Opinion: Top 3 players Tottenham should target in January transfer window

Sam Brookes December 28, 2020
Opinion: Top 3 players Tottenham should target in January transfer window
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With Tottenham Hotspur having an impressive season under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho, should the Spurs boss look to bolster his squad further in the January transfer window? Sam Brookes looks at three players Tottenham could target to boost their chances of winning their first league title in 60 years.

Things are starting to gel nicely for Jose Mourinho’s Spurs. After an uninspiring 2019/20 season, Tottenham have found their feet in the current campaign.

With Liverpool battling an injury crisis of Biblical proportions and Manchester City appearing to be swimming in circles, the door is open for Tottenham to launch a title bid.

But can they maintain their early season form? January additions would surely help in what, taking a squeezed domestic schedule and Europa League campaign into consideration, will be a long, hard campaign.

Tottenham – three top targets

Let’s look at three players Tottenham could bring in as they aim for their first league title since 1960-61.

Arkadiusz Milik

Spurs were linked with Milik in the summer. In the end, they opted to go with Carlos Vinicius.

The Brazilian forward has not been a complete flop by any means. However, he has only been utilised in the Europa League, with Mourinho clearly not fully convinced he can make a difference in the Premier League.

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Milik has proved his class in the Netherlands and Italy. According to Goal, Napoli are now willing to sell the Polish striker for £13.5m.

For that price, Spurs should make their move. With Harry Kane firing in the goals, Milik wouldn’t be a starter. Yet that has also been the case at Napoli in previous seasons and he has still made notable contributions from the bench.

If he could do the same at Tottenham, it could see the club lift some silverware.

Demarai Gray

Spurs have plenty of options on the wings, with Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Gareth Bale at their disposal.

However, only Son has proved himself indispensable this season. Gray can play on either flank and has displayed his talent on plenty of occasions in the top flight.

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His contract at Leicester City is set to expire in the summer, meaning Spurs could sense a free transfer on the horizon.

At 24, the feeling is Gray has yet to fulfill his massive potential. Joining Tottenham could be the fresh start he needs and see him take his game to the next level.

Milan Skriniar

Skriniar was viewed as one of the brightest defenders in Serie A during his first season at Inter Milan.

His star may not be shining as brightly right now but there’s no doubt he’s still a classy defender when at his best.

The Slovakian centre-back has struggled to adapt to Antonio Conte’s back three. That won’t be a problem at Tottenham, however, with Mourinho rigidly sticking to a back four.

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First-choice centre-back pairing Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier have performed well so far. Yet the strength in depth in this area is underwhelming.

Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga remain young prospects, while Davinson Sanchez has failed to convince when given opportunities and could be on his way out.

Skriniar would add experience and quality. He could also put pressure on the ageing Alderweireld for a place in the side.

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Sam Brookes is an aspiring sports journalist with a background in football analysis. He has written for a number of online publications in recent years, and specialises in English and Italian football.