Inside Lane: What are the two priorities for Spurs in January transfer window?
12:00 14 January 2015
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Tottenham blogger David Lee believes two quality signings in key areas can turn a promising season into a very memorable one.
As Premier League chairmen across the country desperately scramble for their cheque books this January, Daniel Levy will be sitting pretty.
After a successful Christmas period - albeit blighted by Saturday’s disappointing defeat at Crystal Palace - we find ourselves three points off the hallowed Champions League spots and well-placed for a potential Capital One Cup final at Wembley.
While we do not want to destabilise the squad, I feel we should be looking to address two key positions in this transfer window.
The number one priority has to be adding another striker to lighten the burden on Harry Kane. Although there appears to be no sign of his goals drying up, it would be foolish to assume the 21-year-old will be able to single-handedly fire us to glory.
Roberto Soldado may well be adored by the White Hart Lane faithful but his paltry contribution of three goals this season has not been good enough.
Burnley’s Danny Ings should undoubtedly be our top target this month. The 22-year-old has taken to the Premier League with ease and would slot in perfectly to Mauricio Pochettino’s style of play.
During our narrow 2-1 victory over Burnley in December, Ings demonstrated an incredible work ethic and consistently found space in behind our central defensive pairing. While Ings was wasteful at White Hart Lane, he already has six Premier League goals to his name and his exquisite winner against QPR at the weekend showed he is a class act.
With his contract due to expire at the end of the season, a deal could surely be done this month that suits both parties.
Another young English prospect, Saido Berahino, should also be considered this January. The 21-year-old would provide a much-needed injection of pace to Pochettino’s side, and his acquisition would also give Pochettino the option of moving Kane into an equally effective No10 role.
Whether Levy will be prepared to meet Berahino’s alleged £20million asking price remains to be seen, though.
Saturday’s defeat at Crystal Palace also highlighted our reliance on academy graduates Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason in central midfield.
With both players missing, Mousa Dembele and Benjamin Stambouli needed to step up to the plate, but they failed to do so, underlinding a lack of high-quality cover in an important area.
Summer target Morgan Schneiderlin would be the most likely candidate but, with Southampton comfortably placed in the Champions League spots, a January transfer would appear unlikely.
Aston Villa’s contract rebel Fabian Delph provides another potential midfield target, but Liverpool may provide stern competition for his signature.
Ultimately, there is unlikely to be a transfer frenzy at White Hart Lane this month. But, with a few key additions, Levy could give Pochettino the chance to turn a promising season into a really memorable one.
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