The details of the Wan-Bissaka to United deal that frustrate me as a Spurs fan

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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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  1. A couple of points.

    As a Palace fan I am amazed a player with one season’s first team experience has been sold for £50m. Even Harry Kane wasn’t touted as a £50m player after his first season in the Spurs 1st team. I don’t believe any player should be worth that much with so little experience.

    How is Trippier only worth £25m by comparison? England international who scored in a World Cup semi-final?

    That aside, given the price and especially wages he is paid (seems a little low for a £50m player when Benteke is on 120k) I am amazed Man U didn’t get some competition for AWB be it from Spurs or anyone else.

    We have big questions over our transfer policy at Palace but we’re not after the big prizes so you guys should be asking some big questions.

  2. Tripps could easily bounce back next year and prove this year was just an off year. And Aurier could easily do what Moura did and just need a year learn and get comfortable with the system and could thrive next year. I could be wrong and both could be terrible next season… But that’s why you suit up and play, you just never know until the match/season is finished. That being said I’ll gladly risk our RB position to potentially bring in someone to pull everything together like Dembele did. If Ndombele looks to be that player and our future is brighter with him in he squad than aWan-Bissaka etc…

  3. You do realize that AWB is a boyhood Manure fan right? That definitely played in and knowing that he would be first choice no matter what in a rebuild project at 21. It was always going to be difficult as long as Manure was in the race given the things that i just outlaid.

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