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Jose Mourinho is already in danger of losing the Tottenham dressing room as there are feelings of discontent among the Spurs players and staff. Mourinho has only been at the helm at Tottenham for about two months after taking over from former manager Mauricio Pochettino. His early games in charge brought some positive results for...
Jose Mourinho is already in danger of losing the Tottenham dressing room as there are feelings of discontent among the Spurs players and staff.
Mourinho has only been at the helm at Tottenham for about two months after taking over from former manager Mauricio Pochettino. His early games in charge brought some positive results for Spurs, however, they haven’t been able to maintain their form since.
Tottenham have managed to win just one out of their last six Premier League games, and also required a replay to beat Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.
Now, reports suggest that the Spurs players are growing frustrated under the Portuguese manager, and are highly discontent with his long ball approach in training sessions.
Mourinho’s sessions put huge focus on throw-ins, flicks and long balls, a style which is followed by teams placed lower in the league. As a result, Mourinho’s style has led the Tottenham players to believe that they are degrading as a team.
Both Mourinho and Pochettino follow different ideologies, which has increased frustration among the players at the club. Another reason over the players’ discontent is Mourinho’s treatment of new signing Tanguy Ndombele.
Mourinho has twice slammed Ndombele publicly over his fitness issues. After Ndombele was missing from the Boxing Day clash against Brighton, Mourinho said, “I cannot say he is injured, I can say that yesterday he told me he was not feeling in the condition to play the game.”
“Not based on injuries, based on fears of previous injuries of the season. I cannot say he is injured.”
Rumours have also emerged of a rift between Danny Rose and the 56-year old this week. The pair were reportedly in a heated exchange of words after Rose was dropped for the weekend clash against Watford, where Dele Alli also showed discontent after being substituted.
All these instances make it clear that things are not great between Mourinho and his players. It is now up to Mourinho, to resolve the issues and get the best out of his players to give Spurs glory.
Tottenham fans could finally see Gareth Bale return to North London in a sensational move made by Daniel Levy to sign the Welshman in the January transfer window. Gareth Bale has enjoyed a fruitful spell with Real Madrid, having won four Champions League Titles despite facing a lot of injuries. However, many Madrid fans want...
Tottenham fans could finally see Gareth Bale return to North London in a sensational move made by Daniel Levy to sign the Welshman in the January transfer window.
Gareth Bale has enjoyed a fruitful spell with Real Madrid, having won four Champions League Titles despite facing a lot of injuries. However, many Madrid fans want him gone from the Bernabeu.
The Bale transfer saga was set to end in the summer, when Zinedine Zidane hinted that the 30-year old was going to move to the Chinese Super League, but President Florentino Perez stopped the move at the last minute, forcing Bale to fight for his place at Madrid.
Bale has only started in 9 La Liga matches this season, and has managed to score only twice, with both goals coming in September. Fans and Pundits have started speculating Bale’s future at Real, and it seems that former club Tottenham are giving Bale a way out.
As per Spanish football expert Juanfe Sanz, Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy has been meeting with Real Madrid officials over a potential January move for Bale.
“Levy, president of Tottenham, has been with Florentino today and asked him about Bale,” he said on El Chiringuito TV.
¡¡EXCLUSIVA de @JuanfeSanzPerez!!
— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) January 21, 2020
The rumors spark, after Jose Mourinho was hired as Spurs manager. Mourinho made it public that he was interested in signing Bale when he was at the helm for Manchester United, however, a move failed to materialize.
Despite the move failing to be completed, the Portuguese manager still rates the Welshman, and Bale was equally glad to see Mourinho replace Pochettino at Tottenham.
“Having [Jose] Mourinho there is an amazing statement from the club, I think he’s a serial winner,” he told BT Sport last month.
“Tottenham want to win trophies and I don’t think there’s a better partnership than Mourinho and Tottenham together to try and win some trophies.”
Spurs will be looking for attacking options this month, with Harry Kane ruled out until April, and adding Gareth Bale to their current squad would not only strengthen their team, but could also revive Bale’s career.
