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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Sissoko to be sold for £20m this summer


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Moussa Sissoko has not been a success at Tottenham and has problems with Mauricio Pochettino, which basically means he has not bought into the Pochettino philosophy of the way things must be done.

How you train and your attitude if you are not a first choice selection, is not up for discussion. You knuckle down in training, give it your best and try to improve your game every day. The more knowledge you gain about a system, the more you understand off the ball movement the better you will be as a player.

French publication L'Equipe have suggested that Tottenham will sell the Frenchman for £20 million (€23.23m - AUS$32.81m - US$25.05m) this summer, which due to the structure of the transfer fee with Newcastle United will not be a loss.

Getting our money back on someone who will be 28-years-old in August and who has been so so poor, so consistently would be a fine piece of transfer business. I'm amazed we haven't heard Everton being linked for the last month or so.

Further THBN Reading
Lloris reiterates his Pochettino bond
International players we are scouting during this break
Tielemans interview gives an insight into Janssen's problems
There is a role for Barkley at Spurs
Spurs target Mahmoud Dahoud likely to snub the Premier League
Spurs scouting striker Giovanni Simeone
Steve Hitchen assessing Montpellier striker Mounie


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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Lloris reiterates his Pochettino bond


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Regular readers will no doubt remember a post where I boldly stated that Hugo Lloris was 99% certain to stay at Tottenham amid intense transfer rumours to replace David de Gea at Manchester United who was supposed to be leaving for Real Madrid.

As mentioned at the time and since, Hugo Lloris has a special relationship with Mauricio Pochettino, in him he found his footballing soulmate.

It has taken a while, but now non-readers are catching up with the new now our French international captain has told Le Figaro.

"My destiny is linked to Mauricio, it's a certainty. He matters a lot to me. Our relationship goes beyond football, it's a match, and one day he will be the best manager in the world. For me he is already. His presence and our relationship are the most important elements for me."

Because Pochettino is doing well at Tottenham the British press start linking him with the big clubs. Manchester United approached the Argentinian and John McDermott, head of coaching and development to join them at Old Trafford but both turned them down.

Since then he has been linked with Barcelona, who he can't really manager after playing and managing fierce rivals Espanyol and PSG. The French side don't really have much to offer apart from money as the French league is so uncompetitive. The press get excited but I don't think anyone else does.

What Lloris has to say may be new news to some but to the rest of us it is old news. It does remind us that we have the goalkeeping position covered while Pau Lopez develops with an eye to becoming our future number one.

Further THBN Reading
International players we are scouting during this break
Tielemans interview gives an insight into Janssen's problems
Lukaku just a backup option for Man Utd
There is a role for Barkley at Spurs
Spurs linked striker Timo Werner to stay in Germany
Spurs target Mahmoud Dahoud likely to snub the Premier League
Spurs scouting striker Giovanni Simeone
Steve Hitchen assessing Montpellier striker Mounie


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Watching internationals, 3 attackers, 2 midfielders, 1 inverted winger, 1 centre-back


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International football allows us to scout players playing at the highest level with players better than the standard they may be playing with at their clubs. They play against sides full of ability and how they react can tell a scout a lot. So, who will we be watching?

This international break we will no doubt be keeping an eye on Antonio Rudiger if he plays for Germany against England today. The 24-year-old (25 next March) Roma centre-back has been linked with Spurs and is wanted by Chelsea and Manchester City reportedly.

Mateo Kovačić is a 22-year-old (23 in May) Croatian midfield player who, it is suggested, we are looking at trying to sign in the summer from Real Madrid thanks to a £21.8 million (€25.14m - AUS$35.14m - US$27.03m) release clause. As reported earlier though that sounds suspect.

The central midfielder signed for the Spanish giants from Italian side Inter Milan in August last summer for £28.35 million (€32.68m - AUS$45.70m - US$35.15m) and has a contract until 2021.

French publication Don Balon have suggested PSG manager Unai Emery has asked sporting director Patrick Kluivert to get Mateo Kovačić this summer and that they are willing to pay a fee of £39.03 million (€45m - AUS$62.92m - US$48.39m).

His reported release clause from the Daily Mirror just doesn't make any sense. We can watch him play against Ukraine and Estonia in the coming days.

Striker Andrea Belotti (Italy) is having a wonderful season and has attracted the attention of Europe, including Mauricio Pochettino. Despite speculation linking him to Spurs, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal (and that's just in this country) it is believed the 23-year-old (24 in September) is about to hold talks with Spanish giants Barcelona.

Lorenzi Insigne is a right-footed inverted left winger at Napoli who is stalling on a new contract, the club won't meet his wage demands, a familiar cry from Italy these days it seems. Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Arsenal have all been linked with the 25-year-old (26 in June). Like Belotti he could feature for Italy against Albania and Holland.

