After a long 72-day managerial search, Tottenham has finally found their man in Nuno Espirito Santo.
Now Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici have a big summer ahead with many positions in desperate need of improvement.
Many players will be looking for releases already, which means a few are expected to release in the coming weeks, hopefully raising funds in the process.
The priority post which requires significant investments is defense.
To put it simply, Tottenham Hotspur’s current center-backs apart from Joe Rodon just aren’t good enough and this position has been in need of investment for some time now.
The players will need to sell, but it doesn’t matter who leaves we need at least two new center-backs.
For me Jules Kounde is absolutely perfect for what we need. Koundé, despite his 5 feet, 10 is a brilliant aerial presence winning 3.66 aerial duels by 90 (Fbref).
However, his best attribute that would suit Spurs is his dribbling ability, which sits at 0.83 for 90, which is in the 98th percentile compared to center-backs in Europe, with his progressive ranges also being excellent at 5.45 for 90. (Fbref).
This allows him to maraud in defense and beat an opposition press, which we have long lacked. It would fit perfectly into a back three and can help us build from the back.
However, Kounde is unlikely to want to come to Spurs and the price doesn’t come cheap, making any deal unlikely.
Another luxury option would be Pau Torres who excels on the ball and also has brilliant dribbling ability which played a key role in Unai Emery’s Europa League winning squad at Villereal.
Emery is a manager who likes to build from the back and Torres has been fundamental to that. The fact that he is left-handed also helps his cause as there is a dearth of top left-handed center-backs.
However, the price will likely be high and Spurs will have to contend with a lot of competition.
Other options, which should also be considered, include Nikola Milenkovic, Edmond Tapsoba, Roger Ibanez and Joachim Andersen.
Andersen, Milenkovic and Ibanez would be the cheapest choices, but Tapsoba really looks like a top player. At 6ft 3in, he’s an imposing figure who is also a brilliant dribbler completing 0.6 per game but also a very good passer with 90% passing accuracy per game (SofaScore).
Milenkovic has been stalked by Spurs for some time, according to Gold Alasdair. He’s a huge, aggressive defender who is ready to take the next step and with a year left on his contract, might just be a good deal to watch.
Some may argue that Spurs don’t need a new central midfielder with Skipp’s return, but I firmly believe Tottenham do.
The Spurs midfielder is missing something, he often feels immobile, he lacks the basics of a high level.
Tottenham often struggled to play from behind and there was always a gap between defense and midfield. Spurs never really played in the middle last season.
A forward-thinking progressive passer could help that, someone who can play alongside Hojbjerg and feed people like Ndombele and Lo Celso. A player similar to Chelsea’s Jorginho, United’s Michael Carrick or Madrid’s Toni Kroos, an upgrade on Harry Winks.
The perfect man is Marcelo Brozovic. He fulfills this role perfectly and his future at Inter Milan is still undecided. He is aggressive in the middle of the park and does the basics very well with very high 90% passing accuracy (SofaScore). He plays fast and progressive passing which is what Tottenham need.
Miralem Pjanic is another option, perhaps more feasible. A more resistant player on the press who is very difficult to remove the ball.
He’s a bit older than Brozovic but it looks like he’s available for free and Fabio Paratici being the master of free transfers gives me a bit of optimism about this deal. Paratici has known him well since his time at Juventus and I think he is a great alternative to Brozovic.
Pjanic does 104.01 passes through 90 in La Liga last season and made 8.01 progressive passes through 90, which is exceptional (Fbref). A player like this who can keep our game running and move Spurs around the pitch quickly could be vital.
Looks from the right rear sorted with Takehiro Tomisayu seems to enter and Spurs are hoping for a revival of Matt Doherty as a full-back with Tomiyasu able to cover in a four but also start as one of the center-backs in a three.
If Spurs were looking for other options, Riddle Baku, Tariq Lamptey and Max Aarons would be decent choices.
A right winger may also be a position of need, Lamela and Lucas Moura could be on the verge of exiting and with Gareth Bale returning to Real Madrid Spurs could look for another option.
Pedro Neto is the obvious choice. Nuno loves him, Wolves just signed another winger at Trincao, he’s a client of Mendes – that rings true, doesn’t it?
It’s no secret Neto is a top player but beyond him I really like Matheus Pereira. He’s an interesting player who would be a much cheaper option than Pedro Neto and could fill two roles at once, as he can play as an attacking midfielder as well as a right winger.
When it comes to left wingers, Spurs don’t desperately need it, but it might not be the worst idea to have cover for Son. Marcus Thuram and Mikkel Damsgaard are two very good viable options with Damsgaard, in particular, impressive at Euro 2020.
In an attacking midfielder role, I think Spurs are doing well with Lo Celso and Ndombele who have yet to reach their full potential. However, if any of those players were to leave, Daichi Kamada would be a very good signing. Other targets are expected to include Houssem Aouar, Pedro Gonçalves and Lucas Paquetá.
Higher up the pitch, Spurs need a forward, whether Kane leaves or not, to replace Carlos Vinicius.
Spurs have wasted time and money with forwards over the past 5 years as they have had to sit on the bench and haven’t been at a high enough level.
This is understandable because Kane is the best and it’s hard to match his high quality, but when forwards aren’t playing it’s very hard to gain momentum to score goals, so when they come in they have struggled. Vinicius and Janssen are victims.
Another way forward is someone closer to Kane’s level who can play with him and potentially replace him. The players who fall into this category are Duvan Zapata, Danny Ings and Dusan Vlahovic.
Vlahovic is the standout name that is probably the most similar to Kane among those who are very physical and intelligent. But it won’t be cheap and should probably only be watched if Kane leaves.
Another avenue that might be useful is to look to a younger, more obscure one and someone who would be happy to have limited playing time to learn from the rest of the team. Adam Hlozek fits the criteria.
The 18-year-old scored 15 goals in 19 games last season for Sparta Prague (Transfer market), also getting 8 assists. He really is a top talent that would come in at low risk with a decent sell on value.
In my opinion Danny Ings is a very good choice, his Premier League record speaks for itself and could actually compliment Kane very well, potentially playing them together in a 3-5-2 or a 4-4-2.
Any of the players mentioned would be good acquisitions for Tottenham, I have confidence in Paratici to do the right thing, but the issues need to be resolved now.
Spurs can no longer afford to wait any longer in problematic areas and go through another season of wrestling in the same old positions.
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