During this off-season, I thought it would be good for me to go out there and talk to a fan of every Premier League club. I wanted to get their insight on how things went last season, what they are looking forward to in the transfer market and how they thought next season was going to go for them. This whole series, you will be able to find here.
For this interview , I “sat down” with Chris Baker. “I’m Chris Baker. I’ve been obsessed with Tottenham Hotspur and football in general since 1994. I’ve been fortunate enough to follow Spurs at home, away and abroad. I’ve been a season ticket holder at Tottenham Hotspur FC since 2014, I was on the waiting list for 14 years before getting one. I’m also a qualified Sports Journalist. I graduated with a 2:1 degree in Sports Journalism from Staffordshire University. My twitter handle is @CDBaker86.”
So, with that said, let’s carry on with the interview:
Looking to the transfer window, what kind of business should Tottenham Hotspur be doing, and which possible arrivals are you most excited about? (Continued from part three)
Spurs must also sign a back-up striker to cover for Harry Kane, given that we are in the Europa League this is even more important due to the number of matches we will play next season. Troy Parrott has been loaned to Millwall so we currently have one senior striker on the books. Callum Wilson seems to be the ideal signing in this regard. He could play with or instead of Kane, has Premier League experience, has scored goals in a struggling Bournemouth team and is also a full international with a goal for England to his name. He ticks all the boxes and Levy will smell a potential bargain given the Cherries recent relegation. The only slight question mark might be around his previous knee injuries but he seems to have recovered well from those setbacks. Other options would be Wilson’s team mate Josh King, Troy Deeney (I have some serious reservations around this), as well as Milik from Napoli and countless other names that will bandied about.
I, personally, would quite like to see Tottenham sign another centre back to cover for the fact that Jan Vertonghen has left and Juan Foyth will also probably not be at the club next season either. A left footed centre back would be my preference but Mourinho probably doesn’t see it as a priority with Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier and Japhet Tanganga at the club.
In an ideal world I would like to see Spurs bring in a creative playmaker – someone like Philippe Coutinho would be perfect. He is clearly available and could provide the chances that the likes of Kane and Son would thrive on. It would be an expensive deal potentially but I think a loan would make a lot of sense for all parties. I suspect that we would only see someone like Coutinho come in if Ndombele is allowed to leave. Spurs have looked very functional since the Premier League restarted but I feel we need a special player to unlock tight defences and make our attacks less predictable. I suppose a lot of it will depend on what formation Jose wants to play next season as a Coutinho type player won’t naturally fit into either a 4-3-3 or a 4-4-2 so we would need to revert to a 4-2-3-1 for a true no.10 to be effective.
Do you think that Spurs will be able to hold on to their flair players, Harry Kane, Son-Heung Min etc. or do you see them possibly leaving for a Champions League club?
I don’t see Son or Kane leaving this summer. Both players are on long term contracts and I don’t think any club would be prepared to pay the kind of sums that Daniel Levy would ask for in the current financial climate. Of course, every player has his price so if a club offered a world record amount for Kane then I think it would be considered. Mourinho certainly won’t want to lose any of his key men. If, however, Spurs don’t win a trophy and/or qualify for the Champions League next season then I think Harry Kane will more than likely leave the club in the summer of 2021. The only thing that might keep him at Tottenham at little bit longer might be not wanting to leave before the World Cup in the winter of 2022. It would be devastating to see him go but no Tottenham fan could blame him. He is a world class player and deserves trophies and to be competing at the highest level every season. Spurs have to match his ambitions. I feel sure Jose will have promised him a trophy next season. It would be tragedy for our club if Harry Kane left empty handed.
So, that concludes the fourth part of the interview, thank you very much for reading and stay tuned for part FIVE. There, we finish up discussing Spurs’ aspirations for next season. If you enjoyed reading it, you can find all other fan interviews conducted this post-season here, to check out what Chris is up to, you can visit his Twitter page here.
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