In typical fashion, the exploits of the transfer deadline day melee saw desperate lows, dizzying highs and overreaction by the barrel as Tottenham endeavoured to secure three important targets in a flurry of last minute deals.
With the dust now settled following the window’s closure, Matt Boon analyses quite possibly the most Spurs transfer window we are ever likely to experience.
The 2016/17 season was immensely successful for Spurs and saw them finish third in the Premier League, a club record.
However, even though Tottenham were so impressive last season, many pundits and footballing experts identified that Spurs were lacking in squad depth which is now thought to be the reason as to why the club did not finish higher in the league table.
The general consensus amongst many Tottenham fans was that the club needed a back-up striker, a back-up holding midfielder who would provide more quality than what the club already had and would compete with Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele for places and finally more quality on the substitutes bench.
One of the main reasons why so many felt that Tottenham did not push on further in the previous campaign was due to the lack of game-changing substitutes that were available for Mauricio Pochettino.
Despite extended periods of exceptional frustration, Tottenham did improve in all of these areas.
Across the transfer window, Mauricio Pochettino brought in a total of five new players whilst also selling four ‘fringe’ players.
Those sold were Ryan Mason, Alex Pritchard, Nacer Chadli and DeAndre Yedlin. Nabil Bentaleb was also allowed to go out on a season long loan.
The first of the new five to be announced was young Dutch striker Vincent Janssen.
As previously mentioned, Mauricio Pochettino was in desperate need of a back-up striker and finally managed to purchase one. Janssen came from the Dutch side AZ Alkmaar havig made a name for himself after he scored 27 league goals in the 2015/16 campaign.
His strong physique is also one of the main reasons as to why he was purchased, as it was thought that he could easily adapt to the very much physical Premier League.
Seeing as Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb did not provide enough quality in cover for Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele, Mauricio Pochettino brought in Victor Wanyama to the side.
Having already worked under Pochettino at Southampton and having proved himself in the Premier League, he seemed like a very safe buy and is tipped to have a very successful career in the Premier League with Spurs.
Not only this, Victor brings much needed Champions League experience to a young squad going into this immense competition.
All three of the final transfers were announced on deadline day.
Winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou was signed from Marseille and will add quality to our bench and also hopefully compete for places with our current wingers.
Whilst 20 year old third choice keeper Luke McGee went on loan to Peterborough, Pau Lopez was brought in from Spanish club Espanyol to provide cover.
Finally, Moussa Sissoko was brought in from Newcastle in the final hour of deadline day. Although many labelled this as a ‘panic buy’, Sissoko will add depth and strength to our midfield and will become a very useful option in all competitions.
The midfielder was also earmarked as a ‘buy at all costs’ player by Mauricio Pochettino who clearly values the player.
Watch his performance in the Euro 2016 final here:
Overall, the transfer window has been successful for Spurs as they improved in all of the identified weaker areas and also managed to clear out the dead wood from the squad.
This will hopefully ensure that Spurs will have enough depth to achieve Champions League success and push on for successive Champions League qualifications in the Premier League.
Written by Matt Boon
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