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EXCLUSIVE: Benjamin Stambouli struggling after Spurs exit, says French Journalist

Paris St Germain's Benjamin Stambouli gestures after their Ligue 1 soccer match against Montpellier at the Stade de la Mosson stadium in MontpellierFour months on, life has been pretty tough for Benjamin Stambouli.

After leaving North London for the bright lights of a big money move to PSG, the former Spurs midfielder has quickly learned that his departure from the Premier League was wasted.

Stambouli quickly made himself a fan favourite at Tottenham. His potential was obvious, although chances were few and far between.

A departure was not the most shocking of stories, but disappointment at his short stay was there for all to absorb.

I spoke to London-based French journalist and PSG fan Adrien Danjou about Stambouli’s time so far in France, which has been pretty miserable by all accounts.

“Since his arrival in Paris this Summer, we can’t say that the deal is a success, for him and for the club,” said Danjou.

He continued: “First, for his debut at Parc Princes the player was booed by some PSG ‘fans’.

“Because he comes from Marseilles and he was a fan when he was younger. (It was a) stupid reaction but difficult scene to start in a new club.” Paris St Germain v Chelsea - International Champions Cup Pre Season Friendly Tournament

French press widely reported in October that Stambouli was already regretting his exit from White Hart Lane. Many touted this unhappiness as being down to the lack of a permanent role within the side, which Danjou agrees with.

“Stambouli plays a little,” said the PSG supporter.

Danjou continued: “The competition is hard: Matuidi, Verratti, Motta, even Rabiot feel more comfortable (in his position). Moreover Pastore is injured currently.

“When Stambouli plays, it is not enough. No solidity, he loses the ball and (to put it) roughly, he is fragile.”

It is clear that Stambouli would not be getting into Mauricio Pochettino’s side at the moment. After all, Eric Dier has taken the Premier League by storm, with Dembele and Mason enjoying good campaigns also.

But Danjou does not think Stambouli’s time at PSG is already over, and believes there is the possibility for him to flourish at the club.

Tottenham Hotspur's Benjamin Stambouli greets fans at the end of the Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match against Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi (ITALY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) Picture Supplied by Action Images“Up to now, Stambouli played only as first-team player against smaller teams (such as) Bastia, Rennes,” he said.

He concluded: “However, give the time to Benjamin. He is a smart player with a bit of experience. I think and I hope he will have the opportunity to make the difference.” 

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Former Tottenham Hotspur hero: ‘Gareth Bale isn’t on Ronaldo and Messi level’

Football - Tottenham Hotspur Training - Spurs Lodge - 24/8/11 Tottenham Hotspur's Rafael van der Vaart during training Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Jed Leicester LivepicFormer Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart has admitted he was surprised that former team-mate Gareth Bale joined European giants Real Madrid.

Speaking to FourFourTwo about the current Premier League season, van der Vaart told reporters that Bale is not on the same level of those he is often compared to.

“I never thought Bale would end up playing at Madrid,” Van der Vaart remarked.

Joining the North London club in 2010, the former Dutch international played alongside Bale under Harry Redknapp, enjoying great success in the Champions League, reaching the quarter-final stage.

The Ajax graduate has spoken before about his admiration of the Welsh star, although admits he has a long way to go before he reaches the level of the game’s two greats.

Van der Vaart continued: “Bale isn’t like [Cristiano] Ronaldo or [Lionel] Messi; that’s another level.”

Bale’s Wales face Van Der Vaart’s homeland Holland this Friday in an international friendly. 

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Twitter Reacts: Spurs ‘live’ training stream fails miserably

CJiIHvGWcAA0LeqTottenham Hotspur attempted to do the impossible this week and live stream the first fifteen minutes of training ahead of their Europa League tie with Anderlecht.

The first 15 minutes is always open to the press, and the players were scheduled to begin training at 10:45am, an approximate starting time for the content.

It was not until 11:30am that the stream finally became visible to most fans, who had grown angry after almost an hour since the service was meant to be made available. The video was only up for eight minutes which was even more unbelievable.

It was worth noting, once the stream was finally available, that Heung-Min Son was back in action. The South Korean was however training away from those normally in the starting XI.

We looked at five of the best tweets reacting to this major flop from Spurs TV:

Sorry mate?

Ahead of the Derby…

Exaggeration much…

Sacked in the morning…

Bright and breezy..

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30 Worst Tottenham Hotspur defenders in Premier League era


The sad realisation that many Spurs fans have come to over the past few decades, we are hardly solid defensively. Despite our new age of defenders, including the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, there have been some shockers.

Here we take a look at the 30 worst ‘defenders’ to ever wear the famous Lilywhite shirt. Click on number 2 to begin!

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‘Spurs midfielder better than Hazard’ says Belgian legend

Football - Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Barclays Premier League - King Power Stadium - 22/8/15 Tottenham's Mousa Dembele gestures Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  Please contact your account representative for further details.Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is technically greater than Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard and Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne, says former Belgian international Wesley Sonck. 

Sonck, the former Ajax striker, believes the Spurs midfielder has the most talent of the entire Belgian squad.

“Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Vanden Borre… But I insist: the greatest talent is Mousa Dembele,” Sonck told HLN.

“Some may say they want Eden or De Bruyne, but Mousa has the most qualities – it’s not normal how strong he is on the ball.”

Dembele has struggled to get off the mark for Spurs this season, with injury halting any progress. Dembele returned to the match-day squad in the 2-2 draw with Swansea but did not feature.

But Sonck says he has done wondrous things in Belgian training, embarrassing fellow Premier League stars.

“I’ve seen him during training turn Kompany into a fool,” said Sonck.

