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Fan rant of the day: Derby defeat hurts but this is a solid reality check for Tottenham

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Harry Kane scores for Tottenham against Arsenal

Harry Kane celebrates after scoring against Arsenal

Tottenham just didn’t have enough in their tank to make it three wins out of three against some quality opposition.

Spurs were coming off wins over Chelsea and Inter Milan, but our biggest rivals, Arsenal, were too difficult to beat easily.

The day didn’t start well for us with Jan Vertonghen giving away an early penalty for handling the ball in the box. It ended with the Belgian getting his marching orders late on.

The damage was already done by then despite the fact that we held the lead at 2-1 after the first half.

Normally, we would have gone for the kill in the second half but tired legs finally gave way after a tough couple of games.

Tottenham were good but Arsenal simply were better. Most of their first-team starters were rested in the Europa League clash against Vorskla while we played our best team, or close to it, against the might of Inter.

Yes, Mauricio Pochettino might have gotten a couple of things wrong by starting Juan Foyth and Jan Vertonghen, but Foyth had been excellent in recent weeks while Vertonghen was supreme in the win over the Italians.

Jan Vertonghen Tottenham

You couldn’t really fault Poch for playing Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and Harry Kane right from the start, though the trio was almost invisible in the second half.

Pochettino spoke (h/t Independent) about Tottenham’s weary legs and believed we were in the game until the third goal went in.

“We paid for the effort in the Champions League game against Inter and Chelsea, and we started to suffer. Until the third goal, I thought was game the even. But after that, we started to pay.

“It was difficult for the team to show the normal energy that we show. Then, after the sending-off of Jan Vertonghen, the game was over.”

Not all doom and gloom for Spurs

This might raise the question of squad depth and our lack of transfer activity in the summer but we did have a few players out with injuries. Danny Rose only recently returned to fitness, Toby Alderweireld has played almost every game in two months and Mousa Dembele is out with an injury.

Those three could have started this game but we have to think about keeping them injury-free for the rest of the campaign and not only about the three points against the Gunners.

This Spurs side is still learning to deal with pressure. And even though it might seem like the same aspect is being spoken about every year, this defeat will teach us a thing or two.

Arsenal possibly have two of the best forwards in the Premier League and Emery made some tweaks to his side to give them the advantage in the second half.

Although Pochettino has toyed with several formations during his time at Spurs, there haven’t been many circumstances where the Argentine switched formations mid-game.

The defeat has placed Arsenal above us in the Premier League table, and maybe, this is the kick we need to play more consistently.

Dele Alli Eric Dier Tottenham

There has been a lot of banter between the two sets of players, which we saw on the pitch after Eric Dier scored. Regardless, Pochettino should communicate to the Tottenham stars about maintaining their quality throughout the season.

A top-four finish is the least we need this campaign, but a trophy would be the actual evolution from this side.

Read more: “We can improve” – Tottenham star claims there is more to come from team

Tottenham have a fight on their hands to make it to the Champions League next season, and to qualify for the knockout rounds this season too. Thus, this loss should serve as a platform for us to get better.

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Championship manager assures this Tottenham star will play enough games this season

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Latest Spurs news: Bielsa hints at Clarke featuring for Leeds despite not making a league appearance

Jack Clarke’s loan spell at Leeds hasn’t gone too well this season. The Englishman joined Tottenham in the summer window but was loaned back to his former club.

The 18-year-old broke into Marcelo Bielsa’s team last season and was expected to feature in the starting XIs.

Jack Clarke
Jack Clarke signs for Tottenham

However, the Englishman is yet to feature in a Championship game this season, however, the Argentine assured that the winger will get games (h/t Express):

“For me he’s an important player who has very good individual skills, one vs one.

“There are reasons enough to say nothing is special about why he was not in the 18 players in the last two games.

“We have a lot of matches in the month of August.”

Clarke set for more cup games

The youngster has featured in one Carabao Cup fixture for Leeds and Bielsa confirmed that Clarke will be getting more minutes in midweek:

“Very probably the next game on Tuesday a lot of players who didn’t play before will be in the squad.

“In this moment I am focusing on three wingers. They are putting in good performances, but Clarke will be in or be a substitute of one of them.”

