Antsy Tottenham Hotspur fans will be calmed by the fact that they have finally signed a striker, with Vincent Janssen’s arrival from AZ Alkmaar being confirmed this week.
The Dutch striker followed holding midfielder Victor Wanyama through the door at White Hart Lane, bolstering a position in which Spurs have been over-reliant on Harry Kane.
So what next for Mauricio Pochettino in this transfer window? Lyall Thomas – Sky Sports expert for all things Spurs – wrote that an attacking midfielder and centre-back are on the agenda.
Tottenham currently have three recognised central defenders, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Kevin Wimmer, while anchor-man Eric Dier has spent most of his career there.
That is probably one short of what Pochettino would like to compete in both the Premier League and Champions League, and Thomas has identified two candidates to complete a four-man unit.
Academy graduate Cameron Carter-Vickers is highly-rated and close to a first-team breakthrough, according to Thomas, and could play deputy to Alderweireld on the right of the pairing.
But the Champions League is no place to blood an 18-year-old, and so Pochettino may want to look at bringing in somebody more established. Thomas says that Fabian Schar is a long-term target.
The 24-year-old Switzerland international has two seasons of Champions League experience under his belt from his time at Basel, whom he left to join German side Hoffenheim last summer.
See what Thomas said about potential attacking midfield recruits below…
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