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So Newcastle are demanding too much for Wijnaldum and we have turned our attention to a young french man named Georges-Kevin N'Koudou. I didn't know much about him but one french paper is claiming the deal is done already and will be announced in a few days. I have a feeling our scouts may have picked up on the lad during scouting missions for Batsuyashi. I've just spent the last couple of hours scouting him out myself. I'm not really convinced to be honest but I have lots of trust in Mitchell and his scouting network. I will however share my impressions of the lad.

He is a right footed winger who plays on the left. So fits the Poch style of inverted forwards. Apparently he can play on the right as well but I didn't see him play there at all. I'm not convinced his weaker left foot would work on the right side in Poch's inverted system.

He has bags of pace and can maintain that speed with the ball in control. That however is the only strong point I see in him. He has quite a few tricks in his bag but is one of those players where after all the tricks is often a poor final ball. A quick pass would have been better than his dwelling on the ball most of the time. At 21 years old his decision making and final ball should still improve a lot and would most likely do so under Poch. Remember Ronaldo used to be very much like that when he first started at Man U, Fergie coached into a world class player.

He has a low center of gravity so is surprisingly hard to push off the ball for a man of his stature. I do however think the EPL is much much more physical than the french league so I still think he isn't strong enough. He does however have that hint of magic in him. That rare quality where he can provide that burst of speed to unlock a game. Very much a quality a manager would like to have coming off the bench against a stubborn defense.

Overall he reminds me of Clinton is more than a few ways. I would like to point out that I don't really rate Clinton. I'm willing to give him more of a chance next season but I don't think we need another project winger at Spurs for the moment. I think we need a player who can start in league games strait away. Secondly we don't need another left sided attacker. We need someone who can compete with Lamela on the right and also play behind the striker. Neither of which are strengths of N'Koudou!!

I have a lot of faith in Poch and his recruiting team. It's for that reason that I don't think this paper talk has any merit whatsoever. Nothing about this player looks beneficial to Spurs and our recruiting has been spot on so far. Wijnaldum, Gotze, Boufal and Malli all make sense to balance the squad. This only makes sense if we have a big shake up of our personnel on the left. I give this paper talk of a "deal already done" being a 1/10 chance of happening IMO.
We are basically signing a new Njie then?

Stambouli, Njie and now N'koudou. I am not sure what to make of the out of the blue deals for unknown french ligue players.
It has occurred to me that N'koudou might be signed to play as an orthodox right winger in a 442. This would allow Janssen and Kane to play together more naturally. It does Give a Poch a potential option he doesn't possess atm. This would make more sense than him fitting him into our current formation. This would in effect give Poch a genuine plan B when chasing a game. I'm actually starting to come around to the idea only a few hours after I wrote that first post. I'll raise my chance of him signing to a 6/10.
Whilst I was reading your original post Hatmundo, I was disappointed to see you thought there to be 1/10 chance, but your second opinion is much more agreeable.
http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11675/10504467/tottenham-interested-in-marseille-winger-georges-kevin-nkoudou?

If true, it must surely mean we are getting rid of Chadli. We invested quite heavily in Son, and it wouldn't make any financial sense to sell him already. Clinton N'jie will be officially classed as our 3rd striker, someone with a bit of pace and offers a different option than Janssen and Kane who are similiar players.
The kid did that in his first season at Marseille, which is pretty decent considering the struggles they've been having. I think he will make a good option in games where we need to have some pace off the ball (and on it), and just stretch out tired defenders while playing for that all elusive goal. He does have a tendency to drag out defenders from what I've seen (I admit I know little of him). That might free up more space for the likes of Alli and Kane to make those runs, or for Eriksen and Lamela to feed those through balls onto.

Chadli is the person I think will make way. He's stalled in progress, and his defensive contributions are rather pathetic. We're also at the risk of being really harsh on N'Jie. He was brought in as a backup option... someone to give our wingers a bit of a breather. We failed to sign a striker and had him play up front and train as a striker, and then he got injured for a major period. Give the kid a break. Lamela had a similar issue in his first season, and he was integral to our playing style for the last year and a half.

We're all assuming that 4-2-3-1 is the only way Poch will play. We got countered out by teams sitting in deep and hitting us on the counter. I wouldn't be shocked to see games where we switch to a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3 three midfield formation with Alli taken out and Eriksen dropping into a midfield three on the left, with two proper wingers.

