With the transfer window well underway Spurs are set to sign Ebbsfleet youngster Shilow Tracey, according to Sky Sports Sources.
The 17-year-old midfielder is said to have a similar style of play to Tottenham wonderkid, Dele Alli.
Tracey would be a key addition to the Tottenham Hotspur Development Squad as Kenny McEvoy departed from the North London based club for first team football at League Two outfit, York City.
In this article I will look at three potential signings I would make if I was in Mauricio Pochettino’s shoes.
(This will be from my view as a fan, something Lincolnshire Echo’s Sport Editor John Pakey taught me to start publishing more during my summer 2015 work experience)
Before I name the three stars I would like to bring to White Hart Lane, I’d like to say that I do not believe we need anymore defenders! We have great squad depth when it comes to the back four and with young players such as Miloš Veljković and Kyle Walker-Peters coming up the ranks, thanks to the hard work of Ugo Ehiogu and John McDermott, the future is bright for The Lilywhites!
SIGNING NUMBER ONE.
- Name: Anthony Lopes
- Position: Goalkeeper
- Age: 25
- Club: Olympique Lyonnais
- Country: Portugal (Born in France)
Although Olympique Lyonnais’ fan favourite may be Alexandre Lacazette, goalkeeper Anthony Lopes is a name the Lyon fans will soon be chanting.
When Hugo Lloris made the trip across the channel the Portuguese international was soon given his chance to prove that OL didn’t need to sign a replacement. The talented goalkeeper made his Ligue 1 debut at the age of 22 and was soon a regular first team player at Stade de Gerland.
I feel that Lopes would be the perfect signing for Spurs this January. I can see Michel Vorm leaving in a few years time for first team football therefore it is important to prepare in advance. The young goalkeeper would also learn from first team goalkeeper Lloris as the two players would have chemistry through their French links.
As well as the two players being able to speak French, Lopes has a similar style of play to Lloris when it comes to reflexes and all round shot stopping.
Another option we could look at if we were to sign Lopes could be a possible deal which sends the goalkeeper straight back to Lyon on loan, meaning he would continue to play first team football and would develop in one of the top leagues in the world.
SIGNING NUMBER TWO.
- Name: Sandro Ramírez
- Position: Forward/Left Wing
- Age: 20
- Club: Barcelona
- Country: Spain U21
No this isn’t the return of the roundhouse kicking Sandro Raniere… you can remind yourself of that madman by clicking here. This is Sandro Ramirez the young forward Spurs have been linked with for the past few months.
Yes Harry Kane is the man but come on give the lad a break we need a bit more depth up top and poor old ‘Arry needs a break… and that is why I’ll be naming another striker for the third and final signing.
Sandro has been in and out of the Barcelona squad in recent weeks with his future at Camp Nou in question. Tottenham were reported to have spoken to the Spanish U21 in late December but no official offer was understood to have been made.
I have seen a number of Spurs fans on Twitter and on the Spurs Facebook group demanding the singing of Saido Berahino. I am not so eager to sign the West Brom forward as I see him as trouble.
Yes he may have refused to play when a offer from Spurs was blocked in Summer 2015, which shows his desire to play for Spurs but if we were to sign Berahino history could repeat itself if a club like Real Madrid (for example) were to make an offer which was then blocked by Daniel Levy. Therefore we should stay away and look abroad for a fresh face to help support Kane up front. Meaning Sandro is perfect!
Sandro is fast and can dribble well meaning he would be another hard working player amongst the current workhorses, Alli and Kane.
SIGNING NUMBER THREE
- Name: Alexandre Pato
- Position: Forward
- Age: 26
- Club: Corinthians
- Country: Brazil
The third and final name I would bring to White Hart Lane is former AC Milan striker, Alexandre Pato.
Pato has recently spent time on loan at São Paulo where he scored 15 goals in 33 appearances. (Source: whoscored.com)
The Brazilian international has been linked with a move to Spurs on a number of occasions in the past two seasons but no action was taken to try and sign the striker. Which I saw as a disappointment.
With the same reasons that I believe we should sign Sandro, Pato would be great for Spurs as we need more depth up front. Clinton N’Jie is ruled out for a reported two months which leaves us with Kane, and Son Heung-min as our only two senior strikers in full fitness. The signings of Pato and Sandro would be perfect for Pochettino’s side.
The striker is only 26-years-old and still has a number of years left in his locker. Pato may be a risk but it is a risk I would take. Yes he hasn’t played in the Premier League but this was the same situation with players such Luka Modrić and Rafael van der Vaart who went onto become big names at White Hart Lane.
When asked about the potential singing of Pato, former Tottenham youngster and current club coach, Sam Cox said “He would add a different attacking threat to what we already have and most definitely add even more quality to the promising young squad we already have.”
So there it is, the three signings I would make if I was the Spurs gaffer. I hope you enjoyed my opinions and I’d love to hear the three stars you would bring to White Hart Lane! COYS