Transfers | Fresh Spurs - Part 5

Transfers

Signing This Midfielder Would Turn Tottenham’s Miserable Transfer Window Into A Disaster

Tottenham are the only Premier League team still not to make a signing in this summer transfer window, having seen rivals such as Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea strengthen already in key areas. However, this is no reason to panic. 

We wake up on Sunday morning to reports that Daniel Levy and Spurs have now set a deadline on when they want to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley by. In an ideal world, Levy would like to see the deal done by Wednesday as Spurs jet off to America for their pre-season tour ahead of the new Premier League season.

The sooner Spurs end their interest in Ross Barkley, the better. There are just a couple of huge problems with this transfer that would damage Tottenham’s season and success in this transfer window. The first one is his enormous price tag. The Toffees currently value Barkley at around £50m. Wow. Although it may not seem like it in this crazy transfer window, £50m is still a lot to spend on any player, and this figure becomes almost ludicrous when you realise you are paying £50m for Ross Barkley.

A collective sigh of relief among Spurs fans surely came when the Mirror reported last night that Daniel Levy was not willing to spend more than £25-30m on Barkley, who Mauricio Pochettino has identified as his number one target for this summer.

£30m would equal the sum of money paid for Spurs flop Moussa Sissoko last season on transfer deadline day, and Ross Barkley is hardly an upgrade on the Frenchman in my opinion. He just wouldn’t fit in at Spurs. His work rate is poor, his decision-making is terrible and his attitude is below-par. Does this sound like a player that would succeed under Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs? It doesn’t to me. That is the second of my problems with the potential transfer, he just doesn’t look like a player who would become a key figure at Spurs.

The sale of Kyle Walker to Manchester City for around £54m was completed on Friday, and I am sure Mauricio Pochettino will be keen for this money to be spent on improving the squad before the new Premier League season kicks off in a few weeks.

A new right-back is needed after the sale of Walker, and a couple of squad players would be nice to improve squad depth. Spurs already have enough creativity in the squad with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and the returning Erik Lamela. They do not need Barkley, who would be a terrible waste of money. Signing him would turn an already miserable transfer window into a complete disaster.

Would Eric’s Departure Be so Dier?

Following suggestions that Eric Dier was keen to force through a move to Manchester United this summer, social media opinion was predictably split on the matter. Spurs fans were either fiercely against the notion that such a key player could be sold to Premier League rivals; or, they simply felt that a reported fee of £50m was too good to refuse.

England midfielder Eric Dier” (CC BY 2.0) by Ben Sutherland

Depending on your point of view, Dier was either the most versatile player at Tottenham or the third best defensive midfielder in the squad and, therefore, surplus to requirements. Some even suggested that the former Sporting Lisbon man was the heartbeat of the team and while that may be unfair on Christian Eriksen, Dier is clearly held in high regard by many Spurs fans.

While Tottenham remain quiet in terms of purchases, this situation will continue to grab the headlines, so would the club be right to flatly refuse any offer and can they keep the player at the club if his heart is really set on a move?

Title Chances

Tottenham finished third in 2015/16 and second the following season but can they go one better again and claim their first top-flight title in 57 years? Spurs are priced at 8/1 with Ladbrokes to take the Premier League trophy next season and that’s some way behind favourites Manchester City so it may be preferable to use free bet offers wherever possible.

However, there is a view that Tottenham can claim the crown in the coming seasons with two factors playing their part. Firstly, they may have to wait until their new stadium is ready as their temporary Wembley home hasn’t been a happy one and secondly, the club simply has to keep the current squad together.

Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are all key components who will be tough to replace, but can the same be said about Eric Dier? The argument promoting his versatility is certainly a valid one. The England international has settled into that midfield role but can also play at centre-half and right-back and the ability to cover would be vital if Kyle Walker and Kevin Wimmer are allowed to leave the club this summer.

The suggestion that Dier is the third best defensive midfielder at Spurs doesn’t necessarily hold up when you consider that he played 36 out of a possible 38 league games last season. The facts all point to a key player for Spurs moving forward but if anything is certain, this story isn’t going to disappear just yet.

‘Change Of Mentality They Said’ Spurs Fans Furious Following £50m Kyle Walker Sale

The inevitable has now happened. Kyle Walker has completed his move to Premier League rivals Manchester City in a deal that could rise to in excess of £50m after add-ons.

