Who needs upgrading in the Spurs squad this summer?
A New Era™ begins. By my count, that’s era 9,443, and it’s not even lunchtime. Nuno Herlander Simões Espírito Santo is the man tasked with course-correcting this lumbering mess of a Spurs team; a team possibly still traumatized by the quickest Mourinho scorched earth campaign in living memory. It usually takes three seasons to get to this stage—the scapegoating, the turgid football; the general feeling that you’d rather the football club folded than have to watch another game. But he managed it in just over a year.
So, you know, well done.
With a new Portuaguese coach in place, and fans of casinos online ready for the season ahead, ch-ch-changes are likely to be afoot. Let’s take a look at some of the areas that need upgrading before the transfer deadline.
There were high hopes for Matt Doherty, and there’s still a chance that the Irish full-back will rediscover a modicum of form under his former coach. But the niggling impression among Spurs fans is that Doherty just isn’t quite as good as he needs to be. A decent-enough threat going forward, capable of delivering the odd dangerous ball in the final third, just lacking enough overall quality to make him a Top 6-standard right-back. Serge Aurier, meanwhile, is and always will be, a liability. The Ivorian can look genuinely world class when things are going well, but is forever one shanked clearance away from disaster.
Possible upgrades: Max Aarons, Lukas Klostermann, Denzel Dumfries
Let’s just assume that Harry Kane was joking when he said he wanted to leave this summer—haha, good one, Harry!—and that the season will start with the England striker in need of some support. Carlos Vinicius did his damndest to provide some cover during the last campaign and was moderately successful when he called upon. But, with Carlos most likely to be returning back to Benfica, there remains another striker-shaped void in the Spurs squad. The problem, as ever, is finding someone who is willing to sit the majority of the season out; a forward happy to play second fiddle to the World Cup Golden Boot winner. Easier said than done.
Possible upgrades: Danny Ings, Dusan Vlahovic, Haris Seferovic
With Toby Alderweireld hinting that his time in North London might be over this summer, the exodus of Spurs centre-backs has reached tipping point. Jan Vertonghen left last August, Juan Foyth is staying in Spain, and neither Eric Dier or Davinson Sanchez are of the required standard to carry Spurs successfully through a 50-game campaign. The one bright note, perhaps, is Joe Rodon, who looked mightily assured in Wales’ backline at Euro 2020, but it would be too much to shoulder that kind of responsibility on a 23-year-old with limited experience. For fans of real money casinos south africa, a top class centre-back is an absolute must for Nuno this summer.
Possible upgrades: Joachim Andersen, Nikola Milenkovic, Milan Skriniar