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TOTTENHAM: Did Spurs overpay for Sissoko? Are Janssen & Wanyama the keys to success?

Despite falling short in the title race, Spurs looked a side to be reckoned with last season as youth products began to shine and Harry Kane kept banging in goals.

As a result, it was a fairly quiet transfer window as the North Londoners got early business done before a frantic deadline day where they managed to wrestle one summer target away from a league rival.

With no really key players going out, and four potential top-liners coming in, Mauricio Pochettino and his recruiting team did a decent job although there were bigger targets missed.


Tottenham - 2016/17

Key signings


Vincent Janssen - from AZ Alkmaar for
£17m

A Dutch striker about to enter his peak years, Janssen caught everybody's eye last season as he scored 27 goals in 34 appearances for Dutch side AZ, while making his debut for the Dutch national side where he scored on debut.

The 22-year-old arrives at Tottenham in a rich vein of form but will have to play second fiddle to Kane and so far, despite real effort on his part, he's struggled to make an impact.

That said, he's a determined striker who won't be put off by a slow start. Expect him and Kane to wreck havoc if they can combine well together.


Victor Wanyama - from Southampton for
£11m

Yet another Southampton star stolen and Wanyama may just be the best yet.

The mammoth defensive midfielder was a rock for the Saints in his 97 appearances and will give the Tottenham defence a much needed buffer.

He's handy going forward too, as he scored on his debut for the North Londoners.

The only problem is his disciplinary record as he picked up three red cards during his time on the south coast, after being sent off the same amount of times at Celtic.

Moussa Sissoko - from Newcastle for £30m

After showing glimpses of brilliance but struggling overall on his debut season in England with a relegated Newcastle United side, Sissoko starred for France at the Euros which saw his stocks rise drastically.

While he may not quite live up to his hefty price tag, the attacking midfielder will add creative muscle and gives them even more options in the centre of the park, but can also operate wide.

Has been criticised for only showing up for the big games and while that is a good trait, he needs to learn that a season is over 38 matches.


Georges-Kevin N'Koudou - from Marseille for
£9.4m

This 21-year-old France youth international managed 41 appearances for Marseille last term in a breakout season where he scored 10 goals.

N'Koudou comes to Tottenham after drawn out transfer negotiations and will give the Spurs another young gun to turn to.

A natural winger, N'Koudou will give Tottenham plenty of speed down the flanks.


Pau Lopez - from Espanyol on loan

Joining on a season-long loan from Espanyol, Lopez has quite an impressive keeping record at just 21 years of age.

While unlikely to challenge captan Hugo Lloris for a starting spot, he's capable of at least challenging Michel Vorm for a spot on the bench and needs to make a number of appearances if Spurs are allowed to automatically buy him at the end of the loan.

Has played 38 times in La Liga which will hold him in good stead whenever Pochettino calls on him.


Overall

Tottenham have learnt from past mistakes and have gone with quality over quantity this transfer window.

There were a lot of departures from White Hart Lane, mainly deadwood, and some list-cloggers have been sent out on loan.

A decision that looks like it could well pay off as they have acquired five players who have joined with real purpose and are all capable of producing real quality.


Tribal's Transfer Rating:
8/10

Joshua Thomas
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