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Tottenham Hotspur must beat Real Betis to Pau Lopez

The Spaniard spent last season on loan at Spurs, who are fearful of losing Michel Vorm.

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Reports this week have been suggesting Michel Vorm could be leaving Tottenham Hotspur in the summer. The Sun reported this week that Feyenoord are hopeful of signing the Dutchman. He would be replacing former Liverpool and Middlesbrough stopper Brad Jones, who is keen on a return to England.

Vorm, who featured in the 6-1 FA Cup win against Rochdale last night, is out of contract in the summer. Feyenoord could, therefore, bring him in for free. Considering how long he has played second fiddle to Hugo Lloris the move could surely tempt the 34-year-old.

Tottenham would, therefore, need to bring in a replacement. Whilst Paulo Gazzaniga is a favourite of Mauricio Pochettino someone of a higher level will be needed.

Tottenham may in fact already have had the perfect option in the past. Spanish stopper Pau Lopez spent the entire 2016-17 campaign on loan at Spurs. The 23-year-old stopper did not, however, make a single appearance for the club.

Tottenham had the option to sign Lopez at the end of that deal but did not take it up. He has since gone on to establish himself as the number one again with Espanyol. This season, Lopez’s performances have been excellent in La Liga. Back in January, it was even reported by Tuttomercatoweb that Juventus and Manchester City were now keeping tabs on the Catalonian.

With good reason as well. Lopez is available on a free transfer in the summer. The latest reports from Spain are that Real Betis are closing in on a deal, as reported by Diario As.

That deal would go through in the summer when Lopez becomes a free agent.

If Tottenham are concerned that Vorm may be moving on, then surely they must make a move for Lopez?

The young stopper is highly-rated by Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino. Considering his age, Lopez could easily go on to eventually become number one at Spurs after Lloris has run his race.

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Nothing official is agreed between Betis and Lopez. Tottenham face a race against time if they are to hijack a deal and bring in a perfect replacement for Vorm this summer. Not only would Pau Lopez be a perfect replacement, he would be free. The frugal Spurs management will definitely be on board with that idea.

If Vorm goes, Lopez is perhaps the best option Tottenham have as a replacement. Letting him slip through their fingers to Betis could end up coming back to haunt them.

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Tottenham fans reminded why they sold Federico Fazio for just £3.8m

The Argentine was poor against Liverpool, reminding Tottenham Hotspur fans why he was sold.

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Last night Liverpool put one foot in the Champions League final. They raced into a 5-0 lead against AS Roma at Anfield. Inspire by the best attacker in the world right now, Mohamed Salah, Liverpool put the Italians to the sword. Whilst the Giallorossi did manage to grab two goals to make the second leg a contest, Liverpool will feel confident of progress.

For Tottenham fans, the game represented a reminder of why they sold a player they were regretting a couple of weeks ago. When Roma turned around a 4-1 deficit against Barcelona, the performance of Federico Fazio caused a stir. He was a man-mountain in the Stadio Olimpico, as Roma won 3-0.

It left some Tottenham fans wondering why they sold him for a fee in the region of £3.8 million in 2017 – as reported by talkSPORT – after just 32 appearances for the North London club.

Last night showed exactly why.

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Fazio, along with the other members of the Roma back three, was poor against Liverpool. He was not helped by the decision to play a high-line. However, his physical attributes were exposed by Liverpool. Slow, sluggish and clumsy, this looked like the Fazio that Tottenham fans remember from his time at White Hart Lane after joining from Sevilla in the summer of 2014.

But a high-line is not his game, he is a combative defender who is excellent in the air. Well, that did not look the case when he wimpishly challenged Roberto Firmino for a header that the Brazilian dispatched.

Tottenham fans were impressed with his performance against Barcelona in the last round and, with Toby Alderweireld set to leave, having Fazio around again might have appealed to some Spurs fans. Based on this performance v their Premier League rivals, they will be happy he is in the Italian capital.

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Tottenham Hotspur should give Reo Griffiths first-team chance after 9-0 heroics

The teenager scored four and assisted three as Tottenham Hotspur’s under-18s routed Arsenal.

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Tottenham Hotspur have plenty of young talent coming through at the moment and never has that been made more evident than in the under-18s result this afternoon. Tottenham dealt their North London rivals Arsenal a serious thrashing, winning 9-0.

It was a massive win for Spurs’ talented youngsters, albeit against a much changed and much younger Arsenal side.

But any North London derby win of this magnitude was going to have Spurs fans excited and rightly so. One player, in particular, was the talk of social media for Tottenham fans after the game. Reo Griffiths put in a fantastic performance for Spurs. He netted four goals and also grabbed three assists. That means the youngster only failed to play a direct hand in two of Tottenham’s nine goals.

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The 17-year-old forward has long been tipped as a future star for the Tottenham first-team and his four-goal salvo this afternoon took his tally for the season to 23 goals in 18 games in the under-18 Premier League.

His excellent form has not gone unnoticed and fans on Twitter were ecstatic with his display. In fact, some are even calling on Tottenham to give him a place in the first-team for the end of the season:

So should they?

It is hard to see why not. Harry Kane is, of course, the undisputed starter for Spurs – even when clearly not at full fitness. But second choice Fernando Llorente is widely expected to leave the club this summer after failing to find his feet in North London. Whilst Kazaiah Sterling is a strong option as another youngster, Tottenham fans would like to see Mauricio Pochettino give the 17-year-old a chance instead.

Griffiths is clearly a top talent of whom Tottenham will have high hopes. With just four games of the season left and Spurs looking strong in a top-four spot, it would be no skin off Pochettino’s back to see what the young lad can do.

Griffiths certainly looked like the real deal this afternoon and Tottenham should definitely consider giving him a chance in the first-team before the end of the season.

He can do no worse than Llorente and it could be the dawn of a fantastic career in North London for the teenager.

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Has Erik Lamela earned a new Tottenham deal?

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After disappointing results on the pitch have all but ended Tottenham‘s 2017/18 campaign, management have turned one eye to the future with contract renewals for key men on the table, including winger Erik Lamela.

ESPN say that the club are preparing to activate an option in his current contract, which is set to expire in the summer of 2019, which will extend the deal until 2020.

Lamela earns around £65,000 but has not held negotiations over committing his future to the club since he initially joined from Roma in 2013.

The winger has become a key man since returning to fitness for Mauricio Pochettino, but critics will still question what role he has to play in the Spurs squad.

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The main cause for concern for many will be that he spent 13 months on the sideline with a mysterious hip concern which was not expected to be long-term. Such fragility is not something that the club can afford with their tight wage structure meaning that a new deal for Lamela may prevent further signings or pay rises for other key men.

Since returning, Lamela’s statistics have not been particularly impressive, with two FA Cup goals and six assists in 29 games in all competitions not matching the likes of Heung-Min Son. Whilst Son has enjoyed his finest form to date this season, Lamela remains inconsistent.

Despite that, his coach has preferred him to the South Korean in many of the club’s recent big games, such as against Manchester City. That kind of faith in the Argentinian would suggest that Pochettino wants Lamela around and believes him to be worth the money, but he clearly has a point to prove if he is to convince all of the Lilywhites’ fans of his importance too.

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