Tottenham's potential XI if Jose Mourinho can make three January signings


When Jose Mourinho moved to Tottenham Hotspur, one of the biggest questions was: will he cope with a smaller transfer budget?

Daniel Levy has been notoriously tight with his transfer spending, while Mourinho has a history of the exact opposite and has splurged almost £1 billion on signings throughout his career.

As a result, it seems inevitable that Mourinho will be asking for some goodies in January and especially when you consider their post-Mauricio Pochettino bounce has been pretty minimal.

And while the jury is out on whether Spurs will even spend a penny, talkSPORT have decided to be ambitious and imagine what the club's XI would look like if they DID decide to splash the cash.

They've hypothesised that three new arrivals could slide right into the match-day squad and you can check out their final pick that would probably have Mourinho weak at the knees:

GK - Paulo Gazzaniga 

It looks as though Hugo Lloris will finally be returning at the end of January, but Gazzaniga has proven himself to be a more than capable deputy, give or take a few wobbles and karate kicks.

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RB - Nelson Semedo

With Kyle Walker-Peters poised for a Crystal Palace loan and Serge Aurier flattering to deceive, it seems as though Spurs will target the Barcelona full-back who's found himself available for sale.

The Blaugrana are on the hunt for 20-year-old Emerson in his position and as a result, both the Mirror and Express are reporting that Tottenham are waiting in the wings to take advantage.

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CB - Davinson Sanchez

It's easy to forget that the former Ajax defender is still only 23 years old and Mourinho could mould him into the Great Wall of North London with a few more seasons of coaching.

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CB - Toby Alderweireld

Mourinho was desperate to sign him for Manchester United in the summer of 2018 and it's hard to imagine he'll lose faith in the Belgian after he put pen to paper on a new contract.


LB - Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen might not be the defender he was during Tottenham's doomed title challenges in the latter part of the last decade, but the Belgian remains a powerhouse if Spurs can hold on to him.

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RM - Heung-min Son

Duh. No matter how good or terribly Tottenham are playing, you can guarantee that Son will be playing his heart out regardless and 10 goals in 22 games this season is proof of that.

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CM - Tanguy Ndombele

Hmm, this could be unlikely with both Ndombele's injury and the fact he was effectively exiled by Mourinho, so he needs to grab his next opportunity in the XI with both hands whenever it comes.


CM - Eric Dier

The England international hasn't quite undergone the transformation expected of him under Mourinho, but he'll continue to be a key squad member for the 'Special One.'

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LM - Thomas Lemar

Things haven't worked for Lemar at Atletico Madrid and while Diego Simeone remains buoyant about his chances, both the Telegraph and Evening Standard have cited Spurs' January interest.

It remains to be seen whether that would transpire into a loan signing or a permanent deal for over £50 million - and it should be noted that Chelsea are also keeping closing tabs on the situation.

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CAM - Dele Alli

If Mourinho has achieved anything at Tottenham, it's been inspiring Alli back to form and seven goal involvements in his last 10 games shows we're slowly starting to see the best of him once again.

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ST - Krzysztof Piatek

With Harry Kane confined to the treatment table, Tottenham are searching for their new Fernando Llorente and that could come in the form of one of Serie A's leading goal-scorers last season.

The Sun reported that Spurs have agreed a £28 million deal for Piatek, who admitted he was a boyhood Arsenal fan, after struggling to maintain his strong start to life at AC Milan.

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GIVEMESPORT'S Kobe Tong says

I'm going to be honest, Piatek looks like the next Vincent Janssen if ever I've seen one.

Yes, I'm fully aware he was in fantastic form last season - so was Janssen the season before he signed, I might add - but one goal in his last 10 leagues game sets off some serious alarm bells.

The last thing Tottenham want to be doing is jumping on a hype train that already left the station, even if the Pole's physicality provides a slither of hope for him in England.


Semedo is the signing I'd be most enthusiastic about, while Lemar's performances at Atletico should serve as a cautionary tale, even if I don't think he would flop in north London.  

Mourinho won't have tens of millions to be throwing about at Tottenham and he must become far more consistent with his signings than he was latterly at Chelsea and with United.

Otherwise, the 'Special One' might blow the little transfer funds he's actually given.

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