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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 Nash



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.

(Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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Is Erik Lamela about to have his best season yet as a Tottenham player?

The Argentine made a real impact against Fulham.



Erik Lamela
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Erik Lamela impressed as Tottenham recorded a 2-1 victory over London rivals Fulham on Saturday.

The Argentine international hasn’t quite lived up to the reputation that accompanied his £25.7 million price when he moved from Roma in August 2013.

While he has threatened to show his true potential at times, he has never been able to achieve the level of consistency that warrants a regular starting spot for Spurs.

Nonetheless, fans were treated to the Argentine at his very best when he broke from his own half, dribbling past the entire Fulham midfield, before laying off the ball to Harry Kane for his goal at the weekend.

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He complemented this moment with a confident cameo display from the bench, in which he threatened the opponents’ goal on two occasions, while fulfilling his role defensively, breaking up several Fulham counter-attacks.

Despite not getting as many minutes as he would have liked, Lamela was hugely influential in turning the course of the tie for the Lilywhites, and this could see him rewarded with his first start of the campaign in the not too distant future.

Having a fit and firing Erik Lamela gives Pochettino another excellent option for rotation in attack. After his cameo at Wembley, there is a feeling that the 26-year-old is well prepared for his best season as a Tottenham player.

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Tottenham’s Anthony Martial decision looked justified against Brighton

The Frenchman was poor against Brighton after summer in which Tottenham tried to sign him.

Mathew Nash



Manchester United have suffered defeat at the hands of Brighton in a thrilling encounter at the Amex Stadium. The Seagulls claimed a 3-2 win, as Jose Mourinho’s side never truly got up and running.

There were plenty of poor performances from the Manchester United players. The likes of Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and even David De Gea did not cover themselves in glory. But Anthony Martial might have been the pick of the bunch.

With Alexis Sanchez missing the Frenchman got a surprise start but failed to take his opportunity. He looked disinterested at times and was anonymous throughout, before being hauled off by Mourinho.

“After thinking about all the factors and possibilities, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United. There are lots of factors, and right now it’s too early to talk about them…”

– Phillipe Lamboley, Martial’s agent, speaking in June 

It comes at the end of a summer in which it seemed he would leave. The player wanted to go, as confirmed by his agent.

Tottenham Hotspur were heavily linked with his signature. However, as reported by the Evening Standard, Spurs were never going to pay the asking price for the French international – set at a cool £80 million by the Old Trafford hierarchy.

At one point toward the end of the transfer window, it appeared that things have softened and a deal might go through. But Tottenham did not get their man.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – MAY 04: Anthony Martial of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at Amex Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Based on the evidence on display this afternoon, Tottenham fans might be pleased. But his display today shows exactly why he should have been allowed to join Tottenham this summer.

Clearly, he is not happy. Because on his day the 21-year-old is a devastating forward with the ability to leave even the best defences in tatters.

A move to Tottenham could have reinvigorated his spirit and career. As it is, he is stuck at United where he looks set to cut a destitute figure until January at least. If he carries on this form, then Tottenham are unlikely to come knocking on the door again.

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Three selection headaches Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino faces ahead of Manchester United trip



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After two comfortable wins in the Premier League, Mauricio Pochettino will have some tough selection decisions to make as Tottenham travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United next Monday.

The Argentinian made two changes against Fulham having beaten Newcastle and despite the impressive win at Wembley, could make more before heading to the north-west with several doubts over key men in the team.

Here are some of the biggest decisions he will have to make over the week ahead…

Ben Davies or Danny Rose?

Ben Davies has had a poor pre-season and a disappointing start to the Premier League season, potentially opening the door for a return for Danny Rose. Linked with an exit in the summer, Rose was on the bench against Fulham and could be applying the pressure on the Welshman who took his place last season.

It seems unlikely that Pochettino would make such a change for such an important fixture, but equally he may not want to gamble on Davies costing his team with an error.

Lucas Moura in attack?

One of the best performers throughout pre-season and, in particular, against Fulham, has been Lucas Moura. The Brazilian has played as a second striker and been impressive, creating and finishing chances and posing an alternative threat to Harry Kane.

Yet, selecting Moura means that Pochettino must sacrifice a midfielder such as Moussa Dembele, which he may be reluctant to do going to Old Trafford. This decision will be a clear reflection of how confident Pochettino feels about his team’s chances of a win.

Is it right to play Toby Alderweireld?

Goal were among many sources to claim that the Belgian was close to joining Jose Mourinho’s side this summer as speculation continued throughout the transfer window. Alderweireld returned to the line-up for only his sixth appearance for the club in 2018 against Fulham, but Pochettino may have doubts.

The coach could question whether Alderweireld’s mentality would be correct to face a club he reportedly wanted to sign for in only his second appearance of the season, and with the likes of Eric Dier ready to step in, he may opt to be cautious.

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