Three Spurs transfer targets for the upcoming January window
Seven players were added to the Tottenham Hotspur first team this summer while no players left against the wishes or plans of the club, according to football.london.
There is a very palpable sense that Spurs have their strongest squad in years, with more options across the board and beyond their starting XI.
The arrival of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton provided the combative holding midfield role that Jose Mourinho demanded, while Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon represent significant upgrades in the full-back positions.
Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius both arrived on loan deals while defender Joe Rodon and goalkeeper Joe Hart were signed on permanent deals to add depth in their positions.
However, the club will already be looking to future windows with Bale and Vinicius only on loan deals which will expire at the end of the campaign, as is the same with the arrangement for Gedson Fernandes from Benfica.
There is still a shortage of depth at right-back and in the heart of defence, while the club will still be keen on bringing in a new striker to support Harry Kane on a permanent basis.
Here are three players who Spurs could end up pursuing in the January transfer window to bolster their ranks for the second half of a demanding campaign.
The signing of Rodon from Swansea City was primarily to address a shortage of strength in depth in the heart of the Tottenham defence.
These positions are fundamental to the success of Mourinho’s teams historically and it is evident that it remains an issue for Spurs. Eric Dier appears to be favoured in the position, alongside either one of Davinson Sanchez or Toby Alderweireld.
However, the Belgian is now aged 31 and both central defensive positions appear to be open to improvement. Spurs may now be looking for a leader in the position.
Juan Foyth’s future at Spurs is unclear while youngster Japhet Tanganga has, partly due to injury, also faded from his early prominence.
Vilmos Tamas “Willi” Orban has been one of Bundesliga’s most consistent performers in recent years, helping RB Leipzig to become the domestic powerhouse they are today.
Orban is one of the club’s captains and clearly has the experience and leadership qualities that Mourinho seeks in his players, alongside a consistent level of dependable performances.
Now aged 28, he is at an age profile whereby he is entering his peak and would have at least another three or four seasons at the top level.
However, he sat out most of last season with a knee injury and despite recovering from the layoff, he is no longer first-choice at a club who now have remarkable depth.
Dayot Upamecano, Marcel Halstenberg, Lukas Klostermann and Ibrahima Konate are all other options for Leipzig in the centre of their defence, meaning they could potentially look to cash in on Orban in the coming months.
Orban is the second highest central defensive performer in Europe’s top five leagues this season (via Whoscored.com), behind only Mats Hummels of those who have made four or more league appearances this campaign.
Strong in the air and tactically disciplined, the Hungarian could prove to be the ideal addition to Spurs in January.
Whilst the centre of defence will be an area targeted by the club’s recruitment team, the profile of defender who will be most highly sought are those who are comfortable in multiple positions.
There is no pressing need to sign players who are ready-made for a place in the starting line-up, but those are prepared to play in a rotation system and are happy not to be selected every single week.
One player who matches these criteria is Inter Milan defender Danilo D’Ambrosio, whose contractual situation is also likely to alert officials at Tottenham.
The 32-year-old is out of contract in Milan at the end of the current campaign and will be free to talk to other clubs in January. Another option would be that the Serie A giants are prepared to accept a cut-price offer for the experienced defender that month.
D’Ambrosio is a quick, energetic, and offensive full-back who primarily plays on the right but is also comfortable in the heart of defence or at left-back. His tactical versatility will be highly valued by Mourinho and his ability to fill in multiple positions is exactly what Spurs would need.
A bargain deal in January could be just what Mourinho wants.
Kane’s position in the Tottenham team is so firmly established that it has created a problem for the club in identifying a striker who would be content as a back-up striker.
Unsurprisingly, the club moved to identify that problem this summer with the signing of striker Vinicius on a season-long loan deal from Benfica.
However, the Brazilian has been used for just 12 minutes of Premier League action to date this campaign, in the recent win at West Bromwich Albion, while he has yet to make a serious impression in the Europa League. Indeed, he has not yet scored for Spurs and was withdrawn at half-time in the 1-0 loss by Royal Antwerp.
Mourinho is likely to return to the Portuguese market to look for alternatives in the position, having already raided Benfica to secure the loan deals of Fernandes and Vinicius.
One player he is likely to be monitoring is Malian international striker Moussa Marega, who has scored 61 goals for FC Porto since the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign.
A regular goalscorer who is proven at the top level, Marega is out of contract at the Portuguese giants next summer and could be available in a cut-price deal this January.
Furthermore, he is likely to be a striker who is happy to be played in a rotation system and primarily be a back-up to Kane, whilst having the potential to make a significant impact of his own.