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10 Spurs Players Who Were Extremely Versatile

8 December 2014 4:12 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Most footballers play in a single position. If you were to ask them where they can play, they would generally give you one position as an answer.

In Spurs’ case, it’s no different on the whole; Hugo Lloris is a goalkeeper, Kyle Walker is a right back, Ben Davies is a left back, Aaron Lennon is a winger and Roberto Soldado is a striker, for example, but they do have some players who can turn their hand to a number of roles and have also had several examples of such players in the past.

It’s always good to have options, so having players in your ranks who can fill in competently in a number of positions benefits any club greatly.

Good examples of Premier League players who have been able to play in more than one position comfortably have included the likes of Dion Dublin and Chris Sutton, »

- K.J. Stewart

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10 Players Spurs Should Go In For In January

16 September 2014 9:51 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Tottenham Hotspur’s impressive start to this Premier League campaign has come to an abrupt halt.

Two wins out of two – over West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground and over Queens Park Rangers at White Hart Lane – in addition to two wins in the Europa League play-off round saw Mauricio Pochettino get off to a flyer in his reign as coach of the Lilywhites.

However, a home thrashing against Liverpool was followed by a draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in a match during which Spurs completely dominated proceedings and it is clear, even this early in the season, that the club are still lacking quality (at least in terms of depth) in certain areas.

The club missed out on a number of potential targets in the summer and, although several players were brought in – Michel Vorm, Ben Davies, Eric Dier, DeAndre Yedlin, »

- K.J. Stewart

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Spurs Poll: Will Tottenham Concede Less Goals Than Last Season?

16 September 2014 3:07 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Last season, Tottenham Hotspur had the worst defensive record out of every team in the top eight of the Premier League.

Thanks largely to a number of heavy defeats at the hands of the league’s top teams, Spurs conceded 51 goals in their 38 game league campaign and they really can’t afford for that to happen again if they want to make an impact on the top four and earn themselves Champions League football via the domestic route this year.

As a result, new boss Mauricio Pochettino has taken action, selling Michael Dawson and bringing in Eric Dier, Federico Fazio and Ben Davies in defence, as well as new goalkeeping backup in the form of Michel Vorm and a new defensive midfielder in Benjamin Stambouli.

So far – and bearing in mind that not all of those men have even appeared in a Spurs shirt »

- K.J. Stewart

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Spurs Poll: Which Defensive Pairing Will Start Against Sunderland?

12 September 2014 12:40 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Last season, Tottenham Hotspur conceded the most Premier League goals out of every team in the top eight. Spurs let in 51 goals in their 38 league matches, which was only four less than the 55 they scored – not the greatest goal difference for a team hunting a Champions League place.

This season started somewhat more promising, as Spurs scored five without reply in their first two league games against West Ham United (1-0) and Queens Park Rangers (4-0) respectively.

However, signs of their old leaky defence from last season reappeared when Liverpool went to White Hart Lane and beat the Lilywhites 3-0.

As a result of their defensive problems, Spurs have signed defensive reinforcements in the likes of left back Ben Davies from Swansea City, centre back Federico Fazio from Sevilla and defensive midfielder Benjamin Stambouli from Montpellier, while Michael Dawson has been sold to Hull City. »

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Spurs Poll: Should Benjamin Stambouli Start Against Sunderland?

9 September 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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One of Spurs’ six new signings this summer was French midfielder Benjamin Stambouli. The combative player cost £4.7 million from Ligue 1 side Montpellier and is believed to be the alternate choice to Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin.

Stambouli joins left back Ben Davies who joined from Swansea City for £10 million, goalkeeper Michel Vorm who also joined from Swansea City for £5 million, centre back Eric Dier who joined from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £4 million, right back DeAndre Yedlin who joined from Seattle Sounders for £2.5 million and centre back Federico Fazio who joined from Sevilla for £8 million.

Stambouli is one of four from the six who haven’t played for Spurs yet. Davies and Dier have each donned the white shirt, but the Frenchman, Vorm, Yedlin and Fazio haven’t.

