Tottenham U18 caused a nasty upset against our London rivals Chelsea, as our youngsters beat the Blues at Cobham in an exciting 0-3 victory. To have notched up such a huge victory against a side that has been exemplary in all aspects of the game is truly commendable.
Reo Griffiths, Rodel Richards and Dilan Markanday scored some stunning goals to put us in the driving seat and it is safe to say that we deserved that win. As if beating Chelsea was not enough, this win marks the Blues’ first home defeat at Cobham in the last 3 years.
A win is definitely important for us at this stage but more than anything else, the calmness and maturity displayed by our U18 side deserves praise. Our defenders did a brilliant job at the back and our attackers left no stone unturned to threaten and dominate the home side’s backline.
Griffiths scored a screamer of an opening goal to put us in the lead. Although we were the better team in the first-half, Chelsea were awarded a penalty right after the break. A few nervy moments followed but De Bie made a brilliant save to deny the hosts.
The save proved to be a turning point in the game since Chelsea could not come back into the game despite fighting hard. Eventually, Rodel Richards chipped in with the second goal in the 74th minute which was followed by Dilan Markanday converting Tariq Hinds’ cross to smash the third and final goal of the match.
Markanday was truly a standout performer for the side and he was a constant threat to Chelsea. He was aided by a flurry of crosses and ample support from right-back Maxi Tainio and the duo linked up quite well to deliver stunning results on the field.
As a Tottenham fan, it is heart-warming to see our youngsters perform like this and here’s to hoping they continue their fine form.
Tottenham are favourites to land English star despite interest from Premier League rivals
Spurs transfer news: Tottenham favourites to sign Ryan Sessegnon despite Liverpool interest
The 19-year-old helped the Cottagers reach the Premier League but had to deal with relegation last season.
Sessegnon produced sparks of brilliance in an underwhelming campaign that yielded just two goals and six assists from 35 Premier League games.
The 19-year-old is out of a contract next year and has already told Fulham that he will not be signing a new deal (h/t Daily Star). The report adds that Sessegnon could be available for £35m and Mauricio Pochettino is a fan of the English youngster.
The Reds even sent scouts to watch Sessegnon last season and the report adds that the Englishman would provide Andy Robertson with the
Tottenham want Sessegnon to replace Englishman in team
The report adds that Tottenham
Sessegnon can play in the defence but some of his best performances came further up the pitch. The 19-year-old can play on either wing and it will be interesting to see how he is deployed by Pochettino once he is signed.
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It would be great if we can wrap up some of our transfers soon so that Pochettino can start planning for pre-season.
Tottenham confident of this £75,000-a-week star agreeing to sign new contract
Tottenham transfer news: Spurs confident Eriksen will sign a new contract
Tottenham are growing increasingly confident that Christian Eriksen will sign a new contract with the club, as per a report from the Sun.
The Dane’s deal with Tottenham expires in the summer of 2020 and there has been plenty of speculation over his future, with Manchester United eyeing a move for him as Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford is in doubt, claims the Sun.
The report claims both Eriksen and Spurs are closer to an agreement after the latest round of talks and our club are willing to double his £75,000-a-week wages. But the north Londoners will need to qualify for the Champions League next season if we want our star midfielder to pen a new deal.
Spurs are gunning for a top-four finish and have four games left in the Premier League to play, with three at our new home. We face a fight to finish in the top four following our 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, however, defeats for Arsenal and Manchester United have not affected the table.
Eriksen should stay at Spurs
The aforementioned story comes as a huge boost to Spurs that Eriksen is willing to commit his future to the club by penning a new deal.
The 27-year-old has been one of the most consistent performers at our club ever since he joined from Ajax in 2013. He is one of Mauricio Pochettino’s crucial cogs in the team and without his presence in the engine room, we simply lack cohesion and creativity in the final third.
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But for persuading Eriksen to sign a new deal we will need to qualify for the Champions League, either through a league position or by winning this season’s competition. Let’s hope we achieve that by any means.
(Video) Marcus Edwards torments Willem II defence but must work harder on this key aspect
The 19-year-old is currently on loan at the club and prior to this game, the Englishman made a cameo appearance where he impressed in the 4-2 loss against ADO Den Haag.
The youngster played on the right-wing for the Dutch side against Willem II and provided an assist in the 2-2 draw.
A highlights package of his performance was uploaded by JakeMantonTHFC on YouTube and the player does a lot of good work for his side.
The Englishman tracks back and helps the defence but his real quality comes out in the final third.
The 19-year-old terrorizes Willem II down the right but his final product needs some work. Time and again, he either failed to pick out the right man or kept the ball for a little too long.
We must give him some credit, however, as the youngster often tries to create something for Excelsior while in possession.
The boy is a talent and is clearly willing to be the creator in the final third. But there is a lot of work that needs to be done before he is the finished product.
Edwards does frustrate at times but with more experience and playing time, he might return to Tottenham as a quality addition to the side.
Spotlight on: Tottenham’s Returning Winks
Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has given manager Mauricio Pochettino a major boost in the run up to the return of the Champions League after returning back to full training after a lengthy spell on the side-lines.
And it could not have come at a better time.
After impressing in the first half of last season for the Lilywhites and picking up his first (and to date only) England cap against Lithuania in October 2017, things started to go a little array for the man tipped to make the plane to Russia after picking up a knock to his ankle against Crystal Palace a month on from his England debut.
It turned out later that Winks had fractured his ankle and from March, missed the remainder of the season.
However, now Winks is back in full training and close to a return, the timing could not have been better, especially after Spurs’ barren transfer window and the squad needing a fresh injection from somewhere.
The latest Tottenham news is that faces could still leave the club before the window slams shut and although Pochettino claims that no summer signings is no problem, few outside White Hart Lane (Or Wembley or wherever Spurs play these days) truly believe him.
Moussa Dembele is a man reported to potentially be out of the door before the window closes across the continent.
Dembele has been a loyal servant to the club but has now entered the final year of his contract and may fancy one last bumper contract away from the club at 31-years of age.
Inter Milan showed a genuine interest in the midfielder in the summer and reportedly were set to table a £12million bid which is far from Daniel Levy’s estimation.
However, the fear of letting the man who has played over 200 games for Spurs over six years (and remarkably never less than 35 games in season) leave on a free may force Tottenham’s hierarchies’ hand.
But fear not, because Winks could be the man to step into the breach after proving himself more than capable of mixing it with the very best.
This was proven when Tottenham met Real Madrid in last seasons Champions League at the Bernabeu and more than held his own in the centre of the park against seasoned superstars such as former Spurs man Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
The 2018/19 season looks set to be a career defining one for the Spurs youth graduate, just twenty-one league games in a season has been Wink’s best return to date but at 22, still has time on his side.
No signings mean Pochettino must use his full squad to the best of their capabilities but as defender Ben Davies has proven, if you take your chance when it is given to you, then it is possible to lock down a position in the starting line-up no matter who was in front of you before.
This mindset is no doubt something Winks possesses and if the first half of last season is anything to go by, Tottenham’s best piece of business this summer may well prove to be getting Winks back to full fitness.
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