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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.”

Tottenham’s Recruitment So Far This Summer Is A Step In The Right Direction

Cast your mind back to 2013 when Spurs sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a record-breaking fee of £85m, and over the course of that summer transfer window, the club bought in seven new additions all from overseas clubs.

Two of the biggest signings over the spending spree were Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado, who have both somewhat underachieved in their respective times at the club. Although, Lamela is improving game by game, he still has scored just two Premier League goals since his arrival from Roma, and for £30m, you would expect a little more from a club-record signing.

Etienne Capoue and Paulinho have just been sold on to other clubs after two seasons at the club, with neither being able to break the solid midfield partnership of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb. As for Vlad Chiriches in the defence, well, do I need to say anymore?

On the other hand, Christian Eriksen has contributed a number of key late goals in his two years at the club, whilst Nacer Chadli, who had a rocky first season, has been able to put himself on the scoresheet twelve times over the course of last season.

The point I am trying to make is that bringing in players from overseas can very much be like a lucky dip. Some players adapt to the pace and physical demand of the Premier League, whilst others don’t, and sometimes the players that you paid less for can sometimes blossom a whole lot more than your record signing, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli in this case.

After the summer disaster of 2013, I have been of the opinion that we should bring in predominantly English players, or players that have had experience in the Premier League. In the summer of 2014, this improved as Spurs brought in Michel Vorm, Ben Davies, and Eric Dier, who in fact spent his early footballing years in England before moving to Portugal and Sporting Lisbon. All three have been on the fringes of first team football, or have been played out of position when given the chance, so haven’t shown their full potential yet in my opinion.

In that summer window, we also made the signings of Federico Fazio and Benjamin Stambouli, both have failed to prove their worth in their first season at the club, and both were bought from overseas clubs.

As you can see from last year’s signings, and the summer before that, overseas players have been less than successful to say the least in their time’s at the club. However, you can uncover a gem from time to time when recruiting from overseas. Take Luis Suarez for example, or Eden Hazard, both players that Spurs could have signed according to Harry Redknapp.

This summer, I think that so far, Levy, Mitchell and Pochettino have got the balance just right. They have offloaded some of the ‘deadwood’ in Paulinho and Etienne Capoue, and we have brought in two players with Premier League experience, and just the one from overseas, Kevin Wimmer.

When signing a player from a Premier League club, or a player that has just finished a loan spell at a Premier League in our case, then generally you know what you are going to get from them, you do not have this luxary when signing a foreign players as I mentioned earlier.

Adding to the already good additions of Kevin Wimmmer, Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweield, I would like to see Spurs make a couple more signings in this window. I would like to see a striker brought in, and maybe a holding midfielder. Who do you think Spurs should bring in this summer.

Two Outcasts Set To End Spurs Misery?

Spurs are preparing cut their losses on striker Roberto Soldado to hasten his exit from the club, with Galatasaray emerging as the frontrunners to sign his signature.

The 30-year-old has struggled in his time at White Hart Lane following his £26m move from Valencia two years ago. Galatasaray are said to be interested in the forward, and Spurs are prepared to accept bids in the region of £11m for the Spaniard, although the Turkish champions are ready to test their resolve with a bid of £9m.

Soldado has made 52 appearances in the Premier League for Spurs, scoring seven goals, but despite much encouragement from fans and management alike it seems destined that the Premier League just isn’t cut for him.

Also it is rumoured that the Turkish giants are eyeing up another Spurs outcast with former Captain Younes Kaboul apparently keen to also make his departure from N17. It’s believed Daniel Levy is holding out for at least £5million whilst Galatasaray are looking to scoop him up for just £3million.

After being a regular starter early last season, his performances and attitude on and off pitch has deteriorated over recent months and with Mauricio Pochettino having completed the signing of Toby Alderweireld today, which now leaves us with 7 current CB’s at the club, Kaboul’s days at White Hart Lane are numbered.

 

Three Clubs In Race To Sign Tottenham Misfit

According to Mediterraneo, three clubs are all interested in signing Tottenham misfit Roberto Soldado this summer, all looking bringing to an end the Spaniard’s White Hart Lane nightmare.

The striker joined Spurs as a part of the ‘summer seven’ of 2013 for a what was then a record breaking £26m, before Erik Lamela signed for £30m at the end of August. However, reports have previously claimed that Spurs only paid £13m for the front man.

Mediterraneo claim that the three clubs chasing after the Spaniard’s signature are Villarreal, AC Milan and Galatasaray, who are all viable options for the striker should the right bid come in. However, it has been reported that Soldado would prefer a move back to his homeland.

Villarreal would of course be the best move for Soldado as he continues his quest to rediscover the form he showed at Valencia, where he was deadly in front of goal, and a return to La Liga would of course give him the best chance of recapturing the form he showed just a few years ago.

Turkish Club Make Approach For Spurs Striker

The Times claim that Turkish club Galatasaray have made a formal approach for Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado.

The Spanish striker has failed to adapt successfully to English football, along with the emergence or Harry Kane and off the field issues in his first season at the club has meant that Roberto Soldado has failed to repay his huge £26m price tag.

