COME ON YOU SPURS!
Mauricio Pochettino expects Tottenham supporters to welcome Emmanuel Adebayor back to White Hart Lane on Saturday despite his criticism of the atmosphere following his most recent match. The Togo striker has returned from compassionate leave but is not yet fully fit, so is unlikely to start for Pochettino against Burnley in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League […]
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The Spanish striker joined the club in a €33.2 million deal from La Liga side Valencia in 2013 but has struggled to hit the back of the net consistently in north London
The striker has not featured for Spurs since November 9 but Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that the Togo international could feature against Burnley
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Gunners are targeting some a number of stars to get them back in contention for a top four finish.
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Arsene Wenger looks to be gearing up for a sizeable splash in the January transfer window to help ease Arsenal’s top four ambitions.
According to the latest reports the Gunners are in the mix for a host of stars and we take a look at some of the major names linked with a move to the Emirates below.
Krystian Bielik (Legia Warsaw)
Arsenal are supposedly on the brink of a deal for the Polish youngster who was said to be in London this past week to finalise a move to North London.
Bielik has made just six appearances for Legia Warsaw, but has already been dubbed the ‘next Patrick Vieira’.
Winston Reid (West Ham United)
The New Zealander doesn’t really fit the bill for a typical Arsenal signing but perhaps that’s the reason Arsene Wenger is reportedly targeting him, in a bid to give the Gunners some added steel in their weak defence.
However, Wenger may have to pay a hefty chunk of his January budget for Reid with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce warning he’d want at least £20 million for the Kiwi.
The Barcelona winger could be reunited with former teammate Alexis Sanchez as soon as January with the Spain forward apparently having fallen out with new boss Luis Enrique.
The Metro believes the deal would cost up to £26 million but you’d think such a significant outlay could be better spent elsewhere in the Arsenal team. The defence maybe?
Sami Khedira (Real Madrid)
Now into the last year of his contract at the Bernabeu, the German World Cup was linked heavily with a move to the Emirates in the summer that never materialised.
With just six months left on the deal, January presents the last opportunity for Real to get a decent figure.
Arsenal are reported to once again be interested in returning for the midfielder in January as Real Madrid look for a long term replacement. Madrid, it turns out, are actually squared on another Arsenal target…
Lucas Silva (Cruzeiro)
Arsenal have had a recent boost in their quest for Silva with Marca reporting their major competition, Real Madrid, are reconsidering their attempts to sign the defensive midfielder.
The Gunners are said to be the only side that are willing to pay the full amount Silva’s Brazilian club want for his signature and look, at the moment at least, in pole position for his signature.
So he’ll probably end up at Real Madrid.
Fixture Changes & Semi Final DetailsVitalfootball: Spurs: 19/12/2014 18:26:00The next round of TV picks were made today and the Capital One Cup Semi Final details for the game against Sheffield United have also been released.
This is not the most glamorous fixture on Tottenham’s calendar but in the context of their season, its importance cannot be over-stated. The club fired a positive vibe at White Hart Lane with the midweek cup win over Newcastle, as they had done in the league victory against Everton but, on too many occasions, they have stumbled at home against teams that are below them in the table. Burnley have found form but Tottenham know that a win is essential. David Hytner
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Some of the best Fantasy Premier League picks for Gameweek 17…
With Friday afternoon dragging on, it’s inevitable that your fantasy picks for Gameweek 17 will have crossed your mind.
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Chelsea’s game at the Brittania is not an easy one, but after breaking his dry spell against Hull last week, back the Brazilian to get at least one more on Monday night.
Baines is a consistent, if expensive fantasy choice. With penalties, free-kicks and corners in his armoury, he’s always a good bet to pick up points.
Eriksen is on a hot streak at the moment, and his expert finishing from the edge of the box always gives him a chance at points; as does playing behind the in-form Harry Kane.
They’ll at least get appearance points.
Austin is deadly at home and has just come back from a suspension enforced rest. The Englishman will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing West Brom.
The Senegal striker has scored in all but one of his games at Upton Park this season, and you can count on him getting another this weekend against the flimsy Leicester defence.
Leicester’s attack isn’t much better – Reid has a great shot at a clean sheet and doesn’t cost much either.
Only 4.5m and with a home fixture against goal-shy Sunderland in prospect. Always a threat from set-pieces too…
Don’t blame me if they get nothing…
Manchester City have a fantastic run of fixtures coming up, and Dzeko is bound to pick up some points. The only question is over his fitness. With Aguero out the Bosnian has a big chance, and you should take one yourself by bringing him into your side.
Everyone else in your league has taken him out for trendy options like Charlie Austin and Harry Kane, but the Italian striker just won’t stop scoring, no matter how bad Southampton’s form is.
Swansea’s away form is dreadful, but it’s hard to argue with Bony’s 8 in 10, and Hull will struggle to cope with his physical presence.