This Saturday, Spurs take on Gus Poyet’s Sunderland at the Stadium of Light and the Lilywhites will be looking to »

- Kev Stewart

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Spurs Poll: Should Federico Fazio Start Against Sunderland?

8 September 2014 3:11 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Tottenham Hotspur Football Club made six new signings in the summer transfer window – left back Ben Davies joined from Swansea City for £10 million, goalkeeper Michel Vorm also joined from Swansea City for £5 million, centre back Eric Dier joined from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £4 million, right back DeAndre Yedlin joined from Seattle Sounders for £2.5 million, centre back Federico Fazio joined from Sevilla for £8 million and centre midfielder Benjamin Stambouli joined from Montpellier for £4.7 million.

Only two of the six have turned out in a Spurs shirt so far – Ben Davies and Eric Dier – with Dier in particular impressing, having given accomplished defensive performances at both centre back and right back and having scored twice in his first two Premier League games against West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers respectively.

DeAndre Yedlin remains at Seattle Sounders on loan while Michel Vorm will remain »

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Benoit Assou-Ekotto Left Out Of Spurs’ Premier League Squad

4 September 2014 6:14 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been completely left out of the Spurs squads for both the Premier League and the UEFA Europa League campaigns this season – this is in spite of the fact that only 23 players have been named in both, even though clubs are actually allowed to name 25 – casting a serious doubt over his footballing future.

The Cameroon international is now out in the cold, with Danny Rose and Ben Davies well ahead of him in the left back pecking order at White Hart Lane and, after having failed to earn a move away from the club in the summer transfer window, he probably faces at least four months of total inactivity until the January window opens.

Assou-Ekotto spent all of last season on loan at Queens Park Rangers and the 30-year-old was highly expected to join up with the Hoops and his former Spurs »

- Kev Stewart

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Spurs Poll: Who Was Tottenham’s Worst Summer Signing?

4 September 2014 1:53 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Yesterday, we asked you who Spurs’ best summer signing was and, although the poll is still open, it certainly seems as though the majority of people thought that Eric Dier is the shrewdest acquisition at White Hart Lane. Now, we’d like to ask the opposite question…

The summer transfer window is closed and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s business for 2014 is complete.

The Lilywhites have been busy and have signed six new players, with left back Ben Davies joining from Swansea City for £10 million, goalkeeper Michel Vorm also joining from Swansea City for £5 million, the aforementioned central defender Eric Dier joining from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £4 million, right back DeAndre Yedlin joining from Seattle Sounders for £2.5 million, central defender Federico Fazio joining from Sevilla for £8 million and central midfielder Benjamin Stambouli joining from Montpellier for £4.7 million.

Davies and Dier are the only two newbies to have made »

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Spurs Poll: Who Was Spurs’ Best Summer Signing?

3 September 2014 12:54 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The summer transfer window has now slammed shut and, like every other team in England, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s business for 2014 is complete.

The club have signed no less than six new players, with left back Ben Davies joining from Swansea City for £10 million, goalkeeper Michel Vorm also joining from Swansea City for £5 million, central defender Eric Dier joining from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £4 million, right back DeAndre Yedlin joining from Seattle Sounders for £2.5 million, central defender Federico Fazio joining from Sevilla for £8 million and central midfielder Benjamin Stambouli joining from Montpellier for £4.7 million.

Davies has already featured in both the Europa League and Premier League for the club, as has Eric Dier who has also scored two Premier League goals, while Michel Vorm, Federico Fazio and Benjamin Stambouli have yet to appear at all and DeAndre Yedlin has rejoined Seattle Sounders on loan until next year. »

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Spurs Poll: Was This Transfer Window Satisfactory?

2 September 2014 2:34 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The summer transfer window has now closed and, like every other team in England, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s business for this year is complete.

The club have signed six new players, with left back Ben Davies joining from Swansea City for £10 million, goalkeeper Michel Vorm also joining from Swansea City for £5 million, centre back Eric Dier joining from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £4 million, right back DeAndre Yedlin joining from Seattle Sounders for £2.5 million (albeit rejoining the Mls club on loan until next year), centre back Federico Fazio joining from Sevilla for £8 million and centre midfielder Benjamin Stambouli joining from Montpellier for £4.7 million.

