Is it too soon to press the panic button if you’re a Tottenham fan?
Well, Mauricio Pochettino‘s lack of transfer activity during this window is definitely a cause for concern and with the transfer window nearing its end, Spurs have still yet to make any signings.
Nevertheless, there’s still time for Spurs to get some deals over the line and fans of the North London outfit will be praying that their club can do so to keep up with the other Premier League’ elite clubs who have spent big this summer.
Here at The Boot Room, we take a look at three ins and outs that Mauricio Pochettino‘s Spurs side could complete this coming week.
Martial saga will go down to the wire
It’s looking more than likely that if any deal does take place between Tottenham and Manchester United for the signing of Anthony Martial it will go right down to the wire.
Martial has made it clear this summer that he wants out of Old Trafford and there seems no better place for him to revive his footballing career than in North London with Spurs.
A move for Martial to Spurs will come down to how much Pochettino’s side are willing to cough up for the 22-year-old forward and whether or not they have the funds to do so.
Spurs “no way near” price for Grealish
Sky Sports state that Tottenham are no way near agreeing on a suitable price for Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish, after speaking with Villa boss Steve Bruce about the possible transfer.
“We all know what football is, but at the moment Spurs haven’t got anywhere near what the owners want to consider – so there’s not a discussion to be had at the moment, because they’ve not got anywhere near the figure they demand.”
This is another deal that will likely go down to the wire for Spurs, however, unless they can produce a large fee for the talented youngster it’s unlikely Aston Villa will budge on letting him leave.
Alderweireld hopeful of leaving Spurs
Spurs announced last week that would listen to offers for the Belgian defender and would let him leave the club for a suitable price.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy reportedly wants a fee in the region of £75 million for the 29-year-old Belgian international.
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou clearly has no future at Tottenham Hotspur if Mainz deal goes ahead
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to let Nkoudou go on loan.
It appears Tottenham Hotspur are ready to let Georges-Kevin Nkoudou leave the club on loan before the end of the month. According to Sky Sports, Spurs are ready to let the winger join Bundesliga side Mainz until the end of the season.
However, Nkoudou has recently shown what he is capable of. The 23-year-old had a brilliant pre-season as Tottenham won the International Champions Cup. He was named man-of-the-match in the penalty loss to Barcelona, in which he scored. He also found the net against AC Milan in a 1-0 win. His form this summer was electric and led many to believe might have a chance at Tottenham this season.
So the fact he is being loaned out probably suggests one thing. Nkoudou has no long-term future at Tottenham Hotspur.
Even after an impressive pre-season and with Tottenham thin on the ground the young Frenchman has been told to pack his bags and head elsewhere.
This may only be a temporary deal, but it appears the precursor to a more permanent Tottenham exit.
Five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tottenham’s new stadium
There’s a lot to look forward to if you’re Spurs fan.
So put aside all your disappointment, for the time being, if you’re a Spurs fan, and take a look at the positives: the fact your club is about to be playing its football at one of the world’s most impressive sport set-ups.
Here at The Boot Room, we have found five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tottenham’s new stadium.
1. It will be the largest football club stadium in London
The new Spurs stadium will be the largest football club stadium in the English capital, with a total capacity of 62,062, surpassing fierce rivals Arsenal‘s Emirates Stadium which holds 59,867.
It had been initially planned for the stadium to only hold 60,000, but an updated layout and seating scheme have meant that the capacity has increased.
Just imagine those European nights in North London this season; will some great new memories be made?
2. 10-year NFL agreement
Perhaps the most surprising of the facts is that Spurs’ new stadium will also be the home of NFL in London, with the North London side agreeing to a 10-year deal to host NFL games, with the first taking place on October 14th.
The stadium has facilities already in place for when the American Football sides visit the UK including; four dressing rooms dedicated to the NFL and a media suite.
3. Retractable pitch
The stadium will be the first in the UK to have two different pitches inside one bowl; a real turf football pitch and an artificial surface underneath.
Is this something we’ll see more football clubs incorporating into their stadiums in the future? Or merely a bonus for the Spurs team to benefit from.
4. Skywalk stadium tour
The new stadium will feature a “skywalk”, an attraction for tourists and visitors to the stadium to use and participate in as an alternative to the stadium tour.
The skywalk will allow visitors to climb the exterior of the stadium giving them an unparalleled and unique view of the pitch.
A world first for any football stadium; the new setup will have a microbrewery inside for fans and visitors to enjoy during their visit.
Visitors to the stadium will be able to enjoy a selection of local craft beers created and brewed in partnership with Tottenham and the fans.
Away days to Spurs will be a lot more fun in coming seasons.
One winner and loser as Tottenham’ face increased stadium delays
Spurs have been forced to delay moving into their new stadium.
News broke at the end of the Premier League’s opening weekend that Tottenham’s move to their new stadium had been delayed even further, due to issues with critical safety systems – a bitter pill for Mauricio Pochettino‘s side and Spurs fans to take after their quietest summer transfer window to date.
Spurs did, however, get off to a winning start in their opening day fixture against Newcastle at St. James’ Park, winning 2-1. However, they will have to play their home fixtures at the Wembley Stadium for the foreseeable future.
The timing of the matter is far from ideal, and the optimistic approach Spurs’ owner Daniel Levy adopted last season, towards the new stadium being built in time for the 2018/19 campaign, is beginning to look laughable.
Winner – Tottenham‘s Premier League opposition
Tottenham won’t be playing any football at the New White Hart Lane Stadium until October at the earliest, and Premier League fixtures against top-four rivals Liverpool and Manchester City will be played either at the Wembley Stadium or elsewhere.
This will come as great news to Spurs’ Premier League opponents during this time frame, who will have the chance to capitalise on the North London club’s misfortune.
Despite Spurs being more familiar with the Wembley Stadium this season than last, it was meant to be a one-off, and this whole ordeal seems to only benefit teams playing against Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Loser – Mauricio Pochettino and his players
Tottenham’s first Premier League win at the Wembley Stadium last season didn’t come until October 14th, and it was this initial uncertainty that hurt Spurs so severely at the start of their previous campaign.
The stadium has brought Mauricio Pochettino, and his players mixed results, including a Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus, and it’s hardly a place to call home.
Begining the season with extra away games is far from ideal, and Pochettino and his side could be in for a very sluggish start which will only add to the pressure mounting on their shoulders.
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