Tottenham Hotspur’s January transfer window may be over, but they are already reaping the rewards of their winter business this season under Jose Mourinho.
The new Spurs head coach was given his first chance to put a mark on the squad which was largely built by his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino.
Firstly, Mourinho and Levy decided to address Tottenham’s shortage in the central midfield area with the loan signing of Gedson Fernandes from Benfica on an 18-month deal.
The Lilywhites then announced that Giovani Lo Celso had been permanently signed from Real Betis, with the Argentine initially joining on loan.
However, that same day it was also revealed that Christian Eriksen had left the club after seven great seasons, transferring to Inter Milan in Serie A.
Finally, Spurs brought in Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven in the final days to add more to their attacking line-up, with the player scoring on his debut against Man City.
Despite no strikers coming in, Jose Mourinho rated Spurs’ window highly (Football London): “We got a very good player in Steven, we got a good kid with good potential to develop in Gedson. I would say we also lost a fantastic player, because people cannot judge Christian for the last season, he has to be judged for six seasons where he showed in club and the Premier League his top quality. We found our balance there, lost a fantastic midfield player, got a very exciting attacking winger and a young boy in midfielder who can give us solutions.
“Without injuries, I would say ‘yes, good’. One player who gave six years is leaving but an incredible, exciting prospect is coming. I would say, ‘Very very good’. But we had these problems with important injuries and of course our squad in this moment is not as good as it can be. When our injured players are back, of course it will be much better.”
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