Transfers | Fresh Spurs - Part 10

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Moussa Sissoko: More Of A Panic Buy Than Anything To Me

When the news filtered through that Spurs had decided to go ahead and match Everton’s £30m bid for Moussa Sissoko, we could sense two things, firstly, we were into Levy time with an hour left before the transfer window slammed shut, but secondly, and perhaps more importantly, we could sense desperation within that club-record £30m bid. 

Yes, the Frenchman has been known to produce a piece of magic from time-to-time in his spell in the north-east, but for me, these moments have been few and far between, and the new Spurs signing has been known to disappear in games, playing a part in the relegation of Newcastle United at the end of last season, so I would like to ask, why have Spurs forked out £30m for an unreliable and inconsistent midfielder?

Many are quick to criticise Sissoko, and you can be forgiven for doing so, if you are judging the 27-year-old purely on domestic performances, in particular before Rafa Benitez took charge at St James Park, but on the European stage in his home country for France, the former Newcastle man was a completely different animal, and has received huge praise for his performances in the European Championships, most notably in the semi-finals and the final.

The Frenchman’s performances also seemed to change for the better after Benitez came in to try and steer Newcastle clear of the drop, and Sissoko began to show a little more desire in his play, starting to carry the ball forward with more purpose and working harder for the team. This is the Sissoko we would like to see at Spurs, but the question hangs, can Pochettino bring the very best out of Sissoko?

Surely I am not the only Spurs fan who sensed desperation in Daniel Levy’s £30m bid in the final hour of the transfer window? The situation for Levy was that he had seen Ryan Mason, Nacer Chadli and Nabil Bentaleb leave the club on either a temporary or permanent basis n recent times, losing some of the squad depth that will prove key in the season ahead, and needed somebody to fill the gap.

The Chairman had also seen Paul Mitchell leave the club over the summer, with the main reason for that being missing out on key targets, and did not want to further upset key figures at the club such as the manager himself after he missed out on key men over the summer window, Michy Batshuayi for example.

So, Levy had to do something, he had to bring somebody in, and as usual, it was done at the very last minute, resulting in £30m being spent on Sissoko. As we have discussed before, the Frenchman’s performances have improved over the last few months, but we have little evidence that the midfielder will be able to show this kind of form on a consistent basis or for the whole Premier League season. Perhaps if the problem was recognised earlier on in the window, and Pochettino along with Levy took a step back to think, I believe that money could have been better spent.

However, I hope that I am proved wrong over the next few months as Sissoko begins life at Tottenham Hotspur.

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.

Reports: 3 More Transfers Tottenham Could Complete In The Next 5 Days

The transfer window slams shut in 5 days. Tottenham’s business is far from over with manager Mauricio Pochettino vocal about his ambitions to strengthen the squad further ahead of a highly-anticipated season where Spurs will play in the Champions League. Here are three transfers that, according to reports, Tottenham could complete.

1 – Wilfried Zaha

Well this sort of came from nowhere didn’t it? With a deal for Nkoudou still somehow stalling, Tottenham look to have turned their attentions elsewhere in terms of making an attacking addition. It will be in the form of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to the BBC. David Ornstein tweeted on Thursday afternoon: “Tottenham  bid in region of £15m to sign Wilfried Zaha, according to his agent. Zaha keen, CL football etc.” – according to his agent is interesting. Perhaps that line is not the full truth and the agent is speaking to journalists to try and raise interest in his client who wants out. The Press Association are backing up the claims from the BBC by suggesting that Zaha held talks with Alan Pardew today where he requested to leave the club. Zaha has already had one shot at a big club in Manchester United, and that didn’t end well at all – he was shipped back to Palace. But Pochettino loves working with young English players and Zaha, still just 23, could yet realise the huge potential he showed at Palace as a teenager. Whilst I’m not sure this would be the right signing at the moment, if Pochettino believes it is, then I’m 100% willing to accept it and support Wilfried should he join.

3 Transfers Tottenham Should Try To Complete In The Next 14 Days To Complete The Squad

The transfer window slams shut in 14 days and Tottenham still have a lot of work to do.

Pochettino will be the first to admit that Spurs still need to make adjustments to their squad before the club head into a crowded schedule this season. Tottenham are back in the Champions League and they need to ensure the squad is in place to cope with the extra demand on the players shoulders. The London Evening Standard suggest Pochettino may want up to three more new signings. Here are three adjustments I’d love to see Mauricio make in the coming weeks.

