Tottenham latest, club faces competition for Van Gaal, Allen backs out of form striker

Roberto Soldado

A selection of the latest stories involving Tottenham Hotspur this Monday evening.

Tottenham face competition from Spartak Moscow if they want to appoint Louis Van Gaal as their manager for next season according to the London Evening Standard.

Van Gaal has been linked on several occasions with the job at White Hart Lane for next season as the side hasn’t had the best campaign. Their ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League next season remain very slim as they are eight points off fourth placed Arsenal.

The same report indicates that if Sherwood were to remain as manager he would want an overhaul of the squad. Also, the team stayed in the dressing room for an hour after their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool yesterday where they exchanged ‘frank views.’

Clive Allen has told TalkSport that he believes Roberto Soldado is a quality player and is backing him to prove the doubters wrong after a season where he has struggled in the Premier League.

Allen said: “I feel for him a bit. He’s been playing in a role where he’s not going to be in the position to score the sort of goals he’s capable of.

“He needs a supply, whether that’s Christian Eriksen behind him, who can create those little balls, or someone on the flanks.”

Midfielder Paulinho seems to be unhappy with life at the club at the moment and says he wants to play more.

ESPN have picked up on an interview with Globo Esporte, and the Brazilian is quoted, saying: 

"I understand the team rotation because that's how it works here, but I am not feeling well or comfortable. I want to be present, I want to play.

"The language is the most complicated thing as I am lazy about studying. I am learning little by little, but I don't understand everything.

"The football language is easier, that's not a problem on the pitch."

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