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Window Shopping: Tottenham Hotspur

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Our feature continues, with third-placed Tottenham Hotspur next on the list for January window scrutiny. Having notoriously failed to back Mauricio Pochettino in past windows, will this winter finally see the purse strings loosened?

Summer Review:

Tottenham Hotspur fans could be forgiven for feeling short-changed by the notoriously tight Daniel Levy, as they failed to bring in any summer targets. Besides protracted will-he-won’t-he sagas for Jack Grealish coming in and Toby Alderweireld coming out, it seemed almost destined to be a quiet summer for the Lilywhites. They couldn’t even finalise a new stadium before the deadline.

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Who comes in?

It’s difficult to really know what to expect from Spurs in January, seeing as Mauricio Pochettino has, to his credit, not complained about the lack of backing from the board. Expect incomings to be dictated by outgoings, although it is widely agreed that cover is needed in case Harry Kane gets injured for any lengthy period of time.

Who goes out?

Having steadfastly refused to sign a new contract, expect Toby Alderweireld to potentially find himself packing his bags in January as Tottenham look to recoup at least something for him before he leaves for free in the summer. You imagine Manchester United and a host of other clubs might be tempted if the fee is right. Besides that, Danny Rose, Fernando Llorente, Vincent Janssen, Mousa Dembele and Georges Kevin N’Koudou might all be considering their future in North London.

Shock signing?

If Spurs were to lose several stars in January, they might look to do something spectacular with the funds they saved in the summer – especially if they were to have a shock outgoing. So, what would placate the fans? Perhaps bringing back Luka Modric or Gareth Bale from the Bernabeu would be good start. Both players have struggled for form and fitness this season, and with both pushing North of 30, Florentino Perez’s cutthroat attitude might see one or both shipped out to raise funds for the next Galactico.

Shock departure?

Although he’s struggled for fitness this season, there is no denying Christian Eriksen makes Tottenham tick. He was integral in their recent victories against Chelsea and Wolves, but he has also not been afraid to vent his frustration at the lack of silverware that Spurs have achieved during his tenure at the club. With just 18 months left on his contract and negotiations apparently stalling, will PSG, Real Madrid or Juventus flutter money under Levy’s nose again?

 

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Summary

Tottenham Hotspur have recovered from a shaky start to compete on several fronts and credit must go to Pochettino and his balanced squad. Their form rests heavily on whether the talismanic Harry Kane can avoid a long term injury – lose him and they might lose all hope of the top four.

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