Paul Mitchell has been brought in as the head of recruitment and is tasked with finding a replacement who is not over priced or big money. We have looked at two players Spurs have been scouting this season, on loan Argentinean Fede Cartabia. The 22-year-old is playing for Cordoba in La Liga, on loan from Valencia.
The second is the once capped Dutchman Jean-Paul Boëtius, who is a talented 20-year-old playing for Feyenoord in the Eredivisie. Also in the Eredivisie is another player who was talked about a lot in the summer, but because of the length of his contract the prices quoted in the summer press were silly. He is 20-year-old PSV wide man Memphis Depay.
Reports that we are trying to sign him this month are press talk with no squad place available for non-home grown players at this time. We have 18 on the books and can only name 17 in a Premier League squad, Benoit Assou-Ekotto being the one not playing. Selling Lennon does not free up a place for him as Lennon is home grown. Selling Paulinho would mean we need another midfielder and we are still waiting to see if PSG persuade Rabiot to stay.
Memphis Depay Fact File
Name: Memphis Depay
Date of birth: February 13th 1994
Place of birth: Moordrecht, Netherlands
Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position: Left wing
In the team since: January 1at 2012
Contract until: June 30th 2018
On loan from: N/A
Players' agents: SEG
Transfermarkt Value: £10.56m ($15.83m - €14.12m - AU$20m)
Depay was being quoted in the summer at £18 million ($26.98m - €24.08m - AU$34.10m) but despite firing in goals in the Eredivisie the press are now suggesting figures of £15 million ($22.48m - €20.06m - AU$28.41m), rather shows the summer figures were wide of his true value. We tried to sign him then but certainly not for £18 million, that's over twice what Hugo Lloris cost and he is one of the best in the world in his position.
PSV head coach Phillip Cocu recently told Helden magazine that Depay will leave before his contract runs out, there will be speculation again this summer when a move is far more likely than this window.
"Of course Memphis will be sold, you can't stop that but it's okay. It's great you can build up a player like him, who breaks through, succeeds at PSV then leaves the club when he's ready for a bigger step. That's great."
Memphis Depay Playing Fact File
League Stats: Eredivisie
Appearances: 15 (0)
Minutes: 1,228 (Equivalent to 13.64 games)
Goals: 11 (every 112 mins)
Assists: 4 (every 307 mins)
Goals/Assists: 15 (every 81.87 minutes)
Pass Success: 73.7%
His strong suits are dribbling and long range shooting, together with through balls as you would expect of an attacking wide man. He likes to cut inside and has the balance to ride challenges so his style, allowing the full-back to overlap, suits the Pochettino system. If he has a weakness it is keeping hold of the ball and he has become more consistent with experience. He has pace and looks to make runs in behind the defenders which encourages defence cutting through balls.
Depay has gone from an inconsistent frustrating young player with a lot of potential to an exciting prospect with a lot of ability this season so a summer bid is a distinct possibility.