Happy Friday y’all.
Yesterday seems to have been News Dump Day at Spurs as the club announced contract extensions for Eric Dier and Kevin Wimmer while other reports came out linking winger Nacer Chadli with a move to Swansea. (We’ve all made peace with the fact that our first meeting with Swansea will include two Chadli goals, a Sigurdsson assist, and Kyle Naughton injuring Erik Lamela, right?)
So most likely we’re in for a slow day, although the N’Koudou transfer is now dragging out like the Janssen deal, so perhaps we’ll have an announcement on that. Otherwise, one hopes that today will be quiet as the team gets ready to head to Australia where they will play friendlies against Juventus on Tuesday and Atletico on Friday.
Don’t miss the Vincent Janssen profile in today’s links and be sure to enjoy (if that’s the right word for it) the turrrrrrible own goal scored by Minnesota United’s goalie in their recent friendly against Bournemouth. We also have a good piece on football finance from Jake Cohen of sister site We Ain’t Got No History and Andi Thomas and Zito Madu analyzing different types of goal celebrations. (Also, hopefully this doesn’t need saying, but no politics in the comments please. Let’s talk Tottenham, awful own goals, and goal celebrations.)
On to the links:
Dutch football expert Michiel Jongsma tells the story of new signing Vincent Janssen’s rapid rise from the Dutch second division to the Champions League.
Former Spurs target Alen Halilovic joins Hamburg on four-year contract. Barcelona have made a buy-back clause part of the transfer deal.
Chesterfield’s marketing guy is out over the James Higgins saga.
Quite possibly the dumbest own goal you’ll ever see:
(And don’t miss Minnesota United’s brilliant response to the goal on their Facebook page. Thanks to el capitan americano for pointing it out in the comments.)
A Chinese ownership group with ties to Jorge Mendes has purchased former Premier League team Wolverhampton Wanderers for £45m.
We Ain’t Got No History writer Jake Cohen is at the Set Pieces busting myths about football finance and player transfers.
MLS wants to embrace advanced analytics; they just can’t afford to.
The Italian FA is set to issue a ruling on whether or not Lazio will be awarded a Scudetto for the 1914-15 season which was interrupted by World War I. The decision comes on the back of intense pressure from fans to give Lazio a title for that season, which would give Rome’s second club three Scudetti. I’m sure it’s a coincidence that their hated rivals Roma also have three Scudetti.
Andi Thomas and Zito Madu analyze different types of goal celebrations.