Tottenham Hotspur have now officially missed out on one of their reported summer targets, as Man United announced the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace yesterday.
Spurs had previously been reported as an interested party, along with Man United, earlier in the transfer window (Sun).
In my opinion, Spurs are in need of a new first team right back after sub-par performances from Serge Aurier and Kieran Trippier last season.
I am still not convinced that Kyle Walker-Peters has what it takes to be a consistent starter at a big six team either.
What frustrates me is that right-back was one of the clear positions in which Spurs needed to strengthen at the start of the window, yet no signings have been made.
If you look at Liverpool back in the 2017/18 season, they identified two positions that needed investment, centre-back and goalkeeper, so they went out and paid big money for Van Dijk and Alisson.
One year later, the Reds won the Champions League.
I wanted to see Spurs seize the initiative in a similar fashion, and seeing the details of the Wan-Bissaka deal, I can’t help but feel that Tottenham missed a great opportunity.
The BBC report that Man United paid £45m up front to Palace, with £5m extra to come later. They also suggest that Wan-Bissaka has been given a raise from £10,000 a week to £80,000 at United.
A £50m fee and £80,000 a week. With Tottenham’s growth in recent years, that is well within their price range and in a position they so desperately need.
Why did they not go in early for the defender at the start of the window?
I hope and pray that Levy has another player in mind, because if he doesn’t invest in a new right-back, Spurs could struggle defensively next season.
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