Tottenham Hotspur fired their transfer window into life by signing Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke within hours of each other earlier this summer (BBC).
However, since that day, Spurs’ window seems to have stalled somewhat, with no new signings coming in and a number of first-team stars linked with exits.
Here are the five big mistakes I think Tottenham are making –
Selling Danny Rose (Telegraph)- In my view, Danny is still one of the very best left-backs in the Premier League, He has pace, power, and passion in abundance, the latter of which is hard to come by in modern football. He is just getting back to his best on the pitch and has been with Spurs for 12 years, so I see no logical reason why the club would give up on him now.
Selling Kieran Trippier (Football London)- While I will be the first to admit that Tripps was awful last season, since when was one bad campaign a ticket out of a club? Look at Moussa Sissoko when we first bought him. We saw what Trippier can do at the world cup and in the 2017/18 season, so why are we judging him on a campaign riddled with injury and fatigue. In my mind, he is head and shoulders about the likes of Aurier and Walker-Peters.
Entertaining an Alderweireld sale – Toby has been linked with a move to Roma this summer, with the two clubs said to be in talks (Sky Sports). If Alderweireld left this year, either Sanchez or Foyth would have to step up and I don’t think either are quite ready yet. It may be an expensive season to keep him for an extra year and then lose him on a free, but such is the quality of Toby Alderweireld. Who knows, he may eventually agree to another extension if Tottenham keep him.
No replacements – My arguments would have far less impact if Tottenham had already brought in replacements for these established and experienced first-team stars, but the fact is we haven’t. We would be left extremely short at the back if these three left the club, and this would leave us in a weak spot when it comes to negotiations. If a club sees us as desperate for a right-back, then the price for a right-back will surely shoot up. Bad business in my view.
Where are the signings? – After Ndombele and Clarke, I thought that Spurs were finally getting their business done early. I was expecting deals for some other new stars, perhaps Sessegnon, Lo Celso, Ceballos, or the like. However, nothing seems to be too close, and the Spurs squad once again seems to be getting smaller and weaker.
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