Tottenham Hotspur are planning to bolster Nuno Santo’s midfield in the coming transfer windows…
That’s according to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who delivered a fresh update on Spurs’ plans to his ‘Here We Go’ podcast this week.
“They are always planning for the long term with Fabio Paratici,” he said.
“Let me say this, they will focus on the midfield. I don’t know if it will be in January or the summer, but the next position they want to improve is the midfield.
“Let’s see what happens with [Tanguy] Ndombele, if they find a solution, but they need to improve the midfield, so let’s see if January brings on an opportunity. Paratici and [Steve] Hitchen will work on this in the coming months.”
Paratici has done some great work since arriving in north London in June.
He has successfully moved on some of the deadwood, overseeing the departures of players like Serge Aurier, Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela, whilst also bolstering the playing squad in key positions.
Cristian Romero and Emerson Royal are impressive additions in defence, while youngsters like Bryan Gil and Pape Matar Sarr will be earmarked for the long-term future.
And as Romano explains on the podcast, it’s how Spurs will now operate with the Italian supremo in charge, which is hugely exciting – especially as it’s something that had faltered in recent years.
Prior to Nuno’s appointment, the only academy success stories were really only the two Harrys, Kane and Winks.
It’s also encouraging to see that Paratici and co know where the big weakness is now as Spurs have struggled with creativity in the engine room all campaign.
As per The Athletic, the Lilywhites have the lowest expected goals (xG) of any Premier League team, with a total of 4.42. They also have recorded the second-fewest shots at goal and have only created two big chances across their opening five matches.
Evidently, there needs to be a Christian Eriksen-like presence in the squad and that’ll only happen through the transfer market.
Ndombele’s future is still in doubt, as Romano hints at, whilst Giovani Lo Celso is yet to truly hit the ground running since joining in the summer of 2019. Oliver Skipp is an exciting prospect that will only improve with time. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is more defensively-minded and then there’s Dele Alli, who is some way off hitting his previous heights.
On that basis, the fact that Spurs are targeting a new midfield addition should have many supporters around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium absolutely buzzing.
January is only 100 days away.