Youri Tielemans (Belgium) is just 19-years-old (20 in May) and is high on our list, but then he is on Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Roma, Monaco, Lyon, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla and many others. We will be watching him against Greece and Russia.

Kylian Mbappa is a hot prospect in France with Monaco and the 18-year-old (19 in December) has been called into the national squad for the first time. He could feature against Luxembourg and Spain, but is likely to go for a monster fee when he leaves Monaco. The Sun report PSG and preparing an £80 million offer, I suspect they meant £69.22 million (€80m - AUS$112.65m - US$86.30m). That would certainly take him out of our price range.

Kasper Dolberg has been named Denmark’s 2016 Talent of the Year. The 19-year-old (20 in October) Ajax striker is a future star, strong, fast, skillful, and an excellent finisher in the box. He has scored 18 goals in all competition with a further 7 assists. We will no doubt be watching him if he plays against Romania and will be getting reports on him from Christian Eriksen.

Not a complete list, that would take all day, but seven players but three attackers, two midfield players, an inverted winger and a centre-back, we are known to be following.

Further THBN Reading
There is a role for Barkley at Spurs
Spurs linked striker Timo Werner to stay in Germany
Spurs target Mahmoud Dahoud likely to snub the Premier League
Spurs scouting striker Giovanni Simeone
Steve Hitchen assessing Montpellier striker Mounie
BREAKING NEWS: Lacazette has agreed to join Griezmann at Atletico Madrid


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Tielemans interview gives insight into Janssen problems


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Young Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans is a wanted man and Tottenham are just one of a host of clubs chasing his signature, clubs from all over Europe such as Everton, Southampton, Manchester United, Monaco, Lyon and Atlético Madrid.

While many of our fans think it is just a question of offering more money and a player will sign, that simply isn't the case, a player has to do what is best for their career, not what is best for Tottenham Hotspur.

On RTBF radio show La Tribune he points out that playing time each week is more important than sitting on a bench, thus he is likely to go to a club that can offer regular football.

“It’s what’s best to progress step by step. What Mark says, it’s good to not burn steps and to avoid ending up on the bench and not getting game time. It’s what’s best for every footballer, I think. I, however, don’t have a preference league wise”.

In another interview with Flemish newspaper Het Belang van Limburg, he talks about the new found confidence his teammates have in him which has helped his game improve.

“I think this season I have taken a step forward. There is more regularity in my game and I’m important to the team. My teammates have confidence in me and give me the ball more often to make the game. Therefore, I also get good statistics.”

The point he makes about his teammates having more confidence in him and therefore giving him the ball more is an area we don't think about too often. It must affect a new signing and indeed at Tottenham, we have seen players not passing to Roberto Soldado when he had goalscoring opportunities, but instead take a different option.

Does the same happen to Vincent Janssen as a result? We certainly don't seem to create many opportunities for him, whereas we do for other players. Do our wide men choose to stop and play the ball inside instead to try and manufacture a shot from central? Have the players unwittingly not have helped him as much as they could?

Janssen certainly receives the ball with his back to goal, there is great confidence he can hold a ball up. He always shows great enthusiasm and energy when he comes on and at the weekend he won free-kick after free-kick and played the perfect running the clock down role.

That and his improvement in training, mean that he'll now get more opportunity according to Pochettino. Will scoring a goal from open play give his teammates more confidence in him?

Further THBN Reading
There is a role for Barkley at Spurs
Spurs linked striker Timo Werner to stay in Germany
Spurs target Mahmoud Dahoud likely to snub the Premier League
Spurs scouting striker Giovanni Simeone
Steve Hitchen assessing Montpellier striker Mounie
BREAKING NEWS: Lacazette has agreed to join Griezmann at Atletico Madrid
New stadium construction animation video
US summer fixtures and Tim Sherwood ban


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Lukaku just a backup option for Manchester United


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If we know what players are doing and what deals they might be negotiating then we can narrow down our list of potential purchases and with that in mind there is news that Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has met Romelu Lukaku's agent Mino Raiola for transfer talks in The Lowry Hotel in Manchester.

Manchester United would seem a sensible move for him with Zlatan Ibrahimovic being a 35-year-old (36 in October) and having just a one-year contract extension option. There is a place waiting for a new first-choice striker and he'll be able to earn the wages he wants, in excess of £100,000-a-week easily at Old Trafford.

There is little likelihood that he would want to come to Spurs and play second fiddle to Harry Kane so it would require another adjustment to our system to see him at White Hart Lane. While the press continue to link us, it seems to me to be no more than speculation as there seems little benefit in such a move for Lukaku himself.

