Daniel Levy’s prudence and Tottenham Hotspur’s financially draining stadium move may well have prevented them from making any signings during the previous transfer window, but that simply cannot be allowed to happen for the second summer in a row in 2019.
Regardless of the extent of Tottenham’s success this season it’s fair to say that they will need to recruit a handful of new players throughout the squad during the course of the next two transfer windows.
A whole host of potential departures are staring Mauricio Pochettino in the face with contracts of key defenders Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld and midfielder Mousa Dembele edging closer to expiry, but the Argentine should also be looking to bolster his options in attack to truly give his side a cutting edge when they move into their new stadium.
With that being said, Levy should be on high alert following recent reports from German media outlet Bild concerning the future of Leon Bailey.
According to the report, Bayer Leverkusen’s sporting director, Jonas Boldt, has ruled out a January departure for Bailey, but he was prepared to admit that his future lies away from the BayArena.
“We all know that Leon will eventually go. But we have made it clear that a winter change is out of the question. He also knows that he has our backing. ”
Reports from Germany prove that Leverkusen’s hierarchy are resigned to losing the electric 21-year-old in the future, and Levy should be closely monitoring his progress in light of Boldt’s admission.
Bailey showcased a level of potential last season which suggested he can become one of the most potent attacking wide players in world football, but he has fallen well below expectation so far this season.
A record of 9 goals and 6 assists from 30 Bundesliga appearances provided the statistical evidence to prove Bailey’s incisive brilliance last season, with his blistering speed, dazzling dribbling and slippery agility enabling him to boast such an impressive return.
But a return of just 1 goal from 10 appearances this season proves that he still needs to add consistency to his game. Under a manager like Pochettino, who is adept at enabling talented young players to realise the full extent of their potential, there is no doubt that he would be able to rediscover the form which raised his profile in the 2017/18 campaign.
Leverkusen are in a commanding position from which they can justifiably demand an extortionate fee for his services, but if Tottenham want to join Europe’s elite and finally complete the transition into a genuine Premier League title contender, Levy will need to sign players of Bailey’s quality to prove his ambition to Pochettino before it’s too late.
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