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Why The Sale Of Toby Alderweireld Would Not Be A Betrayal Of The Fans

Tottenham’s reputation of cashing in on top players at the club is a reputation that has not died with successive top four finishes in the eyes of some. However, I believe the club is past this stage.

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Take the sale of Kyle Walker last summer. Some fans were serious when the news broke that the Yorkshireman had been sold to this season’s champions for a hefty £50m. ‘Same old Levy’ and ‘same old Tottenham’ were some of the cries as we watched another top-class player leave North London.

Unfair criticism it turned out to be in my view. Although Kyle Walker wanted to leave Tottenham, according to the Independent, his mind was made up as a result of an ongoing dispute with manager Mauricio Pochettino over fitness. As mentioned in that Independent article, Pochettino doubted Walker’s ability to play two games in one week, something the right-back disagreed with strongly at the time.

The decision to sell the player seemed to be best for both parties. Spurs got their £50m and Walker got to start a fresh with a different manager that maybe doesn’t doubt his fitness in the way Pochettino did. Although it can be viewed as a mistake selling to a direct rival and strengthening their team, the decision seemed to be the correct one to sell Walker. The situation is similar with Toby Alderweireld.

Tottenham had been keen to tie Alderweireld down to a new deal before the end of last season, but negotiations have been in deadlock for some time now. If the player was that keen to sign, he surely would have done so by now.

It has been a frustrating season for the Belgian defender. Not only has he had a couple of fairly lengthy spells out of action due to injury, but he has also seen himself kept out of the team by the solid and effective centre-back partnership of Jan Vertonghen and newcomer Davinson Sanchez. Due to the contract stalemate? Or due to the stellar performances of the pair mentioned before? This is an issue up for debate.

Nonetheless, without Alderweireld, the defensive unit has performed efficiently and effectively over this season, is the Belgian still the integral part of the defence as he once was? Or have we evolved as a team? If the answer to the latter is yes, £50m would be a healthy sum to sell to Manchester United for. However, we are left with the issue of strengthening a direct rival. This is something that needs to be considered carefully by the coaching staff at Spurs, but why not cash in on a player that doesn’t want to commit his long-term future to the club?

5 Key Players That Could Sit Out Crucial West Ham Clash Through Injury

Spurs have not won in all competitions since the win against Manchester City before the October international break. The Lilywhites are currently five points off league leaders Liverpool, and a win against West Ham is of great importance to get back to winning ways and gain some momentum after a good point at Arsenal.

However, getting three points against an out-of-sorts West Ham side may be easier said than done, considering Spurs could be missing these five key players for the Premier League clash.

1) Christian Eriksen

The Danish international has a lot more to offer for Spurs this season, but over the last few weeks has been putting in some very good displays. He created some good chances in the game against Arsenal, and could have even won the game himself.

But Spurs could be without the tricky midfielder for the West Ham clash with a knock he picked up on international duty. With Spurs in need of a win, Mauricio Pochettino’s men will miss the creative spark that he offers.

2) Toby Alderweireld

The Belgian defender has been out for over four weeks now, and was in contention to make the squad for the Arsenal game, with Pochettino stating that his recovery is just behind that of Harry Kane’s. However, two weeks after the return of Kane, Alderweireld might still be out and unavalible.

We saw Spurs set up with three at the back against Arsenal in the North London derby, and if Pochettino elects to do the same against West Ham, he will most likely have to select the same back three of Eric Dier, Kevin Wimmer and Jan Vertonghen.

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‘I Want To Cry’ Fans React To Spurs Defender’s Worrying Knee Injury At Hawthornes

Spurs failed to take their chances as they managed to salvage a point late on at The Hawthornes. Former Spur Nacer Chadli fired West Brom into the lead eight minutes before time, but Dele Alli managed to snatch a point in the 89th minute to maintain Spurs’ Premier League unbeaten record.

However, the most disappointing thing about the trip to the Midlands might not be the dropped two points, but the fact that Belgian centre-back Toby Alderweireld was stretchered off midway through the second half, unable to continue with a knee injury.

The injury comes at a worrying time for Spurs with a key few weeks coming up in the season. First of all, Spurs travel to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League in midweek in a crunch fixture before making the trip down to Bournemouth on the following Saturday.

