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Romelu Lukaku ‘laughing’ at Man Utd for allowing Inter Milan transfer, claims Berbatov

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DIMITAR BERBATOV says Romelu Lukaku is now “laughing” at Manchester United for selling him.

The ex-Old Trafford striker believes the club need to sign a centre-back and a goalscorer — after flogging Lukaku to Inter Milan for £73million  last term.

Striker Romelu Lukaku has been in smiles better form since joining Inter Milan from Man Utd

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Striker Romelu Lukaku has been in smiles better form since joining Inter Milan from Man UtdCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Dimitar Berbatov believes he has been proved right that it was a mistake for Man Utd to offload Romelu Lukaku

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Dimitar Berbatov believes he has been proved right that it was a mistake for Man Utd to offload Romelu LukakuCredit: Getty – Contributor

The Belgium frontman went on to hit 38 goals and already has three in two games for the Italians this term.

Berbatov, 39, said: “I said letting him go was a mistake and now he’s probably sitting at home laughing.

“I like the strikers United have but they need that goalscorer that guarantees you 30, 25, or 20 goals.”

He told BBC 5 Live’s Friday Social: “ “I think United should buy a defender, a centre back, one or two. 



“Lack of concentration, positioning, tactical discipline, awareness of where the strikers are.

“Hopefully they will buy a defender before the transfer window is closing.”

Former Spurs‘ star Berbatov added: “Not long ago United was the team that was fighting for the title.

“Now it’s a success if they get to top four, which I think is not right.

“But times have changed. The teams on top now are Liverpool and City and they should measure themselves against these two teams.”

“Not long ago United was the team that was fighting for the title.”

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Barcelona president and everyone on club’s board could resign TODAY

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Under-siege Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and the club’s entire board could resign today in protest at the government allowing a vote of no confidence against them to go ahead. 

The Covid-19 situation is worsening by the day in Catalonia, and many of the club’s members who would vote on November 1 and 2 are categorised as vulnerable. In total, 800 club members have died of coronavirus since March. 

The board of directors are meeting on Monday to approve the club’s financial plan for the 2019-20 season and budget for next season. But Bartomeu may propose to those present that he and everyone on the board tender their resignations en masse if no delay is granted for the vote, according to Sport

Josep Bartomeu and the Barcelona board could resign today at the meeting of directors

Josep Bartomeu and the Barcelona board could resign today at the meeting of directors

Josep Bartomeu and the Barcelona board could resign today at the meeting of directors

Ronald Koeman's Barcelona lost El Clasico at the weekend are still in turmoil off the pitch too

Ronald Koeman's Barcelona lost El Clasico at the weekend are still in turmoil off the pitch too

Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona lost El Clasico at the weekend are still in turmoil off the pitch too 

Spain has declared a six-month ‘state of alarm’, delegating emergency responsibilities to the Catalan region for that period, and a curfew has been imposed in the city among other stricter measures. 

Citizens in the region have been told to stay at home and yet there has been approval for the vote of no confidence to take place on November 1 and 2.   

Barcelona sent a letter to the region’s Secretary of Sports on Sunday asking for a postponement, and the crux of the matter is how the members are supposed to travel in for a vote when everyone else in Barcelona has been told to stay at home. 

Many of those voting are in the vulnerable category over the age of 60. 

Lionel Messi and Co will await news of the vote of no confidence, with much to be decided

Lionel Messi and Co will await news of the vote of no confidence, with much to be decided

Lionel Messi and Co will await news of the vote of no confidence, with much to be decided

If the Generalitat de Catalunya stand firm with November 1 and 2 as the dates to vote, Bartomeu is willing to propose a mass resignation today. 

A club source told Sport: ‘We will not be complicit in this nonsense. People’s lives are more important, because there will always be time to vote.’

Another issue is that the green light must be given to the financial proposals presented at today’s meeting of directors.

