How Will Spurs Signings Impact the Squad?
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on August 6, 2016
After finishing third in the BPL and securing Champions League football for the first time in years, Tottenham Hotspur are a squad that is on the rise, and look to continue to improve during the transfer window. With the new workload of the UCL and BPL, it was clear Daniel Levy needed to invest in squad depth, and so far he has done just that.
The first signing of the summer was Victor Wanyama, the defensive midfielder from Southampton. Wanyama is not only a key signing in terms of improving the depth of the squad, but if all goes as planned, the Kenyan midfielder will most likely start the first four games of the Premier League season due to Dembele’s suspension after the Diego Costa incident. Wanyama will fit in quite easily alongside Eric Dier and will do very well to control a tempo of a game and run the midfield the way Mousa Dembele does so frequently and efficiently for Spurs. Wanyama will be crucial if Spurs midfield is to stay fit throughout the multiple cup runs and league games, not only can he play next to Dier, he is more than capable of filling in for Dier and asserting himself deep between the two center backs of Tottenham. For only eleven million pounds Victor Wanyama was a class signing and offers a combination of youth, leadership, and physicality.
After too many transfer windows without signing a backup striker for the overworked golden boot winner Harry Kane, finally Tottenham Hotspur signed a striker in 22 year old Vincent Janssen from AZ in the Eredivisie. Janssen, like Kane, also won the golden boot for his respective league netting 27 goals in just 34 appearances. Vincent Janssen is exactly what Spurs have been missing since Kane has emerged into a superstar. Someone to lighten the workload, someone to partner with, or simply someone to give Kane a rest. Janssen is similiar to Kane by means of pace and finishing ability, but it is Janssen’s physical nature and willingness to throw his body around to win the ball first that offers a possible new dimension to already deadly Spurs attack. It’ll be interesting to see how Pochettino uses Janssen at certain stages. Will he ever use a two striker partnership? Who would he drop if did do that? Either way, after seeing lovely combination play with Dele Alli in the 6-1 thrashing of Inter, it seems that Vincent Janssen will have little problem fitting in at Tottenham Hotspur.
While it might not be official, it seems all but certain that Georges-Kevin Nkoudou will be playing at Tottenham this year. It is a bit of an odd situation as it comes with the stipulation of loaning out youngster Clinton Njie to Marseille. While Clinton is only 22 years old, Nkoudou is 21. Both players can play out wide and offer a significant amount of pace down the flanks, something Spurs severely lack as Eriksen and Lamela are not the fastest players to have out wide. While injuries have held Clinton back from significant and meaningful playing time, it appears Poch has had enough of waiting around for Njie to prove himself, and a deal rumored to be around 10 million pounds seems to be set in place for Nkoudou. While this might not seem like the most important signing, this is a significant purchase for Spurs as there was absolutely nobody outside of the starting XI that made a true and positive impact on matches. Spurs lacked depth, and yet again this is the purpose of buying Nkoudou… Improving squad depth.
Not only have Spurs improved and deepened their squad where needed, they’ve also gotten younger with these signings. Spurs have been the youngest team in the league for sometime now, continuously fielding teams with the likes Dier, Alli, and Kane, the oldest being Kane at only 23. While players like Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen are only 24 years old. The new boys of Tottenham will have huge impacts this year on the campaign, whether that’d be negative or positive is yet to be seen. However, all signs point to a solid impact offering quality in multiple positions and the ability to rotate a young, energetic, and high pressing squad.