Harry Kane becomes third Spurs star in four years to win PFA Young Player of the Year award

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been named as the PFA Young Player of the Year after a sensational season has seen him become one of the most lethal strikers in the Premier League.

Kane has scored an incredible 30 goals in all competitions this season, with 20 of those coming in the Premier League in 30 appearances.

The young Spurs star becomes the third Tottenham player to scoop the prestigious PFA Young Player award in the past four seasons, following Kyle Walker in 2012 and Gareth Bale in 2013, with Glenn Hoddle the only other Lilywhite to pick up the award back in 1980.

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, who picked up the PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday, was named as the best young player last season and other notable winners include Ryan Giggs, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas so Kane is in good company.

The 21-year-old Englishman was rewarded for his fine displays in a Spurs shirt by earning a first senior England call up in March, scoring on his debut against Lithuania, and has looked unplayable at times this year.

Mauricio Pochettino has helped Kane develop into a top class forward and the striker hopes that his successes this season can be replicated in the coming years.

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“It is amazing. It is a very proud moment for myself and my family – hopefully the first of many to come,” he said after picking up the award.

“I have got to keep working hard, but to be recognised by your fellow players is something special and it is a night I won’t forget. It is incredible, an incredible feeling.”

Kane was also named in the PFA Team of the Year, and was runner up behind Hazard for the PFA Player of the Year award, summing up what has been an incredible season for the young Spurs hero.

Did Harry Kane deserve to be named as the PFA Young Player of the Year? How important is he for Spurs?

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DeAndre Yedlin targeting first team after learning from Spurs star

Former Seattle Sounders full-back DeAndre Yedlin thinks he can break into the Tottenham first team by following everything first-choice right-back Kyle Walker does.

The pacy 21-year-old joined Spurs in January and is hoping to break into the first team, having yet to have made an appearance, but admits he is a similar option for manager Mauricio Pochettino to consider.

“I think Kyle and I are similar players — a lot of people say that. I pay attention to a lot of what he does, not only on the field but off it, too,” Yedlin told the London Evening Standard.

“What time he gets in to training, what time he leaves, what kind of stuff he eats, how long he is in the gym and what his training habits are.”

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Yedlin stated that Walker has helped him to settle into the club and the USMNT star is relishing every moment of his time with Spurs so far.

“He’s been my closest friend at the club. He’s been excellent and I’m fortunate to be able to work with him.”

Yedlin is having to be patient at Spurs and it has been reported that Pochettino hasn’t got plans to use him this season. But he certainly possesses the qualities to replicate Kyle Walker, as we saw at the World Cup in 2014, and we can expect him to be competing for a full-back role next campaign.

A loan move to another English club is a possibility to get Yedlin playing regular football as sitting out of action for long periods of time is not doing his development any favours.

Will DeAndre Yedlin be a hit with Spurs? 

Arsenal legend questions Hodgson’s England squad, criticises Spurs duo

Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson has criticised Roy Hodgson’s England squad selection and feels that two of the Spurs players called up should not be there, along with a few others.

Merson feels that Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker do not deserve to be in the current England team and has questioned Hodgson’s supposed forward-thinking approach.

“I’m surprised by the squad. We’re not planning for the future,” Merson said in his column for the Daily Star.

“If Roy knew there was a six-year plan and he was the man to implement it, things would be different.

“The squad puzzles me. Roy went to see Manchester United against Tottenham the other week.

“He watched Andros Townsend have a stinker and get taken off after half an hour, and he watched Kyle Walker get absolutely rinsed.

“But he’s picked them both in his squad! If he’d already made up his mind, why bother going to the game?

“Townsend is only there because he played well for England 18 months ago. I thought it was supposed to be on form?”

Merson also questioned the decisions to bring in Ashley Young, Theo Walcott, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

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But he did have some praise for another Spurs star, Harry Kane. It’s impossible to criticise the young Tottenham striker, and although Merson is pleased to see him in the squad, he does not feel he is good enough to start at the European Championships next year.

“At least he picked Harry Kane. He deserves it. He’s been doing it every week. You can have your head turned when you get picked for England but he went and scored a hat-trick!

