With January edging closer and closer, the transfer news rumour mill has been in full swing the past few weeks, so here’s everything you need to know about the speculated coming and goings from Spurs this time around.
Who’s on the way out?
For every fresh new face that comes to the team bringing something new, we often have to say goodbye to some players first, particularly with as lean a ship as Mauricio Pochettino likes to run at Spurs.
Dembele is one of the old guard, having played for the club since 2012, and for all his immense talent, this is beginning to show. Although he is only in his early 30’s, he rarely completes a full 90 minutes, and has had numerous injuries. However, he is still a valuable player, with a lot of game time left in his career. With his contract up in July, if him and Spurs do part ways, the club won’t want to lose him for nothing.
74 – Welcome back, Dele.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 29, 2018
He said back in June that Tottenham was his ‘home’ in England, and he wouldn’t play for another Premier League side. He was linked to Inter Milan over the summer, but it also wouldn’t be a surprise to see him join the Chinese Super League, with interest reported from Beijing Sinobo Guoan.
In a team full of standout individuals, Victor Wanyama has struggled to find his place this season. He’s made just two starts, with his last being against Barcelona. Poch is reportedly keen to sell him, but if Dembele is also on the way out, the team will miss the physicality and no nonsense style of play these two bring in the midfield.
George Kevin N’Koudou
Of all the players mentioned here, N’Koudou is probably the most likely to leave. Pochettino hinted heavily back in August that he could be transferred out if he wanted more regular first team football. Nothing came of that during the summer, but his situation has hardly improved since then, with no starts at all this season.
Both he and the team would benefit from him leaving for a team better suited to the winger.
The Dutchman has struggled to establish himself since joining Spurs back in 2016, a situation exacerbated both by a loan period to Fenerbahce and an equally lengthy time out with a foot injury. He has yet to be issued a number for this season, and his position as a striker/goal scorer is one that Spurs is more than well stocked with by the current good form of Lamela and Moura. As such, it would be very surprising to see him re-establish himself and find a role in the squad.
This is more of an honourable mention, as the fate of the Belgian defender is still up in the air. He was linked with a number of teams over the summer, including Man United, following a period out of favour in the first team squad. However, since a strong World Cup, he has made a return to regular first team football at Spurs with a number of standout performances.
However, this hasn’t lessened the interest from other clubs. Although he could attract a tidy sum, Spurs would be best served to keep hold of such a key player.
Spurs Transfer Targets
If players are on the way out, then the team will need new faces to refresh the squad. Here’s all you need to know about the most recent transfers linked to the club.
The 23 year old PSV Eindhoven man was a standout player when the two sides met in the Champions League, scoring one of the two goals from the Dutch side, and could have scored again if it were not for Hugo Lloris’ now infamous tackle.
Mauricio Pochettino insists Hugo Lloris has nothing to apologise for after being sent off in the Champions League draw with PSV:
— Ricky Sacks 🎙 (@RickSpur) October 25, 2018
He was linked to Spurs back in the summer and the rumours of interest haven’t gone away. The Premier League would certainly be a culture shock, and competition for attacking midfielders in Spurs is tough, but with a number of midfield players potentially on the way out, he could find a spot on the squad to call his own.
The talented midfielder has put in consistently solid performances for Bournemouth since moving there from Chelsea in 2017, and has piqued the interest of Man United and Spurs in recent weeks. One sticking point may be a buy back clause from Stamford Bridge, meaning any team looking to poach him in January will have to pay a pretty penny.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) October 19, 2018
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has also confirmed that they haven’t been contacted by anyone about the defender, saying;
“With any type of speculation that you are linked with, the clubs he’s been mentioned with, it’s a good sign. However, that doesn’t mean we’re about to lose him. He’s a massive part of what we’re doing.”
The window is still a few months away, but Spurs will have to be sure they could get their money’s worth out of the Dutch international if they did make an offer.
The young Frenchman has been making waves in Ligue 1 at Lyon this season, as well as making his international debut for France. With the recent attention, the president of Lyon, Jean-Michel Aulas, said;
“You don’t decide to sell Lacazette or Tolisso, and in the same vein, I can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to keep Ndombele [or Aouar] next summer.”
Encouraging words for sure, and he could certainly serve as a replacement for Mousa Dembele, but it remains to be seen if the squad will be able to fend of the spending power of clubs like Manchester City.
The first signing of the Mourinho era at Manchester United, Bailly joined from Villareal. Described as a ‘dream come true’ for the Ivorian international, two years later the tables have turned. Combine his inconsistent form and lack of assured starts at Old Trafford, the unstable nature of the club this season and a clear erosion of trust and belief between him and his manager, and he may be looking for an exit come January.
Pochettino is reportedly keeping a close eye on the situation, as are scouts at Arsenal, so expect more noise on this as the window draws closer.
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