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Tottenham Hotspur 2019-20 season preview – Can Pochettino and his men finally break the trophy duck?



Spurs opinion: 2019-20 season preview – Spurs to land silverware under Pochettino?

The 2018-19 season was a rollercoaster of emotions with Tottenham reaching the Champions League final but losing to rivals Liverpool.

Mauricio Pochettino could not bring in any new faces to the team with several players busy with the World Cup.

They returned tired and injured but we were still in the race for the Premier League until the New Year.

The Champions League journey was crazy, to say the least. Last-minute goals, VAR and an incredible comeback all helped us reach Madrid but Liverpool took their chances that night.

Pochettino is still hunting for silverware since joining Spurs, and that night in Madrid should make us stronger for the upcoming campaign.

Tottenham have bought Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke so far, and there could be some more signings in the coming days.

We haven’t lost any of our first-team players, except Kieran Trippier, and a proper pre-season under our belts looks to have worked out well for the likes of Harry Kane.

Tottenham have to bridge a huge gap to Liverpool and Manchester City next season, and that should be possible if the team stays fit.

Harry Kane

We are still better than the other 17 Premier League clubs, and there could be some cause for celebration come the end of the season.

Player to watch – Tanguy Ndombele

The 22-year-old joined for a huge fee from Lyon and has looked decent in some of our pre-season ties.

The Frenchman is a combination of all our midfielders and could be one of the best signings of the summer.

Ndombele can win the ball, start an attack or barge into the defence with the ball at his feet. It is to be seen how he acclimatizes to the English game, and the sooner he does it, the better it will be for us.

Surprise performer – Kyle Walker-Peters

The young defender could start the season as the first-choice right-back as he did in the previous campaign.

Walker-Peters had some tough outings in the previous season with that trip to the Nou Camp and Ousmane Dembele goal remaining in memory.

However, the Englishman has the talent to do well, should he play regularly. Juan Foyth is injured while we sold Kieran Trippier too, so Walker-Peters has his chance to impress.

Top scorer – Harry Kane

The Englishman could have won another Golden Boot last season had it not been for two major ankle injuries.

Kane looks fit and fresh after a proper rest in the summer and has scored some incredible goals during pre-season.

The forward still needs to be given a break from time-to-time and hopefully, we find some quality cover for him in the transfer window.

Kane should easily be our top scorer once again, but he needs to stay fit.

Cup performances

The FA Cup exit was disappointing in the previous campaign, and so was the Carabao Cup defeat.

Spurs had some injury problems in both cup competitions, and if we stay fit, there should be some silverware coming to the side.

Pochettino has to prioritise one of the two cups, and the Carabao Cup should be a serious target just to get a medal for all the players.

The Champions League will be a tough task once again, but we should target the finals.

Tottenham defeated Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Manchester City and Ajax to reach the finals last time around, and there is no reason why we cannot do it again.

League performance – Second

Looking at the teams that finished above us, Manchester City have spent big again on signing a few players but Liverpool have not added anyone of note to their ranks.

Spurs could still finish the transfer window with more signings and that should put us ahead of the Reds.

Tottenham need their first-teamers to stay fit for the entirety of the campaign, and there is no doubt we will be closer to the top than last season.

City are still the team to beat but we can overtake Liverpool and become their closest challengers. The Reds were a little lucky when they beat us twice last season in the league, but we are now playing in our new home and that will give us an added boost.

Our players look fit and fresh after a decent pre-season, and hopefully, that ensures a fantastic campaign ahead.

Top four

1) Manchester City

2) Tottenham

3) Liverpool

4) Manchester United

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Tottenham to try January move for 25-year-old star they missed out in the summer



Tottenham to retry landing Bruno Fernandes once the winter window opens

Bruno Fernandes was excellent for Sporting Lisbon last season as he scored goals for fun.

The Portuguese international was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham (h/t Sun) but couldn’t move out of Sporting. That doesn’t seem to have affected him as he already has six goals and five assists for Sporting this season.

However, A Bola (h/t Sun) claims that Tottenham will try to sign Fernandes once the winter window opens.

Tottenham have struggled this season and could lose Christian Eriksen at the end of the season. The Dane is in the final year of his contract and hasn’t been at his best either.

Fernandes is seen as the ideal replacement for Eriksen (h/t Sun), and it could be an interesting January window for the 25-year-old.

Tottenham need goals in the team

Although Spurs have several attacking players, things just aren’t working for us this season. Harry Kane leads us with five goals but needs more support from his teammates.