All may not be what it seems though as Miguel Delaney, ho writes for the Independent, believes that Lukaku is not a top priority on Jose Mourinho's shopping list. In which case the meeting will have been to discuss the potential of a move if Jose Mourinho's main targets don't come to fruition.



Players are sounded out in this way all the time so clubs know where they stand, who might be available and who might be going where. It also means that a player who wants a big move to a major club will then often wait for developments and not sign for anybody else until he knows his big club move is definitely not on.

Further THBN Reading
There is a role for Barkley at Spurs
Spurs linked striker Timo Werner to stay in Germany
Spurs target Mahmoud Dahoud likely to snub the Premier League
Spurs scouting striker Giovanni Simeone
Steve Hitchen assessing Montpellier striker Mounie
BREAKING NEWS: Lacazette has agreed to join Griezmann at Atletico Madrid
New stadium construction animation video
US summer fixtures and Tim Sherwood ban


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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

There is a role for Barkley at Spurs


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Why do fans always think that when you are looking to buy a player he must be replacing a first team player, that isn't always the case. It may be that a club is just strengthening the depth of its squad and that a squad player will be the one replaced.

That is certainly the case at Tottenham with the interest in 23-year-old (24 in December) Everton attacking midfielder Ross Barkley. He will be entering the last year of his contract in the summer so unless he signs a new one then the Toffees will have to cash in before he leaves on a free transfer.

He holds all the cards and has time on his side. The young talent has stagnated at Everton and the great potential he showed as a teenager has not been realised. Everton are not going to be able to give him UEFA Champions League football and he will surely now look to progress his career before it is too late.

Everton fans won't like that, but that's the fact of the matter, they simply aren't a big enough club to hold on to players for long. They are a stepping stone club for players to prove their worth and then move on to someone bigger who can offer more opportunity.

The question is, does Ross Barkley have any ambition? He should have left before now when Manchester United were circling, staying hasn't advanced his career at all. We are clearly very keen on him and he fits the profile of player we are looking for, young with potential to improve.

Whether he will choose Spurs only he knows but he can't help but be impressed by what Mauricio Pochettino has done plus the fact that he trusts youth. Barkley has loads of Premier League experience, another plus and will be cheaper than his full market value because of only having a year remaining.

Anyone who purchases him has an instant increase in his value when he signs on the dotted line and collects his signing bonus. Everton were wanting to sign Moussa Sissoko last summer so no doubt a deal involving him will be discussed at some stage.

If you look at how we have changed the formation of the team this season we have Eriksen and Alli behind Kane. In the wings, we have Son Heung-min and nobody else at the moment. Lamela has done a disappearing act this season, Sissoko has been a disaster, N'Koudou isn't first team standard yet, so there is a spot for Barkley to alternate with the pair.

We still need a backup for Kane who will also fire in the goals. One piece of the jigsaw at a time.

Further THBN Reading
Spurs scouting striker Giovanni Simeone
Steve Hitchen assessing Montpellier striker Mounie
Real Madrid scouting ex-Spurs academy player
BREAKING NEWS: Lacazette has agreed to join Griezmann at Atletico Madrid
New stadium construction animation video
US summer fixtures and Tim Sherwood ban


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Spurs linked Timo Werner to stay in Germany


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With the breaking news this morning that Alexandre Lacazette has agreed to join Atletico Madrid this summer attention needs to be turned elsewhere to find help for Harry Kane.

BREAKING NEWS: Lacazette has agreed to join Griezmann at Atletico Madrid

I have looked at a few of the potential strikers we are scouting and the spotlight this time is turned to a player we tried to sign last summer, a player who is expected to develop into a striker who could lead the line for Germany.

The man in question this time is 21-year-old (22 next March) Timo Werner who joined newly promoted RB Leipzig in the summer and has thrived as a result, with the surprise package of the Bundesliga sitting in second place, having led the league ahead of Bayern Munich prior to the new year.

Werner lost his way at former club Stuttgart and had issues with the coach. He lost form and didn't score many goals having been a very highly thought of youngster. Werner spoke with German Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag and suggested he as staying at his present club.

"I want to keep growing together with RB Leipzig and keep developing here. I am still only 21 years old and still have plenty of years ahead of me. 
"I am very happy at Leipzig. Joining this club has been a stroke of luck. I have found my way again under Ralph Hasenhuttl."

Werner-Consultant Karlheinz Förster confirmed to daily newspaper Bild that her client was interesting Premier League clubs but would be staying at RB Leipzig.


