Paper Talk: One Full-Back In, One Out

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Dom Le Roy

Today’s rumours are suggesting that Tottenham Hotspur will lose one full-back, but replace him with another during the Summer transfer window.

According to The Mirror, Spurs left-back Danny Rose is more likely to leave North-London than stay, with Manchester United the most plausible destination for the 26 year old.

This rumour has surfaced many times over the last few months, but has constantly had little credibility. The article released by The Mirror implies that Rose is being lured away from Spurs due to the wage structure in place under Chairman Daniel Levy. It is also reported that Rose’s comments in the interview with BBC 5-Live was a hint at his own future and not his team-mates’. But this is just silly speculation. There is, in reality, very little reason to believe Danny Rose will jump ship to Manchester United.

Yet, according to The Sun, Spurs have already secured his replacement in 17 year old wonder-kid, Ryan Sessegnon.

Although links between the young full-back and Tottenham were reported weeks ago, there is still very little evidence that any deal has been finalised. The report from The Sun suggests that Tottenham lead, or have already won, the race for Sessegnon’s signature mainly because of manager Mauricio Pochettino and his success with younger footballers appealing to the 17 year old. While that is believable, there are still no sources cited. It’s all pure speculation.

I would like for Tottenham to sign Sessegnon. The £15 million price-tag strikes me as rather cheap for someone considered to be the ‘next Gareth Bale’. But as for Danny Rose leaving, that’s just a tiresome rumour. The papers have been at it for a while and we’re sure to read plenty more of it over June and July. But what do you think? Is there any chance Rose would leave? And if he did, would you be happy with Sessegnon as his replacement?

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  1. If we are to lose Rose and Walker then that should give us over 100m plus sissoko fee and possibly Wimmer fee. Sessegnon for 15m is a must, with a back 3 he has room to grow defensively as a wing back and would offer more pace than Davies who could be a great mentor. Could NKoudou become a right sided wing back? He has the pace and trickery if he can learn the defensive side.

    We should really go back in for Mateo Musacchio who at 20 to 25m has been immense for Villareal this season and is still only 26 (giving Villareal the second best defensive record in la liga after only athletico, which is a strong defensive team). Forget Keane, Maguire or Gibson, we should be going for Musacchio all day which would give us the best central defence in football. Other sides are going to improve their attack and so with so many points dropped this season due to central defensive defensive injuries, we need another top drawer central defender. As good as dier is in defensive midfield he goes to sleep in defence.

    Ross Barkley for 20 to 25m doesn’t even take a second thought, he could add so much to our squad.

    A top game changing creative attacking midfielder like Thomas Lemar, Isco or James Rodriguez should be our aim for a marquee signing.

    Josh King as a back up to Harry Kane looks a solid option and expect he’d score more than he has to date with our set up.

  2. I seriously doubt Rose is about to leave. He’s able to showcase his ability at Spurs, with the fullbacks being so important to our play style.
    At Utd, he’d have nowhere near as much freedom to roam forward due to Mourinho’s defensive style.

    That being said, Sessegnon would be a great signing, a real statement of intent given the level of interest he’s attracting. I’d just worry about his playtime – he might get converted to a winger sooner rather than later, since he’s not going to topple Rose anytime soon and Davies is quickly improving and developing. There’s less competition for places at left wing, with Son, Eriksen and Alli playing most games and no-one else getting much game time in those positions.


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