Tottenham Hotspur have enjoyed a promising start under new manager Jose Mourinho. His influence has been immense as Spurs registered two back to back victories in all competitions, including an impressive 4-2 comeback win over Olympiacos in midweek. But, the Portuguese mastermind still has certain areas he needs to address in his current team. In this article, we will talk about three players Mourinho should sign in the upcoming January transfer window.
The departure of Kieran Trippier in the summer has left a huge void in the Tottenham backline. The club, devoid of any reliable alternatives, have missed the English international’s pacy presence on the far side of the defence.
Serge Aurier has primarily been the first-choice right-back. But, the Ivorian has often appeared inconsistent while Kyle Walker-Peters’ form has also declined after a somewhat promising start to the campaign. And that’s where Thomas Meunier could come into the fray.
The Belgian will be keen to leave Paris-Saint Germain in January due to lack of game-time. Indeed, he has featured in only seven league games this season, and with his contract expiring at the end of the campaign, he could be available for a cut-price fee.
Meunier has a wealth of experience at the highest level of football. His technical prowess, coupled with his aggression and tenacity, would be ideally suited to Mourinho’s style of play at Spurs.
Merih Demiral has earned a lot of interest in the transfer market after being frozen out of the Juventus team by new manager Maurizio Sarri. But, it’s his teammate Daniele Rugani, who could be an ideal target for Tottenham Hotspur.
Much like Demirah, Rugani hasn’t been able to make himself a regular fixture in the starting eleven, despite the injury to Giorgio Chiellini. Sarri has mostly relied on the ageing Leonardo Bonucci and new signing Matthijs de Ligt. As a result, the Italian international has racked up only 180 minutes of competitive football so far.
At Spurs, however, Rugani could become the desired long-term replacement for the ageing Jan Vertonghen. He could serve as an alternative for the defensive duo of Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth, thus making him an ideal target for the Lilywhites.
Last but certainly not least, Tottenham must sign a backup for Harry Kane in the upcoming January transfer window. They have always struggled in the absence of the English international and are generally forced to deploy Son Heung-Min or even Lucas Moura as a centre-forward.
Therefore, the club should pursue someone like Wout Weghorst in January. The tall, Dutch forward currently plays for VfL Wolfsburg, where he has made quite an impact since arriving from the Eredivisie last summer. Weghorst has already netted six goals in 12 Bundesliga matches this season.
Boasting a tall frame of 1.97m, Weghorst is physically strong and can be a dominant presence in the air which makes him a tailor-made fit for Mourinho’s philosophy. The fact that he can be utilised as a target man will allow the ex-Chelsea boss to employ a plan B and play a traditional crossing-oriented football.
However, luring Weghorst to the Premier League could be a difficult task, with the player still having a contract at Wolfsburg until 2023.
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