Tottenham Hotspur director of football Fabio Paratici should be ‘applauded’ for getting rid of the players Antonio Conte didn’t want from the Spurs squad this summer.
That is according to Sky Sports’ Michael Bridge, who was speaking to This is Futbol about the club’s transfer business on the final day of the window.
Paratici has managed to get 10 players off the wage bill so far this summer, whether that be on loan or permanent moves.
That includes the sale of Netherlands winger Steven Bergwijn to Dutch giants Ajax for a fee of £26m, whilst £120k-per-week midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has secured a season-long loan move to Serie A side Napoli.
However, Bridge does have concerns about the future of some of the players Tottenham have managed to move out on loan and wonders if the club will be in the same position this time next year.
He said: “It’s a tough one because I just think the European market has changed since Spurs made those signings.
“I think Paratici needs to be applauded for the players Conte didn’t want, they’ve gone, and he’s done his job.
“My only concern would be if the market is still as it is, these players have a year less on their contracts when they come back, are we going to have this same situation in 12 months’ time?”
TIF Thoughts on Bridge’s comments…
We believe that Bridge is correct in suggesting that Paratici has done an excellent job in getting players off the wage bill, whether that be on a permanent or loan move away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
However, it remains to be seen as to whether Spurs will be able to permanently sell the players they currently have out on loan this time next year, and the club may find themselves in a similar position to what they’re in now.
But given the likes of Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso aren’t even heading out on their first loans out of the club, there is surely no future for them in north London, and there could be – as Bridge appears to be fearing – very little money, if any, coming in for these expensive signings that have not paid off.
Therefore, we believe that whilst on the face of it, Paratici and Daniel Levy have done an excellent job of moving on the players on Conte’s unwanted list, we still think that the club may have more work to do in the market next summer.