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Tottenham Hotspur suffered a shock defeat to Belgian outfit KAA Gent and also against Liverpool in the game before that, thus leaving them with only 2 wins in 6 games, before they beat Fulham in the FA Cup this past weekend, courtesy of a brilliant Harry Kane hat-trick.

Spurs will be looking to field a stronger side for the all important second leg against Gent, where they will be chasing the game from the onset. It is not mission impossible for a team of Tottenham’s quality but they’ll have to be careful not to concede a goal as the game takes place at Spurs’ temporary home ground, Wembley. Expect Pochettino to field his superstars for this fixture.

Expect Pochettino to field his superstars for this fixture. Here’s the predicted line-up of Tottenham Hotspur against KAA Gent:

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Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris

The Tottenham captain is almost a certain starter for this important game of the season. No doubts on this one.

Right back- Kyle Walker

Walker is their best right back and is experienced. His potency to contribute to Spurs attack will be essential and he would start ahead of Trippier.

Centre half – Eric Dier

Though Vertonghen is fit, he hasn’t played a competitive game in a while and it would be a huge risk to field him in a game of this intensity. Dier would be an easy alternate for Pochettino.

Centre half – Toby Alderweireld

Alderweireld has been solid for Tottenham and benching him would be a bizarre decision from a manager who is known to be a shrewd operator.

Left back – Ben Davies

Ben Davies will start for certain as he is the only recognised left back in the team who can play in Rose’s absence, who is still nursing an injury.

Central Midfield – Moussa Dembele

Moussa was the most comfortable player in the first leg when he came on as a sub and terrorised the Gent defence with his intelligence.

Central Midfield – Victor Wanyama

Victor Wanyama has forged a good partnership with Dembele and he might very well start alongside him on Thursday.

Attacking midfield – Dele Alli

Alli is almost another certainty for Tottenham, given his performances this season and the previous one as well. He is a huge threat during Spurs’ attack and the Argentine wouldn’t risk dropping the young star.

Right wing – Christian Eriksen

The star man is the chief creator for Tottenham and he will start the game where they are chasing a one-goal deficit.

Left wing – Son Heung-min

Though he had an average game in the first leg, Son very much remains a dangerous player and there’s every chance that he might start the game.

Striker – Harry Kane

No gifts for guessing this one. The striker has been phenomenal in his career and the Spurs manager will be hoping that he can replicate his performance against Fulham in the weekend.

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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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