Five Realistic Transfer Targets For Tottenham Hotspur

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EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 15: Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV v Ajax at the Philips Stadium on April 15, 2018 in Eindhoven Netherlands (Photo by Aaron van Zandvoort/Soccrates/Getty Images)

The summer ahead looks to be pivotal in the progression of Tottenham Hotspur in becoming a top European team. Spurs have now established themselves as a Champions League team, after securing their third successive top-three finish. In a transitional period for the club, maintaining a top-four position, alongside an impressive Champions League campaign, was arguably good enough this season. However, the lack of silverware ultimately provides Daniel Levy with a dilemma this summer. Mauricio Pochettino has arguably pushed this squad to its limit. The first XI has enough quality to compete with anyone. Competing in four competitions requires more than just 11 players, however. Does Daniel Levy break the bank and push to build on the foundations Spurs have set? Or does he stick with the current transfer policy that has brought Spurs to where they are now?

Tottenham Hotspur: Realistic Transfer Targets

Whilst many fans will be wishing for an enthralling summer of high profile signings, it is more likely that Levy will stick to the current transfer policy. This is signing players who demand less significant transfer fees, but who offer high potential to succeed. Below is a list of five potential players Pochettino will look to bring in.

Ryan Sessegnon

Tottenham have been linked with the explosive Fulham starlet for some time now. At the age of only 17, Sessegnon has caught astronomical attention for a player within the Championship. He became the first ever Championship player to be nominated for the PFA young player of the year award. Interestingly, he is also the first 17-year-old to have scored a hattrick in any of the top four English divisions since Dele Alli in 2014. Sessegnon’s transfer to Spurs would make sense to both all parties concerned. Fulham would, of course, lose a key player. However, the money they would receive for a player who may push for a move could be highly beneficial to them. Sessegnon would also gain the opportunity to work under Pochettino, a manager with a phenomenal reputation with youngsters, especially full-backs.

Johnjo Shelvey

Jonjo Shelvey is one that could divide the fans. Many consider him to be no more than an average Premier League footballer with a bad track record for ill-discipline. On the other hand, he is a player always willing to get on the ball and move the ball forward. The array of passes on display in his recent performance against Spurs was impressive. He then followed that up with a man of the match performance against Chelsea. Surprisingly, Shelvey hasn’t picked up a single Premier League booking in 2018, showing that his temperament is improving. Shelvey would undoubtedly be a good squad player for Spurs. He would come with both a manageable transfer fee and wages. He also has proven Premier League quality and would be a sensible purchase.

Jamie Vardy

Vardy isn’t a player who is currently linked with Spurs. However, pursuing the England international would make a lot of sense. Scoring 20 goals this season, Vardy has shown he is a top-level striker. With blistering pace and an eye for goal no matter the angle, Vardy would be a fantastic addition to any squad in the Premier League. He has played many times with Harry Kane and the other England internationals within the squad. In addition, he will surely be looking for Champions League football. At the age of 31, he will feel it’s crucial to be playing at the top level. Again, neither the transfer fee nor the wages will be out of Tottenham’s budget. It seems a no-brainer.

Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt is a player now heavily linked with a move to Tottenham. With Toby Alderweireld looking likely to leave, many are touting de Ligt as his replacement. The Ajax defender, who used to play alongside Davinson Sanchez, would reportedly cost around £50m. Whilst this is a lot of money, it would largely be subsidised by the sale of Alderweireld. If the Belgian is set to leave the club, de Ligt would make sense as his replacement. At an incredible age of 18, de Ligt already has 5 caps for Holland, showing he is well ahead of his age. The presence of Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen would be instrumental in helping him settle into a new league. Many fans will remain hopeful that Alderweireld will stay. However, it seems his imminent departure is inevitable, with de Ligt a likely replacement.

Alfie Mawson

Alfie Mawson is another player who has been on Tottenham’s radar for some time. Perhaps the least exciting on the list, Mawson looks set to leave Swansea upon their relegation from the Premier League. Mawson started every Premier League game for the Swans this season. He is very calm and capable on the ball, also having an eye for goal, scoring twice this campaign. Mawson would surely be no more than a signing to bolster the squad. Whilst Pochettino has high hopes for Juan Foyth, not making a single Premier League appearance this season implies he’s not quite ready. Mawson would certainly provide solid cover for the starting centre backs and would be a sensible purchase.

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  1. Jamie Vardy showed at Wembley in our final game of the season just how clinical he is. And fast. Alongside Kane, Spurs could really hurt a lot of teams. I can’t see it though as Spurs are unlikely to meet his wage demands and Leicester probably pay him more than Levy would. It would depend on how much of a challenge Vardy wants. He has a Premier League winners medal so at 31, how much of a challenge would he want?
    Shelvey is a very interesting shout. He should be going to the World Cup and is a better forward thinking player than Henderson. His mentality has been questioned and discipline but his passing range and ability to score from range has to mean he would be a good fit for Spurs. With Winks coming back next season, Wanyama, Dier, possibly Dembele, I am not sure he would feel he would be getting enough football.
    Masson would have to weigh up whether he wants game time or is happy to play second or even third fiddle at Spurs. I could see Spurs landing him and loaning him out to a lower half team in the Premier League.
    De Ligt would surely be a good option alongside Jan – it will be interesting to see if that rumour comes to fruition.
    Sessegnon. I have followed this young player for a couple of seasons now and I can see Bale. His speed and strength already are superb and although not the finished article, he could flourish under Poch’s guiding hand.

    The problem though is that Poch might not be there next season and :envy would have to spend bigger than for many a year to land even two of these players. And that’s why I think, sadly, that by next week, Spurs will be looking for a new manager and if he does leave, we will be looking at who Spurs can keep rather than who they might buy. Because these players love Poch. And if he goes, don’t be surprised to see an exodus of biblical proportions.


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