In my previous article, I wrote about the three players who Spurs have been linked with heavily throughout the summer and why they’d be a good fit for this current side, should Levy decide to open his chequebook at some point (unlikely, I know)
Whilst bringing players in to the club is always a struggle with Levy, with the chairman looking to get the best value for money possible which often results in deals either falling through or being completed with little to no time remaining in the window, his strength is undoubtedly getting the best possible deals for players leaving the club – £90m for Gareth Bale is the prime example.
The individual talent currently at Spurs is amongst the best in Europe, despite the lack of strength in depth. However, there are players who will be looking to move on this summer and further their careers elsewhere, which may also suit the club as well as the player. Here are the 3 moves which are the most likely to go through.
- Moussa Sissoko
Signed for a club record £30m from Newcastle last summer, Sissoko was hugely impressive whilst playing for France in the European Championships – a tournament which France lost in the final. Sissoko looked like a man possessed, with his powerful, direct running and physicality causing nightmares to defences he come up against. Was he playing for a move away from just-relegated Newcastle? It appears that way. Last season, Sissoko struggled to make an impact from the bench on multiple occasions in which he was bought on, with Pochettino questioning the player’s attitude and work ethic at certain stages of the season. With links of a move to Marseille in Ligue 1, fans will be hoping the majority of the £30m the club paid out for him can be recouped by Levy. Definitely a signing to forget.
- Kevin Wimmer
A strange one, this. As a result of Jan Vertonghen’s injury in the 2015/16 season, Wimmer, who was a summer signing from Bundesliga club Koln that year, stepped in and impressed everyone at the club with his performances to ease fears regarding Vertonghen’s absence. However, early impressions have quickly faded and Wimmer spent most of the 2016/17 season either on the bench or not even in the first team squad. Talk of a return to the Bundesliga is rife and at the age of 24, the Austrian defender will be hoping to kick start his career away from Spurs.
- Georges-Kévin N’Koudou
An £11m signing from Marseille last summer, N’Koudou arrived at the club with a reputation for being a pacey, tricky winger which was going to fill the Chadli/Lamela shaped gap in the squad. It turned out not to be the case, unfortunately, and with just a handful of Premier League and cup appearances, N’Koudou looks like he’s going to be more remembered by fans for his Social Media activity than his activity on the pitch. Oh, and wearing a full Chelsea training kit whilst on holiday didn’t help win any fans over, either.
Honorable mentions who missed the top 3 go to Clinton N’Jie and Vincent Janssen.