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3 Tottenham Players That Should Be Considered For England Captaincy

With Wayne Rooney’s England career seemingly drawing to a close, Gareth Southgate has a big decision to make – who will be the next captain of the National team?

At first glance there appears to be very few suitable candidates, but there are three Tottenham players that should be considered.

1 – Dele Alli

He might be young, but with no obvious senior figure in the team, Southgate could show trust in young Alli to lead the team forward during his reign as manager. Arguably one of England’s most inform players at the moment, and there aren’t many to choose from, Alli is one player that is likely to spend a lot of time in the starting eleven over the next few years. He may have to curb his attitude problem a bit, though.

Premier League Team Of The Week: ft. 3 Everton, 3 Arsenal & 2 Chelsea Players

Here is the Fresh Football Team of the Week for the most recent gameweek (21). We’ve opted for a 4-4-2 formation.
Simon Mignolet – Liverpool
It has not been a regular theme that Mignolet gets praised and included in TOTW after a tough few months for the Liverpool man, but after a sublime performance at Old Trafford he deserved all the plaudits.
 He is now the Reds No.1 and made numerous saves against Manchester United helping his side leave the Red Devil’s with one point.
Seamus Coleman – Everton
Coleman, as always, was fantastic against Manchester City and helped his side get all three points in an  afternoon to remember for Ronald Koeman’s men.
He was superb in all phases of play helping his side both attacking and defensively, the Toffees man managed two blocks, 67% tackles and showed why he is also an outlet going forward creating one chance.
Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal
The Frenchman signed a new contract with the Gunners last week and ended the week in style after an immense performance vs. Swansea.
The impressive Arsenal man managed  100% aerial duels, nine clearances, four interceptions and finished the game in true Arsenal style, with 94% passing.
 The 31-year-old has been one of Arsenals best players for a number of years, and is the true rock in the Arsenal side.
Shkodran Mustafi – Arsenal
Mustafi is yet to taste defeat in the Gunners shirt extending his impressive run to 20 games in total, which is an incredible record to hold.
The Arsenal man was yet again brilliant against Swansea and contributed with five interceptions, two clearances and finished the game with an impressive 88% passing.
Arsene Wenger will be relieved he is back from injury and will hope he stays fit as they look to close the gap at the top of the table.
Marcos Alonso – Chelsea
Well, it is not often a wing-back produces two goals, and is whiskers away from a hat-trick in one game, but that is exactly what Marcos Alonso managed in Chelsea’s win on Saturday.
The Blues star was superb offensively/defensively and was always an outlet going forward, turning out to produce the goods in front of goal in a perfect game for the Spaniard.
Pedro – Chelsea
The Chelsea man has been a revolution this season since a very disappointing opening campaign to life in England last year.
The former La Masia has thrived in Antonio Conte’s new system and was superb for the Blues against Leicester City.
He showcased some skill you will probably not see again this season in the build up to his goal and finished the game with 95% passing accuracy, which is superb.
The Spaniard is enjoying life at the Blues and has certainly played a massive part in the topping the table thus far.
Tom Davies – Everton
Well, what a star Everton have on their hands.
The 18-year-old was superior to most players on the pitch in a very disciplined, mature display against Manchester City.
He scored his first senior goal for the Toffees and completed two take on’s whilst playing the all round midfield role perfectly.
His goal was a thing of beauty, his run, timing, finish, everything was majestic and if Lionel Messi scored it, you’ll watch it for years to come.
Koeman has a thing for talented young players, doesn’t he? and the Dutchman has another gem on his hands.
Ross Barkley – Everton
Despite coming under strong scrutiny in recent months and being dropped by Ronald Koeman, Ross Barkley showed why he is so highly rated against Manchester City in a fine performance.
The English international was influential going forward and created four chances, whilst having that burst from midfield to attack completing four take on’s too.
After helping his side batter the depleted City, he will not be dropped anytime soon.
Alex Iwobi – Arsenal
Alex Iwobi was the most impressive star on show for Arsenal this weeking as they beat Swansea 4-0 away from home.
The 20-year-old was unfortunate not to score himself after his deflected effort was put down as an own goal, but the Nigerian went on to create two chances and finished the game with 89% passing.
Iwobi was running at players at will and was showcasing his fine talents. He is already starting most weeks for the Gunners and will become a future star if he continues to develop at his rapid pace.
Harry Kane – Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur’s impressive run continued against West Brom after running riot in a 4-0 routine victory on Saturday afternoon.

England international Harry Kane was immense throughout and bagged himself a hat-trick, whilst creating once chance and completing four take on’s.
If Spurs are to push on for the title they’ll be reliant on their prolific goalscorer to keep firing in the goals, and of course staying fit. If he does, then maybe, just maybe Spurs could push for the title.
Andy Carroll – West Ham United
Since his return from injury, Andy Carroll has been a very positive sign in a glum few months for the Hammers, and his impressive form continued on Saturday.
The Hammers beat Crystal Palace 3-0 and Carroll was at the heart of it all, and scored one of the goals of the season in a very solid display.

Manchester United Reportedly Line Up Sensational £80m Move For Premier League Striker, Is The Deal Possible?

Manchester United are lining up a sensational £80m move for Tottenham striker Harry Kane as a long-term replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford. 

Jose Mourinho’s side currently sit 6th in the Premier League table, and CalcioMercato say that United are ready to splash the cash in the summer in an attempt to bolster their long-term attacking options.

However, the Daily Express say that in order for the deal to be remotely realistic, the Red Devils must secure a finish in the top four and Mauricio Pochettino’s side must miss out on a place in the Champions League.

Harry Kane made it a 100th Premier League appearance to remember, bagging himself a brace as Spurs began the new year in emphatic fashion with a 4-1 win over Watford at Vicarage Road. Kane did sign a new deal with Spurs as recently at November, but the Daily Express report that this might not be enough to keep him at White Hart Lane beyond next summer.

Kane is a proven prolific Premier League goalscorer as proved by his record, netting 59 times in 100 Premier League appearances, and is a player that every top flight club can only dream of having in their team.

Is this deal realistic, and could it happen in the summer?

The short answer to that question is in my opinion no. Spurs are in a very good stretch of form, winning their last four Premier League matches since their defeat at Old Trafford, making a move into the top four for the first time since October.

The way things are looking at the moment, Spurs are much more likely to finish in the top four than Manchester United, so come the summer, Spurs may have Champions League football, whereas the Red Devils may not.

Despite the wages that United would be likely to offer being very lucrative indeed, that might still not be enough to persuade Kane. The Englishman has repeatedly talked about how he wants to become a one-club man, become club legend and achieve great things with Spurs.

Mauricio Pochettino is building something special at Spurs. Performances in the Premier League have been good over the last couple of seasons, a new stadium is coming up in a few years, and the club are making huge steps to keeping this current team together. The future is bright for Spurs, and would Kane really trade all that in and leave White Hart Lane for a move to Old Trafford to an unsettled, inconsistent team. I very much doubt it.

