With a reported £135 million to work with in the upcoming transfer window, Tottenham should look to sign these five players to spearhead Spurs’ revival.
There is no guarantee that Mourinho, especially if his side don’t qualify for next season’s Champions League, will have access to such a handsome war chest, but let’s assume Daniel Levy agrees to freeing up the funds for the Portuguese manager.
Mourinho cannot spend the funds frivolously, knowing his transfer decisions will be the difference between Tottenham battling for silverware and, more disconcertingly, seeing his side fade into the abyss of the inferior middling pack.
Here’s the five players Mourinho should prioritize going into the 2020-2021 campaign:
5. Max Aarons — Norwich City
The thought of bringing another unseasoned, inexperienced wing back to Hotspur Way might frighten some. They’ll say Tottenham need a bona fide starter, somebody Premier League ready, prepared for the rigours and demands that await. Luckily Max Aarons, Norwich City’s breakout right back, ticks all the necessary boxes.
He’s enjoyed an absolutely terrific maiden year in England’s top flight and, maybe most importantly, just turned 20 years old. He’s mature well beyond his years, looking every part a seasoned pro.
Offering trickery, pace and a footballing acuity rare for his tender age, Aarons would assuredly unseat Serge Aurier as the club’s first choice right back.
Tansfermarkt values the Englishman at about £18 million, an incredibly fair price. He see Norwich accepting a £22 million. But when you think of his upside and potential career trajectory, Aarons should, if the club that purchases him plays their cards right, be worth at least three times that in five years. He’s good enough to be vying for his nation’s top right back spot within a season or two. He has started 27 of Norwich’s 29 league matches and is one of the silver linings to an otherwise abject campaign for a side almost certain to make the drop.
4. Dayot Upamecano — RB Leipzig
I know what you’re thinking. Why would a 21-year-old centre back marshalling a side whose just eviscerated us in the Champions League make a move to that very same side, one who likely won’t compete in next season’s Champions League? Tottenham, even if they don’t qualify for next season’s Champions League, will remain a lucrative club to sign for.
The Lilywhites have the world’s second best stadium, some of the most opulent training facilities and the globe’s superior fan base. And even though Daniel Levy won’t admit it, Spurs now have deep pockets. Not as deep as some, but way deeper than many other clubs around the continent.
Upamecano is a physical specimen who has the potential to dominate England’s top flight. He’s blessed with otherworldly strength, power and guile. And, if he fulfills his lofty potential, is still five or six years away from his prime, a scary thought for the opposition. Toby Alderweireld needs a bona fide starter to partner him in Spurs’ rearguard. Bringing Upamecano aboard will allow Davinson Sánchez more time to mature while playing the part of the Frenchman’s understudy. Levy will have to splash out at least £50 if they want to secure the dynamo’s signature.
3. Ben White — Brighton
Ben White is flying under the radar exceptionally well during his loan stint with Leeds United. The Championship side sits atop the first division, poised for Premier League promotion. Which means Spurs would have their work cut out for them to convince Leeds to relinquish a top asset. Leeds will want to make his loan deal from Brighton permanent, while Brighton will be keen, if they avoid the drop, to make White a part of next season’s Premier League setup.
But Brighton would not be able to ignore a big money transfer request from a side of Tottenham’s stature. White is an incredibly astute 22-year-old central defender who has all the trimmings to ascend the ranks, one day potentially marshalling the Three Lions’ rearguard. A lot has to go right in the coming years, but a move to Tottenham could facilitate his ascension to prominence. However If Spurs land Upamecano, they won’t see the need for signing a second centre back, so this transfer is completely predicated on whether the Leipzig man joins.
2. Alfredo Morelos — Rangers
Alfredo Morelos is an untapped resource on the world’s biggest stages. Currently plying his trade for Rangers in the Scottish Premier League, the Colombian has a knack for being in the right spot at the right time. A Johnny on the spot striker, Morelos has scored 12 goals in 18 starts this season. He is still quite raw, but has a lot of potential and is still only 23 years of age.
And Spurs can have him for a reasonable rate of about £15 million. Transfermarkt currently has him pegged at about £12 million. As a second string striker, he’s definitely worth the relatively small financial risk.
Other affordable strikers on Spurs radar include Southampton’s Danny Ings, Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud, among others. In terms of strikers, everything depends on Harry Kane.
The Englishman has made it clear that Spurs need to match his ambition to retain his services. If he leaves, Tottenham will be in the market for bigger names whose market prices will invariably be astronomically higher than the likes of Morelos.
1. Raul Jimenez — Wolves
Much of Wolves success is due to the vaunted play of Raul Jimenez. The Mexican has taken the league by storm, putting everyone on notice. He’d make a massive difference to Spurs, infiltrating the first team immediately.
He’d feed off Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli’s creativity, while offering top calibre support for Harry Kane. Signing Jimenez would also show Kane that Spurs mean business and are ready to match the Englishman’s ambitions. He is worth a reported £45 million, an investment worth every penny.
Jimenez thrives in a front role but could assert himself well playing in support of Kane, in a number 9 role. The Mexican is 28 years old and has 13 goals to go along with six assists during the current campaign.
He won’t be easy to pry away from Wolves, especially considering what a revelation he’s been this season. But a lucrative move to Spurs will be hard for Jimenez to turn a blind eye to. Numerous other teams will also be vying to secure the asset’s signature.