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Fan rant of the day: Things aren’t all doom and gloom yet since Spurs have their biggest weapon in Mauricio Pochettino

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Harry Kane was injured in Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United

Things just don’t look great for Tottenham at the moment. We lost to Manchester United after dominating the game, Harry Kane picked up what looks to be a serious injury, Moussa Sissoko also got injured and teams are breathing down our necks in the Premier League table.

There is still more bad news for Spurs as Son Heung-min, arguably the in-form player left to play for the national side for the second time this season.

Our Premier League hopes lie in tatters after defeats to Wolves and United, and we have a packed schedule to deal with.

There are so many things that are conspiring against us but if there is one thing that we have going for us, that has to be Mauricio Pochettino.

The best manager in the Premier League

Tottenham certainly deserved to win the game against United but David de Gea decided to wake up and play out of his skin in a season where he has struggled to perform.

Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham

The loss didn’t hurt as much as seeing Kane limp off, and with Son leaving for the Asian Cup, our options are limited up front.

Fernando Llorente has to be the one that leads the line, and even though he hasn’t done well in the Premier League for us, Pochettino should be able to tweak the team around and get us playing some decent football.

Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela must be in the running to play as a striker or a False 9, and Dele Alli could do the job for us too.

Lucas Moura celebrates for Tottenham

Our upcoming fixtures are a bit of a mixed bag as we play some teams we should beat on paper (Fulham, Newcastle and Leicester City) and we take on some unpredictable sides such as Chelsea, Watford and Crystal Palace.

Pochettino would have a plan for all these teams, and it will take his brilliant tactical mind to ensure we defeat each side.

The Argentine deployed wing-backs to great effect last season and then we reverted to a back-four. This season we have played a diamond formation in midfield with two strikers, and it will be interesting to see what he brings out in the coming weeks.

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Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham

It would be great if Daniel Levy brought out his cheque-book and signed a player or two to ease Poch’s problems, but that is unlikely to happen in January.

Pochettino spoke positively after the loss to United and even claimed the second half was the best 45 minutes of football we had played under him.

This includes some fantastic performances, and it is this kind of positivity that can keep the players going after a bit of a downer in recent weeks.

Read more: Tottenham talisman faces four weeks out due to injury sustained against Manchester United

Spurs might be down to their bare bones due to injuries and players leaving, but if anyone can pull us out from the rut and ensure we keep performing to our best levels, it is Pochettino.

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Mourinho shares three transfer targets for Tottenham – including one Premier League star

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Jose Mourinho wants to sign Nemanja Matic, Ruben Dias and Bruno Fernandes

Jose Mourinho has shared his three main transfer targets to Daniel Levy, according to the Independent (h/t Express).

The report claims that Mourinho is hopeful of strengthening Tottenham in the winter window.

The three players that the new boss wants are Nemanja Matic, Ruben Dias and Bruno Fernandes (h/t Express).

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Bruno Fernandes scored 20 league goals for Sporting Lisbon in the last season (Image credit: Getty)

Mourinho knows Matic from their time at Chelsea and Manchester United. The Serbian midfielder is set to leave the Red Devils (h/t Express) and it will be interesting to see if the manager can nab him from his ex-club.

Portuguese stars to save Tottenham’s season?

Tottenham have struggled this season for consistency. We lie 14th in the Premier League and need a string of wins to close the gap on the top four.

Fernandes has been linked with a move to the Premier League too (h/t Express) and has been in fine form this season.

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Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United last year (Image credit: Getty)

The 25-year-old has eight goals this season and could provide more attacking quality to the midfield.

The report claims that Fernandes could replace Christian Eriksen, who is a free agent at the end of the season.

Dias is an interesting name, given that he is one of the brightest defenders in Portugal. The 22-year-old has forced his way into the national team and could be a long-term replacement for Jan Vertonghen or Toby Alderweireld (h/t Express).

Tottenham didn’t spend a lot during the winter windows under former manager Mauricio Pochettino.

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It will be interesting to see if that changes in January as we start a new era with Mourinho at the helm.

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Spurs boss Mourinho interested in signing this 30-year-old La Liga veteran

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Jose Mourinho plots Gareth Bale return as new Tottenham manager

Jose Mourinho is planning an incredible move to re-sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.

