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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Sigurdsson looks like all press talk


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Gylfi-Sigurdsson


Gylfi Sigurdsson
is said to be demanding £120,000 a week to sign for Liverpool with a fee suggested at £25 million. I doubt a fee has been agreed and I doubt Liverpool will want to pay him such a high salary.

We certainly won't want to pay the 27-year-old (28 in September) that, £70,000 a week seems a more sensible price. Players for his ability abroad could be signed on lower wages than that, which gives room for wage increases.

I wouldn't have thought he would be interested in coming back to a club where he didn't have a great experience and whom he wanted to leave.

I don't believe Everton have agreed on a fee with Swansea City either, they reportedly don't want to sell him and are opening new contract talks with him and Llorente to stay at the club. Reports from Swansea suggest Sigurdsson wants to stay there too.

You don't agree a fee if a player is not for sale, you don't even discuss ballpark figures and Swansea owner Steve Kaplan has told Wales Online Sigurdsson is not for sale.

"We all know how important Gylfi is, just as he knows how much he's valued and loved here. 
"There's been interest in him before - there were some pretty big enquiries about him last summer and in the January window - but we didn't want to sell him then and we don't want to sell him now. 
"And neither do we need to sell him. He has three years on his contract and he's part of our plans going forward under Paul Clement. Our aims are to make sure that we build on the successful end to the season and that doesn't include selling our best players."

It seems to me there is much speculation with guesses at wage demands and fee to generate a story, perhaps to put pressure on Swansea to offer him the maximum wage they can.


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Dele Alli 15 goals and 7 assists in 21 games, not bad for a midfielder



Regular readers, and there are thousands of you, will know I talk a lot about a player continually trying to improve himself in training, a basic requirement for Argentinean manager Mauricio Pochettino and an element of a winning mentality.

Dele Alli has such a mentality and reveals he had to change his playing style as defenders had cottoned on to ho he played, his game had to develop further for him to continue his success. Going through the motions to maintain the same level wasn't an option, it shouldn't be an option for any player at Tottenham, if it is then a transfer is looming.

In a season where the 21-year-old (22 next April) midfielder scored 22 goals and had 13 assists (18 goals and 9 assists in the Premier League) he came to the fore in the second part of the season.

August, September, October, November and December, up until the 14th,  saw him contribute 3 goals and 3 assists in 15 Premier League games.

Then he scored against Burnley, banged two goals against Southampton, Watford and Chelsea, had an assist against WBA and scored against Manchester City. That's 8 goals and 1 assist in 6 games.

Three games with nothing was followed by a goal against Stoke City, a goal and an assist against Everton, a goal against Southampton, an assist against Burnley, a goal and an assist against Swansea City, a goal against Watford, an assist against Bournemouth, a blank game, a goal against Arsenal,  two blank games, an assist against Leicester City and a goal and an assist against Hull City.

In the final 13 games, he scored 7 goals in different games and chipped in with a further 6 assists. In the final 21 games he chipped in with 15 goals and 7 assists.

“I’ve had to think a lot more about my movement. Maybe in my first season, players weren’t used to me running into the box from midfield, so they weren’t expecting it. This season, they got a little bit more used to it. 
“So I’ve had to time my runs a little bit better, and I’ve had to be a bit sharper with the way I move off defenders. I’ve had to try to judge the flight of the ball a little bit better. 
“At the start of the season I struggled a bit, perhaps because I didn’t expect players to be so used to me, so I had to change my game. I started playing a bit higher up the pitch and scoring a few more goals. 
“There are still things I need to work on to make sure next season is even better. I want to be more clinical than I was this season. I want to up my numbers again.
“With the players we’ve got here, we don’t need to go out and spend loads of money. There is a good bunch of players here. Everyone is determined, everyone works hard and there is a lot of quality in the team. 
“It is important we stick together, keep working hard and keep improving. We have to take our form from the end of this season into next season, and start even stronger. Then, if we can finish as well as we did this season, we should be OK.”

