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Tottenham should throw the book at Lloris for drink-driving

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was charged for drink-driving after a routine patrol stop on Friday, August 24. The French international was taken to Charing Cross police station and put in a cell after giving his fingerprints and a DNA swab.

As per the Telegraph, a Metropolitan Police statement said: “A man has been charged following a routine patrol stop in Gloucester Place, W1. Hugo Lloris, 31, of East Finchley, was charged with drink driving on Friday, 24 August. He has been bailed to return to Westminster magistrates’ court on Tuesday 11 September.”

The shot-stopper has since made an apology and Tottenham have stated they will discipline him sternly for the incident, but there are reports suggesting he will still start against Manchester United in Monday night’s trip to Old Trafford. Lloris is club captain and a very important player, but why aren’t Spurs making an example of him?

Drink-driving costs lives, and his actions could have results in casualties. To allow him back into the team would send the wrong message to the players, regardless of how much he’s apologised or is liked among the squad. Had this been committed by a fringe player, there’s no question they’d be dropped.

Ahead of Monday night’s meeting with Manchester United, Tottenham are sixth in the Premier League table with six points from their first two games. Spurs beat Newcastle United (2-1) and Fulham (3-1) and are fancied by many to get a result at Old Trafford.

However, manager Mauricio Pochettino may feel he needs his best goalkeeper to achieve this, rather than trust Michel Vorm. Lloris will certainly receive a big fine for his transgression and could lose the captaincy, but it’s still punishments that are lenient.

Poch has been hard on players in the past, notably dropping Kyle Walker before he eventually left to join Manchester City, but it seems he won’t do the same for Lloris. There could be many supporters whose lives have ben directly or indirectly affected by drink-driving who would welcome a real punishment being dolled out on a player, but Tottenham could resist it.

Lloris missed training with Tottenham the following day because he was in police custody and could yet lose his driving licence in September’s court case. Spurs have a big opportunity to put principles first ahead of Monday night’s game with Manchester United by dropping their captain, but does Pochettino have the guts to do it? Should Tottenham throw the book at Lloris?

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Tottenham set ignominious record after transfer inactivity

Tottenham Hotspur have set an ignominious record after their transfer inactivity this summer. The Londoners are the first Premier League club not to buy a player in the transfer window.

On deadline day, they were heavily linked with Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, but they didn’t come close to matching his asking price. The England u21 international appeared happy to stay at Villa Park too.

Mauricio Pochettino will have to work with the squad he’s got, which is brimming with talent, but Spurs could struggle this season. Their competitors have all strengthen in the summer and could leave the Lilywhites behind.

Back in May, Pochettino told Tottenham owner Daniel Levy that he “needs to take risks” if he truly wants to win a major honour, saying: “If we want to be real contenders for big, big trophies, we need to review a little. First of all, I need to speak with Daniel, then we will know what we are going to do.

“I think it’s a moment the club needs to take risks and if possible work harder than the previous season to be competitive again.” Pochettino has since been forced to change his stance, calling Levy’s actions “brave”. Citing the new stadium as part of the reason why spending has been stemmed, the Spurs boss believes keeping their best players amounts to a victory in the transfer window.

“Maybe (no summer transfers) looks bad because of the perception. That is our decision – to keep the best players and to keep the squad. It is a brave decision. What the club is doing is showing it is brave. Building a new training ground, finishing the lodge – it was a massive investment. Building a stadium that is nearly £1 billion.

“Of course, maybe in the mind of everyone they will say ‘oh Tottenham did not sign anyone’ but to sign for the sake of signing? It is better to keep your best players”. Tottenham haven’t had the worst summer. Toby Alderweireld stayed for another season, Harry Kane signed a new deal and Pochettino committed his future for the long-term too.

Spurs have finished in the top-three of the Premier League in each of the last three seasons – 70 points in 2015/16, 86 points in 2016/17 and 77 points in 2017/18. They risk losing ground on the competition by not strengthening, but Tottenham have shown they’re no slouches.

They’ll be hoping for a bright start to the season to remind supporters that they’re still a strong outfit, regardless of recruitment.

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Pochettino admits Tottenham may not make a summer signing

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted the London outfit might not make a summer signing before the transfer window closes. Spurs are known for leaving their transfer business late under chairman Daniel Levy, but there has been a real lack of progress on the recruitment front, drawing the ire from supporters. Pochettino was forced to bear the bad news to fans.

