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Tottenham transfer rumours analysed.

Posted on January 03, 2014 by Eddie S

The transfer window has opened and the stories begin to flow as journalists and pundits try to determine the type of players and more importantly which players clubs such as Tottenham need to improve their team and squad going into the final phase of the season.

Tottenham have been linked to a couple of unsettled players, Joleon Lescott of Manchester City is heading into the last six months of his current contract, he is anxious to play more games as he still feels he has a chance of going to the World Cup in the summer. It seems pretty obvious that he is now only fourth choice at his current club in central defence as they go about looking for another top class defender, at left back, a position he is capable of playing to a good level, he is third choice behind Clichy and Kolarov. City no longer value his services at the top level even though they paid £22m for him a little over four years ago, there has been no talk of a new contract and they probably hope that somebody like Tottenham will take him off their hands. Is there any value in this deal for Tottenham?

Depending upon the story concerning Younes Kaboul and the true extent of his injury problems Lescott might be the ideal mix of cheap, short term and experienced cover in central defence, he is also capable of covering for Danny Rose at left back if Tim Sherwood does not entirely believe Fryers to be ready. The concern is that Kaboul is predominantly a right sided defender, as is Dawson, and he will not provide specialist cover for either of those two. Here at JTN we believe that this rumour might have some legs, although it is not the ideal scenario it should be good enough to get us through to the summer.

Juan Mata is clearly unhappy at Chelsea and it seems that he will be agitating for a move this month. Having been voted as Chelsea’s player of the season in each of the last two years and with an impressive goals and assist record some big clubs have been linked with him. Currently it seems that Chelsea are willing to release him and United, Liverpool and Tottenham, as well as teams in France, Spain and Italy have all been touted as possible destinations for a player of his talent. Maybe last summer had the opportunity arisen he would have been ideal for Tottenham but that day has passed and will not happen again, in fact his days in the Premiership might actually be numbered as his current club are never likely to sanction a move to a competitor, especially in this tightest of seasons. Juan Mata seems destined for a move abroad and yet another exceptional talent will be lost to the Premiership.

Most other transfer rumours at the moment tend to involve players going in the opposite direction and out of the club and here is what we make of them;

Paulinho to Real Madrid, certainly in our view good enough but let’s not dwell on this one too long, it’s never going to happen.

Erik Lamela, our record signing of the summer if the add-ons are achieved and the extra £5m is paid, written off by so many (not the Tottenham supporters I might add) after just 17 weeks in a new league, learning a new language and with all the upheaval of recent weeks to contend with. Napoli, Juventus, Milan and Atletico Madrid are all apparently falling over themselves to secure a loan deal, unbelievable and no it’s not going to happen.

Jermain Defoe and a switch to the MLS is surely all but done, if Harry Redknapp is already talking about a loan until the MLS season starts he must know that it’s a realistic occurrence. In this new set up under Tim Sherwood is there really a place for JD? can you really see him dropping deep to link up with the midfield and creating openings for others around him, that’s not his game and this final move is probably perfect for him at this stage of his career. Probably almost done.

Lewis Holtby has said that he is up for the fight to establish himself in the Tottenham team, he has endeared himself to the fans with his effort and attitude but there is the distinct feeling that the current coaching team perhaps don’t see it the same way. some of the talk from the Holtby camp of late has been about a return to the Bundesliga, with Schalke apparently about to lose a midfielder or two a loan might be on the cards until the end of the season.

Finally, talk of a Tottenham reunion for Dimitar Berbatov has yet again been mooted in recent weeks, his manager has been preparing his next move with just six months of his current contract with Fulham left to run. Talk of a move to North London has increased with the opening of the transfer window but it is to that other part of North London where Tottenham heroes of the past should never venture. Perhaps we should once again get off the subject of Berbatov as I fear he is once again about to attract the wrath of Tottenham fans.

How much business Tottenham do this month might depend on the outcome of tomorrows FA Cup 3rd round tie, an exit will leave the huge squad, once all the injuries have cleared up, only having the League and Europe to contend with and that currently might mean just twenty games.

5 to “Tottenham transfer rumours analysed.”

  1. Eric says:

    offload defoe Ekkoto n get in pato and a lb.Also would be nice if fryers is loaned out to a bottom level team

  2. mick says:

    Lescott would be decent cover for Kaboul and left back and ensures Vertonghen concentrates on centre back spot. Benni’s time is up and he has probably found his mark with QPR now. Defoe is off, sorry but a fact of life the team moves on and evolves, his replacement could well be Pato still a player with potenetial and a cheap option and I think we all know Levy won’t spend big this window even if there was a decent option available and I really can’t think of one.

    • Tony says:

      Who is out there worth going for at this stage? all the best players are still in the CL and it’s chelsea that has the clout and the need to find a striker or two. Wot no Damiao, thank goodness that madness is finished. Pato would seem to be a good fit and a good price and perhaps even the Shane Long suggestion might not be as crazy as it seems as he is a handful and plays for the team.

  3. Alee says:

    I’d deffo take Lescott. He’d be ideal cover for Rose and Vertongen. Loaning Fryers out to a bottom level PL club as Eric said would be a smart move as well.

    • Tony says:

      That all makes sense and perhaps even Tom Carroll might be moved on to a Premiership team for the rest of the season, Hull might be a good fit with our other boys there and they are relatively safe already.



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