Boubakary Soumaré is a 20-year-old Defensive midfielder who is currently playing his trade in France with Lille. He’s being targeted by various English clubs including the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. While Soumare’s position is usually registered as a CM or DM. He is predominantly a Box-to-Box midfielder. Someone who can do a...
Boubakary Soumaré is a 20-year-old Defensive midfielder who is currently playing his trade in France with Lille. He’s being targeted by various English clubs including the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
While Soumare’s position is usually registered as a CM or DM. He is predominantly a Box-to-Box midfielder. Someone who can do a bit of all role. Though his standout characteristic is seen as his passing. However, he has also maintained decent numbers when it comes to other parts of a midfielder’s game.
He has a pass success rate of 89.1% this season, which exceeds that of Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté, who have a 83.9% and 85.5% pass success rate respectively. Though Kanté and Henderson totally eclipse Soumaré defensive stats.
Kanté makes a combine of 4.9 tackles and interceptions per match while Henderson is a little behind at 2.9. Though Soumaré fails to impress with this stat as he only makes 2.3 tackles and interceptions per match. Though he again edges Kanté in offensive numbers.
Soumaré makes 1.6 success dribbles per match while Kanté only makes 1.2, Jordan Henderson is way behind at 0.4. Though the young Frenchman has failed to rack up a single goal contribution this season. Again not something which is concerning but Arsenal do want some goal contributions from their midfield.
For those who would complain about him being from a “Farmers League”. Soumaré has made 6 CL appearances this season, in these, he has made 1 key pass and 3 successful dribbles per match. His defensive numbers are also impressive as he has made a combined 3 interceptions and tackles per match.
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Tottenham currently have Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks playing in a similar position, but Ndombele has found it hard to adapt to the Premier League having found himself on injury table consistently, Harry Winks is inconsistent and Sissoko is finding himself on the wrong side of age. With no back up in similar positions, Spurs often find themselves exposed which leads to high susceptibility to counter attacks. Though arrival of Gedson Fernandes could mean Jose restricting move for Soumaré.
Not much right now, but Arsenal could pull off a Pepe on him. If he does, then surely in summer, but it’s a big “If”. Arsenal haven’t been strongly linked while other English clubs are, though it’s primarily because of his price tag and the intense competition they face. However, his profile would surely attract Mikel Arteta as Arsenal are believed to be keen on a Box-to-Box midfielder.
Chelsea has N’Golo Kante as of now, but with the Frenchman links with likes of Madrid could get then desperate to get someone to partner Jorginho for long time. Though, January is again not likely, judging from the situation at Stamford Bridge – Lampard would certainly won’t want to break duo of Kante-Jorginho unless they are forced to.
Tottenham Hotspur host the bottom placed Norwich City as they look to overcome their run of bad games. The North Londoners have not managed to win in their last 4 games of the Premier League which includes a 2-2 draw against Norwich. The Lily Whites are badly in need of a win as well as...
Tottenham Hotspur host the bottom placed Norwich City as they look to overcome their run of bad games. The North Londoners have not managed to win in their last 4 games of the Premier League which includes a 2-2 draw against Norwich.
The Lily Whites are badly in need of a win as well as a KANE. The absence of English captain is purely evident in the squad currently sitting 8th of the points table.
The Canaries on the other hand have only won 4 games this season but will be confident with their last game being a victory against AFC Bournemouth. Norwich has looked a complete squad and against Tottenham can cause a setback.
Date: Wednesday, 22 January
Time: 7:30 pm ( BST )
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
The absence of Harry Kane through injury has been haunting Tottenham for a month now. The North Londoners will have to pounce on every loose chances they get, the same way Harry Kane would have done. That’s the only way to negate his absence.
Hugo Lloris and Tanguy Ndombele are nearing a return but are expected to be out for the weekday fixture. Spurs will, however, look to welcome Danny Rose for the fixture who is up and running after an injury.
As for the visitors, Godfrey will be a miss after he was sent off against Bournemouth. The centre-back Timm Klose will also miss the game due to a knee injury.
Norwich’s new signing Lukas Rupp could well start the game against Spurs after impressing from the bench in his first game. Another new boy Ondrej Duda would keep his place and start the game.
