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3 Transfers Spurs Should Complete This Month To Win The Premier League

It’s been a quiet window so far for Pochettino and Tottenham, but with the Premier League title very much within sight, the club must look to be active in the January market. I’ve been observing the media reports and taken my favourites. Here are 4 transfers Tottenham should complete this month in an attempt to help them win the league.

1 – Sebastian Driussi

The latest reports suggest Tottenham could be in the running to sign 20-year-old striker Sebastian Driussi.

According to The Independent, Tottenham are planning talks with River Plate and the youngster reportedly has a £10million asking price, for me, that would be a good deal. An avid watcher of Argentinean football, I’ve seen first hand the quality that he has. His form has attracted interest from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and to be honest, I find it hard to believe that River would accept just £10milliom, especially with the calibre of clubs interested.

Vincent Janssen is still struggling at the club, meaning Pochettino desperately needs another attacking option. Driussi is a good alternative.

Driussi is currently the top scorer in the Argentine division with 10 goals in 14 games. Although it is a very different division to the Premier League, it is by no means easy

The only concern or issue I could possibly foresee with this one is a work permit problem – as he is yet to receive a full international cap for his country.

These 4 Spurs Players Would Walk Into The Chelsea Team

Chelsea’s team has been held in very high regard this season, but Pochettino’s men beat them 2-0 on Wednesday night to cut their 13 game winning run. Both Chelsea and Tottenham have been in good form of late, but looking at the two sides, I think it is clear that some Tottenham players would walk into the Chelsea team, here’s four.

1 – Toby Alderweireld

Perhaps the best central defender in the Premier League, Toby has been sensational since joining the club and without a doubt, he would walk into a Chelsea team that plays with three central defenders. Only David Luiz out of the three defenders have been close to Toby’s level this season, I think alongside Luiz and Azpilicueta, Chelsea would look even stronger defensively. Pochettino was so keen to beat Southampton to the signing of the former Atletico Madrid man, and you can really see why. He has flourished at White Hart Lane and I feel his style of play is perfectly suited to the Premier League.

Report: Tottenham Pursuing January Deal For £40m-Rated Midfielder, But Should They Look Elsewhere?

Tottenham look like they could be dipping into the transfer market in January if the latest rumours are anything to go by – but are they targeting the wrong player?

According to TalkSport, who cite German publication SportBILD as their source, Tottenham have reignited their interest in Schalke midfielder Max Meyer.

The versatile, attack-minded midfielder is just 21 years old and already has 4 caps for Germany. He is rated extremely highly by his peers and in Germany. Despite his young age, he has already played more than 100 games for Schalke, a phenomenal achievement in itself. He has been at the club as a youth player since 2009 and made his senior debut in 2013, he hasn’t looked back and has been a regular in the team since then. He wears the number 7 shirt and Schalke very much deem him indispensable. TalkSport suggest that the German club would want £30million-£40million to part with him, but I’m not even sure that would be enough. Considering the kind of money that is going around these days, Schalke are unlikely to part with their golden boy for less than £50million in my opinion, unless they are in some kind of financial difficulty.

With that in mind, would Tottenham not be better placed trying to scupper PSG’s/Liverpool’s/Arsenal’s deal for Julian Draxler? The German playmaker is unhappy at Wolfsburg and the German club have said he can go, it is thought they are demanding around £35million for his signature. Aged 23, Draxler is still a work in progress, but at his best he is a top quality player and if he could realise his potential he would be considered amongst the very best.

Standing at 6ft 2′ but with pace and agility to match many shorter more natural dribblers, Draxler combines a rare mix of qualities to make him a really useful midfielder for any team. With 27 caps for Germany, he is building up a wealth of experience. Considering he’d cost less than Meyer and is actually available, should Tottenham not be trying to sign him?

Tottenham are crying out for some creativity and inspiration in the final third. I think Draxler is the perfect player to try and solve those problems.

What do you think? Are Tottenham wasting their time in their pursuit of Meyer, or is he worth it? Comment below with your thoughts. 

3 Quality Signings Tottenham Could Complete Next Month

It’s been a distinctly average season for Tottenham so far, with a particularly poor showing in Europe seeing them crash out in the group stages of the Champions League in what was a very winnable group.

