Tottenham latest, club to miss out on Valencia star, Roberts criticises defending

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

Tottenham look set to miss out on Valencia striker Paco Alcacer according to the London Evening Standard, with the 21-year-old forward set to agree a new deal at the Mestalla.

Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino was reportedly prepared to move for the striker in January with Alcacer said to have 18 months left on his current contract.

Spurs appear to be looking for more firepower, with Harry Kane the only forward showing signs of the form that's desired.

Ex-Tottenham star Graham Roberts has urged the side to show some leadership after yesterday's 2-1 defeat to Stoke City at White Hart Lane. 

In an interview with TalkSport, Roberts was particularly critical of the defence, saying:

“At the end of it, defenders have to defend. They don’t have to score goals. If they score a goal it’s a bonus. Let’s get back to logic and players saying, ‘I’m a defender. We’re not going to concede today. If we don’t concede we’re not going to lose.’

Younes Kaboul needs to stand up and be counted. He needs to be a leader. He needs to lead from the front and he needs to pull the defence [together]."

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor has blasted the club's fans by saying they would rather play away from home after they were booed off following the loss to Stoke.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Adebayor criticised 'a lack of support', saying: "When you are playing at home and your own fans start booing you after a few minutes then it is harder.

‘So instead of booing people, which will make it even worse, I think it is sometimes better to support them and give them what they need to perform on the pitch.

‘And right now, to tell you the truth, I think a lot of players when they put on the shirt and go out on to the pitch, are finding it hard in the head. Obviously I have been through a lot in life so I am used to it."

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