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Why Tottenham fans should not despair after devastating Wembley loss

There are reasons for optimism despite defeat in the FA Cup.

Max Cohen

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It was an all too familiar feeling for Tottenham Hotspur supporters on Saturday afternoon, as their side fell to a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final.

Although Spurs’ habit of failing to show up in big matches continued, supporters should keep the faith as the club has a bright future ahead.

Even though the 2017/18 season will end trophyless, seeing their silverware drought extended to over a decade, there are still reasons to cheer in north London.

This year, Spurs have finally cemented themselves as London’s top club, a massive achievement that illustrates their superiority over their capital rivals.

Tottenham are all but guaranteed to finish above dreaded neighbours Arsenal for the second season in a row, and with Arsene Wenger on his way out this summer, the Gunners will suddenly be a team in transition and tumult.

In addition, Spurs look set to finish above Chelsea and secure Champions League qualification over the Blues, a laudable feat. Furthermore, Antonio Conte’s reign at Stamford Bridge looks likely to end, plunging Chelsea into yet another search for a new manager.

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Spurs are clearly better poised for long-term success than their London rivals. Mauricio Pochettino is one of the best managers in the league and will be at White Hart Lane for many seasons to come.

A young British core forms the heartbeat of the team, with superstars Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and Harry Winks all 24 years or younger.

And with the long-anticipated move to their state-of-the-art new stadium coming up next season, Spurs will finally leave Wembley behind and recreate their feared home fortress.

Although there are many areas for improvement, such as increasing transfer investments and signing a reliable backup for Kane, there is no crisis brewing for Spurs.

The FA Cup loss will sting, but the Tottenham faithful should take heart in their club’s positive path.

Max is an 18-year-old football journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football, is an avid follower of Fulham, and co-hosts a weekly Fulham podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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Gareth Southgate’s Harry Kane decision was the first of a hopeful campaign for England

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England National Team manager Gareth Southgate announced Harry Kane would be the country’s next captain on Tuesday, much to the delight of the 24-year-old striker.

Kane expressed his appreciation on Twitter, posting a picture of himself shaking hands with Southgate and describing it as “a very proud day.”

The Tottenham Hotspur star is a fantastic choice to captain England in this summer’s World Cup, as the country’s best player is known to lead effectively and serve as an immaculate example for his teammates.

Although Kane does not wear the captain’s armband at club level (that honour goes to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris), the Englishman nevertheless has all the characteristics of an impressive skipper.

Some may argue that the captaincy should go to defenders or central midfielders rather than attackers, yet if a player has the passion required, their position is irrelevant.

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Kane is a player who undoubtedly loves playing for the Three Lions and has an excellent record of 12 goals in his 23 caps.

He might not be the most vocal and animated of leaders on the pitch, but his work ethic, desire, and knack for scoring crucial goals are all attributes his fellow Englishman can look up to.

The Tottenham forward is certain to be one of the first names on the teamsheet in Russia, and this consistency is crucial for Kane’s captaincy.

Southgate recognised these ever-present qualities as vital parts of Kane’s character, commending the striker’s diligence and determination.

“Harry has some outstanding personal qualities,” Southgate told the Evening Standard. “He is a meticulous professional and one of the most important things for a captain is that they set the standard every day.”

The Tottenham Hotspur striker will surely reward his manager’s faith by serving England proud as captain this summer, and Kane will be remembered as a legend if his goals can fire the Three Lions deep into the tournament.

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Ivan Perisic deal would be a massive change for Tottenham and Daniel Levy

The Inter Milan winger is reportedly wanted by Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Coull

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Reports in Italy this week have linked Tottenham Hotspur with a move for Croatian winger Ivan Perisic. FC Inter News recently reported that Spurs were in contact with the Inter Milan star’s agent regarding a potential switch to North London.

Perisic has had a fine season at Inter. The wide-man scored 11 goals and assisted the same amount in 39 games for the club as they narrowly beat Lazio to Champions League qualification.

So Tottenham fans are justified if they are excited by the prospect of signing the Croatian this summer.

However, it does seem an unlikely deal. It simply goes against the entire ethos of Tottenham Hotspur.

Last summer Manchester United did all they can to get Perisic. Jose Mourinho earmarked him as a perfect new recruit, but could not secure a transfer. In August they put a halt on their pursuit of the player, with their biggest offer reported to be in the region of £44 million by the Metro.

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This summer should be no different. Inter were believed to be after £49 million for the player, according to The Telegraph. One year on and Perisic has had a brilliant season and the Nerazzurri no longer need the funds after making the Champions League.

Spurs would surely have to smash their transfer record in order to bring the player in.

If he was 25-years-old, then paying such a large fee would not be considered much of a problem. But Perisic is 29-years-old and would turn 30 midway through next season. Looking at the current in-limbo status of Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele at the same sort of age and it is clear Daniel Levy is not keen on big bucks going toward ageing players.

Perisic would be a fine addition for Spurs, but there is surely no way such a deal will get the go-ahead from the powers at be.

Tottenham fans might love to have Perisic, but it just does not seem like a deal that can genuinely happen.

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Celtic’s Kieran Tierney could replace Danny Rose at Tottenham, despite large fees

Celtic have slapped a £30 million price tag on the 20-year-old.

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Kieran Tierney is another emerging star from the Scottish Premier League and his current club Celtic are already preparing for the top English clubs to come swooping this summer.

According to Daily Mail, Brendan Rodgers’ side have committed to a £30 million asking price to deflect the advances of the likes of Tottenham, who are said to be considering a move for the 20-year-old.

Despite the large fee, Spurs should not be put off making an approach. The young Scotsman would be the ideal long-term replacement for Danny Rose whose departure from North London looks inevitable this summer.

The Lilywhites have reportedly been watching Tierney throughout the season, with his performances for the Hoops impressing.

His displays in the Champions League, despite encountering a challenging group, including Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain, will have impressed Mauricio Pochettino and it this level of talent that could see Spurs swoop for the left-back.

The departure of Danny Rose appears imminent, with the Englishman likely to leave after an 11-year spell with the Lilywhites and his exit will leave Spurs need to ensure they are able to sign a top quality replacement and the Celtic academy prospect could just do that.

At just 20, he is already thriving in his home country winning title after title, and already looks ready for a big-money move to fulfil his outstanding potential. In a Spurs side that relies on the attacking quality of its full-backs, Tierney would fit right in.

However, the player is under contract until 2023 after signing a new six-year deal last season, meaning the Scottish champions are in no rush to sell.

Having said this, an offer from the Premier League and a side capable of reaching the latter stages in Europe would prove difficult to turn down. If Spurs are able to meet Celtic’s asking price, it will be interesting to see if the Hoops would be willing to turn down such a significant fee.

The sale of Rose will most likely be enough to fund Tierney’s move and many Spurs fans will be eager to see their side launch a raid for Celtic’s most promising young talent.

Spurs will not want to break the bank for a Rose replacement. However, if the Lilywhites are to continue progressing under Pochettino then they need to ensure the board match the ambition of the fans by ensuring maximum strength in every position of the pitch.

Tierney has already established himself as one of Britain’s top full-backs and a move to the Premier League could take the Scotland international to the next level in his development.

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