino had previously said that the injury was minor and that Lamela’s recovery time should have been a few weeks at the most.

However, here we are in January, and it has been over two months since Lamela last played for Spurs, and fans are starting to get a little anxious as to when the winger will return from injury.

Pochettino has given an update on the fitness of Lamela, and the news is not good for Tottenham fans in the sense that the Argentinian has not responded well to the latest phase of treatment from the Spurs staff. In an attempt to find a solution Lamela’s hip injury and to get him back to full fitness, Pochettino and the Spurs staff have allowed him to return to his former club Roma for more treatment accompanied by one of the Spurs medical staff. Here is what the Spurs boss had to say about the situation as reported by The Guardian.

“Lamela has gone to Rome; he has strong links there. He believes and we believe that it’s important to change a little bit – and in his mind. He asked to finish his recovery time there and the club, us, the staff believe that that situation is right. It’s always difficult for the player who spends a lot of time [out] – more time than he believes and we believe. With the energy of the team – sometimes, he’s frustrated that he cannot be involved and today, it’s only him that is out of the group. He has a special link with a physio in Rome. And I say thank you to Roma for opening the door to him and trying to recover the player. Our staff are there with him, too.”

It is true that Lamela will probably benefit from a change of scenery, but the fact that this prolonged spell out has had the 24-year-old thinking about his long-term future will be a worry for Spurs. It is believed that the winger is starting to fell a little isolated from the squad being the only player currently injured having not taken part in training with the rest of the squad.

We hope that this trip will be beneficial to Lamela, and that we can see him back on the pitch playing for Spurs as soon as possible.