Date: 1st September 2017 at 12:54pm
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Poch has some new toys! So has Danny Boy delivered for the Club?

So, after what started potentially as a frustrating Transfer Window we now know who Poch’s new toys will be, but, can they make a difference and give us something that we didn’t have before? Can our new additions improve a team that has been described as ‘impossible to improve’?

Serge Aurier – £23m

Straight Right Back replacement for Kyle Walker who also has Champions League experience. 3 years younger, with 14 more international caps and two league titles under his belt. Will he now be Poch’s first choice RB? Aurier played in a 3-5-2 for Toulosue as a right-sided centre back in a three-man defence, as well as a wing-back at times.

Aurier’s biggest strengths, however, lie at the other end of the pitch. The 24-year-old is an attacking full-back who loves to create chances and get on the end of things. He had a total of six goals and six assists in his final season at Toulouse showing his strengths in the final third with his Bale like runs up their right flank. Aurier creates on average 1.1 chances per game, while Walker and Trippier both average 1.2. Walker was known for his threat down the right flank, Aurier’s dribble completion of 62.5% beats that of Walker (55%) but falls short of Trippier’s 66.6%. Aurier does come out on top with regards to pass completion.

Last season in Ligue 1 he completed 89% of his passes in comparison to the 79.8% and 76.3% of Walker and Trippier, respectively. He averages 1.5 interceptions per game beating Walker’s 1.2 and Trippier’s 0.6, while his tackle success rate ranks in between the pair of them. Aurier completed 75% of his attempted tackles in Ligue 1, better than Trippier (73.7%) but worse than Walker (81.5%). Mauricio Pochettino will be encouraged by the new boy’s ability in the air, with Aurier winning 67.5% of his aerial duels, closely followed by Walker`s 66.6% success rate and Trippier’s lowly 37.5%.

One draw-back for us will be that, depending on how far the Ivory Coast go in the competition in the African Cup of Nations we will be without Aurier from 12th January to the 4th February. This means he could miss the games against Everton, Southampton and, more crucially, Man U on the 31st January and possibly Liverpool on the 3rd February. He has a reputation though but he promises to be professional on and off the pitch. There is no doubt he possesses outstanding speed, strength and stamina, and he is also a diligent defender. In the 2015/16 campaign, he averaged more tackles (4) and more interceptions (3.4) per game than any other PSG player. The stats show he has registered similar numbers ever since his days at Lens.

Davinson Sanchez – £42m

The Colombian only joined Ajax last summer in a ?5million deal from Atletico Nacional after reportedly turning down a move to Barcelona in favour of first-team football. Sanchez went on to score six goals in 44 appearances in all competitions last season, helping Ajax reach the Europa League.

Davy Klaassen described his former team-mate as ‘a beast’, adding: ‘I understand why he has been linked with top clubs. He has the stature, the power.’ He has played twice for Colombia and as a centre-back already he has had success having won the Copa Libertadores with Atletico Nacional, while he was named Ajax’s 2017 Player of the Year. Described as a raw, powerful central defender, who has long been tipped for stardom he has caught the eye of a number of Europe’s top clubs including an offer to join Barca with his performances during Ajax’s run to the Europa League final last season. Now, depending on your point of view, Sanchez is here to strengthen the back line of Verts and Alders or he is here because we are going to lose Toby at some point maybe as early as the January Window.

Potentially he is one of three at the back with Verts and Toby with Poch alternating Dier and Wanyama at DM in front of them. However, he has only played one season in European Football. Mourinho said Sanchez had no ball skills. Mourinho claims he isolated him in the Europa League Final because of his weakness when in possession. Mourinho is quoted as saying: ‘We let them go out to play, but blocking the right centre, De Ligt, and letting the ball go to the left to Sánchez, who had more difficulties.’ Will he warrant a £42m Price tag? He`s attendance at Ajax was stella but after May next year he has to go on to the Copa America in June!

