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The Irishmen of the Lane

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Troy Parrott is the latest addition to the Spurs lineup. The Dublin-born rising star graduated from Tottenham’s youth academy this year, joining the senior team. He has yet to show his worth in a league game but he was included in the club’s UEFA Champions League squad, and manager Mauricio Pochettino said he is a fan, too. Football is the , producing many talented players who sometimes join teams in the Premier League. Before Parrott, the Spurs had several others among their ranks – let’s remember them today.

Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane while playing for Tottenham

When Robbie Keane joined the Spurs in 2002, then-manager Glenn Hoddle expected him to find a “spiritual home” at White Hart Lane – and he did. During his first six years there, he made top scorer several times and was selected Player of the Year three times during his career with the Spurs. He left the Lane in 2008 but returned a year later. After two more years – and two loan spells – he left England to continue playing overseas with LA Galaxy.

Keane is remembered fondly by the Spurs’ fans and is seen as a type of role model by Troy Parrott himself.

Tony Galvin

Galvin was spotted by Bill Nicholson while playing for the Northern Premier League club Goole Town in 1978, and he lived up to his expectations. During his nine seasons at the Lane, he played in 201 league games (273 games in total) as a winger, scoring 20 (31) goals, including a hat-trick in 1986, in a match against Southampton. He was part of one of the Spurs’ most successful squads that won the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982, and the UEFA Cup a year later. After a change in management, David Pleat sold him to Sheffield Wednesday in 1987.

Chris Hughton

Hughton joined the Spurs at the age of 13 and joined the senior team in 1977 as a part-timer – he also trained as a lift engineer – then went full-time professional player in 1979. He made his debut with the first team the same year, playing as a winger at first. Later, he converted to a full-back capable of playing on both sides, eventually settling for a left-back position. To this day, Hughton is considered one of the best defenders the Lane has ever seen. He played with the Spurs for 13 years – he left for West Ham in 1990, then moved on to Brentford in 1992 from where he ultimately retired. He returned to the Spurs in 1993 as a coach, serving until October 2007 under 11 different managers, and also acting as a caretaker in two separate spells.

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn’t easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998.

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Tottenham could lose out on Serie A sensation as French giants are keen on 25-year-old star

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Tottenham could lose out on Paulo Dybala due to PSG’s interest in Argentine

Tottenham could be beaten in the race for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala in the January window.

The Argentine was close to joining Spurs in the summer but no deal could be finalised for the attacker (h/t BBC).

Dybala remained with the Turin giants but was on the bench in the 4-3 win over Napoli. The 25-year-old played for the national side in a friendly against Chile, which also featured Giovani Lo Celso.

The Express (h/t Sun) claims that Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the Argentine and are considering signing him on loan in January.

The report adds that Tottenham are still interested in the former Palermo star but face competition from the Ligue 1 giants.

Do PSG need more attackers?

The French champions have one of the best strike-forces in the game, consisting the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria.

They also brought in Mauro Icardi on loan for the season and it would be crazy if they signed Dybala too.

Spurs could do with more attacking options given that we lost Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen in the summer and didn’t replace the pair.

Relying on Harry Kane for the entire season is a bit of a risky move, although we have some talented youngsters in the side.

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Signing Dybala even on loan would be good, and it will be interesting to see how things develop once the winter transfer window opens.

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“I want to play at the highest level” – English star responds to links with Tottenham after great start to the season

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James Maddison wants to play at highest level after great start with Leicester City

James Maddison has been one of the best English players since the start of last season.

The midfielder joined the Foxes from Norwich City and has broken into the national team too.

James Maddison
James Maddison

Maddison has been great this season as well and was an unused substitute in England’s 4-0 win over Bulgaria.

Tottenham were interested in the 22-year-old during the summer, and the Englishman spoke about those links with Spurs and Manchester United (h/t Football.london):

“I want to play at the highest level my ability will allow me to.

“I like to think I’ve my head screwed on with the transfers I’ve made. I’ve played League One, in Scotland, the Championship and the Premier League. I worked my way up.”

The youngster was excellent for Norwich before he joined the Foxes, and the step up from the Championship to the Premier League hasn’t fazed the England star.

Pochettino to work with another talented Englishman?

Mauricio Pochettino has a great track record of developing young talent, especially English players, and it would not be a big surprise if Maddison ends up at Tottenham in the future.

Spurs have been on the up since Pochettino joined and he took us to the Champions League final too.

Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Dele Alli and Kyle Walker-Peters are some English players who have improved under the Argentine, but prying Maddison away from Leicester won’t be easy.

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The Foxes are playing extremely well under Brendan Rodgers and they seem set to break into the top six in the Premier League this season.

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Tottenham interested in January move for world-class Serie A superstar after failed summer effort

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Tottenham to return in January for Juventus’ Paulo Dybala

The Daily Star (h/t Mirror) claims that Tottenham are planning a fresh bid for Juventus star Paulo Dybala.

The Argentine was linked with a move to Spurs in the summer, but the deal fell through despite Spurs agreeing on a fee with the Italian giants (h/t Mirror).

Dybala remained with the Old Lady, however, the report claims that Mauricio Pochettino is still keen on landing the Argentine and will submit a new offer.

The 25-year-old has made one substitute appearance for Juventus this season but was involved in Argentina’s 0-0 draw with Chile during the international break.

Dybala is not a part of manager Maurizio Sarri’s plans at Turin and the club are open to offers for the forward (h/t Mirror).

Tottenham need more options in the attack

Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are great players on their day but there have been moments where we have struggled.

Alli has had his injury problems, while Eriksen is a free agent at the end of the season. Lucas Moura also has had his ups and downs since joining from PSG but helped us reach the Champions League final last season.

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Dybala is a worldclass talent and it would be great if we got him on the cheap. The Argentine can play in several positions across the front-line and could be the missing element in our attack.

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Here’s the reason why this key Tottenham star was left out of Aston Villa win

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Spurs transfer news: The reason why Jan Vertonghen was left out of Aston Villa win

Tottenham dropped Jan Vertonghen from the squad against Aston Villa due to fitness concerns, according to Daily Mail. The Belgian was a surprise exclusion as we began our Premier League season with a 3-1 win.

The report claims that Pochettino dropped the Belgian due to poor fitness levels and a disappointing pre-season.

Pochettino did the same last season, with Toby Alderweireld sitting out the season opener last time out. Pochettino is known for keeping a close eye on data from fitness tests.

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Hopefully, this pushes Vertonghen to work harder and prove himself once again. The Belgian is a key figure in the squad and he has to set an example to the youngsters out there.

Vertonghen is in the final year of his contract and hopefully, the exclusion is only due to fitness reasons and nothing else. This is an important season for the club as we are on the up and the last thing we need is a controversy.

Prior to the game, Pochettino said that the decision to leave out Vertonghen was tactical. However, it looks like the reason for Vertonghen’s absence is a different one.

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Pochettino was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying,

“With all the players fit you struggle to find a starting XI.”

“This is my sixth season, I think everyone knows me. I am going to play the players who I believe deserve to play. There is not any issue, only my decision was to play with Toby [Alderweireld] and Davinson [Sanchez].”

“We have more than 25 players and everyone needs to understand we have plenty of good players in every position.”

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We need Vertonghen more than ever and let’s hope he returns to top shape soon.

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