Under Mauricio Pochettino, we’ve started to become accustomed to Tottenham Hotspur Transfers being a little quieter. Every team’s transfer news is available from our Premier League Team Primer! We’ll link to all our transfer write-ups and the latest To transfer news! If you believe the hype around this transfer window, you should probably visit often (nudge nudge).
Tottenham Hotspur transfers (incoming):
Tanguy Ndombele ($68M from Olympique Lyonnais): Tottenham has got to be ecstatic about this transfer. However, they are likely to wish they’d done it last year. When Ndombele joined Olympique Lyonnais previous season, he did so for just over $9M. It should speak volumes to his contributions that one year later, Tottenham shelled out $68M. Ndombele was not a prolific scorer, but he’s added substantially to the defensive efforts. He’s averaging two successful tackles and an interception per league game. But, don’t be deceived by his defensive statistics, as he also contributes to the attacking side. He only scored one goal, but he added seven more assists. The man provided 1.5 key passes, 1.5 successful long balls, two successful dribbles through opponents, and finally, he drew nearly two fouls per game. He is already being compared to Moussa Dembele, and the French media has extraordinarily high expectations for him.
Jack Clarke ($12.5M transfer from Leeds): Clarke comes in from Leeds as a very bright young player. As part of the acquisition, he was sent on loan back to his former club Leeds. While technically listed as a right-winger, he’s played at left winger as well. The youngster made 25 appearances with two goals and two assists. Most of his appearances have come off of the bench and only averaged about 33 minutes per appearance. However, he’s clearly left a mark on Pochettino who expects him to flourish. If the youngster can continue his development, I see no reason he couldn’t stake a claim for the team. And the team acquired a good young player for a high, but reasonable cost.
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou (Return from Loan): N’Koudou returns to Spurs from his partial season loan at AS Monaco. N’Koudou struggled mightily to make the team in the first half of the season with Tottenham. In fact, in the first 24 matches, he would make the match squad only three times. Unfortunately, N’Koudou’s time at Monaco was not markedly better, although I have to think much of this absence was due to a hamstring injury he sustained. It’s starting to look as though N’Koudou night not be cut out for Premier League competition. In the 2017-2018 season, he didn’t feature consistently for with Spurs or, perhaps far more telling, for Burnley. He has two more years left on his contract, but if he wants it to be extended, he needs to improve his performances substantially.
Tottenham Hotspur transfers (outgoing):
Kieran Tripper ($25M to Atletico Madrid): Trippier moving on surprised me a bit because of the role he played last season for Spurs. Trippier would make a total of 38 appearances for the Spurs last season. Thirty of these were as a right back. The remaining appearances came as a right midfielder. Trippier would collect a single goal; however, he would also amass five assists. However, Tottenham is relatively deep at the right-back position, so I guess when the finances are right, you let them go. It’s also possible that with the huge outlays, that Pochettino was expected to allow someone to leave.
Vincent Janssen ($10M transfer to Monterrey): Jannsen was barely a part of the Tottenham team last year. He would make only three Premier League appearances, for a grand total of 36 minutes. Some of this was undoubtedly related to a foot injury that kept him out for the first part of the season, but he never regained his spot in the side. With the side spending heavily and faring well without him last season, the option to cash in on his value was likely too tempting. I don’t expect the side to suffer any ill-effects and it will help lessen the financial blow from the ~$70M they spent for N’Dombele.
Michel Vorm (Released): Vorm was released after having been with the club since 2014. Despite his relatively long-tenure, he only appeared in 47 matches as the backup keeper where he would allow 47 goals. He was also able to keep 17 clean sheets in his time with Spurs. The backup keeper will leave the club at the age of 35, perhaps to explore options about wrapping up his playing career with regular appearances.
Fernando Llorente (Released): Llorente arrived at the club in the closing moments of the 2017 summer transfer window for about $18M. In the next roughly eighteen months he would go on to make 66 appearances for Spurs, scoring 13 goals. He also provided three assists during this time. Llorente was prolific in the 2016-2017 season where he played (and scored) regularly for Swansea. For whatever reason, he never really melded into the Spurs side and now, at 34 has been released.