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Does Tottenham’s 5-0 thrashing of Swansea represent a turning point in their season?



Yes, it was at home against one of the weakest sides in the Premier League, yes Swansea City have just appointed a new foreign manager with no experience of English football, and yes Tottenham Hotspur were clear favourites before the game. But with every win comes a new wave of optimism amongst the Lilywhite fanbase, and with Mauricio Pochettino confidently declaring that Spurs weren’t even at their best as they cast away a desolate Swansea side 5-0, one can only wonder if this rampant victory is a sign of things to come.

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Spurs haven’t quite hit the dizzy heights of last season results wise, and their performances have – in places – been abysmal. A decent start to the league campaign has been marred by early exits in both the Champions League, in which they were utterly dismal, and the League Cup, the latter of which could have been a fantastic chance for silverware, seeing as the side they were defeated by – Liverpool – look to have the easiest route into the final, having overcome Leeds United, and with Southampton as their opponents for the semi-finals. Still, there are potentially more significant titles to fight for; the League Cup is hardly at the top of any big club’s agenda at the start of the season.

What’s promising for Spurs is that they’re not out of the title race at this point. Such lofty ambitions are probably laughed at by opposition fans, and perhaps with good reason, but the league title must remain the ultimate ambition for everyone involved at Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs sit 5th, but 3 points off 3rd, though 7 points off title favourites Chelsea, but are at this point having had injuries to key players to the squad: Hugo Lloris, Danny Rose, notably Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane have all missed league games, while Mousa Dembele was first suspended, then injured, and has only just – judging by the Swansea game – found his rhythm again across 90 minutes. If the key players stay fit, as they did for a majority of the previous season, Spurs will only continue to improve, and may end up competing for trophies come the end of the season.]

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Moreover, not only are excellent players returning, but good players are proving themselves as great players. The likes of Heung Min-Son, a promising albeit sporadic and enigmatic winger last season, has consistently put in excellent performances this season, and already has more goals this season than he did in the entirety of last – and some of them have been quite wonderful. While Kyle Walker and Danny Rose maybe aren’t – individually – the best full-backs the nation has ever produced, the systems that Mauricio Pochettino has employed has made the whole greater than the sum of its parts regarding the defence. Walker and Rose are quickly becoming – at club level – an almost flawless partnership either side of what is, for my money, the best centre-back partnership in the league in Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. Christian Eriksen is still finding his feet this season, but three goals in his last two games suggests he’s getting there, and while Erik Lamela has been sorely missed, he’s expected to return soon. The first XI looks as good as anyone’s currently, and this is very promising.

But the key thing to take out of the demolition of Swansea is that Spurs quickly found their confidence, and that their attacking intent didn’t sway. This was an issue at some points last season, where they would take a lead at a vital period in the game, and instead of going for the jugular, they would sit back and defend what they had. The North London derby at White Hart Lane illustrated this; the failure to hold on to a 2-1 lead against 10 men, when a victory would have placed the Lilywhites at the top of the league, ultimately proved disastrous. The side did appear to learn from this, securing comprehensive victories against Manchester United and Stoke afterwards last season, so it’s promising to see this vein of form continue. On top of this, the attacking lethargy and remarkably blunt attacking play that has personified some of the football Spurs have played this season was almost entirely absent from White Hart Lane last Saturday, and hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

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Of course, as football supporters it’s remarkably easy to get carried away; Swansea were exceptionally weak and gave Hugo Lloris very little to do, which has been a rarity for the Frenchman during his stint at the club. The disappointing European performances have also brought the North-London outfit under much scrutiny recently, and everyone involved with the club will be disappointed that they failed to progress from what appeared a straightforward group. But even so, with such a comprehensive victory, and with two of the club’s most important players signing long-term contracts last week in Jan Vertonghen and Harry Kane, the future at Spurs looks very bright, not just immediately but also in the longer-term.

Josh is a blogger who has been writing about Spurs for over a year. He's an avid sports fan, and is devoted not just to Tottenham Hotspur but to football as a whole. You can follow him on Twitter, @Brownyyy26, and comments or questions are always welcome.

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen could be one of Premier League’s greatest ever bargains

Christian Eriksen is getting better by the season and cost Spurs just £11.5 million.



This week has seen Arsenal legend Martin Keown singing the praises of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen. Speaking on BBC One’s Match of the Day (18th March) Keown stated:

“This player was always technically proficient, but he’s getting better all the time. It’s top level ability. He can pick a pass whenever he wants to. He just has everything.

“I enjoy watching him play. He wants to work, that’s part of the team ethic. He’s becoming the brains of the team.”

His comments came after Eriksen starred in the weekend win v Swansea City. The Dane scored twice as Tottenham booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final courtesy of a 3-0 triumph.

during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at Wembley Stadium on December 9, 2017 in London, England.

Keown then commented on the price Spurs paid for Eriksen back in 2013:

“I think they paid £12.5 million for him, that’s an absolute snip.”