Super Frankie Lampard
Manchester City have great fixtures, and the league’s greatest goalscoring midfielder in fine form in the middle of the park. Even better – he takes a mean set piece.
Morgan Schneiderlin could join Arsenal in January, with Tottenham afraid they have already missed out on their top target…
Arsene Wenger is keep to bring Tottenham Hotspur target Morgan Schneiderlin to the Emirates Stadium in January, and Mauricio Pochettino is afraid of losing out to his French counterpart, reports the Telegraph.
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Both Arsenal and Spurs have long been linked with a move for the French international, and it looked like he would be on his way out of Southampton this past summer. Ronald Koeman opted not to sell however, and Schneiderlin was forced to stay put.
He is reportedly still looking for a move away however, with the North London rivals set to go head to head for his signature once again.
Former Saints boss Pochettino is hopeful that he will be reunited with the midfield star, but fears being gazumped by Wenger.
The South coast club have insisted that the 25-year-old is not for sale in January, but a large enough bid may force their hand.
There are fears at White Hart Lane that they will be unable to compete with the Gunners, who have an excellent relationship with Southampton.
Arsenal have long been lacking a defensive midfielder, and Schneiderlin could prove the perfect player to fill that void.
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Newcastle United will be hoping for home comforts when Sunderland make the trip to St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Magpies have lost ground on the Premier League’s top four after suffering back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Tottenham respectively.
The two losses followed a morale-boosting 2-1 victory over league leaders Chelsea, a result which ended the Blues’ 23-match unbeaten run.
The Black Cats, meanwhile, have managed to steady the ship following a 4-1 defeat at home to Manchester City at the start of December, with a goalless draw at Liverpool followed by a 1-1 draw with West Ham at the Stadium of Light.
On the team news front, the Toon have been boosted by the revelation that third-choice goalkeeper Jak Alnwick will be fit to face the Wearsiders, despite suffering a shoulder injury against Spurs.
Added to that, several first-team regulars are poised to return to the starting line-up.
Full-back Daryl Janmaat returns after serving a suspension, while Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Steven Taylor and Cheick Tiote are expected to pass late fitness tests.
Sunderland first-team coach Gus Poyet could be tempted to reshuffle his pack as he looks to steer his side to victory in the Tyne-Wear derby.
Midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini and defender Billy Jones are likely to be involved at same point, after both returning to first-team training this week.
Striker Steven Fletcher could be handed a starting place at the expense of the misfiring Jozy Altidore.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has Emmanuel Adebayor available for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Burnley as Spurs look to carry the momentum of the midweek thrashing of Newcastle
A buoyant Mauricio Pochettino confirmed today that his full squad is fit and available for selection against Burnley tomorrow. Potation also confirmed that Emmanuel Adebayor will be available for selection, but is still shy of being 100%. He said: “I am happy with him and how he’s training. Maybe he’s not 100 per cent yet, but […]
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Mauricio Pochettino may now be forced to look elsewhere…
Tottenham Hotspur target Jay Rodriguez has suffered a setback in his recovery from injury, potentially scuppering Spurs’ plans to sign the attacker in January.
Rodriguez excelled under new Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton last season, but ruptured his cruciate ligament in April in a game against Manchester City.
“He had to make a step back in his recovery,” the BBC quote new Southampton manager Ronald Koeman as saying.
“That was a pity as when we spoke about the squad in the pre-season I said Jay will be like a fantastic signing for December or January, and he isn’t.
“I think now, in this situation, he will not be available before the end of January.”
Rodriguez joins Dusan Tadic, Jack Cork and youngster Jake Hesketh on the Saints’ injury list, with the club heading to Everton on Saturday.
Koeman’s men, after a fantastic start to the season, have lost their last five games. Tottenham have been heavily linked with a move for the forward over the last few months, as their own season started poorly.
But with the January window likely to close before Rodriguez is fit again, one of the moves that looked a dead certainty to happen in January now looks like it will have to wait until the summer.
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The Togo striker has returned from compassionate leave but is not yet fully fit, so is unlikely to start for Pochettino, who has a fully fit squad in buoyant mood after the 4-0 defeat of the Magpies.
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Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola sees Borussia Dortmund’s struggles this season as a warning for his high-flying team.
“When I see Dortmund, I always think: Okay, Pep, this can happen to us. This is a lesson for me. Bayern can also lose,” Guardiola said.
“To prevent this situation, we must always try to improve.”
Bayern and Dortmund contested the Champion’s League final in 2012-13, when Dortmund were in fine form and regularly challenging the Bavarians for the Bundesliga title.
But BVB have endured a terrible start to the season and are more worried about relegation than fighting Bayern for the title.
They have a chance to improve on their third-from-last position in the league when they take on rock-bottom Werder Bremen on Saturday.