Tottenham Hotspur’s season has not exactly gone to plan so far. On Saturday they could only muster a 0-0 bore draw with Crystal Palace as they sought to recover from their 3-0 midweek decimation by Premier League leaders Chelsea. Now, according to the Daily Mirror, Spurs are set to spend big in January to improve their stumbling squad.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino is understood to have a budget of £20m and hopes to sell a number of players to boost that figure. This means his first target is one of his former Southampton men, Morgan Schneiderlin. Schneiderlin has played 216 league games for Southampton since joining in 2008 from Strasbourg. Since then he has established himself as an impressive midfielder and wanted to join Tottenham Hotspur in the summer. Now it seems Pochettino could be ready to bid for him again.
Tottenham’s second January target is another Southampton player, forward Jay Rodriguez. 25-year-old Rodriguez was also linked to White Hart Lane in the summer but the move didn’t materialise but Pochettino needs a new striker and the 1 capped England international could be his man. The ex-Burnley forward has established himself in the Premier League with the Saints and could certainly add to the Spurs front-line.
The final target on the Tottenham list is Napoli’s central defender Raul Albiol. The 29-year-old began his career in La Liga with Valencia before moving on to Spanish giants Real Madrid. He played 81 La Liga matches for Los Blancos before being sold to Serie A side Napoli in July 2013 for €12m. In Italy he has continued to show his prowess as a commanding centre-back and is exactly what Tottenham need to bolster their defence.
Spurs fans, do you think these targets will save your season? Who do you want to see leave the club?
By Gareth Thomas | December 8th, 2014