It is, fortunately or unfortunately depending on quite how miserable you are, that time of the year already. Wrapping paper has already began to invade supermarket aisles and Roy Wizard is already approaching, somewhat harrowingly on the horizon. In case you hadn’t guessed, it’s nearly December- and we can all start looking forward to the January transfer window.

Yet if you’re a Tottenham Hotspur supporter this winter, it’s fair to say that the festive period brings with it a sense of urgency that’s previously been missing in the last few seasons. Andre Villas-Boas’ side have looked a somewhat malfunctioning unit in recent weeks and despite being besieged by injuries, you get the feeling that an influx of new personnel could be vital, should they wish to push on this term.

But supporters will be writing out their Christmas lists, perhaps more in hope, than expectation. No one’s entirely sure what unworldly sin fans committed to deserve such a miserable January, but their Santa Claus like figure in chairman Daniel Levy, promptly delivered to serve up a stocking full of cole last time round.

The star additions, at a time when the side were desperately in need of an element of added verve and stability, amounted to the veteran pairing of Ryan Nelsen and Louis Saha. Add to that the departures of Vedran Corluka, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Steven Pienaar, and the Lilywhites indulged in a woeful bit of January business.

But where as last season Tottenham were in need of a sprinkling of depth to keep their season ticking over, things feel a little different this time round.

Andre Villas-Boas’ side doesn’t need a couple of spare parts when the January transfer window opens, more vitally important first-team components. Daniel Levy, for all his fiscal nous and transfer market brinkmanship, badly let the Portuguese down during the summer. Despite making a handful of mistakes himself, many of the troubles that Villas-Boas is currently facing, are the legacy of the chairman’s high-stake game of transfer poker.

It was of course, one that Levy ultimately lost. The weeks of haggling with Real Madrid over Luka Modric gave the Essex-born businessman with near enough one solitary week to achieve what were attainable targets for Andre Villas-Boas. But the likes of both Porto’s Joao Moutinho and Shakthar Donetsk’s Willian were left to slip out the North London club’s hands in the dying moments.

So after asking for a midfield metronome and a dynamic, versatile attacking talent, he was given a square American peg to fill his two 4-2-3-1 shaped holes.

Again, it doesn’t take rocket science to figure out quite how highly Clint Dempsey may have figured up Tottenham’s wish list. Considering both the timing and the slapdash nature of the deal, the American represented the doomsday transfer scenario for Levy. It sounds harsh, and considering he scored 17 Premier League goals last season, it is to some extents also unfair. But the legacy has been a player who fits neither here nor there in the Portuguese’s system.

And it’s within Spurs’ attacking unit, particularly centrally, that they must look to strengthen come January.

Within the attacking trio that Villas-Boas prefers to play behind a lone front man, the most central of the three, is where he seems to be finding the most problems.

In both Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson, Spurs have acquired a couple of attacking talents with some varying talented skillsets. The problem is, they don’t seem to be able to apply them to their new role particularly well.

Tottenham have struggled to find a consistent rhythm or cutting edge up front this term and neither Sigurdsson or Dempsey have proved an adequate outlet to channel their method of attacking play through. Looking neat and tidy is all very well, but the system requires so much more in order for it to work.

They need someone who can offer a real goal threat, but with the presence of mind to bring the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and either Jermain Defoe or Emmanuel Adebayor into play. Supporters who watched on begrudgingly during the 4-2 home defeat at Chelsea – in which the Eden Hazard or Oscar-like figure that they crave, actually served to carve them up – would have been distraught watching them again at Stamford Bridge this week.

Tottenham have been reportedly willing to reignite their interest in Shakhtar’s Willian, a player that they seem to be in desperate need of, but his two goal cameo against the Blues in the Champions League has undoubtedly bumped up a transfer fee that they already had deemed too dear. Malaga’s talented Isco and Ajax’s super Christian Eriksen represent a superb alternatives, but either way, Daniel Levy is looking at a sizeable investment if he wants to buffer Spurs’ attacking resources.

It also seems as if Spurs’ perennial search for a striker, will labour into yet another transfer window. With Villas-Boas preferring a one man strike force, you still feel that Spurs could do with another striker capable of leading the line on his own. Emmanuel Adebayor has only just come back to fitness, but past the awkwardly suited but so far efficient Jermain Defoe, Tottenham look short. Dempsey has looked questionable when asked to play the role and a long term injury to either Defoe or Adebayor would leave them in some big trouble indeed.

Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge could represent a sensible option should Villas-Boas go looking to his ex-employer and as unlikely as it seems Klaas Jan Huntelaar’s name seems to be cropping up a little more frequently in the gossip columns  Although with a certain Fernando Llorente’s contract expiring next summer, could Spurs persuade Athletic Bilbao to part with their prized asset?

With injuries ravaging the engine room, a look to find a player capable of easing the load on Mousa Dembele wouldn’t be a particularly bad shout, but there is a feeling that the Joao Moutinho ship may have sailed, potentially to the trappings of Paris Saint-Germain.

