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How Son Heung-min justified his selection over Vincent Janssen against Manchester City

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Super Sunday will be remembered for a historic victory at White Hart Lane, as Mauricio Pochettino‘s Tottenham Hotspur brought a sudden end to Manchester City‘s six-game winning start to life in the Premier League under Pep Guardiola. Despite the absence of last season’s top scorer, Harry Kane, the Lilywhites dominated proceedings, emerging with maximum points.

With Kane out of action, Son Heung-min was preferred for selection over summer arrival Vincent Janssen as Pochettino prepared to take on the top flight leaders. The South Korean international repaid his manager’s faith, continuing his excellent form with a performance that made life very difficult for the experienced opposition back-four.

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Tasked with a different role to that in which he has impressed throughout the start of the season, Son filled in for the injured Harry Kane up front with a highly energetic display. With his movement off the shoulder driving the City defence back, space opened up for the likes of Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko, who both found joy in between the lines.

When the Lilywhites had possession, Son’s movement caused huge problems for the somewhat bewildered Manchester City defence. He fashioned two chances in all, while finding success in three dribbles, with his first key pass – a perfectly weighted ball into the path of Dele Alli – resulting in the hosts’ second goal of the match, as seen below:

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Offering a very different option to that of Janssen, Son’s inclusion proved the perfect decision on this occasion. With Guardiola’s sides built on the foundations of a possession-based game, limiting the space available would be a necessity for Tottenham if they were to close the gap at the top of the English top flight table.

Off the ball, the South Korean formed the spearhead of Spurs’ aggressive pressing game, which gave City considerable difficulties when moving the ball out from defence. He made failed two tackles, which perhaps encapsulates his defensive prowess, or lack there of. Nonetheless, his desire to close down the space in the final third, proved pivotal in his side’s success at regaining control.

The 24-year-old continues to impress and his ability to make an impact in a number of diverse roles makes him an indispensable asset to Mauricio Pochettino. Tottenham fans’ worst fears must have been realised when Harry Kane hobbled off against Sunderland, but his talented South Korean teammate is proving there is little cause for concern just yet.

Chris is the founder of The Boot Room. He is a Swindon Town supporter, having lived in Wiltshire for most of his years. His work has also featured on Squawka, Bleacher Report and Eurosport.

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Tottenham’s interest in Croatia trio justified after sensational team performance against Argentina

Tottenham fans will have heard a few familiar names last night.

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Croatia heaped further misery on Argentina’s already shaky World Cup opening last night, dismantling them 3-0, and taking the top spot of Group D in the process. And Tottenham fans will have been particularly interested in the clash.

Not only was former fan-favourite Luka Modric in his usual scintillating form, but a trio of closely linked players were deployed on the night, and all three put in exceptional performances.

Ivan Perisic put in a typically tireless display last night, alternating between all three-front roles at times, while showing maturity in his decision making and genuine quality in his end product after marauding runs down both flanks. And Pochettino will have taken notice, as his side were reportedly interested in bringing the 29-year-old to north London last month, according to Calcio Mercato.

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On top of that, the Spurs-linked midfield duo also performed brilliantly when called upon. Marcelo Brozovic (Calcio Mercato) – also of Inter Milan – showed his ability to steady the ship in defensive midfield, in what was a frantic game at times, sparking counter attacks with his vision and cultured weight of pass, whilst keeping the shackles on Lionel Messi.

And Mateo Kovacic (AS), rounded off a dogged team performance with a few moments brilliance. Upon arriving into the game in the closing stages, he used his exceptional dribbling and balance to trouble a weary Argentina back-line, before showing an extremely cool head to pick out Rakitic under-pressure in the box for his outfit’s third goal.

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All three put in performances worthy of top level clubs, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Pochettino elevate his interest in all three after last night.

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Tottenham could transform midfield with Tanguy Ndombele Harry Winks partnership

The two could seriously change the way football is played at Tottenham.

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Tottenham‘s reported move for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele may have inched a step closer yesterday, as the Ligue 1 club are said to have launched a move for a direct replacement, in Jean-Eudus Adoulou, according to reports from Le 10 Sport.

Ahoulou, like Mousa Dembele, is a defensive midfielder who possesses great energy and tackling skill and his arrival at Lyon from Strasbourg would surely free up Ndombele. And the Frenchman’s arrival at north London could signify a change of style at White Hart Lane.

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Harry Winks is undoubtedly destined for a big future with the Lilywhites, as his current attributes aren’t possessed by any other deep-lying midfielder at the club. His dynamism and agility add creativity to a rigid screen – usually consisting of Dembele and Victor  Wanyama, or Eric Dier – designed primarily to look after the rear-guard. And he is the catalyst for crafting attacks from deep when playing.

Dembele is coming to the latter years of his career and has admitted to struggling with the physical demands of the Premier League (the Telegraph), meaning Winks’ importance will only increase as time goes on.

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Add to that the addition of Ndombele, and at the ages of 22 and 21 respectively, the two could usher in a dynamic, ball carrying midfield unseen under the tutelage of Pochettino for the foreseeable future.

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Ante Rebic shows he is a capable Tottenham Hotspur alternative to Anthony Martial

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Ante Rebic this week.

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Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a host of attackers this summer. Mauricio Pochettino wants a new striker, who is also adaptable on the wings, to back up star player Harry Kane. It soon became apparent that his number one target was long-term favourite Anthony Martial. However, with Manchester United reportedly wanting £75 million for the player, Tottenham have cooled their interest.

A name that has since popped up is Ante Rebic. Linked with the club back in 2013 the Croatian attacker is said to be on their radar. The German press, namely Sport Bild, suggest that Spurs are keen on the Eintracht Frankfurt forward.

In recent weeks he has shown just why he would be perfect for Spurs.

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An industrious and hard-working winger or striker the Croatian scored two goals against Bayern Munich to secure the German Cup for Frankfurt at the end of the domestic season.

Today, against Argentina, he again showed he is a big game player.

Rebic scored a wonderful volley off a Willy Caballero mistake to give Croatia the lead in their epic 3-0 conquest of the Albiceleste.

The 24-year-old was, admittedly, lucky to still be on the pitch. However, his tireless display was exactly what Pochettino will demand and with reports suggesting he is available at £26 million Tottenham would be making a shrewd move by bringing in the versatile big-game player.

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