Spurs versus Manchester City: (match preview)

Spurs versus Manchester City: (match preview)

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Rarely has there been a team in the premier league era who are seen as unstoppable or unbeatable. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side may just be that team, the sky blues are unbeaten in the league this season, they sit 11 points clear at the top of the table with a staggering 49 points after 17 games. Probably the best team on the planet right now, City are on course to smash the premier league record book, with there being a general consensus among football fans that the league is already in the bag for the league leaders. Well that may be the case but it won’t stop teams such as ourselves bringing their A game to them. Man City are the club who we have the most away wins over in the premier league era, they are also a team who we haven’t lost to since 2015. The press are running out of superlatives to describe the attacking brilliance of Guardiola’s side, from the wizardry defence splitting passes of Kevin De Bruyne to the clinical finishing of Sergio Aguero, and the inform pairing of Raheem Sterling and David Silva, Guardiola’s team are devastating on the counter. As a Spurs fan all I’m hoping to see from Pochettino’s team is that they express themselves on the pitch, and play that trademark attacking football which has seen them overcome City in recent seasons. We’re expected to lose and anything else is a bonus, though one weakness of this great side is defending set pieces, something that I’m sure Pochettino will try and exploit this evening. COYS!

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lloris(c), Trippier, Dier, Vertonghen, Davies, Winks, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane.

Subs from: Vorm, Aurier, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Llorente.

My score prediction: 2-1 to Spurs! Son to score a brace.

One to watch: One of the best players in the world right now, Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has the ability to win a game on his own. His footballing brain one of the best in the league, the Belgian is the creative force behind Man City’s attacking play. De Bruyne has recorded 5 goals and 8 assists in the league so far this season.

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Spurs versus Real Madrid: (match preview)

825676A9-F232-4368-ABDB-A2AD330E235AJust over two weeks have passed since our famous 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabéu, but Pochettino’s side who are on the cusp of qualifying for the knockout stages of the champions league. Will be facing Real Madrid (the current holders of the competition) again when they host the Spanish side at Wembley Stadium tomorrow evening. It’s a game in which all Spurs fans are looking forward to and rightly so, players and supporters alike deserve it. With key players such as Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane both out injured, whilst key man Isco is also a doubt through injury. There’s reason to feel confident, Spurs produced a brilliant performance up against Zinedine Zidane’s side in Madrid and there’s no reason why they can’t replicate that tomorrow. Real, who lost their last match against newly promoted Girona at the weekend haven’t been at their best this season, even with world class players such as Ronaldo and Kroos in their team, I’m feeling quietly confident that we can pull off a big surprise. COYS

My predicted lineup:(3-4-2-1) Lloris(c), Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Aurier, Winks, Dembele, Davies, Alli, Erisken, Kane.

Subs from: Vorm, Trippier, Dier, Rose, Sissoko, Son, Llorente.

My score prediction: 3-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Kane x2 and Dele Alli.

One to watch: World class midfielder and excellent passer, Toni Kroos.

Spurs 4-1 Liverpool: (some thoughts on a thrilling game of football)

Spurs 4-1 Liverpool: (some thoughts on a thrilling game of football)

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It was a day in which two of the premier leagues most attack minded sides faced each other, our beloved Spurs and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, and it certainly stood up to the billing. It was a game in which Pochettino’s in form side flourished in, against an attacking Liverpool side with a woeful defence, the Wembley curse had been well and truly broken with a superb 4-1 victory. There was champagne football on display from both sides though it was our lads who were the exceptional side, out playing Liverpool with some brilliant incisive football from just 36% of possession, the colossal Harry Kane at the heart of all the action. Carrying on from our famous 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in midweek, Pochettino’s side could never have looked fresher starting the game with some electric play, where we looked destined to score every time we approached the Liverpool goal. Harry Kane got things off to a brilliant start inside just 4 minutes when he latched on to Trippier’s pass before powering his way into the area and swivelling around the diving Mignolet with immaculate close ball control, before clinically tapping home. The 80,000 strong crowd (a premier league record) were in jubilant form and things were to get even better for them, when Spurs doubled their advantage a mere 8 minutes later, after the unstoppable Kane powered down the right wing, before shrugging off a hapless Lovren and crossing into Son, who clinically converted at the far post. Spurs could have gone three up after another brilliant move which resulted in Son smashing an effort off the crossbar as Liverpool continued to look dazed.