Belgium face Andorra in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers tomorrow night.

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Heung-Min Son: ‘I rejected new Liverppol boss Jürgen Klopp’

2CDB78F600000578-3254901-image-a-91_1443621080805Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-Min Son is a doubt to face Liverpool next Saturday, but is due to make his return to training in the coming days.

Interestingly, the fixture he will miss is against the Anfield club, who will reportedly welcome new manager Jürgen Klopp to the club today.

Quotes have surfaced from 2013 that have revealed that Son rejected a move to Borussia Dortmund, whilst Klopp was still at the helm.

“I wanted to stay in the Bundesliga and Leverkusen and Dortmund wanted me,” Son said.

“Both teams play in the Champions League but I thought Dortmund would use rotation more than Leverkusen.”

Son, who has enjoyed a special start to life at Spurs, confirmed back in 2013 that he chose to move to Leverkusen over Dortmund.

Son remarked: “That’s why I chose Leverkusen over Dortmund. It’s really important to play regularly in my age.”

Mauricio Pochettino’s side welcome Liverpool to White Hart Lane on October 17th.


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Tottenham Hotspur hold a surprising England international record

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:  Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring on his debut during the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between England and Lithuania at Wembley Stadium on March 27, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)With the international break fully underway this weekend, an unusual statistic has surfaced that relates to Tottenham Hotspur.

The good folks at MyFootballFacts.com have calculated a list of clubs that have had players score for England. Unsurprisingly, Manchester Untied top the list, but second place is the most striking inclusion.

That’s right. Since 1872, Tottenham Hotspur players have contributed the 2nd highest amount of goals (197) for England whilst on international duty.

Spurs are in front of Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea in the list, by quite a staggering amount.

The latest White Hart Lane star to score for Roy Hodgson’s squad was of course Harry Kane, in the 2-0 victory over Switzerland at Wembley in September.

Kane, who has now scored three goals in four appearances for his country, is included in the squad for upcoming internationals.

Spurs team-mates Kyle Walker, Andros Townsend and debutant Dele Alli are also in the squad to face Lithuania and Estonia in Euro 2016 qualifiers.

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Why Eric Dier can be a future Tottenham Hotspur captain

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Eric Dier has been one of the surprise packages of the season at Tottenham Hotspur.

Not only has he been playing out of position (and strongly so), but the defensive midfielder has continued to score goals for his club, as well as playing with passion every time he steps on the pitch.

Dier, who signed from Sporting Lisbon in 2014, instantly endeared himself to Spurs fans with his debut winning goal against West Ham United last season.

Mauricio Pochettino made the decision to move the England Under-21 defender into midfield at the beginning of the summer, as financial constraints (and missing out on Morgan Schneiderlin), forced him to opt for someone already in his squad.

Dier has shown already in this campaign that he has the capabilities to thrive in the hold for Spurs, with the possibility of leading this young side in the future. The young star has showcased his exceptional work rate this term, covering 77.65km, the eighth most of any Englishman in the league.

eric-dier-1A centre-half by trade, Dier has demonstrated his defensive astuteness so far this campaign. In addition to making a total of eight blocks, which is the tenth most of any Englishman in the league, he has won 26 tackles (the second most of any Englishman).

Dier has also shown his ability to retain possession. He’s completed a total of 296 passes – which is the tenth most of any English player operating in the league.

It is clear that Dier has the qualities to be a star not only for Spurs, but for England aswell. With Roy Hodgson announcing his squad for upcoming internationals tomorrow, many have suggested the Tottenham youngster could be a surprise inclsuion.

Dier and Tottenham travel to face AS Monaco in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.

Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, Official Player Ranking Index of the Premier League. 


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INJURY UPDATE: Heung-Min Son picked up a knock in Manchester City win

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace - Barclays Premier LeagueTottenham Hotspur have confirmed star signing Heung-Min Son sustained a foot injury in the 4-1 victory over Manchester City at the weekend.

Son, who has already scored three goals in a Spurs shirt, has spent the past few days being reviewed by the club’s medical staff.

Spurs travel to face AS Monaco in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night, and the South Korean international is now a doubt to make the squad.

The club confirmed over social media that their medical staff are monitoring Son’s progress during his rehabilitation in order to determine when he will be fit to return to training.

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Jermaine Jenas: Juande Ramos speculation forced Martin Jol Spurs exit

jenasFormer Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas says that speculation suggesting Spurs were already in negotiations with Juande Ramos helped to force Martin Jol out of the club.

Jol, who was famously sacked at half-time during a UEFA Cup game against Getafe, was a fan favourite at White Hart Lane for his charm and endearing character.

But former Spurs midfielder Jenas has confirmed that his former boss was practically forced out of the club.

“If the manager is under fire, which Rodgers clearly is, that can filter down to the squad,” Jenas said in regard to the situation at Liverpool.

Jenas: “We had a similar situation with Martin Jol at Tottenham. He ended up essentially getting sacked at half-time of a Uefa Cup game against Getafe.  

“I remembering speaking to him before the game because I was carrying an injury and his face was just blank, as if he was looking right through me. In the weeks leading up to that, you could tell something had changed within him.” 

Jenas, who now works as a television pundit for BBC, said that speculation surrounding the imminent arrival of Juande Ramos made Jol’s job untenable.

Jenas remarked: “It was leaked in the papers that Spurs were speaking to Juande Ramos. We’d seen it, he had obviously seen it, so it was impossible to ignore.

“As players, we were trying to concentrate on doing our jobs – and we all liked Martin – but there’s no doubt it was distracting.”

Jenas’ former club face AS Monaco in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night. 

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