With Deadline Day well underway and only a few hours remaining Spurs fans may see a last minute addition join the ranks at their beloved club but the chances of this happening are unlikely.
This news come from Mauricio Pochettino not ruling out any transfer deals before the 11pm deadline tonight, saying that the club are “open” to making a move for someone, however the Tottenham manager has said that there is a “0.01 percent” of a deal happening.
Pochettino has openly admitted that it can be difficult to make mid-season signings and will look to strengthen his side during the summer window.
A possible suggestion was bringing in a number of players on short term loans to cover Spurs’ injured stars but with Harry Kane, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose all being passed fit to face Sunderland this evening this is also unlikely for The Lilywhites.The only signing at White Hart Lane so far this January is the arrival of Maximus Tainio from HJK Helsinki for an undisclosed fee, who joined a day prior to Tom Carroll leaving for Swansea City at a fee of £4.5million.
The 15-year-old son of former Spurs midfielder, Teemu Tainio will move to London in June 2017 where he will join Spurs’ academy. The deal also includes the option for a professional contract.
With Tainio’s father doing scouting work for the club, another relation to staff has also joined the youth set up with Pochettino’s 15-year-old son, Maurizio Pochettino representing one of Tottenham’s youth sides in a bid to follow his father’s footsteps as a professional footballer.Two areas which could possibly do with strengthening through a new signing would be a new centre back and striker.
Obviously Spurs have lots of squad depth in the middle at the back with Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin Wimmer, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Eric Dier all being able to play there naturally.
Following Alderweireld’s recent knock and Vertonghen’s ankle ligament damage picked up against West Brom, it may be best to bring in someone on loan or on a short term contract for the rest of the season.
A suggestion could be former Juventus defender, Martin Caceres who is currently unattached.
Caceres is a player who could be deployed anywhere in Tottenham’s defence and would provide more experience than Carter-Vickers, who may possibly be brought into the first team if a plague of injuries continues.
Having not played a respectable amount of football since his departure from Juventus, fitness could be an issue but with Pochettino’s strict fitness regime this could be dealt with quickly.
If things go well for Caceres then a contract extension may be necessary as the player is still only 29-years-old and has a lot to offer for any top flight side.Moving on to a new striker. Thankfully, you’ll be pleased to hear that Emmanuel Adebayor has signed for İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. today so he’s ruled out the picture of a White Hart Lane return.
There have been a number of rumours flying about regarding Pochettino signing a new young striker.Harry Kane is the obvious frontman for Spurs at the moment with Vincent Janssen yet to impress on a consistent basis.
Tottenham also have Son Heung-min who can operate as a forward but is more suited to a wide attacking role. Whilst young forwards Clinton N’Jie, Shayon Harrison and Will Miller are all out on loan.Jay Rodriguez has been a name which has often been brought into question when speaking about Tottenham looking for a new striker. This option would be a safe bet for Spurs as the player already has Premier League experience but there is a risk of the player not being good enough to succeed at The Lane.
If Spurs were to get someone from abroad (again) then this could be a risk as seen in previous years with Roberto Soldado and the previously mentioned Janssen.A realistic option could be Sébastien Haller who currently plays for FC Utrecht in Holland.
Haller has impressed for Utrecht since joining permanently in 2015, scoring 26 goals in 51 league appearances. The 22-year-old Frenchman initially moved to Holland on a loan deal where he scored 11 goals in 17 league appearances during the 2014/15 season.
The former Auxerre man has also proved his ability on the international stage scoring 13 goals in 20 appearances for the French U21 side.
A strong and fast forward, Haller would fit into Tottenham’s side when called upon making him the perfect backup for Kane.
Haller is still young and a known goalscorer which suggests he has potential for a bright future at the highest level.