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Just how important is the FA Cup to Tottenham’s season?



After Tottenham Hotspur’s immensely disappointing European campaign, and with Chelsea looking to already be champions in all-but-name, the FA Cup must take added importance for the North London outfit going into the final few months of the season.

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Spurs’ comprehensive 3-0 victory at Fulham in the fifth round of the competition was sandwiched between two immensely frustrating and demoralising performances against Belgian minnows KAA Gent, which saw them drop out of the Europa League – a competition bemoaned by a majority of the fanbase, but one in which the Lilywhites were comfortably one of the best sides.

With only one trophy left to fight for, progress in the FA Cup has to be prioritised for this season to be considered a success. Spurs have only one game a week for the remainder of the campaign, and a favourable home tie against Millwall looks to have given them a route to Wembley – which makes success in the famous competition a definite possibility.

Spurs have lost three times in the league in the last 14 games against the likely semi-finalists, taking 11 points of a possible 12 against Manchester City in the last two seasons, going unbeaten against Arsenal since Mauricio Pochettino took charge, though despite outplaying Chelsea at White Hart Lane back in January.

Their record against Antonio Conte’s side is less impressive, with two draws, a defeat and a win in the last two seasons, while Manchester United have got the better of Spurs in two of the last three occasions. But, they play Chelsea in the quarter finals – so one of Spurs’ ‘bogey’ teams will go out at the next stage.

The point is, the trophy is definitely winnable, and the fact that the games are held at Wembley – where the results, if not the performances, have been nothing short of horrific – should not deter Mauricio Pochettino from playing his strongest side in the competition.

It has been a long wait at Spurs for a trophy – none since Robbie Keane and Ledley King lifted the League Cup on the back of a 2-1 victory against Chelsea in 2008. Winning the FA Cup would, however, be comparable with the top four finishes achieved by Harry Redknapp and Pochettino in recent years, and would signal that the young group of players is starting to fulfil their immense potential as a squad.

Would exiting the competition be a disaster? Not in itself. But paired with the possibility of finishing outside of the Champions League places, it would be a very dangerous game for Pochettino to rotate heavily against Millwall, who have already dumped out Premier League sides on their way to the quarter finals, in the shape of reigning champions Leicester City.

Finishing 5th or 6th and an FA Cup quarter final would certainly be no achievement worthy of White Hart Lane’s last season, though 5th place and victory in the Cup would certainly be tolerable, to say the least.

Of course, the dream scenario is that Spurs are able to fend off competitors for places in Europe’s elite competition, finish the league season in the top four and go on to win the FA Cup at Wembley – but with the immense pressures on the current first eleven, combined with an obvious lack of squad depth in vital positions, this may be a stretch too far.

The likes of Vincent Janssen and Heung Min-Son are no replacements for Harry Kane, for example, and if Spurs’ star striker needs to be rested, then it should be a Premier League game that he misses.

Gambling on the second-string to get over the line in the FA Cup simply isn’t good enough for Tottenham right now; the current crop of players – as well as their manager – require a trophy before they are to be considered amongst the domestic elite. After all, the game is about glory – and without trophies, Spurs have none.

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Josh is a blogger who has been writing about Spurs for over a year. He's an avid sports fan, and is devoted not just to Tottenham Hotspur but to football as a whole. You can follow him on Twitter, @Brownyyy26, and comments or questions are always welcome.

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen could be one of Premier League’s greatest ever bargains

Christian Eriksen is getting better by the season and cost Spurs just £11.5 million.



This week has seen Arsenal legend Martin Keown singing the praises of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen. Speaking on BBC One’s Match of the Day (18th March) Keown stated:

“This player was always technically proficient, but he’s getting better all the time. It’s top level ability. He can pick a pass whenever he wants to. He just has everything.

“I enjoy watching him play. He wants to work, that’s part of the team ethic. He’s becoming the brains of the team.”

His comments came after Eriksen starred in the weekend win v Swansea City. The Dane scored twice as Tottenham booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final courtesy of a 3-0 triumph.

during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at Wembley Stadium on December 9, 2017 in London, England.

Keown then commented on the price Spurs paid for Eriksen back in 2013:

“I think they paid £12.5 million for him, that’s an absolute snip.”

Spurs snapped up Eriksen from Ajax, for a fee actually reported by Sky Sports to be in the region of £11.5 million.

Looking back now it is clear to see just how much of a bargain Spurs managed to bring in. Eriksen was approaching the end of his Ajax contract at the time, which did not help the Dutch side’s bargaining power.

