Results for Iago Falque

Dier announced, Falque out, paperwork completed

8:30 am
We have tracked him for more than 2 years and now we have signed him subject to a medical, Eric Dier from Sporting for £3.96 million (€5m).

Dier announced, Falque out, paperwork completed

Most fans know nothing about him of course and plenty have never even heard of him. Followers of this blog will know him well and know he is very highly rated in Portugal. Dier is the young 20-year-old centre-back we have been after, even though most thought it was Jamaal Lascelles from Nottingham Forest we had agreed terms with.

Dier comes across as a level headed guy in the BBC Football Focus interview below which is similar to how our other new outtfield signing, 21-year-old Welshman Ben Davies, appears.

Next on the agenda is a centre-half about 25 or 26-years-old but there is a possibility we will wait until January for Héctor Moreno of La Liga side Espanyol, who has a broken leg at the moment. Espanyol are Pochrttino's former side so he has a good relationship with them.

Iago Falque has completed the paperwork and has left Tottenham for Genoa in Serie A. They finished 14th last year and have signed him for £4 million (€5.05m). Falque made just 1 Premier League appearance spending most of his time on loan.

His sale removes a non-home grown player from the books leaving us with 17 over the age of 21. We can name 17 in a Premier League squad so to buy we still have to sell.

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Non-Home Grown Tottenham Hotspur Players 

1   Younès Kaboul (2nd vice-captain)
2   Jan Vertonghen
3   Vlad Chiricheș
4   Paulinho
5   Roberto Soldado
6   Emmanuel Adebayor
7   Érik Lamela
8   Lewis Holtby
9   Étienne Capoue
10 Mousa Dembélé
11 Nacer Chadli
12 Christian Eriksen
13 Brad Friedel
14 Hugo Lloris
15 Sandro
16 Benoît Assou-Ekotto
17 Michel Vorm

From hat list Benoît Assou-Ekotto is favourite to go now we have 2 young left-backs, followed by Vlad Chiriches and Sandro, if we sign a creative defensive midfielder. That would give us some flexibility to sign the right players when they become available, Bony or Remy for instance.

Dier announced, Falque out, paperwork completed Dier announced, Falque out, paperwork completed Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:30 am Rating: 5

Iago Falque joins Genoa

10:30 am
It would seem Iago Falque is being sold to Genoa CFC, not 4 days after I wrote he l had technique and ability but lacked the crucial element of vision. Article: Falque lacks vision, Soldado is a worry

Iago Falque joins Genoa

The Sky Sports Italian correspondent that everyone seems to attach almost mythical status to as if he isn't wrong just as often s every other journalist is claiming a Iago Falque to Genoa CFC deal is almost done. On this occasion he may well be spot on.

Incidentally for all you cricket fans, of which I'm one, Genoa CFC are Genoa Cricket and Football club, but of course we just know them as Genoa. You would be right in thinking that this was a British club when first formed 1893.

Last season they finished 14th in Serie A and play at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, which holds 36,536 so a similar size to White Hart Lane. They share this ground with Sampdoria.

Falque didn't look good enough with his decision making in the final third to me and so a slower paced league may enable him more time to make those decisions. The deal is said to be so far advanced that he is due to have a medical and will sign a contract after it is completed.

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Tottenham are allowed 17 non-home grown players in their 25 man Premier League squad over the age of 21. We currently have 18 with the signing of Dutchman Michel Vorm so the sale of Iago Falque will reduce the number back down to 17.

A product of Barcelona several clubs have seen talent in him but he has failed to develop as they would have hoped. A player who lacks vision will always naturally takes longer to figure out which pass to make or doesn't see the full range of options available to him to select the correct pass for his team.

If Genoa can work on the Spaniards vision they will have a bargain on their hands but both Juventus and ourselves, together with Barcelona, have failed.

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Falque lacks vision, Soldado is a worry

12:30 pm
Tottenham completed their 2014 USA & Canada Pre-season Tour with a 2-0 win against Chicago Fire which UK fans watched at 1am in the morning here in the UK.

