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Tottenham: Sky Sports man praises work done in January

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Sky Sports’ Jamie Weir believes that Tottenham Hotspur had a good January transfer window despite their last-minute business.

The Lowdown: Spurs did solid business

It took a long time for Tottenham to kick into gear as they clearly saw Pedro Porro as their number-one target and weren’t very willing to move on from him as they eventually landed the Spaniard.

The ex-Sporting defender wasn’t the only signing to arrive in January, with Arnaut Danjuma joining on loan until the end of the season, but is yet to start a game for Tottenham although he’s been on the bench twice and scored on his debut.

Despite only bringing in two players – both of whom have only arrived on initial loan deals – Weir believes it was nevertheless a good transfer window for Spurs and Antonio Conte.

The Latest: Levy delivered for Conte

Conte made it clear he wanted signings last month to mould this team into his own, and Weir insisted that two new faces arriving were enough to consider January a successful window.

He said: “In terms of Spurs’ business over January – I’m going to get absolute pelters here from Spurs fans on Twitter – but I thought it was a decent January for Tottenham.

“They identified their main area of concern, which was right wing-back. They identified their number-one target, which was Pedro Porro – who absolutely turned Spurs inside-out twice when Spurs played Sporting in the Champions League – and they got him.

“Yes, it took 31 days to get it over the line, but it takes two to tango, and from what I understand, all the difficulty was at Sporting’s end and Spurs were willing to do the deal, and it was off and it was on, and it was off again. But they got it over the line.”

The Verdict: Tottenham may have just done enough

While many will have likely wanted more players to arrive – especially when top-four rivals such as Chelsea and Newcastle United also bolstered their squads with big-money signings – Spurs appear to have done smart business.

Tottenham have structured both of these deals very well as they have not had to hand over massive amounts of money in transfer fees and instead can leave them all until the summer, which will indeed help with Financial Fair Play rules.

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Weir clearly is happy with what Tottenham did last month to improve their squad, and even if neither are starters immediately, they will give Conte more options and depth, which will be key when the Champions League kicks off once again.

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