Here is your Tottenham Hotspur morning digest for Saturday, February 20.
Alli sends uplifting message to Spurs fans
Following his return to the starting line-up for Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-1 win over Wolfsberger AC in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night, midfielder Dele Alli has sent an encouraging message in the direction of the Spurs supporters.
As head coach Jose Mourinho opted to make changes from the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last weekend, Alli was one of those handed an opportunity to impress, making his first start since the 5-0 FA Cup victory over Marine last month.
Alli certainly made the most of his rare outing, delivering a strong performance in the centre of the park, showing some nice and neat touches, as he works his way back to full fitness.
Following the game, on Friday morning, Alli took to Instagram to post a photograph of himself in action, as well as accompanying it with the caption: “Feeling more like myself out there.” He also added an emoji of a strong arm to his caption, implying that he is determined to work as hard as he can in an effort to force his way back into Mourinho’s plans.
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Vinicius’ strange moment in Europa League win
With Spurs already 3-0 up against Wolfsberger by half time, Mourinho opted to hand a 45-minute run out to on-loan striker Carlos Vinicius in Budapest, replacing Son Heung-min with the Brazilian at half time.
And the striker certainly made the most of his outing, scoring late on to put Spurs 4-1 up after Wolfsberger got themselves back into the game via the penalty spot.
But to say the Brazilian had got himself back among the goals, he did not look as though he was overly pleased about it. He didn’t produce his trademark celebration with his arms folded, instead accepting Erik Lamela’s congratulations before walking back to the centre circle.
Therefore, it suggests that the Brazilian was simply focused on the task and refusing to get too carried away.
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Spurs dealt £52m transfer blow
Should Spurs rekindle their interest in Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar this summer, it could cost them more than £50million to get a deal over the line.
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That is according to a report by Italian media, who claim Inter now value Skriniar at €60million (£51.9m) following a series of impressive performances.
Spurs were keen to sign the centre-back last summer as Mourinho looked to strengthen his defensive options ahead of the 2020/21 season. In the end, however, Inter’s demands proved too big, with the Serie A club wanting a fee of around £35million.
Now, though, it would cost Spurs even more to get a deal wrapped up if they were to reignite their interest in the Slovakian this summer.