Tottenham Hotspur may have a very busy end to this summer’s transfer window, with players coming in and going out. Mauricio Pochettino will hope he can add quality to his team and develop them from what was a mediocre campaign last season, where they finished 5th.
There has been an even greater desire for more incomings since the season started, Tottenham's performances have been crying out for more creativity going forward and their results back up this theory.
Spurs travelled to Old Trafford for their opening league fixture against Manchester United. They lost the game 1-0, through a Kyle Walker own goal.
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In their second game they hosted Mark Hughes’ Stoke at White Hart Lane. They started brightly and led by two goals to nil but let their lead slip in the second half, as Stoke clawed their way back level earning themselves a well-deserved point. Spurs were unable to kill the game off while they were on-top and the game ended 2-2.
In their third game they travelled to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City. The game ended 1-1 which could be argued as a decent point gained given the Foxes excellent form.
So what are the papers saying?
Tottenham have been linked with various players over this window and I can see a major influx of talent entering the squad. A few players may also have to depart to create the funds to bring in the talent they want.
Yannick Bolasie of Crystal Palace has been heavily linked with a move to numerous ‘big clubs’, including Spurs. He is a one-off talent, naturally gifted with pace and skill he causes problems for any defender.
He would be a fantastic addition and would add pace and flair to the first eleven, giving them a completely different option. Alan Pardew has slapped a hefty price tag on his main man and will only consider selling if they can match his £25 million valuation.
Victor Moses of Chelsea has also been linked with the club and would be a cheaper option to Bolasie. He is a technically gifted player and would create the width in the Spurs team; something which has been lacking slightly since the Gareth Bale era. Rated at around £6 million, he would be a bargain for any team.
Another long term interest of Tottenham is Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez. Jay has been exceptional for the Saints but unfortunately a knee ligament injury ruled him out for almost a year and led to him missing the 2014, World Cup in Brazil.
Southampton have lost many players over the past few seasons and missed out on signing Toby Alderweireld who chose to sign for Spurs instead. The Saints will want to keep hold of the talented English international and will not sell on the cheap. He will no doubt cost in excess of £25 million.
Saido Berahino has been heavily linked with the club and its thought West Brom have already rejected a £15 million bid. Berahino’s future looks bright and he notched an impressive 20 goals last season in all competitions.
Spurs are in desperate need of a striker with only Harry Kane the one established/recognised forward. Emmanuel Adebayor has had off field problems and Roberto Soldado sealed his £10 million move to Villarreal last week.
Spurs are also interested in Southampton’s anchor-man, Victor Wanyama. Pochettino wants to be reacquainted with the Kenyan who he managed at his time with the Saints. Wanyama is an excellent defensive midfielder and would give Spurs a tougher defensive spine making them harder to beat.
Aaron Lennon’s future looks bleak with Spurs and so he could be heading for the exit door. He was on loan at Everton last season and could potentially sign for them in this window. Adebayor looks like his career at Spurs is coming to an end, hardly featuring at all last season. They will be looking to offload him with West Ham and Aston Villa rumoured to be interested.
Time to be realistic
It has not been an exuberant start to the season for Pochettino’s side; they have only picked up two points from their first three games.
Spurs are in need of some new faces to kick start their season. Europa League will put a strain on the team and so more players will be needed if they want to be competitive in all competitions.
There is no reason why Spurs can’t go far this season and get their hands on some silverware. It’s what the fans crave – ‘trophies’! The realistic fan knows that a Champions League, top four finish is highly unlikely and would instead like to see their team go further and challenge in the cup competitions.