With the transfer window now open and Wanyama already signed for a bargain price, Pochettino and Levy need to keep their transfer tactics synchronised for the remaining less than two months – high quality players (Poch’s wish list) for a cheap price (Levy’s soul). Hopefully, all the major moves will be made this month.
Reportedly, Vincent Janssen is one step away from signing for Spurs which could take a great load off of Harry Kane’s body and mind – spreading the workload and responsibility. The Dutch striker is most interested in a move to Spurs knowing he will get a lot of playing time with Spurs playing Champions League and the fact that even without that more intense competition they were very short in the striker department. Of course, you never know what Levy’s bargaining can produce: AZ’s sporting director gave quite a nervous statement: ‘If you want to buy something, you have to go to the store. The store does not belong to you.’ But Levy must be aware there’s a connection between the amount you invest in players and the amount you recoup from Euro prize and appearance money. He persuaded Lloris to stay assuring him that the squad will be strengthened to enable the club to challenge on all fronts next season. He needs at least one if not two genuine strikers for that goal; Son and Chadli and youngest Onomah, whilst being very able to make an strong attacking contribution in a support role, are not the upto being played alone in the attack. Spurs need someone with pace and strength, who can hold up the ball and be a lurking serial killer off the ball – someone other than poor Harry Kane whose exhaustion we witnessed luckily not in the last season, but on England’s Euro tour of shame.
In the versatile Tottenham midfield no major investment is needed after signing Wanyama. The only position with room for improvement is left midfielder/winger and there have been rumours that Spurs are after Wijnaldum, who is certainly adept playing that role but his natural position is one of the strongest and most backed up in the squad – attacking midfielder, so that doesn’t make a huge amount of sense. With all the potential players covering that position and young Edwards deemed to shine knocking on the doors it would be more sensible to leave the central midfield as it is and look towards the flanks. Anyway, it seems more probable Liverpool will go after that target. If the scouts, on the other hand, can’t find a proper winger and if Pochettino can’t find an explosive and/or skilfull winger in his motherland, perhaps he could look to the East, with Shatov, Kokorin (both Russia) and Perisic (very impressive for Croatia) seeming interesting targets who could add the needed Champions League experience.
While having players like Son, Chadli and Ali who can play a few positions in the midfield, the Tottenham defence would do well to add a versatile squad player who would cover at least two, if not three positions. Different to the needs of midfield, Spurs’ scouts can look towards securing a younger talent, as they have done so well in recent years, who might not be ready for a starting spot, but would immediately add to the depth of the squad.
Tottenham should probably, alongside Man Utd, be the most satisfied team in Premier League in the goalkeeper department. The biggest transfer coup Spurs could make in this regard is telling Real Madrid to keep their hands and dirty government subsidised bank accounts off Lloris.
Hopefully, Levy is aware of the potential that lies within the team and the opportunity that lies in front of them. He will state his intentions by leaving the core top 18 players intact but the mission will really succeed if he lets Pochettino make not just a few good bargain moves, but at least two major moves. Then, Lloris and the others of his calibre will be convinced they are making the right decision to take this great opportunity for the team to develop on the main stage. Keeping the young growing player happy would be the biggest win of the transfer season.