The new Tottenham boss has a lot of work to do after a tough start to the season. Mauricio Pochettino was replaced by the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager, and there could be some big moves on the horizon.

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Gareth Bale helped Wales qualify for Euro 2020 (Image credit: Getty)

AS (h/t Sun) claims that Mourinho is plotting a move to bring Bale back to Tottenham. The Welsh winger joined Real from Spurs in 2013, however, he hasn’t had the best of relationships with current manager Zinedine Zidane (h/t Telegraph).

The 30-year-old seemed set to move to the Chinese Super League in the summer but Real blocked that move (h/t Sun).

Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has also claimed that a winter move from the Spanish capital would not take place (h/t Sun).

Euro 2020 celebrations could see Bale move

The Welshman helped his nation seal a place in Euro 2020 and his celebrations didn’t go down well.

Bale and his teammates held a Welsh flag which said “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order”.

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Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United last year (Image credit: Getty)

That could open the door for Mourinho to swoop in but Manchester United are also keen on the 30-year-old (h/t Sun).

Bale could still do a job for a top club, but he isn’t a long-term solution given his age.

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It is going to be an interesting couple of months till the winter window for Mourinho. The Portuguese will have some time to judge the current crop of players and then make a decision on their futures.

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Tottenham boss Mourinho aims dig at former clubs with regards to playing young players

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Jose Mourinho aims dig at former clubs while speaking on Tottenham’s academy

Jose Mourinho has already taken a swipe at his former clubs regarding youth products.

The Portuguese became Mauricio Pochettino’s replacement after the Argentine was sacked.

Mou himself has been without a job since leaving Manchester United last year but seems ready to turn things around at Spurs.

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Jose Mourinho won three Premier League titles with Chelsea (Image credit: Getty)

The Portuguese doesn’t have a great track record of promoting youth players, however, he took a dig at his former clubs regarding this.

Tottenham have seen Harry Winks, Harry Kane and Kyle Walker-Peters come through the ranks, and Mourinho was open to handing young players chances.

The ‘Special One’ was speaking to the club’s channel and said (h/t Sun):

“There is not one manager in the world that doesn’t like to play young players and to help young players to develop – not one.”

Mourinho, however, claimed that his former clubs didn’t actually have a good system in place, unlike Tottenham:

“The problem is that sometimes you get into clubs where the work that is below you is not good enough to produce these players.

“So I look to our history and you see that the academy is always giving talents the first team need.

“Of course I always look forward to working with that profile.”

Spurs to make a winning start under Mou?

Our first game under Mourinho isn’t easy with trip to the London Stadium.

West Ham are also struggling under Manuel Pellegrini, and this could be a big match for both sides.

Tottenham need a win to get their season going, and we could put the West Ham manager under more pressure by beating them.

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Spurs lie 14th in the Premier League and are 11 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

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Mourinho accepted Tottenham role only after 18-month guarantee for this star

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Jose Mourinho joined Tottenham after 18-month Harry Kane guarantee

Jose Mourinho demanded that Tottenham do not sell Harry Kane for 18 months before agreeing to the job, according to the Express (h/t Daily Star).

Tottenham sacked Mauricio Pochettino and quickly replaced the Argentine with the Portuguese.

Mourinho had been without a job since getting the sack at Manchester United last season but sought assurances over Kane’s future before committing to Spurs.

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Jose Mourinho won three Premier League titles with Chelsea (Image credit: Getty)

The report claims that Mourinho sees Kane as an integral part of the team and wants to win silverware with the club.

Daniel Levy agreed to the demand of keeping Kane till 2021 (h/t Daily Star) and Mourinho has a great record of winning titles during his managerial career.

However, three players could be on the chopping block by the former Chelsea and United manager.

Three big names to be let go off

The new Spurs manager is open to selling Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld if they do not sign new deals (h/t Daily Star).

The trio are free agents at the end of the season and it will be interesting to see what happens to them in the January window.

Jan Vertonghen
Jan Vertonghen is a free agent at the end of this season (Image credit: Getty)

Mou has to work with the players at hand but could use the funds from the trios sale in the January window (h/t Daily Star).

Tottenham have a decent squad, even if we take our the out of contract trio, and this could be one of Mou’s biggest tests ever.

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We lie 11 points outside the top four but have 2/3rd of the season left to go. Mourinho has worked magic in the past, and the ‘Special One’ could turn things around for us too.

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