The arrival of Antonio Conte has breathed new life into Tottenham Hotspur after frustrations with Nuno Espirito Santo started to reach toxic levels earlier in the season.
A handful of postponed games has not helped the Italian create any momentum at the club but there has been a steady improvement in the white half of north London.
But with January approaching, it will soon be time for the club to back their manager in the transfer market. But planning ahead is also essential in modern football.
With that in mind, football.london, with the help of Transfermarkt, looks at four players Spurs could cash-in on in January to give them a head start in the summer transfer window.
Joe Rodon – £9 million
The Welshman was signed in the summer transfer window of 2020 for just over £20 million but has failed to nail down a regular spot in the first-team since.
Since Antonio Conte’s arrival he has hardly had a look in and with Newcastle United reportedly interested in his services, January could be the best time for both Spurs and Rodon to move on.
Matt Doherty – £14.4 million
There was plenty of excitement after Doherty’s arrival. The Irishman arrived with a reputation for being an adventurous right-back, finishing his final season with Wolves with seven goals and five assists to his name.
But in 38 appearances for Spurs he has mustered just four assists and has been deployed just three times in the top-flight this season. The Athletic have reported that Conte and Fabio Paratici are willing to move Doherty on in January and that is no big surprise.
Dele Alli – £27 million
Doherty is not the only player Spurs are open to moving on in January according to The Athletic. In the same report they detail that Alli could be cashed in on to provide Conte with funds for new recruits.
Newcastle United are one club to be linked with the midfielder who has struggled for consistency over the past three campaigns, although showed signs of form against Liverpool last Sunday.
Tanguy Ndombele – £40.5 million
Brilliant one week, completely absent the next. Ndombele has been a huge source of frustration for Spurs since arriving in the summer of 2019.
Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and now Conte have all struggled to get the best out of the midfielder and, with Barcelona apparently interested, the time may be nearing for the club to cash in on the £40 million-rated man.