Yesterday saw Tottenham Hotspur thrash their North London rivals Arsenal 9-0 at Hotspur Way. It was a comprehensive performance from the young Spurs players and one which warranted plenty of attention. One player in particular who shone was forward Reo Griffiths.
The 17-year-old was in fine form, scoring four goals and setting up three, as Spurs romped to victory.
After the game, Tottenham fans were clamouring online for the attacker to get his chance in the Spurs first-team before the end of the current campaign. That may not happen, but one thing for sure is that Tottenham have a future talent on their hands.
However, the youngster has found himself linked with an exit in recent months.
It was reported earlier this year that RB Leipzig in Germany were keen on the player. That has again been reported by The Mirror in the aftermath of the 9-0 demolition.
Leipzig general manager Ralf Rangnick is a big fan of English talent and the club have been bringing in top young talent from around Europe in recent years.
This summer will also see Tottenham Hotspur’s former head of recruitment Paul Mitchell head up a similar role at the club. He left Spurs in acrimonious fashion back in August 2016 and will look to bring in new players this summer. The Guardian reported he quit after his dream job ‘turned into a nightmare’ and he struggled to work with chairman Daniel Levy. Mitchell spent the next few months working a notice period before being put on gardening leave in March 2017, as reported by ESPN.
His swoop on Spurs for their star under-18 talent Griffiths would, therefore, be a bitter blow for Daniel Levy, with one of his club’s hottest prospects joining up with a man who left Spurs in less than happy circumstances.
Tottenham, therefore, must do everything in their power to keep Griffiths in North London this summer. If that means giving him a taste of first-team football before the end of the season or making him the club’s best-paid teenager, Spurs must ensure that Griffiths does not join Mitchell in Germany.
If he does, then Tottenham could come to regret it in the near future.
Michael Keane is vulnerable at Everton after Mason Holgate’s weekend performance
Paired alongside Michael Keane, the 21-year-old gave a mature performance in victory over the Saints and there is now a very good chance that he will be given future first team opportunities.
This could leave Keane very vulnerable, with the likes of Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma yet to be considered for the starting XI.
Keane hasn’t done anything near enough to live up to the reputation that followed him after his £30 million move from Turf Moor two summers’ ago.
After a difficult start to life in Merseyside under Ronald Koeman, he has since fallen out of contention for Gareth Southgate’s England side.
The former Burnley man has looked sluggish and error prone and there is a feeling around Goodison Park that he will become drastically exposed against some of the more menacing top flight sides.
With £27.19 million summer signing Mina on the verge of full fitness, following the World Cup, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him replace Keane in the first team in the coming weeks.
This change would pave way for a young, fresh and exciting centre-back partnership of Holgate and Mina – a solid platform for Silva to build his new team around.
Is Pedro Obiang the answer for Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham?
The Spaniard is yet to feature this season.
Something is yet to click for new West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, with the London outfit falling short in their first two Premier League games of the 2018/19 season.
This weekend saw an opening day away defeat to Liverpool followed up by a 2-1 comeback victory for Bournemouth at the Olympic Stadium, accompanies by a performance that will have disheartened even the most optimistic of fans.
Despite spending over £100 million during the summer window, it is evident from the first two games of the season that the Hammers need a ball-winning central midfielder, capable of bringing balance to the defence and attack.
Sitting on Manuel Pellegrini’s bench is Spaniard Pedro Obiang, who became Slaven Bilic’s first signing for the club, back in 2015. The midfielder was a regular in West Ham’s side up to Christmas last season, but he made just one appearance in the Premier League since February.
Athletic and capable of moving the ball forward, the 26-year-old will be a much more dynamic option than ageing West Ham captain Mark Noble. Meanwhile, he would also improve the spine of the team defensively.
Up next for the Hammers is Arsenal. With a central midfield or Noble and Wilshere/Rice clearly not working, it seems a no-brainer for Pellegrini to promote Obiang to the starting XI for the upcoming clash against Unai Emery’s side.
On this day: Leeds cash in on Wood, Coutinho told he’s staying and Seri’s Barca links
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One year ago today and Leeds United lost their talismanic striker Chris Wood to Burnley. After a tumultuous summer of rumours and conjecture, the club’s leading scorer left in a club record £15 million deal.
In his two seasons at Leeds the New Zealand international scored an impressive 44 goals in 88 games for the Whites.
Leeds were desperate not to lose the player and ended up paying for his absence. They failed to replace him, with nearest replica Pierre-Michel Lasogga falling short of expectations.
Wood has since gone on to establish himself at Burnley, scoring 11 goals in 26 games during his first season at Turf Moor.
Leeds now have Kemar Roofe firing and also signed Patrick Bamford this summer.
A year ago today and Liverpool had managed to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian had been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona throughout last summer.
However, as reported by Sky Sports a year ago, Liverpool made it clear Coutinho was going nowhere.
In the end, it proved to just be a stall. Coutinho completed the inevitable switch to Barcelona in January for a fee of £146 million.
However, many Liverpool fans would perhaps argue the club are now performing better than they ever did when Coutinho was at Anfield.
Signed by Fulham this summer, a year ago today it seemed Jean-Michael Seri was on his way to Barcelona.
Marca suggested that Barcelona had met the apparent £36.6 million release clause in his contract at Nice. Unfortunately, that clause had expired.
With Barcelona not willing to pay more, they moved on.
Seri joined Fulham this summer for a club record fee.
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