Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs travel to Everton with more reinforcements after another strong transfer deadline day!
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A look at why the squad put together by the Lilywhites this summer looks more ready to compete on four fronts than it did last season
Mauricio Pochettino takes his Spurs team to Goodison Park this weekend with several players potentially set to make their Tottenham Hotspur debuts.
As is always the case, the final day of the summer transfer window proved to be a busy time for Daniel Levy and co with the north London Premier League club doing plenty of business.
Juan Foyth finally moved to Spurs on August 30 – a day before deadline day – and signed a five-year contract after Tottenham were able to complete a deal with Estudiantes for the defender.
The talented teenager could be among the substitutes at Everton this weekend, but two players more likely to make their debuts are Serge Aurier and Fernando Llorente.
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Both signed last Thursday (August 31) with the latter only sealing a switch from Swansea City late in the evening.
Aurier’s move was expected once he got the all clear from the home office regarding his visa application and Pochettino may start the right-back on Saturday.
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Llorente’s transfer was much more out of the blue, though, with Spurs stealing a march on local rivals Chelsea to sign the forward under the noses of the Londoners.
The former Juventus striker agreed a deal until the summer of 2019 with Aurier putting pen to paper on a five-year contract, as Pochettino got a handful of the signings he desired.
With Davison Sanchez moving from Ajax to Tottenham a week earlier, Spurs can reflect on a pretty solid summer window.
Pochettino, you imagine, would have liked to bring in an attacker with pace and perhaps a creative midfielder, but has arguably improved the club’s defence.
Kyle Walker has left, yet Aurier is a similar replacement and Spurs have ended up with a big profit thanks to their right-back dealings.
Sanchez is essentially an upgrade on Kevin Wimmer, while it also keeps Eric Dier happy assuming he is now more likely to feature in his favoured midfield position.
Importantly, Tottenham also only lost Walker and no other big names during a summer when money was spent like monopoly cash.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose are among the best in world football in their positions, but are still Spurs players.
While Tottenham failed to bring in more options out wide or in the middle of the park, they do crucially now have a plan B in the shape of Llorente.
Too often Pochettino has looked to his substitutes’ bench in need of reinforcements and not seen anything worth throwing on, but he has that in the Spaniard.
Llorente is likely to be among the replacements at Everton, but if Spurs are struggling or trailing you can bet he will be introduced for his debut.
After scoring 15 times for Swansea last season, he knows where the goal is and is a better option than Vincent Janssen.
Pochettino didn’t get every target he wanted, but in the end, Spurs can reflect on their business with some satisfaction.
What would make life easier for Tottenham was if Mousa Sissoko were to rediscover his form from the 2016 European Championships or if Georges-Kevin Nkoudou stopped flattering to deceive.
If one, or both, of the aforementioned duo could start to deliver for Spurs it would fill the void out wide.
Will Sissoko or Nkoudou begin to perform consistently? Probably not judging previous outings this year, but we live in a world of hope.
Regardless, Tottenham have put together a squad this summer which looks more ready to compete on four fronts than it did last season.
The talking stops now and with some big games coming up, let’s hope the new additions can make their presence felt.