Tottenham's midfield depth and quality earns an A and the defence gets a B

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Champions League runners-up Tottenham experienced a busy deadline day to complete a successful transfer window after remaining inactive in the previous two.

Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon shifted base to North London, while Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso joined the club on a season-long loan.

Right-back Kieran Trippier and Vincent Janssen made their way out of the club. Jack Clarke was purchased from Leeds United and sent back on a one-year loan.

Does the new-look Spurs squad hold more promise than the side that conceded defeat to Liverpool at Madrid?

We take a deeper look at the Spurs squad going into the 2019/20 season and grade the different departments.

Goalkeepers – B

Hugo Lloris and Paulo Gazzaniga will be Spurs’ men between the sticks for the following season. The club captain still has several years left before the inevitable decline kicks in.

Comparing Lloris to the likes of Ederson and Alisson would be unfair, given they have perched themselves on top of the pile. But the Frenchman has displayed consistency regularly to be considered a top player.

The back-up custodian Gazzaniga impressed during Lloris’ short spells of absence last season. Spurs lost just one game in four that had the Argentine guarding the posts and it came against eventual champions Manchester City.

The pairing between the posts is certainly not the best in the Premier League but Spurs do enjoy two reliable pair of hands.

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Defence – B

Spurs are blessed with quality and depth in the full-back position but could have considered recruiting a centre-back, given Toby Alderweireld is strongly linked to a move away from the club.

Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen should constitute a solid pairing but the lack of depth could attract trouble during the business end of the season.

The fourth-choice centre-back Juan Foyth lacks the experience to take over on a long-term basis, should an injury be inflicted upon the starters.

The full-backs act as a saving grace and thus prevent the defence from receiving a C+ grade. Danny Rose and Serge Aurier will be taking guard at left-back and right-back respectively and the departure of Trippier is unlikely to cause much harm on the flanks.

Kyle Walker-Peters and Ben Davies should serve as able deputies and the option of playing the new-signing Sessegnon as a wing-back is also present.

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Midfield – A

There are only a handful of midfield combinations in Europe that could claim to be an upgrade over what Spurs have in store for the 2019/20 season. This talented midfield at the disposal of Mauricio Pochettino promises to be a treat.

Spurs are likely to play a 4-2-3-1, with Lo Celso and Ndombele shaping the double pivot. Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min are favourites to start on either side of attacking midfield, with Dele Alli assuming the no10 role.

Each of the above-mentioned players possesses a unique attribute that provides the team well-rounded armoury at the centre of the pitch.

Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, and Sessegnon are the back-ups in midfield that Spurs have at their disposal. A good blend of youth, potential and experience decorate a competitive midfield that holds a lot of promise.

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Attack – B+

Spurs have one of the best strikers in the league spearheading the attack. Harry Kane was subjected to an injury-ridden season that prevented him from playing a part in some of his team’s crucial games towards April/May last season.

However, the North Londoners had no problems in dealing with his absence, as evidenced by their deep run in the Champions League. However, this lack of reliance over Kane could be an exception rather than the norm.

This means that Spurs should have considered pursuing a back-up for the English striker, with Fernando Llorente departing from the club.

Lucas Moura did a great job when played up front last season as did Son. But Kane remains the only out-and-out centre-forward at the club.

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Gylfi Sigurdsson on exciting new arrivals at Everton and optimism for new season

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Everton playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The new Premier League season is almost upon on us and we, as a team, are all looking forward to getting our campaign underway at Crystal Palace this weekend.

The opening day is what we have been working towards since we returned for pre-season training at the start of July. Over the past six weeks we have trained and played matches in Kenya, Switzerland and Germany (twice) – we have prepared well, there is an excitement amongst the group and we all cannot wait for the serious action to get started.

As with every club, over the summer months some players leave and others join. We have welcomed seven new signings to the club, all of whom bring additional quality to the talent that we already have within the squad.

The return of Andre Gomes on a permanent basis from Barcelona following a productive year on loan was a massive boost, a fantastic signing for the club. Everyone who watched our games last season could see what he adds to our midfield, especially driving forward with the ball.

Fellow midfielder Fabian Delph has joined from Manchester City and brings experience of winning things – he was tough to play against so it will be nice to have him in our team this season! Goalkeeper Jonas Lossl has settled into the squad fantastically well since moving from Huddersfield and, in the final week of the transfer window, midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin, striker Moise Kean, defender Djibril Sidibe and winger Alex Iwobi all joined us, too, to add extra depth and quality to the squad.

