Liverpool are reportedly leading the race to land Tottenham’s first choice striker Harry Kane after The Sun reported that the player placed contract talks on hold following a failure to increase his weekly wages.
There have been growing interests in the player by top clubs. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are believed to be interested in the Three Lions forward.
Kane’s current deal with Tottenham is set to end in 2020 but the club wanted to extend his deal. The prolific striker has scored 67 goals in 134 games for Tottenham. He was the key player in Spurs’ rally towards the Premier League last season. He only returned from a six-week absence due to ankle ligament to score in the 1-1 draw against the Gunners just before the international break. Gareth Southgate did not play him in the 3-0 triumph over Scotland on Friday, and he is not expected to feature when England trade tackles with Spain on Tuesday.
Despite insisting that he has “a bright future” at White Hart Lane, former Arsenal player Ray Parlour wants Manchester United to make Kane their long-term striking target.
“I’m sure Manchester United will be looking at him. They will be thinking ‘OK, Ibrahimovic is here at the moment but he’s getting on a bit – we might need a new striker soon’. He could be perfect for Manchester United,” Parlour opined.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes say Liverpool are the top side to land Kane should the salary force him away from Spurs. Kane reportedly wants £120,000 in weekly wages in order to remain at the club. The Reds are 5/2 to land him, Manchester United are 5/1, while Chelsea and Manchester City are 6/1 according to the bookies. Arsenal are 12/1 while Real Madrid are 4/1 to land him having previously taken Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.
Tottenham Hotspurs goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris believes their victory with clean-sheet over Manchester City on Sunday does not mean the team is very defensive.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men gave Pep Guardiola his first defeat since his arrival at the Etihad Stadium with a shocking 2-0 win at White Hart Lane stadium on Sunday.
They scored two times in the first half through Aleksandar Kolarov’s own goal and another strike by Dele Alli, guaranteeing the victory after the break despite Erik Lamela having a penalty denied from being a goal by City’s new goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo.
Lloris supposes the win showcased Tottenham’s qualities at both ends of the pitch, as they maintained a clean sheet after having the perfect defensive record in the top-flight last season.
“Last season we were already one of the best defenses in the league so I think it’s one of our basics to be strong at the back,” The France international, Lloris was quoted by Sky Sports.
“It doesn’t mean we are a defensive team, we are the opposite. We try to have a lot of risk in our game, trying to play as high up as we can on the pitch, putting pressure, as we did especially in the first half against City.”
Tottenham drew a second consecutive game in the Premier League as concerns about the team’s energy levels grew even higher.
After the game, manager Mauricio Pochettino also claimed that the lack of a recovery times played a major role in the team not performing at its best. The involvement in the Champions League – along with other cup competitions – mean that the manager has had to rotate in order to keep the team fresh. However, he has been unable to rotate in the best possible manner over the last few matches due to injuries to some key players like Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld.
The goalless draw against Bournemouth especially causes concern at White Hart Lane considering that it was the third consecutive draw for the team in all competitions. As expected, the team challenging for the title managed to control the game from start to finish with 58% possession. However, they were unable to get much in terms of opportunities after only managing three shots on target. Spurs have to pick themselves up quickly and focus on the next game against inform Liverpool in the League Cup. In this position of fixture congestion, Pochettino would actually not mind dropping out of the League Cup in order to concentrate on the Champions League and the league.
The 2016-17 season of the Premier League kicked off on August 13 as the English League initiated around 1 week earlier than many other top European Leagues such as the Italian League and the Spanish League.
Both of those European competitions initiated around 6 days later in comparison to the Premier League and Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham Hotspur is not a fan of having the league kicking off so early.
The Argentine manager of Tottenham Hotspur voiced his disagreement in having the Premier League so early as this causes a slight problem for the players that were performing with their national sides during that period of time. Those players had to represent their countries at the international stage and shortly after that, those who formed part of clubs in the Premier League had to come back to their respective clubs and perform in the top tier English League.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino said: “You cannot play the Euros and start the Premier League season on Aug. 13. How can you give rest to the players, after the whole season?I understand that it’s business, our supporters and the people want to watch football but it is very bad for the players.”
“The problem is we need to adapt the preseason for the players who were involved in the Euros. They arrive all at different times because they finish in different times. It is a very hard thing to do and it is very tough to manage them during the season, too, because it is not the same when you play 90 minutes.’’ Continue reading
English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspurs has confirmed that the head of recruitment Paul Mitchell would be leaving the club after he serves his notice period after he quit his job at the club.
