Player News - Tottenham Hotspur

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Serge Aurier scored his first goal for Tottenham and a Heung-min Son goal late on sealed the points as Tottenham defeated Brighton and Hove Albion, 2-0.

As has been customary on short turnarounds, Mauricio Pochettino rotated his fullbacks, giving starts to Aurier and Trippier, as well as giving Dele Alli a rest with Harry Winks coming in. Erik Lamela made his first start in over a year and had an effort fizz over the bar on the half hour mark. Ten minutes later, Aurier put Spurs ahead in interesting fashion. After collecting a pass from Winks, he sent in a cross from near the touchline and the ball looped its way over the Brighton keeper and crept into goal. Tottenham had the clear edge over Brighton in the final third from then on, with Heung-min Son the most involved in their chances. Another hard-working shift from the South Korean finally payed off with a few minutes to go, as he flicked the ball coming in from a Christian Eriksen free kick. With three points and draws from Liverpool and Arsenal, Spurs find themselves back in the top four on goal difference.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 13 - 5:04 PM

A Spurs side which had been sputtering in recent weeks took a healthy dose of medicine in the form of a lackluster Stoke City defense on their way to a 5-1 win.

While wrapping up a fantastic showing in the group stage of the Champions League, Spurs entered today's league contest in a bad run of form. Several attacking players who had been quiet in that stretch woke up today though, all of it coming in the second half. They actually went ahead in the opening frame, courtesy of an own goal that came from Son cross. Still without a goal of their own at the break, the pressure on the attack to wake up was finally lifted shortly into the second half. Son would find the net after being set up by Dele Alli, then just a minute later, Harry Kane would get on the board, with Ben Davies providing. Kane made it a brace twelve minutes later and the route was on. Christian Eriksen would wrap up the scoring for Spurs, with Son adding his second assist to go along with his goal, after entering the day without an assist on the season. It was another fine shift for Son who deserves an extended run in Pochettino's XI.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 9 - 12:17 PM

Danny Rose is an injury concern entering the weekend after the full back suffered a head injury in Tottenham's final group stage match during midweek.

Rose has not been getting much action since his return from a lengthy injury. In his case though, it does not appear to be a matter of match fitness. For one, Ben Davies has been a fine replacement in Rose's stead and two, rumors of a winter exit for Rose continue to simmer after the defender expressed his unhappiness just before the season began. He did well in his 70 minutes against APOEL to be fair, and Pochettino will likely want to feature him enough to make him a wanted name in the transfer market. It is going to take a move to a club that anoints him the top option at left back for his fantasy stock to have any value. For now, it remains virtually non-existent. Davies will most certainly be the option on Saturday against Stoke City.
Source: HITC
Dec 8 - 4:22 AM

Tottenham continue to sputter as they gave up an early goal and a red card issued to Davinson Sanchez stalled a possible comeback win as they settled for a 1-1 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road.

Spurs found themselves down early after conceding from a Watford set piece but they were able to equalize in the 25th minute when Christian Eriksen sent a pinpoint cross to Heung-min Son who had an easy tap-in. A half-volley by Ben Davies was the closest they came to taking the lead before the two sides stayed level at the break. It was seven minutes into the second half when Sanchez struck his arm to the face of Richarlison and was given an early exit. Tottenham traded blows the rest of the way with Watford, searching for a match-winner, but they may have been lucky to get the point as it appeared Eric Dier was guilty of handball in the box but the infraction went unpunished.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 2 - 12:06 PM

Erik Lamela returned from injury and provided an assist off the substitute's bench during Tottenham's 2-1 defeat by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Stunning strikes from Leicester's title-winning heroes Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez extended Tottenham's Premier League winless run to three matches on Tuesday night. While both of Leicester's goal were unstoppable strikes, Spurs were punished for a host of missed chances as they put just six of 18 shots on target. The silver lining from the defeat was the return of Lamela, who made his first appearance after a lengthy 13-month absence. Brought on in the 77th minute, the Argentine slipped Harry Kane through to fire home just minutes after his introduction. Though the goal was not enough to turn the tide, the availability of Lamela is a boost ahead of the busy festive period.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 28 - 6:53 PM

Harry Winks faces the prospect of a late fitness test due to illness.

Tottenham travel to Leicester on Tuesday with the 21-year-old flagged as a doubt, although regardless of his availability, Mousa Dembele is poised to start with Winks hoping to find a place amongst the substitutes. Pochettino also confirmed Erik Lamela "is in contention" after more than 13 months on the sidelines. "Always in a very busy schedule you need everyone fit to help and that is very good news for the team," he said. Meanwhile, Victor Wanyama is targeting a return before the end of the year, but the Lilywhites will have to wait until January before Toby Alderweireld is back in action. Danny Rose should get the nod over Ben Davies after being left out of Tottenham's previous two Premier League games. "He will be in the squad. He understands perfectly that we are caring for him. He played in Dortmund and now he has to build up getting better every week."
Nov 28 - 5:49 AM

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that winger Erik Lamela is close to a comeback from a hip injury.

The Argentine international is expected to make the team to face Leicester City on Tuesday night ahead of a busy next few weeks after more than a year out due to recurring problems from a hip injury. Said Pochettino in his prematch press conference: "Good news - Erik has stepped up and is contention for tomorrow...Of course, after more than one year, it's so important to start to feel again the emotion to play and compete. It's so important and of course I'm so happy because he is going to help the team a lot."
Nov 27 - 4:23 PM

Tottenham were caught napping early and could only recover enough to grab a point as they drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion.