Spurs seemed destined to put the game to bed, but Liverpool had other ideas. Klopp’s side pulling a goal back when Salah clipped the ball home after receiving a long ball from Henderson. Liverpool then begun to make more of a mark on the game following Salah’s goal, good chances being created from both sides. However, the pivotal goal was scored for Spurs by Dele, when he capped of a perfect first half of football with a well measured volley on the edge of the penalty area, in additional time of the first half. A surprise half time guest which was none other than the legendary Diego Maradona prolonged the excitement. And it was straight after the interval when Spurs wrapped up proceedings after Harry Kane put the game to bed with a poachers finish inside the area following Eriksen’s resulting free kick which was totally missed by Mignolet, who went to punch. Spurs went on to control the game, and in truth we could have scored as many as six goals, such was our creativity and energy going forward. Our brilliant side played like a team of champions with the skill, class and intelligence to outplay one of the leagues finest sides with such a low
amount of possession (36%). It was yet another tactical masterclass from Pochettino he set his side up impeccably, with Dele Alli in a deeper creative role, Son coming in to form a diamond with Erisken and the centre of attention, a certain Mr.Harry Kane. It was that free flowing and confident football that we had seen over the course of the last month or so, really come into fruition and we looked unstoppable.

Klopp’s side set out to get us on the counter attack, but our brilliant start ended that plan meaning they were always on the back foot. There were three standout performances which I’ll be focusing on, starting with our superstar Harry Kane. There are no words to describe the magnificence of our talisman, Sunday’s game was played around him and every contribution he made to the game was significant. Contributing just the two goals and one assist, the powerful English striker put in one of his performances of the season giving the reds defence a torrid time in the process. You just had to see the runs he made, his positioning, strength and clinical ability in front of goal to show you why he is one of the Worlds very best. Though he did come off injured towards the tail end of the game (it appears it was just cramp) he’s sensational swashbuckling performance was that from a player at the top of his game who is more often than not impossible to defend against or nullify. With the absence of both Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama, Pochettino put Dele Alli in a deeper position against Liverpool as he formed a midfield partnership with Harry Winks. Dele had a tremendous game, and put in a performance to rival any premier league midfielder. Efficient and creative, Alli was so composed against the likes of Can and Henderson. He oozed class, combining his attacking play with a more defensive stance. The pocket of space he found, and the brilliant volley for our third and most decisive goal was so perfectly executed.

The other player who really impressed me was Jan Vertonghen, whose tenaciousness across the backline had just as big an impact on the game as Harry Kane did going forward. His timing and reading of the game was immaculate, the numerous important interceptions he made, was testament to his class on the pitch. Apologies for the late write up of the game. COYS

 

Statistics: Senior goal scorers: Alli-3
Davies-2
Kane-13
Eriksen-3
Son-2
Sissoko-1

 

Assists Eriksen-3
Trippier-6
Davies-2
Kane-3
Alli-2
Alderweireld-1
Sissoko-1

 

Fernando Llorente: A much welcome alternative

Fernando Llorente: A much welcome alternative

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“I’m 32-years-old but I want to learn every day and I think I can learn a lot of things from Harry and the other players. I can learn a lot from Mauricio Pochettino and I will do my best here.”(Fernando Llorente)

