Spurs former captain Ledley King has heaped praises on the club’s current defender Kyle Walker.
Walker is a key player in the Spurs set-up despite being injury prone. Walker is the first choice right back for club and country, and he has moved past the several injuries he suffered between 2013 and 2015. He had limited appearances in the Premier League during his time off but he has quickly re-established himself at White Hart Lane.
In the 2016/17 season, Walker is arguably the best right back in England. His sterling performances have contributed to the Spurs’ feat this term. The Mauricio Pochettino side is yet to lose league game this season. The former Sheffield United player has struggled with injuries a bit this term as well, but his performance, when fit, earned him King’s commendation.
“It takes a while to get back to your levels and it’s testing time whenever you are out for a long period, there are tough moments and it takes time to get things right again. It does allow you to reflect on your game, what you want to do and where you want to be when you get back playing. Kyle has come back stronger than ever,” King told the club’s website.
Tottenham have a long way to go if they want to end up as Premier League champions. They currently place 5th but are four points behind log leaders Chelsea. Whilst the team has been consistent in managing expectations, there is an obstacle holding them from moving beyond the current level. A string of draws in October ensured they remained behind even as power changed hands three times.
Spurs are set to play Chelsea, Swansea City and Manchester United in forthcoming league games, even as they are get set to exit the Champions League following a string of losses.
Notwithstanding the fact that injury has disturbed the former Tottenham center-back, it doesn't reduce how much love the fans and supporters of the club have for him.
King believes that the players are really talented but Josh Onomah is a really big, powerful lad. Onomah just recently clocked 19 and has got a lot of potentials to showcase, same as defender Cameron Vickers. King also believes that a young lad by the name, Marcus Edwards, should be looked out for as well.
The 36-year old also talked on the players being left behind, he believes it was always difficult but the manager should have liked all the players together preparing at the same time, but, he knows that players need to rest in order to restore some energy after a long season.
"I think good players and strong players would use that as motivation for the coming season," King said. "I’m sure they were disappointed over the summer. They’ll put that aside, look forward to coming back and playing football. I’m sure they will use it to show they’re top players in their own right, but as a team it just didn’t happen. And that’s been the case for England for a number of years. It’s nothing that’s particularly new. They’ll be raring to go.
"I’m hoping the consistency from the squad, we’re very settled. The manager is young, ambitious and hungry; the players are the same. We have a settled group, not much change, just looking to strengthen in the right areas as a squad and I’m hopeful that will play a big part going into the start of the season, because the other teams are going to have 4, 5, 6 new players in their starting line-up. Hopefully we can hit the ground running (thanks to the) continuity."
Neymar broke the Olympic record when Brazil defeated Honduras 6-0 in the men’s event at the tournament.
Neymar scored the fastest goal when he scored just 15 seconds from the kick-off. He was heavily criticized for his uninspiring effort when they played the first two group games, despite the whole country waiting on him to lead the country to their first Olympic gold medal in football.
Neymar lead the transformation from their last group game, defeating Denmark 4-0 after the previous goalless draw. They qualified for the quarter final to face Columbia, defeating them 2-0. The 6-0 smashing sets them up for a possible revenge when they met Germany in the Gold Medal game on Saturday.
Neymar scored the goal as he hounded Honduran defender Johnny Palacios at the edge of the box, and then he sent the ball into an empty net as the goal keeper Luis Lopez ran out to try and save the ball. The goal becomes the fastest in the Olympics, but is still not as fast as some other goals in the history of the round leather game.
In the Major League Soccer, Tim Cahill scored in the 7th second when Houston Dynamo played New York Red Bulls back in 2013. However, Mike Grella equalled the record in 2015 when New York Red Bulls faced Philadelphia Union. Ledley King holds the record in the Premier League when he scored in 9.9 seconds back in 2000 when Tottenham Hotspur played Bradford City.
In the La Liga, Joseba Llorente holds the record in 7.22 seconds but in the Serie A it is 8.1 seconds. In the Champions League, when Bayern München hosted Real Madrid back in 2007 in 10.1 seconds. The fastest goal overall record is held by former Arsenal player Nicklas Bendtner back in 2011.
Ledley King states his opinion about Tottenham and how he feels that the club has received a boost ahead of the new season.
Ledley King would definitely know and he would be in the position to state anything about the Tottenham team, having captained Spurs previously. He feels that the club has learnt much as the new season begins and that should definitely give the club members a head start this season.
