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‘Better Late Than Never’ Spurs Fans Delighted With Deadline Day Striker Signing

Spurs signed Fernando Llorente on transfer deadline day, the club leaving it until after the 11pm deadline to announce the capture of the Spaniard on their official Twitter account. Nonetheless, the striker joins Spurs for around £12m from Swansea City with a good goalscoring record.

Llorente was a key figure at the Liberty Stadium last season and played a huge role in keeping the Swans in the Premier League after a battle at the wrong end of the table. The striker managed an impressive 15 goals last term, and won the Welsh club fifteen points all on his own. A man who can step up and make the difference when it matters.

It is highly unlikely that Llorente will slot straight in as first choice striker at Spurs and will probably look to take some of the weight off the shoulders of Harry Kane, who has endured a difficult start to the season, failing to find the net in his opening three games.

Vincent Janssen was brought in from AZ Alkmaar last summer for £17m and has failed to live up to his billing in his time at Spurs. The Dutchman netted six times in his debut season, just two of those coming from open play. With the arrival of Llorente, Janssen may see a huge chunk of his already limited first team opportunities disappear.

Not only does Llorente provide good backup for Harry Kane, he also gives Tottenham a different option up front, the opportunity to play with a target man, an option that Spurs have not had for a long while. His heading ability has been there for all to see at Swansea, and let’s hope Spurs’ playmakers recognise this and utilise it when he is on the pitch. Here is how Spurs fans reacted to the signing of Llorente on Twitter.

Report: Spurs Ready To Spend More Than £50m On Premier League Duo

Mauricio Pochettino is keen to add to his defensive options over this summer transfer window, and is reportedly ready to spend more than £50m on these two Premier League defenders, with the Daily Star claiming that Spurs have ‘cash to splash’. 

The Daily Star report that Spurs are keen on signing two English defenders in the next couple of months, with their eyes on both Alfie Mawson and Ben Gibson and Mauricio Pochettino looks to improve squad depth at Spurs.

In order to make room for these two potential new additions, Tottenham are looking to offload outcast Kevin Wimmer. However, clubs interested in Germany have been put off making a move due to the £20m price tag that has been slapped on the Austrian by chairman Daniel Levy. Southampton have also been linked with a move for Wimmer.

Alfie Mawson is the first player that Spurs will reportedly look to bring to the club. The Englishman made 27 appearances in the Premier League for Swansea, the majority of those coming under Paul Clement after he took over after he was appointed in the New Year. In these games, the 23-year-old was yellow carded just once and scored on four occasions.

Ben Gibson is set to be another defender that the Lilywhites will target over the summer. The 24-year-old was a mainstay in the Middlesbrough team that failed to beat the drop last season, appearing in every single game in the Premier League last term, scoring on one occasion.

Both players are fairly young and have plenty of potential to improve, but you would certainly have to question how much game time the pair would be getting if they made the move to Hotspur Way. Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen formed a formidable partnership at the heart of the Spurs defence, conceding just 26 goals in the Premier League last season, the best defensive record in the league.

It would be stupid for Mauricio Pochettino to break up this partnership, but it might be wise to add to the squad depth in this area, adding more options for rotations with a back four and perhaps a defensive alternative to Eric Dier in a back three.

However, the likelihood is that Mawson and Gibson would not be playing every week if they were to make moves to Spurs, and upwards of £50m would seem rather a lot of money to bring in two backup defenders. Having seen Jordan Pickford move to Everton for £30m and Michael Keane make the same move for the same price, it is clear to see that young English talent does not come cheap. After seeing these deals go through, you would expect Burnley and Swansea to ask for at least £25m for their respective defenders. It seems a lot of money for me to spend on two backups.

Do you think Mawson and Gibson would be good signings given their high price tags?

‘Quality Player’ Fans Keen On Spurs Making This Man Their First Summer Signing

A certain tweet posted this morning by the official Tottenham Hotspur Twitter account has sparked some speculation about who Spurs’ first signing of the summer transfer window might be. 

Today, it was five years ago that Gyfli Sigurdsson put pen to paper and signing for Spurs. He became a favourite among the White Hart Lane faithful, and scored some brilliant goals in his time in North London. To celebrate these, Spurs picked out some of their favourites and posted them in a video on Twitter.

The Icelandic midfielder completed a move away from Spurs to the Liberty Stadium in a deal that was worth about £8m in 2014. This move proved unpopular among Spurs fans, who had enjoyed watching the attack-minded midfielder in his two seasons at the club.

Sigurdsson has just enjoyed a successful season in South Wales, netting nine times in the Premier League and providing thirteen assists. The midfielder featured in every single game in the league for Swansea, starting all but one of the 38 games played.

