10 Players Tottenham Hotspur Should Look at in the Summer Transfer Window
Here are 10 players Tottenham Hotspur should target in the upcoming summer transfer window.
The two positions of primary need for Spurs are left-back and the left-attacking midfield slot.
Danny Rose needs competition at left-back, hence why there will be five summer transfer window suggestions offered.
Christian Eriksen is a natural central attacking midfielder as opposed to being a left winger. Nacer Chadli has not scored a goal in the Premier League this season. Gylfi Sigurdsson has not created a goal in the Premier League this season.
So these are reasons why there will be five summer transfer window suggestions in the left-wing position.
Alberto Moreno, Sevilla LB/LAM, Age: 21
Alberto Moreno is already a Spanish international and is one of the most promising left-backs in Europe's elite leagues.
He enjoys taking on players and is often sprinting into the opposition's defence. This shows he is attack-minded, which has resulted in three goals this season and he has even played several games in midfield.
Antoine Griezmann, Real Sociedad LAM, Age: 22
Antoine Griezmann has the same approach as Real Madrid left attacking midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo: When in doubt, shoot.
Griezmann's need to score means he often ignores the runs made by Imanol Agirretxe or Haris Seferovic when he is playing.
Griezmann is Real Sociedad's topscorer in La Liga (14 goals) and is still only 22 years of age.
He has shown flashes of world-class ability but needs to push on and be more consistent—he went missing in the UEFA Champions League (no goals or assists in six UCL games).
Ben Davies, Swansea City LB, Age: 20
Since getting an extended run in the team due to Neil Taylor's long-term injury, Ben Davies has not looked back.
Even with Taylor making a recovery, Davies is still the first-choice left-back.
Davies is poised in possession and is a clean tackler as evidenced by his 0.7 fouls per game.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Mainz LAM, Age: 24
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is 6'3", so he is tough to muscle off the ball.
When you combine his height with his speed and ability to get past players, he becomes an unenviable assignment for any full-back in the Bundesliga, especially when he comes off the bench.
It would explain Choupo-Moting's dribbles per game (3.9), more than Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend (3.6).
Choupo-Moting has scored five of his six league goals as a super-sub this season.
Hakan Calhanoglu, Hamburg LAM/DLF, Age: 20
Hakan Calhanoglu is emerging as a strong free-kick taker after netting free-kicks against Wolfsburg and Eintracht Braunschweig this season.
While he only has two league assists this season, he is a good, incisive passer.
He averages 1.9 key passes per game, which is the second best at Hamburg behind former Tottenham Hotspur player Rafael van der Vaart (2.7).
Jean-Paul Boetius, Feyenoord LF, Age: 19
Jean-Paul Boetius is one of Feyenoord's stars.
He can get in behind opposing defences. He is a willing passer, once registering five assists in a seven-game span. He is a goal threat with seven goals.
He is also a hard worker, having completed 42 tackles in 19 league games.
Luke Shaw, Southampton LB, Age: 18
Luke Shaw is only 18 years old and is set to complete his second season of professional football.
He is close to a can't-miss prospect: He has made 44 tackles in return for one yellow card. He has excellent physical attributes (6'1") and shows he is very fit by being a two-way player. He has averaged 1.3 dribbles per game, so he has attacking potential.
There are two reasons why Shaw may not want to join Tottenham Hotspur.
Memphis Depay, PSV Eindhoven LF, Age: 20
Memphis Depay plays with an air of arrogance and you would expect that as he has world-class technical ability.
He has scored seven goals and created another six in the Eredivisie this season.
While Zakaria Bakkali has struggled with the hype (no goals or assists in his last 10 combined Eredivisie and UEFA Europa League games), Depay has continued to improve.
Oliver Sorg, Freiburg RB/LB, Age: 23
Oliver Sorg is one of the best ball-winners in the Bundesliga.
He has made 66 tackles and intercepted 49 passes which means he has won back possession 115 times, despite the season not even finishing yet.
What makes him unique is his dexterity to play right-back and left-back without any difference in performance.
He has world-class potential.
Ricardo Rodriguez, Wolfsburg LB, Age: 21
At the rate Ricardo Rodriguez is playing at, he will be on the books of Real Madrid in several years.
Let's compare him to some of Tottenham Hotspur's players:
- Rodriguez is one goal behind (four) Roberto Soldado (five);
- Rodriguez has more assists (four) than Christian Eriksen (three);
- Rodriguez registers more key passes per game (2.0) than all of Spurs' players;
- Rodriguez averages more tackles per game (3.2) than all of Spurs' players.
In short: Rodriguez has been doing it all at Wolfsburg.
The only concern is his tendency to be caught out of position, but you expect this when he is trying to be superman from left-back.