6 moves Tottenham need to make in January transfer window
Things are going well for Tottenham this season.
They have started the Premier League campaign more promising than last time and have even been mentioned as potential contenders in the title race – although losses to Liverpool and Leicester halted that particular move.
But even after a summer of major upheaval, there is still room for improvement in the Tottenham squad. If the January transfer window was positively attacked by North London, 2021 could be a positive year – even if we end up saying most years, right?
Here are a few things Spurs can do in the next transfer window.
Moussa Sissoko is simply not leaving Tottenham.
Mauricio Pochettino didn’t like him when he first arrived from Newcastle, but the Frenchman eventually became an important part of the squad and later a regular starting XI. Jose Mourinho appeared to have little intention of using Sissoko in the central midfield and his reaction in the All or Nothing series to being told the 31-year-old is an influential member of the squad was priceless.
But there will come a time when Spurs will have to leave the France international and find someone who can play a similar role defensively while adding more end product to the attack.
Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso may be paired more often in the central midfielder over the months, but it remains to be seen if they can provide the same balance with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg behind them.
Seeing Alli fall from disgrace has been difficult for Spurs fans, and it’s heartbreaking to see him post more about video games than the goals he scores on the pitch.
He had a tough 2018/19 season but appeared to improve under Mourinho, scoring eight goals and providing four Premier League assists last season.
However, the England international has been ostracized since the 1-0 defeat to Everton on opening day, with Mourinho choosing to make his side more resilient defensively and sacrificing Alli as a result.
January is the time to find something for Alli. He will still want to be part of the England squad for Euro 2020, but that won’t happen if he doesn’t play.
Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain have been linked as potential suitors on a loan basis and this could give ex-MK Dons forward the perfect platform to display his attacking strengths .
Oliver Skipp has already benefited greatly this season by loaning to Norwich. He has been voted the Canaries Man of the Game an alarming number of times so far, even though those Twitter polls are being hijacked by Spurs fans.
He is a player who wins precious playing time, but there are quite a few others who will not be involved as the games become more important as the season progresses.
Players like Jack Clarke, Harvey White and Dennis Cirkin could all make half a season of competitive football, especially now last-minute Europa League appearances likely won’t be long in coming.
This one never worked, did it?
Portugal international Fernandes joined Spurs in January 2020 on an 18-month loan with an option to buy. However, the youngster struggled for a few minutes and was excluded from the Europa League squad this season.
He’s unlikely to take a look anytime soon, having only been named to the bench once this season – for the 1-1 draw with Newcastle – so Spurs should simply cut their losses , cancel the loan and send it back to Benfica.
Of course, the victories over Manchester City and Arsenal have been great. They’re emotional, back-to-wall performances that make fans scream ‘COME !!’ while phlegm splashes over the TV.
However, the recent losses to Liverpool and Leicester have shown the need for a player who can pick locks. Ndombele and Lo Celso might end up forming a more creative partnership, but an attacking midfielder would still be desirable.
However, there aren’t many at decent prices, so it can be more difficult to find one.
Almost forgot this one. It’s time. Rose has played enough with the Under-23s, he must be allowed to leave and play football as the twilight of his career approaches.
Come on, come on now. It’s the season of giving. Give Danny his exit.
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