Friday, 2 December 2016

Spurs are constantly in the news

The Tottenham Hotspur PR machine has been doing it's business and once again we have a player signing a new contract, followed by another player signing a new contract and suggestions from the manager that yet another player will be signing a new contract shortly.

Harry Kane, then Jan Vertongen (new deal until 2019) and next up is possibly club captain and French national captain, Hugo Lloris, who has been very happy at the club from day one.

Dutch international Jan Vertonghen has made more clearances than any other player in Europe's top 5 leagues (Premier League, LaLiga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1) this season, 120 in total.

It is nice to hear a player say he couldn't imagine playing anywhere else, that is just the type of commitment we want to see.

Atletico want Spurs linked Ghezzal


Spanish newspaper Sport are reporting that LaLiga side Atletico Madrid are keen on Tottenham Hotspur linked young Olympique Lyon talent Rachid Ghezzal.

The versatile 24-year-old (25 next May) Algerian attacker who generally plays as a wide man is on Diego Pablo Simeone wish list for the January transfer window. The story has also been covered by French newspaper L'Equipe who remind readers he is out of contract next summer having failed to reach agreement over a new contract.

At the moment though Atletico are banned from recruiting players for the next two transfer windows despite appealing the ruling to the Council for Arbitration in Sport (CAS).

Lyon coach Bruno Genesio, at his Friday pre-game press conference, told assembled reporters that it was a difficult time for the winger. When asked, the player himself declined to comment.

"It's a complex situation for the club but I also think for him.I hope we will know more after the winter break and a decision will be taken on. (...) It is he who must make his choice. I already talked to him and he knows what I think. It is he who must make the final decision. It needs a little time from what I understand. We must give him time to think up the truce. After this one, I think we will need a firm position on its part. I campaigned to keep it from what he does on the field."

Sevilla want Sissoko


Fichajes are reporting that Spanish side Sevilla, winners of the last three UEFA Europa League Finals defeating Portuguese side Benfica, Ukranian side Dnipro and Premier League side Liverpool. are keen out of favour Moussa Sissoko.
The midfielder is believed to be a target for several clubs who all want to take him on loan, a scenario that is very unlikely to happen. If he were to leave Pochettino would almost certainly want to sell him or loan him with a guaranteed purchase option at the end of the loan spell.

It is far more likely that any decision on his future will be left until the summer. He may have only just signed but he would join a list of players who have been shown the door after failing to impress on their first season with us. Others we have tried to sell, been unsuccessful and had to wait a further year to get rid of them.

Owen and merson have their say


Former England, Real Madrid and Liverpool striker Michael Owen writing for Bet Victor tips a Tottenham victory on Saturday at White Hart Lane. He highlights Swansea's defensive weakness which has been their Achilles heel all season.

“The Swans might have picked up a valuable three points against Palace last weekend but some of their own defensive work was poor and I expect Spurs to bounce back after losing their unbeaten PL record at Stamford Bridge last weekend.”

Former England and Arsenal striker Paul Merson has his say on the upcoming Spurs fixture this weekend and feels the Swansea defence is still all at sea just waiting for Spurs to capitalise on it.

“Every time there was a corner or free-kick the referee should have just given a goal. It was a shambles of a match. It was entertaining but to think that Swansea have turned a corner would be madness. 
“I’ve got to go with Tottenham here. For 44 minutes against Chelsea they were phenomenal. However, they’ve only won one of their last 10 games – that’s a bit of a worry. That said, this looks a very winnable match.”

An overreaction to the Chelsea defeat

Former Arsenal and England central defender Martin Keown, writing for the Daily Mail, suggests people are overreacting to Spurs defeat at Chelsea.

“People are overreacting with Tottenham. They weren't a million miles away at Stamford Bridge and in the first half they did to Chelsea what teams have not been able to in the last few weeks. 
“After playing at the Emirates a few weeks ago it was another difficult away game — and don't forget that by playing at Wembley, they are playing on the road every time they play in the Champions League! 
“You get results like this after playing in Europe and have respect for teams who have played Champions League football for a number of years and had to manage their energy levels. 
“Tottenham possibly don't want to fall into the Europa League as it may hinder their chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season.”

We have had the toughest start to the season of any of the top six, we are the only team to have played all the top four from that group and we have done so while we have had a series of injuries to key players. Things should be looked at in context, now is not the end of the season.