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 second article focuses on midfielders and strikers.
What is needed
A world class CM who can move with the ball similar to the Dembele mould and a reliable back up striker.
Harry Winks – Has grown in stature and confidence since Dembele left and injuries to other players. KEEP
Eric Dier – A stop start season due to injuries and fatigue but his ability to place in a range of positions makes him integral to changing formations mid game. KEEP
Victor Wanyama – Only played 6 games for Spurs this season due to injury. However, when fit, he is a fantastic screen in front of the defence. If he can get back to full fitness then he will be essential, however if he can’t then he will need to move on. KEEP DEPENDING ON INJURIES.
Moussa Sissoko – Easily the most improved player for Spurs this season and now a firm fans favourite. Although, the question of whether or not he has got the quality for a team looking for a title push is still up for debate. KEEP
Josh Onomah – Came through the youth system and due to injuries has not played much while on loan. However, he hasn’t shown the quality needed for a first team place. SELL
Dele Alli – Another integral part of our first team. Signed a new contract and has been missed whenever injured. KEEP
Christian Eriksen – Due to contract negotiations, he is likely to leave. However, it would be a shame if he left as he has undoubted quality and has been a kay player with several other attacking options being injured throughout the season. KEEP
Eric Lamela – Has been at the club since 2013 but has never really kicked on. He has shown good talent in short bursts but doesn’t make enough of an impact when coming off the bench. Although a crowd favourite, it might be time for him to move on. SELL FOR A GOOD PRICE.
Georges N’Koudou – Unfortunately, it has not worked out for him and a move would suit everybody. SELL
Lucas Moura – Started the season on fire but has been less effective as the year has progressed. A speedy impact sub but doesn’t always get enough minutes to make a difference. KEEP
Heung Min Son – A brilliant season for the South Korean and despite missing two chunks of the season due to internationals, he has been one of the top scorers. KEEP
Harry Kane – Already a club legend and essential to any success the team will have. KEEP
Fernando Llorente – Did well when he replaced Kane at the beginning of the year but surely there are better alternatives out there. SELL
Vincent Janssen – Again, it has not worked out for him at Spurs and a move back to Holland would be best for the player. SELL.
Onomah – £4million, Lamela – £15million, N’Koudou – £5million, Llorente – £7million, Janssen – £12million. Total: £43million
Luka Modric – An unlikely transfer but as Real Madrid are likely to have a summer clear out, a bid for Modric would be a sensible move. However, this would be expensive so it is unlikely.
Tanguy NDombele – Linked with Spurs in previous windows, a strong dribbler and passer.
James Maddison – Started the season well but has faded recently. Another young English player who think he may have a better chance of making the England squad whilst playing in a team who are playing Champions League football.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – A central midfielder with great potential and may want to join a team playing Champions League football rather than Europa League. However, will be expensive.
Wilfred Zaha – A pacey forward who can play anywhere across the front. Will be expensive and wouldn’t necessarily want to be an occasional sub but at 26 years old will not have many opportunities to play Champions League football.
Jamie Vardy – An unlikely option as he is 32 years old but a good option to come off the bench due to his pace and finishing ability. Although not a long term option, he would be a good addition for at least a couple of years.