Tottenham Hotspur are in a state of crisis at the moment and one of the reasons that many people have highlighted the main cause of the trouble is the club’s failure to get rid of those players who wanted to leave in the summer.
The January transfer window thus looks like a huge one for the club with Mauricio Pochettino recently speaking about the importance of addressing the squad’s problems when the window reopens in a couple of months (Sky Sports).
Football London’s Alasdair Gold has now given his thoughts on the approach Tottenham are going to take in January and he has claimed that the club realise the importance of bringing in fresh faces in January.
Gold said: “I think Spurs have to make moves. I know it’s not their way in January and the prices of players will rocket, but the club and Levy have to continue the rebuild, knowing that as many as five first team starters could be leaving in the summer.
“They have to start putting plans into action otherwise the team is going to limp through this season and if they don’t qualify for the Champions League for a fifth consecutive year then they’ll be taking some big strides backwards.”
The journalist also revealed that Spurs were still tracking Bruno Fernandes and Paulo Dybala but suggested that a deal for the former was much more likely than the latter. However, he did say he expected Sporting Lisbon to also further increase their asking price for Fernandes.
He added: “Tottenham will continue to monitor the situation with both Bruno Fernandes and Paulo Dybala.
“I’d imagine Fernandes represents the slightly less problematic of the deals to do, with terms already agreed with the player in the summer, but Sporting will know Spurs are desperate and that price tag will rise yet further, especially as Fernandes has continued to perform well.
“With Dybala it will be about how much game time he’s getting and whether he wants to leave and feels appreciated, and how much Juventus need the money, along with those image rights issues.
“It was always going to be a tough deal to do in the summer, in January it gets even more difficult. Spurs could well look at defensive recruits as well, particularly in that right-back slot.”
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I believe the club will act with more urgency in January owing to the various problems that seem to have emerged over the last few weeks. With Eriksen looking no closer to signing a new deal, he is almost certainly on the way out and so Fernandes would be a great like-for-like replacement for the Dane.
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