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?

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Christian Eriksen fires Spurs to seventh with another late strike

Tottenham left the Liberty Stadium with all three points on Sunday evening having been on the back foot for large periods of the game.

They have to thank Christian Eriksen once again, as he popped up in the last minute of normal time to seal the win with an accurate strike into the bottom-left corner.

This marks the second time this season that Eriksen has won Spurs a match in the dying minutes as he also bagged the winner against Hull City a few weeks ago. So this begs the question, are they over reliant on the Danish superstar?

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He is Spurs’ joint top scorer with Nacer Chadli in the Premier League and for the second season running has looked like the player everybody was expecting him to be when Tottenham signed him last summer.

His form has been consistent and he regularly creates chances, averaging just over two per game.

This was another performance to cherish for Eriksen as he laid on an assist for young Harry Kane. And looked a threat whenever he got on the ball.

He has been played out of position on the left of midfield, despite being most effective in a more central berth but has kicked on in recent weeks and is shining in the Spurs side.

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Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, will be hoping his other attacking midfielders can support the form of Eriksen. The likes of Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela have failed as yet to convince the fans that they are worth the investment, especially Lamela.

Young Lamela came from AS Roma with the promise of being the ‘next Gareth Bale’. However, he spent much of last season on the sideline and has yet to register a Premier League goal. His performance today was also an indication of how much he is struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League, especially when compared to Eriksen.

Spurs look to be enduring yet another season in transition with another manager. However, Eriksen is providing hope that they can continue to climb the table if his form continues.

How important is Christian Eriksen to Spurs?

Premier League Transfers: Quality over quantity is the only way forward

Jamie Ives looks at where Premier League clubs are going wrong with regard to transfer policies and why the number of quality players in the top flight may be decreasing…

Over the past five years the Premier League has become more and more competitive and predicting outcomes has become a betting man’s worst nightmare due to the unpredictability of the league.

The Premier League is still viewed as the best league in the world by many. And the main reason for the more competitive structure is the transfer policy of Premier League clubs nowadays.

World-class players at their peak are leaving England’s top division and are not being replaced by world-class players. The best examples of this in recent years are Liverpool and Tottenham, who, over the last two summer’s have lost Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale to Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.

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Spurs replaced Bale with an array of players that have yet to make up for the loss of the Welsh wizard. Attacking players Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen were all brought in using the Bale money but have not made the same impact in the side on a consistent basis.

It’s a similar issue with Liverpool. They used the money they acquired through the Suarez deal to bring in Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Mario Balotelli – all of whom have failed to make up for the Uruguayan’s absence.

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And thus with this policy, both teams have lost pace with other big clubs in the league, such as Chelsea. The Blues have adopted the opposite strategy this year and it looks to have paid off. Bringing in Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa has fired them to top spot and they don’t look like they’ll fall away anytime soon.

It seems modern football clubs value a large squad, which has its obvious advantages due to injury problems and long fixture lists. However, there is no substitute for a world-class player, no matter how many players you bring in.

The amount of world-class talent in the Premier League is decreasing and England’s UEFA Champions League teams failures are fundamentally the reason for this.

Germany’s Bayern Munich and Spain’s Real Madrid and Barcelona are the dominant forces in the game today, and the very best players are signed by these clubs at all costs. That has ensured they remain competitive in every competition they are in.

Premier League clubs should be keeping hold of their assets, and if they do decide to sell, replacing them with players of the same calibre is a must, and not three or four average replacements.

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?