Ange Postecoglou’s arrival at Tottenham has been a breath of fresh air. The Greek-born Aussie has implemented what is every inch a have-a-go system and this was particularly evident even when Spurs went down to nine men against Chelsea, and the gaffer still insisted Spurs play a high line that saw Eric Dier on the halfway line.
Given this dedication to what has been a hugely successful attacking mindset, it is implausible to believe that Big Ange is going to sit back and hope that the old guard players such as Dier, Davies, and Co., are going to be able to keep his attack-minded flag flying. William Hill’s offer for new players is a good thing to consider when betting on who might come in to join what had been a successful template, up until injuries and suspensions took hold in N17.
The reality that a good many fans fail to embrace is injuries are part and parcel of top-flight football, and worse yet, the moment this Tottenham squad experiences one or two exclusions, the wheels start to come off. Furthermore, this is a side without any European football to contend with. So by rights, Daniel Levy should really be considering the advice of the Roman military expert, Vegetius who wrote, “Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum” , or in English “If you want peace, prepare for war”. If Levy were to wait until the summer, this squad will be in worse condition than it is now and rivals will have the edge.
Roma midfielder Bryan Cristante is an obvious candidate to bolster Tottenham in the imminent winter window. The 28-year-old has played for a number of clubs in Europe over the years, including AC Milan, Atalanta, and Benfica before really making a name for himself in Serie A, for Roma. Tottenham could do well to strengthen in midfield in the near future, with Ange Postecoglou’s side arguably also lacking depth in the middle of the park.
Cristante’s current deal runs until 2027 and Roma might find it hard to say no to an offer in that region, but is he any good? He’s certainly among the top Italian midfielders in Serie A, and I guess it’s all down to the deep dive Postecoglou’s Data Dept might do, looking for indicators that the boy might work in the Premier League.
What Tottenham shouldn’t do is hold tight and see what happens. So far all that looks probable, is for an already thin squad to run further risk.