Deadline day – News, rumours and views!

Deadline

THE TRANSFER WINDOW IS SHUT
Stay tuned for any further announcements – clubs have until 1am.

CONFIRMED – Dele Alli is a Tottenham player – the youngster has signed a 5 and a half year deal at the club. He will be loaned straight back to MK Dons. A top quality player.

22:33

Breaking!

Aaron Lennon has joined Everton on loan until the end of the season.

Good luck, Lennon!

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22:10

BREAKING –

West Hams chairman David Gold has just tweeted telling his fans to not go to bed – An Adebayor move is imminent!!

Sky Sports believe that THFC are waiting to see if they can get a replacement.

22:03

Sky Sources are reporting that Dele Alli is having the last part of his medical at Tottenham Way. 

He will immediately be loaned back to the MK Dons

21:52

BREAKING –

@SpursOfficial have confirmed that Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been released from his contract.

The club have wished him well.

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have reportedly accepted a bid of £2.5 million from West Ham for Younes Kaboul.

Turkish Football report Besiktas have made a late move for Tottenham captain Younes Kaboul.

Roma are also interested in Kaboul on loan with an option to buy – according to some reports.

“AS Roma are reportedly interested in Captain Younes Kaboul after failingto agree a deal to bring Vlad Chiriches to the club” – reports Di Marzio.

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West Ham have made a late move to sign Emmanuel Adebayor. The Spurs striker has rejected an offer to go to Crystal Palace.

According to the Mirror.

It is believed that Leicester are in for Aaron Lennon with the club wanting the winger on loan.

The Telegraph understand Stoke City are in talks with Tottenham Hotspur regarding winger Aaron Lennon.

More as I get it!

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Dele Alli is set to undergo a medical at Spurs with Tottenham believed to be his number one choice.

Any young player that wants to progress would jump on the chance to work with Poch and his team – our team has been built on youth players this season. A great choice by the lad.

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It is believed that a deal for Adebayor has been struck – with QPR leading the way however the player is refusing to leave.

On the contrary – QPR chairman Tony Fernandes does not think he will bring in any players this transfer window.

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HE’S ONE OF OUR OWN, HE’S ONE OF OUR OWN!

Harry Kane has put pen to paper and signed a new 5 and a half year deal worth 40k per week – the club have announced.

More information as I get it!

KANEEEEE

http://gianlucadimarzio.com/calciomercato-3/roma-difficolta-per-chiriches-si-tenta-per-kaboul/

CONFIRMED: Nabil Bentaleb has long on the AFCON Quarter-Final and will be available for the NLD – A whole new signing right there!

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Tottenham are considering a £5m deadline day bid for Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Konoplyanka has revealed he wants to join a Premier League side and has rejected Roma:

Konoplyanka: “Yes, Roma were interested in me, but I refused them. Perhaps they will be disappointed but that’s life.

“My goal as a child was to play in England. The leagues are stronger and I still want to try my hand there.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/tottenham-eye-transfer-deadline-beating-5079144

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Rumours are that Winston Reid has agreed to join Spurs on a pre-contract agreement.

Reid has agreed to join for free in the summer and is expected to sign a contract of 60k a week.

On a free – getting Reid is a very good signing and has Premier League experience, which is exactly what we need.

Sky Sports however believe these reports are wide of the mark.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/west-ham-defender-winston-reid-5087232

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Daily Mirror understand Spurs have made a late move to sign MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli – a deal of £5 million has reportedly been agreed with Newcastle and Aston Villa also interested.

The Central defensive midfielder has scored 12 times this season and assisted 5 times in 31 appearances.

Sky Sports can ‘Confirm’ Tottenham are interested in signing Dele Alli from MK Dons this transfer window  –

Sky Sports now believe that a deal has been struck and that it will include Alli going back to MK Dons on loan for the rest of the season.

Respected journalist Ian Abrahams (Broadcast Moose) believes that the deal for Dele Alli to join Spurs is done –

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/tottenham-hotspur/11383027/Tottenham-Hotspur-make-late-bid-to-sign-MK-Dons-star-Dele-Alli.html

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Tottenham are looking to sell 3 players and get on player in on loan – according to Sky Sports.

