Tottenham were by no means anonymous in the transfer market this summer, with the North London club spending around £32million on six new recruits.
But Mauricio Pochettino’s planned philosophical revolution – moving away from Tim Sherwood’s more traditional tactics and towards the high-octane, technically-demanding brand of football we saw at Southampton – isn’t quite completed just yet.
The Lilywhites need a few more signings and it’s believed their new manager still has around £18million to spend in January.
And with everybody at Football Fancast already looking forward to the next transfer window, here’s FIVE signings to complete Pochettino’s revolution at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham desperately need an in-form front-man.Their current strikeforce or Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane have found just twenty goals between them since the start of last season.
The issue is allegedly seen as so vital in north London that it could cost Franco Baldini his job, having let Spurs’ gasp on Danny Welbeck slip on summer deadline day.
And one rumoured target that’s emerged in the tabloids over the last few days is Schalke assassin Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
— Express Football (@ExpressFootball) September 9, 2014
Admittedly, the 31 year-old doesn’t offer much to open play, as shown through his uninspiring passing statistics from last season:
That doesn’t make the Netherlands international a natural choice for Mauricio Pochettino, who preferred old-fashioned playmaking centre-forwards, such as Rickie Lambert and Dani Osvaldo, at Southampton.
There’s no doubting his ability to finish however – Huntelaar’s netted 91 goals in 139 appearances for the Miners and also boasts a healthy return of 35 goals in 65 outings for Oranje. Here’s a look at the striker’s Top Ten goals:
Huntelaar’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season and although Schalke want him to sign a new deal, he’ll have to take a considerable wage cut.
That makes a January move seem all-the-more likely, but there are a plethora of Premier League sides baying for Huntelaar’s prolific services.
Another striker that’s reportedly tickled Tottenham’s transfer fancy is occasional Brazil international Jonas Goncalves, currently a free agent:
— Hotspur Lane (@HotspurLane) September 8, 2014
The South American may be without a club but he found a respectable 51 goals in 139 appearances at former club Valencia before leaving them this summer, and was linked with a White Hart Lane switch way back in January 2013.
The 30 year-old measures at 6 foot and blends physicality with technical flair. He’s also a former team-mate of Roberto Soldado, which is seen as a major plus. Here’s a look at Jonas in action:
Despite being a free agent however, he won’t actually be allowed to play for Spurs until the January window opens.Tottenham have already filled their non-homegrown quota this season.
Either way, the Lilywhites will have to act quickly, with the former Santos youngster reportedly on the verge of joining Benfica:
Benfica Scurry To Tie Up Deal For Tottenham Linked Free Agent Jonas: Benfica are aiming to complete a deal for… http://t.co/7dqvcpnxkZ
— Football Talk (@FootballTalk_) September 9, 2014
There seems something almost unnatural about Mauricio Pochettino applying his high-pressing, technically-demanding football to White Hart Lane without actually bringing a Southampton player with him.
Many of the south coast outfit’s top talents have already left this summer, but due to an ACL injury that saw him miss the World Cup, Jay Rodriguez remains firmly on Tottenham’s radar:
— IndyFootball (@IndyFootball) September 1, 2014
As previously discussed, the Lilywhites were targeting Danny Welbeck on deadline day and Rodriguez would be a more than effective alternative, with Roy Hodgson comparing the England internationals as like-for-likes before.
In parallel of the now-Arsenal star, the Saints forward, who measures in at 6 foot 2, can play as a centre-forward or in the wide-left role – two areas of the Tottenham squad that require drastic bolstering.
He was in sensational form last season too, with 15 goals making him the third-top scoring Englishman in the Premiership after Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney. Here’s a look at Rodriguez’ highlights from last term:
But Spurs face intense competition for the winger-forward’s signature, with Liverpool and Manchester City both allegedly keen on a January swoop:
The Star report Man City will rival Tottenham and Liverpool for the signature of Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez. http://t.co/Dlk1YLMBba
— Talking THFC™ (@TalkingTHFC) September 8, 2014
Another winger-forward that should be attracting attention from White Hart Lane is Marseille star Andre Ayew.
The Ghana international has emerged as Ligue 1’s most potent wideman over the last few seasons, amassing an impressive 49 goals and 16 assists in 164 appearances for L’OM. He was in good form at the World Cup too, as detailed below:
Ayew isn’t the most conventional winger but he’s strong defensively, versatile and a real threat in the final third. As viewable in the below video, he’s also outrageously good at heading:
Rather miraculously, despite the 24 year-old’s proficient reputation and his contract entering its final year at Stade Velodrome, a move failed to materialise for Ayew this summer. He was however, linked strongly to Hull City on deadline day.
That could see him leave in January for a nominal fee, but according The Express, Louis van Gaal is eying Ayew as a potential addition at Manchester United.
Spurs are by no means light on central midfielders and further strengthened that department on deadline day with the signing of Benjamin Stambouli.
But according to the Daily Star, after losing out on Morgan Schneiderlin, the north Londoners are preparing a January swoop for Inter Milan star Fredy Guarin:
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino still has eyes on Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin. But reports … http://t.co/I1eSbuEiiz
— NY (@youngi31) September 8, 2014
Boasting incredible athleticism, a robust frame and an eye for goal, the 28 year-old has often been linked with a move to the Premier League and was allegedly on the verge of joining Chelsea last January.
Indeed, some of the Colombian international’s strikes throughout the years have been absolute worldies – take this effort for example:
Guarin has enjoyed spells with Porto, St.Etinne and Inter playing in a variety of roles. Here’s another look at the midfielder in action:
But Guarin’s agent has sought to deny claims he could be on the move, with three years remaining on his San Siro contract:
Fredy Guarin is happy at Inter Milan, according to his agent http://t.co/yOvdRjaI24
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) September 7, 2014