Hello fellow Spurs fans! It’s another Wednesday and it’s time for another edition of Buy or Sell: Tottenham Hotspur transfer rumours. I will try to give you my opinions about the latest Spurs rumours. I am going to either ‘buy’ the rumour or ‘sell’ it depending on its possibility and legitimacy. So without further ado, let’s get to it.
1) Buy: Jeremy Mathieu
Tottenham Hotspur see Valencia centre-back/left-back Jeremy Mathieu as Jan Vertonghen’s replacement should the Belgian international leave Spurs, per Paul Brown at the Daily Star. This is certainly a deal that would make sense for both of these clubs because if Vertonghen leaves this summer, he will leave a huge hole in the defence. Mathieu is 30 years old, he is experienced and he is talented which could be a good addition to the squad. Valencia will also like to cash in on the Frenchman as the Spanish won’t likely to sell him for a high price beyond this summer.
However, Mathieu could only be an addition to the defence not a replacement for Vertonghen. He is not as talented and fast as the Belgian and could be caught by the pacey players of Premier League. Martin Demichelis of Manchester City is a great example as he was a great defender in La Liga but he is struggling in Premier League so far.
2) Sell: James Milner
According to The Sun (subscription required), Tottenham Hotspur are targeting Manchester City utility player James Milner (h/t James Boylan at the Metro). This deal makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. Milner is 28 years old, he is not a young player that will get better, and Tottenham already have 5 midfielders who aren’t creative. I don’t think midfield is the position that needs additions and Daniel Levy will not be looking at the Englishman. Manchester City will not give up the midfielder for a cheap price either as he is used as a rotation player. Therefore, you can ignore this rumour; it is nothing but a piece of gossip.
3) Buy: Tim Sherwood
Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood will reject a reduced role as an assistant manager should he be replaced by Louis van Gaal.
“I feel like I can do the No. 1 job,” Sherwood said, per Matt Law at the Telegraph. “I don’t think I’d be good at No. 2. I’m too opinionated. I wouldn’t want to do the No. 2 job.”
Tim Sherwood showed his qualities as a head coach in his time with Spurs so far. He is open, honest and not afraid of changing things up. Louis van Gaal is a manager with authority and he likes to be in control all the time. He might clash with Sherwood on many things during the season and it would reflect badly on the team.
I think Sherwood will try his chances at another club as a head coach with his above-average performance impressed some chairmen around England. A club in the bottom half looking for a feisty English manager to keep them in the league and get them into the top half would be the perfect destination for Sherwood.
And there you have it. Those were the week’s latest rumours. See you on another edition of Buy or Sell next Wednesday.
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