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Blades earn point at poor Spurs

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Sheffield United overcame one VAR incident to grab a point from Tottenham Hotspur in North London on Saturday.

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George Baldock scored in the second half after snake-bit David McGoldrick had a goal pulled back for a toenail’s worth of offside. Fine margins.

Spurs were again quite poor aside from Heung-Min Son and some moments from Giovani Lo Celso. Son scored the goal.

Sheffield United remains sixth with 16 points, while Spurs also claim a 16th point but sit below their visitors on goal differential.


Three things we learned

1. VAR follows rules to perplex: Lundstram was offside by a toenail in the build-up, pulling back David McGoldrick’s goal that would’ve leveled the score at 1 (which of course it later was). The decision-making process slowed the game for several minutes, those thin lines calling back a goal that no team’s fans would feel was understandable. When is the moment the ball is struck, and how can you be certain enough to call it offside for centimeters.

2. Son continues to shine: Not only are puns really fun, but where would Spurs be this season without their South Korean star? Son scored a deserved goal and took six shots on the day, making three successful dribbles, and completing 21 of 23 passes.

3. Kane invisible: Maybe England’s star striker is still getting over the sickness that cost him a start against Everton, but Harry Kane was quite poor against the Blades’ disciplined back line. Good for just one shot and six of 12 passing. On a day when the two attackers underneath him were quite good, Kane was absent.

Man of the Match: McGoldrick — Should’ve had his first Premier League goal but will settle for the assist, we suppose. His day must be coming.


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Giovani Lo Celso and Heung-min Son both came close for Spurs in a lively start, though cagey Sheffield United wasn’t overwhelmed by the venue either.

John Lundstram scuffed a 27th minute chance wide of the frame. Soon after, he smashed a Jack O'Connell cross off the post.

Son curled wide in the 50th minute as both sides started their second frames well, and in-form Lys Mousset turned Davinson Sanchez around before firing wide of the far post.

Dean Henderson made a fine save on Son in the 54th, but was left in a bad situation when abhorrent inactivity from the left side of his line gave the South Korean a clear cut chance. Given the day he was having, a goal felt inevitable.

But Blades had the ball in the net for an equalizer soon after, McGoldrick knifing home. A long VAR review followed for an offside in the build-up, and the slimmest of margins made it “clear and obvious” to… someone… that Lundstram was offside.

Baldock’s goal also had to withstand VAR review — don’t they all — when his shot took a slight turn off Ben Davies‘ rear end to beat Paulo Gazzaniga.

Watch Live: Brighton v. Tottenham

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Brighton and Hove Albion host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with the Seagulls aiming to pile more misery on Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs.

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Graham Potter‘s Brighton only have one win to their name this season but are playing attractive, attacking football and are capable of causing an upset.

Spurs were hammered 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday and after their League Cup exit to Colchester United, the pressure is on Pochettino. Spurs last won away in the Premier League back in January, and a big win here will ease some of the pressure heading into the international break.

In team news Brighton bring in teenage striker Aaron Connolly for Yves Bissouma, while Spurs bring in Ben Davies, Eric Dier, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen to the starting lineup.


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Tottenham sign Giovani Lo Celso, Sessegnon

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Tottenham Hotspur have pounced to make two signings on transfer Deadline Day.

They have their new playmaker and they have a new star in the making too.

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Spurs have been chasing Paulo Dybala, Bruno Fernandes and Philippe Coutinho in the last few days, but they’ve signed the man they’ve been after all summer long.

Giovani Lo Celso has signed for Spurs from Real Betis, initially joining on a season-long loan.

The deal for the Argentine international is expected to be made permanent next summer for a fee of $65 million.

Lo Celso, 23, will be the like-for-like replacement for Christian Eriksen, who is set to leave later this summer with the transfer window open until the start of September for most European clubs.

His silky skills and wand of a left foot will mean he is the perfect replacement for Eriksen who has repeated his desire to seek a fresh challenge away from Tottenham.

Spurs have also announced the signing of Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham, with the 19-year-old finally moving across London after a lengthy pursuit.

Tottenham have chased the England youth international for several years and he has joined Spurs for a fee believed to be in the region of $33 million with Josh Onomah joining Fulham as part of the deal.

Sessegnon will compete with Danny Rose and Ben Davies for the left back spot, with the youngster able to play as a winger too.

Rose back in Tottenham squad for Audi Cup

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Whether because of injuries to other players or a change of heart from manager Mauricio Pochettino, there was an interesting name among Tottenham’s squad for the preseason Audi Cup in Munich.

Left back Danny Rose made Tottenham’s 26-man squad for the tournament, which begins with a match against Real Madrid on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena. The inclusion of Rose comes just weeks after he was left off Tottenham’s roster for its tour of East Asia, with a statement that Rose was free to negotiate his exit from the club.

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However, Rose has still remained a Tottenham played in that time and could be taking advantage of some injuries to the squad in defensive areas. Tottenham confirmed that Eric Dier, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Ben Davies are all working back to fitness from injuries, while Serge Aurier underwent hand surgery for an injury suffered while playing at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. All of these has left Tottenham needing to bring Rose along.

Perhaps, for Tottenham’s game, Rose will play a few minutes and be in the shop window, with enough of a performance that another Premier League side would pull the trigger to sign the talented left back.

While Rose hasn’t started more than 20 games in the Premier League each of the last three seasons for injury and coaching decisions, he was the starter in Tottenham’s squad for the UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool, and he’s a seasoned England international. In most cases, it would be strange to see a player as experienced and talented as this, frozen out from the squad.

Winks, Davies sign new five-year contracts at Tottenham

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While Tottenham has been busy this summer in the transfer market, it’s also rewarding some of the mainstays that helped it reach the UEFA Champions League final.

Tottenham announced on Monday that it had signed Harry Winks and Ben Davies both to new five-year contracts. Terms of the deals were undisclosed.

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Winks came through the Tottenham academy and has gone on to appear more than 100 times for the Spurs first team. Now 23, the central midfielder played 41 times in all competitions, including at the Champions League final. Davies, 26, has been with Spurs since joining in 2014 from Swansea City and has made 168 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals.

Both Davies and Winks appeared back in London on Monday for the first day of preseason training. It’s a big deal for Tottenham, which has been known to reward its star players (Harry Kane, Dele Alli in the past) as well as its squad players with new contracts after strong seasons. At the same time, this summer, it’s been working hard to upgrade the squad to continue to grow as a Champions League team.

Heading forward, Winks and Davies will be key contributors to the squad, as it deals with the grueling Premier League season and 50-plus game schedule with the Champions League and other cup games mixed in. Tottenham has wisely learned that having a big squad is necessary, and it’s best to keep everyone happy, even if you have to spend a bit more for it.