Five in Five out at Tottenham in January
Following Spurs’ slip in form, Coral suggest five players who could turn their season around, and five personnel that they could replace, with Tottenham 6/1 to finish in the top four next term.
Paulinho out; Chistoph Kramer in
The Brazilian midfielder signed for £17m just over a year ago, by Andre Villas-Boas, has failed to make much of an impact at White Hart Lane. A change of scenery might be just what he needs, and perhaps would be better suited in Europe at a club like AC Milan, where traditionally Brazilians have fared well.
Reportedly Bayer Leverkusen’s World Cup-winning midfielder, on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, is being lined up for a January move, and the 23-year-old would be a good addition for the club. An accomplished anchorman, who is a product of the football revolution in Germany started by Jurgen Klinsmann, he has plenty of potential.
Mousa Dembele out; Jay Rodriguez in
In total, Spurs’ 27-year-old Belgian has made 10 appearances in all competitions this season without making much of an impact, and has failed to score, or lay on a single assist. Many have questioned exactly what his role is at Tottenham, and a move could be appropriate to boost his credentials for the national team.
Mauricio Pochettino was linked with former charge Rodriguez in the summer, though an injury sustained just before the World Cup prevented any transfer going through for the 25-year-old attacker, who can play anywhere across the front three, or in behind. The chances are he could be fit by January and, with Southampton having made a good start, Ronald Koeman may struggle to fit him into his new look team.
Vlad Chiriches out; Federico Fernandez in
Romania international centre back Chiriches, 24, has struggled to acclimatise to life in the Premier League, since his move to north London just over a year ago, and evidence so far suggests he is simply too tactically naive. His presence could no doubt help a team in Europe that are lower down the league, however and, he can get better, though he just isn’t good enough for Spurs’ ambitions.
As a replacement, Pochettino could turn to compatriot Fernandez, who is currently plying his trade at Swansea City. His first season in south Wales is going well, and he has adapted effortlessly to the demands of the Premier League. Any fee would most likely be in the region of £8m-£10m for the 25-year-old centre back.
Kyle Walker out; Ricardo van Rhijn in
One out, one in, Spurs’ 24-year-old right back seems to have, gone backwards since getting into the first team. Currently injured, Pochettino may decide to offload Walker when he recovers, and Harry Redknapp may find a place for him at QPR, especially after selling Danny Simpson.
Dutch flyer Van Rhijn seems to be blessed with attacking talent, and is what Spurs are all about. Currently under the tutelage of Frank de Boer at Ajax, the 23-year-old has bags of potential and would relish the opportunity to become permanent first-team right back at Spurs.
Roberto Soldado out; Saido Berahino in
The 29-year-old Spanish striker has failed to impress since his £26m move to Spurs from Valencia, though he has been misused. He was at his best in La Liga if played with a strike partner who he could link up with effectively, though unfortunately his confidence appears to have dropped beyond repair. A move back to Spain could be the best thing for him, and he would have no shortage of suitors.
West Brom’s Berahino has been consistently linked with a switch to north London, and has had a fantastic start to his campaign, netting on seven occasions in nine Premier League appearances. He is exactly what this team needs; a striker who is confident in front of goal, and currently Berahino has no fear. Linking him up with England Uunder-21 attack partner Harry Kane, could prove to be a masterstroke as well.
So there you have it, with the likes of Berahino and Rodriguez, they could come straight into the squad for the Europa League, with Spurs joint 14/1 favourites to win the competition.