Antonio Conte has offered Spurs the motivation and ENIC has given them the means to enjoy a huge summer transfer window, with at least half a dozen signings and a romantic comeback…
What should be your priority this summer?
A right side. And one on the left side too…
Antonio Conte inspired an incredible upgrade from Matt Doherty during the second half of the season after spending most of January trying to entice Adama Traore to north London to start his conversion to full-back. But the Spurs are still crying out for a first-class option on the right flank.
It’s a similar story to the left. Sergio Reguilon has broken out hot and cold under Conte. Ryan Sessegnon enjoyed decent form towards the end of the season, but Conte has had to bounce back and get by in his wide positions. That shit won’t fly next season.
What else do they need?
If you ask Conte, he will tell you that Tottenham needs half a new team.
In addition to the full-backs, Spurs will be looking to sign another centre-back to play on the left side of a three. With Chelsea and Manchester United also looking for central defenders, the competition will be fierce, with at least half of the top six looking to the continent for starting goalkeepers.
Conte wants another central midfielder to rival Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur, and the addition of another striker capable of coming down the wing is also on Fabio Paratici’s to-do list.
Spurs need another goalkeeper to back up Hugo Lloris. Looks like they’ve fixed it since Fraser Forster was at Spurs Lodge yesterday pulling down his pants and coughing for Spurs medics.
This would be a bonus…
A homecoming for Christian Eriksen.
The romance of a return to Spurs for the brilliant playmaker who almost died less than a year ago is reason enough for this to happen. Tottenham can offer Eriksen the Champions League football he said he would ‘love’and Spurs fans made their feelings abundantly clear when they gave him a hero’s reception at Brentford towards the end of the season.
The 30-year-old could operate from a deeper role, even if he was better suited to playing in a three-man midfield, or fit into Conte’s attack behind Harry Kane, taking some of the burden off Son Heung- min.
How likely is it that they will do what is necessary?
The Spurs are certainly equipped for a massive summer…
Earlier this week, the club announced a capital injection of 150 million pounds sterling of its owners, which represents a major change in the way Tottenham normally operates. Daniel Levy and ENIC have kept the club living within their means for most of his tenure, but now seem to recognize the opportunity to establish a foothold in the top four.
The Spurs had to find a way to get significantly stronger this summer. Conte has made it very clear that he does not want to waste time with a club that will not support him, especially while his family remains in Italy. This new capital is a great statement of intent, one that will reassure the manager and excite the fans for the immediate and long-term future of the Spurs.
Levy will no doubt still be looking for the best deals, especially when selling clubs aware that the new money gives Spurs a premium on their asking prices. But Tottenham have made it clear that they are serious this summer. They have no excuse not to.
How much can it cost them?
Around £150m, probably.
There’s no reason why Spurs can’t spend all of their windfall, which may well be necessary if they intend to get as strong as Conte wants and his ambitions require. That said, this summer Spurs will be responsible for £42.5m now that Cristian Romero’s loan period has expired and will have to shell out almost £30m if they want to sign Dejan Kulusevski permanently, in addition to the loan of 5.8 million pounds sterling. fee for the next season. So some of that money is likely to go to players already playing for Conte, but qualification for the Champions League has also inflated Spurs’ coffers.