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‘Better Than Modric’ Spurs Fans Delighted With Midfielder In Dramatic West Ham Win

Spurs survived a huge scare in the Premier League at White Hart Lane as they came from behind to win 3-2 against London rivals West Ham in dramatic style.

The Lilywhites fell behind midway through the first half as Michail Antonio headed in from close range, and failed to recover in the first half, going into the break a goal down.

Spurs started the second half with a much higher tempo, and were rewarded six minutes into the second half. Vincent Janssen saw his strike saved by Darren Randolph, but Harry Winks on his full debut was there to score with the follow up.

Vincent Janssen was caught pulling Winston Reid in the box and Mike Dean pointed to the spot for the Dutchman’s infringement. Manuel Lanzini stepped up to fire the Hammers ahead once again.

Dele Alli and Heung-min Son were brought on by Mauricio Pochettino and both had positive impacts, especially the latter. Son did well down the left and pulled back for Harry Kane to tap in with just a couple of minutes of normal time to go.

Son got down the right again just a minute later and was brought down inside the box. Mike Dean correctly pointed to the spot again and Harry Kane kept calm to score his third goal in two games since returning from injury.

Harry Winks made his full debut and impressed many with an excellent display. The youngster looked to make a difference from the start and was involved in Spurs’ best moves more often than not.

Winks was the brightest spark when others looked uninspiring, and was unlucky not to receive the Man of the Match award, and surely would have done if Harry Kane had not popped up with two late goals. Here is how Spurs fans reacted to Winks’ first Premier League start.

Player Ratings: Spurs 3-2 West Ham- Kane Snatches Win, Winks Impresses On Full Debut

Spurs came from behind with two late goals to snatch all three points from London rivals West Ham, and maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season after twelve games. 

Mauricio Pochettino’s side had to come from behind twice to get the win at White Hart Lane, Harry Winks firing Tottenham level the first time for 1-1. Manuel Lanzini’s penalty put the Hammers ahead for the second time before Harry Kane equalised before snatching the win from the penalty spot in injury time. Here are the Spurs player ratings.

Hugo Lloris- 6

Couldn’t do too much about the two goals, otherwise another solid display from the Frenchman.

Kyle Walker- 6

Another decent display from the England international. Looked to pose a threat going forward down the right-hand side, but couldn’t do as much this game as in previous games. Still looked solid.

Eric Dier- 6

The centre-backs were probably not the ones at fault for the two goals, and played pretty well over the ninety minutes. Was a little unlucky to see his header saved by Darren Randolph in the second half.

Jan Vertonghen- 6

Also had a pretty good game. As I said, neither of the goals were the fault of the centre-backs, and I though the two defenders at the heart of the defence on the whole dealt with the West Ham counter attack effectively.

Danny Rose- 7

Posed a huge threat going down the left, and had another good game. The one downside to his game today was the yellow card that sees him miss the game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next Saturday.

Mousa Dembele- 7

Another strong display from the Belgian at White Hart Lane. He bossed the midfield at times and it is great to see Dembele back in the team on a regular basis.

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3-4-1-2 Again! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face West Ham

Spurs go into a crucial London derby is desperate need of a win, having not won since October 2 following a 2-0 win over Manchester City. The clash with struggling West Ham comes at the start of a crucial week or so for Spurs.

The game against Slavan Bilic’s men is proceeded by a trip to Monaco in a must-win Champions League clash, and then the Llilywhites must go to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea, who have been in excellent form of late.

Spurs did have some concerns regarding injuries going into this one, but Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Erik Lamela, Toby Alderweireld and Ben Davies are out and that Dele Alli is a doubt. It was previously feared that in addition to this, Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele would also miss out.

Here is your Spurs predicted line-up.

GK: Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman has been in terrific form this season, making some crucial saves. Talks may have stalled on the new contract front, but he will still be one of the first names on the teamsheet.