1 – Splash the cash to sign Youri Tielemans

In a market that sees value almost double year on year, Tottenham would be wise to invest in some of Europe’s best young talent in the coming summers. One player I have always admired and feel would be a great fit for the club is Anderlecht midfielder Tielemans. Admittedly my 1st hand knowledge of the midfielder comes purely from his European outings, Tielemans is rated very highly all across Europe, with many regarding him as the best young central midfielder in the country. He is only 19 but what I like about Tielemans is his technical maturity beyond his years, something that allows the Belgian to play in a number of midfield roles. He is more than capable as a defensive midfielder, but he can play more advanced too. I’m not sure how much he would cost but Spurs are yet to invest heavily this summer, albeit making a couple of useful additions in Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen. Tielemans has the potential to be worth an incredible amount in a couple of years and be well out of Spurs’ price range. With Champions League football, a quality manager and a new stadium incoming, I think Tottenham have the muscle to tempt Tielemans to the club ahead of Europe’s powerhouses who will not be able to offer as much game time as we could at this vital developmental stage of his career.

Why Tottenham Should Make Late Transfer Move For Crystal Palace Midfielder

With Tottenham set to start the Premier League season and the clubs transfer activity fading out, I wanted to talk about whether Spurs should’ve moved for Yannick Bolasie.

Following the signing of Andros Townsend and the attempt to move for Cristian Benteke, Palace appear to be happy to part with Bolasie for the right price. Everton have agreed a deal according to Sky Sports, but should Tottenham have made a bid?

With a deal for Georges-Kévin N’Koudou continuing to stall, Tottenham should perhaps be looking at alternative attacking options.

Whilst time will tell if the likes of Vincent Janssen and possibly N’Koudou can succeed in the Premier League, Bolasie has already done it and whilst his record of 5 goals and 3 assists in 26 league games last season is not great, I think Bolasie is a player who can improve his end product a lot in a team like Tottenham. Due to Crystal Palace’s style of play, Bolasie didn’t get much of an opportunity to inflict his damage last season. At Tottenham, with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Cristian Eriksen alongside him, Bolasie could seriously make his mark in the Premier League.

Bolasie is a seriously strong direct threat on the wing, but he can also play as an attacking midfielder or a striker and that versatility would certainly be welcomed at a club that currently lacks attacking diversity. One statistic that really stands out to me when looking at his overall performance is his successful take ons. He managed an incredible 75 take ons, that’s 3.25 per 90. He’s an extremely positive player that made more forward passes (11.84) than backwards (10.02) last season: statistics via Squawka.

For all the brilliance that the likes of Lamela and Eriksen can offer, I do feel that Tottenham would benefit by adding an attacking midfielder like Bolasie who is more direct and has more pace. It is the pace and power that Bolasie has that would have really made him a useful addition as even Kane can lack those qualities.

Bolasie had 3 years to run on his current contract at Palace and unfortunately, that has seen his price sky rocket. The amount of money in the Premier League means that the ‘smaller’ clubs no longer have to sell their most valuable assets. A great example is Crystal Palace, who are officially sponsored by Mansion Group that responsible for other successful brands like Mansion Casino. That has led to Bolasie’s value reaching around £30million. For that money, perhaps Tottenham were right to avoid him but with the market in its current state and in order to compete at the very top, should Tottenham be paying up?

At around £20million, I think this would’ve been a good move for Tottenham but when you pay £30million you expect to sign a more established player, especially considering that Bolasie is hardly young, aged 27. I think if he had scored more goals he would be worth the £30million, but his current ability can’t justify that price tag. It’ll be interesting to see how he performs at Everton should a move go through.

Have your say on this by commenting below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

3 Transfers Tottenham Could Be Set To Complete In Coming Days

Mauricio Pochettino recently told Tottenham fans to expect new signings in the coming weeks, but with a lack of incoming news, we take a look at three ins / outs that could happen before the season kicks off.

1 – Georges-Kevin N’Koudou

We’ve said it before but surely it is just a matter of time before N’Koudou is confirmed as a Tottenham player. There appears to be no real reason for the hold up and it could just be Spurs taking their time on making an official announcement. N’Koudou, despite playing in Ligue 1 – a somewhat poor environment, impressed last season. Aged just 21, he was a regular in Marseille line-up, mainly playing on the left wing. In 22 starts and 6 sub appearances N’Koudou netted 5 league goals and notched up a respectable 3 assists. His dribbling is noted as a real strength and that will help as Tottenham search for more attacking diversity. Sky Sources confirmed last week that Georges-Kevin N’Koudou had undergone a medical ahead of a £10.8million move to Tottenham – so this one seems all but done.

