Transfer Window 2015: What Tottenham Hotspur need

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5 thoughts on “Transfer Window 2015: What Tottenham Hotspur need

  1. Lewis Michaels says:

    Dead wood needs to be cleared imo. Kaboul needs to go. Keep Dier for CB sub but play him in that position in cup games. He has a bright future in his preferred position. Make Ade play with the youth squad! Soldado should be sold asap. Paulinho needs to go also and if Lamela can be sold he should go also. Both are just not able to cope with the English game of speed and toughness. A midfield general/leader is urgently required as we have no one and if a striker can be found we should buy because Harry Kane will go through a dry spell and then we will plummet. I think Poch could make more of his squad as there is speed everywhere. Why not play/try Rose at left wing and Yedlin right wing? Lennon can replace either or even start before em. Poch needs to utilise these speedy players as it’s not often s side has so many fast options and we all know speed kills in this league! In summary, a little tweaking of the squad needed and a striker and a leader also and a bright future for Spurs is actually very achievable COYS

  2. Sharky says:

    Ok, first of all, I think our side is generally heading in the right direction, and I’m generally happy with a large part of the squad. Looking at our squad:
    GK: One of the best GKs-Lloris, task here is keeping the French captain at the club, Vorm is one of the best back-ups in the world too
    RB: Walker is solid enough to start. Yedlin looks good too, however, I’d rather we loaned him to another PL side in Jan, and held on to Naughton for a while, who i think is decent backup
    CB: In Fazio, Jan we have an extremely solid partnership, Vlad is pretty good imo, I’d like to see us loan one of Vlad or Dier out, while keeping the other. I’d quite like to see us sell Kaboul tbh. Perhaps in the summer. Then, we can look at someone like Schar or Reid, who we can sign on a bosman with a precontract once the Jan window opens. No immediate transfer required imo
    LB: One of our strongest positions imo. Davies is solid defensively, and has brought the best out of Rose too, we look pretty strong in this area
    Midfield: Albeit a lot of fans like the Mason/Nabil double pivot, I remain a bit skeptical. I really like both as individual players, but am not sure if they complement each other. Mason is a bit of a deep lying playmaker/box to box. I say box to box, because he loves making that run into the box, used to play striker as a kid afterall! The combination of the two, doesn’t quite cut it (yet) for me, neither is a proper shielding midfielder, and albeit capable defensively, neither of them seem to really have a tendency to take up good defensive positions. The same goes for Benji who I quite like too. Personally, I’d like to see us get a big, powerful DM, who can distribute the ball well. While Capoue fits the bill in that sense, he is pretty lackadaisical which is a complete no-no for a high pressing system like that which Poch aims to use. Capoue is a terrific DM imo, and he was so good at the start of the season, when was given more of a defensive responsibility, however, as Poch asked him to press further up, he was generally missing while on defensive duty in the defensive 3rd, and nowhere to be found for the goals we conceded. Now, unless he can fix this, we may need another DM. Paulinho looks like he’ll be out, Mousa perhaps will be gone soon(i’d absolutely love him to stay though). Possible Targets? Schneiderlin isn’t your typical DM, but he’s an accomplished ball winner, and has played Poch’s system before. he also adds a bit of physicality to our side. Other options include Rabiot who like Schneiderlin isn’t a DM, but rather a CM, but he’s young, wins the ball well, and brings a bit of a tall, big, physical presence to our side which is something I believe we need in the middle of the park, hence I am omitting players such as Mulumbu, Song who albeit big, and accomplished tacklers, aren’t big Matic-esque DMs who win the ball back with brute force and distribute it economically. Other options are Iturraspe of Athletic Club, but will he settle? and Krychowiak who just joined Sevilla in the summer. However, I like the option of Gonalons. A good, big DM who is pretty good on the ball. Strong in the air, proven himself over the years in L1. Plus he’s a captain, a leader. Something we lack. He’s also won quite a few trophies, which hardly any of our players can boast. His leadership abilities in the middle of the park, accompanied by his ball winning abilities could firmly establish us as a force to be reckoned with.
    Offensive Midfield: It’s quite puzzling what Eriksen’s best position is really. He is so good, playing with a free role of the left flank, as seemingly, no one knows who is supposed to pick him up(opposition p.o.v). Hence, contributing massively as a goalscorer. Centrally, he aids us to move the ball into the final 3rd better. However, I feel he is best as a LM, or a CM who can get into the box, and is responsible for freeing up our players in the final 3rd. Another observation I have made about him, is that he is perhaps one of the best strikers of the football from just outside the box. Everyone knows his threat, and hence closes him down all game. But in the 90th min. as players tire, they may not completely close him down, which is enough for him to convert a last minute winner for us so many times. So, assuming a central role for Eriksen, we must now look at the flanks. I like both Chadli & Lamela, but feel we’ll need 1 more quality player in that position. Azza, and Andnros are surplus to requirements imo. Now, do we break the bank and buy someone like Depay or Shaqiri? Or be more conservative? Given that we are financially impaired due to the new stadium, the latter seems morel likely. Albeit the risk of settling in will always be there, I’d like to see us look at Konoplyanka or Yarmolenko. They play on opposite sides of the attack, and are inverted wingers, who do exactly what Lamela needs to do(and to his credit has been doing recently) position himself bang on the flank before receiving the ball, before making their way into the opposition penalty box. All quality inverted wingers do it. Ribery, Robben, Hazard. Lamela on the other hand is like an additional CAM rather than a winger. Versus smaller dies, that prevents us from giving the likes of Kane, and Eriksen the space they need to work in. Now, if we go for Konoplyanka or Yarmolenko, I think it’s of paramount importance, that Baldini sees to it, that he settles into life in England. Hire an interpreter, find him a nice house, help get his family to London etc. We do not want a Arshavin!!! Both have a lot of quality, Konoplyanka seems to be more of a creative influence, while Yarmolenko is more of a physical player who will contribute a good source of goals. Financially, Konoplyanka seems the better option. He’s on 65k p/w, while Yarmolenko is on 75k p/w. Furthermore, Konoplyanka has a release clause of around 10m I think, which is a little bit less than what Yarmolenko would cost. Obviously, Konoplyanka’s contract runs out in summer too, so we could take him on a Bosman, or a Holtby type deal. As for Shaqiri and Depay, I firmly believe both our possible, not sure who I’d prefer though. Will have to see if DL will sanction a 18m+ move though.
    In the striker position, I think both Ade, and Soldado need to go. Kane on the other hand looks the real deal. He’s probably more of a #10 than a #9, but he is more than capable of scoring the goals a #9 does, and I’m happy to have him as 1st choice ST. As a somewhat complete forward, who links up play, and scores goals, while putting others through too. That said, we need some back up players. Ings is a free in the summer, and it looks pretty likely that Burnley will go down, so he looks like a decent option, fast, young and homegrown. Most importantly, very affordable. I know everyone wants to see us go and splash 30 odd million on Bony or Benteke or Berahino(less than 30m). But, I think we should allow Kane to progress by being our proper starter. Along with Ings, we could look at someone Soriano, who seems to be a guaranteed source of goals, and wouldn’t cost much, especially as Salzburg are seemingly letting everyone leave. Lacazette would be tricky to get, but is a quality player too. Icadri, along with Jackson-Martinez, and DOumbia etc. will be very expensive. Maybe we could look at Negredo if his wages aren’t too high, Austin too, if QPR go down, or if available for a good price is a nice option. If Ba or Llorente are possible, they are worth looking at Also, Chicharito’s contract expires in the summer I believe, and think he would be an excellent rotation option/ someone who could come on and have Kane drop a bit deeper. If we want good value for money for a CF who can score & create, Max Kruse seems a good option, can pick a pass, beat his man, and scores a lot!!! Would cost a bit though. I like Bony a lot, but realistically, Swansea paid a lot for him, and won’t sell for less than 30m, which is a LOT. Gignac’s contract expires too, albeit inconsistent, may be worth a punt. Kramaric is off to CFC, KJH signed a new deal, Drmic and Alcacer may be worth looking at if the price is good, Jay is still injured for a while
    To conclude, my ideal two windows would look something like this:
    Jan: Out: Vlad/Dier loan; Yedlin loan/Naughton sold (5m) ; Adebayor(5m?); Azza(5m?); Andros (10m?/loan) = 25m at best
    In: Konoplyanka (5-10m); Soriano(10m) =15-20m

