Spurs fans have waited 520 days for one bus to come along and then low and behold along come two. The Champions League finalists earlier announced the signings of French midfield general Tanguy N’dombele and exciting young winger Jack Clarke.
An expensive new stadium will have put financial strain on Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, but he seems to have learned from North London rivals Arsenal’s mistakes after their move to the Emirates. Gooner fans heavily criticised the club’s owners for not investing after their move, having been promised a push toward the top end of European football. So not much has changed there.
Levy has seemingly been more savvy with his finances and, despite delays, Spurs are finally home in N17. Aided by Pochettino’s managerial skill as he squeaked his depleted squad into next season’s Champions League, Tottenham look ready to finally make their splash in the transfer market.
After much speculation Lyon’s Tanguy N’dombele has joined for a reported £65 million. That figure would make him Spurs’ record signing, beating the £42 million paid for Colombian centre half Davinson Sanchez two years ago. Leeds winger Jack Clarke has also joined but fans will have to wait another season before the youngster puts on the Lillywhite shirt with Clarke returning to Leeds to gain more first team experience.
N’dombele is usually deployed in front of the back four as a box-to-box midfielder. He’s physical, skillful and has a great range of passing. Tottenham fans will be hoping he can turn defence into attack as effectively as the unique Mousa Dembele did for their side until he was sold six months ago after persistent injuries.
What does this mean for Spurs’ current midfielders? Pochettino seems to have a lot of faith in academy product Harry Winks and after some stellar performances last season Moussa Sissoko is another central midfield option. This is not good news for Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama who could both be out the door this summer.
Is Pochettino building a squad that could challenge Man City and Liverpool for the Premier League title next year?