The Spurs want to improve in a few important areas.
With rumors that manager Ange Postecoglou is looking to bring in new players, Tottenham has been backed to make a “top signing” in January.
Spurs need to sign player alternatives for Postecoglou
With the January transfer window scheduled to open in about a month and a half, Spurs are reportedly keeping an eye on a few transfer targets. Recent injuries and suspensions have severely weakened Postecoglou’s team.
Spurs’ 2-1 loss to Wolves last Saturday exposed their acute lack of depth as they were forced to play without their star quartet of James Maddison, Micky van de Ven, Cristian Romero, and Destiny Udogie.
Though Postecoglou boldly stuck to his high line, Eric Dier, Ben Davies, Emerson Royal, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg slotted into the aforementioned’s positions; none of them quite had the desired influence.
Spurs could very well argue that they need alternatives to Maddison and van de Ven, even though they are anticipated to return early in the January transfer window.
Prior to a demanding season, it will not be unusual for important players to miss time due to injury or suspension. Van van Ven is especially important to Tottenham because of his lightning-fast speed, which enables Postecoglou to be successful with a high Spurs defensive line.
Similar-type defenders, including Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi, Everton’s Ben Godfrey, Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah, Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly, and Uruguay’s Sebastian Caceres, have all been linked to Spurs since van de Ven’s hamstring injury.
Tottenham is rumored to be looking for another midfield player as Pape Matar Sarr and Yves Bissouma will both be playing in the Africa Cup of Nations next year, and reports suggest that Hojbjerg is eager to depart.
In 2024, Postecoglou would only have access to Oliver Skipp and Rodrigo Bentancur in this scenario, which is something Spurs would really need to change.
Hutton backs “top signing” at Tottenham
After hearing these rumors of possible activity, former Tottenham right-back Alan Hutton, speaking to Football Insider, backed Spurs to make a “top signing” in the middle of the season.
Kelly, a defender for Bournemouth, is said to check “a lot of boxes” by the BBC pundit, and the Scotsman anticipates his former club will be busy.
“It will be fascinating to observe who they sign, and I am confident that it will be a great addition,” Hutton remarked.
“After several injuries, it is evident that they require additional defensive reinforcements.They will take a look at it since they appear thin in the back. Kelly has a wealth of Premier League experience.
He checks a lot of boxes—he’s a good size and footworker.They will keep an eye on him, but I’m sure that many other players are putting in a lot of effort in the background to see if they can improve the team.
Just after the international break ends, Spurs will play Aston Villa. Given his limited resources, it will be interesting to see how Postecoglou sets up.