Tottenham Hotpsurs 2015/16 Summer Transfers
Omar Jones' first summer of dealings at White Hart Lane has been greeted in mixed fashion, with more than £100,000,000 spent by the North London club expectations are high on the Moroccan to deliver Champions League football after several near misses in recent years.
The Lilywhites said goodbye to local hero Harry Kane, who completed a £40,000,000 move to Manchester United, but the arrivals of Domenico Berardi, for a club record £42,000,000, Charlie Austin, for £10,500,000, and Wilfried Bony, who completed a £28,500,000 deadline day move from Manchester City.
Jones' first buy was that of Borussia Dortmund's tough tackling German midfielder, Sven Bender. A £10,500,000 deal was reached just six days into the window for a player that Jones coached in his time as a first team coach at BVB from 2012 to 2014.
-Is a great tackler who should a much needed mean streak to Spurs' midfield.
-Should make excellent foil to offset players like Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Ryan Mason.
-Can be over agressive, causing several red and yellow cards.
-Is somewhat injury prone, having suffered several knee injuries in recent years.
After 18 Premier League goals last season, it was almost inevitable that Charlie Austin would leave QPR this summer. And it was North London that was his destination after a battle between Spurs and Watford to land him. With his contract up next summer, Austin was snapped up for a rather cheap £10,500,000.
-Is a proven Premier League scorer, having notched 18 last season.
-Has a good ability in the air, meaning that he is a plan B if other routes don't work.
-Isn't a extremley quick or agile, meaning that when up against quicker players he could struggle.
Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard was suprisingly allowed to leave Old Trafford by Louis van Gaal after he was tipped to have a breakout year with the Red Devils. But Omar Jones wasted no time in bringing the 22 year old to North London in a £3,200,000 move as backup to Christian Eriksen.
-Can play in multiple positions and could prove to be a good utility player.
Is an excellent dribbler with brilliant agility and balance.
-At only 5'6'' is certainly not a strong player who can get knocked off the ball.
Highly rated Serbian stopper Rajkovic was snapped up for £4,000,000 from Israeli champions Maccabi Tel-Aviv. However after his work permit application was denied, Rajkovic has been loaned to to Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the hopes he gain a work permit or, eventually German citizenship.
-Is already 6'3'' and is a natural at dealing with set pieces.
-Has the ability to make the most incredible of reflexe saves.
-Still needs a work permit.
Birmingham were finally forced to let go of their top prospect, Demarai Gray in a £5,000,000 move. With Gray adding to already illustrious wide men at White Hart Lane he faces a difficult battle to dislodge Heung Min Son and Domenico Berardi from the flanks.
-Has a brilliant dribbling ability, with quick feet and a huge amount of pace.
-He's a box of tricks, drag backs, stepovers, flip-flaps. He can do it all.
-Like Raheem Sterling, his decision making can be poor. Sometimes his feet are to quick for his brain.
The £40,000,000 received by Manchester United for Harry Kane has been reinvested in Sassuolo forward, Domenico Berardi. Signed for a club record £42,000,000 the expectation is on Berardi to succeed better than Erik Lamela or Roberto Soldado.
-Oozes class, Berardi has a brilliant touch and rapid pace.
-Has a great scoring instinct, having racked up 42 goals in 98 Serie A games for Sassuolo.
-Is another excellent dribbler, and is extremley quick. Making for a useful asset on the counter attack.
-Isn't great in the air and isn't strong, meaning he isn't a target man like Kane.
-Again he's another forward coming in for a big fee, will he be another big money flop?
Wilfried Bony was the third and final forward to arrive after some drawn out negotiations between Spurs and Manchester City were finally completed with the Ivory Coast international seeking first team football in a £28,500,000 move.
-Is an absolute bulldozer of a man, with incredible strength and jumping ability.
-He's no slouch either, he may not be as quick as Berardi, or Aguero. But can beat most defenders in a 50/50.
-Has experience in the Premier League with 25 goals in 54 Premier League games.
-Has an ego, and can spit his dummy out when annoyed.
-Is a somewhat lazy player, can work hard but can also be a passenger and drift around the pitch.
River Plate centre back Emanuel Mammana's transfer to Spurs was concluded with less than an hour to spare of Deadline Day. He's been tipped to be at the heart of the Argentina defence for years to come. And now, it seems, the Tottenham defence also.
-Has great composure for a 19 year old, shows brilliant maturity.
-Shows good ball playing skills to help with a passing game.
-Is a lightweight, and could be brushed off by strikers like Christian Benteke, or Romelu Lukaku.
-At 'just' 6'0'' he's not the tallest defender, and can be beaten in the air rather easily.
Vorm was the first of four players to leave North London on a permanent deal, upping sticks to Fiorentina for £5,750,000 after he was deemed surplus to requirements by Omar Laska.
Despite being billed as one of Spurs top prospects, Alex Pritchard was allowed to go to Selhurst Park for £4,300,000 as Alan Pardew looks to add more creativity to his Eagles side.
The twice capped Argentine centre back was another deemed surplus to requirements by Laska, after a poor first season. He'll look to help Norwich stay up in the Premier League.
The big deal at White Hart Lane this summer, Omar Jones was quoted as saying ''we couldn't turn the deal down'' as ''Hurri-Kane'' finally joined United after months of van Gaal courting the striker.
So is this the season Spurs finally get into the promised land of the top four? Will Berardi flop? Will Kane flop?
There are several questions about Tottenham again. But with £108,000,000 spent this summer. They've certainly put themselves in the media spotlight, and themselves in the running.