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First He Sank Chelsea And Now He’s Being Linked With Tottenham – Player Report On £20m Winger

First he scores the goal to sink Chelsea, twice, and now he is being linked with a move to Tottenham, according to the Mirror. It has been a big few months for FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah.

His speed, his determination to beat a man and the way he can slip in and out of opposition areas is what made him so dangerous against the Blues and he showed it again on Tuesday evening in Switzerland. Not only did he three shots and score once, but he also won the vast majority of his take ons and completed 80% of his passes.

Tottenham have had trouble on the wings after flogging Gareth Bale to Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer but the likes of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Andros Townsend have impressed in stages, and even Aaron Lennon coming back from injury.

He is a flexible player, though, and would fit in well with Tottenham’s interchangeable style of play. The Egypt international is apparently rated at £20m and despite Spurs already spending a heap of money in the summer to compensate for the loss of Bale it seems that there is still money in the bank.

For me, the north London side could do a lot worse than this chap.

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Striker On The Verge Of Chelsea Move – Player Report

When Chelsea fell to a 1-0 loss at FC Basel the other night it only strengthened in my mind that they need a new frontman. Samuel Eto’o looked hopeless when he was on the pitch, and then when he went off injured Fernando Torres was even worse, though he had just come back from injury. It’s been a common theme this season, the strikers have been awful in everything they’ve done, so it cheered me up when I saw the Metro were reporting that my beloved Blues are on the verge of signing Jackson Martinez from Porto.

Martinez is a natural finisher and score score from a range of different positions, which is something that Eto’o, Torres or even Ba can do. He’s strong, good in the air and his link up play is superb.

Last season I was keeping an eye on all things Portuguese and he was incredible. He scored 34 to collect the top scorer award and he already has 10 in 15 games this time round, which is more than three times the combined total of the current crop already at the Bridge.

In my mind there is no doubt that Mourinho should be doing everything in his power to sign the Colombia international, and if you don’t agree then you will after the video below.

Why Walcott’s Return Will Bring The Best Out Of Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil’s arrival in the summer saw the nation discussing the effect that he would have on Arsenal, but not many envisaged the Gunners sitting four points clear at the top of the Premier League after 13 games – especially not after losing 3-1 to Aston Villa on the opening day. The German has been a revelation this term but has his form has dipped in the last few weeks, so I thought that I would take a minute to look at how they can get the best out him.

Ozil is a creative talent who thrives in the central position with players running off him, which is why the return of Theo Walcott has come at the perfect time. With Santi Cazorla drifting around the former Real Madrid playmaker Ozil has the chance to either interchange with the Spaniard or thread a through ball to Walcott on the right wing.

The Germany international has made 25 key passes this season – four of which have been assists – and another 14 in the Champions League.

He is running things in the attacking phases and the speed alongside him will only benefit Ozil. The runs of Walcott will also draw defenders away from Ozil who can then stroll into the space or take a pop at goal – he has hit the target with 83% of his shots so far.

The return of Walcott has come at the perfect time for Arsene Wenger, and Mesut Ozil, too.

Defoe Agrees MLS Move – Here’s Why I Think Tottenham Should Hold Onto Him

Jermain Defoe is a player who almost guarantees you goals, so to get rid of him when you’re in desperate need of hitting the back of the net then in my eyes it’s a poor decision. The Mirror say that the Tottenham forward has agreed a deal with Major League Soccer side Toronto FC, managed by former team-mate Ryan Nelson.

Since breaking into professional football, there hasn’t been a season where the England international has failed to score, and he’s currently in his 18th campaign. He has racked up 219 goals in his 500+ games and in my opinion is a far better option than Emmanuel Adebayor up top.

Roberto Soldado is the current Spurs striker and he has obvious talent, but he has not been given enough support to play to his strengths and he has struggled to score from open play since his arrival.

Defoe has failed to score in the Premier League this season but has scored nine in other competitions, and at 31 I still think he’s worth keeping around.

The money they receive from the deal could help Spurs land a striker in January, but that’s a risk in itself.

Being a fan of both Defoe and the Premier League, I would like to see him stay.

Spurs fans, what do you reckon?

