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How Would Wesley Sneijder Fit In At Tottenham Hotspur?

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Tottenham could be set for a major coup in the January transfer window after reports in Italy claimed Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has agreed terms on a move.

Sneijder, who starred for the Netherlands at the 2010 World Cup, has been out of the Inter first-team for almost three-months because of a pay dispute. The Serie A giants apparently want him to take a pay cut, and the Netherlands international is willing to leave the club and move on.

Manchester United came very close to signing him in the summer of 2010, and Inter rejected their advances and £30 million plus offer. With the Dutchman struggling with injuries and his form dipping over the last two years, their failure to cash in is looking like an error of judgement. Even so the playmaker is very talented, and is wanted by many clubs across Europe. At 28, he still has plenty to offer and a new challenge may well be just what he needs to get his career back on track.

Fenerbahce are said to have made an enquiry for the Champions League winner, and the two Manchester clubs (City and United) are also in the race, but the reports in Italy have made Tottenham the favourites if the London club can agree a fee – believed to be around £10-12 million.

There is every chance the Dutchman could be a huge success and a right fit at White Hart Lane. Sneijder’s best postion is as an attacking midfielder just behind the striker and Spurs could well be the club to make it work for him.

Andre Villas-Boas’ preferred formation of 4-2-3-1 would see him fit straight into the line-up. With Aaron Lennon on the right and Gareth Bale on the left, the void Rafael van der Vaart vacated for a central attacking midfielder role would be ideal for him. So far, new signings Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey have attempted to fill it but have not been very impressive. With the midfield platform of Mousa Dembele and Sandro behind him, Sneijder would have ample of time and space to dictate games.

So, if the opportunity to bring the former Ajax and Real Madrid star to White Hart Lane crops up, as it has, then Tottenham should grab it with both hands.

The two big issues Spurs will face in trying to secure his signature is the present lack of Champions League football and his huge wage demands. But the Dutchman sees Tottenham as club on the rise and if Spurs can satisfy Emmanuel Adebayor’s demands – who was earning almost the same at City as Sneijder is doing at Inter – then why not Sneijder’s. With Daniel Levy at the negotiating table the fans can remain optimistic about and can be sure that they won’t pay over the odds for the midfielder.

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Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 14

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See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting fourteenth gameweek in the Premier League. Everton and Swansea City provide two players each, while there is one each from Aston Villa, Manchester City, Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City, Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur.

Simon Mignolet (Sunderland)

The Belgium shot-stopper put in a positive display – which showed he had recovered from error against West Brom at the weekend – to earn himself and his team a much needed clean-sheet. He was not regularly tested by the QPR forwards, but was more than ready when called upon and made total of six saves during the game on Tuesday.

Rafael (Manchester United)

Being a Manchester United fan, I am loving to see the progress the young Brazilian has made this season. He has come of age and was once again at his best, as he was alert to the early threat of Matt Jarvis, making a number of key interceptions. Going forward, he put in a couple of dangerous crosses and was a threat to deal with for the West Ham defence.

Ryan Nelsen (Queens Park Rangers)

QPR will need some strong characters in the dressing room and on the pitch to get them out of this tricky hole at the foot of the table, and the New Zealand international is one of those. Having signed him while at Tottenham in February, Harry Redknapp knows Nelsen has those qualities and the defender was rock solid in the heart of the defence  in their clean-sheet at Sunderland on Tuesday.

Matija Nastasic (Manchester City)

Many eyebrows were raised when Roberto Mancini decided to break up the successful partnership of Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott at heart of the City defence. But the doubts have given way to nods of approval as the young Serbian once again impressed alongside the skipper and was solid at the back in the City’s 2-0 win at Wigan on Wednesday.

Leighton Baines (Everton)

The Everton left-back has been in the form of his life this season as he put in another superb display in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal at Goodison Park. The marauding full-back provided a constant outlet for his side on left and linked up with Steven Pienaar to devastating effects at times which caused the Gunners some trouble at the back.

Pablo Hernandez (Swansea City)

Pablo Hernandez has made his name as a right-winger for Valencia in the La Liga, but in Swansea’s impressive win over high-flying West Brom on Wednesday, the Spaniard did much of his best work on the left flank. Hernandez was a class apart during a first half performance that saw the Swans go 3-0 up within 40 minutes and he was involved in all the three goals.

