Saturday, Sunday and Mondays international reports:
Ben Davies: Ben Davies played the full 90 minutes on Saturday as he helped Wales to a historic victory over Northern Ireland in the last 16 of Euro 2016 as Davies’s Wales won 1-0. Davies played at centre back.
Hugo Lloris: Hugo Lloris captained Les Bleus for a record 55th time on Sunday as France defeated the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in the last 16 of the Euros.
Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele: Toby Alderweireld scored for Belgium on Sunday at the Euros as they defeated Hungary 4-0. Alderweireld’s headed goal was in fact the first time Belgium had scored from a set play at the Euros since 1984. Jan Vertonghen also had an excellent match as he completed the entirety of Sunday’s match at full back. Mousa Dembele was an unused substitute.
DeAndre Yedlin: DeAndre Yedlin played the entirety of the USA’s 1-0 defeat to Colombia in the third place play off on Sunday, Yedlin played at right back.
Erik Lamela Erik Lamela was an unused substitute as Argentina lost on penalties to Chile in the final of the Copa América on Monday.
Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose: Our three lions quintet were all involved in last nights last 16 defeat against Iceland in the Euros. Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Dele Alli all completed 90 minutes of yesterday’s match, whilst Eric Dier completed the first half.
It has just been announced by the club that we have signed Southampton’s 24 year old Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama on a contract until 2021. It had long been expected that we would sign Wanyama and last week reports began to circulate in many newspapers that Wanyama would be an imminent signing, I believe this a fantastic signing and I think Wanyama will become a key player in Pochettino’s side over the coming seasons. The fee is believed to be around 11 million pounds, you can read more about Wanyama and his footballing background in my recent article, the link is featured below. COYS⚽️
Erik Lamela and DeAndre Yedlin: Erik Lamela came on as a 67th minute substitute as he helped Argentina beat the USA 4-0 in the Copa América semifinal yesterday. Lamela’s Argentina have been in excellent form throughout the tournament and will face Chile in the final of the tournament on Monday. Teammate and fellow Spurs man DeAndre Yedlin also played in the match, for the USA as he completed the entirety of the match at right back.
Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele: Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen completed the full 90 minutes of Belgium’s 1-0 win over Sweden yesterday. Meanwhile, Mousa Dembele was an unused substitute. As a result of their victory Belgium have qualified for the last 16 of the Euros, after finishing in second place in group E. Belgium will face Hungary on Sunday.
Kevin Wimmer: Kevin Wimmer was an unused substitute yesterday as Austria lost 2-1 to Iceland in Group F of Euro 2016, meaning that Wimmer’s Austria have been eliminated from the tournament after finishing in fourth place in their group after picking up just one point from three matches.
Erik Lamela: Erik Lamela netted his third goal for Argentina on Sunday as they defeated Venezuela 4-1 in the quarter final of the Cop América, you can view Lamela’s goal in the link provided below. Lamela completed the whole of the match for Argentina, up next for Lamela’s Argentina is a semifinal match against Spurs team mate DeAndre Yedlin’s USA on Wednesday at 2:00AM.
Hugo Lloris: Hugo Lloris equalled Didier Deschamps record of captaining France 55 times on Sunday as he helped les Bleus record a clean sheet in a stalemate against Switzerland. France finish the group in top place with 7 points from 3 matches.
Ben Davies: Ben Davies helped Wales top group B last night as helped the Dragons record a clean sheet in their 3-0 victory over Russia, Davies has been an imperative part of Chris Coleman’s side, putting in some excellent performances at centre back over the three group games. Davies completed the full match last night.
Eric Dier, Harry Kane and Dele Alli: Eric Dier put in another exceptional performance last night as he completed the full 90 minutes of England’s 0-0 draw against Slovakia. Eric Dier had a 100% tackles won success rate, 100% take ons, he completed 102 passes, created 2 chances and made 1 interception, Dier was truly exceptional for Roy Hodgon’s three lions last night. Dele Alli came on in the 61st minute for England whilst Harry Kane came on as a substitute in the 76th minute. Our full backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker were rested for last nights match, England qualify in second place from group B.
Why I believe Victor Wanyama would be an excellent addition to our squad:
According to BBC sport we are believed to have agreed a fee with Southampton for the signing of Southampton’s 24 year old midfielder Victor Wanyama for a fee of 11 million pounds. We have been linked with the Kenya international for some time now and I truly believe that Wanyama will prove to be a key signing for Pochettino over the coming seasons. Wanyama is a tenacious defensive midfielder who has demonstrated his excellent ability with in the centre of the park through out his career. Imperatively Wanyama will provide us with key cover next season, as he will be vying for a place in the centre of midfield with our talented pool of midfielders. Furthermore, Wanyama’s leadership will prove paramount over the coming seasons, with leadership being one of Wanyama’s best qualities. I have long been an admirer of Wanyama’s, since I first saw him play for Celtic a couple of seasons ago I immediately became aware of his fantastic footballing ability and class with on the pitch. Wanyama has already experienced five different footballing cultures and has impressed in every country he has played in.
Background information: Wanyama is from Nairobi in Kenya and he comes from a family with a rich sporting history with three of his brothers being professional footballers, with McDonald Mariga playing for Latina in Italy whilst he’s two other brothers Thomas and Sylvester also playing in the Kenyan premier league. It doesn’t end there as he’s sister Mercy is a professional basketball player in the USA, whilst he’s father Noah Wanyama also played for AFC Leopards in Kenya in the 1980’s. Wanyama’s maturity and leadership on the field of play probably stems from the fact that he made his debut for the Kenyan national team at just 15 years of age, Wanyama has since been capped 42 times for the Kenya national side. Since starting off for the JMJ Youth Academy in Kenya in 2006 Wanyama has went on to play in four different countries: Sweden, Belgium, Scotland and England and has gained a reputation as an excellent and powerful midfielder.