Everton Willing To Sell Ross Barkley To Spurs, But Koeman Wants This Man In Return

Ronald Koeman is reportedly eyeing a bizarre swap deal in the January transfer window that would see Moussa Sissoko swap clubs with £30m-rated Ross Barkley. 

On summer transfer deadline day, we saw Frenchman Moussa Sissoko seal a move to Tottenham Hotspur in dramatic circumstances. The Frenchman snubbed a move to Goodison Park, turning his phone off as Everton tried to get in touch regarding a deadline day move having agreed for a medical to take place.

It seems now that Ronald Koeman could use Tottenham’s interest in Englishman Ross Barkley to try and land his man that he dramatically missed out on back in August according to The Mirror. Whilst some reports have suggested Spurs will wait until the summer to make their move, others insist that Barkley is a January transfer window target for the Lilywhites.

Ross Barkley has endured a spell out of the Everton side this season following constant warnings from manager Ronald Koeman that he needs to offer more out on the pitch, but after another under-par performance against Liverpool at Goodison Park, the Englishman may now be seen as surplus to requirements. Especially following Koeman’s comments claiming that Barkley may never reach his full potential in his footballing career. With Tottenham interested, this might be seen as a good time for the Toffees to get rid of Barkley.

Moussa Sissoko’s start to life at Tottenham has been a struggle. He has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular in his first few months as a Spurs player, but the Frenchman has put in a couple of encouraging displays in games against Manchester United, Hull City and Burnley. Sissoko has two assists in the last few weeks, and will be looking to build on this going forward.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino challenged Sissoko to offer more in training and in turn out on the pitch after the Lilywhites forked out a substantial £30m for the 27-year-old in August. It seems that the former Newcastle man has responded to his manager, with a few positive displays in recent weeks. With Sissoko’s performances improving, it seems unlikely that Spurs would let him go in the January window.

It seems bizarre that Spurs are reportedly willing to pay £30m for Ross Barkey, considering the uninspiring form he has been in this season. It seems even more bizzare that Moussa Sissoko would join the club he snubbed just a few months earlier leaving the club he favoured a move to. This deal looks so unlikely it’s unbelievable, but stranger things have happened, that is for sure.

‘Best Ever Performance In A Manchester United Shirt’ Fans Heap Praise Onto Defender After Display vs. Tottenham

Manchester United managed to overcome their recent poor form late on in games to see out a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, courtesy of a goal from Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the first period. 

Spurs started the game the better of the two after a shaky start, but it was Harry Kane, Spurs’ saviour since he returned from injury who was at fault for the goal. He gave the ball away sloppily in midfield before Ander Herrera played Mkhitaryan through, who finished convincingly to score his first Premier League goal.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men missed a golden opportunity to equalise just after the break. Christian Eriksen swung a good ball towards the back post, where Victor Wanyama had sneaked in, but he failed to trouble David De Gea with his header.

Paul Pogba could have fired Manchester United two goals to the good on two separate occasions within a couple of minutes of each other. First of all, his free-kick rattled the woodwork, before he found himself with space for a shot just inside the box, but his effort was straight at Hugo Lloris.

Spurs failed to create any decent chances throughout the game, and much of that can be down to Harry Kane being so ineffective up front. Marcos Rojo was the man tasked with keeping the Englishman quiet for the ninety minutes, and he did an outstanding job.

Although he won just 33% of his tackles and 40% of his aerial duels, Rojo denied Kane of any sort of half-chance for the whole game. He made an impressive 16 clearances, 4 blocks and a further 4 interceptions. Here is how United fans reacted to Rojo’s outstanding display.

We all thought that United being without both Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly would be a huge problem for the Red Devils. However, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones have really stepped up in the last few weeks. Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling will be back in the fold soon, and it will be interesting to see if Mourinho sticks with Jones and Rojo at the back or puts Bailly and Smalling back in.

No Mata, Bailly Starts! Manchester United Team News & Predicted Line-Up To Face Tottenham

Manchester United have been left frustrated in the last few weeks, failing to finish games off, drawing against Everton, West Ham and Arsenal in recent weeks. United will be looking to secure their first win since the beginning of November but will be coming up against a Spurs side that have lost just once in the Premier League this term. 

Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw will be unavailable through injury for the visit of Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs. Here is our Manchester United predicted line-up to face Tottenham.

GK: David De Gea

Sergio Romero started in goal for the Red Devils on Thursday night in the Europa League, but I am fairly certain that David De Gea will return for United to face Spurs.

RB: Antonio Valencia

Valencia has not only proved that he can defend extremely well down the right-hand side, but the attacking threat he offers is also valuable to Mourinho and United. He will look to cause Danny Rose some problems down the right and look to put some dangerous crosses into Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

CB: Eric Bailly

Bailly has just recovered from a knee injury picked up at Stamford Bridge, and played in the Europa League on Thursday. Bailly has proved what a good signing he is for the Red Devils, and will probably make his first league start since October.

CB: Phil Jones

Jones has stepped in well for the injured Chris Smalling, who is not likely to make it back for the clash with Spurs. A few good performances from Jones may mean that he keeps his place for this match.

LB: Daley Blind

We have seen a few players play at left-back for Manchester United this season under Jose Mourinho, but with Luke Shaw injured, it is likely that we will see Daley Blind start at left-back.

CDM: Ander Herrera

Herrera has played very well for United this season and played again on Thursday night. He is an extremely important player for United, and will most likely start in midfield on Sunday.

CDM: Michael Carrick

He was brought on in the Europa League on Thursday, but Marouane Fellaini will not be in Mourinho’s good books after that stupid challenge last week at Goodison Park. Carrick will probably start in holding midfield here alongside Ander Herrera.

RAM: Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Jose Mourinho has recently praised the attitude of Mkhitaryan, and he has been in electric form since being placed in the team. A goal in the Europa League will boost the Armenian’s confidence, and he should start against Spurs at Old Trafford

CAM: Paul Pogba

The Frenchman needs to find his best form and has shown very little of why United decided to fork out £89m in the summer. He is one of those undroppable players considering how much he is worth, but he needs to start pulling his weight in team, with many fans starting to get extremely frustrated.

LAM: Anthony Martial

It will be an interesting battle to watch out for on Sunday afternoon. It is more than likely that Martial will be lining up against Kyle Walker at Old Trafford, and that will see two quick players against each other, but who has the most guile?

ST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Two goals this week for Ibrahimovic, one against Everton last Sunday, and another one in the Europa League, and he is almost guaranteed to start against Spurs with the threat he provides.

‘He’s On Fire’ Chelsea Fans Delighted With This Man Following Spurs Win

Chelsea ended Spurs’ unbeaten run with a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge to go to the summit of the Premier League, courtesy of goals from Pedro and Victor Moses.

