The transfer window has slammed shut. Nothing can be done to the squad now until January 1st. The success of the window appears to be a matter of opinion, with the fans base seemingly divided straight through the middle. I personally feel that we had a positive window; we strengthened our defense significantly not only with our purchases, but coincided with the contract extension of Hugo and the imminent contract extension of Vertonghen who seems like a completely different player. Our squad has definitely improved, but what about the first XI? Probably not.
So here are our new summer signings (I would mention the outs but they’re in the past now, and although there were some surprises (like Sandro) I feel as if we have to move on and focus on the now.).
In purchase order:
Michel Vorm –
Clean sheets: 7
Brought in as competition for Hugo, purchasing Vorm for just £5 million was a superb piece of business from Levy. During the 2012/2013 season he was undoubtedly in the top 5 in the league along with fellow countryman Tim Krul. Both were linked with the club this summer however we opted for Vorm. Not only can Michel be used effectively in cup competitions, especially in the Europa league where we simply have to do well this year but he will also spur Lloris into 5th gear. Vorm will be breathing down Lloris neck every time he makes an error forcing the sweeper keeper to watch his back. An even better Hugo Lloris seems almost impossible, but if it can happen this buy will be the reason. Well played, Levy.
Mauricio: ” Michel Vorm provides additional strength to our GKs.” (Via @SpursOfficial)
Ben Davies –
Defensive eras: 1
Davies was our most expensive signing of the window with Levy paying Swansea £10 million for his services. In the past two seasons Davies has been a constant feature in the Swans defense helping them to finish 9th in a season where a lot of people felt they over achieved. Playing under Laudrup, Davies has benefited from learning how to keep the ball and move it on effectively and at the right moment, fitting perfectly into Pochettinos tactical ideals. As things stand, Davies appears to be second fiddle to Danny Rose, who has progressed more in the two months Poch has been here than the previous 7 years he had been here. I’m sure Davies will make it into the first team, however that is yet to come into fruition, but his time will come.
Mauricio: “Ben Davies arrives as a young player with a wealth of experience already in the Premier League and we now have two outstanding, internationals vying for the left-back position” (via @SpursOfficial)
Eric Dier –
Appearances – 30
Goals – 1
An explosive start to his Spurs campaign has already made Dier a fan favourite. The England U21 star appeared to have been brought in as a 4th/5th choice centre back option – using the youth team to develop him. Due to injuries and imminent sales he was however thrown in at the deep-end scoring two in his first two appearances for the club. With Kyle Walker seemingly out for the long term, we could see Dier feature a lot more at right back this season, however when Walker returns his place in the team maybe be hindered with four experienced centre-backs presumably ahead of him in the pecking order. That will be one of Pochettino’s biggest decisions.
Mauricio on Dier. “We have followed him for some time & we think he can develop into a top defender.” (Via @SpursOfficial)
DeAndre Yedlin –
One for the future – Yedlin agreed a contract for next season with Levy taking no chances on other potential buyers pipping him to the post on this one. After a hugely successful World Cup, Levy captured his target early in the hope the player progresses into a top, top player eventually taking over the RB reigns from a recently injury prone Kyle Walker or maybe being sold for a nice profit, you take your pick.
Mauricio: “We can also look forward to DeAndre joining us next year. He has shown he can perform at the highest level.” (via @SpursOfficial)
Federico Fazio –
I personally don’t know much about Fazio, but his leadership and experience on and off the pitch will not go unnoticed. I’m not quite sure where he is in Poch’s plans, and I guess that will be decided on the training ground, but I do however presume he will partner Jan in the first XI with Kaboul, Chriches and Dier missing out on a first team spot in the Premier League. Being 6ft 5 he will be vital when defending and attacking at corners, two areas where we have seriously lacked even before the Redknapp days.
Mauricio: “Fazio is an excellent signing for us – a positive influence both on and off the field.” (Via @SpursOfficial)
Benjamin Stambouli –
Unfortunately Stambouli is again a player that I don’t know much about. He has been described as a ‘deep-lying play maker’ which strikes me a Modric-ish, although his ability to tackle allows him to sit in front of the back four without them needing to worry, spraying the ball forward with any opportunity he gets. It will take a lot of hard work and passion to replace fan-favourite Sandro and I really hope he steps up to the mark. Utilised like Schneiderlin, Stambouli could prove vital to our final standings in the league.
Mauricio: “Stambouli offers us versatility as well as quality. He knows what it takes to win and will prove a tremendous addition.” (Via @SpursOfficial)