Tottenham weekend round-up: Eriksen 'brilliant' says Soldado and Madrid partnership under threat

Roberto Soldado

All the news and gossip from the weekend at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur have won comfortably against Norwich City at White Hart Lane this weekend- in a game where Christian Eriksen shone on his debut for the club.

Goals in either half from Gylfi Sigurdsson proved enough for victory against The Canaries - in a game dominated by Spurs from start to finish.

Eriksen also had an immediate impact on proceedings. It was his clever pass that set up Sigurdsson for the opener, to which the Icelander happily applied the finish.

It was another new signing who applied the assist for the second goal. Paulinho applied the cross and Sigurdsson completed his brace just after half-time.

In reality the scoreline did not reflect the dominance of Spurs on the day - and John Ruddy denied Sigurdsson his hat-trick and a strike from Andros Townsend.

His performance on debut was lauded by Roberto Soldado. He said of the Dane:

"He is a brilliant player. It's incredible that he has got up to this level already in his first game in English football. It's great for him, for the team. He is a player who is capable of improving all of us. He is a player that makes everything look easy and that's good for us. Today he made the difference, he's a player that can support us in everything we do. He can offer us a lot of passes to everyone who plays in attack for Spurs."

Erik Lamela’s little brother Axel was kidnapped on Friday. The 18-year-old was reportedly kidnapped on Friday and held hostage by armed men for several hours in the Vicente Lopez area of Buenos Aires.

Fortunately in this case the culprits did not know who they had gotten hold of. It is reported that they simply kidnapped him because of the BMW he was driving - without any knowledge of him being the brother of one of football’s most expensive players. Therefore there ransom was 5,000 pesos, roughly £550. Luckily this tale has ended favourably for Lamela and his family, but it could have been a lot different if the kidnappers knew who they had hold of.

Spurs are reportedly ready to ditch their partnership with Real Madrid over the conduct of the Spanish side in their pursuit of Gareth Bale this summer. The agreement was signed after Luka Modric went to Madrid last season - but so far the negatives of the deal have far outweighed the positives.

An online petition to end the association has received over 5,000 signatures and has been passed on to club officials.

Fans are also furious that Real sold Mesut Ozil to local rivals Arsenal.

Emmanuel Adebayor has reportedly demanded a £1 million pay-out from Tottenham Hotspur that would allow him to leave the club on a free transfer.

The Togo striker has been linked with QPR.

Finally, and Spurs are being linked with AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaaraway this Sunday.


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