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

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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.

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Tottenham could move for 23-year-old Serie A star in the winter window

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Tottenham could move for AS Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini in January

Tottenham are interested in signing AS Roma talent Lorenzo Pellegrini, according to Calciomercato (h/t Sky Sports).

The Italian has become a regular for the national team and can play in several attacking positions.

Pellegrini has also been tried as a defensive midfielder this season and has one goal and five assists to his name.

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Lorenzo Pellegrini is a regular for the Italy national team (Image credit: Getty)

The 23-year-old can play as the attacking midfielder or out wide too and could make a move for him in the January window (h/t Sky Sports).

Christian Eriksen is out of a contract at the end of the season, and a move for Pellegrini depends on Spurs selling the Dane during the winter window (h/t Sky Sports).

Eriksen has struggled for consistency this season and has racked up just two goals to his name in the campaign.

The Dane was also left on the bench in our 1-1 draw against Sheffield United. Eriksen didn’t even start in the win over Red Star Belgrade in midweek.

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Christian Eriksen after his miss against Colchester in the Carabao Cup (Image credit: Getty)

Tottenham need to plan well for the future

Losing Eriksen on a free at the end of the season would be a blow, however, we need to plan for any possibility regarding the Dane.

We need to find a suitable replacement for Eriksen if he is sold in the winter window.

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Spurs also have two centre-backs out of contracts at the end of this campaign. Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are free agents in the summer, and we need to plan for their possible departures too.

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Tottenham one of four clubs interested in Ligue 1 striker available for £10m

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Tottenham face competition from Premier League rivals for Habib Diallo

Tottenham are one of four Premier League clubs interested in Metz forward Habib Diallo, according to The Sun (h/t Sky Sports).

The 24-year-old has scored eight goals in just 13 games for the Ligue 1 side. The forward has even represented Senegal during a recent international and is doing better than the previous campaign.

Diallo only scored one Ligue 1 goal during his last two seasons with Metz.

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Habib Diallo didn’t score a goal in Ligue 1 for Metz last season (Image credit: Getty)

Newcastle are also keen on the striker while Tottenham and Chelsea have sent scouts to watch the 24-year-old (h/t Sky Sports).

The report adds that Leicester are also in the battle to sign Diallo, and a fee of £10m would be enough for Metz to sell their star.

It will be interesting to see how Diallo does for the remainder of the season, and a move cannot be ruled out if he continues scoring goals for fun.

Tottenham lack Kane cover

Spurs allowed Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen to leave in the summer without signing a replacement.

Harry Kane is our only recognised senior striker and we need someone to be back-up. Spurs could also do with a Plan B off the bench, but we have Troy Parrott on the books.

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Habib Diallo has scored eight goals from 13 games for Metz this season (Image credit: Getty)

The youngster hasn’t been involved in several games this season but could get more minutes as the season progresses.

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Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura can play up top but our attack is severely limited when Kane isn’t starting.

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“It was more fatigue” – Tottenham star expects to be back soon after injury against Sheffield United

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Tanguy Ndombele believes he will be fit for France by Sunday

Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele was substituted at half-time during in the 1-1 draw against Sheffield United.

Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that the Frenchman was struggling with an issue, and has to be subbed out.

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Tanguy Ndombele celebrates after scoring for Tottenham (Image credit: Getty)

However, Ndombele joined his international teammates ahead of the two-week break. The midfielder was quoted by L’Equipe suggesting that the problem wasn’t serious and he should be back soon (h/t Football.london):

“I had tests that said there was nothing serious, it was more fatigue.

“What is certain is that I am fit for Sunday. Thursday may be a little early, I don’t think I’ll be 100%.”

France manager Didier Deschamps also claimed the problem would be “resolved within 48 hours” and didn’t need to call-up someone else.

Ndombele doing well in debut season

Tottenham’s campaign has been far from great as we dropped points again. We have gone five Premier League matches without a win and sit 11 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City after just 12 games.

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Tanguy Ndombele (R) competes for the ball against Paul Pogba during pre-season (Image credit: Getty)

Ndombele has looked in good touch since joining in the summer from Lyon. The 22-year-old has two goals and three assists so far in the campaign too.

We need him to stay fit for long as there are some big games coming up. Spurs travel to West Ham after the international break and then face Olympiakos, Bournemouth and Manchester United in the next two weeks.

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Tottenham need to find their consistency soon or we could miss out on the Champions League.

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“I don’t feel there is a connection” – Tottenham star doesn’t believe lack of playing time is due to contract issues

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Christian Eriksen doesn’t believe contract issues have led to Tottenham snub

Christian Eriksen doesn’t think that his contract situation at Tottenham is the reason for not featuring recently.

The Dane is a free agent at the end of the campaign and has only scored two goals in the season.

Eriksen came off the bench in our win over Red Star Belgrade but didn’t get any minutes in the 1-1 draw against Sheffield United.

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen is a free agent in the summer (Image credit: Getty)

The 27-year-old is interested in a move to Real Madrid (h/t Daily Mail) but failed to leave in the summer.

However, Eriksen was quoted by BT saying that his lack of recent playing time isn’t due to his contract (h/t Daily Mail):

“I feel 100 per cent that Tottenham has complete confidence in me. There is not that big a difference, except that I play a little less this year.

“I don’t feel there is a connection between my contract situation and the fact that I haven’t played as many matches.”

Eriksen vows to cut out mistakes

The Dane spoke about some of his mistakes on the pitch and claimed he wasn’t taking the “right decisions” on the pitch.

Eriksen added that he wanted to cut out these errors and improve his sharpness on the pitch too.

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Christian Eriksen after his miss against Colchester in the Carabao Cup (Image credit: Getty)

The 27-year-old is away with the national team for a crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against Gibraltar.

A win will take the Danes to Euro 2020, and it will be interesting to see how Eriksen does against them.

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We need the Dane to be at his best for the rest of the season too. Tottenham’s performances have been below par for most of the campaign, and hopefully, Eriksen regains his form soon.

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