We are excited to play alongside these players and it is good for the morale of the team when you see top players being recruited. It is good for competition as they are all determined to make an impact.

Delph has arrived from Manchester City.

Delph has arrived from Manchester City.

These new signings, of course, add to what we already have at the club, players like Seamus Coleman who is the Republic of Ireland captain, Lucas Digne, who has a wand of a left foot and won the Club’s Player of the Year award last season, Jordan Pickford, who is England’s first-choice goalkeeper, and Michael Keane, who is one of the first names on our team sheet.

There’s also Richarlison, a fantastically skilful forward who gives the team an extra dimension with his attacking flair. He scores goals and works incredibly hard for the team. With the summer he has had – winning the Copa America with Brazil – he will be on a high and hopefully he can build on that success during his second season with the club.

As with every year, you always aim to improve and the team’s consistency will be important to us achieving that. We started last season well but there was a period of five or six games where we picked up just one or two points and the other teams around us pulled away.

The manager, Marco Silva, is asking for quality and hard work from the team. He’s a great coach who demands a lot from his players and, as with every manager, he wants his players to play for the team. It’s important for us to focus on these things and make sure we start the season like we finished the previous one – we collected 17 points from our last eight league matches in 2018/19 – because continuing that momentum will be a big factor for us.

Personally, I’m looking to build on my own performances last season – that has always got to be the aim. Just before the first game of the season, I normally write a few things down, targets for the year, so you’ll have to ask me at the end of this season whether I have reached them or not!

The football club is moving in the right direction and the ambition shown with the plans for the new stadium is also hugely exciting. The designs were revealed a couple of weeks ago and, just prior to that, the squad were given a first glimpse of the proposed plans. What we saw was fantastic and it certainly created a buzz in the dressing room.

It’s evident that the club is moving in the right direction and, as we enter the new season, there is every reason to be optimistic about what can be achieved during the next 10 months.

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David Silva made Manchester City club captain

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David Silva has been named as the new club captain of Premier League champions Manchester City.

Manager Pep Guardiola has announced the veteran Spanish playmaker, who is now in his final season at the club, came out top in a vote held by the squad.

The 33-year-old will take over from the long-serving Vincent Kompany, who left the club at the end of last season.

Silva had been the favourite after taking the armband for the majority of City’s pre-season games, as well as the Community Shield, but Guardiola wanted the whole squad to make a decision after returning to training.

Guardiola, who added that Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero will also be part of a leadership group, said: “David Silva will be our captain. He’s been one decade here, he knows the club, he knows the Premier League. He has big respect from his mates.

“The decision taken was the best for the club. He will be a good captain.”

City learned this week that winger Leroy Sane had suffered a serious knee injury and will undergo surgery next week to repair a damaged anterior cruciate ligament.

Guardiola is expecting the German, who limped off against Liverpool at Wembley last Sunday, to miss most of the campaign.

He said: “Normally this kind of injury, ACL, is six or seven months. Hopefully in February or March he can come back with us.”

In more positive news for City this week, midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has agreed a new four-year contract.

The 28-year-old’s previous deal was due to expire next summer and there had been speculation about his future.

Guardiola said: “I spoke with him once and said I’d be so delighted if he can stay because players like him are so difficult to find in Europe, in terms of personality and playing in different positions always in a high level.

“Thank you to him and the club for the effort to keep him with us for the next four years.”

Treble winners City begin their latest title defence at West Ham on Sunday.

Guardiola confirmed forward Riyad Mahrez is back in contention after missing the Community Shield due to concerns over medication he had taken while on international duty with Algeria.

The club were unsure what the substance was, which could therefore have created a problem if the player was drug tested, but the issue has now been resolved.

City also made a further foray into the transfer market this week to bring in right-back Joao Cancelo from Juventus, with Danilo moving the opposite way, but he will not challenge Kyle Walker for his place immediately.

“Thank you to him and the club for the effort to keep him with us for the next four years.”

Treble winners City begin their latest title defence at West Ham on Sunday.

Guardiola confirmed forward Riyad Mahrez is back in contention after missing the Community Shield due to concerns over medication he had taken while on international duty with Algeria.

The club were unsure what the substance was, which could therefore have created a problem if the player was drug tested, but the issue has now been resolved.

City also made a further foray into the transfer market this week to bring in right-back Joao Cancelo from Juventus, with Danilo moving the opposite way, but he will not challenge Kyle Walker for his place immediately.

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