Wimmer reveals friendship with Son Heung-Min

Stoke City defender Kevin Wimmer has spoken about his time at Tottenham Hotspur where he found himself a close friend in former teammate Son Heung-min. The 24-year-old emerged as one of the finest young defenders in the Bundesliga with Koln, and this earned him a big-money move to Spurs in the summer of 2015.

Initially identified as a competitor to Jan Vertonghen, the Austrian never good a regular look in the starting lineup, and was restricted to just 15 appearances in his first two seasons in the Premier League. With the arrival of Davinson Sanchez in the summer, Wimmer decided to pursue a fresh challenge and he secured a move to Stoke City before the transfer deadline. (more…)

SPURS STADIUM DELAY

English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur are facing a race against time to get their new stadium ready, according to reports. The stadium is expected to be ready for the start of the new season but the latest pictures of the site shows they could be behind schedule.

The latest photographs do not show that the over 61,000 capacity will be ready for August 2018. With Spurs currently playing at Wembley and not enjoying as much fortunes, if the new home is not ready before the expected date, the club would need to ask for dispensation for away games in the first few weeks of the new season while finishing touches are rounded off. Liverpool did something similar last term as the rebuilding plans of the main stand at Anfield were yet to be completed. Same with West Ham United this term as they had to delay home games as their London Stadium home was employed for the World Athletics Championships. (more…)

Mauricio Pochettino does not condemn Tottenham’s woes to Wembley Stadium

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that Spurs’ 1-1 draw against Burnley has had nothing to do with their recent struggles at the Wembley Stadium.


The north London giants have won just one game at the national ground over the past year, and this has already led to suggestions that they could struggle to attain a top-four spot.

Spurs looked to have clinched their first glory in their temporary stadium for the campaign but a late equaliser from Burnley’s Chris Wood dampened the mood in the stadium. Following the game, Pochettino clarified that the defeat had to do more with their defending rather than their recent history at the stadium.

He said: “If some people are thinking about that, they need to stop. We have the responsibility to do better. And the way we conceded the goal today, I can tell you, the problem wasn’t Wembley.”

Spurs are already five points adrift of Manchester United in the early stage of the campaign, and it could potentially turn out to be a tough season with Harry Kane having gone through another August without a goal. (more…)

WHO WILL WIN THE PREM 2017/18?

The new Premier League season is under way and is believed to be one of the most open ever, with no fewer than six teams expecting to havea realistic chance of winning the title in May 2018. We look at their chances…

Chelsea
The reigning champions have retained most of their squad with the exception of Diego Costa who is likely to leave the club before the end of the transfer window. They have brought in a few interesting players such as Morata and Bakayoko. It remains to be seen how much the departure of Diego Costa will be missed in the team as his goals were important last season.

Chelsea also appears to lack strength in depth and with their participation in the Champions League this season, and their squad will be far more stretched than it was last season. Although they have a good group of players, they will find it quite difficult to retain the title.

Manchester City
They will be probably Chelsea’s biggest threat in this Premier League season. Pep Guardiola enjoyed an average season last year, and he would want things to change this year.  He has brought in some big name signings, and this is expected to bring the club forward.

The Spanish manager has signed Ederson to replaced Bravo who was awful at times in the goalkeeping role. Manchester City’s defense was criticized a lot last season for shipping out too many goals, and Guardiola has brought in Walker and Mendy to help add more solidity at the back. These two players alone were signed for more than $100m.

When you know that City has one of the best attacks in the Premier League, you can easily imagine why they are the favorites to win the title this time around.

Manchester United
Jose Mourinho has continued his rebuilding this season, and it is fair to say that they also have their chances in the current Premier League title – in fact they are the bookies favourites. In Lukaku, Manchester United have one of the best strikers in the Premier League and this should guarantee goals up front. However, the most interesting signing that the Red Devils have done this season might be Matic.

The former Chelsea player is an experienced defensive midfielder, and he can be the one that wins the title for Manchester United this season. His presence at the heart of midfield allows the likes of Pogba to play higher on the pitch and cause havoc in the opposition half.

When you know that Jose Mourinho’s teams usually perform better in their second season, they should be taken seriously in the league.

