Tottenham's Squad Review - Who Stays and Who Goes in Attack
Tottenham’s forward line has been the talk of Europe for quite some time. Their forwards have repaid the massive faith Mauricio Pochettino showed in. That is especially the case for Harry Kane, 2017's most prolific European scorer.
Even with one of the world’s best strikers, Spurs didn't have the guns to win the Premier League. Can they find another level in 2018/19. In our final part of the Squad Review series, let's take a look at the big guns for Tottenham Hotspurs.
The 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner scored six goals for England in the tournament after compiling 42 goals and four assists in 48 appearances for his club. He has been essential to Spurs' attack but his role has evolved from being a pure number 9 to a modern striker who can help in the build-up as well as score from inside the box.
His figures have only improved with each season. It’s frightening how good he might become. There’s obviously no way Tottenham are letting him leave the club, especially after signing Harry to a contract through 2024.
The Argentine right winger found his place in the starting lineup after a long time. He has been hit with injuries every season barring 2015/16 and 2017/18. Despite five seasons at White Hart Lane and Wembley, the temperamental forward has found it hard to settle in the Premier League.
In 36 appearances last term, he found the net only four times, while assisting twice. Although he’s only 26, Lamela may need to find another team if he cannot strike form this season.
The Brazilian was brought in from Paris Saint-Germain in January. At the Parc des Princes, Neymar and Mbappe queued up ahead of him. He has the same problem in London with Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, and Son Heung-min. In 11 appearances for the Lilywhites, Moura managed only one goal and an assist.
Players who arrive in the winter transfer window struggle to settle, especially in the English top flight. The new season should better gauge the Brazilian's ability.
The winger was rumoured to leave Spurs last season due to the mandatory army service required in South Korea. Nevertheless, he returned to training recently after South Korea’s World Cup dreams crashed.
Son was signed from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015/16 and instantly lit up the stage. Last season, he picked up 16 goals and six assists in 54 appearances. His current contract lasts until 2020. Given his importance to Spurs' attack, he can expect for a new contract extension soon.
Llorente was signed as a back-up to Harry Kane last season on the back of a 15-goal haul for Swansea in 2016/17. But the Spaniard is yet to find his ground for Spurs, racking up only five goals and one assist in 31 outings.
The 33-year-old’s contract lasts through this campaign. It could be his last contract with a big club.
Feyenoord graduate Janssen was signed from AZ Alkmaar in 2016/17. The 24-year-old spent the last season on loan at Turkish club Fenerbahce and has rejoined Spurs for at least the preseason. In 18 appearances for the Istanbul giants, Janssen produced six goals and two assists. After a decent start to the season, a toe injury forced the Dutchman into treatment for four months.
There are rumours regarding his departure, driven by his absence from all official squad pictures. Media reports suggest he is not a part of Pochettino's plans and might be on his way out. As of now, the Tottenham forward line looks well-stocked but there are some rumours regarding the club looking to sign Gonzalo Higuain as a backup to Harry Kane.
Surprisingly, Argentine laughter translates directly into English.