As far as I'm concerned, Poch and Mitchell have earned our trust. The players also have earned a little bit of backing from us, after what they almost pulled off last year. We didn't need "first team ready" players last year when we almost won the title... we needed some backups that are willing to work hard and show the manager they have what it takes, while pushing the starters to improve. Even if we bought a 30 million winger, who'd we drop from the starting XI? No 30 mil winger will be happy to come in onto the bench, and I would be pissed if we changed our first XI. We also need to be realistic of our wage budget... I think that's the main reason michy went to Chelsea, as we did not want a 80-100K backup, earning more than the likes of Hugo or Kane, our top earners. That'd f**k the team morale right up.

In an era where Pelle can go to china and become the 6th highest wage earner in the world of football, we need to be realistic and careful about who we sign. So far, we've done really well with Janssen and Wanyama. Keep the faith :)
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Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters both played 90 min in England's U-19 Euro 2-1 win vs Netherlands. They have won their Group B (ahead of Netherlands, France & Croatia) and are now through to the semi-finals.
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Also highlights are up on Spurs site for our closed door friendly 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest. Son, Carroll and Pritchard scored with Wanyama and Bentaleb also playing.
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GK : Lloris, Vorm
LB: Rose, Davies
RB : Walker, Trippier
CB : Alder, Vert, Wimmer, Fazio*
CDM : Dier, Wanyama
CM : Dembele, Mason, Carroll
CAM : Eriksen, Alli, Pritchard
LW: Son, Njie, Chadli
RW : Lamela
ST : Kane, Janssen

We have a very well rounded squad at the moment. Fazio, Pritchard and Mason are linked away at the moment, and I don't really see us buying any players unless we sell one first from here on out. The only real players I want to see sold are Fazio and Chadli (had enough). Son can play RM too, even if we keep Chadli, and N'jie will be like a new signing all over again. A lot of people already forgot about him from a lot of the articles I read on the internet, and that's a pity. He's a good player with a lot of potential. Not the finished article, like 75% of our squad! Especially Janssen, I really like the kid, but he is very young and inexperienced. He'll keep working hard, but it won't be a shock to see him get a poor start like Kane did at the start of last year... but keep doing the basics right, and keep working hard... the goals will come.

We got our business done in nice and early. We have key players tied down to new contracts, and no one is talking about wanting to leave. New stadium coming up. Horrendous kits apart (shudder), we are looking like we are improving our squad rather than try and make wholesale changes. I really like both the signings, fit the play style of Poch and are both well grounded people who have very little in terms of ego. The squad morale will keep up... good time to be a Spurs fan!
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You can possibly add Yedlin (who has improved hugely over the past year) and Walker-Peters to that squad. And possibly even Carter-Vickers. What about Bentaleb, is he history?
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I completely forgot about Bentaleb, truth be told. I know I'm in the minority, but I don't really rate Bentaleb.. or rather, I don't think he's a good fit for our kind of gameplay. I expect he'll be sold, but if he isn't, then he'll be in and around the hectic U21 schedule that we have for the youth squad. Did you see the gaming schedule for the kids? Looks like they'll have about 40 games this season! A lot of our fringe players will keep playing there imo. Walker-Peters, Carter-vickers, Harry Winks, Marcus Edwards, Harrison... none of them will go on loan this year.

Yedlin is decent, but he still is defensively very frail. It is a toss up between Trippier and yedlin about who'll play as the backup RB.. but with Yedlin already doing well on loan and Trippier having adapted to poch's training in the first year... I expect Yedlin will head back out on loan.
You're not in the minority Magneto, I know a fair share of fans who agree with me when I say I don't think he's a fit either. Not because he lacks technical ability; but because of his attitude. I haven't forgotten the time he publicly said he was flattered by the interest shown in him by CL clubs, that was a real slap in the face to everyone, especially as he was trying to negotiate a new contract around that time I'm sure. No player is above the team, and it's ironic how we've finally reached CL without his influence at all. In fact he's fallen down the pecking order with the emergence of Dele Alli and Eric Dier. Plus in the games he has played this season, he always makes at least one mistake. The biggest one of all was in our first game of the season against Man U, Bentaleb gave the ball away cheaply and Rooney took the chance and scored off Walker for an OG.

