Transfers | Fresh Spurs - Part 10

Transfers

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.

Reports: 3 Transfers Tottenham Could Announce This Week

Sky Sources have confirmed Georges-Kevin N’Koudou has undergone a medical ahead of a £10.8million move to Tottenham and now the club are looking to push through two more transfer deals. We take you through each one. 

1 – Georges-Kevin N’Koudou

Well I think we all know this one is going to happen. A deal for N’Koudou is all but complete and everyone is just waiting on the official announcement.

As we said, the fee is around £10.8million and Sky Sources say a medical has already been completed. N’Koudou will become Tottenham’s third first team signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen.

N’Koudou, despite playing in Ligue 1 – a somewhat poor environment, impressed last season. Despite his age, 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. It is worth noting that he was playing in a Marseille side that seriously underperformed last season. His dribbling is noted as a real strength and that will help as Tottenham search for more attacking diversity.

Overall it is hard to tell whether or not N’Koudou will be much on an improvement on N’Jie, whom he is set to replace, but with the former Lyon man struggling to settle, a spell back in France may be the best route forward for the versatile attacker.

1 In, 1 Out: Tottenham Set To Announce Exciting Signing & Let One Go

Sky Sources have confirmed Georges-Kevin N’Koudou has undergone a medical ahead of a £10.8million move to Tottenham and should he arrive, it is likely someone will be heading the other way. Reports in France say the man to leave is already on his way out..

According to RMC in France, Clinton N’Jie is set to join Marseille on loan just 12 months after joining Tottenham for £8.3million. The 22-year-old is a talent, but he has struggled to make his mark in the first team in recent weeks and now with N’Koudou arriving, another young winger, N’Jie is unlikely to get many first team minutes. There had been rumours that Nacer Chaldi could be the one to make way as he has been linked with a move to Swansea, but now it seems Mauricio Pocchettino is keen to keep hold of the Belgian international.

N’Jie didn’t manage even one Premier League start last season and only came off the bench 8 times. Overall he played just 185 minutes and although that isn’t a lot of time to make his impact, he did struggle to do anything of note. You’ve also got to remember that Pocchettino had been working and training with him on a daily basis and obviously didn’t feel that the player warranted more game time.

The decision to loan N’Jie rather than sell shows that Tottenham still retain hope that he will realise the potential they saw in him when they spent £8million on him last summer.

N’Koudou, despite playing in a less competitive league, impressed last season. Despite his age, 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.

Overall it is hard to tell whether or not N’Koudou will be much on an improvement on N’Jie, but with the former Lyon man struggling to settle, a temporary spell back in France may be the best route forward for the versatile attacker.

Both players are versatile and can play across the front three, but of course something Spurs will lose in letting N’Jie go is another central striking option. However the addition of Vincent Janssen, who has already signed for the club means that Pocchettino now has two natural central forward in Harry Kane and Janssen.

Will you be happy to see N’Jie go out on loan? Do you think he has a long-term future at the club? Comment with your thoughts below.

Keep or Shift? 3 Players That Could Leave Tottenham In The Next Month

We have already seen Spurs dip into the transfer market this summer, with the signings of Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama. Perhaps now Mauricio Pochettino will have a look at trimming his squad ahead of the new Premier League season, which kicks off on Saturday 13th August. 

1) Clinton N’Jie

The striker arrived this time last year for a fee of around £8.3m, and has had minimal impact to say the least. Most of this is of no fault of the front man himself, but his scoring record speaks for itself, scoring no goals in six appearances.

N’Jie endured an injury-hit season last term, and the small task of getting in front of Harry Kane was what stood between him and more first team appearances when the former Lyon man managed to find full fitness.

The signing of Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar for £17m could well spell the end for N’Jie at Spurs, but Pochettino could well choose to keep him on as backup in case injury hits either Kane or Janssen.

However, in my opinion, looking at the games I have watched, N’Jie offers very little going forward, and Pochettino should seriously think about moving the Cameroon international on and leave it to Daniel Levy to try and recoup as much of the £8.3m paid last season.

Janssen vs. Kane: How The Two Compare & Could They Combine?

After much speculation and reported complications in transfer talks, Spurs have finally completed the signing of Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar. But how exactly does the front man compare to Harry Kane and where would he fit into the squad?

