Antonio Conte has offered Spurs the motivation and ENIC have given them the means to enjoy a huge summer transfer window, with at least half a dozen signings and a romantic return…
What should be their priority this summer?
A right wing-back. And a left-sided one too…
Antonio Conte inspired an incredible improvement from Matt Doherty through the second half of the season after spending most of January trying to tempt Adama Traore to north London to commence his conversion to wing-back. But Spurs are still crying out for a top-class option on the right flank.
It’s a similar story on the left. Sergio Reguilon has blown hot and cold under Conte. Ryan Sessegnon enjoyed a decent run of form towards the end of the season but Conte has had to mend and make do in his wide positions. That sh*t won’t fly into next season.
What else do they need?
If you ask Conte, he’ll tell you Tottenham need half a new team.
As well as wing-backs, Spurs will look to sign another centre-back to play on the left side of a three. With Chelsea and Manchester United also looking for central defenders, competition will be fierce, with at least half of the top six looking to the continent for starting stoppers.
Conte wants another central midfielder to provide competition for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur, and the addition of another forward able to come off the flank is also on Fabio Paratici’s to-do list.
Spurs need another goalkeeper to provide capable back-up for Hugo Lloris. It seems they’ve already sorted that since Fraser Forster was at Spurs Lodge yesterday dropping his trousers and coughing for Spurs’ doctors.
This would be a bonus…
A homecoming for Christian Eriksen.
The romance of a return to Spurs for the brilliant playmaker who nearly died less than a year ago is almost reason enough to make it happen. Tottenham can offer Eriksen the Champions League football he said he’d ‘love’, and Spurs fans made their feelings very 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 would be more suited to playing in a three-man midfield, or slot into Conte’s attack behind Harry Kane, taking some of the burden from Son Heung-min.
How likely are they to do what’s necessary?
Spurs are certainly equipped for a massive summer…
Earlier this week the club announced a £150million capital injection from their owners which represents a major shift in how Tottenham normally operate. Daniel Levy and ENIC have made the club live within their means for most of their stewardship but it would appear they now recognise an opportunity to establish a firm footing in the top four.
Spurs had to find a way to strengthen significantly this summer. Conte has made it crystal clear that he has no desire to waste his time with a club who won’t back him, especially while his family remains in Italy. This new capital is huge statement of intent, one that will pacify the manager and excite supporters for Spurs’ immediate and long-term future.
No doubt Levy will still look for the best deals around, especially when selling clubs aware of the new money slap a Spurs premium on their asking prices. But Tottenham have made it clear they mean business this summer. They have no excuse not to get it done.
How much might it cost them?
About £150million, probably.
There is no reason Spurs cannot spend the entirety of their windfall, which may well be necessary if they intend to strengthen to the extent Conte wants and their ambitions require. That said, this summer Spurs will be liable for £42.5million now Cristian Romero’s loan spell has expired and they will have to cough up almost £30million if they want to sign Dejan Kulusevski on a permanent basis, in addition to the £5.8million loan fee for the coming season. So some of that money is likely to be allocated for players already playing for Conte, but Champions League qualification has also swelled the Spurs coffers.