“Get him!”: Roy Keane orders Man Utd to sign this Premier League superstar

Manchester United great Roy Keane believes signing Tottenham’s Harry Kane would be easy, calling on his former side to get the job done.

Not many fans would refuse signing the talented Englishman, particularly with their side’s struggles to net goals this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has improved United defensively but for some reason that has come at the cost of regressing offensively.

Adding Kane to the line-up would certainly beef up the current firepower and Keane is clearly a fan.

The complete forward has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the past but a transfer never materialised, perhaps due to how difficult a deal it would be to complete.

As much as a point as Keane has got, it’s almost as though he’s forgotten where Manchester United are in the table too.

Perhaps he’s only said that because he feels Solskjaer will turn things around and the team are appear to be at the beginning of an era in comparison to Tottenham looking to be at the end of one.

Either way, United will have to break the bank to sign him regardless of where the London club end up when the curtain closes on the season.

Opinion: Reported January target could secure the title for Celtic if he joins

Opinion: Reported January target could secure the title for Celtic if he joins – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama has been linked with a move to Celtic for a while now.

Wanyama is unwanted at Spurs and he is no longer a key first-team player for Mauricio Pochettino. The defensive midfielder was expected to depart in the summer but his move fell through.

It will be interesting to see if Celtic bring him back to the club this season.

A January move would be ideal for all parties. Wanyama needs to play regularly and Spurs would like to get his wages off their books.

Furthermore, Celtic could use a powerhouse like him at the heart of their midfield.

Wanyama is a top-class player on his day and he would be a star in the Scottish Premier League. He would make a huge difference for Celtic.

It would be the kind of signing that transforms a side. He will improve Lennon’s side defensively and will allow the attacking players to play with more freedom.

Also, he will take the burden off experienced players like Scott Brown.

Rangers are pushing hard for the title this year and someone like Wanyama could help Celtic pull clear of their challengers and retain their domestic crown.

It could be a season-defining signing for them.

Celtic should do everything in their power to bring him back to the club when the transfer window reopens in January.

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Guillem Balague explains how Tottenham’s new stadium has hindered Pochettino’s tactics

Guillem Balague explains how Tottenham's new stadium has hindered Pochettino's tactics – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham Hotspur are currently going through a very rough patch following a woeful start to 2019-20.

They have been dumped out of the League Cup, suffered a 7-2 loss at the hands of Bayern Munich at home and have won just three of their eight Premier League games.

Spurs headed into the international break with a 3-0 loss to Brighton Hove and Albion, and will look to turn things around when action resumes this weekend.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has cut a frustrated figure in the dugout and during some of his press conferences, and is without a doubt under a lot of pressure.

The Argentine has been widely backed to get Tottenham back on track, but Spanish football expert Guillem Balague reckons the club’s new stadium could have played its role in the side’s struggles.

“In his first years the system used most often was 3-4-3 or a 4-4-2 with offensive full-backs and mobile forwards, but it suddenly became clear to Pochettino and his team last season that their squad possessed an abundance of defensive players and so they began to play five at the back,” Balague told BBC.

“That stops that pressure high up the pitch as the number of players upfront is reduced. The players in the squad are also older and, frankly, many of them simply do not have the ‘legs’ they had three or four years ago. The youthfulness and vigour of the side when Pochettino first arrived, if not totally a thing of the past, has diminished.

“It is also worth noting that it is considered easier to play a high-pressure game on the smaller White Hart Lane surface they used to call home, compared to the longer and slightly wider pitches of Wembley and the new stadium.”

It will be interesting to see if Pochettino can come up with a different style of play as his current tactics are clearly not working.

Given Tottenham’s limited financial strength, a complete squad overhaul isn’t on the cards, but key departures are expected in the next two transfer windows.

Moreover, the club could do with new legs with some of their key players ageing, and how Pochettino sorts things out in the coming months will put his managerial and tactical prowesses to test.

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‘Fantastic’, ‘Consistent performer’: World class star raves about Tottenham ace

'Fantastic', 'Consistent performer': World class star raves about Tottenham ace – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has heaped praise on his international teammate Ben Davies.

The Welsh winger revealed that Davies is very consistent for the national team and Wales are lucky to have him in the side.