Spurs started the much better of the two, and had the ball in the back of the net just five minutes in, Harry Kane reacting quickest to smash home a loose ball in the box. However, it was ruled out for offside.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were rewarded for their fast, strong start when they went ahead after eleven minutes. Dele Alli made a menacing run before laying the ball off to Christian Eriksen, who lashed a terrific left-footed effort into the back of the net.

Spurs continued to dominate, but they were to go into the break level when Pedro produced a bit of magic to fire Chelsea back on level terms. The Spaniard picked up the ball on the edge of the box, before curling a delightful effort into the corner.

Chelsea took the lead soon after the break, Diego Costa doing well to break into the box down the left hand side before pulling the ball back for Victor Moses, who saw his shot deflected twice before bulging the net. The win sees Chelsea continue their excellent form and fire them to the top of the Premier League.

One player that constantly caused Spurs problems all evening was Victor Moses. The Nigerian international has found a new level under the management of Antonio Conte, and continued his terrific form here. He constantly looked to stretch the Spurs defence, and did so successfully, working tirelessly in a great performance.

3 interceptions and 5 crosses were just two of the standout statistics from Moses’ game.

Moses has been a key figure alongside Eden Hazard and Diego Costa in the Chelsea team in recent weeks, and here is how fans reacted to his display against Tottenham.

‘He’s A Blessing’ Chelsea Star Dubbed As Best In The World After Great Performance vs. Tottenham

Chelsea retained top spot after a well fought battle at Stamford Bridge against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen gave the away side the lead after a thunderbolt strike but goals from Pedro and Victor Moses saw the three points remain with Antonio Conte’s men as they extend their run to seven consecutive league wins.

We take a look at the numbers behind the Blues top performer, Diego Costa, after another majestic performance saw the Spanish international grab an assist whilst giving Spurs defence something to worry about every time he was on the ball.

The 26-year-old was influential for the Blues, his assist for the winning goal was excellent – the way he drived past Dembele / Wimmer was so impressive, he glided past with ease showcasing a bit of neat footwork before driving the ball into the on running Moses’s path.

Although Costa did not get on the score sheet like he has so many times this season, he was showing why he is more than just a goal scorer with two key passes, one leading to the winning goal. What is most impressive about Costa’s game, which other strikers shy away from, is when the going gets tough, he gets tough. The Spanish international does not mind getting back for his side and doing the defensive work, with the Chelsea striker managing four clearances against Tottenham Hotspur.

The striker is working very hard for his teammates if things aren’t going their way, he will chase down any long ball which can relieve pressure on his side, this is the attitude Conte has managed to bring out of him after a below par season last term.

In another excellent display, Costa had 44 touches, making 25 passes finishing with a 72% pass accuracy. The Chelsea man helped his side take maximum points which see them sit top for another week, after another quality display we take a look at how Twitter reacted to Costa’s performance.

As you can see, Costa’s performance did not go unnoticed and rightly so, he was excellent once again and proved why he is arguably the best number nine on the planet at this current time in his deadly form. If he is not scoring, he is creating goals, if he is not creating, he is working tirelessly. A truly brilliant player who could fire his side to Premier League glory once again if Antonio Conte’s men were to keep up this supreme form.

‘Another Woeful Performance’ Tottenham Midfielder Gets Heavy Criticism In Champions League Exit

Tuesday night will be an evening to forget for the entire Tottenham squad. They crashed out of the Champions League after a tepid display in Monaco that saw them lose 2-1 and in truth, that scoreline flattered the visitors. 

Nobody was at the races for Spurs but one of the most disappointing players on the night was midfielder Dele Alli. The 20-year-old seriously struggled in midfield against a much more mature Monaco side on the night. The only two things of note that Alli did were get brought down for the penalty, and miss a decent chance at the end of the game – but apart from that he really struggled to be influential in midfield and looked out of his depth in a high-pressure Champions League game.

Alli was dispossessed 5 times during the game, a lot more than you’d expect from a midfielder of his quality. He also had 3 unsuccessful touches and only 69 successful, despite the English teams domination of the ball throughout the game. His pass accuracy was a respectable 84.4%, but he crucially didn’t do too much with the ball going forward. Alli only made 2 key passes and attempted 2 through balls – although both of these did find their desired target.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Alli and Tottenham’s dismal performance on Tuesday night. 

Tottenham will now concentrate on ensuring they qualify for the Europa League by finishing in third position. Although this will not have been the aim for the club, if they were to go far or even win that competition it would be a big achievement for the club. The players won’t get close to winning even the Europa League though if they perform as they have done tonight.

In Alli’s case, we must not forget that he was playing lower league football just 12 months ago for MK Dons. He should be allowed some poor performances as he is still young and we have already seen what he is capable of when playing well. Aged 20 Alli is the future of Tottenham, and although he will be rightly criticised for his performance on Tuesday night – the media and fans should perhaps look to put the blame elsewhere.

I think there were certainly worse players on the night for Tottenham. Son springs to mind instantly. Although he has had a good season to date, he was totally useless in this crucial game against Monaco. The likes of Wanyama and Wimmer also seriously struggled as Tottenham were outplayed allover the pitch.

4 Reasons Arsenal Will Finish Above Tottenham Again This Season

Arsenal and Tottenham have both started the season fairly well and with just one point separating the two teams after 12 games, it looks like they will closely matched once again this season. Of course both teams ambitions are greater than finishing above each other, both want to win the league. But finishing above their rival would ensure that they’d be at least close to the top as both teams look likely to push for the title. I think it’s going to be another season where Arsenal edge this local duel, and here’s 4 reasons why.

1 – Better attacking depth

Attacking depth hasn’t been a word associated with Arsenal in recent years but this season they certainly appear to have greater variety in attack than their North London rivals. Tottenham are so reliant on Harry Kane and that couldn’t be clearer. They’ve only got back into good goalscoring form since he returned to the team and the worry for Tottenham fans will be whether or not Kane is capable of staying fit and keeping consistent form throughout the entire season. Arsenal’s first choice striker appears to be Alexis Sanchez, but Olivier Giroud keeps scoring from the bench. It’s giving Arsene Wenger a fantastic problem and a one that may very well prove to be the difference between the clubs come the end of the season. There’s also the small matter of Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez who look set to return in December.

‘World Class Footballer’ Twitter Reacts To Tottenham Midfielder’s Sublime Performance vs. West Ham

Spurs looked as if they were about to lose their Premier League unbeaten record at the hands of West Ham, and it took a very late comeback from Spurs to seal the win and maintain that unbeaten record.

Slavan Bilic’s side found themselves 2-1 up with just a couple of minutes to go, but saw their lead evaporate before their very eyes, two Harry Kane goals robbing West Ham of the three points at the death.

Mauricio Pochettino made two changes in the second half, Dele Alli and Heung-min Son coming on in place of Vincent Janssen and Mousa Dembele, and it was Son who made a huge impact when it mattered.

He broke free down the left-hand side and delivered a delightful low cross for Harry Kane to convert with just a couple of minutes of normal time left to play. That was not his only key contribution. Son caused trouble again down the left and was brought down in the box. Mike Dean pointed to the spot and Kane stayed cool to win the game for Spurs.

