It’s amazing to think just over 2 years ago Spurs were playing in the Champions League final and if the dodgy early penalty was not given who knows what might have happened. The club is so far away from those heights now, mismanagement has been rife and the decision to bring Nuno Espírito Santo leaves a lot to be desired. Fabio Paratici as Sporting Director is very interesting move, the 3-5 year plan rests on his shoulder, he needs to recruit wisely for title challenges and European glory to occur.
The Sporting Directors first bit of business should have been securing Harry Kane’s future but it seems selling Alderweireld and Lamela has taken preference! Bryan Gill who will be arriving in exchange for Lamela is for the future and not going to help the club on a consistent basis in the short term. Bergwijn arrived to a massive high on debut so the club would rather Gill is a slow burner then end up like the Dutch flop.
Losing the Belgium defender is massive, the only saving grace is the emerging Joe Roden will get more game time, his time is now after his impressive showings during the EURO’s. Another body will need to be drafted in to replace Alderweireld but before the summer started you would say they needed more competition so it should be 2? Joachim Anderson is highly touted, his performances in a poor Fulham side were admirable and he is a younger version of the Belgian. Sanchez is the only experienced, pacy centre back at the club while Tanganga’s impact seems to be more aligned to his youth than class. If they could recruit a top class burner in the defence, the summer can start to become a positive one regarding team building. Issue is other central defenders linked like Romero or Vestergaard are in the mould of Anderson.
Midfield wise if all the players stay they are perfectly stacked, that’s not to stay a new face would not go a miss? It’s more likely though that the way Nuno likes his teams to play he will breath new life into players like Winks and ask others to express themselves in new positive ways.
The forward line though is where the extensive surgery needs to occur, the starting trio of Kane, Moura & Son are great but their is nothing after that. Gill is in for Lamela but as mentioned he should not be rushed. If Kane stays Spurs will still need two ready to go players, one to replace Bale (unless he comes back) and one to cover/compete with the England captain, but if he leaves they will need to look at another 2 or a break the bank signing to match their star man leaving. All Spurs fans will not want to consider Kane leaving but if they was to sign someone as a direct replacement then Mauro Icardi is the head and shoulders leader in the clubhouse for the role. He is a goal machine who would thrive on all the eyes on him and could even be a steal regarding the fee.
Writing this on the premise Kane does stay the 2 new faces which make sense are Danny Ings (who has been linked a great deal) and a old player of Nunos, Adama Troare, his pace and power will compliment the forwards already at the club. Both men are used to squad roles but have enough ability to start regularly for a top PL side.
The major question mark with the potential summer rebuild is whether the club will spend the money but to me if you have a new, shiny amazing stadium then you need elite players calling it their home field so constant investment is a must!