Perhaps a bit hungover from their Champions League match midweek, Spurs were undone by an early West Brom goal. Dele Alli misplayed the ball in midfield and the Baggies quickly pounced and converted to go up 0-1 inside of four minutes. Spurs then found it hard to break through a deep lying defense, unable to find much space to create. Heung-min Son was a bright spot in the first half and for much of the second, using a quick cutting angled run to open up space but the breakthrough would not come until the 74th minute. Alli delivered a low cross from the right that Harry Kane met close to the near post and scored with a nifty first touch. Opportunities to find a winner in the final minutes were there but it was not to be. Tottenham have netted just three times in the last four games.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 25 - 12:26 PM

Tottenham continued their fine play in the group stage of the Champions League and helped put the loss in last weekend's North London derby behind them as a pair of Dele Alli assists led to a 1-2 win at Borussia Dortmund.

It was a come-from-behind win on the road at that for Tottenham, who can guarantee finishing first in its group with only a draw against Apoel Nicosia in a couple of weeks. Dortmund grabbed the opener with their talisman, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, just after the half hour mark. Mauricio Pochettino went with a different look to his formation, with Heung-min Son partnering Harry Kane up front while Alli and Christian Eriksen played a bit more central and deep alongside Harry Winks. Both strikers would find the net, with Kane leveling the match four minutes into the second half and Son scoring the winner. The two assists for Alli should encourage fantasy owners, who have seen only one goal and no assists from the young Englishman over the past six gameweeks.
Source: Telegraph
Nov 22 - 1:26 AM

Danny Rose was said to be fuming following his omission from the squad which travelled to the Emirates on Saturday.

Fresh from his involvement with England during the international break, many expected Rose to reclaim the left-back spot, despite the early season form of Ben Davies. However, the recently returned 27-year-old was nowhere to be seen, and it was later confirmed by Mauricio Pochettino, amid growing speculation of a bust-up, that he made a "technical decision" on leaving Rose out. "Remember, we played without Danny for ten months, so we need to build up his fitness and for this game we decided it would be better for him to train rather than be on the bench." But, despite his reasoning, there are many that believe Rose could be set to leave with Manchester United monitoring the situation closely. Mourinho is a long-term admirer and any deal could be sweetened by the inclusion of forgotten full-back Luke Shaw who would be keen to work under the Argentine again.
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 20 - 9:16 AM

Erik Lamela has made his long-awaited return from injury after more than a year on the sidelines.

The Argentine ended 13 months of misery when he was named in the starting XI for the U23s who lost a five-goal thriller to rivals Chelsea. "The Argentine, not seen in a Spurs shirt since [the] League Cup in October last year, took another step on his road to recovery following hip problems with a good shift…." the official post-match report read. His recuperation, which has been punctuated by setbacks, finally looks to be heading the right direction with Lamela pushing for a first-team return ahead of a busy fixture programme. While his prowess in the attacking third is well-publicised [ranked Top Three for key passes and successful dribbles], it’s Lamela’s tenacious work rate which often goes unnoticed. During 2015/16 only Mousa Dembele completed more tackles on average across 90 minutes and in his 9 matches last season – Tottenham were unbeaten conceding fewer goals [0.46] than they did across the remainder of the campaign [0.76].
Nov 20 - 5:12 AM

Harry Kane and Dele Alli were both questionable with injuries and their lack of full sharpness showed as Arsenal were the better side in Arsenal's 2-0 North London Derby win.

The narrative ahead of the match was the growing talent gap between Spurs and Arsenal as well as the "revolution" that Mauricio Pochettino has effected as his counterpart's revolution fades from memory. Arsenal's 2-0 win to kick off Week 12 in the Premier League doesn't necessarily change the narrative but puts it on hold. Spurs will take solace in the fact that their best attacking players - Kane and Alli - were both shy of their best. Expect both to rebound starting with Week 13.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 18 - 9:39 AM

Tottenham will have to do without Toby Alderweireld for the holiday period after he was ruled out until after Christmas.

Alderweireld is widely considered one of the Premier League's best defenders and has already missed the last two weeks after suffering a hamstring injury against Real Madrid in Champions League at the beginning of the month. On Thursday in his pre-match press conference, Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that the defender will miss out of the next month, with Eric Dier expected to fill in along the back-line: "We expect longer than previously, when the problem happened. Maybe after Christmas is the expectation."
Nov 16 - 9:56 AM

Mauricio Pochettino insists Harry Kane will be available for the north London derby despite his withdrawal from England duty because of injury.

The Tottenham striker, who has been hampered by a hamstring problem in recent weeks, sustained a knee injury during the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday. Further tests were carried out by the national team medical department and it was agreed that Kane would not be risked in the upcoming friendly internationals against Germany and Brazil. However, Pochettino was quick to allay mounting fears that the 24-year-old was set for more time on the sidelines: "Harry Kane is okay," Pochettino said speaking at the launch of his book ‘Brave New World’ on Wednesday. "You can see in the last [match] he received a kick to his knee, but he will be available for the next game." Harry Winks [ankle] and Dele Alli [hamstring] are also expected to return in time for the early kick-off against London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates on November 18.
Nov 8 - 4:05 PM

With both Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm unavailable, Tottenham turned to Paulo Gazzaniga as their goalkeeper against Crystal Palace and it was his effort that allowed Spurs to escape with a 1-0 win.

Likely knackered after an energetic display midweek against Real Madrid, Spurs looked quite flat and lacking creative spark for most of this match. Both Harry Kane and Harry Winks picked up knocks in the first half but managed to play through, with Winks making way for Mousa Dembele to start the second half. The story of the match was the fringe keeper Gazzaniga, making his first PL start in just under two years, and he made a few top shelf saves to preserve the clean sheet, most notably a fingertip save late in the first half and a stop of a point blank header on the hour mark. It may well be the only time we see Gazzaniga in league play this season, but it was a beauty.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 5 - 8:57 AM


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