CB: Eric Dier

Spurs reverted to a back three in the game against Arsenal in the North London derby just a couple of weeks ago. You have to say that the change was a success in that particular game, and I have a feeling that Pochettino might look to utilise the back three again here.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

The Austrian has hardly been involved this season, and marked his first Premier League start with an own goal in the derby. Not a great way to get underway in the Premier League for the season. With Toby Alderweireld out, Wimmer could be asked to step in once again.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen is on the verge of signing a new deal with Spurs, and this is excellent news. The Belgian has really stepped up since the injury of Alderweireld, and I expect another solid defensive performance here.

8 Key Dates Tottenham Fans Cannot Miss, Here’s Why

Today the Premier League fixtures for the 2016/17 were released by the Premier League, and Spurs will begin their season on the road again, this time with a trip up to Everton, and end the season again away from home against newly-promoted Hull City. We take a look at eight fixtures that could prove to be key in Tottenham’s season. All dates are subject to change. 

1) Tottenham v Liverpool- Saturday 27th August

Looking at the fixture list, this is the first real test that our Spurs side will face, three weeks into the Premier League season after a trip to Everton and a home test against Crystal Palace.

We will of course be without Mousa Demebele, who will miss the start of next season through a ban, and the game against Jurgen Klopp’s will be a good test for our stand-in midfield partnership, whoever that may be. This game will be a good indicator of how well we have actually started the new campaign.

2) Arsenal v Tottenham- Saturday 5th November

This is the big one for Spurs, the first of our two league clashes with Arsenal is at the Emirates, where we drew 1-1 last season, and perhaps should have taken all three points.

There is always a special atmosphere at North London derbies, and there is no reason why this would be any different. Spurs will be desperate to get one back on Arsenal after the Reds pipped Spurs to second place last season

3) Chelsea v Tottenham- Saturday 26th November

Spurs got the better of Chelsea last season in terms of league finishing position, but Chelsea will feel that they had the last laugh in the infamous ‘Battle Of The Bridge’, where we lost the league before our capitulation in the last two games of the season.

It is fair to say that Chelsea underperformed last season, and under new manager Antonio Conte, the Blues will be aiming high this season, providing another tough away test for Spurs in November.

4) Manchester City v Tottenham- Saturday 21st January

We have good memories of a visit to the Etihad Stadium last season with Christian Eriksen striking late to hand Spurs all three points after Harry Kane dispatched a spot-kick earlier on in the game.

City will also have a new manager at the helm next season, who has been labelled the best in the business by some. The Manchester club could prove an extremely tough team to best next season, and three points for visiting teams at the Etihad are likely to be hard to come by.

5) Leicester v Tottenham- Saturday 22nd April

Spurs and Leicester battled it out for the title last season, and this fixture next season may not have as serious implications as it would have done last term, but we could be wrong yet again.

This fixture signals the start of an extremely tough run-in where we face three very big rivals in the last four weeks, so three points here if Leicester are not as strong as last year might become a must if we are challenging for Champions League or maybe even the title.

6) Tottenham v Arsenal- Saturday 29th April

This will be the last ever North London derby at White Hart Lane before it is knocked down, and it is likely to be a very emotional affair.

Not only will the occasion be special, but being the fourth from last fixture of the season, the two rivals could be battling it out for top four spots, and could prove to be a six-pointer.

7) West Ham v Tottenham- Saturday 6th May

This will be the first fixture between the London rivals since West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium, and it seems that West Ham are always up for a game against Spurs, and this could prove to be a very tough game.

It was a 1-0 loss at Upton Park that seriously dented out Premier League title hopes, and hopefully it will not be a similar result away at West Ham that costs us dear come the end of the season.

8) Tottenham v Manchester United- Saturday 13th May

This will be the last game ever to be played at White Hart Lane, and what a great send-off it would be if we could beat Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United in our final game at the Lane.

It will be a special occasion, but the players must not get distracted as crucial points will be up for grabs, and these could be precious points for either side on the day.

Player Ratings: Spurs 4-1 West Ham

You could argue that this game was one of our finest performances of the season so far, as two goals from Harry Kane helped Spurs thrash rivals West Ham at White Hart Lane. It was a fantastic, all round team performance from our boys, putting us a point behind Arsenal in fourth, and four points off Leicester at the summit of the Premier League. Who were our star performers? Well, let’s take a look at the Tottenham player ratings against West Ham.

