Opinion: Five players Spurs should sign in their summer rebuild

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Spurs’ season has been well below the expectations of the fans and the board, with much of the blame being on the players. 

painful rebuild is more than required at N17, something which we have known for some time. Due to this, I thought I would look at some potential signings that Spurs should explore this summer:

Nick Pope  

The goalkeeper position has always been one of Spurs’ strongest areas, however with Lloris linked with a move to PSG (The Sun), it is time that we look at replacements. Nick Pope, the Burnley goalkeeper, has been one of the star performers in the Prem recently 

Standing at 6ft 6in tall, and 28 years of age (Wikipedia), Pope could be a valuable signing for Spurs. He has kept nine clean sheets this season, showing his class in a poor Burnley side (Premier League). 

Also, he has some stand out attributes that could be useful to Spurs, including his fast relaxes and incredible reach. One main issue with Pope may be his value. It was previously reported that Burnley would want 50 million for their star player (LancsLive).

However, we all know just how good Levy is as a negotiator, so we can all hope for a lower fee. The Englishman would be a superb signing for us, so let’s hope it can happen.  

Ezri Konsa  

Defence has been a major issue for Spurs throughout the entire season. Davison Sanchez, Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld are all defenders past their best. Therefore, Spurs must look for two centre-back this summer.  

One option for us could be Aston Villa defender, Ezri Konsa. At the age of 23, Konsa has featured 27 times for the Villans this season (transfermarkt). 

Ezri has somehow not featured for Southgate’s England despite arguably being our best centre back. Also, Konsa is a huge Spurs fan, which he stated whilst at Charlton (FourFourTwo).  

The Englishman would be a fantastic signing whilst helping the homegrown quota, however, we might have to fight off other clubs for his signature. His price may be quite expensive; however, he is a ‘must’ signing to improve our defence.  

Ibrahima Konate  

Another centre-back who Spurs should keep their eye on is Ibrahima Konate. The Frenchman, who is currently at RB Leipzig, is seen to be one of the hottest prospects in world football. 

Konate has featured 15 times for the German giants this season (transfermarkt). This is mainly because he had an ankle injury which kept him out for 49 days (transfermarkt). This could be cause for concern, however, he has only had one other major injury within his career.  

Konate has attributes that would allow us to play attacking, expansive football. His pace would allow us to hold a higher line, meaning we can press higher up the field. 

At just 21 years old, Ibrahima has the potential to develop into one of the best in the world and winning his signature is a must especially as he has a release clause of 40 million (SportBILD).  

Houssem Aouar  

Signing an attacking midfielder is always a tough job for big European clubs. They are always highly sought after but I believe we should chase after Houssem Aouar.

The 22-year-old Lyon midfielder has played 26 times this season for the French giants, having 10 goal contributions during this time (transfermarkt). 

He has the ability to play as a central midfielder as well as further up the pitch. Signing Aouar would allow us to rotate Lo Celso, himself and maybe Alli, depending on whether he leaves.

This would give us much better depth, allowing us to close the gap to major rivals. Last summer, Lyon reportedly wanted £46 million for him as Arsenal fought for his signature (RMC), therefore, the price should still be similar this year.  

Jack Grealish  

The chances of this ever happening are very slim, but we can all dream, right? Jack Grealish would solve so many of our attacking problems whilst also filling the homegrown quota.

The Englishmen has played 23 games this season with 19 goal contributions (Transfermarkt). This is sensational considering his Villa side are only mid-table. Without Grealish, Villa would be much lower, shown by their poor run recently without him.  

Grealish’s price would be ridiculously high, with Villa reportedly asking for £100 million for him during the recent transfer window (Daily Mail). At 25 years of age, Jack still has time to develop to become one of the world’s best, however, chances are this won’t be at Spurs due to our struggling finances. 

These five signings would drastically improve our squad, however, the chances that even one of these will happen is quite low. Our owners will likely refuse to spend any significant money on players this summer, leaving us further behind our rivals. Let’s hope my dreams become true and these players put on the famous Lilywhite shirt. 

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