Some thoughts on the Paulo Gazzaniga to Spurs rumours:

Some thoughts on the Paulo Gazzaniga to Spurs rumours:

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It’s fair to say most Spurs fans were surprised when they heard the news, that we had been linked with Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga. The youngish Argentine goalkeeper (25) spent last season on loan with Spanish segunda division side Rayo Vallecano. Reports are suggesting that Pochettino is interested in signing the goalkeeper, presumably to make added competition between Lloris and Vorm for the first place spot. Gazzaniga who hails from the same town in Argentina as Pochettino (Murphy) could well become Spurs’ first addition of the summer. I must admit I was very surprised when I heard of this rumour yesterday morning, from the point of view that we already have two excellent first team goalkeepers and a whole host of talented academy goalkeepers who have such a bright future in the game. However, we’ve also got to bear in mind the fact that we probably won’t be signing Pau Lopez from Espanyol this summer. Lopez who spent last season on loan at Spurs, despite not featuring for the senior side, he gave Pochettino that security of knowing that he had a keeper in his side capable of stepping in were there to be an injury crisis. I was desperately hoping we’d sign Lopez whose contract runs out next summer, and I still think we will in the future. But the rumours of Pochettino wanting Gazzaniga make sense, he may not be the most experienced goalkeeper. But he’s played in the premier league before, whilst also playing for Gillingham and Rayo Vallecano in between. The Argentine who is an excellent kicker of the ball, is still a young and improving goalkeeper and if Pochettino wants us to sign him, then so do I.

Highly rated youth team goalkeepers Alfie Whiteman and Brandon Austin both 18, are expected to be given squad numbers for this season. Though the talented pair are for now still probably too young and inexperienced to fill in for Lloris and Vorm. Though Gazzaniga wouldn’t be and that’s why I’d like him at Spurs, he may not play many games if any over the coming season, a bit like Alex Manninger’s spell with Liverpool last season. Pochettino could well link up with his fellow countryman who he managed at Southampton, its certainly an interesting transfer rumour that will divide opinion, but I welcome the idea of the Argentine joining Spurs. COYS

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Why Ross Barkley would be a perfect addition to Spurs:

Why Ross Barkley would be a perfect addition to Spurs:

Key attributes:
– Dribbling
– Passing
– Vision
– Long shots
– Through balls

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Rumours linking Everton midfielder Ross Barkley to our club (Spurs) have been going around for some time now, and with the toffees signing of Wayne Rooney over the weekend, those rumours linking Barkley with Spurs will surely be reignited. Whilst Spurs generally remain as the bookies favourites to be Barkley’s next club, Spurs are still yet to make a move for the 23 year old whose contract expires at the end of next season. The following is not an article on whether or not I think Barkley will come to Spurs, instead it’s on how I think he’d become a perfect addition to Pochettino’s squad. Barkley who joined Everton as an 11 year old, is an attacking midfielder who has been capped by England on 22 occasions. The youngster who has been a big part of Everton’s first team for many seasons, has put in some eye catching performances which quickly won him wide spread admiration from those with in the footballing community. A powerful and pacy attacking midfielder with silky skills, the Englishman has netted 21 goals in 150 appearances for his boyhood club, picking up many an assist in the process. Whilst in his younger years, considered as one of England’s hottest footballing prodigies, it’s fair to say that the Everton man hasn’t quite reached his full potential, whilst at times inconsistent, spectators are constantly reminded by his class, especially when it comes to his excellent dribbling ability.

A versatile midfielder Barkley would bring a whole new dimension to Spurs’ attack, suitable as an attacking midfielder, winger on both flanks, and as a central midfielder. Barkley is a different type of player to Alli or Eriksen for example, he’s more rounded then the two in regards to his style of play, I’d even go as far as drawing comparisons to star Spurs man Mousa Dembele. His technically a similar albeit further forward player than the Belgian, both very strong on the ball, Barkley also dribbles with the ball in a similar way to Dembele. A hugely gifted player yet to have his potential fully unlocked, there’s no better manager for him to flourish under than Pochettino, our manager has developed young English players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier into footballing superstars on the international stage. Whilst he would come to Spurs as an older player, the Everton man strikes me as a very Pochettino like player.

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We haven’t currently got an attacking player like Barkley, who can just surge forward with a ball, Alli and Eriksen don’t posses that pace about their game. He has drawn comparisons with footballing greats such as Wayne Rooney and Paul Gascoigne, praised by Barcelona legend Xavi for his physical and technical ability. But the 23 year old Liverpudlian is still to prove himself consistently on the biggest stage. And question marks would fall on whether he is ready for a move to Pochettino’s champions league side.

