Tottenham have signed Matt Doherty from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £ 15m but did not get off to a convincing start in North London. Wolves have replaced the 28-year-old with the £ 37m takeover of Barcelona’s Nelson Semedo and are expecting big things from the Portuguese international.
So how did the wolves do better business than us?
We have set our eyes on the market
Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale aside, our relocation business was disappointing this summer. We needed to strengthen in midfield and we made a deal with Southampton to sign Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, but he is a player who didn’t set fire to last season and it’s not a big improvement on what we already have.
After releasing Michel Vorm, we needed another goalkeeper to accompany Hugo Lloris and Paulo Gazzaniga. Joe Hart was apparently the best backup at our disposal, despite having conceded 64 goals in 37 games for Turin (31 August 2016 – 30 June 2017), 42 goals conceded in 23 games for West Ham United (18 July 2017-31 May 2018) and 48 goals conceded in 24 games for Burnley (7 August 2018-18 August 2020).
And after selling Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton, as well as Serge Aurier being transferred to the squad, we were in dire need of another right-back. Doherty was the one we ran into, a player who impressed the Wolves but is not comparable to the best in Europe.
If we’re looking for a place in the Champions League this season, shouldn’t we be targeting more players of that genre? Reguilon and Bale are good enough, but Hart, Doherty and Hojbjerg are not. And now the teams that have ended up under us are better off in the transfer market.
The teams beat us towards coveted goals
We lost James Rodriguez (to Everton), Donny van de Beek (to Manchester United), Ivan Rakitic (to Sevilla), Callum Wilson (to Newcastle United) and Ollie Watkins (to Aston Villa).
Chelsea signed Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Edouard Mendy (Stade Rennais), Malaga Sarr (OGC Nice) and Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain ) this summer. Everton they signed Allan (Napoli), Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford) and James Rodriguez (Real Madrid).
We’ve done good business to strengthen left back and right winger, but we still don’t have a replacement for Jan Vertonghen or competition for Harry Kane. Our midfield is also still a weak point.
In other news, are Tottenham really paying Inter more than € 50 million to sign Milan Skriniar?