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Tottenham Fans Want Kane Alternative In January

 • by Tom Bodell
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The narrative surrounding Tottenham Hotspur has changed on an almost monthly basis since throughout the season.

At the start of the campaign there were fears Mauricio Pochettino’s squad lacked the depth to compete – especially after Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City left them short at right-back.

The arrival of Serge Aurier alleviated those concerns but still there were questions about the team’s quality in depth which were finally put to the bed with the signings of Fernando Llorente and Davinson Sánchez.

A bright start – including an unforgettable home win over Real Madrid in the Champions League – finally appears to have put to bed talk of a ‘Wembley hoodoo’.

Yet still there are concerns this talented Tottenham squad have missed their chance to compete for the Premier League title with Manchester City running away from it.

But with a Champions League last-16 tie against Juventus and a fight for the top four to contend with, there is still plenty to play for ahead of the big move back to the new White Hart Lane.

And in order to get a handle on what Spurs fans are thinking ahead of the transfer window opening on January 1, we canvassed the opinion of Spurs fans Andy from E-Spurs, Daniel Smith from Spurs On Insta and Kyle Henchie from COYS News

Which areas do Tottenham need to strengthen in January and why?

DS: I think Tottenham need to strengthen in the midfield area. When Dele Alli or Christian Eriksen dip in form, the whole team goes down with them. Because there’s no supply to Harry Kane, there’s a lack of attacking flair within the squad.

Another defensive midfielder would also be handy as well. We’ve seen our overall form drop this season without Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembélé. I don’t believe Harry Winks is a starter every match due to his lack of experience.

The central midfielders are the heart of the team and a lot of attacks, as well as defensive moments, are taken through them.

Name three realistic transfer targets you would like Tottenham to sign in January and who should they replace in your starting XI?

KH: Spurs are crying out for another striker, attacking midfielder and central midfielder.

Ross Barkley is a likely addition for that central midfield spot. An English player with Premier League experience would be a likely replacement for an injury-prone Mousa Dembélé.

Richarlison of Watford would also be a great addition. He can play anywhere across the front three and being just 20 years old, he will only improve.
As for a striker, we are crying out for some pace – someone that offers something different to Harry Kane. Timo Werner at RB Leipzig could be that player and would really improve our squad should he be brought in.
What is your number one fear for January?
A: Transfer windows of season’s past have been to Spurs fans what Christmas is to a turkey. The departure of key players had become a common theme come deadline day.

However, Kyle Walker aside, there now seems a resilience from the powers that be to keep our best. Therefore, my only fear this January is that Danny Rose will depart (as expected), leaving us short of pace and power on the wing.

What would your dream January transfer window look like?

DS: My dream January window would involve a few things. Firstly, I would sell Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kévin N’Koudou as I think they are dead wood and unnecessary.

I would put that money towards signing Gareth Bale. I also think bringing in Ross Barkley as a back-up for Christian Eriksen because he plays a lot and does tire.

Bale and Barkley would add a lot of flexibility to our squad and a world-class signing is what we need to take us to the next level. The flair and pace from Bale is much needed in games where we fail to get going and have control.

Read more of our Tottenham content on their page here. We’d like to thank Andy from E-Spurs, Daniel Smith from Spurs On Insta and Kyle Henchie from COYS News.

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