Spurs snapped up Eriksen from Ajax, for a fee actually reported by Sky Sports to be in the region of £11.5 million.

Looking back now it is clear to see just how much of a bargain Spurs managed to bring in. Eriksen was approaching the end of his Ajax contract at the time, which did not help the Dutch side’s bargaining power.

Comparing Eriksen to his current contemporaries in the game it is clear to see just how incredible a deal this was for Spurs.

Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in January. The Brazilian cost a fee reported by Sky Sports to be £146 million. Tottenham fans will rightly believe that Eriksen is at least as good as the Barca newbie. In fact, many will suggest Eriksen is the superior operator.

Another barometer to consider in this case is that of Tottenham’s summer signing Davinson Sanchez. The Colombian, like Eriksen, was signed from Ajax but four years on and with circumstances different cost much more.

Sanchez cost a club record £42 million, according to the Guardian. That is a difference of over £30 million which highlights just how impressive the fee paid for Eriksen is. In the world of £200 million transfer fees looking back at the deal for Eriksen nearly five years ago will please Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Tottenham will obviously hope they never have to sell the Dane. But if they did, the fee involved could easily amount to £100m-plus.

Which would certainly not be a bad return on the investment from Tottenham Hotspur’s point of view.

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Sessegnon or Bale? Past or future? Spurs must make right move this summer



Tottenham Hotspur appear to be emerging as the frontrunners in the race to sign Fulham talent Ryan Sessegnon this summer.

The Times reported in January that Tottenham had made a £25 million bid the summer previously, but that Fulham value the teenager at around £50 million.

On top of that, Spurs are also being linked with a sensational move to bring Gareth Bale back to North London. Spanish source Diario Gol has reported that Bale is ready to leave Real Madrid this summer – and has decided a return to Spurs is his wish. Bale of course left Spurs for Madrid in what the Telegraph reported was a then world record £86 million fee.

during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Burton Albion at Craven Cottage on January 20, 2018 in London, England.

It poses a big question for Spurs’s chairman Daniel Levy and manager Mauricio Pochettino. Do they start a new future, or go back to the past?

Sessegnon has been consistently compared to Bale in playing style. Much of that is down to his left-back origin. A lot of it is also down to his obvious precocious talent.

Tottenham will no doubt not be able to afford both players this summer. So what do they do?

The arrival of Bale would be a dream comeback. However, the Welshman turns 29 in June and has suffered with consistent injury problems over the past few years.

EIBAR, SPAIN – MARCH 10: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between SD Eibar and Real Madrid at Ipurua Municipal Stadium on March 10, 2018 in Eibar, Spain . (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Sessegnon on the other hand is at the start of his career. The 17-year-old has already played nearly 70 professional games and scored 21 goals, many of those from left-back.

He would cost less than Bale and in the long-run would be a more stable investment. If Bale’s injury problems continued Tottenham could end up paying a larger sum for a player who cannot be relied upon.

Tottenham Hotspur should continue to look to the future in the case of Sessegnon or Bale. Bring in the Fulham star and hopefully reap the rewards.

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Moroyin Omolabi released by Tottenham Hotspur one year after praise

The Nigerian defender briefly spent time on trial at Reading this year.



Nearly one year ago Tottenham Hotspur prospect Moroyin Omolabi was winning praise for his performances in the club’s youth teams.

After a win against Norwich City for the under-18s the Nigerian midfielder was given high praise by his manager John McDermott.

It came after he seamlessly dropped into a centre-back role for the game. Speaking to the official Tottenham Hotspur website after the game McDermott stated:

“Moroyin Omolabi, playing at centre-half, stood out against their front players who were very good.

“There were a lot of positives today and I was very proud of the way we played.”

It seemed that the 18-year-old might, therefore, be a player to keep tabs on for the Spurs first-team one day.

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But despite impressing back in April of last year, it seems Omolabi has not progressed quite like Tottenham would have hoped.

In the most recent list of player registrations released by the FA the versatile teenager has been confirmed as released by Tottenham.

The 18-year-old left Spurs by mutual consent on the 27th February.

The teenager was a part of the UEFA Youth League squad for Spurs, but did not feature in a single game.

He played seven times in the Under-18 Premier League this campaign, scoring against West Ham back in October.

But after dropping out of contention at Spurs, the Nigerian spent time on trial at Reading – featuring in three games for the Berkshire club.

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His final game for Tottenham appears to have been the 2-1 defeat against Fulham in October.

His failure to launch at Spurs just highlights the strength in depth Tottenham have in their youth ranks.

The teenager will now face a hunt for a new team in the summer, with his Tottenham days behind him.

It will be interesting to see if Reading follows up their interest in the player but  Omolabi will now be on the hunt for a new team.

Hopefully, his education at Tottenham Hotspur will see him in good stead in his hunt for a professional career elsewhere.

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