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SPURS DRAW UP STRIKER SHORTLIST

Tottenham Hotspur have drawn up a three-man list of strikers, with the club attempting to strengthen their attacking options for the new season. Spurs failed to find a replacement for Fernando Llorente after the veteran departed on a free transfer to Napoli at the end of the 2018-19 season, and the lack of options up front was exposed during the 2019-2020 campaign after top strikers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min suffered season-ending injuries with a few months left.

Tottenham have already signed midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton, right-back Matt Doherty from Wolves and goalkeeper Joe Hart on a free transfer ahead of Jose Mourinho’s first full season in charge, leaving just another striker on his wish list.

According to Football London, Spurs have shortlisted three strikers – having opted not to bid for the duo of Ollie Watkins or Callum Wilson of Bournemouth. Watkins has since made a £25 million move to Aston Villa, with the price tag deemed too expensive for Spurs, while Wilson’s age and injury records meant he was considered too much of a risk for the club, but he ended up as Newcastle United’s marquee signing instead – even though https://www.betinireland.ie/ had made Spurs the hot favourites to sign him.

Tottenham are now looking the way of RB Salzburg player Patson Daka, who scored 24 goals in 31 games last season, amongst others, though Spurs are struggling to tempt the right kind of players across to White Hart Lane. The issue for any striker making the switch to Tottenham is amount of game time – the status Kane is afforded in north London meant it will be very difficult for any new addition to topple him, which is a sentiment that was backed by former Spurs defender Micheal Dawson. The former England international acknowledged the importance of Kane to Tottenham, admitting it will be very difficult for any striker to displace the England captain.

Habib Diallo and Arkadiuz Milik of Metz and Napoli respectively are other strikers the club have shortlisted for a possible deal. Their availability isn’t quite as clear-cut as Spurs would like it to be, with Milik also wanted by Roma, who need to offload Dzeko to Inter in order to make the deal work, and Diallo also being chased by Sevilla.

After the drab loss on the first day of the season (when Mourinho professed that he didn’t recognise the team, or like them), Spurs are keen to get a new striker in sooner rather than later.

After the disappointment of last season, which saw fan favourite boss Mauricio Pochettino booted out, and Jose Mourinho taking his place in the dugout but failing to arrest the falling standards in their play, Tottenham will be keen to make this season count. Having been finalists in the Champions League just before LLorente left, they failed to qualify for the premier competition in European football this season, and will have to make do with the Europa League. It is not a set up that attracts the kind of player they need to step up to the next level, so will require some creative thinking from the manager and Chairman Daniel Levy to find a solution.

Alderweireld: People don’t see the hard work

Tottenham player Toby Alderweireld believes that there are many better days to come for the Spurs. With the win over Arsenal, they have gained more confidence and the defender backing up his club has said that the club will be pushing forward in their game and will show the true potential.

Alderweireld gave the lead for the club with just nine minutes left in the game becoming the hero of the game. Arsenal was the one leading the game with the early goal from Alexandre Lacazette but the holes in the defence lead Son Heung Min to score an equaliser to the goal soon. With the victory against them, they were able to move to eighth position on the Premier League. Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho believes that this win will make them stronger and help them make a better start to the new campaign, which is set to start in just a few short weeks time. Continue reading

TOTTENHAM CAN WIN THE LEAGUE

Tottenham Hotspur have been the nearly men under manager Mauricio Pochettino since his arrival five seasons ago. The London club have the lowest budget among the top six but have been able to compete throughout the tenure of Pochettino.

Last season appeared to be the last straw for Pochettino after losing to Liverpool in the Champions League finals. However, the Argentine tactician stayed with the club, with the club rewarding his loyalty by backing him in the transfer window with big-money signings. Continue reading

United beat Spurs to Wan-Bissaka

Manchester United have announced that they have beaten Tottenham Hotspur to the signing of defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace. The England under 21 international has joined the Red Devils on a five-year contract after the club agreed on a £50m package with the Eagles following weeks of negotiations.

“Yeah I am excited to have finally signed for this team. Every kid wants to play for a team like this. I am grateful and it is an honour to represent this club. I think I will improve every step and learn different things around new team-mates. I think Man United is a big club, a big family, a big fan base, and I think they all stick together and are so tight together.” Wan-Bissaka told the club’s official website. Continue reading

Taken too VAR?

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

Continuity Is Tottenham’s Greatest Asset

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

Spurs players and their effect on England

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

How can Spurs improve?

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

Can Palace afford to lose Zaha to Tottenham?

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

The Breakout 11 of the Premier League 17/18

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