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Three players to look out for at Tottenham in 2017/18




It has not been the most fascinating of summers for Tottenham with no signings to date, but that does open the door for players on the fringes of the Spurs squad last season to step up. Here, The Boot Room identifies three players who could have make or break seasons in 2017/18.

Kieran Trippier

Following the departure of Kyle Walker, Trippier will have the opportunity to step up and fill in. The ex-Burnley man will be keen to impress, particularly with a World Cup on the horizon and an outside shot of making Gareth Southgate’s squad if he can impress by repeating the form of late 2016/17.

Often praised for having a cross as good as, if not better than, Walker’s, Trippier is a strong attacking threat. Whilst he lacks the Manchester City man’s pace, he is also more reliable defensively. 2017/18 will be key for him to establish himself as first choice and capable of replacing Walker.

Ben Davies

Similar to Trippier, having seen Sky Sports link Danny Rose with a move away. Rose will miss the first month of the season, according to ESPN, and that will give a great opportunity to the Welshman to make his case. If he can impress, then the club may be slightly more open to selling Rose.

Davies has struggled to impress to the same extent that Trippier has and has largely been thought of as a clear downgrade on the England international. He may not have long to prove otherwise, but a good start to the season will be vital to Davies’ career at Tottenham.

Harry Winks

Having broken into the Tottenham first team last season with 21 Premier League appearances, the 21-year-old was hugely unfortunate to suffer an ankle ligament injury in April that ended his season. With no summer signings as of yet, Winks will be hoping to return to have an equally as important role in the squad.

Having also broken into the England under 21 squad, Winks will be confident of taking his career to the next level if he can nail down a regular spot in the team. That may be a struggle, but Gareth Southgate is known to be open to selecting young players in his England squad and Winks may become a candidate to sneak into the squad.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Tottenham signing Gonzalo Martinez would put pressure on countryman Erik Lamela

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for the Argentine this summer.

Mathew Nash



Tottenham Hotspur are one of three teams being linked with a move for Gonzalo Martinez this week. Calciomercato report the River Plate man is on the radar of Everton, Southampton and indeed Spurs. With a £13.3 million price-tag, an Italian passport and a reservoir of talent it is easy to see why Spurs might be keen on the player.

His arrival would, however, put immediate pressure on a Tottenham Hotspur fan favourite. The parallels between Martinez, or ‘Pity’ as he is known, are fairly remarkable. Firstly, there is the Argentinian connection but both are also River Plate products. Then there is their style of play. Both are left-footed attacking midfielders, capable of playing from either side and creative in their style of play.

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The main difference between the two is physique. Lamela, lean and tall, towers over the more diminutive pocket-rocket that is Martinez.

But his arrival would certainly put pressure on Lamela to become more consistent for Tottenham. That is not just regarding his form, but also his fitness. Injuries have become a big issue for Lamela at Tottenham and Martinez could be viewed as a potential replacement.

In a week where rumours of a contract extension are rife and considering how universally popular the hard-working Lamela is that would seem odd.

However, it might be nice to see him put under pressure by his countryman if Spurs do bring in the bargain buy.

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“Where are the new signings?” – Some Tottenham fans react to lack of transfers

We are yet to see any new faces at White Hart Lane.

Max Cohen



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As the transfer window enters its final weeks, Tottenham Hotspur are yet to make a signing. It is a fact that has drawn the ire of many of their supporters, who see their Premier League rivals spending freely and attracting top talents.

Given last season’s promising campaign that nonetheless ended empty-handed, many believed investment was crucial this summer to give Spurs a real shot at winning their first trophy in over a decade.

However, this summer has not been all doom and gloom for Tottenham. Despite the lack of new arrivals, the club have made the intelligent move of extending the contracts of numerous key parts of the squad.

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Harry Kane signed a deal until 2024, Mauricio Pochettino extended his contract to 2023, Harry Winks inked a five-year deal, and Davinson Sanchez extended his stay in north London to 2024.

Keeping the core of the team together is always first on the list of club management, as one must secure the futures of existing players before turning their attention to new arrivals.

However frustrating it may be for supporters, the signing of new deals must nonetheless be applauded– even if they do not bring the same excitement factor as flashy signings.

Yet nonetheless, Spurs supporters expressed their anger at their failure to sign players to date.

In addition, fans noted the change in reports linking Tottenham with some of the world’s best players earlier on in the window, to the likes of Jack Grealish currently.

Despite the prevailing pessimism, some supporters held out hope that Spurs were simply leaving their business late and would attain their top targets.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Nkoudou’s future, Lamela extension and Parrott goes pro

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Nash



Nkoudou’s agent speaks

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou’s agent has delivered an update on the Frenchman’s future as he continues to be linked with a move away this summer.

Speaking to Football.London his agent Meissa N’Diaye suggested he is focused on Tottenham and wants to show he can be a part of their first-team plans next season.

The former Marseille man has struggled to settle in at Tottenham since his arrival and spent the second part of last season on loan at Burnley.

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Lamela extension

Tottenham are reportedly trying to tie down Erik Lamela to a new contract, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The 26-year-old is currently under contract until 2020 but Spurs want that extended to either 2021 or 2022.

He has had his injury troubles at Spurs since a big-money move from Roma but has become a favourite with the fans for his tireless performances.,

Parrott signs

Tottenham youngster Troy Parrott has signed his first professional deal at the club. The 16-year-old started training with the club this summer after agreeing a move last year.

He impressed during the recent European Under-17 Championships, helping Ireland to the semi-finals with three goals before a controversial exit to the Netherlands.

Considered the future Robbie Keane, he is a name for Tottenham fans to listen out for.

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