Spurs are looking to offload Adebayor and either Younes Kaboul or Vlad Chiriches on deadline day tomorrow.

Sky sources understand Paris Saint-Germain and Queens Park Rangers remain interested in a temporary deal for the Togolese striker and Spurs remain hopeful he will agree to find first-team football elsewhere.

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Should Spurs seek a loan deal for a striker it appears their options are limited. Sky sources understand they have cooled their interest in the Fenerbahce forward Emmanuel Emenike, for example, while Burnley have ruled out selling Danny Ings this month.

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http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11675/9694959/transfer-news-tottenham-look-to-offload-emmanuel-adebayor-younes-kaboul-or-vlad-chiriches-before-the-deadline

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Team line-ups, statistics and the last five meetings.

West Brom vs Tottenham Hotspur;

WBA:

Starting XI:
Foster, Wisdom, McAuley, Dawson, Lescott, Yacob, Brunt, Morrison, McManaman, Anichebe, Berahino.

Subs:
Rose, Pocognoli, Baird, Gardner, Dorrans, Sessegnon, Ideye.

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THFC: 

Starting XI:
Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Mason; Eriksen, Paulinho, Lamela; Kane

Subs:
Vorm, Davies, Dier, Chadli, Stambouli, Townsend, Soldado

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Statistics – 

WBA are unbeaten in their four matches under Tony Pulis and have only conceded one goal in that time.

Christian Eriksen has won 13 points with his goals, more than any other Premier League player this season.

Last Five Meetings – 

In the last six matches between the West Brom and Tottenham, only once has either side scored more than one goal (3-3 in April, 2014)

21 Sep 2014 Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 1 West Bromwich Albion Premier League

12 Apr 2014 West Bromwich Albion 3 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League

26 Dec 2013 Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 1 West Bromwich Albion Premier League

03 Feb 2013 West Bromwich Albion 0 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League

25 Aug 2012 Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 1 West Bromwich Albion Premier League

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Who’s important? (aka don’t sell, Levy)

Through-out our successes and failures so far this season there have definitely been stand-out performers pretty much week in week out. Quite simply some players have played better than others, and their have been some surprises to who our best performers have been this season, whether due to them being newcomers, (former) youth players, or simply dramatically improving from last season.

In order of formation as opposed to order of ‘importantness’ I will go through the players that consistently perform and have forced themselves to become the regular name on the team-sheet. Most of these are fan favourites, but there may be a few surprises.

The first choice is obvious, giving that I’m writing this in terms of formtation. Have you guessed yet? It’s Brad Friedel.

Obviously I’m joking, my first important player is the French heartthrob, Hugo Lloris.

Hugo Lloris – 

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Sir Hugo has made an impressive 8 clean sheets this season, averaging 3 saves per game and has a huge 100% claim success rate in the Europa league. Due to his magnificent form, Pochettino has even opted for him to be between the sticks for Cup games ahead of the ever reliable Michel Vorm, truly suggesting what faith the new boss has in our (arguably) biggest asset. Appearing in 28 of our 33 games proves that Vorm can’t even dislodge him from most cup games, despite being in (probably) the top 10 keepers in the league for the past 2-3 years.

Not only is his form pivitol to the team, but his leadership and presence is too. (The defenders obviously rate him, they allow enough shots through to his goal.) But the club vice-captain and Captain for the last few months has become a true leader on the pitch and somebody that everybody respects.

In 2013 Brad Friedel was questioned about Lloris and he said: “Can Hugo be one of the best ever for Tottenham? Time will tell, but he’s an outstanding goalkeeper. Hugo is a very good goalkeeper and very quick in his decision making off the line.”

This was at the start of the season after Lloris dislodged Brad as number 1 and made him quite obviously a second choice keeper.

For me it is quite obvious that Hugo Lloris is one of the best keepers not only in the Prem, but also the world and we simply would not be able to replace him if we left. With that being said, I wouldn’t be too upset if Vorm took the reigns but in truth he just doesn’t quite compare.

