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At times it seems as if this season’s Tottenham squad has only two real stars in it, Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

They are, for good reason, the names on virtually everyone’s list who talks about the team. To many they are the embodiments of Mauricio Pochettino’s vision for the club: young, dynamic and potent.

In reality, though, there’s a lot more going for this team than those two players. Pochettino’s system demands a lot of every position in the team, and Tottenham wouldn’t be in second place in the Premier League table if there weren’t for some exceptional performances being turned in week and week out from everywhere on the pitch.

Let’s take a look at just three of those other players who have impressed. All three have been vital to Tottenham’s success this season, though for surprisingly different reasons.

Eric Dier

Eric Dier

When Pochettino began the season fielding Dier in the defensive midfield role, there were more than a few doubters. Even after good performances in the first few matches of the Premier League season, there still seemed a better than decent chance that Tottenham would elect to find a “proper” defensive midfielder to play out the rest of the season.

This wasn’t precisely an unreasonable assumption. While Dier had performed decently well in his debut season with the club last term, it had been playing as either a centre-back or a right-back. At no point did he ever step up into midfield and thereby prove his worth in that position.

Pochettino knew that he had played in midfield prior to joining Tottenham, though, and likely felt that it was worth a shot considering how poorly the pair of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb had been last season.

Dier had no trouble exceeding low expectations, but then proceeded to only improve as the first month of the season wore on. After an especially dominant performance against Everton at the end of August, it became abundantly clear that the club would not have to spend money to bring in a “proper” player in Dier’s position.

The 22-year-old has gone on to play in each and every match for which he was available so far this season. That durability is a real plus, but it’s easily overshadowed by how competent he looks guarding the area in front of the centre-back duo.

Toby Alderweireld

toby alderweireld

It’s no surprise that the next name on this list is another member of the defense. Tottenham have the best goals conceded record in the Premier League, and Alderweireld has played a big role in getting there.

The former Southampton and Atletico Madrid centre-back came to Tottenham in the summer as part of a sweeping defensive reshuffle undertaken by Pochettino. A lot of dead wood was shipped out and some new faces were brought in.

While Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer were clearly meant to be back-up or signings for the future, Alderweireld was meant to step right into a starting role alongside his Belgium teammate Jan Vertonghen. And he’s done so phenomenally well.

The 26-year-old has brought a solidity to Tottenham’s backline that simply hasn’t existed since Ledley King and Michael Dawson were at their peaks, and maybe even before that. He’s intelligent and mobile and, most importantly, perfectly complements Vertonghen’s style of play.

Mousa Dembele

Mousa Dembele

If Dier and Alderweireld were surprises, they were mild by comparison to the shock that many should be experiencing about the re-emergence of Mousa Dembele.

The Belgian midfielder came to Tottenham in 2012 to some mild fanfair. He’s was a good dribbler, a decent passer, but never really ever scored and even set up goals. Consequently, he was shuffled around the pitch with no manager really sure where his best position might be.

Until Pochettino. It took most of last season, but by the end Pochettino recognized the potential Dembele had to act as the engine room for his high pressing game. He might not present much of an attacking threat, but his ability to close down opposition defenders and disrupt build up play is instrumental as Christian Eriksen’s chances and Harry Kane’s goals.

This season began with Dembele in the starting line-up, and he’s retained that place for as long as he’s been healthy. Recently he’s been moved back into central midfield where, if anything, he’s grown even more influential. It’s difficult to imagine where Pochettino’s tactical philosophy would be were it not for Dembele, and he is due a lot more respect.

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Tottenham star could remain in the Premier League with English side interested in £15m bid

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Spurs transfer news: Steve Bruce eyes Tottenham defender Danny Rose

Newly appointed Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce is interested in signing a left-back, with Danny Rose catching his attention, according to the Daily Star.

The Tottenham defender did not travel with the side for the pre-season Asia tour and will try to finalise a move away from the club in the summer.

The 29-year-old could be the second full-back to leave Spurs this summer, with Kieran Trippier joining Atletico Madrid a few days back.

Harry Kane & Danny Rose of Tottenham

The left-back was the first choice last season under Mauricio Pochettino, and selling him would leave us with Ben Davies as the senior player for the position.

Bruce to monitor situation till the end of the month

The report claims that Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the 29-year-old English defender, and Bruce will wait until the end of the month before launching a £15m bid.

