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How good has Tottenham’s spending this summer been so far?

By Harry Hotspur -

This transfer window has certainly deviated from ENIC’s established business model – or at least, more accurately, the club has front-loaded its activity in order to ensure that most of the business was safely tucked aboard the plane to South Korea for the first leg of Spurs’ preseason. Whether Daniel Levy has managed to improve his usual poor judgment in the market is another matter entirely. By the feel of things, there is a case for Paratici and Conte have been given greater influence than any of their forerunners.

The summer window is normally one where speculation routinely eclipses signings, sites like Spinsify.com are usually go-to destinations as we wait for the business to be done. This time, the friendly games have been given an extra edge as fans are able to watch out for the latest names to feature. The real question is who have Spurs bought? Spurs will take their total incomings this window to six players once they announce the signing of Djed Spence. Spurs have already signed Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perišić, and Fraser Forster, with Clement Lenglet also joining but on a season-long loan from Barcelona.

Richarlison is a curious one, as the player was brought in to Everton at some considerable cost, for the Toffees to build a side around. That never happened. The goals didn’t come, and Tottenham clearly believe that if they surround the Brazilian with superior personnel, then the best can be got out of the boy. I hope this is the case, but fear that the plan is far too ambitious given the size of the transfer fee. Tottenham don’t have a great track record when it comes to investing heavily.

Ivan Perisič on the other hand is as close to a no-brainer as one might wish for. Yes, the Croatian is 33, but when it comes to his physical shape, one needs to think of Cristiano Ronaldo’s levels of excellence. Yves Bissouma is a tantalizing prospect after displaying precisely the right sort of disruptive play for Brighton that Tottenham would well benefit from in the Premier League.

Fraser Forster is a goalkeeper that I’ve long admired. To echo former Spurs supremo Harry Redknapp, people want goalkeepers that don’t make mistakes – and they don’t exist. However, Forster is an extremely adept player and one with bundles of experience. For me, the unexpected item in the bagging area is also perhaps the most interesting acquisition. Clement Lenglet may not set pulses racing, but in this deal I feel we see evidence of Levy & Co., relaxing the reins. In the past, one would have out the rent on ENIC preferring a punt when their first option wasn’t available. Lenglet is with us on a season-long deal that allows Tottenham to continue the hunt either in the winter or perhaps next summer.

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Park Lane
Park Lane
2 months ago

They are a solid six in my opinion, and address most of the squad/team weaknesses (assuming all do well).

The outstanding issue for me now is who plays if Romero doesn’t, or god forbid we lose him and Dier. Davinson put in a solid shift at the end of the season, but is a bad fit for either position (In Conte’s three anyway), and Tanganga looks to be off on loan.

I think Royal can fill in on the right of the three, as he is pretty strong defensively and is very tidy on the ball playing out. Ideally we’d rplace Sanchez with a more accomplished player though

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
2 months ago
Reply to  Park Lane

I was with you up until you stated Royal was tidy on the ball. As a footballer Royal is terrible. Every time he gets the ball I wince. I sometimes wonder why anyone would pass to him.

mike
mike
2 months ago

B+ ?

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
2 months ago

I think the players we have signed are better than what we have in the First XI/squad. These transfers are not like taking punts on Reggie, Doherty and Royal.

Perisic at LWB is a good deal, but we will need a long term replacement for sure.

Bissouma with Bentancur is a definite upgrade on Skipp or Winks/Hojbjerg. Winks needs to leave now.

Richarlison is a good option to play in any of the front 3 positions. Doubt he is a first choice starter though, so the fee is a bit much for a bench player. Could Conte have the minerals to play Kane as a 10, infront of Biss and Bents and ‘Charlie as a 9?

I would have preferred Rafinha, but he had his heart and head set on Barca. Irrespective of ‘Charlie being a diving mingebag he is proven in the Premier League but needs to step up a level. Is he worth £60m? For me, no, he is a £45-50m player, but being stung for £15m is pocket change these days.