The right-back reportedly had a falling out with manager Mauricio Pochettino towards the end of last season as Kieran Trippier was preferred to Walker in some of the bigger games during the run-in. Walker’s exclusion from the starting line-up fuelled speculation about his future, and Manchester City have taken full advantage, snapping him up two weeks into the transfer window.

Pep Guardiola’s side were in desperate need of a right-back after releasing their full-backs at the end of last season, and Daniel Levy used this fact to ensure he squeezed every last penny out of this deal, that could be worth as much as £54m, making Walker the most expensive defender ever.

Spurs fans might have seen the transfer as a reasonable one, claiming over £50m for a player that had fallen out with the manager. However, the fact that Spurs have sold to a direct rival has angered many fans, leading to them labelling Levy and the club as having a ‘selling mentality’, this is the first key player Spurs have sold since Gareth Bale moved to Real Madrid for a record-breaking £85m. Here is how Spurs fans on Twitter reacted to the sale of Kyle Walker.

Now that Walker has completed his move away, you would hope that a lot more focus would be put on recruitment ahead of the new season. Spurs are still the only Premier League club not to have made a signing in this summer transfer window.

This leaves Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters as the only recognised right-backs at the club excluding Eric Dier. Trippier is a terrific player, and showed some of his best form in a Spurs shirt at the end of last season. As Mauricio Pochettino likes to rotate, do I think Walker-Peters is ready for regular first team action? I don’t think so, I think another right-back needs to be brought in before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August.

Spurs Receive Huge Double Blow Just Weeks Before New Season Starts

The new Premier League season starts in just one month’s time for Spurs with a trip to Newcastle, and we have been flooded with reports that Eric Dier could make the switch to Manchester United and Dele Alli could find himself playing for Barcelona next season. 

Reports from Manchester Evening News state that Eric Dier is ‘desperate’ for a move to Manchester United this summer transfer window. Rumours have intensified in recent days and weeks regarding Dier’s potential transfer to Old Trafford, and the player’s desire to join the Red Devils has intensified amid the increased speculation.

Despite Spurs telling Jose Mourinho that Dier will not be sold under any circumstances this summer, the midfielder is still the subject of much interest and there is hope for Mourinho that the player himself could force Tottenham into a sale that could be worth as much as £50m.

Dier has proved to be an invaluable player for Spurs despite suffering a slight dip in form in the middle of last season, and is increasingly becoming a strong leader in the dressing room, something Mauricio Pochettino is reluctant to lose ahead of the new Premier League season. The Englishman is also part of Pochettino’s long-term plans and the Spurs boss has no doubts in his mind that it will stay that way when the transfer window slams shut at the end of next month.

It has also been Dier’s versatility that has made him such a valuable player to Spurs. The 23-year-old can play in a back three and has the capabilities to fill a role in the central midfield. Dier has shown how simply he can switch between the two different roles, and this has proved important for Mauricio Pochettino when making in-game formation and tactical changes.

It appears that Kyle Walker will be leaving the club for Manchester City, and now Dele Alli has been the subject of transfer rumours linking him with a move to European giants Barcelona. The Spanish club missed out on the La Liga title last season by three points to rivals Real Madrid and are looking for a new midfielder to make a title charge next season.

The Daily Star report that both Neymar and Lionel Messi are very keen for Alli to join Barcelona this summer after an impressive Premier League season just gone with Spurs. Having been such a key player for Spurs, they will be more than reluctant to let the Englishman leave.

It is unlikely that either Dier or Alli will leave Spurs this summer, but it is another summer of unwanted speculation. Despite being told he is not for sale, Mourinho will remain intent on unsettling Dier, and the same goes for Alli. It will be interesting to see how the two players cope with the ongoing speculation when the new season kicks off in just a few weeks.

Cash Plus Kelechi Iheanacho for Kyle Walker Would be Perfect for Spurs

The Kyle Walker to Manchester City transfer saga has been going on for a while. Tottenham Hotspur have placed a £50 million price tag on the England international defender, which City are refusing to meet.

The Citizens are willing to pay as much as £40 million in order to secure the services of Walker, who is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League. It seems that Spurs and City are at an impasse.

