It’s time to get clued up on VAR – it is coming! Do you even know what it stands for?
Whilst it got off to a ropey start at the World Cup – with more penalties than we’ve ever seen in the history of the game – but by the end it was almost like you could forget it was there. We probably have a similar nightmarish journey to get to that stage, but who doesn’t love a bit of controversy with their football. Continue reading
Much has been made of Spurs’ failure to invest in this summer’s transfer window, and unsurprisingly so. The eye-catching statistic is how Tottenham have become the first club not to spend any money in the summer transfer window since its introduction in 2003, with The Independent suggesting that the club have broken this record for all of the wrong reasons. Yet how many clubs in that time have spent money erroneously at the expense of their current squad? It is easy to throw around criticisms of a failure to invest, but Spurs have not only retained their key players but have enhanced the team spirit that could be the deciding factor in a tight title race.
Of course, if Spurs are to earn their first Premier League title then they will have to usurp Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side have not significantly strengthened in the transfer window, with Riyad Mahrez a talented arrival who may end up playing at the expense of last season’s breakout star Leroy Sane. City perhaps didn’t need to strengthen, such was the gulf in quality in the last campaign. When City are in form, there is little anyone can do to stop them. But they will not be imperious forever, and it will be up to a challenger to be ready to pounce. Continue reading
At the 2010 World Cup there were four Tottenham players in the form of Jermaine Defoe, Peter Crouch, Aaron Lennon and Ledley King. The 2012 Euros saw two Spurs players and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil featured exactly zero.
The rise in influence on the England team since has been noticeable with Mauricio Pochettino providing a platform for young talent to shine. In the European Championships of 2016 and this World Cup in Russia there have been five Spurs players in the final 23 man squad but negative stereotypes have come out of the North London club punching well above their financial weight. Continue reading
Under Mauricio Pochetinno’s tutelage Spurs have seen themselves morph from the dork with a nose permanently pressed against the window, looking in at a party too cool for them, into a debonair guest who everyone in attendance is eager to meet.
Such a transformation has garnered a huge amount of praise, some of it a little over-embellished. Looking through an Online Betting portal, Spurs are still a distant 16/1 to win their first League title since 1961. Continue reading
Wilfried Zaha is one of the best players in the Premier League outside of the top teams, and there is little surprise that Crystal Palace’s chances of escaping the drop to the Championship have enhanced since his return to action from injury. When Zaha was initially diagnosed with a knee injury in February, the worry was that he would miss the rest of the season. The former Manchester United winger, though, has recovered quickly and is now playing an important role in Palace’s quest to retain their Premier League status for the 2018-19 campaign.
Palace are not out of the woods yet and could still go down to the second tier of English football, but with Zaha in top form – he has scored four goals and provided two assists in 22 Premier League starts so far this season – the Eagles will feel confident heading into the final weeks of the campaign. Continue reading
Spending on new recruits in the Premier League has hit new heights this season with the £1.4 billion shelled out in the summer window being followed up by an additional £450 million spent in the winter transfer window.
With all of this money flying around you would assume that existing player’s potential was being completely tapped out already, but you would be wrong. Whilst most of the time, a new signing comes into a club and does well, it can sometimes be players that are already there that push that extra step on. Continue reading
Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur will be without their impressive striker Harry Kane for the rest of the month of March. The club has confirmed that the England international will be sidelined until sometime in April.
Kane, who has scored 35 goals for the club this term, and has been the leading goalscorer in the league for two seasons, will likely lose the Premier League golden boot to his fierce rival Mohammed Salah of Liverpool – although Robert Lewandowski is also banging them in the German leagues. He injured himself last Sunday in the game against Bournemouth. He collided with keeper Asmir Begovic as he tapped in a cross, which was later ruled offside. Continue reading
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has quashed rumours about a possible departure by declaring his love for the Londoners and insisting that there is no other club he would rather be at.
The profile of the Spurs boss has never been higher after guiding his team to a sensational 3-1 victory over holders Real Madrid in the Champions League, and the rumour mill has been in overdrive ever since linking the Argentinian with a move to the Bernabeu to replace the under-fire Zinedine Zidane. Continue reading
Former Liverpool star-turned-pundit Dean Saunder questioned the loyalty of Tottenham Hotspur supporters following the dismal attendance in the 1-0 League Cup win over Barnsley. Spurs are playing their home games at the Wembley as they step up their construction work on the new stadium which is expected to be ready for the 2018/19 season.
The north Londoners are yet to win a league game at the national stadium this season with the ‘Wembley hoodoo’ being a topic of speculation among pundits as well as the supporters. The attendance at the Wembley has been relatively poor when compared to the Old White Hart Lane, and despite lowering the ticket prices, Saunders was amazed at the low turnout (23,826 fans) for the League Cup tie. Continue reading
Kieran Trippier has inked a long-term deal with Tottenham Hotspur to keep him at the club until the summer of 2022. The 26-year-old become the first-choice right wing-back for Spurs in the backend of last season, and he has now been rewarded for his efforts.
Trippier joined the north London giants from Burnley in the summer of 2015, and he was originally seen as a backup option to Kyle Walker, who was a favourite among the Spurs faithful. However, the one-time England international took the chance at his disposal and eventually ousted Walker from his position of comfort. Continue reading