Tottenham’s summer so far has focused on getting rid of the many mistakes made in previous transfer windows. Levy has done a good job in this respect. Who would have thought we would get £10 million for Paulinho? There’s still work to be done – Adebayor and Soldado should be next on the list.
The clear-out is vital. Having so many players hanging around, with little to no chance of making the match day squad, can’t have helped the atmosphere at White Hart Lane.
Upgrading the defence
In a similar vein to last summer, Pochettino has bought relatively cheap squad players to plug into the defence. Last season’s problems on the right side were obvious, so a backup right back was an essential addition. Trippier isn’t a big name player but looks a promising understudy for Walker. It’s a very similar signing to Davies last year.
Toby Alderweireld may have been the most obvious transfer target in history. Chemistry is the most important attribute for a centre back pairing and Alderweireld has played with Vertonghen both at Ajax and for Belgium. He is mobile and fast, fitting well into Pochettino’s style of play, while the fact that he has Premier League experience is a massive bonus.
Missing an anchor in the middle
There’s still a big hole in our midfield. For all their success last season, Bentaleb and Mason need someone with experience and character to dominate the opposition. The latest rumours suggest Sven Bender may be a target. The Dortmund man is exactly what we need – a holding midfielder, used to an aggressive pressing style, with experience of winning titles and playing in the Champions League.
What is truly baffling is Levy’s reluctance to sign an attacking player. Spurs haven’t bought a striker, winger or creative midfield player since Erik Lamela almost two years ago.
We’re crying out for a backup for Harry Kane. He can’t play every game and we must at least plan for the possibility the young forward has a difficult second season.
A true wide player with some pace would help unlock stubborn defences, while an understudy to Christian Eriksen would allow Pochettino to give him the odd game off. The Dane looked exhausted in the latter stages of last season.
After a two year drought since that heady summer when we had £100 million to play with, Tottenham haven’t made a “marquee” signing. No big name, no exotic playmaker. Those kind of signings used to be one of the things that defined Spurs – Villa, Ardiles, Gascoigne, Klinsman.
Ultimately football is about entertainment and one of the greatest pleasures in the game is the anticipation of seeing a new star take the field for the first time. Regretfully, it seems that disastrous summer two years ago has left an enduring mark on the Tottenham chairman.
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