However, could Kelechi Iheanacho play a role in the transfer? Could City try to sweeten the deal with Tottenham over Walker by throwing in the 20-year-old forward? After all, Spurs are reportedly interested in the youngster.

Tottenham need to sign a striker in the summer transfer window. Harry Kane, who is the favourite to be the topscorer next season with Premier League betting odds of 3/1 according to bet365, is the first-choice striker for the North London outfit at the moment and will continue to be so, but the England international needs a back-up. Vincent Janssen is still at the club, but can manager Mauricio Pochettino trust him next season?

The 23-year-old Netherlands international striker endured a nightmare campaign in the Premier League last season. The former AZ star could score only two goals and provide just two assists in 27 league appearances for Spurs in 2016-17. If Kane suffers a long-term injury or has a dip in form in 2017-18, could Janssen step up?

It could be argued that Spurs should give Janssen another season to show what he is capable of, and the Dutchman is still quite young and is developing. However, it would be wise of Tottenham manager Pochettino to recruit another striker and provide extra competition for that position.

Iheanacho is a hugely talented forward with a lot of potential, and he has experience of playing in the Premier League. The 20-year-old may be behind Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus in the pecking order at City, but there can be no doubt that the Nigeria international forward is a very good footballer.

The Nigerian was able to make only five starts in the Premier League for City last season, but the 20-year-old still scored four goals and provided three assists. During the 2015-16 campaign, the youngster scored eight goals and created 14 chances in 26 league appearances.

It is only a matter of time before Walker leaves for City, and it would not help Tottenham to drag the transfer saga on any longer. Spurs should be open to the idea of including Iheanacho in the deal for the 27-year-old former Sheffield United right-back. If the Citizens offer £30m and Iheanacho in the deal to sign Walker, then Tottenham should accept it. In fact, Spurs should actually propose the idea themselves.

Spurs are a massive and ambitious club, and have made huge progress over the past three seasons. Just like in 2016-17, Tottenham will be aiming to challenge for the Premier League title in 2017-18. It would not be too tough for Spurs to convince Iheanacho to make the switch, as he would be aware of how good manager Pochettino is with young players and how much he can develop them.

European Club To Offer Summer Signing An Escape From Tottenham Nightmare

Marseille are keen on signing Moussa Sissoko from Spurs this summer to offer the Frenchman an escape route from his nightmare first season in North London according to the London Evening Standard. 

It has been a far from satisfactory debut season at Spurs for Sissoko, who famously turned his phone off to ignore Everton on his way to Tottenham for a medical on transfer deadline day. Spurs fans might be wishing he kept his phone on and was persuaded by the Merseyside club as his performances have been nothing short of disastrous since his big money move.

Daniel Levy forked out £30m last summer to secure a dramatic deadline day signing last summer, and the Frenchman hasn’t looked as if he was worth £30 let alone £30m in his first season. He showed flashes of his talent at Newcastle and at the European Championships in 2016 , but nothing that screams at me ‘I am watching a club record signing’.

Sissoko has clearly lacked the work ethic and arguably the talent to succeed at a club like Spurs, and as a result, made just eight Premier League starts last term, appearing from the bench a further 17 times, providing three assists and not scoring a single goal.

Like me, Sissoko might be glad to hear that Marseille are prepared to offer him an escape route. The Frenchman is keen to put himself back in the plans of French national coach Didier Deschamps ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Russia. The only way he can do this is by playing regular first team football, something he is unlikely to experience at Tottenham.

The French club would like to secure the services of Moussa Sissoko, despite his struggles at Spurs, before the end of next month before the transfer window slams shut. However, it is thought that they would be open to agreeing an initial loan deal with an option to buy, to see if the midfielder can recapture his form in Ligue 1.

I think a move to Marseille would be best for both parties. It would be ludicrous to think that Spurs will get back the £30m that they spent last summer, but some money is better than none as I feel Sissoko has next to nothing to offer to the team in current form. I would personally be glad to see the back of Sissoko if he were to leave the club this summer.

3 Players Tottenham Could Sign In The Coming Weeks

We are now a 11 days into the summer transfer window, and while other clubs have wasted no time in adding to their squads, Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs are yet to make their first signing. Here are three players that have been linked with a move to Spurs, and could join the Lilywhites in the coming weeks. 