I’d be lying if I were say I wasn’t surprised with our deadline day acquisition from Swansea, of 32 year old Spanish striker Fernando Llorente. It was certainly an unexpected move from Spurs to bring in the vastly experienced and highly talented striker who enjoyed a fine season with Swansea last term. Llorente was one of five players to make the move to our club over the summer, in what I believe was a good and productive window for Spurs. The arrival of Llorente on deadline day for an undisclosed fee was even more impressive when you consider the fact that our rivals Chelsea put in a reportedly bigger bid for the Spaniard, though the striker chose Pochettino’s side as his preference. A player who Spurs have continuously been linked with for many years, Llorente was at one time one of the most sought after strikers in the game during his golden years at Athletic Bilbao. The 32 year old who started of his career with La Liga club Athletic Bilbao, enjoyed a fine debut season in the premier league with relegation stricken Swansea last campaign. Llorente scored some pivotal goals to help keep the swans up, the Spanish international managed to find the net on 15 occasions in the league. Seven of them came as a result of a header, a trait for which Llorente is renowned for.

This is a very smart signing from Pochettino, we’ve now got an experienced and proven goalscorer who Spurs can rotate with their talisman, Harry Kane. The signing of the former Juventus and Athletic Bilbao man provides Spurs with a plan B in front of goal. Whilst it is unknown what the longterm future holds for Spurs’ other senior striker Vincent Janssen (23) with the Netherlands international today being omitted from Spurs’ UEFA Champions league squad, the Dutchman who was close to joining Brighton on deadline day, will surely go further down the pecking order. Following Llorente’s switch from the swans. Nicknamed El Rey León (the lion) Llorente operates as a target man upfront, with his physicality and movement in the box making him a highly potent player, but it’s his heading which is Llorente’s greatest attribute. You’ll do well to find a better header of a football then Fernando, he has scored a phenomenal amount of headers throughout his career. Llorente’s a very intelligent player, a player whose experience of winning multiple honours and performing at the highest level, can only add to our squad which is already so rich in quality.

Llorente’s strength and power brings with it a lot of tactical possibilities available for Mauricio Pochettino, the World Cup winner could be brought on late in games in search of a goal if we were going to play the long ball game. Whilst he can also come on and do the opposite (hold the ball up) if we’re winning in the late stages of a game. Llorente could also, potentially link up well with Alli, the Spaniard who is renowned for his link up play, means we could maybe see a Van Der Vaart and Crouch like relationship on the field, but to a much greater degree. I and many other Spurs fans are excited at the arrival of Fernando Llorente, and I for one cannot wait to see him put on the lilywhite shirt of Tottenham Hotspur. COYS

Spurs under 18’s 2-4 Leicester City: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 2-4 Leicester City: (match report)

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”In football you come up against different styles and today we came up against a style that we couldn’t live with. It’s a massive learning curve for our boys and they need to understand that this is football and you need to adapt, work out how to get the best out of games and work out how to adapt yourself to games.”(Scott Parker)

Our under 18’s suffered their first defeat of the season this afternoon, when Scott Parker’s side lost 4-2 to Leicester City at the clubs Belvoir drive training complex. I was in attendance for this mornings game, which I found to be an intriguing affair, the early stages of the game pointed towards a dominant Spurs victory after we took the lead inside 10 minutes, but it was anything but that as Parker’s  side ended up coming up against the better and more physical side on the day, though there were some very good individual performances in the young Spurs side. Parker’s lads started the game well in the opening minutes, playing a possession based game they enjoyed the majority of the ball in the early stages. The team which was made of predominantly first year scholars, looked assured and composed as they went in search of the opener. Dilan Markanday tried his luck from range early on, whilst a couple of minutes later Spurs capped off an incisive move with the first goal of the game. It had taken only 9 minutes for us to take the lead, courtesy of a fine team goal. Shashoua had done well to rob Leicester of possession on the edge of the penalty area, the ball was then worked to Reynolds who played a pass through to striker Reo Griffiths who was advancing on goal, the England youth international found the net with a clinical low drive, 1-0.

