The Squad – Goalkeepers and Defenders

Article by Rory Thompson @rory4spurs

As the end of an exciting season draws to a close, thoughts naturally turn to the transfers of the summer.

However, due to the cost of the stadium and Spurs general lack of transfer activity, most fans will be feeling hesitant rather than excited.

It is known that Pochettino likes to work with a small squad so players will need to likely leave before additions are made. He seems to prefer signing young players and improving them, this is likely to also be reflected in the lack of money available to spend.

This two-part article focuses on what players we should keep, who should move on and who should be brought in. This first article focuses on goalkeepers and defence.

What is needed

In defence, a quality left back and right back that preferably have premier league experience so that they can hit the ground running for the new season.


Hugo Lloris – Despite some disappointing performances, he is unlikely to be sold by Pochettino and a replacement would be too expensive. KEEP

Paulo Gazzinga – Showed that he was a brilliant back up option and there were/are calls for him to replace Hugo. KEEP

Michael Vorm – Has been a good back up but it is time for him to move on. SELL


Danny Rose – Has been brilliant this season and is a crucial player in building a squad that could challenge for the title. KEEP

Ben Davies – He is a dependable player and did very well at centre back when needed. Would keep as a back-up Centre Back but would sell if going to play at Left Back. SELL

Toby Alderweireld – Contract negotiations realistically mean that he is going to leave but the club should keep him as he is one of the best Centre Backs in world football. KEEP

Jan Vertonghen – Has been our best centre back this season and is an integral part of our defence. A must keep. KEEP

Davinson Sanchez – Has been a brilliant signing and shows great talent for a young player. One for the future and for the now. KEEP

Juan Foyth – Has been good this season and would benefit of a loan move for constant first team football but will stay at the club with Toby likely to go. KEEP

Cameron Carter Vickers – Has been on loan at Swansea but not really shown enough quality to warrant a place in the first team squad. SELL

Kieran Trippier – Has had a disappointing season with only three assists and seen as a bit of a liability. SELL IF A GOOD OFFER

Serge Aurier – Had a more productive season and a much better attacking option than Trippier when playing as a wing back. KEEP UNLESS A RIDICULOUS OFFER

Kyle Walker-Peters – Has played well when called upon but unfortunately not ready for a constant first team place. LOAN

Realistic outgoings.

Vorm – £1million, Davies – £8million, Cameron Carter Vickers – £4million, Trippier – £12million. Total: £25million.

Realistic Arrivals

Left Back

Ben Chilwell – Has made a good start to premier League life at Leicester and has been included in recent England squads. Surely, he will want to play at a higher level and learning from Danny Rose (England’s current number 1 left back) would surely help.

Kieran Tierney – Has been a standout player for Celtic and won some league titles but may want a change of scene and test himself in a more competitive leave. Would be a cheaper option as well.

Ryan Sessengon – A very expensive option but he has undoubted ability and it would be interesting to see what Pochettino could turn him into.

Right Back

Wan-Bissaka – A brilliant debut season for Crystal Palace and will want to prove himself at the top level.

Seamus Coleman – A consistent performer in the premier league and may want to push himself to the next level and play European football. An option he is unlikely to get at Everton.

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