It’s Tottenham, so it’s even more confusing. Tottenham’s winter transfer activity has been met with mixed reviews from prominent journalists.
David Onstein, a journalist for the global ‘The Athletic’, said on the 10th (KST), “Tottenham have no money in the winter transfer market. They have already spent the Harry Kane transfer fee,” and “so they will be prepared to make creative moves in the transfer market, but they will be under pressure in positions such as center back.”
Tottenham will host Wolverhampton in the 12th round of the 2023-24 Premier League on Nov. 11 at 9:30 p.m. at Molineux Stadium in the West Midlands, England. Second-place Tottenham (8W2D1L, 26 points) is closing in on leader Manchester City (9W2L, 27 points). Wolverhampton (12 points) is 14th.
Things are not looking good for perennial leaders Tottenham. Spurs suffered a 1-4 defeat at Chelsea on July 7. It was a game of bad luck. Spurs lost center back Christian Romero to a direct red card for rough play in the 33rd minute. Nine minutes into the second half, fullback Destiny Udoji was sent off for accumulating cautions.
The loss of two key defenders was not the end of the story.
Midfield stalwart James Maddison and another central defender, Mickey van der Vaan, were forced off with injuries at the start of the second half. Maddison’s injury is minor, but Romero and van der Vaan are both ruled out.
With a relatively thin squad compared to other top clubs, the loss of these players is devastating. Naturally, Tottenham will have their work cut out for them in the winter transfer window. At the very least, they’ll need to add a center back if they’re going to do well.
With a string of departures, it’s important for Tottenham to make moves in the winter transfer window. Earlier, 먹튀검증토토사이트 it was reported that Tottenham would be looking to add to their squad, but Onstein, a journalist who is well versed in the club, refuted this claim.
“Tottenham don’t have a lot of money to spend in the winter transfer window,” Onstein said. “They’ve already spent Kane’s fee in the summer,” he said, “and they need to be creative in the winter window because they need reinforcements. “They need to make some creative moves in the winter window to strengthen. They will have a problem at center back with Van der Vaart out for a long time.”
Van der Vaart’s injury, coupled with Romero’s subsequent suspension
Tottenham will have to make do until December with Eric Dier as their only professional center back. Even then, a lack of reinforcements in the winter transfer window will likely keep them away from the title, no matter how good Heung-min Son’s form is.
However, another Tottenham pundit, Paul O’Keefe, dismissed Onsteins’ claims as untrue. “In the first place, Tottenham always want to make it look like they’re broke or struggling,” he explained. The reality, clubs with deep pockets are more likely to spend in the transfer market.
In fact, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is known for his fierce transfer tug-of-war. “Tottenham will never brief you in advance that they’re going to spend money in the transfer market,” Paul O’Keefe said, alluding to the club’s long and quiet transfer window.
Even Tottenham-savvy journalists are split on what exactly is going on. It will be interesting to see what moves Spurs make in the winter transfer window.