"The interest of clubs from the island [England] in general is there. The English are everywhere in the Bundesliga, scout and watch intensively. And Timo has of course made himself even more interesting with his performances and goals in Leipzig. Werner is still in Leipzig until 2020 under contract. He has no exit clause."

Further THBN Reading
Spurs scouting striker Giovanni Simeone
Steve Hitchen assessing Montpellier striker Mounie
Real Madrid scouting ex-Spurs academy player
BREAKING NEWS: Lacazette has agreed to join Griezmann at Atletico Madrid
New stadium construction animation video
US summer fixtures and Tim Sherwood ban


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Mahmoud Dahoud likely to snub the Premier League for Borussia Dortmund


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Is it a bird, is it a plane, no it's Mahmoud Dahoud

Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal from the Premier League have long been linked with 21-year-old (22 next January) German Under-21 international (6 caps) central midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud.

He is currently playing for Borussia Mönchengladbach but a report in Kicker suggests Borussia Dortmund are the clear favourites to land his signature during the summer for £8.69 million (€10m - AUS$13.99m - US$10.80m) as he has a release clause in his contract, which was revealed by SportBild last summer.

We are known to have had informal conversations with him and nobody will give up hope. He will have his choice of top European clubs with sides in Italy and Spain watching him as well. His contract ends in 2018 and it is thought he will decide his future in the next couple of weeks.

The links to us have gone quiet and it looks unlikely that the box-to-box midfielder will be moving to White Hart Lane at the season's end.

Further THBN Reading
Spurs scouting striker Giovanni Simeone
Steve Hitchen assessing Montpellier striker Mounie
Real Madrid scouting ex-Spurs academy player
BREAKING NEWS: Lacazette has agreed to join Griezmann at Atletico Madrid
New stadium construction animation video
US summer fixtures and Tim Sherwood ban



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Real Madrid scouting ex-Spurs academy player Yuri Berchiche



Yuri Berchiche Izeta is a Spanish footballer who plays for Real Sociedad as a left back. Previously the 27-year-old (28 next February) was at Tottenham Hotspur when he joined us on 8 June 2007 to learn in our academy.

He was named player of the tournament at the Eurofootb Tournament in Belgium while playing for our Under-18 side who won the tournament after defeating Anderlecht in the final 4-0.

We sent him on loan to Cheltenham Town on 26 March 2009, then in July of the same year on another loan to Real Vallodolid back in Spain.

We released him at the end of the 2010 season and he joined Real Union in the Spanish third tier. Two years later he joined Real Sociedad who loaned him to third tier side SD Eibar. In 2014 he began training with and became part of the first team squad and now he is being scouted by none other than Real Madrid.

He has come a long way and has had a journey that shows you should never give up.

Real Madrid are after Yuri (former player) and Aaron Caricol, from Real Sociedad & Espanyol respectively, to replace Coentrao.

Further THBN Reading
BREAKING NEWS: Lacazette has agreed to join Griezmann at Atletico Madrid
New stadium construction animation video
US summer fixtures and Tim Sherwood ban
An eco step towards ensuring North London is Tottenham Hotspur blue
Spurs better at the art of winning a penalty
Harry Winks made his mark when he came on


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Spurs assessing Montpellier striker Mounie


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On with yet another striker we are assessing and this time it is a striker playing in a struggling side, much like former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is doing at Sunderland.

Steve Hitchen, our new chief scout, is reported as having an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of French football and he is assessing the potential of 22-year-old (23 in September) Montpellier centre-forward Steve Mounie.

BREAKING NEWS: Lacazette has agreed to join Griezmann at Atletico Madrid

Montpellier are one of the poorest teams away from home in France, they sit 15th in the table after 30 games, having scored 43 and conceded 54 goals. Away from home they sit 19th having gained just 7 points from 15 games, scoring 18 goals and conceding 39.

The powerful right-footed striker is under contract until 2019 and has scored 13 Ligue 1 goals for his struggling side as well as 2 assists. Eight of those goals have come at home and five away. He is delighted with his first season in the league as he told The Ligue 1 Show on beIN Sports.

"It's a strange feeling when you look at the scoring charts and see yourself just behind Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani. They are players I used to watch on TV, and now I'm up there with them. 
"I have great spring, I can jump very high, my timing is good too and that allows me to win the high balls [He has won more headers than anyone in Ligue 1]. It's been that way since I was a kid, playing in youth teams. Now I am doing that on the biggest stage so it's good both for me and my team. 
"I'm selfish but generous too. I try to think about every move I make and that's what helps me score goals. I was aiming for double figures. Now that's done, everything is else is a bonus, the sky's the limit now!"

At 14 he was a defensive midfielder, now though goals are his stock in trade and we are taking a keen interest in him
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