Arsenal & Tottenham set to compete for Brazilian winger’s signature

Henrikh Mkhitaryan may be through the door and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may supposedly be readying himself for a January jump to Arsenal, however it’s understood – subject to a report published by the Express – that the Gunners and north-London nemesis’s Tottenham Hotspur are poised to compete for Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura’s signature. […]

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Romelu Lukaku is weighing in with some key contributions, Christian Benteke is not and Tottenham are showing how much weaker they are without Christian Eriksen Sergio Agüero has had a curiosity of a campaign. He has been injured, benched and below par at times. He has been outscored by Raheem Sterling for much of the season. Yet his hat-trick on Saturday meant he has scored 20 goals for a fifth successive campaign. Further milestones await: Agüero is nine away from becoming the first man to score 200 for City. He is 11 behind his career-best tally of 33 and, with successive cup ties against Championship opponents, Bristol City and Cardiff, he has the chance to make further inroads before Gabriel Jesus is fit again. Besides the numbers, the encouraging element for City is that, after an autumnal slump, Agüero looks to have regained his sharpness. He produced purposeful, elusive dribbling, Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino frustrated at Southampton despite Kane

For Southampton, nothing was more satisfying than the sight of Mauricio Pochettino hopping up and down on the touchline as Tottenham Hotspur’s final attack petered out. It is almost five years since they introduced Pochettino’s gifts to English football and their gradual decline has been dispiriting to watch. Yet this gutsy performance was a reminder of happier times, filling Southampton with hope in their fight against relegation, and they took pride from making their former manager let out his frustration so visibly at the end of this absorbing game. If there was a disappointment for Mauricio Pellegrino after weeks of mounting speculation over his future, it was that Harry Kane’s 99th Premier League goal denied his team a first league win in 11 matches, keeping them in 18th place with 14 matches left this season. They might have nicked it when Michael Obafemi, a 17-year-old striker, spurned a glorious opportunity Continue reading "Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino frustrated at Southampton despite Kane"

Tottenham’s Marcus Edwards to be loaned to Championship club

• Mauricio Pochettino accepts Edwards needs regular senior football
• Midfielder was in England squad that won Euro under-19 titleMauricio Pochettino will sanction a Championship loan for Marcus Edwards this month. A host of clubs have declared their interest in the 19-year-old Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder and the situation is expected to move quickly in the coming days. Edwards, who made his Tottenham debut as a substitute in the EFL Cup against Gillingham in September 2016, has been unable to force himself back into first-team contention this season. Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Arsenal have hit an all-time low under Arsène Wenger, Chelsea could go for Andy Carroll and Sam Allardyce needs a result Chelsea have endured three successive goalless draws for the first time and it is inconceivable the scouting department is not exploring forward options. Something has clearly put them off the pursuit of Alexis Sánchez, whom they courted in the summer. Perhaps they believe he is set upon a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Maybe they feel they cannot compete with the financial package Manchester United could offer. Possibly they deem the costs excessive. Yet, if that avenue is blocked, and with Crystal Palace unlikely to entertain offers for Christian Benteke, there remains the possibility Chelsea will explore Andy Carroll’s availability. Antonio Conte had hoped to secure a targetman over the summer and is apparently an admirer of Carroll, for all the 29-year-old’s patchy injury record. Such a Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Son Heung-min’s star turn sums up Tottenham’s Wembley comforts | Nick Ames

Spurs have grown into their temporary home and, as rivals stumble, Mauricio Pochettino’s side showed against Everton they are looking like their old selvesIt may not go down as a season-defining moment but the turn executed by Son Heung‑min 106 seconds after half-time, leaving Jonjoe Kenny plodding through quicksand while Wembley gasped in admiration, held significance of its own. For one thing it led to the goal from Harry Kane that broke the resolve of Everton, who had looked competent at 1-0 down but disintegrated rapidly after the deficit doubled. For another it crystallised a feeling that has, after the awkwardness of early life at Wembley, grown over the past six weeks. Tottenham are, at last, looking consistently like Tottenham again. Mauricio Pochettino was in no mood to disagree and must feel his side have turned a corner after that patchy period in the autumn when rousing European nights were offset Continue reading "Son Heung-min’s star turn sums up Tottenham’s Wembley comforts | Nick Ames"