There have been plenty of transfer rumours circling about Tottenham Hotspur recently. Some have been more believable than others. For example, Spurs are being thrifty with their money but might be signing Isco? Seems far-fetched.
Others, however, have seemed more likely. Tottenham have been linked with moves for Jack Grealish, Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson in recent months.
All four players play in positions where Spurs want to strengthen. Grealish as another midfield option. Ake would strengthen at the back, where Spurs are troubled by Toby Alderweireld’s uncertain future. Wilson could be the compliment striker to Harry Kane that Spurs fans crave.
But there is another reason why all four of these names are likely Tottenham signings. All four are homegrown players. Grealish is still at boyhood club Aston Villa. Ake, may be Dutch, but started his career in England at 15 with Chelsea. Wilson is a product of the Coventry City academy.
Tottenham are currently very low on homegrown players over the age of 21. Teams must have eight homegrown players in their 25-man squads. However, that squad size reduces the fewer homegrown players are present. Tottenham only have six. That means, presently, Tottenham can only name a Premier League squad of 23.
It is, therefore, this sort of target that Tottenham are likely to target in January. Homegrown players, over 21, who can add to the team.
A foreign recruit would mean a player sale. So more names like Grealish, Ake and Wilson should be on Tottenham’s radar, such as fellow ‘targets’ Jarrod Bowen and Bradley Dack. They are also the more likely transfer rumours Spurs fans are set to hear.