The Premier League transfer window has recently closed, but Tottenham fans are already looking ahead to the winter market, given the summer’s numerous player movements and departures, as Daniel Levy aims to bolster Ange Postecoglou’s squad for a comprehensive challenge.
Despite the closure of the Premier League summer window last Friday at 11 pm, Tottenham has authorized three departures this week, with Davinson Sanchez, Tanguy Ndombele, and Maksim Paskotsi all leaving.
While defenders Sanchez and Paskotsi have permanently departed for Galatasaray and Grasshopper Zurich, respectively, Ndombele may still return as his move to Galatasaray is a loan with an option to buy.
Sanchez’s departure raised questions among fans, as it leaves Tottenham with limited options in the center-back position, putting them at risk if Cristian Romero or Micky van de Ven face injuries or suspensions.
With the need to wait until January to replace Sanchez, the club has ample time to identify a target and strike when the transfer window reopens.
Spurs were linked with several defenders over the summer, including Edmond Tapsoba, Tosin Adarabioyo, and Lloyd Kelly.
While a move for Bayer Leverkusen’s Tapsoba appears unlikely after he signed a new contract, potential moves for Adarabioyo, who was heavily linked with a transfer to Monaco over the summer, or Kelly seem more plausible.
If Spurs pursue either player in January, Chairman Levy could secure an advantageous deal due to their contract situations.
Both players’ contracts expire at the end of the 2023/24 season, potentially forcing their clubs to sell in January rather than risk losing them for free in the summer, although extensions could change this scenario.
Both Kelly and Adarabioyo align with Postecoglou’s football philosophy, being skilled on the ball, capable of building play from the back, and strong defenders.
Signing either player in January would be more cost-effective than if they had been acquired before the summer transfer window closed.
By pursuing one of these defenders and agreeing on a transfer fee, Levy has the opportunity to save millions in the transfer market, which can then be reinvested to elevate Postecoglou’s Spurs squad.
Acquiring a new center-back should be the top priority in the January transfer market, and the hope is that Spurs will address this need, strengthening their defensive options under the Australian manager.
Until then, the club must hope that Romero and Van de Ven remain available, as their failure to add another defender during the summer may face increased scrutiny.