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Spurs pull plug on McGee deal so is Lopez deal dead?

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The deal for 22-year-old (23 in September) Pau Lopez from Espanyol looks to be at a stalemate at the moment with the two clubs unable to agree a fee. Having seen him at first hand we ant a reduction in the original price and will be facing paying half a million if we can't agree.

Youngster Like McGee will be returning to parent club Spurs when his loan expires on 30 June.

The 21-year-old (22 in September) was on loan at Peterborough United last season and was magnificent for them. They looked at signing him permanently and then at a second season long loan option, but Tottenham have pulled the plug on any deal until August.

That rather suggests he is going to be needed as the number three at Tottenham next season and thus Lopez returning to the Barcelona based LaLiga side.

Peterborough director of football Barry Fry believes Spurs will sell McGee leaving our third spot open, which would then still have to be filled this summer. His opinion givs hope a Lopez deal may be resurrected.

“Spurs will probably sell McGee, but it won’t be until August, so we’ve moved on and identified somebody else. The Premier League club we’re talking to are waiting to sign a goalkeeper themselves, then it’ll happen.”

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Spurs loanee Luke McGee is Player of the Month again

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Young goalkeeper Luke McGee is on loan at Peterborough who have started talks with Spurs to sign him permanently.

The 21-year-old (22 in September) has won the Peterborough Player of the Month for the second month running, quite an achievement for a goalkeeper as they rarely take the plaudits. Saving two penalties in successive games helps, especially when his manager Grant McCann says they have never had a goalkeeper who saves penalties.

He is yet another player from our academy making his way in the professional game.

Great result in the FA Cup today! Buzzing to have won Player of the month 2nd month running too! Thankyou❤️⚽️

Spurs loanee Luke McGee is Player of the Month again Spurs loanee Luke McGee is Player of the Month again Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:51 am Rating: 5

Luke McGee: 1 week, 2 games 2 penalty saves

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One week, two games and two penalty saves, Luke McGee is certainly catching the eye at Peterborough where their boss said after the first game that Peterborough have never had keepers who saves penalties. So 21-year-old (22 next September) on loan Spurs goalkeeper Luke McGee does it again.

Tues 27 Sept Penalty Save 1 vs Shrewsbury Town (a) League One
Sat 01 Oct     Penalty Save 2 vs Southend United (a) League One

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Video: McGee penalty save

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Young Spurs goalkeeprr Luke McGee is on loan at Peterborough United until January and he has been speaking to their website about the preparation he puts in for penalty kicks.

He saved one which you can see in the match highlights video from Tuesday nights game away to Shrewsbury Town below (Peterborough were playing in yellow).

"Myself and Mark Tyler (goalkeeping coach) check the opposition penalty takers the day before each game. Shrewsbury’s main penalty taker didn’t play, but we look at anyone who has taken a penalty so I knew how he (Black) had scored and how he had missed.

“Luckily I guessed the right way and made the save. It was an important save as were down to 10 men and we went on to defend very well."

For the full article and all his comments visit the Peterborough website.

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Come back stronger boys

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Come back stronger boys

Delighted to have signed for Great opportunity and can't wait to get started! 🙌🏻🔥⚽️

Both Luke McGee and Nathan Oduwa have joined League One side Peterborough United on loan until January. It is all part of a young players education going out on loan, where they have to fend for themselves, mature as a person and as a player, fight for a place rather than get one almost automatically through rotation in a development squad.

Loans have a big part to play given Premier League 2 games are all rather meaningless, simply training exercises against another club. They bear no comparison to senior football. These lad will be learning from experienced players and playing against people who will give no quarter and where the results you achieve actually matter.

They'll have to deal with a baying crowd, expectation, abuse, rival fans, none of which you really get at development level. Good luck boys, come back stronger players. COYS

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Stick or Twist?

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It didn't take the Daily Mail long to suggest we were stepping up interest in Pau Lopez immediately they heard Hugo Lloris will be out for a month, however, they then offered no information to back their headline up, merely repeated the already known story.

I recall writing pieces on fatigue and how they cause muscle injuries. Hugo Lloris got to the final of the European Championships and needed a rest after. he came into the season not having had enough rest and not yet match fit. It was hoped his ability would see him through, however he was at fault for the Everton goal.

Even waiting for a potential flick the goalkeeper must know he can cover the corner the ball is initially heading to. On most occasions there is no flick and on most occasions a save is made. With the player having his back to goal any flick could only have continued the trajectory of the ball and Lloris hadn't sufficiently covered the post or he wasn't fit enough to get across there with his usual aplomb.

It doesn't seem to be a happy hunting ground, he suffered a concussion there in 2013 and insisting he was alright to continue playing, something he later admitted was a mistake. That led to a change in the laws to protect players from themselves in future.

 He appeared to injure himself in the European Championship Final before Portugal scored, he then hasn't had enough rest and hasn't had enough pre-season training to get himself match fit. We saw the England Euro players were below par, all not yet match fit easing their way into the season. We saw Jan Vertonghen off the pace after only a week training.

We have renewed discussions for Georges-Kevin N'Koudou who isn't doing any ball work and is very limited in what training he can do. You can see that he isn't going to be fit if we buy him and that has to be taken into account when discussing price, so the original deal can't stand.

