The Premier League transfer window for incoming players shuts on August 8 at 17:00, giving Tottenham around ten days to get their business tied up.
At the moment, the only new signing coming through the doors and playing this season is Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon, despite a number of players leaving the club.
We take a look at the five mistakes that Levy is making –
Trying to sell Danny Rose –
With no left-back replacements coming into the squad so far this transfer window, selling Danny Rose makes no sense to me. The full-back was at his best towards the end of last season and has been at the club for 12 years now. Why Spurs would want to sell one of their best defenders is beyond me, but they announced earlier this month that Rose was left out of the Asia squad in order to pursue a potential exit. This is a huge mistake in my opinion.
No Trippier replacement –
The Rose issue is highlighted by what has gone on in the other full-back position. Kieran Trippier, the first choice from last season, was sold by Spurs for around £20m to Atletico Madrid (Guardian). This is all well and good, but Tottenham have not invested that money in a replacement at all. Instead, they look to be relying on Serge Aurier, who is unreliable at the best of times, Kyle Walker-Peters, who is inexperienced, and Juan Foyth, who is a newly-converted right-back.
Smaller squad –
Tanguy Ndombele was a great signing for Spurs, but where are the others? Dembele is gone. Trippier is gone. Janssen is gone. Eriksen, Toby, and Jan have one year left. Tottenham’s small squad that struggled with injuries last season is now even smaller. Where is the sense in this?
Eriksen free –
I love Eriksen. As a player, his silky and effortless talent is a joy to watch. However, with a year left on his contract, Spurs simply have to sign him up to a new deal or sell him on the cheap. We cannot afford to lose that kind of player on a free transfer. Levy should be selling him and investing in a new young playmaker, or using him as part of a swap deal while he can.
Last minute –
When Ndombele and Clarke came in, I was hoping that Levy had turned a new leaf and was doing his business early. However, it looks as if Spurs will be leaving it late yet again, if they get anyone else in at all that is. This will give Poch little time to bed the player into the squad and get them fit to play.
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