Tottenham fans were delighted with the South Korean’s display, and here is how they as well as other fans reacted on social media to Son’s game changing display.

Son has been one of Tottenham’s best performers this season. He stepped up and played well when Harry Kane was out injured, and has continued his excellent form. He will be one of Spurs’ most important players when they travel to Monaco in midweek in a must-win fixture.

‘Like His Old Self Again’ Fans React To Liverpool Players Performance vs. Tottenham

Liverpool made their way into the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup with a 2-1 win over Premier League rivals Tottenham, Daniel Sturridge bagging a brace under the lights at Anfield.

It was Jurgen Klopp’s side that made a fast start, capitalising on a slip from Spurs summer signing Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, and Sturridge was there to take full advantage of another slip from Vorm to fire Liverpool into an early lead.

Spurs enjoyed a good period of play in the first half, with Vincent Janssen’s header at the back post being their best chance in the first period. However, Liverpool went into the break with the lead.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side continued to look for the equaliser, but it was Liverpool creating the better chances in the second half, and it was no surprise to see Daniel Sturridge double the Red’s advantage midway through the second half.

Spurs brought on Erik Lamela and Victor Wanyama either side of the second Liverpool goal, and they both had positive impacts on the game, with the former being brought down in the box for a penalty. Vincent Janssen stepped up and halved the deficit, setting up a nervy last fifteen minutes.

Youngster Sheyon Harrison had a good chance on his debut to put Spurs level, but couldn’t get his first touch spot on as Liverpool held on to advance to the quarter-finals.

Daniel Sturridge was of course the standout player for Liverpool, bagging a brace, but it could have been many more if the striker had been in a more clinical mood in front of goal. Here is how fans on Twitter reacted to Sturridge’s two goals against Spurs.

Liverpool fans will be glad to see Sturridge back amongst the goals, and they will be keen to see him carry the form he showed against Spurs into the Premier League, where they will need his goals. The England international has not scored in the Premier League since 23rd April last season, and Liverpool fans will be glad to see him finally hit the back of the net.

Champions League Group by Group Breakdown

Greeting football fans from all across Europe, as you’re surely well aware the Champions League groups have been drawn and matches have started. If you’re the type that likes to sport a wager now and then, you may want to head down to the Betser football sportsbook (or your local shady bookie! But who does that anymore?) and get some bets in BEFORE the groups end, so you can extract the most value out of your prescience.

Group A

Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are the absolute class of this group that also features Bulgarian Champions PFC Ludogorets as well as Swiss club FC Basel. It would be an absolutely crushing upset for one of these top two squads to not advance. Picking between these two, we will go with Paris Saint-Germain as the pick here. Though PSG has lost mercurial goal scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the French club is still loaded with world class talent at every position.

Group B

Group B is perhaps not the “group of death” but more like the “group of life.” Featuring Besiktas, Napoli, Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv — this looks like a group that could go any which way. Napoli finished 2nd in the Italian Serie A, and edges out Portuguese side Benfica in our mind. Sadly to say, none of the teams from Group appear to have a great chance to move on further in the tournament, as these clubs are relatively small compared to the Real Madrids and Bayern Munichs of the world. Our pick in group B will be Napoli.

Group C

If Group B is the group of life, Group C looks like the group of death. Both Manchester City and FC Barcelona are absolute powerhouses in country and continent. Celtic FC aren’t even half bad and could easily pull an unexpected result out of the hat. Our pick here is Barcelona, even though Man City has looked brilliant in the Premier League, we can’t pick against the Champions League legends from Spain.

 Group D

Group D is similar to Group A in that you can be nearly 100% sure that one of the top two teams will progress. In Group D those teams are Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid. These two teams faced each other in the semifinals of last year’s Champions League with Madrid winning and moving to its 2nd Champions League final in 3 years. We expect much of the same this year, picking Atletico to narrowly edge out Bayern for the group.

Group E

Maybe the easiest group, we expect Tottenham Hotspur FC to prevail. Other teams in the group, AS Monaco, CSKA Moscow, and Bayer Leverkusen have the potential to upset Tottenham, but following the Spurs 2-0 win against Manchester City in league play, they’re looking like the class of Group E.

Group F

The reigning champs are in this group, and we’d feel foolish not to pick Real Madrid to come out of this group. Last we checked they still have a guy named Ronaldo, and that should be enough to win the group.

Group G

We said Group E might be the easiest group, but Group G has a chance to take that title. Leicester City, champions of the Premier League, are participating in this years Champions League and it’s difficult to know if they will continue their run of form. Competing against Portgual’s Porto, Brugge from Belgium and Copenhagen from Denmark, this group looks like Leicester City’s to lose. We’ll go with the lads from Leicester City.

Group H

Group H has one tier 1 team in Juve, two tier two teams in Sevilla and Lyon, and a fairly outclassed Croatian champion, Dinamo Zagreb. The easy pick here is Juventus, but if they were to slip up again Sevilla or Lyon, the Spanish or French clubs could easily snatch the group away from the Italians.

The games have already started, so head to the Betser football site and get it on!

‘He Was Superb’ Fans React To Spurs Midfielders Fantastic Performance Against Manchester City

Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs were at their very best on Sunday as they managed to brush aside previously unbeaten table-toppers Manchester City in a thrilling game at White Hart Lane.

An own goal from Aleksandar Kolorov sent Spurs into the lead early on in the piece before Spurs doubled their lead later on in the first half with a low Dele Alli strike past Claudio Bravo. Erik Lamela had the chance to make it 3-0, but missed from the spot in the second period.

Spurs looked to press City from the start in the knowledge that playing out from the back is the Pep Guardiola way, particlulary looking to press Claudio Bravo in the Manchester City goal as he looked for a pass.

The high pressing helped Spurs to take all three points at White Hart Lane, as the team covered 118.8km throughout the ninety minutes, working tirelessly for the win.

One player that stood out for me as well as Spurs fans across Twitter was Victor Wanyama in the midfield, with many taking to Twitter to voice their opinions on Wanyama’s outstanding performance.

The Kenyan midfielder made some excellent tackles in the midfield on his way to earning the Sky Man Of The Match award on Sunday afternoon. He pressed the City midfield extremely well and his strength shone through in the 2-0 win.

Wanyama won six tackles as well as two aerial duels in his Man Of The Match performance, also racking up an 84% passing accuracy in Spurs’ fifth win of the season. The Kenyan also made one interception and recovered the ball nine times. Here is how fans reacted on Twitter to the midfielder’s performance.

5 Arsenal Players Named In The Team Of The Week: Liverpool, Tottenham & Man Utd Players Also Feature

Petr Cech – Arsenal

Although Cech wasn’t worked as much as others over the weekend, his professionalism shown through the whole squad on the Gunners 3-0 win over Chelsea. He made a few fantastic saves in the latter stages of the game with Michy Batshuayi being the best when he was through on goal. His calmness helped his back four massively, and the ex-Chelsea goalkeeper helped the Gunners coast to victory.

