With January upon us, it means only one thing to football fans: the winter transfer window. Unlike the summer window, the January transfer period only lasts the one month and has a history of rash decisions and panic buys.
There’s already been talk and gossip all over the Premier League about potential moves as each club tries to outmanoeuvre its rivals.
A player who appears to keep cropping up in Tottenham transfer talk at the moment is Ross Barkley. There seems to be quite balanced opinion on this particular hypothetical transfer.
On the one hand, some fans are questioning whether Spurs need yet another midfielder when they have quite adequate options in Eriksen, Alli, and Dembele to name a few. On the other hand, observations have been made about how promising a partnership between Barkley and Pochettino could be.
The Argentine has proven time and time again how well he gets the best out of young English talent, so much so that he is responsible for coaching 11 out of the last 19 England debutants. It’s a tricky one but, aside from obvious recent blunders, Daniel Levy has a history of striking excellent deals even in the manic mid-season rush.
One thing most Tottenham fans can agree on is the talent in Kevin Wimmer. When Jan Vertonghen was hit with injury last season, fans were anxious that the league’s best defence would be breached and found out.
However, the Austrian centre-back held his own alongside Alderwiereld, and it has puzzled fans why he’s not been given the same chance this season when Toby Alderweireld was out. Instead, Pochettino decided to place Eric Dier into the back line.
Wimmer is a young player still, and the club would be losing a tremendous asset if they were to sell at this point. But with this in mind, Wimmer should be a starting centre back at most Premier League clubs and Spurs should either look to give him more opportunities in the cup competitions, or work hard to loan him out in the Premier League for the rest of the season.
A position that Spurs have been craving options in recently is a striker. Whilst Vincent Janssen is young and shown signs of promise, it was Son in particular who kept the goals ticking over in Kane’s absence.
Tottenham are in the fortunate position of having an excellent defence, and a home grown front man who’s doing everything right towards becoming a world class striker, however, they need depth to support Kane when he needs a break.
The club was courting then Fulham striker Moussa Dembele 12 months ago, and it might be worth trying to sign him from Celtic this time round to bolster the Tottenham forward roster.
On the whole, the January transfer window is very much like Christmas; there’s a lot of build up but only a fraction of the excitement proves to come to fruition and it’s all over for another year before you know it.