It may only be a friendly game on Friday but I'm looking forward to seeing the lads in action again and having a further look at some of the youngsters. Lesniak made a decent debut and looked comfortable following in the footsteps of Hary Winks.

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The contribution of Son Heung-min in the last 12 games has been overshadowed


10 goals and 4 assists in the last 12 games

Son Heung-min arrived in his homeland, accompanied by Ben Davies, Kevin Wimmer and Kyle Walker and there were hundreds of people waiting to greet them at the Incheon International Airport in Seoul.

The four Spurs players are there for 2 days ahead of joining up with the rest of the squad who also received a huge welcome as they arrived in Hong Kong. The crowd waved flags, took photos and even sang a rendition of 'Oh when the Spurs go marching in."

Picture from Spurs Official Instagram account

The four were on a promotional trip to meet AIA staff and customers, naturally part of the shirt sponsorship deal we have with them. 24-year-old (25 in July) South Korean Son Heung-min scored 21 goals this season (14 goals, 9 assists in the Premier League), the most ever by an Asian player, and had a further 10 assists.

He scored 7 goals and had a further 3 assists in the last 10 Premier League games. In our last 12 games in all competitions (2 FA Cup ties), he scored 10 goals and had 4 assists, quite a contribution and one that is almost forgotten given Harry Kane banging in 7 goals in 2 games to claim thePremier League Golden Boot.

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Sonny, @kylewalker2, @Ben_Davies33 and @kevinwimmer27 meet with AIA staff and customers on their first day in Seoul... 🇰🇷
 

Over in Hong Kong Dele Alli and Harry Kane were in demand for autographs and photos with fans.

Picture from Spurs Official Instagram account


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Griezmann 9/10 to join Spurs


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After 26-year-old (27 next March) French international Antoine Grizemann answered questions about his future and said his chances of going to Manchester United were no more than 6/10, then said his chances of staying at Atletico Madrid were 7/10 (clearly not the best at maths), Valencia-based Yahoo Sports reporter Andrew Gaffney jested about the brilliance of Harry Kane.

In the next clip Griezmann was asked about Spurs and said: "If it was up to me, 9/10, but I can't compete with Harry Kane. Sorry."

It goes without saying that if Ajax win the UEFA Europa League he will not be joining Manchester United and Atletico Madrid wouldn't do everything they could to hang on to him anyway. Just because a player might, only might like a move, it doesn't mean he automatically get one. However in this case, as in most Spanish contracts, there is the matter of a release clause, set very high of course, £86.48 million (€100m - AUS$149.92m - US$112.23m).

There is also the small matter of the Atletico Madrid transfer ban, which they are expecting to be lifted, but if it wasn't then it is unlikely that he would leave and drop them in it.


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Football News and 0% success rate for Kieran Trippier


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With news that Pochettino to Barcelona stories can be put to bed, so now can stories of Pochettino to Inter Milan. Luciano Spalletti is leaving Sevilla and he was their first choice if the couldn't sign the impossible pair, Conte and Pochettino. And our press were trying to claim there was the huge fight to keep both managers at their respective Premier League clubs!

In over 800 minutes played this season, Kieran Trippier twice attempted to dribble by his defender. He lost the ball both times.

However, his 5 assists in 6 games is quite impressive, Kyle Walker had 5 assists in 30 games.Some of his crossing has been quite superb, especially his crossing on the volley.

The US government considering asking Spain to extradite ex-Barcelona president Sandro Rosell over money laundering as part of their investigation into corruption at FIFA. Ricardo Teixeira, former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). Texeira and Rosell were partners in marketing company Alianto, which is part of the investigation.
Source: Futbol.as

The Washington Post have produced a piece about Premier League teams and how they have performed against their payroll. An important factor in football, you'll find the UEFA Champions League is always won by a side within the top 6 payrolls in Europe. The winner will come from the top six again this season.