Tottenham, as with any team in the league, could do with an influx of fresh blood come January. But far from the addition of reinforcements, Spurs are in need of still fixing the half-assembled project from last summer. It’s a tight run ship at White Hart Lane, but Levy has to find a way to back his man. Or else, it could be a long new year ahead.

Who would you bring in to Spurs this January? Join me on Twitter: follow @samuel_antrobus and tell me what you think. 


  • Sharper9
    3 years ago

    Daniel need to continue keeping Spurs financially sound and not wast money we dont have.

    Sorry to say but Willian will not come to Spurs @ £25m+. You are dreaming.

  • Lytten
    3 years ago

    Isco would be the right choice..He is a creative and dynamic player. Plays off mid. can play as backup for wings and could backup as a striker..

  • W
    3 years ago

    Not sure about teh conclusions. I think AVD will be looking to switch to a 4-3-3. The three in the middle will be – Sandro (defensive), Carol (modric’d role0 and dembele (furthest foward). We have sufficent back up in parker, sigurdsson, livermore, mason and huddlestone. The 3 infront will be – bale, lennon and ade. the back ups being falque, townsend and defoe/dempsey. Given that AVB doesnt really rotate – I dont tink we shoudl but anyone before we sell. But I’d like to stick with youth this season. Im more concerned about the CB positions!

  • peter vickers
    3 years ago

    i think spurs have a gem of a player in their ranks already, which would not having to spend millions.from what i saw in the match against maribor last thursday evening.young carroll i think is already a must.aplayer always makin himself available and setting up attack after attack.modric comes to mind.accepted hes young but hes certainlly good enough and can only get better.

  • Solonas
    3 years ago

    1) Another CB, no trust at Gallas and Caulker, Dawson not ready yet. Toby Alderweireld would be an ideal option!
    2) Maybe a LB for a back-up!
    3) Surely a player in the midfield! We need a creative player, like Modric was, and I think:
    Patrick Herrmann(Borussia Gladbach)
    Willian(Shakhtar Donetsk)
    Christian Eriksen(AJAX)
    Anderson(Manchester United)
    Adam Maher(AZ)
    Marouane Fellaini(Everton)
    are some very good options. Dembele also has to come back as soon as possible cause we need him!
    4) Definitely a winger! One of the following would be a perfect signing :
    Nani(Manchester United)
    Nacer Chadli(FC Twente)
    Dries Mertens(PSV)
    Marek Hamšík(Napoli)
    Stephan El Shaarawy(Milan)
    5) And a striker surely because If Defoe or Adebayor get injured we will remain with only one striker! There are some good strikers in the market and some of them are:
    .Klaas-Jan Huntelaar(Schalke 04)
    .Mario Gómez(Bayern Munich)
    .Roberto Soldado(Valencia)
    .Jonas Gonçalves Oliveira(Valencia)
    .Álvaro Negredo(Sevilla FC)
    .Fernando Llorente(Athletic Bilbao)

    So,If one of these players interests Spurs, would be perfect signings and If we want to finish in the Top 4 we MUST sign world class players! COME ON YOU SPURS!

    • BartSpur
      3 years ago

      All great sugestions Solonas, but how many would we realistically be able to afford?

      • Solonas
        3 years ago

        We can only afford to go after 1 or 2 players! But I don´t understand this policy of Tottenham, the policy of Daniel Levy, to be specific! Why does not he spend money? The team shows during the last 3 years that they CAN be in the top 3 or 4, and that they CAN play in the Champions League! They do not understand that the squad that we have now it is not able to follow Chelsea or Manchester teams? They have biggest budget than us, they have more money than us of course, but we showed when we played against them that we CAN win them! On Sunday, Man City was far better than us! We have a big problem in the midfield, in the absence of Dembele! If Sandro also get injured in the future then who will play? Tom Carroll is an exciting teenager but not experienced! It is A MUST to sign 1 or 2 players for the center line! Players with creativity and intelligence! Defence is also a problem, it is the 5th match that we concede goal in the last minutes! I´m tired of watching Gallas and Caulker! There is no trust, no one guarantees me that these 2 will solve the defending problems! There are not so good as Kaboul! We should sign a LB and bring Vertonghen as a CB! I believe that we should try and spend as more money as possible in the winter transfer window! Levy and AVB must wake up!

    3 years ago

    According to the vital chelski forum, they are already going to buy anyybody that is any good.

    See their figures today? after spending £800 million, they finally made a profit of £1 million.

    And their deluded fans think they are a big club.


  • BartSpur
    3 years ago

    Yes we need some new players but realistically we can only afford to go after 2 or 3 really top buys.
    An Isco or Moutinho would be great. Huntelaar would also be great. Add a Bastos, who can cover LB & LW would be good too. With the addition of Kaboul, BAE, Parker & Dembele from injury we would have all the angles covered.