This impressive form has sparked interest in Sigurdsson from all over the Premier League. Everton and Spurs have been linked his moves for the 27-year-old and Leicester is another name that has been thrown into the mix, but at this moment, Everton look to be the favourites to win the race.

Mauricio Pochettino has previously expressed his admiration for the Swansea midfielder, praising him on a couple of occasions. These comments appear very strange given the fact that the sale went through when Pochettino was at the club.

Many Spurs fans responded to the tweet with their hopes that this is a hint that Sigurdsson will be rejoining Spurs three years after he left the club. With the way that signings have been announced recently, anything can happen on Social Media connected with signings. A hint or not, Spurs fans seem to be in agreement that the Iceland international would be a good summer signing for Spurs.



Will the move go ahead?

In my opinion, no. Having left for just £8.6m three years ago, and given what Swansea will be asking for Sigurdsson over the summer, I just cannot see the move going ahead. Swansea have said that to them the midfielder is ‘priceless’, and you would have to agree with that statement having witnessed the role he played in Swansea avoiding the drop last season.

I would have thought that the Swans would not let their key man go for anything less than £30m, which would equal Tottenham’s transfer record held by Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko. Then, there is the amount of game time he would be getting. My guess would be that if he were to sign, he would be second choice attacking midfielder behind Christian Eriksen. Having played all of the games last season at Swansea, this would more than likely to do nothing but annoy Sigurdsson, would he settle for being a squad player? Despite my thinking that Sigurdsson is an excellent midfielder and very talented player, I can’t see him returning to Spurs this summer.

‘Immaculate Display’ Spurs Fans React To This Man’s Stunning Performance vs Swansea

Spurs eased past struggling Swansea City who fell to the bottom of the Premier League table as Spurs returning to somewhere near their best, recording a 5-0 win over the Welsh side.

Swansea stayed strong for a large part of the first half, but the deadlock was broken six minutes before half-time when Dele Alli was brought down in the eighteen-yard box. Referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot, and Harry Kane stepped up to continue his outstanding goalsoring form.

Heung-min Son added to the Spurs lead just before the break, scoring a world-class half-volley, giving the keeper next to no chance as the Lilywhites went into half-time two goals to the good. Harry Kane added his second of the afternoon shortly after the break.

To finish of the rout at White Hart Lane, Christian Eriksen scored the fourth goal of the afternoon and then added a fifth during added time, Moussa Sissoko providing the assist for that one.

The Dane has now scored three goals in his last two Premier League games, and looking like he is starting to rediscover his best form. Eriksen created five chances in the ninety minutes as well as having seven shots on the Swansea goal.

In addition to this, the Dane completed 78% of his passes, made seven crosses as well as winning all of his aerial duels. This is how Spurs fans reacted on Twitter to Eriksen’s performance.

Eriksen has always been a key figure for Spurs, and had lost his way slightly this season prior to the last two games. The effect he has on the rest of the team is clear for all to see, and when Eriksen plays well, Tottenham play well. He will be a key player for Spurs if they are to make a push for the top four, or even more.

Son & Dier Out, Janssen Starts! Tottenham Team News & Predicted Line-Up To Face Swansea

Spurs are in desperate need of a win. Back-to-back defeats against Monaco and Chelsea have left Spurs out of the Champions League and now four points outside of the top four. 

December begins with a game against Swansea, who prevailed with the three points last week in a dramatic 5-4 win against Crystal Palace at the Liberty Stadium. Spurs will be without Erik Lamela and Ben Davies through injury, and Mauricio Pochettino is set to make a late call on the fitness of Toby Alderweireld. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Swansea at White Hart Lane.

GK: Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman has made some key saves this season, and had a stunner of a game against Monaco. No reason why he shouldn’t start here.

RB: Kyle Walker

Walker will look to cause more of a threat down the wing this time around, mainly because he will not have the threat of Hazard and Alonso to nullify. He should start in this one.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

Eric Dier was at fault for the two goals against Chelsea last week, and could find himself being dropped as a result. With Toby Alderweireld still not 100% fit, Wimmer could well step in, this time at the heart of the defence rather than at left-back like last week.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

I, like many others, are delighted to see Vertonghen sign a new contract with the club. He has built up a special partnership with Toby Alderweireld in the centre of the defence, but he will have to wait another week at least to rekindle that relationship. He should feature here.

LB: Danny Rose

Danny was sorely missed last week against Chelsea, and it will be good to have him back here. Wimmer offered nothing going forward and struggled to deal with what was coming at him coming down his side. He is simply not a left-back, and Danny’s presence will be welcome against Swansea.