Hugo Lloris: 6

It’s been a tough week for our captain, but he played well today, doing his duty when called upon, which in all fairness was a rarity. Lloris will be disappointed to not have kept a clean sheet, but for the other 88 minutes of the game, he was rarely tested.

Kyle Walker: 7

A relatively good outing from Walker, who managed to get on the score sheet on his 100th appearance for Spurs. The only thing of note, apart from the goal, was his mistake for the West Ham goal. Sure, it was 4-0 with a few minutes left, but he will still be kicking himself nonetheless.

Toby Alderweireld: 8

Find me another man in football who can head the ball so often in a game, and his hair remain perfect from the first minute to the last? Toby Alderweireld had a great game at the back today, as well as getting a goal for himself, and it honestly seems like whenever a ball is played into the box, he can read the future, as he is always there to clear the danger. Easily one of the buys of the summer in the Premier League.

Jan Vertonghen: 7

Once more, Jan and Toby’s love story at the back adds another chapter, with the two Belgians having stellar games for Spurs. Vertonghen was out of the limelight a bit in this game, but he still managed to keep his composure, and deal with any danger thrown at them.

Danny Rose: 7

Solid once more from Rose, who has grown into an integral part of our side, with his attacking threat and defensive work. Not much else to comment on, other than he is one of our most consistent players every week, including today.

Eric Dier: 7

His transformation to a holding midfielder was showcased to its max today, as Dier showed that he is more than capable in the middle of the park. He can break up play, start attacks, he plays the ball with poise and finesse, and he gives both attackers and defenders a safety net.

Dele Alli: 7

A great attacking threat who should have gotten a goal today, but thundered his header against the bar. A quiet game considering his recent performances, but the most important part of the game for him is that he will miss the game against Chelsea through suspension.

Christian Eriksen: 8

A great game from the Great Dane, who seems to effortlessly and silently change and dictate the game. Assisting Alderweireld, Eriksen floated around, allowing others to flourish, in a great performance once again.

Mousa Dembele: 8

Now this is the Dembele we all wanted to see for about 3 years. He bullied the West Ham players off the ball, and at one point, I thought he had glue on his boot. The man is a genius! Today, he was just magnificent to watch.

Heung-Min Son: 7

Such a bundle of energy in this game that he pressed every one at least once. Son has been a great addition to the team, and while he didn’t really have sights on goal, he certainly helped the team.

Harry Kane: 9

Two goals from the England striker, and they were goals that really showed that Kane is back to his best. Goals feel better when Kane scores them, and there is no stopping this man when he’s in this kind of form. His work off the ball is superb, and his hold up play, as well as his link up play, are amongst the best that I have ever seen in the Premier League.Kane is slowly showing he is an all round striker, topped off with the fact that he’s one of our own!

Is Achieving A Top Four Finish Finally A Realistic Target?

It’s something that we didn’t really expect this season, as many fans will probably admit. We all felt like we didn’t do enough business in the transfer window, and the players weren’t strong enough for the challenge, but my have these boys proved us (slightly) wrong already.

At the time of writing, Spurs are sitting in 6th position, three points off of the 4th place, which we have been coveting for so long. Manchester United are the side that occupies the 4th position, and they haven’t exactly been amazing but they have certainly been efficient. When you look at the next few fixtures for us, it is a huge month, probably the biggest of the season, and if we come out of the period with maximum points, then we cannot be ignored in the top four race.

Let’s start with Monday evening, when Aston Villa pays a visit to White Hart Lane, possibly with a new manager in charge. Let’s say that manager is Reme Garde, and the players want to make an impact, but Spurs grab the three points. That could possibly place us 4th in the league if things go our way, right before three massive London derbies.

Arsenal, West Ham and Chelsea make up our November fixtures, and let’s say, hypothetically, we win all three games. Nine points against two of the top form teams in the league would make teams stand up and take notice. Chelsea’s blip shows no signs of stopping, whilst Leicester and West Ham may lose their momentum soon, meaning there will be spaces in the table open to the teams around the top.

