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Tottenham Hotspur should sell Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko this summer

Tottenham Hotspur do not need the pair.

Mathew Nash

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This summer will see Tottenham Hotspur trying their best to improve the squad ahead of a new assault on the Premier League title. Spurs need to bring in new players and are expected to have around £100 million to spend on fresh faces. They are also looking likely to lose the likes of Fernando Llorente and Toby Alderweireld this summer, which will add extra funding to the kitty.

But Tottenham can bring in in some more cash if they sell two more of their players. The players in question are French midfielder Moussa Sissoko and Ivorian right-back Serge Aurier.

The latter was a £23 million recruit from Paris Saint-Germain. Sissoko cost £30 million in 2016, a deal which is staggered by £6 million payments once every year of his five-year deal at Spurs, according to the London Evening Standard. That report suggests they only have to pay the £6 million if Sissoko is at the club.      

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The fact is, Tottenham need neither player. Sissoko has not worked. The Frenchman was always a gamble from the club. Despite playing more regularly last season, Spurs would be right to sell the player at a good price this summer.

Aurier arrived as a replacement for Kyle Walker. But the PSG man has struggled since arriving at the club. Kieran Trippier is clearly the number one choice in the position whilst youngster Kyle Walker-Peters has looked better when he gets the chance for Spurs.

The pair cost a combined value of £53 million and selling them could make Spurs a handsome amount of money to spend in the transfer market.   

Daniel Levy likes to keep his books balanced. Getting these two over-rated stars off the bill would go a long way to achieving that.      

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One winner, one loser as Tottenham defeat Fulham at Wembley

Spurs followed up last week’s win at Newcastle with a first win on home soil.

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Tottenham Hotspur made it two wins from as many games on Saturday afternoon as they beat newly-promoted Fulham by three goals to one at their temporary home, Wembley.

Spurs were led to victory with three well-taken strikes from Lucas Moura, Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane, who netted for the very first time in his career during the month of August.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was left frustrated in his attempts to sign new recruits during the summer but his team’s start to the 2018/19 campaign will have undoubtedly delighted the boss.

Following the London-derby with the Cottagers, The Boot Room looked at one winner and one loser from the contest…

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Winner – Mauricio Pochettino

The Spurs manager will have been delighted with his charges who went about their business in typically emphatic fashion. Given the uncertainty surrounding the club’s new home this past week it was vital that Spurs put on a performance to put a smile back on the faces of the club’s supporters.

Pochettino has worked wonders in North London and although no new recruits were added during the summer, it still seems quite obvious that Spurs will be up there challenging for the top four again this season.

The 46-year-old boss got his subs absolutely spot on against Fulham with Erik Lamela providing the assist that saw Harry Kane notch his first every goal in August.

Loser – Danny Rose

Ben Davies once again got the nod at left wing-back to intensify the speculation surrounding the future of England man Danny Rose, who was an unused sub on Saturday.

According to the Daily Express, Rose is a target for French giants Paris Saint Germain this summer and, given the first two games of the season, it seems as though the 28-year-old is not likely to figure a great deal for the foreseeable future.

Rose was a peripheral figure for Gareth Southgate during the World Cup and it appears that he will now be on the fringes at Spurs – provided, of course, he is still with the Londoners come the end of the month.

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Early signs from James Maddison suggest Tottenham targeted the wrong man

The talented playmaker has impressed early on for Leicester City, but Tottenham tried for Jack Grealish.

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This summer, Norwich City midfield maestro James Maddison seemed destined for a Carrow Road exit.

Tottenham Hotspur were one team heavily linked with a move for the player. As reported by The Mirror, Spurs were reportedly all set to meet the player’s £25 million price-tag in order to bring him in.

However, it soon appeared that Tottenham had set their sights on a different Championship playmaker. Jack Grealish became the object of Spurs’ affection this summer. A £25 million for the Aston Villa man was rejected on deadline day and Tottenham ended the summer without buying a single player.

Judging from the early evidence, they might have made a mistake in not going for the new Leicester City man.

The Foxes tied up a £22 million deal for the player in mid-June. His start to the season has certainly suggested he was worth the money. Maddison impressed in Leicester’s opening day defeat to Manchester United. Then, yesterday, he had the home fans at the King Power extremely thankful for an excellent display v Wolves. He capped it off with a first goal for his new club.

The early signs are Maddison will be a Premier League hit. Tottenham Hotspur must wonder if in targeting Grealish, they went for the wrong Championship playmaker.

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Lucas Moura proved his point for Tottenham against Fulham with dazzling display

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He may have signed from Paris Saint-Germain in January but Lucas Moura has now showed what he has to offer Mauricio Pochettino with an outstanding performance against Fulham at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

The Brazilian scored the opening goal with a fine, curling finish. Busting a gut to get to a loose ball on the edge of the box first, he showed incredible technique to curl his shot beyond Fabri in goal and leave the Fulham shotstopper with no chance.

It was Moura’s first Premier League goal, and a memorable one at that, but it would be naive to assume that it was Moura’s only contribution as he proved to be an asset to his team from start to finish with his energy, pressing and movement.

“Lucas was from day one with us when we started pre-season which is an advantage compared to the players that arrived late and today I think he was very good, he deserves a lot of praise. He scored but more importantly he worked very hard for the team without the ball and that is always important.”

Pochettino praised the attacker after the game.

Supporting Harry Kane in attack, only his new attacking partner completed more dribbles and he offered more too, winning the second highest number of attacking aerial duels and proving his ability to get stuck in.

What’s more, Moura’s work rate was clear as he won four of his six tackles, more than anyone else on the field of play at Wembley, and also made the second highest number of interceptions as he pressed high and applied the pressure on the Fulham defence.

For some time now, Pochettino has been searching for the right solution to support Kane in attack has struggled to find a satisfactory option. With Moura now finding form, he could have found the ideal candidate.

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