Hector Bellerin – Arsenal

Defensively, Bellerin has improved massively in the last 12 months and this once again showed against Chelsea on Saturday. Pedro was through on Arsenal’s goal, but Bellerin took charge and absolutely dismantled his fellow Spaniard for pace and recovered with an excellent tackle.

Bellerin kept Eden Hazard quiet all game, disposed play excellently and made inch perfect tackles whilst grabbing and assist for Theo Walcott’s goal.

Virgil Van Dijk – Southampton

Another solid performance by the Saints rock at the back, since his move to St Mary’s last summer he has been one of the most impressive defenders in England, with another sublime performance against West Ham showing his worth, he defended excellently and bullied Simone Zaza who didn’t get a sniff all game.

Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal

Koscielny must have been itching for revenge on Diego Costa who has often got the better of him, but to the Frenchman’s credit, he dealt excellently with the Chelsea man and was much stronger and determined that the forward for the 90 minutes.

Costa can usually bully his opponents but between Mustafi and Koscielny, Costa was left frustrated after being pocketed by the pair, with the latter getting some sweet revenge on Costa form past performances, Inch perfect display.

Ryan Bertrand – Southampton

Ryan Bertrand has all the tools to become a top left-back and he proved once again why in Saints victory over the Hammers, he was influential going forward as well as tracking back, helping in the build up play before Charlie Austin’s goal. The defender completed three key passes in the 90 minutes which just showed how good he was progressing forward.

Son Heung-min – Tottenham Hotspur

A player that nearly left White Hart Lane this summer is now a key man in Spurs superb form, he has once again made our TOTW with four goals in the last two matches. Son is full of confidence and is now starting to deliver on a consistent bases, he is picking up the ball and driving at defences whilst being a threat in the final third which he showcased once again at the weekend in another fine display.

Paul Pogba – Manchester United

Finally, Paul Pogba puts in a Man-of-the-Match performance in a dominating display over last seasons champions Leicester City. With Rooney dropping out of the side, Pogba was given a more advanced role and the whole team played at a much higher tempo with their main man Pogba able to dictate and control the game at his will, with the Frenchman also netting his first goal for Manchester United in a truly superb performance.

Phillipe Coutinho – Liverpool

Coutinho is another who has been superlative this season, he once again ran the show for his Liverpool side with two assists and one goal against a depleted Hull City side. Liverpool are a very dangerous outfit this season and if their Brazilian maestro can keep up his good work they will certainly fight for the title.

Alex Iwobi – Arsenal

The young Gunner has settled in to this Arsenal team and made the left wing spot his own. He was just as good as the likes of Alexis and Ozil on Saturday, highlighting his raw talent and the lads potential is huge. Aged just 20 and considering how much he has developed in the last 12 months, the sky is well and truly the limit for young Alex. Against Chelsea he tortured Ivanovic at right back, causing many Chelsea fans to call for the Serbian to retire.

Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal

Alexis is thriving in the number 9 role at Arsenal and he had another brilliant game against Chelsea. Hunting down Gary Cahill before giving Arsenal the lead was particularly impressive, but what I liked was his improved link up play. Many had doubted that Arsenal could play without Giroud because Alexis could not link the play as well, that was cetainly not the case.

Sergio Aguero – Manchester City

Back from suspension, Aguero again proved why he is perhaps the best player in the Premier League with an impressive brace against Swansea to ensure City maintained their 100% Premier League record. If this guy stays fit it is hard to see another team winning the league, he is just on another level.

3 Fantasy Football Players To Avoid This Week: Ft. West Ham, Swansea & Tottenham Players

As gameweek six approaches, Fantasy Premier League managers will be looking at who to transfer in ahead of the sixth instalment of Premier League action, but here are three players that we strongly advise avoiding including in your squad ahead of the 11:30 deadline on Saturday morning.

1) James Collins- West Ham

The West Ham defence has been to blame for West Ham’s recent troubles. Although some of the goals scored against them have been of high quality, shipping over three goals per game over their last three is not a record that will please Slaven Bilic.

Watford and West Brom have not looked like teams who are likely to score four in a match, but they have managed to do that in matches against the Hammers.

If you are looking for clean sheet points, then James Collins, or any of the West Ham defensive unit for that matter, are not players to have in your squad. They come up against Southampton this week, who have not been clinical in front of goal thus far, but that could change against a shaky West Ham defence.

Grades (A-E): How Arsenal, Man City, Tottenham & Leicester Fared In the Champions League

The Champions League kicked off this week with four English teams in action. It was surprising to not see the familiar faces of Chelsea or Manchester United, but their poor Premier League performance last season saw them lose their places, with Tottenham and league winners Leicester City coming in, with the latter making their debut in the competition. Overall it was a pretty good gameweek for English teams, but here’s my grade for each of them.


Arsenal kicked off the Champions League group stage with an away game against the favourites for the group in PSG. Arsenal had bad memories of opening days in this competition, but good experiences in France. They started tragically, conceding in the 1st minute and after 5 minutes, fans feared they would be humiliated. Arsene Wenger’s decision not to include Granit Xhaka, Petr Cech and Olivier Giroud raised eyebrows, and only the omission of Cech appeared to pay off, with David Ospina keeping the team in the game at half time. Arsenal improved in the second half and PSG looked like they had tired, with the changes on the hour mark, Arsenal began to take control of the game and in the end, via a moment of quality from Alexis Sanchez, stole a point from under the noses of the French Champions. Whilst the performance was far from great, the result surely makes the Gunners favourites for the group and if they can play like they did in the last 30 minutes, you would fancy Arsenal to take all three points. The Gunners now need to ensure they don’t underestimate FC Basel and Ludogrets and they should ensure progression, top spot must now be the aim for Arsenal. B for result ‘-‘ for performance.

Grade: B-

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola negotiated the qualification stage of this competition with ease and it looked just as easy on Wednesday night when they hosted Borussia Mochengladbach. Under Pellegrini City have looked lacklustre in Europe but with Pep there is a confidence that they can go all the way. Sergio Aguero is in incredible form and his hat trick helped the team to a straightforward 4-0 win. I’m sure the rain delay was frustrating for manager and players, but it did not impact their performance, perhaps it did play a part in the away sides poor showing. Ilkay Gundogan made his first start for the club and looked really good, he could prove to be a top signing, though with Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho also in top form, it will be interesting to see how Pep fits all his superstars into the line up.

Grade: A


Tottenham returned to the Champions League in unfamiliar surrounding at Wembley. The fans turned up in their thousands, with the club breaking an English record for attendees at a European game. The party was soon stopped though as Monaco scored 2 early goals to silence the home crowd. Tottenham appeared to, just like Arsenal had previously, underestimate the French side, who have started the season in top form, topping the French league currently. Despite the poor level of the French league overall, Monaco have some top quality players and Spurs will need to ensure they do not underestimate them again when they head to France for the reverse fixture. Pochettino needs to reflect on this terrible start to what was perceived as an ‘easy’ group.

