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Why Tottenham Hotspur can afford to lose Kyle Walker this summer



Amid reports, including those published in the Daily Mail and The Times, of a move to Manchester City for a fee around £50 million, it might come as a surprise to some that Tottenham Hotspur could comfortably lose one of their top performing players last season to a domestic rival. However, given the size of the reported fee, and with both short-term and long-term replacements already at the club, the loss of Kyle Walker would not be as disastrous, especially if the money was reinvested.

Much has been made of the attacking role of the Pochettino full-back; exemplified by Danny Rose and Walker during the Argentine head coach’s tenure as Spurs boss. There is no question that Walker’s performances have come on leaps and bounds since Pochettino arrived in the summer of 2014, but this should not necessarily mean that he is irreplaceable.

Indeed, a fee in the region of £50 million would show the premium put on English players, but with a core of young talent, that includes Dele Alli, the aforementioned Danny Rose, and Eric Dier, Spurs are not hard-pressed to meet the homegrown players quota – unlike Manchester City.

£50 million is still a lot of money in today’s transfer market, and Sky Sports report that Spurs have registered an interest in Ricardo Pereira – another attacking full-back, who would appear to be a like-for-like replacement for less than half Walker’s fee (the release fee quoted is £22 million).

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It is thus not unreasonable to think that Spurs could actually improve their squad through the sale of Walker who is, at 27 years of age, by no means old, but still one of the most senior players in the current Tottenham squad. The purchase of Pereira would – if the Portugeuse international lives up to expectations – mean that the loss of Walker would be minimised.

But perhaps Mauricio Pochettino will not look to bring in anyone at all. After all, the performances of Kieran Trippier have been sufficient in many matches this season, including key games such as the North London Derby, and while Trippier’s superior end product has been the focus of much praise this season, his defensive capability has also improved markedly since he joined Spurs.

Make no mistake, Walker is – by a fair distance – a superior player, with his pace and power providing key assets to counter-attacking play that has proved so successful at Spurs over the past three years, but Trippier is by no means a bad alternative. This is exacerbated further when Spurs’ dominance over most other teams in the league is considered. The Lilywhites dropped points in just five of the 24 games against the bottom 12 sides.

Their home performances were, for the most part, utterly dominant, only dropping points against Leicester and Liverpool. It would be naive to think that losing Walker and replacing him with Trippier would suddenly cause a massive downturn in performances; not only is the current crop of players the best in recent years, but Trippier is also a decent player, whose confidence will have grown even more after his England debut against France recently.

Having said that, Trippier is no long-term replacement. Instead, the likes of Kyle Walker-Peters – an incredible name coincedence – will undoubtedly make the first team relatively soon. His fantastic performances were key in the England success at the under-20’s World Cup, and he has been an exciting prospect for some time now, as noted by Spurs youth-team expert Chris Miller.

It would not be surprising to see Walker-Peters get first-team minutes next season, even if they’re limited to cup games, but his role would take on added importance if Walker was to leave. Perhaps the departure of Walker could act as the catalyst for one of England’s brightest young talents to emerge into the starting line-up. That would be no bad thing.

Of course, Walker hasn’t left until the signing is announced by the respective clubs, so for now he is very much a Spurs player. With City reportedly lining up other signings, with Dani Alves linked by BBC Sport, perhaps Walker will not leave at all. If he were to depart, the move would not be disastrous for Tottenham, who could rebuild quickly afterwards.

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Josh is a blogger who has been writing about Spurs for over a year. He's an avid sports fan, and is devoted not just to Tottenham Hotspur but to football as a whole. You can follow him on Twitter, @Brownyyy26, and comments or questions are always welcome.

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen could be one of Premier League’s greatest ever bargains

Christian Eriksen is getting better by the season and cost Spurs just £11.5 million.



This week has seen Arsenal legend Martin Keown singing the praises of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen. Speaking on BBC One’s Match of the Day (18th March) Keown stated:

“This player was always technically proficient, but he’s getting better all the time. It’s top level ability. He can pick a pass whenever he wants to. He just has everything.

“I enjoy watching him play. He wants to work, that’s part of the team ethic. He’s becoming the brains of the team.”

His comments came after Eriksen starred in the weekend win v Swansea City. The Dane scored twice as Tottenham booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final courtesy of a 3-0 triumph.

during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at Wembley Stadium on December 9, 2017 in London, England.

Keown then commented on the price Spurs paid for Eriksen back in 2013:

“I think they paid £12.5 million for him, that’s an absolute snip.”

Spurs snapped up Eriksen from Ajax, for a fee actually reported by Sky Sports to be in the region of £11.5 million.