Second, I feel as though these two players should be put together due to their incredible form statistic –

Jan Vertonghen and Federicio Fazio – 

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Verts and Fazio have created and incredible partnership in not only the Cup competitions but also in the Premier League against all odds. Fazio had a dodgy start to life in England, getting a red card and proving his lack of pace, however the intelligent defender learnt from his mistakes very quickly along with that, Vertonghen was rumoured to leave left right and centre and his passion and love for the club was questioned (by me too) and I think them rumours have now been squashed, his passion is clear when celebrating (see pic) and his consistent performances and celebrations have made people believe in the Red Devil once again. Despite all of this, the partnership now have an incredible statistic.

When these two have started together they have lost just 2 games in 17 (Chelsea away and Palace away). As all Spurs fans will know, we have never had the best defence, and rarely have a positive goal difference (we are still struggling with that this year) and yet these two have become a formidable partnership.

Both of them have different skills: Vertonghen was quoted saying

“He [Fazio] is a beast in the air and I’m less strong in the air than him, but we compensate for each other in that way. I think we’re doing quite well at the moment.

“We talk a lot – he speaks English very well – and I think it’s good for centre-backs to play together for a while.”

He went onto admit that he fit in very well with Poch’s high pressing style of play, because of his pace and positioning, however Fazio struggles more with that, but his aerial presence and awareness makes up for it.

I hope these two continue their fine form and if they do continue, be our spine for years to come.

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Now I’m not sure whether these two should go together during this or alone, but they have both been vital to our play so far this season.

Lets put them together but write about them separately perhaps?

Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb – 

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Tim Sherwoods love child has won over the hearts of the Spurs fans after being under scrutiny last year, with people using him as an escape goat for not liking Tim Sherwood. Shewood like Poch, didn’t quite select the correct games for Bentaleb to play in, however this year he has grown tremendously as a player, experiencing his first World Cup last in 2014 and lots of Premier League starts since then.

Bentaleb impressed Poch during the World Cup and he was soon preferred to Capoue, Dembele and Paulinho, all players that I’ve said wouldn’t be missed too much if they left the club.

The 20 year old has made 11 appearances for the club in the Premier League this season – and was absent for much of it because of injury – with Spurs winning 7 out of 11 of the games in which he has featured where as Spurs have won just 3 out of 10 in which he was absent. So that’s 64% of their Premier League matches with the midfielder in the side compared to just 30% without him.That statistic alone proves how necessary Bentaleb is to Spurs’ progression, with former Manager Sherwood believing he can become Tottenham’s Captain in the coming years,

“Not only does he have the technical ability but he has the attitude and well. He showed everyone else how to train – his mentality was top class.

“That attitude is why he is a future Tottenham captain and there are no doubts he will have a successful career.”

But then again who would listen to him?

Bentaleb’s hard work and  passion were clearly missed in the defeat against Palace and it shone during our victory against Chelsea, his hard work, passion and skill level gets him on my ‘most important players’ list, further enhancing the spine which has come to fruition during the past 2 months.

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Mason managed to squeeze into the first team early on in the season after Capoue and Dembele were proving that they weren’t quite up to the task. Everyone knew Poch would try and bring in some youth player, as it’s what he had done at Southampton and he created some truly wonderful players: Clynne, Ward-Prowse and Shaw among them. But in truth, nobody knew quite how early he would bring them into the fold. After a wonder-goal at Nottingham Forrest in the League Cup, Mason started against Arsenal and the Spurs fans fell in love. Nothing is better than a home grown player, doing well for his team against the Scum. Since then Mason hasn’t looked back and we dearly missed his passion and box to box play when we played against Palace less than a week ago.

Mason has been mostly used in the Premier League and his drive and forward passing from a Centre-Defensive Midfield position works perfectly for Poch’s style of play, and that is what we missed against Palace, that drive and commitment. 90% of Mason’s passes go forward.

