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Three examples at Chelsea which highlight why Jack Grealish must join Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham and Chelsea are looking to sign the Championship midfielder.

Mathew Nash

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Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are set to go head-to-head for the services of Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish this summer.

The Englishman is believed to be on his way out of Villa Park after they failed to secure promotion to the Premier League. With the club struggling financially it is believed they will cash in on their biggest asset this summer.

Tottenham have reportedly launched a £15 million bid for the player and whilst Chelsea are said to be keen, Grealish must look at other examples to realise why Chelsea is not the club for him.

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Firstly, there is Ross Barkley. Both Spurs and Chelsea also battled for the former Everton player, who is a similar mercurial talent to Grealish. In the end, Chelsea got him and, so far, it is looking like a mistake.

Then there is Danny Drinkwater. The Leicester man joined the Blues last summer and has, for the most part, had to watch on from the sidelines. Another fine example is Ruben Loftus-Cheek. His performances for Crystal Palace have seen him make the England squad for the World Cup this summer. Such form should mean he is a Chelsea regular, but it is up in the air as to whether he remains at Stamford Bridge next season.

Grealish will not get the opportunities he deserves at Chelsea. At Tottenham, it would be an entirely different picture. Spurs would surely be a better place to nurture his mercurial talent. Unlike Chelsea, which appears to be just a collection of talent nowadays, Grealish would be signed with a purpose in mind.

With that in mind, Tottenham must be his destination this summer.

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Criticism of Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson unfair? stats suggest he’s England’s best option

The midfielder came under scrutiny for his latest performance.

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England put an end to the World Cup opener curse after Harry Kane’s stoppage time header ensured England started the tournament with maximum points, with Tunisia looking more than likely to take their share of points in Volograd.

A promising opening 20 minutes was encored by ponderous and slow football in the second half, after the team began looking seemingly affected by Tunisia’s equaliser. The additions of Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek added impetus and purpose to the attack late on. But prior to that, England struggled in pursuit of a second, and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson came under fire for what was deemed to be a lack of creativity.

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Many fans were questioning the omission of Jack Wilshere from England duties, as Gareth Southgate opted for the Liverpool man as the regular in central midfield. But last season’s statistics show some maybe being preemptive in wanting to replace the 28-year-old this World Cup.

Squawka stats show that the Liverpool man was superior to both Eric Dier and Jack Wilshere in all aspects of midfield play in the Premier League last term, suggesting he could very well be the right man to continue starting for the Three Lions.

The former Sunderland man bested his two counterparts for number of forward passes, average pass length, key passes, tackles won, aerial duels won and chances created (all per 90 minutes), which sheds some light on why he’s a regular in Southgate’s team.

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Davinson Sanchez’s World Cup display underlines importance of keeping Toby Alderweireld at Tottenham

The Colombia international was far from convincing.

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez played far from his best in Colombia’s 2-1 defeat to Japan in Group H on Tuesday and Spurs fans will have been concerned by his efforts on the day.

After his namesake Carlos Sanchez was dismissed in the opening moments, the emphasis was put on the Colombia defence to be resolute and dogged in order to dig out a at least a vital point in a challenging group. However, the Spurs defender wasn’t up to the required standard.

prior to the red, the 22-year-old misjudged the bounce of a ball around 40-yards out and lost out to Yuya Osako, with a scramble eventually leading to a penalty for Japan, and things didn’t get any better for Sanchez from there.

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The former Ajax man was far from assured and misjudged multiple aerial balls, with his pace often buying him out of significant mistakes at the last moment, and for one of the first times he looked seriously raw.

The performance has underlined the importance of keeping superstar defender Toby Alderweireld in north London next term, as his positional nous and awareness was most likely a calming influence on Sanchez, bringing the best out of him in his debut season in England.

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Manchester United are said to be keen on landing the Belgian international, but Spurs are demanding around £75 million for the player’s services this summer, according to reports from the Mirror.

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Tottenham Hotspur fans react to Wilmar Barrios performance

The Tottenham target got a first taste of World Cup action today.

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It was a game to forget for Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez this afternoon, as Colombia were defeated 2-1 by Japan.

The young centre-back struggled throughout the fixture and can take a large part of the blame for their shock defeat.

However, whilst Spurs fans will not have enjoyed watching their starlet have such a troublesome game, they will have liked getting to know a potential new signing a little better.

With a reshuffle needed after a red card for Carlos Sanchez, the South American side threw Wilmar Barrios into the fray.

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Spurs have been linked with his signature for some time now.

The Independent recently reported that his current club Boca Juniors had made a last ditch attempt to keep him in Argentina until at least January.

Spurs are said to be close on a deal to being the player to England, for a fee in the region of £14.5 million. But what did fans make of his display?

What became apparent quickly is that Barrios is no replacement for Mousa Dembele. He seems to be more in the shape of another Victor Wanyama or Eric Dier type.

He is strong in the tackle, athletic and plays neat and tidy football but fans are probably wondering if the club’s money can be better spent elsewhere.

Here is some of the best reaction…

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