The five mistakes Spurs are making in the summer transfer window

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Dom Le Roy

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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    • How do you know they are dithering? Mate Levy and Poch know what they are doing and now they have Ndembele they can afford to wait for the players they really want and if we miss out there is still a very powerful, existing team. But I would have to say that left back is a bit of a worry if Rose leaves – swap him for Luke Shaw would be good – He was terrific at Southampton with Poch.

  1. Whilst immensely frustrating, knowing how Levy conducts transfer business its hardly surprising and for me is the achilles heel to Tottenhams footballing ambitions. Bringing in Ndombele was great news, but in all honesty this does not even begin to cover the bear minimum of what Spurs really need. What is worrying now is that with just three short weeks remaining till the transfer window closes all the hotly tipped names that have been linked with Spurs over the summer are slowly but surely dissipating, being linked elsewhere or simply just not happening. Given the lack of transfer activity for 18 months, to have now done so relatively little is an insult to the fans and a lack of genuine ambition to improve and challenge for honours. So unless things shake up radically in these next 21 or so days and Spurs sign more quality players it looks like we’ll have to put up with the same old senseless frustrations, when will Levy ever learn?

  2. If we believe everything Levy and Poch say we are in trouble Levy has go a bleeding nose having to put his hand in his pocket we will not sign any more players in this window all these players the papers have linked us with is just paper talk we have no interest in any of them because we don’t have the money

  3. Not going well is it!
    Cannot achieve the next level without spending to improve the squad
    Some players must not be allowed to leave
    Wake up spurs!!!?

  4. Here we go again selling good quality players like tripper, rose, aldervirweld,where we going to find players who are better, need to keep players like them, champions League final improve the side but with good players we got

  5. Agree on Rose. There should be outrage about Rose leaving after 12 years! There is no one in that squad with more passion than Rose. But there is still hope knowing that as an England international he can not sit on the bench for City or Manure. He could still stay and get a proper send off when he does either next summer or the year after that.
    Tripps is physically not up to the task at the level we need to be at. Sissoko had/ has all the attributes to succeed at Spurs eventually. Tripps started out ok and got better but peaked at the WC and the season before. He is not good enough, period!


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