“Ben has been fantastic since he has come in, he has been a consistent performer,” said Bale. “He keeps improving every year and we are lucky to have him in the squad with us.” 

The Spurs defender will be delighted to hear these comments from his teammate and he will be looking to work harder and put in better performances.

Davies has been a back up to Rose this season and but he has impressed at the international stage. He will be hoping to impress Pochettino in training and while playing for Wales so that he can regain his starting berth.

Spurs have started the season poorly and Rose has looked out of form recently. It would be wise of Pochettino to make some changes and give Davies his chance in the upcoming games.

Although Rose is a much more accomplished full back, Davies can be a reliable defensive option at the back for the Londoners.

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Report confirms Tottenham’s January plan for former midfield target

Report confirms Tottenham's January plan for former midfield target – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham have been linked with a move for Bruno Fernandes.

The Portuguese attacking midfielder was heavily linked with a move to Spurs at the start of the season but the move did not materialise back then.

According to a report from A Bola (translated by Daily Mail), Spurs still retain their interest in the player and they will return for him in January.

Fernandes is one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe and he would certainly improve Pochettino’s side.

Spurs have started the season poorly and they are in need of a spark right now. A signing like Fernandes could totally galvanise the team.

However, after the significant summer outlay, Spurs might not be able to afford Fernandes without a sale.

Eriksen has been linked with a January exit and the midfielder will be a free agent in the summer. Therefore, a January move for him makes sense.

Fernandes would be an impressive alternative to Eriksen. Although, the Portuguese midfielder is more of a goalscorer and Eriksen is a creator.

It will be interesting to see if Spurs manage to get the deal over the line this time.

Fernandes scored 31 goals for Sporting last season.

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Redknapp feels Pochettino may need fresh start but expects him to stay at Spurs

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp feels Mauricio Pochettino may benefit from a move elsewhere, but he expects him to stay and turn around their poor start to the season.

“They didn’t do that” – Shearer slams Everton duo & Spurs star after Three Lions loss

"They didn’t do that" – Shearer slams Everton duo & Spurs star after Three Lions loss – originally posted on Sportslens.com

England suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Czech Republic on Friday in their Euros 2020 qualifying campaign clash, missing out on an early chance to secure a place in next summer’s competition.

The Three Lions can still qualify today if they beat Bulgaria and Kosovo do not beat Montenegro, but they have come under criticism for their latest performance – despite it being their first qualifying defeat since 2009.

Manager Gareth Southgate’s backline was all over the place, and England legend Alan Shearer believes the struggles of Everton, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this campaign have rubbed off on them.

Spurs suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of Brighton Hove and Albion heading into the international break – their third of the season – while Everton lost 1-0 to Burnley – their fifth defeat of the season.

“You could make a case for Friday’s team being a surprise, as four of the back five are going through a tough spell,” Shearer told The Sun.

“Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane with Everton, Harry Maguire with Manchester United and Danny Rose with Tottenham. You look at their form and their club results and they weren’t exactly bouncing going into the international break.

“Perhaps you would like to think they could go in fresh and look at it as an opportunity but clearly they didn’t do that. I fully expect changes at the back and maybe even in the formation.”

Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings is expected to replace Keane against Bulgaria, while Rose is also set to be dropped.

The Tottenham left-back has struggled so far this term, and many reckon his days at North London are numbered.

Spurs transfer-listed the 29-year-old during the summer transfer window, but an exit couldn’t work out and injuries to other left-backs have seen him feature for the side prominently since the campaign started.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is expected to slowly ease summer arrival Ryan Sessegnon into action after the international break, and Rose’s first-team minutes going forward are set to be limited.

Although Pickford’s and Keane’s starting XI berths aren’t under threat at Everton, the same can’t be said of their Three Lions’ berths.

Mings could pip the Toffees star to the shirt going forward if he keeps impressing for Villa, while three quality goalkeepers are breathing down the neck of the 25-year-old.

We are just eight games into the new Premier League season, though, and a lot of things will change between now and May.

But without a doubt, inclusion in the Euros 2020 squad and starting line-ups will be dependent on how every player fares for the whole of the campaign, and the Everton duo and Spurs star have to sit up.

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