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Tottenham round-up: Mauricio Pochettino talks up talisman Harry Kane; AC Milan’s Suso Santana on radar



Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 victory over Southampton at White Hart Lane on Sunday will have gone a long way towards quelling any concern amongst Spurs fans that their side may struggle to maintain their momentum without Harry Kane, who is spending an extended period on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage.

A Christian Eriksen strike and a Dele Alli penalty proved enough to hand Spurs the points and keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea, despite James Ward-Prowse’s early reply for Saints just after the break making for a nervy second-half. Despite that, the missing Kane is still the talk of the town in the white half of North London, with Pochettino claiming that the Tottenham hitman has the potential to captain the club and his country in the future.

Kane has already received praise from England boss Gareth Southgate for his capabilities as a leader this week, having worked with Kane in the Under-21 set-up prior to his breakthrough with Spurs, and his integration into the England senior squad, and his manager at club level had further praise to shower upon the forward.

“This is Southgate’s opinion – it’s not my decision, but I explain how I see Harry Kane. For me he’s a leader and why can’t he be captain one day of the national team and Tottenham too?”, Pochettino told the London Evening Standard.

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Southgate had initially said of the Tottenham man: “Harry has definite leadership qualities. He’s got an opinion, and is always happy to speak up in front of the group.”

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino has been planning his summer transfer activity in an attempt to mould a side who have been ‘nearly men’ for this and last season, into strong contenders for the title, building on the progress they have made during the Argentine’s tenure. To this end, according to the Daily Mirror, Spurs may look to bring a familiar face back to the Premier League, in the shape of AC Milan’s former Liverpool winger, Suso Santana.

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The former Liverpool youngster has gone on to become a pivotal player for the Rossoneri this season, scoring six goals and racking up seven assists from the right-wing.

He joins the shortlist of options out wide on Pochettino’s shopping list, which includes Real Madrid’s Isco and Everton star Ross Barkley, but Spurs may be rivalled by other interested parties, including Premier League rivals Chelsea.

The signing of Suso would add some much-needed depth to Pochettino’s right-wing options, with Erik Lamela missing through injury, and Moussa Sissoko having thus far failed to make the grade since his move from Newcastle last summer.

The acquisition of an out-and-out winger would also allow the Argentine to revert to his favoured back-four, having deployed a wing-back formation and used Kyle Walker as his right-sided attacking player in recent weeks.

Finally, Tottenham’s rearranged Premier League clash away at Crystal Palace, originally scheduled for 11 March, has been moved to April 26. Whether or not the match will prove pivotal in Spurs’ pursuit of Chelsea remains to be seen, but it may prove critical for Sam Allardyce’s Palace, who remain in the relegation dogfight, for the time being, a mere four points off the bottom three.

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Scott is a Port Vale fan who writes regularly for The Boot Room as a freelancer. He is a fan of several sports but most of his experience in journalism comes from football and volleyball. He has produced several works on major Championships for both the FIVB and CEV in the volleyball world out in Switzerland, and is currently studying for a BA Hons in Modern Languages at the University of Oxford.

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Keanan Bennetts has perfect opportunity to impress Mauricio Pochettino this week

The left-sided star has a chance to impress in first-team training during the international break.



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With the international week in full flow, plenty of teams in the Premier League have seen their squads diminished by call-ups to national teams.

Tottenham Hotspur are one such side. Nonetheless, with most of the first-team squad away with their respective nations, work continues at Hotspur Way.

In order for Spurs to have a full complement in training, plenty of young talent needs to be pulled in to the ranks.

Mauricio Pochettino will, therefore,e get a chance to see some of his young players training with regular first-team players such as Fernando Llorente, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura.

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One player who will be training with the first-team this week is talented wide-man Keanan Bennetts, according to London Live.

The 19-year-old left-winger has been catching the eye for the club’s youth team in recent weeks, making the news after scoring a fantastic goal for the under-19s against Monaco in the UEFA Youth League last month.

Bennetts has also been attracting interest for his positional dexterity. The wide-man has played at left-back in recent times and it could be that is his future best position.

This week he will be up against some excellent players such as Lamela and Moura, who did not receive selection to the Argentina and Brazil national teams, respectively.

If he can prove himself with this calibre of player, Pochettino will have to take notice.

