Of all the top young talent emerging at Tottenham Hotspur arguably one stands out above the rest. Young forward Reo Griffiths has emerged as an outstanding youth talent in recent months and fans at the club hope he has a long and fruitful future in North London. Never more so was this made more apparent than his stunning performance against Arsenal’s under-18s last month, scoring four and assisting three in a 9-0 romp.
But there is a growing fear at Spurs that Griffiths could leave. He has yet to commit to a new contract at the club, despite ESPN reporting one has been offered to the teenager.
Then there are the links with a move elsewhere.
It was reported earlier this year that RB Leipzig in Germany are keen on the player. That has again been reported by The Mirror in the aftermath of the 9-0 demolition.
With former Tottenham recruitment chief Paul Mitchell now at the Bundesliga club, the fears over his potential switch to Germany are seemingly substantiated.
So when he posted this tweet earlier in the week, there was obviously some reaction:
Off to Germany ???
— Reo griffiths (@reo_revaldo) May 9, 2018
Tottenham fans must not, however, be alarmed. Griffiths was not referring to upping sticks and settling in Leipzig this week. Instead, he was referring to his participation in the Volksbank Cup. Griffiths is part of the Tottenham squad heading to Germany to compete in the under-19 competition against teams such as Rangers, Lokomotiv Moscow and Fulham. He, along with the likes of Shilow Tracey, Kazaiah Sterling and Oliver Skipp, are heading to Germany where they get underway later today against SV Rodinghausen.
So Tottenham fans can relax, but their reaction to the tweet certainly highlights just how highly the fans rate their young attacker.
Tottenham must ensure they keep hold of a player who many think could be a long-term accompaniment to Harry Kane in the Tottenham striking department.
So for now, relax, Griffiths is not on the cusp of a Leipzig move. But Spurs must ensure it stays that way once he returns from duty in Germany.
Everton round-up: Lookman battle, Veloso wanted and Richarlison disappointment
A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.
Everton are still fighting to keep hold of Ademola Lookman this month. Ot has been reported that a new big money bid has been made for the England youngster from German side RB Leipzig.
The Toffees talent thrived on loan in the Bundesliga last season and is therefore on the radar again.
However, according to The Times, Everton remain determined to keep him.
Marco Silva sees him as a hot prospect and is also aware that Yannick Bolasie is likely to leave before the end of the month.
Everton are reportedly looking at the potential signature of Miguel Veloso. The Portugal international is a free agent having left Genoa this summer.
According to TEAMtalk, the Toffees are said to be interested in signing him, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 56-cap midfielder would add excellent strength in depth to the midfield at Goodison Park.
Richarlison has admitted he is disappointed not to have received a call-up to the latest Brazil squad.
The Everton newbie has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at Goodison Park and was being tipped to receive a call-up.
However, the 23-year-old has been left out of Tite’s squad for upcoming games with the USA and El Salvador.
Richarlison admitted to UOL Esporte that he was looking forward to a call-up and was disappointed it never came.
Is Erik Lamela about to have his best season yet as a Tottenham player?
The Argentine made a real impact against Fulham.
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.
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.
Kevin Wimmer scores on Hannover debut as he puts Stoke nightmare behind him
The Austrian defender had an awful time at Stoke City last season.
When Stoke City signed Kevin Wimmer last summer it looked like something of a coup from the Potters. The Austrian had impressed at Tottenham during his time at White Hart Lane. Unfortunately, game time became hard to come by due to the excellence of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at the back for Spurs.
Wimmer was therefore sold to Stoke last summer for a fee in the region of £18 million. Mark Hughes was ecstatic with the signing but his form did not justify his exaggerated price-tag.
Wimmer struggled under Hughes and things got even worse when the Welshman left. Replaced by Paul Lambert, the new manager swiftly moved wimmer into the reserves. Told to lose weight he played no part in Stoke’s failed attempt to survive relegation from the Premier League.
This summer, with Stoke relegated, Wimmer was moved on. He joined Hannover in a season-long loan deal back in May.
At the weekend he began his first steps in forgetting his Stoke City nightmare. The Austrian played his first game for his new club in the DFB Pokal against Karlsruher. Not only did he play, but he also managed to score. It was his first goal since scoring v Liverpool in the League Cup back in 2016 whilst at Spurs.
He scored the opening goal of a convincing 6-0 win, powering home a close-range header.
Wimmer will long be remembered as one of Stoke’s biggest ever flops. But it seems he is certainly enjoying himself back in Germany.
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