Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that he will have to make changes ahead of the clash against Sunderland. The Lilywhites did put out a mixed side which had a few fringe players in the FA Cup against Wycombe Wanderers.
The London club were trailing 2-0 until a last minute goal helped them win the game 4-3. Pochettino stated that the club has to rotate players to save them from being injured or burning out and he had no option but to make changes.
“We have a few players with some risk of getting injured and you need to rest because you cannot compete on Tuesday at Sunderland and then on Saturday against Middlesbrough,” Pochettino was quoted by Sky Sports.
“We need the fans need to understand that we cannot always play the same team – the same 11 players – because they are not machines, they are human.”
The Argentine also added that rotation would be a feature of the Europa League campaign as Spurs look to pick up a trophy under Pochettino. The former Espanyol manager certainly has gotten his side playing good but too much rotation also leads to issues, especially when it comes to the tempo and style of the team.
“We will see [about the Europa League]. It’s not clear. The first half [against Wycombe] was very difficult and we need to assess why and to analyse.
“If you play against Wycombe – a League Two club – it is true that is difficult because of their motivation and their excitement is massive, but I think we need to stop a little bit and say, ‘why not play one or another’?
“When you play Tottenham, you play Tottenham, and when you sign a player for your squad you need to be available to play, and be of enough quality to play in this type of game.”
Hunting down Chelsea for the Premier League title
Tottenham are currently placed third in the Premier League title race but seem to be the best side in terms of form. The club certainly are playing a great brand of football and with Harry Kane and Dele Alli firing on all cylinders; they could take advantage of Chelsea playing Liverpool in the next round of fixtures.
Spurs are also one of the teams that got the better of Chelsea recently and they cannot afford to have any slip-ups, even if Pochettino does decide to rotate his side around.
Tottenham target’s manager shoots down rumours of move for £20m star
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.
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.
Tottenham interested in £44m January move for Barcelona starlet
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.
After the quiet summer window, a statement signing in January would go a long way in conveying a message to our rivals.
[Video] This latest aerial video of Tottenham’s $1bn new stadium is absolutely wonderful
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.
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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