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After life-threatening injury, Jonathan De Bie now poised for Tottenham Hotspur career

The young Belgian stopper turns 18 this month and is a hot prospect for Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Nash

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At the end of last month, Tottenham Hotspur’s under-18s found their way into the national headlines after dealing out a thrashing over their North London rivals Arsenal. The Young Gunners, who were admittedly resting some of their more talented players ahead of the FA Youth Cup final, were put to the sword by Spurs in a 9-0 romp.

After that game, much of the attention was on Tottenham’s young strike sensation Reo Griffiths. With good reason as well, he scored four and assisted three of the nine goals. With his future at Spurs unclear, he was the talk of Tottenham in the days following the fixture.

But Tottenham fans really should be as equally excited about the young man at the other end of the pitch. Between the sticks for Tottenham was talented young Belgian stopper Jonathan De Bie and he deserves to be noted.

The 17-year-old goalkeeper has all the necessary talents to go on and become a future Spurs first-teamer. Similar in style to current Tottenham number one Hugo Lloris, like the Frenchman he is also a natural leader. De Bie has done a fine job of captaining the side this season and looks to be a player Spurs can get excited about going forward.

De Bie was signed from Excelsior Mouscron in the summer of 2016 after a successful trial. He had previously trained with Liverpool and is being tipped as a future successor to Thibaut Courtois for Belgium.

His career has certainly had its ups and downs. Last February, during a game v France for the Belgium under-17s, he was involved in a heavy collision with an opposing player. He carried on playing the game, but collapsed afterwards, according to a report from Het Nieuwsblad.

The then 16-year-old suffered a ruptured spleen and internal bleeding and was rushed to the intensive care unit of a French hospital. But he overcame the life-threatening injury and has shown tremendous mental strength to recover and find himself captaining an impressive Tottenham under-18 side.

Later this month the young Belgian turns 18 and he has shown himself to be a genuine talent for the future at Hotspur Way. It will be no surprise should his 18th birthday be rewarded with a renewed deal to the one that currently expires in the summer of 2019.

With Lloris getting no younger and De Bie progressing rapidly, it will be no surprise to see him featuring in the first-team plans in the years to come.

Tottenham’s miracle man looks light having a bright future in North London.

Everton

Michael Keane is vulnerable at Everton after Mason Holgate’s weekend performance

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With Everton captain Phil Jagielka suspended for the Toffees’ weekend clash against Southampton, Marco Silva opted to hand youngster Mason Holgate a start in the heart of defence.

Paired alongside Michael Keane, the 21-year-old gave a mature performance in victory over the Saints and there is now a very good chance that he will be given future first team opportunities.

This could leave Keane very vulnerable, with the likes of Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma yet to be considered for the starting XI.

Keane hasn’t done anything near enough to live up to the reputation that followed him after his £30 million move from Turf Moor two summers’ ago.

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After a difficult start to life in Merseyside under Ronald Koeman, he has since fallen out of contention for Gareth Southgate’s England side.

The former Burnley man has looked sluggish and error prone and there is a feeling around Goodison Park that he will become drastically exposed against some of the more menacing top flight sides.

With £27.19 million summer signing Mina on the verge of full fitness, following the World Cup, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him replace Keane in the first team in the coming weeks.

This change would pave way for a young, fresh and exciting centre-back partnership of Holgate and Mina – a solid platform for Silva to build his new team around.

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West Ham United

Is Pedro Obiang the answer for Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham?

The Spaniard is yet to feature this season.

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Something is yet to click for new West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, with the London outfit falling short in their first two Premier League games of the 2018/19 season.

This weekend saw an opening day away defeat to Liverpool followed up by a 2-1 comeback victory for Bournemouth at the Olympic Stadium, accompanies by a performance that will have disheartened even the most optimistic of fans.

Despite spending over £100 million during the summer window, it is evident from the first two games of the season that the Hammers need a ball-winning central midfielder, capable of bringing balance to the defence and attack.

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Sitting on Manuel Pellegrini’s bench is Spaniard Pedro Obiang, who became Slaven Bilic’s first signing for the club, back in 2015. The midfielder was a regular in West Ham’s side up to Christmas last season, but he made just one appearance in the Premier League since February.

Athletic and capable of moving the ball forward, the 26-year-old will be a much more dynamic option than ageing West Ham captain Mark Noble. Meanwhile, he would also improve the spine of the team defensively.

Up next for the Hammers is Arsenal. With a central midfield or Noble and Wilshere/Rice clearly not working, it seems a no-brainer for Pellegrini to promote Obiang to the starting XI for the upcoming clash against Unai Emery’s side.

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Fulham

On this day: Leeds cash in on Wood, Coutinho told he’s staying and Seri’s Barca links

What were the big stories in football a year ago today? Including Leeds United, Liverpool and Fulham.

Mathew Nash

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Chopping Wood

One year ago today and Leeds United lost their talismanic striker Chris Wood to Burnley. After a tumultuous summer of rumours and conjecture, the club’s leading scorer left in a club record £15 million deal.

In his two seasons at Leeds the New Zealand international scored an impressive 44 goals in 88 games for the Whites.

Leeds were desperate not to lose the player and ended up paying for his absence. They failed to replace him, with nearest replica Pierre-Michel Lasogga falling short of expectations.

Wood has since gone on to establish himself at Burnley, scoring 11 goals in 26 games during his first season at Turf Moor.

Leeds now have Kemar Roofe firing and also signed Patrick Bamford this summer.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Chris Wood of Burnley celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

No-go Coutinho

A year ago today and Liverpool had managed to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian had been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona throughout last summer.

However, as reported by Sky Sports a year ago, Liverpool made it clear Coutinho was going nowhere.

In the end, it proved to just be a stall. Coutinho completed the inevitable switch to Barcelona in January for a fee of £146 million.

However, many Liverpool fans would perhaps argue the club are now performing better than they ever did when Coutinho was at Anfield.

Seri-ous money

Signed by Fulham this summer, a year ago today it seemed Jean-Michael Seri was on his way to Barcelona.

Marca suggested that Barcelona had met the apparent £36.6 million release clause in his contract at Nice. Unfortunately, that clause had expired.

With Barcelona not willing to pay more, they moved on.

Seri joined Fulham this summer for a club record fee.

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