Juan Foyth

Obviously Poch has connections with Juan Sebastian at Estudiantes, who played with Poch for Argentina. Poch has had his eye on the youngster for some time. It is quoted that: ‘Foyth’s signing is one with the future in mind for Tottenham and he will unlikely make an immediate impact on the Spurs first team.’ Little is known of the Argentine youngster outside of his home country, but, Poch thinks Foyth is worth adding to the Spurs team so we fans will certainly back him. It is not a big-name addition, however, in the future, it could work out to be a very good piece of business for Tottenham, especially at just £9.6million.’ Foyth is rated one of the most talented young defenders in world football and Spurs’ move for him was ahead of clubs like PSG who also wanted him. He is a ball player which is an interesting contrast to Verts and Toby who tend to be play the three-quarter ball where as Foyth may be used to play the ball out and link the back three to the midfield.

Paulo Gazzinaga

Well we all know that Vorm is starting to look at the exit door with one year left on his contract and Lloris can’t play every game so Poch has called on a Goalie who he knows well and, on a 5 Year Contract as well, which suggest he is part of Poch’s future plans.

Fernando Llorente – £12.1m

He has pedigree, experience and knows where the net is, a kind of older, less mobile and less prolific Harry Kane. Proven in the Premier League, he would be brilliant back-up for Kane after showing last season he can score goals, 15 in the Premier League alone and that was for a struggling side. Aged 32, he is not exactly the future but he could do an excellent job for a season or two.

Tall, technically sound, excellent in the air and with a penalty box instinct that Kane will approve of. Llorente has a distinguished record in Spain and England. He could be a brilliant acquisition as he is undoubtedly a considerable threat in the air which we don’t really have and, if Aurier can get a half decent cross in, we have a different threat to add to our game, and, we nicked him from under the noses of the Chleski, pay-back time for Willian! Spare a thought for Vincent Janssen does this make him our number 3 striker?

All in all a good window, what do you think?


63 Replies to “Transfer Day Summary”

  • Looks like a good Window to me but, as always, time will tell. I think Levy once again displayed his business talent and his support for his manager and the team. Just my opinion.

  • Foyth is the most straightforward, a typical Pochettino signing, a young player he can hopefully develop.

    Aurier is a bit more complicated, on paper a straight replacement for Walker but several issues. There is the African Cup, there is his disciplinary record, there is the fact he’s coming in from Europe and will probably take time to adapt but will presumably be thrown straight in. There’s also the fact Poch has effectively blocked Walker-Peters route to the first team, Onomah and Carter-Vickers have gone on loan, Walker-Peters needs to do the same.

    The club seem to rate Sanchez very highly, if they are right he’ll be a great signing. If they are wrong then we’ve just wasted a lot of money. Again he will really need time to adapt to the premier league before we can judge what we’ve bought.

    Llorente is really out of left field, I doubt anyone saw that coming. It tells me that its proving incredibly difficult to find a striker that really ticks the boxes and for maybe the first time Poch has compromised and signed a stop gap to give us a season or two of time to find the player we really want. The question for me is can we provide the delivery that Lloriente needs to score goals, it would require some tactical tinkering. Another question is what happens to Janssen? He apparently turned down a loan move to Brighton (big mistake in my opinion), Tony Pullis was interested in signing him, which may eventually happen.

    Not sure there is anything to say about Gazzinaga ?

    What wasn’t addressed in the window was the lack of pace (except of course at full back). For some reason when someone says pace everyone says winger. But really some speed through the centre would be a lot more useful, someone like Son or a quick centre forward. Hasn’t happened and to me we still won’t be able to play counter attacking football which is likely to cost us points in away games.

