It’s almost that time again. The January transfer window 2015 is sure to be full of twists and turns, and with Spurs becoming increasingly busy in recent windows, it is no doubt that this winter could see some changes to the squad.
At the half-way point of the season, early analysis of Mauricio Pochettino’s first season is positive. Sitting just two points from the Champions League qualification places, favourites to make the final of the Capital One Cup and in the last 32 of the Europa League, things are looking up for the frustrated fans of Tottenham Hotspur.
After another busy summer window, Spurs seem well covered across their giant squad. As most would agree, the midfield is not an area that needs further additions, with Pochettino spoilt for choice over who to select; although Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb appear to be his preferred partners.
Defensively, the North Londoners are more than capable of dealing with the current hectic fixture schedule. After signing yet another defender in the form of DeAndre Yedlin, the full-back position is comfortable looking forward. The return of Kyle Walker only boosts a position that appears forever safe at White Hart Lane.
The welcome stability of defensive partners Federico Fazio and Jan Vertonghen has been a highlight of Pochettino’s reign so far. The pair have now played a staggering 14 games together after a period of fluctuation amongst the back-four, in which the former Southampton boss identified his strongest defensive unit. Winning 10 games as partners, critics of Federico Fazio have come to notice his aerial prowess, whilst the Argentinian defender appears to have brought the best out of the unsettled Jan Vertonghen.
Defensively there is no need for change at White Hart Lane this window, although another strong centre-back would be welcomed with open arms.
With reports that Spurs may send the immature Eric Dier out on loan in January to gain experience, and with Vlad Chiriches stepping closer to a move to Italy, it seems that another centre-back of a higher calibre could boost the club moving forward. Widespread rumours of a January exit for Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar presents an interesting situation for Spurs, with a move for the Dutch international a wise decision to potentially replace the benched Younes Kaboul in the long-term.
With the defence needing one extra addition and with the midfield overcrowded, Tottenham’s problem lies in attack. Despite Harry Kane being in-form at the moment, Spurs still have two problem strikers in the form of Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor.
Daniel Levy is known for his financial exploits, and although a need for another attacker is noticeable, it is highly doubtful that he would spend any more money on his strikers. With Roberto Soldado’s large transfer fee and Emmanuel Adebayor’s ridiculous wages, it seems that Levy wouldn’t be willing to further spend on this position.
Rafael Van Der Vaart came as the perfect addition to the Tottenham squad when he arrived from Real Madrid. Not only did he have world-class traits, but the midfielder could play in multiple positions, Harry Redknapp even trying him on the right-wing. This is far from a call for another midfielder, but Spurs could do with another world-class talent to push them on. Someone with both the ability to sit behind the striker, or play in the position themselves. With a signing of this merit, Mauricio Pochettino could then seriously consider a push for the top four.
PICK OF THE BUNCH: Wilfried Bony would be an important signing for Tottenham for multiple reasons. Not only would adding a proven Premier League finisher to the ranks be important moving forward, but the boost he would bring to launch a serious top four bid would be enormous. Signing someone of that quality would allow some of the pressure to be released from Harry Kane’s shoulders, as well as boost morale across the forward line.