European transfer window fallout
So the European transfer window has shut for another year. Did it SLAM shut? Maybe that’s one for Richard Keys’ Twitter feed, a place where Old Dicky torments himself with the question every year.
The only noise I could hear was the online roulette wheel and the wheeze of relief from Spurs fans after learning that half their first team hadn’t been sold with no chance to replace them. Eriksen, Vertonghen, Alderweireld…Moura. They’re all bonafide Spurs players until January at least. Even Serge Aurier is sticking around for a bit. Hey buddy, how you doing?
Yes on the grand chessboard of world football, the pieces are finally statue-still and everyone can get on with their lives. The musical chairs are sans musique and the fun is over. But did we grab a chair?
What are left with?
A bloody good squad by the looks of it, according to kiwi betting. Most Spurs fans would’ve expected to lose at least one premium-grade talent in the summer, so to keep everyone and add the massively talent trio of Sessegnon, Lo Celso and Ndombele, puts the North London club in a healthy position.
If there was one obvious weakness in the squad, in terms of depth, it’s that we look a little light up front. Light in the sense that Harry Kane is our only senior striker. And if the last couple of Premier League fixtures are any indication, he’s already showing signs of fatigue. No pressure, Harry. But those ankle injuries you have every season, without fail? Might want to knock that on the head.
So what’s the answer? Well Son is obviously capable of filling in for Kane, should the worst happen or he experiences some festive burnout at the year’s end.
Meanwhile Troy Parrott was included in the Champions League squad this week, so perhaps Pochettino saw enough of the 17-year-old this summer to think that he could be ready for first-team action.
Maybe he could deputize for Kane until January before we bring out the big guns and get Dybala. Oh and a decent right-back while we’re at it.
Roll on January!