  • Window to steady the ship with no attackers or wingers got and I tought if we got blade that would have been the last stud on the bouw coys

  • For the first time in my lifetime by greatest concern is holding on to this manager rather than individual players. While I was certainly hoping for a fast winger, I am actually quite positive because the players we have brought in, particularly with Foyth and Sanchez, are clearly the players Poch wanted and he was absolutely integral in their signing. He was clearly pleased with the Sanchez deal in his press conference. Foyth is only here because of Poch which also suggests Poch is still looking at this as a long term project, thank god. Llorente is a great signing in my opinion, someone who will get goals, offers proper cover for Kane and also a greater ariel threat, and the fact that he is not the young investment with a good sell on value also suggests this was more poch than levy. Had we secured Barkley the window would have been very good indeed – however if Everton really refused to deal with us having got a higher offer from Chelsea then the best we could have hoped for was to have Barkley pull out and wait for us to come back for him in January. If we end up getting Barkley and Ryan Sessegnon later on then we can look back on this window as a great success. Ultimately if Poch is happy I am happy and if we now get Toby and other key players on improved contracts all is good. We have seen glimses that N’Koudou could offer the pace that we need, while we will hopefully have Lamela coming back in a few weeks which would be like a new signing. Had Gomes come in on loan that might have been brilliant, but it would also have blocked Wink’s progress. We would all have loved to see the back of Sissoko but he and N’Koudou do have the physical attributes that we need so perhaps they can both start contributing more. Above all else though, there is a huge positive to be taken from this window. It would seem that in Pochettino we have a manager whose appeal trumps money. Sanchez was coveted by much bigger clubs, as was Foyth – they are here because of Poch, Llorente turned down Chelsea and more money to work with Poch, it would seem that Barkley also turned down Chelsea in the hope of working with Pochettino. In a world where we will always be outmuscled financially to have beaten the Chav’s to multiple signings is extraordinary. Aurier was allegedly also of interest to Chelsea and United. So I finish where I started – we must keep this manager!

  • Dele-Arri – We do get a lot of corners and free kicks, unfortunately we don’t do a lot with them. Nobody, Eriksen included, seems capable of putting the ball at speed into a dangerous area in the box. Most of the time it either fails to clear the first defender or goes straight to the goalkeeper. As someone who remembers Gascoigne sending in corners like guided missiles I find our current standard of delivery very frustrating. I suspect Llorente may be having words fairly soon after his arrival.

  • In: Davinson Sánchez Ajax £42m; Serge Aurier Paris Saint-Germain £23m; Fernando LlorenteSwansea City £12m; Juan Foyth Estudiantes £8m; Paulo Gazzaniga Southampton £2m

    Out: Kyle Walker Manchester City £50m; Kevin Wimmer Stoke City £18m; Nabil Bentaleb Schalke £16.8m; Clinton N?Jie Marseille £6.1m; Federico Fazio Roma £2.8m; Josh Onomah Aston Villa loan; Cameron Carter-Vickers Sheffield United loan

    Our Net Spend of £11.5m made us 16th out the 20 premiership clubs but our income was £93.7 in £87m out which on paper looks like a net profit of £6.7m enough to give Toby a pay rise of £55,000 a month!

    As it stands, we have only 20 players that need to be included in our squad list, four of whom are home grown players. This means that we have space for one more non-home grown player, or for one non-home grown player and four home grown players. From next year, Harry Winks, Connor Ogilvie, Dele Alli, Davinson Sánchez and Joe Pritchard would need to be named in our squad list. and four of these are considered home grown though its likely Ogilvie and Pritchard will be permanently transferred either in January or in the summer. That means if Barkaly came in it wouldn’t push anyone of out of the squad that we have. With Rose and Lamala coming back in September and October respectively our bench would consist of Davies to cover Rose, Trippier to cover Aurier, Wanyama to cover Dier at DM with Sanchez as part of a back three. Winks or Sissoko to cover Dembele and or Eriksen, Llorente to cover Kane, Gazzinga to cover Lloris, Son fr Lamela to cover Dele Alli I think? Sound about right to everyone else? Not a bad bench when you look at it? What I am hoping we will have is a first choice team for the Champions League and a Cup team that can play in the domestic cup games and enough squad to rotate between the CL and the Prem League without compromising the quality.