Bartomeu is waiting to find out if the date for the vote on November 1 and 2 is upheld

Bartomeu is waiting to find out if the date for the vote on November 1 and 2 is upheld

Bartomeu is waiting to find out if the date for the vote on November 1 and 2 is upheld 

There is not yet a date in the diary for this and a mass resignation would render it impossible.

And yet the meeting could well be the last this board have together. At midnight, the deadline for the club to announce the vote officially on November 1 and 2 expires so the muddied waters should soon become more clear. 

The club have been in turmoil on the pitch and at boardroom level in recent months with the key moment being Barcelona’s 8-2 humiliation by Bayern Munich in last season’s Champions League. 

Their woes continued at the weekend with a 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in El Clasico and the financial outlook is also bleak. 

Bartomeu has predicted up to three years of problems to follow after the club doubled their debt and posted a loss of £90m. 

According to reports in Spain, the president wants to cut 25 per cent of the club’s wage bill in his final few months as president in order to help Barcelona get through the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Gerard Pique's Barcelona contract has a 50 per cent pay cut and he could leave next year

Gerard Pique's Barcelona contract has a 50 per cent pay cut and he could leave next year

Gerard Pique’s Barcelona contract has a 50 per cent pay cut and he could leave next year

Several Barcelona players signed a letter saying they will not negotiate with the current board over new contract, though Gerard Pique still went ahead and signed the new four-year deal until 2024. 

Pique signed on terms with a 50 per cent pay cut leading to talk of a dressing room split but he has insisted he has the backing of team-mates.  

Bartomeu was already under fire from his handling of the Lionel Messi saga this summer with the club legend eventually agreeing to stay this season despite pushing for an exit. The club president was subjected to huge criticism from both players and fans and the handling of Luis Suarez’s departure to Atletico Madrid was also a point of contention.  

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Owen Farrell set to start at No 10 for England in Six Nations finale against Italy

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England captain Owen Farrell is set to reclaim the No 10 shirt against Italy on Saturday as George Ford will miss the Six Nations finale in Rome.

Eddie Jones has announced a squad of 36 for the rescheduled encounter with the Azzurri and Ford has not been included. 

Instead, the Leicester playmaker is named as one of three players coming in to camp for ‘reconditioning’, along with Elliot Daly and Joe Marler. None of the trio are deemed to be available for selection for the national team’s first Test since lockdown.

England captain Owen Farrell is set to start at No 10 against Italy following a ban last month

England captain Owen Farrell is set to start at No 10 against Italy following a ban last month

England captain Owen Farrell is set to start at No 10 against Italy following a ban last month

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With Ford ruled out due to a nagging Achilles problem, Farrell is poised to line up at fly-half in his first match for club or country since being banned for a high tackle early last month. 

The Red Rose skipper has regularly started at inside centre, in a 10-12 alliance with close friend Ford – only wearing No 10 in one of his last 10 international appearances. Wasps’ rookie stand-off Jacob Umaga is now in contention to make his debut as a replacement at Stadio Olimpico, after being called up.

As revealed by Sportsmail, Jones has added the following seven players to his squad from the Premiership Final clubs, Exeter and Wasps; Jonny Hill, Henry Slade, Harry Williams, Joe Launchbury, Dan Robson, Umaga and Jack Willis. Chiefs hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie has been added to a growing casualty list, although the nature of the injury which requires surgery is not yet known.

The other players listed as unavailable are Courtney Lawes, Manu Tuilagi, Jack Nowell, Mark Wilson and rookie Saracens wing Ali Crossdale – who had emerged as a shock contender for a starting place. His withdrawal from the selection equation has prompted Jones to summon giant Bath wing Joe Cokanasiga, who hasn’t represented his country since suffering serious knee damage at last year’s World Cup.

