Tottenham Hotspur pre-match latest: including Basel preview and Heung-Min Son

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A round-up of news and views relating to Tottenham Hotspur ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash.

Andre Villas-Boas has backed Emmanuel Adebayor to become his side’s talisman and fire them into the semi-finals of the Europa League tonight. The Togolese striker turned in his best performance of the season in the 2-2 draw with Everton at the weekend, and his manager believes his confidence is returning quickly:

"He is driven by his last performance and he is doing extremely well. He is really enjoying his football. Finding the back of the net allows him to go into the game with more confidence and I always think it's self-belief from the player, rather than anything else that helps them improve.”

Michael Dawson believes that Tottenham are in a good position to qualify for the semi-finals tonight, despite the disappointment of drawing the first leg at White Hart Lane. Spurs need to either win the match at Basel, or draw by a score-line of 3-3 or higher after the 2-2 tie at home last week.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has said that Spurs need to attack Basel from the first minute to the last if they are to come away from Switzerland with a positive result. Sigurdsson’s deflected striker squared the tie at 2-2 in the first leg, but he expects Spurs will need to win the match tonight to go through. On HITC today, Lewis Doe suggests tonight is the biggest game of Sigurdsson’s Spurs career.

Dawson has also said that he is delighted to have been able to force himself back into Andre Villas-Boas’ plans at Spurs despite looking on the brink of leaving last summer. The defender could have gone to QPR, but decided to stay and fight for his starting place and is now established in the heart of the defence once again.

Tottenham are reportedly leading the race for Hamburg striker Heung-Min Son, who is also being tracked by Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United. However there are also rumours that the South Korean will be offered a new deal by the German club this week in a bid to stave off interest from England.

Swindon have cut short Dean Parrett’s loan spell at the County Ground, with the 21 year old being sent back to Tottenham Hotspur after playing just three games at the club. Fellow Spurs youngsters Nathan Byrne and Massimo Luongo are still on loan at the League One side.


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