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Moura gets a 9/10, Alli gets 8/10 – Here is how the Tottenham players fared in their epic 3-2 win over Ajax

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Ajax vs Tottenham ratings: Tottenham player ratings

Tottenham produced their own epic Champions League story after Liverpool’s astonishing comeback against Barcelona.

Spurs came into the tie without Harry Kane and Harry Winks while Ajax carried a 1-0 advantage after the first leg.

The game did not start well as Matthijs de Ligt opened the scoring after running free from Kieran Trippier in the fifth minute.

Spurs tried to come back with Son Heung-min having a couple of quality chances, but it was the home side that got the second goal.

Hakim Ziyech scored in the 35th minute to make things close to impossible for us. However, this Tottenham side would not lie down.

Lucas Moura scored a quick-fire brace in four minutes after the break and the game was resting on fine margins.

Spurs had their chances, Ajax hit the post and it seemed like we would miss out on the final after an epic try.

There still was some magic left as Moura’s shot somehow went into the net. This was the final kick of the game as Spurs won 3-2 at the Johan Cruyff Arena and fixed a date with Liverpool in Madrid.

There were several heroes on the pitch for Spurs, and we have a real chance of winning the Champions League now.

Tottenham player ratings

Hugo Lloris – 7.5/10

The captain could not do much to stop either goal we conceded, however, he kept us in the game by making some important saves in the second half.

Kieran Trippier – 5/10

Trippier had a first half to forget as he was at fault for both goals we conceded. The Englishman had a better time after the break and was subbed later.

Jan Vertonghen – 7.5/10

Vertonghen’s return to the XI was important and the Belgian played with a mask on. The centre-back had a chance to score, but it came off the crossbar.

Toby Alderweireld – 8/10

The Belgian had to cover space for the second goal we conceded as Trippier lost his bearings, but apart from that, Alderweireld did a great job at the back.

Danny Rose – 7.5/10

The English defender was at his best leading the Spurs comeback. It was his ball that set up the opener for Lucas and was replaced in the final minutes of the game.

Moussa Sissoko – 7.5/10

A typical Sissoko performance. The Frenchman had some driving runs in the game which the Ajax defence could not deal with easily.

Victor Wanyama – 4.5/10

The Kenyan was just not in the game in the first half and was replaced at half-time.

Christian Eriksen – 7/10

This wasn’t Eriksen’s greatest game but the Dane linked with Dele Alli several times. However, neither of them could score on the night.

Dele Alli – 8/10

The Englishman might not have scored in the game but he was busy as a bee for Spurs. Alli had some great moments in the game and should have found the back of the net, but did have a telling role to play in the winner.

Son Heung-min – 7/10

Son’s return was a huge boost for us and he hit the post early on. The South Korean should have scored in the first half and was a threat throughout the evening.

Lucas Moura – 9/10

The Brazilian displayed his speed and finishing for the first goal as he came alive in the second half. Moura pounced on a saved shot from Fernando Llorente to score his second but his third was a neat finish into the corner, while under tremendous pressure.

Substitutes

Fernando Llorente – 6/10

Llorente came off the bench to give us a more of an attacking threat in the second half.

Erik Lamela – NA

Came on late to give us more bite in the attack.

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Ben Davies – NA

The Welshman replaced Rose at the back.

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Why Tottenham need to be active in the winter transfer window even if they can’t sell players

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Why Tottenham have to buy in January irrespective of possible exits

Tottenham have a big January window coming up. Spurs need to get their house in order after a tough start to the season, and we seem to be out of the race for the Premier League already.

We have only one point from our opening two Champions League games and are out of the Carabao Cup too.

The Times (h/t Sun) claims that Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama, Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose and Serge Aurier could be sold in January. Tottenham needed to get rid of these unwanted players in the summer but were unable to complete the deals.

Christian Eriksen

We did sign a few players, but only Tanguy Ndombele has been a regular. Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon have been blighted with injuries, with no starts between them.

Spurs have to spend in January

Eriksen, Dier and even Rose should get us some decent money in January, however, Tottenham cannot decide to act after getting rid of these players.

We need more fresh faces to fix things and there is a chance that the players could try to push for a summer move.

Eriksen is a free agent once the season ends and so are Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. The trio can demand higher wages due to the lack of a transfer fee, which would be a blow to our finances.

We have to keep a check on our finances as the new stadium is now open, but Daniel Levy has to loosen the purse strings. Bruno Fernandes is being linked with a January move (h/t Sun), and we could do with some cover for the full-backs too.