After taking a huge knock in confidence during his first season at Spurs, the striker has fallen down the pecking order at Spurs, and with Andre Villas-Boas and Mauricio Pochettino preferring to name just one striker in their starting line-ups, Premier League opportunities have been limited for the Spaniard.

Soldado earns £70,000 a week and is reportedly looking to call it a day in England after failing to rediscover the form that he showed at Valencia just a couple of years ago.

We would all be sad to see Roberto Soldado leave Spurs, but would a move to Galatasaray be the right move for his career?

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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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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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Tottenham Did NOT Pay £26m For Roberto Soldado- Reports Claim

The Telegraph claim that Tottenham did NOT pay £26m for striker Roberto Soldado, and are not likely to pay that amount of money anytime soon.

In an article run by the Telegraph yesterday surrounding striker Emmanuel Adebayor and his recent rants and outburst towards family members, the tabloid explained that just £13m was paid for Roberto Soldado.

They went on to explain that another £13m was due to Spanish club Valencia if he met certain targets, as Spurs had doubts that the Spaniard could recapture the form he showed whilst playing in La Liga.

With the striker somewhat underperforming in his first two seasons at the club, it is unlikely that these targets have been met, meaning that Daniel Levy would be able to keep £13m in the bank.

Here is what the Telegraph said towards the end of their article:

Tottenham paid £13m for Roberto Soldado, with another £13m due if certain targets were met, but will struggle to find a club willing to pay a fee for the out-of-form Spaniard. It remains to be see whether Levy will sanction a season-long loan deal.

So, it wasn’t that bad after all, but Mauricio Pochettino still believes that the front man can still find his feet in the Premier League, but will he?

Player Ratings: Stoke 3-0 Spurs

When Mauricio Pochettino said in the week that Spurs would benefit from Europa League, the players must have thought that “it was just banter”, as Richard Keys would say. They clearly didn’t show the desire that was needed to pick up a win today against Stoke. I just cant see a win coming from anywhere, which is the problem. The players don’t want to lose on purpose, that would be unprofessional to the highest degree, but the wheels seemed to have fallen of the automobile that is Tottenham Hotspur, just in the worst way possible.

Hugo Lloris: 5

It must be awful playing behind a defense that has conceded the same amount of goals as relegated Burnley? Now, Lloris isn’t at fault for a lot of our goals, but the way him and Dier collided was something out of a Adam Sandler film. Something that isn’t funny no matter how many times you try to see the funny side, and it just gets more awful the more you see it. It’s going to be sad to see Hugo leave in the summer, but as bad as this sounds, I don’t blame him for wanting to leave.

Jan Vertonghen: 5

Playing at Left Back today, Vertonghen did absolutely nothing to help the team today, and played a big part in the opener for Stoke. He knocked the ball into the box which allowed Adam to nod home, but if I’m honest that was the only interaction he had with the ball at all. Another player that seems to be on ‘holiday mode’.

Vlad Chirices: 3

It is quite astonishing how Tottenham Hotspur pay Chiriches money to be a professional footballer. He looked shakey from the start, and when he got booked around the 10th minute for a needless challenge, you always had the feeling he wouldn’t go the whole 90 minutes. Unfortunately, he was sent off for 2 yellow cards, after messing around on the ball and tripping up Diouf. Most likely his last game for Spurs.

Federico Fazio: 5

Similarly to Vertonghen, his involvement in the game was very limited, as he had a quiet game, meaning he didn’t do anything to prevent the goals. Seemed less dangerous to his own team this week, which I guess is a positive to take from the game.

Eric Dier: 5

Normally, Dier has a decent game when playing Right Back, but today he was given a run around by winger Marko Arnautovic. It just wasn’t his day, but hopes still remain high in terms of his chances at Center Back, but on the other hand he needs to show that he is getting better, and not just living off the first two games of the season.

Nabil Bentaleb: 5

After rumors of him signing a new contract, Spurs fans were desperate to see him put in a good performance here. But no, as per usual, he let us down with stray passes and no tackles. It’s a shame to see him have no impact on the game, but another one who seems on ‘holiday mode’.

Ryan Mason: 5

Yet again, he didn’t show that he was good enough to play in the middle for Spurs. Yes, he ran around a bit, but that doesn’t make a difference when you don’t actually help the team score. The position needs someone better, someone who can actually pass the ball to the striker, and chip in with a goal of two. He may be a ‘Spurs boy’ that doesn’t mean much when you cant contribute to our side.

Erik Lamela: 4

He had a free kick in the first half that was headed onto the bar (albeit from a Stoke player), but now it must be time up for our record signing. Did nothing at all, and if I’m honest I forgot he was on the pitch until he was dragged off. No one can surely defend him now, as he has shown he cant do it on a Saturday afternoon in Stoke, let alone a wet Wednesday night in Stoke!

Christian Eriksen: 5

A game of two halves for the Dane, as in the first half, he seemed bored and uninterested, whereas in the second half, he tried to make the team attack, or at least get a goal for our travelling fans to support. It may be wishful thinking from myself, but it would be nice to see our star creator have a little bit more consistency in games such as this one.

