While a sense of frenzy has engulfed the rest of the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur have gone about their business in a slightly more composed manner this summer. As things stand, Mauricio Pochettino has only added three new signing to his squad.
Kyle Walker departed to join Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City revolution but, other than that, it’s been rather subdued at Spurs. If it wasn’t for the sound of the demolition crews tearing White Hart Lane to the ground, it would be all quiet on the northern front.
However, in typical Daniel Levy fashion, the North London club could dip their hands into the market on deadline day to fish out a bargain.
Pochettino’s side is still lacking a true back up option to Harry Kane, with Vincent Janssen failing to impose himself on the Premier League last season. Right back Serge Aurier is also expected to join from Paris Saint-Germain before the deadline, following the arrival if Juan Foyth from Estudiantes on Wednesday.
The Belgian’s father has fanned the flames by admitting his son might have to leave Liverpool to find first team football, with Jürgen Klopp using the striker as a back-up option for the past season and a half.
“We haven’t been contacted by Anderlecht,” Mark Origi said, addressing rumours that the striker could be set for a return to his homeland on loan. “Divock has to leave Liverpool to have some playing time. Tottenham is a possibility, but there is also interest from France and Germany.”
That line about Spurs being a “possibility” suggests the North London club have in fact lodged some sort of offer for the 22-year-old, who is competing against Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke for first team action at Anfield. He would surely be afforded more opportunities at Wembley this season.
“We will see,” Klopp said after the 4-0 win over Arsenal, responding to questions of whether Origi could leave the club before the close of the window. “That’s not something to talk about here. If players come in, I think it makes sense to think about what we do on the other side.”
Liverpool are widely predicted to be busy in the final two days of the window, with the Merseyside outfit keen on bringing Thomas Lemar to Anfield for a club record fee. The pursuit of Southampton centre back Virgil van Dijk could also come to a head, with Klopp so far frustrated in his efforts to sign the defender his side so clearly needs.
It could come down to economics for Origi. Liverpool might have to clear some space from the wage bill to make space for two new signings. While the Belgian is by no means the highest earner at the club at present, his departure would help ease some of the pressure on owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG), who are renowned for being coin counters.
Spurs aren’t the only club reported to be interested in Origi, with the Bundesliga a potential destination. Wolfsburg have been linked with a move for the Belgian on loan, with sporting director Olaf Rebbe tip-toeing around the subject of Origi specifically, but admitting that his side are in the market for a striker. “We are looking for someone with an eye for goals,” he said. “Our task is to find something that makes us better.”
So Spurs might not have it all their own way in their efforts to sign Origi. After all, the Belgian will surely be wary of the fact that at Spurs he would also be a back-up option behind Kane.
What’s the difference to being a peripheral figure at Liverpool and a peripheral figure at Spurs? He might be granted some more time under Pochettino than Klopp, but would that be enough if he is to truly fast-track his development?
Ultimately, Spurs might be forced to give Janssen another year to prove that he can cut it at Premier League level. The Dutchman struggled to make an impression last season, but he brings something different to the fold. His hold-up play could prove important in the Champions League, for instance, where Spurs will require a bigger squad to compete, at least in the latter stages.
Origi would be a good option for Spurs, particularly on loan as the Belgian would arrive with little risk or cost attached. But it could be a difficult sell for Pochettino and Levy. Origi might wish to leave Liverpool, but there’s little to suggest he should join Spurs.