Defeat in the first home match at Wembley for Tottenham has alerted the critics fairly quickly, saying how they could struggle massively this season at the National stadium. The performance itself against a makeshift Chelsea line-up was not actually bad, the team was expansive, sent many crosses into the Chelsea penalty area, hit the woodwork and testing Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The real problem Mauricio Pochettino’s men had was they well and truly ran out of ideas. Look at a player to change the game from the bench the only real option Pochettino can turn to is Son Heung-min; this is an issue that Pochettino and Daniel Levy need to address for a successful campaign in North London. The future of Danny Rose is a concern, especially after losing Kyle Walker to rivals Manchester City. Ben Davies is a capable replacement, but does not possess the real penetration that Rose brings especially in the final third for Tottenham. On the other side Kieran Trippier deserves his role as the number one right back in this Spurs side, but support is needed and to add competition for that berth in the first eleven. Davinson Sánchez is a top class signing for Pochettino, adding him to the defensive ranks will allow Kevin Wimmer to move on this summer. The Colombian international was key to Ajax’s run to the Europa League final last time out and will add fresh competition to Belgian pair Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. It is further up the pitch the team needs more investment, how Moussa Sissoko is still commanding a role in the team is questionable, given he has had no impact since his record breaking move from Newcastle last summer. Adding options and more importantly pace to this final third is where Mauricio Pochettino should really be looking to really propel this team into contention for the title. There are names linked with Tottenham more recently during the window with some more potentially still to come.
The Everton attacking midfielder has been the name linked with a move to the White Hart Lane club for the majority of this summer’s transfer window. The twenty-three year old looks to have no future at Goodison Park after the dispute over a new contract and with the players Everton have signed who play in the same role as him. The Englishman needs a fresh start in what has been a fairly stop start career thus far, and the opportunity to work with Pochettino and among a contingent of English players within this Tottenham side would certainly be the best fit for Barkley at this stage of his career.
Is Barkley a good fit for Tottenham? Well he certainly would add another option to the Tottenham attack, with being more direct than Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, he would add his intelligence in and around the box to the Spurs attack, but he lacks what is missing from this Tottenham side which is real pace. There is a concern over his injury setback currently as to whether Barkley can get the move he is looking for this summer, and with rumours of Pochettino potentially looking to create Barkley into more of a central midfielder then Barkley could potentially not be arriving before the end of the transfer window.
Seventeen years of age and perhaps the brightest talent in the whole of England right now. The Fulham left sided player has shown great loyalty and maturity thus far in his career, he could have easily had his head turned already in his career with the interest generated in him, however he is level headed and continues to perform for his club. Tottenham have been reported last week to have had a 25 million bid rejected for Sessagnon, however should Danny Rose leave White Hart Lane this summer, their interest should intensify to lure Sessagnon from Craven Cottage.
Would Sessagnon go straight in and start at Tottenham is one thing that could put Pochettino off, though from experience the manager is known to have full faith in the younger players at the club. His direct running and quality in the final third is superb from a player as young as he is, and he has an eye for goal. His characteristics are similar to one Gareth Bale when he joined White Hart Lane, known as a left back; however progressively moving him up the pitch and with hard work Sessagnon could be more a further forward player. Will Sessagnon make that move this summer? With the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City circulating if the young left back does move on Tottenham would certainly be his best destination.
The Paris Saint-Germain right back looks surplus to requirements following the arrival of serial winner Dani Alves earlier this summer in Paris. The controversial Ivory Coast international has caught the headlines for the wrong reasons in France for the last two seasons; however his ability cannot be questioned. Pace, Power, decison making and hardworking is the main characteristics that Aurier would bring to this Tottenham team. With Trippier being the only senior option for the right back/right wing back Pochettino needs to add a quality competitor for this position, and Aurier would certainly be that.
Judging by recent reports the future of Aurier does look to be in North London with Tottenham, but with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea still looking to add to their squads, this is a deal that Tottenham need to really try and push through. Aurier would be somewhat of a coup for Pochettino and with his man management skills he would certainly be able to get the best out of the player, who on his day is amongst the best right backs in world football.
The January marquee signing for Paris Saint-Germain is now known to be surplus to requirements following the record-breaking signing of Neymar. The German international is a top class talent and one that will certainly be attracting the attention of many clubs across Europe and a player that Pochettino should certainly be looking at to add to the attack. Draxler possesses great pace, moves very well with the ball at his feet, has a good football brain around the box, seeing passes that others wouldn’t and is composed in front of goal. Add Draxler to an attack of Kane, Alli and Eriksen that would be a high quality attack in the Premier League.
The next move in Draxler’s career is important, after the injury problems he has had over the last few seasons and with the ruthless nature in PSG selling him on, he would need to go somewhere that appreciates the quality he would bring, and Tottenham would certainly be the place he could do that. Daniel Levy might have to loosen the strings to the wage structure to lure players such as Draxler to Spurs, but long term success would be worth it. It is more likely to see Draxler at Manchester United or possibly at the Emirates if Arsene Wenger renews his long term interest in the player.
One of the biggest surprises perhaps so far this summer is the lack of interest in the Leicester wide man. The start of the season has started fantastically well however for the Algerian forward who looks at the top of his game looking to impress potential suitors. His trickery, pace and ability to take players on would add another dimension for Tottenham’s attack and one deal that might potentially take off as we get closer to the end of the window. Leicester have been holding out for 50 million for the player, however Mahrez has been extremely respective of the club, with his work ethic and not causing disruption, this could change and see the club having to accept a slightly lesser offer for the player.
Signing Mahrez would be a move that Pochettino should be pursuing and he should want to add the player to his attacking squad. Mahrez was the player of the season two seasons ago, his ability to cut inside of the flank and his ability in front of goal is exactly the industry that perhaps Tottenham needs especially to replace Eric Lamela as they share similar abilities. This is a deal that could really surprise people and one that looks like it could start becoming very likely.