Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 31
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Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is content with the squad.
"Whilst this season's performances and results have not lived up to expectation, we believe our squad has potential," Levy said, per David Hytner at the Guardian. "It is important that we all now show commitment and teamwork to get the best possible finish to the season."
Levy not lamenting the squad's inability to take the club to the next level implies he is not currently thinking about making drastic changes in the summer transfer window.
Would this change if he hired a new manager?
Louis van Gaal
Former Ballon d'Or winner Ruud Gullit claims compatriot Louis van Gaal, the current Dutch national team manager, is in pole position for the Tottenham Hotspur job.
"I know for sure he was at van Gaal's house, the [Spurs] chairman [Daniel Levy]," Gullit said, per BBC Radio 5 live (h/t BBC Sport). "I think it's a done deal, but you never know."
Van Gaal has agreed to hand the reins over to Guus Hiddink after the Netherlands' 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign, per beIN Sports. He would be a big upgrade over embattled Spurs manager Tim Sherwood.
Under Sherwood, Spurs have come up short in big games—a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool, a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal (and a 2-0 defeat), a 3-1 defeat to Benfica, a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea and a 5-1 defeat to Manchester City.
Benteke is tried and tested in the Premier League.
He scored 19 goals in 34 Premier League games last season and currently has registered 10 goals in 26 league games.
He is a powerhouse of a forward, who can turn Spurs' fortunes around.
Tottenham Hotspur central midfielder Paulinho has been brutally honest about his progress in learning English.
"The language is the most complicated thing as I am lazy about studying," Paulinho said, per Globo Esporte (h/t Paulo Freitas at Sky Sports). "The football language is easier, that's not a problem on the pitch."
There is a contradiction in his statements.
If he cannot understand management or non-Portuguese speaking players, then there would be some form of problem on the pitch.
It would explain why Paulinho's shot selection has been horrendous (four goals from 57 shots in league play this season) and why he cannot facilitate for his team-mates, despite getting himself into advantageous situations (averages 0.8 key passes per game).
In fairness to Paulinho, anyone who has attempted to learn a new language will attest to how hard it is, let alone trying to learn a new language while dealing with the additional stressors top-flight professional football brings.
When he takes a crash-course in English during the summer, it will help him immensely moving forward.
The positive takeaway is that Paulinho is cognisant of what is holding him back, hence why he has spoken candidly about it.
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