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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

16-goal attacking midfielder who arrives late in the box like Alli signs new contract

Tottenham Hotspur Under-18 attacking midfielder Jack Roles has signed his first professional contract with the club.

He has an eye for goal and has been pushed forward giving him greater scoring opportunities. He has impressed all who have seen him and looks a promising talent.

The 18-year-old (19 next February) is right-footed and played 17 Under-18 Premier League games scoring 13 goals with a further 2 assists. In 27 games in all competitions he scored 16 goals and had a further 4 assists.

Just like Dele Alli he is a player who arrives late into the box and he can clearly score goals when he gets there. Born in Enfield and at Tottenham since he was six, he has dual nationality and could represent either England or Cyprus. He has 2 Cyprus Under-19 caps and has scored one goal for them.

He sat on the bench for the final Under-21 game of the season to give him a taste of the next level of football for him, much the same as we put development youngsters on the bench to experience the first-team environment.

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Another new Spurs kit design leaked for 2017/18


Monday, 29 May 2017

Another new Spurs kit design leaked for 2017/18

Well what do you think of this Kit chaps? It clearly isn't ours as the badge doesn't have the shield around it, a feature we know the new shirt has. Some seem to like it though. It would do as an away kit or a third kit I suppose. I quite like the idea of a nearly all navy blue kit but not sure about the tyre tracks going around the chest.

Now we are moving to Nike, I can't see them using that part of the design which surely inspired by the Under Armour shirts we had. One advantage is that it takes the red AIA branding of the shirt and replaces it with a white one, something we would all much prefer I'm sure.

I have lost count of the number of 'new' kit designs we have seen, few seem plausible. The actual new design is believed to be based on the design of the current England shirt.

The shirt below is far better than the one above and in a Twitter poll most fans said they preferred white socks instead of blue.


Detailed article on £21.75m Spurs target



Recommended Reading: I came across a detailed article on Tottenham Hotspur target Thomas Lemar which suggests his shooting needs work. The 21-year-old (22 in November) is thought to be available for £21.75 million (€25m - AUS$37.53m - US$27.93m) according to L'Equipe.

Monaco saw something in him and plucked him from Caen for £3.48 million (€4m - AUS$6m - US$4.47m) in the summer of 2015 after he had made only 6 starting appearances for the Ligue 1 minnows.

On 22 November 2016, Lemar scored the winning goal (which was the third goal of the match) with a strike through the legs of Kieran Trippier in Match Day 5 of the group stages of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League.

Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, AC Milan and Bayern Munich are all assessing him. He has the dribbling in central midfield that we see from Mousa Dembele, speed in transitions and in counter-attacks. There are plenty of plusses but still a few aspects o work on.

Is Mauricio Pochettino just the man for the job, let's see if we sign him first. French reports suggest we are heading the queue at the moment, but that can change very quickly.

Statsbomb Thomas Lemar Article

Second Article
World Football Index

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Man U, Chelsea, Dortmund and Wolfsburg lose out to Spurs



Turkish radio show Radyospor are reporting that Tottenham Hotspur have beaten Manchester United and reached an agreement with Basaksehir to sign 19-year-old (20 in July) Cengiz Ünder for £7.83 million (€9m - AUS$13.51m - US$10.05m).

Ünder was born in Sındırgı (formerly Koruköy) which is a town and district of Balıkesir Province in the Marmara region of Turkey with a population is 12,673.

The left-sided midfielder is a full Turkish international, he has 2 caps and has scored 1 goal. He is under contract until 2021 and is left-footed. he scored 7 goals and had 5 assists in 31 Super Lig games (9 goals and 7 assists in all competitions).

Manchester United have been tracking him all season and Eastern European region chief scout Krsto Kilibarda went to Basaksehir’s game against Genclerbirligi recently.
Bundesliga side Wolfsburg also sent a scout to the Turkish Cup semi-final clash between Basaksehir and Fenerbahce to keep tabs on Under. Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea have been watching him too.

Ünder has been nicknamed the 'Turkish Dybala' so I hope he is that good!


