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Daniel Levy was right not to sanction £200k-a-week Bernard move

The Brazilian was linked with a free transfer switch to Tottenham Hotspur this week.

Mathew Nash

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Everton are set to sign Brazilian attacker Bernard on a free transfer this summer. The 14-cap international left Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer looking for a move to a more competitive league. Now it appears Marco Silva has convinced the diminutive talent that a move to Everton is the best for his career.

The Toffees are not the only team that have pursued his signature this summer. According to a report in the Guardian, Tottenham Hotspur were also keen on the player.

The report suggests Spurs were keen but balked at his £200,000-a-week wage demands. It is easy for Spurs fans to feel frustrated at this decision. Once again, Daniel Levy’s frugality has perhaps cost Tottenham a star.

However, on this occasion, Tottenham have made the right call.

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Bernard is a brilliant footballer but at £200,000 he would have gone straight in as one of Tottenham’s highest paid players.

It would have caused mass disparity in the paychecks at Tottenham. Imagine a player who has never played in one of European football’s top leagues coming in and getting paid more than Christian Eriksen?

It would have been a complete meltdown of the Tottenham structure. The queue of agents wanting more money for their clients would have been as long as the wait for Tottenham’s new stadium.

If Bernard had bags of Premier League experience under his belt and maybe 50-plus caps for Brazil, it would be a different story.

But the fact is, he is even behind Lucas Moura in the pecking order for his nation.

Paying him such extortionate wages would have been a big mistake from Tottenham Hotspur. On this occasion, Levy has made the smart choice.

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Younes Kaboul critical of Mauricio Pochettino, would some Tottenham players agree?

The former Tottenham captain was not pleased with his treatment at the hands of the Argentine.

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is one of football’s popular men. Not many fans, players or pundits have a bad word to say about him. Considering the success he has had at Tottenham and the players he has helped develop, it is easy to see why.

However, Younes Kaboul went against the grain this week in conversation with France Football, as reported by Sport Witness, suggesting Pochettino was ‘two-faced.’

It is not the first time the Watford defender has been critical of Pochettino. In 2016, in conversation with the Daily Mail, he claimed the Argentine had ‘disrespected’ him.

Kaboul’s time with Pochettino at White Hart Lane started well in 2014. He was handed the club captaincy by the newly appointed Tottenham boss. But, by December, he was benched and joined Sunderland in July 2015.


“The one where things didn’t go well was Pochettino. On the field, nothing to say, very good manager, with a philosophy and a style of play that works.

“Personally, it’s the opposite. He’s two-faced. He would say things to you and did the complete opposite behind your back. I didn’t like that, and I told him. That’s all”.

– Younes Kaboul on Mauricio Pochettino this week


Many will put his words down to bitterness, but there will no doubt be some in the Tottenham camp who are not Poch’s biggest fans right now either.

Danny Rose was once described as his teacher’s pet. Now the left-back has struggled with injury and lost his place to Ben Davies. It seems Rose, who was critical of Tottenham’s business off the field last summer, could leave before the end of the month.

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Toby Alderweireld was considered the best defender in the Premier League back in 2016-17. But contract disputes and injury trouble have seen him fall out of favour as well.

Look at poor Vincent Janssen. As dire as he has been on the pitch for Tottenham, being stripped of a squad number this week seems a little harsh as he continues to be exiled.

Marcus Edwards and Mousa Dembele might also have a bone to pick with Pochettino in time to come.

But it certainly is nothing against the Tottenham manager. Often portrayed as loveable and soft in the media, it just shows he has the cutting edge to work at the top when tough decisions have to be made.

It was a trait shared by perhaps the greatest Premier League manager of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson. Just look at the exits of David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roy Keane from Old Trafford.

If Pochettino can go on to have half the success Fergie did at Manchester United, Tottenham fans will care little about the methods used to get there.

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Tottenham Hotspur should have swooped for Luciano Vietto this summer

Luciano Vietto could have been a solid back-up to Harry Kane this season.

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Fulham pulled off something of a coup on transfer deadline day. The Cottagers snapped up Argentine talent Luciano Vietto on loan from Atletico Madrid for the season. It was a great piece of business from the club, considering the talent the 24-year-old striker possesses.

But one other London club should have been in for the player. Tottenham Hotspur needed striking reinforcements this summer. With Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen both unable to provide adequate cover for Harry Kane, it is an area Tottenham struggle.

A move for Anthony Martial was mooted early on, but nothing ever came to pass.

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Vietto could have been a perfect option. With only Llorente for competition, he could have easily become the main back-up to Kane. Mauricio Pochettino is on good terms with his former international team-mate and Atletico manager Diego Simeone, so convincing them of a deal would not have been hard.

Vietto could have arrived on a loan-to-buy scheme, giving Tottenham the chance to sign him next summer should he be a hit.

Whilst many will question whether Vietto would have been good enough for Spurs, his past form indicates he could have done a job. His tally of five goals for Valencia last season is nothing to celebrate. However, his 10 as the back-up at Sevilla the season before and his incredible 2015-16 with former club Villarreal show he just needs a chance to shine.

Fulham may now give him that and, Vietto will hope to prove his worth. Tottenham, however, should have been in the race. If he goes on to thrive in West London, some fans will rightly ask why Spurs did not make a move.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Janssen number stripped, Rose can go and Eriksen interest

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Shirt off his back

Vincent Janssen has had his shirt number stripped. The club announced their new squad numbers for the season this afternoon and the Dutch striker is without a number.

He had previously held the number nine shirt, following a move from AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2016.

However, the number is now vacant as it appears Tottenham try to shift him before the end of the month.

Janssen failed to adapt to Premier League football and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce.

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Rose allowed to leave

Tottenham are happy to let Danny Rose leave the club before the end of the month. According to The Mirror, Spurs are ready to let Rose leave despite the transfer window being shut.

The England international has fallen out-of-favour with manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is now happy to let him go.

PSG and Schalke have both shown an interest in the player. Both club’s transfer windows remain open.

Tottenham feel they have adequate cover with youngster Kyle Walker-Peters and centre-back Jan Vertonghen able to play in his position.

Eriksen rumours

There is more interest in Christian Eriksen being reported this week. Real Madrid’s interest was already known. However, PSG are also said to be keen on the Danish midfielder.

According to the Daily Star, the French side are preparing a £100 million move for the playmaker before the end of the month.

Tottenham fans should however not be fearful. The club have ruled out any potential exit for Eriksen this summer.

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