A player that Tottenham appeared to pursue last season, the Frenchman now appears to be Pochettino’s number one target and the centre of his planned refresh of Tottenham’s squad. After two impressive seasons in Ligue 1, and at just 22 years of age, Ndombele could be the mainstay of Spurs’ midfield for years to come and potentially the catalyst that could see the club finally secure their first honours under Pochettino. At third favourites to win the title next season with BetEasy, if Spurs are to secure their man, the North London side will certainly fancy their chances of a serious challenge.
In the 2018/19 domestic season, Ndombele registered a tackle once every 27.5 minutes, winning 67% of the 98 total attempted tackles. One of the Frenchman’s most impressive attribute is his dribbling ability and control on the control, like his namesake former Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele – Ndombele registered 88 take-ons last season, completing 64 of those (73%). When you combine this with Tanguy’s passing ability (89.1% completion) and creative spark (7 assists total, creating a chance once every 57.3 minutes), you can see why Pochettino is desperate to secure his services. Maybe, just maybe, he could be the difference that finally
Whilst the young full-back-cum-winger had a disappointing maiden Premier League season, it would be harsh to completely right the youngster off as a result of the overall chaos that engulfed Fulham throughout the campaign. Pochettino appears to still be a fan, looking to deploy Sessegnon initially in a more-attacking role before moving him back to a full-back in a reverse-Gareth-Bale development.
Despite his disappointing season, there are still a few key statistics that suggest Sessegnon could be worth his price tag and become the future of Spurs’ left-flank.
Averaged an assist once every 383 minutes, better than Danny Rose (599 mins) & Kieran Trippier (759 mins).
Attempted a take-one once every 33.8 minutes, in comparison to Kieran Trippier (151.9 mins), Ben Davies (114.9 mins) & Danny Rose (22 mins)
Registered an attempt at goal once every 82.1 minutes, more often than any other Tottenham full-back.
Giovani Lo Celso
Will Eriksen leave? Will Eriksen stay? Regardless of where the Dane ends up at the end of the summer transfer window, the acquisition Lo Celso could be a key move for the club this summer; either as a placement for Eriksen or to finally give him some much needed competition which could see a return to form after a largely underwhelming 2018/19 season.
A running theme of Tottenham’s main summer targets is their young age, which is no surprise when you consider signing for the future is at the core of Levy’s tight book-balancing. At just 21 years of age, Lo Celso is no outlier to this.
In the 2018/19 La Liga season, the Argentinian made 32 appearances for Real Betis, 5 of which came from the bench. He averaged a goal or assist once every 184.6 minutes (9 goals, 4 assists), with a pass completion of 83%. A stand out characteristic of Lo Celso is the variety of positions in which he featured during the 2018/19 campaign; his 32 appearances came across the following roles:
16 apps – Central Midfield
10 apps – Central Attacking Midfield
6 apps – Centre Forward