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Ciro Immobile’s previous struggles abroad must concern Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be keen on the Lazio striker this summer.

Mathew Coull

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With the season at an end, the transfer rumours are now beginning to swirl. Tottenham Hotspur have already been linked with a host of names, including in the striker department. Spurs are still looking for someone to effectively support Harry Kane as the main man at the club. The last two summers saw Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente tasked with the role. Both failed to live up to the task.

This summer a fresh name has been linked with the role. Lazio striker Ciro Immobile is reportedly a target for Spurs this summer. The Mirror reports that Tottenham have often watched the Italian international this season. If they have, then they will have been impressed by what they saw. Immobile has been in fine form for Lazio this term. His 41 goals in 46 games for the capital club make him one of Europe’s most potent strikers this season.

Therefore, if Tottenham could bring him to North London, it would surely be a coup for the club and a move that might finally the job they have failed to do in the past two summers.

(Ciro Immobile esulta dopo il gol del 4-0 22-04-2018 Roma Campionato Italiano Serie A Tim incontro SS Lazio Vs Samdoria allo stadio Olimpico di Roma. Match day SS Lazio Vs Samdoria at the Olimpic stadium in Rome. @ Marco Rosi / Fotonotizia

But here is the warning. Whilst Immobile has proved a phenom in Italian football when he has moved abroad things have been much different.

Back in 2014, off the back of an impressive season with Torino, German side Borussia Dortmund snapped up the striker. Tasked with replacing Robert Lewandowski it was always going to be a big ask for the Italian.

Things did not work out. He scored just three goals in the Bundesliga all season and, come the summer, was shipped out on a loan-to-permanent deal at Spanish side Sevilla.

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Once again, playing abroad did not agree with Immobile. He struggled to impress at Sevilla, spending most of his time on the bench and was eventually loaned back to Torino after just six months at the Sanchez Pizjuan.  

That summer he joined Lazio and has been fantastic ever since, scoring 67 goals in 87 appearances for the Biancocelesti. But his 18 months playing abroad highlight how Immobile might be a homebird best kept in his native Italy.

It is certainly something for Tottenham to consider, before splashing the cash on the Serie A goal machine.

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How can Victor Wanyama revive his Tottenham career after ruling out exit?

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2017/18 was a fairly impressive campaign for Tottenham on and off the field as the side adjusted well to playing at Wembley and secured a third placed finish, but one man who ended the season disappointed was midfielder Victor Wanyama.

The Kenya international played only 24 games, only 12 of those starts, and saw himself relegated to the fringes of the team for much of the campaign, sparking speculation that his future at White Hart Lane may be at threat.

“I don’t respond to rumours and all those are rumours to me, I still have a contract with Spurs and that is what I want to see through,” he told Goal.

“I did not have a good season with the team because of injury and my aim now is to work hard during this break and return for next season even stronger and help them perform even better.

“I am happy at Tottenham and I am committed to the team. I am not aware of anything and I am very fine and happy where I am.”

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The holding midfielder will now focus on rebuilding his fitness and getting back into the team, showing the kind of brilliance that was clear for all to see in fits and bursts such as with his goal of the season finish at Anfield.

There is clearly a role for the 26-year-old to play in Tottenham’s squad and if Moussa Dembele’s future is uncertain, he could be one of those set to benefit the most and will have an automatic spot in the team when fully fit.

Having forced Mauricio Pochettino to reconsider his deployment of Eric Dier, moving the England man into defence or in a two man holding role to fit Wanyama in, it’s clear that the coach is a fan of his former Southampton player.

Building fitness and consistency will be crucial for Wanyama and doing so in time for pre-season could be pivotal. If he can do that and get a strong warm-up and preparation under his belt ready for when his team-mates return from World Cup duty, he can start the season in the team and make a statement of intent early on.

Few doubt Wanyama’s quality and no-one will want to see him depart, even if the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea come calling as Goal suggest, but he will have to repay Tottenham for keeping the faith in him throughout a season of frustration for him and show what he can do on a regular basis.

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Ahmed Hegazi would be inadequate Toby Aderweireld replacement

Latest reports are linking the Egyptian with a move to White Hart Lane.

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As Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Aderweireld becomes more heavily linked with a move away from north London this summer, the club is on the search for a new central defender to fill his boots.

According to The Guardian, one mooted replacement is West Bromwich Albion centre-back Ahmed Hegazi; but Spurs should surely aim higher than a player who was part of a relegated side that sported one of the worst defences in the league.

Hegazi joined the Baggies from Egyptian football at the start of the 2017/18 campaign and became an ever-present at the Hawthorns in his debut season.

The Egyptian international caught the eye with a number of impressive performances at the back, yet was helpless as West Brom finished second-bottom and and suffered relegation to the Championship.

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The departure of the Belgian needs to be met with a signing of the highest quality in order for Tottenham to show they can seriously challenge for silverware next season; Ahmed Hegazi simply is an inadequate man for the job.

Being part of a backline that shipped 56 goals in 38 matches, 20 more than Spurs conceded all year and the eighth-worst in the Premier League, is the opposite of an impressive credential.

And with Spurs already singing central defenders Davinson Sanchez and Cameron Carter-Vickers to long-term deals this summer, the acquisition of the 27-year-old Egyptian seemingly makes little sense.

The pursuit of the relegated West Brom defender should surely be called off in favour of higher-profile defensive talents such as Ajax’s Matias de Ligt or other players from Europe’s elite.

The inadequate signing of Ahmed Hegazi from West Brom would do little to help Tottenham Hotspur launch a sustained title challenge in the 2018/19 campaign.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s new contract release clause should concern Tottenham fans

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There was the news that all Tottenham fans had been waiting and hoping for on Thursday as it was announced that Mauricio Pochettino had put pen to paper on an extended contract at the club.

The deal will run until 2023, as announced on the club’s official website, and reflects the long-term commitment from both parties after an impressive first four seasons in north London from the Argentinian.

However, fans will come back down to earth with a bump when they read MARCA‘s reports which claim that the contract includes an escape clause which would allow Pochettino to depart the club if Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain come calling.

The report goes on to state that the former Espanyol and Southampton boss is desperate to one day manage the Champions League finalists, whilst his history as a player at PSG would certainly make a move there appealing.

(during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium on November 1, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

It would be no surprise if either of those huge clubs were to be interested in appointing Pochettino given that he has turned Tottenham into title contenders by spending little and developing young players into world beaters.

A new stadium gives new ambition and hope which could take Spurs to the next level, and whilst that may help to persuade the coach to stay, it could equally catch the eye of those abroad if it provides a platform to finally lift silverware for the first time in his career.

By committing to what could be a nine year stay if he sees out his new deal, Pochettino clearly has no plans to go anywhere just yet.

But with Daniel Levy ready to invest and back his man, it will be a nagging worry knowing that he could depart at any moment if Zinedine Zidane or Thomas Tuchel depart their clubs and Pochettino becomes a target.

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