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?


Should Spurs consider a move for this former Arsenal hero?

Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie looks set to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season and Spurs should consider a move for the Dutch striker.

The 31-year-old former Arsenal star has one year left on his current United deal and Louis Van Gaal is ready to cash in on him now, rather than letting him leave for free at the end of next season.

United chief Ed Woodward will listen to offers for Van Persie and will sell to whoever is willing to pay the most for his services, according to the Daily Star, and so Tottenham would have the green light to make a move should they wish.

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With both Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado misfiring, their time at White Hart Lane is surely drawing to a close, and both have been linked with moves away from the club this summer.

Harry Kane has burst onto the scene and netted his 30th goal of the season at Newcastle on Sunday, but Spurs can’t afford to rely solely on the England youngster to fire them to success.

An experienced head is needed, and one with Premier League experience would be ideal so that a Soldado-type flop doesn’t happen again.

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Van Persie ticks both of those boxes, and he is suited to playing as a lone striker – the system Mauricio Pochettino uses at Spurs.

His Arsenal history would leave some fans skeptical, but Spurs fans would love to have a former Gunner arrive and fire them back into top four contention after another season looks set to end in disappointment on that front.

Loyalty to Arsenal is clearly not at the top of Van Persie’s agenda as he jumped ship to Premier League rivals United and helped them win the title in his first season, scoring 26 league goals in 38 appearances.

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Injuries didn’t affect him that year but they have been an issue for large chunks of it at Arsenal and now at United as he has missed the last two months with an ongoing ankle problem.

The Dutchman has been linked with a move to Juventus, as well as a return to Dutch side Feyenoord but if Spurs want him, then now is the time to make a move.

Would Robin Van Persie be a good signing for Spurs? Where should he go if he leaves Manchester United this summer?

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?

Is Harry Kane Tottenham’s best striker?

Harry Kane has started the new season in prolific form. The young Spurs striker has netted nine goals in 13 games for Tottenham in all competitions but has yet to start a Premier League game.

The 21-year-old made his sixth league substitute appearance of the season in Tottenham’s game at Aston Villa this weekend, and earned all three points for the north London side with a deflected free-kick in the dying minutes.

Kane’s rise to prominence started last season, as Tim Sherwood promoted him to the first-team during his tenure at the club and the England Under-21 star has not looked back.

He has been Spurs’ best forward this season, and is looking like a man ready to become a club hero – if he isn’t already.

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The best way to describe Kane is a “proper footballer”. He is willing to play anywhere on the pitch to help his team (something he showed a couple of weeks ago as he went in goal after scoring a hat-trick against Asteras Tripoli), and is a true professional. He showed his class by stopping teammate Erik Lamela from waving an imaginary card at the referee during the commotion surrounding Christian Benteke’s red card on Sunday.

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Having yet to start a league game, Kane will surely have now done enough to force manager Mauricio Pochettino‘s hand and a home game against Stoke in the next fixture is a perfect opportunity to extend his goalscoring record.

Harry Kane Roberto Soldado Emmanuel Adebayor
Goals 1 0 2
Goal Assists 1 1 1
Chances Created (per 90 minutes) 1.67 1.92 1.46
Shot Accuracy 100% 43% 69%
Header’s Won (per 90 minutes) 2.50 0.38 2.20

(Stats via Squawka)

Kane has seen significantly less minutes this season but has impressed when called upon, and has not fired a shot off target as of yet.

He plays best when partnered with another forward and although Adebayor has been a key part of the squad this season, he has yet to find any real form.

Soldado plays well alongside Kane as the Spaniard is so good at bringing others into play, so that partnership is something that could work well for Spurs going forward.

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With seven goals in his last seven, Kane has proved that he can play at the highest level and he now deserves his chance to start in the Premier League.

With Adebayor misfiring, and Soldado yet to replicate the form he showed in Spain, Harry Kane is undoubtedly Tottenham’s most exciting attacker at this moment in time, but he must be managed properly to ensure that he continues to improve.

Is Harry Kane Tottenham’s best striker?