Having acquired seven players in the summer transfer window of 2013, it’s a little surprising that Tottenham have yet to make a new signing this time around. Mauricio Pochettino will doubtless be assessing his squad in training and in pre-season friendlies but it’s clear from last season’s performances that further new faces are required.
Here are five potential candidates for a place in the White Hart Lane squad ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.
The left back position is a number one priority for the club and it’s been a worrying area for at least two seasons. Danny Rose and Benoit Assou-Ekotto have shared duties on the left side of defence but neither have looked comfortable while injuries have meant that centre back Jan Vertonghen has been moved out of position to provide cover.
Swansea’s Davies looks an ideal candidate to come in and solve this problem slot. At 21, he’s been compared to Manchester United’s Luke Shaw and a switch to North London should benefit his promising career.
Spurs’ main aim is to get back into the Champions League places to finish in the top four next season. To achieve this, they need greater productivity up front and Remy could be the man to solve a number of striking issues.
Roberto Soldado scored just twice from open play in the league last season while Emmanuel Adebayor has been struck with a mild bout of malaria. With Arsenal snapping up Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, Remy, a former target for the Gunners, is free to move elsewhere and 14 goals in 26 matches at Newcastle last season suggest that Spurs should be lining him up.
German international Kruse is a recent link and may be unfamiliar to Spurs fans but he has a good record and there’s every reason why Pochettino should follow this up. At 26, he has improved significantly with current club Borussia Monchengladbach and is starting to bring his striking level up to the desired ratio of a goal every other game.
Kruse has six full international caps with one goal to his name and a move to the Premier League may be the next, natural stage in his development.
Many Spurs fans were unhappy when previous head coach Andre Villas-Boas allowed Caulker to leave for Cardiff in the summer of 2013 and rumours of a return to White Hart Lane began as soon as the Bluebirds were relegated.
The England international impressed during his time in Wales and it’s reported that he has a buy out clause in his contract in the event that Cardiff would drop down to the Championship. Brendan Rodgers knows Caulker well from their time together at Swansea and could make a move on behalf of Liverpool but a return to familiar territory may suit the centre back.
Having left Southampton to come to White Hart Lane, new head coach Mauricio Pochettino has already been linked with virtually the entire St Mary’s squad. Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez were among the names previously mentioned but if Pochettino is to head to his former club, it seems that French international Schniederlin could be his priority target.
A holding midfielder, the 24 year old has plenty of experience but will there be a vacancy among the crowded centre line at Tottenham? Brazilian international Sandro has been linked with a switch to Serie A while Etienne Capoue was unconvincing in his first season in the Premiership and if either leaves the club, Schneiderlin would seem to be a perfect replacement.