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Are you happy with the comings and goings this summer?

As the clock ticked closer to the 11pm deadline last night, most Spurs fans were hoping one last major arrival would be announced before the close of play.

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As the clock ticked closer to the 11pm deadline last night, most Spurs fans were hoping one last major arrival would be announced before the close of play.

Last season, Rafael Van der Vaart parachuted into White Hart Lane and many were speculating as to who would be the big name arrival, made possible by a dodgy fax machine, would be.

Kaka was doing the rounds on Twitter while fans were eagerly anticipating the confirmation of Gary Cahill, reported to be having a medical all afternoon yesterday.

Nonetheless, nothing materialised and the clock ticked passed 11pm with little more than a flutter as a majority of deals were wrapped up with time to spare.

Alas, no big name signing by Daniel Levy and co. with Scott Parker proving to be the last signing before January at the earliest.

But should we, as Spurs fans, be happy with the transfers that have been made this summer?

As soon as the season ended, fans were crying out for one thing; a world class striker.

Fernando Llorente, Giuseppe Rossi and Diego Forlan were all linked with a move to North London but nothing more than a dream emerged from all three.

However, Levy still provided us with our man; Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese forward (who won’t be away on international football for the African Cup of Nations in January as he has retired from international football) joined on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move next summer.

Strong, athletic, pacey and knows where the back of the net is ticks all the boxes for a world class forward and the former Arsenal forward packs that in abundance.

Top business by Levy on that one, especially as Manchester City are paying around half of his wages for his stay.

Next is Parker. The former West Ham United captain, and FWA Footballer of the Year, joined yesterday after much deliberation as to whether he would actually leave Upton Park at all this summer.

In Parker, Spurs have a determined midfielder that isn’t afraid to stick his leg in and won’t be afraid to have a go at teammates who aren’t giving there all, which will come in handy when the likes of Aaron Lennon, Luka Modric or Jermain Defoe, to name a few, aren’t trying their hardest on a cold night in Wigan.

For £5m, another excellent bit of business by the chairman, especially with Modric ummming and aaaahing about whether he fancies playing or not, Sandro still sidelined and Huddlestone, thus far, failing to re-capture his form that made him such a force to be reckoned with in the 09/10 season.

Anyway, this brings me onto Brad Friedel. His signings, I have to admit, left me slightly perplexed when it was announced. For one, he’s 40. Granted, he is one of the league’s top keepers but when we have Carlo Cudicini who is 37 and let Stipe Pletikosa go without giving him a real opportunity to test his worth, I thought that signing Friedel was a bit of an odd move by Levy.

My oh my have I been proved wrong. Firmly instilled as the new number 1, the former Villa keeper hasn’t looked at all out of place, despite conceding 8 goals in 2 games. For free as well, we couldn’t have done much better than the American and I have to commend Levy for signing him.

Souleymane Coulibaly was the fourth big name signing made this summer. The 16-year-old arrives with a big reputation having joined on the back of the U-17 World Cup, where he scored 9 goals in 4 goals for the Ivory Coast.

I’ve heard good things about him and from the videos I’ve seen, looks very similar to Samuel Eto’o in his style and eye for goal so definitely one to keep an eye on in the future.

Same goes for our fifth signing Cristian Cabellos. Similar to Coulibaly, I haven’t seen much of him but from what I have read, he has been impressive for the youth team in recent weeks so another to keep an eye on.

Finally, Iago Falque joined from Juventus on loan for the season. Whether the Spanish U-21 international will be looking to push for a place in the senior squad remains to be seen but, as a winger will hopefully provide Lennon with some much needed competition, seeing as the former Leeds United player has gone off the boil in recent months.

While a move for Gary Cahill failed to come to fruition, a successful transfer window by Spurs, especially as the likes of Wilson Palacios, Jamie O’Hara and Robbie Keane have been moved on. 

And while I would have liked to have seen Cahill come in before 11pm last night, or even a superstar name join the ranks, it is important not to bring in too many new faces, thus un-balancing the squad with a sudden influx of players. 

