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Tottenham’s Alfie Devine Faces Crucial Summer Decision, Says Alan Hutton

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Alfie Devine is set for a pivotal summer at the club, with his future potentially hanging in the balance despite an impressive loan spell at Plymouth Argyle, according to former Spurs player Alan Hutton.

Devine, 19, initially enjoyed a successful loan stint at Port Vale in League One, where he made 23 appearances and scored three goals. He then moved to Plymouth Argyle for the remainder of the season, where he has made six appearances and provided two assists in the Championship.

While Devine’s performances have garnered praise, Hutton believes that the midfielder will need to impress manager Ange Postecoglou during Tottenham’s pre-season fixtures to secure a future at the club.

Hutton emphasized the importance of Devine showcasing his abilities during pre-season to convince Postecoglou of his worthiness for a spot in the first-team squad. Failure to do so could see Devine being either moved on or sent out on loan again by Tottenham.

The former Spurs player acknowledged the challenges Devine faces in breaking into a midfield already packed with talent, including the likes of James Maddison and Pape Sarr. However, he also highlighted Devine’s potential, evident from his loan performances, and the importance of seizing the opportunity during pre-season.

Ultimately, Hutton suggested that Devine’s future at Tottenham hinges on his ability to make a strong impression in the upcoming pre-season fixtures, emphasizing the significance of this period in determining his fate at the club.

Barcelona’s Pursuit of Jorginho: A January Transfer Window Miss

Barcelona’s quest for a midfield reinforcement during the January transfer window, akin to Edgar Davids’ impact in 2004, has ultimately fallen short as the deadline approaches.

Despite their intent, Barcelona’s efforts have been hindered by factors such as Gavi’s injury and economic constraints, leading them to secure Vitor Roque instead of a midfielder. While they continue to explore last-minute opportunities, financial limitations are likely to impede any further signings.

One reported target was Arsenal’s seasoned midfielder, Jorginho. With his contract expiring in the summer, Barcelona reached out to him as an option for midfield reinforcement, as per Sport. However, any potential deal would have necessitated Jorginho terminating his contract with Arsenal to join Barcelona on a free transfer, reminiscent of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s move two years prior.

Yet, Barcelona’s current squad dynamics and the less urgent nature of Jorginho’s situation compared to Aubameyang’s dampened the likelihood of a swift resolution. Given Barcelona’s financial struggles, it wouldn’t be surprising if they revisited discussions with the 32-year-old in the upcoming summer transfer window if he remains available.

Christian Pulisic determined to see USMNT thrive in Qatar

Having been the shining light – the only light – of a USMNT program that missed out on FIFA’s 2018 World Cup, Christian Pulisic is here to make up for lost time. Despite being in his early 20s even today, players know that their window of contention is not open forever. A player who gets international caps from a young age and plays into their 30s could, if they are lucky, make three FIFA World Cup events. The very best make four, and the absolutely elite have a shot at five – though this is typically only for goalkeepers.

Christian Eriksen linked with Tottenham Hotspur reunion

Ask any fan of Tottenham, and they will tell you that Christian Eriksen was one of the best players in white of the modern era. Alongside the rest of the team which made the 2019 UEFA Champions League final, Eriksen was sublime. His tremendous blend of skill, technique, and game mastery made him impossible to dislike. However, the playmaker left the club and went to Internazionale, where he won the Serie A title with Antonio Conte.

Francisco Trincão set to leave Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer

Seen as one of the marquee hires of last summer, the arrival of Francisco Trincão had Wolverhampton Wanderers fans very excited. Here was a fleet-footed dribbler who could score goals, set up assists, and take on the opposition. He would add an attacking flair and invention that was sorely lacking in the rather obstinate Wolves teams of the last few years. However, it is almost certain that after what has been a flop of a season that Trincão will not be returning to the Midlands next year. At least, not with Wolves.

Hampus Lindholm price set amid Boston Bruins interest

With the NHL trade deadline only a short few days away, fans of the league are expecting a whirlwind period to unfold. With many teams looking to trade up – and a few losers looking to give up assets for long-term gains – there will be some big moves to come in the next few days. Among the most exciting moves being talked about at the moment, though, would be the move for Hampus Lindholm.

