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Tottenham season review 2018-19: Highs and lows throughout as campaign ends in disappointment

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Spurs opinion: Tottenham 2018-19 season review – Several highs and lows for Pochettino’s men

Tottenham’s season ended in major disappointment as we lost the Champions League final 2-0 to Liverpool.

Spurs’ Champions League campaign was crazy given that we came back from the cusp of elimination several times and yet we reached the final due to some fantastic performances.

Our Premier League campaign was crazy too but not in a good way. We were in the race for the title but a poor start to 2019 saw us finish the campaign placed fourth, just sneaking into the Champions League places.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane in the 2019 Champions League final

Our domestic cup campaign wasn’t great either, with elimination to Crystal Palace in the Fourth round of the FA Cup, while we were beaten by Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Tottenham did not sign a single player in two transfer windows while we sold Mousa Dembele in the winter window, further limiting our options in the midfield. Most of our players came back from a long World Cup and several players picked up injuries, which affected our campaign.

It wasn’t the greatest season for Spurs but it wasn’t the worst either, and here are some of the moments from the campaign that stood out.

Player of the season

This was a tough decision given that several players struggled to do their bit for the side this season.

Harry Kane picked up two injuries, Dele Alli struggled to perform while Christian Eriksen started doing his bit in the second half of the campaign.

Son Heung-min was excellent in patches throughout the season despite leaving for two international tournaments during the campaign.

The man who gets the award, however, is Moussa Sissoko. The Frenchman might not have scored or assisted too many goals, but his drive from the heart of the midfield set the tone for many quality performances.

The Frenchman was on the periphery of the starting XI at the start of the season, but injuries gave him a chance to impress and he did that really well.

Sissoko started the Champions League final on Saturday and even though we didn’t win, the Frenchman deserved to face the Reds.

Game of the season

Again, another tough decision to take. The first game at our new stadium will always be cherished but that didn’t have a lot of drama.

Tottenham’s three goals against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final second leg was an incredible game too.

Raheem Sterling’s goal was cancelled, thanks to VAR, and there were a lot of emotions as City were dumped out on away goals. However, the game of the season has to be the 3-2 win over Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena.

Lucas Moura scored an incredible hat-trick in the second half as we seemed to be going out of the tournament at the semi-final stage.

Ajax held a 3-0 aggregate lead at half-time in the Netherlands, however, Moura scored with practically the last kick of the game to take us into the final.

Cue wild celebrations with the travelling Tottenham fans, and it was one of the best games in football this season.

Player who failed to deliver

There were many players who failed to perform this but Keiran Trippier stands out as the unfortunate player that struggled the most.

The Englishman’s form dipped dramatically after an excellent performance in the World Cup with England.

The 28-year-old remained our first-choice right-back this season, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the former Burnley man.

Disappointment from the season

Not spending any money in two transfer windows. Tottenham shifted to their new stadium, albeit several months late, but we could have done with a few signings.

Pochettino’s hands were completely tied as he did a wonderful job with the players he had. Reaching a Champions League final without any new players is an incredible feat but we have to spend this season, else we will fall behind our rivals even more.

Goal of the season

Son scored an incredible goal against Man City in the Champions League at the Etihad but the winner has to be the South Korean’s effort against Chelsea as he blasted down the right, beat a couple of players and slotted the ball calmly.

Final words

Tottenham could have done better in the Premier League, but the lack of fresh faces, several injuries and tired players from the World Cup greatly affected our campaign.

Pochettino worked his magic by taking us to the Champions League final, and that is an incredible achievement.

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The Argentine is a gem and backing him in the transfer market should see us perform better next season.

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“I’ve seen scouts from Tottenham” – Dutch expert confirms Spurs scouted 22-year-old Euro star this season

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Spurs transfer news: Dutch expert confirms Tottenham scouted Donny van de Beek

Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan believes Donny van de Beek is keen on a move to the Premier League.

The 22-year-old was impressive for Ajax last season as they won the Eredivisie title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Donny van de Beek

Donny van de Beek

Van de Beek scored some crucial goals for the Dutch giants, such as the winner against Tottenham in the first leg of the semi-final.

The expert added that the midfielder has been scouted by many Premier League clubs including Tottenham (h/t Express):

“I’ve seen scouts from Tottenham, Man Utd, Everton, Liverpool, Newcastle all at the Amsterdam ArenA looking at him.”

Van Der Kraan added that the Ajax star was watched several times, and would be the ideal back-up for Premier League teams.

“He’s an ideal player for the Premier League, he’s got the skills like most Ajax players, he’s got a big tank, he can run all day.

“But all these clubs have a priority list and van de Beek seems the perfect back-up for the big clubs.”

