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Tottenham Hotspur must push Toby Alderweireld toward Barcelona

The Belgian looks set to leave Spurs and a move to Spain would make most sense.

Mathew Nash

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It looks increasingly likely that Tottenham Hotspur will be losing their central defender Toby Alderweireld in the summer.

Just 18 months ago such an eventuality seems improbable. Scratch that, it looked impossible. Spurs were desperately trying to convince him to sign a new deal and the general consensus was that Alderweireld was the best centre-back in the Premier League.

Since then, things have changed. The Belgian has been continuously battling injury and Tottenham can no longer rely on him to be fit for crucial fixtures in the schedule.

Tottenham also broke their transfer record in the summer. Colombian centre-back Davinson Sanchez arrived from Ajax. He has proven to be a more than adequate replacement for the Belgium international.

during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium on November 1, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

Alderweireld’s wage demands are far beyond what Tottenham are willing to pay. Considering he has just turned 29-years-old Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will not be sanctioning such high wages for a player fast-approaching his footballing twilight years.

All these reasons mount up to one inevitable conclusion – Tottenham will likely sell Alderweireld in the summer?

But where?

Plenty of teams have recently been linked with the player. Manchester United need to strengthen the centre-back position. Arsenal would love to make a shock swoop and bring him in. The struggles of Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger at Chelsea surely make him a Blues target. Liverpool still need strengthening at the back. Pretty much any of the top six in England would bite Tottenham’s hand off to bring Alderweireld in.

Spurs must capitalise on Barcelona’s interest?

Barcelona are said to be interested in his signature, according to the Independent. Tottenham must seriously consider pushing him toward the Nou Camp.

Spurs would be taking a massive risk if they allowed Alderweireld the chance to thrive with one of their direct Premier League rivals next season. Injury worries aside, the 29-year-old remains one of the best defenders in the world when fully fit. It seems he no longer fits into Tottenham’s wage structure and cashing in now looks a sensible decision, whilst his market value remains high.

during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 28, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Yet it would be embarrassing for the club if he went on to become a Premier League mainstay elsewhere and become a block in Tottenham’s battle for the title in the future.

Barcelona could go on to thrive with Alderweireld at the back, but at least Spurs won’t be competing with them for results on a weekly basis.

Even if it means selling at a slightly lower price, Tottenham must ensure Alderweireld does not join a Premier League rival in the summer.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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Is Erik Lamela about to have his best season yet as a Tottenham player?

The Argentine made a real impact against Fulham.

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Erik Lamela impressed as Tottenham recorded a 2-1 victory over London rivals Fulham on Saturday.

The Argentine international hasn’t quite lived up to the reputation that accompanied his £25.7 million price when he moved from Roma in August 2013.

While he has threatened to show his true potential at times, he has never been able to achieve the level of consistency that warrants a regular starting spot for Spurs.

Nonetheless, fans were treated to the Argentine at his very best when he broke from his own half, dribbling past the entire Fulham midfield, before laying off the ball to Harry Kane for his goal at the weekend.

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He complemented this moment with a confident cameo display from the bench, in which he threatened the opponents’ goal on two occasions, while fulfilling his role defensively, breaking up several Fulham counter-attacks.

Despite not getting as many minutes as he would have liked, Lamela was hugely influential in turning the course of the tie for the Lilywhites, and this could see him rewarded with his first start of the campaign in the not too distant future.

Having a fit and firing Erik Lamela gives Pochettino another excellent option for rotation in attack. After his cameo at Wembley, there is a feeling that the 26-year-old is well prepared for his best season as a Tottenham player.

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Tottenham’s Anthony Martial decision looked justified against Brighton

The Frenchman was poor against Brighton after summer in which Tottenham tried to sign him.

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Manchester United have suffered defeat at the hands of Brighton in a thrilling encounter at the Amex Stadium. The Seagulls claimed a 3-2 win, as Jose Mourinho’s side never truly got up and running.

There were plenty of poor performances from the Manchester United players. The likes of Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and even David De Gea did not cover themselves in glory. But Anthony Martial might have been the pick of the bunch.

With Alexis Sanchez missing the Frenchman got a surprise start but failed to take his opportunity. He looked disinterested at times and was anonymous throughout, before being hauled off by Mourinho.


“After thinking about all the factors and possibilities, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United. There are lots of factors, and right now it’s too early to talk about them…”

– Phillipe Lamboley, Martial’s agent, speaking in June 


It comes at the end of a summer in which it seemed he would leave. The player wanted to go, as confirmed by his agent.

Tottenham Hotspur were heavily linked with his signature. However, as reported by the Evening Standard, Spurs were never going to pay the asking price for the French international – set at a cool £80 million by the Old Trafford hierarchy.

At one point toward the end of the transfer window, it appeared that things have softened and a deal might go through. But Tottenham did not get their man.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – MAY 04: Anthony Martial of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at Amex Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Based on the evidence on display this afternoon, Tottenham fans might be pleased. But his display today shows exactly why he should have been allowed to join Tottenham this summer.

Clearly, he is not happy. Because on his day the 21-year-old is a devastating forward with the ability to leave even the best defences in tatters.

A move to Tottenham could have reinvigorated his spirit and career. As it is, he is stuck at United where he looks set to cut a destitute figure until January at least. If he carries on this form, then Tottenham are unlikely to come knocking on the door again.

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Three selection headaches Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino faces ahead of Manchester United trip

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After two comfortable wins in the Premier League, Mauricio Pochettino will have some tough selection decisions to make as Tottenham travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United next Monday.

The Argentinian made two changes against Fulham having beaten Newcastle and despite the impressive win at Wembley, could make more before heading to the north-west with several doubts over key men in the team.

Here are some of the biggest decisions he will have to make over the week ahead…

Ben Davies or Danny Rose?

Ben Davies has had a poor pre-season and a disappointing start to the Premier League season, potentially opening the door for a return for Danny Rose. Linked with an exit in the summer, Rose was on the bench against Fulham and could be applying the pressure on the Welshman who took his place last season.

It seems unlikely that Pochettino would make such a change for such an important fixture, but equally he may not want to gamble on Davies costing his team with an error.

Lucas Moura in attack?

One of the best performers throughout pre-season and, in particular, against Fulham, has been Lucas Moura. The Brazilian has played as a second striker and been impressive, creating and finishing chances and posing an alternative threat to Harry Kane.

Yet, selecting Moura means that Pochettino must sacrifice a midfielder such as Moussa Dembele, which he may be reluctant to do going to Old Trafford. This decision will be a clear reflection of how confident Pochettino feels about his team’s chances of a win.

Is it right to play Toby Alderweireld?

Goal were among many sources to claim that the Belgian was close to joining Jose Mourinho’s side this summer as speculation continued throughout the transfer window. Alderweireld returned to the line-up for only his sixth appearance for the club in 2018 against Fulham, but Pochettino may have doubts.

The coach could question whether Alderweireld’s mentality would be correct to face a club he reportedly wanted to sign for in only his second appearance of the season, and with the likes of Eric Dier ready to step in, he may opt to be cautious.

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