As we pass the halfway point of the Premier League season, the first half of Tottenham’s campaign has been a tale of two rather contrasting stories.
Over their first 12 Premier League fixtures, Jose Mourinho’s side lost just one match, with summer signings such as Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg all appearing to settle into the side relatively comfortably.
However, over their last eight league games, Spurs have now won just two fixtures, with Matt Doherty being often left out of matchday squads and fellow summer signing Gareth Bale struggling to find any real form whatsoever.
Despite their poor run of form, however, Tottenham were completely inactive in terms of incoming transfers over the January window, something which could have been down to the fact that Mourinho already has a rather bloated squad.
This was one subject of conversation on a recent video posted by Gold on YouTube, in which the journalist claimed that Spurs are in need of something of an overhaul in the summer market.
He said: “It’s something that’s kind of crippling Spurs a little bit at the moment and I think, when it comes to the summer, they’re going to have to have a bit of an overhaul. [With the] foreign players, [Tottenham are] going to have to try and get to the stage of actually trying to push them out the door rather than hoping a bid comes in.
“The British players, certainly, the ones that are considered homegrown, are some of Spurs’ better players, perhaps. That’s not to say that some of the foreign players aren’t absolutely incredible – the likes of [Heung-min] Son and Hojbjerg and [Hugo] Lloris and Reguilon and many more that I haven’t even mentioned.
“But I think there is excess chaff in the squad – and some of the players that have been here have not really done it and not really hit the heights that Spurs expected of them when they signed. They’ve got to start moving players on and then replace them with more quality, that’s where the overhaul has to happen.”
TIF Thoughts on Alasdair Gold’s comments regarding Tottenham’s summer transfer window…
With Joe Rodon recently being left out of the Tottenham’s squad for the Europa League due to the club possessing too many foreign players, it would seem as if Gold’s point is justified in claiming that Spurs require a cleanout this summer.
Should Rodon have made the EL squad?
In total, Tottenham have 18 non-homegrown players – one more than UEFA allows teams to register in European competitions.
As such, had Spurs signed a foreign player in January, it would have resulted in the team having to omit further players from their Europa League squad, something which could be considered as something of a waste of money spent on the players who miss out.