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Transfer Talk - Kévin Gameiro


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A few websites are linking us with unreliable bookies markets to suggest we must be close to signing 30-year-old (31 next May) Atlético Madrid striker Kévin Gameiro.

He has been a disappointment at the third best side in Spain some suggest after scoring 16 goals the previous season for Sevilla. Only Fernando Torres has taken more shots per 90 minutes than Gameiro this season. Gameiro has scored 12 goals in LaLiga, a goal every 143 minutes and 16 goals in all competitions, a goal every 146 minutes. he has had a total on 7 assists so his figures aren't too bad. Torres only has 9 goals, a goal every 177 minutes and 10 in all competitions, a goal every 220 minutes.

His strength is taking shots from inside the box and he will give up shooting opportunities to create better ones. he averages 2.7 shots from inside the box per 90 minutes roughly the same stats he had at Sevilla.

"Despite the rumours circulating, I'm not thinking about leaving," Gameiro wrote on his Facebook page. "My greatest desire is to continue defending the Atleti colours for many years!! Forza Atleti!!"

Doesn't sound like a player keen to jump ship and join Spurs, but then at his age I'd be surprised if we were genuinely interested, sounds like paper talk to me.


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Sir Alex Ferguson - "they’re building something that looks pretty good"



The best manager the Premier League has seen, one that made a difference and took a mediocre team to a title, has spoken of Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino to Sky Sports and he is impressed.

“He’s got a lot of youth in his team, which augurs well for the future. I believe in that, I’ve believed in (bringing through) youth all my life. 
“The value is two-fold. One, they’ll always remember the person who gave them their start in life, and secondly, they create a loyalty base that is there for life. The young players we had coming through still keep in touch with me, and that is an indication of how well it works. 
“I don’t think short-termism works, I really don’t. I think there are teams that can buy all the time and remain successful, but on a general theme, I don’t think short-termism works. 
“With Tottenham, to me, it looks like there is a long-termism there, they’re building something that looks pretty good.”

Tremendous credit must go to Daniel levy for that, which would suit the diminishing cheque book smattering. Much of what is happening at Tottenham has been his vision and he is the one driving the club to strive for excellence. That is backed up by appointing Mauricio Pochettino after the most extensive evaluation and research we have probably done on any potential manager.

Now we are improving on the field as well as off with an excitement about our youth policy that I haven't seen in the 50 plus years I have been supporting the Spurs.

Like Levy, Pochettino sets commitment standards you are expected to meet, you have to work your socks off in training and have the right mental approach, if you don't you'll soon be shipped out to be replaced by another hungry player. That way you get a squad of players who know they must give everything to get a game and must perform immediately to keep playing.

It is tough, but that is what separates winners from losers.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Transfer talk - Sissoko, Gnagnon (Spurs interest)


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Before the transfer news a quick fact, Mauricio Pochettino will become the first Tottenham manager to start a 4th consecutive full season since Keith Burkinshaw (1976-84). It was clear he was here for the long run from the moment he was appointed and in today's football 4 years is an eternity for a manager at most clubs.

Le Journal understands that Ligue 1 club Marseille are willing to pay £21.61 million (€25m - AUS$37.57m - US$28.08m) for 27-year-old (28 in August) Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko. I'd snap it up. According to a source close to Sissoko, there has been no contact with Marseille.

French TV channel SFR Sport suggest Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Sevilla, Bayern Leverkusen, Inter Milan, Porto, Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund are all interested in signing 20-year-old (21 next January) Stade Rennais right-footed centre-back Joris Gnagnon.

Sevilla are reported to be willing to make an offer of £11.24 million (€13m - AUS$19.55 - US$14.61m) for the French Under-20 international who could yet still play for the Ivory Coast and is under contract until 2019. The latest reports are that he has agreed to play for the African nationality which could mean he misses a month of the season every two years.

