The year 2020 will go down in the history books as one of the most unique years of modern times, and Tottenham Hotspur have contributed to this by signing three players in the summer transfer window before a competitive ball has even been kicked!
Although not what I would consider to be marque signings, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty all represent upgrades in their respective positions.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg – 8/10
Signed from Southampton, Danish international Højbjerg gives us the steel in midfield that we thought we had acquired with the signing of Tanguy Ndombele last summer, and is the typical no-nonsense, all-action midfielder that is vital in a Jose Mourinho team.
Joe Hart – 6/10
An absolute no brainer on a free, Joe joined us following the expiration of his contract at Burnley. Although past his peak, Hart is a vastly experienced keeper who won the league title twice during his time at Manchester City. Although clearly not signed as number one, Hart is a definite upgrade on Paulo Gazzaniga.
Matt Doherty – 9/10
Of our three signings so far, Irishman Doherty, signed from Wolves, is the one that excites me most. In the fifty-odd games he played for Wolves last season, Doherty constantly provided an attacking outlet on the right, as well as continuously making poachers runs in at the far post. In addition to his attacking prowess, the Dublin born Right-back is also far more solid defensively than current first-choice Serge Aurier.
Alfie Devine – 8/10 – based solely on the price paid and potential
A highly-rated central midfielder, who joins our academy from Wigan Athletic for a £500,000 fee. Despite being only 16 years, Devine has already featured for Wigan’s U18 and U23 sides, and was invited to train with the first team last season. Devine impressed our coaches when Wigan eliminated us from the FA Youth Cup last season, with a very dominant midfield display. He has also already been handed chances by Mourinho during pre-season, so he could have a big future ahead of him!
Hopefully, there will be a further one or two additions to the first-team squad before the transfer window closes, a backup striker being the obvious priority. However, I genuinely feel we should be pleased with the signings made by the club so far. They certainly make us stronger!
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