Tottenham Hotspur and Ange Postecoglou have been extremely active throughout the first part of the January transfer window, and it looks like they may not be finished yet. They began by acquiring Timo Werner from RB Leipzig on loan, with a £15 million buyout option. They next signed Radu Dragusin, a center back, from Genoa for a sum of £27 million.
Spurs seem to be refocusing on the middle of the park now that they have fortified their attack and defense. They were reportedly going to “make an investment” in Joao Gomes of the Wolves, “very soon,” and something has now happened in that regard.
Tottenham feels the need to add a holding midfield alternative after losing Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal) and Yves Bissouma (Mali) to Africa Cup of Nations calls-ups this month.
Gomes’ bid from the Spurs is officially in.
According to Gavea News, quoted by Sports Witness, Spurs are now contemplating a “substantial” bid to capture Gomes. North London has been showing “significant interest” in the 22-year-old, and Daniel Levy is prepared to intensify the chase with an official bid.
Notably, reports indicate that Spurs are expected to present a £30 million offer. According to the rules of Gomes’ sale, Flamengo, his previous team, is entitled to 10% of the revenues. As a result, Gary O’Neil’s team was always going to drive a hard bargain, but it is hoped that a swift arrangement will be achieved.
“Pitbull” Gomes can cause Postecoglou to get a migraine.
Gomes has only been in English football for a year, but he has already obviously left a lasting impression on Spurs. In the second part of the previous season, he made 11 appearances, seven of which were from the start. This season, under Gary O’Neil, he has made 17 starts out of 20 league games and established himself as a vital player.
Gomes’s energetic style of play earned him the moniker “all action packed midfielder” from scout Antonio Mango, and the stats definitely support it. With 57 tackles so far this season, he leads all Premier League players. Notably, he set a new season high with 10 of those stops coming in a 4-1 victory over Brentford in late December.
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Gomes has occasionally been criticized for going a bit too far. In just nine minutes into an FA Cup third-round match at Brentford, he was sent off, making ten bookings during his stay at Molineux. As he ages, hopefully, this small amount of carelessness will be smoothed out of his game.
Though it’s debatable if spending £30 million on signing him would be the best use of his promise. Indeed, depending on how well they perform at the AFCON, Spurs may be without Bissouma and Sarr until mid-February. However, when they do return, Postecoglou will suddenly have an abundance of options, all of whom are between the ages of 21 and 27 (among them Oliver Skipp, Rodrigo Bentancur, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg). This could pose a problem in terms of making sure each player receives enough playing time.