Newcastle have sold Ayoze Perez to Leicester City this summer, and Bruce expects a decent transfer kitty to be made available (h/t Daily Star).

Ayoze Perez
Ayoze Perez

Rose could still do a decent job for most of the clubs in the Premier League, and it will be interesting to see where he heads off to before the campaign starts.

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Tottenham would still need to sign a first-choice left-back, and let’s hope the club lands a quality player for the position.

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Mexican side set to sign 25-year-old Tottenham flop with medical set for Monday

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Spurs transfer news: Vincent Janssen close to sealing Monterrey exit

Football.london (h/t Sun) reports that Dutch striker Vincent Janssen is set to leave Tottenham for Monterrey.

The 25-year-old joined Spurs from AZ Alkmaar in 2016 for £17m (h/t Sun) but failed to light up the scoring charts.

Vincent Janssen of Tottenham
Vincent Janssen

The Dutch striker was sent on loan to Fenerbahce but had to deal with injuries while he barely played for the senior side last season.

The report claims that Janssen is set for a medical on Monday, and the deal should be completed in the coming days.

A tough time coming to an end?

Janssen was one of the top strikers in the Eredivisie when we signed him but things just did not work for him at the club.

The 25-year-old’s commitment cannot be questioned but he just could not perform under Mauricio Pochettino.

Vincent Janssen
Vincent Janssen

Selling the Dutch striker would take wages off the bill and hopefully, we can recoup a decent sum from the deal.

Janssen had his trouble with injuries and spent a good chunk of last season recovering from a foot problem. He did return to play for the U23s but did not make a big impact for the senior side.

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Spurs would still need a striker as cover for Harry Kane, with Fernando Llorente having left the club in the summer, and it will be interesting to see who else we can sign in the summer.

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Spurs transfer news: Tottenham meet with Atletico Madrid over Eriksen’s sale

Spanish outlet AS (h/t Mirror) claims that Tottenham want €60-70million from Christian Eriksen’s sale as the Dane enters the final year of his contract.

The 27-year-old was signed from Ajax in 2013 and has become one of the best in the Premier League.

The Dane helped us reach the Champions League final last season, but wants a different challenge ahead of the new season.

Eriksen has travelled to Asia for the pre-season tour but the report claims that Atletico Madrid are set to bid for the Dane.

A Tottenham member also met with the CEO of Atletico, Miguel Angel Gill, to discuss a deal for Eriksen (h/t Mirror).

Atletico making moves in the window

The La Liga giants have been busy in this transfer window, having sold Antoine Griezmann and bought Joao Felix.

Kieran Trippier also joined them from Tottenham a few days ago, and the report adds that they could sell Angel Correa to Inter Milan.

Kieran Trippier

They would need to reinforce their attack, with James Rodriguez and Eriksen being linked with moves to the Wanda Metropolitano (h/t Mirror).

Getting €60-70million from the Dane’s sale would not be a bad deal, especially if he is off to a foreign club.

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Keeping him for another year runs the risk of him leaving for free while we need to avoid selling the Dane to a Premier League rival.

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Bundesliga giants interested in Tottenham target who took La Liga by storm last season

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Spurs transfer news: Bayern Munich interested in Giovani Lo Celso

The Sun claims that Bayern Munich are interested in Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso.

The Argentine enjoyed a great season in La Liga after joining Betis on a season-long loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain.

Giovani Lo Celso
Giovani Lo Celso

Lo Celso scored 15 times for the club in La Liga, and Betis signed the Argentine for £20m in the summer (h/t Sun). The 23-year-old is also being chased by Manchester United, while the report adds that Tottenham were leading the race at one point.

However, Tottenham are uninterested in paying £60million for the talented midfielder, and Lo Celso has told Betis he wants to join Spurs (h/t Sun).

The 23-year-old could play as an attacking midfielder and is versatile enough to play out wide too.

Tottenham see Lo Celso as an Eriksen replacement

The report claims that Tottenham see the Argentine as a replacement for Christian Eriksen. The Dane is out of a contract at the end of next season and has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Tottenham have also seen a £53m bid rejected earlier in the window for the Argentine, and Mauricio Pochettino wants Lo Celso at Tottenham next season (h/t Sun).

Lo Celso did well for the national side in the Copa America too, and it will be an interesting summer for him.

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The 23-year-old would be a great signing for Spurs, but Bayern could move for him given that their other target, Callum Hudson-Odoi, seems et to remain at Chelsea (h/t Sun).

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