Looking back now it is clear to see just how much of a bargain Spurs managed to bring in. Eriksen was approaching the end of his Ajax contract at the time, which did not help the Dutch side’s bargaining power.

Comparing Eriksen to his current contemporaries in the game it is clear to see just how incredible a deal this was for Spurs.

Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in January. The Brazilian cost a fee reported by Sky Sports to be £146 million. Tottenham fans will rightly believe that Eriksen is at least as good as the Barca newbie. In fact, many will suggest Eriksen is the superior operator.

Another barometer to consider in this case is that of Tottenham’s summer signing Davinson Sanchez. The Colombian, like Eriksen, was signed from Ajax but four years on and with circumstances different cost much more.

Sanchez cost a club record £42 million, according to the Guardian. That is a difference of over £30 million which highlights just how impressive the fee paid for Eriksen is. In the world of £200 million transfer fees looking back at the deal for Eriksen nearly five years ago will please Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Tottenham will obviously hope they never have to sell the Dane. But if they did, the fee involved could easily amount to £100m-plus.

Which would certainly not be a bad return on the investment from Tottenham Hotspur’s point of view.

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Sessegnon or Bale? Past or future? Spurs must make right move this summer



Tottenham Hotspur appear to be emerging as the frontrunners in the race to sign Fulham talent Ryan Sessegnon this summer.

The Times reported in January that Tottenham had made a £25 million bid the summer previously, but that Fulham value the teenager at around £50 million.

On top of that, Spurs are also being linked with a sensational move to bring Gareth Bale back to North London. Spanish source Diario Gol has reported that Bale is ready to leave Real Madrid this summer – and has decided a return to Spurs is his wish. Bale of course left Spurs for Madrid in what the Telegraph reported was a then world record £86 million fee.

during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Burton Albion at Craven Cottage on January 20, 2018 in London, England.

It poses a big question for Spurs’s chairman Daniel Levy and manager Mauricio Pochettino. Do they start a new future, or go back to the past?

Sessegnon has been consistently compared to Bale in playing style. Much of that is down to his left-back origin. A lot of it is also down to his obvious precocious talent.

Tottenham will no doubt not be able to afford both players this summer. So what do they do?

The arrival of Bale would be a dream comeback. However, the Welshman turns 29 in June and has suffered with consistent injury problems over the past few years.

EIBAR, SPAIN – MARCH 10: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between SD Eibar and Real Madrid at Ipurua Municipal Stadium on March 10, 2018 in Eibar, Spain . (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Sessegnon on the other hand is at the start of his career. The 17-year-old has already played nearly 70 professional games and scored 21 goals, many of those from left-back.

He would cost less than Bale and in the long-run would be a more stable investment. If Bale’s injury problems continued Tottenham could end up paying a larger sum for a player who cannot be relied upon.

Tottenham Hotspur should continue to look to the future in the case of Sessegnon or Bale. Bring in the Fulham star and hopefully reap the rewards.

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Moroyin Omolabi released by Tottenham Hotspur one year after praise

The Nigerian defender briefly spent time on trial at Reading this year.



Nearly one year ago Tottenham Hotspur prospect Moroyin Omolabi was winning praise for his performances in the club’s youth teams.

After a win against Norwich City for the under-18s the Nigerian midfielder was given high praise by his manager John McDermott.

It came after he seamlessly dropped into a centre-back role for the game. Speaking to the official Tottenham Hotspur website after the game McDermott stated:

“Moroyin Omolabi, playing at centre-half, stood out against their front players who were very good.

“There were a lot of positives today and I was very proud of the way we played.”

It seemed that the 18-year-old might, therefore, be a player to keep tabs on for the Spurs first-team one day.

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But despite impressing back in April of last year, it seems Omolabi has not progressed quite like Tottenham would have hoped.

In the most recent list of player registrations released by the FA the versatile teenager has been confirmed as released by Tottenham.

The 18-year-old left Spurs by mutual consent on the 27th February.

The teenager was a part of the UEFA Youth League squad for Spurs, but did not feature in a single game.

He played seven times in the Under-18 Premier League this campaign, scoring against West Ham back in October.

But after dropping out of contention at Spurs, the Nigerian spent time on trial at Reading – featuring in three games for the Berkshire club.

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His final game for Tottenham appears to have been the 2-1 defeat against Fulham in October.

His failure to launch at Spurs just highlights the strength in depth Tottenham have in their youth ranks.

The teenager will now face a hunt for a new team in the summer, with his Tottenham days behind him.

It will be interesting to see if Reading follows up their interest in the player but  Omolabi will now be on the hunt for a new team.

Hopefully, his education at Tottenham Hotspur will see him in good stead in his hunt for a professional career elsewhere.

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