I am absolutely thrilled with this transfer window, Daniel Levy finally yielded to Mauricio Pochettino’s demand for additions to the squad. The right back position remains a major concern (I will come back to that), question marks are over Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld with the European window still open. Fingers crossed they both stay.
The in-coming players have enormous potential. Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso will provide the required quality and incisive transition from defence to attack with their passing ability. The Midfield area was one of Spurs’ big holes especially in big games. Mousa Dembele’s dip in form (and eventual move to China), coupled with Wanyama’s fitness and form, a major problem has been fixed. Hopefully for years to come!
Kyle Walker-Peters in the right back position is not fancied amongst the Spurs fanbase (neither was Tripper). KWP has only started six Premier League games and there is no indication that he can step up a level yet, meaning a few errors will creep in. It’s a gamble of Spurs own making, even though Poch sees Juan Foyth as a good fit for the role long term – I don’t.
The age profile of the squad is pleasing, an indication that Spurs fans may not witness another spending spree for a couple of more windows at least. The team is set up for the next 3/4 seasons (aside Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in their early 30s) the team is at the average age Levy wants it to be, 23. Perhaps can ascend to challenge Liverpool and City’s league domination and as their squad is slightly ageing.
Transfer net spend: £74.4M
Average age of new arrivals- 20.5
Average age of departures- 28.8:
The comfort and stability of playing at home will bring is certainly an advantage (in 2016/17 Spurs were unbeaten at home winning 17 of 19 games at The Lane). Spurs can also draw inspiration from Liverpool who came close to winning the European Cup/Champions League in 2018 to go a step better this June.
Poch is still hurting from the Champions League final loss especially his approach to the game, he’ll be hoping that the experience can have the same galvanising effect on his players.
Verdict: The home advantage should help secure top four finish
By Femi Kumuyi a COYS in London Twitter: @Ph3my