Jack Willis has been named in England's squad following a brilliant season with Wasps

Jack Willis has been named in England's squad following a brilliant season with Wasps

Jack Willis has been named in England’s squad following a brilliant season with Wasps

Wasps' Jacob Umaga has earned a surprise call-up to Eddie Jones' latest England squad

Wasps' Jacob Umaga has earned a surprise call-up to Eddie Jones' latest England squad

Wasps’ Jacob Umaga has earned a surprise call-up to Eddie Jones’ latest England squad 

Joe Simmonds (centre) and his brother Sam are among those to have missed out on the squad

Joe Simmonds (centre) and his brother Sam are among those to have missed out on the squad

Joe Simmonds (centre) and his brother Sam are among those to have missed out on the squad

England missed out on the chance to tune up for the Italy match when their non-cap encounter with the Barbarians was cancelled due to breaches of COVID protocols by a group of Barbarians players. 

Jones said: ‘We were obviously disappointed with the postponement of the Barbarians game but we moved to plan B, had a highly competitive training session instead of the match and now we are fully focused on the Italy game and the goal of winning the Six Nations.

‘We’ve got a good balance between experience and inexperience. With nine players out injured, it does create opportunities for the younger guys to show what they can do. We’re very happy with what we’ve seen in the mini-camps and the Barbarians training week. It’s been really competitive.’

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Premier League: Every ‘Big Six’ side has a flaw that means this is the most open season in YEARS

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After Liverpool won the Premier League title by a staggering 18 points last season, this year’s top-flight in England couldn’t be more open. 

Six weeks into this crazy season which followed a shortened summer break and the banning of fans from football grounds, the top 14 teams in the league are distanced by just five points. The same margin separated just the top two teams – Liverpool and Manchester City – at this stage last term.

One reason why the Premier League is so open is due to slow starts from so-called ‘Big Six’ – who all suffered defeats in the opening five matches of the season for the first time since 2014. 

This year's Premier League is as open as ever with the top 14 teams separated by five points

This year's Premier League is as open as ever with the top 14 teams separated by five points

This year’s Premier League is as open as ever with the top 14 teams separated by five points

This has led to none of the elite group of English teams – bar Liverpool – being in the top-eight of the league at this stage of the season, which begs the question – can a different team shock the top-flight title race this year?

Several top-flight clubs including Leicester City, Everton, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers moved quickly in the transfer market to build squads capable of breaking up the ‘Big Six’ group this season.

As Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton lead the way as the league moves into November, it is the first time a ‘non-Big Six’ team has been top of the pile after five games since Portsmouth in 2006.

The 'Big Six' sides including Manchester United and Chelsea are struggling to make their mark

The 'Big Six' sides including Manchester United and Chelsea are struggling to make their mark

The ‘Big Six’ sides including Manchester United and Chelsea are struggling to make their mark

Harry Redknapp’s Pompey ended up finishing ninth that year, but the ‘Big Six’ have plenty to do if they want to catch this season’s young pretenders. 

Sportsmail looks at where England’s biggest clubs have been going wrong so far this season and what they need to do to get their title race spot back… 

LIVERPOOL – LIGHT AT THE BACK

Out of all the ‘Big Six’ sides, Jurgen Klopp’s champions have started the better and sit joint-top of the table alongside Merseyside derby rivals Everton. But it has still been a far-from-convincing start by the Reds, particularly from a defensive standpoint. 

No club in the league has conceded more goals than Liverpool so far this season, who have shipped 14 goals which is the same as bottom club Fulham. Half of that tally came in the embarrassing 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa this month where their defence imploded.

Klopp’s side have kept just one clean sheet in the league so far, as they continue to feel the impact of losing Virgil van Dijk to a potentially season-ending ankle ligament injury. 

Liverpool are shipping goals and have kept just one clean sheet in the league all season

Liverpool are shipping goals and have kept just one clean sheet in the league all season

Liverpool are shipping goals and have kept just one clean sheet in the league all season

The loss of Virgil van Dijk to a potentially season-ending injury has made Liverpool weaker

The loss of Virgil van Dijk to a potentially season-ending injury has made Liverpool weaker

The loss of Virgil van Dijk to a potentially season-ending injury has made Liverpool weaker

Joel Matip’s additional injury woes mean Liverpool are incredibly light at the back, as Klopp’s decision not to sign a new centre-back over the summer comes into question. 

