Why Tottenham's transfer business could affect Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen

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The reported transfer targets will provide stiff competition for two of Spurs' key men last season.

The last few days have seen a flurry of transfer activity at Spurs, with two bids for Saido Berahino turned down - as confirmed on West Brom's official site - and Bayer Leverkusen's Heung Min Son reportedly on the verge of joining.

The deal for the South Korean appeared suddenly today and Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller confirmed that the 23-year old had undergone a medical with Spurs, in quotes published by Goal.com.

Saido Berahino has since un-followed West Brom on Twitter, as covered by the Mirror, and his position with the Baggies would now seem untenable.

If it's assumed that both players join Spurs before the close of the window - along with the recently-signed Clinton N’Jie – it raises questions over the potential system Mauricio Pochettino will implement next season.

At rumoured figures of around £22 million for both Berahino and Son, neither will be expecting to keep the bench warm for long periods. N’Jie arrived for around half that price but was a first-team regular at Lyon last season and will also expect to be involved.

The problem will then lie in how Pochettino accommodates this impressive bunch collection of attacking options.

Heung Min Son played the majority of his games on the left wing for Leverkusen last season but is equally as effective as a second striker, while Clinton N’Jie is comfortable on the right flank but can also operate across the front-line.

Pochettino will surely want Berahino playing as close to Harry Kane as possible and will therefore likely deploy him in a central role, creating a dynamic and fluid front four – all capable of interchanging positions.

It begs the question as to where the likes of Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli could fit in the first-team picture however.

The Dane remains one the club’s most creative players and may have to adjust to a deeper role either as a deep-lying play-maker next to a dedicated defensive midfielder in a 4-2-3-1, or as the tip of a midfield triangle in a 4-3-3 formation.

Chadli on the other hand, will face real competition for places for the first time in his Spurs career and will need to ensure his habit of disappearing in matches is eradicated, if he wants to retain a starting berth.

While the vast amount of games Spurs are likely to be involved in this season will ensure game time for each of these attackers,  the fight to be a part of Pochettino’s strongest XI is set to be the most intense in recent memory - and that's without even mentioning a certain Alex Pritchard...

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