After taking the lead so early on Spurs looked to cement their authority on the game, they were dominating possession, creating some well worked chances with their quick passing game. Though there were no shots on target for either side since our opener, we remained firmly in control of proceedings, as the home side saw little of the ball within our half. That’s why it came as such a surprise when the foxes drew level on 25 minutes, Trevor Peake’s side had caught us on the break. When Tyrese Shade robbed Patterson of the ball in the Spurs half, the forward advanced on goal before swivelling past the diving De Bie to cooly slot the ball home. We responded by almost regaining the lead minutes after their equaliser, after Bowden played a lovely through ball to Griffiths but his shot on the turn was well thwarted by Leicester keeper Cameron Yates. Parker would have been disappointed when his side faced a further blow on 37 minutes when they fell behind. It was a disappointing goal to concede, there was a bit of a mix up between Dinzeyi and Omolabi as the former missed the ball when attempting to head it clear, the ball came down for midfielder Conor Tee who prodded the ball past De Bie to put Leicester ahead. Spurs had looked a completely different team since conceding the equaliser, they’d lost their composure and concentration, both on and off the ball.

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The game was in danger of spiralling away from our lads, when Leicester netted their third of the game on the stroke of half time. Midfielder Jamie Bowden had tripped Leicesters Calvin Ughelumba inside the area, with the referee pointing immediately to the spot. The centre half stepped up to put the ball past De Bie and into the back of the net, 3-1 Leicester. Bringing the half to a disappointing end after it had promised so much for Parker’s side early on. Spurs started the second period with two surprise substitutions, 16 year old goalkeeper Josh Oluwayemi replaced De Bie in the Spurs nets, whilst the impressive Jamie Bowden came off to make way for midfielder Paris Maghoma. Leicester continued to look the better side as the half progressed, they should have extended their lead shortly after the interval, when a free header for a Leicester player from the resulting cross was headed wide of goal. Then moments later they saw a powerful strike on the edge of the area dash past Oluwayemi’s right hand post. The foxes onslaught continued when one of their players (apologies, I couldn’t get a team sheet) robbed Oluwayemi on the ball, before hitting an effort at goal which was superbly blocked on the line by Omolabi.

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The pressure Leicester were putting Spurs under, meant that the inevitable was always going to happen, and it duly arrived on 58 minutes when the foxes extended their lead. Conor Tee’s in swinging free kick was met by a seemingly unchallenged George Heaven, who powered his header into the top right hand corner of the net, leaving Oluwayemi helpless. The ball was constantly being passed down the flanks by Peake’s side as they attacked on goal. Scott Parker may be the new under 18 head coach, but the bellowing voice of John McDermott (academy manager) rang out, as McDermott barked instructions out to the Spurs players, as they struggled to keep up with a Leicester team who had simply outwitted them. Parker’s side had a real go at Leicester during the final minutes of the game, a lovely bit of skill from Hinds down the left saw the fullback ping a wonderful pass forward to Griffiths who took it down well, but his resulting effort didn’t trouble Yates who parried it away. However, the game did finish on a positive note for Spurs, substitute Jeremie Mukendi forcing a fine stop out of Yates, whilst Oluwayemi produced a superb reflex save at the other end. Then as the game neared an end, prolific young striker Reo Griffiths got his third goal in two games to make it 4-2. It was a good counter attack from Spurs, which saw Patterson play a lovely weighted pass through to Griffiths from the right, the striker confidently curling home. The final score Spurs under 18’s 2-4 Leicester City.

Additional info: Our under 16’s were also playing Leicester today, they were on the pitch up from the one the under 18’s were playing on. I’m not sure what the final result was, but I noticed that first year scholar Maximus Tainnio was playing. Our under 18’s host Brighton at the training centre next Saturday, in their next game of the campaign.

