Players – benchwarmers, stars and even reserves – fall out with coaches every now and then.
Why? Well, football can be likened to a machine plant that has human beings in its mix and as with everything that has to be processed alongside humans, emotions often rub off the system. The bone of contention is commonly unsatisfaction arising from the player’s end as to why he is sparingly featuring in the coaches starting line-up.
However hardly do you hear of a coach going out of his way to break his club’s transfer record, sign a player and pick issues with him even before featuring him in his first game. Enter Moussa Sissoko. The France international joined Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham for record sum of 30 million pounds. Continue reading
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.
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
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has recently been linked with moves to Manchester United and Paris St Germain. Both clubs are in the market for a top goalkeeper, of whom there are little in the world. Lloris is one of them and it is almost certain that Spurs will receive an offer for their star goalkeeper from either one of these clubs in the near future. Amongst those transfer rumours, Lloris has admitted that he would like to one day win the Champions League. It almost looks impossible to achieve with Tottenham, who have only qualified for this competition once in their history.
A move to a top club like United or PSG will be the answer. United have returned to the Premier European competition but they are likely to be without their star goalkeeper David de Gea. The Spaniard is reportedly on the verge of a move to Real Madrid and it will begin the merry-go-round involving several players. Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, though, reckons that the club should do everything in their powers to retain the Frenchman, who was one of the big signings made by the club a few years ago. After having cost close to € 15 million, Lloris has played a close to 100 league matches for Spurs. Continue reading