But the warning signs were there before van Dijk got injured. The Reds became the first Premier League reigning champions to concede seven goals since 1953 in their shock loss to Villa. 

Top-flight teams are working out how to hurt Liverpool through their incredibly high defensive line, which often leaves two Reds centre-backs isolated due to the attacking intent form full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson. 

Makeshift centre-half Fabinho struggled in the first-half of Liverpool’s win over Sheffield United and conceded a penalty, while the Blades arguably should have ended up with more spot-kicks as the Reds backline struggled in the opening period. 

Full-backs Andy Robertson (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (R) may need to modify their game

Full-backs Andy Robertson (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (R) may need to modify their game

 Full-backs Andy Robertson (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (R) may need to modify their game

And as Glen Johnson pointed out this week, van Dijk’s absence means Liverpool are more vulnerable at the back than ever before if teams try to hit them on the break. 

Liverpool have no issues at the top end of the pitch – they are still scoring goals for fun. 

But if coaches train their teams to be defensively solid against Klopp’s side, then the Reds will end up with more disappointing results.

 CHELSEA – DODGY DEFENCE

It was a summer of great promise at Stamford Bridge as Frank Lampard overhauled his squad with £253million-worth of new blood – but the Blues’ campaign has not gone to plan so far.

The west Londoners have drawn four out of their last five league games, with the majority of them being high-scoring matches. In short, Chelsea’s dodgy defence continues to let down their new all-star attack. 

After a year in the job, Lampard still can’t work out his best back line combination. Brazilian defender Thiago Silva looks like a solid acquisition but the likes of Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori have dipped in and out of firm and Toni Rudiger has been exiled. 

Frank Lampard is struggling to find the winning formula after £200million spent in the market

Frank Lampard is struggling to find the winning formula after £200million spent in the market

Frank Lampard is struggling to find the winning formula after £200million spent in the market

Thiago Silva (right) has been a smart buy Lampard can't seem to find his defensive partner

Thiago Silva (right) has been a smart buy Lampard can't seem to find his defensive partner

Thiago Silva (right) has been a smart buy Lampard can’t seem to find his defensive partner

Speaking before the goalless draw with Manchester United, Sportsmail columnist Martin Keown pointed out the lack of concentration among the Blues backline.

The former Premier League defender said: ‘What has stood out is the mannequin-like ball-watching from Chelsea’s defenders. 

‘They stand around admiring the pretty football being played in front of them rather than preparing for when they lose possession.’

One area that Lampard appears to have fixed, however, is the goalkeeping dilemma as new £20million man Edouard Mendy was the difference between a draw and a defeat in the goalless showing at Manchester United this weekend.

German duo Kai Havertz (left) and Timo Werner (right) are still not at their very best yet

German duo Kai Havertz (left) and Timo Werner (right) are still not at their very best yet

German duo Kai Havertz (left) and Timo Werner (right) are still not at their very best yet

But the Old Trafford blank does shine a light on whether Chelsea’s new men up front have properly settled in at Stamford Bridge yet. 

Both Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have shown glimpses of potential but have gone missing in the big games so far this term. The only game in which either player has found the net came in the 3-3 draw with Southampton this month. 

The German duo are forming a fluid front four alongside Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic but may need more tactical input from Lampard to get more goals. 

There plenty to come from Chelsea – the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic are coming back from injury – but time is running out for Lampard to justify his summer spree. 

 MANCHESTER CITY – INJURY STRUGGLES

While many will point at Manchester City and say ‘they’ve only lost one game’, it’s bizarre to think that a Pep Guardiola has won just two out of its opening five matches.

It is also City’s worst start to a league season under their iconic manager, whose side was famed for their long winning runs at the start of his tenure. 

Though the club have been let down by a considerably long injury list so far this campaign, which is why bookmakers are still placing them as Premier League title favourites. 

