Sunday, 26 June 2016

Witsel is proving popular


Napoli hope to seal a deal with Porto for Hector Herrera next week. Clubs have back-up plans and thus Napoli are monitoring the situation of 27-year-old (28 next January) Belgian international midfielder Axel Witsel.

Witsel is also being tracked by Juventus, Inter, Roma, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Everton and Stoke City. Tottenham have been linked with the central midfielder previously and he has expressed a desire to move to wither Serie A or the Premier League.

The former Standard Li├Ęge and Benfica midfielder is currently with Russian club FC Zenit Saint Petersburg whom he joined on 3 September 2012. He has a contract with them until June 2017 and they would like to keep him. Xenit have suggested massive amounts in previous windows but he should cost in the region of £18.69-million (€23m - AUS$34.2m - US$25.57m).

His wage demands are said to be €3.5 to €4-million annually which equates to around £62,500-a-week. The UK press say Everton are leading the race (why someone has to be leading I don't know) the Italians say their clubs are, just depends which report you read and which one you want to believe. 

He will want Champions League football of course so that rules out Inter, Everton and Stoke City, Chelsea would remain a prospect because of their financial power. Napoli, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund have Champions League football, Roma are in the play-off round. You would expect him to go to one of those four clubs should they want him, he certainly won't rush to sign for a club without Champions League, he'll want to keep his options open.

Germans no, Dier is not for sale


Germans no, Dier is not for sale

The rise of Eric Dier has been phenomenal. I campaigned his purchase for 3 years yet even though I clearly rated him his rise has still surprised. A versatile player he started as a centre-back but when needs must he played at right-back delivering some of the best crosses from that position we had seen in years.

His transference then to defensive midfield, where he had played for Sporting Lisbon, has seen him go from strength to strength. He has come from nowhere to be essential for England, it is almost as if he is getting more confident with every game he plays. He has shone at the Euros and that has alerted German giants Bayern Munich.

Matt Law at The Telegraph has revealed that Mauricio Pochettino has asked him to model his game on Sergio Busquets and regularly views video to see how the Spaniard handles different situations. Eric Dier is being built piece by piece, fitness, find the best position for his talents, learn the defensive side then add the attacking side. He seems to now be developing his passing range to the extent that he could perhaps play in the Mousa Dembele role with Victor Wanyama alongside him.

Bayern Munich are reported to have made enquiries and received a firm he is not for sale response, none of the players Pochettino wants are for sale. Other clubs interest in your players is a testament to your club doing well. Speculation will always happen, but as in the case of Christian Eriksen and harry Kane, it means nothing.

Arsenal to replay all games until they lose!

Plenty of people having a tantrum it seems because democracy didn't want the UK to be run by unelected politicians in the EU.

You would have thought Switzerland was a bankrupt country on its knness unable to govern itself unless EU ministers told it what to do. Somehow they manage to survive outside the EU, incredible isn't it, who would have thought it possible. The Norwegians perhaps!

Tottenham MP David Lammy is calling for an end of democracy in the UK yet still tells his constituents he'll do his best for them. How is he going to do that if he refuses to accept a democratic decision?

This is a football website so let's bring this back to football.

PSG move for Janssen


PSG move for Janssen

An article in L'Equipe suggests French giants PSG are interested in Vincent Janssen, however PSG coach Laurent Blanc doesn't have a great record when it comes to giving players game time.

It would seem a strange signing for PSG considering the blue chip strikers they have had before which rather suggests he wouldn't be the first choice. PSG are said to have offered AZ Alkmaar £12-million and that talks are advanced.

This could well be a bogus story designed to get Spurs to up the bid, £12-million isn't near what AZ Alkmaar want which suggests talks are not as advanced as is claimed.

Tottenham are reported to have offered £11.31-million (EUR14m - AUS$21.09m - US$15.57m) including bonuses and AZ Alkmaar are looking for £16.25m (EUR20m - AUS$30.14m - US$22.24m).

Clearly the French bid is similar to ours and thus unsatisfactory.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Janssen fits Pochettino system


Janssen fits Pochettino system

Dutch bloggers suggest that Vincent Janssen would be a bargain buy for a Spurs side looking to provide some assistance to Harry Kane.

Janssen was the leading scorer in his first season in the Dutch top flight and has since shown h can cut it at international level, scoring 3 goals in 5 internationals, one against England at Wembley, where he also provided a very nice pass for an assist that showed he has vision as part of his game.

The 22-year-old (23 next June) is strong and well built, attributes needed if a player is to play as a lone target man. Holding the ball up and bringing people into play is an essential part of the role and Janssen can do that. He has excellent hold up play and thanks to his vision an excellent passing range too. Pleasing for many fans he has pace about him too which gives options of balls over the  top or through balls, counter attacks and bursts of speed to get himself in the right positions to score.

Like Harry Kane he can get shots away from seemingly impossible situations. Creating something out of nothing adds to the worry for defenders so he is sure to draw fouls around the box for Christian Eriksen to benefit from.

He appears to have the mental toughness that separates some players from others, he has had to undergo rejection and being sold to a second division club but has bounced back to become the national striker. When he signed for AZ Alkmaar it was as the number two striker but the main striker left and Janssen had to step up to the plate. He struggled, went through a goalscoring drought and ended up as the league's golden boot winner. That shows a work ethic and a determination to improve, exactly what we are looking for in a potential signing.

The 1.80m (5' 11") striker will fit into Mauricio Pochettino's system as a direct replacement for Kane, we won't have to alter our style much, if at all, to accommodate him. Janssen understands Kane is the number one and he has no problem with rotating, unlike some who want a guarantee they will play most games. He has belief in himself and his abilities, I think he will b an exciting signing, I think we have unearthed one here.

Other clubs were very reluctant to take a chance on Christian Eriksen and he hasn't done too bad. One more season of success and Janssen's price will catapult, now is the time to get him, even if h has only one year of top flight football.