Comparing Eriksen to his current contemporaries in the game it is clear to see just how incredible a deal this was for Spurs.

Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in January. The Brazilian cost a fee reported by Sky Sports to be £146 million. Tottenham fans will rightly believe that Eriksen is at least as good as the Barca newbie. In fact, many will suggest Eriksen is the superior operator.

Another barometer to consider in this case is that of Tottenham’s summer signing Davinson Sanchez. The Colombian, like Eriksen, was signed from Ajax but four years on and with circumstances different cost much more.

Sanchez cost a club record £42 million, according to the Guardian. That is a difference of over £30 million which highlights just how impressive the fee paid for Eriksen is. In the world of £200 million transfer fees looking back at the deal for Eriksen nearly five years ago will please Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Tottenham will obviously hope they never have to sell the Dane. But if they did, the fee involved could easily amount to £100m-plus.

Which would certainly not be a bad return on the investment from Tottenham Hotspur’s point of view.

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Sessegnon or Bale? Past or future? Spurs must make right move this summer



Tottenham Hotspur appear to be emerging as the frontrunners in the race to sign Fulham talent Ryan Sessegnon this summer.

The Times reported in January that Tottenham had made a £25 million bid the summer previously, but that Fulham value the teenager at around £50 million.

On top of that, Spurs are also being linked with a sensational move to bring Gareth Bale back to North London. Spanish source Diario Gol has reported that Bale is ready to leave Real Madrid this summer – and has decided a return to Spurs is his wish. Bale of course left Spurs for Madrid in what the Telegraph reported was a then world record £86 million fee.

during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Burton Albion at Craven Cottage on January 20, 2018 in London, England.

It poses a big question for Spurs’s chairman Daniel Levy and manager Mauricio Pochettino. Do they start a new future, or go back to the past?

Sessegnon has been consistently compared to Bale in playing style. Much of that is down to his left-back origin. A lot of it is also down to his obvious precocious talent.

Tottenham will no doubt not be able to afford both players this summer. So what do they do?

The arrival of Bale would be a dream comeback. However, the Welshman turns 29 in June and has suffered with consistent injury problems over the past few years.

EIBAR, SPAIN – MARCH 10: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between SD Eibar and Real Madrid at Ipurua Municipal Stadium on March 10, 2018 in Eibar, Spain . (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Sessegnon on the other hand is at the start of his career. The 17-year-old has already played nearly 70 professional games and scored 21 goals, many of those from left-back.

He would cost less than Bale and in the long-run would be a more stable investment. If Bale’s injury problems continued Tottenham could end up paying a larger sum for a player who cannot be relied upon.

Tottenham Hotspur should continue to look to the future in the case of Sessegnon or Bale. Bring in the Fulham star and hopefully reap the rewards.

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Moroyin Omolabi released by Tottenham Hotspur one year after praise

The Nigerian defender briefly spent time on trial at Reading this year.



Nearly one year ago Tottenham Hotspur prospect Moroyin Omolabi was winning praise for his performances in the club’s youth teams.

After a win against Norwich City for the under-18s the Nigerian midfielder was given high praise by his manager John McDermott.

It came after he seamlessly dropped into a centre-back role for the game. Speaking to the official Tottenham Hotspur website after the game McDermott stated:

“Moroyin Omolabi, playing at centre-half, stood out against their front players who were very good.

“There were a lot of positives today and I was very proud of the way we played.”

It seemed that the 18-year-old might, therefore, be a player to keep tabs on for the Spurs first-team one day.

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But despite impressing back in April of last year, it seems Omolabi has not progressed quite like Tottenham would have hoped.

In the most recent list of player registrations released by the FA the versatile teenager has been confirmed as released by Tottenham.

The 18-year-old left Spurs by mutual consent on the 27th February.

The teenager was a part of the UEFA Youth League squad for Spurs, but did not feature in a single game.

He played seven times in the Under-18 Premier League this campaign, scoring against West Ham back in October.

But after dropping out of contention at Spurs, the Nigerian spent time on trial at Reading – featuring in three games for the Berkshire club.

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His final game for Tottenham appears to have been the 2-1 defeat against Fulham in October.

His failure to launch at Spurs just highlights the strength in depth Tottenham have in their youth ranks.

The teenager will now face a hunt for a new team in the summer, with his Tottenham days behind him.

It will be interesting to see if Reading follows up their interest in the player but  Omolabi will now be on the hunt for a new team.

Hopefully, his education at Tottenham Hotspur will see him in good stead in his hunt for a professional career elsewhere.

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