While Tottenham might not have made a number of big-money moves that excited the fan base during January, the North Londoners were certainly one of the busier clubs during the month.
In what was the club’s first transfer window under Antonio Conte, there was a midfield clear out, with the likes of Dele Alli, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso departing on transfer deadline day.
While Ndombele and Lo Celso were loaned out to Lyon and Villareal respectively, Alli left Spurs to join Everton on a permanent deal, six and a half years on from joining the Lilywhites from MK Dons.
Tottenham’s summer signing Bryan Gil also sealed a temporary return to La Liga, joining Valencia on loan until the end of the season.
Fabio Paratici raided his former club for Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancour – two players that he previously signed for the Serie A giants.
In addition, Spurs also let several of their academy starlets leave on loan to lower league clubs in order to gain some experience.
Here’s a full list of Tottenham’s incomings and outgoings in January (via Football.London):
Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus)
Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus)
Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon on loan)
Bryan Gil (Valencia on loan)
Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal on loan)
Dele Alli (Everton on permanent transfer)
Jack Clarke (Sunderland on loan)
Nile John (Charlton on loan)
Kion Etete (Cheltenham on loan)
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Overall, if you had said to me at the start of the window that Spurs would sign Kulusevski and Bentancour, I would have been happy with that.
While a right wing-back was also a priority, Traore, who was our number one target, preferred to move to Barca over us (Telegraph). So, I am happy for the club to pursue for a quality player like Carassco in the summer rather than signing a stopgap right-back in January.
What did surprise me is the fact that Spurs offloaded all of Lo Celso, Ndombele and Dele without bringing in a number 8. I expected at least one of the three to stay if we did not manage to sign a Kessie/McKennie type of player.
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