Who Can Spurs Buy

Who Can Spurs Buy


I get word and I write a post that Mourinho will be staying and it's the players who will be leaving.

As is often the case, that was picked up by one of the mainstream media, then websites like the Athletic and then foreign press.

That's how the media industry works, it collects media from smaller fry and rewrites it as their own and so on.

One fish eats another.

The caveat in all this is that there is a boardroom battle, sides are split for and against Mourinho, it isn't, as the fans would believe solely down to Levy.

OK the final decision is and he is pro-Mourinho, but the board are taken into account.

You don't need me to tell you that some players don't want to play for him, they are not prepared to do what it takes to be a winner.

They only want to play on their terms, sorry, that's not how winning mentalities work.

You do it our way or you take a hike.


Because we have total faith in our beliefs, we believe our way will achieve the results, if everyone, and we expect them to, is 100% behind what we are trying to achieve.

Those that buy in will be picked ahead of those who don't, regardless of whether one of those not picked things he is a better player.


Because that player can't be trusted to put everything on the line for you and a player giving 100% in a game is a given, that's a basic.

Some of you fans still, it seems, need a reality check, you act as if there hasn't been a pandemic, you clearly don't know how it affects business.

1. An owner CAN NOT give money for players or wages.
2. Transfer fees and wages MUST be covered by broadcasting and commercial income. The books must tally on that.
3. Spurs trading income is expected to be down £150 million.
4. The stadium was built to generate the income to take us to the next level.
5. The stadium is empty, it isn't generating money.
6. There is a pandemic, Covid-19, thwarting our growth plan.
7. A reduction of £150m affects our transfer and wages budgets (remember the cost must be supported by the income)
8. Loan deals with options to buy and thus pay later become more important.
9. The game worldwide has been hit and few clubs have money to buy.
10. Selling players becomes more difficult and therefore more swaps are being discussed or swaps plus cash.

OK, lets return to Spurs specifically.

We are short on money, income is down, thus we have to cut our cloth to suit our available resources.

How do you get better quality players for lower prices?

You look to players who are going to be free agents or who have a year remaining on their contracts in the summer.


Because a player is only at full value when he has 3 years remaining on his contract, after that his market value price drops.

Rather than lose a player for nothing and have to pay to replace them, clubs generally try to sell a player with two years remaining on a contract, if they refuse to sign an extension.

A player with just a year left is a financial danger for clubs.

If you are going to buy a replacement, you generally need the income from selling a player.

So Tottenham are scouring the market for quality players whose   contracts are running down.

While age is important, to get the squad to where it needs to be, i.e. challenging for trophies, quality of player has become increasingly more important than age, hence we are seeing Tottenham linked with older players.

The idea is to get the platform to build from, introducing young players into a successful environment.

You must get sick of me constantly talking about winning mentalities and how vital they are to a successful side.

Well Joe Rodon is quoted in the Daily Mirror;

"José is focused solely on winning and that is most important. That is what the gaffer is trying to improve us at and put into us mentally — to be relentless and be winners in the mind. Whatever it takes, we have got to do it."

You can not win if you are not a winner in the mind, if you don't have total belief, unshakeable belief in what you are doing.

Only from that base do solutions, but more importantly, opportunities emerge.

A winning mentality see more opportunity, more options, than a normal or losing mentality.

Normal mentalities can't see that because for them it's like religion, they don't have proof and can't believe what they don't understand, what is beyond their knowledge base, beyond their experience.

It's a tangible that they can't touch, but it exists I can assure you.

The drive of a winning mentality is vastly different to the drive of most of the population, to your drive.

Dele Alli could be in Harry Kane's league, but he isn't.

He has all the skill, but he doesn't have the mental ability.

Danny Rose, the going got tough and he gave up, blaming everyone else.

How do you expect to win anything with a player like that, a player who will only perform when things are going well?

Right, enough of that detour, back to the squad, our problems and what we are doing about it.

Right, free agents and players with a year left on their contracts are important to keep the transfer budget down...

That will at least allow us to pay a little more in wages and signing on fees, something which don't get reported as part of a deal, nor do the agents fees which have to be put on top.

What you see in the mainstream press is not what a player actually costs.

So who could we sign?

Well just take a look at these players with one year left on their contracts or are free agents either now or in the summer.

Mike Maignon (Lille) - one year left - possible fee £10.42m
Sam Johnstone (WBA) - one year left and homegrown - possible fee £10m
Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) - free agent
André Onana (Ajax) - 1 year left
Thomas Strakosha (Lazio) - 1 year left

Elseid Hysaj (Napoli) - free agent
Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) - 1 year left
Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) - 1 year left
Davide Calabria (AC Milan) - 1 year left
Kieran Trippier (Atlético Madrid) - 1 year left
Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) - 1 year left
Hans Hateboer (Atalanta) - 1 year left
César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) - 1 year left

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) - free agent

Ezequiel Garay - free agent
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) - free agent
Eric García (Man City) - free agent
Jérôme Boateng (Bayern Munich) - free agent
Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid) - 1 year left
Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich) - 1 year left
Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach) - 1 year left
John Stones (Man City) - 1 year left
Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan) - 1 year left
Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) - 1 year left
Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) - 1 year left
James Tarkowski (Burnley) - 1 year left
Luiz Felipe (Lazio) - 1 year left
Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton) - 1 year left
Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich) - 1 year left

Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan) - 1 year left
Denis Zakaria (Borussia Monchengladbach) - 1 year left
Boubakary Soumaré (Lille) - 1 year left

Central Midfield
Ramires - free agent
Luka Modric (Real Madrid) - free agent
Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich) - 1 year left
Franck Kessié (AC Milan) - 1 year left
Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig) - 1 year left
Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma) - 1 year left
Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich) - 1 year left
Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) - 1 year left
Matías Vecino (Inter Milan) - 1 year left

Leonardo - free agent
Memphis Depay (Lyon) - free agent
Ansu Fati (Barcelona) - 1 year left
Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig) - 1 year left

Florian Thauvin (Marseille) - free agent
Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) - free agent
Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus) - 1 year left 
David Brooks (Bournemouth) - 1 year left

Attacking Midfield
Julien Draxler (PSG) - free agent
Hakan Calhanoglu (AC Milan) - free agent
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Roma) - free agent
Pedri (Barcelona) - 1 year left
Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) - 1 year left
Isco (Real Madrid) - 1 year left

Second Striker
Joshua King (Everton) - free agent
Robin Quaison (Mainz) - free agent
Paulo Dybala (Juventus) - 1 year left

Diego Costa - free agent
Sergio Aguero (Man City) - free agent
Alexandre Pato - free agent and a player we have previously looked at signing
Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) - 1 year left
Andrea Belotti (Torino) - 1 year left
Danny Ings (Southampton) - 1 year left

Quite frankly I could go on and on with this list, but it shows you there are players out there that are not going to cost the earth.

Yes we have to compete with everyone else just because we aren't flushed with money at the moment, doesn't mean we can't bring in some decent players.

In addition there are the players I talked about in the last post More Tottenham Transfer Talk.

Well I'll leave it there for today.

Now before you go, it helps if you click a link so if you haven't read the last article, The Players Are To Blame, Not Mourinho, then click the link and have a read.

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