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It is coming to a point in his Tottenham career when Bennetts has to make such an impact. The teenager is out of contract at Spurs in the summer and needs to ensure he is kept on for at least one more season.

Tottenham fans who follow the youth teams are certain he is deserving of such a chance. If he can show Pochettino what he is capable of this week, then a new deal will surely be in the pipeline for the talented wide-man.

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Is Juan Foyth a ready-made replacement for Toby Alderweireld?

The Argentine youngster joined Tottenham Hotspur from Estudiantes last summer.



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According to reports in Belgium this week, Tottenham Hotspur have given up hope of keeping Toby Alderweireld.

HLN has reported Spurs have accepted defeat in trying to convince the Belgian of signing a new deal after failing to agree on wages.

Therefore, Tottenham will sell the 29-year-old this summer, with £43 million the asking price.

Tottenham could be looking for a new signing in the summer to replace him, but rather than spending big on a new recruit, they should instead give a chance to someone already at the club.

The player in question is Argentine defender Juan Foyth.

Spurs brought in the young defender from Estudiantes last summer for a fee reported to be in the region of £10 million by ESPN.

His signature was heralded as a success for the London outfit after the Times had reported PSG had instead got the youngster.

Foyth has played just eight times for Tottenham this season, with none of those appearances coming in the Premier League.

But at just 20-years-old and new to English football, that was to be expected.

Mauricio Pochettino is known to be a huge fan of his countryman and Foyth has impressed in the FA Cup this season.

As a ball playing centre-half he is the type of player Tottenham want at the back to take the team into the future.

With Alderweireld gone, Tottenham will be short a defensive option.

Jan Vertonghen will be the pillar in the centre of defence, with Davinson Sanchez an impressive talent alongside him.

Eric Dier’s versatility makes him an option. Foyth would then argue the case that he is next in line and deserves a shot at establishing himself in the Tottenham first-team.

It is certainly a possibility.

Tottenham also have highly-rated American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers out on loan at Ipswich Town, who could take Foyth’s place as fifth-in-line, if Tottenham give the Argentine his chance.

The likelihood is that Spurs will bring in a new recruit to replace Alderweireld. Perhaps a player with more experience will instead be pursued.

Foyth has not yet proved himself in the Premier League, so laying it on the line for him next season would be a massive risk by Pochettino and Tottenham.

But there is certainly a chance that the £10 million youngster could take Alderweireld’s place next season.

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Clement Lenglet is the perfect replacement for Toby Alderweireld

The French defender has been in fine form for Sevilla.



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When Manchester United were dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla last week, plenty of the La Liga side’s players put in heroic displays.

Wissam Ben Yedder, the goalscorer of both Sevilla’s goals on the night received the highest praise. However, it was defender Clement Lenglet who deserved the biggest plaudits.

The 22-year-old did a wonderful job of shackling Romelu Lukaku for most of the game, putting in a brave and assured performance at centre-back.

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It was a display that undoubtedly won him some fans, and Tottenham Hotspur should be one of them.

It looks increasingly likely that Tottenham will lose Toby Alderweireld in the summer.

HLN in Belgium reported this week that Spurs have ended contract talks with the Belgian and are prepared to sell him for £43 million.

Tottenham, therefore, have a potential gap in the centre-back position.

Lenglet is the perfect option. Not only is he good enough, as he proved by United last week, but he fits the profile of a Tottenham signing.

The Sevilla defender is just 22 years of age and has years ahead of him to develop. Then, there is his release clause.

According to a recent report from Diario ASthe Frenchman has a release clause of just €30 million (£26.2 million).

Such a fee for a player of his talent and his age would amount to daylight robbery.

Lenglet, who only joined Sevilla from Nancy last summer, would be the perfect option for Spurs to replace Alderweireld.

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He could rotate with fellow young talent Davinson Sanchez playing alongside the more experienced Jan Vertonghen in defence.

With a Frenchman behind him in Hugo Lloris and French speaker in Vertonghen, he would not have to worry much about the language barrier just yet.

Strong, fast, capable on the ball and a raw talent he is exactly the sort of player Mauricio Pochettino could mould into a future Tottenham star.

Alderweireld’s exit will no doubt be a shame for Tottenham.

Nonetheless, if they can bring in Lenglet for £17 million less than they sell the Belgian for, the club will have pulled off a masterstroke.

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