Former Tottenham boss singles out the one player who will defeat Spurs

Juande Ramos

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk manager Juande Ramos believes that his star winger Yevhen Konoplyanka could be Spurs' downfall in the Europa League.

Ramos, who famously managed Spurs for between October 2007 and October 2008, will now get a shot at revenge as his Dnipro side face off against his former club in the Europa League on Thursday.

But just to add another layer to the story between the two sides, Dnipro's star player Konoplyanka was a target for Liverpool and Tottenham themselves in the January transfer window, but deals couldn't be forced through before the deadline and the Ukrainian international was left to wonder what might have been.

But boss Ramos still insists that his player is focused at the task at hand, and could be the man to send Spurs tumbling out of Europe in this two-legged tie.

He had a very successful training camp in Spain. He trained a lot and followed all of the directions. He tried his best, and I’m sure he will do the same against Tottenham. I am confident he will do his best in this competition and help us succeed in this round.” said Ramos.

It is a normal situation when the market is open and there are rumours about possible transfers. Some take place, some do not, but they (players) don’t have the right to decide to move or not. The fact is that players don’t concentrate on their individual personalities. They have to bear in mind the success of the whole team, and I know he will do his best to help his team succeed,” he added.

The flying winger could still be a target for Liverpool and Spurs in the summer, whilst Arsenal have also been linked with a move for the 24-year-old. The game against Tottenham on Thursday is a chance to put himself in the shop window, but also an opportunity to show the North London side what they are missing.

Dnipro have a couple of other familiar names, as former Blackburn Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic and ex-West Ham stopper Jan Lastuvka also feature in Ramos' side, but whether you're a Liverpool, Tottenham or even Arsenal fan, all the attention will be on Konoplyanka.

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