There was once a time when managers were in charge of every aspect of running a football club. From the warm-ups on Monday mornings, to handing out bibs on Wednesday afternoon, from press conferences prior to matches to instigating contract negotiations at the end of the season, managers were once renaissance men at the heart-beat of everything.
But as the Premier League continues to modernise, the roles of the manager have been accordingly devolved and delegated, and he now has a whole team donning various expertise at his disposal. At Tottenham for example, the task of bringing in new players now rests firmly on the shoulders of technical director Franco Baldini, signed by Daniel Levy in the summer to help administer a whopping £110million spending spree.
So as the January window slowly draws nearer and nearer, we take a look at the SIX players Baldini will look to secure the services of when the transfer market reopens.