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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Youth talk and Spurs talking with PSV


Ledley King training youngsters

Ipswich Town youngster Zak Brown scored for Tottenham Hotspur at the tournament we are playing in San Diego, USA which is being screened on TV in the States

Earlier I brought you news of Ben Knight playing for us at an Under-15 tournament, I understand he has agreed a deal with Ipswich Town to continue his development there.

In addition to Ben Knight, guesting for us on the trip are Zak Brown, Nyan Mesuria and Liam Gibbs.

The Ipswich Town academy head of coaching and player development, Bryan King, was assistant academy director and head of player development at Spurs prior to returning to Ipswich Town in 2012. We therefore have a good working relationship with the Championship club.

The USA recently beat England Under-15's at the Torneo Delle Nazioni in Italy with Mexico beating Portugal for third place.

It is becoming increasing more difficult for Eredivisie clubs to buy players with transfer fees skyrocketing. Manchester City and Real Madrid have just bid £113.58 million (€130m - AUS$195.18m - US$145.39m) for 18-yar-old (19 in December) striker Kylian Mbappe of Monaco.

PSV general manager Toon Gerbrands has told the media that PSV have held positive talks with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Chelsea about working together to develop players clubs buy that they can then loan to PSV to develop. Full story at the link below.


England to play Costa Rica in last 16

The England side at the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup will play Costa Rica in the last 16 after qualifying from their group, a group that saw Argentina eliminated.

Last 16 Matches

England topped their group,  Group A, winning two games and drawing one, thanks to a 50-yard own goal by Manchester United centre-back Oluwafikayomi Oluwadamilola Tomori, a Canadian born Englishman. That was the only goal we have conceded!

We beat Argentina 3-0 with goals from Calvert-Lewin 38' Armstrong 52'
and Solanke 90+3' (pen.) at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium, Jeonju in front of 15.510 spectators. Josh Onomah played 84 minutes.

We then drew 1-1 with Guinea thanks to that own goal after Cook 53' had put us ahead in front of 5.592 spectators at the same venue.

Our third group game saw us beat host nation South Korea 1-0 thanks to a goal from Dowell 56 in front of 35,279 spectators at the Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon. Both Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters played the full 90 minutes.

Group A

1 England321051+47Knockout stage
2 South Korea (H)320152+36
3 Argentina310265+13
4 Guinea301219−81

Should England progress they are due to meet either Mexico or Senegal in the quarter-finals, then France/Italy or Zambia/Germany in the semi-final.

Possible opponents in the final are Venezuela, Japan, South Korea, Portugal, Uruguay, Saudi Arabia, USA or New Zealand.

The broadcasting rights show who has an interest in youth football and this country doesn't have any, unsurprisingly given the lack of importance we attach to the national youth teams.

Broadcasters Rights
South Korea: KBS, MBC, SBS
Brazil: Sportv
Argentina: TyC Sports
Canada: TSN
Indonesia: RTV (4 matches in semifinals and finals)
Japan: BS Fuji, Fuji TV One Two Next
Malaysia: Astro
Paraguay: Tigo Sports
Peru: Latina Televisión
Philippines: ABS-CBN
Poland: Eurosport
South America: DIRECTV
United States: Fox Sports, Telemundo, NBC Universo
Venezuela: Meridiano Televisión
Vietnam: VTV

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German reports suggests Spurs are asking £17.46m for Wimmer
Debut call up for Spurs centre-back

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Debut call up for Spurs centre-back


Congratulations are due to 19-year-old (20 in November) Tottenham Hotspur youngster Christian Maghoma has received his first senior call up from Democratic Republic of Congo for their World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

They take on Botswana on Friday 3 June at the Stade des Martyrs de la Pentecôte, Kinshasa which holds 80,000 and then have an African Cup of Nations tie against Congo on Thursday 8 June.

The centre-back is under contract until 2018 and has a choice of playing for England. He has player 18 Premier League 2 games for us this season. Spurs has 4 foreign players in their squad so it is easy to see our promotion of British players extends further than just the first team squad, it is an integral part of the club philosophy.