That brings their total spend to £34.2 million, but a mass exodus from the club (29 players have left, including those who have left on loan, as Mauricio Pochettino looks to dramatically trim the squad) has seen nearly £40 million brought in, giving »

- Kev Stewart

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Spurs News: Danny Rose Receives Shock England Call

28 August 2014 4:42 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Spurs left back Danny Rose has received a shock call-up to Roy Hodgson’s latest England squad.

Injuries to Manchester United’s Luke Shaw and Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs have left an opening in the left back slot, with the only fit recognised player in that position being Leighton Baines following Ashley Cole’s retirement.

The call-up emphasises a dramatic change in fortunes for Rose, who was thought to be nothing more than a squad player at White Hart Lane this season after the Lilywhites signed Ben Davies from Swansea City. However, having signed a new five year contract at the club, he has started the season very well and is currently their first choice left back.

He is joined in the national squad by his club team-mate Andros Townsend – a player who hasn’t seen much action at all this season and who missed the »

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Spurs Poll: Is Tottenham’s Summer Spending Over?

27 August 2014 11:58 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Tottenham Hotspur Football Club yesterday completed the signing of Sevilla captain and Argentina international central defender Federico Fazio. The Lilywhites met the £8 million release clause in the player’s contract to ensure the deal went smoothly and he was unveiled last night and has already trained with his new club.

Fazio is the fifth signing of the summer transfer window at White Hart Lane – a window which has seen a a whole new back-line brought in, with Michel Vorm and Ben Davies from Swansea City, Eric Dier from Sporting Clube de Portugal and DeAndre Yedlin from Seattle Sounders already having signed for the Lilywhites.

However, Spurs have been linked with several more players and continue to be linked with them, as Mauricio Pochettino looks to put his own stamp on the club. Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez of Southampton, Wilfried Bony of Swansea City, »

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Spurs Poll: Should Michael Dawson Have Been Sold?

27 August 2014 12:36 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s captain and longest-serving player, Michael Dawson, signed for Hull City yesterday.

The former Nottingham Forest centre back, who is 30 years of age, was deemed surplus to requirements under new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino’s regime and reunites with former Spurs players Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore at the Kc Stadium.

Dawson made 236 Premier League appearances for Spurs – 221 of which came from the start – and 88 appearances in other competitions. He scored ten goals for the club.

Spurs are set to have a new look back-line this season, with Eric Dier and Ben Davies already having signed on at White Hart Lane and Federico Fazio set to sign imminently and Dawson simply wasn’t considered part of that defensive reconfiguration.

Dawson had formed a tight bond with the Spurs fans, having spent nine years at the club and given his all every time he pulled on »

- Kev Stewart

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10 Players Spurs Should Consider Getting Rid Of

22 August 2014 12:22 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Spurs have not exactly been busy in this summer’s transfer window. They’ve actually brought more cash in that they’ve spent on new signings, with the sales of the likes of Jake Livermore, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Iago Falque more than offsetting the purchases of Ben Davies, Michel Vorm, Eric Dier and DeAndre Yedlin.

That said, the squad is still huge and with new boss Mauricio Pochettino apparently wanting to sign more players before the transfer window slams shut and, if indeed he does have more players on the way in – with the likes of Mattia Destro, Memphis Depay and Federico Fazio linked to the White Hart Lane club – some players will need to be sold to make space.

So, which players should make way for potential new signings? The likes of Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela are »

- Kev Stewart

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Spurs Transfers: Musacchio Future To Be Resolved Soon

19 August 2014 3:06 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The Express believe that Tottenham Hotspur are set to find out imminently if their summer-long pursuit of Mateo Musacchio is going to end with their acquisition of the player.

Musacchio’s club, Villarreal, travel to the Kazakhstan capital of Astana this evening for their Europa League qualifying play-off round first leg tie with Fc Astana on Thursday. If Musacchio is on the plane with the rest of his team-mates, the deal will likely be off. If he is absent, it would likely indicate that a move is still on the cards.

