Tottenham latest: AVB wary of Fulham threat, captain hopes for fast start


Some of the stories related to Tottenham Hotspur this Wednesday evening as they prepare to face Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Premier League.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has warned his players of the effect a new manager can have on a side as they take on Fulham at Craven Cottage tonight in his first game in charge of the Cottagers. Villas-Boas also said he was happy with the response of his side against Manchester United at the weekend after a difficult sequence of results in the league.

The Spurs boss told the club’s website: ‘The motivation of a new coach is also important, especially for fringe players who weren’t involved before. It gives them a lift and a new start.

‘From our point of view, after Sunday’s performance, we want to do well at Fulham and put ourselves back on track.’

Midfielder Mousa Dembele expected his former club and tonight’s opponents to be much stronger than they have shown so far this season.

He is quoted in the Evening Standard, saying: ‘Fulham are a very good team and I was sure they were going to do well this season.

‘I like the club very much so I hope they are okay but tonight I want us to win of course. It is never easy in the Premier League because there are no bad teams, so it will be difficult for us there.’

Captain Michael Dawson is looking for his side to produce a fast start against Fulham tonight as Spurs go in search of a much needed win.

Dawson told the Tottenham website: ‘We need to start there like we did against United, get out of the blocks quickly, get in their faces and get another win on the board.'

Spurs are facing competition for 19-year-old Santos winger Neilton from Porto according to a report from TalkSport. Spurs have said to have looked at Neilton but Porto appear ready to bid £4m for the player, with Sevilla also interested.

Any hopes that Spurs may have had in landing Barcelona starlet Marc Bartra appear to have faded with TalkSport reporting that the 22-year-old centre back has signed a new five year contract with the club.

image: © Vladimir Maiorov

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch