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Transfer Day Summary

Poch has some new toys! So has Danny Boy delivered for the Club?

So, after what started potentially as a frustrating Transfer Window we now know who Poch's new toys will be, but, can they make a difference and give us something that we didn't have before? Can our new additions improve a team that has been described as 'impossible to improve'?

Serge Aurier - £23m

Straight Right Back replacement for Kyle Walker who also has Champions League experience. 3 years younger, with 14 more international caps and two league titles under his belt. Will he now be Poch's first choice RB? Aurier played in a 3-5-2 for Toulosue as a right-sided centre back in a three-man defence, as well as a wing-back at times.

Aurier's biggest strengths, however, lie at the other end of the pitch. The 24-year-old is an attacking full-back who loves to create chances and get on the end of things. He had a total of six goals and six assists in his final season at Toulouse showing his strengths in the final third with his Bale like runs up their right flank. Aurier creates on average 1.1 chances per game, while Walker and Trippier both average 1.2. Walker was known for his threat down the right flank, Aurier's dribble completion of 62.5% beats that of Walker (55%) but falls short of Trippier's 66.6%. Aurier does come out on top with regards to pass completion.

Last season in Ligue 1 he completed 89% of his passes in comparison to the 79.8% and 76.3% of Walker and Trippier, respectively. He averages 1.5 interceptions per game beating Walker's 1.2 and Trippier's 0.6, while his tackle success rate ranks in between the pair of them. Aurier completed 75% of his attempted tackles in Ligue 1, better than Trippier (73.7%) but worse than Walker (81.5%). Mauricio Pochettino will be encouraged by the new boy's ability in the air, with Aurier winning 67.5% of his aerial duels, closely followed by Walker`s 66.6% success rate and Trippier's lowly 37.5%.

One draw-back for us will be that, depending on how far the Ivory Coast go in the competition in the African Cup of Nations we will be without Aurier from 12th January to the 4th February. This means he could miss the games against Everton, Southampton and, more crucially, Man U on the 31st January and possibly Liverpool on the 3rd February. He has a reputation though but he promises to be professional on and off the pitch. There is no doubt he possesses outstanding speed, strength and stamina, and he is also a diligent defender. In the 2015/16 campaign, he averaged more tackles (4) and more interceptions (3.4) per game than any other PSG player. The stats show he has registered similar numbers ever since his days at Lens.

Davinson Sanchez - £42m

The Colombian only joined Ajax last summer in a €5million deal from Atletico Nacional after reportedly turning down a move to Barcelona in favour of first-team football. Sanchez went on to score six goals in 44 appearances in all competitions last season, helping Ajax reach the Europa League.

Davy Klaassen described his former team-mate as 'a beast', adding: 'I understand why he has been linked with top clubs. He has the stature, the power.' He has played twice for Colombia and as a centre-back already he has had success having won the Copa Libertadores with Atletico Nacional, while he was named Ajax's 2017 Player of the Year. Described as a raw, powerful central defender, who has long been tipped for stardom he has caught the eye of a number of Europe's top clubs including an offer to join Barca with his performances during Ajax's run to the Europa League final last season. Now, depending on your point of view, Sanchez is here to strengthen the back line of Verts and Alders or he is here because we are going to lose Toby at some point maybe as early as the January Window.

Potentially he is one of three at the back with Verts and Toby with Poch alternating Dier and Wanyama at DM in front of them. However, he has only played one season in European Football. Mourinho said Sanchez had no ball skills. Mourinho claims he isolated him in the Europa League Final because of his weakness when in possession. Mourinho is quoted as saying: 'We let them go out to play, but blocking the right centre, De Ligt, and letting the ball go to the left to Sánchez, who had more difficulties.' Will he warrant a £42m Price tag? He`s attendance at Ajax was stella but after May next year he has to go on to the Copa America in June!

Juan Foyth

Obviously Poch has connections with Juan Sebastian at Estudiantes, who played with Poch for Argentina. Poch has had his eye on the youngster for some time. It is quoted that: 'Foyth's signing is one with the future in mind for Tottenham and he will unlikely make an immediate impact on the Spurs first team.' Little is known of the Argentine youngster outside of his home country, but, Poch thinks Foyth is worth adding to the Spurs team so we fans will certainly back him. It is not a big-name addition, however, in the future, it could work out to be a very good piece of business for Tottenham, especially at just £9.6million.' Foyth is rated one of the most talented young defenders in world football and Spurs' move for him was ahead of clubs like PSG who also wanted him. He is a ball player which is an interesting contrast to Verts and Toby who tend to be play the three-quarter ball where as Foyth may be used to play the ball out and link the back three to the midfield.

Paulo Gazzinaga

Well we all know that Vorm is starting to look at the exit door with one year left on his contract and Lloris can't play every game so Poch has called on a Goalie who he knows well and, on a 5 Year Contract as well, which suggest he is part of Poch's future plans.

Fernando Llorente - £12.1m

He has pedigree, experience and knows where the net is, a kind of older, less mobile and less prolific Harry Kane. Proven in the Premier League, he would be brilliant back-up for Kane after showing last season he can score goals, 15 in the Premier League alone and that was for a struggling side. Aged 32, he is not exactly the future but he could do an excellent job for a season or two.

Tall, technically sound, excellent in the air and with a penalty box instinct that Kane will approve of. Llorente has a distinguished record in Spain and England. He could be a brilliant acquisition as he is undoubtedly a considerable threat in the air which we don't really have and, if Aurier can get a half decent cross in, we have a different threat to add to our game, and, we nicked him from under the noses of the Chleski, pay-back time for Willian! Spare a thought for Vincent Janssen does this make him our number 3 striker?