Spurs 3-2 Swansea: Player Ratings

Lloris 7 – By his high standards he’ll be disappointed by the Swansea goal; must have thought all angles were covered with Ki wide of the goal, but the midfielder found the space between Lloris’ legs to score. But he saved us two points at the death with an unbelievable save from Fernandez’s header, virtually pulled it out of the net.

Rose 7 – A very solid calm performance from Rose. Made a brilliant tackle to win the ball first, which then led to a counter-attack and then a great cross for our opening goal. Always had his defensive side covered and managed very weel with every Swansea attack whilst he was on.

Vertonghen 6 – Involvement in the Swansea goal as he miskicked his right footed clearance and Ki took control to score from an acute angle. Good clearing header as he ran towards his own goal but overall still looked a bit uncomfortable when defending our area.

Dier 6 – Gave away the free-kick that led to Swansea’s first goal but otherwise was very competent and is showing great maturity and confidence for a young CB. Very strong in the air and covered the ground well rarely losing a tackle all game, a very bright future ahead for young Eric.

Walker 6 – Started very well as he had a lot of space to get forward and deliver good crosses and showed a constant threat going forwards. Was comfortable until Montero came on when he really struggled to deal with his trickery in the closing stages of the game.

Mason 8 – Scored our second goal as he trailed the run of Eriksen and picked up the ball in the area before finishing emphatically into the roof of the net. Was constantly making runs into the box trying to give us options, very quick and decisive on the ball throughout.

Bentaleb 8 – Dictated the pace of the midfield with his tackles and his work rate off the ball. Won the ball that led to our 3rd goal, was in the action all the way, had a good shot at goal too which was well saved early on.

Townsend 7 – Consistently tried to get inside and shoot, unsuccessfully several times, kept working hard before he got it right in the 2nd half, brilliant quick run and clever cut-back onto his right foot to score, one of his better displays tonight.

Eriksen 7 – First half he struggled to get into things and was shut down by Swansea’s narrow defence, much better second half, his runs and passing range dominated the game, his run created our 2nd goal and he found his groove and was running the game like we know he can.

Chadli 8 – Superb one-touch finish to score the opener, such skill to finish that off. Could’ve had a second too after Kane played him through but he was offside. Always looked like a goal threat cutting in from the wings, inside and his shots were always near the target.

Kane 6 – Seems like PL sides are starting to pay attention to Harry and are trying to shut him out of the game. Made Fabianski kick the ball out of play at least twice with his closing down work. Had 2 very good headers which both sailed off target.

Eriksen Dropped! Totttenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Swansea

After a disappointing loss against Chelsea in the League Cup final on Sunday, the boys will look to bounce back in style with a win against Swansea. With no fresh injury concerns, Mauricio Pochettino has a full squad to choose from. With the team returning to the lane with the fans fully behind them, everyone has good reason to look to the future.

The youthful squad has a strong future ahead of them, and not for many years has a squad manage to connect with the fans more than with this squad, so the future looks bright. With youth surrounding the team, the youth side making strides in the Youth Cup, all this spearheaded by a young manager, the loyal Spurs fans have a lot to be positive about, even in the light of defeat.

But another small step in that future is Swansea City at home, and if we get through this test, and with results going our way, we could reclaim our place in the race for the top four.

Changes from the cup final loss on Sunday may be limited, but some of the players my be changed around for fitness reasons. Here is the team news and predicted line-up.

Team News:

Mauricio Pochettino has no new injury concerns to contend with when picking the starting eleven to face Swansea.

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

After captaining the side at Wembley, Hugo will maintain his record of starting every Premier League game this season.

Defence: Kyle Walker; Eric Dier; Jan Vertonghen; Danny Rose

This appears to be the starting four in our Premier League side, so unless any last minute injuries affect the team, this is most likely going to be the back four.

Defensive Midfield: Ryan Mason; Nabil Bentaleb

After putting in a fine performance on Sunday, Nabil Bentaleb will keep his place in the starting eleven alongside his partner in crime, a fan favourite and Tottenham boy Ryan Mason. These two manage to consistently control the game and pull the strings, and against a team such as Swansea who enjoy a large amount of possession, these two will be vital.

Midfield: Mousa Dembele; Erik Lamela; Andros Townsend

The biggest change of the squad will be the absence of Christian Eriksen from the midfield. Eriksen has been worked into the ground recently and needs a break, which was almost evident in the cup final. With a fresh Dembele, hopefully given a free role in the middle, the game will be run through him, and he will be the dictator of the attack for Spurs. As for the wings, its likely that against Swansea, who’s full backs do enjoy to bomb forward, the pace of Lamela and Townsend will be exploited to its fullest. Also, its very likely that both wingers will swap sides throughout the game to switch up play and exploit the full backs and provide Kane and possibly Dembele with ammunition for goals.

