Window Winners or Deadline Day Duds?
As the deadline approached yesterday, we discussed Tottenham targets and potential departures. As the day progressed, the two most likely deals came through and while Spurs fans would have been disappointed to miss out on Paulo Dybala, surely it’s been a positive window.
With four signings completed and three significant departures, the squad has been refreshed but is everyone happy?
The final day of the transfer window saw Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso cross to the new White Hart Lane. Both men had been mentioned for most of the summer and while other targets seemed to drift away, the pair remained firmly in the frame for much of the day.
It was tight with both deals officially announced after the 5pm cut off point but we welcome both men and look forward to their input across 2019/20. In the case of Lo Celso, the 23 year old former Real Betis midfielder has signed on an initial loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer. As for Sessegnon, the teenager is here on a five year contract and the fee is said to be £25 million with Josh Onomah moving the other way,
The One That Got Away
While Sessegnon and Lo Celso managed to get over the line, there was no joy in terms of Paulo Dybala. Occasional reports suggested that the Argentine would come to Spurs on loan while the question of image rights was sorted out but ultimately there was nothing doing.
Meanwhile, with the exception of Josh Onomah who we wish well at Craven Cottage, there were no notable departures. A suspected scramble for Christian Eriksen did not materialise so the Dane remains at the Lane for now at least. Unlike last year, it was certainly interesting but did we emerge as winners.
Good or Bad?
The non-signing of Dybala was to be expected but it does tend to highlight the only concern and it’s an old issue with us. With Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen having left, it seems that Troy Parrott will now be given his chance to provide back up to Harry Kane, probably from the bench and as a starter in the EFL Cup.
The Irish teenager looks a fantastic prospect but most of us will surely be hoping that Harry gets through much of this season without a spell in the physio’s room. In Kane’s absence, Son Heung-Min started to step up positively but we missed our striker’s goals as the 2018/19 season came to a close. Of course, there were significant contributions from Lucas Moura at the end while the return to fitness of Erik Lamela is also intended to boost scoring contributions from behind the striker.
Fans are also worried over the right back position vacated by Kieran Trippier. It’s now down to Kyle Walker-Peters and Serge Aurier to battle for that slot with Juan Foyth providing cover as and when.
For now, the speculation is at an end and the football begins but was it a good window with Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke added to Thursday’s incoming duo or have the club come up short?