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Grading Spurs’ summer transfer activity



A much quieter summer transfer window for the North London side compared to last season. What new manager Mauricio Pochettino has done though is spot their weakness and address it, the defence. The Argentine has brought in a whole new back four, a keeper and a defensive midfielder, two of which are expected to start straight away and overall it adds depth to what was a problem area for the Lilywhites last season.

Federico Fazio: B+ 

Pochettino’s compatriot last season was, the Europa League winners,Sevilla’s captain, at 27 he should bring some much needed organisation and authority at the back for Spurs who still look they really miss a leader on the pitch since King’s retirement. He comes in at £8m and is expected to become first choice alongside Vertonghen and is without doubt a huge upgrade on Kaboul who doesn’t look the same player since his injury.


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As we can see Fazio appears to be more of a defender who reads the game and stops attacks from happening, or putting his body in the way rather than going toe to toe with attacks. This said,his total duel percentage puts him close to Vertonghen who are both well clear of the other two. If the Belgian can regain the form he had two seasons ago we could well see the beginning of a great partnership, one which could last for a 3-4 seasons.

Ben Davies: B 

The Welshman personifies the clubs transfer window, a player who is unspectacular but exactly what they need. He made his Tottenham Premier League debut as a sub against Liverpool as Danny Rose trudged off down the tunnel and many expect Davies to keep the place now. Although Rose may be better going forward, his defensive limitations mean he will get exposed easily against the bigger teams like the defeat at the weekend. Davies will bring solidarity along with the potential to increase his potency going forward and there are few better managers to get the best out of the 21 year old that was part of a straight swap for Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Michel Vorm: B-

The Dutchman from Swansea set Tottenham back £5m and apart from at Chelsea you won’t find a better back up keeper. A slightly inconsistent season for the Swans last year but his quality is undoubted. Unlikely to unseat Hugo Lloris, who many consider to be in top five keepers in the world, we can expect to see him in the Europa League and domestic cups once he is available. The signing was needed as Friedel starts to look at working towards his coaching badges and for a small price they couldn’t have got a better number two.

Benjamin Stambouli: B- 

A relative unknown to those in England has been brought in to replace fan favourite Sandro for around half the fee of ‘The Beast’. The Frenchman is 24 years old and brings a versatility in which he can play throughout the back four as well as in front of it. The former Montpellier man is a superior passer toSandroaswellas more consistent in the tackle, this said,Sandro probably has a better reading of the game. He will be missed by the Spurs fans for his personality more than anything but Stambouli should be a cultured, clever signing who looks in the mould of Morgan Schneiderlin.

Eric Dier: B+

The Englishman from Sporting Lisbon has already become a fan favourite with two goals in three games from right back. However, it is likely he was brought in mainly as a centre half but his versatility will be vital with Walker’s injury problems. He has already shown he is an aerial threat and has great composure for someone of his age and position. There were signs of his age though against Liverpool as his ‘challenge’ on Joe Allen resulted in a penalty, a little naive and he shouldn’t of let himself get in that position but at just £4m he really could go on and become a regular for Spurs and should push for an England place.

DeAndre Yedlin: B- 

The young American caught the eye of World Cup audiences as he came off the bench to cause Belgium all sorts of problems in the second round. However, the Premiership is likely to be a huge step up from playing for Seattle Sounders in the MLS. He is back on loan there until 2015 but it is unclear if that is January or next summer, it could be this January with Naughton likely to leave.Pochettino has been highly praised for his development of younger players and Yedlin could well be a major benefactor of this. It’s too early to tell if he can make the step up but under Pochettino there is reason to be optimistic that there could have a future World star at North London.

Final Grade: B 

With all 6 signings getting some form of a B grade it really epitomises the window for the club. There is a lot of promise, a lot of strengthening the squad and generally addressing issues without splashing out and grabbing big names, which is the opposite of last summer. However, just like last summer the club actually made a profit as the effects of building a new stadium begin to take their toll but with this in mind the manager and chairman must be praised as the squad looks deeper, stronger and more ready to give a convincing performance every game.

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£43m for Toby Alderweireld would be great business for Tottenham Hotspur

It seems that the Belgian defender is definitely on his way out of Tottenham Hotspur.



It seems as though Toby Alderweireld is on his way out of Tottenham Hotspur.

It is being reported by Het Laatse Nieuws today that the Belgian’s contract talks with Spurs have been halted.

With the Belgian out of contract in the summer of 2019, Spurs will attempt to cash in on Alderweireld now.

A fee of £43 million has been mentioned for the player, who reportedly wanted a wage to match that of Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool.

Tottenham’s stance of not paying out big wages to their top players has often been criticised. But on this occasion, the Lilywhites are doing the right thing.

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On his day and when fit, Alderweireld might be the best centre-back in the Premier League. However, it has been a long time since the Belgian had such a day.

Most of this season has seen Alderweireld on the treatment table. When he has played, it has always seemed a precursor to his next injury.

Given his age and contract situation, the injury record gives Alderweireld three strikes. At £43 million, Tottenham would be getting a fantastic deal for their defender.

The report from HLN claimed that Alderweireld wanted a wage in the region of €180,000-a-week (£160,000-a-week). Such a sum is vast for a player with his current issues.

The fact Spurs were reportedly willing to go as high as €120,000 (£105,000) per week shows that Daniel Levy tried to keep the Belgian, even doubling his current wage, but Alderweireld is on his way.

