Tottenham transfers: Four players Villas-Boas could sign in January
Tottenham transfers: Trevor Murray takes a look at four players Andre Villas-Boas should sign in the January transfer window
Whispers of a Javier Hernandez move from Manchester United to Tottenham Hotspur might seem a tad overly-imaginative and simply out of the question for most, but for Spurs, it would certainly be a great investment. The Mexico international has never really been provided the necessary time to flourish at the Red Devils as he’s been overshadowed by the presence of both Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie for much of his time there. If Chicharito wants to play regular first-team football ahead of next summer’s World Cup, it would certainly be an ideal move for him. With Roberto Soldado proving inconsistent so far, Hernandez would do well to challenge his place as their star striker, particularly with Jermain Defoe rumoured to be on his way out of White Hart Lane. Generally finding his best form as a fox in the box, the 25-year-old would be well-suited to getting on the end of some intricate passing movements from Spurs as well as being able to glide unnoticed to the back post to finish off some deep crosses from Kyle Naughton and company. United could even benefit from his departure by using the finance from his sale to re-imagine themselves somewhat – something they clearly are in desperate need of. A probable move? No, but it’s certainly not out of the question
Tottenham look set to make a move for Swedish youngster Valmir Berisha in 2014. At the tender age of just 17, Berisha has yet to come anywhere near his peak – he’s still plying his trade internationally for Sweden’s Under-17 team – but many are touting him as a bright star for the future. And although Spurs supporters might be tiring of the philosophy to build for the future, it’s difficult to argue against Andre Villas-Boas’ interest in the striker. With the right attention and support, Berisha could be moulded into one of the North London club’s most integral components in a few years, but also he could be more than useful as an impact sub coming off the bench should they land his signature in the spring. They may well have a struggle on their hands to sign him, however, with several other Premier League clubs also in the hunt, but it may well be worth it to pay that little bit extra – especially with Emmanuel Adebayor injured and Defoe possibly making for the exit door.
Scouring the lower leagues can often reap some terrific rewards and can lead to the unearthing of a real diamond in the rough. Blackpool’s Tom Ince, who plays in the Championship, could well be that player. Having already netted six times so far this season, it’s clear that Ince knows how to find the net in a tough and highly-competitive league, and although the 21-year-old midfielder might find the step up difficult at first, Villas-Boas could certainly help him adapt over time by drip-feeding him some regular first-team football through the domestic cups as well as in the Europa League as a substitute. Tottenham’s midfield ranks might well be overflowing at present, but snapping up such a promising young talent could well turn out to be their most important move in the transfer market to date if all goes well. And with England Under-21 experience, Ince has already been marked as a potential replacement for the old England guard of Steven Gerrard and others in time. Watch this space.
The Egypt international impressed thoroughly with Basel during last season’s Europa League, as well as putting on quite a show in the current campaign of the Champions League. Having played against Spurs on two occasions last year, they are sure to have a good idea of exactly the sort of threat the 25-year-old can carry as he helped his side eventually overcome Spurs in a penalty shootout as well as netting a crucial equaliser. Seeing as Spurs haven’t quite delivered the goods so far this season, Mohamed Salah might well be the spark his side needs if they are to reinvigorate themselves. His darting runs down the flanks as well as his quick feet mean that he would certainly cause a few problems for a few of the more nervy right-backs upon arrival in England.