Spurs ready for major overhaul as £56m duo set to fund moves

Tottenham Hotspur look set for another busy summer as Mauricio Pochettino will try and bring in players that suit his style of play, with the club’s two record signings Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado both likely to be sold to fund moves.

Lamela and Soldado were two of the seven players brought in to the club in the summer of 2013, when Gareth Bale left to join Real Madrid for £85 million, but both have failed to impress over the past two campaigns.

Soldado joined for a club record £26 million before Lamela broke that total in the same window, joining from AS Roma for £30 million, and Spurs will listen to offers for both this summer.

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Pochettino wants to revamp the Spurs team after his first season in charge looks set to end without Champions League qualification.

Franco Baldini has been heavily criticised for the transfers he oversaw as technical director during the summer Bale left, and Paul Mitchell has been brought in from Southampton to try and improve the club’s recruitment policy.

Mitchell is Tottenham’s new head of recruitment and worked with Pochettino at Southampton before the Argentine coach moved to White Hart Lane last year.

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The 33 year old oversaw the signings of Jay Rodriguez, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Victor Wanyama, Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and Fraser Forster at Southampton before leaving to join Spurs in November.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has suggested the club won’t spend big money on signings after the flops of Soldado and Lamela, with players in the £10-15 million bracket more realistic targets.

The North London club are expecting a busy transfer window as lots of changes look likely to take place at White Hart Lane again this summer.

Do Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado have a future at Spurs? Should they be sold this summer?


Liverpool linked with £32m move for Spurs star Christian Eriksen – Does it make sense?

Liverpool are weighing up a £32 million move for Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen, according to Ben Jefferson of the Express, but we question whether or not such a move makes sense.

The Reds have not had a good time of late. They crashed out of the Champions League last week and have only won two of their last eight in the Premier League.

Added to the fact that Raheem Sterling has been linked with a move away, it’s understandable that the Anfield faithful are not feeling to merry this Christmas.

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But they could be set for a late present as they have been linked with Tottenham playmaker Eriksen. The 22-year-old Danish star has been in fantastic form of late, and is undoubtedly Spurs’ most talented player.

So why would he leave?

Money is an obvious factor. The fact that Liverpool could offer Spurs around £32 million is enticing, especially as the Lillywhites only paid £11 million for him 18 months ago.

Chairman Daniel Levy loves making money, but he wouldn’t be willing to let the team’s outstanding talent leave unless a Gareth Bale-sized fee was offered. And even then, if it was offered by Premier League rivals Liverpool, he would still be dubious.

Liverpool need to improve. There is no question about that. But bringing in a talented playmaker is not the solution. Defensive reinforcements must be a priority, and pace is the other thing that is missing.

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The Reds already have playmaking talents in summer signings Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana as well as Philipe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling.

Spending over £30 million on someone they don’t actually need makes little sense, and it’s highly unlikely any move would even come close to happening.

Spurs are currently four places higher in the table than Liverpool, and although the Reds finished higher in the league last season, the two teams are closely matched in terms of ability.

Eriksen is a top talent, but a move to Liverpool won’t be a step he needs to take, nor one Liverpool need to make.

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The Danish midfield star will remain with Spurs until at least the end of the season, though failure to qualify for the Champions League could spark more rumours about his future.

But for now, he is a Spurs player. A star for that matter, and we won’t see him on the move in January unless an astronomical amount is put on Levy’s table.

Do Liverpool need someone like Christian Eriksen? Where do the Reds need to strengthen?

Is Tottenham’s transfer policy hindering their progression?

Jamie Ives takes a look at where it has all gone wrong for Tottenham Hotspur in the past couple of seasons, and asks if the club’s transfer policy needs to change.

It was only two years ago that Spurs were being touted as potential title contenders following a strong flurry of performances that saw them climb into the top three in the Premier League.

However, their recent transfer policy has been questionable at best and if anything they are signing players that are worse than the players they are selling.

The best example of this point is the recent sale of Sandro – a former fan favourite, for the unbeknown Benjamin Stambouli. I’m sure that Stambouli could more than do a job for Spurs in the league and needs time to adapt, but his game time has been limited this season so far and Sandro was a first-team regular for nearly three seasons.

The biggest name to depart in the Spurs exodus was of course Gareth Bale, who joined Real Madrid for a world-record transfer fee of around £85 million. However, I think the player they miss the most is Luka Modric. The Croatian star was the one player that could open a defence with one pass and turn the opposition in an instance. Spurs have yet to replace him.

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The Tottenham midfield has lacked this type of player since Modric departed. And only got by without him because of the genius of Bale during the 2012/13 season.

Once Bale left, the squad had a huge influx of players including Erik Lamela (£30m), Roberto Soldado (£25.8m) and Paulinho (£17m). Though it’s fair to say that all three of them have failed to show their worth.

They also managed to sell two promising England internationals, in Steven Caulker and Jake Livermore, which left their intentions unjust.

While long-term Spurs stars like Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson and Jermain Defoe have also moved on to make way for a new side that has struggled to find its own identity.

There must come a point when Spurs realise that what they are best at is producing players and not purchasing them.

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Franco Baldini has a lot to answer for as technical director. He arrived in the summer before Bale was sold and between him and chairman Daniel Levy, all of that money was blown without much to show for.

However, it is not all doom and gloom at White Hart Lane, as the likes of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Danny Rose and Andros Townsend (all from the Spurs academy) look set for game time under Mauricio Pochettino.

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There is no doubt that Spurs’ season will pick up. But there needs to come a time, pretty soon, where they can take the next step and mount a strong challenge for success.

Changing manager year after year will not move the team forward, and a rethink at the very top of the club is what is needed to get Tottenham back on track.

What do you make of Tottenham’s transfer policy? What needs to change at Spurs?