A FEW weeks after taking charge of training for the first time as head coach of Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino is starting to reshape his squad ahead of the new season.
Ben Davies and Michel Vorm are on the verge of signing from Swansea City, with Gylfi Sigurdsson heading in the opposite direction, meaning Tottenham have finally become active in the transfer window.
Over the past couple of weeks, murmurings of discontent and impatience have been rife on social media. Fans of the North London club have been waiting for their side to inject some fresh blood into the squad after last seasons disappointing campaign.
The signing of Davies hasn’t been met with the excitement that former signings have in recent years. However, it’s the potential of the young Welsh international which has been overlooked.
Davies was a rising star for the Swans in the 2013-2014, having made 34 Premier League appearances and was a constant threat from his left-back role. His urgency and ability to get forward became vital assets at the Liberty Stadium.
The 21-year old, who was mistakenly pictured training with the Tottenham first-team yesterday, had similar stats to that of new-Manchester United signing Luke Shaw last year. Considering the England man was signed for £30m, Davies could turn out to be a snip at a third of that price.
Michel Vorm’s arrival, coupled with Hugo Lloris’ new five-year deal, means that Spurs have two quality goalkeepers at their disposal ready to fight it out for the number one jersey. The Frenchman is the undoubted number one at White Hart Lane. However, Vorm will provide much-needed cover and a rival in case Lloris has a dip in form.
At the start of the summer rumours were circulating that the former-Lyon man could be heading for the exit door. But news of his new contract sparked relief and joy amongst the Spurs faithful.
Most of the top European clubs now have two goalkeepers of similar stature, and even though Vorm is nowhere the standard of Lloris, he is a very dependable goalkeeper.
Last season the Dutchman was hampered with several injuries which meant his playing time was limited. But during his three-years at Swansea City he has become one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. With a £5 million fee being widely reported it’s a fantastic piece of business by Mauricio Pochettino’s boss Daniel Levy.
Vorm is likely to play in the cup competitions this season for Spurs with the club embarking on another campaign in the UEFA Europa League along with the FA and League Cup.
Brad Friedel signed a one-year contract a few months ago however it is thought that the 43-year old will take on more of a coaching role this season alongside new goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez.
Much talk has been made of potential new recruits for Pochettino however he has stated not to expect many arrivals this summer. With Davies and Vorm on the verge of signing it remains to be seen who else it on the wishlist of the Argentine however one of those could be a familiar face from his former club.
Morgan Schneiderlin has been in the news this week speaking of his gratitude and admiration of his former boss at Southampton. The French World Cup midfielder was one of the first names on the team-sheet at St Mary’s under Pochettino and it is widely expected that he could soon be the latest big name to leave the South Coast.
“With the quality Tottenham have, Mauricio Pochettino will get the best out of each player. He came in and made Southampton play and now Tottenham have a great future. He improved me very much. He improved whole squad and improved me as a player. He’s a great coach and good man and it’s a shame Southampton lost him.”
Quotes like that will further fuel transfer speculation and despite interest from London-rivals Arsenal it is expected that Schneiderlin would prefer a move to N17.
Having signed for Southampton for just £1.2m in 2008, from French club Strasbourg, it is thought that a £15m fee would be enough toe sign the hard-working midfielder and his preference to team-up with Pochettino again has Spurs in pole position.
Any move however would hinge on the departure of at least one defensive midfielder already on the books of Tottenham. Etienne Capoue has only been at Spurs for 12 months but has failed to settle in England and could be offloaded to make room for Schneiderlin.
Another player who could exit is Sandro with Napoli continuing their interest in the Brazilian midfielder.
Sandro is a fan favourite but his continuing battle with injuries has been a major problem over the past couple of years and he could be sacrificed.
Another player on the radar is AS Roma striker Matteo Destro. The Italian international scored 13 goals in 20 appearances last season as the Giallorossi finished second in Serie A.
Despite his representative, Renzo Contratto, stating back in May that Destro wanted to stay at the Stadio Olimpico, a big offer from Spurs could tempt the 23-year old to jump ship.
Former AS Roma sporting-director Franco Baldini knows Destro from his time at the club and was pictured in the Italian city at the weekend fuelling speculation that he was meeting officials to discuss a potential deal.
Arsenal are another club interested in the player, who missed out on a place in the Italian World Cup squad due to fitness concerns, however Spurs hope that Baldini can persuade Destro that his future lies at White Hart Lane.
With Spanish striker Roberto Soldado struggling in his debut season, and Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane as the only other attacking alternatives available to Pochettino, a striker is on the shopping list.