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Eric Dier an England hero but Wilmar Barrios shows he could cut it at Spurs

The Colombian midfielder has been linked with a move to Tottenham.

Mathew Nash

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England have defeated Colombia on penalties to qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Cup. One of the heroes of the night was Eric Dier. He showed steely determination to fire home his penalty, the decider, and give England the win.

But whilst one Tottenham player can revel in his heroics, a potential future team-mate also had something to prove.

Wilmar Barrios has been linked with a move to Tottenham throughout the summer. Spurs were first linked with the Colombian midfielder in May. The Sun reported that Mauricio Pochettino was a big fan of the Boca Juniors star and a £25 million move was being mooted.

Today he showed that he might be a decent acquisition for Tottenham Hotspur.

The 24-year-old was one of Colombia’s better players throughout the game. He often broke up the play, covered the ground effortlessly and looked to have the passing range necessary to be a Tottenham player.

There is still much for him to learn but at 24 and without any European experience it is fair to say he could learn a lot in North London. Like how to control his temper. He should have been sent off for a headbutt on Jordan Henderson in the game. It was the only blip in an otherwise impressive display from the midfielder.

But, from what he showed during this competition, at the right price Barrios could be a good recruit for Tottenham.

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

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Vincent Janssen’s mysterious Tottenham absence seems to suggest summer exit likely

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Pre-season sprung into action for Tottenham on Wednesday as the Lilywhites played their first fixture of the preparatory campaign behind closed doors, resulting in a 6-0 thrashing of League One side Southend United, without Vincent Janssen.

Erik Lamela scored a hat-trick with Fernando Llorente Lucas Moura and youngster Tashan Oakley-Boothe also on the scoresheet, but one man was mysteriously absent from the fixture – Vincent Janssen.

Whilst Victor Wanyama, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga and Juan Foyth were all involved, Janssen was not to be seen despite having returned from a season long loan at Fenerbahce.

“I will soon report back to Tottenham and we will see what happens. I want to play, that’s important. Last season I was injured at Fenerbahçe for a long time. We are going to find the best solution. I just want to play football now, whether it’s at Tottenham, Fenerbahçe or somewhere else. I have my ideas about that, hopefully there will be more clarity soon.”

Janssen discussed his future with NOS earlier this summer.

The Dutch international scored only five goals in 18 games for the Turkish side on loan but did miss much of the season with a fracture to his ankle which was a major blow to his hopes to prove a point to Mauricio Pochettino.

Having struggled to adapt to life in London and the Premier League and without having done enough to justify a role in pre-season, his future looks more in doubt than ever.

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Turkish outlet Fotomac claim that Fenerbahce are interested in taking him back for the 2018/19 campaign, but his future could be dependent on other deals. Given that Fernando Llorente started against Southend with Janssen nowhere to be seen, it could be the starkest indication yet of who will play the role of back-up to Harry Kane next season.

Estadio Deportivo have also reported on interest from Sevilla in the 23-year-old, so with no clear role for Janssen to play at White Hart Lane and plenty of suitors, it seems that an exit is inevitable.

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As Tottenham close in on Jack Grealish, Daniel Levy’s hard bargaining should be applauded

The Villa youngster could be set for a late move to Spurs.

Max Cohen

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According to the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on signing Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish ahead of their summer tour of the United States.

The signing has been left late in the window, much to the annoyance of Spurs fans, but Daniel Levy’s hard bargaining should be applauded as Tottenham seem set to buy Grealish for far less than Villa originally asked for.

The Mirror claimed that the Championship club initially were holding out for £40 million, but now they are willing to sell for around half of that amount.

If Spurs were to pinch the creative mastermind from Villa Park for around £20 million that would represent superb business, considering the inflated transfer market for young British talents.

Although the Levy’s style is immensely frustrating at times, there can be no arguing that a bargain of this magnitude is well worth waiting for.

If Tottenham had done their business too early on in the window, they could have been left paying far too much for the former English U-21 international.

But as the summer months progressed, news of Aston Villa’s financial woes increased. Given the new information, Spurs were put in a much stronger position as they knew Villa would be desperate to sell in order to offload Grealish’s high wages and rein in a transfer fee.

The north Londoners look primed to welcome one of the Championship’s finest midfield technicians to White Hart Lane, and at only 22 years of age, Grealish has time on his side to develop into a world class player.

Daniel Levy’s tough negotiating style is not ideal for most circumstances and rightfully draws the ire of the Tottenham faithful. Yet his bargaining nous has come in handy during the Jack Grealish saga, granting Spurs a much-improved deal.

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Japhet Tanganga showing why he might be Tottenham Hotspur’s next Ledley King

The teenager is one of the top prospects at Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Nash

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England’s under-19s are in action this summer, hoping to emulate the recent form of the nation at all age groups. They started well yesterday, with a 3-2 triumph over Turkey in their opening fixture.

For Tottenham Hotspur fans one of the goalscorers caught the eye. Japhet Tanganga nestled the ball in from close range in the 22nd minute, which happened to be England’s opening goal and equaliser in the game.

Of course, Tottenham fans are more concerned with him keeping the ball out of the net than in it.

The 19-year-old is considered one of the top talents to emerge from the Tottenham academy in some time, especially at the back. Following in the footsteps of Sol Campbell and Ledley King, Tottenham fans are hopeful Tanganga can be a first-team regular in the future.

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He played 24 times for the Tottenham under-23s last season, occasionally captaining the side, and cementing his place as a top Tottenham talent.

For some, the time might have come for Tanganga to be used in the Spurs first-team. With the future of Toby Alderweireld unclear and Spurs lagging in the transfer market, they may turn to their youngsters.

Not many Spurs fans would say there is a great deal of difference between Tanganga and his more experienced rival Cameron Carter-Vickers in terms of ability.

With the latter likely to head out on loan again this season, perhaps Tanganga will make a Spurs breakthrough next season.

If not, then he should bide his time, as he could be a genuine star.

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