1) Kamil Gilk

Mauricio Pochettino will be keen to add to his squad over the summer, and reports have suggested that one of the areas the Argentine is looking to strengthen is in the defence, adding to the squad depth in particular

Kevin Wimmer is open to a move away from North London, and would leave Tottenham slightly lacking in the defensive department ahead of the new Premier League season. However, it seems that Spurs have a replacement lined up, according to French outlet L’Equipe.

They report that Pochettino is a huge admirer of Monaco centre-back Kamil Gilk and is extremely interested in bringing him to Hotspur Way. The French outlet point out that the deal will not be a simple one to get over the line.

The French club are likely to see a mass summer transfer window exodus as stars such as Thomas Lemar, Fabinho and Tiemoue Bakayoko could be seeking moves away. As a result, Monaco will not be willing to let Gilk go on the cheap.

Despite this, looking abroad might be the best way to go if Spurs are to add to their squad. Premier League prices are hugely inflated at the moment, and Spurs already know that they will have to fork out at least £25m if not more if they want to secure the services of either Ben Gibson or Alfie Mawson.

Spurs’ Attempts To Make First Summer Signing Might Have Got A Whole Lot Easier

North London rivals Arsenal have strengthened already this summer, Manchester United look to be close to completing their first big move and Everton have not been messing around in making early additions. Having seen rivals add to their squads at this early stage, Spurs are yet to get off the mark and make their first summer signing. 

This season will be seen as little more than a transition season for the Lilywhites who will play their home matches at Wembley while the construction of the new White Hart Lane is completed ready for the 2018/19 season. With the new stadium to pay for, Daniel Levy will have to look after his pennies this summer and use his formidable negotiating powers to get some deals over the line. It might prove harder this window than any other before with prices soaring early on in this summer transfer window.

Spurs have already missed out on versatile defender Matthias Ginter, seen striker Josh King choose to stay put at Bournemouth, witnessed Everton slap a massive £50m price tag on Ross Barkley and learn that they will have to fork out at least £25m each for Premier League defenders Ben Gibson and Alfie Mawson. You get the feeling it could be a long summer.

However, Spurs could make their first summer signing if they react quickly to the latest development in the transfer market. Young striker Kylian Mbappe is a man in demand this summer following impressive performances for French club Monaco last season. Real Madrid are one of the clubs alongside PSG to have shown an interest in the teenager and they will be looking to offload some players in order to make room for Mbappe as well as ensure they have the funds to secure his services.

One of those players that could face the axe at the Bernabeu is young talent Mateo Kovacic, and the Metro claim that Real Madrid could be set to offer him to Spurs as they look to raise funds of Mbappe, who they might have break the bank and spend up to £150m for.

Kovacic is reportedly keen to get more first team minutes, which might be hard to come by at Real Madrid, and a move away might be the best option for his career. The 23-year-old played 27 times in La Liga, netting once, appeared six times in the Champions League scoring once and predominantly plays in the middle of the park.

The fact that Real Madrid have said that they will now listen to offers for Kovacic indicates that Spurs will not have to pay ridiculously over the odds to secure his signature. Will the Croatian become Tottenham’s first signing of this summer transfer window?

Tottenham Insist That Star Is Not For Sale As Transfer Rumours Intensify

Tottenham insist that midfielder Eric Dier is strictly not for sale over the summer transfer window as manager Mauricio Pochettino sees him as an integral part of their plans for the future according to football.london.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for the Englishman and reports have suggested that they will make a formal bid in the next few days. However, it seems that they shouldn’t bother perusing Dier’s signature as he is not for sale.

A £75m deal that would see Romelu Lukaku move to Old Trafford looks likely, a deal for Victor Lindelof has already been agreed this summer but the Portuguese boss is not ready to stop spending anytime soon, plotting a £50m bid for Eric Dier.

The defensive midfield is an area of the squad that Mourinho appears intent on strengthening before the start of the new season and had identified Nemanja Matic as an early target. However, it looks like the Red Devils will miss out on their man having annoyed Chelsea by beating them to striker Romelu Lukaku. Attention has now turned to Dier, but it looks like Mourinho will also miss out on him given Tottenham’s tough stance.

