It’s nearly silly season and despite a tradition for inactivity in the January transfer window, Spurs are already being linked with a number of post-Christmas purchases. Perhaps the spectre of £9m Alan Hutton looms large but rumour and reality are likely to be polar opposites again at the start of 2018.
The temporary switch to Wembley hasn’t been the widespread disaster that many felt and those expert arbiters the bookmakers have Tottenham as a general 1/3 to finish in the top four again this season. We’ll take that and move forward at the new White Hart Lane and that’s a skinny price where you’d tend to use some bookie bonuses rather than part with any cold hard cash.
If the odds setters have got that right, there seems little point in scouring Europe for reinforcements but one suggested deal might have some potential.
A Dutch swap might not be the wisest terminology to use on a trip to Amsterdam but Spurs could use it to their advantage and switch one ailing striker for a winger who seems to be a decent prospect. Justin Kluivert for Vincent Janssen – why not?
Let’s be honest, despite a positive night in Madrid, Poch is unlikely to abandon his preferred formation for two recognised front men on a regular basis. So who really wants to claim the back up striker role while waiting for Harry’s latest hamstring pull or the chance to shine on a wet night in Burton in the Carabao Cup?
Llorente is 32, has a tendency to spend a bit of time in the physio’s room and may just be happy enough for now. It’s certainly a better option for the club than er… no-one at the start of 2015/16 but how long will his patience last?
At the other end of the age scale, the failed signing of Moussa Dembele from Fulham may have been a disappointment in many ways. He’s scored 37 goals in 58 games for Celtic and yes, while you or I could probably manage at least one in the SPL, at 19 he would have been a decent punt and is more likely to bide his time while Harry kicks on.
We all really, really wanted Vincent Janssen to do well and it wasn’t necessarily the isolated goals that suggested there was something there. The Dutchman’s performance in coming off the bench at Swansea and turning that game around, gave us hope.
In the summer, Janssen somehow managed to swerve a deadline day move to either the Swans or Brighton in a switch that would have proved whether he is an option in the EPL or not. Instead, the stats at Fenerbahce read two goals in 454 minutes at this point in the season plus three yellow cards.
Over in Amsterdam, Kluivert, son of Patrick, is just 18 and is establishing himself at Ajax while working his way through the Dutch junior ranks. Other mentions go to Donny van de Beek who is 20 and just slightly more advanced in his club career.
But the one that could be very interesting here is Kasper Dolberg, the 20 year old Danish striker who is also at Ajax and is averaging just under a goal a game in the first team. Like all players with any star quality, he’s not going to be in the Eredivisie forever although more stories link him away from Spurs and down the wrong end of the Seven Sisters Road right now.
So, is a Dutch switch with Janssen eventually heading to Ajax the best option for all? At the very least we’re starting to fill up the subs bench in the ‘played for both XI’*
*Atouba, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Davids, Eriksen, Van der Vaart, Dick, Tainio, Clarke.
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