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City)

Another player who has been impressive alongside Michu and Pablo Hernandez for the Swans this season has to be Wayne Routledge. The former Newcastle man was at his very best in the win over West Brom. He scored twice with two superb finishes and the midfielder popped up virtually in every attacking position as he caused havoc to the Baggies defence.

Marouane Fellaini (Everton)

The big Belgian returned from suspension and played a huge part in his side’s 1-1 draw at home on Wednesday. Fellaini epitomised all that was good about hard-working Everton, but also brought a significant amount of quality too. His curling effort in the first half brought the Toffees back on level terms after Theo Walcott had given Arsenal an early lead.

Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)

It takes something special to make it in the Team Of The Week after scoring such an own goal and that’s exactly what the Welshman did in the 2-1 win over Liverpool at White Hart Lane. Bale’s driving run and delicious delivery led to Aaron Lennon’s opener within ten minutes before he doubled the lead with a brilliant free-kick.

Cameron Jerome (Stoke City)

We have seen many super-subs this season and Jerome was the latest of the lot. He came on in the 68th minute against Newcastle and completely turned the game on it’s head. The former Birmingham man used his pace to trouble the full-backs and delivered a perfect cross for Jonathan Walters to equalise. Then the forward repaid the faith shown in him by Tony Pulis as he won the game with a late strike.

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)

The Belgium striker has been keeping Darren Bent out of the team with his superb performances and on Tuesday night against Reading, he again showed why he deserves to start ahead of the England international. Benteke saw a superb chance denied by Adam Federici in the first half and was superb as a target-man throughout the game before scoring the late winner.

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Premier League 2012/13 Team Preview – Tottenham Hotspur

Welcome to IntoTheTopCorner’s team-by-team preview to the new Barclays Premier League season. Here we look at Tottenham Hotspur’s vital stats, their summer transfers and analyse their chances.

Manager: Andre Villas-Boas.
Captain: Michael Dawson.
Stadium: White Hart Lane (36,230).
Last season: 4th.
Leading scorer (PL): Emmanuel Adebayor (17).
Odds: Title 25-1. Relegation 200-1.

In: Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.8m, Hoffenhiem), Jan Vertonghen (£11m, Ajax).

Out: Ben Alnwick (Free, Barnsley), Vedran Corluka (£6.1m, Lokomotiv Moscow), Ryan Fredericks (Loan, Brentford), Heurelho Gomes (Released), Oscar Jansson (Free, Shamrock Rovers), Ledley King (Retired), Bongani Khumalo (Loan, PAOK Saloniki), Niko Kranjcar (£6.1m, Dynamo Kiev), Massiomo Luongo (Loan, Ipswich), Luka Modric (£30m, Real Madrid), Ryan Nelsen (Free, QPR), Steven Pienaar (£4.5m, Everton), Louis Saha (Free, Sunderland).

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Key Man – Gareth Bale
With Luka Modric expected to join Real Madrid in the near future, Bale will be more important to club than he was last term. Andre Villas-Boas’ arrival should see the Welsh superstar play in a more advance role than he did under Harry Redknapp, a switch he is likely to love. Fresh from signing a new deal, the winger could inspire his team to major honours this season, as well as establising himself as one of the world’s best.

Opening Fixtures
18-Aug – Newcastle (A)
25-Aug – West Brom (H)
01-Sep – Norwich (H)
16-Sep – Reading (A)
23-Sep – QPR (H)
29-Sep – Man Utd (A)

Probable Formation (4-2-3-1): Friedel; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Parker, Sigurdsson; Lennon, Van der vaart, Bale; Defoe.

Verdict: Harry Redknapp paid the price for failing to deliver Champions League football, but former Chelsea boss Villas-Boas will be pushed to do the same in the first year of his new project at White Hart Lane. Highly critized by the Chelsea fans after nearly getting them knocked-out of Europe and derailing their title-bid, he is out to prove himself with their rivals Spurs. He has strengthen his squad by bringing in the Ajax skipper Jan Vertonghen at the back and the Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson in the middle. Villas-Boas needs to bring a new striker before the transfer window closes as he has just Jermain Defoe at his disposal, if he fails to do so then Spurs may slip out of the top four this season.

Prediction: 5th.