I expect Yedlin to be sold, if Sunderland would reach our valuation of him. If we are to keep improving, in my opinion there is just too much of a gap in quality for Yedlin to reach. I hope and wish that I'm wrong and he goes out on loan again instead and really improve on his positioning and footballing brain.
Also add Josh Onomah to those fringe players.
I have been totally impressed with how Yedlin has improved. I would like to see both him and Alex Pritchard given their chances. I would be surprised if Bentaleb wasnt moved on, and even though I really like Tom Carroll I can see the same with him. If Chadli is happy to sit as 3rd or 4th choice on the bench, they will keep him, otherwise he should be surplus to this squad.
I would say that Eriksen is actually first choice for the left with Ali first choice on at CAM. Son is back up for the left but who is the real back up for Ali? If Ali is injured its probably gonna make Eriksen first choice... but that doesn't work in our current champs league rotation due to his first team commitments on the left. In terms of a real CAM backup it's actually Mason. No disrespect to him but that's a massive drop in quality and it's not going to be good enough for the Premier League next season.

I'm actually of the belief that Mason or maybe Chadli will be sold once we have secured the required upgrade. I expect the new player will be expected to play on the right to high level as well as CAM. That gives Poch a significantly more balanced squad.

Pritchard and Njie are interesting cases tho. Quite frankly Pritchard had a disaster on his loan and players don't get first team football at their parent clubs after a bad loan spell. Simply put, last season Poch didn't judge him good as enough for Spurs, without the potential improvement a loan could give him. That failed so another loan or another first half of the season with the kids will be his immediate future. Only reason he wouldn't be sold is due to the home grown rule in the Champs League

Niie needs first team football and I'm genuinely hoping he gets a loan spell to a promoted team. Yes he is like a new signing but he was always a player for the future. Next year getting a Clinton with a season of EPL first team football under his belt will be so much better than having him play 15 mins in the league occasionally for us this season.

Clinton will get a preseason to prove himself and potentially save us the need for that right sided attacker. Just like Dier did for us last preseason at CDM. Honestly tho I have my doubts that a player coming back from such a big injury like Clinton's will be physically unable to preform at his best without a few competitive games under his belt first.
It's difficult with Pritchard. After his fantastic loan season at Brentford in 2014/15 he started last season with a long term injury. He was then sent out to WBA in February but because they were struggling, the coaching staff there explained at the time that they couldn't just throw him into the deep of it. WBA and Tony Pulis was just such a wrong destination for a footballer like him. I'm still hoping for a bright Pritchard future.
Eriksen is more of a roamer, who can play LAM, CAM, LCM depending on the formation. Heck, Dembele started the season at RAM and had some stellar games. So, I don't think the problem is position of the player, but a rough count of "how many players per position" check that I wanted to do.

I'd prefer sticking to N'jie, I like the guy and I know what he did for Lyon. He's got a good footballing brain, and just needs a bit of time to adapt after an injury filled season. But with the new signing coming in... who knows.

I did forget about onomah.. oops! I do feel stupid there :P
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Janssen confirmed.
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I'm so happy to read this!!! I think he's going to be a great addition to the team! #In Poch we trust
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Its a very interesting signing but his style reminds me a bit of Soldado. But I won't hold that against him if he can transfer his goal scoring to the Premier League.
"He can lift the whole team and he’s really good for team spirit, because he is so enthusiastic. He’s so cool in front of goal. Last season, when he had a chance, almost every time it was a goal."

http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/vincent-janssen-media-view-from-mike-verweij-de-telegraaf-120716/
He is somewhere between Kane and Soldado. You won't see him smash something from 30 yards, that is for sure. I expect he'll link up really well with Eriksen, Lamela and Toby.
In the Netherlands some see him as a new Ruud Van Nistelrooy. I could definitely live with that!
Any thoughts on our newly revealed 2016/17 kits?
My initial reaction was only the away kit was attractive, but the home kit has grown on me. The best description of the third kit I've seen is it looks like a chicken nugget....
I quite like that away kit.
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I think the home kit will look better on the players than it does in the pictures. The black shoulders look real strange in a flat shot of just the kit, but I think they'll be nice and sharp when they're on a real person.

The away kit is lovely. Simple and clean. I'm not generally a fan of gold, but it's not bad here.

Best not to think about the third kit.
I've been loving our recruitment process so far. Most of you would know I've been saying we need 4 signings this window to have a balanced Champs League quality squad next season. We addressed our biggest issue strait away big signing Wanyama. I would have been happy with 20 mil for him but but we snapped him up at a bargain 11 mil.

Next we looked at our 2nd gaping squad hole and targeted a striker. We aimed big with players like Batsuyashi but his wage demands were stupid. So instead we turned our attention to Janssen and I for one couldn't be happier!! Simply put, the guy really wants to play for us and he has said so in the media. Despite knowing he is going to be a back up to Kane he still desperately wants to play for us. That kind of attitude shows he is the perfect player to have in our squad. It shows he is willing to work hard and make the most of his chances when they are given. In fact it is the perfect attitude for a striker to have when he only gets 15 mins at the end of a game to make a difference... or when playing against a lower league cup team that the rest of the squad might have taken for granted.