Player reviews: -Jonathan De Bie: Not a lot to do in the half that he played, couldn’t have done anything to prevent the three goals.
– Josh Oluwayemi: Thrown right into the deep end on his under 18 premier league debut, made an excellent save late on.
– Matt Lock:Lock had a good game, a skilful player, he defended well down the right.
– Tariq Hinds: Really impressive going forward, created some good chances down the left flank, was sound defensively.
– Jamie Bowden: The midfielder who only played the first half, had an excellent performance in my opinion. Despite conceding a penalty late on, Bowden was a real force with in the midfield, he is a Carrick like player. Made some lovely passes from deep.
– Paris Maghoma: Really impressed me with his second half performance, added steel and leadership to the game. A bit similar to Onomah in styles of play, he was good on the ball and going forward. Got stuck in and made some fine challenges, has a brilliant work ethic.
– Moroyin Omolabi: Seems to be playing a lot at centre half now, Omolabi had a fine game, he was busy and involved, composed in play. Made a superb goal line block in the second half.
– Jon Dinzeyi: Had a decent game despite his error which lead to Leicesters first of the game. Was dominant in the air, Dinzeyi also made some good surging (Vertonghenesque) forward runs from the back.
– Dilan Markanday: The first time I’ve seen him play since the Ipswich under 15 game two seasons ago. Really tricky winger down the right flank, has really good ball control. Samuel Shashouaesque. Looking forward to seeing more of him this season.
– Jamie Reynolds: Tidy and creative performance from the midfielder, assisted our opener.
– Reo Griffiths: Top performance from the striker who now has 3 goals in 2 games this season. Lead the line well, was strong and clinical in front of goal.
– Armando Shashoua: Really impressed me today, looked a real threat when ever he was on the ball, similar to his brother in style of play. Roamed all over the park, constantly pressed the opposition.
– Jeremie Mukendi: Impressive second half cameo from the pacy striker.
– Phoenix Patterson: Eminent winger Phoenix Patterson enjoyed a fine game down the left flank. With his silky skills and eagerness to get a cross away, he was a real source of creativity with in the Spurs side. A tireless performance from Patterson, who also assisted Griffiths goal with a nice through ball.

My man of the match: Eminent winger Phoenix Patterson enjoyed a fine game down the left flank. With his silky skills and eagerness to get a cross away, he was a real source of creativity with in the Spurs side. A tireless performance from Patterson, who also assisted Griffiths goal with a nice through ball.

Spurs U18s: De Bie (c, Olywayemi 46), Lock, Hinds, Bowden (P Maghoma 46), Omolabi, Dinzeyi, Markanday, Reynolds, Griffiths, A Shashoua (Mukendi 63), Patterson. Substitutes (not used): Lyons-Foster, Statham.

 

Spurs under 18’s versus Leicester City: (match preview)

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Date: Saturday 19 August, kick off: 11:30am
Venue: Belvoir drive training complex
Head2Heads: 1-1, 2-0 Spurs, 3-1 Leicester, 1-1.

Our under 18’s play their second league game of the season on Saturday, when Scott Parker’s side travel to Leicester’s Belvoir drive training ground. Parker’s side face the foxes on the back of an impressive opening day victory (4-0) over Norwich last Saturday. Leicester also started their season with a win (2-1) away to Southampton. We beat Trevor Peake’s side 2-0 in the reserve fixture last season, and Scott Parker will be keen to replicate a similar result in tomorrow mornings tough encounter. I will be making the trip to the midlands for tomorrow mornings match, which will be my first time watching the under 18’s this season, and as always I will be providing an in depth match report. I’m hoping to see the gaffers son (Maurizio Pochettino) in action tomorrow. COYS

In other youth related news, 18 year old midfielder Jack Roles has been linked with a loan move to league 2 side Exeter City, this rumour was posted on an Exeter City fan forum. Roles is an incredibly talented midfielder who enjoyed a sensational 2016/17 campaign, it would be a fascinating loan for Roles were it to go ahead, we shall see. Exeter have a good record of developing young players at the club, for which the director of football is Spurs legend Steve Perryman.

My predicted lineup: Freeman, Lyons-Foster, Dinzeyi, Omolabi, Lock, Bowden, P.Maghoma, Patterson, A.Shashoua, Markanday, Griffiths.

My score prediction: 3-1 to Spurs.