The home-grown player simply deserves a place on this list because he works so hard for the team and it is so obvious when he isn’t there. Well done, Ryan.

Nacer Chadli – 

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The Dolphin has grown so much as a player since last season, and is now becoming a fan favourite. His league form is comparable to the likes of Hazard and he has made huge progress both physically and mentally in the Premier League. With 7 goals in 18 appearances Chadli has become the goal scoring midfielder that we needed, especially with 2/3 of our strikers miss-firing consistently. From Squawka he has received 4.5 stars out of 5, the most of any Spurs players this season and the 25 year-old shows no signs of letting up.

Chadli, unlike a lot of midfielders also performs exceptionally well in the big games, with far and away his best performance of the season coming against Chelsea where he got himself a goal and two assists. He along with Kane stole the show on the night and if it wasn’t for Harry Kane’s 10/10 performance he himself would have got all of the plaudits.

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Christian Eriksen – 

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Another vertebrae to our spine Eriksen has continued his fine form of last season and has been easily one of best players. Even when he’s played out of position this season he has performed to the highest of his ability. The Danish player of the year for 2014 has scored 7 goals in 21 appearances including 3 last minute match winning goals, creating 45 chances and one assist. Eriksen has completed 850 passes this season with a pass accuracy of 84%, of which 70% were forward passes.

There isn’t too much to say about Eriksen but his free-kicks and attacking play are simply second to none. Who the fuck is Ozil?

Finally;

Harry Kane – 

Harry Kane has probably been our best player of the season so far, the England U21 international has discovered a truly world-class form, scoring against a variety of teams, including a brace against Chelsea who boast the 2nd best defence in the Premier League so far this season. Along with his goals however Kane completely changes the way in which we play. Kane manages to bring in all of the attacking midfielder’s into the play, leading to Eriksen and Chadli both scoring 7 goals in the league this season. His directness and ability shocked the world this season with him dribbling 40 yards past 4/5 players, winning free-kicks and taking 25 yard snap shots which simply shock goalkeepers and defenders.

“We have watched [Kane] for a while and I worked with him briefly in the Under-21s when I filled in for one game. Harry has come on in leaps and bounds and I’m not surprised because I know [the former coaches] Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand very well.”

Kane has been far and away the biggest revolation so far this season, and is on course to be in contention for PFA young player of year and an England starting place, if his form continues. Long may it continue! #COYS

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Who should be our next captain?

One question has been on everyone’s lips in regards to Tottenham’s future. That question is who will be the next player to take us forward? Who will be our next captain?

For me there are two obvious contenders, however I believe the club will be deciding between three; Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris. All three players do have a claim to the throne which was once inhabited by our very own Ledley King, and kept warm by Michael ‘captain fantastic’ Dawson. We are now however are in a process of transition and a new era is taking place. It’s vital for Poch to pick his own captain, but he can’t ignore the fans and their feelings.

Younes Kaboul:

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The club’s additional player to the list I believe would be Younes Kaboul however he won’t be the player on most fans lips. Since 2012/2013 Kaboul has made limited appearances for the club, due to a long-term injury which has impaired his once very sharp progress for the club, with Kaboul being one of our top performers in the 2011-2012 season helping us to a fourth place finish.

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Debut* – 11th August 2007
Appearances – 123
Goals – 8

Since 2012/2013:

Appearances – 17
Passing accuracy – 84%
Defensive errors – 4
Goals – 1

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The speedy centre back remembered for ‘out-pacing’ Gabby Agbonlahor was once a huge prospect who could have been one of the very best. His pace, (Lennon, Walker and Bale all said they Kabs had beat them in a 100 metre race) aerial ability and interceptions allowed him to excel in the centre back position with a lot of Spurs fans comparing him to Ledley King. Injury has however prevented Kaboul from playing as much as he would like, with a lot of people believing Levy would try to get rid of him during the passing summer transfer window (2014) however it appears that Pochettino is a fan, with Kaboul appearing in all three games so far this season, with the club opting to sell club captain Michael Dawson instead – which is the whole reason we are having this discussion now. I believe that whether due to injury or form, Kaboul will lose his place in the side, with Vertonghen, Fazio, Dier and Chiriches most probably beating Kaboul in the pecking order. Despite this, it is possible that Kaboul will become ‘Club captain’ with one of the other contenders becoming ‘On-field captain’ which was a similar role that Dawson had at the beginning of the 2012/2013 season.