  • Lots of people wanting a fast winger, but we have one in N’Koudou… We bought fast wingers in consecutive seasons. We could argue that they failed, so why buy another? Or we could look at it that many our players take a season or so to bed in, so perhaps this is N’Koudou’s chance. As for crosses in the box, do not forget Trippier…who is great. And Rose, who isn’t a great crosser, but having a better target will help. We now have plenty of striker cover for all the comps. A good window, but a MF/AMF short of a great window… And as always too late.

  • I try to look at transfer windows as objectively as possible, and there is only one overriding question which matters for me: did we get better? And I can?t really answer that one yet, which would lead me to believe that we haven?t had a great window. Looking at the starting 11 first, it?s still unclear what the plan for Sanchez is. Is he going to start right away? The price tag would suggest yes, most likely at the expense of Dier in a back 3. While Dier isn?t perfect, he?s a pretty solid player, and proven in the PL. So relatively big shoes to fill there. The same logic applies for Aurier replacing Walker. For me, the smart money would have been on trying to keep 2 proven PL players in the 11, rather than 2 expensive imports (who both come with question marks for different reasons, as pointed out by OyVeh). So I?m not convinced the 11 is better. As far as the squad is concerned, we have to assume that Sanchez? arrival makes Dier or Wanyama a squad player now, and either of them are very strong players to have on the bench. The arrival of Llorente is a definite short-term upgrade (but as the article says, he?s a stopgap. Good for now, but we haven?t addressed the problem long term). We have also failed to address our need for another creative player (and the late loan attempt for Gomes would suggest we were in the market for one). Most news outlets I have consulted today seem to settle on a C/C+ grade for our window, on average. I would agree. We have gotten marginally better, we have managed to hold onto most of our good players, but we have also failed to get significantly better. On the plus side, and as always, credit where it is due: Levy has managed to get exceptional value out of Walker and Wimmer. We are, according to the Telegraph, one of 5 teams in the PL with a positive net transfer spend, along with Arsenal, Burnley, Stoke and Swansea. Old habits die hard.

  • Dele-Arri – I think you will find we are in the bottom third in terms of the conversion rate (ie percentage of corners that go in the net), its just that with the number of corners we get we are bound to get a few in. West Brom of course are at the top of the list, they don’t get that many but boy do they know how to put them in the net. As I said I suspect Llorente will be having his say, poor corners means less goals for him.

  • We needed another attacking midfield option. I’m a little frustrated with that. Over all I think we have improved the squad. Davinson an upgrade and now Dier can focus on midfield. Aurier is probably at the very least on par with Walker ON FIELD!. Lorente detonate upgrade…

  • Definitely 1 attacking midfielder short of a great transfer window, but if Lamela comes back and recaptures his best form, we’ll be more than ok squad wise. Lamela is also our best set piece taker. We scored more set pieces than any other team in the league 2 season ago, thanks in part to his corners/free kicks, with Llorente joining, we could dominate that area again this season.

  • BelgianSpur – Not sure its about the best eleven. Everyone has been saying we needed more depth, isn’t that what we’ve got ? Of course that only helps if the manager rotates properly and I think the jury is still out on that one. There is a problem with imports, they usually take time to adjust. I think that’s more of a problem for Aurier than Sanchez. With the players and permutations we have Sanchez can be eased in. At full back however when we’ve played twice a week in the past Poch has switched both backs so they only play once a week. This would mean Aurier being dropped in the deep end. I would be tempted to initially play him in the European games and Trippier in the domestic games as presumably Aurier would be more familiar with European football. As I said I think signing Llorente is an indication of just what a problem finding a striker that ticks the boxes has been. More premier players would have been nice although just who is available that we would want ? (apart from Martial who we did try and sign). There is of course the transfer that didn’t happen, Barkley to Chelsea. A free transfer next summer ?