Grade: F

Leicester City

The dream continues. Leicester may not have started their Premier League defence in the best fashion, losing 2 of their first 4 games, but the club now need to enjoy what they earned last season – a European adventure. Because of their top seeding, Leicester were drawn into a favourable group and they took full advantage. Despite Club Brugge not being the hardest side, an away game in the Champions League is rarely easy, but Leicester made it look that way with a convincing 3-0 win in Belgium. With an away win in the bag, Ranieri will be confident of progressing in the group and with their main rivals, FC Porto drawing at home with Copenhagen, the English side now look as if they can actually top the group and they will certainly believe they can. What a start.

Grade: A*

Overall it was good to see a good performance from English sides on Gameweek 1. With Pep at Manchester City, there is a serious chance of an English side winning the competition and Leicester and Arsenal have both had positive starts too. You could expect Tottenham, despite this hiccup to still qualify, though the chances of them topping the group are now a lot slimmer.

Factfile: Reviewing Tottenham Champions League Opponents, AS Monaco

It’s been a long time coming, but alas, Tottenham Hotspur have their UEFA Champions League spot back after a five-season hiatus. Competing against Europe’s elite isn’t the only thing that the north Londoners can look forward to, as they kick off their campaign at Wembley Stadium for the first time versus AS Monaco.

The Ligue 1 outfit are no strangers to Spurs, of course, with the away side losing 4-1 in their last visit to White Hart Lane. Monaco are, however, a year wiser and have since bolstered their squad with the likes of Torino’s Kamil Glik, French full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Djibril Sidibé and their loan returnee Radamel Falcao.

Here’s how Tottenham’s opposition presents themselves ahead of their Group E clash:

The Journey

The club from the Principality will look back on a pair of 4-0 victories versus Angers SCO and Toulouse with some pride, as well as inflicting one of only two defeats amassed by Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain with a 2-0 win, helping the Group E side finish third in the league table behind Olympique Lyonnais.

For Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim, that meant trying to battle his way into the Champions League group stages via the qualifying rounds with a team that conceded more goals (50) than any other in Ligue 1’s top six, whereas the 57 goals scored was also the lowest count among those in the top four.

Serving as obstacles in Monaco’s route to the Champions League group stages were Turkish club Fenerbahçe and Villarreal, beaten on aggregate, respectively, by 4-3 and 3-1.


The Monégasques are currently sitting pretty at the top of the Ligue 1 table, picking up 10 points from a possible 12 so far this season. Among the successes of the new season is their second consecutive triumph over PSG, winning 3-1 this time around, and, more recently, the 4-1 demolition job against Lille as early as last Friday.

On the other hand, prior to Monaco’s last two games, the Ligue 1 club started their league campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to EA Guingamp and a timid 1-0 victory over Nantes, whereas they’ve also scored just four goals from open play this season.

One to Watch – Bernardo Silva

Despite not being blessed with big names, there are plenty of rough diamonds in Monaco’s set-up, in particular Thomas Lemar, Tiemoué Bakayoko and 17-year-old Kylian Mbappe. The pick of the bunch, however, could well be Bernardo Silva.

Originally placed on the right flank, the left-footed playmaker is often given licence to roam inwards, which earned him seven goals from 32 league appearances last season. The 22-year-old Portuguese starlet is already underway on goal scoring terms this season with strikes versus Villarreal and a late equaliser against Guingamp back in August.

3 Must Have Players in Fantasy Football Premier League This Week

The wait was excruciating, so soon after welcoming the Premier League back, but alas the international break is over to give us a handful of weeks to focus solely on club football again. And what a way to return, as the Premier League gifts us a Manchester derby, Liverpool’s home clash versus champions Leicester City, among other potentially tight match-ups to sink our teeth into.

Such is the equilibrium in some of the games to take place in Gameweek Three that it’s fairly difficult to predict who’ll be your Fantasy Premier League kingpin this weekend, but Fresh Football might be able to push you in the right direction with these three:

1 – Ryan Shawcross
Stoke City
Position: Defender
Value: £5m

A trip to the Bet365 Stadium sees Tottenham Hotspur return to the place they last looked like a fully-functioning side, as they walked over Stoke City with a 4-0 victory. Since then, the Premier League title hopefuls slumped to a third placed finish behind rivals Arsenal, whereas they’ve tasted victory just once in the new season.

Admittedly, the likes of Everton and Liverpool are never the easiest of teams to face, but Spurs’ attack has looked worryingly laboured in each of their three league games. New boy Vincent Janssen appears to be going through the motions of settling in, whereas Christian Eriksen’s form, alongside that of Dele Alli’s, seems to have deserted him.

Under more concerning circumstances, the statistic haunting Spurs in relation to Mousa Dembélé’s absence, in particular the one that sees chief goal scorer Harry Kane find the back of the net just once without the Belgian midfielder in the starting XI, could again extend itself with a traditionally tricky away fixture for most.

In the receiving end of Tottenham’s attacking woes are Stoke, themselves needing a result to kick-start their season after just a point gained from a possible nine so far this season. The Potters will look to skipper Ryan Shawcross to lead the collective in thwarting a thus far toothless Spurs attack, meanwhile potentially causing an upset at the other end via his threat from set-pieces.

3 Players You Must Have In Your Fantasy Football Team This Week ft. Arsenal, West Ham, Leicester

Matchday 1 of the Premier League has come and gone and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll most likely have a fantasy team in need of recalibration. Just a tad, honestly! In an attempt to second guess the professionals, here are three players you ought to consider backing before Friday’s deadline.

1 – Dimitri Payet

Position: Midfielder
Club: West Ham United
Cost: £9.5m

Slaven Bilić will be sure to approach the Dimitri Payet case with caution, so his inclusion in your fantasy team would represent a pretty big risk. The West Ham United manager may have to gamble himself on the Frenchman’s fitness, however, with the Hammers looking lost for inspiration every time they got onto the ball versus Chelsea on Monday.

Payet’s introduction late on in the London derby brought a familiar feel to West Ham’s game, so I’d be equally unsurprised if he’s thrown in to face Bournemouth, in particular with the occasion being the Olympic Stadium’s official debut.

The last clash between the two Premier League clubs at West Ham’s place produced a 4-3 thriller, a score line Payet and co. will be keen to avenge. The club have serious ambitions for the Champions League this season so they must ensure they get points on the board this weekend. They need their Payet back.

4-3-3, Continuity Is Key: How Tottenham Are Likely To Line-Up This Season

No sane Tottenham Hotspur fan would have twisted their nose at the prospect of direct qualification for the Champions League at the start of last season, let alone a small dash for the title in the months of April and May. What they didn’t subscribe to, however, was the emotional capitulation that ensued versus West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea, subsequently rounded off with a 5-1 hammering at the hands of relegated Newcastle United on the final day of the season that saw the north Londoners finish behind rivals Arsenal. Again.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is now tasked with lifting the spirits of his team, which includes those who suffered further humiliation at Euro 2016 with England, meanwhile also attempting to transform his also-rans into something even more memorable than the work exemplified throughout most of last season. Here’s how the starting XI could pan out: Formation: 4-3-3.

