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How Would Wesley Sneijder Fit In At Tottenham Hotspur?


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.

5 Issues AVB Must Solve At White Hart Lane

Andre Villas-Boas has been appointed as the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur, just seven weeks after Harry Redknapp guided them to fourth place in the Premier League.

The 34-year-old’s appointment will create some concern at White Hart Lane following his disastrous tenure at west London rivals Chelsea last season where he was fired after just 27 league games in charge. The former Porto manager failed to convince the fans, the players or the owner that he was the right man to deliver them success. In order to avoid a repeat of the same fate with Spurs, here are five issues he must deal with at White Hart Lane..

1. Win Over The Dressing Room And The Supporters

At no stage during his spell at Chelsea did Villas-Boas got the full support of the dressing room. The former Porto manager’s age counted against him. He was 33 when he took over at Stamford Bridge, younger than senior players such as Frank Lampard and barely older than the captain John Terry. With no playing career and only a few years’ coaching experience, he lacked the dignity of older managers and when results didn’t go their way, the protesting voices grew. In the end, Abramovich directly blamed these critics within the squad for the premature end to the Villas-Boas’ tenure. But after a number of humiliating defeats, including the 3-1 defeat against Napoli that left them on the brink of exiting the Champions League, the fans had run out of patience as well.

At Spurs, Villas-Boas must create an immediate bond with his squad. This should be easier than at Chelsea with fewer big egos in the dressing room and he has the advantage of a full pre-season to shape his plans. A strong start in the league will banish the disappointment of Spurs missing out on Champions League qualification and help win over the fans, who would probably have wanted a more experienced manager.

2. Sort Out Luka Modric’s Future

An immediate priority will be to sort out the future of Luka Modric, who is reportedly wanted by Real Madrid and also is a long-term target of Manchester United. The Croatia playmaker, who was an integral part of Tottenham’s success under former manager Harry Redknapp, was promised a new deal last summer after rejected Chelsea’s approach, but he has yet to commit his future to the club. He has made no secret of his desire to play Champions League football again and even though he was not at his best last season, he is still one of the most gifted midfielders in the Premier League.

With Modric not inspired by the prospect of playing yet another season in the Europa League, Villas-Boas must waste no time in persuading the most influencial players in his squad to have faith in his plans. If he still wants to leave, then Spurs should let him leave and cash in on him. A fee of £30m-£40m for the former Dinamo Zagreb playmaker who turns 27 soon, would be great business.

3. Strengthen The Defence

To compete for the Premier League or for a place in the Champions League next season, Villas-Boas needs to ensure his team have a very strong defence. That means going to the transfer market. The first priority will be to finalise a deal with Ajax for their skipper Jan Vertonghen. Negotiations for the Belgian international have dragged on all summer and a stage has come that he is already back in pre-season training with the Dutch club. But with most of the hard work completed, Villas-Boas should be able to quickly seal the deal.

Doubts remains over the future of Ledley King. He has become a hero in the eyes of many Tottenham fans after 14 years of loyal service to the club. But the question is how often will he feature in the forthcoming new season. His well-publicised chronic knee problems caught up with him towards the end of last season which may force him into retirement, where he is expected to be offered a coaching role. Such is his influence, if King breaks down again, it will leave a massive hole in the back line – despite the impressive form of Younes Kaboul and the return of Michael Dawson from injury. Vedran Corluka has already departed White Hart Lane this summer, joining Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow for £6m, but the need for defensive acquisitions is less urgent than bringing in new faces up front.

4. Bloster The Strikeforce

Following the departure of Louis Saha this summer and Emmanuel Adebayour’s return to his parent club Manchester City, Spurs have only one recognised striker in their squad – Jermain Defoe. The former Portsmouth forward scored 17 club goals last season – despite spending much time on the bench – but didn’t feature in England’s UEFA EURO 2012 campaign beyoung a 15 minute cameo against France.

Therefore, Villas-Boas will have to immediately dip into the transfer market to buy at least two strikers and his cause will be helped by the transfer budget expected to be given to him by Daniel Levy. Adebayor was a hit last season scoring 18 goals in 37 games but his wages, reported to be around £175,000 a week, have been an obvious stumbling block. If Tottenham can reach some sort of agreement with the former Arsenal man then they should. If that is not possible then another hitman must be pursued. Villas-Boas reportedly has his sights on the 22-year-old Chelsea frontman Daniel Sturridge, with a £10m bid being lined up but Roberto Di Matteo is keen to hang on to the player. Hulk would also be a perfect fit but he appears to be on his way to Chelsea. Brazil striker Leandro Damiao and Marseille’s Loic Remy are possible alternatives.

