Player News - Tottenham Hotspur

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The goal did not make a difference in the result for Tottenham, but Harry Kane and his teammates were euphoric as the talisman finally broke his August duck as Spurs rolled over Fulham, 3-1.

In what was the quasi-home opener for Spurs, Kieran Trippier was given a starting berth and would eventually go on to score the match-winner. Spurs dominated possession in the first half, but became a bit frustrated that chances weren't getting finished. They broke through just before the half, as Lucas Moura scored his first PL goal, curling one into the corner from inside the area. Fulham would level shortly after the break but Spurs scored twice in quick succession to put the game away. First, it was Trippier opening his account via a Dele Alli assist, then Kane got the monkey off of his back with a ball supplied by Erik Lamela. A tougher test in Manchester United is on tap next.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 18 - 1:40 PM

Tottenham Hotspur took all three-points at St James’ Park, but the win may have come at a cost after Lucas Moura and Eric Dier were forced off.

The Spurs squad is already a little stretched - Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose both missed out on Saturday due to a lack of match fitness - while the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen featured against Newcastle after just 4 days training. The club have also confirmed that Heung-Min Son could be absent for up-to a month due to his participation in the upcoming Asian Games. With so many doubts heading into week two, Mauricio Pochettino can ill-afford to add further numbers to the treatment room. Fortunately, it looks like the withdrawal of Moura, who was seen icing his thigh, was more of a precaution and Dier, who was substituted late on, was due to fatigue. "No, no they are ok. I hope that Monday they will start to train with the team. Eric was so tired. He felt in the end cramp, but Lucas nothing," the Tottenham boss confirmed.
Aug 13 - 4:40 AM

Both Eric Dier and Lucas Moura left Tottenham's win over Newcastle United early with knocks, but Mauricio Pochettino expects both will be back in training for the coming week.

Pochettino chalked up Dier's situation as a result of a fatigue, pulling the midfielder after he began to experience minor cramping. Lucas was spotted icing his leg down after his exit, but the manager said after the match that it was "nothing". Moussa Sissoko was given a start against the Magpies, with Mousa Dembele beginning the season on the bench, but Dembele will push to join Dier in the middle of the park for next weekend's match against Fulham.
Source: Sports Mole
Aug 13 - 12:34 AM

Heung-min Son is off to join his South Korean teammates as they get set to participate in the Asian Games tournament taking place in Indonesia.

As if there isn't enough pressure to perform for one's national team, Son's situation has even more on the line than the average footballer. South Korea require military service for their male citizens that must be served by the age of 27. Son has avoided this due to his football career up until now but he is about to hit that age. However, there is a way out of service for him. If he helps lead the country to a tournament win, he will be exempt from service. In the meantime, his absence should give Lucas Moura a few more weeks in a starting role.
Source: Goal
Aug 13 - 12:24 AM

Tottenham start the 2018/2019 season the same way they did the previous campaign by defeating Newcastle United, this a 1-2 final at St. James' Park.

Mauricio Pochettino made many a fantasy manager smile by inserting Harry Kane into the XI, though the World Cup Golden Boot winner continued his August woes, not looking particularly sharp in the final third. All goals came in this match came in a 10-minute stretch early on. Christian Eriksen sent a corner in that Davinson Sanchez would head toward goal. It took a bounce to Jan Vertonghen who guided it with his head, and the ball just cleared the line by a few blades of grass. The defense turned off after that opener, allowing the Magpies to equalize less than 3 minutes later. Spurs went ahead for good in the 18th minute though, this time via a Dele Alli header, made easy at the back post by a pinpoint cross from Serge Aurier. Hugo Lloris was the second half hero, stopping a potential Newcastle equalizer shortly after the hour mark.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 11 - 9:33 AM

Mauricio Pochettino could hand 21-year-old Luke Amos his Premier League debut at Newcastle after he impressed during the club’s recent US tour.

