Tottenham Begin Transfer Business With Some Odd Signings
Until now, Tottenham Hotspur have been relatively quiet in the transfer window. That’s something not many expected from a team that splashed out over £100m last year.
But Spurs have made two signings in one today and brought in two players from Swansea City. The two signings for the price of one involve Ben Davies and Michel Vorm joining Tottenham as Gylfi Sigurdsson joins Swansea in a swap plus £5 million.
For a squad with Hugo Lloris and Brad Friedel as their two first-team goalkeepers, I cannot understand why they have bought another keeper.
Vorm is not young either, as he is 30 years old and has only a small amount of experience in the Premier League — far less than Friedel, that’s for sure.
The only reason I can see behind this signing is if either Lloris or Friedel were going to leave the club within the next year. Perhaps Friedel has decided to call time on his career and has told Tottenham he is going to retire at the end of the season.
But if this were true, I cannot see why Spurs would choose to sign an older player. There are many young keepers who would be a valuable asset to the club, especially to take over from Lloris when he finally leaves.
Their second signing, Davies, I can see as more important. But let me take you through eight defenders Tottenham have on their roster: Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen, Vlad Chiriches, Kyle Naughton, Michael Dawson and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Even if they were to sell Rose, as expected, they have replaced him with someone with a similar caliber or perhaps a worse player.
Mauricio Pochettino has made his first two signings whilst being the manager at Tottenham, and he could have done so much better. Vorm will not be used. His closest action to first-team football will be sitting on the bench whilst Friedel plays in the Capital One Cup. Only time will tell with Davies, but I expect him to be sitting on the bench more than he plays. Only the new season and Pochettino will tell.