The summer transfer window in England has officially come to an end, and it’s been a pretty interesting rollercoaster ride up to this point. All twenty teams have brought players in and shipped players out in equal measure, in what wound up being an extraordinary summer in terms of spends with over £1.4 billion being spent in total.
That, in itself, is mental, but even more so than that, it’s interesting to take a big old look at one team at a time: starting off with Tottenham Hotspur.
It’s well known that Spurs have had a few issues in the last few years when it comes to bringing in top stars. Still, even with that being the case, they’ve been able to reach a Champions League final and be consistently competitive at the highest level. That, in itself, doesn’t sound too bad to us.
The big question mark
With this kind of pressure it does make you wonder how much longer Mauricio Pochettino is going to be in a job with Spurs, but hey, that’s a different conversation for a different day.
The major signing of note prior to Deadline Day for Spurs was clearly Tanguy Ndombele, who is going to add some much needed grit into the middle of the park. The club spent big on him and took a risk in the process, but it’s the kind of risk that we could quite easily see paying off in a big way.
They also brought in Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso, although the latter is only making his way to North London on a loan basis. Both players are young and exciting, but there are still big questions as to whether or not they’ll be able to lock down a place in the starting XI.
Then, we come to the two big disappointments of deadline day: Philippe Coutinho and Paulo Dybala. The Brazilian, who was formerly a Liverpool player, has been searching for something new after failing to really maintain any consistency with Barcelona.
The march begins
While Coutinho would’ve been a big risk, there’s no point in pretending like 90% of Spurs fans wouldn’t have bitten your hand off at the thought of signing him.
With Dybala, he’s the kind of forward that would really make a great impact in the Premier League. It sounds like it didn’t take all that much for them to fall short, either, which is obviously a little bit disappointing.
All of this is being said in order to confirm what we all already knew: Tottenham Hotspur are going to have all eyes on them this season as fans and media members wait to see what happens next.
What would be considered a success? What would be considered a failure? There are a lot of plates still spinning around in the air, and there’s some uncertainty that comes with that.