Striker: Harry Kane

Despite being relatively quiet against Chelsea, Harry Kane is still the main danger man, and goalscoring force for Tottenham. If Kane scores against Swansea, he will become the first Spurs youth product to score 25 goals in the same season since Mark Falco in 84/85. This speaks volumes of how much Harry Kane has been a revelation this season, and hopefully with a bouncing White Hart Lane behind him, he could possibly beat Falco’s record.

 

Swansea Complete Naughton Capture

Swansea have signed Tottenham right-back Kyle Naughton on a three-and-a-half year deal. The fee is believed to be in the region of £5m.

The 26 year-old has made ten appearances for Tottenham this year, although all of these were due to the absence of Kyle Walker through injury.

Reports early on in January suggested that Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy demanded £5m for the defender, and he has now got exactly what he wanted after some tough negotiating.

The arrival of DeAndre Yedlin and the return of Kyle Walker has prompted Naughton’s move to Swansea, with the Englishman falling out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino, with the Argentine something choosing the likes of Vlad Chiriches and Eric Dier ahead of him.

Garry Monk has spoken very highly recently of the right-back, and is pleased with his new signing, spending £5m of the £28m he received for striker Wilfred Bony. Here is what Naughton has said about the move to his new club.

“I’m really excited, I can’t wait to get going and get some games under my belt,”

“At Tottenham Kyle Walker was out for a long time, so I was playing.

“Kyle’s back now and they signed one or two other players, so I just thought it would be best for me and maybe the club if we went in different directions.

“I’ve watched Swansea so many times, I’ve played here so many times against them and their style of football is what really attracted me.

“I like always getting it down and passing it, and that was one of the main attractions for me.”

Swansea Looking To Strike Deal For Tottenham Duo

Swansea are looking to sign two Tottenham players by the end of the January transfer window, with Garry Monk looking to capture Kyle Naughton and permanently, Tom Carroll.

Sky Source believe that Tottenham and Swansea have agreed a fee of £5m for right-back Kyle Naughton, after some tough negotiating with Daniel Levy. The deal could go through by the end of the week.

Spurs have three right-backs at the club and are willing to cash-in on Naughton, and use Eric Dier as their third choice right-back should both Kyle Walker and DeAndre Yedlin get injured.

Following on from the Naughton deal, Swansea want to make Tom Carroll a Swansea player on a permanent basis. The young Englishman is currently at the Welsh club on loan for this season, but Garry Monk is keen to sign the midfielder permanently.

Tottenham want £5m for Carroll, the same fee that was agreed for Kyle Naughton. Swansea have lots of money to spend as a result of the sale of Wilfred Bony, and could spend £10m in total for the pair.

Kane And Soldado Start! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Lineup To Face Swansea

Without a win in all competitions in December, Tottenham desperately need a win when they travel to Wales to visit the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea. This will come at no east cost against Garry Monk’s side, although the boss has been rather disappointed with the number do points dropped in their last few fixtures. Gylfi Sigurdsson could start to face his old side. Here is the Tottenham team news and predicted line- up.

Team News:

Many players will return for Tottenham in this fixture, after many key players we rested for our Europa League trip to Swansea. Emmanuel Adebayor is back at home and out of action due to family reasons and after missing Spurs’ last two matches, Kyle Naughton is a doubt to start at the Liberty and will probably face a late fitness test.

Predicted Lineup (4-4-2):

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris:

There is no doubt that the Frenchman will start in between the sticks for us tomorrow after he was rested in Turkey. He essentially got us a point last Saturday when we faced Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane and he will be looking to continue his great form.

Defence: Kyle Walker, Federico Fazio, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose

I feel it was a big mistake from Mauricio Pochettino not to play his best central defenders on Thursday and I think it would be a good idea to start Vertonghen and Fazio since it has seemed to work in the Premier League. Rose looked good in midweek and should get another start and Kyle Walker could start after making his return and his fitness to surely be tested just before the match, if not Eric Dier can start at right-back if Kyle Naughton also fails his late fitness test.

Midfield: Aaron Lennon, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, Christian Eriksen

Before reverting back to the usual 4-2-3-1 formation and style, I think that Pochettino needs to give the 4-4-2 system a few more tries, and with mostly the same players. It will be interesting to see what he does when the likes of Nacer Chadli come back into the Premier League fold. Lennon has been in a decent big of form and should get another run out in the team along with Christian Eriksen. The young duo should also start in the middle of the park after being rested in midweek.

Strikers: Harry Kane, Roberto Soldado:

I think Roberto Soldado needs just one more chance to build on his goal before Harry Kane goes back to being the lone striker. Apart from confidence and building on goals, there are other positives to starting these two up front. Kane can drop into the midfield to help win back the ball, leaving Soldado up top and their link up play is very good.