The Rumour Mill
Here we check out the latest rumours and speculation surrounding Tottenham Hotspur as the January transfer window gets into full swing. Yesterday’s game against Leicester showed that there is still the glaring issue of finding adequate cover for star striker Harry Kane, whilst also providing some hints as to which player’s time at N17 may be drawing to a close. Let’s check out three rumours from the last few days and decide who’s most likely to be heading in or out of White Hart Lane.Embed from Getty Images
Federico Fazio: How likely to leave? 8.5/10
Starting with a player who may be finding themselves surplus to requirements to Pochettino’s Spurs squad is burly Argentine centre-half Federico Fazio. Despite being a compatriot of the Tottenham coach, and one of his first signings, the defender has found it difficult to establish himself as a first team regular. Despite being a Europa League winning captain with ex-club Sevilla, Fazio has found it difficult to adapt not only to the demanding pace of the premier league, but also the high intensity style of play that Pochettino demands.
Fazio needs a certain style of football in order to thrive, a slower pace, more tactical, and most specifically against more physical attackers. Given these conditions he is a more than able defender, as his time at Sevilla proves. Unfortunately he has not found this at Tottenham, and a move away now after 18 months at Spurs seems best for all parties. West Brom were in discussions last summer, but in this winter window it seems a move back to old club Sevilla, where he enjoyed a lot of success is on the cards. Sevilla coach Unai Emery has admitted talks are going on, so it would seem the hulking Argentine’s days in England are numbered.
Moussa Dembele (Fulham): How likely to join? 5.5/10
There could well be a Dembele double act gracing White Hart Lane in the coming weeks. Spurs, along with other clubs, have been accredited with an interest in Fulham starlet Moussa Dembele. Despite sharing a name with our Belgian maestro, that’s where the similarities end. The younger Dembele is a French whizkid striker that Fulham managed to pluck from PSG’s academy back in 2012. This proved to be a shrewd piece of business from the London club, who recognised the raw potential of the French youngster.
In his first forays into the Fulham first team Dembele proved somewhat frustrating. Clearly talented but lacking end product. This season however he has added an edge to his game. Already supplying 10 goals at the half way mark. This new found form, his potential to improve further, and the fact that his contract expires in the summer, has piqued the interest of Pochettino in Levy. The only hitch is that Fulham have been slapped with a transfer ban, and new coach Slavisa Jokanovic will be loath to lose his top players. If a fair price can be reached, expect double Dembele’s at Spurs.
Nicolas N’Koulou: How Likely is he to join? 3.5/10
With one centre-back on the way out of White Hart Lane could there be another coming in? Tottenham have been linked with a move for Marseille and Cameroon defender Nicolas N’Koulou. Some reports in Italy have even claimed a £5 million deal has been agreed for the centre-half, whose contract is expiring in the summer.
N’Koulou would fit the criteria for Pochettino’s young Tottenham side. At 25 years of age and already with a large amount of experience in Ligue 1 football and at international level, the Cameroonian is an intriguing prospect. N’Koulou is not the most physical of defenders. He’s nimble and good on the ball however, qualities Pochettino seems to favour.
However, it does seem unlikely that the Spurs coach would be interested in singing another defender. The partnership of Alderweireld and Vertonghen has been used in near enough every game this season. And with summer recruit Kevin Wimmer struggling to get game time, and Federico Fazio being shown the exit door, it’s hard to imagine another centre back being added to the mix. American youth international centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers is also being introduced to the first team, and we think his promotion to the first team is more likely than N’Koulou signing.Embed from Getty Images
So there you have it! Would any of these deals improve Tottenham? And if so how likely do you think they are too happen? Let us know.
By Josh Smith