In today’s Tottenham Hotspur roundup, we take a look at the major headlines making the news over the last 72 hours. Hugo Lloris has hinted at a move to the United States of America, Dinamo Zagreb’s president talks about Spurs’ summer target Dani Olmo and Jack Clarke’s future continues to hang in the balance at Leeds United.
Report: In an interview with France Football, Spurs captain Lloris chatted about his future and hinted at an eventual move away. Lloris told the French outlet; “You have to know how to say stop at the right time, but I’m not against the idea of discovering something new. But it can also be the United States for example. I do not know. I always had trouble looking at the medium term. I am more focused on the short term. In football, things are changing so fast. We are here, tomorrow, we are elsewhere.”
Verdict: Lloris entered his eighth season with the Lilywhites this campaign and having already made 304 appearances for the club, it is no surprise to see him consider new challenges at the age of 32.
For now, however, Mauricio Pochettino must do what he can to keep hold of the Frenchman, with Paulo Gazzaniga the only senior alternative at the club to fill his spot – the Argentine has made just four Premier League appearances for the club in two years. Should Lloris leave within the next two transfer windows, Spurs will need to invest in a direct and proven replacement and considering some of the fees attributed to goalkeepers these days, such as Chelsea’s £71m deal for Kepa, that could prove to be a costly exercise.
How likely is he to leave? 7/10
Report: Spurs targeted young Spanish star Dani Olmo in the summer according to SPORT, although, despite the 21-year-old demanding a transfer, Tutto Mercado reports that Dinamo Zagreb president Mirko Barisic believes it was good for him to stay, quoting “There were so many requests this summer, but we decided to keep him at Dinamo.”. Later on, he stated, “I think it was a good decision for both, both for him and for us. “.
Verdict: There is no surprise to see Spurs track Olmo after the attacking midfielder netted three times on the way to securing the U21 European Championships with Spain. The Spaniard also bagged three goals as he became integral for Zagreb in qualifying for this year’s Champions League (statistics as per WhoScored).
Olmo would be a welcomed addition to Spurs because of both his versatility in playing on either wing or down the middle and due to the uncertain future of Christian Eriksen. Spurs may go back in for the ex-Barcelona man in the near future with the transfer a huge possibility considering Pochettino’s eagerness to recruit lately and as Olmo continues to prove his worth as a special attacking midfielder.
How likely is a deal? 7/10
Report: The Athletic writer Phil Hay reports he expects Jack Clarke to rejoin Spurs in the January transfer window after a topsy-turvy time at his former parent club, Leeds United. Hay, when questioned if Clarke’s potential January switch would happen said, “at this rate, yes.”.
Verdict: Clarke was one of the breakout talents last season winning the Whites’ Young Player of the Year, bagging two goals and four assists [TransferMarkt] in 22 Championship appearances. After returning to Elland Road as a permanent Spurs player, he has not been involved in a squad for a Championship fixture and has only appeared twice for Leeds this season – both of which came in the League Cup.
As a result, it makes sense for Spurs to recall the 18-year-old with Bielsa clearly uninterested in his progress now that he isn’t one of his own. However, it can be argued that Spurs may give him just as little game time, as Clarke will not push Harry Kane out the side, nor should he be given a chance to shine over the inform academy star Troy Parrott.
How likely is a deal? 8/10