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European Football Signings for January 20th

Two announcements have already been made for the January-February transfer window for the Premier League and La Liga. Numerous alterations in player lineups will be made in the following weeks, with rumours circulating like wildfire. However, the first transfer that’s been confirmed revolved around Reiner Carvalho. It was confirmed that the Brazilian teenager would be moving to Real Madrid. This contract stands for six years, meaning he will play for the La Liga organization until June 2026. Reiner Carvalho begins his journey with Real Madrid after completing his stint in Brazil with the Under-23 Pre-Olympic Tournament, which ends on February 9th.

Sports analysts have begun criticizing Reiner Carvalho. Stigmas in European Football tend to lean towards home-based players, believing that international competitors don’t have the necessary skillsets. The head coach for the U23 Brazilian team disregarded these critiques, with Andre Jardine mentioning that Reiner Carvalho will be a significant force for Real Madrid. It should be noted that this centre-forward has shown incredible capabilities, acquiring six goals in fourteen appearances with Flamengo.

Inter Milan Looking at Christian Eriksen

The transfer window in Europe hasn’t been entirely friendly. Coaching staff with two organizations from separate leagues are at odds with each other. This comes after inter Milan confirmed they’d pay £11 million with two bonuses for Christian Eriksen. However, Tottenham Hotspur has continually rejected these early offers from Inter Milan. This follows after two initial offerings, with their previous highest being £8.5 million. Tottenham confirmed they’d pay double that figure at £17 million, which is more substantial than the most recent acquisition contract offered.

Christian Eriksen has expressed that his time with Tottenham Hotspur is over since summer 2018. Money talks more than emotion in a professional setting, which is leading many analysts to believe that Eriksen will sign on for another one-year extension at £17 million. This would make him one of the highest-paid athletes in the Premier League, and the most expensive player in Tottenham’s lineup.

Christian Erikson’s contract ends by June 2020, with pre-contract negotiations beginning on January 1st. It won’t be long before supporters of Tottenham Hotspur know if their prized player will continue with the organization. The removal of Erikson would prompt the Hotspur’s to drop drastically in the standings. It should be noted that Inter Milan are considering multiple other players, which include Victor Moses and Chelsea Olivier. The goal for Inter Milan is to acquire the Champions League Trophy in 2020, which would be their 1st since 2010.

Mauricio Pochettino is Running Out of Opportunities To Prove His Worth

There’s no denying that Mauricio Pochettino has the ability to make football teams better. He can demand high-intensity attacking and can improve players. However, is the manager for Tottenham Hotspur, a winner?

After Tottenham missed a place in the Carabao Cup final next month, following a devastating penalty-shootout loss against Chelsea in the semi-final second leg on Thursday, Tottenham managed to lose 2-1 that evening after claiming a 1-0 win during the home leg. Therefore, it’s a legitimate question to ask regarding a manager that is already on high demand for Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Mauricio Pochettino as a Manager

The former centre back for Tottenham Hotspur will argue that he has a ruthless streak when it comes to delivering major honours at Hotspur. However, when everything is on the line, Pochettino and his team usually fall short.

The legendary managers in football, including Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, and Sir Alex Ferguson, managed to become the best in their profession by always finding the edge and using a unique way to win once the pressure was truly on. However, this is another example where Pochettino was unable to deliver when facing an important game as his team selection left him open to criticism and scrutiny.

This was a match where Tottenham was without three vital players, including Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli, and Harry Kane. These three players have managed to score a total of 39 goals for Tottenham in all competitions during this season. Therefore, Pochettino couldn’t afford to be without any more senior players.

However, despite the massive holes in his Tottenham squad, he stuck with his choice to include Paulo Gazzaniga as the keeper, who has always been a second choice, in this clash and left World-cup winner and captain, Hugo Lloris, on the bench as a substitute. This is obviously a very small detail, but they usually make a significant difference when it comes to playing at an elite level. The fact remains, Pochettino weakened his squad when he decided to go with Gazzaniga and his error provided Chelsea with a lead.

Mourinho, Guardiola, and Ferguson have all utilised a backup goalkeeper in important semi-finals and even during finals. However, none of them would have taken the same risk as Pochettino with so many figures absent from the squad. Pochettino treats domestic competitions very lightly, stating that success in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup is not a priority. However, with no silverware making its way to Tottenham in recent seasons, he cannot be so choosy in terms of which trophy is more important.

With Pochettino, Tottenham lost the Carabao Cup semi-final and two semi-finals in the FA Cup. They managed to reach the final in the League Cup during the 2014/15 season, only to be defeated by Chelsea. Pochettino said that he is very proud of his team after suffering this loss at Stamford Bridge. However, for Pochettino to be considered an elite manager, he will be required to win something and give the impression that every trophy in football matters.