All in all a good window, what do you think?



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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Friday September 1 2017
Time: 12:53PM

Comments

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Looks like a good Window to me but, as always, time will tell. I think Levy once again displayed his business talent and his support for his manager and the team. Just my opinion.
Geofspurs
01/09/2017 13:16:00
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Foyth is the most straightforward, a typical Pochettino signing, a young player he can hopefully develop. Aurier is a bit more complicated, on paper a straight replacement for Walker but several issues. There is the African Cup, there is his disciplinary record, there is the fact he's coming in from Europe and will probably take time to adapt but will presumably be thrown straight in. There's also the fact Poch has effectively blocked Walker-Peters route to the first team, Onomah and Carter-Vickers have gone on loan, Walker-Peters needs to do the same. The club seem to rate Sanchez very highly, if they are right he'll be a great signing. If they are wrong then we've just wasted a lot of money. Again he will really need time to adapt to the premier league before we can judge what we've bought. Llorente is really out of left field, I doubt anyone saw that coming. It tells me that its proving incredibly difficult to find a striker that really ticks the boxes and for maybe the first time Poch has compromised and signed a stop gap to give us a season or two of time to find the player we really want. The question for me is can we provide the delivery that Lloriente needs to score goals, it would require some tactical tinkering. Another question is what happens to Janssen? He apparently turned down a loan move to Brighton (big mistake in my opinion), Tony Pullis was interested in signing him, which may eventually happen. Not sure there is anything to say about Gazzinaga ? What wasn't addressed in the window was the lack of pace (except of course at full back). For some reason when someone says pace everyone says winger. But really some speed through the centre would be a lot more useful, someone like Son or a quick centre forward. Hasn't happened and to me we still won't be able to play counter attacking football which is likely to cost us points in away games.
jod
01/09/2017 13:21:00
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Window to steady the ship with no attackers or wingers got and I tought if we got blade that would have been the last stud on the bouw coys
bazdog
01/09/2017 13:27:00
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For the first time in my lifetime by greatest concern is holding on to this manager rather than individual players. While I was certainly hoping for a fast winger, I am actually quite positive because the players we have brought in, particularly with Foyth and Sanchez, are clearly the players Poch wanted and he was absolutely integral in their signing. He was clearly pleased with the Sanchez deal in his press conference. Foyth is only here because of Poch which also suggests Poch is still looking at this as a long term project, thank god. Llorente is a great signing in my opinion, someone who will get goals, offers proper cover for Kane and also a greater ariel threat, and the fact that he is not the young investment with a good sell on value also suggests this was more poch than levy. Had we secured Barkley the window would have been very good indeed - however if Everton really refused to deal with us having got a higher offer from Chelsea then the best we could have hoped for was to have Barkley pull out and wait for us to come back for him in January. If we end up getting Barkley and Ryan Sessegnon later on then we can look back on this window as a great success. Ultimately if Poch is happy I am happy and if we now get Toby and other key players on improved contracts all is good. We have seen glimses that N'Koudou could offer the pace that we need, while we will hopefully have Lamela coming back in a few weeks which would be like a new signing. Had Gomes come in on loan that might have been brilliant, but it would also have blocked Wink's progress. We would all have loved to see the back of Sissoko but he and N'Koudou do have the physical attributes that we need so perhaps they can both start contributing more. Above all else though, there is a huge positive to be taken from this window. It would seem that in Pochettino we have a manager whose appeal trumps money. Sanchez was coveted by much bigger clubs, as was Foyth - they are here because of Poch, Llorente turned down Chelsea and more money to work with Poch, it would seem that Barkley also turned down Chelsea in the hope of working with Pochettino. In a world where we will always be outmuscled financially to have beaten the Chav's to multiple signings is extraordinary. Aurier was allegedly also of interest to Chelsea and United. So I finish where I started - we must keep this manager!
Guernman
01/09/2017 13:33:00
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Dele-Arri - We do get a lot of corners and free kicks, unfortunately we don't do a lot with them. Nobody, Eriksen included, seems capable of putting the ball at speed into a dangerous area in the box. Most of the time it either fails to clear the first defender or goes straight to the goalkeeper. As someone who remembers Gascoigne sending in corners like guided missiles I find our current standard of delivery very frustrating. I suspect Llorente may be having words fairly soon after his arrival.
jod
01/09/2017 14:04:00
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In: Davinson Sánchez Ajax £42m; Serge Aurier Paris Saint-Germain £23m; Fernando LlorenteSwansea City £12m; Juan Foyth Estudiantes £8m; Paulo Gazzaniga Southampton £2m Out: Kyle Walker Manchester City £50m; Kevin Wimmer Stoke City £18m; Nabil Bentaleb Schalke £16.8m; Clinton N’Jie Marseille £6.1m; Federico Fazio Roma £2.8m; Josh Onomah Aston Villa loan; Cameron Carter-Vickers Sheffield United loan Our Net Spend of £11.5m made us 16th out the 20 premiership clubs but our income was £93.7 in £87m out which on paper looks like a net profit of £6.7m enough to give Toby a pay rise of £55,000 a month! As it stands, we have only 20 players that need to be included in our squad list, four of whom are home grown players. This means that we have space for one more non-home grown player, or for one non-home grown player and four home grown players. From next year, Harry Winks, Connor Ogilvie, Dele Alli, Davinson Sánchez and Joe Pritchard would need to be named in our squad list. and four of these are considered home grown though its likely Ogilvie and Pritchard will be permanently transferred either in January or in the summer. That means if Barkaly came in it wouldn't push anyone of out of the squad that we have. With Rose and Lamala coming back in September and October respectively our bench would consist of Davies to cover Rose, Trippier to cover Aurier, Wanyama to cover Dier at DM with Sanchez as part of a back three. Winks or Sissoko to cover Dembele and or Eriksen, Llorente to cover Kane, Gazzinga to cover Lloris, Son fr Lamela to cover Dele Alli I think? Sound about right to everyone else? Not a bad bench when you look at it? What I am hoping we will have is a first choice team for the Champions League and a Cup team that can play in the domestic cup games and enough squad to rotate between the CL and the Prem League without compromising the quality.
OyVeh Maria
01/09/2017 14:29:00
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Lots of people wanting a fast winger, but we have one in N'Koudou... We bought fast wingers in consecutive seasons. We could argue that they failed, so why buy another? Or we could look at it that many our players take a season or so to bed in, so perhaps this is N'Koudou's chance. As for crosses in the box, do not forget Trippier...who is great. And Rose, who isn't a great crosser, but having a better target will help. We now have plenty of striker cover for all the comps. A good window, but a MF/AMF short of a great window... And as always too late.
TonyRich
01/09/2017 14:33:00
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I try to look at transfer windows as objectively as possible, and there is only one overriding question which matters for me: did we get better? And I can’t really answer that one yet, which would lead me to believe that we haven’t had a great window. Looking at the starting 11 first, it’s still unclear what the plan for Sanchez is. Is he going to start right away? The price tag would suggest yes, most likely at the expense of Dier in a back 3. While Dier isn’t perfect, he’s a pretty solid player, and proven in the PL. So relatively big shoes to fill there. The same logic applies for Aurier replacing Walker. For me, the smart money would have been on trying to keep 2 proven PL players in the 11, rather than 2 expensive imports (who both come with question marks for different reasons, as pointed out by OyVeh). So I’m not convinced the 11 is better. As far as the squad is concerned, we have to assume that Sanchez’ arrival makes Dier or Wanyama a squad player now, and either of them are very strong players to have on the bench. The arrival of Llorente is a definite short-term upgrade (but as the article says, he’s a stopgap. Good for now, but we haven’t addressed the problem long term). We have also failed to address our need for another creative player (and the late loan attempt for Gomes would suggest we were in the market for one). Most news outlets I have consulted today seem to settle on a C/C+ grade for our window, on average. I would agree. We have gotten marginally better, we have managed to hold onto most of our good players, but we have also failed to get significantly better. On the plus side, and as always, credit where it is due: Levy has managed to get exceptional value out of Walker and Wimmer. We are, according to the Telegraph, one of 5 teams in the PL with a positive net transfer spend, along with Arsenal, Burnley, Stoke and Swansea. Old habits die hard.
BelgianSpur
01/09/2017 14:35:00
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Dele-Arri - I think you will find we are in the bottom third in terms of the conversion rate (ie percentage of corners that go in the net), its just that with the number of corners we get we are bound to get a few in. West Brom of course are at the top of the list, they don't get that many but boy do they know how to put them in the net. As I said I suspect Llorente will be having his say, poor corners means less goals for him.
jod
01/09/2017 14:37:00
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We needed another attacking midfield option. I'm a little frustrated with that. Over all I think we have improved the squad. Davinson an upgrade and now Dier can focus on midfield. Aurier is probably at the very least on par with Walker ON FIELD!. Lorente detonate upgrade...
asherthesmasher
01/09/2017 14:43:00
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Definitely 1 attacking midfielder short of a great transfer window, but if Lamela comes back and recaptures his best form, we'll be more than ok squad wise. Lamela is also our best set piece taker. We scored more set pieces than any other team in the league 2 season ago, thanks in part to his corners/free kicks, with Llorente joining, we could dominate that area again this season.
Guyver
01/09/2017 14:56:00
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BelgianSpur - Not sure its about the best eleven. Everyone has been saying we needed more depth, isn't that what we've got ? Of course that only helps if the manager rotates properly and I think the jury is still out on that one. There is a problem with imports, they usually take time to adjust. I think that's more of a problem for Aurier than Sanchez. With the players and permutations we have Sanchez can be eased in. At full back however when we've played twice a week in the past Poch has switched both backs so they only play once a week. This would mean Aurier being dropped in the deep end. I would be tempted to initially play him in the European games and Trippier in the domestic games as presumably Aurier would be more familiar with European football. As I said I think signing Llorente is an indication of just what a problem finding a striker that ticks the boxes has been. More premier players would have been nice although just who is available that we would want ? (apart from Martial who we did try and sign). There is of course the transfer that didn't happen, Barkley to Chelsea. A free transfer next summer ?
jod
01/09/2017 14:56:00
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jod - fair points. I am coming to terms with the Llorente signing in the sense that he can help us now. Everyone is on the lookout for a proven PL striker, and we got one. He should have another 1 or 2 good seasons in him, given that he doesn't rely on pace, so age shouldn't be as big a factor as with a Jermain Defoe- type striker. As far as the other 2 signings, I'm actually more worried about Sanchez. Aurier seems to have the physical attributes needed to succeed in the PL. The concerns about him come from his past behaviour, and the ACN issue. If he knuckles down and works hard, and stays out of trouble, he should eventually perform. With Sanchez, I just think we've taken a huge gamble. It's really an all-or-nothing signing, and for that price tag, I would have liked to see a more proven player (42 million might have gotten us someone like Virgil Van Dijk, who would have been a certain performer).
BelgianSpur
01/09/2017 15:20:00
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According to what ive seen, Davinson Sanchez cost £35m + £7m or £28m + £14m dependant on (I have no idea, but likely related to him/us doing something well). Southampton are allegedly asking for around £60m for VVD, which is likely why he is still at Southampton.
Guyver
01/09/2017 15:39:00
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Not a bad window... Think the players willy step up sooner rather than later... Seems potch or levy got to Barkley b4 he signed for Chelsea so expecting him January... Up the spurs.... Hugely loving getting not one but two over on Chelsea... Coys
62rovinella
01/09/2017 16:15:00
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I think it's very difficult to assess the window without knowing what Poch's objectives were. The fact that he has concentrated on the defence suggests that there are issues that need addressing now or later, but are maybe not so apparent to the rest of us. Many have stressed the need for a pacy AM/forward. But to get the best out of this type of player you need CMs who are good passers of the ball and can play it quickly. We don't really have those types of players: Dembele is a ball carrier and Wanyama and Dier largely play short passes. Winks has the potential to be that type of player but will he get enough game time? And it may be that this is the only style Poch wants to play, particularly as it has been very successful in the league for the last two seasons, so he may not see the need for a pacy forward. But without knowing what Poch's criteria for the window was, it's very difficult to assess. Overall, he may be very happy with the outcome.
Gary Onedaysoon
01/09/2017 16:49:00
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Upon reflection I think we have done rather well this window. One really important consideration is that Lamela has yet to feature since we switched to a 3-5-2 system which will suit him down to the ground. He is perfectly suited to the Eriksen role as they both have guile and an eye for the killer pass. Lamela's set piece delivery is also arguably better but certainly on a par. Both players are not blessed with pace and are lost when playing on the wing and expected to provide the width. With Aurier and Rose doing that, Lamela would be free to play more centrally and he provides ideal cover for any of the attacking 3 behind the striker. Our CB buys will allow Dier to focus more in the midfield role and this in turn would allow Dembele to play further up the pitch where he could be perfect with less defensive obligations. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if Dembele in an attacking role won't end up being just as revelationary as Dier suddenly becoming the DM solution we longed for. He really can glide right by players in a way that is quite Messi-esque. We now have cover in CB, for the wing backs, in the DM role (where Sanchez can also play) and we finally have genuine cover for Kane. Kane can also play as a no.10, as can Lamela and Dembele. With Son, Dele, Eriksen, Winks, Lamela and a free roaming Dembele we have plenty of attacking cover, with Sissoko and N'koudou also capable of coming good. We have brilliant players many of whom excel in various roles - It is actually one hell of squad.
Guernman
01/09/2017 17:15:00
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Bit late on this,just get my say in. Over the moon with Llorente,experienced,great in the air,not quick but neither was Sherringham.Ideal sub for Harry .With Jannsen still here we have options up front for Poch to rotate with over a gruelling season at Wembley. Trippier ,Rose ,Davies ,Serge & Christian will all provide crosses for Llorente.Bring it on . Our first big header of the ball since Bobby Smith.I may have forgotten a few others but my memory is not what it used to be.
Greavesaboveall
01/09/2017 17:46:00
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It was a very good window and I am happy with the cover for Kane and Aurier. I also think Poch has big plans for Sanchez and he could immediately improve our team as part of a back 3. For me we were a Mahrez short of being sensational!
spurticus87
01/09/2017 19:17:00
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Yes I think we had a good TW, pleased with Llorente, he gives us options. We look even better at the back now, Spurticus87, agree Mahrez coming in would have been sensational, can't win em all eh!....wheres Frank and Doncaster?
Thats Entertainment
01/09/2017 20:27:00
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What we have done in this window is upgrade our squad and we have a foundation for the next 5 years. We have an established defence with talented youngsters in Sanchez and Foyth waiting to take over from Toby and Verts. Aurier may well turn out to the signing of the season if he brings the same game he plays for PSG. He genuinely has the ability to fly down the wing and cross the ball. He is a winner and the type of player who pushes those around him to up their game. Although Janssen did not leave, Llorente can offer us something else as a forward and I actually think he and Kane can play together with Kane playing off him almost as a false 9. Offers an option to go 4-3-2-1 with Kane and Ali behind Llorente, who can use his size and power to bully the central defenders allowing Kane and Dele to time the runs and find the space. I now think we are 2 players away from winning the Prem League. In my humble opinion, we need a genuine challenger to Moussa Dembele, a real box to box powerhouse. Youtube Savic from Lazio, Serbian powerhouse, 6'4, technically excellent with both feet, not afraid to get stuck in, excellent in the air (should be at 6'4), scores goals. Would love to see him and Pogba go toe to toe. Adrien Rabiot would be another, but can't see him leaving PSG now as he is established there. The other player would be an attacking player in the guise of Reus or Draxler (or Bale). Intelligent, skillful with the ability to pick the pass, create that something special when nothing is happening. Most teams we are going to play are going to put 10 men behind the ball, so someone who can do the unexpected would be the final piece in my jigsaw. If Mahrez was really available, I think we should have gone all out for him. I don't see any risk signing him. He is the player we all wanted Lamela to become, cutting in from the right and unleashing that curling left foot shot into the net. He did it against us at the Lane. Having Son, Eriksen, Dele and Mahrez to choose from would not be too shabby a line up. Of course we could rectify this in Jan when I would expect Sissoko and Janssen to be shipped out, unless of course they start playing like Pele and Cruyff.
vicspur
01/09/2017 22:24:00
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vicspur, "What we have done in this window is upgrade our squad and we have a foundation for the next 5 years." Yes, on paper, it would seem that way. We now need to build on those foundations and don't allow them to break up, i.e, build, reward and retain....a trophy along the way would help. We've seen what happens when one component (Walker) is taken out and the other (Rose) injures/wants out...

On a side note, some great crosses put in Harry v Malta.
Critical_Spur
01/09/2017 22:35:00
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And well done Harry. August is out of the way and he's back!
Critical_Spur
01/09/2017 22:37:00
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great performance from Harry in Malta- his two goals upstaged by so many quality passes into the box, he should have had a handful of assists tonight
Guernman
01/09/2017 23:01:00
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Jod, agree on Foyth. One for the future. He is very good with the ball in his feet so I think he is going to be quite good. I believe there is a plan for Kyle Walker Peters though. I believe he will back up Trippier and Davies. I think we are going to be playing a back three where Aurier could just step in and where Sanchez will soon be there. AS Davies could play on the left of a back three, we have cover for Vertonghen and Alderweirald and Dier can stay in MF, as he is not as good as a CB. Pochettino needs to start resting Vertonghen and Alderweirald. WE have PL, CL and they have international commitments. Resting all of our players will be so important. Llorente, who has never been quick, can perhaps rub off on Janssen. He will certainly help with experience and allow Harry some days off. The other thing I love is that the four players we have added all have something special to offer going forward. Sanchez is a beast. Defenders don't normally score the number of goals he did. Aurier will be powerful going forward, but he can also deliver a cross. Watched Walker for England today, just horrid. His passing is awful. It's like pounding the ball 300 yards off the tee only to finish with a 7 on a par 4. Just wasted. And so many brainless decisions. 54M is a steal. If we play 3 at the back, Trippier, or Aurier, or Davies, or Walker Peters can all go forward with confidence and pick out the players running in to the box. I think the TW has been very good. We remain young, have added experience and have increased our cover across the pitch. Lamela coming back will also be huge. I also expect Nkoudou to make people realize why he was bought. All going to be good, no great. Cups are coming.
peterballb
02/09/2017 01:55:00
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Brilliant performance by Harry. He demonstrated every aspect of his game. When he dropped back for Vardy to come on he showed the midfield ability I mentioned a few days ago. He put three or four perfect balls into the box but only one was taken advantage of. And he was still able to be in the right place for a striker to score the last goal. One of our own!
Geofspurs
02/09/2017 02:02:00
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Geoff, I think Harry on the right, Dele on the left and Llorente in the middle with Erikssen right behind could be scary. I believe we now have a lot more options going forward, especially if we go with three at the back. Frees up Trippier and Davies to push forward and overlap. I think we really need to just be solid at the back and start throwing our guys forward with the intention of creating chance after chance. Llorente is a handful in the middle. You can't let Kane or Dele go. It's going to leave Erikssen so much time and, if you watched his goal today, when you give Erikssen time and space, you pay. Now he just needs how to do that from a dead ball or to allow someone else to do it. COYS
peterballb
02/09/2017 02:51:00
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Mahrez goes missing far too often. He's had one good season. He is not the player we need. IMO, Lamela has far more talent. Mahrez, at 45M. Rather go get Sessegnon or Zaha at that number. Rather give Edwards a shot. Just not the guy we need.
peterballb
02/09/2017 02:59:00
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peter .... I agree. We seem to have quite a few options now. It's going to be an interesting season.
Geofspurs
02/09/2017 03:02:00
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Tony, absolutely correct. Nkoudou, IMO, has made a case for himself in the pre-season. He has looked good, positive runs and quality balls in to the box. Exactly what we bought him for. People need to stop expect players from abroad to just step in and perform, especially when you are talking about kids. Aurier and Sanchez will take time, as will Foyth. Son went from 4 goals to 14 in the PL. It's a big jump. Officiated differently and the frenetic pace is not like what one sees in other leagues. Janssen and Nkoudou will be better this year. Let Janssen carry us to the League Cup. Give Nkoudou time. We have a large squad. Just don't play Sissoko. He's just awful.
peterballb
02/09/2017 03:10:00
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Overall, I'm pleased very pleased, gutted sissoko is still here. But delighted Janssen is. Llorente will help Janssen, .. I feel very confident now, 5 players who don't have the Wembley hoodoos... I am looking forward to the season good players and still a net profit on transfers.
E17YID
02/09/2017 06:32:00
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BelgianSpur - Wouldn't argue that Sanchez is a gamble.The fact that the club were prepared to take that gamble even after the Sissoku signing says how highly they rate him. Lets hope they are right. Even if he initially struggles though we have plenty of options in central defence. All that matters is he eventually comes good, as always with an overseas signing I'll judge him in two years.
jod
02/09/2017 07:47:00
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I knew Sissoko would stay.... Why would anyone sign him right now..? They haven't seen much of him, and Spurs will not be reducing the price right now either... Sissoko has another season to try a prove himself...
TonyRich
02/09/2017 10:39:00
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We can't say if the TW was good bad or indifferent, we have to wait and see where we are around Xmas.
123spurs
02/09/2017 14:20:00
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We did more than I expected, but still no cover for Eriksen/Ali or indeed any pace added. I think we have influenced Barkley and will swoop in for him on Jan 1st. I think Aurier will be good, given his pedigree, but Sanchez and Foyth are gambles given Foyth's age and Sanchez coming from Ajax, and the Dutch league is nowhere near as strong these days. I personally think Lloriente is a good signing, is still a quality CF , scored 15 PL goals last year, and is more than a bloke who can head it. He is big, strong, can hold it up, worries defenders, and won't expect to play every week, far better option than Jansson, who should now be shifted out in January, as should Sissoko. Just need to sort out Alderwiereld's contract dispute, and we should be OK at least until January.
Frank
02/09/2017 14:31:00
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Really hope Lamela and Rose can be back to start November. We need them for squad depth and to make a strong run in 2nd half of season. All in all I thought we had a decent TW possibly a B grade which is what I think we can reasonably expect if we compare to ManC and ManU and Chelsea. Arsenal and Liverpool had disasters with their main players really ticked off that they didn't get their moves.
jvd
02/09/2017 16:38:00
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An amazing amount of comings and goings,a net spending of £665 million pounds.If the Premiership clubs limited spending say just for one year to a total of half of this an amazing amount of good could be done for those who live in third world countries.Just for a single year millions of lives could be saved and the game would not suffer a notch for doing so.The UK would command respect,others would follow our example,what an amazing thing could be achieved fairly easily.It alas will never happen.Footballers will get richer and richer,already most in the top flight have so much money they don't know what to do with it all. The game if it carries on like this will destroy itself,spending at this kind of level is obscene and morally wrong.The rich should carry some responsibility to care for those who are less fortunate in life.Please,just for a year do something good,something that will have a far reaching effect. Looking through this list it's the same group of clubs who are spending the most,buying success.Teams should be limited to how much they can spend,a proportion of their players should be local lads,there should be a set limit on how many overseas players each club can have at a given time.These things would improve the British game,improve the home nation's chances in tournaments.So many changes for the better are out there waiting for someone to show them the way,I doubt in my lifetime I will see any change for the better.
Le Hane
02/09/2017 18:35:00
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Good post Le Hane. New poster?...welcome. It is not just about the amount the clubs are spending, but the wages on offer. Yes, it is unpalatable seeing what some of these guys earn compared to the the ordinary man who slogs his guts out just to make ends meet.

I note that PSG are being investigated by FIFA re the FFP. PSG's statement says that they have enough talent that they will look to sell in the next two windows in order to maintain compliance. I just don't get it. How can you forward fix your books?. Jod...care to enlighten how this works...a genuine question.
Critical_Spur
02/09/2017 23:13:00
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LH .... Very true, mate.
Geofspurs
03/09/2017 01:52:00
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A bit off topic.....I was very pleased to see the Malta / England game where Harry scored his goals and made assists, Dele Ali showing awareness in not making the shot at goal when there was 5 Malta defenders in a line ready to block, and Dele turned and passed to Harry... both are class players. Also I saw Spain v Italy 1st half Spain totally outclassed Italy.. impressive. Shows what England have to do to win the World Cup..
Block D Spurs
03/09/2017 07:16:00
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Frank - I love the way you come out with theses comments and just hope no one actually challenges them. "still no cover for Eriksen/Ali", these are two exceptional, very close to world class, players. But apparently we can just go out and pick up a couple of players who can do what they do. Mind you its not so long ago you were describing Kane as a championship player so maybe you just don't rate them.
jod
03/09/2017 08:26:00
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Jod, I don' t give a toss whether you challenge my comments or not. I am not suggesting we find challengers for either Eriksen or Ali's shirts, but if either get suspended, injured or are struggling for form, we have nobody in the current squad to provide the creativity we would lose, and we move forward too slowly particularly against "bus parkers" and to help overcome the "Wembley factor". As I say you can challenge this view or not, I personally don't give a *****e.
Frank
03/09/2017 13:39:00
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If spurs had signed Mahrez it would have been a good window. Spurs are still lacking a goal scoring dribbler like Mahrez. With Ali missing 3 CL games and Lamela out for most if not all of cl group games spurs will have to rely on players like sisoko and Gkn to get them through cl group i'd much rather a player of Mahrez quality in the squad.
palmover
03/09/2017 14:50:00
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Anybody had a look at Aurier's UTube video for 2016/17. I just did and I am blown away at his speed and directness. I was of the opinion originally that Walker had a more attacking bent but scrap that. This guy makes Walker look bad. His crossing is great and his direct runs at the LB are electrifying. He is going to be a major asset for us. And yea I know it a highlight video but in comparison to Walker's you see the difference easily.
jvd
03/09/2017 17:39:00
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Frank not to worry, Dele backs up Eriksen and Vice Versa. If push comes to shove and both are injured we could put Llorente up front and Kane can drop central with Son on the left and Sissoko/Lamela on the right. N'koudou on bench to spell either side. We could also move Winks or Dembele central and leave Kane up top. Anyway I will leave all that up to Poch to sort. If we do get Barkley in January, all the better. Lamela is the Key to having backup for those two guys. Getting Rose back will also lift our game.
jvd
03/09/2017 17:46:00
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Frank ... If Winks continues to develop as he has done there's every chance that he could do a job as a creative MF if Eriksen gets injured, don't you think? It's all about trusting MP to know what he's doing. Hasn't he earned our trust?
Geofspurs
04/09/2017 00:39:00
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Frank -"we move forward too slowly ". Neither Eriksen or Ali are quick so what difference does it make to our pace whether they are playing or not ? Ali is not a creative player he's a goal scorer who gets on the end of things so how does his absence affect the creativity ? Do you have any idea what you are talking about ? Naturally as Winks is a home grown player he couldn't possibly have the passing ability to do what a player we'd bought could do. Same old prejudice against home grown talent, back to "Kane is a championship player" again.
jod
04/09/2017 09:57:00
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DA and I gad a debate recently re lack pace or the idea 'we move forward too slowly' and we agreed it's less to do with not having pace in the TEAM as we (with essentially the same squad) DID make some scintillating 'fast' moves last season. There is obviously more to it than having pacey players. Admittedly we had Rose and Walker providing the visual speed but often with no end product. IMO, our apparent lethargy is down to players unable to find an outlet quickly or hanging on to the ball too long thus allowing the opposition to regroup. My observation is that the MF'rs aren't making effectively off the ball runs and the defenders are often passing sideways looking for an opening, often resorting to a diagonal lump. IMO, We lack ball carriers who can take on players and also lack off-the-ball running to create an opening. Versus Malta, it was highlighted how Kane was aware of the space for the 2nd goal and quickly moved over to receive the ball. Also, players like Vert used to often make a 'ball carrying' run from the back and we don;t see much of that any more. Versus Greece, Verts threatened several times....and I loved the Superman celebration after his goal.....More please. I think with Aurier and Sanchez we could become more dynamic. COYS!
Critical_Spur
04/09/2017 10:32:00
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Biggest disappointment for me in this window, was that Janssen turned down a proposed loan move to Brighton, I appreciate him wanting to fight for his place and staying to keep learning from the coach but I feel he needs a run of games in this league - which he won't get with us this season, to really find his feet and become a viable options for us. Loans away in the league have worked wonders for Walker, Rose, and Kane (sort of). He would have been first choice striker there and we could all gauge how well he potentially could do in this league. Other then that I'm happy, N'Koudou did well during the pre-season games and with Lamela and Rose nearly back to full fitness we are much stronger and quicker going forward. Midfield options with Erisken, Ali, Winks and Dembele means real depth, Worked needed on Sissoko, N'Koudou, and Lamela with a fully fit Son giving us plenty of width! Back line if well stocked as well. Squad looks well balanced and we have viable cover in every position now (pending recovery from injury)
Slurms McKenzie
04/09/2017 10:34:00
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Dele, I don't think anyone is expecting or predicting that both those players will come back into the squad and make an instant impact, rather in the immediate term it will give pochettino options to bring on later in games to add something different, it should also mean more competitive training and either allow those players to re-establish themselves in the first team or better yet spur the incumbent on to retain their place and those improve the team as a whole. Two first team players returning after a prolonged absence will feel like a couple of new signings, but with the added benefit of knowing the squad, club and systems inside out! I don't see a negative in their return, as opposed to their return being coupled with two more signings in those same areas which would only cause unrest and reduced playing time for all concerned. Neither player gets a free pass in my book and will have to justify inclusion in any match day squad but if they do then its a big win for Spurs! Longer term its gives us better balance to our attacking three and better cover and with Rose returning it will add a much need injection of pace into our left flank!
Slurms McKenzie
04/09/2017 14:14:00
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I would like to make 3 points, firstly for Christ's sake let us get our finger out and give the best CB in the PL (Toby Alderwiereld) a new deal, how much would it cost to replace him in a fee and wages, with his PL and international experience, and his understanding with Vertonghen, a lot more than a decent pay rise for 3 years. Second point MP has made an obvious decision to leave out Jansson from the CL squad, hardly a surprise when the bloke has been a total abject failure since he came from AZ, but what happens now, he turned down a loan move in the window to Brighton, that would have given him game time, and a chance to show something, if in fact there is anything there to show. He won't play this season, now that we have 2 proper strikers, except possibly in soft League Cup or FA Cup games against lesser teams, unless both Kane and Lloriente have a problem, so is he happy just to sit and wile away his contract, pick up his money, and wait for his expiry date, and then drift away, would he turn down a move away if we managed to persuade somebody to be daft enough to come in with an offer. Is he a more expensive version of Gregor Raziak. Thirdly are we ever going to see Lamela play again, he has been out 10 months, with still no return date, with a hip injury, what has he had a replacement hip joint, or is he just a masterly lead swinger. One thing for sure, we are a long long way from getting our £30M worth out of him, a poor buy. He reminds me of Teemu Tanio and Darren Anderton, they go missing for so long you forget we still have them.
Frank
04/09/2017 16:27:00
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Jod, I have no prejudice against home grown players or anyone else, except accountants who talk bollox.
Frank
04/09/2017 17:17:00
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Frank not to worry, Dele backs up Eriksen and Vice Versa. If push comes to shove and both are injured we could put Llorente up front and Kane can drop central with Son on the left and Sissoko/Lamela on the right. N'koudou on bench to spell either side. We could also move Winks or Dembele central and leave Kane up top. Anyway I will leave all that up to Poch to sort. If we do get Barkley in January, all the better. Lamela is the Key to having backup for those two guys. Getting Rose back will also lift our game.
jvd
04/09/2017 18:18:00
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Frank at today's valuations DL would probably get at least £60mm for Toby and probably buy a player almost as good or with the potential to be good/better for half that, ala Walker/Aurier. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to see Toby leave but that's the modern game, isn't it, no loyalty from either the team or players. Having said all that, it is something to note that all this hulabaloo is from one comment made by an agent. How do we know that the agent isn't facing some financial catastrophe and trying to drum up some commissions. Fact is we have only heard one side of the story and that is all we are likely to hear. Who's to say that the agent isn't asking a wage which Spurs just won't match because of what he thinks Toby can get from a RM or Barca or ManC or ManU or any of the other 4 teams which pay their players astronomical wages. Maybe this is the agents ploy to get him transferred and cash in on a bit transfer deal. Unless we are privy to whatever is on the table our comments are useless. THFC is my club (supporting wise) as such, in a situation like this without proper information, I will remain neutral and see what transpires.
jvd
04/09/2017 18:31:00
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I can see that the different opinions here on Lamela, Rose, Toby do have some merit. We just don't know what is happening in Poch's / Levy's office during the day to day business. I think Toby's agent is doing his job, in suggesting his client will leave if no contract improvement. As i have said before he deserves his increase to 100k pwk. Lamela, is a worry.. is he really on way back to full fitness ..or will Levy cash in on his insurance policy and get rid??? Rose should have kept his mouth shut, as being out injured for months, the team won a lot of games without him, I suspect he was manipulated by his agent and journos. into the interview. I am looking forward to the CL game next week, and to see if winning the England game has improved our players confidence at Wembley. Dele was back to his old ways again, making gestures ( to the ref.?) caused by being wound up by opposition, and not getting the ball from england players, at the right moment...poch will have a word with him today. COYS
Block D Spurs
05/09/2017 07:11:00
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Toby has been asked about his situation by Belgian journalists, and he has essentially said that his preference would be to remain at Spurs, but only if the conditions are right. He has expressed that he expects a revised deal, but he hasn't gone beyond that yet. It's still a situation worth monitoring though. But he has expressed himself personally about the subject, and he seems intent on getting a better deal or leaving.
BelgianSpur
05/09/2017 13:44:00
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jvd - "at today's valuations DL would probably get at least £60mm for Toby and probably buy a player almost as good or with the potential to be good/better for half that, ala Walker/Aurier." Well that's the thing. Aurier at this stage hasn't even kicked a ball in the PL yet, and it's very premature to claim that he has he's going to be just as good as Walker, let alone better. What evidence are you basing that claim on? Potential is one thing (players like John Bostock can confirm that), producing in the PL is another. Before we sell yet another proven player, and replace him with someone with no PL experience (albeit at half the price, which could be the ulterior motive), let's carefully think about what we are losing.
BelgianSpur
05/09/2017 13:49:00
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I think with our wage structure it is inevitable that we will lose players who want to get better rewards elsewhere. Even if we win a trophy or two the temptation will always be there for pastures new. It is all about forward planning and recruiting potential replacement when the time comes. I personally thought Wimmer, given a run of games, may have been that candidate. The fact that our TW activity predominantly brought defenders in, I suspect Poch is covering all eventualities. Toby still has 2 years on his contract, so at best will get another year out of him before we hit panic mode. It's only taken us 3 years to find another striker, albeit a stop-gap one!
Critical_Spur
05/09/2017 14:05:00
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Of course you are right BS, Aurier hasn't played a ball in the PL yet but he has had two years of Ligue Une experience and CL experience and has played alongside some fairly decent talent. I can only assess him at this stage on his highlight videos compared to Walker's and it appears to me that he is a very fast player, very strong and seems more aggressive going forward than Walker. It may well take him a few games to settle in but I feel he will do extremely well in the PL. Again you are right, it's just my opinion.

