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Tottenham Hotspur 2019-20 season preview – Can Pochettino and his men finally break the trophy duck?



Spurs opinion: 2019-20 season preview – Spurs to land silverware under Pochettino?

The 2018-19 season was a rollercoaster of emotions with Tottenham reaching the Champions League final but losing to rivals Liverpool.

Mauricio Pochettino could not bring in any new faces to the team with several players busy with the World Cup.

They returned tired and injured but we were still in the race for the Premier League until the New Year.

The Champions League journey was crazy, to say the least. Last-minute goals, VAR and an incredible comeback all helped us reach Madrid but Liverpool took their chances that night.

Pochettino is still hunting for silverware since joining Spurs, and that night in Madrid should make us stronger for the upcoming campaign.

Tottenham have bought Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke so far, and there could be some more signings in the coming days.

We haven’t lost any of our first-team players, except Kieran Trippier, and a proper pre-season under our belts looks to have worked out well for the likes of Harry Kane.

Tottenham have to bridge a huge gap to Liverpool and Manchester City next season, and that should be possible if the team stays fit.

Harry Kane

We are still better than the other 17 Premier League clubs, and there could be some cause for celebration come the end of the season.

Player to watch – Tanguy Ndombele

The 22-year-old joined for a huge fee from Lyon and has looked decent in some of our pre-season ties.

The Frenchman is a combination of all our midfielders and could be one of the best signings of the summer.

Ndombele can win the ball, start an attack or barge into the defence with the ball at his feet. It is to be seen how he acclimatizes to the English game, and the sooner he does it, the better it will be for us.

Surprise performer – Kyle Walker-Peters

The young defender could start the season as the first-choice right-back as he did in the previous campaign.

Walker-Peters had some tough outings in the previous season with that trip to the Nou Camp and Ousmane Dembele goal remaining in memory.

However, the Englishman has the talent to do well, should he play regularly. Juan Foyth is injured while we sold Kieran Trippier too, so Walker-Peters has his chance to impress.

Top scorer – Harry Kane

The Englishman could have won another Golden Boot last season had it not been for two major ankle injuries.

Kane looks fit and fresh after a proper rest in the summer and has scored some incredible goals during pre-season.

The forward still needs to be given a break from time-to-time and hopefully, we find some quality cover for him in the transfer window.

Kane should easily be our top scorer once again, but he needs to stay fit.

Cup performances

The FA Cup exit was disappointing in the previous campaign, and so was the Carabao Cup defeat.

Spurs had some injury problems in both cup competitions, and if we stay fit, there should be some silverware coming to the side.

Pochettino has to prioritise one of the two cups, and the Carabao Cup should be a serious target just to get a medal for all the players.

The Champions League will be a tough task once again, but we should target the finals.

Tottenham defeated Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Manchester City and Ajax to reach the finals last time around, and there is no reason why we cannot do it again.

League performance – Second

Looking at the teams that finished above us, Manchester City have spent big again on signing a few players but Liverpool have not added anyone of note to their ranks.

Spurs could still finish the transfer window with more signings and that should put us ahead of the Reds.

Tottenham need their first-teamers to stay fit for the entirety of the campaign, and there is no doubt we will be closer to the top than last season.

City are still the team to beat but we can overtake Liverpool and become their closest challengers. The Reds were a little lucky when they beat us twice last season in the league, but we are now playing in our new home and that will give us an added boost.

Our players look fit and fresh after a decent pre-season, and hopefully, that ensures a fantastic campaign ahead.

Top four

1) Manchester City

2) Tottenham

3) Liverpool

4) Manchester United

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Pochettino rejected the chance to swap Christian Eriksen for this world-class Serie A star



Spurs transfer news: Pochettino rejected the chance of Dybala-Eriksen swap

The Daily Mail reports that Mauricio Pochettino rejected a deal which would have seen Paulo Dybala replace Christian Eriksen at Tottenham.

The Argentine attacker had a below-average season last time around while Eriksen had spoken about taking up a new challenge after the Champions League final.

The Dane is out of a contract at the end of this season, and the report claims that Pochettino was hopeful that Eriksen would sign a new deal with the club.

Christian Eriksen

The manager refused to enter negotiations with Juventus, but the Italian giants are among the favourites to sign the Tottenham star alongside Barcelona (h/t Daily Mail).

