Opinion: Hojbjerg and the three new signings who could make Spurs title challengers

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Dom Le Roy

Reports indicate that Tottenham Hotspur will complete the signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton this weekend, making him the club’s first summer signing.

However, we believe that the Lilywhites will be targeting three more new faces before the window closes this year.

While some will be calling for an endless number of new signings, we think that four key deals could transform Spurs from strugglers to challengers.

After all, fans must remember that there are plenty of players who did not feature this season who are ready to step up next year.

Japhet Tanganga will be stepping up into a senior role. Ryan Sessegnon will get more game time. Gedson Fernandes and Steven Bergwijn will have bedded in further. Oliver Skipp may progress in terms of minutes on the pitch. Eric Dier adds more depth to defence. Tanguy Ndombele will finally get the chance to prove his worth under Mourinho.

Tottenham have the numbers, they just need these four names to add the necessary quality to an up-and-coming Jose Mourinho side.

Timothy Castagne – 

A player who has already expressed the fact that he would find it hard to turn down Tottenham (Derniere Heure), Castagne could be a bargain this summer due to his current contract situation with Atalanta.

In fact, Football Italia have hinted that the versatile right-back would cost an absolute maximum of £23m.

For a player who excels at the defensive side of the game and can play at both right and left-back, this could be too good an option for Spurs to turn down.

Failing Castagne, Spurs should be looking at either Youcef Atal or Max Aarons.

Philippe Coutinho – 

If Jose Mourinho wants to adopt a brand of breakaway football, he simply must add a man who can provide that killer pass. Up until this year, that player was Eriksen, but Spurs have yet to replace him.

While Coutinho won’t come cheap, he will certainly be available for less than a player with his experience and quality should be worth. We would be bitterly disappointed to see Arsenal snap him up and Spurs miss out this summer.

Vedat Muriqi –

Spurs have long since required an understudy to Harry Kane, but such is the dominance of the England captain, attracting a class bench option is difficult.

Tottenham need someone who is more than happy to wait patiently, but offers something completely different to Kane, just as Fernando Llorente did.

We believe that Vedat Muriqi offers the best value for money in this area, as his game is all about strength, height, and power, being an all-around nuisance for defenders.

The Kosovo international has an impressive 17 goals and seven assists in 36 games for Fenerbahce this season (TransferMarkt) and is valued at just £10.8m.

Aleksandar Mitrovic would have been an even better option with his Premier League experience, but Fulham’s promotion will have put an end to those hopes.

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  1. Saints season ticket holder here. If you think Hojbjerg is your passport to the Champions League, I’m afraid you may be disappointed. He is at best an average player who runs around a lot but with little end product. His greatest talent lately has been passing to the opposition. I along with many Saints fans will not be sad to see him go.


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