As the New Year is upon us, for all football fans there is only one thing on our minds. January Transfers. Will your club sign that one player you have been linked with for so long? Will your heart be broken by your favourite player exiting? Are your team going to sign anyone at all?
This is the most dreaded month to be a football fan but can also be fantastic if your club make the right moves. With so much speculation around, it can be difficult to trust any rumours until the player has signed on the dotted line.
Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with many players this winter and this will give you an understanding on who these players are and what they could do for our club. As well as players who we could be seeing at a different club come February.
Name: Marcel Sabitzer
Club: RB Leipzig
Position: Central Midfielder
Our captain Marcel #Sabitzer received second place in the Austrian Player of the Year award for 2020 🙌
Congrats, Sabi! ©️
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) December 23, 2020
Spurs have been linked with Marcel Sabitzer for several transfer windows now. He was named the club captain for the German outfit at the beginning of the season, after being at the club for six years. A product of the RB Salzburg academy, Sabitzer has excelled under manager Julian Nagelsmann, leading his side to a Champions League semi-final last season. However, the Austrian is currently the highest earner at RB Leipzig with a salary of £5.5 million a year, and they are unable to increase his wages. With his contract ending in June 2022, it is likely that Leipzig will want to cash in on the midfielder instead of letting him leave for free.
If Sabitzer was to sign for Spurs, he would be challenging the other midfielders for places. Known for his attacking ability, the 26-year-old could help ease the pressure from Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, by chipping in with several goals. He scored nine goals in the Bundesliga last season and recorded seven assists, which is more than any other Tottenham midfielder did in 2019/20. He is captain for his club and so there would be another leader on the pitch if he were to sign. Marcel Sabitzer’s market value is £31.5 million, which could mean that Spurs will pay in and around this region for the player. He is the most linked player to Tottenham this Winter and the deal could happen if Spurs were to offload players first.
Name: Christian Eriksen
Club: Inter Milan
Position: Attacking Midfielder
A player that all Spurs fans know well. Eriksen made the move to Italy in January of last season, following the appointment of Jose Mourinho, however expressed his desire to leave the club throughout the first half of the season. Despite the links only being minimal, the Danes name continues to circulate in the speculation of Spurs transfers. His time in Milan hasn’t quite gone to plan, and the Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta has announced that the club are looking to sell him. In a year of being at the club, Eriksen has only made 25 appearances in the Serie A and the majority have been from the bench. There have been mixed reviews from fans on whether or not they want Christian Eriksen to return to the club, but Spurs have still not replaced the Denmark international and are need of a creative midfielder who can record over 10 assists a season.
If Eriksen was to re-sign for Tottenham, he could be a good asset to the sides challenge for trophies. The 28-year-old when in a good run of form has great ability to pick passes out and put the ball in the exact place it needs to be – and also score the odd goal, whether that be from open play or set pieces. The Inter midfielder would be also returning to familiar surroundings, and would be met by ex-teammates and also Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who he spoke to encouraging him to join Spurs in the summer. However, due to his lack of playing time, he could be unfit or struggle to find any time at all. This transfer is definitely much more of a risk for Spurs, because of the fans view of Eriksen’s departure and whether or not he will fit into the Mourinho style of play.
Its all yours 😉 https://t.co/r8oO1u1xS1
— Christian Eriksen (@ChrisEriksen8) October 12, 2020
Name: Sami Khedira
Position: Defensive Midfielder
🗞[@MailSport] | Tottenham Hotspur could hijack Everton’s move for Sami Khedira despite Carlo Ancelotti’s side already in negotiations.
— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) January 1, 2021
Sami Khedira has been out of favour at Juventus since the appointment of club legend Andrea Pirlo. Khedira is a no-nonsense midfield general, who has the ability to break up play and give opposition midfielders a hard time. With numerous honours to his name, the World Cup winner has spoken of his eagerness to play in the Premier League and has been linked with both Tottenham and Everton – the choice of two great managers, Mourinho and Ancelotti. Khedira has earned major honours at each club he has played for in his career and brings a winning mentality to whichever side he plays for.
If Spurs were to sign the German international, it would be a great addition to the squad. Similarly to Hojbjerg, Khedira plays in a deep role allowing players to venture forward knowing he is protecting them. He would play well alongside Tottenham’s number five, as well as being a great cover allowing him to get some rest in European games and cup games. The Danish international has already played in every Premier League game this season, as well as nine outside of England’s top-flight. Back in 2010, when Jose Mourinho was manager of Real Madrid, he signed Khedira from Stuttgart and so this deal is possible, due to their past connections.
Name: Wout Weghorst
Just how good is @VfLWolfsburg_EN's Wout Weghorst?
We take a closer look 🔬
— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) December 30, 2020
Wout Weghorst is your typical target man. At a towering 6ft 5in, the Wolfsburg striker netted 16 goals in the Bundesliga last year and already has nine to his name this season. The Dutchman has a great eye for goal and is also one of the strongest runners in the league. He has made a number of 366 sprints this season, ranking him third in the Bundesliga. Spurs have been linked with the striker since the summer, in their pursuit for a backup to Harry Kane. However, due to the price tag that Wolfsburg have set, which is between £35million and £40million. A lot of money for a potential back up striker.