    Summer: In: Schar/Reid(Free); Gonalons/big DM(20m max); Ings(Free)/Chicha(Free?)=appx 20m
    Out: Paulinho 10m? Kaboul(free?) Soldado(15m?)

    Our XI would look something like this:
    Lloris; Walker Fazio Jan Davies; Gonalons Nabil; Lamela Eriksen Konoplyanka; Kane
    With solid options such as Soriano, Ings/Chicha, Chadli, Mousa, Schar, etc. providing valuable squad depth. Top 4 isn’t far away. What remains key imo, is keeping the core of the squad constant i.e the main players, look at most successful clubs, it is only after this core has had like 1-2 seasons together, do they look great. Key that we hold on to our stars, and allow our partnerships and combinations to flourish, as the longer they play with each other, the more comfortable they are with each other, the more accustomed they are to their movements. Eg:- CFC’s defence, Bayern-Lahm/Basti/Boateng etc. for club & country. Barca-Pique/Xavi/Iniesta/Messi/Pedro. RM: Casillas/Ramos/Pepe/Ronaldo all have been at the club, and in the starting XI consistently for a while. In our team? Who has consistently been a starter for over 2 years? Also, very important to build a winning mentality, bringing in someone who has won a lot, or a world class player could help with that, otherwise, just having Kane, Eriksen etc grabbing headlines, should help boost everyone’s confidence.These are just my thoughts about the upcoming windows, would like to see more young players step up too, hope I didn’t bore you
    Sharky (@Belgian_Hotspur- twitter)
    COYS

  3. Sam says:

    Oh how we miss Van Der Vaart ;(

  4. Tyler Milner says:

    Fed up of all this we need to buy. The squad needs to be trimmed down so we dont have players like paulinho who doest exactly what? I feel sorry for lennon as he actually does well when he plays and personally think we should keep him because he is something different to lamela and chadli. Dont rate townsend, he can leave for me. Dembele looks better further up the feild, worth keeping to have more of a look at untill end of season. Paulinho,ade,capoue,naughton, townsend,soldado can leave. Danny ings or berahino would be good enough back up strikers. Kane is a number 9 with eriksen behind him. Dont like buying in jan everyone overspends. Buy a back up striker to kane like ings or berahino then leave it till the summer unless someone of top quality becomes available like the lavezzi rumours.

  5. Derek Herschman says:

    How many Spurs fans finally agree to play Rose on Wing & SELL: Soldado,Lemela,Pauhinio,Kuboul,Chirches,Caponie,Davis,Ade,Townsend,Lennon,
    Von Rom!
    BUY: Morgan,Auderweild,Cabaye,Javier,Benteke,Jay If Recovered or Top Winger
    Levi money from deadwood,providing you don’t try getting more than are worth:
    Around +$85+ Million WOW Plenty of money too buy listed quality players + few youngsters for next season challenge Top 3-4 Or lucky Top 10 based on recent games!

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