“I think fans generally have no comprehension of how hard it is to physically do a transfer.” A line that all Tottenham Football supporters immediately felt their heart drop. The dreaded words from Daniel Levy regarding how the club manages to buy and sell players over the course of a transfer window.
Transfer woes are not necessarily a new concept at the club. For the past few seasons supporters have seen a very frugal Levy operating in the depths of a competitive transfer market seeking to find the most cut deals and best prices for exceptional players. Seeking these deals not only requires an extensive amount of haggling and negotiating, but it also requires quite a length of time to complete these deals. This in turn frustrates supporters when the club usually doesn’t finish deals till the last minute of the last day of the window.
However, a transfer window that is in the midst of a global pandemic has proven to be an entirely different market than fans of the sport have ever seen before. In Tottenham’s case this has been financially crippling because of an empty £1 billion stadium, failing to qualify for the Champions League, and many squad members that have proven difficult to offload.
With Tottenham needing to sell squad members in order to buy and strengthen the team. Spurs Express takes a deeper look into potential landing spots for 5 players in the club, and also a surprise player to stick around.
Juan Foyth had all the makings to be an extremely successful part of Mauricio Pochettino’s back line after his transfer from Estudiantes in August of 2017. He never seemed to receive consistent opportunities to grow as a player in a challenging Premier League. However, Foyth still has the potential to be a successful defender in the years to come, because he is still only 22 years of age. His current market value rests at £11.5m and he has received interest from a few clubs over the past few weeks. According to football.london and Spanish publication AS, Foyth has been eyed by Villarreal as Unai Emery, the former Arsenal manager, looks to shore up his defense for the upcoming season. Levy and Mourinho may look elsewhere however, as they have received interest from Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United who has also expressed interest in the young centre-back. A loan option with Leeds United seems appealing to Daniel Levy, because not only are Spurs able to offload a young player, but they are also able to ensure that he is receiving playing time in the Premier League.
Erik Lamela is another Spurs player that has shown a willingness to work hard, but nothing has necessarily materialized over the course of his time at the club. The 2020/21 campaign could prove to be a big one for Lamela, as he enters the final two years of his contract. According to Fabrizio Romano, the player currently has no desire to leave the club, but with Spurs having a number of wingers and midfielders already in the club with intention of bringing in more, it may be in the player’s best interest to seek greener pastures for the duration of his career. Lamela’s current market value is £13.75m, but only a few whispers from Serie A have surfaced with the potential of the player returning to the Italian Top Flight. Lamela has always been a hard worker, but the player has seemed to reach the peak of his footballing capabilities. He has also been riddled with injuries over the past few seasons. It seems that at this point in time, it would be in Spurs’ and Lamela’s best interest to part ways.
For all who watched Amazon’s “All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur” earlier this week, we witnessed second hand the unrest that Danny Rose is feeling at the club. Demanding more play time and being aggressive in meetings with Mourinho have not left the best taste in the manager’s mouth over the player. Rose has not featured at all in the condensed preseason for the club and has now entered the final year of his contract. Rose is currently valued at £12m in the market. However, as we saw with Christian Eriksen back in the January Transfer window when players enter the final year of their contract, clubs are less likely to spend a significant amount of money when they can attempt to secure them for free. According to football.london and Tutto Mercato via HITC, the player has received some interest from Serie A side Cagliari as the new manager has come in and is trying to reinforce his back line with a left-back. Danny Rose has served a successful 12 year span at the club. There have been moments of brilliance, but because of recent outbursts and a dip in form, it looks like it is best for Spurs to sell the player as soon as possible.
CCV has been a particularly interesting case over the past 3 years for Spurs. He was considered to be a very promising centre-back while under Mauricio Pochettino, but nothing has materialized for the player. There also seems to just not be enough centre-back spots at the club for CCV. With Japhet Tanganga emerging as the next homegrown CB, and Eric Dier now at CB, Tottenham have created depth in its backline. According to football.london, with CCV being out of contract next year, he has been told to find a new club before the end of the summer transfer window. With the player only being valued at £1.5m, it doesn’t seem like the club would break the bank on a large transfer, but these incoming funds could go a long way in helping with the wage bill.
Every Tottenham supporter will be thankful for the effort that Paulo Gazzaniga provided in the months while captain Hugo Lloris was out with injury. From the master class performance against Liverpool in October, to a crucial PK save against Watford in January, he has performed with effort and a smile on his face. With new signing Joe Hart however, it looks like Gazzaniga’s chances for first team football have greatly reduced with the new signing being in Mourinho’s favor. The market value for Gazzaniga is only at £2.75m, but he has generated some attention. According to football.london, the Spurs goalkeeper has generated interest from Premier League side Fulham, as well as Argentine outfit Independiente keen to sign him. Paulo is a tough squad member to let go of because of his effort to the club, but it seems for both parties’ interest this is the best decision.
SURPRISE STAY WITH SERGE AURIER
One player that has been heavily discussed with an exit from the club is Serge Aurier. In recent weeks football.london has stated that Aurier is expected to leave the club in the coming weeks due to the arrival of Wolves standout and Irish International, Matt Doherty. Bayer Leverkusen has emerged as the favorite to sign the Ivory Coast International, but here is the case for Aurier to stay. Tottenham have struggled with replacing the pairing of Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier after the two were split up with Walker transferring to Manchester City. Since that time, the club have only had one right-back at a time and have struggled in the position for the past 3 years. With Matt Doherty coming in, it allows Serge Aurier to come off the bench to provide valuable intensity for 15-25 min per match. He can provide Doherty with much needed rest as well with a daunting September/October stretch on the horizon. Maybe it is in Tottenham’s best interest to reconsider the player’s role at the club over the next season.
THE WRAP UP
The 2020/21 campaign will be one of trials and tribulation for a rebuilding Tottenham squad. In order to properly begin a rebuild, and inserting fresh new talent into the squad, there is a necessity for the club to offload some stale players. This year will prove important in backing Mourinho, so that he can build a squad that can compete for silverware. Mourinho famously said to his squad when he arrived in November, “Back me and I’ll make you winners.” Back him and the club can return to former glory. Back him, have faith in his process, and the silverware that supporters have been starved of will finally come.
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