3 Players Who Villas-Boas Needs To Drop For Tottenham’s Clash With Manchester United

Tottenham were the laughing stock of the weekend as a result of their 6-0 drubbing from Manchester City on Sunday, but rather than the players taking the stick it seems to be Andre Villas-Boas who has taken most of it. I don’t agree with the abuse the Portuguese coach has received, so here are three players that I think he should drop for the club’s next league outing – a home clash with Manchester United.

1) Michael Dawson

The centre-back reminded us why he has taken so much flak against City with a really poor display. He was given the run around by Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo and never looked settled in what he was doing.

Negredo’s first touch for his stunner left Dawson dazed.

2) Sandro

Although the Brazilian is a firm fan favourite and has turned in some sterling performances this season, he needs to be dropped as a result of an embarrassing display this weekend. He was run all over the place by the likes of Yaya Toure and even scored an own goal.

3) Erik Lamela

Although the former Roma man has been looking sharper than ever recently, his efforts against City were appalling. His crossing was poor, his positioning was questionable and he looked as though he didn’t want to be there. Although that’s understandable.

5 Things We Learned From Chelsea’s 1-0 Loss To Basel

Chelsea fell to a 1-0 defeat away at FC Basel last night in the Champions League, and although the Blues have qualified for the knockout rounds, there was a lot to moan about. Here are five things that we learned from the tie.

1) Basel are solid

Ivan Ivanov and Fabian Schar proved to those who were watching that they are an incredible partnership. The former made five clearances, won all of his headers and made three interceptions, while the latter made six clearances, six interceptions and two tackles.

2) Ramires needs to beef up

Although the Brazilian is having a cracking season, he proved last night that when up against a combative central midfielder that he can often come up short. He’s an aggressive player but doesn’t have the strength to back it up.

3) Chelsea need to change their game up

The Blues were predictable last night – so much so that Basel were able to rack up 16 interceptions to cut out their game and win the majority of headers. Chelsea need pace to play their game effectively and when they don’t have it they can look limp.

4) De Bruyne is still in Mourinho’s plans

The young Belgian made a late appearance, which perhaps suggests that Mourinho isn’t ready to offload him just yet.

5) Salah is the real deal

He scored against the Blues in the reverse fixture but some had written it off as a fluke, but again he tore Chelsea to pieces. He scored once, had three shots, won 100% of his take ons and completed 80% of his passing.

Bundesliga Playmaker Hints At Arsenal Move – Statistical Player Report

With Wolfsburg midfielder Naldo suggesting that Arsenal and Southampton are interested in his services, I thought that I would take a look at what the 28-year-old could offer the Premier League sides mentioned by The Sun.

The little Brazilian has been on our screen for some time now, as he has been playing in Europe since 2004. He left boyhood club Santos and has since played for Porto, Werder Bremen, Juventus and Wolfsburg, as well as having a loan stint at La Liga side Atletico. He’s also a 33-time Brazil international.

Diego is an immesnely creative talent who sits just behind the strikers. His vision, his technique and the awareness that helps him sow his game together are nothing short of remarkable and he pulls everything off with a touch of flair.

He has made no fewer than 30 key passes this season, more than any individual at either Arsenal or Southampton, and has won an incredible 63/78 take ons.

He has completed 83% of his passes so far in the Bundesliga and has had 21 shots in his 12 appearances, and he’s not bad at chipping in with the defensive work, either – He has completed 19/23 of his tackles this term.

Despite his age I think the little South American would be a brilliant addition to either side. He’s got an eye for the spectacular aswell – check this video out.

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3 Players Who Chelsea Will Have To Get The Better Of To Beat Basel Tonight

Chelsea travel to Switzerland to take on Basel in the Champions League this evening so here are three players who the Blues will have to get the better of to get a result.

1) Fabian Schar – CB

The centre-back has been linked with a move to the Premier League over the past few months and will again have the chance to prove himself on the big stage when he goes up against whoever Jose Mourinho chooses to lead his line.

He is a strong player who thrives in the air but has been known to struggle against the more nimble strikers, but considering the frontline currently at Stamford Bridge he should be okay.

2) Geoffrey Die – CM

The 29-year-old African is a domineering player who has incredible technical abilities. His pass success at present in the Champions League is 88.2% and he has controlled proceedings in the middle in the leagues.

He will be up against the likes of Juan Mata, Frank Lampard and Ramires, so he will need to up his game.

3) Marco Streller – CF

The Swiss forward scored against the Blues in the first  meeting between the two back in September and John Terry will need to handle his power in the clash.