Taking a look at what Tottenham Hotspur could do in January.
The January transfer window is drawing ever closer and for some clubs what they do next month could be the difference between a title tilt and a season of disappointment.
In the case of Tottenham, they are excelling in the Premier League – undefeated in their last 14 matches in that competition – and the majority of their summer signings have settled well. But while some Spurs fans may feel they do not need to sign anyone in the upcoming window chairman Daniel Levy and manager Mauricio Pochettino may have other ideas.
After all, with the right additions Tottenham could yet win a title that appears to be ripe for the taking given the unpredictable results seen thus far.
So who could arrive at White Hart Lane in January and who could leave? Here we take a look at two of each:
Centre-back Federico Fazio has featured just once all season – in the League Cup defeat to Arsenal – so it would be no surprise if the Argentine headed for pastures new at the next available opportunity.
With Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Kevin Wimmer all at the club, the 28-year-old needs to move on for regular first-team football and Pochettino is unlikely to stand in his way.
Currently playing for Tottenham’s under-21s, Andros Townsend is another player struggling for first-team minutes and there are likely to be plenty of suitors if he does leave North London.
Townsend has appeared seven times in all competitions this season but with just 64 minutes in the league his time appears to be coming to an end.
Tottenham need a new striker. The problem is they need one who will not mind playing second fiddle to Harry Kane, at least in the short term, and that is where the problem lies.
Signing an experienced forward is all well and good but not if Pochettino has no plans to use him unless injuries and suspensions dictate, so bringing in an up-and-coming striker is surely the best option.
Fulham’s Moussa Dembele is 19-year-old centre forward who is also comfortable on both wings and that versatility means he is a great option for Tottenham.
Tottenham have plenty of exciting young players coming through the ranks but could they add another in the form of Walsall’s Rico Henry?
The 18-year-old is predominantly a left-back although he can also operate on the wing if required and Spurs could do something similar to when they signed Dele Alli, securing his long-term future while allowing him to remain on loan at the League One club for the rest of the season.