Weghorst would provide a different threat in the Premier League, to Kane and Vinicius. For all Spurs fans, there’s always that worry that Harry Kane is going to pull up injured during a match and providing nine goals and 10 assists in the league, he would be a huge miss. Benfica loanee Vinicius, has only played 12 minutes in the Premier League this season, with most of his appearances coming in the Europa League. However, he has picked up a few injuries along the way, and so Weghorst could be good if Spurs are looking to go far in every competition this season.
Name: Milan Skriniar
Club: Inter Milan
Position: Central Defender
Milan Skriniar is a strong central defender currently playing under Antonio Conte, along with former Spurs player, Christian Eriksen. Formerly of Sampdoria, the Slovakian has made his name for Inter over the past three seasons, playing in a defensive three with the likes of Stefan de Vrij and Diego Godin. Since joining the San Siro side, he has been a prominent defender in the Serie A, Europa League and Champions League, with his performances catching the eye of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Spurs have been linked with Skriniar for over a year, with Mourinho still eager to sign a defender. Although Eric Dier has improved drastically under the Portuguese manager, there has still been no replacement of Jan Vertonghen since his departure to Benfica. Despite the interest, Spurs have yet to make a move since the failure to secure a deal in summer for the Slovakian international and now Liverpool are being linked with him, due to their excessive defensive injuries and the season-long injury of Virgil van Dijk. Tottenham will have to fight off competition from the Premier League champions if they are to secure the signature of one of Serie A’s finest defenders.
Dele Alli: Dele has been struggling for a few seasons with his form since his hamstring and muscle injuries in 2018-19. Despite Spurs reaching the Champions League that season, and Dele playing in the final, he has never been able to hit the same consistency as his first three seasons with the club. When Mourinho first arrived, it seemed as if Dele was going to be exceptional, after he scored and assisted numerous times in Mourinho’s first five games. However, since then he has been out of favour with the manager and seems frustrated with his lack of game time. In summer, Dele was linked with a loan move to PSG, and that interest has reinstated into 2021, following the arrival of PSG’s new manager Mauricio Pochettino – someone we all know well – Dele especially.
Harry Winks: An academy graduate, and Spurs lad through and through. Harry has had a tough season under Mourinho and has struggled to find a place in the starting XI so far. With Euro 2020 taking place in the summer (even though it’s 2021), Winks will be looking to impress Gareth Southgate in order to earn a place in the 23-man squad. However, due to his lack of playing time, similarly to Dele Alli, there has been rumours that the 24-year-old is looking for another club. Unlike Dele though, Spurs’ number eight is beginning to find his way into the side at times, and it is less likely that he will leave this winter.
Danny Rose: A forgotten man at Spurs over the last year. As most of us would have seen in the ‘All or Nothing’ documentary, Rose was eager for game time and frustrated with the lack of opportunity. Having only played a few times for the under 23s this season, the left back will be looking to leave the club that he has spent 13 years at. As well as this, it will be one less set of wages to pay for Daniel Levy, who spent big in the summer. With the introduction of Sergio Reguilon as another left back, Danny Rose’s chances are slim to say the least and it will only be a matter of time before his departure.
Paulo Gazzaniga: Despite his massive contribution last season for Tottenham, Paulo Gazzaniga is yet to make an appearance in any competition this season and was not included in the Europa League squad at all. With Joe Hart arriving in the summer, Gazzaniga’s chances of game time will be very little, and Mourinho seems to prefer the experience of Hart to the Argentinian, even though he made 25 appearances in all competitions last season. If the 28-year-old is to leave this winter, then Alfie Whiteman will be making a step-up to third choice presumably. Whoever signs Gazzaniga will be signing a solid goalkeeper and Spurs fans will be sad to see him leave, as he’s been a fantastic servant for the club, especially last season when Hugo Lloris dislocated his elbow.
Gedson Fernandes: The first signing of Jose Mourinho’s reign has not gone quite to plan. Fernandes joined on an 18-month loan in January 2020 with high expectations following a successful spell at Benfica, which saw him help his side win the Primeira Liga in his first season. Unfortunately for Gedson and Spurs, he has struggled to get any game time or make any impact when playing. This resulting in him being left out of the Europa League squad for this season, along with Paulo Gazzaniga. It is rumoured that Spurs will be cutting his 18-month loan short this January and Benfica seem eager for his return. Although it did not work for him at Tottenham, hopefully he will fulfil his potential, as he is still only 21-years-old.
With social media being a whirlwind of rumours and falseness, it is hard to find truth in anything surrounding your club. For Tottenham, these are the players who have been linked most recently with a move in and out of the club, but Jose Mourinho might just pull something spectacular from out of his sleeve – only time will tell. By the seems of things, Spurs will need to sell some players if they want to bring in someone new, especially with the lack of ticket sales during 2020. Will we see any of these players join or leave?