Why has this happened? Well, in my opinion there is no doubt that the fact the team have such poor quality in depth has impacted results on the pitch. Poor recruitment in the summer has also had a negative impact on the team whilst rivals have improved. The £30million signing of Moussa Sissoko becomes more bemusing with every week. To save the season, Tottenham need to invest in January, especially with Europa League football on the horizon – Pochettino will need a good squad. Here are three players Spurs should sign in January in my opinion…

1 – Julian Draxler

With the news that the German midfielder will not play for Wolfsburg again emerging this week, surely Tottenham should be in the mix to sign the talented German international? Aged 23, Draxler is at an age where his best years are still ahead of him, despite being on the scene for some time now. Although he is yet to reach his potential, I feel Draxler could become a very big player. It is no secret that the club are currently severely lacking creative midfielders and Draxler would bring creativity and more to the midfield. He’s a strong, tall player with plenty of guile and style. Despite being relatively young, he has been capped more than 25 times for Germany giving him experience on the international stage. With Wolfsburg banning the player from playing, Spurs are unlikely to be priced out of a move and with more chances of playing time than at other English clubs, Tottenham could have a realistic chance of landing this signing – it’s certainly worth a try!

Transfers: 3 Top Players Tottenham Should Sign In January

Tottenham have started the season very well, with the undoubted highlight coming in last weekend’s hugely impressive 2-0 win against the previously unbeaten Manchester City and Pep Guardiola. Now, Pochettino is in charge of the only Premier League team that is still unbeaten, and positioned just a couple of points off the summit, the Argentine manager will be confident of another go at the Premier League title this season.

But as we know as Spurs fans, a good start doesn’t mean a good end, and the way the team collapsed last season was unforgiveable. Pochettino must ensure he strengthens the squad properly in January to ensure momentum is kept at a good level, especially considering the added fixture congestion from the Champions League this season.

1 – Isco

The Spaniard continues to be on the periphery in Madrid and his ability is too high to be playing on the bench. With Tottenham performing well and playing in the Champions League, he could be temped to a move to White Hart Lane if more playing time was guaranteed. Isco has started just one game for Madrid this season, playing just 127 minutes of league football. Despite the good form of Lamela, Son and co. Tottenham cannot say no to a player of Isco’s calibre. Although he has faded into the background in in the glamour and glitz of Spain, he is an incredible player. I expect Madrid would consider bids in excess of £20million – in this market that is not a lot at all, and if he were to fulfil his potential, he would be worth around triple that in a couple of years. He’s only 24, extremely versatile and a player that is incredible on the ball. He’s certainly worth a try in January.

Tottenham’s 3 Best Performers In Stoke City Thrashing

Tottenham moved into the top 4 and maintained their unbeaten to the season with a scintillating 4-0 win away to Stoke, a trip that usually causes problems for teams, no matter how talented. Pochettino had been experimenting with his line up so far this season and although perhaps aided by some poor Stoke City defending, Spurs finally clicked into top gear on Saturday. Here are our top 3 performers from the game.

1 – Son Heung-min

Who else? Son, who was almost sold by Tottenham this summer, was given a chance ahead of Erik Lamela, who had started the season impressively. Son took his performance to the next level though, showing what a goal threat he is by scoring a brace and he also notched up an assist. The 24-year-old has bags of potential and hopefully with the added amount of games, the South Korean will get the minutes he needs to grow and realise his potential. He made 3 key passes, and although he was dispossessed 4 times, Son was successful with 81.6% of his passes. It would be great to see more performances like this from Son, as when we signed him we all knew about his potential, but he has so far, only shown flashes of his best. His performance against Stoke was surely his best performance in a Tottenham shirt to date. Hopefully there is more to come from him.

Pics: All The Photos Of Moussa Sissoko & Georges-Kevin N’Koudou In A Tottenham Shirts

Tottenham managed to get a couple of signings over the line late in the window (very late in Sissoko’s case) whilst the long awaited arrival of Georges-Kévin N’Koudou was confirmed on the eve of Deadline Day. 

Tottenham may not have got their first choice targets, or players of the very highest calibre – but a couple of shrewd additions have arrived. In Sissoko, Spurs may have overpaid, but they have a player that if managed correctly, can be a really useful asset to any Premier League squad. As we saw last season though, if his mind isn’t in it, he’s pretty much useless, so Pochettino will have to work his managerial magic to make this one worth the £30million investment. Sissoko’s ability to play as a wide player and also through the middle will come in handy for sure as Pochettino looks to negotiate the added stress of Champions League football for the first time in his Spurs tenure. Enjoy all the official pictures of Sissoko in a Tottenham shirt below.

 

We had waited long enough for the next set of photos. N’Koudou had reportedly been close to a move to Tottenham for several weeks, but with just two days left before the window shut, Tottenham finally confirmed the move for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £12million. He is much less of a risk, aged 21, N’Koudou has time on his side to develop under Poch and become a top class winger. He is thought of as a player with a lot of potential, but with a lot of work still to do. Don’t expect much instant impact from him, because he is more than anything, one for the future.

