Newcastle have been handed a massive boost ahead of Spurs clash

Newcastle have been handed a massive boost ahead of Spurs clash – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Newcastle United are yet to pick up a point in the new Premier League campaign, suffering back-to-back losses at the hands of Arsenal and Norwich City.

A visit to Tottenham Hotspur is next, and manager Steve Bruce’s job isn’t getting any easier.

The North Londoners will be looking to maintain their unbeaten run and prove they can challenge for the top-flight title when the Magpies come visiting.

Newcastle appear to have been handed a massive boost for the Spurs clash, though, as summer signing Allan Saint-Maximin could be available for the trip.

The French winger missed the game against Norwich after suffering a hamstring strain, and Bruce is reportedly very cautious over risking him for weekend’s game.

Saint-Maximin was working in the gym at Newcastle’s training base on Monday, and having him available for the game against Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be a massive boost.

The 22-year-old came off the bench against Arsenal and did show flashes of his quality during the cameo appearance.

The Magpies winger is a speed demon and trickster capable of causing Tottenham lots of problem at the back, and he could help Newcastle leave with a much-needed result.

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Has Arsenal striker inadvertently ruined Spurs season-long plans for £10m winger?

Has Arsenal striker inadvertently ruined Spurs season-long plans for £10m winger? – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Tottenham Hotspur signed Leeds United winger Jack Clarke on a four-year deal last month for £10 million, and immediately loaned him back to the Elland Road outfit for the season.

Signing the 18-year-old was a relief for Spurs who last signed a player in January 2018 – when Lucas Moura arrived from Paris St-Germain.

Clarke is expected to further his development and return to North London a better player capable of giving manager Mauricio Pochettino a selection headache.

However, another man from North London seems to be blocking Spurs’ season-long plans for the teenager from coming to fruition.

Leeds brought in Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah on loan on deadline day as manager Marcelo Bielsa was forced to prioritize signing another number 9 after Kemar Roofe left for Anderlecht.

The arrival of the Gunners man meant the Whites ended up with six loan signings – including Clarke.

The EFL rules allow only five loanees in a match-day squad, and the Tottenham man was the odd one out against Wigan Athletic last weekend.

Nketiah’s arrival means Leeds have to almost always name him in their matchday squad as they could need him to start or come on, while they also had to promise Arsenal he will be used regularly before a deal was sealed.

Tottenham have no such agreement in place with the Whites, and the fact that Clarke played all 90 minutes in
Leeds Under-23s’ win against Millwall on Monday hints that he could miss out on tonight’s matchday squad against Brentford.

He will definitely get his chance going forward, but at the moment, the Spurs winger is somewhat surplus to requirements, and that is mainly because Nketiah’s arrival complicated the EFL’s loan quota.

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Report confirms Tottenham’s interest in highly talented Arsenal target

Report confirms Tottenham's interest in highly talented Arsenal target – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Tottenham are interested in signing the Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.

According to Daily Mail, Manchester City and Arsenal are keen on the player as well.

The 16-year-old is already starting games for Rennes and he made quite the impression against PSG earlier in the season.

It is no surprise that the top teams are taking an interest in him already.

It will be interesting to see how Camavinga develops over the course of this season. The transfer window for the Premier League clubs has closed and therefore the likes of Spurs won’t be able to sign him now.

They will have to wait until January at the very least to make their move for the technically gifted midfielder.

As per the report from Daily Mail, all three Premier League clubs had scouts watching the player in action on Sunday.

It will be interesting to see if any of his suitors make a move for him in January. Spurs certainly have the money to tempt Rennes into selling their prized asset.

The Londoners can provide him with the ideal platform to develop as well.

Pochettino is very good at developing young players and he could take Camavinga to a whole new level.

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Report shares what Spurs midfielder has told his agent to do before September 2

Report shares what Spurs midfielder has told his agent to do before September 2 – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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According to Football Insider, Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama has told his agent to find him a new club before the end of the European transfer window.

The summer transfer window closed in England two weeks ago, and despite being linked with a move to Bournemouth and West Ham United, the Kenyan international has remained with Spurs.

AS Monaco were also linked with an interest, and after failing to make manager Mauricio Pochettino’s last two matchday squads, the writing is on the wall.

The arrival of Tanguy Ndombele means Wanyama has further fallen down the pecking order, and is now firmly behind Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier in Pochettino’s thoughts for the central midfield positions.

The 28-year-old is already out of favour at Tottenham, featuring in just 22 matches across all competitions last season.

Injuries have disrupted Wanyama’s progress and form in the last two seasons since his arrival from Southampton in the summer of 2016.

The Kenyan featured in 36 league games in his maiden campaign in North London, but is now almost completely out of the first-team picture.

Spurs are ready to flog Wanyama, and he is more than eager to leave before September 2 – when the European window shuts.

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Pochettino shares the two reasons why Spurs can’t be compared to City

Pochettino shares the two reasons why Spurs can't be compared to City – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Tottenham Hotspur left Etihad Stadium with a point on Saturday following a 2-2 draw with Manchester City.

It was a hard-fought point as Spurs were the second-best team all game.

City attempted 30 shots, with 10 of them on target, while Tottenham only managed three attempts, scoring from both of their shots on target.

Had VAR and the new handball rule not intervened, striking out Gabriel Jesus’ later goal after Aymeric Laporte handed the ball during the build-up, Pep Guardiola’s side would have deservedly run out winners.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that getting a point from the game made him happy, and he inadvertently agreed that Man. City are currently a better side than his as there is no basis for comparison between them.

“I’m happy because of the point. Like I told you after the game against Aston Villa, we need to improve a lot. I think the team or the squad is unsettled,” the Argentine told football.london after the game.

“We need to wait until the transfer window in Europe is closed to see which players we’re going to have. Of course, that is never easy and we faced the Premier League winners of the last two seasons today.”

“They are a very consistent team, improving every season and signing players that came from different teams who are winning, like (Joao) Cancelo from Juventus. We’re in a different process, that is why you cannot compare both teams.”

City’s consistency and squad depth set them apart from the other teams in the English top-flight, and it’s telling that Jose Mourinho believes their team B is capable of challenging Liverpool and Spurs for the title.

The North London outfit made three major additions to their squad during the summer transfer window – the same number of signings the Etihad Stadium outfit made – but there remains uncertainties over the futures of the likes of Christian Eriksen and Serge Aurier with the European window still opened till September 2.

The quality of signings City made is also superior to Tottenham’s, and the gulf in quality between both sides was evident on Saturday.

Spurs have to do better if they are to challenge the Citizens this season, and it will be interesting to see how they fare going forward.

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