Spurs are facing a potential midfield crisis heading into the opening weekend and the Tottenham boss admits he is not afraid to throw the youngster in at the deep end: "I’m in my fifth year, do you think I am going to be scared to play him?" he said. "The young players maybe don’t have experience [but] the compensation is desire and energy. I think you know very well if I believe in someone younger I don’t care about experience. Football is about energy - respecting yourself, your team-mates, the team, being professional." Victor Wanyama is rated as a major doubt for the clash at St James’ Park after aggravating a cartilage problem in the same knee that kept him sidelined for four months in 2017/18. Mousa Sissoko is hoping to recover from a slight hamstring issue and Erik Lamela could return after a minor muscle issue. Harry Winks, Joshua Onomah and Juan Marcos Foyth are all ruled out.
Source: The Sun
Aug 1 - 12:02 PM

Tottenham officially announced a new four-year contact for winger Erik Lamela that will last through the 2022 season.

After returning from injury in November, the Argentine international featured in 33 games with two goals and four assists in the Premier League. Spurs have yet to sign a player in the summer transfer window, but a fully fit Lamela will add much needed depth on the wing where the club is thin. The 26-year-old has made more than 150 appearances since moving to north London from Roma 2013. Said Lamela: "I’m very happy to extend my contract at this Club. It’s exciting to be playing for Spurs for four more years. I’m very happy to be here and ready to play for this team. I love this Club so much, I’m very happy here. Also, with my team-mates, we have really good relations so I’m happy to stay here for four more years."
Jul 25 - 2:53 PM

Tottenham announced that winger Heung-Min Son has signed a new contract through the 2023 season.

The new five-year deal comes after two highly productive seasons for Son, including last year's 12-goal and eight-assist campaign, and caps off a summer where he led South Korea to a massive victory over Germany that eliminated the reigning world champions from the World Cup. Said Son: "It feels great. I’ve learned so many things in the last three years and we’re all looking forward. We deserve to win something and deserve to make some history. It’s time to do it and to believe in ourselves. I’m always positive with the lads and looking forward to playing again in the Premier League and the Champions League."
Jul 22 - 3:10 PM

Heung-Min Son is poised to miss the start of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign after he was selected as one of three over-age players to represent South Korea at the upcoming Asian Games.

The tournament begins on August 14, and with Son set to join his international team-mates prior, he’s likely to be absent for Spurs’ opening four games of the season – Newcastle, Fulham, Manchester United and Watford. Although there has been no agreement for the release of Son, Mauricio Pochettino is expected to reluctantly allow the 26-year-old to represent his country as winning the Games would guarantee the South Korea star exemption from 21-months of national service, which is due to begin in 2020. Tottenham are already sweating on the availability of up-to nine first-team players who were involved in the final weekend of the World Cup finals. The likes of Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris all featured prominently for their respective countries in Russia and face a race against time to be ready for the opener when they return from their extended break.
Jul 18 - 1:11 AM

Gareth Southgate looks set for a much-needed boost as his battle-weary squad prepare for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final clash with Sweden in Samara.

The Three Lions came through a nailing biting penalty shootout win over Colombia on Tuesday evening, but the victory came at a cost. Jamie Vardy is rated as a major doubt after aggravating a long-standing groin problem, although there was better news regarding Kyle Walker who is expected to recover from the muscle cramp which forced him off during extra-time. Harry Kane complained of discomfort in his calf, but initial tests suggest it is fatigue-related, and the England captain should train ahead of the game. Dele Alli [thigh] will be checked while Ashley Young is hoping to shake off ankle and thigh knocks. However, Southgate can call upon Danny Rose as a like-for-like replacement if there are any complications. Fabian Delph, who flew home last Friday, makes a timely return to the fold following the birth of his third child on Wednesday.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 5 - 4:51 AM

Dele Alli has been declared fit for England’s second-round game with Colombia on Tuesday evening following his recovery from a minor thigh strain.

