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Harry Kane: Tottenham’s main man & future England star?

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2014 was not a good year for Tottenham Hotspur or England fans. The former employed three managers between December and July  and spent around a hundred million pounds trying to get into the Champions League places – a task they ultimately failed, while the latter experienced a dismal World Cup, finishing bottom of their group.

Nonetheless, there may now be reason to smile for both sets of supporters.

Spurs, under the careful guidance of Mauricio Pochettino, have started to emerge as European contenders, not least due to their impressive 5-3 win against previously runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea.

The north-London club are now in an impressive fifth position, and are only two points behind 3rd place Manchester United.  Having only lost twice in 11 games, the fans can be forgiven for feeling optimistic about the remainder of the season and that something special may occur.

England, as aforementioned, had a dismal World Cup campaign in Brazil. However, there are some fantastic young talents emerging: Ross Barkley, Saido Berahino and Raheem Sterling to name just three.

At the heart of the optimism shared by Tottenham and England is Harry Kane, who has played a huge part in the rejuvenation of the Lilywhites and will surely receive a Three Lions senior cap in the near future.

Physically capable for the Premier League, a natural goal scorer, an instinctive finisher and, among other things, a good header of the ball. Having already scored an impressive 17 goals this season, at the ripe age of 21, Kane has an abundance of potential, but his development will have to be managed properly.

He boasts high level of energy, which he has shown with his adaptation to Mauricio Pochettino’s high intense pressing playing style. Throughout the season he has been a capable reference point in attack, bringing the likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela into the fray; it’s no surprise to see that he already has a few Premier League assist to his name.

He bullies defenders with his physicality, while stretching defences with his endless running. He creates space for his teammates, as aforementioned, while his range of passing is excellent  He can also shoot from outside the box or can dribble with the ball when required.

Does he have the best shot? No. Does he have the best pass? No. Does he have the best finishing ability? No. But in each key attacking area he is pretty damn good. In short, he is a great all-round footballer, something we are not always accustomed to seeing.

English fans, and the English game in general, have a tendency to over-hype (and overspend on) English players. £35 million for Andy Carroll, £20 million for Jordan Henderson and £24 million for Darren Bent are three crazy examples.

These figures are considerably inflated, and one hopes that no Premier League club pays this amount of money on Harry Kane. Aside from anything else, the price tags put considerable  pressure on players who, for the large part, don’t constitute value for money.

Chelsea spent £80 million on two world-class strikers, Andriy Shevchenko (who managed  9 goals in two league campaigns) and the most famous flop, Fernando Torres, who only scored 20 league goals for Chelsea.  It is unfair to put this extra-ordinary amount of pressure on these two world-class strikers, so it must be even harder for English talent to cope with such high demands.

A recent example is Jack Wilshere. After a stunning performance against Barcelona – then the best side in the world – in 2011, the English media kept praising his performance and he has never quite developed since then. Granted, he has only very recently turned 23 years of age, but he is still maturing as a player and yet to find his true potential.

It will be argued by some that Harry Kane should be in the England Under -21 squad for the summer Championships.  Spain, the 2010 World Champions and 2008 and 2012 European Champions, play the best players they possibly can when playing under-21 matches. Be that Isco, Jese or David De Gea.

England should think about doing the same. It galvanises the squad since success is never a bad thing. If the Three Lions play their best squad, and end up winning, then it would bring a lot of confidence to the camp. This would be great for the long-term future of the nation’s game and it is something that needs addressing.

If, and it does seem a current possibility, Tottenham finish in 4th position, then they will have to strengthen their squad. This means that the Kane will have to do impress Pochettino over the next few months as he won’t be the club’s only capable striker for long – Spurs will undoubtedly dip into the transfer market at some stage in the near future.

For the time being, all Kane can do this season is score, assist and keep playing regularly in both the Premier and the Europa League. Perhaps he may go on a long goal drought, but even if this happens, it is clear that he has both the potential and the ability to progress and be an England international for the next decade or so.

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Malcom would add another dimension to Tottenham’s attack



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After an impressive 2017/18 campaign, Tottenham are already beginning to plan for 2018/19 and are keen to make a statement in their first season in a new look White Hart Lane. One way they may do so is with the addition of Girondins Bordeaux forward Malcom.

Sky Bet currently list Tottenham at 7/2 to sign the Brazilian, just behind favourites Manchester United in the running at 3/1, and such an acquisition would bring an exciting new element to Mauricio Pochettino‘s attacking set-up.

