Do Tottenham Need To Sign Any New Players?

By on July 28, 2010

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Written by Lauren Coupe.

The transfer window this summer has been very quiet on the Tottenham front.  The 21 year old Brazilian International midfielder Sandro was purchased towards the end of the 2009/2010 season, but since the campaign ended, so has Tottenham’s spending.

The question is, do Tottenham need to sign anyone?  Some fans aren’t too worried if they don’t as they feel they have a good set of players in the squad already, but Harry Redknapp claims that he thinks an extra 3 signings would do the trick, with at least one of these being a ‘star player’ to help bolster Tottenham’s title credentials next season which Harry sees as a realistic target.  A few star names have been linked to Tottenham over the summer, namely Joe Cole (opted to give up Champions League to join Liverpool), Diego Forlan, Fabiano and more recently Raul of Real Madrid.

Manchester City have spent big recently, and some feel as though Tottenham may be falling behind their rivals when it comes to buying star players.  But maybe not signing too many players can be a good thing? Remember, foreign players sometimes take a while to gel in a new team, which is something that may hold Manchester City back.  If Tottenham were to make minimal changes, this might not disrupt the team up too much and allow them to start the new season with the type of form they finished the last campaign with.

You get the feeling Tottenham are after someone with big Champions League experience and ambition, but the question is, do they need that someone?  Or can this current team step it up to the next level week in week out? They proved it last season.

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12 Comments

  1. Woodsidestriker

    July 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Are you kidding? If Tottenham don’t make some important signings they will find their Champions league experience very short-lived, not to mention their time spent in the top four of the Premiership. Spurs will be lucky if King plays 50% of the games this year and odds are he will play much less than that. In any case you have to prepare for the worst; King not available for most games. Woodgate is gone as well. Bassong is not top 4 material and not Champions league quality either. So you have one quality player at CB; Dawson, and no serious backup for him. RB is questionable position as well. Is Corluka fast enough to keep up with a top 4 team and Champions league speed? Don’t think so, and Hutton clearly isn’t an answer either.
    All the talk has been about up front but I think Spurs downfall could be defense and a lack of quality options where its needed.

  2. Tony

    July 28, 2010 at 9:24 am

    They don’t NEED to sign anyone really. But they SHOULD, freshen up the squad. And THEY WILL. Harry has just starting the process now, and waiting until City is satisfied with what they have. Also waiting for City to do their inevitable shedding of players. With the new 25-man squad rules, we would be foolish to do our business early. Why fill up your squad, then find that the perfect player becomes available later on? I think the market will explode soon.

  3. Roy Singh

    July 28, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Yes the current side can. Only if strict dicipline is administed by management & coaching staff. It must be brought to their attention that they definately need to raise their standard of play (unlike previous years). If their performance is unsatisfactory to meet EPL standards, they will be dropped/or asked to leave. This can be achieved as we have a staff that can be rotated with efficient results.

  4. Tony

    July 28, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Woodsidestriker – I agree that the defence worries me. King WILL miss start of season. So that’s Dawson + Bassong to start with. That’s ok, but back-up is Kaboul. Lots of people believe that he is a changed man, but we have hardly played him at centre back since his return. He was terrible first time round. Lets sign a decent covering centre back – a “Dawson of old” – someone who knows place on bench. I’d say cover for left-back is more a priority than cover for right-back. I believe Bale’s future is left-back, but we don’t know that yet. So let’s have cover so that we still have a choice where we play him. I am not worried about Corluka’s lack of pace because he makes up for it with his brain and ability. But are the other right-backs up to it?

  5. lilywhitemike

    July 28, 2010 at 9:49 am

    some good points made here. I think the most important thing is to improve your starting 11 before your squad. What I dont want to hear is that we sign a cover CB for 5m and then hear we were willing to pay £20m for a top striker but they wanted £25m and we were priced out of it. Obviously, you want to do both but the main thing I think is to get that striker, someone who can score us a goal out of nothing to win us a game on one of our off days. Then some good cover players, preferably young prospects who can make an impact from the bench.

  6. Spurs

    July 28, 2010 at 10:00 am

    They don’t need to sign anyone. The reason why we did so well this season is because we didn’t make many signings last summer and allowed the team to bond and grow. Remember our squad is still young and will improve this season.
    Also @ Woodsidestriker, we had one of the best defences in the league last season. Bassong is a very good player. Also Kaboul is a very good player and Corluka is equally adapt in the centre of defence as on the right. So we have plenty of good quality cover.
    We don’t really need to look at what City are doing and start panick-buying ourselves.

  7. Tony

    July 28, 2010 at 10:04 am

    lilywhitemike – This is what surprises me when people say that we should sell Pav before anything else. Pav is the only one of our strikers who could get something out of nothing. (Keane used to, but not any more). Pav is FAR from perfect, but until we sign a striker who CAN get something out of nothing like you say, Pav should stay right here. If we buy that striker, then by all means sell Pav if we seem sorted in that department.

  8. jorge garcia

    July 28, 2010 at 10:07 am

    we definitely need to sign a few players! i agree the squad looks good but if we are going to push on i would look to bring in a few class players! personally my main targets would be:

    in – ozil, suarez, richards and a cheeky bid for ronaldinho

    out – jenas, keane, hutton, ohara

    with these changes to the squad we then have options to change the formation to 4-5-1 for those tricky CL away games!!

  9. Cornish yid

    July 28, 2010 at 10:09 am

    We have the good youth prospects who can fill our bench and filter in and out through out the season, we need to admit defeat in the woodgate saga, as good as he is his wages must be huge. Off load 3or 4 players and just buy the one, Torres type purchase, that could be club changing our top quality midfielders need someone to feed……..

  10. lilywhitemike

    July 28, 2010 at 10:47 am

    yes agreed Tony, we dont want a fredi kanoute situation where we sell the player first without having a replacement ready! Spurs, unfortunately we do have to look at what City are doing. They are improving their squad, and we cannot afford to stand still if we want to, at least, keep our place in the top 4. We can’t afford to splash the cash like they can but we still are a rich club and need to make investments to improve the team and take us to the next level. What’s the points in being in Champions League for just the one season? We also want to compete in it as well!

  11. Tony

    July 28, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Still not afraid of City. If they keep on replacing perfectly good players like Barry with equally good players just because they are foreign, then I cannot see them improving much. City, Us, Villa, Everton, and Liverpool are at the stage where extra points are squeezed out by having a well-defined backbone of the team. In my opinion Everton has the best backbone – but they do not spend enough to really progress. Villa have a good backbone, but selling Milner will end that. Our backbone is missing a first-name-on-the-teamsheet striker. Liverpool who knows? City – again who knows? But I think Mancini has made things harder from himself with the sheer amount of duplication and change in the team.

  12. Jake

    July 28, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    All spurs need is to sell some of the over numbered posisioned fringe players and buy one more experienced cenre half to fill the annoying absence of king and woodgate every other game and play the youngsters in the league cup to aviod fatigue and with an already vast improving strong squad spurs should compete well.

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