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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? 

Rivals Spurs And Arsenal To Battle It Out For Not One, But Two Summer Signings

North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are set to battle it out over this summer transfer window in pursuit of two targets. Attacking midfielders Riyad Mahrez and Ross Barkley have both been the subject of interest from both clubs. 

Ross Barkley has been a long-term target of Tottenham, and reports at the weekend suggested that Pochettino and Levy wanted a deal completed by the time the squad set off for their pre-season tour of America. Well, Spurs have now touched down in Orlando and there is no sign of Barkley, who is still very much an Everton player.

Other reports suggested that Barkley demanded wages of £150,000-per-week if he were to join Spurs, making him the highest paid player at the club. However, we later learned that these claims were ‘untrue’. Today, the London Evening Standard report that Arsenal are also interested in making a move for the Englishman.

It has been almost inevitable that Barkley will be sold this summer after not signing a new deal with the Merseyside club. But what is becoming increasingly unlikely is that he will be sold for Everton’s asking price of £50m. It is worth noting that both Spurs are Arsenal are confident that they can get deals over the line for £25-30m.

Barkley is not the only player that Spurs and Arsenal could do battle for over the summer. Riyad Mahrez has been the subject of much interest from Arsenal in particular since last summer, when they came desperately close to signing the Algerian winger. They have registered their interest yet again this summer after Mahrez said that he will be leaving Leicester this summer.

According to the London Evening Standard in a separate report, Spurs have now asked Leicester to keep them informed of the Riyad Mahrez situation if other clubs submit a bid as they are interested in securing his services at some point during this summer transfer window.

Like Barkley, Leicester are asking for around £50m for Mahrez, which at the moment is putting clubs off making a move and the Foxes might have to lower their asking price if they are to cash-in on the want-away winger.

Although I am more than unsure about Barkley and how he would fit in at Spurs and whether he is worth the investment, Mahrez’s talent is there for all to see. He would be a brilliant addition to the squad in terms of attacking options and if Daniel Levy can get a deal over the line for Mahrez it would truly be an excellent signing.

Tottenham Insist That Star Is Not For Sale As Transfer Rumours Intensify

Tottenham insist that midfielder Eric Dier is strictly not for sale over the summer transfer window as manager Mauricio Pochettino sees him as an integral part of their plans for the future according to football.london.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for the Englishman and reports have suggested that they will make a formal bid in the next few days. However, it seems that they shouldn’t bother perusing Dier’s signature as he is not for sale.

A £75m deal that would see Romelu Lukaku move to Old Trafford looks likely, a deal for Victor Lindelof has already been agreed this summer but the Portuguese boss is not ready to stop spending anytime soon, plotting a £50m bid for Eric Dier.

The defensive midfield is an area of the squad that Mourinho appears intent on strengthening before the start of the new season and had identified Nemanja Matic as an early target. However, it looks like the Red Devils will miss out on their man having annoyed Chelsea by beating them to striker Romelu Lukaku. Attention has now turned to Dier, but it looks like Mourinho will also miss out on him given Tottenham’s tough stance.

Eric Dier was an extremely important player for Spurs last season, and has been well utilised by manager Mauricio Pochettino, playing in a back three with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen or in defensive midfield alongside either Victor Wanyama or Mousa Dembele. It is the Englishman’s versatility that makes him so valuable and he is starting to become a leading figure in the Tottenham dressing room.

The 23-year-old played almost 50 games for Spurs last season and 36 in the Premier League. He netted just twice but provided real steel to the team, whether that was playing in defence or in midfield, which is exactly what potential suitors Manchester United will be looking for in the latest signing.

Dier was a brilliant player for Spurs last season and it will be a silly move to sell him at this stage. The midfielder’s versatility allows for in-game formation switches which have proved useful in the past, Manchester City away in a 2-2 draw springs to mind. It would be totally the right decision for Spurs to keep Dier on this season. For now, he is a Spurs player, and let’s hope it stays that way when the transfer window slams shut at the end of August.

Harry Kane To Finish As League’s Top Goalscorer?

Do you know what is the most-watched sports league in the world? The English Premier League, of course. Barca and Real often grab the spotlight, but the EPL is the most consistent source of entertainment for an audience that is estimated at almost 5 billion people.

And William Hill does make most of it. Bet on the EPL live! Click on the Sports tab and choose Football, you can’t miss it. Under Competitions, you’ll find what is still arguably the most famous league of them all: the English Premier League.

When you bet in-play, you can choose among more than 200 live markets for every match. Who will be the last goalscorer? Will anyone score in the first ten minutes? Who will be carded? Will there be a hat-trick? Will a team score in both halves? You name it, we have it. It’s a great way to showcase your knowledge about the more obscure corners of the Premier League.

