Tottenham’s January Transfer Window: Should Spurs go shopping in Lisbon?
Antonio Conte has been adamant ever since joining Tottenham about how he needs time to improve the quality and quantity of the squad.
Last January, quality was the focus with the acquisition of Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur, now two of the best players at the club.
The summer window addressed the quantity of players the Italian had at his disposal, with seven new signings being made, including Clement Lenglet and club record transfer Richarlison.
As we approach this window of great significance, Conte believes the Lilywhites require upgrades in multiple areas of the pitch, with one club potentially acting as a one-stop shop – Sporting Lisbon.
With wing-backs proving a problematic position for Spurs, Sporting have arguably the best in their league in Pedro Porro.
The Spaniard has racked up 4 assists in 9 games this year, and his burst of pace could provide useful down the right hand side.
For those who haven’t seen much of him in Portugal, he is highly respected and the former City player is an excellent crosser of the ball, something Tottenham have lacked this season.
With a release clause of €45Million, it could be a worthy investment if Daniel Levy intends on backing Conte as a long term manager.
The former Spurs man received a standing ovation upon his return to North London in the Champions League this season and rightly so; he was the best player on the pitch.
With his intricate dribbling, Edwards strikes fear into defenders, a prime example being the first leg against Conte’s side where he turned multiple players inside out.
Having seen Bryan Gil in a Spurs shirt, there are certainly similarities between the two, with a low centre of gravity and possessing immense ability on the ball.
However, it has been rumoured Bryan Gil will be allowed to leave on loan in January for more regular game time, leaving a place available for Sporting winger.
The man Mauricio Pochettino once compared to Lionel Messi would be at a discounted price for Daniel Levy, with a 50% sell-on clause in his current contract. This essentially means a half price deal would be available for Tottenham.
The Englishman’s Champions League experience would be of use to his former team, whilst this move would also fulfil Edward’s dream of returning to the Premier League.
This January will be a pivotal moment of Antonio Conte’s tenure, especially with the unprecedented winter World Cup break.
The right signings could act as a catalyst for the team to kick on and push for silverware in the near future, something Spurs fans have been longing for.