Musacchio’s fellow Argentinian – Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino – has been keen to shore up Spurs’ leaky defence since joining the club from Southampton earlier in the summer and he has already signed Michel Vorm as goalkeeping back-up and Ben Davies to make the left back position more competitive, with both players arriving from Swansea City. »

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Spurs Willing To Let Assou-Ekotto Leave For Free

19 August 2014 2:04 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are willing to let their Cameroon international left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto leave the club on a free transfer.

Assou-Ekotto, who was loaned out to Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers in the Championship last season, has been pushed down the pecking order by both the arrival of Ben Davies from Swansea City and Danny Rose’s emergence last year – the latter of whom has recently signed a new five year contract.

The left back has one year left on his contract at White Hart Lane, but Spurs are willing to cut their losses as they streamline their squad under new boss Mauricio Pochettino – particularly as he disgraced himself at the World Cup this summer by head-butting a team-mate on the pitch during Cameroon’s defeat to Croatia in the group stages.

Assou-Ekotto, who has 22 international caps in total, »

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Spurs Poll: Who Should Start Up Front Against West Ham?

13 August 2014 5:43 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Tottenham Hotspur Football Club face West Ham United this weekend in their vital Premier League opener. The Lilywhites travel to the Boleyn Ground on Saturday in the hope of avenging the three defeats the Hammers inflicted upon them so famously last season.

It has been a summer of change at White Hart Lane, with a complete coaching team overhaul that includes a new manager in former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino – but there has been very little by way of transfer activity.

Spurs have signed both Michel Vorm and Ben Davies from Swansea City and Eric Dier from Sporting Clube de Portugal – and that’s it. In fact, they’ve brought more money in through player sales than they have spent on new signings.

There have been no truly big money signings to speak of and no strikers brought in at all. That’s quite surprising when you »

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10 Most Important Players For Spurs This Season

12 August 2014 9:51 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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There hasn’t been an awful lot of transfer activity this summer at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, but the players, staff and fans alike are still excited about what is looking like a very promising season in 2014-15.

A new manager in Mauricio Pochettino, as well as an entirely new coaching staff, plus a small handful of shrewd and inexpensive signings to date, a resurgent looking set of players from the previous season and more potential signings to come mean that the club as a whole feels like a happy place to be right now and, as a result, they’re confident of achieving success this year.

But, given the current state of the squad – and, for the sake of argument, assuming that there are no further signings before the Premier League opener at West Ham United on Saturday – which of Spurs’ current crop will the »

- Kev Stewart

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Spurs Poll: Who Should Be First Choice Left Back?

12 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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When Spurs signed Ben Davies in a double deal with Michel Vorm from Swansea City earlier this summer – a deal that saw Gylfi Sigurdsson and £3.5 million go the other way – it was generally considered to be the answer to the club’s long-standing left back prayers.

It’s a position the club have struggled to satisfactorily fill for years and last season epitomised this fact more than ever. Benoit Assou-Ekotto was sent out on loan to Queens Park Rangers and he certainly won’t be going back to White Hart Lane after his World Cup head-butting exploits. Danny Rose flattered to deceive for much of the season and, when he was injured, Kyle Naughton and Jan Vertonghen were forced to deputise in a position that isn’t favoured by either of them.

Davies is a young Welsh international who has performed excellently in the Premier League »

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Spurs Transfers: Memphis Depay Focused On Psv

11 August 2014 3:51 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Dutch international attacking midfielder Memphis Depay – a well-known Spurs target this summer – is refusing to discuss a potential move to White Hart Lane, insisting on focusing on his Psv Eindhoven career at the moment.

According to The Daily Star, Depay told Dutch news outlet Nos in no uncertain terms that he didn’t want to discuss his future, saying the following:

People have asked already hundred times about my future, so I don’t want to talk about it any more. We will see, but for now I am a player from Psv.

Depay certainly seemed focused on his career in his homeland at the weekend, as Psv recorded a 3-1 victory over Willem II, scoring two of their goals and performing admirably.

Mauricio Pochettino is a known admirer of the player and was reportedly keeping tabs on him even prior to his impressive »

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