Mitchell claimed he left the club as he was not satisfied with the way the club was handling its transfer business. The club made the announcement on Tuesday as the relationship, between Mitchell and the club chairman Daniel Levy strained.
The chairman was regularly taking issues personally in transfer matters, and he is sure to continue until the end of the transfer window. The Evening Standard reports that Mitchell left as he was disillusioned at the way the club managed it transfer dealings, and the final straw that broke the back was the deal of Michy Batshuayi. Belgian was in the midst of moving to the Spurs as Mitchell revealed but the deal was dealt a blow and he moved to Chelsea instead.
Mitchell said he had monitored the former Marseille striker thoroughly and claimed he was even ready to join Spurs but Chelsea picked up the player in a surprise move for £33 million. Chelsea signed the player on a five-year deal, offering him up to £125,000 weekly. Spurs wage would have seen the player earn the usual range of £75,000 – £80,000 per week for the best players.
It left Mauricio Pochettino in a bitter mood that there was not a single person outside the fan-base of Tottenham wanting them to take the Premiership trophy and everybody was just for Leicester to complete a fairy-tale.
Pochettino believes the top side is always the one people look to defeat, but, for a change, it’s the no. 2 side which was on the target the previous season. Nobody was after the leaders and that was bizarre.
Tottenham chased Leicester to a very long distance and it’s only in the game before their penultimate game, when they had a draw, the title technically became impossible to clinch for them.
They were probably not tight enough at crucial times, but, according to Pochettino, he and his boys had loads to learn from it and they would be back only in a stronger capacity in this year’s summer.
After having narrowly missed out on the league title, Tottenham have already begun the process of strengthening the squad by bringing in midfielder Victor Wanyama from Southampton.
The midfielder, who is extremely well known to manager Mauricio Pochettino, has signed a five-year contract with Spurs after his £ 11 million move to White Hart Lane. The move represents a great business for Spurs considering that he had joined Southampton for just over £ 12 million a couple of years ago. At this price, he represents a great value for money purchase.
More importantly, manager Pochettino is aware of his good qualities after having been the man behind his arrival at Southampton. Joining up with Pochettino also gives the player a great opportunity to become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. He was regarded as a player with great potential to become the next Frank Lampard. It was one of the reasons behind Southampton parting company with such a vast amount of money to bring him from Celtic. In the last few years, though, his career appears to have stagnated and the move to Spurs make kick-off a new start. After having finished third in the league table last season, Spurs will be playing in the Champions League and need more bodies especially in the centre of the park. Continue reading
There might be no scope for the Premiership title, but, what is still keeping the Spurs supporters motivated is the possibility of them leaving behind the bitter rivals Arsenal in the standings after two decades.
It has never happened after the 1994-95 season that Tottenham has secured a higher position in the League than Arsenal. But, a win or draw on the Newcastle visit on the last game day will do it for them.
Arsenal can, at maximum, stretch their points to 71 which, in case of a draw at St. James Park, would equalize their tally to that of Tottenham.
That scenario would work in the favour of Tottenham as in their case the total no. of goals scored exceeds the total no. of goals conceded by 10, while, for Arsenal, it is only plus 1.
And, barring an inhumane effort, the Gunners should not cover that margin in one game.
In another scenario where Tottenham wins, they would have 73 points and then, they would be ahead of Arsenal on points’ basis itself, leaving no room for the interference of the goal differential. Continue reading
Despite eventually finishing in third place in last season’s Premier League, having pushed for a shot at the title until the final weeks of the campaign, Tottenham players and supporters alike will look forward to next season with a renewed sense of optimism.
With manager Mauricio Pochettino having fully committed his future to the White Hart Lane based Club, plans are in place as to how best combat the addition task of Champions League football, as well as once again mounting a Premier League challenge. Continue reading
English Premier League club Southampton FC plan to tie down Shane Long with a new contract. Long has received a lot of interests from other Premier League sides including Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspurs. Mauricio Pochettino is reported to be keen on acquiring the Saints’ player this summer, but The Saints want the player for keeps.
The club is reported to have already tied down other top talents as they also try to convince the head coach Ronald Koeman to remain with them going into next season. Continue reading