Tottenham Hotspurs came close to bringing German International Emre Can to the White Hart Lane during the winter transfer window. The bookmakers’ odds were slashed as the deadline drew closer. Instead, the midfielder ended up joining Borussia Dortmund on loan from Juventus.
Can’s future at Juventus was not certain as he has not featured in many matches this season for coach Sarri. There was a lot of speculation during the January transfer window linking him with a host of clubs in the European big leagues.
The Italian champions included an obligation to buy clause in the deal, in effect making the move permanent.
Can could have made a comeback to the premier league because Tottenham is reported to have come really close to signing the midfielder in the winter transfer window deadline day.
Spurs head coach Jose’ Mourinho needed reinforcements in the midfield after the departure of Christen Ericksen to Inter Milan and an injury to their midfield enforcer Moussa Sissoko.
Nothing suggested on deadline day that Spurs were chasing Can as they seem to have been focusing on a striker after a long term injury to their captain Harry Kane.
Spurs signed Steven Bergwijn on deadline day from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven. The winger made his debut against Manchester City and managed to score.
Their hunt for a striker did not bear any fruits as they did not bring one in by the time the transfer window closed.
Their lack of much transfer action in the mid-season transfer window could hamper their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League Football. The race for the top four is gaining momentum and currently, the top three seem to have secured their places. The other teams; Chelsea, Man United, Tottenham, and Arsenal will fight for the fourth position.
There are also the “outsiders” who have staked their claim strongly so far this season and as things stand they are still in the running for the fourth position. Wolves and Sheffield United have maintained their positions 5 and 6 for some time this season and seem to battle it out with the rest for the top four.
As for Spurs who got a new coach midseason, their chances are slim. They have lost their main players to injury and transfers, and the January window is normally a difficult one. Mourinho must now look to his other players like Delle Ali, Son, Lucas Moura, and new arrival Bergiwijn to steer the team to a top-four finish.
Compared to other teams competing for the top-four, only Spurs have an experienced manager, a proven winner and a master tactician. Mourinho is a manager capable of inspiring his team to a Champions League qualification. He has the experience, he is tactically astute and has shown previously he is ready to do whatever it takes to win a match.
Such is the kind of attitude required to stay at the top. Missing out on the Champions League is bad for any team as it may affect the summer transfer where most top players want to join clubs that will participate in the prestigious Champions League the next season.
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