Our squad is not huge nor is our depth, whilst Eriksen, Alli, Son and Lamela would all start ahead of Barkley were he to make the move to north London, the midfielders versatility makes him such a useful player to have. He could cover for Dembele in the midfield, as well as coming on as an impact sub on the wings, but he’s best position would be behind Kane where his creativity would blossom, and I’m sure his goal tally would greatly improve playing around such talented players. I don’t think we need to sign loads of players this summer but my opinion is this, Barkley would probably be a very pricey gamble, but Pochettino’s gambles on unknown players like Dier and Alli leave me more than confident that Pochettino can develop an already proven talent into a world class player. COYS

 

Spurs reportedly agree deal to sign winger Georges-Kévin N’Koudou from Marseille:

Spurs reportedly agree deal to sign winger Georges-Kévin N’Koudou from Marseille:

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Facts:
– N’koudou scored 10 goals for Marseille last season.
– Although he was born in Versailles the France under 21 international is also eligible to represent Cameroon.
– The winger previously played for Nantes and French giants PSG.
– N’Koudou is noted for his exceptional pace and acceleration as well as he’s balance on the ball.
– N’Koudou has been scouted by a wide array of European clubs and is highly sought after.

 
It is believed that Spurs have managed to secure the signing of the highly rated 21 year old winger Georges-Kévin N’Koudou from French club Marseille, for a fee believed to be around £10.8 million pounds. The reports of N’Koudou’s impending signing have come from two very reliable sources France’s L’Équipe and The Guardian newspaper, the French club have given Spurs permission to begin negotiations with N’Koudou over personal terms. The France under 21 intentional who used to play for both Nantes and PSG is expected to travel to London for a medical with in the next 48 hours, with the winger believed to be signing a five year contract with Spurs. I believe this deal will go ahead most probably with in the week and I ultimately believe it will be a very good signing if it is confirmed. N’Koudou is an extremely pacy winger who has great dribbling ability and skill, the Frenchman also is extremely energetic and likes to press opponents which is something Pochettino and Mitchell will have become aware of whilst watching him.

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N’Koudou is just the kind of player that we need ahead of the coming season, we need someone with pace that can surge down the flanks and with N’Koudou we would have that. However, some reports are suggesting that Clinton N’jie could be loaned to Marseille as part of the deal, I don’t believe that this will occur as I believe Pochettino highly values the Cameroonian ahead of next season and the winger can certainly make a big impact once fully fit. The highly rated N’Koudou would be yet another fantastic signing for Spurs and with the signings of Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen already completed Pochettino will be looking to get all of our new signings to gel with plenty of time left ahead of the new season. A couple of videos which show N’Koudou’s skill and talent are included in the links provided below. COYS⚽️

Why I believe Victor Wanyama would be an excellent addition to our squad:

Why I believe Victor Wanyama would be an excellent addition to our squad:

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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.

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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⚽️

Spurs reportedly offer contract to highly rated youngster Wilfried Kanga:

Spurs reportedly offer contract to highly rated youngster Wilfried Kanga:

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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.

Vincent Janssen: Spurs’s hold talks with Dutch striker.

Vincent Janssen: Spurs’s hold talks with Dutch striker.

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Facts: – Vincent is a 21 year old striker from the town of Heesch in the Netherlands.
– Janssen is 5 foot 10 inches tall.
– Janssen is the son of the former world champion swimmer and Dutch sportswoman of the year, Annemarie Verstappen.
– Vincent has been capped for the Netherlands all the way from the under 15 side to the senior side.
– Janssen has currently scored three goals in five matches for the Dutch senior side.

This morning Sky Sports News announced that Spurs had held talks with last seasons Eredivisie top scorer Vincent Janssen, after his club Az Alkmaar gave him permission to speak to Spurs according to Sky sources. The 21 year old Netherlands international netted 27 goals in 34 games for AZ Alkmaar last season, and Janssen was watched play last Saturday against Austria in an international by our manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Style of play: Janssen is one of Hollands hottest young talents and with his technique it’s not hard to see why. One of Janssen’s best attributes is his ability to shoot with both feet equally which is something even some top strikers lack. Furthermore, Janssen’s technique and instinctive nature is phenomenal, as to is his finishing with his clinical ability making him a deadly force up front. In addition the Dutchman possesses great balance and strength which helps to demonstrate his hold up play. Moreover, it is Janssen’s movement that is one of the Dutchman’s finest attributes, with Janssen often managing to find himself in space to score a goal. In many ways the Dutchman’s attributes are similar to those of our star striker Harry Kane which undoubtedly leaves me in great confidence that Janssen has the potential to become a star for the Lillywhites, if he is to sign.

When will the deal happen?: Taking into consideration Janssen is now off until pre season due to the Netherlands not being involved in Euro 2016, Spurs and AZ Alkmaar can negotiate a deal at their own leisure as well as discussing personal terms with Janssen. However, I would predict that Janssen could be a Spurs player by the end of the week judging by Spurs already being in discussions with the 21 year old. However, ultimately we shall have to see whether things are sorted out in a speedy fashion. Below is a video which i feel showcases the exceptionally talented young Dutchman, in action for both AZ Alkmaar and the Dutch national side over the course of last season. I feel as if Janssen is just the sort of player we need at Spurs ahead of next season and I am hopeful that Spurs can get a deal done for him in the near future.