Tottenham Hotspur need to buy in this summer window in order to compete for the title again this season. Signings are vital in pushing the current key players within the squad and keeping them motivated as well as adding depth to the squad. Spurs are linked to many players in this window as usual, but are yet to make a signing, the only Premier League club to do so.
Nevertheless, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, admits they must spend in order to challenge for the League title and stresses the importance of putting pressure on the current first team.
‘Bringing players and trying to put more pressure on, and for us we need to do that’.
Last season somewhat doesn’t reflect how far Tottenham Hotspur have come within the last few years under Pochettino because of the lack of trophies to show for it. However, there is promise for this club as they were dominant in many areas last season. They scored the most goals in the league with 86 as well as conceding the least amount of goals, 26, and therefore they had the highest goal difference. They also created the most chances at 504 as well as having the most shots at 668. They also didn’t lack in a goalscorer as Harry Kane won the golden boot with 29 league goals.
But, despite last season being a huge step in the right direction for Spurs, the current squad seems to be lacking in depth especially after the departures of Kyle Walker, Luke McGee, and seemingly Pau Lopez. As well as Moussa Sissoko and Kevin Wimmer who are also looking to leave the club, and Joshua Onomah who has just joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan.
Analysing our squad broken down with the transfer rumoured players removed it makes it quite clear that Spurs are lacking in depth for a squad that has around 60 games to play a season. For a club in 4 competitions, two players in most positions I feel isn’t enough, one injury then the team could be caught short.
Firstly, with Pau Lopez confirming he is not going to return to the club and Luke McGee being transferred to Portsmouth, suggests Spurs are in need of a third keeper. One injury to either Hugo Lloris or Michel Vorm leaves a young youth goalkeeper on the bench, which isn’t ideal. Looking at the recent transfer rumours it seems Spurs are strongly linked to Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga in a 2 million deal. Paulo spent last season on loan at Rayo Vallecano where he made 22 appearances and finished 12th in the league table. Paulo Gazzaniga previously worked together with Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton but lacked game time. This signing is highly unlikely to excite Spurs fans as he will be third choice keeper behind Lloris and Vorm but it will add depth to the squad which is needed if an injury is to occur and 2 million for a player in this current market definitely isn’t a bad deal. This move could be complete within the next few days. Some of the Tottenham fans however, have had their say and the majority of them were happy for Harry Kane to jokingly take up the position of our third keeper!
Moving to the Spurs back line it also seems that they are short of a player, especially if Kevin Wimmer continues to push for a move out of the club, with Southampton strongly interested in the player. Some fans believe Cameron Carter-Victors has enough potential to step up as a back up if needed. However, manager Mauricio believes he has the potential but is not quite ready yet to be a first team regular which would happen if again an injury is caused. This suggests that if Wimmer is to move on, Pochettino will be looking in the market for a centre back. But, on the other hand Spurs always have the option which they used on a number of occasions to drop Eric Dier into that position to cover or go to a back 3.
In addition to this, Spurs’ right back Kyle Walker departed to go to Manchester City, something that didn’t best please the fans or players at Tottenham. However, as a replacement to Kyle, Tottenham have been linked to right back Serge Aurier. He currently is an Ivory Coast international and plays for Paris Saint-Germain, but he could cost Spurs up to £30 million. As well as being quite expensive, Aurier is currently banned in the UK for attacking a french police officer, some may say not an ideal role model for a young inspiring team.
The alternative option as a cover for Kieran Trippier is Tottenham’ promising youngster Kyle Walker-Peters. Kyle is an attack minded player which would fit well into the full back position pushing forward ahead of a back 3. His dribbling is something that has stood out and something which could provide this Spurs team with an extra bit of pace needed. He has also represented England in the U20’s so has some experience for a young player, suggesting he may have the quality to handle the pressure in the first team. But, according to a recent poll many Spurs fans agreed with the boss believing Kyle Walker Peters isn’t quite ready, and the supporters would prefer to secure the signing of Serge Aurier.
Tottenham seem pretty secure in the Centre Defensive Midfield role with the experienced Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama as well as Harry Winks who seems to be a future star. Harry Winks has just recently returned to the first team in pre-season after over-coming ligament damage in his left ankle sustained in the game against Burnley in April, a huge bonus to the team.
It also, seems that in order for Spurs to be competitive, Dele Alli needs some competition in the attacking midfield position; Christian Eriksen could potentially be slotting into this role too but it seems another strong experienced player needs to be added to add the pressure to Dele. Spurs have recently been linked to Ross Barkley, who is a strong candidate for this position but with his wage demands and Everton’ price tag of £35m+, makes it far more difficult in signing him. Barkley is a player with so much potential and is only aged 23. He looks to be a style of player that suits the style of Tottenham Hotspur and Mauricio Pochettino. Ross has recently turned down a numerous number of contract offers from Everton in order to force a move out of the club as he believes he needs a new and bigger challenge in his career, to not only make him a better player but to secure his place in the England squad for the 2018 World Cup. However, Tottenham face competition from Chelsea who are also looking to sign the English Midfielder.
