It’s been a very poor January window for Tottenham, both regarding transfers and regarding other matters.
On the pitch, results haven’t been terrible by any means, but in the Premier League they’ve picked up 3 points from a possible 6, and that’s on the back of what was a mixed December. Significantly, though, they lost to Man Utd last weekend in a game that could be crucial when it comes to the Champions League race. They looked below par for a decent portion of the game against the Red Devils, and that doesn’t bode well.
Harry Kane also suffered an injury in the game and looks set to be out for a number of weeks – leaving Spurs in a real bind as they enter a vital and busy period in the season.
Elsewhere, Mauricio Pochettino has continued to be linked (via the Telegraph) with a move to Man Utd at the end of the season, which whilst not necessarily bad news for the boss himself, it still can’t be helping the overall mood in north London.
Off the pitch, however, the main issues become clear. Mousa Dembele is reportedly set to be sold to a club in China, and that leaves Tottenham seriously short in the midfield. They’ve had injury issues in the position all season long, and Pochettino’s options are only going to be shorter without their reliable Belgian.
Furthermore, they’re yet to sign a single player, and given that they didn’t bring anyone in over the summer either, indicates that Spurs are falling behind somewhat. They’ve managed to remain in contention at the top of the table despite the lack of investment, not as a result of it, and eventually – especially with Man Utd improving – their lack of activity could come back to bite them. There’s also little suggestion of any impending major moves for the club this month.
Now, too, as per Spanish outlet AS, the chances of Tottenham midfielder the Christian Eriksen signing a new contract at the club are low, with the Dane now seemingly more likely to transfer to Real Madrid than he is to commit to Pochettino’s team long-term.
That’s yet another blow in a month that Spurs fans will want to regret. Losing Eriksen would be terrible news for the club, as he’s a core part of their plans. It’s fairly easy to understand why he may be at least thinking about his future as the direction of the club is unclear, and so his head could be easily turned. Either way, this is just more bad news for the boss.
All together, it’s not been a good few weeks for Spurs. They really need to turn it around.
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