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‘Solid Performance’ – Davinson Sanchez gives Tottenham reason not to fear Toby Alderweireld exit

The 21-year-old put in a fine defensive display against London rivals Chelsea.

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Tottenham managed to win at Stamford Bridge for the first time in the Premier League era as they came from a goal down to win 3-1 against Chelsea. It was a hugely important victory as it has seen them move eight points above their top-six rivals and another year of Champions League football now looks increasingly likely. To continue their progression under Mauricio Pochettino, it is important to be fixtures in Europe’s premier competition and they look set to qualify for the third successive season.

Dele Alli was the undoubted star of the match as he scored a brace to give his team the three points in the second half. However, Tottenham were very good in every department and looked a solid unit throughout the ninety minutes. The centre-back pairing of Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen continues to improve with both delivering good displays against Chelsea.

They made a combined 12 ball recoveries and 16 clearances to keep Chelsea to only one goal. Their positioning was spot on throughout and it was clear that they have managed to develop a good understanding throughout this season. There have been times when Sanchez has looked inexperienced, but he has learned from his mistakes and has the makings of an elite centre-back. It will be invaluable for him to learn from Vertonghen who has been one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League since arriving on these shores.

In addition to being dependable at the back, both defenders managed to contribute in possession and are the perfect players for Pochettino’s system. The Argentine coach wants to have 11 players that are comfortable with the ball at their feet, so the team can build from deep and use the defenders to launch attacks. Vertonghen (88%) and Sanchez (90%) both ended the match with high pass completion rates.

One question that has been hanging over Tottenham this season has been regarding the future of Toby Alderweireld. There have been rumours about his long-term future, with the most recent report coming from the Mirror over the weekend. They reported that Chelsea were keen to win the race to sign the Belgian, but they will face competition from Barcelona and Manchester United, who will be expected to fork out around £55 million.

This isn’t the first report linking him with a move away from Tottenham and it won’t be the last. It is clear that something isn’t right behind the scenes and Alderweireld’s lack of game time is evidence of that. The defender hasn’t featured in the Premier League since October. The major reason for this has been injury related, but Pochettino doesn’t seem in a rush to get him the Belgian international back into the starting eleven.

The victory over Chelsea was significant for Alderweireld, as it showed that the team could win big matches without him. Furthermore, it was interesting to note that Harry Kane was brought back from injury quickly and featured at Stamford Bridge ahead of schedule.

Pochettino has regularly spoken about not rushing Alderweireld back from injury, but he seems more willing to bring Kane back as quickly as possible. Admittedly, the striker’s injury wasn’t as serious, but it is interesting to note nonetheless.

It would have been a controversial opinion to suggest Tottenham could cope without Alderweireld a year ago, but his potential exit is now looking less ominous for the club. The win over Chelsea showed that he isn’t as integral as many thought he was before his injury.

His omission from the starting eleven was supported by many Tottenham supporters:

Although there were some that disagreed with his treatment:

The performance of the team showed that Alderweireld isn’t as important as many thought:

Davinson Sanchez received a lot of praise for his performance:

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Striker offload, Martial U-turn and Vertonghen wanted

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Striker offload

Tottenham Hotspur are stepping up their attempts to remove Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente from the club.

The London Evening Standard is reporting that Tottenham are hoping to raise as much as £30 million in fees by selling the two striker flops.

Spurs signed Dutch international Vincent Janssen in the summer of 2016 but he failed to have an impact and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce. Llorente arrived as his replacement from Swansea but also struggled.

(<> at Levi’s Stadium on July 22, 2018 in Santa Clara, California.

Martial u-turn

Tottenham target Anthony Martial will now be allowed to leave Manchester United, according to reports.

The Guardian claim that United manager Jose Mourinho has performed a U-turn and wants the unhappy Frenchman sold this summer.

Tottenham have previously been keen but United want £80 million and would rather sell to foreign parties Bayern Munich or PSG.

Vertonghen wanted

PSG are keen on Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen. As reported by Les Parisien the French champions are looking to bring in a new central defender this summer who can also play in other roles.

The Belgian is the perfect option but Tottenham would seem very unlikely to sell. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is also on their list.

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Jose Mourinho interest should spring Tottenham into Harry Maguire action, using Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham would be better off losing the Belgian now and bringing in England’s World Cup star.

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Manchester United are the latest team being linked with a move for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. According to The Telegraph, Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the England World Cup hero and is readying a move.

Any deal would cost in excess of £50 million. The Mirror suggest he will cost £65 million and see the futures of Marcos Rojo. Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones jeopardised.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with Maguire this summer and this development should jolt them into action.

Spurs could have the upper hand in this race, as they have a player Mourinho may want even more than Maguire.

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United are known to be very keen on Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld. The 29-year-old’s contract stand-off with Spurs has seen him linked with an exit this summer. Tottenham are standing firm on any asking price. The latest reports suggested that fee was £75 million.

But, in the long run, allowing Alderweireld to go for cheaper could be a stroke of genius from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Alderweireld is a far more ‘Mourinho’ player and the Manchester United boss would surely prefer him to Maguire. If Levy and Spurs allow the Belgian to go at a cheaper price it would leave the path clear to lodge their own bid for Maguire.

Tottenham would be ridding themselves of a contract rebel who, despite his brilliance, is nearly five years older than the England hero. In return, they would get Maguire, who would suit their style of play perfectly – especially if Mauricio Pochettino decides on playing a back-three.

A little convoluted? Perhaps. However, this could end up being the best case scenario for Tottenham.

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Three reasons why Tottenham target Yehvann Diouf could be next Hugo Lloris

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Hugo Lloris may be Tottenham‘s undisputed number one at White Hart Lane, but reports from France suggest that the club may already be casting one eye over potential long-term replacements.

France Football say that Spurs scouts have been busy at the Under 19s European Championships casting an eye over France goalkeeper Yehvann Diouf, currently on the books of Troyes AC.

The 19-year-old has only one year left on his current contract with the French club and could be targeted to bring him into the youth set-up in north London.

(during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

He’s a youth international

With 104 caps to his name and a recent World Cup winning captain, it’s easy to forget Hugo Lloris’ roots in the youth levels of the French teams. That’s where you’ll now find Diouf. Of Senegalese descent but having opted to play for France, he has featured for both France under 18s and France under 19s, where he is currently first choice.

It is with the French youth team where he is playing in the Under 19 European Championships in Finland and he could face future team-mates as he prepares to face England, including Spurs defender Japhet Tanganga, on Monday for a place at the semi-finals.

He’s being tracked by clubs from all over Europe

L’Equipe claimed that Chelsea were tracking Diouf in 2016 and he has long been on the radar of many sides, despite still not having made his first team debut in France.

Much like Hugo Lloris before he made the move to London, Diouf is likely to have plenty of options on the table if or when he decides the time is right to leave his native country.

He’s a superb shotstopper

Much like Lloris, Diouf’s key strength lies in his reflexes and ability to make astounding saves. Whilst he can still work on the aspect of having the ball at his feet, it has long been identified as one of the weaknesses in Lloris’ game.

With plenty of time until he would be replacing Lloris for Spurs, a few years of tutelage under him could really help bring his game up to the next level.

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