Forster is a sub goalie, in my next like I am coming back as one of these.

Lenglet is a better left sided CB than Davies, but I don’t know if he is the answer. Time will tell on him, he just seems like a mistake waiting to happen.

If we get Spence it will take a few games for us to make our minds up. Reggie looked the real deal in his first few games and fizzled out fast. Spence is cheap though, which is a bonus, but how many top class Ch Lg teams take punts on second tier players?

We as fans need to look realistically at the deals. In the past, just because we signed players does not mean we were signing the right sort of players (see Lo Celso and Ndom). There seems to be a bit more logic and common sense to the deals now, long may it continue.

Billy the Kid
Billy the Kid
2 months ago
Reply to  CowSpurs

Doherty was not a “punt”, he was an established PL wingback in his prime years, who we played out of position until Conte arrived. Bought a RWB, tried to play him as a RB, then bought a RB (Royale w/ Cheese) and now trying to play him as a RWB.

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
2 months ago
Reply to  Billy the Kid

He was a punt. He had one decent season with a mediocre club and was cheap. No other club fighting for top 6 would have gone for him. Buying players of Doherty’s ilk is what is was wrong at Spurs. Even Nuno didn’t pick him!

I love the excuse that he was played out of position, as if a WB cannot play FB. I could understand the sentiment if he was played left wing.

Park Lane
Park Lane
2 months ago
Reply to  CowSpurs

Re CL sides taking punts on Championship players, I don’t see much difference between this and promoting from within after a strong loan (like Skipp for us, or Mount at Chelsea).

Saying that Liverpool have actually bought Carvalho from Fulham, a young fullback from Aberdeen. Harvey Elliott is establishing himself after a Fulham move. It does happen.

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
2 months ago
Reply to  Park Lane

The Liverpool players mentioned have not been bought to be immediate First choice picks. They are building for the future at Anfield, and those lads will get games here and there. They definitely wont be first name on the team sheet type players. This is how we should be treating Spence. However, we need a player to be much better than Royal and Doherty right now and be able to take responsibility in big games. If Spence is that player then it is a punt. We haven’t the luxury of a TAA, so Spence will need to fit in really quickly. Watching Royal and Doherty in training will hardly improve the lad.

Chelsea knew full well how good Mount was. He just needed minutes on a pitch having spent time in the Dutch league and was helped out by the Chelsea connected Lampard to play at Derby. Mount was regarded as one of the best youth players around, in many ways like Gallagher, who got his game time at WBA (a championship level club, but he stood out way above the rest of the squad). To put either in the same boat as any championship player is far too simplistic, even Spence.

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
2 months ago

Has Winky gone yet ..

Legoverlass
Legoverlass
2 months ago

It will be very interesting at the end of the transfer window to see what the net spend is? Will it be anywhere near the much heralded £150 million that Levy announced pre season ticket sales ?

at large
at large
2 months ago
Reply to  Legoverlass

Levy said spend 150m not net spend 150m.

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
2 months ago
Reply to  at large

We have sold a few as well …he is a cunning old fox..still if Winky departs it will be the cherry on the cake..No Tanguy it’s not for you…

at large
at large
2 months ago
Reply to  Billy Tonsils

There’s no spot for Winky with Bissouma and maybe Sarr so he’ll be gone as soon as someone gets anywhere near 15-20m, probly mostly with add ons.

Park Lane
Park Lane
2 months ago
Reply to  Legoverlass

Not looking likely, but a large part of that is down to not being able to secure any of our left sided defender targets this window.

We are looking at a top-end outlay so far of about 110m if targets are met. If we could, I think we’d drop about the same again on the LCB plus someone like Maddison.

The way I see it is just because the money is there now, there is no need to spend it for the sake of spending it. Getting players in that Conte can work with is the most important thing.

Also worth noting there is the Winter window too.

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