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Some out of contract considerations

Nuno Esporito Santo

Tottenham Hotspur was one of London's busiest clubs during the summer transfer window but with a plethora of free agents on the market, might any of these players appeal to Spurs and the positions they've failed to fill?

Tottenham fans should be delighted with their club's business acquisitions during the summer transfer window, especially when they can celebrate holding onto superstar striker Harry Kane. They have had a great start to this season's Premier League (3 games, 3 wins) and are sitting on top of the table. The best sportsbooks anticipate Tottenham to have a successful term, and we're in agreement but should management approach the free agency market for some backup ammunition?

Managing director (football) Fabio Paratici has been played a massive part in Tottenham's successful transfer deals, and the former Italian player can be thanked for five new signings.

Cristian Romero, Bryan Gil, Pierluigi Gollini, Emerson Royal, and Pape Matar Sarr joined Spurs' battle for EPL supremacy, although Sarr has gone back to Metz on loan. However, there are still a handful of signings that Paratici might consider.

In an ideal world, a backup forward replacing Carlos Vinicius and another central defender could have made life simpler for newly appointed manager Nuno Espirito Santo - but there are still opportunities for fresh legs.

If anyone has the capabilities of strengthening Tottenham's backup positions with overlooked talent, Fabio Paratici is the man for the job. Fabio is known for his relentless studying of players across the world, and his track record speaks for itself - Ronaldo to Juventus, Pogba as a free agent, Kingsley Coman as a free agent, to name a few. And I highlight Fabio's free agency talent spotting because that's precisely the approach Spurs should take to fill their remaining positions.

Fabio Paratici

Potential Free Agents That Spurs Could Sign

Of course, most significant clubs often overlook the free-agent market, but Fabio's history of spotting talent could usher in some decent back-up players for Tottenham.

The central defender position we touched on needs further depth, and Brazilian born Jemerson could fill these boots.

Jemerson, 29, won the Ligue 1 title in 2017 with Monaco; he spent four years with the club and helped them to reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. He recently left Brazilian team Corinthians, but his experience is undeniable, especially when he'd be alongside several other South American players.

Alternatively, former Manchester City player Eliaquim Mangala left Valencia this summer. He's available and is another central defender perhaps worthy of consideration. Mangala was once known as the most expensive defender in Premier League history when a set of leaked papers exposed his signing fee for City as 42 million. The French-born defender had a spell with Everton but has spent the last two years in Spain with Valencia).

Eliaquim Mangala

Defenders aside, Tottenham need a covering player in attack and former Liverpool frontman Daniel Sturridge might be a consideration. Sturridge has been training with the Real Mallorca squad in Spain, but an 18-month absence since the last playing for Trabzonspor in Turkey is giving the former Anfield man an itch. He has 119 career goals to his name and has prompted some clubs' interest.

Former England International Sturridge parted ways with Liverpool following their European glory in 2019 and was recently invited to Real Mallorca, who expressed an interest in him for their 2021/22 La Liga campaign. Unfortunately, a deal with Mallorca failed to materialise, and the ex-England international remains a hot commodity in the free-agency market. Sturridge is still just 32.

Fernando Llorente has recently become available as a free agent, and we know this signing could make Spurs supporters happy. Aged 36, the former Udinese man owns a cult-hero status at Tottenham. Fans remember his previous tenure for the club, playing a pivotal role during their 2019 Champions League run to the final. Nobody could argue this factor despite not having scored many goals in London because it's hard to steal goals from Harry Kane.

Lastly, former manager Jose Mourinho had three experienced goalkeepers lined up last season, but now after Hugo Lloris and Pierluigi Gollini, it seems that 22-year-old Brandon Austin is the third-choice keeper, now that Alfie Whiteman has gone to . With Paulo Gazzaniga joining Fulham and Joe Hart signing with Celtic, Spurs could do with an additional shot-stopper. Sergio Romero, formerly of Manchester United, assisted De Gea and Henderson during his time spent at Old Trafford. Romero would be an un likely starter but having three experienced goalkeepers would be a benefit.

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