Tottenham Hotspur had a very good transfer window and the 6-1 win over Manchester United was a manifestation of how they should play.
Following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino last season due to disappointing performances in the Premier League and the Champions League, one of this generation’s best coaches Jose Mourinho was appointed as the manager for Tottenham Hotspur.
Unfortunately for the Portuguese, the team was ridden with injuries with crucial players like Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris being unavailable during most games prior to football’s restart after lockdown in England. Due to this, the manager could not play with the tactics or get the results that he wanted.
Going into the 2020 summer transfer window, the 57-year-old was expected to make huge signings for the club and bring in reinforcements for different positions in the team. Although the Lilywhites did not splurge a large sum of money like Chelsea or Manchester City did, some very clever signings were made by the English side. With smart buys and a bit of luck, this transfer window might have been the best one for Spurs for quite some while.
The club has made five permanent transfers and acquired two players on loan from other clubs. Starting with the defence, Spurs have signed English international Joe Hart on a free transfer from Burnley. The 33-year-old would be a backup for Hugo Lloris as learning from last season, when the Frenchman was injured courtesy of an elbow dislocation, there was no real replacement for him apart from Paulo Gazzaniga and the club suffered majorly due to that. Joe Hart would make as a great second choice keeper and might even feature ahead of the Frenchman on some occasions.
There were also additions made on the backline of the English side with new fullbacks coming in. Sergio Reguilon has been signed from Real Madrid for a fee of 25 million euros. The Spaniard was out on loan at Sevilla last season and put up phenomenal performances, playing a key role in their Europa League triumph.
The left-back would provide great attacking threat with his pace and crossing abilities. On the opposite flank, Matt Doherty was signed from league rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers for a fee of 14.7 million euros. The Ireland international would provide a balance between attacking and defending, being a good alternative to Serge Aurier at the right-back position and perhaps even doing the ex-PSG star.
Another department where Mourinho’s side suffered was the midfield. Throughout the season, very little creativity was seen in the middle of the park from the side. To fix this problem, Giovani Lo Celso who was on loan from Real Betis was permanently signed for a fee of 30 million euros. The Argentina international has managed to impress Jose and has ‘earned’ the right to be a starter for the team due to his performances.
On the more defensive side of things, central midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was signed from Southampton for a fee of 25 million euros, who had caught eyes of several clubs due to his displays of excellence with the Saints. His addition to the midfield would help ease the pressure off the backline and help out in defence. Hojbjerg’s attacking contributions continue to be commendable as well.
Spurs have done a really good job at bolstering the defensive aspect of their team which was something that they lacked in majorly last season, letting in goals due to defensive mistakes and mishaps. With the new signings made, the north Londoners would be expected to be much better at keeping the ball out of their net this season though they have not yet kept a single clean sheet so far in the campaign.
The two loanees that the club has acquired come in former player Gareth Bale and Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius. The return of Bale to Tottenham is something that has made the fans of the club extremely happy. Being a key part in Real Madrid’s threepeat of European Cups, the Welshman would bring in the superstar factor along with the incredible threat he proves to be from range and in the air.
Also, learning from the Harry Kane injury and the lack of a reserve number nine, Spurs have brought in Carlos Vinicius as a backup striker. The Brazilian had managed to score 27 goals and provide 13 assists with the Portuguese side and would be a great alternative to Harry Kane whenever Jose decides to give him a rest or he is out due to injuries.
Overall, Tottenham Hotspur’s transfer window has been a really good one as they have made some really smart and cheap buys, strengthening the places that they lacked in and bringing in alternatives for injury prone players, and it will be interesting to see if they can compete to win a few major trophies this season with Jose Mourinho at the helm.