Those two fixtures are followed by a league cup trip to Liverpool, before four days later hosting Leicester City at White Hart Lane. Spurs then return to Wembley for the second time this season to host Bayer Leverkusen in the second instalment of a crucial double-header in the Champions League.

Finally, before the international break, Spurs make the short trip across North London to Arsenal in the first weekend of November. So looking at the fixture list, you can understand why Spurs fans are so worried by the injury of Alderweireld.

Mauricio Pochettino has said that the Belgian will be assessed in the next couple of days, and this is how Spurs fans reacted to the injury news.

Three Of Tottenham’s Best Players So Far This Season

Sunday’s spectacular 2-0 win over Manchester City has seen Spurs move into second place, just a single point behind the league leaders City, and remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier League this season.

Up until the win over City, Spurs arguably haven’t been playing at their best, and have won ugly a couple of times this term, so there is plenty more to come after the international break. Here are Spurs’ best performers so far this season.

1) Son Heung-min

Son truly is on fire! Believe it or not, the South Korean was on the brink of moving back to Germany over the summer transfer window, and there were bids rejected by Daniel Levy for Son. Pochettino persuaded him to stay and fight for his place, and what an impact he has had since returning from the Olympics.

He surprised many when he started at Stoke, and surprised many more when he scored twice in a 4-0 rout. He followed this up with a Man of the Match display against Sunderland and two more goals against Middlesbrough. He also opened his Champions League account with the winner at CSKA Moscow.

Whether it has been playing on the left-hand side or leading the line as he did so well on Sunday in the 2-0 win over Manchester City, Son has been instrumental and is in the form of his life. Long may it continue!

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

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

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

Hugo Lloris- 7

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

Kieran Trippier- 7

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

Toby Alderweireld- 7

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

Jan Vertonghen- 7

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

Ben Davies- 7

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

Victor Wanyama- 6

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

Dele Alli- 7

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

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

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

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

GK: Hugo Lloris

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

RB: Kyle Walker

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

CB: Toby Alderweireld

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

CB: Jan Vertonghen

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

LB: Ben Davies

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

CDM: Victor Wanyama

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

CDM: Moussa Sissoko

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

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Rotations Galore! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Gillingham

Spurs make their return to the re-branded EFL Cup on Wednesday with an opening third round tie against League One Gillingham. The Gills caused a second round shock knocking out Watford, so Spurs should by no means underestimate the lower-league opposition. 

Pochettino is likely to make use of this game to make plenty of changes and use the full depth of his squad. Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele will miss out with knocks while Harry Kane’s ankle injury will keep him on the sidelines. Danny Rose will miss out again. Here is our Spurs predicted line-up to face Gillingham.

GK: Michel Vorm

Lloris has resumed is position at first choice goalkeeper following his spell out as a result of a knock picked up at Everton, but Vorm provided first class backup and I expect him to start here.

RB: Kieran Trippier

Kyle Walker has played three games in the space of nine days and it is more than likely that Trippier will step forward to play here. The former Burnley full-back has always played well when called upon, and is likely to do the same here.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Toby has been our most consistent performer, and will probably play again here, it all depends if Pochettino feels Cameron Carter-Vickers is ready to play or not, but for me, the Belgian will start here.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

The Austrian is likely to be given his chance along the back line on Wednesday night in what would be his first competitive start of the season since signing a new contract with the club.

LB: Ben Davies

With Danny Rose still expected not to feature with injury, Davies could well feature here after Jan Vertonghen took his place on Sunday afternoon.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

With Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele both hobbling off injured in the win over Sunderland on Sunday, Victor Wanyama could be guaranteed a starting place with the defensive midfield duo both set to be out of action for this EFL Cup fixture.

CDM: Tom Carroll

With Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb both leaving the club, either temporarily or permanently over the summer transfer window, Tom Carroll has signed a new deal and has moved up the squad pecking order as a result, and he should start here.

RAM: Erik Lamela

The Argentine would have been disappointed to be left out of the starting line-up to face Sunderland at the weekend, and will be keen to make an impression on Pochettino to rival Moussa Sissoko with starting spots up for grabs over the next few weeks.

CAM: Christian Eriksen

Like Lamela, Eriksen was left out of the starting eleven on Sunday, with an in-form Son Heung-min preventing him from occupying the left flank. It looks unlikely that the Dane will beat the Korean to a starting spot in the next couple of weeks, but he could challenge Dele Alli in the number ten role. Either way, a good performance here will do him no harm at all.