Jack Clarke
Jack Clarke

Clarke needs more starts to continue his development and that was one reason he was sent back to Leeds this summer.

The 18-year-old made a handful of starts under Bielsa in the previous campaign as Leeds missed out on Premier League promotion.

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Clarke has to cement his place in the Leeds XI before thinking of achieving the same at Spurs. The 18-year-old has great potential but that will only be a footnote if he doesn’t play regularly this season.

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Tottenham star could leave this summer if a club submits a £50million bid

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Spurs transfer news: Eriksen could leave Tottenham for £50million this summer

The Daily Mail reports that Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy have agreed to a compromise and will allow Christian Eriksen to leave if a substantial bid is submitted.

The Dane is a free agent at the end of the season and the report claims that the Tottenham pair spoke with Eriksen and explained the situation.

Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko

The European transfer window ends on 2 September and Spurs can sell to foreign clubs but cannot add to their squad.

Pochettino admitted that it is a difficult situation regarding Eriksen and the club will consider the sale of the Dane should a £50million bid come in the final days of the window (h/t Daily Mail).

Not letting Eriksen leave on a free

Tottenham would lose out on a substantial sum if Eriksen leaves on a free at the end of this season.

The Dane has featured in both of our games this season and was the catalyst in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

The report adds that Daniel Levy wants to make a tidy sum by selling Eriksen now while Pochettino believes the Dane’s presence makes the team better.

There has been a lot of interest in the 27-year-old with Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Juventus all keen on the midfielde (h/t Daily Mail).

Spurs face Newcastle on Sunday and Eriksen should start for us as we look to continue our unbeaten start.

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Tottenham have four points from their opening two games of the campaign and should be favourites to pick up the three points against the Magpies.

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Tottenham youngster once likened to Messi set to join Italian club

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Spurs transfer news: Edwards close to joining Udinese

Football.london reports that Marcus Edwards’ future at Tottenham is all over, with the youngster set to join Udinese.

The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Excelsior Rotterdam but could not save them from getting relegated.

It has been a frustrating couple of years for Edwards due to injuries and poor performances away on loan.

The report adds that the Englishman was training at Brentford last month in hopes of signing for the Championship club, but could not finalise a deal. The 20-year-old is a free agent at the end of this season and seems set for a new challenge in the Serie A.

Pochettino had high expectations from Edwards

The youngster made a bright debut for the Spurs first-team in a League Cup game against Gillingham at White Hart Lane.

However, injuries affected his first season at Tottenham, where he could not play more games.

Marcus Edwards
Marcus Edwards

The report adds that Mauricio Pochettino had compared the youngster’s traits with Lionel Messi’s, and the manager later regretted making those comments.

Edwards had the potential to be special and hopefully, he reignites his career at his new club.

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Pochettino is known for getting the best out of young talents, but this is one case where it just did not work out for either party.

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Tottenham star’s exit could depend on Italian giants selling one of their key players

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Spurs transfer news: Milan could move for Aurier once they sell Conti

Calciomercato claims that Tottenham’s Serge Aurier has been linked with a move to AC Milan for the past two weeks.

The Ivorian defender hasn’t started any of our Premier League games this season, with Kyle Walker-Peters getting the nod in both the games.

The 26-year-old has also struggled with injuries since his move from Paris Saint-Germain, and the report claims that the Ivorian isn’t a part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.

Le10 Sport (h/t Calciomercato) adds that a move to Milan could be on but the Italians need to sell Andrea Conti. The defender is being linked with Werder Bremen and Serie A rivals Parma, according to the report.

Conti has struggled for regular starts at the San Siro and made 12 appearances in the Serie A last term.

Pochettino taking a risk with this move

Tottenham have already sold Kieran Trippier in the summer and that leaves us with only Walker-Peters and Aurier as the recognised senior right-backs.

Aurier leaving would reduce our options in the position but Juan Foyth has some experience of playing as a right-back.

Letting Aurier go is a major risk being taken by Pochettino, and Spurs have been active in offloading deadwood in the summer.

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Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou departed permanently, and it will be interesting to see if Aurier follows them before the close of the transfer window.

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