Three players Tottenham need to bolster their side for this upcoming season.
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on July 25, 2016
After an impressive and surprising season from Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham Hotspur squad, they look to prove a point. Not only to the fans of the club but to the media and anyone who would assume that this season was a ‘one off’. Every summer you seem to hear the same thing from Tottenham fans: “Please sign a striker!” A cry that hadn’t been answered for several seasons by Daniel Levy, but that cry had finally been answered when Spurs announced they had signed AZ Alkmaar and Dutch international striker, Vincent Janssen for around £18 million. Janssen had scored 27 goals in 34 games for the Eredivisie side, and it is clear that he has an eye for goal. Along with Vincent Janssen, Tottenham also occupied the services for Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, the Kenyan had joined the club as ‘cover’ for Eric Dier and Mousa Dembélé, but could play a vital role at the start of the season because of Dembélé’s suspension. With just under three weeks until the start of the season, Tottenham’s transfer business should be far from over, and if they want to compete in Europe with the very best they must sign more players in key areas. Here I look at three players that could be on Pochettino’s radar or should be, at least.
The Moroccan midfielder who currently plays for Lille in Ligue 1 has attracted a lot of attention from clubs this summer. Boufal is 22 years of age and fits Pochettino’s needs perfectly, he can play in any one of the three positions behind the striker, which means he has a lot of versatility if needed. Another thing he also offers, which the squad currently lack is pace, apart from Clinton N’Jie it is obvious that Spurs’ lack of pace can sometimes hinder any counter-attack they may have. Not being able to have a player in the attacking area of the field with frightening pace sometimes can hinder your squad, in which Boufal would bring that pace into the side. He would give the side another element and outlet to go to which would make Tottenham all the more dangerous. Boufal also knows where the net is, scoring 11 goals last season in 29 games is impressive for a midfielder. If this transfer is to happen, Spurs would need to act quick due to the interest in the player, with several reports saying Watford are close to agreeing on a deal for the player!
The second player that Pochettino may look at is Yunes Malli, the Turkish international currently residing in Germany and playing regular football at FSV Mainz 05, he is a fairly realistic and cheaper alternative to Boufal. The attacking midfielder played 34 games for the Bundesliga side last season, scoring 11 goals and recording 4 assists. Like Boufal, he has a specialty in finding the back of the net and would mean that Spurs become less reluctant and dependent on goals from striker Harry Kane. The attacking midfield area is a place Spurs need to strengthen in order to have the caliber to compete at Europe’s highest level, and the Bundesliga is a place you can rely on to deliver the goods. The 24-year-old is still young, and like the whole of the Spurs squad will have the chance to develop under Mauricio Pochettino. Malli is currently valued between £8M and £10M, in today’s market that is a fairly cheap price to play for a player who can score you 11 goals from midfield a season, it would be interesting to see how he would fare in the Premier League and especially under Mauricio Pochettino’s wing.
The 22-year-old, born in Freiburg, Germany, currently plays for Borussia Dortmund and is known as a young prospect among many. After moving to Dortmund from SC Freiburg, Ginter has had to earn his way into the Dortmund side, he began to make his impact in the 14/15 season, which then saw him break into the side and play at a more regular rate, playing 24 games this season, for the German giants. Although Tottenham, statistically, had the best defence in the league last season, they still could do with another centre-back as cover and due to the large amount of games they may face this season the ‘backups’ may see more action than you would imagine. Ginter is a very solid defender, only recording two defensive errors last season and his impressive ground stats it is hard to deny his ability. Making 39 interceptions last season, it shows his ability to read the game and acknowledge any danger, a partnership alongside Kevin Wimmer could allow the two of them to develop together and eventually replace the current duo of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. Another thing that makes Ginter that more special is his ability to play at the right-back position, where he has featured for Dortmund numerous times in the past, he will give Pochettino another option at that spot despite the depth they have in that area. However, the only problem that Tottenham may have with this move is Dortmund being reluctant to sell. Ginter is currently valued at £11M, but the departure of Matts Hummels could see Dortmund wanting to keep the youngster, alongside the fact that Ginter himself may not want to leave due to the direction of the German club.