February has rolled around and many Tottenham Hotspur fans are distraught at the fact that no new striker has arrived at White Hart Lane. Have the club made an unwise gamble in the race for 4th place?
Nick Harris takes a look at the incomings and outgoings at Tottenham last month.
Incomings: Although deadline day was a disappointment, Spurs did make two signings earlier in the window, with promising left back Ezekiel Fryers signed for £3 million, and Lewis Holtby brought in from Schalke for £1.5 million.
The latter looks like an excellent piece of business, with Spurs deciding to pay the fee to bring forward his free transfer from the summer. Creative, mobile and with an eye for goal, Holtby will bring a whole new edge to the Spurs attack, and with the German behind the striker Spurs should carry more of a threat than they have shown at times this season. Holtby can also cover a wide range of positions, which could end up important, as Spurs have several areas of the pitch where they are no more than one injury away from a real problem.
Fryers is more one for the future, but Spurs' smart work in avoiding a high price by letting the player leave Manchester United for Standard Liege in the summer, before signing the left back from the Belgian club in the first week of January, will bring some pleasure to fans now.
The focus will be more on who they didn't sign, with a late move for Leandro Damiao proving unsuccessful, and no other striker brought in to bolster the ranks. Spurs have looked blunt on too many occasions this season, and the hope now has to be that Holtby's creative presence in midfield makes the difference
Outgoings: Spurs finally managed to shift Jermaine Jenas off their books on a permanent move to QPR, and also allowed Carlo Cudicini to go to LA Galaxy on a free to ease the load on their wage bill. Gomes went on loan to Hoffenheim, and Andros Townsend joined Jenas at QPR until the end of the season.
Perhaps more interestingly, Spurs sent promising youngsters Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard out on loan to Lorient and Peterborough respectively. Pritchard also signed a new contract, and if both can impress in the second half of this season, Spurs first team could gain two superb young players in the near future.
Race for fourth: Arsenal's addition of Nacho Monreal was a really smart piece of business, and if the Gunners can stay injury free, they might have the edge in the race for the Champions League. If Adebayor and Defoe recover their form, then Spurs are also well placed with the addition of Holtby, but Liverpool's strong January could make then a real threat. Everton's failed bid for Leroy Fer might end up coming back to haunt them, but as traditionally strong finishers in the league, they can't be ruled out.
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