Soldado is a worry

Toyota Park is a soccer-specific stadium located at 71st Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, Illinois, about 12 miles southwest from downtown Chicago. This was the second game on tour on grass and in a soccer-specific stadium which demonstrates how far the sport has come in the States in a short time.

New head coach Mauricio Pochettino said the heat and humidity made this a tough test for some of the players, particularly someone like Kyle Walker who is behind the rest in terms of fitness having only just recovered from his groin injury.

“I’m very pleased for the players because we’ve finished with a good win, a clean sheet and that’s a boost for the confidence. 
“It was difficult in the humidity but well done to the players, it was a good game out there. I’m happy for all of them. I thought we played well. 
“We’ve worked hard on this Tour and congratulations to the players, staff and the supporters, they’ve been fantastic.”

The 42-year-old Argentinian has now had a good look at large parts of the squad following his arrival, the only players he has not seen first hand are the World Cup players. He will know about them of course but said he will look at all the players before deciding the futures of any of them.

Some players have taken their chance to catch the eye on tout while others have confirmed views, Iago Falque for instance has skill but appears to lack vision so I doubt he'll have a long term future at the club. Roberto Soldado is paid to score goals and did so from a penalty in the first games, apart from that he hasn't looked like scoring which is a worry.

I wondered whether he would fit the system and wrote an article as such as soon as Mauricio Pochettino was appointed, this tour has done nothing to alter that view. He can play within it, but he needs to be having goalscoring opportunities within it and they are few and far between.

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Fitness, a new system etc can all be used as reasons or excuses, but in 3 games the bottom line is how many shots did he have on tour? I don't rule out him coming good but the longer it goes on without him even looking like scoring the more worrying it becomes.

You can see Adebayor perhaps fitting the system better with probably more movement and does rather highlight that we appear to be weak in attack at the moment. Erik Lamela for instance took his tour chance well, he has stood out, scored goals and boosted his confidence, you would have liked to have seen Soldado impressing in the same way, but he hasn't.

It may be that it's early days in a new system or it may need a change of personnel, time will tell.

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Spurs & Arsenal after Lorenzo Insigne

12:02 pm
With an Italian technical director it is not surprising that Tottenham now get linked with Italian based players all the time.

Spurs & Arsenal after Lorenzo Insigne

Today it is the turn of Lorenzo Insigne. Italian newspaper Tuttosport report that Tottenham and Arsenal are both chasing the 22 year-old Napoli striker. He is said to be able to play on either wing but has had a poor season scoring 2 goals in 34 Serie A games.

Insigne scored twice in the Italian cup final as Napoli beat Fiorentina to lift the trophy.

He is not liked by the fans and it seems the Italian press are attempting to drum interest, suggesting Arsenal will make the first move with a £15 million bid.

In all he has played 50 games and scored 9 goals with 10 assists. There is little to support such a valuation it seems.

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Iago FalgueIago Falgue wants to stay at Rayo Vallecano where he has been on loan from us after his spell at Almeria earlier.

“I’m happy with my performance in the second half of the season. I have regained the good vibes that I’ve been missing for quite a long time. I’m satisfied, but I don’t like making assessments before the end of the season. Rayo has a purchase option until 30th June. If they don’t exercise it, I have to go back to England. But it takes patience, whatever will be will be.”

Several clubs have seen something in him but he has never kicked on and fulfilled that potential. He missed a month of the season through injury but has played 26 La Liga games scoring 3 goals with 3 assists.

He has been taken off 14 times in those 26 games and come on as a sub twice. Falque has played 1,798 La Liga minutes which equates to 19.97 full league games.

His contract at Tottenham runs until next summer so if he is not sold this summer and no extension is agreed he could negotiate a deal in January and leave for free next summer. Whilst there is no money in Spanish football, apart from the big clubs, a small fee now for him would be better than nothing next summer.

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