Back Five: Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose

Hugo Lloris’ spot as number one is pretty much uncontested, the antithesis of what is found on the flanks. With Ben Davies, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose to choose from, it’s the latter two who conveyed Pochettino’s message best of pressing high up the pitch and, when in possession, offering a solution to attack via overlaps.

No full back to have played consistently throughout last season won more duels for the ball than Rose (6.21 per game), whereas Danny Simpson was the only right back to top Walker’s number of 92 interceptions throughout the season, as the England international also ranked in the top 10 for tackles won with 72.

In the Belgian duo of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, Spurs had the foundations of the tightest defence all season, sharing that particular title with Manchester United after conceding 35 goals after 38 league games. Vertonghen could miss out on Spurs’ first game of the season away to Everton after he tore his ankle ligaments during Euro 2016, but in Kevin Wimmer, who missed out on much of pre-season as well, Pochettino should be left at ease.

The left-sided centre back only featured in one Premier League defeat all season, losing 1-0 to West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground, as he deputised for a then injured Vertonghen. That’s seven victories in ten league appearances. With Spurs again involved on the continental stage, Davies, Wimmer and Trippier will all be key in allowing Pochettino to rotate his hard-working squad in confidence.

Report: Tottenham Plan To Wrap Up £37million Double Signing Soon

Tottenham are set to complete a £17million deal and are hoping to follow that up with another £20million signing in the coming weeks.

It is has reported for many weeks now that Tottenham had been close to an agreement with AZ Alkmaar for the signing of Vincent Janssen. The 21-year-old impressed in the Dutch division last season and he has attracted interest from many top European clubs, but it looks as if Spurs are to win the race to sign him.

Tottenham’s initial offer was south of £15million, but The Telegraph are now reporting that Pocchettino is ready to pay £17million asking price. Manchester United’s interest in the young striker may have pushed the club into meeting AZ’s demands.

Jannsen, who has been superb in the last season shows why he is so clinical scoring 0.89 goals per 90 minutes compared to Rashford who manages 0.53. Rashford has been superb for United and did not just score goals, he contributed to 0.21 assists which sees him come out on top of Janssen who managed just 0.13. Of course the differing difficulties of the leagues should be considered when comparing the two, but Janssen does look a top prospect – he’s scored 3 goals in 5 international caps so he has started to back up his form domestically on the international stage.

Tottenham are also eyeing a swoop for Newcastle and Holland midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. The 25-year-old looks set to leave Newcastle this summer following the clubs relegation from the Premier League. Although he was only signed for £14.5million, it is thought Benitez wants to raise around £25million for the player, although many reports believe the club will accept around £20million if a concrete bid was made.

Wijnaldum predominantly plays on the left, but can be used on the right with the advantage to cut in side; his versatility will certainly be an attraction to interested clubs with the player also capable of playing centrally. Wijnaldum can also play centrally and as soon as he gets the ball he wants to dribble, his impressive power on the flanks saw him manage 60.24% success take ons per 90 minutes. One thing that could be improved in Wijnaldum’s play is his final ball, although this could be worked on, he impressively managed to create 1.37 chances per 90 last season.

Wijnaldum and Janssen would certainly be two good Dutch additions to a Spurs squad that came so close to winning the Premier League last season. Pochettino needs to add more options to his squad now that the club are competing in the Champions League next season. The addition of Janssen will be vital, as it lifts the goalscoring burden off of Harry Kane, who carried the side at times last season. Wijnaldum’s versatility and age (25) make him a very useful addition, someone with Premier League experience that can continue to get better.

Reports: Four Transfer Deals Tottenham Are Set To Complete

After a very good season for Tottenham Hotspur last season and securing automatic Champions League for only the second time in their history, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is eager to get all business done early so he has as settled squad for pre-season.

Spurs boss said “Now we are in the middle of the summer and it’s very important to start pre-season with all clear, with our squad and the players focused on the start of the season” – We take a look at four deals Spurs are set to complete in the coming weeks.

1 – Milan Badelj

Tottenham are very interested in signing Fiorentina midfield ace Milan Badelj. Spurs are understood to be very keen on bolstering their midfield ahead of the new season as European football beckons and Badelj has been identified as a potential target.

The Croatian international is currently staring at the Euros for Croatia and played 90 minutes in their opening 1-0 victory against Turkey.

Badelj’s agent Dejan Joksimovic has admitted a move to the Premier League would be hard to turn down for the player amid speculation of a Spurs bid.

“The Premier League is always attractive, for all of the players in the world I think,” Joksimovic said.

Tottenham will find it easier to recruit this summer as they can promise incoming players Champions League football, a competition every player wants to be a part of.

Spurs bagged themselves a hefty lump sum of money at the end of season after securing European football and also a large sum from the new English TV rights. Badelj would certainly not break their bank as they will only have to pay a fee of around £12 million to secure his services.

The defensive midfielder is no stranger to European football having appeared 31 times for Dinamo Zagreb before leaving them for Hamburg in 2012. Badelj has made 48 appearances for Fiorentina since 2014 scoring two goals; he has 21 international caps under his belt scoring the one goal.

We take a look at how Badelj compares with Tottenham’s key man in midfield Mousa Dembélé. One of Badelj’s main strengths is interceptions, this has been highlighted as major part of his game and stats prove this after he completed 2.92 interceptions per 90 minutes which is very good for midfielder, Dembélé managed just 2.23. Another strength of Badelj is his tackling, his strong firm tackles has been noted as a real aspect of his game – Dembélé has managed an astonishing 3.34 tackles per 90 minutes which is far more superior to Badelj who manages just 1.35. Standing over 6ft1 proves to be a massive advantage for Badelj as he shows his dominance in the air. Badelj has managed to win 60.71% of his aerial duels compared to Dembélé who manages just 51.72%, this will impress the Spurs boss especially with the physicality of the Premier League.

Badelj has two years remaining on his current contract and his agent has said it is very unlikely his client will sign a new deal.  Spurs were in for Southampton’s Victor Wanyama this summer but it seems they have switched targets and Badelj is now their number one target, Tottenham will have a fight on their hands to land the Croatia international with several teams in Italy also after his signature.

Report: Tottenham Agree €15million Fee For 27-Goal Striker

Tottenham may have finally found their attacking signing. Reports in Tuesday’s Mirror suggest that a €15million fee has been agreed for a player who scored 27 goals last season. 

Mauricio Pochettino has been searching for a striker to ease the goalscoring pressure off of Harry Kane and it seems that he may have finally found his man in AZ Alkmaar striker Vicent Janssen. Janssen is just 21 but he scored an impressive 27 goals in 34 league games for AZ in the Eredivisie last season.

