Where Spurs can upgrade this summer— part two
Right. Here we go, then. The second and final part of our comprehensive summer transfer guide. If only we’d have known, last season we could’ve wrapped this up in a couple of succinct Tweets: don’t get your hopes up. We’re not signing anyone. #lol
Surely this summer we’ll witness more action in the transfer trenches, just like the great action at aussie online pokies. I can’t think of a single logical reason why Levy wouldn’t invest now; all evidence suggests he’s a shrewd and intelligent business man. He can’t possibly look at Spurs’ unfathomable journey to the Champions League final, without spending a dime in player recruitment over the two windows and think: See, what’s the problem?
Well let’s look at those problems and try and find some solutions. Here’re two more upgradeable areas:
Back up striker
Yes Fernando Llorente played a vital role in Spurs’ gatecrashing of the European Cup final in Madrid. Goals against Dortmund and Man City in the knockouts and a game-changing turn in the second semi-final in Amsterdam. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say without the blue-eyed Spaniard, Spurs wouldn’t have made it.
But Llorente will be 35 going into the second half of next season. How many more positive contributions can we expect from a man whose top speed and walking speed both have a tortoise symbol next to their gear levers. It wouldn’t be damaging to keep him for another year, but he can’t be considered a viable, direct understudy for Harry Kane. Looking a the latest from sports betting lines, Spurs need someone young, dynamic and fast.
Possible upgrades: Marcus Thuram, Jarrod Bowen, Che Adams
Spurs’ hand looks as if it’s going to be forced with this one. Christian Eriksen has made it quite clear that he sees his future outside of North London and has hinted that he’d like to try something new. The clue came when he told reporters: ‘I would like to try something.’
Reading between the lines, it looks as if he’ll be off if the right offer comes in, from, importantly, a club Eriksen deems a step up.
Thankfully, it looks as if Spurs have been proactive. Pochettino and Levy appear to have been scurrying behind the scenes— just in case the Danish maestro does pop off to Madrid in the coming weeks. He’d be a hard man to replace; essentially the primary creative hub for Spurs in the last 6 years.
upgrades replacements: Giovani Lo Celso, Bruno Fernandes, James Maddison