A round-up of news and views relating to Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.
After he missed the match with Chelsea on Saturday, Andre Villas-Boas has said he is not entirely sure when Mousa Dembele will return to first team action. The hip injury aggravated in Belgium’s match with Scotland is something that kept him out of Fulham’s side for two weeks in January, but there is hope the midfielder will be back sooner than that this time around.
The other key man missing on Saturday was Gareth Bale, but Villas-Boas has come out saying he was happy to let the Welsh star leave the squad to be present at the birth of his daughter.
Emmanuel Adebayor is reportedly unhappy at Spurs already, as he is behind Jermain Defoe in the striker pecking order. There are even reports suggesting the Togolese striker would be keen to leave in January, though he will be away for much of the month with the African Cup of Nations.
Another player new signing already linked with a move away from Spurs is Hugo Lloris. With Brad Friedel having been preferred for the Chelsea match there are reports that both AC Milan and Arsenal could be weighing up a shock move for the keeper. Thought the idea of a move seems quite ridiculous, Lloris has understandably said his ambition is to be on the pitch, though he does not believe his position in the French side is under threat.
For his part Friedel has said that he expects neither keeper is guaranteed a start, and that he hopes the friendly rivalry can continue with Lloris. He also added that both he and the club are somewhat surprised that he has maintained such a high performance level for so long.
After the defeat to Chelsea Jan Vertonghen has urged Spurs to start playing with more consistency at home. Again Spurs improved in the second half of the match, but the Belgian defender says they need to get of the blocks quicker when at White Hart Lane:
"We need to think about how to put two strong halves together. We need to work out how to put a bit more pressure on teams from the start.”
With the January transfer window growing ever closer there have been reports Spurs will go back in for Shakhtar star Willian. Having failed with a bid for the attacker in the summer, Spurs are still in need of cover in that area, and should Shakhtar crash out of the Champions League before January, the Brazilian star may be open to a move.
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