Tottenham also have been linked to PFA Player of the Year, Leicester midfielder Riyad Mahrez. He would cost Tottenham around £30 million but face strong competition from Roma who have had 2 bids previously rejected. Mahrez would add the extra needed pace to Tottenham’s squad which seemed to be missing in some stages of last season. But, an issue lies with many concerned about Riyad Mahrez’ lack of work ethic something that definitely wouldn’t sit well with Pochettino. It seems that if Tottenham were to sign an attack minded midfielder they would only need Ross Barkley or Riyad Mahrez but not both of the players. It seems it would be a tough choice in which player is more ideal but many Tottenham fans are swaying towards Ross due to his stronger potential and style of play suiting the club and Pochettino better.
Last season seemed to suggest that Tottenham’s slight downfall was pace in the wings, a player they would need to help add the final piece to the puzzle to win the title. Spurs have been linked to Demarai Gray who is a young talented winger that could fill this position. Demarai is also wanting out of the club, Leicester City, after becoming frustrated with the amount of playing time he is given. Gray impressed at the U21’s European Championships playing for England which lead many clubs to being interested in the player. Leicester manager, Craig Shakespeare said, ‘We have spoken (myself and Demarai) about trying to give him more game-time and we are both happy with that’. It will now be interesting to see if a move happens as the window starts to come to a close. But, the Lilywhites would face competition from many different clubs who all want to sign the youngster. Bournemouth have already have a £20 million bid rejected last week.
Spurs are looking light up top too as they currently have 2 strikers, Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen. Joshua Onomah, who has just signed a new contract at Spurs, has been known in the past to be pushed up on occasions, however, the player has just joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan. Tottenham are currently leading the race to sign centre forward, Giovanni Simeone who is the son of Diego. He is plays for Genoa currently and last season bagged 12 goals. One of Simeone’ best attributes is his hard working ethic something that would be loved by Pochettino. He plays with plenty of passion and leaves everything out on the football pitch. If Tottenham were to sign him, it would give them depth in the striker position which is something they have lacked in the last few seasons. If Tottenham were to sign Giovanni or another similar striker, the debate would lie to whether the new striker would get the nod over Vincent Janssen. Nevertheless, Spurs fans are confident that Janssen should be given another chance after showing his potential through pre-season in America as well as him beginning to feel settled in England and the Premier League.
Spurs fans should still be hopeful of a few signings this summer even if they are yet to get off the mark as they a reassured by Tottenham boss, Mauricio and Chairman Daniel Levy.
‘In three years, my experience with Daniel, has always been trying to find a player to improve us. Daniel is very keen for signings every season. When you play in the Premier League and Champions League, you need quality and numbers.’
‘We’ve managed the club, we think, in a very appropriate way. We are not a club today that can compete with Manchester United and City for a player. We cannot fight. We are in a different way. But the thing is Daniel is very keen to sign like me. These type of players we are talking about they are not easy to find.’
This is a very important transfer window for Spurs who have seemed to already leave it late. It looks like Tottenham may need up to 5 new squad players to add depth to the squad which is needed to go that step further in finally winning the title. These signings would be crucial for the club and with until a month until the transfer window closes, they should start to make a move.
Tottenham fans have also had their say on this matter and some of their views reflecting on those above; they have expressed their views below:
@Jackhop14 – ‘We need to add pace on the wings and cover for Harry Kane. I’d like Mahrez or Gray and Barkley.’
@HypeMort – ‘Tottenham need to add experience. We have a plethora of youth. What we lack is that player who has been there before and can pull the squad up.’
@tgp7777777 – ‘[Our] transfer record is 50:50 hit or bad miss. Making the right signing [is better] than any signing. We do need a backup for Kane, not [use] Sonny.’
@MeCrazyMatt – ‘[We need] a proven winner. At least 2 more experienced players who can act as calming influences late in late matches. Also, some pace would be welcomed.’
@TheYidipedia – ‘Replace Wimmer, [get a] new right back and Barkley to play either CM or CAM. Keep Lamela and give Sissoko one more season. The right back is key; if Tripper gets seriously injured, Kyle Walker Peters can’t be thrown in.’
@MarkRigney1979 – ‘[We] definitely need another keeper, 1 injury to Lloris and then our sub keeper is a youth player.’
@HarshM_16 – ‘Seeing rumours of Giovanni Simeone growing up, young pacy versatile! Barkley and a Right Back option is much needed as well. [But we] got to start the business soon, got to shrug of other teams looking at our players.’
@simong35 – ‘[I’d] go for Yarmolenko, class player! Like Poch said u need to keep the players on their toes!’
@ttimbertony – ‘[I’m} hoping Marcus Edwards will be in the 25 Premier League squad and will get some game time.’
@paidevik – ‘Demarai Gray and Toljan with maybe Barkley. All young and Poch could mould them into stars.’
@TheGreatWall14 – ‘Would love to see another young creative CM and RB for depth. Mousa can’t play 90 [minutes], 2 or 3 times a week so we need cover.’
@rookieyoung1 – ‘We have a very strong starting 11, but our rivals have strengthened massively while we have stayed motionless. We need a RB and CM/CAM. We need to finish minimum of top 4 otherwise it will be hard to convince Dele, Hugo and Toby to stick around and going into our new home would be disastrous, we need to strengthen.’
@tweetmicka – ‘We need experience and a strong bench. We currently don’t have the depth if players are injured. Kyle Walker Peters will be a great player in a few years, but he’s not ready. Trippier in the last game looked nervous and scared, we can’t have that’.
@alfiedams0n – ‘[We need] Barkley and Poch can develop him into a starting XL player and he is only 23.’