Predominantly playing on the right wing, Malcom may offer more width than many of the options within the Tottenham squad, but much like Heung-Min Son and Erik Lamela, he likes to dribble on the ball and cut inside, offering a direct threat rather than looking to cross into others.

The 21-year-old scored 12 goals in 35 Ligue Un games for Bordeaux this season and whilst not exactly prolific, would help to add goals to the Lilywhites’ midfield and reduce the reliance on Harry Kane.

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He also has some similarities to the likes of Christian Eriksen as a superb set piece taker who likes to shoot from distance, helping to add another dimension as Tottenham look to break down more defensive sides who sit deep in hope of frustrating them.

With huge potential to develop even further, Malcom may not come cheaply but would represent an interesting project for Pochettino to get even more out of him. Whilst he bares many similarities to Erik Lamela when he arrived in north London, if he can avoid injury he could go on to become the player Spurs had hoped to see Lamela become.

His pace and threat would add a much needed option into the Spurs attack, complimenting the playmakers like Eriksen, Dele Alli and Lucas Moura and supporting the goalgetter Harry Kane. Strength in depth is key in Tottenham’s quest for silverware and Malcom would be a step in the right direction to achieving it.

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Adrien Rabiot is perfect replacement for Mousa Dembele at Tottenham

The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Tottenham in the past and Dembele could be departing.

Mathew Coull



Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with a move for French international midfielder Adrien Rabiot this summer. It is an interest which stems as far back as the summer of 2015, as reported by The Telegraph.

Since then he has established himself as a key member of the Paris Saint-Germain team, despite the continued massive investment in the PSG first-team.

Rabiot is, however, right to consider his future at PSG, considering the constant change in the French capital.

As for Tottenham, Rabiot would be a perfect signature this summer. Spurs have done business with PSG before, bringing in Serge Aurier last summer, although the midfielder is likely to be a far more difficult target compared to the Ivorian.

Spurs need to bring in a midfielder this summer and they may also be on the verge of losing one of their key men. Mousa Dembele has just one year left on his contract at Spurs and it has been reported that he may not sign a new deal to remain at Spurs, with interest in his services from China – as reported by the Independent last month.

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Tottenham could not find a better replacement for Dembele than Rabiot. Whilst the Belgian, for many fans, will be an irreplaceable cult hero Rabiot has the ability to come close.

The pair have many similarities. Both, at times, are impossible to dispossess with excellent dribbling ability and surprising strength. Controlling influences in the heart of midfield who thrive with the ball at their fee, Rabiot would slot into Dembele’s role with relative ease. The duo are even both left-footed, allowing the same balance in Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield.

Of course, in an ideal world, Tottenham would have both players in their midfield arsenal. But if Dembele does decide it is time to move on, then there are not many better replacements in the world game than Rabiot.

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Tottenham Hotspur news round-up: Everton in for Rose, Italian’s want Griffiths and Pochettino clause

A round-up of the current key stories at Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Coull



Rose to Everton?

Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose has a new suitor in the hunt for his signature next season, with Everton keen on his signing.

It seems as though Rose could be on his way out of North London this summer. It is known the Leeds-born star has the ambition to move back up North and has been linked with several Premier League clubs.

The Sun now reports that Everton are hoping to bring him in for around £40 million, as other teams such as Manchester United begin to cool their interest.

Spurs are seemingly willing to let Rose go this summer, with Ben Davies now the number one left-back at the club. A replacement will still need to be brought in if Rose is sold, considering the amount of games Spurs can expect to play next season.

But if they can get £40 million for the England international, then selling to Everton makes perfect sense.

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Reo raid

Spurs face more competition in their hope of keeping star talent Reo Griffiths, as Juventus and Roma now join the hunt for his permanent signature.

As reported in The Mirror’s live transfer feed (26/05/18, 19:59) the two Italian giants are part of a growing contingent of suitors for the teenage forward.

Griffiths has scored 34 goals for the Tottenham youth-team this season and is considered one of the hottest talents at the club. Celtic, Barcelona and RB Leipzig have all previously been linked with the player and Spurs are set to offer him a professional contract

Tottenham must do whatever they can to keep Griffiths, as he has all the ability to go on and have an impact in the first-team such as previous academy talent Harry Kane.

No get-out for Poch

Tottenham fans can also rest easy regarding some reports over a clause in Mauricio Pochettino’s new contract.

It had been suggested that the Argentine had a get-out clause in his deal if European giants PSG or Real Madrid came calling.

But Football.London report that the Spurs boss has no such clause in his deal. That news will undoubtedly please Tottenham fans, who want Pochettino to be their manager long into the future.

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