Well it is here, panic buy Season is in full swing but will Spurs do anything this year? The last few times Spurs have installed a new manager before January but after August has resulted in a relatively large splurge of cash but this time is different. This time we are not flirting with relegation but we are considered to be underperforming by most.
I think that any spending will be a simple result of someone else leaving or long term injury. Unless someone amazing makes it clear they want to come to Spurs, I doubt any massive names or fees will be happening at the Lane this window. Having said that, this is Spurs and they do a like a surprise now and then.
Had AVB still been in charge I would have been a little more confident of some spending happening but we have already seen evidence of Sherwood’s faith in the youth setup in his short time in charge. This could well be a window of no incoming players!
With Lloris we have an undisputed number one, there is no challenge so I would not be surprised if one of Friedel or Gomes left. Friedel is at the age now (42) where he knows he is unlikely to be first choice anywhere in the Premier League so I don’t think he would leave in January unless a lucrative MLS offer comes in. Gomes on the other hand is probably in the period where goalkeepers are considered in their prime. He will clearly want a chance of making the Brazil world cup squad and would need first team opportunities. Given he has pretty much been trying to leave for years I would say Gomes is finally going to get his wish.
I only see incomings here if both Friedel and Gomes leave which I doubt the club would allow but both are out of contract in the summer so that is when I would expect some real movement. Looking for a Lloris mk II…
Had AVB still been in charge I would have said left back was nailed on for some transfer activity given Rose’s long layoff and the reluctance of Vertonghen to play left back. But I think Sherwood has more faith in Fryers than AVB which is good for Fryers. Many will say we should still be signing a left back but I don’t think Rose has done anything majorly wrong to be shunted from first choice. His recent apparent poorer performances have occurred with Eriksen ahead of him providing very little help, often outnumbered two to one.
Luke Shaw would be most people’s choice (mine included) but why would he leave the south coast. They are having an amazing season so far, beyond most expectations. Given his age he has the luxury of hanging around for a few seasons before thinking he needs to move somewhere else to realise his footballing dreams. He also would not come cheap, this is just a pipe dream.
Coentrao was heavily linked at the beginning of the season and has played a grand total of four games for Real this season. You would expect him to want out but he is probably on mega wages and I don’t think there is much chance of him not being in the Portugal squad for the world cup. Also with Utd apparently keen he will probably opt for them given the better wages and few Champions League games available.
I don’t think we are short at left back with Fryers seemingly trusted under Sherwood and I see no reason why he or Rose will be sold/loaned. If Sherwood really feels left back is an issue then I think he will simply recall BAE but I don’t think he is any better than Rose.
Right back is fine with Walker as first choice and Naughten/Fredericks as backup. Walker has been linked with a move to the big boys in France, they do have plenty of cash to spend so it may tempt Levy to cash in but I don’t think he will – summer perhaps if Fredericks is considered good enough. Naughton is far better at right back (as opposed to left back) if not as adventurous as the other two, I doubt we will see him on the left under Sherwood again unless we are really desperate.
Centre back is only currently an issue due to injuries however Kaboul currently appears to be permanently regaining match fitness. He may well be a lost cause which is a shame given the really good season he had prior to getting injured in AVBs first league game. His contract is apparently up in the summer so the clubs faith in his ability to get back fully fit (and subsequently a contract extension) probably rests on the next few months. He doesn’t have the link with the club that King did so I don’t think he will simply just have his contract renewed, he would have to earn it.
Given the questions around Kaboul it was no surprise to be linked with Lescott on loan. This would be a sensible move as it provides the central defence cover we need in the short term before getting someone that Sherwood wants in the summer. However, Lescott is currently cover at City so why would he move to be cover at Spurs – if he did come (though now unlikely) it would be to play regularly.
I think if we do sign anyone permanently at centre back then it will be similar to Chiriches. By that I mean a young player who many have not really heard of but again there will be youngsters that Sherwood knows about within the club, Veljkovic was on the bench for a couple of home league games.
The midfield, on paper at least, is an area where you would think we are covered and shouldn’t really need looking at unless someone exceptional is available. However, you cannot dismiss that many of the midfield are yet to click properly and find some form. There are glimpses but never consistency.
If there is one thing that I think is lacking, even on paper, it is a deep lying passer. Someone who can see a pass quickly, whether it be short or long, and make it more often than our current batch. Problem is we have an abundance of central midfielders, especially if Sherwood does go down the route of a more traditional 4-4-2.
Pirlo was touted a bit. Again the question is ‘why would he leave?’ Juventus are clear title challengers and have won the league the last two seasons. The only reason I can see him leaving is that he is getting on a bit and wants to try playing abroad for a swan song. He is class and I would love him playing alongside Sandro but I would question whether his legs will cope with the speed of the Premier League. Perhaps Carroll will be recalled…
Tom Ince is another name continually linked but cannot help but feel this link has come about from how we went about transfer business a good few years back. Buy young British talent. However with the amount of players that can play as winger I would be incredibly surprised if anything came of this link.
In terms of outgoings from this area many have been linked but I don’t think any will be allowed to leave, especially if they were only signed in the summer. Lamela is the one currently being talked about most given he is apparently pining for Italy. I am not surprised given his lack of league football, 3 starts and 6 sub appearances. He needs to adapt so hopefully his South American counterparts can help him do that as well as some more playing time in the league.
With AVB gone and the apparent reintroduction of Adebayor (long overdue in my opinion) a lot depends on the formation that Sherwood will utilise as to whether any business is done in this area. If one up front comes back in (as I think it eventually will but as part of a 4-3-3) you would assume someone would have to be shipped out before any new arrivals come in.
It would be highly unlikely that Soldado would be leaving given his recent arrival and Adebayor is clearly in favour under Sherwood. Defoe is being heavily linked to the MLS, it almost seems nailed on and is quite a deal for the MLS. It is no surprise he is leaving, in the league he has not performed both this season and last. He has been a great servant but the time is right. I’d expect Kane to be involved more unless we sign someone.
The supporter’s interest in Benteke appears to have cooled a bit given his lack of form so far this year. He does however still tick a shed load of boxes when it comes to the kind of presence you need when playing a solitary striker.
Playing one up front is why I was always confused a little by the links with Hernandez. He doesn’t strike me as someone who could lead the line by himself and, while a better player, is essentially a younger Defoe in my eyes. Definitely needs a partner to play with.
Berbatov is another name that has been doing the rounds quite a bit, short term contract would be the only way he would return. You cannot deny his ability when he wants to play (a little like Adebayor) but where would he fit in?
I actually think there is a massive possibility that there will be no money spent this January. The squad is still good and while a little light at the back given the injury proneness of some, simply needs some confidence instilled in them. That can only come from winning and support, not more integration issues.
Everyone wants that superstar signing but with the current negativity around the club, recent sacking and current league position it is unlikely to happen. Some would say that Sherwood lacks the pulling power to lure a bigger name and while this is true, it is less of a factor when the director of football is so heavily involved.
So will we spend anything in the window? What outgoings will realistically happen? Get the youth more involved?
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