Analysis

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

Kasper Dolberg
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Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)

Ryan Sessegnon

Sessegnon has been linked with Tottenham and other Premier League clubs for 18 months now, but this could be the window in which the teenager seeks pastures new. Still only 17, the cousin of former West Brom midfielder Stephane Sessegnon has made the left-back spot his own at Craven Cottage, impressing with his pace and attacking thrust. He's already racked up 58 appearances for Fulham – 46 of those starts – and scored 14 times too. 

The truce between Spurs boss Pochettino and Danny Rose seems to be an uneasy one following the latter’s outburst in August, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if the England international was playing his football elsewhere next season. Snapping up Sessegnon now would make the task of replacing Rose a great deal less urgent in the summer.

Max Meyer (Schalke)

One of the most talented youngsters in Germany, Meyer looks set to depart Schalke at some point in 2018, with his contract up at the end of June. The Royal Blues are therefore likely to strongly consider any offers submitted this month, and given the 22-year-old’s displays so far this term, the fax machine at the Veltins-Arena could go into overdrive in the next few weeks.

A former attacking midfielder who has been redeployed in a deep-lying playmaker role this campaign, Meyer excels at long-range passing and evading the opposition press. He’s also made great strides defensively, averaging 2.7 interceptions per game in the Bundesliga in 2017/18.

Kasper Dolberg (Ajax)

The one and only downside to having a striker as good as Harry Kane is the difficulty it causes when trying to find a suitable deputy. Fernando Llorente was signed last summer but has yet to make much of an impact despite his recent goal against Swansea. That’s partly due to a lack of opportunities but also because of the incongruence between his own characteristics and the team’s approach.

Spurs have already shopped in the Netherlands for a back-up to Kane, with ex-AZ frontman Vincent Janssen managing just two goals in 25 Premier League appearances last season. That shouldn’t necessarily put Tottenham off Dolberg, however; the 20-year-old Denmark international is a more complete centre-forward than Janssen and would allow Pochettino to rest Kane more often.