The transfer window has arrived at a time where Tottenham Hotspur have hit their best form of the season so far, with key players turning up all over the pitch, which begs the question, do Spurs need to sign anyone this January?
With a defence (including goalkeepers) that aside from the unfortunate recent injury to Jan Vertonghen, is at full strength with a strong amount of cover; it is incredibly difficult to find a player who would not just be available but improve the current set up without upsetting the group dynamic. Perhaps in the summer if one of the 2nd choice defenders decides they want more game time, maybe Kevin Wimmer after hearing whispers earlier on in the season, decides they want to leave, then you could see potentially a one in, one out policy, but beyond that this unit looks very settled.
Looking higher up the pitch into midfield, after the departure of Tom Carroll to Premier League strugglers Swansea, it is again a challenge to find a player that should leave let alone finding a player to improve the current crop. With Mousa Sissoko improving his form in recent weeks, and having only signed in the summer of 2016, it’s unlikely fans will see him leave this January. In addition, despite rumours of discord between Mauricio Pochettino and Nabil Bentaleb,(which in previous cases has seen a brutal culling of players) the Algerian has been in fine form for Schalke 04 which should cool any rumours of a midfield squad player arriving, at least until the club have decided 100% on the future of Nabil Bentaleb.
Georges Kevin-Nkoudou has seen very little game time at White Hart Lane, although it would be foolish to let the player go the same way as loanee Clinton N’Jie, who barely touched a Premier League football before being shipped out to Olympique Marseille for the season. In addition, the injury to Erik Lamela which seems to be dragging on indefinitely suggests “GK” might be needed more in the second half of the season, with a demanding Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League programme to contend with. It’s also worth saying that beyond the potential reduced price for Memphis Depay, (although he looks to be heading to Lyon) there is very little opportunity to improve the midfield squad currently at N17 in January.
Lastly, the position most fans will want to see reinforcements arrive is upfront, with Harry Kane scoring goals for fun again it’s easy to see the difference he makes and also how little Pochettino has as backup if the England international were to pick up an injury or suspension. Vincent Janssen will be given at least until the summer to prove his worth, and I cannot see Daniel Levy providing any large amount of money, having seen Spurs finish 3rd with only one striker in the whole squad last season.
So, with just under two weeks remaining in the winter transfer window, Spurs look well organised and prepared for the second half of what could be a tremendous season at White Hart Lane, without obviously needing any key changes in personnel. Do you think any players need to leave, or be brought in for Tottenham to improve heading towards May?
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