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Tottenham Hotspur will now hope Heung-min Son wins the Asian Games

Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean star is still facing military service in his homeland.

Mathew Nash

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South Korea’s chances of progressing from their World Cup group have dwindled. A 2-1 loss against Mexico yesterday means they remain on zero points so far. They must now beat Germany and hope Mexico do them a favour against Sweden.

The loss yesterday would have been 2-0, were it not for a piece of brilliance from Tottenham Hotspur attacker Heung-min Son.

The 25-year-old smashed home a rasping left-foot curling effort into the top corner of Guillermo Ochoa’s net.

But failure to be a success at the World Cup will now surely mean Tottenham must make do without Son until the start of September.

(during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Wembley Stadium on May 9, 2018 in London, England.

Son is still required to do his South Korean military service. That would likely mean two years playing for the military K1 League side Sangmu Sangju. After a brilliant season in which he scored 18 goals in 54 games, Tottenham do not want to consider the idea of losing Son any time soon.

Whereas usually Spurs would try their best to prevent Son from playing at the Asia Games this summer, the need for a military service exemption is clear.

The competition in Indonesia starts in mid-August and is an under-23 affair, so Son would need to be one of three over-age players selected. If South Korea go all the way and win gold, he will then only have to conduct four weeks of basic training before the time he turns 28. It is a similar situation to the one which saw Swansea City’s Ki Sung-Yueng miss the start of the 2016-17 season. He received an exemption from the entire service as a member of the London 2012 Olympic team that won bronze. Son denied the call-up to the games to focus on his career at Hamburg.

Starting the season without Son will be a shame for Spurs. But, given the potential reward, it is a calculated risk they simply have to take.

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Vincent Janssen’s mysterious Tottenham absence seems to suggest summer exit likely

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Pre-season sprung into action for Tottenham on Wednesday as the Lilywhites played their first fixture of the preparatory campaign behind closed doors, resulting in a 6-0 thrashing of League One side Southend United, without Vincent Janssen.

Erik Lamela scored a hat-trick with Fernando Llorente Lucas Moura and youngster Tashan Oakley-Boothe also on the scoresheet, but one man was mysteriously absent from the fixture – Vincent Janssen.

Whilst Victor Wanyama, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga and Juan Foyth were all involved, Janssen was not to be seen despite having returned from a season long loan at Fenerbahce.

“I will soon report back to Tottenham and we will see what happens. I want to play, that’s important. Last season I was injured at Fenerbahçe for a long time. We are going to find the best solution. I just want to play football now, whether it’s at Tottenham, Fenerbahçe or somewhere else. I have my ideas about that, hopefully there will be more clarity soon.”

Janssen discussed his future with NOS earlier this summer.

The Dutch international scored only five goals in 18 games for the Turkish side on loan but did miss much of the season with a fracture to his ankle which was a major blow to his hopes to prove a point to Mauricio Pochettino.

Having struggled to adapt to life in London and the Premier League and without having done enough to justify a role in pre-season, his future looks more in doubt than ever.

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Turkish outlet Fotomac claim that Fenerbahce are interested in taking him back for the 2018/19 campaign, but his future could be dependent on other deals. Given that Fernando Llorente started against Southend with Janssen nowhere to be seen, it could be the starkest indication yet of who will play the role of back-up to Harry Kane next season.

Estadio Deportivo have also reported on interest from Sevilla in the 23-year-old, so with no clear role for Janssen to play at White Hart Lane and plenty of suitors, it seems that an exit is inevitable.

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As Tottenham close in on Jack Grealish, Daniel Levy’s hard bargaining should be applauded

The Villa youngster could be set for a late move to Spurs.

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According to the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on signing Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish ahead of their summer tour of the United States.

The signing has been left late in the window, much to the annoyance of Spurs fans, but Daniel Levy’s hard bargaining should be applauded as Tottenham seem set to buy Grealish for far less than Villa originally asked for.

The Mirror claimed that the Championship club initially were holding out for £40 million, but now they are willing to sell for around half of that amount.

If Spurs were to pinch the creative mastermind from Villa Park for around £20 million that would represent superb business, considering the inflated transfer market for young British talents.

Although the Levy’s style is immensely frustrating at times, there can be no arguing that a bargain of this magnitude is well worth waiting for.

If Tottenham had done their business too early on in the window, they could have been left paying far too much for the former English U-21 international.

But as the summer months progressed, news of Aston Villa’s financial woes increased. Given the new information, Spurs were put in a much stronger position as they knew Villa would be desperate to sell in order to offload Grealish’s high wages and rein in a transfer fee.

The north Londoners look primed to welcome one of the Championship’s finest midfield technicians to White Hart Lane, and at only 22 years of age, Grealish has time on his side to develop into a world class player.

Daniel Levy’s tough negotiating style is not ideal for most circumstances and rightfully draws the ire of the Tottenham faithful. Yet his bargaining nous has come in handy during the Jack Grealish saga, granting Spurs a much-improved deal.

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Japhet Tanganga showing why he might be Tottenham Hotspur’s next Ledley King

The teenager is one of the top prospects at Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Nash

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England’s under-19s are in action this summer, hoping to emulate the recent form of the nation at all age groups. They started well yesterday, with a 3-2 triumph over Turkey in their opening fixture.

For Tottenham Hotspur fans one of the goalscorers caught the eye. Japhet Tanganga nestled the ball in from close range in the 22nd minute, which happened to be England’s opening goal and equaliser in the game.

Of course, Tottenham fans are more concerned with him keeping the ball out of the net than in it.

The 19-year-old is considered one of the top talents to emerge from the Tottenham academy in some time, especially at the back. Following in the footsteps of Sol Campbell and Ledley King, Tottenham fans are hopeful Tanganga can be a first-team regular in the future.

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He played 24 times for the Tottenham under-23s last season, occasionally captaining the side, and cementing his place as a top Tottenham talent.

For some, the time might have come for Tanganga to be used in the Spurs first-team. With the future of Toby Alderweireld unclear and Spurs lagging in the transfer market, they may turn to their youngsters.

Not many Spurs fans would say there is a great deal of difference between Tanganga and his more experienced rival Cameron Carter-Vickers in terms of ability.

With the latter likely to head out on loan again this season, perhaps Tanganga will make a Spurs breakthrough next season.

If not, then he should bide his time, as he could be a genuine star.

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