5. Get Rid Of The Deadwood

Although Andre Villas-Boas will want a big squad that will help him challenge for silverwares on all fronts, there are plenty players increasing the wage bill who could leave. Vedran Corluka, Niko Kranjcar, Louis Saha and Ryan Nelsen have already left, but there are still plenty of others who could be discarded. Giovani Dos Santos, Heurelho Gomes, Sebastien Bassong, David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas and a couple of more reserves players were all out of the first-team picture under Harry Redknapp. Clearing them off the wage bill would free up plenty of money for new signings.

Candidates For The White Hart Lane Job

With Tottnham Hotspur confirming that Harry Redknapp has left his job as the manager of the club after four years in charge, we look at the possible candidates to succeed the former Portsmouth boss at White Hart Lane.

1. David Moyes (Everton)

The Scot is the bookies favourite for the job and has just over 12 months left on his contract. Moyes has performed minor miracles during his 10-years at Goodison Park, helping the club constantly finish in the top eight despite having to work with a limited budget, and now he will surely relish the challenge of working with a team that has genuine Champions League ambitions. His ability to make some good budget signings would surely please the board and the fans alike, but will his team play the same attacking type of football which we saw from Tottenham last season?

2. Roberto Martinez (Wigan Athletic)

Martinez has won a lot of praise during his time at Wigan, especially this season when he saved the Latics from relegation by registering important wins over Manchester United, Liverpool, Newcastle and Arsenal in the process. He was heavily linked with the Liverpool managerial post earlier this summer before Brendan Rodgers was given the job. Martinez’s teams play some attracting football which is pleasing on the eye and its a known fact that Levy is a admirer of the Spaniard. But at the same time, moving from Wigan to Tottenham will be a huge step for the former Swansea boss, and can he handle it?

3. Fabio Capello (Unemployed)

All English fans will remember him for his time with the England national team. The Italian had a very good record as the England boss, having loss just the six of his forty-two games in charge and boasted a winning percentage of around 67%. His club record speaks for itself having won seven Serie A titles, two La Liga titles and one Champions League title during his time at Milan, Roma, Juventus and Real Madrid. His club record shows that he can achieve success at the club level but he won’t come for cheap and will ask for a huge salary plus his English is not that good either.

4. Jürgen Klinsmann (United States national football team)

After two successful spells as a player at White Hart Lane, Klinsmann is considered a club legend. As a manager, he guided his country to the semi-finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, but followed it by a poor stint at Bayern Munich. The former Bayern Munich and Inter striker is currently in charge of the United States national team and will be hoping to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil. If given the job, Klinsmann would be a popular choice among the fans, but his lack of experience in club management could count against him.

5. Andre Villas-Boas (Unemployed)

12 months back, Andre Villas-Boas was one of the most hottest property in world football after helping Porto do the European treble by winning the Portuguese League, Portuguese Cup and the Europa League. 12 months later, he is unemployed and has been sacked by Tottenham’s London rivals Chelsea. He has learned his trade under the self proclaimed ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter before going back to Portugal and winning the treble in 2011. The 34-year-old deserves another chance to prove himself and he would surely relish the challenge of taking over Tottenham and being successful with them.

6. Frank de Boer (Ajax)

The former Dutch defender has 112 international caps to his name and has won the Eredivisie five times as a player at Ajax. Now as the manager of the Dutch giants since 2010, De Boer has already guided them to two Eredivisie titles in succession and was approached by Liverpool during the summer. He won back-to-back titles at the Amsterdam Arena despite  in-fighting and financial woes at the club, but having recently turned down the approaches of Liverpool the former Barcelona defender may stay at Ajax and develop his squad.

7. Alan Pardew (Newcastle United)

The Tottenham fans will feel a bit uneasy at hearing his name as one of the candidates for the job, but they can’t deny the fact he led Newcastle to the brink of the Champions League football on a reasonable budget, while he and his backroom staff also discovered some gems like Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in the transfer market. Moving to Tottenham from Newcastle might not be considered a big step up for the former West Ham boss, as both will be playing in the Europa League next season.

8. Rafael Benitez (Unemployed)

If Daniel Levy wants Champions League football at White Hart Lane on a regular basis, then Rafa Benitez is the man for the job. The Spaniard has a very good track record in European competitions, having led Valencia and Liverpool to European glory. Benitez was destroyed by the Liverpool owners and was later sacked by them before having a very poor stint at Inter. But if supported fully by Levy, then Benitez is the right man who could bring Champions League football to White Hart Lane on a regular basis.