Fernandes is a goal-scoring midfielder and would provide us with a lot going forward. The 25-year-old is capable of playing out wide too, and it will be interesting to see if we make a serious offer for him.

Tottenham spent big in the summer on Tanguy Ndombele, and Giovani Lo Celso’s move could be made permanent next season.

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Spurs still need to spend in the winter window to salvage the season, and Fernandes could be our ticket into the top four.

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Premier League rivals interested in Tottenham-linked keeper who could cost £17million



Newcastle enter the race for Tottenham-linked Ugurcan Cakir

Newcastle United are interested in Trabzonspor keeper Ugurcan Cakir, according to Turkish outlet 61 Saat (h/t Sun).

The Turkish international has been one of the most impressive keepers in the league and has been linked to Tottenham as well. Cakir could cost around £17million and has also been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool (h/t Sun).

Ugurcan Cakir
Ugurcan Cakir

Tottenham have had a bit of a goalkeeping crisis at the moment with Hugo Lloris’ injury. The captain dislocated his elbow against Brighton and is out till 2020. Paulo Gazzaniga should replace him in the first-team and impressed last season when he got a run of games.

Do Spurs need a new No.1?

Lloris is still one of the best in the league but age is catching up with the captain. The 32-year-old has a tendency to make mistakes, but his experience is a bonus for this Tottenham side.

It will be interesting to see how well Lloris recovers from the problem, and should the Frenchman not come back 100%, we could be in the market for another top quality keeper.

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Gazzaniga can stake a claim for the No.1 spot over the coming months. Hopefully, he performs well in the absence of Lloris, and we don’t have to spend big in the summer for a new keeper.

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Serie A giants could throw 24-year-old Frenchman to land key Tottenham star in January



Juventus could throw Adrien Rabiot into Christian Eriksen deal

Juventus star Adrien Rabiot hasn’t lit up Italy after joining on a free transfer in the summer. The 24-year-old was one of the most coveted players in the summer and decided to swap PSG for Juve.

However, there is a lot of competition for places in Turin, and Le10 Sport (h/t Calciomercato) claims that his time with Juve could be coming to an end.

The Serie A giants want to sign Christian Eriksen and can land him on a free transfer in the summer. The Dane hasn’t signed a new deal with Tottenham and is free to discuss terms with foreign clubs in January.

Adrien Rabiot

However, Juve want the Dane in January and could offer Rabiot in the deal for the Dane (h/t Calciomercato).

A great option for Tottenham

With the Dane seemingly set for an exit, getting a replacement in January would be a great deal for Tottenham.

Rabiot was one of the most impressive players at PSG before being frozen out of the team. The 24-year-old could do a great job in our midfield, and working under Mauricio Pochettino could help his development.

Losing Eriksen for free at the end of the season would be a terrible outcome from this situation, but getting Rabiot in January would soften the blow.

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen after his miss against Colchester

The French midfielder would get half a season to get to grips with our style, and Pochettino has made January signings in the past.

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Lucas Moura is one example of Pochettino’s moves in the winter window, and the Brazilian has been a success since his move from PSG.

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Tottenham attacker on four-man list to replace ageing Barcelona forward



Barcelona target Harry Kane as Luis Suarez replacement

Barcelona are planning for life without Luis Suarez and are in the hunt for his successor.

Mundo Deportivo (h/t Mirror) claims that the Catalans have shortlisted four strikers who they see as a long-term successor to the Uruguayan.

Suarez has been excellent since joining from Liverpool, however, age is catching up to him. The forward has looked a little out of sorts in recent months and will turn 33 next year.

Harry Kane is one of the players on the four-man list, according to the report, with Marcus Rashford also in the midst.

Kane has been linked with an exit from Tottenham due to a lack of silverware (h/t Mirror). The start of our season hasn’t gone well either and it will take a bit of a miracle for us to land a trophy.

The FA Cup is still on for us, but our performances have been well below par this season.

Kane trying his best for the team

The Englishman has scored five goals for us this season but just isn’t getting enough service from the others.

The 26-year-old is possibly the best striker in the world and would fit into any top side. Barcelona need to think about the future with Lionel Messi also in the same ageing boat as Suarez.

Harry Kane

Kane recently signed a new deal with Spurs and losing him would be a huge blow to the team.

We have built a team around the Englishman and losing the jewel in the crown would hurt us a lot in the long run.

Tottenham could ask for a huge sum for the 26-year-old, and it will help in the rebuilding of the side.

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However, we have seen this happen before with Gareth Bale’s transfer and that didn’t work out too well for us.

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