LAM: Josh Onomah

Pochettino is likely to see the game against Gillingham as I have mentioned as an excellent chance for rotation, and this could see Josh Onomah make his first start of the season. The youngster has featured at various times for Spurs, and it will be interesting to see if he has made any progress over the summer.

ST: Vincent Janssen

Harry Kane was stretchered off on Sunday, so Janssen is more than likely to be the man to lead the line for Spurs over the next couple of months. I expect him to make his second start of the season and it would be good to see him bag his first goal in a Spurs shirt.

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

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

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

Hugo Lloris- 6

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

Kyle Walker- 7

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

Eric Dier- 6

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

Toby Alderweireld- 6

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

Jan Vertonghen- 6

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

Mousa Dembele- 7

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

Victor Wanyama- 6

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

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UCL Player Ratings: Tottenham 1-2 Monaco

In front of a record crowd at Wembley, Spurs were unable to recover from a slow, sluggish start that saw then 0-2 down in just over 30 minutes. Despite Toby Alderweireld pulling a goal back for Spurs just before half-time, goals from Bernado Silva and Thomas Lemar were enough for Monaco to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start. Here are the Spurs player ratings. 

Hugo Lloris- 5

Apart from the two goals, the Frenchman didn’t really have too much to do at all. I thought he was unlucky with the two goals, especially the first, nothing he could do about the strike from Bernado Silva

Kyle Walker- 6

Looked a threat going forward for a large portion of the night, bombing down that right-hand side as he so often does well. However, I feel his final ball or cross could have been better at times.

Toby Alderwireld- 5

Was solid enough, but despite the well-taken goal, not quite up to his usual standards to be honest. He gave the ball away in the second half when under no pressure at all with a poor touch, fortunately the resulting attack came to nothing worth mentioning.

Jan Vertonghen- 5

Really shouldn’t have backed off Bernado Silva and let him run as he did, if he defends a little more aggressively in that sitiatuion and puts a foot in then Wednesday evening might have been a different story altogether.

Ben Davies- 5

Would certainly like to see Davies become more of an attacking threat and be a little more like Danny Rose, but defensively I think his performance was just about good enough.

Eric Dier- 5

Didn’t really look himself on Wedensday night under the Wembley lights, but after a dodgy and nervy first half performance, the defensive midfielder picked his game up a but in the second period before he was replaced by Moussa Sissoko.

Dele Alli- 6

Alli was deployed in a deeper role than usual in the first half, and the substitution of Son for Dembele at the break allowed him to push forward in the second half. He worked hard in the deeper role and you cannot fault his work rate, but I feel the youngster is at his best playing just behind the striker.

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3 Players That Must Stay Fit For Tottenham To Be Competitive This Season

In a season that could have been so much more than it turned out to be, Spurs managed to achieve a third-placed finish, which brought with it the return of Tottenham to Europe’s top competition, the Champions League.

However, in a strange campaign just gone, we not only saw Leicester City win the title, we also saw Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City endure poor and under-par campaigns. With those three big guns bringing in new recruits both in the dugout and on the pitch, it is fair to say that this Premier League season will be much more competitive than the last one, and Spurs will for sure find it harder to break into the top four once again. Mauricio Pochettino will also have the added challenge of juggling the Champions League as well as the Premier League, and finding the correct formula for the Lilywhites to succeed in both competitions.

If Spurs are to find their way into the top four for a second year in a row, here are three players that I believe MUST stay fit throughout the season. Use the navigation below to move through the post.

1) Toby Alderweireld

In their title challenge last season, Spurs had the joint best defensive record in the league, conceding just 35 goals in 38 games, a record that could be matched only by Manchester United under the negative Louis van Gaal.

The Belgian centre-back played a huge part in helping Spurs keep clean sheets, making crucial last ditch challenges as well as being able to form strong, solid partnerships with either Jan Vertonghen and Kevin Wimmer. The Belgian international has become known for his quality defensive work, but his classic calm distribution from the back.

Not only is the 27-year-old defensive sound, he also managed to pose a huge threat in an attacking sense too, making presence known in the penalty area, especially from corners. Alderweireld was probably Spurs’ most consistent player last season, starting all 38 Premier League games, and bagging himself four goals from centre-back.