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Vitality at the South Coast was to be the venue where Tottenham Hotspurs’s unbeaten streak would have been severely tested but yet again the men in white had a frustratingly entertaining game where the game ended as a nil-nil draw. Coming from a Champions League game, Spurs were ensured the top spot if they were to beat Cherries but an absolutely resilient performance meant that a frustrating afternoon kept the lily whites on third position level on points with Manchester City. Danny Rose started for Spurs amidst injury concerns while Victor Wanyama and Dembele formed a pivot. Kyle Walker made his 200th appearances and Hugo Lloris once again stood commandingly between the goal posts. Here is how the players of Tottenham were rated against Bournemouth :-

GK : Hugo Lloris – 7/10

Commanding display from Hugo Lloris once again. Still very high on confidence after the midweek excellence. Another positive clean sheet.

RB : Kyle Walker – 6.5/10

Made several high-intensity runs and capitalized on the space on the right.

CB : Eric Dier – 6.5/10

Had big boots to fill with Toby Alderweireld’s absence and the young starlet gave a good account of himself. He surely has a bright future ahead.

CB : Jan Vertonghen – 7/10

The Belgian put in a solid performance at the back and a sublime tackle in the dying seconds on Wilshere prevented Bournemouth from a huge chance at goal.

LB : Danny Rose – 6.5/10

Started even though Ben Davies was tipped to start ahead of him and Rose performed well. Made good runs down the left but superb defending from Bournemouth kept his threat at bay.

CDM : Victor Wanyama – 6/10

Had a very intriguing tussle with Harry Arter throughout the game and he didn’t have an easy one at all. Made a brilliant tackle in the end ensuring Tottenham kept the clean sheet.

CDM : Moussa Dembele – 6.5/10

Drove forward whenever given the chance but had limited time on the ball to do anything to influence the game.

Erik Lamela was yellow carded in the first half and also hit the bar

LM : Erik Lamela – 6.5/10

Rattled the post in the first half and was energetic throughout but he just couldn’t find the ending product or a crucial decisive touch.

RM : Christian Eriksen – 5.5/10

Took time to settle in the game and came into his own in the second half but nothing impressive yet from Eriksen.

CAM : Dele Alli – 6.5/10

A frustrating afternoon for the rising young man but he tried immensely and battled well. Showed flair and witty movement but end product again wasn’t to be found.

FW : Heung-min Son – 5/10

A surprising silent game for Son even though he looked energetic but just couldn’t finish his chance when given. Can expect much better from the player in the future.

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Tottenham target’s manager shoots down rumours of move for £20m star

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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has confirmed that no approach has been made by Tottenham for highly-rated defender Nathan Ake, according to Sky Sports.

The Dutchman has been linked with Tottenham in recent times and Sky Sports has claimed that we’re closely scouting some defensive recruitments.

Ake has been impressive for Bournemouth this season after joining them from Chelsea in 2017 for a fee of £20m.

When asked about the transfer links, Eddie Howe said,

“I think that’s a compliment to Nathan and how he’s played since he signed for us permanently.”

“He’s been a model of consistency. He picked up all the player awards that he did at the end of last season and he’s carried that form into this [season].”

“[There has been] nothing from our side, where it comes from I don’t know. It’s inevitable [to be linked] when the team is doing well people will naturally highlight our players, potential players who can go on and play at a higher level.

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Furthermore, Howe also added that the speculation won’t affect the youngster. He also claimed that the 23-year-old was an important part of the club’s plans.

In my opinion, this isn’t a huge blow for us. Ake has been terrific for Bournemouth but whether or not he is a player capable of playing for such a big club as ours is debatable.

Chelsea have sold numerous youngsters in the past and Ake is one of them but there is a reason they’ve sold him. With all due respect to Nathan Ake, we should sign a top-class, established defender to deal with departures if any.

If we are to challenge for top honours, we must look at players bigger than Nathan Ake in terms of quality and experience.

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Tottenham interested in £44m January move for Barcelona starlet

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Tottenham are interested in a £44m move for Barcelona’s Brazilian winger Malcom, according to Sport (h/t Daily Mail). Spurs had an inactive summer window and it looks like we might go big in January.

Malcom joined Barcelona at the start of the season but has featured just twice for the Catalan giants. He has played 25 minutes for the Blaugrana this season, with the Brazilian being unable to break into a playing XI featuring the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho.

The winger had a sensational season in the Ligue 1 before moving to the La Liga, scoring 12 goals and providing 7 assists in 35 league appearances. He is surely a quality player whose potential is not being utilized in Spain.

Considering the quality in our squad and also the 21-year-old Barca winger’s talent, it could be a perfect match. Malcom would add some incredible depth to our squad and Pochettino must make a move in January.

Though £44m seems steep, it could be a gamble worth taking as the young star has all the tools required to take the Premier League by storm with more game time.

Whether or not Barcelona would let go of a player they signed just a few months back remains to be seen but this is a move we must make to bolster our attacking reinforcements in January.

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After the quiet summer window, a statement signing in January would go a long way in conveying a message to our rivals.

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[Video] This latest aerial video of Tottenham’s $1bn new stadium is absolutely wonderful

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YouTuber Mr AV (h/t Football.London) has posted a new high-definition video of our club’s stunning new $1bn stadium. The footage provides us with a clear picture of how much work has been done in terms of the construction.

The video also showed the soon-to-be-opened club megastore and the Tottenham Museum. The aerial footage of the new stadium was wonderful as it also showed the overall structure of the stadium and the single-tier 17,500-seater south stand. The video also shows the area where the giant golden cockerel will sit above that stand.

It is not known as to when the stadium would be available for use but it looks like the construction is progressing at a reasonable rate.

It was indeed a disappointment when it was decided by the club hierarchy that we would be playing our home games at Wembley this season but that would all change when the stadium is unveiled officially. The construction has taken quite a bit of time and it will be an exciting phase when the work is completed.

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The new stadium would surely serve as a boost to the entire club and it would wipe out any negativity surrounding Tottenham. The club too have been keeping us updated on the progress regarding the stadium and we’ll have to wait to see what the club say next regarding the completion of the stadium work.

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