Most will expect that Manchester United and Manchester City, along with Arsenal to be at the top of the tree, but once West Ham and Leicester fall away, and if Chelsea don’t improve, it will be between ourselves and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to fight out for the final Champions League spot, and from what we’ve seen so far, we have to be favourites.

Liverpool are still to pick up a league victory under the German, whilst Spurs thrashed and simply outclassed Bournemouth 1-5 at Dean Court, with our boy Harry Kane grabbing a hat trick, and Cristian Eriksen being faultless on the ball. It was amazing to see how easily we scored five goals, and how we took the game by the scruff of the neck and controlled it after falling behind.

If we keep this up, and if we manage to keep our fitness levels going all season, I have every reason to believe that we may strike gold come May.

FOUR Clubs Interested In Spurs Winger

Four Premier League clubs are set to battle it out for Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, who has fallen out of favour under Argentine boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Sunderland, Aston Villa and Newcastle are set to be joined by West Ham in the race for the England international who started just ten league games last season for Spurs.

The Daily Star believe that West Ham have now joined the race for Townsend, and they also report that the Lilywhites are wanting to sell up for £15m, and with that many clubs interested, they are sure to be holding out for the full asking price.

Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy have been working hard throughout the summer shifting some of the deadweight, including midfielders Paulinho, Benjamin Stambouli and Etienne Capoue.

The Argentine boss has left Andros Townsend out so far this season with the Englishman unused this campaign, will this summer see the end of Townsend’s career at Tottenham?

Tottenham Join Race To Sign Manchester United Striking Outcast

The Daily Star claim that Tottenham are interested in signing Manchester United striker, currently on loan at Real Madrid, Javier Hernandez.

Reports suggest that the Lilywhites could make their move this summer, and will look to beat the likes of West Ham, Everton and Stoke, who are all vying for the Mexican’s signature.

Not only is Hernandez deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, the opinion is held about him in Spain at Real Madrid, and the striker will return to Manchester after his loan expires.

West Ham reportedly lead the race to sign the front man, and it is believed that the eventual buyers will have to shell out at least £8m in order to secure Chicharito’s services.

Hernandez has played just 219 minutes of Spanish football since his move abroad, but he has still managed an impressive three goals and two assists.

However, Carlo Ancelotti may look to bring the youth into the first team to provide backup for Karim Benzema, instead of paying the £8m required to make Hernandez’s move permanent.

Spurs v West Ham: Match Preview And Key Players

It’s a game that will mean so much to all Spurs fans on Sunday. We host West Ham on Sunday. Everyone still remembers the humiliation we suffered in this fixture last season, arguably the worst of all the defeats we had last season, and it’s one we’d all wish to forget.

We have the chance to set the record straight and put that to bed on Sunday. In our first encounter in the opening game of this season, we battled away with ten men for over sixty minutes and we snatched an injury-time winner courtesy of debutant Eric Dier. That began righting the wrong of last season so to speak, now we have a chance to cement ourselves in the race for the top four, but lay to rest the ghosts of last season’s nightmare.

Looking back at the mess we were in then and then look at us now, it’s extraordinary the turnaround in performances, passion etc, so I have no doubts everyone will be up for this London derby. It’s a must win games if we’re to stay in touch in the race for a spot in the Champions League next season. As we now reach the late stages of the season, every win is vital as any slip will prove very costly.

Looking ahead this match will have further ramifications as a big win here will serve as a great momentum boost ahead of our Cup final vs Chelsea, next Sunday, so a win here is crucial in that sense as well and being a London derby, there’s a lot of pride at stake.

In terms of the line-up, the likes of Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele, Erik Lamela who all sat out the Europa League game vs Fiorentina, should all be recalled to the side. Eric Dier will likely be recalled in place of Federico Fazio as with Andy Carroll missing through injury, that reduces a lot of West Ham’s aerial threat going forward. Danny Rose is likely to start in place of Ben Davies, whilst Davies is very solid at defending, Rose offers a better attacking threat and can create chances more often in a game.

