Harry Kane, Fabio Paratici and Spurs’ winners and losers after the January transfer window


Tottenham Hotspur’s January transfer window culminated in a busy final day but what does it mean for Antonio Conte’s players?

On deadline day four of Spurs‘ first team midfielders left the Italian’s squad at his behest in Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli, Giovani Lo Celso and Bryan Gil.

Heading in through the doors at the club were two new midfielders in Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski from Conte‘s former side Juventus.

What does that mean for them and others within Tottenham’s current squad?

Here are our winners and losers from the north London club’s exploits in the January transfer window and what has happened in the past month.

Winners

Emerson Royal

Spurs failed in their attempts to bring in a new right wing-back, notably their talks to sign a converted one in Adama Traore floundering when his old club Barcelona entered the fray.

The club ended up sticking with their current options which means summer signing Emerson will likely continue to be first choice and play most matches, with Conte working with the raw 22-year-old on his crossing and ability to get into the box to attack balls sent in from the other flank.

Matt Doherty will get minutes but he would have got more had a move arisen in the month. He needs to take any opportunities he gets to prove he can offer more offensively than his Brazilian team-mate.

Harvey White

The 20-year-old was already starting to appear on the bench ahead of those players Conte did not want.

Now they are gone, White and his academy team-mate Jamie Bowden were not loaned out in case they were needed, the latter having been recalled from Oldham earlier in the month.

With four central midfielders on the books for two or on occasions three spots, it would take some real injury, Covid or suspension problems for White to be starting matches but he will get appearances on the bench more often now.

Bryan Gil

It feels like Spurs have given up – albeit temporarily – very prematurely on their 20-year-old Spanish summer signing.

The talented young winger is yet to start a Premier League game but found himself loaned out to Valencia on Monday just six months after joining the club.

Tottenham maintain that it’s purely to aid his development better with more game time and in that sense Gil is a winner because he will get far more minutes with this move.

Whether Spurs miss out, particularly with the attacking options for Conte can turn to, is another thing.



Dimitar Berbatov thinks that Harry Kane may ask to leave Tottenham in the coming months. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
Harry Kane is still Spurs’ only natural senior striker

Harry Kane

This is another one where the player wins in some respects while the club may not.

Harry Kane wants to start every match and with Spurs’ failure in yet another window to sign a new striker, he could well do so, particularly with the lack of European fixtures.

Conte has stated that Steven Bergwijn can play up front, as can new signing Kulusevski, but Kane will continue to be Spurs’ reference point in almost every match.

That’s where Kane wins as he will get his wish to always play, but he will also lose through the lack of competition to push him that little bit further and the club could seriously lose out if he gets injured or tired.

Hugo Lloris

This one isn’t so much about the transfer window but his new deal was sealed this month.

Hugo Lloris’ consistent form, Pierluigi Gollini failing to grab his chances and the money it would cost to replace the club captain with the signing of a goalkeeper of a similar standard made it more logical to simply give the Frenchman a new contract.

Now the World Cup winner has two and a half more years of security as he approaches a decade at the north London club and the club were only too happy to agree to his modest demands.

Losers

Harry Winks

Conte declared this month that Winks would not leave the club because he could ‘count on him’.

The 25-year-old is getting more game time under the Italian than previous managers but he’s still not really broken up the Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp partnership when both are fit and available.

The arrival of Bentancur, a three-time Serie A title winner, will make regular starts even more difficult for Winks in the months ahead.

In his defence, Winks has shown an ability over Hojbjerg and Skipp to thread a through ball or a pass over the top to the attackers and he will have to hope that that quality brings Conte back to him more often than not.

Joe Rodon

The unfortunate Welshman desperately needed a move out of Tottenham, loan or permanent, and there was interest from Spain, France and the Premier League, but ultimately nothing came of it.

Conte told football.london that he sees Rodon as the back-up in the central role to Eric Dier in his back three.

However, in Dier’s recent absence and with question marks over the Welshman’s fitness due to a rib injury, Davinson Sanchez was drafted in awkwardly into the central role in those games.

Cristian Romero’s return adds to Conte’s defensive options and just how much game time Rodon will get in the remainder of the campaign remains to be seen.

Steven Bergwijn

To be fair, the Dutchman could have fallen into either category.

On one hand Conte likes him, said publicly that he could count on him and that he offered something nobody else does in the squad. Then came that dramatic match-winning performance at Leicester and a decent display in the defeat to Chelsea.

Yet Kulusevski’s arrival potentially gives Bergwijn more competition than Gil appeared to, as the main rival to Lucas Moura’s spot.

In that respect Bergwijn’s spot in the pecking order could change depending on the 21-year-old Swede’s adaptation to the Premier League.

Pierluigi Gollini

This one is pretty obvious as Lloris’ new deal decreases the chances of Gollini taking over from the Frenchman next season.

With just the FA Cup and the Premier League ahead this season, the Italian may have to rely on an injury to the captain to get much game time unless Conte decides that he will be his goalkeeper for the remainder of the cup competition.

Then comes the decision in the summer over whether Spurs take up the £12.9m option to make his move permanent in the summer.

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Fabio Paratici

There were certainly some good things done in the transfer window’s final day and football.london understands that Conte is content with the work done to start the process of shaping his squad, particularly shedding the high profile players he did not want in his dressing room.

That Paratici ended up raiding his old club late on for Spurs’ only two signings in the window though does not speak volumes for the wide net he was expected to cast across the globe as the transfer guru Daniel Levy chased for half a decade.

However, that should not detract from the suitability of both new players for Conte and the Tottenham squad being built for him.

The main issue is that Tottenham also needed a new right wing-back and a striker and in that respect, Paratici was unable to provide that during this window and that’s why he lands himself in this section and not the other one.





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