It looks like Chelsea is set to win this year. In fact, all the odds are in their favour so much that it’s boring. That’s why we have the category called W/O Chelsea. Just imagine Chelsea disappeared in the Twilight Zone and make your pick. It is much more interesting when you have to decide between teams like Man City and Spurs, which have both had a great season. If you need more, there is also the Top 4 Finish category.

To Stay Up and Relegation are not the most glitzy category, but they may well be the most entertaining ones. The battles to stay in the Premier League have that tinge of desperation which is the necessary condition for a good thriller. Could it be that Leicester City, which won the most memorable title in League’s history last year, will end up being relegated? When there is more at stake, everyone risks more. Will you follow suit and make your biggest bet on an underdog?

Top Goalscorer could be the most attractive category, as you follow superstars on their bid for glory. Just like in the team category, there is a clear favourite: Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur. He finished†top scorer†of the 2015ñ16 season with 25 goals, and he looks set to repeat that feat. But Lukaku, Costa and Sanchez are nothing to sneeze at, either. Or you could just throw caution to the wind and bet on Benteke or Giroud, hoping for that hundred-to-one chance to come up.

A very simple and useful way to get informed is our Tip Advisor. Our users include veritable football encyclopedias, some of whom are kind enough to share their wisdom with others. It might be worth your while to look at their suggestions.

Betting on the English Premier League live is a great way to participate in the most prestigious competition on the planet. It would be a real pity to miss out on that, especially if a team or a player is close to your heart. Nothing hurts so much as lost opportunities, so don’t turn your back on them.

Really? Spurs Summer Signing Explains Why He Has Failed To Succeed At Tottenham

Moussa Sissoko dramatically arrived at White Hart Lane on deadline day last summer, but has failed to make any kind of positive impression since his £30m transfer from Newcastle.

We all remember how Sissoko infamously switched off his phone as Everton tried to contact him about a potential medical ahead of a move to Goodison Park as he travelled to sign from Tottenham Hotspur. Daniel Levy had to fork out £30m, a club record, for Sissoko, and Spurs fans would have been expecting much better performances than they have seen to date.

The Frenchman now regularly finds himself on the bench for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and apart from one half-decent performance down the right against Manchester United, Sissoko has failed to have any kind of impact since his deadline day arrival. The former Newcastle man is limited to appearances off the bench for Spurs, and now has a new theory as to why he has failed to hit the heights expected of him at White Hart Lane.

Speaking to beIN Sports recently, Sissoko claimed that he has failed to hit top form in North London due to the fact that he is “trying to learn because I have to get used to a new style of playing in a new team”.

Spurs fans let out a collective groan earlier on this afternoon when in the same interview Sissoko said “my future is at Tottenham and I’m trying to give my best”. This was said in light of recent reports linking the Frenchman with a move to Italy.

Should we be surprised that Sissoko hasn’t succeeded at Tottenham?

No, not really. All this transfer, and Sissoko’s inability to succeed at White Hart Lane, shows is how much a player’s value can rocket to astronomical levels just after a few good displays at the European Championships. The fact of the matter is that Sissoko was poor at best for Newcastle for the whole of last season, and failed steer them clear from the drop, or do anything at all in fact to help the cause.

I saw the £30m deadline day move for Sissoko as nothing more than a panic buy back in September, and nothing has changed since then. The Frenchman’s work ethic has never been excellent, and we should not be surprised that Sissoko has failed to find many first team opportunities at a club with a manager that hands of chances in the team based on hard work and good work ethic in training.

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.

3 Quality Signings Tottenham Could Complete Next Month

It’s been a distinctly average season for Tottenham so far, with a particularly poor showing in Europe seeing them crash out in the group stages of the Champions League in what was a very winnable group.

Why has this happened? Well, in my opinion there is no doubt that the fact the team have such poor quality in depth has impacted results on the pitch. Poor recruitment in the summer has also had a negative impact on the team whilst rivals have improved. The £30million signing of Moussa Sissoko becomes more bemusing with every week. To save the season, Tottenham need to invest in January, especially with Europa League football on the horizon – Pochettino will need a good squad. Here are three players Spurs should sign in January in my opinion…

1 – Julian Draxler

With the news that the German midfielder will not play for Wolfsburg again emerging this week, surely Tottenham should be in the mix to sign the talented German international? Aged 23, Draxler is at an age where his best years are still ahead of him, despite being on the scene for some time now. Although he is yet to reach his potential, I feel Draxler could become a very big player. It is no secret that the club are currently severely lacking creative midfielders and Draxler would bring creativity and more to the midfield. He’s a strong, tall player with plenty of guile and style. Despite being relatively young, he has been capped more than 25 times for Germany giving him experience on the international stage. With Wolfsburg banning the player from playing, Spurs are unlikely to be priced out of a move and with more chances of playing time than at other English clubs, Tottenham could have a realistic chance of landing this signing – it’s certainly worth a try!