Liverpool
Liverpool’s season will depend on whether they can keep Coutinho. The Brazilian is arguably their best player, and his presence will determine where Liverpool will finish at the end of the season. Klopp has not made any marquee signing except Salah, but it is the defence that might be the biggest trouble for them.

They have one of the best attacks in the Premier League, but they were guilty of conceding so many goals last season. Fans will be expecting the manager to sign some quality defenders or else it might be another frustrating season for them.

Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs will be playing their home game this season at Wembley, and it is too early in the season to know how much this will be an impact on their performance. On the transfer front, the London team has only signed a defender in Sanchez, and it is believed that more signings will be coming in the days to come.

They had a wonderful season last campaign and managed to finish above their bitter rivals Arsenal, and they will be hoping to do the same this season. However the teams around them have invested massively in new players, and unless they do the same before the end of the transfer window, they will have trouble replicating their performance of last season.

Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has promised the fans that they will be challenging for the title this season and at the the moment it is hard to imagine how he will achieve that. They have brought in two players this season namely Kolasinac and Lacazette, but fans are still waiting for more.

There is still the possibility that Alexis Sanchez leaves before the end of the transfer window and if this happens, this could the end of the Arsenal’s season before it actually starts. The Chilean is a very important player for the Gunners, and his presence will determine where Arsenal actually finishes in the league.

Mauricio Pochettino struggling to find squad players

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has denied suggestions that Chairman Daniel Levy is restricting the club’s spending in the summer transfer window.


The north London club have yet to make a signing in the transfer market, but Pochettino insists that it has nothing to do with the construction of the new stadium.

Spurs’ previous managers Harry Redknapp and Andre Villas-Boas had stressed that they were not backed enough in the transfer market, but things have changed since then with the north London club regarded as genuine challengers for the Premier League title. ESPN FC claims Mauricio Pochettino had the chance to recruit the likes of Ricardo Pereira and Juan Foyth this summer, but he decided against the deals as they were too expensive.

Speaking prior to Spurs’ friendly against Juventus on Saturday, Pochettino stressed that the lack of spending is not being influenced by Levy, he said: “That is a very wrong perception. In three years, my experience with Daniel is that he’s always been trying to find a player to improve us. (more…)

Daniel Levy admits new Spurs stadium has had no effect on transfer activity

Tottenham Hotspur have insisted that the construction of their new stadium has not affected their transfer spending for the summer.

The north London giants are currently developing their new stadium beside the old White Hart Lane, and the overall cost of the stadium could be around £750m.

Spurs have been the quietest club in the Premier League this summer with no signs of any incoming signings in the transfer window. However, they have made a good profit of £70m from the departures of Kyle Walker and Nabil Bentaleb to Manchester City and Schalke respectively.

 North London rivals Arsenal had to restrict their spending following the switch from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium back in 2006, and it took them at least seven years in order to come back to normal terms. But, Spurs have affirmed that the club have not reached a similar situation in their case, and there is still the willingness to spend on the player if required.

 Levy also added that manager Mauricio Pochettino is more focused on developing players from their youth academy, and it remains key to their chances of success without having to spend £20m or £30m on a player, he said: “Obviously when you’re building a stadium of this magnitude and it all has to be privately financed – there’s no state help whatsoever – it is a challenge,’ Levy said during a Nasdaq Q&A in New York. We have to find the right balance but I can honestly say it is not impacting us on transfer activity because we are not yet in a place where we have found a player that we want to buy who we cannot afford to buy.”

 Tottenham Hotspur showed signs of improvement last season as they ended second to London rivals Chelsea, and the emphasis will be on pushing for Premier League glory next season whilst making significant progress in the Champions League.

Tottenham announce deal with Hewlett Packard Enterprise for their new stadium

 Tottenham Hotspur have announced a partnership deal with Hewlett Packard Enterprise in order to turn their new stadium into one of the world’s best in terms of technology.


Spurs will spend the upcoming season at England’s national stadium Wembley after they decided to move on from White Hart Lane, where they maintained an unbeaten record during the previous campaign.

