With the summer transfer window now done and dusted, managers and players alike know where they stand until January.
Tottenham Hotspur had an interesting window, with the failure to capture Saido Berahino dominating the headlines, but several new recruits have been added for decent prices.
Mauricio Pochettino now has a fuller squad at his disposal, meaning several Spurs players have been pushed down the pecking order. We decided to take a look at four Tottenham players who will have to up their game to be first-team regulars this season and beyond.
Brought in from Sevilla in the summer of 2014, Fazio has failed to impress in his stint with Spurs so far. With Toby Alderweireld coming in this summer and looking solid alongside Jan Vertonghen, while Kevin Wimmer is one for the future, it is hard to see how Fazio will feature in the side. Injuries, though, could see him utilised.
The Belgian has featured so far this season, but in an unfamiliar right wing position. With summer signing Son Heung-min likely to come into that position, though, Dembele will find himself vying for a central midfield berth once again.
He’s unlikely to get that, though, with Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb both preferred in the middle of the park ahead of him. With Spurs lacking a defensive midfielder, he may find some joy in that role, but for now, he faces a fight to get into the team.
Another one bought with the Bale money who has failed to impress, Lamela finds himself even further down the pecking order at White Hart Lane than he previously was.
With a move away from the club falling through late on in the window, and both Son and potentially even Andros Townsend ahead of him in the squad, it’s hard to see where or how Lamela will fit into the Spurs side given how poor he’s been so far.
Having fought hard to become a first team regular, Townsend now finds himself back down the pecking order at White Hart Lane after a series of unfortunate injuries.
Indeed, it seems he is unlikely to feature given the club offered him as part of potential deals for both Victor Wanyama and Saido Berahino, as reported by the Metro, while Aston Villa were also interested, according to the Daily Mirror. Evidently he is not in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans, and he could be set for a disappointing season after working so hard to impress in the last two.
*article edited for inaccuracies