Spurs versus AS Roma: (match preview)

Spurs versus AS Roma: (match preview)

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Spurs play the second game of their US tour on Wednesday morning, in a game involving last years Serie A runners up AS Roma, the game takes place at the Red Bull Arena In New Jersey. Mauricio Pochettino’s side started their pre season in style with a 4-2 victory over PSG in Orlando on Sunday. Now Pochettino’s side will go head to head with some of Serie A’s finest players, Radja Nainggolan, Eden Dzeko and Kostas Manolas are just some of the top players that I Lupi (the wolves) have at their disposal. The wide rotation throughout our last game will likely take place again, and I’m hoping that it will see a couple more of the youngsters make their senior debuts, and whilst it may only be a friendly I am confident that Spurs will put in a good showing against the Italian side. 17 year old midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe put in a fine performance against PSG and could well feature again, I’m also hoping to see other academy players feature in what will be such an important game in their development. I’m also hoping to see Harry Winks get a good run out in the midfield. The game which takes place in the early hours of Wednesday morning (1am) will be shown live on premier sports. I will be providing a match report on tonight’s game, which will be yet another intriguing pre season encounter. COYS

My predicted team: (4-2-3-1) Vorm, Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Georgiou, Wanyama, Winks, Onomah, Alli, Nkoudou, Janssen.

My score prediction: 3-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Dele Alli, Kane and Onomah.

One to watch: Roma’s versatile midfielder and Belgium international Radja Nainggolan.

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Spurs squad for USA trip announced:

Spurs squad for USA trip announced:

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The squad for our upcoming three game tour of the USA has been announced with in the past hour by the club. We will face PSG, AS Roma and Manchester City as part of the international champions cup, the eagerly anticipated announcement of the squad has thrown up some interesting inclusions, especially from the academy. Pochettino has picked 7 academy players not including Walker-Peters who also travels with the squad, the youngsters that have travelled are: Brandon Austin, Jaden Brown, Jon Dinzeyi, Anthony Georgiou, Tashan Oakley Boothe, Will Miller and Alfie Whiteman. I will be doing an article focussing on those youngsters called up, later today. Amongst senior players who haven’t traveled are, Moussa Sissoko, Erik Lamela, Son and Danny Rose who all miss out through injury. Our first game of the three game tour is against French club PSG in the early hours of Sunday morning, all three games are live on Premier Sports. COYS

Squad:
Toby Alderweireld
Dele Alli
Brandon Austin
Jaden Brown
Cameron Carter-Vickers
Ben Davies
Mousa Dembele
Eric Dier
Jon Dinzeyi
Christian Eriksen
Anthony Georgiou
Vincent Janssen
Harry Kane
Hugo Lloris
Will Miller
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou
Tashan Oakley-Boothe
Josh Onomah
Kieran Trippier
Jan Vertonghen
Michel Vorm
Kyle Walker-Peters
Victor Wanyama
Alfie Whiteman
Kevin Wimmer
Harry Winks

 

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 announce first team friendly with Italian giants Juventus:

Spurs announce first team friendly with Italian giants Juventus:

“This match will form an important part of our preparations, particularly with the Premier League season starting just a week later. We met Juventus in Australia during pre-season last year and it was a highly competitive game, very useful for us, and we expect a similar game this year at Wembley.” (Mauricio Pochettino)

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Spurs have this afternoon announced a mouth watering pre season friendly against Serie A holders and Champions league finalists Juventus, at Wembley stadium on Saturday the 5th of August. There were rumours with in the Italian media that Spurs would be facing Juventus at Wembley, and the confirmation by the club will come as welcome news to us Spurs fans. The game will be our final pre season friendly before we take on Newcastle United just a week later in our first league game of the season. Spurs fans will welcome such a game against one of the worlds finest sides, with household names such as Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini, Paulo Dybala and Miralem Pjanić, La Vecchia Signora (The old lady) will provide us with the perfect opportunity to prepare for life at the national stadium. We last met Massimiliano Allegri’s side last pre season in Melbourne, in a game that finished 2-1 to the Italian side, hopefully this time round we can get a positive result against them. Hopefully Spurs fans will also get to see some new signings for the very first time. COYS