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
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
Transfer rumours suggest that Arsenal are preparing to rival Tottenham for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s services, with a massive bid that would see them secure the services of Borussia Dortmund’s prolific striker. Reports in Germany this week suggest that Arsenal are more than willing to break the bank to secure the services of the Bundesliga forward.
The striker who has been in outstanding form this season has scored an impressive 19 goals in twenty appearances so far and might be topping the Bundesliga goal ranking board come end of the season. His performance this season has drawn admiration from top clubs around Europe including Arsenal who are hoping to land his signature when the transfer window reopens in January. Continue reading
Having now had time to assess his squad following his high-profile appointment, reports are now suggesting that Andre Villas-Boas has told six Spurs players that they no longer have a future at White Hart Lane. It is being speculated that AVB has already held meetings with the players, in a bid to find them new clubs as quickly as possible. Continue reading
It appears as though Luka Modric is all but certain to leave White Hart Lane this summer, after the Croatian international decided not to turn up to the club’s tour of America. This has resulted in club officials fining the 26-year-old two weeks’ wages. Continue reading