Opinion: How Spurs could line up in five years if the transfer window was permanently closed

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We wanted to have a bit of fun this week so decided to take a look at what the Spurs team would look like in five years if the transfer window was permanently slammed shut.

Who is still in the side and who has broken through the ranks?

GK – Alfie Whiteman

After Lloris and Hart retired, Mourinho called upon academy youngster Alfie Whiteman, now aged 27, to be the starter. Whiteman received his first-team debut for the club in 2020, after coming on for the final 8 minutes in Spurs 4-0 win over Ludogorets (TransferMarkt). Paulo Gazzaniga was let go upon the expiration of his contract in 2022.

Backup

Brandon Austin (Age 27)

Left Back – Sergio Reguilón

Sergio Reguilón is still Spurs’ starting left-back after turning down returns to Madrid in the summer of 2021 and 2022. Now aged 29, Reggy is in the prime of his career and starts for Spurs week in week out, offering consistent high-level performances.

Backup

Dennis Cirkin (Age 23)

Center Back – Joe Rodon

Turning out to be Spurs’ saving grace, Rodon has proved to be a key asset over the years. The Welshmen became one of the first names on the team sheet after Toby Alderweireld retired from the sport.

Center Back – Eric Dier 

Yes, he is still in the starting 11! Although few consider him their favourite, Dier, now aged 32, still finds himself in the squad week in week out as there are few challengers to his position. However, the Englishman is entering the final stages of his career.

Backup

Davinson Sanchez (Age 29)

Right Back – Japhet Tanganga

Japhet has locked down the starting right-back spot as Serge still finds himself committing the odd mistake. Doherty has also retired as he is now aged 34. It won’t matter for Spurs supporters though as Tanganga, age 26, is delivering consistent high-level performances.

Backup

Serge Aurier (Age 33)

Defensive Midfield – Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

Now vice-captain of the side Højbjerg remains a fan favourite. Widely regarded as the best CDM in the league, the 30-year-old has been in exceptional form for the club and seldom gets injured.

Backup

Harry Winks (Age 29)

Centre Midfield – Oliver Skipp

Oliver Skipp returned home from his loan at Norwich City and became a key part of Spurs’ squad both defensively and offensively. Skipp, aged 25, took Sissoko’s spot in the starting lineup after the French international retired.

Backup

Giovani Lo Celso (29)

Attacking Midfield – Tanguy Ndombele

One of the best players in the world by now, Ndombele is the highlight of every match. Retaining his work rate from the 20/21 season, the Frenchman has added consistent goals and assists to his game and is a joy to watch. Now aged 29, Ndombele is in the prime of his career.

Backup

Dele Alli (29)

Left-Wing – Heung-min Son  

The South Korean has shown signs of slowing down as he is now 33 but still delivers top performances, warranting his place in the squad. Seldom lasting the full 90 minutes at this point, Ryan Sessegnon has returned to his old position as a left-winger and is snapping at the South Korean’s heels for a starting spot.

Backup

Ryan Sessegnon (25)

Striker – Harry Kane (C)

Aged 32, Kane is entering the twilight of his career but has publicly vowed to stay at Spurs until he breaks Alan Shearer’s record of 269 EPL goals, which he is very close to. Still hitting 20 plus goals a season, the Englishman may just do it.

Backup

Troy Parrot (Age 23)

Right-Wing – Steven Bergwijn  

Steven Bergwijn has proved to be well worth the money that Spurs paid for him back in January 2020. Now 28, he consistently puts his name on the scoresheet and is no stranger to big-game goals either.

Backup

Lucas Moura (Age 33) Erik Lamela (Age 33)

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