Spurs are currently building the stadium beside their old ground, and the construction is due to be completed before the start of the 2018/19 season. The north London club have already reached an agreement with three American banks to fund around £400m for their 61,500-seater stadium, while they will also arrange two American Football games annually as part of a 10-year bond with the NFL. (more…)

Spurs not Allowed to alter pitch size of Wembley Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur have been denied permission to reduce the dimensions of the national stadium pitch ahead of their temporary switch next season.


Spurs are currently construction their new stadium besides the White Hart Lane, and for this, they will have to adjust a full season at the Wembley.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side largely struggled to adapt to the Wembley atmosphere last term, and this resulted in a disastrous European campaign while they were also defeated by Chelsea at the semi-final stage of the FA Cup. The north London club got to know of their result following a meeting with the 20 Premier League chairmen, who declined the change.

The FA regulations are said to want a minimum dimension of 105 x 68, but Spurs were allowed to make use of their 100 x 67 White Hart Lane stadium as an exception – as the pitch could not be further extended. Spurs enjoyed an unbeaten run in the Premier League in their home patch, but their record was rather pale at Wembley where they won just one of their six outings. (more…)

STADIUM MOVE IS BIG WIN FOR FANS

Tottenham Hotspur fans can now travel to Wembley to see games with increased transportation options in place. Fans from East Herts, Harlow and Broxbourne can now get quick and cheap transport to the Wembley Stadium – the new temporary home of the team pending the completion of their new stadium.

A new coach service called Zeelo is offering to significantly cut the 90 mins travel time while costing fans just £5 for each trip to Wembley. One of the co founders of the service, Barney Williams, said that the fans would get a direct straight service instead of dealing with indirect trains and tubes across the city of London or having to drive to each game while paying for car parking in each game.

“We want to make travel to games as quick and painless as possible so fans have more time to enjoy the match and do not worry about parking and queues,” Williams said.

The idea revolves around using data manage coach routes, reducing commute time by 30 per cent while keeping the costs low. Extra service like air conditioner, comfortable leather seats and fast WiFi are in play. The service will be available from Hoddesdon, Broxbourne, Cheshunt, Bishops Stortford, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City, Stansted Mountfitchet and Harlow. Season passes for all games are available. There are options for few games per season and discounts for Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup matches.

The other co founder, Sam Ryan said the idea was conceptualized after disruptions on the way to Wembley Stadium. The team worked with fans to determine the best pick up points in places with the most reach to reduce time and money spent.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have also received a major boost that should help them remain competitive even as they continue work on their new stadium, with a new kit deal from Nike. Unlike when Arsenal were building their Emirates stadium and could not afford to pay the highest wages to staff and sign the biggest players, the £30 million annual deal with kit manufacturer is a big plus to Spurs’ hopes. It means that Spurs remain at just 2/1 on the NetBet live odds to retain a place in the Top Four next season, with the financial clout helping their cause.

The new ground is expected to cost around £800 million and it is to be completed before the start of the 2018/19 season. With the huge new deal, the top club can offset their liabilities with current earnings while hoping to leverage on the big Premier League TV money. Spurs chief Daniel Levy is widely credited for the deal that keeps the team competitive.

Whilst it means some bringing in some extra players to help with the Champions League campaign is a dstinct possibility, it also means they have the capability to retain their top talents like Harry Kane and Dele Alli when the other richer clubs come calling (though the fact that the players themselves believe in the club and the project being run by Pocchettino is a big plus).

Spurs agree on £400m deal to help finance new stadium

Tottenham Hotspur have made significant strides to paying up for their new stadium after having announced a £400m deal with three American.


Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and HSBC have provided the funding to the north London club in a five-year arrangement to support the construction of the 61,500 seater stadium. Spurs have already spent £340m “on the acquisition of land, the planning process (including a compulsory purchase order and legal challenges) and build costs to date” as per the club’s website but this is unlikely to have an impact on their players’ status, finance director Matthew Collecott has revealed.

He told Bloomberg news agency: “This is not going to touch the football, these are very separate budgets. We are delighted to have three of the most prestigious and globally recognised banks supporting us.” Spurs have recently extended the contract of several of their key players including Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris, and the club are looking forward to another competitive season in the Premier League, be it rather in the Wembley stadium, where they had an awful record last term. (more…)

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