Why I am frustrated with Tottenham despite positive transfer reports today

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham fans have been waiting almost 18 months for their club to make some moves in the transfer window, with their last signing coming back in January 2018.

However, today has been a good day if the reports are to be believed, with multiple deals close to getting across the line.

Spurs are said to have agreed a fee with Leeds United for 18-year-old winger Jack Clarke, subject to a medical today (Guardian).

The club have also reportedly agreed a £65m club record fee with Lyon for midfield powerhouse Tanguy Ndombele (Sky Sports).

Despite these updates being fantastic for the club, I am frustrated with Tottenham’s dealings today, as one other transfer appears to be close to completion.

Manchester United have reportedly agreed a £50m fee with Crystal Palace for 21-year-old right-back star, Aaron Wan-Bissaka (BBC).

Tottenham were linked with a move for the player earlier in the window (Sun).

After a fantastic breakthrough season with the Eagles, Wan-Bissaka has emerged as one of the shining lights in the England youth system, and he happens to play in a position in which Spurs need to strengthen.

After sub-par seasons from Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier, I believed that Wan-Bissaka would be the perfect long-term replacement.

I also believe that £50m is a decent price for a homegrown player of that age with that potential, especially when you consider how much a new quality right-back would improve the Tottenham team.

I am happy that Ndombele and Clarke are close, but I still see that right-back slot as a huge weak point for Spurs, and I hope they do not prioritise further attacking transfers over a defensive solution.

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  1. I couldn’t disagree more. At 50 million pounds, for a full back, Wan-Bissaka is grossly overpriced. He has had just one season, at Palace, as a first team player. There is nothing to suggest that he is worth that kind of money. Tierney, from Celtic, at a reported 20 million, would be a better investment in my book. However I would rather Walker-Peters was given an extended opportunity, than waste 50 million on Wan-Bissaka.

  2. Clarke & Ndombele are hopefully a good start. However, it is definitely are punt on Clarke. We do not seem to learn that we need established talent before more projects. We have a fistful of sub par players we cannot get rid of due to very poor selection and a massive waste of transfer funds.Full backs are our priority We know what we have in Wan-Bissaka so why did we not pursue him more diligently? Instead we are still trying to land Sessignon who failed to make an impact in the Premier league last season. So now Man Utd have him and we are still looking for the elusive bargains. Levy has not learned you get what you pay for. We got a couple of decent seasons from Alli and now he has faded badly making almost no impact in vital games. Rumour has it we are after a Danish wondekid with one good season in a sub par league behind him. Shades of Janssen again?History repeating itself- maybe?

  3. Whilst I understand the disappointment re AWB I believe we have bigger fish to fry. If Eriksen goes we will need a replacement.
    Lo Celso seems to be Poch’s choice but he won’t be cheap, so the priority maybe to get that done before looking at a RB. Here is what I see happening, KT & SA will be sold, an cheap alternative will be bought in (like the Japanese Int’l) and will compete with Foyth to start. A year from now Spurs will go back to Norwich for Max Aarons who will have had a year’s experience in the Prem and could be ready to move up. He will be the long term solution but, much like Sessegnon isn’t ready to start quite yet.
    Even if Spurs do splash the cash, there is still a budget to be considered and I don’t see DL allowing a 200M net spend.
    Just my opinion for what it’s worth!

  4. I don’t Trips is anywhere near as bad as various websites say he is…maybe he won’t leave? Still not sure about Aurier…he may still come good.


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