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“I think I am happy” – Pochettino happy with Tottenham star despite poor season so far

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Mauricio Pochettino is happy with Serge Aurier’s season so far

Tottenham had another tough outing in the Premier League and lost to Liverpool 2-1. The game started well for us as Harry Kane scored after just 45 seconds but it was all Liverpool for the next 45 minutes.

We reached the break 1-0 and should have tried to build on the lead and Son Heung-min came close to scoring after the break.

Serge Aurier
Serge Aurier celebrates scoring for Tottenham

However, Danny Rose missed the ball as Jordan Henderson equalised and Serge Aurier was caught out by Sadio Mane and gave a penalty away.

The Ivorian made a poor decision as he tried to kick the ball but ended up smacking Mane on the calves. Aurier’s season has been far from great and Mauricio Pochettino was asked about the right-back’s campaign.

However, the manager claimed he was happy with the Ivorian and backed other players too (h/t Football.london):

“I think I am happy with him. Of course today he’s not happy and nobody would be happy, it’s normal when you give away a penalty. Of course I understand that as well as anyone. You feel like you’re guilty but it’s not like this.

“Of course nothing to say about him or the squad. I am behind our squad, supporting them. We have 29 players, they will all have the opportunity to play and nothing to say. After five years and a half at Tottenham it is a time to all be together and show our support.”

Pochettino has a tough task ahead of him

It is never right to blame the player in the press for a horrible mistake or even a poor season but Pochettino has to be more frank with the staff.

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Serge Aurier during a training session for Tottenham

Aurier has been below average this season and even if he had nothing special to tell him, he could have skirted the question like he has done in the past on other topics. The Ivorian isn’t the only one who went missing against the Reds, but he should have avoided that tackle on Mane.

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Hopefully, we get to turn things around fast and our next game is at Merseyside again, this time against Everton.

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Tottenham close to signing exciting Dutch starlet with £30m release clause

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Tottenham close to signing Steven Bergwijn in £30million deal

Tottenham Hotspur are close to securing the signature of PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn. (h/t Mirror)

The North London club are currently in the market for another attacker after the injury that Harry Kane sustained. Bergwijn was left out of the PSV squad to face FC Twente.

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is impressed by the versatility of the 22-year-old, who can play anywhere across the frontline. Bergwijn has played 24 times for PSV this season and has scored 5 goals and an impressive 10 assists.

Steven Bergwijn
Steven Bergwijn has won seven caps for the Netherlands national team

Mourinho and Daniel Levy met Bergwijn’s representatives last week and the player has a release clause of £30million and Tottenham’s bid is in that region as well. The winger came close to a move to Sevilla last season but instead chose to stay put and pen a contract extension until 2023.

It is debatable if Mourinho will be better served signing a versatile attacker than an out-and-out striker. Spurs already have the likes of Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura who can play anywhere across the attack. What we currently lack is an infallible scorer to put the ball in the back of the net.

Leicester City are also said to be interested in the Bergwijn, who is a fan favorite in Eindhoven. (h/t Mirror)

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Bergwijn has won three Eredivisie titles at Eindhoven. He was also nominated as the UEFA European Under-17 Championship Golden boy in 2014. He has so far won 7 caps for the Dutch national team.

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Transfer news: Tottenham keen on a reunion with £650,000-a-week superstar

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Tottenham are keen to re-sign Welsh superstar Gareth Bale

Tottenham Hotspur are keen on re-signing Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale in the January transfer window. (h/t Express)

Mourinho has been keen on adding to his squad in the January window following the injuries to Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele. Signing Bale would be a statement given the Welsh international’s pedigree and status.

Bale currently earns £650,000-a-week at Madrid and it is difficult to imagine us offering anything close to the figure. A loan deal for the player is out of the question, with Madrid keen on a permanent switch.

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Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid from Tottenham in 2013

The six-time Welsh player of the year has been a hit in the Spanish capital and was a part of the Madrid squad that won four UEFA Champions League crowns from 2013 to 2018.

Bale has, however, never been a fan favourite with the Madrid faithful and has received nowhere near the adulation he was used to at White Hart Lane. Injuries have limited the winger’s appearances this season, with him making just 17 appearances.

Tottenham have made just one signing this month, with Portuguese midfielder Gedson Fernandes joining on loan. The signing of Bale can be a gamechanger in our push for the top-four.

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Bale spent six fruitful years at Tottenham where he went from a promising talent to a superstar. He made 203 appearances for us, scoring 55 goals. He started out as a left-back before being transformed into a world-class winger. It remains to be seen if any deal can be reached for the winger.

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Tottenham academy midfielder sent to Spanish league on loan

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Armando Shashoua loaned to Spanish Segunda B side Atletico Baleares

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Armando Shashoua has joined Spanish second division side Atletico Baleares on loan until the end of the season, subject to international clearance. (h/t Tottenham Hotspur)

Shashoua is an academy graduate who has represented the Tottenham Under-18 side 19 times, scoring six goals in the process.

The 19-year-old midfielder was also the captain of the Under-18 side and holds the distinction of being the first player to lead a Spurs side out at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

Armando Shashoua scores the opening goal in the Leasing.com Trophy match against Ipswich (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

The loan move will reunite Shashoua with his brother Samuel, who is also on loan at Baleares until the end of the season. Samuel joined the Segunda side in August and has been central to the side’s push for promotion. (h/t Tottenham Hotspur)

Although it’s the second division, it will be a step up from the Under-18 level and will provide a good test for the young midfielder to grow. Adjusting to a foreign country and league will also be a good test for Shashoua’s resolve and temperament.

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The 19-year-old has made three appearances for Spurs Under-23s in the EFL trophy this season and has scored one goal. (h/t ESPN)

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Done deal: Tottenham goalkeeper joins Danish first Division side on loan

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Goalkeeper Brandon Austin loaned to Danish club Viborg FF

Tottenham goalkeeper Brandon Austin has joined Danish side Viborg FF on loan for the season, subject to international clearance. (h/t Tottenham Hotspur)

Viborg are currently third in the Danish Superliga, 5 points off Vejle BK at the top. Austin came through the youth ranks at Tottenham and has been on the bench for the first-team six times this season. He has also made 5 appearances for the Under-23 side. (h/t Tottenham Hotspur)

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Brandon Austin came through the youth ranks at Tottenham Hotspur

The youngster recently got called up for the England Under-21 squad and also agreed to a new deal to keep him at Tottenham till 2022.

Austin was the starting goalkeeper for Tottenham Under-23s last season and also represented the U19s in the UEFA Youth League. He played eight times in the competition, captaining the side in six matches. (h/t Tottenham Hotspur)

With Hugo Lloris now back in the squad, Austin will be the fourth-choice goalkeeper at the club behind the likes of Paulo Gazzaniga and Michel Vorm. It makes sense for the youngster to be sent out on loan and continue his development at a club where he is more likely to get playing time.

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Austin holds dual nationality and represented the USA Under-18s before being called up for England Uner-19s and Under-21s. (h/t Football London). He was also a part of the Spurs side that won the South Korea Cup in 2014.

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