By Craig Pearson on March 18, 2014
Losing Gareth Bale was always going to be a big loss for Tottenham Hotspur this season, but given the fact they received close to £100m for the player, it gave the club a huge sum of money to go about rebuilding the team for a fresh start. So far, it seems the several players who arrived have just been a waste of the huge outlay that they cost -- it's too late now. Here is the team Tottenham should have after their £100m transfer spree.
Hugo Lloris has had his indifferent moments in a Tottenham shirt, but also enjoyed impressive ones too. Clearly a talented goalkeeper and one Spurs should be happy to stick with in goal for the foreseeable future. No outlay necessary here.
Kyle Walker can be an exciting right-back to watch when bursting forward in attack, and at only 23, he should have many years as Tottenham's first choice right-back.
Danny Rose has been indifferent this season when fit, and injured the rest of the time. Spurs should have made a move for Portuguese left-back Fabio Coentrao. The latter was available in the summer from Real Madrid, and Manchester United almost tied up a late loan deal for him but ran out of time at the end of the summer window. A similar loan deal would have been beneficial to Spurs and one they definitely missed out on.
Younes Kaboul has had injury trouble too this season, but is a good center-back when fit. He is commanding in the air and adept on the ball and a defender Spurs can rely on for this season.
Jan Vertonghen has proved an excellent acquisition for Tottenham in defence. His form has suffered slightly this season, in accordance to the struggles of the team, but his quality is undoubted. Tottenham will be hoping to keep hold of Vertonghen for many years to come; whether they can is another question.
Kevin Strootman has proved a fantastic buy for AS Roma this season. Strootman unfortunately picked up a season-ending knee injury earlier this month, but has proved a great buy so far, at around £14m. He would have given Spurs a defensive shield and a competitive edge with passing ability to match. A mix of ingredients that the Tottenham midfield has severely lacked this year.
Sami Khedira is another competitive midfield player who is of proven quality in Europe. Khedira would have brought running power and work rate to a ponderous Spurs midfield, complementing the attacking players on the team. Speculation last summer, after Jose Mourinho left the Santiago Bernebeu, suggested it was a time when Khedira could have been bought for a fee in the region of £25m. Spurs looked elsewhere, though, and lost out.
French midfielder Yohan Cabaye was a snip for Paris Saint Germain at around £20m last January. Cabaye was the subject of interest from rival clubs in the summer and the Frenchman would have brought great passing ability and vision, along with lethal long-range shooting to Spurs. It was surprising the French international was at Newcastle for so long; he would improve most midfields and certainly would have improved Tottenham's.
Christian Eriksen has endured a slow start to his Tottenham career, but he has shown glimpses of his talent in some sporadic games. He is the one summer buy who looks like, especially at just £11m, he may turn out to actually be a good buy in the long run. His passing ability would be much more effective with this midfield behind him and the new star striker up ahead of him to play around.
Andros Townsend burst onto the scene this season, although he did also enjoy an impressive spell at Queens Park Rangers last season. Townsend earned his way into the starting lineup with his direct, pacy runs, committing defenders and being a constant menace. He would be the perfect foil and balance out the team as the fast, direct winger among the other, more technical players in the team.
Jackson Martinez is a striker you constantly see linked with many clubs in the transfer gossip columns. At 6-foot-1, he is a big, strong guy -- although still agile for his size -- who could handle the physicality of the EPL and also boasts great technical ability and lethal finishing. He would be perfect to lead the line and allow the technical players around him to control the game and supply the Colombian to do what he does best.
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