The loss of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus earlier this season was a major blow and while the former has returned from the sidelines, his injury history means Guardiola tends to bring him off in and around the 60-minute stage. 

Manchester City have won just two out of their opening five league matches this season

Manchester City have won just two out of their opening five league matches this season

Manchester City have won just two out of their opening five league matches this season

City have a big injury list and while Sergio Aguero (above) is back, he is still short of sharpness

City have a big injury list and while Sergio Aguero (above) is back, he is still short of sharpness

City have a big injury list and while Sergio Aguero (above) is back, he is still short of sharpness

Raheem Sterling has often adopted a central role to overcome this problem, which means City have even less efficiency out wide following the loss of Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich this summer.

There are also question marks in Guardiola’s squad about the reliability over their defensive players. Aymeric Laporte is the only reliable option at the back, with Kyle Walker, Eric Garcia and Benjamin Mendy all making high-profile errors in the opening games.  

Too many defensive errors have come from the likes of Eric Garcia (left) and Kyle Walker (right)

Too many defensive errors have come from the likes of Eric Garcia (left) and Kyle Walker (right)

Too many defensive errors have come from the likes of Eric Garcia (left) and Kyle Walker (right)

Meanwhile, defensive midfielder Rodri is still failing to live up to the hype as Fernandinho’s long-term successor following his £63million move from Atletico Madrid. 

With Garcia refusing to extend his contract at the club, Nathan Ake still getting used to life at the Etihad and Mendy being frequently injured, there’s no real long-term defensive plan at City. 

MANCHESTER UNITED – CLUB CULTURE CHAOS

Manchester United’s progress has been halted after an impressive third-placed finish last season with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side dropping points three times in their first five games – all of them at home. 

Though fingers can be pointed towards poor summer planning and a series of off-the-pitch distractions to this slow start to the campaign, which has seen them fail to win their opening three home games for the first time in nearly 50 years.

A lack of sporting director at Old Trafford means the Red Devils’ transfer window business was rather sporadic. The club have so far splashed out £40million on marquee signing Donny van de Beek so he can sit behind Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the attacking midfield pecking order.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United have had a very slow start to the new season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United have had a very slow start to the new season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United have had a very slow start to the new season

The lack of game time for £40million man Donny van de Beek shows poor transfer planning

The lack of game time for £40million man Donny van de Beek shows poor transfer planning

The lack of game time for £40million man Donny van de Beek shows poor transfer planning

With the window running down into its final hours, United eventually bought the bullet again and signed unwanted free agent Edinson Cavani and left-back Alex Telles from Porto, as main targets such as Jadon Sancho fell through the net. 

In and amongst all that questionable spending came the off-field dramas which have raised concerns about the squad’s current culture. 

Captain Harry Maguire’s European holiday exploits have not coincided well with a sloppy start to the season from a defensive point of view, while Mason Greenwood has yet to hit the heights of last term following his England debacle with Phil Foden.

Off-field summer issues for Harry Maguire (above) and Mason Greenwood have been distraction

Off-field summer issues for Harry Maguire (above) and Mason Greenwood have been distraction

Off-field summer issues for Harry Maguire (above) and Mason Greenwood have been distraction

Other niggling incidents such as Anthony Martial’s careless red card in the 6-1 defeat to Tottenham this month means Solskjaer often has his work cut out at Old Trafford. 

If the Norwegian boss can get goals from new man Cavani or even reignite the Greenwood, Martial and Marcus Rashford front three from last season, then United may have a chance to pull themselves back into the fold. 

ARSENAL – CREATIVE ISSUES

Mikel Arteta’s Gunners started the season brightly with three wins from their first four games and looked to be heading in the right direction following their FA Cup triumph in August. 

But back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Leicester in which the north Londoners failed to find the net have raised concerns about Arsenal’s ability to create chances from open play scenarios. 

If teams can stop Arsenal’s dynamic front three, normally consisting of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alex Lacazette and one of Willian or Nicolas Pepe, then Arteta’s structure allows for little other attacking intent.

