There were ups to celebrate in the first month of 2017 – we’re sure you don’t need reminding – and Tottenham Hotspur hardly redeemed themselves in the transfer window with signings.
Indeed, no-one came into the club throughout the month leaving Spurs squad looking as thin as it was when they started January and so Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy will need to work on that for the next transfer window.
There’s plenty of time until summer to bring in several names and fix the problems Argentine tactician have had so far this season.
Spurs can sign Schalke 04 left-back when the 23-year-old’s contract expires in June.
While solid defensively, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international can also contribute in attack—as is necessary for modern full-backs—and he has scored twice and provided four assists in the Bundesliga so far this season, per Transfermarkt.
Danny Rose has been brilliant – make no mistake – but they still need more players for that position, as they do in many areas of the pitch.
Kolasinac would have been a superb addition under Pochettino as well as being able to free up Rose as another midfield option if necessary.
Kevin Wimmer is still inconsistent – though he has done well at times – is very limited regarding what he can do. Ben Davies is Tottenham’s only other option with Cameron Carter-Vickers still inexperienced and so signing the Schalke man would have been a top move.
The Algeria international is arguably the most up Pochettino’s alley as he has long been one of the standout players in Liga NOS.
We’ve seen with Erik Lamela signing just what a winger can do for Spurs attack and potency as well as how they now miss it with him away.
With Argentine ace has been struggling due to injuries, we’d have thought Tottenham would have lined up a replacement for Lamela earlier in the season, but that is not how it has panned out.
So, Poch may feel he needs an attacker who can provide a similar kind of thrust from either left and right flanks. The Algerian international, with his quick feet and turn of pace, could potentially do this sort of job. Check out the Premier League betting odds of William Hill of signing Brahimi.
Cristian Eriksen is only effective going forwards in many ways and Mussa Sissoko, meanwhile, simply isn’t cutting it at the moment. Spurs needed someone who could get about the pitch, and Porto’s man would have fit the bill perfectly.
How Tottenham still need a striker, the quality backup for Harry Kane and the Gray, 25, can do this role with aplomb.
The £17 million summer signing Vincent Janssen is still waiting for his first goal from open play in the England’s top flight, and a record of one goal, a penalty, in 16 games is rather damning.
While, Gray has been in top form for Burnley since leaving Brentford for Lancashire, and has earned a crack at a move to a big club.
With 25 goals in all competitions last season and a further six so far this term, there’s no doubting Gray’s ability.
The speedy Englishman can play anywhere in the attacking positions and would have definitely added some fresh impetus and ideas to Spurs offensive line.
At this stage, he might look a gamble well worth taking for the White Hart Lane club, who can surely persuade him to swap the Clarets for a side with genuine title ambitions and almost guaranteed UEFA Champions League football for next season.
But, considering his work ethic and explosiveness, under Pochettino Gray would have come on leaps and bounds.