Premier League 2017-18 review: young player of the season

Man City, Liverpool and Spurs all gave youth a chance to telling effect but there were plenty more young pretenders
Welcome to theguardian.com review of the 2017-18 Premier League season. We have nominated some contenders for this category but this is just to get the discussion going: offer your suggestions below the line … Continue reading...

Mauricio Pochettino hints Spurs future hinges on commitment of transfer funds

• Manager appears to issue coded ultimatum to Daniel Levy
• ‘Being brave is the most important thing and take risks‘Mauricio Pochettino appeared to suggest that his future at Tottenham Hotspur is linked to how the club approach the summer transfer window, as he called upon the chairman, Daniel Levy, to “be brave and take risks”. The manager has been permitted to spend £40.25m in net terms on permanent transfer deals across his four seasons at Tottenham and he has delivered a third consecutive top-three finish and Champions League qualification. Continue reading...

Tottenham fight back to beat Leicester in thriller and seal third spot

The Tottenham Hotspur support chanted that they were going home and there is certainly excitement among their number at the prospect of returning to the rebuilt White Hart Lane next season. Yet what a send-off they gave to Wembley. The merits of the club’s temporary accommodation at the national stadium have been a talking point throughout a season in which they have secured third place in the Premier League and a third consecutive Champions League qualification. Continue reading...

Premier League of stasis still has a compelling magic all of its own | Barney Ronay

Somehow, with no title race since 2014 and Manchester City all but wrapping up this one in October, it has still been enthralling
And now the end is near. And so we face the final curtain or at best a rather demob-happy, oddly tension-free final flutter of a curtain that fell some time ago for most of English football’s top tier. Sunday’s final fixtures of the Premier League season will be played out in the usual conjoined fashion, simultaneous kick-offs designed to offer last-day drama and a level playing field to the final jostle for air and space. Continue reading...

Tottenham v Leicester: match preview

Leicester’s 3-1 win over Arsenal on Wednesday was welcome, not least for Claude Puel but the mutterings continue that the manager is set to be replaced. Before midweek, his team had taken one point from an available 15 but three against Tottenham could drive them to an eighth-placed finish – surely a decent effort? Mauricio Pochettino worries that nothing is ever good enough for some Spurs fans. He wants to make sure of third. David Hytner Sunday 3pm Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day

A wake is in store in Swansea, Klopp faced with a juggling act and a swansong for Conte and Benítez? This feature, you will note, is called ‘10 Things to Look Out For’ rather than ‘10 Things to Look Forward To’. Thank goodness for that, because there might not be much to look forward to at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. The match between Swansea and Stoke is likely to be a wake, with both clubs wondering how the hell they got into this mess. A number of players will be making their last appearance for both sides, seeing no contradiction in the belief that they are far too good to play in the Championship. Swansea could still stay up, but they need snookers, a miracle and, most unlikely of all, at least one goal. RS Continue reading...

Spurs can say goodbye to Wembley with Champions League mission accomplished | Amy Lawrence

Nerves had begun to fray in the past couple of matches but Tottenham squeezed over the line to make sure of a third European Cup campaign in a rowMauricio Pochettino stood on the edge of his technical area, arms folded, waiting, as the clock ticked down. Just get over the line, Tottenham. That had been the order of the night. Securing Champions League football, a precious housewarming present to take back to N17 for next season, was at the forefront of everybody’s mind. The outpouring of elation at the final whistle was all about that, all about a marker to help Tottenham in this period of seismic change for the club. Champions League qualification is always a boon, but it was especially appreciated when the news was confirmed at Wembley thanks to Chelsea hitting the brakes at Stamford Bridge because it feels like it’s about something bigger than Continue reading "Spurs can say goodbye to Wembley with Champions League mission accomplished | Amy Lawrence"

Harry Kane purges Spurs of Champions League nerves with win over Newcastle

It was a long way from being the most fluent performance of the Mauricio Pochettino era and there were times, particularly during a fraught first half, when the Tottenham support could imagine the worst case scenario – that their team would contrive to lose their grip on Champions League qualification. But the mood and the match turned sharply upon one swish of Harry Kane’s boot early in the second-half and, with Chelsea failing to beat Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge, it turned into a night of celebration. Continue reading...

Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino: I think it’s been an amazing season – video

With two games of the Premier League remaining, and a top four finish within their own control, Mauricio Pochettino insists that Tottenham Hotspur can consider the season a success.  They host Newcastle - a side they haven't beaten at home in the league since 2013 - at Wembley before taking on Leicester City on the final day of the season But after a promising start, they lost to Juventus in the round of 16 of the Champions League, and suffered an eighth straight semi-final defeat in the FA Cup Continue reading...

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

Aubameyang can revive Arsenal, Butland lays bare Stoke’s shameful truth and West Ham would be foolish to ditch Moyes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might not be a classic Arsène Wenger signing because he cost a lot of money and is already close to his peak but at 28 he is certainly a man who can lead the next incarnation of Arsenal. Alongside Alexandre Lacazette the duo showed how exciting Arsenal can still be even if Burnley looked like a team packed for their summer holidays as they made up the numbers, offering less energy than the post-match speeches, in what was effectively a testimonial at the Emirates. Wenger might rue the fact he missed bringing the Gabonese international Aubameyang to England earlier – a striker not deemed good enough by Milan in his youth would have made the perfect project for the outgoing manager – but he is still leaving behind something Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

West Brom v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview

West Bromwich Albion have to win against Tottenham and if successful they must rely on Swansea losing again to avoid relegation for another week. This feels highly unlikely, despite Darren Moore’s positive influence on the Baggies, as West Brom last beat Tottenham at the Hawthorns in 2008. Maurico Pochettino’s side are yet to secure a place in the Champions League next season and will be hungry to edge even closer to another crack at Europe’s elite with victory. Graham Searles Saturday 3pm Continue reading...