September 1st and transfer news and rumours fall silent as Jim White gets back into his box until January. Silly seasons is finally over and we can begin to start concentrating on football again.
Despite the press and wannabe ITK’s selling every single first team player, Spurs made it through the summer only losing one first team player. After the departure of Kyle Walker, it was feared that it would cause a chain reaction, as other Spurs players look on enviously at his sizable pay rise.
However, that has not the case, apart from Danny Rose’s last-ditch attempt to get out of his Tottenham torture of earning 65k a week for doing absolutely nothing. It will be very interesting to see how Pochettino handles Rose when he eventually does return to fitness. As we have seen before Poch very rarely gives second chances.
Speaking of second chances Serge Aurier has been bought in to replace the departed Kyle Walker, on a solely footballing bases this is a great bit of business from Levy, replacing Walker with a proven winner for half of Walkers transfer fee. Aurier mentioned making a new start at Tottenham, and let’s hope he can put his off-field problems behind him and prove himself at Spurs.
Deadline Day 2012 Tottenham made an attempt to sign Fernando Llorente from Bilbao, five years later and we got our man. Snatching him from under Chelsea’s noses made the signing all the sweeter, and he provides a real alternative to Harry Kane. With the addition of Llorente Spurs have again added a proven winner to the ranks, his experience of big games and European football could be a real asset for Spurs this season.
The only down side to the window is not signing an alternative to Christian Eriksen or Dele Alli. This is an area of pitch where Tottenham have been crying out for cover and competition for places. With Dele Alli missing the first three Champions league games, we may see Harry Kane dropping into the number 10 to cover for the absence of Dele.
The main goal of this window was to keep the core group of players together, Tottenham have managed to do that and with a couple decent deadline deals, fans have been able to sit back and enjoy what’s happening down the road.
Overall it has been a satisfactory transfer window, seeing the main stars stay, a defensive reshuffle and viable cover for Kane. 6/10
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