Tottenham cannot sign any players now while Eriksen is free to negotiate with foreign teams in January given that his contract is expiring.

Spurs failing with talks

The report adds that Tottenham have failed with their attempts of a contract renewal for the Danish midfielder and Eriksen is not willing to accept a new offer from the club.

Paulo Dybala

Losing Eriksen for a free would be a major blow for Spurs and hopefully, we can get some money by selling the Dane in the January window, just as we did with Mousa Dembele.

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The 27-year-old is one of the best in the Premier League and it will be interesting to see how we deal with this situation in the coming months.

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Tottenham send scouts to watch 16-year-old who starred against PSG



Spurs transfer news: Tottenham scout Rennes youngster Camavinga

The Daily Mail reports that Tottenham had sent scouts over to watch Eduardo Camavinga in action against Paris Saint-Germain at the weekend.

The 16-year-old put up an excellent display against the French champions and helped Rennes defeat the Parisians.

The defensive midfielder set up the match-winning goal and was excellent throughout the night as PSG struggled to get the better of Rennes.

Eduardo Camavinga

The report claims that Manchester City and Arsenal also sent scouts to watch Camavinga at the weekend, and Tottenham were interested in the teenager last season too.

The Angola-born midfielder has also gained the attention of Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid (h/t Daily Mail), and the youngster is already being compared to another French talent, Paul Pogba.

Camavinga has a long way to go in his career but he is one of the brightest talents coming through the French system.

Tottenham have already raided France this summer

Spurs made one of the best moves in the summer by landing Tanguy Ndombele, and the Frenchman has been one of the bright spots so far this season.

Camavinga could be a great addition to the team but we need to see how he does in the coming months.

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Last season saw him break into the Rennes senior team and if he can continue his performances at a high level, there will be some serious offers for the 16-year-old.

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“Mistake”, “For shame” – Some Tottenham fans can’t believe in-form star has been omitted by national side



Latest Spurs news: Lo Celso called-up for Argentina squad but Lamela omitted

Tottenham’s summer signing Giovani Lo Celso got a few minutes in the 2-2 draw against Manchester City and has been called up for the Argentina national team squad.

The former Real Betis and PSG midfielder featured for the side in their Copa America journey during the summer, and it will be interesting to see if he starts for us in our next game.

The 23-year-old is one of the most talented players from South America but needs time to adjust to the league after joining Tottenham on deadline day.

Although Lo Celso has done well in the past season, there was one surprise omission from the call-up list.

Where is Coco?

Erik Lamela has been one of the bright spots for Spurs this season and had two important moments in the draw against the Cityzens. The Argentine caught Ederson out of position for our first equaliser and it was his delivery that Lucas Moura turned into the net in the second half.

Lamela struggled for fitness in the previous campaign, but he could be an important player for us this season.

Tottenham didn’t sign any wingers in the summer and if Lamela stays fit, we should see more magic from the Argentine.

Many Tottenham fans were pleased for Lo Celso but were surprised at Lamela’s exclusion.

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Tottenham star uninterested in £200,000-a-week contract as he eyes exit



Spurs transfer news: Eriksen won’t enter contract talks despite £200,000-a-week offer

Christian Eriksen is out of a contract at the end of the season and the Mirror claims that the Dane has received no offers from other clubs so far.

The Dane is one of the best in the Premier League and Tottenham’s officials are confused as to why the midfielder isn’t sitting down for contract talks (h/t Mirror).

The report claims that Eriksen has been offered £200,000-a-week by Spurs, and that would make him one of the highest earners under Mauricio Pochettino.

However, the Dane wants a move to either Barcelona, Juventus or Real Madrid (h/t Mirror).

The European transfer window is open until 2nd September, and Tottenham can sell players to foreign clubs.

Eriksen is playing a dangerous game

The report adds that Eriksen’s representatives aren’t willing to discuss a new contract with Spurs. However, none of the clubs has made any inclination to sign the Tottenham star.

This leaves Eriksen’s future in limbo and he could remain at Tottenham beyond the window should a club fail to register a quality bid.

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen celebrates against Everton

Dealing with Daniel Levy will be another problem for any club wanting to sign Eriksen, but Spurs have to play the game right.

Losing Eriksen for free would be a major error in our transfer business as we could get a decent sum from his sale this summer.

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However, keeping him until the end of this season could see him join a Premier League rival, which would be a huge blow for us.

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