Where the match will be won:

Last week, West Ham looked very average as they were blown away by West Brom 4-0 in the FA Cup, so that result combined with losing Carroll for the rest of the season, confidence will be low heading into Sunday’s trip to the Lane. We need to exploit this and start quickly as they will likely attempt to hold back and frustrate us, we must score early and force them to come out of the shell which will open them up to our attacks.

The key players to lead us to victory in Sunday:

Danny Rose: As crazy as it sounds, Rose offers us both width and ability to move forward quickly in attacks. Whilst is counterpart Ben Davies is better equipped defensively, Rose offers more going forward and his ability to get up and deliver crosses and scoring chances will be key for us in this match.

Mousa Dembele: The Belgian has become a critical component in the Spurs system in recent weeks, his physical presence on the ball and ability to win balls high up the pitch provides us with the opportunity to get forward quickly and catch teams cold as has been demonstrated in recent matches. Add to that Dembele’s excellent distribution on the ball

Harry Kane: Sounds like a broken record by now, but Harry will need to blow away the West Ham defence like the Hurricane that’s been for us all season. His hold up play and work rate up front means he leads by example on the pitch and it feeds off to the rest of the team that they will win. Harry’s growing influence on the team is clear to see and he’ll need to do that again on Sunday.

February: A Season-Defining Month For Tottenham

Spurs have come so far under Mauricio Pochettino, and sit very nicely in sixth position in the Premier League, and are still in with a chance of finishing in the top four come the end of the season. However, this hard work and late winners could all be undone if Pochettino’s side fail to pick up points in February.

Arsenal (H)- Saturday 7th February
First up for Spurs in February, it’s the big one against Arsenal at White Hart Lane. Not only does this carry the huge pressure of a North London derby, but it is also a massive game in the race for a top four finish. Spurs can leapfrog Arsenal with a win, and recently we have heard that Alexis Sanchez will miss out through injury.

Spurs fans will be quietly confident about this latest edition of the North London derby following a well-earned 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium back in September. Some will be oozing with confidence after a New Year’s Day victory over Chelsea.

Liverpool (A)- Tuesday 10th February
Just a few days after, we travel to Liverpool, where another tough ninety minutes of football awaits. If results go against us at the weekend, Liverpool could overtake us with a win at Anfield. Their form at home hasn’t been too bad this term, they have lost just twice, to Aston Villa, and league leaders Chelsea.

However, Spurs will be looking to make it Liverpool’s third home loss in the Premier League this season, and with the way that Mauricio Pochettino has approached away games against the big teams, I wouldn’t be surprised if Spurs were to pick up points at Anfield.

Fiorentina (H)- Thursday 19th February
February isn’t just a key month for Tottenham’s league ambitions, but it is also a chance to make some progress in the Europa League, against Fiorentina, who will be no push overs at all. The first leg is at home, so it is extremely important that Spurs get a positive result to take to Italy in the second leg.

This match marks the start of a mini-fixture pile-up that sees Spurs playing games at the weekend, and in midweek too, and this run extends into March, so Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be looking to get this busy period off to a good start with a win against Fiorentina.

West Ham (H)- Sunday 22nd February
West Ham proved to be our bogey team last season as they destroyed our Capital One Cup hopes, and also did the double over Spurs in the league too last term. However, we did get our own back on the first day of the season, and Eric Dier goal winning it late for Spurs on Pochettino’s first Premier League game.

A game against West Ham is never easy, and they took us apart at White Hart Lane the last time we met at home. The team will have to be on the top of their games to get all three points from this encounter.

Fiorentina (A)- Thursday 26th February
A win could potentially take Spurs through to the next round of the Europa League, and it is the last game of a crucial month for Spurs. The Capital One Cup final is just three days after this, and Mauricio Pochettino is not happy at all. This means that Spurs must go all out to get at least a two-goal lead in the first leg.

This would mean that Pocehttino could leave some of our key players at home to prepare for the vital Capital One Cup final against Chelsea.