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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino will have some key decisions to make ahead of the January transfer window. Among all the names that are linked with the club ahead of the winter window, two of them stand out.

Left-back Luke Shaw of Manchester United and Ross Barkley of Everton are on the club’s radar and if reports are to be believed, there is considerable interest and anxiety for both players to join the North London club.

Top of the list is Shaw, who is desperate to link up with Pochettino, who managed the youngster at Southampton before he earned his big-money move to Old Trafford. (The Sun)

Then, of course, we have the England international midfielder Barkley who is determined to join Spurs, after having rejected a move to Chelsea in the summer and a contract extension at Everton. (The Mirror)

So, who would Spurs go for? There is no doubt that both the players have huge unfulfilled potential. Critics point to the inconsistency in their game but there is a school of thought that they can become one of the best, with proper guidance.

Pochettino’s expertise in developing youngsters certainly appeals to them and that should explain their desperation in linking up with the Argentine at the North London club.

However, bringing both players could mean stretching the resources of the club – both financially and operationally. As both would need increased man-management, Pochettino could be pressed to choose one of the two in the winter window.

The left-back isn’t a position that requires immediate attention as the emergence of Ben Davies has added depth to our squad. The pursuit of Shaw could hinge on Danny Rose’s future at the club, with the experienced England international having already voiced his desire to leave the club.

Whether it will be midway through the season is a big question and Spurs will wait for United to make their move. It could even be a swap deal involving Rose and Shaw – which may not be a bad option at all, for Spurs.

As for Barkley, the injury concerns around Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele could force Pochettino’s hand to go for his signature. However, it must be noted that neither looks ready to contribute straight away to the first-team.

So, the question persists – who should Pochettino sign? Ross Barkley or Luke Shaw?

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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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