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.