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Author: Declan McHugh

Fernando Llorente Experience Vital

At 32 years of age, the signing of Fernando Llorente by Tottenham raised a few eyebrows. His arrival was in stark contrast to the clubs recent policy of purchasing and developing young players. Against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu however, Llorente showed his worth and why manager Mauricio Pochetino changed the clubs recent transfer strategy to acquire his services. The forward has played for some of Europe’s top clubs and is also a world cup winner. His arrival injected some much needed experience into a youthful Tottenham squad. Big game know how Against Real Madrid, in only his second...

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Is Dele Alli Important to Tottenham?

Since signing from MK Dons in 2015, Dele Alli has established himself as one of the  brightest young prospects in football, and has attracted interest from some of the biggest clubs in the world. There are reports that he is set to be offered a new contract at Tottenham to discourage interested parties, but should the right offer come along, it will raise questions as to just how important he is. “All he does is score” One of the biggest criticisms of Alli’s play is his perceived reliance on goals. Granted he can often be frustrating but at only 21...

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Harry Winks can Provide England’s Missing Flair

Harry Winks has had a big year. From making his Premier League debut in August to scoring for Spurs against West Ham in November, it’s been the stuff of fairytales for the Hemel Hempstead-born lad. England manager Gareth Southgate raised a few eyebrows earlier this week when including Winks in his latest England squad following a number of withdrawals through injury, as he has only started four Premier League games. Regardless, he is good enough to play for England. Negative England One of the major criticisms Southgate has received as England manager has been the lack of flair in the...

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Danny Rose Faces Fight with Ben Davies to Reclaim Place

WATFORD, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur shakes hands with Ben Davies as he is substituted during the Premier League match between Watford and Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road on January 1, 2017 in Watford, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images) Danny Rose has been voted into the PFA team of the year in the last two seasons and is widely considered the best left-back in England. Rose has also cemented his place as the England’s starting left-back since Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival, having never been capped previously. Rose has had a lengthy injury lay off and...

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Marcus Edwards: Too Much, Too Young?

TELFORD, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Marcus Edwards of England during the international match between England U20 v Netherlands U20 at the New Bucks Head Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Telford, England. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images) In recent years Tottenham Hotspur have earned a reputation for their development of youth players. From Dele Alli to Harry Kane, the club is nurturing new talent on an annual basis. The latest player to be touted as the next off the production line is Marcus Edwards. Mauricio Pochettino has even nicknamed the youngster “mini Messi“. Are these expectations healthy...

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The rise of Moussa Sissoko

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 23: Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on September 23, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill – AMA/Getty Images) Moussa Sissoko very much has an “anti-hero” reputation at Tottenham. The Frenchman arrived for big money in 2016 and struggled to make an impact during his first season in North London. He still has a long way to go to fulfill his price tag, but he has enjoyed a promising start to the 2017/18 season. Should this fine start continue,...

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Toby Alderweireld contract extension vital for Spurs

Toby Alderweireld and the unsigned contract Since Toby Alderweireld signed from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015. There has been few better center backs in the Premier League. The Belgium international has been a major part of Tottenham’s recent success. The former Ajax man’s current deal runs out in 2020 and with the Belgian still not tied down to a new deal, Spurs fans are growing concerned. Agent talk Spurs have a strict wage structure which is good for the long term stability of the club. However, this policy leaves them vulnerable to having players lured away to rivals by...

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