Style of play: Victor Wanyama operates as a defensive midfielder who’s key attributes include his phenomenal strength and power with in the midfield. Wanyama is a similar type of player to our star performer last season Mousa Dembele, in the sense that both possess fantastic strength with on the ball as well as being able to read the game extremely well with in the centre of the park. Wanyama is capable of making some incredible and well timed challenges which he has shown over the past few seasons in addition, Wanyama is known for he’s powerful surging attacking runs as he shrugs of opposition players from the ball in the process. Furthermore, Wanyama has an exceptional shooting ability having scored a whole host of long ranges shots which have powered past the goalkeeper in recent seasons. Wanyama ultimately has all the attributes of a top midfielder, he possesses a great knowledge of the game and has been able to implement and master both an offensive and defensive style to his game. I believe that next season Wanyama will prove to be a key player for the Lillywhites and I believe that Pochettino and Levy seem to have done another fantastic deal by securing a top player who in modern days ought to be considered a bargain.
On a different note I hope that we keep Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll as they are all different types of players who can all benefit our style of play. Finally it is worth mentioning that Wanyama has already played in the champions league for Celtic, with Wanyama being a key performer for the SPL club in the 2012/13 campaign. You can view a selection of videos which I feel showcase Wanyama’s talent on the field, which are provided below. COYS⚽️
Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Toby Alderweireld: Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Toby Alderweireld all played in today’s 3-0 victory for Belgium over the Republic of Ireland in group E of Euro 2016. Vertonghen had an excellent match at left back for the Red Devils as he completed the entirety of the match in Bordeaux, so to did Toby Alderweireld as he played very well in central defence as he helped Belgium record a clean sheet. Furthermore, Mousa Dembele completed 57 minutes of the match as he put in an impressive performance however, Dembele came off on 57 minutes after picking up an injury.
Kevin Wimmer: Kevin Wimmer came on in the 87th minute as Austria drew 0-0 against Portugal earlier this evening in group F of Euro 2016.
Six of our players were involved in yesterday’s Euro 2016 match between England and Wales, with the three lions winning 2-1. Ben Davies completed the whole match for Wales, playing at centre back. Meanwhile, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Dele Alli completed the entirety of the match for England, whilst Harry Kane completed the first half for Roy Hodgson’s side. Kyle Walker had a fantastic match for England at right back and was by far one of the best players on the field, as Walker constantly provided fantastic surging runs down the right wing, putting in many a dangerous cross in the process, Walker was subsequently awarded the Carlsberg man of the match award for his superb display. Furthermore, Dele Alli assisted Daniel Sturridge for England’s winner. Meanwhile, tomorrow sees our Belgium trio of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele face the Republic of Ireland at 2:00pm with the game being televised on ITV 1.
Kevin Wimmer: Kevin Wimmer was an unused substitute for Austria yesterday as they lost 2-0 to Hungary in their opening match of Euro 2016. However, Wimmer could start for Austria at centre back in their next match against Portugal on Saturday, after Austria’s centre back Aleksandar Dragović was sent off after receiving two yellow cards.
Erik Lamela: Erik Lamela scored his second goal for Argentina earlier today after he scored a free kick in their 3-0 victory over Bolivia in the Copa América, Argentina topped their group with nine points from three matches. Lamela completed the entirety of today’s match, up next for Lamela’s Argentina is the Copa América quarter final against Venezuela on Sunday. You can view Lamela’s goal in the link provided below.
Hugo Lloris: Hugo Lloris captained France tonight as they defeated Albania 2-0 in their second group game of Euro 2016, Lloris helped Les Bleus to keep a clean sheet as he completed the entirety of the host nations match. Tomorrow could see six of our players involved in the Euro 2016 match between England and Wales, as our England quintet face Ben Davies’s Wales, kick off is at 2:00pm and the match is being broadcasted live on BBC one.
Spurs reportedly offer contract to highly rated youngster Wilfried Kanga:
It has been widely reported today on a selection of football websites and newspapers that Spurs have offered a contract to the youngster and PSG starlet Wilfried Kanga. Kanga who operates as a striker as well as a right winger played for the talented PSG under 19 side last season as they finished runners up in the 2015/16 UEFA youth league, with Kanga scoring a vital goal in the semifinal against Real Madrid. The Frenchman from Montreuil in France has represented the Ivory Coast under 20 side, Kanga has not signed a professional contract with the French heavyweights and ultimately would be available on a free transfer. However, Benfica are also believed to be interested in the Frenchman. ‘France football’, have also reported that “Spurs have offered the player the possibility to be in their first team squad immediately.” Ultimately we will have to wait and see if the 18 year old is to join the Lillywhites in the near future.
DeAndre Yedlin: DeAndre Yedlin was involved in the USA’s 1-0 victory over Paraguay
yesterday in their final group match of the Copa América. However Yedlin was sent off in the 48th minute after the right back picked up two yellow cards in quick succession.
Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele: Our central defensive pairing of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen played the entirety of tonight’s Euro 2016 group stage match for Belgium against Italy. Belgium were defeated 2-0 by the Azurri on the night, with Alderweireld completing the match at centre back whilst Vertonghen played at left back picking up a yellow card in the 92nd minute. Dembele was surprisingly an unused substitute in the group E game. Tomorrow could see our centre back Kevin Wimmer start against Hungary in Austria’s opening game of Euro 2016, the match starts at 5:00pm and is available to watch on ITV 1.