Has the sun gone to their heads? Paper makes claims about wingers in and out

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Dom Le Roy

The Sun is claiming that Spurs are looking to buy Zaha for £45 million. The piece goes on to state that Crystal Palace believe they are in a strong position having turned down an offer of £30 million from Chelsea. It further claims that Tottenham are looking to offload some squad members, including Serge Aurier and Lucas Moura, whom the paper describes as “fringe players”. They compare Zaha with Grealish and look favourably on Zaha if the fees were similar.

Let’s unpick this a little.

First, I think we would all be astonished if the club were thinking of selling Lucas. He had little playing time last season, but looked promising, sharp and incisive when he did play. He scored two in the opening International Champions Cup game when Spurs beat Roma 4-1. To move onwards and upwards we desperately need additional depth of creativity in that final third. If Eriksen and Deele are not fully on their games, Lamela and Sissoko have yet to show they can step up. Lucas has not yet had proper opportunity. To move him on so quickly, would be astonishing, especially as he seems to have become a fans’ favourite in a very short time.

In regard to Grealish, I would be very surprised if Levy and Pochettino would sanction more than about half the Sun’s mooted £40 million. He is a prospect, not a player to bank on helping take us to the next level in the short term. The thing is, should we really rate Zaha much more highly? Despite all the hype his record of goals and assists is not that fantastic. He scores around one goal per four games, not bad for an attacking midfielder, but his assists dropped hugely last season. Of course, that may be connected to the team rather than just him. There are other players out there I would rather have.

I would be very concerned about Lucas moving on, but I think it is just a story. Aurier has been inconsistent and a liability at times. Maybe adjusting to the PL takes time. Not sure about this one.

Spurs fans, what do you think?

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Brian has been a Spurs supporter from around 1960, so was there for the double, the FA Cup in 1962 and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1963. He admits to having cried when Spurs lost to Benfica in the 1962 European Cup Semi-final and to times when he could weep when watching Spurs for the past few years (but for very different reasons). Brian has been lucky enough to see greats such as Jimmy Greaves, Pat Jennings, Glenn Hoddle and Paul Gascoigne. During the 60s, 70s and 80s Spurs won at least one domestic trophy and one European trophy each decade (with those wonderful all white strip floodlit games). It has taken Brian more than 20 years to realise that may take a while to come back, but hope lives on.

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  1. The answer is simple. It’s the Sun! Believe anything that you read there and the guys in white coats will be calling soon thereafter.

  2. Made up nonsense from the Sun. As to the other points in the article:

    Grealish – seems mad to pay £20m for a decent prospect but transfer market has gone crazy. Would be a decent player in squad.

    Aurier – keep him, he’ll defo be needed at some point. Not a great first season, but that’s true of many players who join the PL. Now has benefit of a WC free pre-season and hopefully time with coaches will improve him.

    Moura – definitely keep him and hopefully play him more often. Should be on fire after pre season and raring to go.

    Zaha – would be a brilliant acquisition in my opinion. Fantastic skill and pace, scores goals and created chances in a poor Palace side. Would bring a great new dimension to our attacking play. Love this one to happen.

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