BBC Sport pundit Kieron Dyer has criticised Tottenham Hotspur for making some “strange decisions” in the January transfer window.
Dyer cited the departure of Danny Rose – “their best left-back” – on loan to Newcastle United, as well as Christian Eriksen being allowed to leave Spurs permanently for Inter Milan, as examples.
Rose made the switch from Tottenham to Tyneside until the end of the season after falling out of favour with the club in recent months (Chronicle Live), and whether he still has a future at Spurs remains to be seen.
Eriksen, meanwhile, was out of contract at Tottenham at the end of the campaign, and Spurs opted to part ways with the Denmark playmaker mid-season, earning a reported £16.9million (Sky Sports News).
With Spurs currently in the midst of an injury crisis, Dyer was baffled with the club’s decisions to let those players go.
“You talk about Spurs trying to get in the Champions League and win trophies, I think they have made some strange decisions,” Dyer told BBC Sport (12:44) ahead of Spurs’ Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday.
“They have let their best left-back go out on loan in Danny Rose – that’s a very strange decision. You’ve had injuries and you need goals but you’ve let Christian Eriksen go. They’re both strange decisions when you’re trying to finish in the top four and progress in the Champions League.”
While Dyer is right to question some of the decisions made by Tottenham in the transfer market, the two examples above, while relevant to the January window, may not necessarily have been the best ones this season.
Aside from Rose having fallen out of favour at Spurs, he also doesn’t particularly fit Jose Mourinho’s system, the Portuguese preferring a left-back who can also tuck in as a third centre-back.
Likewise, Tottenham’s hands were somewhat tied with regards to Eriksen – he is a superb player but he had lost form and, had they kept him until the summer, he would have been able to leave for nothing.
Up front – now that’s a different story. Letting Fernando Llorente go for free last summer, and offloading Vincent Janssen, without bringing in any replacement strikers, seems very strange in hindsight, given the injuries to Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.