Pochettino Says He Expects More New Signings Will Join Soon

Mauricio Pochettino is expecting to complete the signings of more than just N’Koudou in the coming weeks.

The Tottenham manager has already signed Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen this summer, whilst N’Koudou looks set to complete his move from Marseille next week.

Speaking to press, Pochettino confirmed he intends to make more signings (emphasis on the ‘s’) in the coming weeks, interesting.

“I expect some signings in the next few weeks,” Pochettino said in Melbourne ahead of Friday’s friendly against Atletico Madrid in the International Champions Cup.

“We’ll see what happens. We expect some activity, yes.”

I’m not sure who the arrivals could possibly be. Of course N’Koudou looks likely to arrive but beyond that, it remains unclear. The manager said that he wasn’t searching for central defensive cover.

Trippier is being linked with a move away from the club and it’s very possible that he could be replaced with new signing. Finding someone happy to play second fiddle to Kyle Walker will be hard though, unless a player who can play in other positions as well is signed.

In terms of who that could be I’m not sure. No players of that ilk have been linked this summer, so it would be a surprise if the club did make an addition in that area.

Another to be linked is Mauro Icardi. The Inter Milan striker has been valued at £50million by Inter Milan. I can’t see Tottenham wanting to spend that much on a striker when they already have Kane and Janssen, unless the manager is plotting a formation change.

Icardi’s agent has previously said Tottenham were one of the clubs interested in their client, but as we know from the past, do not listen too much to what agents have to say.

If Spurs did fancy making a big move this summer though, Icardi would fit the profile. He’s a top quality young striker that would work well in Pochettino’s system. Perhaps Kane could play just behind him.

It would be great to see the faces of Arsenal fans if we went and signed Icardi, that would make it worth £50million alone (I’m joking). Seriously though it looks like Icardi is available and with few other names linked in the press recently, perhaps Pochettino has something up his sleeve?

With Pochettino saying he expects more signings, after N’Koudou, where do you think we need to invest and who do you think he has in mind? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Report: Spurs Could Beat Arsenal & West Ham To Attacking Signing

Tottenham are reportedly still in the market for another attacking addition. Despite the arrival of Vincent Janssen, Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be keen to add to his options ahead of the new season.

Clinton N’Jie, who was a central striking option last season, is set to join Marseille on loan and that means Janssen and Harry Kane are the only natural central striking options in the squad. With Champions League now on the agenda, it is understandable that Pochettino will not want to go into the season with just two options to lead the attack.

According to the Hertfordshire Mercury Tottenham have now joined West Ham and Arsenal in the race to sign Toulouse striker Wassim Ben Yedder.

Canal+ reported on Tuesday that Ben Yedder was ‘hours away’ from signing for either Sevilla or Arsenal, but that turned out to be false, and the players future remains uncertain. What does seem clear is that he is available, and for a very cheap fee. £8million looks to be the price, and for a reliable goalscorer like Ben Yedder, that could be a bargain.

Ben Yedder turns 26 in August, so he will be moving into the prime years of his career soon. Since joining Toulouse in 2010, he has played 156 games, scoring 63 goals in the process. That’s a pretty good return, but the strength of the Premier League in comparison to Ligue 1 should be considered.

Statistics highlight similarities in styles and performance levels between Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and Ben Yedder. With Lacazette’s asking price reportedly at £40million, Ben Yedder appears to represent great value – he’d probably be more content with a rotation role too.

Ben Yedder is 5ft 7′ and pretty fast, he can play on both wings and could be a natural replacement for N’Jie, who looked set to join Marseille on loan, but late interest from former club Lyon has complicated things. Lyon, despite their public reluctance to sell him, may be preparing for life without Lacazette and signing N’Jie could help them soften the blow somewhat.

Although he has never been capped for France’s international side, Ben Yedder is widely considered as one of the most reliable scorers in the French division, and he would certainly help add depth to Tottenham’s attacking options.

Personally, this signing wouldn’t excite me too much, but I think he would be a good addition. Having a natural goalscorer, at that price, can only be good for the squad. If we were to have Janssen, Kane and Ben Yedder in the squad, I’m sure we would score enough goals and Kane could even afford to go through a bad patch or be rested, as there would now be alternatives.

West Ham and Arsenal remain interested though, and both clubs are more likely to offer the player first team oppurtunities than Tottenham following the arrival of Janssen earlier this summer.

I think Tottenham’s interest is probably real, but in terms of this actually happening I’d say it ranks at around 3 out of 10 – unlikely. What do you think? Comment below.