Analysis

9 players who Tottenham could realistically sign in the January transfer window

Kasper Dolberg

Spurs tend to buy sensibly rather than extravagantly – and these rising stars would fit perfectly in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad

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Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Wilfried Zaha

Son Heung-min has been one of Tottenham’s best players so far this term, with his speed and directness proving important assets for Mauricio Pochettino. The former Southampton manager may be keen to source another provider of those attributes in January, since previous acquisitions – namely Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Clinton N'Jie – fitted the bill on paper but not the pitch.

Zaha has been in superb form in the first half of 2017/18, scoring four goals and often single-handedly winning points for Palace. Quick, tricky and exceptionally dangerous in one-on-one situations, the Ivory Coast international would help make Spurs more unpredictable in the final third.

Marcelo Brozovic (Inter)

Marcelo Brozovic

This has been a frustrating campaign for Brozovic, who has been afforded just seven Serie A starts by Inter honcho Luciano Spalletti. The 25-year-old’s bench-warming has alerted suitors to his potential availability this month; Spurs, while not exactly crying out for a new midfielder, would be wise to consider a bid.

A box-to-box player who counts Frank Lampard among his idols, Croatia international Brozovic is adept at making late runs into the opponent’s area and linking play outside it. He’s reasonably quick too, which would no doubt appeal to a coach like Pochettino who preaches the importance of pressing.

Alban Lafont (Toulouse)

Alban Lafont

Hugo Lloris is Tottenham’s undisputed No.1, but Pochettino must consider who the Frenchman’s deputy will be next season. Current back-up Michel Vorm is out of contract in the summer, and question marks over Paulo Gazzaniga’s suitability persist despite his man-of-the-match display against Crystal Palace in November.

Toulouse glovesman Lafont may only be 18 years old, but he already has a wealth of experience under his belt having made almost 100 senior appearances. The race for his signature will hot up in the next couple of years, so Spurs should seek to steal a march on their rivals by agreeing to sign the 6ft 4in custodian before immediately loaning him back to the Ligue 1 outfit.