Eric Dier was an extremely important player for Spurs last season, and has been well utilised by manager Mauricio Pochettino, playing in a back three with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen or in defensive midfield alongside either Victor Wanyama or Mousa Dembele. It is the Englishman’s versatility that makes him so valuable and he is starting to become a leading figure in the Tottenham dressing room.

The 23-year-old played almost 50 games for Spurs last season and 36 in the Premier League. He netted just twice but provided real steel to the team, whether that was playing in defence or in midfield, which is exactly what potential suitors Manchester United will be looking for in the latest signing.

Dier was a brilliant player for Spurs last season and it will be a silly move to sell him at this stage. The midfielder’s versatility allows for in-game formation switches which have proved useful in the past, Manchester City away in a 2-2 draw springs to mind. It would be totally the right decision for Spurs to keep Dier on this season. For now, he is a Spurs player, and let’s hope it stays that way when the transfer window slams shut at the end of August.

Forget Ross Barkley, Spurs Must Target This £30m Alternative Instead

According to SunSport, Spurs are interested in bringing Everton attacking midfielder Ross Barkley to the club, but they understand that Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy do not want to pay the £50m asking price that Everton have come up with. 

For that exact reason, I believe that Spurs should abandon their attempts to sign Ross Barkley for whatever price and they should turn their attention to bringing Gylfi Sigurdsson back to North London after he moved away from White Hart Lane three years ago for £8.6m.

It will cost a lot of money to bring Sigurdsson back to the club, but there would be no settling in period for the Icelandic international having already spent two fairly successful seasons at the club. It is thought that Swansea are likely to ask for around about £30m for the attacking midfielder.

Yes, this is a lot of money to pay for a player that was sold just a few years ago for around £8m, but it would be a much better decision to bring Sigurdsson back to the club than potentially pay up to £20m more for a player that simply does not possess the attitude or quality to succeed at a club like Spurs.

Having watched Ross Barkley on more than a few occasions last season, I have to say that I was less than impressed. The Englishman appeared 36 times in the Premier League for Everton, scoring five times and providing nine assists. Is that the form of a player worth £50m? Prices have inflated recently, but seriously? £50m for a 5-goal attacking midfielder. I can see why Mauricio Pochettino has been put off by the huge price tag. You would certainly expect more from Barkley who has a lot of talent around him in that Everton team, a team that managed a 7th placed finish last season.

The Englishman lacks the decision-making ability that played at a high level consistently demands, his final ball is often the wrong ball, and that is when he does decide to offload the ball, Barkley often decides to go it along when the pass is clearly the better option.

His attitude also leaves a lot to be desired for. His work-rate is often below-par, especially defensively, and Ronald Koeman has previously warned his man that his attitude must improve if he is to succeed at the top level. This poor attitude and poor work rate does not bode well for a move to Tottenham, where Mauricio Pochettino demands a hard-working team and a high work-rate, not just on the pitch on matchday, but in training too.

The signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson for around about £30m would prove to be a much better decision and a much better signing. Sigurdsson enjoyed a successful season in South Wales, and played a pivotal role in steering Paul Clement’s Swansea clear from the drop last term.

The Icelandic international scored nearly double the amount of goals in the Premier League than Barkley did last season. Sigurdsson weighed in with nine goals and thirteen assists in 38 league appearances, four more goals and four more assists than the £50m-rated Everton man.

Then there comes the topic of work-rate. I found that in his time at Spurs and at Swansea, Sigurdsson’s attitude and work-rate has been first class, and I cannot see that changing any time soon. The decision to sell Sigurdsson three years ago still puzzles me to this day, and Mauricio Pochettino praising the former Spurs man last season in a press conference confuses the matter even more as Sigurdsson was sold when Pochettino was the head coach at Tottenham.

Furthermore, Spurs fans seem to be keen on the idea of bringing Sigurdsson back to the club, as they were sent into a Twitter frenzy yesterday after a certain tweet from the official Spurs Twitter account regarding Sigurdsson. 

Signing Ross Barkley would be a huge mistake this summer, and it is my belief that Barkley would have a similar debut season at Spurs to Moussa Sissoko if he were to sign. Gylfi Sigurdsson is a cheaper alternative and would prove to be much more of a success at Spurs than Barkley.