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The most exciting Deadline Day for years!
The opening month of the 2016-17 season bore little in the way of excitement for Spurs fans until the very last hour of Transfer Deadline Day, when we reportedly "snatched" French attacking midfielder Moussa Sissoko from the clutches of Everton after Daniel Levy finally matched "The Toffees" bid of £30 million to sign the player from relegated Newcastle.
Many Newcastle fans and some Spurs fans have either slated the player, or expressed doubts about the price paid for someone whose heart apparently was not always in the Tynesiders' relegation battle last season. Sissoko had a good Euro 2016 tournament with France, and the fact that Mauricio Pochettino made clear to Daniel Levy that this was a player he wanted is enough for me to be excited at the signing. I have to say that Sissoko always struck me as a fast, exciting and skilful player whenever we faced him, or when I saw him in other games.
Surely, yesterday (31st August, 2016) saw the most business Spurs have conducted on deadline day for years, and the excitement of the late, late confirmation of Sissoko was last matched when Levy said to Redknapp "How do you fancy Rafa van der Vaart?" 6 years ago. That, of course, was our only other Champions League season, and Spurs have without doubt strengthened their squad in preparation for the tough Premier League and European campaign ahead.
Also confirmed yesterday was the long-awaited signing of 21 year old winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou from Marseille, with Clinton N'Jie going the other way on loan. N'Koudou had a spell of 19 games last season for club and country (French under 21 side) when he scored 10 goals. That was in a three month spell between November and early February, but he didn't score after that. N'Koudou's time at Tottenham will surel prove more fruitful than that of N'Jie, who didn't have the best of luck with injury last season.
Also signed was another young prospect - 21 year old Spanish under 21 goalkeeper Pau Lopez - signed from Pochettino's old club - Espanyol. Spurs now have three high quality keepers, allowing Luke McGee to go out on loan to Peterborough with Nathan Oduwa.
Add to those three last day signings the already impressing Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen, and it can truly be described as a good window for Spurs. We've said goodbye to Nacer Chadli, Ryan Mason, DeAndre Yedlin and Alex Pritchard, all of whom have attracted decent fees offsetting a lot of the outlay. Federico Fazio, and Nabil Bentaleb have joined N'Jie on season-long loans to Roma and Schalke respectively.
We are still waiting for one of our strikers to score after three games. Of our five England players, Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Dele Alli (in that order I would suggest) have looked a little jaded. Vincent Janssen has started one game but appeared in all three and has looked lively, having sufficient good scoring opportunities to suggest the goals will come. Wanyama has got his Spurs career off to a great start with the winner in front of his new fans against Crystal Palace.
With Hugo Lloris (no doubt a big influence on Sissoko signing for us as he is also his International captain) falling injured early in our first game, stand-in Michel Vorm has taken on a big responsibility. Vorm impressed in all three of our games, particularly in his man of the match exploits at home against Liverpool, and that final top grade of 8.4 was sufficient to make the Spurs number two goalkeeper our first player of the month in this new season.
Spurs have made a steady start, but after the International break, the season really starts with the arrival of the Champions League Group E stage, and those new players. Pochettino has started just 13 of his squad so far and used 16 in all, but with the EFL Cup match against Gillingham also coming in September, I am sure we will see more of the squad in action. That will of course include Mousa Dembele, whose suspension will end after the Stoke game. I fancy we'll see him at Wembley against Monaco on September 14th.
· Review the 2016-17 Premier League season here
Don't forget to check out the players' current figures re. appearances, cards, goals scored and accumulated ratings to date at the bottom of this page.
...if you want to read reports of the matches played during this season, then links are on the Spurs Odyssey Fixtures/Reports page here. By working your way back through the previous month's figures, you can review the performances over the last 16 years!