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Discussion in 'Tottenham Hotspur' started by remembercolinlee, Feb 1, 2017.
Fortunately it's not Sissoko...
Youcef Atal of Nice
Impressed with him?
There's a slight issue with Atal this season: he's not playing RB, he's mainly playing as a RW - and on at least one occasion a LW
Of course, this might play in our favour...
Aye...just been reading up on him
He has been playing as a winger but prefers his RB role...scored on the weekend but claims that he prefers the responsibility of his defensive game.
He was linked during the summer, with the presumption being that Aurier not leaving scuppered the deal - although Nice being taken over by a British billionaire during the summer may have also made it a tad problematic, at least until Boris Johnson became PM and no doubt downgraded him to a mere millionaire...
Scouting the Scouts
Rumours/reports/whatever suggest that Steve Hitchen has been in Argentina, reportedly scouting the following players
Agustin Almendra (19yo Boca Juniors central midfielder)
Adolfo Gaich (20yo San Lorenzo striker, who made his international debut at the end of September)
Agustin Urzi (19yo Banfield left winger)
We were linked with Almendra a few months ago, and back then I said he looks like a good long-term prospect, and considering he primarily plays as a number 8 in midfield the obvious suggestion would be that he would be the long-term replacement for Sissoko, although with Boca playing him in a DM role this season I wouldn't be surprised if Poch sees him playing in Harry Winks' false 6 role
Gaich and Urzi are a little harder to dig up information about, which is more to do with Almendra being seen as the top prospect in the Argentina league than anything else, but from what I can dig up Gaich was linked with Everton in the summer and is similar to Maxi Lopez as his game has the physicality and heading ability of a target man but the speed and instincts of a poacher, while Urzi comes across as being pretty similar to Lamela as he's got the skill but also a hell of a lot of tenacity
Of course, one obvious counterpoint: our midfield needs a number 6 in it, especially with rumours of Dier and Wanyama being on the chopping block, and none of these players are really that - Almendra is closest, as he's Winks with better tackling, but hardly a Kante-type we so clearly need - and there's the whole most-of-a-back-four question on top of that...
So, yeah, centre backs...
With it likely that at least one of Verts and Toby are off at the end of the season, and even if one of them stays they need a long-term replacement, it's odd that there's very few stories linking us to centre backs at the moment. On the one hand we technically have plenty in that area in Sanchez, Foyth*, Tanganga and Eyoma, the fact that the aforementioned list includes one player currently being used as a right back for club and country and two youngsters with one start between them, obviously we need to address this with at least one CB signing
And because I got the ball rolling, here's a short list...
Dayot Upamecano (20yo, Taurine FC Leipzig, contracted until 2021)
Pros: likes to pass out from the back; has the physical attributes; hasn't signed a new deal since 2017, giving us some Levy room
Cons: Leipzig won't be letting him go cheap; current favourite of r/coys, so we'll all be sick of his name by next April
Ibrahima Konate (20yo, Taurine FC Leipzig, contracted until 2023)
Pros: similar to Verts in the way he plays out from the back; also has the physical side to his game to fit into the Premier League
Cons: signed a new contract back in January, so Leipzig can think of a big number if we make an approach
Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen, 23yo, contracted until 2023)
Pros: likes to pass out from the back; heading ability and physicality make him a good option for the PL; quick for a CB
Cons: it begs the question why nobody's come in for him and, more importantly, why the Germany team always overlook him
Nikola Milenkovic (21yo, Fiorentina, contracted until 2022)
Pros: great in the air; an impressive first touch; adept at RB...which we also need
Cons: a bit of a card magnet in Serie A, so will probably be permanently suspended in the Premier League
Joachim Andersen (23yo, Lyon, contracted until 2024)
Pros: Looks like a young Verts with the way he moved the ball; can ping long balls like Toby
Cons: Lyon only just signed him, reportedly giving us an ultimatum to back off or we wouldn't get Ndombele, so expect a rinsing
Lisandro Martinez (21yo, Ajax, contracted until 2023)
Pros: the latest centre back off the Ajax production line, so you know what to expect; left-footed, which Poch is on the lookout for
Cons: Ajax only signed him in the summer, and with the De Ligt and De Jog cash they can name any number they can think of
Nathan Ake for me. Good ball playing CB plus he’s left-footed, good in the air despite being relatively small for a CB at 5’10/ 5’11 and he’s used to the Prem, think he may also qualify as HG too which would be a bonus.
Reports suggest that our current shopping list looks like this
...reports from the Twitter account that broke the N'Geme story
We've also got another shortlist, which reads as follows
...from a bloke named "ITKSpurs079"
Oh for ****'s ****ing sake...
Le10 Sport are reporting that it's taken less than three months for Rabiot to royally piss off Juve management, to the point where they're willing to offer him as a potential makeweight in a January deal for Christian Eriksen
Let me translate this into a language that all parties can understand...
Rabiot: Va te faire foutre
Reports on Twitter suggesting we’ve re-signed Vorm on a contract to the end of the season
Can he play RB?
You’ve asked the same question as a few on Spurs twitter hbic and the only answer I can give is yes, he probably can better than Serge Aurier
Makes sense. Not as good as he was in the first couple years we had him but he’s a solid enough option and better than Whiteman at the moment.
I think it's time for our defenders to lock themselves away and discuss what the hell is going on with us? (If they haven't already done so!)
Yeah agreed. Can’t help but think that we might be looking for a long-term GK over the summer as well. Hugo isn’t getting any younger or improving and as much as I love Gazza I don’t think the club view him as a first choice option, unless he absolutely smashes it when Hugo is out injured. I’d love to see that.
Another position on the list of things to fix then
We were linked with Lazio's Thomas Strakosha over the summer, and his name's recently resurfaced on the ITK lists
I'm sure signing an Albanian won't lead to any pig ignorant chanting from opposition fans at any point...
What sort of message does that send to Whiteman and Austin?
Poch usually loves youth but signing Vorm seems weird.
As I was saying back in the summer, one of Whiteman or Austin should've been loaned to get some first team experience - which becomes more obvious with Lloris out injured, as our bench options have no experience outside our U23 side
It’s official. Hopefully Gazza is first choice for now as I think he’s better than Vorm but as much as I would like to see the young GKs get time, it’s probably the hardest position on the pitch to throw an inexperienced player into and it’s prudent to have Vorm on board should something happen to Gazza, god forbid.