Jan Vertonghen:

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Since joining Spurs in 2012 Jan Vertonghen was an instant hit with the fans and the players. His ability to sense danger and tackle with incredible accuracy as well as knock in a few goals meant that Jan flourished in a Spurs shirt from the get go, resulting in his name being in the running for the role of Captain.

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Debut* – 25th August 2012
Appearances – 59
Passing accuracy – 88%
Defensive errors – 4
Goals 4

Super Jan Vertonghen would have been the first name on everyone’s lips before his antics last season. His first season for us was truly terrific; he proved that he was one of the top centre-backs in the Premier League and in all honestly the world, with Real Madrid and Barcelona supposedly after him in the following transfer window. However something went wrong last season, he became uninterested and almost non-existent in games, with his passion seemingly disappearing on and off the field.

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The prospect of a new contract is however now into great fruition, with it now becoming a great possibility. Here’s hoping that that brings back the old Jan Vertonghen; the Jan Vertonghen that I wouldn’t mind being our captain. Staying injury free, Vertonghen could yet again prove he is one of the best in the world and give Spurs that final push into a top four finish, but that would have to be in conjunction with a good attitude and passion. My preference on who should be the new captain literally coincides with what Vertonghen turns up this season. Last season’s Jan – Hugo Lloris (see below), 2012/2013’s Jan – Super Jan should be captain.

Hugo Lloris:

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Tottenham’s number 1 had a tricky start to his life at White Hart Lane. Somehow Levy captured one of the best ‘keepers in the world (I reckon he lied and said he was the chairman of Barcelona or something) and despite Hugo’s accolades he did not secure a starting place in Spurs’ first team straight away. Friedel kept his place until the end of November, which was kind of fair enough as Friedel had done nothing wrong, however once Hugo was given his chance it was evident why he should be Tottenham’s number one for the future – The 10 games which Lloris didn’t play in Spurs lost 4 of them, compared to the same amount of losses in 27 games in which Lloris featured.

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Debut* – 7th October 2012
Appearances – 67
Clean sheets – 25

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Being captain of his national team France is an obvious bonus as Hugo will benefit from the experience of previously captaining a side, however a downside is that he is a goalkeeper and a lot of players will struggle to hear him, with his message struggling to get to every member of the team. This is typically why centre-backs and centre-midfielders are chosen as captains as it is easy for them to be loud, vocal and shout at referees.

My personal opinion is that our new captain should be Hugo Lloris, he completely fits the bill and is well accustomed to leading a successful team. The other candidates don’t hold a strong enough grasp to the reins due to injuries, commitment and first-team opportunities (not all apply to both players) which coincides with the two twitter polls I conducted (pre and post Vertonghen’s impending contract signing).

Results were:

1st place – Hugo Lloris with 113 votes

https://twitter.com/HotspurInsider/status/509329718458720256

2nd place – Jan Vertonghen with 23 votes

https://twitter.com/HotspurInsider/status/509329875497656320

3rd place Younes Kaboul with 2 votes

https://twitter.com/HotspurInsider/status/509330396472176640

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What’s happened to Benoit Assou-Ekotto?

The infamous BAE hasn’t been included in the 25-man squad for the Premier League or Europa League this season despite only choosing 23 men – this comes after a disappointing season on loan at QPR in the championship.  

Wednesday night Premier league clubs had to confirm their 25 man squads and Pochettino has shown his stance on Benny not including him in list of just 23 players. This means that Poch has decide to pick ‘nobody’ instead, which would have to have been given the green light by Daniel Levy – who would not like his money wasted on a player’s salary.

