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After sensational international performance, Tottenham Hotspur must swoop for Matthijs De Ligt

The Dutch teenager shackled Cristiano Ronaldo and bagged two assists.

Mathew Nash



The Netherlands put their 1-0 loss against England behind them last night in emphatic fashion. The Dutch won their first game under the management of Ronald Koeman by outplaying European Champions Portugal in Lisbon. Goals from Memphis Depay, Ryan Babel and Virgil van Dijk saw Holland to a 3-0 win.

But it was a central defender who picked up the man-of-the-match award for Holland, and the player in question needs to be on Tottenham Hotspur’s radar.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – MAY 24: Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United in action during the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 24, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Matthijs de Ligt was sensational in the fixture. Not only did he keep Cristiano Ronaldo on a short leash in the Dutch defensive trio but he also bagged two assists. De Lift fired in a cross for Babel’s header and nodded down a poised header at the back-post for Van Dijk to score. Considering that the Ajax centre-back is just 18, it was quite the performance.

Tottenham Hotspur should undoubtedly be interested in the teenager.

This summer the club look increasingly likely to be saying goodbye to Toby Alderweireld. No new contract has yet been agreed with the player. The likelihood of that happening appears to be growing rapidly slim.

Like De Ligt, Alderweireld and current Tottenham centre-back stalwart Jan Vertonghen are products of the Ajax academy. Last summer Tottenham raided Ajax for their other defensive option, Colombian talent Davinson Sanchez. Ajax will be sick of the sight of Tottenham, but De Ligt has to be a target for the club.

during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on April 10, 2016 in London, England.

At just 18 he has already demonstrated he can play among and against the best. With years of progression ahead of him and a coach like Mauricio Pochettino the teenager could become one of the best centre-backs in the world.

There is no doubt Ajax would not let him go cheaply. Tottenham had to break their transfer record to sign his former team-mate Sanchez last summer. But given his age and immense talent De Ligt would be an investment for the future from Spurs.

Alderweireld’s departure will be a sore one to take for Spurs. But if they can replace him with a man who is showing more talent at 18 than he or Vertonghen ever did, Tottenham will be on to a winner.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Janssen blow, Carter-Vickers coveted and Bazunu failure

Mathew Nash



Janssen op

Vincent Janssen has undergone foot surgery, meaning a transfer exit before the end of the month is looking increasingly unlikely for the Dutchman.

The problem caused him trouble on loan at Fenerbahce last season. The minor surgery is now set to keep him out of action for a number of weeks, ruling out a potential loan exit over the next ten days.

The Tottenham star has been told he can leave the club this summer and was not handed a squad number for the season.

SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 25: Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers (38) during the International Champions Cup match between AS Roma and Tottenham Hotspur FC on July 22, 2018 at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, CA. (Photo by Alan Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

CCV future

It appears USA international Cameron Carter-Vickers could be on his way to Swansea City.

The Sun is reporting that Spurs are willing to allow his move to the Liberty Stadium. The Swans are desperately short in the defensive department after selling Alfie Mawson, Federico Fernandez and Jordi Amat this summer.

Carter-Vickers spent spells on loan at Sheffield United and Ipswich Town last season.

Bazunu failure

Tottenham have recently been linked with talented Irish goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu. However, according to the Irish Independent, Manchester City have won the race for the teenager.

The Shamrock Rovers star has cemented himself as the number one goalkeeper at the club, despite only being 16-years-old.

The report claims the deal is worth £360,000 and he will join City in February when he turns 17.

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Is Erik Lamela about to have his best season yet as a Tottenham player?

The Argentine made a real impact against Fulham.



Erik Lamela
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Erik Lamela impressed as Tottenham recorded a 2-1 victory over London rivals Fulham on Saturday.

The Argentine international hasn’t quite lived up to the reputation that accompanied his £25.7 million price when he moved from Roma in August 2013.

While he has threatened to show his true potential at times, he has never been able to achieve the level of consistency that warrants a regular starting spot for Spurs.

Nonetheless, fans were treated to the Argentine at his very best when he broke from his own half, dribbling past the entire Fulham midfield, before laying off the ball to Harry Kane for his goal at the weekend.

(Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images)

He complemented this moment with a confident cameo display from the bench, in which he threatened the opponents’ goal on two occasions, while fulfilling his role defensively, breaking up several Fulham counter-attacks.

Despite not getting as many minutes as he would have liked, Lamela was hugely influential in turning the course of the tie for the Lilywhites, and this could see him rewarded with his first start of the campaign in the not too distant future.

Having a fit and firing Erik Lamela gives Pochettino another excellent option for rotation in attack. After his cameo at Wembley, there is a feeling that the 26-year-old is well prepared for his best season as a Tottenham player.

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Tottenham’s Anthony Martial decision looked justified against Brighton

The Frenchman was poor against Brighton after summer in which Tottenham tried to sign him.

Mathew Nash



Manchester United have suffered defeat at the hands of Brighton in a thrilling encounter at the Amex Stadium. The Seagulls claimed a 3-2 win, as Jose Mourinho’s side never truly got up and running.

There were plenty of poor performances from the Manchester United players. The likes of Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and even David De Gea did not cover themselves in glory. But Anthony Martial might have been the pick of the bunch.

With Alexis Sanchez missing the Frenchman got a surprise start but failed to take his opportunity. He looked disinterested at times and was anonymous throughout, before being hauled off by Mourinho.

“After thinking about all the factors and possibilities, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United. There are lots of factors, and right now it’s too early to talk about them…”

– Phillipe Lamboley, Martial’s agent, speaking in June 

It comes at the end of a summer in which it seemed he would leave. The player wanted to go, as confirmed by his agent.

Tottenham Hotspur were heavily linked with his signature. However, as reported by the Evening Standard, Spurs were never going to pay the asking price for the French international – set at a cool £80 million by the Old Trafford hierarchy.

At one point toward the end of the transfer window, it appeared that things have softened and a deal might go through. But Tottenham did not get their man.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – MAY 04: Anthony Martial of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at Amex Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Based on the evidence on display this afternoon, Tottenham fans might be pleased. But his display today shows exactly why he should have been allowed to join Tottenham this summer.

Clearly, he is not happy. Because on his day the 21-year-old is a devastating forward with the ability to leave even the best defences in tatters.

A move to Tottenham could have reinvigorated his spirit and career. As it is, he is stuck at United where he looks set to cut a destitute figure until January at least. If he carries on this form, then Tottenham are unlikely to come knocking on the door again.

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