The Tottenham midfielder was excellent during the first forty-five against Tunisia in the opening match, but faded terribly in the second half before being replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek. A scan, following the last-gasp victory, revealed Alli had suffered a slight muscular tear which caused him to miss the remaining matches of Group G, however, he will return for the knockout phase. After making 8-changes in the defeat to Belgium, manager Gareth Southgate is likely to revert to a similar looking line-up to the one which demolished Panama 6-1. John Stones has been cleared to resume full training after his withdrawal on Thursday. The Manchester City centre-back was seen icing his left calf after being replaced at half-time by Harry Maguire. Fabian Delph should also be available after returning home on Friday as his wife is due to give birth to their third child.
Source: Daily Star
Jul 1 - 6:09 AM

Dele Alli is rated as a major doubt for England’s second Group G game against Panama on Sunday.

The Tottenham midfielder suffered a thigh injury during the first half of the win over Tunisia, and even though Fabian Delph was readied as his replacement, Alli managed to see out 80 minutes. "Hopefully I am okay," he said post-match. "It's my quad." Meanwhile, the Football Association confirmed that the 22-year-old was sent for a precautionary scan which revealed a "slight thigh strain," and with such a short turnaround between games, Gareth Southgate is not prepared to take any unnecessary risks. That could open the door for Ruben Loftus-Cheek who impressed during his 10-minute cameo. Elsewhere, Marcus Rashford will also come into the manager’s thinking having helped change the course of Monday’s game. The Manchester United attacker replaced a disappointing Raheem Sterling, who faded badly in the second half, and he looks poised for a starting berthing against the team ranked at 55 in the world by FIFA.
Jun 20 - 7:02 AM

Roberto Martinez says the Belgium quartet of Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele will put all talk of their futures on hold until after the finals in Russia.

"The group has decided to only focus on the World Cup. All the personal situations will be put to one side," revealed the national manager. Courtois has just 12 months remaining on his current deal and recent reports suggest Chelsea have turned down a £35m bid from Champions League winners Real Madrid. Meanwhile, team-mate Hazard is also attracting interest from the La Liga giants, and he said little to quell rumours of a potential move: "Do they interest me? Yes, maybe," he said. "If I stay at Chelsea, then the team have to do better than they did last season." Alderweireld appears to have fallen out-of-favour under Mauricio Pochettino following an injury-plagued season and the centre-back could leave, if a new deal can’t be agreed. Dembele appears the most likely to move on as Tottenham look to cash-in on the 30-year-old who is a long-term fitness worry.
Jun 18 - 12:01 PM

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has left his future in North London open with his latest comments to the Belgium media.

According to Belgian newspaper Dezondag, the versatile defender is eyeing a summer exit after the World Cup with Belgium. "I have another two years contract. Tottenham decides about my future. Of course I have my own idea. But that is not the case now. The past season was tough. But I'm glad that I could play the last four matches. That means that I am ready for the World Cup." If Spurs activate the one-year option in his contract for 2019/2020, he can leave for only £25 million, at least £30 million short of his potential value. But after making only 14 top-flight appearances last year, the Belgian could be on his way out this summer.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 11 - 10:31 AM

Manchester United are keen to complete the double signing of Toby Alderweireld and Brazilian midfielder Fred before the start of the World Cup finals in Russia.

Reports suggest that United have already opened talks with Alderweireld in a deal said to be worth in the region of £55 million, although chairman Daniel Levy would like closer to £75 million. Alderweireld helped form the mainstay of the Tottenham defence under Pochettino, but after suffering a serious hamstring injury in November, he has struggled to nail down regular game time since his recovery. Discussions over a new deal have been ongoing for a while, but the club are not prepared to match Alderweireld’s wage demands and they will now look to cash-in. Due to a clause in his current contract, he can leave next year for £25 million meaning the club will push to off-load him in the summer. Elsewhere, Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov has already confirmed Fred will be sold to "a good and strong club" with United in pole position to land him for around £52 million.
Source: The Times
May 25 - 4:27 AM



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