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Even Harry Redknapp – The ‘wheeler dealer’, known for buying over-rated aging players on a free (or very cheap), couldn’t be lured into taking Ekotto again to help QPR stay in the Premier League.

A seemingly bad attitude and lack-luster performances on the pitch for both QPR and Spurs have left 3 managers (AVB, Redknapp (second time round) and now Poch) freeze him out with him spending more time in a directors box watching Adebayor than on the field of play.

His antics on twitter meant that Assou-Ekotto became one of the fan favourites. His ‘banter’ and smooth talk with the Yidettes meant that people called for his personality to be on the pitch, forgetting that it’s not a personality that plays football but a body.

More recently he has however laughed at Tottenham’s misfortune with his ever so hilarious ‘LOL’ and told a fan to die – I no believe that he has deleted that tweet (I think it was around march time so you can check for yourself). 

The Hierarchy has seen through this and decided not to include him this season which makes you question why he was not sold during the Summer Transfer Window, probably because we couldn’t even give him away.

Expect to see him loaned out or released in the near future – but if you want to watch him make sure you have a subscription to the Qatar league or Chinese Super league as I feel like these are the only leagues that would pay for his services.

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Well, well, well. Who do we have here then?

The transfer window has slammed shut. Nothing can be done to the squad now until January 1st. The success of the window appears to be a matter of opinion, with the fans base seemingly divided straight through the middle. I personally feel that we had a positive window; we strengthened our defense significantly not only with our purchases, but coincided with the contract extension of Hugo and the imminent contract extension of Vertonghen who seems like a completely different player. Our squad has definitely improved, but what about the first XI? Probably not.

So here are our new summer signings (I would mention the outs but they’re in the past now, and although there were some surprises (like Sandro) I feel as if we have to move on and focus on the now.).

In purchase order:

Michel Vorm –

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2013/2014:

Appearances: 26
Clean sheets: 7

Brought in as competition for Hugo, purchasing Vorm for just £5 million was a superb piece of business from Levy. During the 2012/2013 season he was undoubtedly in the top 5 in the league along with fellow countryman Tim Krul. Both were linked with the club this summer however we opted for Vorm. Not only can Michel be used effectively in cup competitions, especially in the Europa league where we simply have to do well this year but he will also spur Lloris into 5th gear. Vorm will be breathing down Lloris neck every time he makes an error forcing the sweeper keeper to watch his back. An even better Hugo Lloris seems almost impossible, but if it can happen this buy will be the reason. Well played, Levy.

Mauricio: ” Michel Vorm provides additional strength to our GKs.” (Via @SpursOfficial)

Ben Davies – 

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2013/2014:

Appearances: 34
Goals: 2
Defensive eras: 1

Davies was our most expensive signing of the window with Levy paying Swansea £10 million for his services. In the past two seasons Davies has been a constant feature in the Swans defense helping them to finish 9th in a season where a lot of people felt they over achieved. Playing under Laudrup, Davies has benefited from learning how to keep the ball and move it on effectively and at the right moment, fitting perfectly into Pochettinos tactical ideals. As things stand, Davies appears to be second fiddle to Danny Rose, who has progressed more in the two months Poch has been here than the previous 7 years he had been here. I’m sure Davies will make it into the first team, however that is yet to come into fruition, but his time will come.

Mauricio: “Ben Davies arrives as a young player with a wealth of experience already in the Premier League and we now have two outstanding, internationals vying for the left-back position” (via @SpursOfficial)

Eric Dier – 

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2013/2014

Appearances – 30
Goals – 1

An explosive start to his Spurs campaign has already made Dier a fan favourite. The England U21 star appeared to have been brought in as a 4th/5th choice centre back option – using the youth team to develop him. Due to injuries and imminent sales he was however thrown in at the deep-end scoring two in his first two appearances for the club. With Kyle Walker seemingly out for the long term, we could see Dier feature a lot more at right back this season, however when Walker returns his place in the team maybe be hindered with four experienced centre-backs presumably ahead of him in the pecking order. That will be one of Pochettino’s biggest decisions.