Van de Beek wants Premier League action

Van der Kraan claimed that the midfielder has the best chance of sealing a move from Ajax, and believed the Premier League might interest him:

“I think he’s keen for the Premier League, more than the German or Italian leagues.”

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The Guardian reported that Mauricio Pochettino wants Van de Beek at Spurs and hopefully, we can land the Dutch international.

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“I was being linked with Tottenham” – £60m England star responds to rumours about his future

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Spurs transfer news: James Maddison isn’t fazed by rumours of him leaving Leicester City

Leicester City star James Maddison isn’t being distracted by transfer talk after a great season. The England star swapped Norwich for Leicester at the start of the campaign and scored seven goals in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old also assisted seven goals in the league and was recently asked about his £60m price-tag by Sky Sports News (h/t Football.london).

James Maddison

James Maddison

The youngster claimed that he had been linked with Tottenham in the past and that he was taking all of this in his stride (h/t Football.london):

“No, you have just got to ignore that and take it all in your stride. As a 17 year-old boy I’d started five games for Coventry and saw on my phone that I was being linked with Tottenham and Liverpool.

“With transfer talk you need to take it as a compliment that people are even talking about you, it won’t distract me.”

Maddison is participating in the U21 Euros and is one of the stars to keep an eye on.

Midfielder in no rush to leave Leicester

Jacob Steinberg of the Guardian tweeted regarding Maddison a few days ago and claimed that the English star is in no rush to leave.

The journalist added that Tottenham are interested in the midfielder, however, Liverpool, Manch0ester United and Manchester City are also keeping track of the 22-year-old.

Steinberg claimed that the Foxes could finish above United and Maddison has to choose the right club for his future.

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Maddison made the transition from the Championship to the Premier League without breaking a sweat, and it will be interesting to see when he takes the step away from Leicester.

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Great news for Tottenham as star rejects advances from Man United over a summer move

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Spurs transfer news: Journalist claims Christian Eriksen has rejected a move to Manchester United

Journalist Tom McDermott (h/t Sun) reports that Tottenham star Christian Eriksen has rejected a move to Manchester United.

The Danish international is out of a contract at the end of next season, and recently told Ekstra Bladet that he wants a new challenge (h/t Sun):

“I feel like I am in a place in my career where I might want to try something new. I have the wildest and deepest respect for everything that has happened at Tottenham.”

Christian Eriksen (C) celebrates with Fernando Llorente and Dele Alli

Eriksen is one our best players but prefers a move to Spain, according to McDermott’s tweet (h/t Sun):

“Told that #MUFC did ask about Christian Eriksen but it was a “no” from the Dane and his team. Spain is his first choice, but Solskjaer’s problem is attracting players.”

The Dane helped us reach the Champions League final last season, but we ended up on the losing side.

La Liga giants interested in Eriksen

The Sun adds that Barcelona and Real Madrid are interested in signing the Danish midfielder, however, Paul Pogba could throw a spanner in the works.

Marca (h/t Football.london) reports that Zinedine Zidane wants to sign the French midfielder from Manchester United.

The report claims that the Real Madrid manager is uninterested in signing Eriksen or any other midfielder as he sets his sights on Pogba.

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This could be even better news for us as Eriksen could remain at Tottenham. Daniel Levy would have to work his magic and get the Dane to sign a new deal as losing the Dane for free would be a major mistake.

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Championship club will pocket a huge amount should this Tottenham star leave

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Spurs transfer news: Leeds United to receive massive windfall should Danny Rose be sold

Danny Rose has been linked with a move away from Tottenham (h/t Sun), and the Englishman’s departure could see Leeds United receive a sizeable amount.

The left-back joined Spurs from Leeds for £1m (h/t Leeds Live) in 2007 and could be sold for £30m (h/t Leeds Live).

Harry Winks and Danny Rose of Tottenham

Danny Rose and Harry Winks

This would be great news for Leeds as the Championship club will receive “10 per cent of any profit on top of the £1m” that he was bought for, according to the report.

The English left-back became our first-choice in the second half of the previous campaign, however, the Sun claims that Mauricio Pochettino is open to replacing Rose.

The left-back hasn’t always been consistent in the past two years, but still gave it his all for the club.

Pochettino targeting a younger star

The Sun claims that Pochettino wants to sign Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham as a long-term replacement for Rose.

Ryan Sessegnon

Ryan Sessegnon

The 19-year-old was relegated from the Premier League after just one season with the Cottagers and Spurs could pay £35million for the talented youngster.

Getting £30m for Rose would be an excellent deal given that he turns 29 soon.

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Signing Sessegnon for just a few million more will be great as we would end up with a younger player with a lot of potential.

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