It will be a shame for Spurs but breaking the wage structure at the club for an injury prone defender would not have been a wise move.

Eventually, Tottenham might have to be more lenient with their wages, but that should be saved for the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli or Christian Eriksen.

Tottenham should take £43 million for Alderweireld and persevere with the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth.

Alderweireld’s next club will hope they can keep the Belgian fit long enough to reap the rewards of his potential signature.

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Christian Eriksen happy at Tottenham, as national coach suggests he’s ready for move

Age Hareide believes Eriksen is ready to play for Barcelona or Real Madrid.



Christian Eriksen has been in fine form for Tottenham Hotspur this season.

The Danish international has maintained his role as a fan favourite and first-team regular with sublime performances in the attacking midfield role.

Such form obviously has him attracting interest. In the past, there have been rumblings of a potential exit. Real Madrid and Barcelona are two teams that would obviously love someone of Eriksen’s immense talent.

One person who feels Eriksen is up for the move is his national team boss Age Hareide.

Speaking in the Danish press this week the Norwegian claimed Eriksen is better than Luka Modric was when he left for Madrid in 2012.

As quoted by TV2/FYNHareide was clear Eriksen has what it takes to play for both sides, but can see why he might stay at Spurs:

“He is ready to take one step more.

“I think he is a type that can adapt to anything. Give him a ball, then the ball will speak for him wherever he is. Christian is a type that just gets better from dealing with better football players.

“Looking at the players that play central to Real Madrid and Barcelona, none of those who are better than Christian.

“Luka Modric came from Tottenham to Real Madrid, and he was not as good as Christian.

“He has gone through a fantastic development during Mauricio Pochettino in Tottenham. It is a team that plays very nice football, and as we are also inspired by.

“Now, Tottenham gets a new stadium, so why should he not continue in London?”

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Tottenham fans will immediately be concerned about such talk.

Eriksen is undoubtedly a key player and they know such a move could always be on the cards for the midfield maestro.

Whilst away on international duty players are often linked with moves away from clubs.

It is often down to slow news back home, but players also have time to reflect when away with their country.

If Hareide is talking up Eriksen this way in the press, Tottenham fans will hope he isn’t in the dressing room.

But in reality, Hareide should and will want Eriksen to remain at Spurs.

A move to Real or Barca brings inherent risks of bench-warming – something he will never do at Spurs.

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Eriksen also spoke to TV2/FYN this week, ahead of Denmark’s friendly clashes with Panama and Chile and made it clear he is happy at Tottenham Hotspur.

He did, however, mention a desire for trophies:

“To be honest, I do not give a change of mind any thought. You have your dreams, but what’s realistic and going to happen, you see first when the offer is on the table.

“Right now, most are very happy to be in Tottenham, and I am too.

“I still think I can win something with Tottenham. Looking at where Tottenham is now compared to when I joined the club, people are now watching us as title candidates.”

Spurs’ biggest challenge in the next year or so is to keep this group of players, and their manager, in North London.

The longer they go without winning a trophy an eventuality which sees the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and even Mauricio Pochettino leaving becomes increasingly likely.

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Eriksen and co. currently have their eyes on the FA Cup, with a semi-final tie against Manchester United upcoming.

Winning that competition may need to be the start of a run of silverware. Otherwise, Hareide’s prediction regarding Eriksen’s suitability to Barca and Real may be put to the test.

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Could Fernando Llorente be Tottenham Hotspur’s secret weapon in Rodrigo pursuit?

Could Tottenham use the Spaniard as a sweetener in deal for Valencia forward?



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Reports today have suggested that Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Brighton and Hove Albion are all keeping tabs on Valencia striker Rodrigo.

Calciomercato claim Rodrigo is wanted by all three clubs who are looking to bolster their attacking options.

Tottenham have long been trying to add the perfect back-up to Harry Kane to their ranks. Both Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente have not quite lived up to the billing.

VALENCIA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 08: Rodrigo Moreno (R) of Valencia CF competes for the ball with Sergio Busquets of FC Barcelona during the Copa de Rey semi-final second leg match between Valencia and Barcelona on February 8, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Rodrigo, who had a spell on loan at Bolton Wanderers earlier in his career, could be the man to fill the role. The report discloses his massive €120 million (£105.4 million) release clause, but that offers in the region of €40 million (£35 million) are expected.

For Spurs the Spaniard would be a brilliant signing. Rodrigo has scored 16 goals in 35 games this season and would be a welcome addition. But at the price being mentioned, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is unlikely to sign off on any deal.

Rodrigo is nowhere near prolific enough for Spurs, a traditionally careful club financially, to make a move of that magnitude.

But could they have another bargaining chip to help sweeten the deal, and take a chunk off the asking price?

If Rodrigo was to arrive at Spurs they would have little use for his countryman Llorente. The 33-year-old would therefore be surplus to requirements, but would surely be of interest to Valencia.

ENFIELD, ENGLAND – MARCH 06: Fernando Llorente in action during a Tottenham Hotspur training session on the eve of their UEFA Champions League match against Juventus at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on March 6, 2018 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Spaniard has an excellent record of scoring in the Spanish top-flight. Whilst not likely to take a massive amount off of any potential transfer, Spurs could easily persuade Valencia to shave off £10 million should they accept Llorente as part of any Rodrigo deal.

If Tottenham are going to make a move for the talented Valencia striker this summer, having Llorente in the squad could prove a massive bargaining tool in negotiations.

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