The January transfer window is fast approaching and, with Spurs sitting pretty in a Champions League spot for Christmas, which signings will Pochettino want to make to secure Champions League action at the Lane next season?Embed from Getty Images
A striker, perhaps?
With the club confirming that Clinton N’Jie has had to undergo surgery and will therefore be out for several months, Spurs will be desperate to provide back-up for the still young Harry Kane who has started every league game this campaign.
The club, once again, have been linked with English striker Saido Berahino who they hope will form a formidable partnership with Harry Kane as they played with each other for the youth international teams. Daniel Levy will be looking to put the summer’s transfer saga aside and enter sensible negotiations with Jeremy Peace. Spurs will be anticipating a smaller fee for Berahino given that he has had limited game time this season and has clearly been shaken by the fact that the deal fell through, despite Spurs bidding thrice.
Otherwise, Spurs have been looking at signing Michy Batshuayi – the Belgian Marseille striker. Batshuayi is a proven goal-scorer having scored 39 in 97 league appearances for Standard Liege and 20 in 44 for Marseille, his current club. The Belgian also has 2 caps and 2 goals to his name for the Belgian international team. The 22 year old will be unlikely to leave the French outfit in January which will be a blow for both Spurs and Newcastle who are also believed to have expressed their interest. Spurs will probably be fixing their eyes on Berahino who has experience of playing in the Premier League and in England.Embed from Getty Images
Spurs have been linked with former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo but, in my opinion, Pochettino won’t be willing to bring in a player like Negredo – the Argentine prefers to look at younger prospects as we learnt when we found that he had rejected Levy’s offer to try and sign Charlie Austin in the summer.
Another Mitchell master-class?
Spurs are also believed to be interested in Birmingham City’s Demarai Gray. The 18 year old winger has impressed for Birmingham this season.
Mitchell was responsible for numerous star signings whilst at Southampton (including Lovren, Pelle, Clyne, Rodriguez) and was also fully responsible in Spurs’ signing of Dele Alli who has shocked us all at the quality he possesses and the ease at which he has transferred from League One to the more physically demanding Premier League.
Gray, at £5m, (the same price as Dele Alli) represents great value for money and, with Liverpool also interested, top flight action beckons for the Brummie. But Pochettino may be unwilling to buy a winger given that Spurs already have strength in depth in the wide positions. Josh Onomah has been given his chance this season and Andros Townsend has barely featured due to Erik Lamela’s form. Chadli, Son and N’Jie also play out on the flanks. Furthermore, the Argentine will be unwilling to hinder the progress of young prospect of Alex Pritchard who has a better record than Demarai Gray. Pritchard has been hit with injuries so far this season but is due to return imminently and Pochettino may be willing to give him game time given the fact that Spurs will have a clogged fixture list due to the FA Cup and the Europa League.
Wimmer won’t be going anywhere, surely? Fazio, maybe
There have been talks of Kevin Wimmer going out on loan for game time, but despite that he has only played three games this season, he is the necessary back-up for if Vertonghen or Alderweireld get injured. Wimmer was impressive in the Europa League and Pochettino may be persuaded to give him a league start in the near future.
Sevilla are also believed to be wanting to re-sign Argentine Federico Fazio back. If Spurs allow Fazio to depart, it will leave the club with only three recognised centre-backs (Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Wimmer) but Pochettino does have options in younger players such as Cameron Carter-Vickers who has featured on the bench recently. If Spurs do sell the Argentine, Pochettino may have to force Eric Dier back into the defensive back-four which no-one will want to see.