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting XI:
Gazzaniga; Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Tanganga; Lo Celso, Dier; Lamela, Alli, Moura; Son
Norwich City possible starting XI:
Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Zimmermann, Byram; McLean, Rupp, Duda; Buendia, Pukki, Cantwell
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Norwich City
The travellers will definitely fancy their chances of winning the game but the quality of Spurs and presence of world-class players gives them an upper hand above a team about to be relegated.
Although this sides drew in the reverse fixture at Carrow Road, a win for Spurs seems to be coming and Norwich could it be to feel the heat.
Recent reports claim that Borussia Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer has been offered to Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. Both the English Giants have their first-choice strikers sidelined with injuries. Marcus Rashford is expected to miss three months with a stress fracture in his back, while Harry Kane is out until April. And with the arrival...
Recent reports claim that Borussia Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer has been offered to Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
Both the English Giants have their first-choice strikers sidelined with injuries. Marcus Rashford is expected to miss three months with a stress fracture in his back, while Harry Kane is out until April.
And with the arrival of Erling Haaland at Dortmund, Alcacer is set to fall down the pecking order. The Spaniard has scored seven goals for the German side in 15 appearances, despite only starting in six of those 15 games.
Haaland made his dream debut on Saturday, scoring a hat-trick, in just 23 minutes after coming on as a substitute. The report also suggests that Alcacer is open to the idea of leaving Dortmund and has been offered to both Premier League Giants.
Jose Mourinho would be more than happy to welcome the Spanish striker to North London. Spurs haven’t scored a goal in their previous three games, and are desperately missing their captain and main goalscorer.
Spurs currently sit 8th on the Premier League Table, eight points behind Chelsea in 4th place. Jose Mourinho needs to bolster his attacking options urgently, and with just over a week left to make any transfers, Spurs would be keen to add a striker in their squad.
Paco Alacer is a natural finisher. He has performed for every club he has played at and will surely provide the quality in the attacking third which Spurs currently lack along with his great finishing abilities.
If Dortmund have made it clear, that they are happy to part ways with the Spanish international, then both Spurs and Manchester United should not miss this opportunity to strengthen their squad, and while the Red Devils still have the likes of Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood who could fill in Rashford’s boots, Jose Mourinho’s side lack an experienced striker, and should pounce on the chance of signing a player of Alacer’s caliber.
According to reports from El Desmarque, Manchester City are ‘unhappy’ with Joao Cancelo and Tottenham Hotspur are therefore eyeing a bid for the Portuguese full-back. The North Londoners are interested in signing former Juventus defender who has found it difficult to survive under Pep Guardiola. The £58 million move for Cancelo has proven to be...
According to reports from El Desmarque, Manchester City are ‘unhappy’ with Joao Cancelo and Tottenham Hotspur are therefore eyeing a bid for the Portuguese full-back.
The North Londoners are interested in signing former Juventus defender who has found it difficult to survive under Pep Guardiola. The £58 million move for Cancelo has proven to be a dump for City with Walker getting a nod over him.
He has only featured in 8 games for Manchester City and is concerned that lack of game time may lose his Euro Cup 2020 spot for Portugal. Spurs and Barcelona, both are interested in signing the full-back with the former being favourites.
Need a Right-Back
Tottenham need to fill in their pieces in able continue their top run in Premier League. They badly need to bolster the flank. Serge Aurier is their only option right now who has been inconsistent and creates a lot of errors.
The like of Walker-Peters is underrated by Mourinho and the lack of experience surely hails him back. This leaves Spurs with only one beneficial option; to sign Cancelo.
The Portuguese full-back is capable of playing in either wings and also as a winger up front. His attacking skills are as good as his defensive acumen. The defender can often create chances while simultaneously tackling a few by opposition.
He has shown in past that he can also play as a left-back although being a dominant in right. Mourinho loves versatile players, and the defender is the ideal fit for him.
The biggest and most appropriate reason for Spurs to sign Cancelo is his experience. The 25-year-old has already played in four different leagues and will take minimal time to acclimatise under any new manager.
He is a quality player with lot to prove for which he needs game time. And to gain game time, he necessarily needs to leave Manchester City and join a club like Tottenham Hotspur where he can prosper and perform.
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