Mourinho bemoans Spurs pressing
Tottenham boss José Mourinho was critical of his side’s “lazy pressing” following their 1-0 opening day defeat to Everton.
Spurs appeared lethargic from the off and could not match the intensity of Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton, in particular Richarlison who ran riot, completing an incredible ten dribbles from ten attempts, as per WhoScored.com.
Mourinho criticised his attacking players, stating: “When you have lazy pressure, you don’t press and you let opponents build from the back.
“When you let them play from the back then they are comfortable with the ball.”
The decorated manager did go on to say that this deficiency in Spurs’ game against the Merseyside club was down to a poor pre-season which had been impacted by a number of coronavirus-related factors.
Spurs focusing on La Liga striker
With less than a month remaining in the transfer window, Spurs are still on the lookout for a striker to deputise for, and challenge, Harry Kane at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Mourinho is said to have turned his attention to Real Sociedad forward Willian José, a 28-year-old Brazilian with a reputation as a mini Diego Costa.
A report by Italian outlet CalcioMercato.it – translated by SportWitness – states that while Mourinho likes Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik, he would be able to tempt Real Sociedad into selling José for a fee in the region of €20-25 million.
It appears Mourinho has a specific type of striker he is aiming to bring to North London, one who dominates aerially and can be a powerful presence in ground duels. José is a player who fits the bill and can facilitate the creation of space for Spurs’ more dynamic players Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn.
Tottenham compete with RB Leipzig for Norway striker
Reports in Turkey indicate Spurs and Champions League semi-finalists RB Leipzig are the two clubs closest to signing Norway forward Alexander Sorloth.
The 24-year-old enjoyed a glorious campaign in front of goal whilst on loan at Trabzonspor last season but is keen to leave the club with interest from the Premier League and Bundesliga, according to Club President Ahmet Agaoglu.
“We are meeting with Leipzig and Tottenham, ourselves and Crystal Palace. We are both entitled to this transfer, we will act in Trabzonspor’s best interests,” Agaoglu is quoted as saying, in an interview with Fanatik.
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HITC reports that Sorloth is on the verge of a move away, but his destination is yet to be determined. The Norwegian international is currently on a two-year loan from Crystal Palace but Trabzonspor can trigger a compulsory purchase clause at any point, which they would intend to do should a concrete offer come in for the player.
Sorloth scored 33 times in all competitions for Trabzonspor last season, including 24 in the league.
He fits the profile Mourinho is searching for in a striker and at 24 years-old, is on the favourable end of the age spectrum.