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Three Tottenham players ready to make an impact at Russia 2018

Ruari Macneil

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Over the last few seasons under Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspur have been carefully constructing a team to rival even the best in Europe. Boasting a star studded line-up, it is natural that they will have a strong representation at the World Cup this summer with a large portion of their squad playing for their respective national teams.

With the end of the season nearly here and the World Cup just around the corner, we are going to take a look at three Spurs stars who are ready to grab the headlines and steal the show for their countries.

Christian Eriksen

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Without Christian Eriksen, Denmark’s status as a World Cup qualified country would be in major jeopardy, with the Danish star having inspired his country through the qualifying rounds to reach the World Cup finals for the fifth time in their history. With 77 caps, Eriksen is highly experienced for a 26-year-old, and his brilliant season with Tottenham has arguably been his best, meaning he will be heading to Russia in the form of his life.

Eriksen’s goals for club and country have been simply massive and the Danish star has proved himself to be a match-winner on a consistent basis. Drawn in a pool with France, Peru and Australia, he will be facing up against club captain Hugo Lloris in a match that could well determine the group winner.

Son Heung-Min

Son Heung-Min is another Spurs star who has enjoyed the season of his career and the form of his life this term, and will definitely have a huge part to play if South Korea are to have a successful tournament this summer. The forward has grown into his role at Tottenham over the last couple of years and is now a vital component of the attack, whether that be starting in a wide position or coming in to deputise for Kane in a central role when the England star is out.

With nearly 20 goals so far this season, Son will be hoping to take his scoring boots to Russia to carry on his terrific record for his country. The former Bayer Leverkusen star currently has 20 goals in his 63 caps and, with a number of fellow European based Korea stars, the nation will be going into the tournament as hopeful as they have ever been.

Mousa Dembele

Belgian stalwart Mousa Dembele has been talismanic for Spurs this season and always plays an instrumental role in his team’s success. The midfield man has gone from strength to strength in recent seasons and his box-to-box ability is rivalled by few players on the planet.

With a heavily star studded line-up, the Belgian national team will go to Russia as one of the tournament favourites, and the potential for a midfield of Dembele, Kevin De Bruyne and Axel Witsel is a frightening prospect for any national team to face.

Belgium definitely have the talent, and also boast experience in players like Dembele who has some 70 caps, and it will be down to players such as the Spurs ace to help lead the team through the group and as deep into the tournament as possible.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Striker offload, Martial U-turn and Vertonghen wanted

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Nash

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Striker offload

Tottenham Hotspur are stepping up their attempts to remove Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente from the club.

The London Evening Standard is reporting that Tottenham are hoping to raise as much as £30 million in fees by selling the two striker flops.

Spurs signed Dutch international Vincent Janssen in the summer of 2016 but he failed to have an impact and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce. Llorente arrived as his replacement from Swansea but also struggled.

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Martial u-turn

Tottenham target Anthony Martial will now be allowed to leave Manchester United, according to reports.

The Guardian claim that United manager Jose Mourinho has performed a U-turn and wants the unhappy Frenchman sold this summer.

Tottenham have previously been keen but United want £80 million and would rather sell to foreign parties Bayern Munich or PSG.

Vertonghen wanted

PSG are keen on Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen. As reported by Les Parisien the French champions are looking to bring in a new central defender this summer who can also play in other roles.

The Belgian is the perfect option but Tottenham would seem very unlikely to sell. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is also on their list.

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Jose Mourinho interest should spring Tottenham into Harry Maguire action, using Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham would be better off losing the Belgian now and bringing in England’s World Cup star.

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Manchester United are the latest team being linked with a move for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. According to The Telegraph, Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the England World Cup hero and is readying a move.

Any deal would cost in excess of £50 million. The Mirror suggest he will cost £65 million and see the futures of Marcos Rojo. Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones jeopardised.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with Maguire this summer and this development should jolt them into action.

Spurs could have the upper hand in this race, as they have a player Mourinho may want even more than Maguire.

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United are known to be very keen on Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld. The 29-year-old’s contract stand-off with Spurs has seen him linked with an exit this summer. Tottenham are standing firm on any asking price. The latest reports suggested that fee was £75 million.

But, in the long run, allowing Alderweireld to go for cheaper could be a stroke of genius from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Alderweireld is a far more ‘Mourinho’ player and the Manchester United boss would surely prefer him to Maguire. If Levy and Spurs allow the Belgian to go at a cheaper price it would leave the path clear to lodge their own bid for Maguire.

Tottenham would be ridding themselves of a contract rebel who, despite his brilliance, is nearly five years older than the England hero. In return, they would get Maguire, who would suit their style of play perfectly – especially if Mauricio Pochettino decides on playing a back-three.

A little convoluted? Perhaps. However, this could end up being the best case scenario for Tottenham.

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Three reasons why Tottenham target Yehvann Diouf could be next Hugo Lloris

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Hugo Lloris may be Tottenham‘s undisputed number one at White Hart Lane, but reports from France suggest that the club may already be casting one eye over potential long-term replacements.

France Football say that Spurs scouts have been busy at the Under 19s European Championships casting an eye over France goalkeeper Yehvann Diouf, currently on the books of Troyes AC.

The 19-year-old has only one year left on his current contract with the French club and could be targeted to bring him into the youth set-up in north London.

(during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

He’s a youth international

With 104 caps to his name and a recent World Cup winning captain, it’s easy to forget Hugo Lloris’ roots in the youth levels of the French teams. That’s where you’ll now find Diouf. Of Senegalese descent but having opted to play for France, he has featured for both France under 18s and France under 19s, where he is currently first choice.

It is with the French youth team where he is playing in the Under 19 European Championships in Finland and he could face future team-mates as he prepares to face England, including Spurs defender Japhet Tanganga, on Monday for a place at the semi-finals.

He’s being tracked by clubs from all over Europe

L’Equipe claimed that Chelsea were tracking Diouf in 2016 and he has long been on the radar of many sides, despite still not having made his first team debut in France.

Much like Hugo Lloris before he made the move to London, Diouf is likely to have plenty of options on the table if or when he decides the time is right to leave his native country.

He’s a superb shotstopper

Much like Lloris, Diouf’s key strength lies in his reflexes and ability to make astounding saves. Whilst he can still work on the aspect of having the ball at his feet, it has long been identified as one of the weaknesses in Lloris’ game.

With plenty of time until he would be replacing Lloris for Spurs, a few years of tutelage under him could really help bring his game up to the next level.

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