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Tottenham had a great season last year despite having a dreadful summer transfer window in 2016.
Moussa Sissoko and Vincent Janssen were abject failures who the club will likely look to move on after just a season.
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou is young so may develop but has been just about as underwhelming as Clinton N’Jie who came in the year before.
If Tottenham want to challenge for the title and hold their own in the Champions League not only do they need to keep hold of their best players, they need to bring in some quality too.
With that in mind, here are 5 players Tottenham should be targeting.
Back up striker — Michy Batshuayi
Batshuayi nearly signed for Spurs last year before Chelsea hijacked the deal, it was like Willian all over again. However, despite scoring the title winning goal Batshuayi has never looked like a player Conte trusts.
Even when Costa has been out Hazard has been preferred up front with many of Batshuayi’s best moments this season coming on Twitter. Batshuayi fits Tottenham’s profile being young and athletic, while he also looks like the sort of player could work alongside Harry Kane, as well as being an alternative.
He has also proven that as a back-up striker with limited minutes he can score goals — Batshuayi scored 5 Premier League goals in 239 minutes compared to Janssen measly tally of 2 in 832 minutes.
A deal might be difficult considering Costa’s imminent departure, but if Tottenham can get him, they should. He’s be the player they’ve been looking for literally and metaphorically.
Winger — Thomas Lemar
Although being far from underrated, Lemar is not talked about with the same hype as players like Kylian Mbappe or Ousmane Dembele.
Nonetheless he’s a very special player who is also a perfect fit for Pochettino and Spurs. Lemar is intelligent and technically gifted and scored the winner against Spurs in both of their games against Monaco in the Champions League last season.
As a winger he would add a different dimension to Tottenham’s attack and playing on the left, he would be a significant upgrade on Erik Lamela who looks likely to depart this summer.
Monaco are understandably reluctant to sell, but Spurs should pull out all the stops to sign Lemar.
On a pettier level, with Arsenal also interested it would represent a major PR coup for Spurs following their first ever Premier League season finishing above their North London rivals.
Attacker — Max Meyer
Tottenham had the best attack in the Premier League last year with plenty of goals and assists coming from the attacking threesome operating behind Harry Kane.
It might therefore seem like a waste of money and effort looking to add another attacking midfielder, but passing up on Max Meyer would be a big mistake.
Meyer is one of Germany’s brightest talents and is fresh off the back of helping win the under 21 European Championships.
Last season Spurs were apparently ready to bid £38 million to secure the services of the then 20 year old German before deciding to go for Moussa Sissoko instead. That decision might look like a terrible error, but after refusing to sign a new contract with Schalke Meyer is now available for around £17million.
He therefore represents an ideal Spurs signing being a talented young player whose stock is very likely to rise and who is available at a bargain price. With Spurs rumoured to be ahead of Liverpool in the race for his signature they should not pass up on him again.
Right back — Aleix Vidal
With Kyle Walker apparently ready to depart for Manchester City or perhaps Bayern Munich, Tottenham need a replacement.
At the back end of last season Kieran Trippier proved himself to be capable of playing a more prominent role for Tottenham, but Pochettino will not allow himself to be short in the right wing back area. Considering the physical toll of the role and Tottenham’s European engagements, Spurs will need a replacement.
Serge Aurier has been linked, but despite being a very strong player he carries serious baggage.
In 2016 he was banned indefinitely for using a homophobic slur against his manager Laurent Blanc and with Spurs’ team unity one of their best attributes, Aurier might represent too much of a risk. Porto’s Ricardo Pereira has also been linked while Barcelona’s Aleix Vidal would be an interesting option.
After a disaster spell at Barcelona Vidal is likely to move on. Capable of playing right back or right wing he would fit Spurs’ wing back system perfectly. After a serious injury last season, he would be a risk, but could prove to be a perfect replacement for Walker.
Centre back — Alfie Mawson
Despite having the best defence in the Premier League last season Spurs know they need to add quality depth to their back line, especially with Kevin Wimmer likely to leave.
Pochettino reportedly wants a young British defender who can play in a back 3 or 4.
However, with Michael Keane and Harry Maguire already making moves to Everton and Leicester respectively and with Ben Gibson apparently choosing to remain with Middlesbrough to help mount a promotion challenge, Spurs’ options are somewhat limited.
Swansea’s Alfie Mawson appears to be Spurs’ choice by default, but in fact he is a great fit for Tottenham. 23 year-old Mawson has proven himself capable of starring in the Premier League and he clearly has a bright future.
Striking a deal will likely be difficult to do with Swansea apparently asking for a hefty £30million. Mawson is the ideal candidate to bolster Spurs’ defence, but Daniel Levy might have to get to work on bringing the inflated asking price down.
Written by Scott Pope
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