Nacer Chadli: 4

Another player who wasn’t seen on the pitch until he was subbed off. A question of consistency again for Chadli, as never really got into the game and never tried to force himself on the side. He could have shown at least something, but he gave nothing to the team and was another one in the dreaded ‘holiday mode’.

Harry Kane: 5

Did nothing to impose himself on the game, and I know he cant do it all by himself. He clearly has run out of gas, and he looks tired, but when Roberto Soldado is the back up striker, you must feel inclined to pick anyone who isn’t him. Time for Kane to take a short break and to come back next season to show he isn’t a one season wonder.

Roberto Soldado: 4

No shots on goal, no nothing! Feel a bit sorry for the Spaniard but at 30 years of age, his time is surely up, isn’t it? Two whole seasons and not even double figures is appalling.

Mousa Dembele: 4

In my opinion, should have started, but didn’t do anything in his brief cameo, which doesn’t do him any favours. He just seems like his talent is wasted on the bench?

Player Ratings: Spurs 0-1 Aston Villa

Frustration. It’s a word that is associated with Tottenham Hotspur too often this season. After today’s match with Aston Villa, it almost shows that no matter who the manager is, or who the players are, it seems to be something that will always be with the club. Christian Benteke won the game for Villa, which is a monumental victory for them, but from Spurs’ point of view, it’s two poor performances in games we should’ve won. The game was rather sloppy from Spurs, and in the second half there was a distinct lack of effort, which was the main gripe for the Twitter fans.

Michel Vorm: 6-

Despite conceding, he was very good with certain distribution, good commanding of his area, and stopped the result from being even worse by saving a Fabian Delph effort late on. Vorm’s performance was one of the shining lights of the game.

Vlad Chiriches: 4-

Chiriches is just plain awful! I hate being so negative about our players, but it doesn’t seem like he has the ability to pass the ball 5 yards. Not up to it at all today and doesn’t seem to be up for the pace and power of the Premier League, and will most likely be sold in the summer if anyone actually comes in for him.

Federico Fazio: 4-

Again, another player who doesn’t seem capable of cutting it in the Premier League. Failing to mark Benteke properly in the build up to the goal, he looked to be capable of slipping up at any second. Fazio never has looked to be able to get to grips with the style of English football and always come across as if he’s constantly playing in slow motion.

Eric Dier: 5-

Rather ineffective throughout the game. Whenever called upon, dealt with the pressure with relative ease, but didn’t show any signs of promise for the future. Maybe he just plays better with Vertonghen, but Dier doesn’t seem to be the player he and the club thought he would be by this time.

Danny Rose: 7-

Yet again, Danny was our best player. He showed the most energy, passion, drive and wanted to get forward and create for the team. Unfortunately, no one was on the end of his crosses and was unable to affect the others. My Man of the Match for the third game in a row.

Ryan Mason: 4-

Poor performance when a midfield general was really needed today. I had to double check to see if he was even on the pitch he was that quiet. Ryan seems to have gone way off the boil a of late, and if his performances don’t improve quickly, then maybe it’s time to ask whether he is good enough to be a starter at the club.

Nabil Bentaleb: 5-

Similarly to Mason, a very quiet performance and very ineffective. Nothing creative at all from Nabil, and showed signs of fatigue throughout the second half. Maybe it’s time to shuffle that midfield around, to freshen things up.

Christian Eriksen: 5-

Tried to create for Harry Kane in the first half and had some shots of his own, but the passes never made it through, and the shots were high, wide and not at all handsome. The midfield area shows how desperately Tottenham need some capable bench players, as Eriksen was a little bit tired towards the end of the match. It seems that Pochettino’s fast pressing style is really affecting the players in the final run in of the season.

Nacer Chadli: 5-

No determination or desire at all today. Chadli, who is often accused of being inconsistent and not tracking back, was invisible for a period in the first half and the majority of the second half until he was subbed off.

Andros Townsend: 5-

Andros tried to take on players in the first half, but once he realized he was in for a tough game, he almost looked to give up. He tried to up the tempo, but didn’t fancy a challenge today, so gave in. Townsend’s performance sums up the whole game for Tottenham quite frankly.

Harry Kane: 5-

Kane is in desperate need of a rest. He is clearly worn out, but is forced to play, as we don’t have anyone capable of replacing him. Relies heavily on service from the three behind him, but when that services isn’t there, then he can’t win games, and cant boss around defenders like he wants.

Substitutions:

Roberto Soldado: – N/A-

Subbed on for Chadli, did nothing at all and was forced out wide where he clearly isn’t comfortable. Whether it was his personal choice to go out wide so Kane is the lone striker, or instructions from the manager, it should never, ever be done again.

Erik Lamela: – N/A

Subbed on for Andros Townsend, immediately drifted out of the game and was useless in his 11 minute cameo.

DeAndre Yedlin: – N/A

Subbed on for Chiriches, Twitter hyped up Yedlin for months and months, and when he finally came on, he was out muscled and floored by Kieran Richardson. Maybe after a few games he will show his potential, but today wasn’t his day.