The Anaheim Ducks are looking to move on a few players who have expiring deals, and Lindholm is among that number. So, too, is the likes of Josh Manson – who has now moved to the Colorado Avalanche as part of a second round pick deal. The Ducks, though, might be happy to give up top defender Lindholm to start preparing for a future without him in the first place.

As one of the best blueliners in the league, he would make an excellent addition to most teams in the league. A solid defender with a surprisingly varied offensive skillset, too, the 28-year-old is in the prime of his career. As such, the fact several teams are happy to make a trade for him tells us all that we need to know about how highly he is rated.

One team rumoured to be keenest to make a move for Lindholm a reality is the Boston Bruins. His affordable contact and the fact he could slot right into the line-up means that plenty of fans are excited about the opportunity for Lindholm to move the move to Massachusetts.

It would be a big move for the team, too, with so many other sides likely to pursue a deal for Lindholm. With the likelihood of a new deal with the Ducks fading by the day, all signs point to an exit come Monday.

What is the asking price for Hampus Lindholm?

At the moment, there is much discussion about whether or not a team will be able to land Lindholm without giving up too much back. The player is out of contract come the end of the season, so giving away too many assets now could be a mistake for some teams. However, the fact that is not agreeing to a new deal with the Ducks and the fact he is on an expiring deal does mean that the cost will need to be realistically set.

At the moment, though, reports around the Ducks suggest they want as much as a first-round pick, a ‘Grade A’ prospect, and another piece. That is a lot to ask for a player who will be available come the summer. It also makes sense, though, given how good Lindholm is – losing him for a pack of cards would be pointless.

So, it sounds like there will be a bit of back and forth as the Bruins try and put together a deal. If they do, it could see something like a first-round pick in 2022 or 2023, a middle-round pick, and their exciting young defensive prospect Mason Lohrei. If it gets Boston over the hurdle this year, though, it might be a price worth paying for a shot at the Stanley Cup.

Alexander Zverev claims Mexican Open drama was career mistake

Tennis is, without a doubt, one of the most high-pressure sports in the world. The players take part in a relentless tour, often coming up against the same faces time and time again. This can be problematic for players with a short fuse, as it does not take much for the frustrations of a previous loss to boil over into a new match-day. For that reason, the meltdown that Alexander Zverev suffered during the Mexican Open should come as no surprise.

A fiery character at the best of times, the Olympic champion was given the news that he would face an 8-week ban if he reacted in such a way again. This would last for a 12-month spell, with the Russian now very much on thin ice. On top of that, a suspended fine of $25,000 was imposed on him alongside a fine of $40,000 as well as a forfeit of his prize money.

The decision to react in such a way, though, left the number three ranked player in the world with a fair amount of embarrassment. As he prepares to move on from the incident, Zverev was blunt when he said that it was the worst moment in his life – and the biggest mistake of his career so far.

What did Alexander Zverev say about his Mexican Open meltdown?

Speaking about his reaction on the day, where he struck the chair of the umpire, Zverev was  clear that e regretted acting in such an out of character way. About this, he said: “It still is embarrassing for me now. Walking around the locker room, it’s not a nice feeling. But we all do mistakes. I’m also a human being, and I can guarantee you I will never act this way again in my life. It was definitely the worst moment of my life.”

When asked about what he has been doing to try and improve his behaviour on the court, Zverev noted a combination of meditation and self-reflection was going to be required. Speaking about the incident, Zverev said: “I’ve been doing work, meditation-wise. I think there are stress situations in everyone’s life where stuff like this happens. I’m not the first, I won’t be the last for something bad to happen on the court.

“I know who I am as a person and this doesn’t reflect on me. I have played until 5am the day before – the same day I went back to play doubles.

“I am somebody that gives it his all on the court. I think a lot of top singles players would have maybe come out to the doubles court and if they would have lost the match, they would have been fine with it. I would have never physically harmed anyone.”

Zverev, though, also admitted that a repeat of such actions would mean that the ATP would have “every right” to ban him from playing for a considerable time. For tennis, and for Zverev himself, fans hope that this is the final incident.

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