Player News - Tottenham Hotspur

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Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld will have to wait at least another week to make his full Tottenham return.

While the Belgian defender played for the club in an FA Cup win against Newport County last week, manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Alderweireld will not travel with the club to Turin for the Round of 16 Champions League matchup with Juventus on Tuesday as he lacks fitness since returning from a three-month layoff following a hamstring injury. Said the manager: "He had a massive injury and from day one, we designed a plan to provide him with the best tools to recover as soon as possible and to be stronger than before. He has started to work with the team and it's our judgement that he needs to build his fitness. We were lucky to have the replay against Newport for him to start to feel the competition. It's all going well and we'll continue to assess him day by day."
Feb 13 - 1:31 AM

A PL record crowd of over 83,000 people were on hand to see Tottenham pick up three big points from their bitter rivals, as solid defending and a Harry Kane goal was enough to seal a 1-0 win.

It was not the most memorable of battles between the two north London sides, but there was drama to be had. Both teams came out looking very sharp, with little mistakes in possession or defense. The first half provided little, to the point where no stoppage time was added, but Spurs looked better on the attack. The advantage was more pronounced in the second half, and Kane would get the game's only goal four minutes in, heading a Ben Davies cross into the bottom corner. Tottenham would then create several chances to double the lead and settle the outcome but poor finishing failed them. Ultimately, solid defending, with Mousa Dembele especially influential, was enough to give Spurs seven points from three tough matches against Manchester United, Liverpool and now, Arsenal.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 10 - 9:29 AM

Mauricio Pochettino has paved the way for Toby Alderweireld's first-team return ahead of the North London derby.

It remains to be seen whether the Belgian international will be available for the weekend, but Pochettino confirmed that Alderweireld, as well as defender Danny Rose, will be in the squad to face Newport County in an FA Cup replay on Wednesday. Alderweireld has missed the last three months after suffering a hamstring injury in Champions League against Real Madrid. Said the manager: "We are going to rotate the starting 11, for sure. We are going to give possibilities to players who have not played regularly in the Premier League...We have a great squad, unlucky that Lucas Moura is not available to play because of the rules, but it’s only him out of the squad."
Feb 6 - 9:08 PM

Victor Wanyama scored one of the season's most impressive goals as a crazy finish would see Tottenham escape Anfield with a 2-2 draw against Liverpool.

In a pivotal match with Champions League implications, Tottenham will feel very fortunate to take a draw today. For the majority of the match, they were the inferior side, giving up the opening goal inside three minutes due to an Eric Dier mistake. The attack began to make more noise in the second half than the first and the defense gave them a chance to equalize by keeping it 1-0 until the 80th minute. That is when Wanyama struck a ball that was punched away by Loris karius perfectly from range, singing the top corner of the net. The game got nuts from there, with a penalty chance by Kane to win it blocked by Karius, then a goal given away put Spurs behind in stoppage time. However, another penalty was given in the final moments and Kane converted for his 100th career PL goal.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 4 - 1:47 PM

Tottenham's bid deadline day signing Lucas Moura will likely have to wait on his debut as Mauricio Pochettino doubts the winger is ready.

Even if Moura were fit in the eyes of the manager, he probably would not have been immediately inserted into the Starting XI. With Tottenham's fixtures, it makes all the sense in the world to allow Moura to get acclimated and get some training sessions in rather than unleash him in a tough fixture against Liverpool. The new acquisition would also be ineligible for the coming midweek FA Cup replay, so the earliest we may see him is for the North London derby. He should still be stashed in most draft leagues for his potential but it may take some time before he is starting.
Source: Express
Feb 3 - 6:11 AM

Tottenham were superb from start to finish in a 2-0 win over Manchester United on Wednesday.

Christian Eriksen returned to the starting XI after missing the draw with Southampton and scored after just 11 seconds to set Tottenham on their way to all three points. The goal was the product of a team build up off the opening kickoff, as Eriksen latched onto the ball after flicks from Harry Kane and Dele Alli and cooly side-footed past David De Gea. Spurs continued to press after the goal and doubled their lead on 28 minutes when Phil Jones mis-cleared Kieran Trippier's low cross into his own net. United did create a few chances, however, Spurs were a class above their opposition. The result sees Spurs move within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 5:34 PM

Tottenham are closing on a major signing, as Brazilian international Lucas Moura is in London to complete a move from PSG for a transfer fee of 25m.

Spurs could have a nice bargain on there hands here, as Lucas would seem to fetch a heftier price tag given his pedigree, age and success at one of the world's most prestigious clubs. Aged 25, he is entering the prime of his career and can already boast over 150 appearances for the Paris club since joining in 2013 with 33 goals. He also has 36 caps for country to his credit. The current Spur the addition would hurt the most would likely be Erik Lamela, who was in the process of attempting to get regular playing time after a long injury spell. Both players prefer to play on the right. Lucas' presence could also allow Pochettino to shuffle up his attack, so nailed on players like Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli could get an occasional rest. He may not crack the XI immediately but Lucas would be an instant waiver bid in draft leagues.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 31 - 4:44 AM

Toby Alderweireld has declared himself fit from a hamstring injury ahead of the weekend FA Cup fourth round.

The Spurs defender has missed the last two-and-a-half months with a bothersome hamstring injury but is expected to be in the team to face Newport County this weekend after returning to training over the last week. Said the Belgian: "I feel good. I feel fit. I'm strong. I feel ready to give 100 per cent again, like I always do. I worked very hard to come back to the training group as quickly as possible. Not one thing in my head is doubting about the injury. Now it's up to me to prove that I'm ready again to the manager. It's always up to the manager (if I play). I'm looking forward to give my all on the pitch."
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 25 - 2:07 PM

Davinson Sanchez was responsible for an own goal early that Tottenham could only find an equalizer for as they dropped points against relegation-zoned Southampton in a 1-1 final.