My response re Toby was basically to say that if he is asking for £150 plus then it's not going to happen and we will certainly get great value in the TW next summer. By that time I'm certain we will know exactly what we have in Sanchez. Once again I would not like to see Toby leave but I would not hold it against the club or Toby if they could not come to a figure both could work with and he decided to leave. I personally don't think it will come to that but if it does, c'est la vie. In everything change is inevitable. Even our wage structure, I'm sure is under review to see how best we can do to retain our stars but it will be done in a systematic way not based on a knee jerk reaction to agents comments and veiled threats.
jvd
05/09/2017 22:59:00
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DA - the interview on Belgian TV that I was referring to dates from this international break, about 3 or 4 days ago...
BelgianSpur
06/09/2017 10:14:00
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Critical - the age-old question. "With our wage structure". If that is the base hypothesis, then yes, the temptation to leave will be there and everything you say is true. At what point do we decide/recognise, as a club, that our wage structure is a self-imposed limit which hinders our ability to move forward? Isn't it time to recognise the progress made, decide that we have moved up in the world of football, and start operating like our rivals do? All wishful thinking of course, but I wonder how long this can go on.
BelgianSpur
06/09/2017 10:17:00
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jvd - my understanding, from everything have read so far, is that Toby isn't asking for 150k+, he is asking that his salary match the highest earners at the club, around the 100k mark. It would be a significant raise for him, but not impossible for the club to pay.
BelgianSpur
06/09/2017 10:22:00
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BS I am in agreement that £100k is doable. I really expect a new contract will be reached. BTW, has anyone seen the shoulder charge by Sanchez which wiped out Danny Alves in the latest Brazil v Colombia WCQ game! He totally destroyed him. Also BTW Sanchez was playing as LCB in a 3 back defense. Nice to know he can play right across the back 4.
jvd
06/09/2017 11:18:00
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