What do we do now? Michel Vorm is pressed into service and it is heartening that the sweeping side of his goalkeeping has improved. he saved our bacon at Everton, I don't think we would have come back from 2-0 down at half-time.

Presumably Luke McGee is our number three and we'll now see him on the bench against Crystal Palace. Perhaps that demonstrates why we need a third goalkeeper, if anything happened to Vorm we would have a young untried and presumably nervous goalkeeper, which isn't going to inspire the confidence of those in front of him.

That could lead to the defence being more nervous which in turn leads to panic, mistakes and more opportunities conceded, making it harder to win games. Subconsciously our two defensive midfielders will want to make sure of their defending which has a knock-on effect on our attacking play.

Do we step up efforts to sign Pau Lopez, if he is the man we have decided we want to develop into our next number one? We may have to dip into our coffers to sign him, our hand may have been forced a little, or do we simply take a chance that everything will be alright?

Plenty for Pochettino to ponder so early in the season.

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Archer released, Friedel retired, McGee No.3?

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Tottenham will have a new number three next season after veteran American stopper Brad Friedel retired to take up a media career.

Heurelho Gomes was happy to sit and collect his wages rather than actually leave the club to play football. Then lately he has been complaining about Spurs because they won't guarantee his countryman Paulinho a place regardless of form.

Then we had a model professional in Brad Fiedel who I don't think any supporter would have a bad word to say about him. He took his coaching badge and decided coaching was not for him, after some exposure at the World Cup on TV he has decided that is the life for him from now on. He came across well and I wish him every success in his field.

He is still of course a US Ambassador for the club and with young Americans at Spurs he will be sought after for his views of Tottenham games, especially if Yedlin is likely to play.

In addition to Friedel leaving us this summer new now that 22-year-old former Scottish Under-21 keeper Jordan Archer has been released by the club. Last season from August to January he was on loan at Northampton Town and from February until the end of the season at Millwall. His manager there, Neil Harris has told the South London Press that he would like to keep him at Millwall, despite him not being able to shift incumbent David Forde.

"Jordan is a super young keeper with great potential - a top character. Spurs gave him a long contract because they saw that.  
"They sent him to us to get first-team experience, but it didn't quite happen, because David Forde was on good form.  
"Jordan was really patient, but pushed hard for the shirt. If we could get that calibre of keeper, at that age and with that potential, it would be a key signing."

Archer and Millwall are in advanced talks so the release of him is timely and probably signifies a deal is close, although there are plenty of clubs after his signature.

With speculation over Lloris there could be problems for Tottenham looming. Michel Vorm signed, I'm sure, knowing Friedel would be retiring and that Lloris may not remain at Tottenham forever. I wrote at the time he would be hoping he would take over as the number one eventually.

But it is the number three position that needs filling now. On the pre-season tour to the USA and Canada last summer the club took young Luke McGee along but illness prevented him getting much game time. The club also took the 19-year-old (20 in September) along on the recent AIA Cup trip to Malaysia and then Sydney, Australia.

Next is another flying visit to the USA which you assume he will go on again, it will be interesting to see who actually does go. Is McGee going to be our number three next season? He played 18 games in the Under-21 Premier League, was on the bench for the away game against Greek side Asteras Tripoli.

Here he is with Michel Vorm discussing the 'Psychology of Penalties' in a Spurs TV video, reproduced with permission.

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No debut for McGee with no tour

12:30 pm
Luke McGee made his Tottenham debut in the 76th minute against Chicago Fire on the North American tour.

No debut for McGee with no tour

The young goalkeeper got his chance because Hugo Lloris had been at the World Cup, so along with all the players that were playing in Brazil he has a holiday. Number 2 Brad Friedel took over as the first choice keeper for the tour which a sensible move as he is American and our US Ambassador so it generates additional interest.

The Tottenham game I believe was watched by around 30% more fans on US TV than the Arsenal game going on at the same time against New York Red Bulls, who have former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry. Friedel will have played a factor in the audience figures but the NBC poll I referred to in an article before the tour showed we were a more popular side in the States anyway.

The other keeper on tour was Jordan Archer but he came down with an illness on the first day of the tour and didn't recover leaving young 18-year-old Luke McGee as the reserve keeper on tour.

"I was a bit nervous before I went on against Chicago but I didn’t do too badly. It was a good start for me. It’s great to get a debut but I have to kick on from here. I don’t just want to make one appearance, I want to continue to improve and to build from here.”

It is unsurprising that he was nervous, last season he played 2 Development Squad games in the U21 Premier League and was on the bench for 3 others. He has 1 England U17 cap.

Without this pre-season tour he wouldn't have made his first team start, making your debut is important for any young player, whatever the game because it's only more hurdle you've overcome. He has now played in front of the biggest crowd of his life, some 17,156 people.

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Spurs bring youth in to train with the first team squad and tours like this represent a chance to spend time in an environment with experienced professionals, to learn from them and experience the atmosphere at games.

Players get introduced as part of the first team squad in the Premier League, then later as subs on the bench and finally an appearance on the field. Giving them a taste of first team environment is to encourage them, effectively showing them what they are aiming for, a carrot.

He should be happy wit his performance, he was comfortable with the ball at his feet and always looked for a pass rather than a simple kick up field to relieve his nerves.

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