2014 Summer Transfer Window Analysis - Where Should Tottenham Buy?

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A few days ago, we posted 4000+ words of Tottenham squad analysis heading in to the 2014/15 season, and more specifically, the summer transfer window. What that aimed to do was highlight the deadwood within the squad, show where we had depth and identify where we needed to strengthen.

Focussing on the latter is somewhat pointless, to an extent - especially with Tottenham as the focus. The reason being is, we’re so used to having underwhelming windows now that making lists of positions that need filling don’t do much more than fall on deaf ears. However, given what occurred this time last year, we’re not to know what Levy and Baldini might have up their sleeves.

Here are seven positions (we know) we’ve identified that would benefit from reinforcement, but to make it somewhat more realistic, they’re numbered and prioritised, in reverse order.

7) Goalkeeper

Hugo Lloris is the most important player in the team, that much we’re sure of. However, when you start looking beyond him, the picture becomes much grimmer. Brad Friedel is next to useless these days, and that’s being kind, with youth keeper Jordan Archer not looking ready enough for a place on the bench. If we’re being greedy, a decent understudy to Lloris would be a great addition to the squad.

Possible Signing? Alex Smithies

6) Right Midfield

Erik Lamela should be first choice this season from the right, but again, those playing behind him aren’t the best. Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend aren’t players you’d be entirely satisfied having to rely on if, god forbid, Lamela should have another injury laden season. Ideally, we’d sell both and reinvest in a better prospect.

Possible Signing? Ivan Perišić

5) Right-Back 

Kyle Walker has made the position his own, but the walking nightmare that is Kyle Naughton is lurking worryingly close around the corner, primed to gift us calamity after calamity. We need a better player in reserve, one that preferably doesn’t come with the baggage of having struggled against amateur sides in the preliminary rounds of the Europa League.

Possible Signing? Micah Richards

4) Centre-Back

Michael Dawson has come to the end of his career at Tottenham, and Zeki Fryers doesn’t yet look ready to be a regular starter at centre-back, a role he’s only just moved to and is still learning. That leaves us with only three central defenders to rotate, which is far from ideal. We’ve been linked to Lovren, but Southampton are asking for a kings ransom, which Levy won’t ever pay.

Possible Signing? Nicolás Otamendi

3) Striker

Controversially, we called for Adebayor to be moved on this summer and Soldado to remain, meaning we’d only have Harry Kane is reserve. As good as he ended last season, Kane is not yet ready to be the player a side as aspirational as ours can hang their hat on. We need a new forward to test Soldado and battle it out for what is likely to be one place in a lone forward formation. Who that is, however, remains to be seen.

Possible Signing? Mario Mandžukić

2) Left Midfield

Tottenham’s natural options from the left-wing are Nacer Chadli and Iago Falque, which is pretty much the long and short of it. Falque will likely be sold, while Chadli deserves time to prove himself having shown flashes last season. We need more depth, and someone to challenge Chaldli for the position in the team.

Possible Signing? Juan Bernat

1) Left-Back

Benoît Assou-Ekotto and Danny Rose ladies and gentleman, two players that are just begging to be sold as soon as possible. We don’t just need one left-back this summer, but two. There have been whispers of transfers already, which is heart warming, but the sooner we have people posing with the shirt at Hotspur Way the better. This is the real priority.

Possible Signing(s)? Ben Davies and Ricardo Rodríguez

 

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