Harry Kane showed excellent form last season after a shaky start, netting on 25 occasions and at times looking absolutely unstoppable, providing the baulk of Spurs’ goals on his way to collecting the Premier League golden boot. Janssen in fact outscored Kane last season, managing an impressive 27 goals in the Dutch league last season, making four less appearances. However, it is more than fair to say that the standard of football in the Premier League is higher than that of the Eredivisie.

In terms of creating chances and goals, Kane managed to create 44 chances for teammates, but only notched up one assist. Janssen on the other hand created a total of 56 chances, four of which resulted in goals. Looking at those numbers, neither striker had made a name for themselves creating goals, hence neither playing in a playmaker role.

At first glance, Janssen’s statistics look good, although we have to question whether he would fit in with the Premier League style of play. Pochettino likes to play with just the one striker up top, so we are likely to still see Harry Kane start up front more often than not.

However, the signing of Janssen will provide Pochettino with a new option that the Argentine has not been able to enjoy over the course of last season, and that is the option of throwing on a recognised striker mid-game to offer something a little different up front.

Whether Spurs are chasing the game or trying to break the deadlock in a tight match, the addition of Janssen will give the manager the option of chucking another striker onto the pitch, or if Harry Kane isn’t performing, replace him with another striker in a like-for-like switch.

Looking at the two players, they look to be very similar in terms of the style of player that they are, so the two playing up front together in a partnership from the start looks unlikely when you also take into account Pochettino’s preferred formation being 4-2-3-1.

The most likely scenario is that Vincent Janssen will come in as a second choice starter, but looking at his ability and goals scored last season for AZ Alkmaar, the 22-year-old looks to be a natural finisher, and if he manages to bring that form to White Hart Lane, he should have no problem settling in and pushing Harry Kane for a starting spot. With the Champions League also playing a part in the fixture list for Spurs next season, there will surely be no shortage of first team opportunities for Janssen next season following his move to North London.

Another One? Reports Link Tottenham With These 3 Wingers

Tottenham are on the look out for a new wide player if reports are to be believed. After completing the signing of Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar, Mauricio Pochettino’s attention will now turn to adding a new wide outlet to his attacking force according to the press. Here are three players being widely linked.

1 – Moussa Sissoko

Sissoko continues to puzzle football fans around the world. A player that clearly has talent, he looked lost and disinterested last season when Newcastle were relegated. Since then he has talked up a move to a top half Premier League club and many (everyone) laughed. His performances at Euro 2016 has made football fans take a second look. He was perhaps the driving force behind France reaching the final, and although they lost in extra time to Portugal, Sissoko was certainly one of the brighter, best performing French players for that fixture. Sissoko is now desperate to leave the club as soon as possible, according to Sky Sports. Tottenham, alongside Everton and Liverpool are now being strongly linked with a move for the 26-year-old, but if they do sign him it is clear that they need to change his mentality in league football. Newcastle are asking for £35million and he is not worth a third of that if he plays as he did last season for the Magpies. If Tottenham signed him you would hope that Pocchettino has the ability to get the best out of him and he would surely be more motivated to play for a Champions League club rather than one who were fighting relegation all season. £25million appears a more realistic valuation though. Despite a poor season from Sissoko and Newcastle, he still managed to notch up 7 assists but scored just 1 goal. There’s clear potential there, the question is whether he could fulfil that potential at Tottenham because for anything near £35million, he would need too.

Reports Link Tottenham With Completing These 5 Transfers

Tottenham’s window has been rather quiet so far, but reports have emerged in recent days suggesting that it is about to pick up pace. Mauricio Pochettino’s side came so close to winning the title last season, but ultimately finished in third place and with rivals strengthening again, it is important that Spurs keep up. Here are five transfers the club could complete in the coming weeks.

1 – Mario Gotze

This one has popped out of nowhere. According to The Mirror Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund are leading the race to sign Mario Gotze. Earlier in the summer the German had committed his future Bayern Munich but Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear to the player that he is not in the clubs plans for next season. The 24-year-old needs to move to a club where he is appreciated and given the freedom to return to his best form. Whether that be to his former club Borussia Dortmund or Tottenham, it remains to be seen. Son Heung-min (also 24) has failed to set the Premier League on fire since his arrival and some reports have linked him with a move away. If Son were to move, it would open the door for Gotze to come in. Gotze, like Son, can play out wide, as a number 10 or as a striker.  This would make him the ideal replacement for Son and its likely that he wouldn’t really require much more of an investment with Bayern Munich reportedly setting an asking price of less than £15million for the World Cup winner. Worth a punt for the midfielder once dubbed the ‘new Messi’?