A week off now to prepare for the Wolves game and I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what Adebayor and Parker can do in a Spurs shirt, especially with the former having Gareth Bale, Modric and Lennon to play off and the latter proving the needed grit against a team like Wolves. 

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Lamela stars: Player ratings from Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion

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Tottenham got back to winning ways after three successive defeats, thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela.

Glenn Murray handled the ball late in the first half which allowed Kane to score from the spot. The home team came at us with all they had in the second half and Paulo Gazzaniga pulled off a great save before Danny Rose crossed in for Lamela to slot in our second.

Anthony Knockaert pulled one back in stoppage time to make it a nervous last minute or so but we held on for all three points.

There were a few heroes on the pitch today and here are the player ratings from the game.

Paulo Gazzaniga – 6.5/10

The youngster did pretty well and made one good save to deny Knockaert. He couldn’t do much regarding the goal he conceded.

Kieran Trippier – 6/10

Trippier didn’t have the greatest time as he struggled a bit and even got a yellow card for a needless foul.

Toby Alderweireld – 7.5/10

The Belgian had a great chance to score early on and did a great job at keeping things tight for Spurs.

Jan Vertonghen – 7/10

Vertonghen didn’t have a lot to do at the back but he helped us to an important win in the final few minutes of the game.

Danny Rose – 7/10

Rose got the assist for the second goal but didn’t have the greatest of games for us. The Englishman should have done better for the goal we conceded.

Eric Dier – 5.5/10

This was another poor performance from the Englishman as he kept on making the wrong passes and losing possession.

Mousa Dembele – 7/10

The Belgian had a decent outing as his passing was good and kept things ticking for Spurs in the middle of the park.

Son Heung-min – 6/10

This was a quiet outing for the South Korean and he should have done more to help Spurs get all three points.

Christian Eriksen – 6/10

Another player who seemed to be out of touch was Eriksen. He must do a lot more if he is to keep his place in the team.

Lucas Moura – 6.5/10

The Brazilian tried to do things but they weren’t coming off. He did have a role in the second goal and was later subbed by Dele Alli.

Harry Kane – 6.5/10

Kane scored the penalty but couldn’t get another shot away as Brighton did well at keeping him quiet.

Substitutes

Erik Lamela – 7.5/10

The Argentine changed things as he provided an attacking outlet. He did well for the goal and maybe should start more games.

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Dele Alli – N/A

The Englishman didn’t have a lot of time to make a difference to the game.

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“We need this man in our team” – Some Spurs fans want 21-year-old Lyon midfield tank to join club

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Tanguy Ndombele was linked with a move to Tottenham in the summer, as per Sky Sports. The Lyon midfielder is a quality destroyer in the middle of the park and was at it again last night.

The French side played Manchester City and came out 2-1 winners at the Etihad. While Nabil Fekir starred in the attack, Ndombele was immense in the midfield and did his bit for Lyon.

The 21-year-old Frenchman has played five times for the Ligue 1 club this season and his performance in the Champions League caught the eye of a few Tottenham fans.

Spurs didn’t buy a single player in the offseason and have struggled in recent times, losing their last three games. Ndombele might not help us find the back of the net but he surely can keep the midfield from being overrun.

Some Spurs fans were quick to suggest we needed the 21-year-old while some were irate as to why we didn’t add to the midfield in the summer.

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“Can I sell mine back”, “God help us” – Some Tottenham fans are dreading facing this club at Wembley

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Tottenham’s Twitter account certainly know how to rile up some of the fans. We just came off a third defeat in a row but the team decided to give an update on the tickets being sold out for the Barcelona game.

We took the lead against Inter and should have wrapped up the three points by managing the game in the final few minutes. Instead, Tottenham allowed the Italians a chance back in the game, thanks to a wonder goal from Mauro Icardi. Subsequently, the players fell asleep defending a corner in the last seconds of the match.

The Catalans will face Spurs at Wembley on 3rd October but we first need to get our season back on track.

Losses against Watford and Liverpool have pushed us six points behind the leaders in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Inter Milan, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven don’t make for easy reading in our Champions League group.

Our next game is against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League but some of our fans weren’t confident of a quality showing when the Catalans pay a visit.

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