Moussa Sissoko: Is He Good Enough To Justify £30million Investment?

Whilst many probably expected Tottenham to stump up the cash for Wilfried Zaha on deadline day, Pochettino took the surprising decision to approve a club record £30million bid for Moussa Sissoko. 

Sissoko had been pushing for a move away from relegated Newcastle all summer, but clubs had baulked at his £30million asking price. On the final day of the window though, Everton and Tottenham met Newcastle’s valuation. Sissoko then opted for Champions League Tottenham, despite Ronald Koeman reportedly expressing Everton’s interest first.

Sissoko’s arrival offers Mauricio Pochettino a different tool to utilise at White Hart Lane, with the midfielder capable of fulfilling the box-to-box role just as well as he operates as an industrious wide man, a quality that saw him feature more prominently for France in the latter stages of their Euro 2016 campaign this summer.

Sissoko’s ability to play centrally makes him a more attractive squad addition ahead of Zaha, especially when the Champions League games begin and Pochettino will need versatile players in his squad.

The one goal scored by the imposing figure of Sissoko leaves him trailing behind most competing against him for a first XI spot at Tottenham, but the seven assists registered in 37 league appearances for Newcastle does see him rank highly among his new potential teammates.

Despite playing predominantly out wide for Newcastle, Sissoko managed to make an impressive 46 tackles. It is his rare industry that Pochettino will look to try and drive out of him more frequently if he is to succeed at White Hart Lane.

Sissoko’s average pass accuracy is 76% – that is something that will have to improve at Tottenham, especially if he is deployed in a central role.

In all honesty, £30million is overpriced, no matter which way you look at it. With Sissoko playing for a relegated club and performing so inconsistently last season, it is a surprise to see not just Tottenham but Everton also willing to stump up such a high amount of cash.

But Pochettino obviously sees something in the Frenchman. He’s 27, not a kid anymore, but Pochettino needs to try and take the Frenchman to the next level. It is possible.

Why? Well we saw what Sissoko is capable of at Euro 2016, he is an incredibly powerful player, capable of bursting through the midfield and transitioning defence to attack by himself.

We also know what Pochettino is capable of doing wth underperforming players. Look at Moussa Dembele and Erik Lamela before he arrived, many wanted those players gone, they were deemed lazy and not good enough – now, under Pochettino, they are reborn and important parts of the starting eleven.

There’s no doubt that to justify the price tag, Pochettino will have to do exactly that, give Sissoko new life. So to answer the question in the headline, it is simply that Tottenham must get the best out of Sissoko to warrant the investment.

How do you feel about the signing? Would you have preferred Zaha? Comment below. 

4 Deadline Day Signings Tottenham Could Be Set To Complete

Tottenham have been very busy in the last couple of days. Their transfer activity has been high, but predominantly in terms of selling players, including Ryan Mason officially joining Hull City. But with just one day to go in the transfer window, Spurs desperately need to sign some players. Taking a look at the latest media reports, we had a look at 4 deadline day signings the club could make today.

1 – Isco

According to The Mirror, Tottenham have made a last ditch attempt to sign Real Madrid outcast Isco on a season-long loan deal. Isco has been out of favour at Real Madrid and is now even seeing the young Asensio start ahead of him. Zinedine Zidane publicly has said he wants to keep the player at the club, but with a lack of game time at present, you wouldn’t be surprised to see the Spaniard move on. Isco is not the most productive midfielder in terms of goals and assists, but he is a very creative presence and can play wide or as a number 10. Tottenham have struggled to retain possesion high up the pitch so far this season and they could certainly benefit from an attacking midfielder of Isco’s quality, in my opinion. Let’s wait and see what happens with this one.

Stats: Tottenham’s 3 Best Peformers vs. Liverpool

A point. Not the best performance but a point and we are undefeated heading into the first international break. It has been far from the perfect start to the season but at the same time we remain undefeated. Here’s my thoughts on the three best performers from Saturday afternoon’s game.

1 – Danny Rose

Rose has been one of Tottenham’s best performers this season and that continued on Saturday. He scored the all-important goal, but that was not the only good thing he did. Rose, despite his height, is rather strong in the air and he won 3 aerial duels. He also made 3 tackles and completed 2 attacking dribbles. These statistics highlight the players improving overall impact going forward and defending. Previously Rose had been dubbed an attacking full back that struggles to defend. Slowly but surely he is turning this into a myth. In a dismal England campaign at the Euros I felt that Rose was one of the countries best players. He has also started the season as one of the clubs best players, appearing consistently in our top 3 players of the week.