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Spurs squad for end of season tour


Tottenham embark on end of season tour


Tottenham Hotspur are now turning attention on the lucrative end of season tour, a regular occurrence of sides around Europe. We head to Hong Kong to play Kitchee SC in a part of the world that loves the Premier League. The games is taking place to commemorate the 20th anniversary since Hong Kong was handed over to Chinese rule.

The 22 man squad for Friday’s game is:

Toby Alderweireld
Dele Alli
Luke Amos
Ben Davies
Eric Dier
Christian Eriksen
Vincent Janssen
Harry Kane
Filip Lesniak
Hugo Lloris (c)
Pau Lopez
Will Miller
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou
Moussa Sissoko
Son Heung-Min
Kazaiah Sterling
Kieran Trippier
Jan Vertonghen
Michel Vorm
Victor Wanyama
Kevin Wimmer

Mousa Dembele has an injury to his left foot and will not be travelling, he needs surgery. As usual, we have included a number of youth players who will no doubt go on the trip to America in July also.

Kyle Walker will join the squad and is also expected to promote the club with South Korean international Son, Kevin Wimmer and Ben Davies in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

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Has N'Koudou shown Pochettino enough in training to stay?



What is the future of Georges-Kevin N'Koudou at Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino?

Vincent Janssen looked dead and buried as a Spurs player but has changed his mentality on the training pitch and now looks set to stay. Mousa Dembele was put on the bench for a season and had to change his mentality.

To play for Pochettino is very simple, you have to totally buy into his method of very hard work, meticulous training as to where to be on the pitch, how to move off the ball, how to block passing channels, how to press and learn what every other player is doing as well. In short you need to have an intelligent footballing brain and an ability to take direction in.

If a player wants to be the best he can be then he has to put everything into training every day, not just go through the motions putting in 90% to maintain a level. That isn't the mentality of a winning team, thus it isn't a component you want in your squad.

As a coach you set a standard and everyone MUST abide by that standard. My school represented Kent in the nationals and during practice nights or lunchtime class tournaments I always maintained I don't care about an individuals ability, just give me players who will work hard. As a sweeper and someone who stayed at the back who could read a game, I gave direction and with a responsive team we were able to consistently beat teams with more skillful players.

If you have a player who is skilled and works hard then you have a player who can go a long way. The same principle applies in professional sport. It is the dedication and graft off the field that allows on the field performances like we see from Harry Kane, Dele Alli or Harry Winks this season.

A coach can see if you are giving it 100% every day to improve themselves, you have to show him you can be trusted. All players DO NOT put in that basic requirement of 100%. Georges-Kevin N'Koudou was open and honest about it in the same way Mousa Dembele was after Pochettino's first season.

Winners do not make excuses, they take responsibility so the quotes in L'Equipe from N'Koudou were refreshing and endorsed that.

 “I was the problem. Of course it was difficult not to play, especially for someone like me who loves football, but there comes a time when you need to stop making excuses. I spoke about it with my family. I learnt what I was missing. I wasn’t strong enough mentally. 
“I was nearly like a child, in a cocoon. I had it easy. I found a lot of answers here, especially thanks to Moussa Dembélé, who told me: “You have the talent, you have everything, but you need to work hard here”. When I dribble past someone, he didn’t cheer, but when I pressed hard, he would tell me “That’s it, that’s good!”
“And when the best player you’ve played with, a guy who has everything, both feet, the physicality, the technique, tells you that, you listen. After that, a lot of people helped me: Rose, Walker, Kane and others. And my two big brothers Moussa Sissoko and Hugo Lloris.
“I want to impose myself, yes. I know I can.”

How much has he improved his mentality towards training? Only Pochettino can tell us that one and I guess we'll see in the summer if he believes the talent N'Koudou has will come out next season.

There is always someone else, so you either have the right mentality to strive to improve and work at 100% or you are replaced with someone else who wants it more than you do. Success or failure on a personal level is totally down to the individual, nobody else is to blame.


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