The news of a fee being agreed comes from The Mirror who also report that the club is now in contract negotiations for the player. These contract talks should be fairly straightforward with Spurs happy to offer Janssen a large increase on his current wages.

Should Janssen join he would replace Son and Chadli as back-up options for Kane, although he could also play alongside the English forward. We would normally take a look at how Janssen compares statistically to Son and Chadli but it’s clear he scores a lot more, but also plays in a league that is a lot easier to score goals in.

Tottenham cannot be too confident that Janssen will replicate his goalscoring form in England as for every Luis Suarez or Ruud van Nistelrooy, there is a Jozy Altidore or Ryan Babel.

A promising sign for Tottenham fans is that Janssen has scored 3 goals in his 5 appearances so far for Netherlands. Janssen appears to have the right blend of strength and goalscoring instinct to succeed in England, though there is no way of knowing how he will adjust to life and football in the English Premier League.

€15million (£12million) is a relatively modest price tag for a player who has scored so many goals last season. Although they have come in a poor league in comparison to the Premier League, Tottenham are making a relatively low risk transfer here. At 21-year-old, even if Janssen fails to adjust to English football he could be sold on for a good proportion of that fee. Unlike their North London rivals Arsenal, Spurs can afford to take a risk with their attacking signing as they already have a reliable top class striker in Kane.

The Gunners had expressed an interest in Janssen though they now appear to be concentrating their efforts fully on convincing Jamie Vardy to accept their £120,000 contract offer.

Janssen is of a similar build to Kane, fairly strong and 5ft 11′ tall. He likes to hold onto the ball and dribble with it, and it is for this reason why he may work well in a partnership with Kane. Kane could play just behind Janssen in a more creative role as the Dutchman prefers to play on the shoulder, or there is also the possibility that Janssen may do well in a wide forward role due to his dribbling qualities.

Janssen recently expressed his desire to leave Holland and although there has been interest from the likes of Atletico Madrid and AC Milan, the player now appears to have his heart set on a move to White Hart Lane.

He said last month: “I can look back on a great season. For me to score so many goals and get in the Holland team and also to score against England at Wembley makes it the best football year of my life.

“I am ready for a big step up. To be realistic the big Dutch clubs cannot afford me. That’s not because of my wages, it’s the transfer fee.”

‘We’ll Smash Them!’ Spurs fans confident ahead of United trip

After two wins from two, Tottenham head to a place where they’ve also won on the last two occasions, Old Trafford.

Following Bale’s barnstorming run that signalized the end for Rio Ferdinand at Manchester United two years ago, Christian Eriksen and Emmanuel Adebayor heaped even more misery on the reds in last seasons visit. Ultimately contributing to the departure also of David Moyes.
However this season, with the top four places more competitive than ever, and with United and Spurs in the thick of it, you could say that if Spurs were to win this one it would be more significant than when they ended their 23 year Old Trafford hoodoo a few years ago.
Spurs head into the game having beaten Swansea and QPR, and Harry Kane will be looking to continue his consecutive run of scoring in each of his last eight away games in the Premier League.
But in the build up to Sunday, here’s a look at Twitter and what the Tottenham fans are saying before what is an important weekend in their sides season.

Spurs Fans React To Happy Day After Derby Victory

On Saturday afternoon the race for the top four really hotted up… But in North London, bragging rights were also up for grabs as Spurs met Arsenal.

The two sides drew 1-1 in the corresponding fixture back in September, and following booking their Wembley place, Tottenham fans had eyes for a Champions League place too. However although that would the unthinkable for Arsenal supporters, unlike the fans of EastEnders as they watch the script of ‘Who killed Lucy’ unfold, the story that developed for them at White Hart Lane was far more predictable.

Following a bright start, and Ozil giving the Gunners a first half advantage, Arsenal reprized their familiar character in the final 15 minutes – ‘Prior to their Etihad exploits’.
Bedlam as per usual in the Arsenal penalty area from a Spurs set piece and former Millwall loanee Harry Kane was left unmarked at the back post – where he simply couldn’t miss.
But if the first goal was gift-wrapped, the second was handmade by Kane himself. From a Bentaleb cross the tall front man leapt above two Arsenal defenders and guided a header into the far corner, causing Ospina to stand hapless, and pundits and supporters to quickly call comparisons to a former great – Teddy Sheringham. Upon leaving the pitch, their inform striker glared down a TV lens knowingly that surely now everyone in the country could see him.
But if there is a question as to whether Real Madrid fans saw Kane deliver two knockout blows, Arsenal fans did, and for the first time in a while Spurs supporters had an opportunity to dance in their neighbours misery courtesy of their latest hero.
So after a derby weekend to remember, usually mundane Monday’s for Spurs fans, were actually all white today…

‘Cost Us Too Many Times’: Everton Fan Criticise Veteran Star

Everton fans are growing increasingly frustrated with goalkeeper Tim Howard, after another lacklustre performance saw him criticised as the Toffees lost 2-1 to Spurs at White Hart Lane, despite holding an early lead.

Howard fumbled Harry Kane’s shot which led to Christian Eriksen’s equaliser, before he was caught in no-man’s land for Roberto Soldado’s winner. This comes after concerns were raised by his earlier performances in the season, with some fans now calling for back-up keeper Joel Robles to be given his chance to get the Toffees out of this sticky situation.

The American goalkeeper was a force to be reckoned with at the recent World Cup in Brazil but like many players that competed at that tournament, he has struggled to continue his performances into the new domestic campaign.

‘Sensational, Clever, Immense!’: Spurs Fans Overjoyed With Midfield Star

Tottenham fans were thrilled with the performance showed by Danish star Christian Eriksen at the weekend as his performances helped secure a 2-1 victory over fellow European contenders Everton at White Hart Lane.

Eriksen got on the scoresheet with a wonderful equaliser, cancelling out Kevin Mirallas goal that put the Toffees ahead. The finish was sublime and attracted a lot of attention on social media, with many hailing Eriksen as the new star in the Spurs line-up, following in the footsteps of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.

With a midweek clash with league leaders Chelsea coming up, Spurs need to be in top-form and the performances of Eriksen will provide a massive boost to the North London side ahead of this crucial derby.

‘Bring On Sunday’: Fans Optimistic Ahead Of Premier League Clash

Everton travel to North London on Sunday, where they will face Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham team at White Hart Lane. The Toffee’s recorded a well-fought 2-0 win over VFL Wolfsburg yesterday and will look to take that performance in to the game against Spurs who currently share 17 points with them in the league. Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas both got their names on the scoresheet during the win against Wolfsburg and fans will be hoping they can do it again to claim all three points, and push towards 4th place.

There is a worry, though, that a European hangover may hinder the team and Tottenham will be looking to exploit that when the two meet. Players such as Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Adebayor will be looking to test the legs of the Everton players.

Here’s what Everton fans are saying ahead of the clash: