Tottenham and transfers aren’t two words that have been used frequently over the last 18 months, with the Lilywhites failing to invest in the team significantly for the best part of two years.
Indeed, only Lucas Moura (signed Jan 2018) has arrived in recent memory, and that’s simply not good enough. If Tottenham fail to invest in the team, the reality is that they will only fall behind in the race for the Premier League title.
That’s why, this summer, Daniel Levy must open his pockets and back Mauricio Pochettino with some funds. With a new stadium move on the horizon, it could afford the club the perfect opportunity to enter a new era.
Ndombele has emerged as one of Europe’s most exciting young central midfielders over the last year or two, and given Spurs’ decision to sell Mousa Dembele, it’s clear that further depth in that area is required.
Losing out on him, then, wouldn’t be good for Spurs, and it could have a big impact on the club.
With that said, here are THREE potential consequences of Tottenham missing out on Ndombele…
Transfer Frustration for Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino probably knows this feeling all too well at this point. Despite doing all he can on the pitch, Pochettino has been continually let down by his superiors off of it.
Whilst Tottenham have brought in a few big names over the years, the Lilywhites haven’t been able to compete with Europe’s top teams in pursuit of the most highly-regarded talent, and it appears as though they may suffer the same fate with Ndombele.
What would make this even more frustrating is that they’d be losing a target to a key Premier League rival, too. Not only are Spurs weaker by not signing him, but Man City are made stronger – and that’s not a particularly pleasant cocktail for Tottenham fans to swallow.
Given his £50m valuation, it was always going to be tough for Tottenham to keep up; but this will still hurt for Pochettino.
Oliver Skipp Gets More Chances
That said, the failure to land another midfielder may encourage Pochettino to do what he does best, and that’s harness the power of Tottenham’s youth academy.
Oliver Skipp has had a few intermittent chances in the Tottenham first team this term, and he’s often impressed. He’s got bags of energy and he’s a player that Pochettino has been able to rely on despite his lack of experience.
Tottenham aren’t blessed with midfield depth, and so if Daniel Levy fails to bring in any additional players, it seems obvious that Skipp would get more of a prominent role.
Of course, that should be a natural step anyway. He’ll have had an entire of year of irregular time in the first team by the time next season rolls around, and so a more prominent position in the team makes sense.
Victor Wanyama Stays
In truth, it’s hard to see a situation in which Victor Wanyama stays at Tottenham bey0nd the end of the season. The Kenyan has lost his place in the team, and with a lack of form and a flurry of injury problems, he’s lost the trust of Mauricio Pochettino too.
However, if Spurs don’t recruit any more midfielders, they may have little choice but to keep him, even if only as a rare back-up option.
He’s hardly played this season despite Spurs’ problems, but that doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t be able to have more involvement if he’s able to prove his fitness.
You wouldn’t put it past Spurs to sell him regardless, but if the Lilywhites don’t land Ndombele or someone similar, there’s at least a chance that Wanyama will stay.