It was a bleak late afternoon on England's south coast and an illness that kept Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen out of the contest may have been a bug going around the team as Spurs were a sluggish shell of the side that lit up Everton last weekend. In the 15th minute, a cross heading for a dangerous area was there for Sanchez to clear, but he guided it just inside the near post past a helpless Michel Vorm. It seemed Spurs got a wake up call from that misfortune, as they were able to level minutes later. First, Eric Dier had a shot hit the post, then, Harry Kane was able to head home a Ben Davies corner moments later. That would be the peak of their performance, as they lacked creativity in the second half, lost Serge Aurier to injury and Kane dragged a chance wide in the closing moments to seal the draw.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 21 - 1:05 PM

Michel Vorm is on standby for the game at Southampton on Sunday after Mauricio Pochettino flagged Hugo Lloris a doubt for the trip due to illness.

The Tottenham captain has started all but one Premier League game this season [missing the Crystal Palace win in November], after picking up a hip flexor strain during the Champions League victory over Real Madrid. Paul Gazzaniga deputised that day, but Vorm is back in contention and poised to make his first league start since April 2017. "I don't know [if Lloris will be fit]," Pochettino told reporters on Friday. "Difficult to say. We need to wait and then assess him [on Saturday] and if he's available or not. I think it's a flu or a virus. I think everyone, with this weather, has struggled a little bit. It's an epidemic across Europe, not just here in the UK." Harry Kane also missed sessions during the warm-weather training camp in Barcelona earlier in the week, but the in-form striker re-joined the group at the Enfield Training Complex on Friday.
Jan 21 - 6:41 AM

There was a positive update from the Tottenham training ground this week with the news that defender Toby Alderweireld is close to re-joining his teammates.

The Belgium international has been sidelined since suffering a serious hamstring injury against Real Madrid in the Champions league on November 01, but respected journalist Kristof Terreur suggests Alderweireld is bang schedule for a return to action in early February. "Toby Alderweireld (hamstrings) is recovering well," read his Twitter post. "Still training individually, but expected to join up with the squad next week. He’ll be fully fit in February." His return may prompt a slight change in formation with Spurs reverting to three at the back – alongside Davidson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen – instead of their more familiar 4-2-3-1. Following a disappointing November, which included a draw with West Brom and defeats to Leicester City and north London rivals Arsenal, Pochettino’s men have lost just once [to champions elect Manchester City] to keep the Lilywhites very much in the hunt for a Top Four finish.
Jan 17 - 3:28 AM

Harry Kane shattered another record as exceptional Tottenham cruised to a 4-0 home victory over Everton on Saturday.

Having closed out 2017 by breaking Alan Shearer's record for most league goals in a calendar year, Kane continued his remarkable season against the Toffees, scoring twice to became Tottenham's all-time leading Premier League goalscorer (98). Hueng-Min Son opened the scoring in the 26th minute with a close-range finish off a Serge Aurier cross. Kane extended the lead by tapping in a well-struck ball from Son to open the second half and went on to complete his brace by converting a pass from Eric Dier 12 minutes later. Christian Eriksen then delivered the final blow, smashing in a fourth after a nifty backheel from Dele Alli in the 81st. Tottenham, now unbeaten in six matches, remain fifth in the table.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 13 - 3:20 PM

Tottenham dominated the match but needed a stunning late strike from Heung-Min Son to draw 1-1 with West Ham at Wembley on Thursday.

Spurs played the entirety of the game in West Ham's half but could not find a way past the visitors until Son's heroics. Harry Kane had the ball in the back of the net early, but his effort was rightfully waved off for offside. Kane tested from distance with 28 minutes gone but Adrian was there to push the strike away, with the keeper producing another stellar stop on Christian Eriksen just before the break. The second half resumed with the match still in Tottenham's favor, but it was the visitors who struck first when Pedro Obiang fired a screamer past Hugo Lloris in the 70th minute. After conceding Spurs turned up the pressure and found the equalizer in the 84th minute. Afforded space to shoot, Son answered with a blast of his own from 30 yards out. The point puts Tottenham fifth in the table, now three points back of Liverpool.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 4 - 5:20 PM

Danny Rose is expected to miss tonight’s clash against London rivals West Ham amid growing concerns that the defender has suffered a serious setback.

The England international, who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, spent the first two months of the season sidelined following surgery to remedy a knee problem which had hampered him since January. Rose has struggled to nail down a regular starting berth since his return, partly due to concerns regarding his fitness, but also following the emergence of Ben Davies who was in excellent form throughout August and September and now the Wales international looks set for another extended run in the side. "I am concerned about everyone when they cannot be available to play," said Pochettino when discussing the injury suffered by Rose. "I am not a specialist. I am not a doctor. We need to wait, and we will assess him in the next few days. But my feeling, my perception is it would be difficult to play in 48 hours."
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 4 - 4:40 AM

Fernando Llorente scored a goal that appeared to be from an offside position as Spurs beat Swansea in a downpour at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday.

The former Swans forward, who many would argue hasn't been nearly adequately replaced after his sale to Spurs, made the difference as Spurs came out on top of a sloppy affair. The Swans will take no solace in the fact that their former player didn't celebrate after he scored a goal where he appeared to be offside. Of perhaps more concern was the fact that the Swans players barely seemed to protest the injustice. They did play better in the second half with multiple attempts at an equalizer going tantalizingly close through Jordan Ayew and Mike van der Hoorn before Dele Alli scored a late insurance goal for Spurs.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 3 - 10:06 AM


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