5 Things We Learned About Spurs During Crushing Defeat Against Bayer Leverkusen

Spurs’ miserable run at Wembley stadium continued as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen, leaving the Lilywhites in a bad position in Group E, sitting in third place after four games. Here are three things that we learned about Spurs during the crippling defeat. 

1) Spurs are missing Harry Kane

Vincent Janssen is a very different striker to Harry Kane. He likes the ball played to his feet so that he can hold up the play and lay a ball off for his teammates, and there is nothing wrong with this at all, but there is a feature of Harry Kane’s style of play that Spurs are definitely missing at the moment.

A couple of times during the game against Leverkusen, the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen were striding forward through the middle, and could have done with somebody making a run in behind the defence.

Janssen is the sort of striker that will always want the ball to feet, and doesn’t quite make the runs in behind the defence that Harry Kane would do. This would have been something that the likes of Alli or Eriksen could have done with on Wednesday night. You could see that they were looking to play this ball in behind the defence, and they will be gald to see Harry Kane back against Arsenal on Sunday.

Eriksen Dropped! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Bournemouth

Spurs earned what may prove to be a precious point in the Champions League last time out on Tuesday night, and will be looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to Bournemouth in the early kickoff on Saturday. 

In terms of team news, Toby Alderweireld remains out, but may only be for a couple of week more, whereas Danny Rose is a doubt with a knock picked up against Leverkusen. Harry Kane is still recovering from his ankle injury, and is back in training.

GK: Hugo Lloris

What a save from the Frenchman on Tuesday night. How he managed to scramble across his line and keep the ball from crossing the line I will never know. He should start again here.

RB: Kyle Walker

Walker once again sat out of Champions League action once again, and he will be keen to put in a good showing to convince Mauricio Pochettino to put him in the starting line-up to face Leverkusen at Wembley.

CB: Eric Dier

Kept a clean sheet in midweek, and I don’t quite know how! Dier had a solid game in Germany and had to deal with a lot of Leverkusen pressure, especially in the second half. He should start again here and until Toby Alderweireld returns from injury.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen also had a solid game in Germany on Tuesday night, and should take great confidence from that clean sheet. I expect him to start again against Bournemouth.

LB: Ben Davies

With Danny Rose a doubt for Saturday, Ben Davies is more than likely to start on Saturday, and I have full confidence that he will put in a good performance.

CDM: Mousa Dembele

Mauricio Pochettino had to take Vincent Janssen off on Tuesday night to deal with the flurry of pressure coming our way, something that Victor Wanyama couldn’t handle on his own in defensive midfield. For that reason I think Spurs will set up with a 4-2-3-1 formation once again.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

Wanyama is in great form, but he can’t be in two places at once. He had a great game again on Tuesday, but in my opinion could really do with Dembele playing alongside him in midfield, and that is what I think will happen on Saturday.

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‘Absolutely Unreal’ Twitter Amazed By What This Spurs Player Did vs. Bayer Leverkusen

Tottenham had to overcome a large amount of Bayer Leverkusen pressure, especially in the second half to come away from Germany with a point in the Champions League, maintaining second place in Group E.

The save of the night came from Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, who somehow scrambled across his goal to keep out an effort from Hernandez, where is looked like to the former Manchester United striker simply could not miss. The ball was 50% over the line, but technology shows that all of the ball failed to cross the line.

Spurs grew into the game in the first half, and Dele Alli had a good headed chance to fire Spurs into the lead, but failed to convert. Vincent Janssen, still in search of his first Spurs goal from open play hit the crossbar before Erik Lamela saw his effort tipped over the crossbar.

Leverkusen made a change at half-time, and this worked massively in their favour as they surged forward in the second half, forcing Hugo Lloris into a world-class save and putting the Spurs defence busy, with Danny Rose making a couple of crucial blocks.

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Tottenham have the best defensive record in the league, and Lloris has made some huge saves along the way to keep Spurs’ incredible defensive record, conceding just four goals in the Premier League this season.

Spurs certainly have Hugo Lloris to thank for their point in Germany, and many fans took to Twitter to heap praise onto the Frenchman, who made six saves at the BayArena with some labelling the stopper world-class. Here is how Twitter reacted to Lloris’ performance in between the sticks.

There is no doubt that Lloris is one of Tottenham’s most important players and it is essential for Tottenham that if they are to remain in the Champions League and compete with the best clubs that they keep hold of players like Lloris. What he did tonight was just another example of how he can win this club vital points. Without that big save Tottenham would’ve been walking away from this game empty handed and would have been in a difficult position to qualify. I think his performance tonight just backs up the fact that he is a World Class goalkeeper.