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A look at Tottenham’s January transfer window

By on 13th February 2018

Tottenham Hotspur are fighting on three fronts during the second half of the 2017-18 season.  The North London club are fighting for Champions League qualification with a top four finish in the Premier League, face Juventus in the second round of the Champions League this week and are at Rochdale in the fifth round of the FA Cup this weekend.

Mauricio Pochettino has done an excellent job of putting together a talented squad that are perfectly capable of finishing in the top four and winning this season’s FA Cup.  They have already beaten Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League so there’s no reason why they cannot eliminate the Italian champions in the second round.

In fact, looking at the top betting sites – betting top 10 believe that the English side can go past the second round in this season’s tournament.

Tottenham already had a very strong side during the first half of the season.  Hugo Lloris is considered one of the best goalkeeper’s in the world, despite not having his best of season’s by his standards.  Defensively, Davinson Sanchez has proven to be an excellent acquisition at centre-back, filling in for the injured Toby Alderweireld, partnering the solid Jan Vertonghen.

Mousa Dembele provides excellent protection in holding midfield, often alongside Eric Dier, who plays better there than when Pochettino changes to a back three.

In attack, Harry Kane is the star striker who is constantly linked with a move to world football giants Real Madrid and Manchester United.  The England international is currently the Premier League top scorer with 23 goals.  The only fear for Tottenham would be an injury to Kane as they are weak in depth here as Fernando Llorente is their only backup.

Spurs have goals from midfield too.  Heung-min Son, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen are all goalscorers.  The latter is also one of the best playmakers in the Premier League, both from open play and set pieces.  During last month’s winter transfer window Spurs also appear to have strengthen their attacking unit with the £25 million signing of Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazilian winger was out-of-favour under Unai Emery in the French capital after the runaway Ligue 1 leaders signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for ridiculous sums over the summer.  Moura is a great talent – he has pace, is a playmaker and an eye for goal down the right wing.

Son, Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko have played down the right wing for Tottenham this season and Lucas certainly has the ability to be an upgrade on these, once he makes his debut for his new club.  That could come this week when the Premier League club are in Italy to take on Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League tie.  Alternatively it could come at the less glamorous Rochdale on Friday…

The only notable deals Spurs made in January were to loan Georges-Kevin N’Koudou to fellow Premier League side Burnley and young defender Cameron Carter-Vickers to Championship side Ipswich Town.  The former has not settled in at Wembley Stadium whilst the latter can gain valuable experience for the future.

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