“Last season I told you some numbers, but this season we don’t know. I don’t know if we are going to sign or not. We’re working on that. I cannot tell you if we’re going to sign one, zero or two or three or four. We’re working,” he said.

“It’s true that it’s so close, the transfer window is so close, but the club’s doing everything to help the team and add some players, more quality, and try to help us in the season to achieve what we want.”

The 46-year-old is also frustrated with the decision to bring transfer deadline day forward a number of weeks. Clubs voted 17-3 to move the summer transfer window from the end of August to Thursday, August 9 instead, days before the new season starts.

He said: “If you compare with Europe I think you are in complete disadvantage and sure it does not help the clubs in the Premier League. We are all in the same situation in England. It’s clear that today I don’t know if the rest of the teams are happy with that decision.

“Personally, I think it’s not right. I think it’s right if you agree with all of Europe and all the different countries. In that situation I think it didn’t help or it’s not going to help the Premier League clubs or the clubs in England to have the same possibility to another contender.

 “We are going to compete in the Champions League and to have 20 days less is I think not a thing that is going to help us. But it wasn’t my decision. I never gave my opinion on that.”

Tottenham have yet to make a signing in this window and they’re running out of time. The Lilywhites finished third in the Premier League last season, four points adrift of second-placed Manchester United.

They’ve secured new deals for Pochettino and England centre-forward Harry Kane among others, so this summer hasn’t been an entire waste for Tottenham. There just isn’t anyone popping up on their radar that will improve the squad, and the club will be keen to avoid the panic-buy situation that led to them overpaying for ex-Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

Tottenham have a strong squad and look to have held onto key players who had uncertain futures -Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Kane – so this summer could have been worse. They have nine more days to try and get a deal over the line.

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Pochettino and Kane agreeing new deals are Tottenham’s best summer signings

Tottenham Hotspur did well to tie down manager Mauricio Pochettino to a long-term deal a week before the Real Madrid vacancy arose, as well as getting Harry Kane to agree a long-term contract just four days before the England World Cup squad travelled to Russia.

Spurs secured the futures of two highly-important figures at the club whose commitment to the London outfit could soon be followed by the rest of the squad. Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are two players in talks over new deals and more could follow this summer.

Tottenham cashing in on two players who missed a lot of last season

Belgian centre-back Toby Alderweireld and midfielder Mousa Dembele are two players being linked with a move away from Tottenham and have just 12 months left on their respective deals. However, Alderweireld and Dembele haven’t had constructive contract talks with Spurs and could be put up for sale if an agreement over an extension isn’t reached this summer.

Alderweireld made only 14 Premier League appearances in an injury-hit 2017/18 campaign and saw Davinson Sanchez nail down a starting place at the back in his absence. Tottenham are unwilling to meet his wage demands and are open to a sale for £75m. Chairman Daniel Levy will drive a hard bargain to get maximum value from the centre-back and may do the same for Dembele.

The 30-year-old has also seen his contract demands rebuffed by Tottenham this summer. Dembele wants a long-term deal, but Spurs aren’t budging. The Belgian was substituted on or substituted off in 20 of his 28 Premier League appearances last season, highlighting his dwindling fitness levels and influence on the pitch.

Tottenham have Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama in his absence and have been linked with Olympique Lyonnais’ 21-year-old midfielder Tanguy NDombele. Dembele would surely fetch a decent price too, as he’s been a good servant in his six years with the Londoners.

Big names could join Tottenham as key players are set to stay

After Tottenham’s stadium move, there were fears the club could suffer financially and have to put their best players up for sale. But it actually appears Spurs are in a healthy place and have scrapped their wage structure to tie down their most important talent. Should the likes of Eriksen and Alli follow Pochettino and Kane, big-name players in Europe could be convinced to make the switch.

Since Pochettino was appointed manager of Tottenham, the club have finished fifth (2014/15), third (2015/16), second (2016/17) and third (2017/18) in the Premier League. There was a fear that fantastic record could be ruined by a troublesome 2018/19 campaign had they resorted to cost-cutting measures, but now they could further improve the squad.

Tottenham should be firmly in the race for a top-four finish next season, so players shouldn’t consider it a gamble to move White Hart Lane. Spurs have racked up 70 points or more in each of the last three campaigns and are tying down their most important personnel to ensure a good season is too come.