Today Ledley has the role of the club ambassador that he plays well. He is considered a legend of Tottenham as he has gained considerable experience in international games. He feels that the club has gained considerable experience as well as the Spurs had participated in many international tournaments. That will definitely have many of the players ready for the new season ahead of training sessions as well.
The reason for such a feeling to have arisen in the club ambassador is the fact that Spurs has had about 12 players in total playing international football at competitive levels this summer. King feels that the club will definitely find the benefits and differences in the abilities of the players as they have recently come back from having participated in different matches at international levels. Eric Dier is one such instance, who was part of England’s team. King feels that, irrespective of how a team performs, having played competitive football at international levels gives the players new found confidence and self belief that continues at club level games in the consecutive season.
He gives instances of his own experience when he had played only twice in 2004 but the challenges he faced out there had given his renewed confidence that impacted his playing and boosted his confidence levels. This year the club has had eleven players in international games.
Tottenham are reported to be interested in Dinamo Zagreb midfielder, Ante Coric.
The North London club have gone on to submit a bid for the player. That is according to Croatian newspaper SN, who claim Spurs have recently sent scouts to watch the 19-year-old, who has been likened to Manchester City's David Silva.
Coric has been a key player for Zagreb this season, helping the club to the Croatian title with four goals and five assists. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has apparently been impressed by Coric's high level of intensity and work ethic and has set aside £10million to secure his services ahead of next season.
However, Pochettino faces competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool, who are looking to trump Spurs with a £11.4m move. The Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has reportedly called Coric to invite him and his representatives to Anfield, where he could join Croatian compatriot Dejan Lovren. The Under-21 international reportedly turned down Chelsea, Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the age of 12 to join Red Bull Salzburg, signing for Zagreb four years later.
Spurs might lose the player to Liverpool if the player eventually signs with the club. Aside Coric, Spurs are also in the race with rivals, Arsenal FC to acquire Denis Suarez. Suarez has been a key player for Villarreal this season that just ended, he appareared in 48 games in all competitions helping the club to a fourth place finish.
The 22-year old represented Spain at youth level making nine under 21 appearances as he is awaiting a call up to the national team.
The attention raised due to his performance this season has attracted the attention of Barcelona who might activate their buy-back clause. If they do, the action can see the player return to Camp Nou for 2.3 million Pounds, then he can be sold for profit this summer.
Mauricio Pochettino is being rumored to be transferred either to Real Madrid or Manchester United.
However, Ledley does not think that Pochettino will move. Ledley, being an ex captain of Tottenham, is convincing Pochettino to stay on. He is sure that Pochettino will not look at other teams as he will want to pursue a long term goal in Tottenham and continue to become manager finally at White Hart Lane.
Pochettino has been in the news recently for the work he has done for Spurs. This has definitely helped the team to gain a place to challenge the title in the Premier League games. It definitely has been providing some exciting football games this season for the fans. Pochettino, with his international fame from his Argentina days, has been linked to possible moves between teams like Real Madrid and Manchester United. With both premier teams showing interest in him, his rise to fame is apparent. However, Ledley King has been trying to influence him to think otherwise.
Ledley, even being no longer active on the field, has been actively interested in the club and its potential top players. Ledley hopes that the club puts in their best efforts to retain the top players as the talents need to be nurtured. He feels that Pochettino has the potential to be a manager who can be around and groom the forthcoming generations of players. Ledley feels that Pochettino has a good influence on the team which can be attributed to the exciting new playing levels that the team has achieved of late. With Ledley is a notable voice in the Tottenham circles, it is believed that he will certainly influence and try to get things good for the club and the team.
Ledley King says that now is the time for Tottenham to end several decades of wait for a league title.
The club will be taking on Arsenal in a derby at White Hart Lane. After having played second fiddle to their North London rivals for several years, Spurs can not only hope to improve their chances of winning the league but also end Arsenal’s hopes. A win for Tottenham at White Hart Lane will send a strong message to the league according to King. The likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City have been off colour throughout the campaign.
Leicester City and Tottenham have taken full advantage of such a season by dominating the campaign from start to finish. Leicester have suffered only three defeats in the league so far while Spurs have lost four matches. In comparison to the 2014-15 season, Spurs lost a whopping 12 matches through the whole campaign. The club finished fifth in the table and reached Europa League. Now, a place in the Champions League may have just been secured with this kind of impressive form. The club want even more as they are in a great position for the title. Leicester continue to have a five-point advantage over the London outfit.