  • jod – fair points. I am coming to terms with the Llorente signing in the sense that he can help us now. Everyone is on the lookout for a proven PL striker, and we got one. He should have another 1 or 2 good seasons in him, given that he doesn’t rely on pace, so age shouldn’t be as big a factor as with a Jermain Defoe- type striker. As far as the other 2 signings, I’m actually more worried about Sanchez. Aurier seems to have the physical attributes needed to succeed in the PL. The concerns about him come from his past behaviour, and the ACN issue. If he knuckles down and works hard, and stays out of trouble, he should eventually perform. With Sanchez, I just think we’ve taken a huge gamble. It’s really an all-or-nothing signing, and for that price tag, I would have liked to see a more proven player (42 million might have gotten us someone like Virgil Van Dijk, who would have been a certain performer).

  • According to what ive seen, Davinson Sanchez cost £35m + £7m or £28m + £14m dependant on (I have no idea, but likely related to him/us doing something well). Southampton are allegedly asking for around £60m for VVD, which is likely why he is still at Southampton.

  • Not a bad window… Think the players willy step up sooner rather than later… Seems potch or levy got to Barkley b4 he signed for Chelsea so expecting him January… Up the spurs…. Hugely loving getting not one but two over on Chelsea… Coys

  • I think it’s very difficult to assess the window without knowing what Poch’s objectives were. The fact that he has concentrated on the defence suggests that there are issues that need addressing now or later, but are maybe not so apparent to the rest of us. Many have stressed the need for a pacy AM/forward. But to get the best out of this type of player you need CMs who are good passers of the ball and can play it quickly. We don’t really have those types of players: Dembele is a ball carrier and Wanyama and Dier largely play short passes. Winks has the potential to be that type of player but will he get enough game time? And it may be that this is the only style Poch wants to play, particularly as it has been very successful in the league for the last two seasons, so he may not see the need for a pacy forward. But without knowing what Poch’s criteria for the window was, it’s very difficult to assess. Overall, he may be very happy with the outcome.

  • Upon reflection I think we have done rather well this window. One really important consideration is that Lamela has yet to feature since we switched to a 3-5-2 system which will suit him down to the ground. He is perfectly suited to the Eriksen role as they both have guile and an eye for the killer pass. Lamela’s set piece delivery is also arguably better but certainly on a par. Both players are not blessed with pace and are lost when playing on the wing and expected to provide the width. With Aurier and Rose doing that, Lamela would be free to play more centrally and he provides ideal cover for any of the attacking 3 behind the striker. Our CB buys will allow Dier to focus more in the midfield role and this in turn would allow Dembele to play further up the pitch where he could be perfect with less defensive obligations. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if Dembele in an attacking role won’t end up being just as revelationary as Dier suddenly becoming the DM solution we longed for. He really can glide right by players in a way that is quite Messi-esque. We now have cover in CB, for the wing backs, in the DM role (where Sanchez can also play) and we finally have genuine cover for Kane. Kane can also play as a no.10, as can Lamela and Dembele. With Son, Dele, Eriksen, Winks, Lamela and a free roaming Dembele we have plenty of attacking cover, with Sissoko and N’koudou also capable of coming good. We have brilliant players many of whom excel in various roles – It is actually one hell of squad.

  • Bit late on this,just get my say in. Over the moon with Llorente,experienced,great in the air,not quick but neither was Sherringham.Ideal sub for Harry .With Jannsen still here we have options up front for Poch to rotate with over a gruelling season at Wembley. Trippier ,Rose ,Davies ,Serge & Christian will all provide crosses for Llorente.Bring it on . Our first big header of the ball since Bobby Smith.I may have forgotten a few others but my memory is not what it used to be.

  • It was a very good window and I am happy with the cover for Kane and Aurier. I also think Poch has big plans for Sanchez and he could immediately improve our team as part of a back 3. For me we were a Mahrez short of being sensational!

  • Yes I think we had a good TW, pleased with Llorente, he gives us options. We look even better at the back now, Spurticus87, agree Mahrez coming in would have been sensational, can’t win em all eh!….wheres Frank and Doncaster?

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