Now that AVB has been announced as the man in the driver’s seat, who will be getting on the N17 bus?
Our newly appointed coach will hopefully have full access to our transfer budget, which should be around £70 million, after the almost inevitable departure of Luka Modric. Who may be on their way to our beloved White Hart Lane?
Firstly, the former Porto boss has close links with many of their stars. This immediately opens the possible transfer of Joao Moutinho to Spurs after waxed-lyrical about Villas-Boas, claiming he ”would work with him tomorrow.’ This puts us in a strong position to land him as a replacement for Luka.
Secondly, Daniel Sturridge is looking for a transfer away from Stamford Bridge having failed to earn Di Matteo’s favour. AVB appeared to be more than happy to use the young Englishman, possibly providing us with a player who could play either as cover for Bale and Lennon, or up front if Defoe’s style does not suit our new Head Coach’s tactics. He could also play just behind Defoe, should Rafael Van Der Vaart leave for F.C Schalke or Hamburg.
Next up, Jan Vertonghen. Although the deal seems uncertain at the moment, hopefully a deal can be arranged allowing us to have a new Ledley King, now that him becoming a coach of our defence seems more likely. However his confirmed contract clause entitling him to 15% of any transfer fee remains an issue.
But perhaps Klaas Jan Huntelaar can work in our favour. Not only would he provide us with an incredible striker, at least equal to the effect of Emanuel Adebayor, but he would also provide Ajax with 15% of his 17 million buy-out clause. This could then hopefully allow Ajax to look past the 15% of the transfer fee that Vertonghen is entitled to. Thus earning us two great players and Ajax the funds to replace them.
No matter which players are on their way to N17, I look forward to this new season, where we will prove our prowess and reclaim fourth.