We could also do with another centre-back joining the club after Vertonghen and Alderweireld’s struggles this season. There is a real fear of us missing out on the top four if things don’t click. Leicester City and West Ham look decent while Chelsea and Arsenal seem to be winning more than losing.

Having extra players would be a strain on the wage bill, and hopefully, we sell some of the deadwood in January.

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Even if we can’t, Spurs have to spend in January to save a season that had so much potential.

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“He has made the decision” – Journalist has some news regarding Pochettino’s future and it doesn’t sound good

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Duncan Castles claims Mauricio Pochettino is targeting the Manchester United job

Duncan Castles claims that Mauricio Pochettino wants to leave Tottenham but will remain in the Premier League.

Spurs have had a tough start to the campaign under the Argentine and recently lost 7-2 to Bayern Munich.

Tottenham have also been unable to get rid of certain players who wanted to leave in the summer. Three first-team stars are free agents at the end of the season and can leave for nothing.

Castles was speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast and claimed that someone close to Pochettino gave him the information. The journalist added that the Argentine was interested in moving to Manchester United (h/t Sun):

“The information I have from someone close to Pochettino is he has very much targeted a new job.

“In his head, he has made the decision he will be moving on from Tottenham Hotspur.

“And the club I’m the told he is targeting at his next job is Manchester United.”

United would be a terrible move for Pochettino

The club might be struggling at the moment, but Pochettino can get us out of this situation. This is more or less the same team that finished second in the Premier League in 2017 and reached the Champions League final too.

The Argentine does have to get things in shape but running away to United isn’t the right move either.

The Red Devils are in an even worse condition than we are and Pochettino would have to start the rebuilding cycle again at Old Trafford. United lie two points above the relegation zone and their players aren’t doing the business.

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Poch is one of the best in the world and we need him to stick around. Hopefully, we get the season back on track soon and the Argentine stays at Tottenham.

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Transfer news: Tottenham an option for Real Madrid star ahead of possible January move

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Tottenham an option for Gareth Bale in the January transfer window

Gareth Bale has been in decent form for Real Madrid this season. The 30-year-old has won several trophies with the La Liga giants but has never really had a great relationship with the supporters.

Calciomercato adds that the Welsh attacker has been unhappy with the appointment of Zinedine Zidane, and the French manager is in his second stint at the club.

Bale has scored two goals and has a couple of assists for Real this season, however, the 30-year-old will leave the club in January (h/t Calciomercato).

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Gareth Bale celebrates for Wales

The report adds that Bale has the option to return to England with Tottenham as a destination, while Manchester United are also linked with the player. The Welsh attacker was close to moving to China in the summer and could still see that happen in January (h/t Calciomercato).

Spurs need to make signings soon

Tottenham need to sign players and it will be interesting to see our plan of action in January. Bale could be a decent option for us, but his wages are on the higher side and he is ageing.

The Wales international can play in several positions and could bolster our attack. However, Spurs could do with someone who provides longevity to the team.

Tanguy Ndombele celebrates after scoring for Tottenham

Our recent signings have been players with potential and hopefully, we get the right stars soon.

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We need to turn things around quickly and have to beat Watford after the international break.

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London rivals keen on landing Tottenham starlet in the January window

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Crystal Palace keen on loan move for Kyle Walker-Peters

Kyle Walker-Peters seems set for a loan move in the January window, according to the Sun. The 22-year-old has featured in four games for Tottenham this season but hasn’t played for us since the Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

Walker-Peters started the season as our first-choice right-back but Spurs have tried Davinson Sanchez, Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier in that position too.

Kyle Walker-Peters (L)

The report claims that Crystal Palace are keen on the 22-year-old Englishman, and it will be interesting to see if we let him leave.

A questionable call from Tottenham?

Tottenham are already light on recognised right-backs after failing to replace Kieran Trippier. The Englishman has done a great job at Atletico Madrid and has been recalled by Gareth Southgate for the national side.

Letting Walker-Peters go would leave Aurier as the only natural right-back at the club while Juan Foyth can also play in that position.

Serge Aurier
Serge Aurier celebrates scoring for Tottenham

However, Aurier has been inconsistent since his arrival at Tottenham and the Ivorian has his injury problems too. Palace could offer Walker-Peters regular games but we shouldn’t let him leave unless a replacement is in store.

Tottenham’s defence has been a cause for concern this season and we have shipped 10 goals in our last two games.

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The right-back position has been a problem area this season, and the team needs new signings in the January window.

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