Tottenham round-up: Lampard labels Spurs ‘nearly men’; striker on Fenerbahce start; 17-year-old monitored
With Tottenham in action against Cypriot minnows APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League on Tuesday night, ex-Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has claimed they need to be more ‘ruthless’.
The Lilywhites have fallen agonisingly short of silverware in the past two seasons, finishing second twice in a row in the Premier League before losing in their FA Cup semi-final to Chelsea last season.
And talking in his column for the Evening Standard, Lampard said: “If Tottenham are to go from being nearly men to winning a trophy, they have to become more relentlessly ruthless.
“I don’t think they are too far away from having the right mentality – it’s just that final tiny bit.
“Everyone wants to win every competition but you have to get that mindset to stay the distance. That’s what Tottenham have struggled to do, whether it’s losing semi-finals or not quite seeing the season through.”
Tottenham have had a stumbling start to the Premier League season, failing to win in their opening three matches at new ‘home’ Wembley, and as such they currently sit five points behind the leaders.
One man who has been thriving far away from north London so far this season though is striker Vincent Janssen, with the 27-year-old taking to life at Fenerbahce like a duck to water after his loan move.
The 23-year-old endured an underwhelming first season in the Premier League and was subsequently loaned out to Turkey, but he’s already matched his Spurs’ goal tally with two in three games.
Speaking to the Turkish media, via the Evening Standard, he said: “My transfer to Fenerbahce has been a kind of salvation.
“If you get this opportunity, you’re grateful to the people [who gave it to you]. It’s nice to get minutes here and you’ll take that chance with both hands.”
The Dutchman was in the thick of the action at the weekend during his first Istanbul derby, winning two penalties – and scoring one – in a fierce encounter with Besiktas that saw five players dismissed.
And finally, in the main transfer talk of the day reports coming from The Sun have claimed that Tottenham and West Ham are keeping a close eye on up-and-coming Walsall forward Mitch Candlin.
The 17-year-old has been a revelation for the League One side since making his first-team debut against Bradford City in April, enjoying a rapid rise from his days as part of the academy at Walsall.
He impressed Saddlers’ manager Jon Whitney enough to secure his first professional contract in August, with his ‘great potential’ at such a young age not going unnoticed.
The report alleges that both London sides have gathered detailed scouting reports on Candlin as they continue to monitor his progress this season, with Mauricio Pochettino particularly intrigued.