Dimitar Berbatov Exclusive: Spying on your opponents? Everyone does it!

Marcelo Bielsa
Marcelo Bielsa 'spying' on Derby is nothing new, according to Dimitar Berbatov

Former Tottenham star Dimitar Berbatov tells us why his old team may have to dip into the transfer market in the wake of Harry Kane's injury and has short shrift for those professing 'surprise' at the Leeds spying story...

"We musn't underestimate Fernando Llorente, he's a good player who will now have a chance to shine, but Spurs may well need to go into the transfer market now."

Why is everyone surprised?

People seem to be up in arms about Leeds being caught 'spying' on Derby ahead of their game last week, but I don't know why everybody is surprised! All clubs do it.

I've been in teams playing in Europe where the opponents are training in your stadium, so you send someone to watch secretly, and you know it's going to happen the other way around as well, so you make sure you're not doing anything tactical.

I've got a lot of time for Marcelo Bielsa, I like the way he operates. He has been honest about what happened and the press conference on Wednesday (where the Leeds manager ran journalists through his preparation for the Derby game in painstaking detail) was hilarious.

Spurs may need to dip into transfer market

Harry Kane's injury was of course a huge blow for Spurs, and it has come at the worst possible time with Son Heung-min away at the Asian Cup for the next few weeks.

Harry will miss a number of key games including the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea and the Champions League games with Borussia Dortmund - although every game is important at this stage of the season.

We musn't underestimate Fernando Llorente, he's a good player who will now have a chance to shine, but Spurs may well need to go into the transfer market now.

If Tottenham do sign a forward, they will have the usual difficulty of explaining to a player that they will be understudy to Kane when he returns, so it might be that a loan deal makes sense.

It looks like Chelsea are about to get Gonzalo Higuain in on loan and that makes perfect sense for them as they have been struggling in the centre forward area, but it's a bit different with Spurs given that Kane will immediately come back into the team.

Any player brought into the team will need to be able to deliver goals and assists, and they are hard to come by. Spurs have been linked with Malcom at Barcelona but he's not really a centre-forward, so I can't see that one happening.

Mauricio Pochettino may well improvise with what he has, and go with a false nine formation with someone like Lucas Moura or Dele Alli furthest forward - I'll be interested to see what solution he comes up with.

Even without Kane and Son, Spurs should still have too much when they visit another one of my old sides, Fulham, on Sunday. Claudio Ranieri hasn't been able to sort them out defensively yet, and I expect them to go into the transfer market for defensive reinforcements.

Eriksen should resist overtures from Madrid


There have been a few reports linking Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid - he's 11/4 to move this month - as he still hasn't signed a new deal at Spurs, and I can understand why he'd be thinking about it - this is Real Madrid after all!

I'm obviously biased as I want Spurs to do well, but I think he should stay for now. He's only 26 with plenty of football ahead of him, and he's in the right place to improve as a player.

I don't think he's money motivated, but he's ambitious and wants to develop. Going to Real Madrid is almost a guarantee of winning trophies, but are you going to play every game? Look at Isco - a similar style player to Eriksen - who has been pretty much frozen out this season.

Ole's United can challenge for top four slot

Who thought Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer was going to win his first six games? It's never been done before and it's put United within striking distance of the top four, six points behind Chelsea.

Can they get there now? Absolutely, but even if they don't, the football they have been playing under Ole has been inspiring and he's put himself right in contention to get the job permanently.

Watching the game at Spurs last weekend, especially in the first half, it's was obvious that Ole has a clear vision on how he wants the team to play; it's not as simple as just letting them express themselves.

Obviously, United had to rely on David de Gea being brilliant in the second half to get the win and there's plenty still to work on, but the positive effect Ole has had is clear.

Michael Carrick was very vocal at Wembley on Sunday and you can see Ole has complete trust in his coaching team. Sir Alex used to rely on his coaches heavily - who better to copy than him?

I read the speculation linking Gareth Southgate with the United job but I don't like this sort of stuff popping up during the season, it's an unnecessary distraction. I can't see it happening either - Southgate is building a great reputation in the international arena, why would he want to come back to the club game at this stage?

Ozil might need to escape Emirates


Speaking from a purely football fan perspective, it's been disappointing to see Mesut Ozil not featuring for Arsenal, I like him as a player. But whether it's a personal or tactical issue, Unai Emery clearly doesn't have him in his plans right now and it might be that he needs to move to get regular football.

The Gunners have been inconsistent in recent weeks but they have only lost once at home all season and I see them edging an entertaining clash with Chelsea on Saturday evening.

Chelsea have been performing well, even without a recognised striker, but Arsenal should have enough firepower to get the three points.

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