As a player he is very well rounded. Scores with his left, his right and his head. Not blessed with great pace or dribbling ability he gets most of his goals from close to the 6 yard box. His has great composure in front of goal and reminds me of the way Ruud Van Nistlerooy used to play. I firmly believe he will be a great understudy to Kane and in Kane has the perfect role model to aspire too.

He is only 22 and has all the mental attributes you could want in a striker. It's in the physical department that I can see some big improvements to be made. He actually quite tall but not as powerful as he could be with that frame. Think of Kane at 20 years old. It was the time Kane spent improving his strength and quickness under Poch that made all the difference with his game. I'm thinking Janssen will be put in the gym next off season and will come back a true goal machine. We may need to be patient for a year but I have big big hopes for this guy.

Not sure how much we will get the deal done for but I'm expecting somewhere around 18 mil. That is actually a great price for a proven striker who is so young. Again I would be happy up to around 20 mil and not think we over spent in the slightest.

We still have two more signings that I believe we need to make our squad complete. The next important signing we need to make is a flexible attacking mid who can play on the right as well as behind the striker. He will be competition to Lamela on the right but will also play behind the striker when Ali is rested or when Ali is playing further back in Dembeles role. This flexible player is effectively giving us a back up for Lamela, Ali and Dembele. Papers have us linked to Wijnaldum recently but as I've said before. There are literally half a dozen names I could put here that could fill the role.

Lastly we need a 4th choice center back. This is less important as the Wanyama signing allows Dier to drop into defense as 4th choice. I would argue that the recent injury of Vertonghen has made it necessary again. Sure Vert will only miss the start of the season but he has been quite injury prone the last 3 seasons now and I don't want to go into a champs league season without the adequate depth to cover a long term injury to Vert.

I'm loving that our recruitment drive has started early this window and we seem to be sorting the hardest deals first. This means they get an all important preseason with us and hopefully we don't feel the standard last day of the window disappointment that Spurs fans are so very used to. COYS!!!!
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http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11675/10495777/vincent-janssen-ready-for-transfer-to-beautiful-tottenham-hotspur?

Loving the new and improved transfer windows that Spurs have had the last few seasons. Quick to scout and quick to acquire. Testament to the influence that Poch and his team is having on our club, long may it continue!
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Sounds very promising. Apparently he's a hard worker too, which would appeal to Pochettino.
Dammit, not again. Poor Jan. http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/36676354
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Wimmer time, immer time!
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I really like the look of that 18 year old Portuguese Renato Sanches. I could see Benfica having to fend off a few suitors coming after him after these Euros and onwards.
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Just googled him. Bayern München have already bought him!! Bright future!
Lol mate we were linked to him since January, all sorts of talk that we agreed a fee etc then there was no news for weeks then bam Bayern announced he signed. So frustrating. He is the best 18 year old cm I have ever seen. His physical attributes are incredible but also his composure, skill in 1v1 challenges and his vision really surprised me. But I figure he is too similar in build to Rooney who now will play cm and he also doesn't score a ton so maybe that's why we hesitated for that asking price. Bayern have a sick midfield and pissed they still went for him. I think they got wind after playing against him in CL QF. He bossed thiago and Alonso like a veteran.
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I certainly liked what I saw of him. Two years ago I spent a lot of time in Lisbon but he wasn't in the Benfica 1st team squad back then. It's all happened for him the past year at senior level. That he's become Bayern's 4th most expensive ever signing is telling.
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Only player i have ever seen who has the strength and dribbling combination to rival Dembele except Renato is also a top striker of the ball. The freaky thing is that he only 18 years old. I rate him as the next big thing in world football. Can't rate him high enough!!!
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http://www.espnfc.co.uk/story/2899598/southamptons-victor-wanyama-completes-medical-at-tottenham

Wanyama confirming for the second time that he's joined us. Well I'm very chuffed about this signing. For 11 mill, it's a steal. With Poch's coaching ability, I think he'll be seriously challenging Dier for a spot come December. It also now means that we don't really need another CB this window, especially with Carter-Vickers impressing so much.

For me now, I would like to see either Batshuayi or Janssen come in, and then someone who can seriously challenge Eriksen for that LW position. Any ideas guys?
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It's official. Signed for £11m on a five year deal.
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Not a bad price.
Brilliant signing for the price; CL experience, PL experience and proven, back-up/pairing to Dier/Dembele, and the best bit is he has only just turned 25.
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