Premier League 2 Foreign Players
Blackburn Rovers 1
Norwich City 2
Tottenham Horspur 4
Middlesbrough 4
Southampton 4
West Ham United 4
Sunderland 5
Reading 5
Newxcastle United 6
Stoke City 6
Manchester United 6
Derby County 7
Fulham 7
Arsenal 7
Chelsea 8
Liverpool 8
Swansea City 8
Leicester City 9
Aston Villa 9
Manchester City 9
Everton 10
Brighton 11
Wolverhampton Wanderers 13

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German report suggests Spurs asking £17.46m for Wimmer


Following on from the revealing Tweet (link below) from a source with agents contacts, former page 3 girl turned sports presenter Amy Christophers, that suggested 17-year-old (18 next May) Fulham left-back Ryan Sessegnon had agreed to join Spurs, I can confirm that the two parties did meet yesterday to discuss a deal.


Moving on to an outgoing player, German newspaper Bild are suggesting that FC Koln (Cologne) will try to re-purchase they player they sold to us on 20 May 2015, 24-yar-old (25 in November) Austrian international (he has 8 full international caps) centre-back Kevin Wimmer.

The transfer fee reported at the time was £4.3 million (€4.92m - AUS$7.39m - US$5.51m) and last July he signed a contract extension until 2021. His full fee would have been £6.20 million (€7.1m - AUS$10.66m - US$7.94m) if all the performance clauses had been met, which with a lack of playing time they haven't.

As is often the case when a player isn't a regular in the first team, other Premier League clubs take an interest. WBA are the latest to ask to be kept informed of his situation, Southampton are tracking him as are several clubs in Italy andTurkish side Galatasaray.

The news from Germany is that he will probably be too expensive for FC Koln to sign him. There is a suggestion Spurs have set an opening asking price of £17.46 million (€20m - AUS$30.03m - US$22.37m) on him, which would be lowered in negotiations but not to the extent that the German side would want.

Wimmer had a meeting with Pochettino in December over his future, he isn't happy just sitting on a bench, he wants to play and wanted to go out on loan in January. His former club have tried to take him but Pochettino refused to release him needing hi for cover in case of injuries.

Given the price we are looking for for him, a later rather than sooner exit might be expected.

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Spurs assessing Ipswich striker Ben Knight in San Diego this weekend


Ben Knight is a very highly rated youngster at Ipswich Town who we and other top clubs have been taking a keen interest in.

Right now the 16-year-old (17 next January) left-footed English striker has joined Spurs for a trip to San Diego to play in a youth tournament there for us over this weekend.

Ipswich Town wants him to commit to staying at the club because they can offer him first-team football, while Manchester City wants to add him to their elite development squad. He has to ask himself how many players from that squad actually come through and play for the full side.

You either join a development squad to develop and move on or you do so to develop and play for that club. Clearly we are very much in the running to sign him if we are having a close look at him in action for us.

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Transfer Talk - Costa, Schick, Boeteng and Barkley



25-year-old (26 in September) Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa understandably favours a switch to Italian champions and UEFA Champions League finalists Juventus. He is used to winning titles in the one-team German league so can expect to do the same on the one-team Italian league.

21-year-old (22 next January) Czech Republic and Sampdoria striker Patrick Schick also wants a move to Juventus, who have made Tottenham Hostspur and Arsenal target Thomas Lemar a person of interest this summer.

28-year-old (29 in September) Tottenham linked Jerome Boateng has told German newspaper SportBild that he plans to remain at Bayern Munich next season, amid previous reports that he wanted assurances about his future role at the club.

The Daily Star are having a laugh suggesting West Ham are rivalling Tottenham to sign Ross Barkley. West Ham have emerged as 'major' rivals for his £140,000-a-week signature. Do me a favour.

He isn't going to be interested in taking a step down from Everton, he wants to take a step up in his career, hence his interest in us and Manchester United. West Ham can't even offer European football and continually finish below Everton, yet Barkley is known to want UEFA Champions League football.

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