“He can play in the hole like Wayne Rooney or he can play in front of him. When he plays as a No 10 he still gets in the box all the time. But I’d play him in front of Rooney and let him run into the corners and open the game up.

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“Daniel Sturridge is still the man for me going into the Euros. I think he gives you a bit more pace. But Kane is the next best option off the bench.”

Kane scored from the bench on his debut in Friday night’s 4-0 win against Lithuania at Wembley and will be hoping to get his first start in Tuesday night’s friendly with Italy.

Do you agree with Paul Merson’s comments? Is the current England squad the best it could be?

DeAndre Yedlin set to complete Spurs switch in January – report

Seattle Sounders right-back DeAndre Yedlin is expected to complete his awaited move to Tottenham Hotspur in January, as his EU passport should arrive in the next two weeks.

Yedlin will receive his Latvian passport in the next fortnight, according to a report in the Daily Mirror, which he qualifies for as his grandmother was Latvian and he should then be free to move to England in time for the new year.

The 21-year-old has had an incredible year for club and country as he shone at the World Cup with the USMNT and is chasing an MLS-record treble with the Sounders as they look to claim the MLS Cup in the next month.

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Spurs announced the capture of Yedlin in August but despite the lack of clarity as to when he would officially join up with Mauricio Pochettino‘s side, it now appears to be clear that he will make the move in January.

That will give the pacey fullback a short rest after the current MLS season but he will need to adapt to the Premier League quickly as his move will seemingly spell the end for Kyle Naughton at White Hart Lane.

Naughton has struggled to prove his quality to the Spurs faithful and although he is a solid option, Yedlin will be expected to replace him when he completes his move.

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First-choice right-back Kyle Walker has been out of action for a long time as he struggles to recover from a pelvic injury so Yedlin’s move is something Spurs need.

The USMNT star looks set for a bright future and Pochettino will look to continue his excellent track record of improving emerging stars of the game, but it may be best to give the youngster a few months to adapt.

Naughton can continue to do a job for Spurs until the end of the season, and Yedlin will only benefit from being eased into life in the Premier League for a few months, especially after such an intense season.

Will DeAndre Yedlin be a star for Tottenham Hotspur?

Do Spurs really need USMNT and Sounders star DeAndre Yedlin?

When DeAndre Yedlin signed for Tottenham in the summer there were eyebrows raised.

And he has recently revealed that he turned down an offer from Italian giants Roma to play in north London, so he must feel that it is the right choice.

But although Yedlin is a young talent with bags of potential, the Seattle Sounders star will be battling it out for a starting place with three young English talents in Kyle Walker, Kyle Naughton and Eric Dier.

Dier has been operating in the right-back position this season, though he is a natural centre-back and would surely move more central when Yedlin arrives.

While Naughton has been linked with a move away from Spurs over the past few months, so Yedlin’s arrival at the club could spell the end for him, which would make things a bit easier for the 21-year-old.

Yedlin has been sensational this year and took high acclaim when he kept Eden Hazard quiet at the World Cup in the summer.

And although the Premier League would suit his highly energized playing style, he seems to be in the same mould as Kyle Walker.

So do Spurs really need him?

Well, using Walker’s stats from last season, as he is yet to feature this campaign, Yedlin is the better defensive option, and he is just as useful further forward.

Statistic DeAndre Yedlin Kyle Walker
Blocks per game 0.46 0.19
Interceptions per game 2.88 2.19
Clearances per game 3.58 3.27
Pass completion 83 % 82 %
Defensive errors per game 0.04 0.08

As seen in the table above, Yedlin would be the preferred choice in terms of defensive contribution, and with the two being like-for-like as it were, it seems that Yedlin should be first-choice.

However, dislodging Walker will take some doing, as he is a regular England international when fit, and a fan favourite at Spurs.

The stats do come from two different league’s, and Seattle’s dominance in MLS this season will have helped his statistics no end, but his talents are there for all to see and he looks set to take the Premier League by storm when he eventually completes his switch.

Should Yedlin arrive in January, it will certainly be interesting to see if Mauricio Pochettino will throw him straight into the mix, as Kyle Walker is nearing a return to fitness too.

Who would you like to see become Tottenham’s regular right-back?