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal have suffered back-to-back losses after a promising start to the season

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal have suffered back-to-back losses after a promising start to the season

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have suffered back-to-back losses after a promising start to the season

The Gunners are failing to make chance , with goals drying up for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The Gunners are failing to make chance , with goals drying up for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The Gunners are failing to make chance , with goals drying up for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 

Bukayo Saka is a bright spark in midfield and Thomas Partey can create some chances from deep, but one option is still raw while the other is still finding his feet following his £45million move from Atletico Madrid.   

A lack of midfield creation is a problem that Arteta tried to fix by bringing in Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar in the transfer window, but the Gunners were outpriced by the French club. 

Mesut Ozil was an internal option for creativity but all ties appeared to have been cut following his omission from Arsenal’s 25-man league squad. 

Arsenal's midfield is Dani Ceballos (left), Thomas Partey (second left) and Granit Xhaka (right)

Arsenal's midfield is Dani Ceballos (left), Thomas Partey (second left) and Granit Xhaka (right)

Arsenal’s midfield is Dani Ceballos (left), Thomas Partey (second left) and Granit Xhaka (right)

This meant Arteta had to resort to a flat midfield three of Partey, Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka, which is a system that Unai Emery tried and failed with during his Emirates Stadium tenure. 

The goals have also dried up for captain Aubameyang in recent weeks. The Gabon striker had six successful strikes in six games this time last year but has not scored for the Gunners since opening his account on the opening day at Fulham.  

And as always with Arsenal, there are major question marks about their defensive performances. 

The Gunners fell apart against Leicester after David Luiz went off injured and usual suspects Shkodran Mustafi and Xhaka let Cenzig Under and Jamie Vardy run clear to net the winning goal for the latter on Sunday night. 

Arsenal still show defensive frailties with the likes of David Luiz (L) and Shhkodran Mustafi (R)

Arsenal still show defensive frailties with the likes of David Luiz (L) and Shhkodran Mustafi (R)

Arsenal still show defensive frailties with the likes of David Luiz (L) and Shhkodran Mustafi (R)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR – STILL MENTALLY WEAK

Spurs’ 3-3 draw with West Ham summed up the last 15 years for the north London side. No matter how impressive Tottenham look going forward, there will always be that mentally weak side to their game to creep up on them. 

Manager Jose Mourinho, who has won 22 trophies as a coach, has tried to fixed that problem by signing players who have lifted titles at their former clubs. 

Jose Mourinho is trying to fix the weak mentality in Tottenham's squad with new signings

Jose Mourinho is trying to fix the weak mentality in Tottenham's squad with new signings

Jose Mourinho is trying to fix the weak mentality in Tottenham’s squad with new signings

Spurs conceded three times in the final ten minutes to draw 3-3 with West Ham last weekend

Spurs conceded three times in the final ten minutes to draw 3-3 with West Ham last weekend

Spurs conceded three times in the final ten minutes to draw 3-3 with West Ham last weekend

Figures such as Joe Hart, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Gareth Bale and even Gedson Fernandes all won league trophies before arriving at White Hart Lane as Mourinho looks to add experience to the largely trophyless group consisting of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min. 

But Spurs have still shown a tendency to fall at the final hurdle this season. The West Ham collapse followed the late equaliser conceded against Newcastle and the lack of attacking urgency seen in their opening day loss to Everton in September. 

The growing partnership of Harry Kane (left) and Son Heung-Min (right) is a positive for Spurs

The growing partnership of Harry Kane (left) and Son Heung-Min (right) is a positive for Spurs

The growing partnership of Harry Kane (left) and Son Heung-Min (right) is a positive for Spurs

There are some reasons to be positive for Mourinho’s men. Son and Kane are forming a dynamic partnership at the top end of the pitch, while the arrival of Bale has created a feel-good atmosphere at the club. 

And victory at Burnley on Monday night could see Spurs make early ground on their rivals and move into the top-five. Unless their usual habits reappear, of course. 

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