Paul Robinson believes that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s arrival and Kyle Walker-Peters’ departure will be just two of many incomings and outgoings at Tottenham this summer.
Although there has been no official announcement from either Tottenham or Southampton, reports indicate that the two deals are all but agreed and that confirmation is imminent (Sky Sports).
If reports are to be believed, the Denmark international could be the first of four or five targets Jose Mourinho wants to bring to Spurs this summer (ESPN).
Meanwhile, other reports have indicated that the Lilywhites could also be ready to cash in on as many as seven players who have been deemed surplus to requirements (Football.London).
Robinson is not surprised to see the Lilywhites move swiftly to complete deals this summer as he backed Mourinho to put his own imprint on the Spurs team.
The former Tottenham goalkeeper backed the Spurs boss to use his experience and know-how to build a formidable squad despite the financial constraints imposed on the club.
When asked about the rumoured Hojbjerg/Walker-Peters deal, Robinson told Football Insider: “I’ve always said this is Jose starting to shuffle his pack.
“We’ve known about the financial implications that Spurs have suffered in this lockdown period and economic climate. It was always going to be if players were coming in, players were going to have to leave.
“This is the first one in. This is Jose moulding his squad, moulding a side for what he wants next year and it’ll be interesting to see who he doesn’t want.
“We’ve seen Walker-Peters go in the opposite direction. He’s one that’s surplus to requirements and that’s partly funded the Hojbjerg deal. It seems a good bit of business.
“This is Jose at his best but he’s going to have to work very hard with his scouting network if his budget isn’t going to be the size he wants because his squad is going to be very unbalanced.
“It’s him making his own changes and his own assault on the squad, if you like. I suspect we’ll see quite a few leaving.”
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Jose does have a reputation for spending big at his clubs rather than finding unpolished gems for bargain deals. However, the Spurs boss’ extensive contacts with various agents and clubs, as well as his ability to woo players, could make the Portuguese coach a great asset to have, at a time when money is hard to come by.
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