“The time is now.The two teams up there now will feel there’s a big chance of winning the league this season. I do believe it will be harder in the coming season. So for both teams - use the opportunity.They are doing everything right and at this stage they are the two favourites. As long as they keep going about their business the way they are, they stand a great chance.I really do believe we will win.I’ve played in enough derbies to know form goes out of the window in these types of games,” said King.
Tottenham have been able to enjoy some of the best young talents in world football over the last decade.
They watched Gareth Bale joined the club as a youngster and go on to become the most expensive player in the world. Another success story appears to be coming up in the form of midfielder Dele Alli. Despite being only 19 years old,Alli has been a regular part of the total of first team this season. This has led to his call-up to the England national team at this young age. He is now seen as the next Jack Wilshere.
Surprisingly, Tottenham did not have to spend a lot of money in order to acquire his services. He was brought to the club for just £ 5 million from Milton Keynes Dons in 2015.Alli is already worth significantly more than the original transfer fee.Alli came through the ranks at MK Dons before going on to play professionally for the club from 2012 to 2015. The club’s former defender and one of the iconic players, Ledley King stated that Alli is someone who has the potential to go on to great things in the future. He says that the physical structure of the midfielder will be of great significance in the Premier League.
“I think the one thing is his size; he is very tall, very athletic, and he doesn’t stop running. And when you have those kinds of components, as well as his technical ability, you’ve got a player there.Another strength that surprised me about him, and I mean this in the most respectful way is that he doesn’t show any of his opponents any respect. There’s no fear in his play. The way he goes about his business for a young player is very impressive,” said King.
Former Manchester United winger Luis Nani put himself in the limelight just weeks after completing a move to Fenerbahce by scoring two goals to help the team get a 2-1 victory in front of the home supporters againstAntalyaspor.
After having failed to secure the league title last season, Fenerbahce are under immense pressure to deliver the league trophy to the fans. In order to do so, an exceptional start was of paramount importance and it has come in the form of a hardfought victory againstAntalyaspor. Fenerbahce are now one of the two teams still to be beaten in the Turkish super league.
Nani opened the scoring just before half-time, but the home team was left immensely surprised whenGuilherme equalised in the 70th minute. As the final whistle approached, the game was to level and this provided a lot of uneasiness to the fans.Coach Vitor Pereira felt that a draw would have been an extremely unjust result given that Fenerbahce dominated from start to finish.Antalyaspor have been doing well in the league after having taken two wins in their last matches. The presence of names like Samuel Eto’o was giving them a huge amount of confidence, but Nani showed his quality with an impeccable freekick.
“We played a team with good morale after winning both of its matches. We knew they would play counter attacks looking for a goal. If we had dropped points tonight, it would have been an utterly unjust result, but we came away with a victory,” said the Fenerbahce manager after the game. The match also witnessed another former United player – Robin van Persie – playing the entire 90 minutes without scoring a goal. The home team had an incredible 13 shots at goal. Yet, they required a lastgasp winner from Nani to secure three points.
New Liverpool signing Joe Gomez says that he grew up watching Ledley King and considers the former Tottenham defender as one of his idols.
The Charlton Athletic youth team star has been brought to Anfield for a transfer fee of around £ 3.5 million. He is expected to have a bright future not only with Liverpool but with the England national team as well. The 18-year-old central defender has kept an impressive record of going for the England under 17 team after his performance against Turkey. The European championship campaign for the U17 team has seen England keep six clean sheets out of the seven games.
This impressive record has been largely helped by the form shown by Gomez and it is thought to be one of the reasons behind Liverpool ready to offer such a massive amount of fee for someone who has not featured in the Premier League so far. Liverpool will be hoping for a much better performance from the 18-year-old going forward, as they did not have much success with Jonjo Shelvey in the past.Shelvey also came to Liverpool from Charlton but he failed to impress and is now with Swansea. Ledley King went on to make numerous England appearances before retiring early due to knee injuries.
“I grew up watching players like Rio Ferdinand and Ledley King and I try to aspire to be like them and to reach that top level with my club and country.I try to enhance my abilities every day, and I do like to pick up the ball and bring it out from the back – but only at the right time. I never get complacent as I don’t want to lose the ball in a vital position, but I do believe it is one of my biggest qualities,” said Gomez.