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Tottenham Hotspur have long been linked with central midfielders and central defenders. That’s quite logical considering we need to buy either one of them to rather strengthen our already strong squad. Joining the list now is Fiorentina midfielder Matias Vecino, who made 40 appearances for the Serie A side last season.

According to Italian source Tuttomercatoweb, Tottenham have held talks with the agent of Matias Vecino as uncertainty remains about Eric Dier’s future with Spurs. The Telegraph earlier claimed that we had slapped a £50million price tag on the player. So with no certainty about Dier’s future at the club, we have now been linked with Matias Vecino.

Vecino was an Uruguay U-20 international and was a part of Uruguay’s 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup squad and has been capped 13 times by the Uruguayan national team. He is now 25-years old and is a regular in the Fiorentina team. He also registered 4 goals and 4 assists last season and is a central midfielder capable of playing deep, and also in an advanced position.

Vecino primarily plays as a box to box player and is a technically sound player. He is someone who is strong in his passing and dribbling. He is also good at ball retention, which is really important for a central midfielder. However, tackling isn’t his cup of tea and he often commits fouls. The midfielder accumulated 10 yellow cards last season. Kind of sums it up, right?

He is no Paul Scholes to spray those accurate long balls as he relies on playing short passes than the long ones. It is possible that we are looking at him as an option just in case Dier decides to leave.

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However, I personally don’t think Dier would leave us and the reasons are plenty. He is an English player who belongs to an English core of players, who are making strides at the moment. The progress is rapid and a new stadium is being constructed. The chance is there for him to etch his name into the history books. So why would he want to let go of such an excellent opportunity?

Moreover, Dier has the trust of Pochettino at Tottenham. Whereas it is no guarantee if Mourinho would retain the same faith after Dier joins United. It would be a risky move and it is best for both Tottenham and Dier to rather hold on to each other, so that no Matias Vecino would come into the picture maybe?

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“What a player he was”, “Great goal” – Some Spurs fans go down memory lane about former superstar’s incredible goal

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Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle was in the news recently as he ripped Tottenham’s defence to shreds post our defeat at San Siro.

The former player and manager wasn’t happy with the lack of commitment from the team and did make sense while criticising some players.

The Tottenham Twitter account posted an old video of Hoddle in his prime. The former player scored a wonderful goal in 1983 as he produced magic against Watford.

The touch, the turn and the finish are unbelievable, to say the least. The 60-year-old now enjoys his time as a pundit but is one of the best English players of his time and this goal more than proves it.

The midfielder won two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup with us during the 80s and it is no wonder some Spurs fans turned the clock back and praised Hoddle.

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Former Tottenham star refutes claims of wanting to leave the club

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Former Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has refuted claims from Mauricio Pochettino which suggested the player wanted to leave Spurs.

The Daily Mail reports that Pochettino’s book claimed that Walker wanted to leave at the end of the 2016/17 season.

However, the Manchester City man claims the Argentine did not view the defender as part of his plans. Walker was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:

“He told me I wasn’t in his plan.”

The Englishman was further upset about Pochettino revealing these details which he thought was private.

“If he was going to do that he might as well have called a press conference and told everyone. He told one side of the story, but it’s a side of a story I don’t agree with.

“He said he had a witness in there, but he didn’t tell the correct story, no way. Up until now I have never said my part. I have stayed quiet and showed a level of respect to Tottenham and I always will.”

The right-back claimed he got his chances due to the manager but wanted everyone to know what really happened regarding his transfer to City.

Walker did pick up a Premier League title with Pep Guardiola last season but expressed his gratitude as well.

“I was young, needed to improve and he improved me.

“He taught me to look after myself, eat right and rest. I will never forget how much he did.”

The 28-year-old is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League but it was a bit concerning when we sold him and only had Kieran Trippier in the side.

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Tottenham have two quality right-backs in Serge Aurier and Trippier and the Englishman has certainly improved a lot in the last season or so.

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Former Tottenham manager blasts star for performance against Brighton

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Tottenham might have come up with all three points against Brighton but former manager Harry Redknapp was not happy with our defending in the final minutes of the game.

Spurs had raced into a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela. However, Anthony Knockaert pulled one back for the hosts in the 93rd minute.

The Seagulls star had another chance in the 95th minute but shot straight at Paulo Gazzaniga and Redknapp was quoted by Football.london as he had a go at Danny Rose.

The Englishman was responsible for the first goal we conceded and was in attack mode during stoppage time too.

“He [Pochettino] will be bothered by that last minute because it was a nightmare. It’s a poor goal. They’re stretched.

“At this stage of the game you’ve got no need. You’ve got to manage the game not get yourself stretched like that with two minutes to go. Danny Rose shouldn’t be going forward if he’s exhausted. Stay where you are. Keep the clean sheet. Defend first and foremost.”

Erik Lamela

The former manager is right as we suffered a similar fate against Inter Milan a few days earlier. Two late goals from the Italians meant we started our Champions League journey with a loss and we could have dropped more points at the Amex too.

Fortunately, we held on for three points but Pochettino has a lot of work to do before we play like we did last season.

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Spurs are already six points behind league leaders Liverpool and we cannot afford any more mistakes for the remainder of the campaign.

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