Positions most in need of strengthening – Striker, Central Midfield.
I have just finished watching WBA vs Chelsea and I am sure many fans are aware of the exclusion of Saido Berahino from the WBA squad. He is a player Tottenham look to be close to signing. IF Levy pays up (which I will discuss later). He is a player that will provide much needed attacking assistance and pace to our front line.
He may play with Harry Kane, he may play behind him or infront of him, only Mauricio can make that call, but based on Kane’s recent performances, where he has had to drop deeper to receive the ball (because he is playing as the only striker), and because of the absence of Eriksen, I believe that Kane can play behind Berahino. This view may be proved wrong, but Harry Kane is fantastic on the ball, has a good long shot on him and distributes the ball fantastically. I am not suggesting he plays as a CAM, more of a CF role where he can interchange with his fellow attacking players. This is just one of many possibilities for Tottenham in offensive areas IF we sign Saido Berahino; the positive is I haven’t even mentioned Clinton Njie yet, which shows with this addition Tottenham could have a flexible pacey front line which can interchange well. Interchanging of attacking players works well in the Premier League as Ronald Koeman has shown with his front 4 at Southampton, and maybe that’s why so many of his players are wanted by the big clubs.
Talking of Southampton brings me nicely onto our need for new central midfield players. Victor Wanyama, according to Sky Sports, has said that he wishes to leave the club. He was performed well under Mauricio and Ronald Koeman at Southampton and I feel he would be a good signing for Tottenham. He is strong and commanding in midfield and offers more experience than most of our central midfielders, despite being just 24. The issue is the timing of the possible transfer and the fee. Koeman would want to replace Wanyama before selling him, which would mean the transfer may drag on until the final days, which is always more risky, and ultimately more like the Tottenham we know. Wanyama was bought for around 12 million, so with added experience, the fact that they don’t want him to go and that the club has already lost two of their finest players this summer; Southampton will want upwards of 15 million for him. Will Levy back Mauricio?
Daniel Levy is a chairman who runs the club fantastically, the club are building a new stadium and I do believe he wants Tottenham to grow into a giant of European football. Although, he has not backed Mauricio this transfer window or the last. Tottenham end up buying in panic mode and achieving second best, last summer we settled for Stambouli instead of Schneiderlin. This summer we have spent a relatively small amount and we have shipped out a lot of dead wood, which to be fair we needed to do. The next ten days or so will be critical to the success of Tottenham this season and in the future. I believe it is critical we get into the Champions League and stay in the top 4 before we move into our new stadium (admittedly Tottenham have a few seasons to get it right but the sooner the better), because if we don’t, finances will be tighter than ever, we saw how Arsenal struggled without being able to spend enough after they moved to the Emirates.
So, this is Levy’s time, he has to back Mauricio, go and get Berahino,Wanyama and hopefully another strong player and Tottenham can push on and really compete this season.
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