There are good managers and then there are managers who inspire and build a team that goes on to achieve great things. The likes of Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte are good managers but people like Sir Alex Ferguson and the so-called ex-Arsenal manager who managed to build a team as well as a legacy.
To compare Mauricio Pochettino to those two legendary managers right now would be ridiculous but based on what we have seen so far, it is safe to say that our gaffer is following the same path.
It is easy to purchase players with hefty price tags and make additions to certain areas and assemble a team but it quite tough to build a team from scratch and develop players that are now being compared to other European bigwigs. And Pochettino has done exactly that at Tottenham.
He took charge of the club at a time when we were hardly managing to stay afloat but within a matter of years, he revamped us to a point where the Premier League went from having five big clubs to six. And it goes without saying that we have been one of the most consistent teams in the English top-flight.
The world got a true glimpse of our power when we held Real Madrid to a draw and later beat them in the group stages of the Champions League. We got knocked out later on but to beat the three-time reigning champions is no cakewalk. Furthermore, Los Blancos are renowned for their midfield stars – Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro.
And yet, on the big day, the young Harry Winks walked away with the lion’s share of praises as he dominated the trio like nobody’s business.
Another player who has outshone his competition is Harry Kane, the new England captain for the World Cup in Russia this month. Kane grew and developed under Pochettino’s watchful eyes and now, he is regarded as one of the most lethal strikers in the Premier League.
All this goes to show that Pochettino is building something exciting at Tottenham. Yes, we are yet to win any major trophies but if anybody can do it, it is Pochettino. Without him, we are unlikely to progress any further and that is precisely why we must hold onto him at all costs.
Lately, ever since Zidane stepped down as the Real Madrid manager, there has been speculation about Pochettino’s future. A report from The Guardian has stated that the Argentine is happy at Spurs but that he also left the door open for a possible transfer. The prospect of managing Real will undoubtedly sound tempting but let’s hope Poch is able to resist that and continue with us.
If he soldiers on and wins trophies with us in the seasons to come, it is safe to say that Pochettino’s name will go down as one of the most iconic managers in modern-day football.
Tottenham interested in signing 22-year-old Serie A ace as possible replacement for Toby Alderweireld
The 22-year-old Sampdoria defender has eight Serie A appearances this season and has helped the side to fifth place in the table.
The report claims that Alderweireld has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Manchester United. The Dane joined the Serie A side from FC Twente last season for a fee of €4million (h/t Calciomercato).
The report adds that Juventus and Inter Milan are interested in the 22-year-old, and the Milan club has a history of signing players from Sampdoria.
Milan Skriniar joined Inter from Sampdoria in 2017 and has become one of the best defenders in the league. The report further claims that Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero wants at least €30million for the defender.
Tottenham have a problem with Alderweireld as the report claims his contract is up in 2019 and could leave for free if terms are not agreed on a new deal.
The Belgian is one of the best defenders in the Premier League and losing him would be a big blow. Spurs have a great partnership between Jan Vertonghen and Alderweireld and we must look to keep the pair for as long as possible.
Andersen could be a decent option for Spurs should we sign him on the cheap. Tottenham have Davinson Sanchez as the other defender fighting for a starting spot in the heart of the defence currently and Andersen would be a good choice.
“No, of course not” – Young Tottenham star ready to play for England U21 despite featuring for senior side
Harry Winks is ready to play for the England U21 side and follow the footsteps of Harry Kane. The U21 side have qualified for the Euros and the midfielder was asked if he had any issues playing for the U21s.
The Englishman was quoted by the Evening Standard as saying:
“No, of course not.
“The more games I play the better. I have missed a lot of football with my ankle injury and I’ve had a lot of problems with it still to this day.
“I have to manage it at times, but playing for your country is an honour, regardless of the level; under 21s, under 19s, under 18s, under 17s.
Kane played for the U21s in the 2015 European Championship despite playing for the senior side a couple of months earlier, as per the report.
The Tottenham midfielder played the entire 90 minutes for the Three Lions in their 3-2 win over Spain and put up a good performance.
The 21-year-old had an injury-plagued 2017/18 season but seems to have put those concerns behind him in the current campaign.
Winks has a couple of Premier League starts to his name and should have a big role to play as we look to win silverware under Mauricio Pochettino. He is such a great talent and we’d benefit a lot if he fulfills his potential at Tottenham.
Tottenham interested in January move for £15m West Brom attacker
Tottenham are interested in West Bromwich Albion winger Oliver Burke, according to the Sun (h/t Express). The Scot has a goal from two Carabao Cup appearances for the Baggies this season but hasn’t made a start in the Championship.
The report adds that Tottenham and Newcastle scouts watched the 21-year-old against Blackpool last week. The 21-year-old was a rising star for Nottingham Forest and joined RB Leipzig in the 2016/17 season.
Burke failed to make an impression for the Baggies as they were relegated from the Premier League. The youngster failed to score a goal for the team, and the report adds that the player will not come on the cheap.
Tottenham did not sign a single player in the summer, and it will be interesting to see how we deal with the January transfer window.
Burke hasn’t been great in the past two years but working under Mauricio Pochettino could be the right move for the youngster.
Our manager has done extremely well with young talent at Tottenham such as Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Harry Kane and it remains to be seen if he can work his magic again.
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