Mauricio on Dier. “We have followed him for some time & we think he can develop into a top defender.” (Via @SpursOfficial)

DeAndre Yedlin – 

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One for the future – Yedlin agreed a contract for next season with Levy taking no chances on other potential buyers pipping him to the post on this one. After a hugely successful World Cup, Levy captured his target early in the hope the player progresses into a top, top player eventually taking over the RB reigns from a recently injury prone Kyle Walker or maybe being sold for a nice profit, you take your pick.

Mauricio: “We can also look forward to DeAndre joining us next year. He has shown he can perform at the highest level.” (via @SpursOfficial)

Federico Fazio – 

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2013/2014

Appearances: 27
Goals: 2
Assists: 1

I personally don’t know much about Fazio, but his leadership and experience on and off the pitch will not go unnoticed. I’m not quite sure where he is in Poch’s plans, and I guess that will be decided on the training ground, but I do however presume he will partner Jan in the first XI with Kaboul, Chriches and Dier missing out on a first team spot in the Premier League. Being 6ft 5 he will be vital when defending and attacking at corners, two areas where we have seriously lacked even before the Redknapp days.

Mauricio: “Fazio is an excellent signing for us – a positive influence both on and off the field.” (Via @SpursOfficial)

Benjamin Stambouli – 

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2013/2014:

Appearances: 36
Goals: 2
Assists: 1

Unfortunately Stambouli is again a player that I don’t know much about. He has been described as a ‘deep-lying play maker’ which strikes me a Modric-ish, although his ability to tackle allows him to sit in front of the back four without them needing to worry, spraying the ball forward with any opportunity he gets. It will take a lot of hard work and passion to replace fan-favourite Sandro and I really hope he steps up to the mark. Utilised like Schneiderlin, Stambouli could prove vital to our final standings in the league.

Mauricio: “Stambouli offers us versatility as well as quality. He knows what it takes to win and will prove a tremendous addition.” (Via @SpursOfficial)

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Whos ship has sailed?

The has been plenty of speculation of the incomings to the famous White Hart Lane, but minute amounts regarding the departures. This won’t come to a surprise to many after a severely lackluster season from many of our players and many would argue; managers. The infamous selling of Gareth Bale led to a doubt within the success that Tottenham would face in the foreseeable future whilst AVB’s negative play albeit with a defensive high line allowed for weak links to arise to the surface. There are many reasons why I believe players I should be sold including; Bad performances, age or never quite reaching their full potential. Jake Livermore has been our only ‘First team’ departure thus far, with Heurelho Gomes running out his contract, along with a few of our youngsters.

First up – Michael ‘Captain Fantastic’ Dawson.

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Profile –

Debut – 16th April 2005
Apps – 322
Goals – 10

After the retirement of Ledley King – Daws was made club captain and gave his heart and soul for the the club. His passion was unprecedented and his talents were unquestionable, but I feel like his time at the club is up. The 31 year old had a semi-decent season last season, but his evident decline in pace meant that he couldn’t keep up with a lot of the younger players any more, causing him to not only lag behind in the defence – with the pace of Walker, Kaboul, Chiriches etc – but to be out paced most of the attacking team. This was most evident against the likes of Liverpool and Man City – where Suarez, Sturridge and Aguero and even Dzeko tore us to shreads; for lack of a better term. Our record against the top four this season was truly abysmal and whilst I’m not saying only Dawson was to blame, however a top-class center-back is needed having never replaced the legend that is Ledley King.

Unfortunately, although excellent, his heading and decision making don’t make up for his lack of pace and lamentably passion doesn’t win football games. With his positives and negatives, I feel Dawson would have more luck in a slower league with the EPL getting quicker and quicker every season however with an impending move to Hull he obviously doesn’t share my views, but any club would be lucky to have him. Value – £5 million.

