Tottenham Hotspur have been making serious waves in the transfer market, and have finalised one of their many rumoured deals, capturing holding midfielder Victor Wanyama for £11 million.
The move is a big step for Wanyama, who now joins the ranks of one of the big clubs in the Premier League.
Led by Harry Kane and Dele Alli, Spurs made an attempt to win the Premier League title last season, but faltered towards the end, and spluttered to a very respectable, but worse than they deserved, third place.
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The Kenyan arrived at Southampton in 2013 from Celtic, and has since made 85 Premier League appearances, and has drawn the attention of big clubs in the past, mainly Arsenal. However now, he joins a team with an excellent midfield enforcer already, so he may struggle to force his way into the talented Spurs line-up.
This won't concern the manager, Mauricio Pochettino, who knows Wanyama from their days together at Southampton. The signing was not intended to improve his starting XI, it was to add squad depth so that Spurs can survive the rigorous fixture congestion of the Champions League.
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Pochettino has been shrewd in this transfer. He's highlighted his lack of depth in midfield, with only Ryan Mason really offering any decent substitution, and he is by no means Champions League quality.
To solve the issue, the manager has found a player who he knows well from the past, and thrived in his system, hoping he will be able to offer relief to Eric Dier, in times like the Christmas period.
This kind of smart management will have to continue throughout the transfer window, as Spurs have a pressing need for squad depth, especially in the attacking department and at centre-back.
Kane is undoubtedly their talisman, and without him, they'll struggle considerably, even more so when considering their cover for the man is Clinton N'Jie, who is yet to bag for Spurs, and didn't really prove himself to be a top player in his time with Lyon.
Luckily for Spurs, there are plenty of quality strikers who could be on the move, but to find one that will happily play second fiddle to Kane will be a challenge for Pochettino.
Another area that may need strengthening is the defence, in particular the centre-back area.
Although Kevin Wimmer did himself no shame in the way he filled in for the injured Jan Vertonghen, the club may want to invest in someone with more experience than the 23-year-old, and another good centre-back wouldn't hurt.
It seems like Spurs have a busy summer ahead, but Pochettino has proven he knows how to strengthen a squad, the likes of Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier being perfect understudies to Danny Rose and Kyle Walker respectively.
The manager will be tested by the new challenge of top European football, but it is one Spurs fans will be hopeful he can rise to.
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