Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has found support from unexpected quarters. Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has weighed into the discussion over reported interest from Real Madrid and has indicated that the Argentine is far better a coach than what he is given credit for.
Writing for the Telegraph, Carragher believes that Pochettino is on the verge of creating something special at Tottenham and that Spurs will do well by managing to hold on to the Argentine and give him all the support he deserves.
That is some praise, considering the fact that Zidane has already won two Champions League trophies, a La Liga and the World Club Championship in less than two years at Madrid compared to Pochettino who has won nothing in eight years as manager.
Carragher says that no Spurs fan would want Pochettino to leave the club and that he completely understands their emotions. He even goes ahead and says that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez may come hunting for Pochettino’s signature if Zidane continues to falter.
The former Liverpool legend seems to have been impressed by our win over Real Madrid in the Champions League and feels that it was like a “statement performance” from a side that is the best trophy-less team that he has ever seen.
But, will the fans be happy at being called that, or do we really want to see tournaments being won? Obviously, the latter because there is no joy in football than to see the club we support lift titles.
Tottenham are making every effort to make sure that they challenge for titles. Retaining star players like Dele Alli and Harry Kane is a basic step. Carragher feels that retaining them is vital for the club to inculcate a winning mentality.
Carragher also goes on to say that Pochettino’s greatness lies in leaving a lasting legacy at Tottenham and that it is just a matter of time before he starts winning titles.
I am sure most of the fans would be happy with the effusive praise from Carragher but none of this matter if Pochettino ends up without titles at the White Hart Lane. He would be the first to concede that his tenure was a failure if he leaves Spurs, sometime in the future, without a title to his CV.
Go on and prove your worth Poch. The fans love you!
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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