Legendary West Ham attacker Paolo Di Canio claims that Jose Mourinho has made Tottenham ‘Spursy’ again ahead of the Friday night clash with Everton at Goodison Park.
Di Canio knows both sides well from his spells as a player and manager in England. The Italian had nothing but nice things to say about his compatriot Carlo Ancelotti for the job he has done with the Toffees, but he was not so kind about Spurs boss Mourinho.
The two experienced bosses will go head-to-head on Merseyside chasing three points to boost their Champions League hopes.
But Di Canio told Il Mattino (via Sport Witness) that while one club is going in the right direction, the other is regressing.
He said: “Everton have lost physical vigour in recent times, but Carlo has made Everton dream. He recovered their enthusiasm. During long spells, he was very close to the Champions League.
“Mourinho, on the other hand, has been disappointing. He made the ‘Spursy’ re-emerge or has betrayed Tottenham’s ambitions just when they seemed achievable.”
It’s hard to argue with Di Canio, given the amount of points Tottenham have dropped from winning positions this season.
Friday night’s clash in a must-win for both sides and should be an entertaining affair. Everton and Spurs played out a 5-4 FA Cup thriller back in February, with the Toffees eventually going through.
Tottenham join race for Barca ace
Tottenham have joined the race to sign Barcelona and Real Betis-owned right-back Emerson Royal, according to a report in Spain.
Estadio Deportivo claims that Spurs are fighting Paris Saint-Germain and both Milan clubs for the 22-year-old. Transfer links between the Brazilian and Tottenham have surfaced before. However, the fresh speculation says that the north Londoners are now firmly in the hunt for his signature.
The source claims that Barcelona are ready to sell Emerson for €25million (£21million).
While he plays his football for Betis, his move there came after a joint operation between the Seville club and their La Liga rivals.
As such, Barca currently own 50 per cent of the player and have the biggest hand in his future.
But while Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is a fan of the right-back, his club feel willing to let him go this summer.
Barca looking to raise funds
Indeed, they see Emerson as an ideal player from whom to raise vital cash to fund their own transfers; Barca must sell before they can buy due to the cost of the pandemic.
While Serge Aurier has had a decent season, recent signing Matt Doherty has struggled to have much of an impact.
As such, youngster Japhet Tanganga has played at right-back in four of the last nine Premier League games.
But signing Emerson will prove a difficult task, with PSG, Inter and AC Milan all in the hunt.