Spurs Round Up: Kane, Alderweireld and Mourinho make the news
Another week has passed with no football to keep us entertained and, at times like these, the obvious alternative is to take a look at the gossip columns. Many of the reports relating to Spurs revolve around potential transfers – both into and out of the club – but there is a bit of actual news sprinkled in along the way.
We begin our round up and, predictably, there is an obvious place to start.
Last week we picked up on the Harry Kane stories amidst rumour of a potential transfer away from the new White Hart Lane. There are few certainties about the 2019/20 season so far but we do know that Spurs will be finishing it without any silverware and that is the potential catalyst for Harry to eventually move on.
Juventus and Manchester United were among the clubs linked with a move in the summer transfer window but the response from our key, and only striker, was encouraging at that point. The reason why this story has resurfaced is because the player has produced some more quotes but this time, they are somewhat less than positive.
I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve and become better,
Harry told Sky Sports.
I want to become a top, top player.
It’s not a definite: ‘I’m going to stay there forever.’ But it’s not a ‘no’ either.
I’ll always love Spurs, but it’s one of those things. I’ve always said if I don’t feel like we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, I’m not someone to stay there just for the sake of it.
We stated last week that we think Harry Kane will stay for another season at least. The truncated nature of the 2019/20 campaign could influence his thinking on this matter and the arrival of a relatively new manager may also have a say in his decision. Clearly not everyone is going to get on with Jose Mourinho but he promised to make Kane a winner and he will surely get a chance to back up those words.
Doing His Bit
A number of players have been vocal on the subject of Coronavirus – urging people to stay indoors – while others have been offering more practical help. Among those falling into the latter category is our Belgian centre half Toby Alderweireld and while he might not have a hotel to donate, our popular defender is helping out in other ways.
After discussing the situation with his father, Toby has been donating tablets to nursing homes and hospitals in an effort to bring ‘a little joy’ into the lives of those who have been affected by Covid-19.
I called my dad and said we have to do something, we have to try to help,
Alderweireld told BBC 5 Live.
We were brainstorming, my dad contacted some hospitals and they said we need some tablets for people who are isolated, especially older people who don’t have a phone. It keeps a visual connection with loved ones, which was impossible otherwise.
It makes me very happy and makes me sad that I can’t help everyone but I am trying the best I can. If it can bring just a little bit of joy to their lives it is great.
During these strange times, players from other clubs who we previously didn’t exactly warm to have been coming up with some amazing gestures and hopefully these actions will show other fans just what a lovely bloke Toby is.
Willian About Turn?
He wouldn’t be the most popular signing in the club’s history but could Chelsea’s Willian Finally end up as a Spurs player? Our original attempt to sign the player from Anzhi Makhachkala came back in 2013 and the Brazilian even passed a medical at White Hart Lane before doing a u turn and ending up at Stamford Bridge.
So, why are we getting excited about a player who did that to the club and is now seven years older? Clearly he is rated by Jose Mourinho who would be fully aware of what Willian can do from his second spell in charge at Chelsea. Also, in his early thirties and with less than six months left on his contract, there is talk of Willian being available on a free.
There’s no doubt that Willian would offer some value at that price but with Chelsea having gone as far as to compose a song about their transfer ‘victory’ is it really worth taking the trouble to sign someone who would be so unpopular or should we simply trust Jose if he thinks this is a strong move for the club?
Clock is Ticking
All the speculation is very interesting but when are our current squad going to walk out onto the pitch and kick a ball in anger once again? The initial proposition was for Premier League football to return across the first weekend of April but that always looked optimistic and it quickly became apparent that this wasn’t going to happen.
Moving down through the football pyramid, some English non-league divisions have now ended prematurely with no promotion or relegation. We are, therefore, left with the search for a happy medium but what’s the prognosis?
With the feasible, if unpopular option to finish the season behind closed doors, it will be some time until the EPL actually give up on the 2019/20 campaign. If there is a remote possibility of finishing under any circumstances, they will do it but the question remains as to when this will happen.
According to football.london, with Euro 2020 now out of the way, there is the potential for a July restart and for the remaining league and cup fixtures to be completed inside a period of four to six weeks. For Spurs, with no cup competitions to worry about, that leaves a possibility of playing nine games at a potential ratio of two per week in a tight, four-week window.
All clubs will be in the same boat as far as that short sequence is concerned but with Spurs’ injury issues, we could suffer more than most. From there, the EPL would quickly move into the new, 2020/21 season so players should probably take advantage of this rest while they can.
It does also beg the question as to whether it’s all worth it. Liverpool fans would obviously want the season completed at all costs but for supporters of all other clubs in the league, the rush to complete the campaign in front of empty stadiums might just seem a little pointless?