Danny Rose

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Debut – January 2010 – However his League on the 14th April 2010 against Arsenal led to ‘That goal’ which no Spurs fan will ever forget.
Apps – 59
Goals – 3

Bought as a 17 year old, Danny Rose obviously floated our scouts boats, and after making his Premier league debut for Spurs in 2010 – after spending several seasons out on loan at various clubs in various leagues – against Arsenal no less, Rose created a huge expectation of himself after scoring a marvelous goal against our greatest rivals. rose

It’s a general consensus that Rose did not fully meet his expectations, and lack luster performances last season, of which many fans would have even called him a ‘liability’, means that I think he deserves the chop.

After being voted as Sunderlands ‘player of the year’ in the 2012-2013 season, Rose once again gave the fans encouragement of his again arrival to White Hart Lane. Alas another disappointing season has contributed to the overall consensus that Danny deserves to go. I’m sure Sunderland would be happy for you to re-join (and I think they’re the most likely to meet his valuation).

Value – £9-10 million.

Either; Capoue, Dembele or Paulinho.

Etienne Capoue

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Debut – 18th August 2013
Apps – 18
Goals – 1

Arguably the most debatable of the players that I have chosen, but that is exactly why I can’t choose. I feel that Capoue would be the must unfair to sell, after his first and only season was injury hit  – however once he became fit again, neither manager really used Capoue in any competition. But maybe Pochettino will bring the best out of him, who knows?

Value – £8 million

Mousa Dembele

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Debut – 1st September 2012
Apps – 83
Goals – 4

Mousa Dembele had somewhat of a disappointing season. Despite being transformed into a central-defensive midfielder by AVB because of his strength and range of passing a lot of Spurs fans still expected goals from Dembele which never really came into fruition, but that’s not why I think he should be sold (or at least be in the running). Dembele never quite reached the heights promised from his reputation at Fulham whilst his stats are good, and his strength and dribbling almost incomparable if the right price came to the horizon, I think it might well just be time for him to move on – although it would be worth keeping him just to keep Vertonghen happy, as I think if one leaves the other may too. dembele

Value – £17million

Paulino

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Debut – 18th August 2013
Apps – 37
Goals – 8

For me, the best of the three players listed, however the biggest liability within the CDM role. His poachers instinct and awareness are second to none, but many Spurs fans feel he had minimal impact in his first season, especially in the big games (but then again who didn’t). I believe he was unfairly criticised and could be very useful in almost any system that Pochetinno decides to play this season, but just hopefully not in a defensive role. Chelsea have been linked to Paulinho throughout the window so far, and I don’t think Levy could turn down a £25 million offer, but after a reasonably disappointing world cup, I don’t quite see that happening.

Value – £20 million.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Tottenham Hotspur's Gylfi Sigurdsson, left, scores against Norwich City in the Premier League

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Debut -18th August 2012
Apps – 85
Goals – 13

After a successful loan spell at Swansea the purchase of Sigurdsson right from underneath Liverpools nose was one of the better buys in that window. But since then the likes of Eriksen and Holtby have joined the Spurs ranks – with Sigurdsson regularly being pushed out onto the left, or even being used (for whatever reason) in a CDM role for Sherwood. Hopefully the Tottenham board fill the left sided gap that was left by the illustrious Gareth Bale in this window, meaning Sigurdsson would be surplus to requirements in all position. A great player, truthfully wasted at Tottenham.

Value – Ben Davies.

Aaron Lennon

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Debut – 27th August 2005
Apps – 257
Goals – 26

Terrorising left-backs up and down the country as well as Europe, Lennons pace is almost unmatched. But in truth, that’s all he has. His delivery never really improved as him himself as well as the fans would have hoped. Throughout his Tottenham career Lennon has been a fan favourite, burning down the wings with his sublime pace. Defenders have however learnt how to deal with his attacks with his passing range limited. Lennon should only be sold if replaced with a ‘newer model’. Hopefully Lamela holds his own this season, but just in case we need to purchase a replacement. Someone who can play on either side would be preferable.

Value – £12 million.

So there it is! These are the players I think should exit White Hart Lane should the right price come. This is my first blog so any useful criticisims would be appreciated! Either comment on this or tweet me players you think should be sold or if you agree/disagree with what I’ve said.

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